I cannot recall performances that capture the imagination quite as vividly as these.

BBC Music Magazine

Early Music
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Secrets of the Baroque

VERACINI
Overture No. 6 in G minor
VAN WASSENAER
Concerto Armonico No. 5 in F minor
C.P.E. BACH
Oboe Concerto in B-flat major, Wq. 164
TELEMANN
Sinfonia Melodica, TWV 50:2
A. SCARLATTI
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor
VIVALDI
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 4, No. 8, RV 249
HANDEL
Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 5, HWV 316
Berlin's esteemed early-music ensemble returns with a treasure trove of Baroque gems. Many of these works harbor some musical "secret," whether it's Vivaldi's sly flouting of convention in his D-minor Violin Concerto, or the discovery that the Concerto Armonico in F minor was actually composed by the Dutch nobleman van Wassenaer, and not Pergolesi as was assumed. Alessandro Scarlatti is best known for his religious and dramatic works, but his rarely performed concerti grossi reflect his sophisticated sense of harmony. Also featured are Telemann's masterful Sinfonia Melodica and Handel's mysterious Concerto Grosso in D minor. "The ensemble is superb—it's as much fun to watch these performers listen to one another as it is to hear them play" (The Boston Globe).

Approximate run time of this performance is 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission

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