Shakespeare: Take, O take those lips away [Voices of Music, Anna Dennis]

Accompanied by the award-winning Early music ensemble Voices of Music, the American soprano Anna Dennis sings John Wilson’s setting of the song, “Take, O take those lips away,” from Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure”. The second verse, which is not in Shakespeare’s play, is possibly by John Fletcher, although both authors may have used a …

Bach: Air and Gavotte [Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Catherine Mackintosh]

Accompanied by the Croatian Baroque Ensemble, the British violinist Catherine Mackintosh performs “Air” (Air on the G-string) and “Gavotte” from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. Recorded at the Croatian Music Institute, Zagreb, on December 5, 2010.

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major, RV 208 [Il Giardino Armonico, Enrico Onofri]

Accompanied by the Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: the Harmonious Garden), the Italian violinist Enrico Onofri performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in D major, RV 208 “Grosso Mogul”. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini. It is the eleventh of Twelve Concertos, Op. 7, a collection of concertos written by the Italian Baroque composer in 1716-1717.

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos [Abbado]

Conducted by the legendary Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, the Orchestra Mozart performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046–1051, original title: Six Concerts à plusieurs instruments), a collection of six instrumental works, widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era. From the Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli, Reggio Emilia, 21 April …

Vivaldi: Il gran mogol concerto [Basel Chamber Orchestra, Giuliano Carmignola]

The Basel Chamber Orchestra (Kammerorchester Basel) plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Il gran mogol (The Grand Moghul) concerto (RV 431a), written in the late 1720s or early 1730s. Giuliano Carmignola: conductor and violin. Recorded on January 4, 2014, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Het Zondagochtend Concert.

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater [Baráth, Jaroussky, Stutzmann]

Accompanied by the early music ensemble Orfeo 55, the Hungarian soprano Emőke Baráth and the French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky perform Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a sacred work originally scored for soprano and alto soloists. Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann. Recorded at the Château de Fontainebleau, France, April 2014. Video by Ozango / ARTE …

Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans [Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon]

Conducted by Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Judith triumphant over the barbarians of Holofernes), RV 644, an oratorio which the only survivor of the four that he is known to have composed.

Händel: 6 Organ Concertos [Karl Richter & Münchener Bach-Orchester]

Accompanied by the Münchener Bach-Orchester (Munich Bach Orchestra), the German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist Karl Richter (15 October 1926 – 15 February 1981) performs Handel organ concertos Op 7, HWV 306-311, referring to the six organ concertos for organ and orchestra composed by George Frideric Händel. Richter also conducts the orchestra. Recorded in 1972.