"A Pearl Distorted": The Baroque Period 1600-1750

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The complex period known as Baroque embraced many different types of music and covered a large geographic area. An examination of opera, considered the great dramatic spectacle of Baroque entertainment, is also included. Hosted by Michael Oliver of the BBC Radio program Music Weekly; and Christopher Hogwood, Musicologist, broadcaster, and Director of the Academy of Ancient Music.


  • Vivaldi: Concerto in C Major for 2 Trumpets
  • Couprein: Trois Lecons de Tenebre - Troisieme Lecon a deux voix.
  • Corelli: Sonata Op.5No 12
  • Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
  • Monteverdi: Gloria in excelsis Deo
  • Purcell: Ode on St. Cecilia's Day
  • Bach: Chorale: "Wie soil ich dich empfangen"
  • Handel: Utrecht Te Deum


  • Monteverdi: Tocacata from "Orfeo"
  • Monteverdi: Aria from "Orfeo"
  • Handel: Rinaldo
  • Corelli: Concerto Grosso - Op.6 No.5
  • Scarlatti: Sonata in A minor
  • Handel: Messiah
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