Auckland's early music ensemble, NZ Barok plays a concert of descriptive music from the Baroque period – music written to depict scenes or to tell stories.

NZ Barok

NZ Barok Photo: NZ Barok

We have some baroque bird music courtesy of composer William Williams; Francesco Geminiani’s piece that gives the concert its name The Enchanted Forest; Georg Telemann’s response to the Don Quixote story; there’s a suite from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes – an opera-ballet on the theme of love in exotic places; and the centrepiece is Heinrich Biber’s bizarre, comic and frightening take on war – his Battalia.


NZ Barok
Directed by violinist Miranda Hutton

Kamala Bain, Jessica Shaw (recorder)
Fiona Haughton, Rosana Houthuesen, Yuhka Nagai, Amelia Giles, Janne Ensor, Catherine Polglase, Bronwen Pugh (violin)
Alison Salmons, Wen Chuan Lin (viola)
Martin Griffiths, Helen Brinkman (cello)
Eric Scholes (double bass)
James Tibbles (harpsichord)
Jonathan Le Cocq (theorbo, baroque Guitar)
Rachel Thomas (percussion)


Jean-Baptiste LULLY: Overture & Passacaille, from Armide
William WILLIAMS: Trio Sonata Op 1 No 6, "In Imitation of Birds"
Francesco GEMINIANI: The Enchanted Forest, selection
Georg Philipp TELEMANN: Don Quixote Burlesque Suite
Heinrich BIBER: Battalia in D
Jean-Féry REBEL: Fantaisie
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU: Les Indes galantes, selection
Athanasius KIRCHER: Tarantella (encore)

Recorded by RNZ Concert in St Luke's Church, Remuera, 9 November 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Rangi Powick