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Bologne Comic Opera, An 18th-Century Gem, Flourishes In CD Debut

DIGITAL REVIEW –L'amant anonyme, the only surviving opera by Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, receives a stylish, charming, and thoroughly vivacious recording by the Chicago-based Haymarket Opera Company.

The Play Was The Thing For Henry Purcell, Other Restoration Composers

DIGITAL REVIEW – In its recording Love Restor’d, the British ensemble Ceruleo examines the musical art of later 17th-century England, particularly the way instrumental and vocal music interacted in Restoration works of theater.

In Music Of Our Time, Venerable Harpsichord Speaks In New Accents

DIGITAL REVIEW – On a new CD collection of 10 modern harpsichord works by 10 women, the Italian keyboardist Luca Quintavalle offers an eye-opening exhibit of music we didn't know we were missing. The old instrument is not just old school.

17th-Century Blossoms Strewn By The Handful: Music For Triple Harp

DIGITAL REVIEW – On a new CD titled Laura, after Laura Peverara, a member of the Duke of Ferrara’s celebrated ensemble of women, Marie-Domitille Murez plays a multi-strung instrument that produces a rich, almost orchestral sound.

Gods Behaving Badly, But Stylishly, Ignite CD Of French Opera Rarity

DIGITAL REVIEW – It seems Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) wrote only one opera. But the orchestra and choir of Il Giardino d’Amore, directed by Stefan Plewniak, have polished up this hidden gem, Scylla et Glaucus, to a high sheen.

3 Swedish Composers Rule Virtual Stage On CD Of Piano Concertos

DIGITAL REVIEW – Pianist Peter Friis Johansson, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Ryan Bancroft, finds great variety in concertos that span more than 100 years between turn-of-the-century romanticism and minimalism.

A Charmed New Baton Etches Vivid Arc Of Sibelius’ Symphonies

DIGITAL REVIEW – Klaus Mäkelä is the most dazzling new star in the conducting firmament. His cycle of Sibelius' seven symphonies with the Oslo Philharmonic shows why, at 26, the Finnish maestro has mesmerized seemingly everyone.

In Cage Choral Music, Bracketing Time And Minding Stopwatches

DIGITAL REVIEW – The bulk of a CD by the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava spotlights music from the latter years of Cage’s long fascination with aleatory procedures and different kinds of indeterminacy, tapping into his ethos of chance.

Hollywood Bowl At 100: Multi-Genre History On (What Else?) Vinyl LPs

ANALOG REVIEW – Despite the limited space of a seven-LP box and selections that could be second-guessed, this might be the most wildly diverse collection of music ever issued. Gustavo Dudamel is among LA Phil music directors represented.

Mastery Of Mitropoulos On Generous Display Across 69 Historic CDs

DIGITAL REVIEW – Dimitri Mitropoulos: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection shows the conductor defying his surroundings as much as he adapted to them, and moving in the upper echelons without being fully part of them.

Mining Neglected Veins Of 20th-Century Music, And Turning Up Gems

DIGITAL REVIEW – On one CD, conductor Debora Waldman leads an intriguing array of works by a French woman, Charlotte Sohy, while a second disc brings to light orchestral music by the Ukrainian-born Greek composer Georgios Axiotis.

Shostakovich, Fellow Outcasts Celebrated In CD Of String Quartets

DIGITAL REVIEW – In its tribute "to musical troublemakers and outsiders…who wrote music that went dangerously against (regime) tastes," the Netherlands-based Matangi Quartet also plays works by Valentin Silvestrov and Alfred Schnittke.

Fantasies For Keyboard, Wafting Across Time From A Graf Fortepiano

DIGITAL REVIEW – If you needed a new fortepiano in the early 1800s, Conrad Graf was simply the man to see. Chopin and Liszt thought so, and now we all have a chance to hear one of his splendid creations in a CD from pianist Yi-heng Yang.

2 Excursions Through Shadowy ‘Pelléas’ With Different Ideals In View

DIGITAL REVIEW – Few operas operate by such singular rules as Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. Despite similar starting points, two newly released performances are like trees with the same roots that end up turning different autumn colors.

Florence Price Revival Points To Musical Trove With Stature Of Legacy

PERSPECTIVE – While other Black composers also have enjoyed increased attention, the sustained resurgence of Price's music has been likened to the global reclamation of Gustav Mahler by musicians and the public in the mid-20th century.

2 New Bach Passions From Gardiner, Pichon Enhance Digital Options

DIGITAL REVIEW – At Eastertide, it’s no surprise to find the release of two high-profile Bach Passion recordings, the St. John led by John Eliot Gardiner and the St. Matthew under Raphaël Pichon. Both are worthy additions to an already crowded field.

DiDonato Album ‘Eden’ A Rewarding Return To ‘Essence Of Our Being’ 

DIGITAL REVIEW – Drawing inspiration from nature to forge a way to a better world, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's new CD mixes repertoire from four centuries, in moods from confusion and fear to sorrow and optimism.

An Opera On The Rituals Of Marriage, Refitted To The Scale Of Television

DIGITAL REVIEW – Ana Sokolovic's opera Svadba ("Wedding"), adapted for streaming by Boston Lyric Opera, contemplates folkloric preparations for a nuptial ceremony. The trick was to re-scale the stage work as a vivid small-screen experience.

An Imaginative Pianist Hangs Mix Of Pictures At A Virtuosic Exhibition

DIGITAL REVIEW – With Phoenix, Stewart Goodyear’s latest album (out via Bright Shiny Things), the pianist-composer navigates a varied and challenging program, including his own works and an engaging Pictures at an Exhibition.

Visiting Ravel, Mahler, Artists Galore Through Archive’s Magic Portal

PERSPECTIVE – The vast Internet Archive, founded in 1996, preserves far-ranging materials online with free access to them. One LP collection alone offers lifelike rolls by renowned pianists as well as recordings by composers and early opera stars.
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