2003 The Age of Grandeur
× The Age of Grandeur features composers from France, Italy, and Germany, the three countries where the Baroque style most fully thrived. Couperin’s Concert Royal no. 4, composed for the court of Louis XIV, evokes the splendor of 1720s Versailles. Two works illustrate the era’s little-known lighter side: Telemann’s Gulliver Suite, which depicts Jonathan Swift’s satiric novel Gulliver’s Travels, and Marin Marais’outrageous Portrait of an Abdominal Operation. The two greatest masters of the Baroque are present as well: Vivaldi’s La Pastorella stands among the finest of the Venetian composer’s 500 concerti, and the magnificent Brandenburg Concerti of Johann Sebastian Bach (the second and fifth of which appear here) remain among the most widely beloved works in the repertoire today.