I was just listening to some baroque-sounding chamber music on kusc.org's
live stream and was gradually noticing that I really liked the music
(which I did not recognize at all) and the playing, and eventually
deciding they were both incredible, although it's possible the music is
merely very good and the playing was making it sound even better. Perhaps
I found it incredible because it was simply far too good for me not to
know it already.
I discovered it was a trio sonata in C minor (two oboes, bassoon, continuo)
by Jan Zelenka (early 1700's), a name I don't think I recognize. Sounds
Czech. Anyone know anything about this composer? I'll google it of
course, but I'm curious what other listers already know about him.
I notice that in addition to harpsichord, a violin and double bass were
used for the continuo, which gave a fuller but nicely balanced sound,
neither too rich nor too sparse. The oboists were Douglas Boyd and
Rachel Frost, and the bassoonist was Matthew Wilkie.