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When we enter the Baroque period, not only does the music begin to sound more familiar, but it also begins to expand quickly into many more recordings. In these lists of recordings, there is always a good bit of subjectivity: although I have listened to a lot of music, there’s a lot more that I haven’t listened to. I will therefore lean on what I know since I feel good about recommending it, but it’s certainly not the final word in music recommendations.

The other challenge that we begin to face in the Baroque era is that there are a lot of different recordings for every piece, sometimes hundreds. Of course, there are also hundreds of different pieces. If you are looking for something that you can’t find here, just ask us about it in the Music group and we’ll try to get back to you with an additional recommendation.

The Italian Baroque

6 Symphonies of Concerto Grosso, 3 Flute Concertos – I Musici

Chori, Ninfa, Arias & Cantatas | A selection of instrumental music and vocal arias

Concerti Grossi Op.6, Nos. 1-12 – Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Amazon

12 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord – Arthur Grumiaux, violin

Corelli Complete Edition – 11 CDs | Amazon

Sonatas for Harpsichord – Ralph Kirkpatrick, harpsichord | Amazon

The Celebrated Scarlatti Recordings – Vladimir Horowitz, piano | Amazon

Scarlatti Absconditus: 15 Sonatas For Guitar – Luigi Attademo, guitar | Amazon

The Four Seasons – Itzhak Perlman, violin | Amazon

L’estro Armonico, Op. 3 – Simon Standage, violin; Trevor Pinnock & The English Consort | Amazon

11 Concertos – Tafelmusik, Jeane Lamon | Amazon

Violin Concertos – Giuliano Carmignola, violin | Amazon

Concertos for Lute and Mandolin – Il Gardino Armonico

The French Baroque

L’Orchestre du Roi Soleil – Jordi Savall & Les Concerts de Nations | Amazon

Harpsichord Works – Tilman Skowroneck, harpsichord

Les Nations – Jordi Savall | Instrumental music played on original instruments

Concerts Royaux – Luc Beausejour

The English Baroque

Te Deum & Jubilate; Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary – Choir of St. John’s College

Abdelezar and other Suites for Theater – Linard Bardill

Songs & Airs – Emma Kirkby, soprano | Amazon

Dido & Aeneas (Full Opera) – Raymond Leppard, cond. & Jessye Norman, soprano | Amazon

Purcell: Instrumental Music – Various Artists | A complete collection of all of Purcell’s instrumental music played by the best musicians

The German Baroque

History of the Birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Frieder Bernius & Barockorchester Stuttgart

Holy Choir Music – Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Ghent

Complete Organ Works, Vol 1 – Friedhelm Flamme | Amazon

Abdenmusiken – Vox Luminis | Amazon

Trio Sonatas – La Revuse | Amazon

Canon & Gigue, Chamber Works – London Baroque