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Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Piano Trio "Archduke" - Storioni Trio        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 6, 2013

John has provided an exhaustive and generally excellent review. I weigh in here only to provide a rating and a few more encouraging words. Here’s a recording that combines period instruments with modern; orchestral works with chamber music; and rising young musicians with cornerstones of the ... more
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - The Avison Ensemble        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  January 18, 2013

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) published relatively few compositions during his lifetime — in fact the Opus 6 Concerti Grossi were brought out a year after his death—but his influence over composers of the late Baroque Era was unprecedented. Many of the techniques we associate more with others, such ... more
Michala Petri with The Danish National Vocal Ensemble      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  December 31, 2012

(Following is an excerpt from my review for Choral Journal, published by the American Choral Directors Association:) Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri had collaborated with a choir several times during her career, but she found her 2007 experience with Swedish composer Daniel Börtz (b. 1943) ... more
Zelenka: Sonatas - Ensemble Marsyas        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  December 17, 2012

This wonderful set of Ensemble Sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) comes to us courtesy of Linn Records and an all-star band that calls itself Ensemble Marsyas. Not that it matters, but Marsyas was the satyr in Greek mythology who so excelled at playing reeds (the aulos, I presume) that he ... more
Rameau: L'Orchestre de Louis XV - Savall        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 4, 2011

Every time I hear the music of Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764) I am astonished again. This time especially so! Jordi Savall has assembled instrumental music from four of Rameau's dramatic spectacles (it seems wrong somehow merely to term them "operas"), and the results are fantastic. The music is ... more

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