Telemann: Fantasias for Solo Violin

In stark contrast to a recording of these pieces I reviewed last month, this magnificent CD is worth every penny! Anyone who choses to perform Telemann's unaccompanied violin music faces the challenge of justifying why they have done so rather than tackling Bach's output in the same medium, in this case because there are none of the huge technical demands of the latter and - on the page - Telemann's writing lacks sophistication. [...]

Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture Symphonies

Ludger Rémy was recently awarded the Fasch-Preis der Stadt Zerbst/Anhalt in recognition of his work over decades in promoting and recording the music of Johann Friedrich, who spent the last 36 years of his life in the service of the court there. [...]

Berliner Gambenbuch

This is an exceptionally interesting recording of a ‘new’ repertoire, still to be made generally available, of the highest quality. The manuscript, currently held in France, possibly originated in north Germany. [...]

Albinoni: Opera Arias and Instrumental Music

I have mixed emotions about this recording. I was moved to tears by Quintans as Jonathan in Charpentier's sacred opera at the Edinburgh Festival a few years ago, but was not immediately taken by her interpretations of Albinoni's unsurprisingly glorious music for voice. [...]

Songs of Love, War and Melancholy

This is one of two discs this month of which I have to say, ‘This is the most enormous fun’. It is the third of three recitals of Gallay’s music which Anneke Scott has recorded with support from the Gerald Finzi Trust and when I’ve finished writing this I’m going to order the other two. [...]

Palestrina: Volume 6

The Sixteen’s representative account of Palestrina’s music has reached volume six, and sticking to the tried and true formula of programming a handful of motets, some items from The Song of Songs and a Mass setting, they are singing the five-part Mass L’Homme armé with penitential and devotional motets. [...]
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