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L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra and La Symphonie du Marais

Baroque orchestral dance music by J.C.F. Fischer (CPO) and Michel-Richard Delalande (Harmonia Mundi).

L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra

Photo: Franz G. Szabo

L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra (Michi Gaigg, dir.).

The L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra specializes in some of the lesser-known German composers from the first half of the 18th Century, having spent years bringing to life a terrific if obscure repertoire.

Directed by Michi Gaigg, the orchestra’s 2007 CPO label recording of J.C.F. Fischer’s complete Journal du Printemps, or “Journal of Spring,” is an ideal marriage between fine music and an exceptional ensemble.

J.C.F. Fischer: Suite no.8 in C major, Ouverture
L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra/Michi Gaigg — Le Journal du Printemps, Op. 1 (CPO, 2007)
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La Simphonie du Marais has been exploring French Baroque music for over two decades. Their 1990 Harmonia Mundi recording of Michel-Richard Delalande’s complete orchestral suites known as the “Symphonies for the King’s Supper,” was originally released as a four-CD set, now only available as a single CD of selections.

No matter, the performance is filled with beautiful melodies and vibrant rhythms.

Michel-Richard Delalande: Chaconne
La Simphonie du Marais/Hugo Reyne — Symphonies pour les Souper du Roy (Harmonia Mundi, 2007)
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J.C.F. Fischer: Suite no.8 in C major, Ouverture
L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra/Michi Gaigg — Le Journal du Printemps, Op. 1 (CPO, 2007)
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J.C.F. Fischer: Suite no.2 in A minor, Bourée
L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra/Michi Gaigg — Le Journal du Printemps, Op. 1 (CPO, 2007)
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Michel-Richard Delalande: Chaconne
La Simphonie du Marais/Hugo Reyne — Symphonies pour les Souper du Roy (Harmonia Mundi, 2007)
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Michel-Richard Delalande: Rigaudon
La Simphonie du Marais/Hugo Reyne — Symphonies pour les Souper du Roy (Harmonia Mundi, 2007)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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