The Beatles wrote some of the most popular songs of the twentieth century with tunes that readily lent themselves to arrangements using 17–18th century baroque musical forms. And it wasn’t long before record companies began issuing releases capitalizing on this with the granddaddy of them all being the 1965 LP, “The Baroque Beatles Book.” So the recent long awaited rerelease on CD of this legendary album seemed to cry out for a retrospective of the most interesting discs featuring Beatles wine in Baroque bottles.
Shortly after it first appeared “The Baroque Beatles Book” became one of the most popular “classical” recordings ever…
It says something about the quality of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songs that they continue to inspire discs like this one. My collection contains CDs of songs by the Beatles done Brazilian-style and in the style of Gregorian chants, as well as several “Baroque Beatles” projects realized by John Bayless, Les Boréades de Montréal, and others. And let’s not forget Joshua Rifkin’s “Baroque Beatles Book,” which includes performances by the “Baroque Ensemble of the Merseyside Kammermusikgesellschaft” and “Murray the Klavierkitzler”!
Breiner’s disc, recorded in 1992 in Bratislava—I bet many members of Breiner’s chamber orchestra come from the ranks of the Slovak Philharmonic—features his own arrangements. Each Beatles Concerto grosso contains four to six movements, each based on a particular song by the Beatles…This CD is thoroughly enjoyable…“Beatles Go Baroque” will give you pleasure.