Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne [European Union Baroque Orchestra & Choir of Clare College]

Conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Choir of Clare College perform Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (HWV 74), a secular cantata composed by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by Ambrose Philips. Soloist: Alex Potter, countertenor. Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht in St. Martin’s Cathedral, Utrecht, 31 August 2013.

Vivaldi: Gloria RV 589 [Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert]

Conducted by Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert and Choir perform Antonio Vivaldi’s hymn Gloria in Excelsis Deo, which words date probably from the 4th Century and which is an integral part of the Ordinary of the Mass. Recorded at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, in December 1992.

Bach, Busoni: Chaconne in D minor [Piano: Hélène Grimaud]

French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud plays the last movement, Ciaccona (Chaconne) of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004) on piano. Piano transcription of the piece was written by the Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and piano teacher Ferruccio Busoni (1 April 1866 – 27 July 1924).

Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins and Cello (Il Giardino Armonico)

Conducted by Giovanni Antonini, the pioneering Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (“The Harmonious Garden”) plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Cello in B Minor, Op. 3, No. 10 (RV 580), the tenth of L’Estro Armonico (Harmonic Inspiration), Op. 3, a collection of twelve concertos for one, two and four violins written …

Purcell – Dido and Aeneas (Z. 626) L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar

Conducted by Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata performs Henry Purcell’s opera in a prologue and three acts, “Dido and Aeneas (Z. 626)”. With a libretto by the Irish poet, hymnist, and lyricist Nahum Tate (1652 – 30 July 1715), the opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair …