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The Age of Grandeur (2003)

The Age of Grandeur

The Age of Grandeur features composers from France, Italy, and Germany, the three countries where the Baroque style most fully thrived. Couperin’s Concert Royal no. 4, composed for the court of Louis XIV, evokes the splendor of 1720s Versailles. Two works illustrate the era’s little-known lighter side: Telemann’s Gulliver Suite, which depicts Jonathan Swift’s satiric novel Gulliver’s Travels, and Marin Marais’outrageous Portrait of an Abdominal Operation. The two greatest masters of the Baroque are present as well: Vivaldi’s La Pastorella stands among the finest of the Venetian composer’s 500 concerti, and the magnificent Brandenburg Concerti of Johann Sebastian Bach (the second and fifth of which appear here) remain among the most widely beloved works in the repertoire today.

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Selections

Concert Royal no. 4 in e minor | François Couperin (14:38)

  • Colin Carr, Cello
  • Kenneth Cooper, Harpsichord
  • Allan Vogel, Oboe

Gulliver Suite | Georg Philipp Telemann (7:14)

  • Geoff Nuttall, Violin
  • Barry Shiffman, Violin

Concerto in D Major, RV 95, La Pastorella | Antonio Vivaldi (10:18)

  • Colin Carr, Cello
  • Kenneth Cooper, Harpsichord
  • Barry Shiffman, Violin
  • Allan Vogel, Oboe
  • Carol Wincenc, Flute

Le Tableau de l'Operation de la Taille (Portrait of an Abdominal Operation) | Marin Marais (13:02)

  • Colin Carr, Cello
  • Kenneth Cooper, Harpsichord

Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major, BWV 1047 | Johann Sebastian Bach (21:06)

  • Charles Chandler, Double Bass
  • Kenneth Cooper, Harpsichord
  • David Finckel, Cello
  • Geoff Nuttall, Violin
  • Lesley Robertson, Viola
  • Philip Setzer, Violin
  • Barry Shiffman, Violin
  • Carol Wincenc, Flute

Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 | Johann Sebastian Bach (12:36)

  • Charles Chandler, Double Bass
  • Kenneth Cooper, Harpsichord
  • Geoff Nuttall, Violin
  • Alberto Parrini, Cello
  • Lesley Robertson, Viola
  • Philip Setzer, Violin
  • Barry Shiffman, Violin
  • Allan Vogel, Oboe
  • David Washburn, Trumpet
  • Carol Wincenc, Flute

Artists

  • Colin Carr, Cello
  • Charles Chandler, Double Bass
  • Kenneth Cooper, Harpsichord
  • David Finckel, Cello
  • Geoff Nuttall, Violin
  • Alberto Parrini, Cello
  • Lesley Robertson, Viola
  • Philip Setzer, Violin
  • Barry Shiffman, Violin
  • Allan Vogel, Oboe
  • David Washburn, Trumpet
  • Carol Wincenc, Flute

Music@Menlo LIVE’s Innovation/Evolution series commemorates the festival’s inaugural season, a historical survey of the chamber music literature from the Baroque period to the music of our time.

The Age of Grandeur Total Time: 1:19:42
Discs: 1
Price: $15.00
Year Recorded: 2003