Pachelbel - Canon

Pachelbel - Canon

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The Baroque era in music (c1600–c1750) witnessed the initial flourishing of three forms that are still going strong to this day: opera, the concerto and the sonata. There were more gifted composers active at this time than in any other period of musical history, and the constant stream of beautifully crafted music they produced would take more than a lifetime to listen to. This selection presents some of the era’s most inspired pieces.

Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706) was principally celebrated in his day for his vocal music and numerous works for organ and harpsichord. It is therefore no small irony that out of the hundreds of pieces he produced, the one by which his name is principally remembered today is a chamber miniature: the Canon and Gigue in D.

The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (6, 7, 8, 9, 23)


1-2. Pachelbel
3–6 Bach ‘Air on a G string’
‘Sheep may safely graze’
‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’
7 Purcell Chaconne
8–9 Handel ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’
10. Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
11. Charpentier Prelude to Te Deum
12. Daquin ‘Le Coucou’
13–18. Corelli ‘Ch. ristmas’ Concerto
19-22. Vivaldi Largo from Guitar Concerto
Concerto for Four Violins
23. Albinoni Adagio