Browsing: Early Music

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Category:Choral music, Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Australian Chamber Choir conducted by Douglas Lawrence AM

Label: MOVE Records MCD 607

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Seventeen tracks compiled from live concert recordings show the beautiful tone, flawless intonation, and excellent balance between the parts that the Australian Chamber Choir has achieved under conductor Douglas Lawrence AM. Favourite works from 1400s to the end of the Baroque period are interspersed with some worthy, but lesser known, pieces on this superb CD.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Soloists: Andrew Goodwin, Vivica Genau, Carlo Vistoli, David Hansen, Emily Edmonds, Russell Harcourt, Orchestra of the Antipodes cond. Erin Helyard. Winner, International Opera Awards, ‘Best Rediscovered Work’.

Label: 3 CDs. Artist release. Live recording.Booklet includes libretto.

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Reviewed by: John Weretka

“A triumph of musicology rather than listening pleasure, but nonetheless a substantial contribution to the Hasse discography.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Grigoryan Brothers (Slava and Leonard Grigoryan (guitars)), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey

Label: ABC Classics 4816926

Reviewed by: John Weretka

“The powerful urgency but not the ravishing lyrical vein of Bach’s music is lost in the translation concertos for two guitars.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra. Live in Concert

Label: ABC Classics ABC 481 4960, CD and Digital

Reviewed by: Mark Isaacs

“Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra have touched monumental greatness in realising these supreme masterworks for string orchestra and releasing this disk of their live performances”

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, conductor

Label: ABC Classics 476 1923

Reviewed by: John Weretka

Although there seems to be no evidence that Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt paid much attention at all to the ‘Brandenburg’ concertos — he appears never to have organised for their performance, for example — great attention has been paid…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, New Music

Artist(s): Antony Gray

Label: ABC Classics 4765171 (3 CDs)

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

When period-instrument performances of Baroque music became mainstream in the 1970s, it must have seemed like a breath of fresh air after the sort of outings in which, as Debussy once put it, Bach seems to ‘bear the weight of…

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Michael Goldschlager

Label: ABC Classics 476 4625 2CDs

Reviewed by: Anthony Linden Jones

The Cello Suites of J S Bach are probably the most well-known solo cello works in the repertoire, yet it is hard to know the composer’s true intentions because no manuscript in the composer’s hand exists. Any daring cellist is…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Christopher Lowrey, Hadleigh Adams, Emily Edmonds, Russell Harcourt, Helen Sherman, Sara Macliver, soloists; Orchestra of the Antipodes conducted by Erin Helyard

Label: Pinchgut Live, PG007

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Reviewed by: John Weretka

“This performance is about as fine as one could hope for. The singers are almost uniformly superb, investing the right amounts of heroic bravura and pathetic tenderness wherever required. Every bit as good as the singers is the orchestra, which shows an admirable unity of purpose under Helyard’s direction.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music, New Music

Artist(s): Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir directed by Paul Dyer. Soloists: Shaun Lee-Chen, Baroque violin; Jamie Hey, Baroque cello; Melissa Farrow, Baroque flute

Label: ABC Classics 481 1929

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

A triumphant performance of Zadok the Priest (Handel’s famous coronation anthem of 1727) on the first track of this brilliant CD sets the scene for an exciting selection recorded in 2015, to celebrate 25 years of music making by the…

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Catherine Jones (cello), Van Diemen’s Band (Hobart) directed by Julia Fredersdorff (violin).

Label: ABC Classics 481 6350

Reviewed by: John Weretka

“An almost-forgotten composer and a city the musical culture of which is still to be appreciated fully get the best possible treatment in this disc of cello concertos from eighteenth-century Naples.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Genesis Baroque. Includes Sophie Gent, Lucinda Moon (violins), Natasha Kraemer (cello).

Label: ABC Classic 481 9282

Reviewed by: John Weretka

Comparatively recently formed Australian period-instrument band, Genesis Baroque, appears in what seems to be its first CD, of Corelli’s epochal concerti grossi, Op. 6. Although recordings of these concerti are not exactly thin on the ground (I am comparing this…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Folk, World

Artist(s): Evergreen Ensemble. Claire Patti (soprano & Celtic harp),  Shane Lestideau (violin/violin d’amore), Allegra Giagu (mezzo-soprano), Ben Dollman (violin & viola). Guests: Aaron McGregor (violin), Daniel Yeardon (cello), Neal Peres da Costa (19C square piano), David McGuinness (19C square piano/harpsichord) 

Label: ABC Classic 4818774

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Reviewed by: Philip Pogson

“By the evidence of this recording, the Australian historically informed performance movement still has a fresh, creative breeze in its sails. Evergreen Ensemble’s Caledonian project pushes out repertoire boundaries and expands our aural and factual understanding of Scots music in earlier times.”

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Category:Classical, Early Music, New Music

Artist(s): Josie and the Emeralds. Josie Ryan (soprano), Brooke Green, Laura Moore, Catherine Upex, Fiona Ziegler (viols).Guest artists: Belinda Montgomery (soprano), Margo Adelson, Anthea Cottee, Elizabeth Rumsey, Laura Vaughan (viols), Jacques Emery (double bass and percussion)

Label: Tall Poppies TP233.

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

Josie and The Emeralds have received critical acclaim for their concerts in Sydney and Canberra since their formation in 2011. They play an innovative mix of Renaissance works, original compositions by Brooke Green (their director), and her arrangements of both…

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Latitude 37. Julia Fredersdorff violin, Laura Vaughan viol and lirone, Donald Nicolson harpsichord and organ

Label: ABC Classics 481 0483

Reviewed by: Anthony Linden Jones

The second CD from this baroque trio, like their first self-titled CD, exposes an exciting concept to contextualise the practice of baroque music. It is conceived as a journey through the conflicted territories of the Holy Roman Empire of the…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Elena Xanthoudakis, Andrew Goodwin, Derek Welton, Craig Everingham, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor

Label: Pinchgut Live PG001 (2 CDs)

Reviewed by: Anthony Linden Jones

This recording compiled from live performances of Haydn’s final opera is a revelation. The first CD produced by Pinchgut Opera under the label Pinchgut Live, the recording captures the energy of the performances without sacrificing quality, apart from a couple…

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): The Song Company plus Tommie Andersson, lute

Label: ABC Classics 481 1091

Reviewed by: John Weretka

The extraordinary figure of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I lies behind part of the programme for the Song Company’s latest CD, For Emperor and Pope. One of the extraordinary cultural patrons of the Renaissance, among Maximilian’s less felicitous ideas…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, Opera

Artist(s): Pinchgut Opera. Caitlin Hulcup, Grant Doyle, Christopher Saunders, Christopher Richardson, Margaret Plummer, Nicholas Dinopoulos, Cantillation choir, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, Erin Helyard

Label: Pinchgut Live PG006

Reviewed by: Alistair Noble

“A beautiful Australian revival of Gluck’s great revolutionary opera.” Quite a number of the very important musical masterpieces of the 18th century are not part of the canon of commonly performed works today. One of the greatest of all such…

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Category:Arias, Classical, Early Music, Music Recording, Opera

Artist(s): Sydney Lyric Orchestra, cond. Richard Bonynge. Rodelinda - Valda Wilson (soprano), Bertarido - Fiona Janes (mezzo soprano), Grimoaldo - John Longmuir (tenor), Eduige - Liane Keegan (mezzo soprano), Unulfo- Lorina Gore (soprano), Garibaldo - Michael Lewis (baritone)

Label: ABC Classics 481 0987

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

This disc is pure joy to listen to! One exquisite aria after another (16 in all!) beautifully sung by a top cast of six singers and supported by an excellent small orchestra. Of course the opera is one of Handel’s…

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Category:Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Austral Harmony: Jane Downer, oboe, oboe d’amore and recorder; Simon Debruslais, trumpets; Peter Hagen, harpsichord and organ.

Label: Chaconne CHAC 0809

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Silsbury

“Baroque lover or not, share the pleasure of reading about the joy this expertly selected and played CD conveys. An elegant case lifts the spirits and the disc fufils the promise of its title.” Jane Downer, famed for her haunting…

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Category:Classical, Early Music, New Music

Artist(s): James Crabb, classical accordion; Genevieve Lacey, recorders

Label: ABC Classics 481 1874

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

There isn’t, you’ll be surprised to hear, a vast repertoire for recorder(s) and accordion, though the ever-resourceful Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb haven’t let this stand in their way. Their newly-released Heard this and thought of you is, as you…

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