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The best of Baroque packed onto a single bargain CD with excellent performances throughout. Includes the best bits of Bach's Brandenburgs, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Handel, the Pachelbel Canon, the Albinoni Adagio and more.
Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos. Four of them, for violin, are grouped together as the Four Seasons. Easy to enjoy in this sparkling performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Bach's set of 6 concertos for a variety of instruments are brilliant and joyful. This bargain 2 CD set also includes Bach's violin concertos.
Academy of Ancient Music, Christpher Hogwood
Handel's most famous orchestral music written for royal celebrations on the Thames. A bargain 2 CD set includes also several concertos. Elegant and fun.
Neville Marriner, Elly Ameling
Handel's magnificent oratorio Messiah is for orchestra, choir and soloists. Traditionally performed around Christmas, it includes the famous Hallelujah chorus. This is a joyous recording on 2 CDs for the price of one.
Bach's complete organ music occupies 14 CDs. This selection on 2 CDs is the pick of the crop. Includes the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and many others. Bach at his best. Read our review of this CD here.
Glenn Gould's legendary 1955 and 1981 recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations are packaged together and completely remastered on A State of Wonder. Included in this essential, budget-priced set is a bonus interview disc.
Bach and Vivaldi wrote great sacred choral music, but with very different moods. The Gloria is a work of jubilation, the Magnificat much more sombre. Both are masterpieces of the baroque.