Well-Tempered Baroque with Dr. Lewis Baratz

Fridays at 11 pm

Enjoy a survey of music from the Baroque era. 

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This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues his discussion of Portuguese Baroque music, completing a survey of 17th-century music and moving  into the 18th century as Portugal becomes more cosmopolitan.  Music of Pedro de Araujo, Manuel Rodrigues Coelho, Antonio Carreira, Carlos de Seixas, Antonio Teixeira, and Pedro Antonio Avondano.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz introduces the music of Portugal during the 17th century.  Locked into a dual monarch with Spain, Portugal's music establishment was conservative owing in part to an absentee monarch so the focus was on sacred music.  Selections by native-born composers Pedro de Cristo, Manuel Cardoso,and Filipe de Magalhães.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores Bach's chamber music for a solo instrument and harpsichord.  We'll hear examples of a sonata for flute and harpsichord, violin and harpsichord, and viola da gamba and harpsichord.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, the rise of the violin as a virtuoso instrument.  Music of Biagio Martini, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani, and Giuseppe Tartini. That's Friday at 11 pm.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz concludes a discussion of German composers of the 18th century who were influenced by Lully and the taste of the court at Versailles.  Perhaps a few surprises, as the Francophiles this week were also champions of German music:  Dieterich Buxtahude, George Frideric Handel, George Philipp Telemann, and the incomparable Johann Sebastian Bach.

In this episode, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues to explore the German Francophiles, the German-speaking composers of th 17th and early 18th centuries who dabbled and often mastered the musical style of the court of Versailles.  Music of Johann Joseph Fux, Johan Schenk, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Christian Herwich. 

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the German Francophiles of the 17th and early 18th centuries.  Learn about and hear the exquisite music of German composers who wrote in music tradition of Paris and Versailles during the age of Louis XIV.  Music by Muffat, Kusser, Pez, and Richmann.

This week Dr. Lewis Baratz concludes his discussion of the early Baroque madrigal with an works of Giaches de Wert, Sigismondo d'India, and a close look at the 8 books of madrigal of Claudio Monteverdi.

Well-Tempered Baroque 8-18-2017: The Madrigal

Aug 17, 2017

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the madrigal in Italy and England during the transition period of the late Renaissance to the early Baroque.  Music of Thomas Morley, John Mundy, Girolamo Dalla Casa, Benedetto Pallavinco, Carl Gesauldo, and Michelangelo Rossi.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz discusses new releases of Baroque music on the Brilliant Classics label.  Selections from the new 16-CD set of the complete keyboard music of Johann Jacob Froberger, chamber music of Alessandro Stradella, motets of Giovanni Paolo Colonna, music of John Ravenscroft, and sacred music of Antonio Caldara.

Well-Tempered Baroque: July 28 - French Baroque

Jul 28, 2017

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, French Baroque music on the Brilliant Classics label.  Harpsichord music of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, a suite for recorder of Robert de Visée, works of François Couperin, and flute music of Michel Blavet.

Dr. Lewis Baratz continues his discussion of Baroque music on the Brilliant Classics label this Friday at 11 pm.  This week's playlist includes exerpts from the Messa sopra l'aria della Monica of Girolamo Frescobaldi, Trio Sonata Opus 2, No. 5 in B-flat Major of Arcangelo Corelli, music from the time of Rembrandt, and selects by Telemann and Handel. Featured artists include Musica Amphion (Pieter-Jan Belder, director) and harpsichordist Michael Borgstede.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, sample Baroque music on the Brilliant Classics label.  Founded in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in 1995, Brilliant Classics' goal was to produce high-quality recordings at budget prices.  After its acquisition by the German firm Edel A.G. Brilliant Classics CDs are now available throughout the world.  With more than 1470 titles, there's much fine music avaiable to keep music lovers engaged for years.  This week's line up includes music of Thomas Tallis, Peter Phillips, Alessandro Grandi, Salomone Rossi, and Peter Bustijn.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque (Friday 11 pm), the music of Johann Kuhnau.  Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722) was a celebrated polymath,  A practicing lawyer, translator, writer, organist, singer, and above all, cantor of the St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where he presided over the city's music from 1701 until his death.  It was Kuhnau's high standards as a composer and director that set the bar against which Johann Sebastian Bach would be judged.  Johann Kuhnau, this week on Well-Tempered Baroque.  

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque (6/9 at 11 pm) Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the music of the Kantors of the Thomaskirche before Johann Sebastian Bach.  Learn about this glorious music tradition beginning with the appointment of Sethus Calvisius in 1594 up to Johann Kuhnau,whose tenure was from 1701 until 1722.

Join Dr. Lewis Baratz this week as he discusses "Saints, Sinners, and Shepherds" this Friday (6/2) at 11 pm.  Works by Draghi, Drouard de Bousset (featuring soprano Laura Heimes), Handel (featuring Roberta Invernizzi), and Vivaldi (countertenor Daniel Moody with local period instrument ensemble La Fiocco).  

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues his discussion of musical depictions of the Orpheus Legend.  Excerpts of works by 17th-century Italian composers Antonio Sartorio, Stefano Landi, and Luigi Rossi.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the Orpheus Legend as expressed in three French cantatas of the high and late baroque era by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Well-Tempered Baroque: May 12 - Telemann's Oratorios

May 12, 2017

Dr. Lewis Baratz introduces Telemann's celebratory cantatas written for 1724  Hamburgische Kapitänsmusik (The Militia Captians of Hamburg Annual Feast) and for the Feast of St. Michael in 1731.

Dr. Lewis Baratz concludes his discussion of Francesco Cavalli on Friday, May 5th at 11 PM with contrasting some of Cavalli's most brilliant opera arias with his sacred music, with selections from Xerxe, Eliogabalo, Messe Concertata, and the Vespers of 1656.

Historical keyboards

The operas of Cavalli (Part 2).

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the operas of Francesco Cavalli.  From humble origins in Crema to the illustrious Basicilia of St. Mark's to the opera houses of Venice and the court of Louis XIV, Francesco Cavalli was celebrated as the foremost opera composer of the mid-17th century.   Tune in this week to Well-Tempered Baroque to hear samples of this outstanding composer's music.  Friday night at 11.

Join Dr. Lewis Baratz and his guests cornettist, Nathaniel Cox and early bassoonist, Allen Hamrick, both considered rising stars of the early music world, as they discuss their journey into the realm of historical performance.  

The Stylus Phantasticus or the fantasy style of the mid-17th-century.  Rhetorical and virtuoso music of Fontana, Uccellini, Kerll, Bertali, and Schmelzer.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, "Music of Several Friends" -  Dr. Lewis Baratz discusses new boutique recordings by his early music colleagues.

Today's virtuoso recorders.  A sampling of Renaissance and Baroque recorder playing by outstanding artists Marion Verbruggen, Michael Hell, and Maurice Steger, among others.

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