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CD Review: Sebastians Illuminate Vivaldi And Friends

CD Review: Sebastians Illuminate Vivaldi And Friends

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Early Music America
Published:
September 23, 2019
On its new recording, 'Folia,' the ensemble’s comfort with the material shines through. The slower movements are graceful and expressive, the faster ones exciting.
CD Review: Kožená Electrifies In Dramatic Fare

CD Review: Kožená Electrifies In Dramatic Fare

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 9, 2019
Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená's first album on the Pentatone label centers on the protagonists of four tragic Baroque cantatas.
Book Review: Inspiring Profile In Courage

Book Review: Inspiring Profile In Courage

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
September 9, 2019
The Czech-born harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková (1927-2017) recounted her amazing life in 'One Hundred Miracles: A Memoir of Music and Survival,' written with Wendy Holden.
CD Review: Bachs On Harpsichord And Fortepiano

CD Review: Bachs On Harpsichord And Fortepiano

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
August 26, 2019
There are a lot of compelling and fascinating arguments for this kind of program featuring harpsichordist Rebecca Cypess and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang. Yet the recital justifies itself entirely on musical grounds.
Boccherini Works Elegantly Performed

Boccherini Works Elegantly Performed

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
August 19, 2019
Sarasa Ensemble's latest CD brackets Boccherini’s 'Stabat Mater,' featuring soprano Dominique Labelle, with two pieces of chamber music for strings, a quartet, Op. 52, No. 3 (G. 234), in G major, and a quintet, Op. 42, No. 1 (G. 348), in F minor.
Book Review: Entrancing Guide To Singing Early Music

Book Review: Entrancing Guide To Singing Early Music

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
August 5, 2019
Martha Elliott is excellent in discussing how to read Baroque scores, closely comparing various published versions (including facsimile, early publication, 19th-century edition, and complete works edition) of a single piece.
CD Review: Musical Puzzles Luminously Solved

CD Review: Musical Puzzles Luminously Solved

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
July 29, 2019
Pomerium's latest recording is a program of Renaissance music showcasing musical games and puzzles that the ensemble performed at the Met Cloisters in New York City in 2016.
Book Review: Handel Documents Aplenty

Book Review: Handel Documents Aplenty

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
July 22, 2019
The magisterial multi-volume set of Handel documents put together by Donald Burrows and the distinguished Handel scholars Helen Coffey, John Greenacombe, and the late Anthony Hicks promises to include just about everything written about, by, to, and for Handel.
CD Review: Classical Obscurities Elegantly Shaped

CD Review: Classical Obscurities Elegantly Shaped

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
July 15, 2019
A new recording by Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy includes world-premiere recordings of three symphonies and Stephen Storace’s aria “Domestic Peace,” as well as the first recording of Carl Friedrich Zelter’s Concerto in E-flat for Viola and Orchestra on period instruments.
CD Review: Celebrating Handel's Tenor

CD Review: Celebrating Handel’s Tenor

Source:
Early Music America
Published:
July 1, 2019
Tenor Aaron Sheehan, shown above in Marc-Antoine Charpentier's 'La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers' at the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival, teams with the Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra on an outstanding recording of works Handel wrote for tenor John Beard.
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