Classical Reviews/Early Music

14 interviews, and over 450 reviews of classical CDs, SACDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and downloads in this 544-page issue!

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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...


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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...

We always assume that somewhere in the vast catalog of Baroque music there are a few musical alchemists. Amongst the gigantic Bachs and Vivaldis, though, they...

“Music by Early Renaissance Composers Who Remain Anonymous” would probably present the widest scope for an early music program. Barring that, a likely candidate would a...

Founded in 1973, the Hilliard Ensemble was soon regarded as the foremost English vocal ensemble in a crowded field. While they have recorded for several labels...


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The first disc in this series, More Divine than Human ( Fanfare 33:2), offered five works drawn from the Eton Choirbook, the sole remaining witness to...

The largest and most important surviving musical compilation of the Trecento is the Squarcialupi Codex. An illuminated manuscript from the workshop of San Maria degli Angeli...

Anyone who is interested in Medieval vocal music will find this disc fascinating. It collects the earliest versions of the Grail legend, the quest for the...

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