Sunday, March 03, 2019

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra - The Beatles Seasons - 4 Concerto Grosso (1987 UK)







The Beatles songs selected for this disc are nicely arranged as Baroque chamber music pieces, with a nice balance between Baroque styling and Beatles melody so some of them are not instantly recognizable as Beatles masterpieces unless you have a really good ear, but they always sound Baroque. The playing is very fine - well balanced and always in tune. It is hard not to love this disc. Friends with a primarily classical music ear and other friends who come from a stronger Beatles background equally like this disc.
The Beatles songs selected for this disc are nicely arranged as Baroque chamber music pieces, with a nice balance between Baroque styling and Beatles melody so some of them are not instantly recognizable as Beatles masterpieces unless you have a really good ear, but they always sound Baroque. The playing is very fine - well balanced and always in tune. It is hard not to love this disc. Friends with a primarily classical music ear and other friends who come from a stronger Beatles background equally like this disc.
The Concerto Grosso is a form of baroque music in which the musical material is passed between a small group of soloists (the concertino) and full orchestra (concerto grosso). The form developed in the late XVII century, although the name was not used at first. Alessandro Stradella seems to have written the first music in which two groups of different sizes are combined in the characteristic way. The name was first used by Giovanni Lorenzo Gregori in a set of ten compositions published in Lucca in 1698. The first major composer to use the term concerto grosso was Arcangelo Corelli. After Corelli's death, a collection of twelve of his concerti grossi was published. Not long after, composers such as Francesco Geminiani, Pietro Locatelli, and Giuseppe Torelli wrote concertos in the style of Corelli. He also had a strong influence on Antonio Vivaldi. 
The Four Seasons (compare: The Beatles Seasons) - the best known of Vivaldi's works - they were written around 1721 - is a group of four Concerti Grossi by Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year.


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