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    Mendelssohn Piano and Violin Concertos

    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) was one of the great…

    Josquin des Prez – A New Approach to Musical Expressiveness

    Music history often points to particularly innovative and influential composers…

    J.C. Bach: Not His Dad’s Baroque Music

    In the music of Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), the uncluttered…

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Italian Elegance in 17th-Century France

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) boasted two key requirements for a successful…

    Bach’s Goldberg Variations

    According to an anecdote in an 1802 biography of J.S.…

    Rediscovering Johannes Ockeghem

    Beethoven has enjoyed all kinds of attention in 2020 to…

    Dame Ethel Smyth: Knight of the Musical Realm

    In 1922, when she became the first female composer ever…

    Thomas Tallis: Music for Kings

    When your job is to compose music for kings, it’s…

    Poet’s Love: Schumann’s Dichterliebe

    Completed in 1840, Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love),…

    The Natural Horn: Recent Recordings

    French horn is a notoriously difficult instrument to play at…

    Troubadours, Trouvères, and Minnesingers

    The word “troubadour” gets tossed around in the modern world…

    Interpreting Purcell, Redux

    Henry Purcell (1659-1695) lived at an expansive time in British…

    The Baroque in Central and South America

    When we hear the term “Baroque music,” most of us…

    John Dowland: Renaissance Composer, Lutenist and Singer

    If you’ve ever strummed a guitar while singing, you can…

    Beethoven: Recent Piano Concerto Recordings

    It’s come at last, after months of industry hype: the…

    Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice

    Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), today a largely under-appreciated composer, was…

    Guillaume Dufay

    In the days when Jan Van Eyck and his ilk…

    Hildegard of Bingen

    Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) is one of the most important…

    Bach Cello Suites

    In a thoroughly unscientific survey, I found over a dozen…

    Haydn Symphonies

    Talk about classical canon: conductors and record companies never seem…

    Carl Maria von Weber: 200 Years of Der Freischütz

    The year 2021 marked the 200th anniversary of Carl Maria…

    Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Master of Orchestration Turns 150

    On October 12, 2022, fans of 20th-century British music will…

    Orlande de Lassus: Magnificent Music for Voice

    One of the most astonishing periods of European music history…

    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater: Glorious Music

    Music history textbooks usually bring up Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in…

    Marin Marais’s Works for Viola da Gamba

    Marin Marais (1656-1728) lived in Paris his whole life. That…

    Countertenors: New Takes on an Old Tradition

    “Countertenor” is one of those musical terms that has meant…

    Beethoven Trios: Beyond Archduke

    One of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most beloved works of chamber…

    Semele: It’s Not Just an Opera by Handel

    In ancient Greek mythology, Semele is a mortal woman favored…

    Francisco Guerrero: Catching On Again, Five Centuries Later

    The Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599) might be…

    Alessandro Stradella: Magical Melodic Touch

    Alessandro Stradella (1639 – 1682) was as colorful a figure…

    Clara Wieck Schumann

    September 13, 2019, marks the 200th birthday of pianist and…

    Antonio Salieri: The Real Story

    My heart goes out to Antonio Salieri. For the past…

    150 Years of Aida

    Like every other writer who appears on these gleaming digital…

    Louise Farrenc: Pride of the Paris Conservatory

    Born in Paris in 1804, Louise Farrenc grew up in…

    Jean-Philippe Rameau: A New Take on French Opera

    If Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764) had not embarked on…

    Singing His Praises: Bach Cantatas

    Among the 95 suggestions for improving Catholicism that Martin Luther…

    William Byrd: English Musical Inspiration

    During the early Renaissance, European composers gushed over what they…

    The Chamber Music of Luigi Boccherini: Elegance, Always

    In his own day, Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) was decidedly retro.…

    Jean-Baptiste Lully – The Sun King’s Favorite

    In the 1600s, it was generally agreed that opera was…

    Arrangements of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons is one of the most-recorded works in…

    Nilsson Sings Newman

      Harry Nilsson Album: Nilsson Sings Newman LP, 8-track, Cassette…

    Bach Violin Sonatas

    J.S. Bach’s works for solo violin are compositional marvels that…

    Mozart Chamber Music

    Mozart’s string quartets and sonatas are deservedly adored members of…

    Dan’s 100 Best Albums of 2017!

    [If you’re looking for yet another remaster of Kind Of…

    Heinrich Isaac

    On March 26, 1517, Heinrich Isaac died. Although the Netherlander…

    Flat Worms

    From the scuzzy, fuzzy den of Castle Face Records comes…

    The Great 78 Project

    There was a time, in the first half of the…

    LCD Soundsystem

    American Dream is arguably James Murphy’s best album yet. It…

    British & Irish Music

    I want to talk about British and Irish folk music.…

    Frescobaldi

    For the majority of classical music fans, Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)…

    Unusual Madrigals

    “Madrigal” is one of those words that showed up in…

    The King Lives!…
    and King Gizzard?

    Elvis Presley DVD: Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert “Live”…

    Interpreting Purcell

    Henry Purcell (1659-1695) lived at an expansive time in British…

    Benjamin Booker

    Album: Witness Artist: Benjamin Booker 33 RPM – 1 LP…

    Lute!

    One of the defining factors of High Baroque music is…

    The Mountain Goats

    Album: Goths Artist: The Mountain Goats 45 RPM – 3…

    Caldara

    For a composer not celebrating a round-numbered anniversary of his…

    Thurston Moore/ Father John Misty

    Album: rock n roll consciousness Artist: Thurston Moore Release: Ecstatic…

    Damaged Bug/Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Album: Bunker Funk Artist: Damaged Bug Release: Castle Face Records,…

    Chant: Sacred and Profane

    Scholars help us understand what chant is. That’s been true…

    Mozart String Quartets

    A classic recording of Mozart’s six so-called Haydn Quartets has…

    Guillaume de Machaut

    His poetry was admired by Geoffrey Chaucer, he survived the…

    Fanny Mendelssohn

    If Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) had lived at a time and…

    Archangelo Corelli

    Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713) had a pretty sweet deal. As a…

    Notre Dame Organum

    On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was…

    Handel Arias

    In 1706, at the age of 21, Handel made the…

    Johann Adolf Hasse

    When your wife is a famous soprano and your best…

    Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

    There was never a more promising time than the late…

    A Tale of Two Praetorius(es)

    No, they’re not related, but Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Hieronymus…

    François Couperin

    The Year of Couperin is drawing to a close. What,…

    Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free
    Akron/Family

    Album: Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free Artist: Akron/Family Release: Deep…

    Medieval Spanish Chant

    When I learned there was a new recording of music…

    Schubert Symphonies

    The past 12 months have seen the release of several…

    G. B. Sammartini

    When Giovanni Battista Sammartini (c. 1700-1775) shows up in music…

    Orlando Gibbons

    The rich, velveteen sound of the English classical tradition, exemplified…

    C.P.E. Bach Sonatas

    Clavier-Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber (Keyboard Sonatas for Experts and…

    Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611) is often referred to…

    Die Schöne Müllerin

    Music history textbooks love to point out that Schubert’s song…

    Schubert’s Winterreise

    When Franz Schubert first played his song cycle Winterreise (Winter…
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