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Book Review: Tunes To Savor When Plagues Rage

Book Review: Tunes To Savor When Plagues Rage

By:
Suzanne Westfall
'Lord Have Mercy Upon Us: Songs and Hymns in Time of Plague' offers the reader/performer a grisly banquet to entertain us in our self-isolation.
CD Review: Ballard Lute Works Seize The Limelight

CD Review: Ballard Lute Works Seize The Limelight

By:
Karen Cook
On what appears to be the first entire album dedicated solely to Robert Ballard, Richard Kolb performs 29 of the pieces in the Premier livre.
CD Review: McKay Lodge Triumphs With Corelli And Friends

CD Review: McKay Lodge Triumphs With Corelli And Friends

By:
David Smith
American violinist Augusta McKay Lodge and her band explore the legacy and influence of Arcangelo Corelli’s bold and flamboyant writing in performances that range from sublime stillness to relentless moto perpetuo.
CD Review: Beethoven Piano-Violin Sonatas Receive Vibrant Performances

CD Review: Beethoven Piano-Violin Sonatas Receive Vibrant Performances

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
For violinist Lucy Russell and fortepianist Sezi Seskir’s recorded premiere as a duo, they have selected three works from the mere 10 that Beethoven created for this instrumental combination.
CD Review: Philharmonia Baroque Embraces The Modern

CD Review: Philharmonia Baroque Embraces The Modern

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
The Bay Area period-instrument ensemble and conductor Nicholas McGegan perform two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw on their new recording.
Book Review: Mysteries Explored in <i>The Segovia Manuscript</i>

Book Review: Mysteries Explored in The Segovia Manuscript

By:
John Ahern
As one reads the volume’s 350 pages, it becomes clear that the manuscript is stubborn and unyielding in disclosing its many secrets.
CD Review: Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Does Telemann Proud

CD Review: Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Does Telemann Proud

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
'The Colourful Telemann' encapsulates the composer in vibrant selections and performances. The five orchestral works come from throughout his long life.
CD Review: Savall Puts Stamp On Beethoven Symphonies

CD Review: Savall Puts Stamp On Beethoven Symphonies

By:
Kyle MacMillan
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.
CD Review: Irresistible Recorder Artistry In Diverse Repertoire

CD Review: Irresistible Recorder Artistry In Diverse Repertoire

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
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.
CD Review: Bach's Cello Suites Soar On Expressive Wings

CD Review: Bach’s Cello Suites Soar On Expressive Wings

By:
Karen Cook
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.
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