Penny Gore this week highlights Baroque music making from around Europe.
There's a focus on the seldom-performed dramatic oratorios heard in eighteenth century Naples, Rome and Venice including the first performance in modern times of Pergolesi's 'Seven Words,' Porpora's Vespers and Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans, commissioned to celebrate the victory of the Republic of Venice over the Turks during the siege of Corfu in 1716 and first performed by the girls of a Venetian orphanage.
There will also be a chance to hear Johan Helmich Roman's 'Wedding Music,' the Swedish equivalent of Handel's Firework's Music - written for performance at Drottningholm Palace in 1744 and settings of the Magnificat by Jan Zelenka, Johann Kuhnau - Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessor at St Thomas' church Leipzig - and by the great master himself, all performed by the Bach Collegium of Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki.
Today there's Handel's youthful Dixit Dominus written in Italy and his Water Music first heard from a barge on the River Thames in honour of George I. There's also the chance to sample a similarly festive work by one of Handel's Danish contemporaries and a setting of the Magnificat by Bach's predecessor at St Thomas's Church, Leipzig.
Vivaldi: Vivaldi Concerto in C for sopranino recorder RV 444
Giardino Armonico, Milan, Giovanni Antonini (recorder and director)
Johann Kuhnau: Magnficat
Joanne Lunn (soprano), Hannah Morrison (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (contralto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörne (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director)
Handel: Water Music Suite in G/D
Concerto Copenhagen, Jordi Savall (conductor)
Monteverdi: Dormo ancora o son desto? (Ulisse's aria from 'Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria')
Dario Castello (1590-1644): Sonata no 1
Monteverdi: Lamento della ninfa, from 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi'
Franceso Manelli: La Barchetta passagiera
Claire Lefilliâtre (soprano), Jan van Elsacker (tenor), Serge Goubioud (tenor), Arnaud Marzorati (bass), Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre (director)
George Muffat: Passacaglia, from 'Apparatus Musico-Organisticus'
Andreas Staier (harpsichord)
Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
Christiane Oelze, (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (contralto), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Arnold Schoenberg Chorus, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758): 'Drottningholm Wedding Music' of 1744
1700 Lund Ensemble, Göran Karlsson (harpsichord).