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 [...]

Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe

This is a recording of the recent Covent Garden production, directed by Lukas Hemleb. With an excellent team of soloists and the fine Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, under Thomas Hengelbrock’s reliable baton, this ought to have been a winner. [...]

Bach in Montecassino

There is an interesting back-story to this CD of Bach organ music played on a one-manual North Italian organ. The pieces come from Bach pieces collected by two 18th century scholars, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust and Padre Martini. [...]
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