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CD Review: Murcia Guitar Works Receive Vibrant Treatment

CD Review: Murcia Guitar Works Receive Vibrant Treatment

By:
Karen Cook
Guitarist Stefano Maiorana explores the rich musical traditions Santiago de Murcia left behind in his compilations, especially the contrasts between the Italian and Spanish styles the composer-guitarist knew so well.
CD Review: Lute And Mandolino Make Beautiful Baroque Music

CD Review: Lute And Mandolino Make Beautiful Baroque Music

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
By turns joyful and stately, the pairing of lutenist John Schneiderman and mandolinist Hideki Yamayato proves be a natural fit.
Book Review: Charpentier's Touch Raises Treatise To Noteworthy Heights

Book Review: Charpentier’s Touch Raises Treatise To Noteworthy Heights

By:
John S. Powell
In 1999, the Lilly Library of Indiana University purchased a leather-bound book of disparate works from a Brussels bookseller that includes a music treatise written (for the most part) in the unmistakable hand of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
CD Review: Tafelmusik Reissue Salutes Chevalier de Saint-Georges

CD Review: Tafelmusik Reissue Salutes Chevalier de Saint-Georges

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
Amid a long-overdue reckoning on race in the United States, Tafelmusik has reissued its 2003 album of Saint-Georges’s music with the goal of “properly centering the composer’s achievements.”
Book Review: Women 'Dangerous' And Otherwise Onstage in 18th-Century France

Book Review: Women ‘Dangerous’ And Otherwise Onstage in 18th-Century France

By:
Catherine Gordon
Marcie Ray's book presents a serious commentary on women’s status within the cultural and social hierarchy from 1701 to 1745.
CD Review: Couperin Works Fit For A King

CD Review: Couperin Works Fit For A King

By:
Karen Cook
Baroque flutists Stephen Schultz and Mindy Rosenfeld, harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, and gambist Alexa Haynes-Pilon combine fine-tuned precision with a dashing sense of vigor, gracefulness, and flair.
CD Review: French Flute Works Performed With Panache

CD Review: French Flute Works Performed With Panache

By:
Karen Cook
For all their emotional reserve, these works are charming, graceful, and sensitive, the musical equivalent of a carefully displayed ankle, a subtle turn of the wrist, a glimpse of an eye behind a lacy fan.
CD Review: Reveling In The Impulsive Side Of Bach

CD Review: Reveling In The Impulsive Side Of Bach

By:
Daniel Hathaway
Seattle-based harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree has recorded a delightful collection of favorite pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach that come under the broad category of fantasies and caprices.
CD Review: Ensemble Origo Makes Disc Debut With Lassus Works

CD Review: Ensemble Origo Makes Disc Debut With Lassus Works

By:
Karen Cook
As a musicological endeavor, Ensemble Origo's album is phenomenal; any early-music seminar must surely take note for both the excellence of Rice’s research and the fact that many of these pieces aren’t commonly recorded.
Book Review: Beethoven's Politics As Reflected In His Music

Book Review: Beethoven’s Politics As Reflected In His Music

By:
Erica Buurman
William Kinderman's book focuses on Beethoven’s lifelong belief in freedom and progress as universal ideals that found expression in his music in all periods of his life in ways that continue to resonate to the present day