Bybeautyqueenon 10 May 2015
This is a much-needed anthology of violin music from the Baroque period edited by people who really understand Baroque styles and whose approach is based on Historically Informed Performance, rather than the over-romanticised editions we usually see! The selection is excellent, the notes Reiter includes are illuminating and inspiring... if the kids don't read it the teachers should! The accompaniments by Bigwood are stylistically appropriate, as opposed to most Baroque anthologies that feature accompaniments that could have been written by a 19th century romantic composer! The CD that accompanies the book is delightful. Reiter is a well established baroque violinist and teacher and his playing, although at modern pitch and (I think) on a modern violin is stylish and a joy to listen to. Bigwood accompanies on harpsichord, organ, harp, harmonium.. electronic perhaps but you really can't tell. A great intro to the world of the Baroque. Highly recommended!