This is the first of an eight part series, each part linked at the foot of this page. Part 8 is the most complete for exploring what Baroque music was about, the other parts just examples of that short but wonderful time.
Hope you enjoy them.
This evening’s is Monteverdi’s ciaccona ‘Zefiro Torna’ , explained in detail in Part eight, included here as an intro or overture if you like.
The one I chose below is quirky, weird and as one commenter wrote: ‘Can you imagine Claudio Monteverdi playing an electric keyboard and saxophone?’
Never mind, the voices hold up and this has something special the other versions do not – those girls to look at. The music is important, yes, but the overall experience is also important. And their expressions and mode de vêtement are … er … interesting.
So, do you have your drink and nibbles at the ready?
Shall explore them:
1. Zefiro torna
2. Bertalli: Ciaconna
3. Vecchi: L’Amfiparnasso; Caccini: Amarilli
4. Uccellini, Kircher: Tarantella
5. La Carpinese; Scarlatti: Il Rosignollo
6. Visée: Ciaconna; Lute Duo
7. Cavalli: Innamorato; Los pàjaros perdidos: fandango
8. Baroque dissected