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CD Review: Berlin Friday Academy Energizes Janitsch Trio Sonatas

CD Review: Berlin Friday Academy Energizes Janitsch Trio Sonatas

By:
Karen Cook
The performances are well balanced and clear, with sensitive attention to ornamentation, tempo, and blend. The musicians have a lovely sense of buoyancy and graceful motion that serves this repertoire very well.
Book Review: Music As Partisan Propaganda On American Political Scene

Book Review: Music As Partisan Propaganda On American Political Scene

By:
Christa Pehl Evans
A significant contribution to the field of American history as well as musicology, 'Hail Columbia!' provides a detailed analysis of popular American songs on the political scene in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
CD Review: Ockeghem Chansons Bring Out Cut Circle's Best

CD Review: Ockeghem Chansons Bring Out Cut Circle’s Best

By:
Karen Cook
On their latest double album, packaged beautifully in hardback with color images and meticulous notes, the eight-voice ensemble turn their careful attention to the secular songs of Johannes Ockeghem.
CD Review: Guitarists Honor A Russian Master

CD Review: Guitarists Honor A Russian Master

By:
Jarrett Hoffman
'A Tribute to Vladimir Morkov' highlights this guitarist, critic, composer, arranger, and pedagogue whose musical contributions have been almost forgotten.
CD Review: Virtuoso Cellist-Composer Meets Virtuoso Cellist

CD Review: Virtuoso Cellist-Composer Meets Virtuoso Cellist

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
Canadian cellist Elinor Frey is utterly sensitive to the nuances in the complete works by Antonio Vandini.
Book Review: Thriller Charts Conductor's Beethoven Delusions

Book Review: Thriller Charts Conductor’s Beethoven Delusions

By:
Carol Lieberman
The story features one Layton Stolz, a welder turned orchestra conductor whose life is changed after hearing Beethoven’s 'Egmont' Overture on the radio.
CD Review: On A Joyful Ride With Telemann Flute Duets

CD Review: On A Joyful Ride With Telemann Flute Duets

By:
Jarrett Hoffman
In Telemann Duets for 2 Flutes, Vol. 1, lovely, at times fascinating, and always short-and-sweet pieces receive artful and loving treatment at the hands of Leighann Daihl Ragusa and Joshua Romatowski.
CD Review: Graupner Opera Enchants In Recorded Debut

CD Review: Graupner Opera Enchants In Recorded Debut

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
The Boston Early Music Festival’s recording of 'Antiochus und Stratonica' will serve curious listeners and longtime Graupnerphiles well.
CD Review: Sacred Music From Colonial America

CD Review: Sacred Music From Colonial America

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
Musicologist Christopher Dylan Herbert researched more than 120 manuscripts at libraries, archives, and private collections across the United States and United Kingdom to find this music.
Book Review: Celebrating The Women Who Made Music In Ferrara

Book Review: Celebrating The Women Who Made Music In Ferrara

By:
Beth L. Glixon
'Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara' brings together Laurie Stras’s decades-long research on patronage, celebrations, and performance in Ferrara, the seat of the Este dukes until Alfonso II’s death in 1597.
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