Sunday Baroque Listings: December 18, 2016
In the baroque era, music was written for all kinds of occasions -- church holidays, weddings, mealtime entertainment, royal lullabies, and more. A new recording on the Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift list includes a suite from a French opera-ballet that was written to celebrate a French battle victory. You can audition it this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
1735 was the year Johann Sebastian Bach turned 50. In September of that year, his 18th child, Johann Christian, was born. And it’s the year Bach composed his Concerto BWV1060. You may have heard it with two keyboards as the featured solo instruments. You can hear the oboe and violin version, from a brand new recording called BAROQUE TREASURY. It’s one highlight of Sunday Baroque this weekend.
The group Ayreheart was formed by Ronn McFarlane as a way to generate new music for the lute and make the instrument accessible to a wider audience. He invited three musician friends to join him, and they have an interesting collaboration that includes some of those new compositions as well as lute music from the Renaissance era, when the lute was so popular. Barley Moon is the new recording from Ayreheart, and you can hear some of it on Sunday Baroque this week.
Before becoming a world class recorder player, Erik Bosgraaf played in a rock band. His eclectic tastes still include many genres, and he is equally enthusiastic about contemporary music as he is about baroque music. Erik Bosgraaf’s latest cd is on the Sunday Baroque Holiday gift list, and you’ll have a chance to audition it on Sunday Baroque this week.