Krugman Is Superb

in his taste in baroque music. What did you think I was talking about? Here he gives us the most excellent Freiburger Barockorchester performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 (BWV 1048) in a one-to-a-part performance that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Decades ago I had the privilege of working with this orchestra’s violinist Brian Dean (scroll down for picture) in the long-since-defunct Houston Baroque Ensemble. Brian is another of my long-ago colleagues who, as you can tell if you read German well enough to read the biography at the link, has made quite a career for himself, holding several concertmaster and soloist positions around Europe. (I wonder whatever happened to the by-now-classic Ford Falcon I sold him…)

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  • MandT  On Saturday July 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Wonderful! “If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it …” yep….:)

    • Steve  On Saturday July 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Yep, that commenter got it almost right: I always wrote, “If it ain’t baroque, don’t FIXATE!”

  • Bryan  On Saturday July 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    This is an English version of the Freiburg site that is an excellent translation of the Deutsch version.

    Baroque has strong ties to the best of Rock if you listen to both, They tend to be ‘uppers’, elevating your spirits.

    • Steve  On Saturday July 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Bryan, I discovered the English site later the same evening, but assumed the German readers out there would enjoy the German page as much as I did.

      As usual, being pointed to one musical item, I went searching for more, and found another Freiburger Barockorchester performance of the Brandenburg #4, which as you may know involves a pair of recorders. Now that one I’ve performed; indeed, that glorious two-measure written-out unaccompanied cadenza at the end of the 2nd movement has to have been one of the genuine peak experiences of my musical career (probably a “high” experience as well, considering I was swigging beer and breathing some otherwise-polluted air in the local classical music bar).

      The main similarity I perceive between baroque and rock is in the overt, driving harmonies in both… the chords change on the beat, root positions are fairly common and the harmony drives the rhythm in both kinds of music.

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