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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.
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.
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.
'A Tribute to Vladimir Morkov' highlights this guitarist, critic, composer, arranger, and pedagogue whose musical contributions have been almost forgotten.
Canadian cellist Elinor Frey is utterly sensitive to the nuances in the complete works by Antonio Vandini.
The story features one Layton Stolz, a welder turned orchestra conductor whose life is changed after hearing Beethoven’s 'Egmont' Overture on the radio.
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.
The Boston Early Music Festival’s recording of 'Antiochus und Stratonica' will serve curious listeners and longtime Graupnerphiles well.
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.
'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.