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Posted in Playlist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by Craig Zeichner

When I’m  not digging my way through a dozen plus Monteverdi Vespers recordings for an upcoming magazine story, I’ve been enjoying some other treasures.

Claude-Bénigne Balbastre
Harpsichord Music
Elizabeth Farr, harpsichord

Giovanni Paolo Colonna
Salmi da Vespro per il giorno di S. Petronio
Cappell Musicale ei S. Petronio
Sergio Vartolo, director

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Psaumes français & Canciones Sacrae
Cappella Amsterdam
Daniel Reuss, director
(Harmonia Mundi)

Antonio Vivaldi
Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano
Europe Galante
Fabio Biondi, director
(Virgin Classics)

Robert White
Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations
Gabriel Crouch, director
(Signum Classics)

I’m really excited about the White recording which features a group of men from the superb choir Tenebrae. White is a composer who deserves wider recognition and this CD should do much to put him in everybody’s ears.

And if you want to read one of the most entertaining poems ever written, check out the translation by Anthony Esolen of Torquato Tasso’s Gerusaleme liberata. Christian armies battling for the Holy City in some of the most splendid poetry you will ever encounter. If you care anything for the Italian madrigal tradition, you need to read Tasso.

Torquato Tasso
Jerusalem Delivered
translated by Anthony Esolen
(John Hopkins University Library)


Posted in Playlist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by Craig Zeichner

English violin concertos


English Classical Violin Concertos
Elizabeth Wallfisch
The Parley Of Instruments
Peter Holman








Manchicourt: Sacred Music, Volume I
The Choir of the Church of the Advent
Edith Ho








Mozart: Idomeneo
Croft, Fink, Im, Pendatchanska
Freiburger Barockorchester
René Jacobs
(Harmonia Mundi)







Schütz: Symphoniae Sacrae III
Cantus Cölln
Concerto Palatino
Konrad Junghänel
(Harmonia Mundi)








Vivaldi: Gloria
Sara Mingardo
Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini





Recordings by Karl Richter and the Munich Bach Orchestra were the Bach recordings that I enjoyed the most in the 70s. I was even fortunate to hear Richter  perform some Handel organ concertos at a Mostly Mozart Festival concert back in the day when tickets to the Festival were affordable. Here’s some Richter:

With the Munich Bach Orchestra in a Handel Organ Concerto:

And now for something completely different. Not historically informed Arne, but when it’s the magnificent Sarah Connolly singing who cares?