Alessandro Stradella (1639-82): La Susanna, oratorio Jun27
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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
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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
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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...

Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Cello Concertos May01
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Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Cello Concertos

Baroque cellist Stefano Veggetti performs with members of the early music band Ensemble Cordia on this Brilliant Classics release of cello concertos by Giovanni Benedetto Platti (c.1697-1763). In all, there are five concertos on this recording made in 2011; three of them are appearing on CD...

Viaggio Musicale – Italian Music of the 17th Century Apr20
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Viaggio Musicale – Italian Music of the 17th...

Containing some two dozen tracks of pieces by largely lesser known composers from the early Baroque, this release on Teldec’s Das Alte Werk imprint is fittingly titled Viaggio Musicale (Musical Journey). It’s performed by one of Italy’s pioneering early music ensembles, Il...

Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) ‘Laberintos Ingeniosos’ / Xavier Díaz-Latorre, baroque guitar Feb23
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Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) ‘Laberintos Ingenios...

Not so well known to the average classical music lover but a momentous figure to classical guitarists and aficionados of guitar music is the Aragonese composer Gaspar Sanz (c.1640-c.1710) (Aragon is an autonomous district within Spain). This recent release on the Cantus label titled...

J.H. Schmelzer: Sacro-Profanus; Sonatas / Ens. Masques, Fortin Feb01
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J.H. Schmelzer: Sacro-Profanus; Sonatas / Ens. Mas...

At a time when instrumental music in Europe was dominated by Italians, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer rose to become the most important Austrian composer of instrumental music of his day. This recent release on the Zig-Zag label (the one with the Zebra for its logo) contains seven sonatas from...

Zelenka: Missa dei Patris; Confitebor Tibi Domine; Laudate Pueri Jan15
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Zelenka: Missa dei Patris; Confitebor Tibi Domine;...

As you read this, I invite you to listen to the beautiful Et resurrexit episode from the Credo of Missa Dei Patris by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) with its delightful rhythmic, harmonic and melodic complexities. It’s this intricate compositional finesse, exploring so many subtle...

Corelli’s Legacy / European Union Baroque Orchestra Oct17
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Corelli’s Legacy / European Union Baroque Or...

‘Corelli’s Legacy’ from the K&K Verlagsanstalt label offers Baroque music enthusiasts a listening experience which is unique on several fronts. Subtitled ‘Baroque Music by Arcangelo Corelli and his “Students”‘, the album surveys the far-reaching...

Johann Joachim Quantz: 4 Flute Concertos / Mary Oleskiewicz, baroque transverse flute Sep03
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Johann Joachim Quantz: 4 Flute Concertos / Mary Ol...

These melodically elegant and interesting concertos by late Baroque composer Johann Joachim Quantz will delight just about any listener who enjoys baroque music. The recording is thoroughly enjoyable, with splendid performances by baroque transverse flute soloist Mary Oleskiewicz and the...

John Jenkins: The Pleasing Slumber, Aires for a treble, lyra, bass and harpsichord Aug24
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John Jenkins: The Pleasing Slumber, Aires for a tr...

The third album from the small Flora label to be recommended on Expedition Audio is this program devoted entirely to the music of early baroque composer John Jenkins titled The Pleasing Slumber; it’s subtitled Aires for a Treble, Lyra, Base and Harpsecord (sic). The performances are by...

Michel Blavet – Sonatas for Flute / Philippe Pierlot, flute Aug02
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Michel Blavet – Sonatas for Flute / Philippe...

A flautist known for his extraordinarily beautiful tone, astonishing technique and impeccable intonation, Michel Blavet (1700-1768) was one of the most celebrated flute virtuosos in France at a time when the transverse flute was becoming wildly popular. He also wrote extensively for his...