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Purcell Disc Pays Tribute To Late Choral Director

Purcell Disc Pays Tribute To Late Choral Director

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
March 3, 2017
The success of Saint Thomas School in keeping the traditional Anglican choir of men and boys thriving on these shores is obvious in the masterful singing on this disc. The singers do excellent justice to Purcell’s eloquent music while at the same time honoring Scott’s important legacy at Saint Thomas.
Kapsberger Theorbo Pieces Vibrantly Performed

Kapsberger Theorbo Pieces Vibrantly Performed

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
March 3, 2017
As recordings devoted exclusively to Kapsberger go, there are only a few (Rolf Lislevand, Hopkinson Smith, and Paul O’Dette come to mind). Stefano Maiorana’s CD sits quite comfortably among them in both quality and content, as there is minimal overlap in repertoire.
French City Soundscapes Full Of Joie De Vivre

French City Soundscapes Full Of Joie De Vivre

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
February 17, 2017
What The Musical Sounds of Medieval French Cities: Players, Patrons, and Politics shows is the exquisite diversity of how public “fanfare” was sponsored by individual cities and coordinated by civic ordinances with more private musical practices.
Fresh Takes On Seven Vivaldi Cello Concertos

Fresh Takes On Seven Vivaldi Cello Concertos

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
February 17, 2017
The album should put to rest the notion that Vivaldi wrote one concerto five-hundred times: Guy Fishman finds all that is individual about each of these works.
Duke Vespers Ensemble Sings Music Of Rome

Duke Vespers Ensemble Sings Music Of Rome

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
February 3, 2017
All of the composers on the album spent significant time in Rome, although several works were composed elsewhere. In fact, all but Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina were also affiliated with the Collegio Germanico, a Jesuit school.
Bach's Six Partitas Receive Rewarding Accounts

Bach’s Six Partitas Receive Rewarding Accounts

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
February 3, 2017
While very fast tempi have become fashionable in recent years for some Baroque performers, Jory Vinikour isn’t part of that crowd. His pacing doesn’t lack energy or point, but above all he lets the music breathe.
Hailing The Hearty Hurdy-Gurdy

Hailing The Hearty Hurdy-Gurdy

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
January 20, 2017
In the second edition of Robert Green’s book, the author has set out to share “new insights” and information about the hurdy-gurdy and its music to bring what has been considered an obscure instrument into the realm of practical historical performance, as well as to underscore its value in the contemporary world of folk music and jazz.
Heading Back To Old Vienna With Period Guitar

Heading Back To Old Vienna With Period Guitar

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
January 20, 2017
Scottish guitarist James Akers and British pianist Gary Branch present an inviting program of music that might have been heard in Viennese salons in the first half of the 19th century.
Dormant Bassoon Music Roused To Vibrant Life

Dormant Bassoon Music Roused To Vibrant Life

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
January 6, 2017
On his new recording, "The Elegant Bassoon," historical bassoonist Wouter Verschuren performs a variety of captivating repertoire dating from the earliest days of the instrument to the beginning of the Classical period.
Violins Vie Vivaciously In Vivaldi Concertos

Violins Vie Vivaciously In Vivaldi Concertos

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
January 6, 2017
Violinist Amandine Beyer and her ensemble, Gli Incognoti, perform a selection of Vivaldi’s concerti for two violins with guest artist Giuliano Carmignolo on their new recording.
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