Croft: Three odes with orchestra
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
2w ago
Edited by Alan Howard Musica Britannica MB108 ISBN: 9780852499696 ISMN: 9790220228100 xlviii + 127pp, £115.00 Stainer & Bell This excellent volume contains the two pieces Croft wrote to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht in 1713 – an earn his Oxford doctorate – and an ode (the editor Alan Howarth argues) to mark the Peace of Ryswick in 1697. if, as likely, that is the case, the composer would still have been a teenager, so the infelicities identified in the informative introduction might be forgiven. The main problem with the source (a later copy by one of Croft’s students from the 1720s) is t ..read more
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Early Tudor Organ Music
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
2w ago
Early English Church Music 65 (volume 1) & 66 (volume 2) Edited by John Caldwell Vol. 1: xxxvi + pp 1-206 £100 ISMN 979 0 2202 2852 0, ISBN 978 0 85249 971 9 Vol. 2: pp 207-403 £85 ISMN 979 0 2202 2853 7, ISBN 978 0 85249 972 6 Stainer & Bell Ltd These two magnificent landscape volumes will be essential for anyone interested in this repertoire. The wealth of information presented in the introduction (xii-xxxvi in volume 1) is incredibly valuable. The main source of the music itself is British Library Additional MS 29996, with 12 secondary sources also discussed and their significance a ..read more
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Requiems by Giovanni Croce and Giovanni Rovetta
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
2w ago
The Requiem Mass at St Mark’s, Venice, in the Seventeenth Century Edited by Jonathan R. J. Drennan Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 238 xvii, six plates + 50pp $140 ISBN 978-1-9872-0865-8 This is the first of three volumes surveying Requiem settings at the basilica of San Marco from the 17th to the 19th centuries. After a detailed introduction, Drennan presents the two settings in the traditional A-R format, meaning that my usual gripes about wasted space and dumbing down of time signatures apply. Both works are written for ATTB choir and were intended to be sung from the big ..read more
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Virtuoso harpsichord music
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Melody Lin 51:30 CRD 3546 What should a young harpsichordist include in their first recording? The traditional choices are either to pick a minor composer and concentrate on making their music available, or to present a mixed recital that displays ability over a broader range of repertory. The Taiwanese harpsichordist Melody Lin has chosen the latter course in this short CD which ranges from the English Virginalists Farnaby and Byrd, through J. S. Bach, to Rameau and Forqueray. She has recently completed a doctorate in performance at Claremont Graduate University in California and this recordi ..read more
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Johann Ludwig Krebs: Keyboard Works volume 3
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Steven Devine harpsichord 77:30 resonus RES10329 Steven Devine continues his highly successful series of recordings of the complete surviving keyboard music of Krebs, a favoured pupil of J. S. Bach at Leipzig who went on to settle in nearby Altenburg.  As well as the substantial 6th partita, this volume includes six sonatas which only reappeared in 1999 in Kyiv, the manuscript having been moved from Berlin during the Second World War; this is their first appearance on disc, in Devine’s own edition.  In a standard three-movement Italian form, they show Krebs revelling in the new ..read more
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Haydn: Baryton Trios
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Treasures from the Esterháza Palace 2 Valencia Baryton Project 62:55 NAXOS 8.573504 Haydn’s employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterháza, was a proficient player of the baryton, essentially a bass viola d’amore – with strings stopped over a bridge and played with a bow and a series of sympathetic strings that resonate and can be plucked with the thumb. The composer was commissioned to write new music for the Prince and he produced over a hundred trios with viola and cello. Each begins with its longest movement, followed by a minuet and trio (or a similar dance), and concludes with a short, quick moveme ..read more
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Sperger: String Quartets op. 1
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Mitglieder der Kammerakademie Potsdam 55:51 cpo 555 470-2 Johann Matthias Sperger‘s three string quartets, opus 1, were printed by the renowned Berlin published Hummel in 1791, the year of Mozart’s death. Comparisons with the younger man’s work are inevitable. Although Sperger’s works very definitely deserve to be heard (and this excellent performance on modern instruments can only help lift the composer’s popularity), these three substantial pieces could have been written by a young Mozart, not the man who had just died. As noted in the booklet, Sperger’s more introspective moments (especiall ..read more
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Popora: Music for the Venetian Ospedaletto
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Josè Maria Lo Monaco contralto, stile galante, Stefano Aresi 67:36 Glossa GCD 923537 On the inside cover of the booklet, along with the other credits, we read: “This recording is an outgrowth of musicological research seeking new insights on historically informed performance practices based upon the acoustics of the Ospedaletto in Venice”. That all sounds great, but there is no further explanation or, indeed, any other comment on the actual performance apart from a half-hearted explanation of the presence of a cello concerto on an otherwise vocal programme because there it is known that one of ..read more
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Apollo’s Cabinet: Musical Wanderlust
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Charles Burney’s European Travels in Pursuit of Harmony Apollo’s Cabinet, Alexander Armstrong narrator Prima Classic PRIMA036CDEN What a jolly time Dr Burney must have had! This is a proper romp around Europe – with performances by the children of Red Priest and an excitable percussionist. The musical items include some balletti by Schmelzer, movements from a Vivaldi concerto pushed to its limits among a smorgasbord of bleeding chunks (Goldberg Variations, a Tuma partita, some Loeillet of Ghent, an aria from a Telemann opera, some folk tunes among them. I fear few of the composers would recogn ..read more
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Couperin: Concerts
Early Music Review
by EMR2015
1M ago
Emanuel Abbühl oboe/oboe d’amore/cor anglais, David Tomàs bassoon, Carla Sanfelix baroque cello, Miklós Spányi harpsichord Benoït Fallai theorbo 77:22 Genuin GEN 24873 Although Pascal Duc’s booklet note tells us almost everything we could ever need to know about the five suites on this CD, he never once refers to the performances on it – for some people, there may be no need to justify an ensemble that juxtaposes two modern instruments and three baroque ones. Indeed, why not? Surely it is just a different sound world… Yet, for me, there is something missing – technical improvements over time h ..read more
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