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EMI's Best Baroque 50 is a triple-disc compilation of recordings, organized according to three European regions closely identified with different styles and practices in the 17th and 18th centuries. The first disc concentrates on music by composers who lived and worked in England, including George Frederick Handel, Henry Purcell, and Jeremiah Clarke, but a few Renaissance figures are also listed, such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland, perhaps because there were so few British composers of note in the ...

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  1. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258
  2. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major
  3. Lachrimae antiquae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  4. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Rondeau
  5. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299
  6. With lilies white, consort song for voice & 4 viols
  7. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Overture
  8. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Your counsel all... / Great minds... / Thy hand, Belinda... / When I am laid in earth... / W
  9. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323
  10. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406
  11. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  12. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised
  14. Water Music Suite No. 2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Overture - Hornpipe
  15. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Opening chorus
  16. Oboe Concerto in C minor, SF. 799 (attributed to A. Marcello): 2. Adagio
  17. Quintet for guitar & strings in E minor, G. 451 (arrangement Piano Quintet, G. 407): 3. Menuetto
  18. Keyboard Sonata in D minor ("Pastorale"), K. 9 (L. 413)
  19. Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Opening
  20. Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 1. Allegro
  21. Crucifixus
  22. Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill"): 3. Allegro
  23. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), 4 concertos for violin, strings & continuo, Op. 8/1-4 ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4): No. 1. Spring (La primavera)
  24. Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C major, RV 444: 1. Allegro
  25. Fandango for keyboard in A major, MV1a
  26. O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices
  27. Diferencias sobre las Folias (from Ramillete oloroso)
  28. Ay luna que reluces, villancico
  29. Pavan and galliard d'Alexandra, for vihuela
  30. Messe de Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 23: Sanctus
  31. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  32. Canzonetta for organ in A minor, BuxWV 225
  33. Cello Concerto in G minor: 3. Allegro non tanto
  34. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude
  35. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  36. Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 (after Vivaldi, RV 580): 1. Allegro
  37. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
  38. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134): Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
  39. Work(s): Suite in A minor: Les Plaisirs
  40. Work(s): Oboe Concerto in F minor: 2. Largo
  41. Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29 (BC B8): Sinfonia
  42. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV): Aria
  43. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es ist vollbracht
  44. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: 3. Presto
  45. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude
  46. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea
  47. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
  48. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: 2. Siciliano
  49. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: 5. La Réjouissance
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