Classical

Take A Baroque Breath

09 NOV 07 VIVIEN SCHWEITZER

If you're looking for a way to unwind, Telarc provides some help with Breathe - The Relaxing Baroque, a compilation album featuring excerpts from discs previously recorded by Telarc artists.

One highlight of the disc is the Aria from Bach's "Goldberg Variations" performed by the fine pianist Simone Dinnerstein, whose recent recording of Bach's magisterial work attracted well-deserved praise. Other tracks feature the guitarist Angel Romero playing the Largo from Bach's Concerto No. 5 in F minor and guitarist Larry Cooperman playing the Largo from Vivaldi's Concerto for Guitar.

John O'Conor plays the gentle Prelude in C major from Book 1 of "The Well Tempered Clavier." Martin Pearlman and the period instrument Boston Baroque orchestra contribute appealing excerpts from Handel's "Water Music," Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and the Suite No. 1 in C major and Suite No. 3 in D major.

But just so you don't sink too deeply into a baroque reverie, the last track, featuring the Jacques Loussier Trio playing a languid, jazzed up version of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," will bring you back into the 21st Century.