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Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax (3CDs)

Purcell, Marais, Corelli, Vivaldi

Directed by Jeanne Lamon / Programmed & scripted by Alison Mackay

2006 JUNO Award Winner - "Children's Album of the Year"

This CD includes a French version as well as a bonus CD (Baroque Delights)
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PreviewTrack Title
1. Purcell: Overture to King Arthur (Slow)
2. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Open Up…
3. Purcell: Overture to King Arthur (Fast)
4. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Frances, Edward, Thank Goodness…
5. Purcell: Trumpet From King Arthur
6. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Queen Anne Swept…
7. Purcell: "Let the Soldiers Rejoice" from Dioclesian
8. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Cello Secret Tune
9. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Violin Secret Tune
10. Purcell: "Triumphing Dance" from Dido and Aenas
11. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Edward, Where Are You?...
12. Marais: "Tempeste" from Alcione
13. Corelli: "Largo" from Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 6
14. Corelli: "Allegro" From Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 6
15. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Frances and Edward Were Surrounded…
16. Vivaldi: "Allegro" from Concerto for 2 Cellos in G Minor
17. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Finally- We've Left
18. The Quest for Arundo Donax: He Began The Rehearsal
19. Vivaldi: "Allegro" From Concerto For 2 Violins In A Minor, Op. 3 No. 8
20. Vivaldi : "Larghetto E Spiritoso" From Concerto For 2 Violins In A Minor Op. 3 No. 8
21. Vivaldi: "Allegro" From Concerto For 2 Violins In A Minor, Op. 3 No. 8
22. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Edward Felt The Air Outside…
23. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Malborough S'en Va-T'en Guerre
24. Marais: Overture To Alcione
25. The Quest for Arundo Donax: When Frances Arrived…
26. Couperin: Sarabande
27. Phillidor: Entrée: Royal March
28. The Quest for Arundo Donax: "The Musicians Filed Into the Room…"
29. Marais: Tambourins from Alcione
30. Marais: Air from Alcione
31. Marais: Bourree from Alcione
32. Marais: Loure from Alcione
33. Mouret: "Entrée" From Premiere Suite D'orchestre
34. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Frances Was Signaling…
35. Marais: Gigue from Alcione
36. The Quest for Arundo Donax: The Horses Came…
37. The Quest for Arundo Donax: Frances, Where Are You…
38. Purcell: Trumpet Tune from King Arthur
39. The Quest for Arundo Donax: When They Arrived in London…
40. Purcell: "Let The Soldiers Rejoice" from Dioclesian

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Narrated by Blair Williams (English) & Abert Millaire (French)

Baroque Adventure : The Quest for Arundo Donax will entice the imagination of young listeners and their parents alike!

An enthralling orchestral escapade in 18th-century Europe - conceived and scripted by Tafelmusik double bassist Alison Mackay - Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax comprises 2 CDs featuring a story filled with adventure and intrigue superbly narrated by Blair Williams (in English) and by Albert Millaire (in French), with music clips underlining the action, brilliantly delivered by Tafelmusik. A bilingual 20-page, full-colour booklet featuring striking illustrations by Katy Lemay (using her distinctive eye-catching collage technique) is included, along with Baroque Delights, one of Tafelmusik's most popular recordings previously released by Analekta.

Arundo donax is a bamboo-like plant native to France that is used to make reeds for musical instruments like oboes and bassoons. In 1704, Queen Anne of England is distraught: at war with France, the English are fast running out of arundo donax. When it's all gone, so is the music! So the Queen sends two of her youngest subjects, Frances and Edward Purcell (children of the late composer Henry Purcell) on a quest for the famous plant. The journey takes them from Venice to Versailles. Along the way, they meet Antonio Vivaldi and Louis XIV, but also spies and many dangers. Will the youngsters succeed in their quest?

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