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reviewed Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho. July 10, 2011
Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho
To say a singer has matured is to applaud him/her for his/her hardwork and good grasp of singing technique.   To say that of Jackie Evancho seems to be a little too early in the game. She's …
posted a Quick Tip about Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho. July 07, 2011
Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho
The little girl who sold a million debut CDs in 2010 (making her the youngest artist with a platinum) has released another winner 3 weeks ago. She is one of the few singers who made me want to wake up …
reviewed Dark Hope. August 04, 2010
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Dark Hope
I really thought this album was going to be a masterpiece- stunning voice, and some of my favorite songs of all time.    But it just doesn't work. And I've been thinking about it for …
reviewed Andrea Bocelli - Amore. August 04, 2010
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Andrea Bocelli - Amore
Richard D. Cappetto's review is so outstanding that I have little left to add, except that Andrea Bocellis' voice, manner, style and delivery mesmerize me, catapulting me to another dimension. I could …
reviewed Gesualdo: Madrigal Libro IV. June 09, 2010
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Gesualdo: Madrigal Libro IV
There are now TWO superb performances of Gesualdo's "Quarto Libro de Madrigali" available on CDs, by La Venexiana and by The Kassiopeia Quintet. I've spent a good part of the morning trying to decide …
reviewed Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali Libri I-III. May 22, 2010
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Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali Libri I-III
... by Carlo Gesualdo is a miracle, a summation of the art of polyphony that had evolved in Europe over the generations from de Vitry and Machaut in 14th C France, through the Franco-Flemish masters, …
reviewed Handel: Alcina. March 16, 2010
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Handel: Alcina
I don't have time just now to re-listen to this excellent recording and I can't review it in detail without having it fresh in my mind. I merely want to state that it's the best performance of Handel's …
reviewed Britten: The Canticles; Ian Bostridge.... March 02, 2010
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Britten: The Canticles; Ian Bostridge, David
Exquisite music, exquisite singing (mostly), and exquisite pianism! But that may be my problem, that everything here is too exquisitely artfully self-conscious. I often find that I expect to enjoy the …
reviewed Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works (Bo.... February 23, 2010
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Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works (Box Set)
... and yet I don't know why I should surprised. I hadn't ever heard the Chapelle du Roi. I didn't know much about its director, Alistair Dixon. I confess that I expected nothing better than another mellifluous …
reviewed Nicolas Gombert: Magnificat I; Salve .... February 08, 2010
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Nicolas Gombert: Magnificat I; Salve Regina;
For this performance, the Oxford Camerata included sixteen singers, the sopranos and altos all women. However, since most of the music on the CD is 8-part, they were singing two-on-a-part most of the …
reviewed Reges Terrae: Music from the Time of .... January 26, 2010
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Reges Terrae: Music from the Time of Charles V
The six singers of the ensemble "Nordic Voices" have taken to heart the Biblical injunction to 'make a joyful noise unto the Lord', though the Lords of the Earth - Reges Terrae - of their CD title were …
reviewed Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel. January 25, 2010
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Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel
Nothing about the physical elegance of Sara Mingardo prepares a listener for the voice that emerges from her slender frame, the richest dusky chocolate contralto since Marilyn Horne, and with a good deal …
reviewed J.C. Bach: La Dolce Fiamma- Forgotten.... January 16, 2010
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J.C. Bach: La Dolce Fiamma- Forgotten castrato
... how good the famed castrati of 18th C music (Farinelli, Guadagni, Manzuoli, inter alia) really were -- whether they were as expressive, their voices as powerful, their breath control so vast that …
reviewed Pyrotechnics: Vivaldi Opera Arias. December 11, 2009
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Pyrotechnics: Vivaldi Opera Arias
... Vivica Genoux and violinist Fabio Biondi, I mean. And together they bring out the best in Vivaldi - the pyrotechnics, obviously, but also the suave, memorable melodies. Vivaldi's 40-plus operas were …
reviewed Easter Mass. December 07, 2009
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Easter Mass
Across from the Duomo of Milan in the mid 17th Century, in the 'exterior chapel' of the Convent of Santa Radegonda, cloistered nuns performed musical masses on feast days, complete with polyphonic motets …
reviewed Song of Songs (Hybr). September 30, 2009
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Song of Songs (Hybr)
I had high hopes for this recording. For one thing, several ammy reviewers who taste I respect have given Stile Antico high praise. For another, I WANTED to like it; there are a hundred topnotch Baroque …
reviewed Handel - Judas Maccabaeus / Kirkby · .... September 15, 2009
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Handel - Judas Maccabaeus / Kirkby · Denley ·
University of California Berkeley, that is, not the philosopher. There are two contenders for top performance of Judas Maccabaeus -- well, in fact there are other recordings, but they're NOT in contention …
reviewed Handel: Judas Maccabaeus. September 15, 2009
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Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
... about this performance. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has a less-than-consistent history of recordings, ranging from excellent to "okay but...". And there's a choir. Murky, whooshy choral performances …
reviewed Georg Philipp Telemann: Drei sind, di.... September 10, 2009
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Drei sind, die da zeugen
Handel is orange, Bach is azure to indigo, Zelenka is deep purple, Haydn is green and gold... or so my eyelids hear them, with plenty of flux in hue. Telemann is white light, all the colors of the spectrum. …
reviewed Heinrich Isaac: Motets for Emperor Ma.... July 28, 2009
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Heinrich Isaac: Motets for Emperor Maximilian I
... but probably the best performance available of this repertoire, the motets of the great German Renaissance composers Heinrich Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, and Paul Hofhaimer. To those names, I would add Thomas …
reviewed Handel Opera Arias and Duets. July 23, 2009
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Handel Opera Arias and Duets
It's time to play Fantasy Baroque! And I have my team ready: at composer, Georgie Handel, il Caro Sassone; at soprano, Sandrine 'Sandy' Piau; at alto, Sara! Mingardo!; wielding the baton and holding down …
reviewed Handel - Radamisto. June 12, 2009
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Handel - Radamisto
Radamisto was among Handel's first efforts specifically to cultivate an English audience for Italian "opera seria". It was first performed in London in 1720, with at least some backing from the King, …
reviewed George Frideric Handel: Six Operas. June 11, 2009
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George Frideric Handel: Six Operas
Unless you already own three or more of the six operas included in this 'splendid little box', you need to order it now, before it sells out. I've decided to review each of the six operas independently, …
reviewed Opium: Mélodies francaises. May 22, 2009
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Opium: Mélodies francaises
I'm a raving fan of Philppe Jaroussky. That's why I bought this CD, with no clear idea of what was on it. The Belle Epoch repertoire of the 19th C is less familiar to me than 14th C Ars Subtilior or Balinese …
reviewed Debussy: Nocturnes; La Damoiselle élu.... May 18, 2009
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Debussy: Nocturnes; La Damoiselle élue; Le Martyre
... for me to open my ears to the music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918), but I have my excuses. After all, the man wrote nothing much for bassoon and nothing whatsoever for cornetto, my own instruments. …
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