Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716): In Officio Defunctorum – Nocturns for the Dead / Ensemble Odyssee Jul30
Tonal and Consonant iconChamber Music icon

Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716): In Officio Defuncto...

Ensemble Odyssee’s album of music by Gaetano Veneziano (1656–1716) and Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725) is as much about the group and their approach to performance as it is about the composers and music they’ve chosen. That is, when an ensemble champions the work of a composer, they...

Velázquez and the Music of His Time / Cappella Mediterranea; Clematis; Namur Chamber Choir et al. Jul17

Velázquez and the Music of His Time / Cappella Med...

Velázquez and the Music of his Time is a compilation CD assembled to coincide with a 2015 exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris of Diego Velázquez’s (1599-1660) most important paintings. Aside from Velazquez’s 120 surviving works of art, his appointment to Philip IV of Spain in...

Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 2 – Instrumental suites from operas by Rameau, Blow, Purcell & Handel / Septura May08
Tonal and Consonant iconChamber Music icon

Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 2 – Instrumenta...

This album was an obvious recommendation hearing only the opening bars of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Suite from Dardanus, gracefully rendered with a sparkle and finesse that could stand easily beside any version I’ve heard. Musical sensibilities, tonal beauty, balance, intonation,...

A.H. Schultzen (1682-1762): Recorder Sonatas / Ensemble la Ninfea, Barbara Heindlmeier, recorder Apr30

A.H. Schultzen (1682-1762): Recorder Sonatas / Ens...

The music of A.H. Schultzen (1681-1742) is a relatively new and exciting addition to the 18th-century recorder literature. Schultzen’s music first came to light in a 2001 article in the Journal of the American Recorder Society. A contemporary and compatriot of J.S. Bach and G.P....

Telemann: Sonatas, Trios & Concerti / L’Accademia Giocosa Feb12
Tonal and Consonant iconConcerto iconPeriod Instruments

Telemann: Sonatas, Trios & Concerti / L’...

Oehms Classics has released this collection of six sonatas, trios and concerti by Telemann, all but one appearing as a world premiere recording. Playing on period instruments, L’Accademia Giocosa (‘playful’) is made up of members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, together with...

Baroque Bohemia & Beyond, Vol. 7 ‘Winter Season’ / Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Vojtěch Spurný Nov02
Tonal and Consonant iconOrchestral icon

Baroque Bohemia & Beyond, Vol. 7 ‘Winte...

The latest release from Musical Concepts in their ongoing Baroque Bohemia & Beyond series, this seventh installment is subtitled “winter season”, and is comprised of delightful music by Czech composers active in the early decades of the Classical era. The music is largely by...

A. Scarlatti: Clori, Ninfa e Amante – Arias & Cantatas Sep12
Tonal and Consonant iconChamber Music iconPeriod Instruments

A. Scarlatti: Clori, Ninfa e Amante – Arias ...

The music of Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) lacks the representation in the catalog it deserves. The Italian composer, who is probably best known as the father of Domenico Scarlatti, composed over 50 works for the stage (predominately operas) and over 700 chamber cantatas, two of the most...

Music from 18th-Century Prague – works by Zelenka, Tůma & Orschler / Collegium 1704 Sep10
Tonal and Consonant iconChamber Music iconVocal Soloist iconPeriod Instruments

Music from 18th-Century Prague – works by Ze...

A recent release in Supraphon’s Music from eighteenth-century Prague series, this CD is subtitled Bohemian Disciples of Johann Joseph Fux. The music of Fux (1660-1741) does not appear on the disc at all. What these pieces have in common is that each of the three composers, František...

A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg / Ensemble Méridien Aug27
Tonal and Consonant iconVocal Soloist iconPeriod Instruments

A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century ...

Subtitled Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg, A German Soul from Brilliant Classics is a varied program of instrumental, solo vocal and organ pieces dating, for the most part, from the early Baroque. The eight composers represented were all active in northern Germany at some point or...

Alessandro Stradella (1639-82): La Susanna, oratorio Jun27
Tonal and Consonant iconVocal Soloist iconChoir choral iconPeriod Instruments

Alessandro Stradella (1639-82): La Susanna, orator...

Some composers are satisfied to live quiet but purposeful lives, have many children and leave a great musical legacy. Others are like Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682) who led the life of a scoundrel in the midst of a great musical career, living to only 42 years of age. He lived the life that...

Portus Felicitatis – Motets & Arias by Johann Georg Reutter Jun26
Tonal and Consonant iconVocal Soloist iconPeriod Instruments

Portus Felicitatis – Motets & Arias by ...

This is the second CD recommended on Expedition Audio of music by German composer Johann Georg Reutter (1708-1772), who has long been handed the short end of the proverbial stick by history’s musicologists. Appraisals of Reutter’s art coming from the past couple centuries contrast...

Biber: Vespro della beata Vergine; Kerll: Missa in Fletu Solatium / Cantus Cölln Jun02
Tonal and Consonant iconChoir choral iconPeriod Instruments

Biber: Vespro della beata Vergine; Kerll: Missa in...

The sacred works on this disc were composed by two powerhouses of the Baroque. The well-known Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) left a seemingly never ending trail of wonderful works, but Johann Kaspar Kerll, who also wrote a great number of outstanding pieces, is...