I’ve started to make a collection of upbeat, energetic Baroque music for the gym, the kind that puts you into hyperdrive and makes you realise that Baroque is just a syllable away from heavy rock. Normally, my go-to guy for upbeat and energetic is Handel, but I’d like to have something more than just my personal favourites and spend more time exercising than working my way through more than 100 years of the musical output of Western Europe.
I’m versatile when it comes to genres, so suggestions of opera, sacred and instrumental music are all good. Also, if you happen to know of ensembles or soloists known for kick-ass interpretations, feel free to share them. I’ll mention Red Priest as an example of the kind of vibe I’m looking for (although my tastes must have changed – suddenly I can’t stand the sound of recorders.)