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Baroque for Baby

Telemann, Lully, Vivaldi, and more

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

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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.

Baroque for Baby is available on major streaming and digital music services.

Curator's Note:

“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

Track Listing  
   

 

Georg Philipp Telemann

 

1

Conclusion, from Musique de Table, Book III

1:50

 

 

 

 

Jean-Baptiste Lully

 

 

Suite from Phaëton

 

2

Le Printemps (Spring)

1:06

3

L’Été (Summer)

1:27

4

L’Automne (Autumn)

1:32

5

L’Hiver (Winter)

1:32

6

Entrée des furies (Entrance of the furies)

1:10

7

Chaconne

3:47

 

 

 

 

Claudio Monteverdi

 

8

Ritornello, from Orfeo, Act II

1:44

9

Ciaccona, after Zefiro torna

2:30

 

 

 

 

Tarquinio Merula

 

10

Ciaccona

2:35

 

 

 

 

Antonio Vivaldi

 

11

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

4:03

 

 

 

 

George Frideric Handel

 

 

Suite from Alcina

 

12

Entrée des songes agréables (Entrance of the pleasant dreams)

2:42

13

Gavotte

1:05

14

Tamburino

1:50

 

 

 

 

Jan Petersoon Sweelinck

 

15

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

2:38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. Vivaldi

 

 

Concerto for violin in E Major, RV 271 “L’amoroso”

 

16

Allegro

3:45

17

Cantabile

2:46

18

Allegro
Elisa Citterio, violin soloist

2:57

 

 

 

 

A. Vivaldi

 

19

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

2:17

 

 

 

 

Marin Marais

 

 

Suite from Alcyone

 

20

Marche des matelots (Sailors’ March)

0:34

21

Ritournelle, from Act III

0:52

22

Tambourins

1:53

     

 

G.P. Telemann

 

 

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

 

23

Largo

2:03

24

Vivace

1:41

 

 

 

 

M. Marais

 

25

Ritournelle from Alcyone, Act V

2:16

 

 

 

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau

 

26

Entrée de Jupiter, from Hippolyte et Aricie

0:52

 

 

 

 

G.F. Handel

 

27

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

2:52

     

 

A. Vivaldi

 

 

Concerto for 2 violins in A Major, op. 3, no. 5

 

28

Allegro

2:23

29

Largo
Jeanne Lamon & Julia Wedman (28) / Geneviève Gilardeau (29), violin soloists

1:42

 

 

 

 

C. Monteverdi

 

30

Moresca, from Orfeo

2:14

 

 

 

 

Henry Purcell

 

31

Rondeau, from Abdelazer

1:30

32

Fantasia in 3 parts upon a ground

4:29

33

Third act tune, from The Indian Queen

1:37

 

 

 

 

A. Vivaldi

 

 

Sinfonia to Ottone in villa, RV 729

 

34

Allegro

2:55

35

Larghetto

1:39

 

 

 

 

TOTAL TIME:

74:48

     
 
Tracks 1–8, 12–14, 20–26, 28–31, 33 directed by Jeanne Lamon
Tracks 11, 16–19, 34–35 directed by Elisa Citterio
 
     
  Bonus Track  
36 Playlist curator commentary 8:13
     

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