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CD Review: Entrancing Works From A Parisian Salon

CD Review: Entrancing Works From A Parisian Salon

By:
Karen Cook
I find myself returning to this album over and over again for its spectacular research and remarkable subject matter, contributions in world-premiere recordings, and incomparable musicianship.
CD Review: Mattheson's 'Talking Fingers' Nimbly Performed

CD Review: Mattheson’s ‘Talking Fingers’ Nimbly Performed

By:
Daniel Hathaway
Although keyboard works form only a small part of Mattheson’s oeuvre, they have been lovingly recorded by English harpsichordist Colin Booth on two CDs using one of the 300-some instruments Booth himself has built.
CD REVIEW: Violist Applies Eloquent Touches To Bach Cello Suites

CD REVIEW: Violist Applies Eloquent Touches To Bach Cello Suites

By:
Aaron Keebaugh
Zachary Carrettín's recording of the Suites 1-3 reaffirms the idea that Bach’s music can provide solace in the midst of difficult times.
CD Review: Siblings And Friends Savor Neglected Fare

CD Review: Siblings And Friends Savor Neglected Fare

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
Violinist Augusta McKay Lodge, violist Georgina McKay Lodge, cellist Eva Lymenstull, and harpsichordist David Schulenberg curate a concise, intriguing program of music by lesser-known but gifted composers.
Book Review: Vivid Exploration Of Renaissance Polyphony

Book Review: Vivid Exploration Of Renaissance Polyphony

By:
Emily Zazulia
Fabrice Fitch has given us a compact yet nuanced account of a splendid period in music history in a book that is as deeply musical as it is rich with possibility.
CD Review: Celestial Music Performed By Luminous Artists

CD Review: Celestial Music Performed By Luminous Artists

By:
Karen Cook
The new album by The Breathtaking Collective is constructed primarily around the musical pairing of the cornetto (Bruce Dickey) and the voice (soprano Hana Blažíková) — but also around works referring to angels.
CD Review: Old And New Works For Passiontide Receive Radiant Performances

CD Review: Old And New Works For Passiontide Receive Radiant Performances

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
The disc once again displays New York Polyphony's impeccable balance, rich blend, seamless phrasing, and constant engagement with words and music.
CD Review: Green Mountain Project Scales Monteverdian Heights

CD Review: Green Mountain Project Scales Monteverdian Heights

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
This album captures the Green Mountain Project's final performance of Monteverdi's 'Vespers of 1610' from New York’s Church of St. Jean Baptiste in January 2020, after a decade devoted to the work.
Book Review: How A Roman Couple Championed Baroque Opera

Book Review: How A Roman Couple Championed Baroque Opera

By:
Tim Carter
For a glamorous decade, Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and his wife, Maria, stood at the heart of the Roman social world, as they did in Venice during Carnival as avid patrons of the opera houses there.
CD Review: Works Inspired By A Former Swedish Queen

CD Review: Works Inspired By A Former Swedish Queen

By:
Karen Cook
On this latest release from the American early-music ensemble Armonia Celeste, the musicians turn a keen eye and ear to works Christina would have helped to cultivate at court, chapel, and home.
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