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Eton Choirbook Music Varied And Lustrous

Eton Choirbook Music Varied And Lustrous

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
October 27, 2017
Having been composed over several decades, the music in the Eton Choirbook reflects the changing styles in 15th-century English polyphony. So, too, do the five works on this recording.
Bach's Use Of Polonaise Persuasively Explored

Bach’s Use Of Polonaise Persuasively Explored

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
October 13, 2017
Warsaw-based musicologist Szymon Paczkowski is uniquely qualified to undertake the first comprehensive study of this subject. The author first describes the characteristic rhythmic and structural features of the dance and the affects associated with it, and traces how it came to be introduced into Germany.
Vocal Works Reflect Anxiety in 17th-Century York

Vocal Works Reflect Anxiety in 17th-Century York

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
October 13, 2017
The Ebor Singers’ new CD, "Music for Troubled Times," seeks to capture the essence of those difficult 12 weeks in vocal music by William Lawes, John Hutchinson, Thomas Tomkins, William Child, John Wilson, George Jeffreys, and Matthew Locke.
Borgia Daughter's Motets Receive Glowing Attention

Borgia Daughter’s Motets Receive Glowing Attention

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Early Music America
Published:
September 29, 2017
"Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter' is an album as beautifully performed as it is researched, and one can only hope that more “anonymous” works get such attention.
Cellist Frey Awakens Fiorè Sonatas And Arias

Cellist Frey Awakens Fiorè Sonatas And Arias

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Early Music America
Published:
September 29, 2017
The album marks the first time nine of Fiorè’s cello works have been recorded: three sonatas, two sinfonias, and four trattenimenti (“entertainments” or “divertimenti”). Frey’s recording also explores another important genre in early music represented in the Como collection: opera arias with cello obbligato.
Essays Define Early Music Making in England

Essays Define Early Music Making in England

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 15, 2017
These richly resourced essays, organized in chronological order, convincingly re-evaluate the use of architectural space and the distinctions between nationalities, gender, professional status, and class distinctions to arrive at a deeper understanding of the musical practices of this era.
Goerne's Bach Cantata CD A Partial Success

Goerne’s Bach Cantata CD A Partial Success

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 15, 2017
A catchy title for this release might be “Wotan Sings Bach.” Matthias Goerne, who has made an excellent impression as the Wanderer and Wotan in productions of Wagner’s Ring cycle, takes on two of the cantatas Bach wrote for the bass voice, “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen,” BWV 56, and “Ich habe genug,” BWV 82.
Montreal Rebels Salute Quantz And Telemann

Montreal Rebels Salute Quantz And Telemann

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 1, 2017
This album vividly captures two of Quantz’s 281 concertos and three of Telemann’s approximately 125 in vibrant performances by the 13-member Montreal-based ensemble.
Flanders Recorder Quartet Bids Adieu As Quintet

Flanders Recorder Quartet Bids Adieu As Quintet

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 1, 2017
The old saying “all good things must come to an end” applies to everything, in its own time. Unfortunately, that time is now for the Flanders Recorder Quartet. After 30 years of performances, recordings, and early-music ambassadorship, the group has decided that this will be their last album together.
Artistic Indulgences Performed With Panache

Artistic Indulgences Performed With Panache

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
August 18, 2017
The Cleveland-based ensemble Les Délices focuses on an enticing selection of pieces: core Baroque genres, familiar French style, but repertoire far outside the typical offerings. As the liner notes point out, the composers here were among the last of their kind; this recording encapsulates the end of the Baroque era, and this moment in French history, in a series of rich, intricate works.
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