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Holiday 2017 II - Classical

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It was a good year for Messiahs and an equally good one for the “classically-related" repertoire. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band Drive the Cold Winter Away: A Renaissance Christmas Celebration Self Produced 2017 Lutes, theorboes, sacbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, shawms and harps, that is what makes up the instrumentation for popular Renaissance fare, circa 1450 to 1700. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band has carved a career from addressing the music of the period on Arkiv ...

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Christmas 2015 IV: (Almost) Christmas

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While there is a Holiday Music Canon, there are always pieces of music that lie just outside the periphery of definition. That, and I like to be liberal in what I consider holiday fare. Here are the stragglers this year, just making in beneath the wire. Winchester Cathedral Choir, Martin Neary Christmas Pentatone 1973/2013 This recording of carols is special as it was originally recorded in 1973, intended for playback ...

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Christmas 2015 II: Classical

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A “Classical Christmas?" Here is... Vienna Boys Choir Merry Christmas from Vienna Deutsche Grammophon 2015 As iconic is the Vienna Boys Choir, it is hard to believe that they do not release a holiday offering each year. Groups like Mannheim Steamroller and Trans Siberian Orchestra have made a cottage industry out of Christmas music. It is banal and sterile, technique over emotion. At least we can count on the Vienna ...

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Bach to Bach: Hopkinson Smith and Isang Enders

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The sweeping emotional reach of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suites, BWV 1007--1012) cannot be underestimated. Heard performed incandescently on two different instruments helps also. Throw in the Sonatas & Partitas for Violin, BWV 1001-1006, on the lute and you have a Bach free-for-all. Hopkinson Smith J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Suites Naive 2014 Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for Violin, BWV 1001-1006 and his Suites for Cello, BWV 1001-1006 ...

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