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CD Review: Josquin and Friends Inspire Gesualdo Six to the Heights

CD Review: Josquin and Friends Inspire Gesualdo Six to the Heights

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
Plush and radiant, the performances cast a vivid glimpse of a rich and varied era fit to mark the 500th anniversary of Josquin's death in 2021.
Book Review: Weighty and Welcome Study of Baroque Tempo and Meter

Book Review: Weighty and Welcome Study of Baroque Tempo and Meter

By:
Raymond Erickson
There is so much information here concerning specific meters and their historical development that anyone who can digest it all will approach the music of the German Baroque with new understanding, conviction, and a sense of freedom.
CD Review: Baltic Tour is Stunning Achievement by Ensemble Peregrina

CD Review: Baltic Tour is Stunning Achievement by Ensemble Peregrina

By:
Karen Cook
The four-part series sinks deeply into the popular, vernacular, and religious music of medieval Baltic regions, exploring their individual roots and connections to local cultures and histories.
CD Review: Cut Circle Scores Anew in Anonymous Masses

CD Review: Cut Circle Scores Anew in Anonymous Masses

By:
Karen Cook
The singers all exhibit an amazing sense of control; in lesser hands, or lungs, these works would run out of steam halfway through, but the breath, tone, and phrasing are superb.
CD Review: Versatile Musician Brings Italian Nun's Works to Life

CD Review: Versatile Musician Brings Italian Nun’s Works to Life

By:
Karen Cook
This latest release by gambist Phillip Serna of works by Claudia Francesca Rusca shows off the musical powers of multi-tracking to solid success.
CD Review: Ensembles Bask in Music from Adriatic Coast

CD Review: Ensembles Bask in Music from Adriatic Coast

By:
David Smith
The Marian and Illyria Consorts set sail for the Dalmatian coast, uncovering along the way a wealth of Venetian-inspired works from rarely heard composers on both sides of the Renaissance Adriatic.
Book Review: Bridging the Gap Between Period and Modern Keyboards

Book Review: Bridging the Gap Between Period and Modern Keyboards

By:
Sezi Seskir
David Breitman’s 'Piano-Playing Revisited' is not an effort to convert modern pianists into period players; instead, the author seeks to enrich modern performances on the modern piano with the insights gained through this comparative process.
CD Review: Guatemalan Music Given Exuberant and Sensitive Treatment

CD Review: Guatemalan Music Given Exuberant and Sensitive Treatment

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
El Mundo's bold and brilliant performances make a compelling case for music often relegated to the margins of traditional musical histories.
CD Review: Ensembles Evoke Wonders of Mexican Christmas

CD Review: Ensembles Evoke Wonders of Mexican Christmas

By:
Karen Cook
The renowned Chicago-based Newberry Consort and Colombian newcomers EnsAmble Ad-Hoc alternate between sacred works and a variety of secular genres with a full complement of colonial and Mexican traditional instruments.
CD Review: Isolation Inspires a Violinist to Expressive Heights

CD Review: Isolation Inspires a Violinist to Expressive Heights

By:
Karen Cook
Marie Nadeau-Tremblay takes the listener on a journey through the long seasons of the pandemic. We hear everything from gusts of spring wind and summer’s bird calls to long, cold, tranquil winters, still alone, still wondering, still improvising.
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