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on 28 December 2002
This album is almost a "The only baroque album you'll ever need... ever" collection, apart from the fact that the Giardino Armonico players maintain an evenness of style and quality rare in cheap compilations. The collection here really is close to a Desert Island Discs selection of baroque pieces you might choose if told you could only listen to one disc for the rest of your life. However, despite the well-known, perhaps too familiar nature of much of the music collected here, it is played with a feeling and intelligence that more than counters any danger of staleness.
You are unlikely to settle for one album by this collective. Their previous "Musical Journey" is at least as good as this, and has the advantage of not following such well-trodden paths as this one. Try them both, then delve into their catalogue. You will be far from disappointed.
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on 16 February 2012
It may be inexpensive, but that is no recommendation for these recordings. It is with recordings such as this that one comes to appreciate the mp3 track review offered by Amazon. I am very fond of baroque music, and have an extensive collection both on LP and CD that embraces French, Italian, and German composers from the first rank to the 3rd, but by any reckoning this disc is a travesty.

Commencing with the very first track of Bach's Suite No. 3, this is not Bach as one knows it, but Bach as interpreted for the sound world of the Court of Louis XIV. This interpretation is far too florid and incorporates ornamentation alien to Bach. But worse, from the very first bar it trundles along from bar to bar, and in this case I refer to bars that sell alcoholic beverages, it proceeds at a lolloping pace as though the musicians were inebriated and which leads to messy ensemble playing.

True, for the most part, excluding the Bach Suite, the rest of the tracks fare slightly better, but only slightly. For my ears there is no let up in the sound produced and I felt myself wishing for a more sane approach.

At first blush, this recording may sound fine, being bright and somewhat breezy, but I can imagine it will pall very quickly indeed.
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on 28 February 2014
Great bargain....it is one of those cd's that you stick on and leave on. Easy listening and a good introduction to Baroque. Basically a non brainer. Worth a listen.
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on 12 January 2010
As usual this ensemble excel themselves, playing and creating from their hearts. This disc is a lovely compilation - forever bright and interesting. And as uplifting as so much baroque music is. I highly recommend this as a brilliant addition to anyone's collection
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on 31 August 2010
I love baroque music and I love this album. I am very glad I purchased the cd rather than download the mp3 tracks. It is all good..
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on 3 July 2010
If you like Baroque music you will love this collection. A worthy addition to any collection.
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on 26 April 2009
This was so cheap but I love over 50% of this CD. Well worth it
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on 22 December 2014
Not quite what Ihad expected but it may grow on me with more time.
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