Early music

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Classical home listening: animal magic, Purcell's stage music and Pelham Humfrey
All creatures great and small and mythical feature on Ensemble Dragma’s album of late medieval song

Fiona Maddocks

30, Jan, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Sixteen: A Choral Odyssey review – an inspired journey through music and history
The Sixteen excel in choral gems from Purcell to Pärt, with Simon Russell Beale the ideal guide

Fiona Maddocks

05, Dec, 2020 @12:30 PM

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From Messiah to Jonas Kaufmann: the best classical Christmas albums of 2020
This year’s festive zingers take you from Berlin to Buckfast Abbey, from Mexico to Kaufmann in full-on crooner mode

Fiona Maddocks

05, Dec, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Classical home listening: John Tavener: No Longer Mourn for Me; Josquin Masses and more
Steven Isserlis and friends record a heartfelt tribute to the late, great British composer, while the Tallis Scholars conclude their epic Josquin mass cycle

Fiona Maddocks

07, Nov, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Never mind the ballads! How bardcore took over pop music
Medievalised remakes of hit songs – complete with lutes, flutes and ye olde-style lyrics – are booming online. What giveth?

24, Jun, 2020 @2:05 PM

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Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset review – vivid and witty festive works
Christophe Rousset led the period-instrument and vocal ensemble through a fine, assured outing of Charpentier’s austere pieces for Christmas and Advent

Tim Ashley

18, Dec, 2019 @3:30 PM

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From cantatas to carols: the best classical Christmas albums of 2019
From small-scale Bach and Renaissance Spain to a poignant Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, there is festive uplift for all

Fiona Maddocks

07, Dec, 2019 @2:00 PM

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Home listening: riches from the 16th and 17th centuries – and earlier
A magical mystery tour with Ed Lyon, Fretwork come full circle, and the story of the early music revolution

Fiona Maddocks

10, Nov, 2019 @5:29 AM

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Home listening: Bach-Reger, Josquin des Prés and Western Wind
Takahashi/Lehmann make light work of Reger’s Brandenburg duet transcriptions. Plus, more Josquin from the Tallis Scholars

Nicholas Kenyon

27, Oct, 2019 @4:29 AM

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Clifford Bartlett obituary
Other lives: Scholar, reviewer and publisher of early music

Peter Holman

13, Sep, 2019 @5:09 PM

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Home listening: Amadio Freddi, anyone?
The Gonzaga Band do this late Renaissance composer proud, while Exaudi’s new Gesualdo disc is a stunner

Fiona Maddocks

25, Aug, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Home listening: a summer round-up
New contemporary British music releases, from the Hilliard Ensemble to the Elysian Singers, John Casken to Erika Fox

Fiona Maddocks

07, Jul, 2019 @7:01 AM

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