Classical Sunday: Vivaldi’s Amor Sacro (Motets)

In furore iustissimae irae…

Antonio Vivaldi: Amor Sacro (Motets)

Selection of Antonio Vivaldi’s solo-motets.

  1. In furore iustissimae irae 00:00
  2. Nulla un mundo pax sincera 15:22
  3. In turbato mare irato 29:10
  4. Sum in medio tempestatum 46:50

Sung by the amazing German coloratura soprano Simone Kermes.
Played by the Venice Baroque Orchestra under the Italian conductor, organist, harpsichordist, and scholar Andrea Marcon.

Classical Sunday: Händel’s Dixit Dominus

Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir

Georg Friederich Händel: Dixit Dominus HWV 232 – Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

June 2014

Dixit Dominus 00:00
Virgam virtutis tuae 05:46
Tecum principium in die virtutis 08:48
Juravit Dominus 11:52
Tu es sacerdos in aeternum 14:30
Dominus a dextris tuis 15:58
Judicabit in nationibus 19:02
De torrente in via bibet 22:58
Gloria Patri et Filio 27:17
De torrente in via bibet (bis/encore) 35:53

Carved marble statue of Handel at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, created in 1738 by Louis-François Roubiliac

Classical Sunday: Savall’s Caravaggio Lachrimae

From the Maguelone Festival 2012

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Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI: Lachrimae Caravaggio

Lachrimae Caravaggio – Musical Europe in the Time of Caravaggio

From the Maguelone Festival 2012

Jordi Savall – viola da gamba
Ferran Savall – voice
Philippe Pierlot – viola da gamba
Sergi Casademunt – viola da gamba
Lorenz Dufschmidt – viola da gamba
Xavier Puertas – violone
Xavier Diaz-Latorre – lute, theorbo & guitar
Perdo Estevan – percussions

2:03 Anonymous – Pavana del re
3:56 Anonymous – Galliarda la traditora
5:37 Jordi Savall – Saltarello
7:22 Giovanni M.Trabaci – Durezze E Ligature
13:15 John Dowland – Lachrimae Pavan
17:06 Orlando Gibbons – In Nomine a 4
19:16 William Brade – Ein Schottisch Tanz
22:15 Jordi Savall – Passacaglia Libertas
25:00 Jordi Savall – Deploratio II
27:43 Luys del Milà – Pavana and Gallarda
30:47 Joan Cabanilles – Corrente Italiana
34:17 Jordi Savall & Dominique Fernandez – Concentus Aria
35:36 Jordi Savall & Dominique Fernandez – Concentus Recitativo
37:52 Jordi Savall – Folias
41:51 Anonymous – Pavane de la Petite Guerre
44:06 Anonymous – Bourrée d’avignonez
46:27 Consonanze Stravaganti (d’après trabaci)
47:57 Jordi Savall – Deploratio III
51:14 Samuel Scheidt – Paduan & Courant dolorosa
57:56 Jordi Savall – Spiritus Morientis
1:00:53 Jordi Savall – Deploratio IV
1:05:29 Luigi Rossi – Fantasie “Les Pieurs d`Orphée”
1:08:40 Anonymous – Sarabande Italienne
1:10:16 Cantus Caravaggio III “In Memoriam”

A co-production of Calicot – Mezzo – TV Sud – Maguelone Festival
Video director: Olivier Simonnet

Jordi Savall in 2016

Featured: Caravaggio’s ‘Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy’ (c. 1595), Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Classical Sunday: Chaimovich Plays Piano Masterworks in Old Style

Played by a Lithuanian pianist

Piano Masterworks in Old Style: Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Haydn, Grieg

Piano: Vadim Chaimovich

Dietrich Buxtehude
Suite in D Minor, BuxWV 233 “Suite d’Amour”:
00:00 I. Allemande d’Amour
02:42 II. Courante
04:15 III. Sarabande d’Amour
07:22 IV. Sarabande
09:46 V. Gigue

Johann Pachelbel
11:00 Hexachordum Apollinis: Aria and 6 Variations in G Minor, P. 196

Franz Joseph Haydn
Partita in G Major, Hob. XVI:6:
22:56 I. Allegro
26:39 II. Minuet – Trio
20:29 III. Adagio
34:42 IV. Allegro molto

Edvard Grieg
From Holberg’s Time, Op. 40 “Suite in Olden Style”:
17:26 I. Praeludium. Allegro vivace
40:29 II. Sarabande. Andante
44:46 III. Gavotte. Allegretto
48:09 IV. Air. Andante religioso
59:30 V. Rigaudon. Allegro con brio

Recording: 2019, Studio, Frankfurt am Main

Classical Sunday: Hammerschmidt’s Sacred Works

Performed by the Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen

Sacred Works. Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611 – 1675)

* Herr unser Herrscher
* Anima mea liquefacta est
* Ein jegliches hat seine Zeit
* O Domine, quia ego servus tuus sum
* Herr, ich habe lieb die Stätte Deines Hauses
* Christ lag in Todesbanden
* Nun danket alle Gott
* Wenn der Herr die Gefangenen
* Paratum cor meum
* Da pacem Domine
* Nun lob mein Seel den Herren
* De profundis clamavi
* Inter brachia Salvatoris mei
* Herzlich lieb hab ich Dich
* Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ
* Vom Himmel hoch

Performed by the Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen with Manfred Cordes.

Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611 or 1612 – 29 October 1675) was a German Bohemian composer and organist of the early to middle Baroque era.  He was one of the most significant and popular composers of sacred music in Germany in the middle 17th century.

Classical Sunday: Purcell’s Funeral For Queen Mary

Purcell composed an anthem and two elegies for Queen Mary II’s funeral, his ‘Funeral Sentences’ and ‘Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary’.

Henry Purcell – Funeral For Queen Mary

Orchestra: The Sixteen
Direction: Harry Christophers

1. Man that is born of a woman
hath but a short time to live,
and is full of misery.
He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower;
he fleeth as it were a shadow,
and ne’er continueth in one stay.

2. In the midst of life we are in death:
of whom may we seek for succour,
but of thee, O Lord,
who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful Saviour,
deliver us not into the bitter pains
of eternal death.

3. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts;
shut not thy merciful ears unto our pray’rs;
but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty.

O holy and most merciful Saviour,
thou most worthy Judge eternal,
suffer us not, at our last hour,
for any pains of death, to fall from thee. Amen.


Henry Purcell, (1659, London – 1695, London), English composer of the middle Baroque period, is most remembered for his more than 100 songs, the miniature opera Dido and Aeneas, and his incidental music to a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, called The Fairy Queen.  He is said to have been the most original English composer of his time as well as one of the most original in Europe.


Classical Sunday: Buxtehude’s Seven Sonatas Op. 2

Performed by the Purcell Quartet

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707):  Seven Sonatas Op. 2

1. Sonata in B flat major, Op. 2/1, BuxWV 259
2. Sonata in D major, Op. 2/2, BuxWV 260 7:28
3. Sonata in G minor, Op. 2/3, BuxWV 261 19:24
4. Sonata in C minor, Op. 2/4, BuxWV 262 30:00
5. Sonata in A major, Op. 2/5, BuxWV 263 37:10
6. Sonata in E major, Op. 2/6, BuxWV 264 45:59
7. Sonata in F major, Op. 2/7, BuxWV 265 55:17

Performed by the Purcell Quartet.

In the video:  An Elegant Company Playing Music by Dirck Hals (1591-1656)

Featured an old engraving of the city of Lübeck, where Buxtehude died.  Today, the city lies in the northernmost German province of Schleswig-Holstein, but when Buxehude lived there, the Free City of Lübeck belonged to the Holy Roman Empire.

Classical Sunday: Bach’s Violin Concertos

Something rather well-known today. Enjoy.

J.S. Bach: The Violin Concertos

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Artists: Emmy Verhey (violin), Camerata Antonio Luco, Rainer Kussmaul (violin), Henk Rubingh (violin), Thomas Hengelbrock (violin), Amsterdam Bach (Soloists)

Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041:
00:00:00 I. Allegro
00:03:52 II. Adagio
00:10:23 III. Allegro

Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042:
00:14:22 I. Allegro
00:22:05 II. Adagio
00:28:47 III. Allegro assai

Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052:
00:31:42 I. Allegro
00:39:20 II. Largo
00:46:22 III. Presto

Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056:
00:54:14 I. Allegro
00:57:37 II. Andante
01:00:52 III. Allegro assai

Concerto for 3 violins, strings & b.c. in D Major, BWV 1064:
01:04:30 I. Allegro
01:10:23 II. Adagio
01:15:35 III. Allegro

Classical Sunday: Telemann’s Paris Quartets

Chamber music is on the menu today.

Georg Philipp Telemann: The Paris Quartets (Pariser Quartette)

1. Concerto Primo in G major 0:00
2. Concerto Secondo in D major 10:13
3. Sonata Prima in A major 20:52
4. Sonata Seconda in G minor 32:31
5. Première Suite in E minor 43:34
6. Deuxième Suite in B minor 1:01:45

Performed by the Freiburger BarockConsort.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767) was a largely self-taught German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist.  His contemporaries considered him to be one of the leading German composers of the time, and compared him favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to Georg Friedrich Händel, whom Telemann also knew personally.

The featured image shows the Telemann bench in the Polish town of Żary, located in the east of the historic Lower Lusatia region, in the borderland with the Silesian lowlands and Greater Poland, in other words, close to Germany’s eastern border.  Telemann lived and worked in Żary for four years, from 1704 to 1708.

Classical Sunday: Fux’s Kaiserrequiem

Johann Joseph Fux (1660 – 1741) was an Austrian composer and court musician of the late Baroque era.

Johann Joseph Fux: Kaiserrequiem

Vox Luminis & Scorpio Collectief

Vox Luminis:
Zsuzsi Tóth, Sara Jäggi, Elke Janssens, Maria Bernius – soprano
Barnabás Heygi, Jan Kullmann – alto
Olivier Berten, Robert Buckland – tenor
Matthias Lutze, Lionel Meunier – bass

Scorpio Collectief:
Veronika Skuplik, Stefano Rossi – violin
Johannes Frisch – tenor violin
Josue Melendez, Frithjof Smith – cornett, cornett muto
Simen van Mechelen, Claire McIntyre – trombone
Carles Cristobal – bassoon
Matthias Müller – violine
Kris Verhelst – organ

Recorded during Utrecht Early Music Festival 2014 on 7 September 2014 in TivoliVredenburg.

J.J. Fux was employed by three successive emperors, Leopold I, Joseph I and Karl VI.  Not sure for whom of the three he wrote this requiem, but Leopold I was surely the one among the three that supported music the most.

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