Magazine article Gramophone

'The Baroque Virtuoso'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Baroque Virtuoso'

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'The Baroque Virtuoso' [R] JS Bach Concerto for Two Violins, BWV1043 (a). Suite, BWV1067 (b) Biber Harmonia artificiosoariosa --Partita No 5 (a) Geminiani Concerti grossi --Op 2 No 3 (a); after Corelli, Op 5 No 3 (a) Schmelzer Sonatae unarum fidium--Sonata No 3 (a) Vivaldi The Four Seasons--Summer, RV315 (a) Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Jeanne Lamon vn Tafelmusik (F) TMK1026CD (74' * DDD) From (a) Sony originals, (b) Analekta AN2 9878 (4/12)

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To commemorate Jeanne Lamon's 33 years as Music Director of the Toronto-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, this issue is a compilation of recordings featuring her as a soloist, dating from the 1990s to 2011.

The performances are of high quality. The noontide lethargy at the start of Vivaldi's Summer is beautifully realised and the opening movement of the Geminiani D minor Concerto (Op 2 No 3) sounds appropriately fiery, while his splendid arrangement of the C major Sonata from Corelli's Op 5 is suitably rich and grand. The arrangement of Bach's Second Suite with violin replacing flute may disappoint some listeners, particularly in the famous 'Badinerie', but the work seems entirely plausible with just strings. …

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