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The Bay Area period-instrument ensemble and conductor Nicholas McGegan perform two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw on their new recording.
As one reads the volume’s 350 pages, it becomes clear that the manuscript is stubborn and unyielding in disclosing its many secrets.
'The Colourful Telemann' encapsulates the composer in vibrant selections and performances. The five orchestral works come from throughout his long life.
Working with Le Concert des Nations, a period-instrument orchestra he founded in 1989, Jordi Savall clearly believes he is rediscovering these works in some sense by performing them in a historically informed manner.
Recorder player Tabea Debus has curated a wide-ranging and downright catchy compendium for her instrument. Yet this album’s most addicting quality may be her playing.
André Laurent O’Neil’s intimate knowledge of these works is palpable, and he treats them with a kind of familiar, tender reverence that causes the listener to feel almost as if they have been an accidental witness to a very private moment.
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.
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.
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.
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.