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Biber: Violin Sonatas - Steck/Perl/Rieger/Santana        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  February 4, 2008

Biber was one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his time, famous for his cycle "The Mystery Sonatas", one of the most difficult works of the baroque violin repertoire. The sonatas presented here from the Archive of Kresier castle are more proof of his mastery of the violin; Anton Steck is ... more
The Italian Connection - Vital Julian Frey        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  February 1, 2008

This CD is the first of Swiss harpsichord virtuoso Vital Juan Frey, 28 years old at the time of recording. Although his biography states that harpsichord was his first instrument at age 7, at first he sounded like a converted pianist to me: many of his methods of enlivening the music are associated ... more
Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 14, 2007

Every year around Christmas time I dig this one out and enjoy it immensely - I must admit that I like Guaraldi's originals even better than his enchanting treatments of Christmas chestnuts. This is one of the classic jazz albums for the season, setting the mood perfectly. I compared this to the ... more
Harpsichord Gems Vol. 3: Fischer Musicalisches Blumen-Büschlein - Martynova          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  December 5, 2007

This seems to be the only complete recording of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer's 1st book of harpsichord pieces - the second, titled "Parnasse Musical" was recorded in its entirety by Luc Beauséjour, Walter Geist, and Mitzi Myerson, but only two or three suites from the first showed up on ... more
The New Sound Quartet: Summertime        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  November 16, 2007

The second CD of the fruitful collaboration of vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Geoffrey Keezer starts with one of the modern classical pieces adopted most often by jazz musicians: the 2nd adagio movement of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Again, comparisons with the legendary Modern Jazz ... more

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