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 …

Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Vocalconsort Berlin)

German Baroque music ensemble Vocalconsort Berlin performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song, BWV 225), the motet first performed in Leipzig around 1727. Choirmaster: Daniel Reuss. Recorded during the Bach day at the Organization of Early Music on January 29, 2012.

Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of 1610) [John Eliot Gardiner]

Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin; SV 206 and 206a); also called Vespers of 1610. Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Versailles Chapelle Royale with the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Pages du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Palace of Versailles, 2014.

Philippe Jaroussky & L’Arpeggiata: Icônes du Seicento

Accompanied by the early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata, French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky sings 17th-century arias from the Italian composers: Icônes du Seicento (Icons of the Seicento). The word Seicento simply refers to Italian history and culture during the 17th century. The Seicento saw the end of the Renaissance movement in Italy and the beginning of the …