Müthel: The Five Keyboard Concertos

I was very impressed by the playing of this young Polish harpschordist when he recently accompanied Rachel Podger for the Georgian Concert Society in Edinburgh and these two CDs confirm him as a formidable talent. [...]

Alma, svegliate ormai

It may be that I was a little frottoled-out when I came to review this CD, but its exploration of Italian popular music refurnished with devotional texts failed to engage me. [...]

Mozart: Mass in C minor

Although this performance has aged well, for me it still lags behind the Eliot Gardiner version. Unusually for a Herreweghe recording, I was aware of a little too much micro-management, especially at cadences. [...]

I have set my hert so hy

This delightfully fresh selection of Medieval English music on the theme of love and devotion features the familiar ‘naïve’ playing style of the Collective matched by beautifully unmannered singing from the three singers of Voice. [...]

French Flute Concertos

It seems like a lifetime ago that I first got to know the concertos by Blavet and Buffardin via Musica Antiqua Köln's recording with Wilbert Hazelzet in the solo role - in fact, Googling it came up with 1995 as the date, so it is not as long agao as I thought! [...]

Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes

Just as some people consider Brahms' first symphony as Beethoven's tenth, this set of 12 sonatas by Biber is clearly a follow on from Schmelzer's similarly titled Sacro-profanus concentus musicus. Opening and closing with majestic works for pairs of trumpets and violins, four violas and continuo, the set also includes a rich variety of scorings [...]
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