Martin Berteau (1708-1771): Sonatas & Airs for Violoncello / Christophe Coin Nov04
Tonal and ConsonantChamber MusicPeriod Instruments

Martin Berteau (1708-1771): Sonatas & Airs fo...

The music of French composer Martin Berteau has never been well represented on record. In fact, all I discovered were brief appearances on a handful of 18th-century cello anthologies. That’s surprising given the fact that Berteau is widely considered to be the founder of the French...

David Starobin plays Mauro Giuliani, Vol. 2 / David Starobin, guitar Nov01

David Starobin plays Mauro Giuliani, Vol. 2 / Davi...

We have Bridge Records to thank for continuing this marvelous survey of the guitar works of the great early 19th-century composer, Mauro Giuliani. David Starobin is one of the finest master guitarists playing this music. The disc not only shows off Giuliani’s solo pieces but also his highly...

Fortepiano Sonatas of Felipe Rodriguez (1760-1815) / Josep Roger, fortepiano Jul27
Tonal and ConsonantPeriod InstrumentsSolo Piano

Fortepiano Sonatas of Felipe Rodriguez (1760-1815)...

Imagine listening to some amazing music, written by a contemporary of Mozart who is not even listed in Grove’s or Baker’s. That is the case with this wonderful CD of the fortepiano works of Felipe Rodriguez. There are very few existing works from this priest who became an organist....

Kuhlau (1786-1832): Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petrucci, flute; Kodaly Quartet Apr03
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Kuhlau (1786-1832): Flute Quintets / Ginevra Petru...

Brilliant Classics is a label well known to collectors for its extensive catalog of bargain collections and editions. These compilations are culled by licensing previously released and largely unavailable material from major record labels. However, the label has also been quietly building a...

Manuel Blasco De Nebra – Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 / Pedro Piquero Feb17
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Manuel Blasco De Nebra – Complete Piano Work...

Very little is known about the 18th century Spanish composer and organist Manuel Blasco de Nebra. During his lifetime, he was renowned for his dramatic performances on the organ, fortepiano and harpsichord, and as a composer, he was highly prolific. Blasco de Nebra is known to have completed...

Spanish Music for 6 Course Guitar around 1800 / Thomas Schmitt Jan29
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Spanish Music for 6 Course Guitar around 1800 / Th...

Guitarist and musicologist Thomas Schmitt is heard on this new Centaur CD in an enjoyable program from Spain of sonatas, variations and dances for guitar. The album title is Spanish music for 6-course guitar around 1800. What is most unique and interesting about the disc begins with the...

Franz Xaver Mozart (1791-1844): The Complete Piano Chamber Music Jan27
Tonal and ConsonantChamber Music

Franz Xaver Mozart (1791-1844): The Complete Piano...

With this release of the complete piano chamber music by Franz Xaver Mozart, the Equilibrium label not only fills an important gap in the catalog, but also adds rare substance to our perception of the composer’s father, Wolfgang Amadeus. Franz Xaver’s chamber music with piano is...

Friedrich Ernst Fesca: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1 / Diogenes Quartett Jan23
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Friedrich Ernst Fesca: Complete String Quartets, V...

This new three CD set from cpo contains eight string quartets by the German composer Friedrich Ernst Fesca performed by the Diogenes Quartet. Fesca (1789-1826) was a virtuoso violinist, for a period holding the Concertmaster position in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. It seems his first love...

Johann Ladislaus Dussek: Grand Sonata; Piano Quartet; Piano Quintet Jul25
Tonal and ConsonantChamber Music

Johann Ladislaus Dussek: Grand Sonata; Piano Quart...

Sometimes it’s a long process for me to decide whether or not I’ll recommend a particular title on Expedition Audio, and other times only a couple passes through the recording is enough. On very rare occasions, after hearing only the opening measures, I feel pretty confident that...

Adalbert Gyrowetz: 3 String Quartets / Pleyel Quartet Köln May12
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Adalbert Gyrowetz: 3 String Quartets / Pleyel Quar...

February of 2013 marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Bohemian composer Adalbert Gyrowetz (1763-1850). The string quartet form was central to Gyrowetz’ output as over sixty published works in the genre indicates, including sixteen that comprise his Opuses 1-3. This cpo release...

Pietro Nardini: Complete String Quartets / Quarteto Eleusi May02
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Pietro Nardini: Complete String Quartets / Quartet...

This Brilliant Classics CD contains the complete string quartets of Italian composer and violinist Pietro Nardini (1722-1793) performed by Quartetto Eleusi. Coming as they do from the time – from the decade actually – that the classical string quartet form as we know it emerged,...

Hoffmeister: Flute Concertos Nos. 21 and 24 / Bruno Meier, flute Apr27
Tonal and ConsonantConcerto

Hoffmeister: Flute Concertos Nos. 21 and 24 / Brun...

Elegant and lyrical, lively and buoyant, these polished concertos by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812) are immediately appealing and enjoyable throughout. Hoffmeister’s flute concertos nos. 21 and 24 are performed by flautist Bruno Meier with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Released by...