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Magnificent collection of Baroque chamber music,
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This review is from: Pachelbel: Canon (Audio CD)
This collection of chamber pieces by Pachelbel, Handel, Vivaldi and Gluck is a CD release of a 1992 tape which was one of the best music recordings I ever owned. So much so that I wore the tape out! So I was very pleased to find that it has been re-released on a disc which I could buy instead.
Particular high points include
* It has one of the best performances I have heard, not just of Pachelbel's canon, but the Gigue which follows and which you don't hear nearly as often
* An absolutely haunting rendering of some of the best passages from Handel's water music
* Dances of the Blessed Spirits and the Furies from Gluck's Orpheus in the Underworld - this performance of the Dance of the Furies really sets the blood racing.
I've singled out my favourite bits from the cassette but the other items on it are also good - there isn't a duff section on it.
Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music really excelled themselves with these performances and if you are at all into Baroque Music I can really recommend this title.