Telemann: Music for Wind Band

This fabulous recording is devoted to one of the less well-known repositories of baroque music. As well as maintaining "Kapelle" (ensembles made up of singers and instrumentalists who were as capable of performing sacred as secular music), many German courts - in imitation of Louis XIV - maintained an "hautboistenband", a separate group of musicians who served a different purpose. [...]

Handel in the Wind – The Messiah and Other Masterworks

Red Priest albums are always stylish, entertaining and controversial, and this one is no exception. It took me a little while to become accustomed to the sound world of Red Priest – recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord – as applied to Handel’s Messiah but I found I soon entered into it and really enjoyed their imaginative interpretations of such well-known music. [...]

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

The shocking impact on its first hearers of Schubert's Winterreise is well documented; his friends were 'dumb­founded' by the overwhel­ming power of the grief expressed in the 24 settings of Wilhelm Muller's poems. It is hugely popular today, but you have to prepare yourself for a performance [...]

The Musical Life of Joseph Martin Kraus…

As someone who has long enjoyed listening to Kraus's music, it has come as something of a disappointment that he seems to have been a rather unlikeable person. Most of the letters that comprise the first part of this volume are full of requests for money from his parents, and complaints about his lot in life; [...]
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