Sep 22, 2020

Baroque for Baby | New digital release: October 16, 2020

Baroque for Baby
New digital release: October 16, 2020
Toronto, September 22, 2020
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Elisa Citterio, Music Director
Playlist curated by violinist Cristina Zacharias

Following its first digital-only release in March 2020, Tafelmusik returns with Baroque for Baby, a kid-friendly playlist curated by violinist and mother of two, Cristina Zacharias. Tafelmusik’s core baroque repertoire has particular appeal for younger listeners — catchy dance music with great rhythms, singable melodies, plenty of repetition, and lots of opportunity to showcase the textures and sounds of various wind, string, and plucked instruments.

Selections from renowned Tafelmusik recordings include music by Telemann, Purcell, Lully, Vivaldi, Handel, Monteverdi, Rameau, Merula, Sweelink, and Marais. Zacharias’s choices balance enlivening, energetic music that encourages children to move and dance with calming, quieter pieces for bedtime.

Includes a bonus track of commentary by Zacharias about her selections. Available on digital platforms starting October 16, 2020.


“There is nothing more magical than watching a baby or young child respond to music — the immediate natural and instinctive response to melody and rhythm is a reminder of just how fundamental music is in our lives. There are countless studies and reports that show the impact of music on the developing mind — improvements are evident in self-regulation, spatial awareness, memory, language development, self-expression, motor skills, just to name a few. Music and learning are interwoven in our brains in a powerful way. As a musician and a parent, the importance of music for babies is no surprise to me. In selecting the program for this playlist, my guiding principle was not particularly scientific: music is fun!

—Cristina Zacharias

Total Duration: 74:48
Sound Format: 44.1 khz 16 bit
On-line: October 16, 2020
Product Number: TMK1042
UPC Code: 8 80513 10423 1
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Track Listing:

Georg Philipp Telemann
Conclusion, from Musique de Table, Book III

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Suite from Phaëton
Le Printemps (Spring)
L’Été (Summer)
L’Automne (Autumn)
L’Hiver (Winter)
Entrée des furies (Entrance of the furies)

Claudio Monteverdi
Ritornello, from Orfeo, Act II
Ciaccona, after Zefiro torna

Tarquinio Merula

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for bassoon in D Minor, RV 481: Allegro
Dominic Teresi, bassoon soloist

George Frideric Handel
Suite from Alcina
Entrée des songes agréables (Entrance of the pleasant dreams)

Jan Petersoon Sweelinck
Englese Fortuyn (Variations on the English tune “Fortune my foe”)
Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord

A. Vivaldi
Concerto for violin in E Major, RV 271 “L’Amoroso”
Elisa Citterio, violin soloist

A. Vivaldi
Concerto for lute in D Major, RV 93: Allegro
Lucas Harris, lute soloist

Marin Marais
Suite from Alcyone
Marche des matelots (Sailors’ March)
Ritournelle, from Act III

G.P. Telemann
Concerto for 4 violins in G Major, TWV 40:201

M. Marais
Ritournelle from Alcyone, Act V

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Entrée de Jupiter, from Hippolyte et Aricie

G.F. Handel
Trio sonata in G Minor, op. 2, no. 5: Allegro

A. Vivaldi
Concerto for 2 violins in A Major, op. 3, no. 5
Jeanne Lamon & Julia Wedman (28) / Geneviève Gilardeau (29), violin soloists

C. Monteverdi
Moresca, from Orfeo

Henry Purcell
Rondeau, from Abdelazer
Fantasia in 3 parts upon a ground
Third act tune, from The Indian Queen

A. Vivaldi
Sinfonia to Ottone in villa, RV 729

Bonus Track
Playlist curator commentary


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio and Executive Director Carol Kehoe, Tafelmusik is an orchestra, choir, and experience that celebrates beauty through music of the past.

Founded over 40 years ago on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik continues to bring new energy to baroque music and beyond. Historically informed performances of 17th- to 19th-century instrumental and choral music (led by Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins) share the stage with vibrant, insightful multimedia programs, and bold new music written just for the group. Each piece is played on period instruments, underscored and illuminated by scholarship.

Through dynamic performances, international touring, award-winning recordings, and comprehensive education programs, Tafelmusik invites audiences to engage with beauty and experience the breadth of emotion music can inspire.

Media contact: Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, (416) 456-0499 | 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7