Classical Reviews/Early Music

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This release was occasioned by an exhibition of works by Diego Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris. That exhibition will be over by the time...

Gerald Trimble is a modern musician who likes to play old music on old instruments in a new way. On this recording he plays English, German,...


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According to the liner notes, this album grew out of a research project by music historian Birgit Lodes, entitled “Musical Life in the Late Middle Ages...

This is an intricate, exquisite, and lucid CD, full of careful engagement with the knotty Latin texts, and strung together with highly nuanced vocal detail. Alexander...

Winston Churchill famously once sent a pudding he had ordered in a restaurant back to the kitchen with the complaint that it “lacks a theme.” While...

Three years ago I reviewed an album of Spanish Songs of the Early Renaissance by La Morra (Ramée 1203; Fanfare 36:4), one of whose two source...


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These four discs were first issued as Balades a III chans ( Fanfare 19:2), Fleurs de vertus, Chansons à la cour des Visconti (21:6), and

As noted in the previous issue, we have come to the end of the line with Schola Hungarica, a choral group of men, women, and children...

Some time back I reviewed the first release by Paul Leenhouts and his Royal Wind Music (Lindoro 712; Fanfare 30:5). It featured an ensemble of 14...

So what does the title of this disc mean? A glance at the liner notes reveals a literal misreading of the phrase, “went insane with.” And...

The general focus on this disc of 32 pieces is Manuscript 975 in Granada’s Manuel de Falla Library. It’s an anthology of more than 100 vocal...

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