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Book Review: Giving Anna Magdalena Bach Her Due

Book Review: Giving Anna Magdalena Bach Her Due

By:
Robert L. Marshall
David Yearsley's 'Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks' is a comprehensive study of the two famous Clavier-Büchlein that belonged to J. S. Bach’s second wife and eventual widow.
CD Review: No Resisting This Boston Camerata Release

CD Review: No Resisting This Boston Camerata Release

By:
Karen Cook
The 29 works on this recording all speak to the ideals, desires, and horrors of the American Revolution, and the subsequent attempts to create a New Republic.
Digital Review: Pairing 'Poppea' Perspectives

Digital Review: Pairing ‘Poppea’ Perspectives

By:
Donald Rosenberg
The 2018 Salzburg Festival production of Monteverdi's final opera can be experienced by way of compact discs and DVD, which are contained in the same harmonia mundi package.
CD Review: Fresh Take On Goldberg Variations

CD Review: Fresh Take On Goldberg Variations

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
These performances bubble over with the energy and warmth of a celebration for five friends who just happen to be incredibly knowledgeable and sensitive students of Bach’s music.
Book Review: Portrait Of A Remarkable Artist

Book Review: Portrait Of A Remarkable Artist

By:
Wendy Heller
Berta Joncus’ brilliant new book compels us to imagine London’s rich musical scene through the eyes and voice of one of the 18th century’s most extraordinary performers: Kitty Clive.
CD Review: Gems From The 15th And 16th Centuries

CD Review: Gems From The 15th And 16th Centuries

By:
Karen Cook
The repertoire showcases New York Polyphony performing at its peak. The ensemble's approach is persuasive and utterly commanding.
CD Review: Diverse Sides Of A Violinist's Art

CD Review: Diverse Sides Of A Violinist’s Art

By:
Daniel Hathaway
This musical scrapbook of recordings by Carol Lieberman shows a progression from earlier to later performances, paralleling the evolution of historical playing styles over several decades.
CD Review: Galou Offers Deeply Expressive Vivaldi

CD Review: Galou Offers Deeply Expressive Vivaldi

By:
Andrew J. Sammut
Source:
Early Music America
Published:
October 7, 2019
The latest release in Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition — which is recording the entire collection of the composer’s manuscripts at Turin’s Italian National University Library — gives the deepest feminine voice lots of love.
Book Review: Wood's Love of Bach Illuminated

Book Review: Wood’s Love of Bach Illuminated

By:
Valerie Walden
Source:
Early Music America
Published:
October 7, 2019
Viewing Sir Henry Wood as an unappreciated figure in the “Bach revival” movement, Hannah French has industriously researched the scores and orchestral parts of the Bach works belonging to the conductor and used for his performances.
CD Review: Sonnambula Debuts With Duarte

CD Review: Sonnambula Debuts With Duarte

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 30, 2019
The ensemble's impressive first disc promises and delivers the complete works of Leonora Duarte (1610-1678), the accomplished daughter of a prosperous Iberian converso jeweler who was resident in Antwerp.
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