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...

Buxtehude: Organ Works / Marie-Claire Alain, organ Jul13
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Buxtehude: Organ Works / Marie-Claire Alain, organ

The brilliant French organist Marie-Claire Alain passed away earlier this year at the age of 86. Ms. Alain (1926-2013) came from a long line of celebrated organists, including her father, Albert Alain and brothers Jehan and Olivier. A graduate of the Paris Conservatory, she studied with...

Andreas Hammerschmidt: Motets for Passiontide and Easter; Johann Rosenmuller: Dixit Dominus / Gli Scarlattisti Jul10
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Andreas Hammerschmidt: Motets for Passiontide and ...

This is the second program to come from Carus performed by the vocal ensemble Gli Scarlattisti featuring the music of these two baroque masters, Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611/12-1675) and Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684). Formed in 1995 by Jochen Arnold, who also directs these performances, Gil...

Jean-Marie Leclair: Trio Sonatas Op. 4 / Pasticcio Barocco Jul07
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Jean-Marie Leclair: Trio Sonatas Op. 4 / Pasticcio...

In the time of Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764), it was common practice to substitute instruments specified in a work with others, often from different instrument families, based upon what was available. This is still done frequently today with music of this time, although the reason for the...

Hidden Handel – unfamiliar and unknown arias and orchestral pieces / Ann Hallenberg Jun09
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Hidden Handel – unfamiliar and unknown arias...

A conspicuous gap in the run of “Complete Editions” on CD is one for Georg Friderick Handel. Publishing such an edition must always be a tricky business. If something “new” is discovered after your complete edition is released, it becomes “well, sort of”. In...

Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonate da Camera, Vol. 3 / Notturna, Palameta May20
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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch: Sonate da Camera, Vol. 3...

This is the third release in a series of recordings from ATMA Classique highlighting the chamber sonatas of German composer Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708-1763). As in previous issues, the excellent performances are by the Montreal-based Notturna ensemble, a group who dedicates itself to the...