Something Old / Something New

John Dowland: Renaissance Composer, Lutenist and Singer

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

A Tale of Two Praetorius(es)

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

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

There was never a more promising time than the late…

Johann Adolf Hasse

When your wife is a famous soprano and your best…

Handel Arias

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

Notre Dame Organum

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

Archangelo Corelli

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

Fanny Mendelssohn

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

Guillaume de Machaut

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

Clara Wieck Schumann

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

Haydn Symphonies

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

Bach Cello Suites

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

Hildegard of Bingen

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

Guillaume Dufay

In the days when Jan Van Eyck and his ilk…

Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice

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

Beethoven: Recent Piano Concerto Recordings

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

François Couperin

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

The Baroque in Central and South America

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

Interpreting Purcell, Redux

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

Mendelssohn Piano and Violin Concertos

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

The Natural Horn: Recent Recordings

French horn is a notoriously difficult instrument to play at…

Poet’s Love: Schumann’s Dichterliebe

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

Thomas Tallis: Music for Kings

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

Dame Ethel Smyth: Knight of the Musical Realm

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

Rediscovering Johannes Ockeghem

Beethoven has enjoyed all kinds of attention in 2020 to…

Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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

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

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

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

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

Josquin des Prez – A New Approach to Musical Expressiveness

Music history often points to particularly innovative and influential composers…

Troubadours, Trouvères, and Minnesingers

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

Arrangements of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

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

Flat Worms

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

Chant: Sacred and Profane

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

Damaged Bug/Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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

Thurston Moore/ Father John Misty

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

Caldara

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

The Mountain Goats

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

Lute!

One of the defining factors of High Baroque music is…

Benjamin Booker

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

Interpreting Purcell

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

The King Lives!…
and King Gizzard?

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

Nilsson Sings Newman

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

Frescobaldi

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

British & Irish Music

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

LCD Soundsystem

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

The Great 78 Project

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

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

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

Heinrich Isaac

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

Dan’s 100 Best Albums of 2017!

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

Mozart Chamber Music

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

Bach Violin Sonatas

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

Unusual Madrigals

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

Schubert’s Winterreise

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

Die Schöne Müllerin

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

Tomás Luis de Victoria

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

C.P.E. Bach Sonatas

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

Orlando Gibbons

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

G. B. Sammartini

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

Schubert Symphonies

The past 12 months have seen the release of several…

Medieval Spanish Chant

When I learned there was a new recording of music…

Mozart String Quartets

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