Reviews by the editorial staff of Early Music America. Have a new recording or book? Submit it for consideration.
Book Review: Vivid Exploration Of Renaissance Polyphony
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.
Book Review: How A Roman Couple Championed Baroque Opera
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.
Book Review: Music As Partisan Propaganda On American Political Scene
A significant contribution to the field of American history as well as musicology, 'Hail Columbia!' provides a detailed analysis of popular American songs on the political scene in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Book Review: Thriller Charts Conductor’s Beethoven Delusions
The story features one Layton Stolz, a welder turned orchestra conductor whose life is changed after hearing Beethoven’s 'Egmont' Overture on the radio.
CD Review: Sacred Music From Colonial America
Musicologist Christopher Dylan Herbert researched more than 120 manuscripts at libraries, archives, and private collections across the United States and United Kingdom to find this music.
Book Review: Celebrating The Women Who Made Music In Ferrara
'Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara' brings together Laurie Stras’s decades-long research on patronage, celebrations, and performance in Ferrara, the seat of the Este dukes until Alfonso II’s death in 1597.
CD Review: Verdelot Madrigals Reflect The Pain Of Love
The disc, featuring the Israeli ensemble Profeti della Quinta, combines four-part madrigals taken from Philippe Verdelot’s first published collection, which was printed posthumously in 1533.
CD Review: Savall Puts Stamp On Beethoven Symphonies
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: Tallis Scholars Illuminate Sublime Masses
The heralded British early-music vocal ensemble hits that sweet spot between forceful and tender in works by Josquin and Noel Bauldeweyn.
Book Review: Insightful Essays on Musical Genius
Robert L. Marshall's collection draws together essays written over some 30 years, presenting a carefully curated mélange of the best of the author’s old and new work.