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Book Review: Tracing The British Roots Of Benefit Performances

Book Review: Tracing The British Roots Of Benefit Performances

By:
Carol Lieberman
This book provides new insights into how benefit performances “for musicians, composers and singers became an integral part of the commercial music business during the eighteenth century.” Little has changed in the music world since that time.
CD Review: Buxtehude Cycle Continues To Touch The Heart

CD Review: Buxtehude Cycle Continues To Touch The Heart

By:
Karen Cook
New Trinity Baroque performs 'Membra Jesu nostri,' seven interrelated cantatas each describing a part of the body of the crucified Jesus (thus: feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart, and face).
CD Review: Early Scarlatti Opera Handsomely Done

CD Review: Early Scarlatti Opera Handsomely Done

By:
David Shengold
"Gli equivoci nel sembiante" makes a very pleasant impression on the Canadian label Musica Omnia’s well-engineered new recording featuring Capella Intima, Gallery Players of Niagara, and Nota Bene Baroque Players.
CD: Rising Contralto Triumphs In Handel Arias

CD: Rising Contralto Triumphs In Handel Arias

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
Avery Amereau’s debut solo recording, a collaboration with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan, covers Handel’s music for star operatic altos of both sexes.
CD Review: Double Dose Of Bachs By Daring Harpsichordist

CD Review: Double Dose Of Bachs By Daring Harpsichordist

By:
Daniel Hathaway
Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord professor at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, impressively made two recordings of music by members of the Bach family on adjacent days in June 2018.
CD Review: Blue Heron Soars On Two Recordings

CD Review: Blue Heron Soars On Two Recordings

By:
Karen Cook
Having ambitious projects devoted to Ockeghem and De Rore come to fruition in the same year is a feast for doting fans and newcomers alike. Both are landmark recordings.
CD Review: Alana Youssefian Enchants In Music Of Guillemain

CD Review: Alana Youssefian Enchants In Music Of Guillemain

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
For her recorded debut, the American violinist performs works from the French composer's Opus 1 sonatas and comparatively lighthearted trio symphonies.
Book Review: Collection Abounds In Telemann Topics

Book Review: Collection Abounds In Telemann Topics

By:
Nicholas Lockey
As the only English-language resource of its kind, Steve Zohn's excellent book should be considered a long overdue and much welcomed addition for libraries and anyone with an interest in 18th-century music.
CD Review: Intimate Songs In Assured Interpretations

CD Review: Intimate Songs In Assured Interpretations

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
American soprano Kathryn Mueller's first solo recording focuses on music’s most basic subject and three of the Baroque era’s best-known composers.
CD Review: Handel's 'Samson' Stylishly Done Minus Cuts

CD Review: Handel’s ‘Samson’ Stylishly Done Minus Cuts

By:
Karen Cook
John Butt and the Dunedin Consort reimagine the full original version — not once, but twice, including both choral options of soloists singing alongside a choir of men and boys and the chorus comprising only the soloists.
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