June 2015

Cynthia’s Revels

In Cynthia’s Revels, a play by Ben Johnson, Queen Elizabeth I was represented as Cynthia, the virgin goddess of the moon. It included songs and dances, both of which the queen is known to have greatly enjoyed, so the Flautadors have used this theme to present a programme of instrumental music which might have been heard at Elizabeth’s court. [...]

Il Trionfo di Dori

This charming account of the Gardano publication of 1592 of madrigals composed by all the big Italian composers of the day, dedicated to Leonardo Sanuda and written in honour of his wife, Elisabetta Giustinian. Like a precursor of the Triumphs of Oriana, one has the sense that the composers are vying with one another [...]

Niels Gade: Chamber works Vol. 1

This is the first volume in a series to be dedicated to all of Gade's chamber music, sponsored - apart from state and local government funding - by the "friends of the ensemble". As Finn Egeland Hansen's interesting booklet note explains, the repertoire is dominated by strings (there is only one work that does not feature the violin!) [...]

The Cello in Baroque Italy

These recordings, made in 1990 and 1991, are attractively packaged, with the two CDs labelled ‘The Beginnings’ and ‘The Flowering’, the latter consisting solely of sonatas by Vivaldi and Geminiani. [...]

Graupner: Concerti e Musica di Tavola

I had never before come upon the suggestion that Uta Wald makes in the booklet notes that the impetus for Graupner to start writing purely instrumental music came in 1729 when the woodwind player Johann Michael Böhm fled to the court of Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart [...]
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