Classical

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; [...]

Mozart · Mendelssohn

Chiaroscuro is a period instrument quartet that is not frightened of its pianissimos. So many ensembles pay little attention to the full range of dynamics that are available on their instruments. [...]

Hoffmann: Symphony, Overtures Witt Sinfonia in A

Sandwiched between two lively symphonies, each equally deserving of a place in the repertoire of most orchestras looking to explore the music of Beethoven's contem-poraries, are the overtures to Hoffmann's Undine and Aurora, considered by many as the first Romantic operas in German. [...]

Haydn Symphonies Nos. 57, 67, 68

A colleague once said that the best Haydn symphony was the one that he had heard last. This has worked for me over the years, with very few exceptions, and certainly I found this dictum true again in Nicholas McGegan’s selection of these three symphonies. [...]

Rolle: Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt – 31 motets

Though nowadays considered a secondary figure in the history of music, Johann Heinrich Rolle was actually much more so in his own day. His oratorios were very widely disseminated and performed (even enjoying the relative luxury of being printed in vocal score format) and it is not difficult to see why [...]
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