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5.0 out of 5 stars a great joy for many hours
I recommend these CDs to anyone interested in Baroque music. The explanations are clear. The music highly exemplary and interesting. The history covers the great Baroque composers of the various European countries and explains both the reasons for qualifying them as such while at the same time emphasizing their unique contribution. I greatly enjoyed listening to the CDs...
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by attie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good text, but no music
The original format is a 2-CD set with an accompanying book. The Kindle version has the text of the book, but no music.

The text itself is a good concise introduction to Baroque music, with the equivalent of about 1 to 5 pages about each of the major composers. Well written in a very clear style. My only reservation about the text is the statement that Bach's...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great joy for many hours, 20 Sep 2010
I recommend these CDs to anyone interested in Baroque music. The explanations are clear. The music highly exemplary and interesting. The history covers the great Baroque composers of the various European countries and explains both the reasons for qualifying them as such while at the same time emphasizing their unique contribution. I greatly enjoyed listening to the CDs and actually still do as they easily bear being listened to more than once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for getting you started, 28 July 2009
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Book & Website with music) (Paperback)
Following directly on from Discover Early Music (Book & Website with music), I think that this book serves much better as an introduction to the music of the period than the former does for its period. Perhaps the nature of the music of the Baroque era helps - most people will already have some sort of inkling of the different styles of composition which will help in making some sort of judgements aboout which styles and composers they would like to investigate further after reading this book. I've certainly gone off on a bit of a bender buying up operatic works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel and Vivaldi as a result.

There are two and a half hours of sample music on the associated website, taken from various Naxos label discs, referenced in the text. There is also a CD version available if you don't have one of those interweb things.

Highly recommended for beginning your explorations into Baroque music if, like me, you're a bit of a neophyte.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good text, but no music, 27 May 2013
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Mr. David Hitchin "DavidHH" (Seaford, UK) - See all my reviews
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The original format is a 2-CD set with an accompanying book. The Kindle version has the text of the book, but no music.

The text itself is a good concise introduction to Baroque music, with the equivalent of about 1 to 5 pages about each of the major composers. Well written in a very clear style. My only reservation about the text is the statement that Bach's 48 preludes and fugues were written "to promote ... equal temperament, in which for the first time the octave would be divided into 12 equal semitones." It was unusual but not new in Bach's day, and most scholars now believe that Bach tuned to a different system.
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