Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

For the past five years or so I've posted reviews of classical music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, in various places on the web: Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites. I'll collect those earlier reviews, and add four or five new ones every month.

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Special music from Venice

From May 13, 2014:

http://amzn.to/2aokL64

The Montreal-based early music group Pallade Musica recorded their first disc, of Venetian music by the transitional composers Castello, Merula and Legrenzi, in September 2013. It’s a winner in every way. The repertoire chosen is historically important, as the new expressive musical language of the Baroque began to replace the more learned polyphony of the High Renaissance. The canzoni and sonate by Giovanni Legrenzi, Dario Castello and Tarquinio Merula represent a balance of emotion and intellect, and the four talented performers of Pallade Musica walk that tightrope with grace and power, and apparent ease. This rewarding disc recalls a special time in the private life of that most special city, Venice.

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