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. [...]

Music in the time of Velázquez

It is hard to believe that this sparkling recital was originally issued in 1993; the repertoire it explores, that of 17th-century Spanish secular music, remains relatively little known. Much of the vocal half of the disc is devoted to the theatre music of Juan Hidalgo, who was closely associated with the great dramatist Calderon. [...]

Schultzen: Recorder Sonatas & anonymous Viola da Gamba sonatas

This is the first recording of the six recorder sonatas by Schultzen which were published by Roger in Amsterdam and survive in a copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Although they appear in Roger’s 1737 catalogue they are known to have existed as early as 1704 and the identity of A. H. Schultzen, the composer named on the print, is somewhat mysterious. [...]
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