CD Review: ACRONYM Brings Neglected Works To Vivid Life

CD Review: ACRONYM Brings Neglected Works To Vivid Life

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Benjamin Dunham
The 12 pieces on the ensemble's new recording are culled from 2,300 in the collection of the Düben family, whose members over three generations served as Kapellmeisters for the Royal Swedish Court in Stockholm; they are the best of the best.
Book Review: Providing Musical Motivation, With Or Without Baton

Book Review: Providing Musical Motivation, With Or Without Baton

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Valerie Walden
Peter Holman uses a variety of sources, inclusive of first-hand performance descriptions, iconography, and score analysis, taking aim at certain contemporary assumptions about 17th-, 18th-, and early 19th-century performance practice.
CD Review: Schubert Songs Sound More Timely Than Ever

CD Review: Schubert Songs Sound More Timely Than Ever

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Jarrett Hoffman
Tenor Karim Sulayman and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang have released a compelling collection of Schubert songs, Where Only Stars Can Hear Us, comprising 18 Lieder spanning 14 years of the composer’s life with texts by 12 poets.
Book Review: More Ilumination About François Couperin

Book Review: More Ilumination About François Couperin

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Mark Kroll
The harpsichordist and musicologist Jane Clark, Swansea University professor emeritus Derek Connon, and Keyword Press have published a third, revised edition of The Mirror of Human Life. They have improved what was already a very good thing.
CD Review: Enlightening Account Of Durante Requiem

CD Review: Enlightening Account Of Durante Requiem

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Andrew J. Sammut
This immaculate and convincing performance by Astrarium Consort demonstrates obvious knowledge and affection for Francesco Durante’s 1738 creation.
CD Review: Fresh Takes On Beethoven And C.P.E. Bach Symphonies

CD Review: Fresh Takes On Beethoven And C.P.E. Bach Symphonies

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Aaron Keebaugh
Beethoven’s early symphonies are obviously in the vanguard when compared with the music composed in prior decades. To amplify the comparison, this disc by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin includes two short symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Book Review: Tracing The British Roots Of Benefit Performances

Book Review: Tracing The British Roots Of Benefit Performances

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Carol Lieberman
This book provides new insights into how benefit performances “for musicians, composers and singers became an integral part of the commercial music business during the eighteenth century.” Little has changed in the music world since that time.
CD Review: Buxtehude Cycle Continues To Touch The Heart

CD Review: Buxtehude Cycle Continues To Touch The Heart

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Karen Cook
New Trinity Baroque performs 'Membra Jesu nostri,' seven interrelated cantatas each describing a part of the body of the crucified Jesus (thus: feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart, and face).
CD Review: Early Scarlatti Opera Handsomely Done

CD Review: Early Scarlatti Opera Handsomely Done

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David Shengold
"Gli equivoci nel sembiante" makes a very pleasant impression on the Canadian label Musica Omnia’s well-engineered new recording featuring Capella Intima, Gallery Players of Niagara, and Nota Bene Baroque Players.
CD: Rising Contralto Triumphs In Handel Arias

CD: Rising Contralto Triumphs In Handel Arias

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Andrew J. Sammut
Avery Amereau’s debut solo recording, a collaboration with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan, covers Handel’s music for star operatic altos of both sexes.

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