Reviews by the editorial staff of Early Music America. Have a new recording or book? Submit it for consideration.
Book Review: Insightful Essays on Musical Genius
Robert L. Marshall's collection draws together essays written over some 30 years, presenting a carefully curated mélange of the best of the author’s old and new work.
CD Review: Mozart In Symphonic And Dance Mode
The Freiburger Barockorchester makes a compelling case for rarely played repertoire in the new album 'Mozart: Youth Symphonies' on the Aparté label.
CD Review: Brumel’s Lamentations Eloquently Done
Musica Secreta's balance, shaping of individual lines, attention to form and structure, and sensitivity to the text and its meanings all permeate the recording.
CD Review: Ensemble Revels In Traditional Fare
Makaris’s debut CD, 'Wisps in the Dell,' shows why this repertoire proved so popular with audiences and artists during the 18th century.
CD Review: Tour De Force Reprise Of Bach Flute Sonatas
Danish recorder player Michala Petri plays with an ease and command that can only be borne through working with this kind of music until it sinks into your bones.
CD Review: Tafelmusik Welcomes New Music Director
The recording 'Vivaldi con amore' will be the first time most listeners hear violinist Elisa Citterio fill a big podium.
CD Review: Fresh Take On Goldberg Variations
These performances bubble over with the energy and warmth of a celebration for five friends who just happen to be incredibly knowledgeable and sensitive students of Bach’s music.
CD Review: Gems From The 15th And 16th Centuries
The repertoire showcases New York Polyphony performing at its peak. The ensemble's approach is persuasive and utterly commanding.
CD Review: Diverse Sides Of A Violinist’s Art
This musical scrapbook of recordings by Carol Lieberman shows a progression from earlier to later performances, paralleling the evolution of historical playing styles over several decades.
Boccherini Works Elegantly Performed
Sarasa Ensemble's latest CD brackets Boccherini’s 'Stabat Mater,' featuring soprano Dominique Labelle, with two pieces of chamber music for strings, a quartet, Op. 52, No. 3 (G. 234), in G major, and a quintet, Op. 42, No. 1 (G. 348), in F minor.