Sunday Baroque Listings: January 15, 2017
“Bergamasca” was a type of rustic 16th century dance that allegedly originated in the Northern Italian town of Bergamo, although the composers who wrote them were not necessarily from that area. You can hear a Bergamasca, and other Italian Baroque tunes, this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
18th century musician John Stanley was blinded in an accident at around age 2. Thanks to his keen memory, exceptional talent as an organist, and a trusted sister-in-law who worked as his copyist, John Stanley pursued a very successful career as a composer. You’ll hear one of the talented English musician’s Concertos on Sunday Baroque this week.
When George Frideric Handel was in his early twenties, he and Domenico Scarlatti were involved in a friendly keyboard contest in Rome. According to the story, Scarlatti won for his harpsichord playing, while Handel was declared to be superior on the organ. You’ll hear one of Handel’s virtuosic Organ Concertos on Sunday Baroque this week. [Photo: http://bit.ly/2g6BDl1, http://bit.ly/1MEZsaG]
“Fricasee” is a kind of chunky stew that blends a variety of ingredients. A recording called MASTER OF FRICASSEE features music by an elusive composer of the 1400s and some of his contemporaries. It’s a hearty stew of appealing melodies and surprising harmonies played on interesting instruments, and you can have a taste of it this weekend on Sunday Baroque.