Early music articles at Music & Vision
Friday 18 April 2014
 

CD Spotlight. Inner Essence - Estonian folk hymns and runic songs, heard by Howard Smith. '... enduring, limitless appeal.'

CD Spotlight. Great Purity - Performances by Deborah Roberts and friends, heard by Patric Standford. '... a recording to be treasured ...'

Ensemble. Performance to Cherish - Lawrence Budmen submits a further report from the Tanglewood Festival 2010

CD Spotlight. Nearly Unknown - Bologna's Renaissance music, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi. '... an efficient and effective local ensemble ...'

Ensemble. Sparks Really Flew - Mike Wheeler listens to the Denner Ensemble

CD Spotlight. Precocious and Talented - Music by Anna Bon di Venezia, heard by Ron Bierman. '... nuanced and cleanly articulated ...'

CD Spotlight. Motet and Lauda - Cantica Symphonia sing sixteenth century motets, and impress George Balcombe. '... so gentle yet precise ...'

Ensemble. Nicely Thought-out - The early music ensemble Concert Royal celebrates the Purcell anniversary, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Ineffable - Medieval music by Busnois, Domarto and Pullois, reviewed by George Balcombe. '... profoundly moving.'

CD Spotlight. Wonderful Music - The Cardinall's Musick sings William Byrd, recommended by Robert Hugill. '... the scholarship in the set is impressive ...'

Record Box. Great Beauty - Music by Guillaume Dufay impresses Gerald Fenech

Ensemble. A Near-perfect Occasion - Alice McVeigh braves the snow to listen to Fretwork at London's Wigmore Hall

Ensemble. A Delicate Balance - Cavalli's 'La Calisto', reviewed by Robert Hugill

Ensemble. A Spellbound Audience - The Sixteen at Stour Music, reviewed by Pippa Hare and Rosie Evelegh

CD Spotlight. Stylistic Eloquence - Italian arias and madrigals, recommended by Maria Nockin. '... performed with accuracy and grace.'

Record Box. Joyous Tintinnabulation - The Play of Daniel intrigues and delights Robert Anderson

CD Spotlight. Amorous Inclinations - Early music from England and France, enjoyed by Kelly Ferjutz

Le grand clavecin - The sixth Harpsichord Festival (Klavessiinifestival) in Tallinn, Estonia, 10-15 April 2008, attended by Peter G Howell

Record Box. Glorious Textures - Sacred vocal music by Robert Parsons, reviewed by Patric Standford

Record Box. Passion and Intensity - Vocal music by Gesualdo, reviewed by Robert Hugill

CD Spotlight. A Definitive View - Imbi Tarum plays French Baroque harpsichord music, recommended by Peter G Howell. 'The playing is superb ...'

Fascinating and Rewarding - Machaut, O'Regan and Brumel from The Orlando Consort and Viva Voce, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Without Carols - Renaissance music for Christmas, reviewed by Malcolm Tattersall. '... endless web of glorious sound ...'

CD Spotlight. A Belated Flowering - Six-part consorts by John Jenkins, appreciated by Malcolm Tattersall. '... a wonderful group.'

Ensemble. Touching Contributions - A concert by the Derwent Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Respect and Understanding - A CD celebrating 300 years of Charpentier, reviewed by Peter Howell. 'The performance is excellent throughout.'

Ensemble. Fizzing with Energy - The Sitwell Singers celebrate a 40th anniversary, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Contrasting Styles - CDs of medieval music, reviewed by Rex Harley. '... delightful recording ...'

CD Spotlight. Great charm - Venetian lute music, reviewed by Peter Howell. '... sensitive playing on a good instrument in real acoustics ...'

Record box. Noël - Christmas carols and chants played by Anonymous 4, enjoyed by Basil Ramsey

CD Spotlight. Colourful spirit - Christmas music from the Mediterranean, enjoyed by Patric Standford. '... an intriguing expansion to musical horizons ...'

CD Spotlight. Intimate pleasures - Duo LiveOak's 'Piva', enjoyed by Malcolm Tattersall. '... an attractive selection of rarely-heard songs.'

CD Spotlight. Breathtaking brevity - Music by Sweelinck and his pupils, reviewed by George Balcombe. '... a brilliant performance ...'

CD Spotlight. Great cheer - Music for Alfonso the Wise, and by Victoria, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... clear and expressive ...'

Destined for the top - Roderic Dunnett talks to Sarah Saunders of Phoenix Rising

CD Spotlight. Higher authority - Jacob Heringman plays music from the Siena Lute Book, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... an infectious zest for the music ...'

CD Spotlight. Considerable pleasure - Emma Kirkby sings music by Cataldo Amodei, reviewed by Patric Standford. '... a CD of rare beauty ...'

Record box. Coming clean - John Potter's 'Care-charming sleep' finds Rex Harley unimpressed

CD Spotlight. Vital inspiration - Music by Heinrich Schütz, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... expressively at one with the music.'

Ensemble. Lack of balance - Rex Harley experiences Il Vero Modo in Cardiff on 12 February 2004

CD Spotlight. Infectious performances - Joglaresa and Belinda Sykes perform medieval songs for Mary Magdelene, recommended by Robert Hugill. '... enormous freshness and immediacy.'

What sound? - Robert Hugill asks some questions about the music of William Byrd

CD Spotlight. Emotional immediacy - Music by Andrea Gabrieli, recommended by Robert Hugill. '... His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts play stunningly ...'

The Monteverdi allure - On the 360th anniversary of the death of Claudio Monteverdi, Rajgopal Nidamboor pays tribute to the first great composer of opera

Ensemble. Mutual enthusiasm - Rex Harley meets Phoenix Rising

Ensemble. Something special - Between the Bridge and the Bee-loud Glade, Rex Harley discovers the Aust Festival of Mediaeval Music

CD Spotlight. The firmament on high - Music by Thomas Tomkins, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... an unqualified delight ...'

CD Spotlight. Carefree brilliance - The keyboard music of Orlando Gibbons, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... technique and panache ...'

CD Spotlight. A kinder approach - Music by Biber, played by The Parley of Instruments, and recommended by Ron Bierman

Record box. Distant love - Songs of Jaufre Rudel and Martin Codax, reviewed by Rex Harley

Ensemble. Dramatic writing - Rex Harley attends a memorable performance of the Victoria Requiem

Record box. The Rags of Time - Basil Ramsey lingers over the delights of seventeenth century lute songs and dances

Ensemble. Apotheosis of the madrigal - Roderic Dunnett enjoys 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' at London's Royal Academy of Music

CD Spotlight. World class - Sarasa, a new American baroque ensemble, discovered by John Bell Young. '... vigorous, gutsy and vivacious playing ...'

CD Spotlight. Diáspora Sefardí - Music from the Sephardic Jews, reviewed by Rex Harley. '... sensitive and subtle performances.'

Ensemble. Accendo - Music from the time of Claudio Monteverdi at a concert in Cardiff Castle, Wales, reviewed by Rex Harley

CD Spotlight. Many delights - Performances of 14th century music by Venance Fortunat, appreciated by Rex Harley. '... the sound they make is quite breath-taking.'

CD Spotlight. Arias for Farinelli - The voice of mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, appreciated by Maria Nockin. '... played, sung and recorded with exquisite artistry.'

Record box. Buried masterpiece? - Roderic Dunnett is bowled over by Gossec's Requiem

CD Spotlight. Brilliance and neatness - Haydn at Esterhazy, with Robert Anderson. '... a relaxed warmth entirely suited to the music and its period.'

CD Spotlight. Breach of conventions? - Handel's opera 'Tamerlano' in a new recording investigated by Peter Dale. '... absolutely convincing ...'

Ensemble. Waiting for Figaro - Bampton Classical Opera at London's St John's Smith Square, enjoyed by David Thompson

Editorial musings with Basil Ramsey. From Wagner to Bach - A long journey in performance practice

Ensemble. Madrigal comedy - Keith Bramich enjoys I Fagiolini's performances of English and Italian music, old and new

Record box - Creative glue. Buxtehude and the sonata, heard by Basil Ramsey

CD Spotlight - Constant enchantment. The 'Cantiones Sacrae' of Sweelinck, with Robert Anderson. 'The Clare College Choir under Timothy Brown has both the intensity and agility to encompass the varied moods of the music.'

CD Spotlight - Capritio. Instrumental music from the 17th Century, reviewed by Jennifer Paull. '... ensemble playing at its best. O'Dette is an outstanding performer.'

Record box - Musical manners. Basil Ramsey listens to Robert King's performances of Johann Schelle

Second Sight. Music with Wilfrid Mellers - Celestial Voices. An early songbook on CD

Record box - Knowing Knüpfer. A pre-Bach notable, with Basil Ramsey

CD Spotlight - An ingenious person. '... the Apollo Consort is wonderfully alert and sensitive.' John Jenkins admired by Robert Anderson

Record box - Irresistible beauty - Anonymous 4, with Basil Ramsey

Second Sight - Music with Wilfrid Mellers - Stylized subtleties - Campra emerges.

Second sight - Music with Wilfrid Mellers - The Sun King - Lully's musical homage

CD Spotlight - Showing paces. '... the oratorio performances can only give pleasure.' Charpentier's dramatic strengths, with Robert Anderson

CD Spotlight - Renaissance. 'Jennifer Paull gives sparkling performances.' The oboe d'amore revitalised - with Basil Ramsey.

CD Spotlight - 'Restoring a sacred choral tradition. A truly gorgeous recording has just emerged from the Maîtrise de Caen ... tenderly supportive, with beautiful clear words, good intonation and an attractive feel for cadence and phrasing.' Roderic Dunnett listens to Les Petits Motets de Sébastien de Brossard.

 
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