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CD Review: Verdelot Madrigals Reflect The Pain Of Love

CD Review: Verdelot Madrigals Reflect The Pain Of Love

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
The disc, featuring the Israeli ensemble Profeti della Quinta, combines four-part madrigals taken from Philippe Verdelot’s first published collection, which was printed posthumously in 1533.
Book Review: Cello Works By A British Master

Book Review: Cello Works By A British Master

By:
Mark Kroll
Not only does this new edition of the Capriccios and Exercises for the Violoncello, Op. 15, by Robert Lindley fill an important gap in our knowledge of the history of cello playing, but it also will be of great use to teachers and students of the instrument.
CD Review: Cycle Of Bach Suites And Sonatas Completed With Panache

CD Review: Cycle Of Bach Suites And Sonatas Completed With Panache

By:
Jarrett Hoffman
Shirley Hunt's performances of cello and gamba works throughout the album are technically strong and interpretively absorbing.
CD Review: Heavenly Meeting Of Cosmology And Music

CD Review: Heavenly Meeting Of Cosmology And Music

By:
Karen Cook
Cornetto player Bruce Dickey's new recording includes 15 works by contemporaries of the German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who believed that the harmonic organization of the heavens was mirrored on earth.
CD Review: Bach Motets Placed In Historical Context

CD Review: Bach Motets Placed In Historical Context

By:
David Smith
Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion juxtapose Bach’s six mighty motets with works that could have formed part of the weekly repertoire at the Thomaskirche and helped to introduce Southern European musical innovations to the North.
CD Review: Clarinet Works Disarm On Two Discs

CD Review: Clarinet Works Disarm On Two Discs

By:
Jarrett Hoffman
June 2019 was a productive month for clarinetist Eric Hoeprich, resulting in two albums that have been released over the past several months. One was recorded in England, the other in the Netherlands.
CD Reviews: Jommelli's Requiem Receives Doubly Distinguished Treatment

CD Reviews: Jommelli’s Requiem Receives Doubly Distinguished Treatment

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
The 1756 work can be heard on new recordings by the Brussels-based ensemble Il Gardellino, led by Peter Van Heyghen, and the Ghislieri Orchestra and Choir, based in Pavia, Italy, under Giulio Prandi.
Book Review: Beethoven's Influence On Perceiving Music

Book Review: Beethoven’s Influence On Perceiving Music

By:
Scott Burnham
Move over, Mozart Effect, and make way for the Beethoven Syndrome. Thus the dramatically titled new book by Mark Evan Bonds, an absorbing exploration of yet another way Beethoven matters to modernity.
CD Review: Glorious Works By Plague-Stricken Composers

CD Review: Glorious Works By Plague-Stricken Composers

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
The idea for a recording centered on composers who died of mysterious and terrifying diseases came to the musicians of Les Barocudas in September 2019, months before COVID-19 swept the globe.
CD Review: Soprano Glistens In Pieces By Composer-Singer Strozzi

CD Review: Soprano Glistens In Pieces By Composer-Singer Strozzi

By:
Karen Cook
On this new album of cantatas and arias from Barbara Strozzi’s eighth and last publication, soprano Elissa Edwards soars in what likely was Strozzi’s own role as singer.
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