Give Now

Harmonia Early Music

Masters Of The Baroque

Ensemble Gaudior, led by Alexandra MacCracken, perform music of Bach, Rameau, Biber and more.

Ensemble Gaudior.

Recordings are made for all sorts of reasons.  One of them is so that performers can share their music and their instruments with a larger group of listeners than is ever likely to otherwise be able to hear them.   In 2011 violinist Alexandra MacCracken organized an independent recording performed by the Ensemble Gaudior, of which she is the founder and director.  The ensemble’s name is borrowed from a musical unicorn who appears in a book by Madeleine L’Engle and time-travels through the universe joyfully harmonizing with the music of the spheres.

As its title Masters of the Baroque intimates, on this recording the Ensemble Gaudior performs music of Bach, Handel, Rameau, Biber, Scarlatti and Vivaldi on violin, cello, and harpsichord.  The 1987 harpsichord they use, based on a 1638 Jan Ruckers original, was purchased in 2002 by the Saint Luke Catholic Church of McLean, Virginia.  In an effort to let as many people as possible enjoy this instrument the church is the executive producer of the CD.

Here is an excerpt from the third movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata No. 4 in C minor for solo violin and obbligato harpsichord.

Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie, Director of the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, is Professor Emerita of Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Past President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. In 2011 she was awarded Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award, and in 2012 a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award. She continues to enjoy her career as a performing musician, having made more than 100 recordings and performed on five continents. Wendy began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Harmonia Early Music:

More Subscription Options

Follow Us

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Harmonia Early Music

Search Harmonia Early Music