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Saturday, October 20, 2018 Permalink

The Dance Suite Connection

"La Camargo Dancing," by French artist Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743)


The Irish jig took on a French name and ended up in some of Bach and Handel’s best-known keyboard and orchestral works—along with a German folk dance and a 16th century Latin American step that in Spain was banned as “obscene.”

Meanwhile, musicians who bundled these and other popular dance styles were taking the first important steps toward the concerto and symphony.

In this hour, the surprising story of the Baroque suite.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 9 - 12 English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv 410 899-2 028941089922
Terpsichore: Renaissance and Early Baroque Dance Music Ulsamer-Collegium, Josef Ulsamer Archiv 415 294-2 028941529428
Dance Music of the High Renaissance Collegium Terpsichore, Fritz Newumeyer Boston Skyline BSD 118 730357011823
Bach: English Suites   Hanssler Classics 92113 040888211327
Handel: Concerti Grossi, op. 6, nos. 5-8 English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv 410 898-2 028941089823
Corelli in London English Concert, Lawrence Cummings Harmonia Mundi HMU 907523 093046752323
Telemann: Ouverture 'la Bourse', Suiten Il Fondamento Passacaille PAS910 5425004849106
Bach: Complete Orchestral Suites The Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman Telarc CD-80619 089408061929
Handel: Ouverturen: Music For the Hamburg Opera  Academy of Ancient Music, Berlin. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901852 794881766925
Alexandre Tharaud Plays Rameau Alexandre Tharaud Harmonia Mundi HMC 901754 794881650224
Mozart: Complete Piano Variations  Ronald Brautigam BIS BIS-CD-1266/1267 7318591266679 
Lusty Gallant – Music of England’s Golden Age Paul O’Dette Harmonia Mundi 2907368 093046736828
Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore New London Consort, Philip Pickett L'Oiseau Lyre 414 633-2 028941463326
Bach: Orchestral Suites 2-4  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner EMI Classics 69878  724356987920
Instruments from the Raymond Russell Collection, Vol. II [for Sarabande from Handel’s Suite in D Minor] John Kitchen Delphian DCD 34039 801918340390
John Come Kiss Me Now [for “Nobody’s Jig,”] La Beata Olanda Carpe Diem CD-16273 4032324162733
Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles Les talents lyriques, Christophe Rousset Ambroisie AM167 822186001677
Eleven-String Baroque [for Pachelbel Lute Suite gigue] Goran Sollscher Deutsche Grammophon B0003000-02


Telemann: Suites


English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Archiv 439893


Buxtehude & Pachelbel Chamber Music

Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel

Archiv 427 118-2


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