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post #1 of 73
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~ Baroque Music Appreciation Thread ~





- your favorite pieces and why


- your latest discovery


- what you're currently listening to


- provide links to grooveshark, youtube, or similiar


- your favorite equipment, DAC, Amp, headphone, speaker or IEM for listening to baroque music


- familiarize yourself with head-fi members with the same taste in music as you





post #2 of 73

May I start with some Vivaldi. 




I found this recording whilst searching through HD Tracks listening to the sample files https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=catalogdetail&valbum_code=HD7041888513629


I first heard this when I only had my K702 and was blown away by the quality and clarity of the vocals. Right now I'm listening to it on my HE-6 via the HE adapter which is doing a fine job of managing 185wpc from my vintage Marantz receiver. 


When amped properly the HE-6 with classical provides clarity, detail and soundstage in a non-fatiguing package. 

post #3 of 73
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^A truly sensational start... MrQ!!!



I'm currently listening to Fac ut ardeat, by Alessandro Scarlatti, performed by the Stockholm Baroque Orchestra, track 23 played via a CD in my Vaio laptop, into my EX700 IEM's.




I found a real gem today, in a CD store in Jakarta of all places, with a very good "Audiophile" and "Classical" section, I found this hybrid CD/SACD with performances of Pergolesi and Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti is one of my absolute favorites, I'm so happy!! I've always wanted a baroque SACD, especially A. Scarlatti! even if I don't have a SACD player right now.


It comes with a thick booklet as well, mostly in Swedish (I'm Swedish btw) with a detailed biography of all the members in the Stockholm Baroque Orchestra (I'm from Stockholm btw, haha), it then continues with a detailed section on the life of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), and Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), then it continues with the lyrics of Stabat Mater in Latin, Swedish and English.


This has to be one of my best CD purchases ever!


The Soprano (Susanne Rydén) has a soft, intimate, soothing, delicate, almost heavenly voice! The violinists sound teriffic too. Viola, cello, double bass, archlute, organ & harpsichord is also mentioned in the booklet.


I just noticed at the back of the booklet, the recording took place in January 2007, the microphones used, microphone amplifiers, A/D converters, SACD mastering and workstation editing is all listed!


I'm really excited to see how this CD sounds via my new Yulong U100 Dac/Amp, and ATH-A2000X headphones.


I just had to share all that with someone. =)


All the best to baroque music lovers!


Kind Regards,





Edit: I found a nice review of the CD here http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/4717





Edited by kiteki - 7/27/11 at 12:29pm
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Favorite piece: Bach - Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor. Manze/Podger (Harmonia Mundi)



(Actually I had Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in mind, but that's strictly speaking Renaissance music)


Latest 'Discovery': Handel - Orlando. Christie (Erato)

William Christie – Handel : Orlando : Act 2 "Se mi rivolgo al prato" [Dorinda] "E questa la mercede Angelica spietata!" [Orlando]


Currently listening to Handel - Serse (Christie)

Sandrine Piau – Serse, Act 1, Scene II/III: No 2 Sinfonia e Recitativo - Sento un soave concento (Arsamene/Elviro)



Headphones: Denon D5000 Source: iMac (Spotify and iTunes) and Marantz CD6000KI Amp: Marantz PM7200 or Musical Fidelity X-Can V8



post #5 of 73

I've recently acquired this oratorio:




I'm now listening to 12 Concerti, Op7, Sonatas, Op.2 Nos 6 and 7 by Heinz Holliger, directed by Maurice Bourgue - Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni


post #6 of 73
Thread Starter 

I like Albinoni.


The Bach Violin Concerto video was a pleasure.


Keep up the quality posting. =]

post #7 of 73

I discovered Zelenka a few months ago and he has became a favorite. I highly recommend this recording:



post #8 of 73

I've always had a soft spot for Telemann's Paris Quartets:



For a recording, the one by Wilbert Hazelzet and Sonnerie is very good.

post #9 of 73

For Bach's Cello Suites, Anner Bylsma is my favourite. I am fortunate to have the CD of this. 





Bach: 6 Suites for Cello, BWV 1007-1012


Edited by MrQ - 7/28/11 at 8:58am
post #10 of 73

I've just ordered the Telemann Paris Quartets


Thanks FalconP beerchug.gif

post #11 of 73

Nice work and performance

The whole album can be listened with Spotify (in very good quality, makes me wonder if I'd ever buy the CD)

Joanne Lunn – Zelenka: Missa Votiva

Originally Posted by aroldan View Post

I discovered Zelenka a few months ago and he has became a favorite. I highly recommend this recording:




post #12 of 73

So glad I found this thread, I have been looking for more baroque as it is my favorite style of "classical" music (western at least).

I really enjoy Handel's Harpsichord Suites...unfortunately the copy i have, though played extremely well, is done on piano...to really capture the essence of the pieces i truly think a harpsichord is required.

post #13 of 73

Another great, yet kind of unknown composer is Johan Helmich Roman, also called "The Swedish Händel". I bought this CD which have a snip from his most known work "Music for a Royal Wedding" with a remarkable sound quality:



post #14 of 73

I've had a thing for organ music lately. Especially Dieterich Buxtehude. Some very nice organ pieces are to be found on Opera Omnia III, IMO.





My system: Cary CDP 306/200 -> Woo Audio WA22 -> LCD2/HD800



Edit: I can't find a way to post pictures. Is there a special trick to it, besides using the picture button in the reply field?

Edited by brink - 8/16/11 at 9:47am
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There you go...


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