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BERKELEY, Michael: Clarinet Quintet; Piano Trio ---HYP A 66213-Vinyl LP-HYPERION - Inghilterra-BERKELEY Michael (Inghilterra)-The Nash Ensemble
BERKELEY, Michael: Clarinet Quintet; Piano Trio ---HYP A 66213-Vinyl LP-HYPERION - Inghilterra-BERKELEY Michael (Inghilterra)-The Nash Ensemble
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Price: £22.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Please reissue this on CD!, 3 Jan. 2016
Michael Berkeley's hauntingly beautiful Clarinet Quintet was recorded on LP back in the 1980's but has, inexplicably, never been been re-issued on CD or recorded by any other ensemble. This is an extraordinary omission, for the work can and should keep company with the Mozart and Brahms quintets.


Stradella - Cantata for Christams Eve
Stradella - Cantata for Christams Eve
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try this..., 16 Mar. 2014
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It's difficult to credit the antipathy of the reviewer (above) to this music and performance. Stradella's is a very interesting and very distinctive voice, deliberately light and clear in the cantata for Christmas Eve, and yet full of swirling mystery, depth and feeling in the sinfonias, La Magnifica Comunita play these quite wonderfully, and I wish they would record all of Stradella's chamber works, if only to hear what they would sound like alongside the powerful recording on Newton Classics.


Handel: Six Piano Concertos [Matthais Kirschnereit, Lavard Skou Larsen] [CPO: 777837-2]
Handel: Six Piano Concertos [Matthais Kirschnereit, Lavard Skou Larsen] [CPO: 777837-2]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give this a try, please!, 31 Dec. 2013
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The reviewer on Amazon.com (USA) condemns this lovely recording out of hand for inauthenticity. It's not clear that he has even listened to it. If he had, he would have experienced these Handel organ concertos in a whole new way. Freed from the often muddy sounds of the organ, the music opens up and dances with all kinds of light and delicacy. The beautiful andantes here are full of grace and deep feeling in equal measure. Quite why we still need special pleading for piano transcriptions of the great baroque masters after all the countless wonderful Bach pianists of the last half century is beyond me. If you love Handel and want to explore these stunning, melodious works in a new range of colours, then please give this a try!


Violin Sonatas Op.4
Violin Sonatas Op.4
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Price: £15.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more please!, 21 April 2013
This review is from: Violin Sonatas Op.4 (Audio CD)
This CD brings us a beautiful and moving performance of Geminiani's wonderful Opus 4 set. Not only do the players find their way into the heart and soul of Geminiani's special melodic gift, but they do so with flawless intonation. On the cover, this is billed as 'Opus 4 vol 1'. Please hurry to record the rest, and then, I hope, Opus 1, 2 and 3 as well. I can't think of performers who could do this rare and fascinating music more justice.


Clarinet Quintet: Score and parts
Clarinet Quintet: Score and parts
by Michael Berkeley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars sadly unrecorded masterpiece, 12 Jan. 2013
There used to be a wonderful LP recording of this great and incredibly beautiful score. It is astonishing that there is none available today. I do hope that some enterprising clarinet player will find this review, try it out and then start including it in your programs. It is really right up there with Brahms and Mozart. The coda alone is enough to melt and break the heart wide open. Come on, someone, please!


Gallo: 12 Trio Sonatas /Parnassi Musici
Gallo: 12 Trio Sonatas /Parnassi Musici
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same please, 8 Jan. 2013
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To echo the reviewer above, this is truly outstanding and beautiful music. No wonder it it so excited Stravinsky when he came to write Pulcinella, even though he thought the music was by Pergolesi! The notes on this wonderful recording mention some 35 other trio sonatas by Gallo languishing unpublished and un-sung in manuscript. Please may some enterprising musicians hunt them down and record them for us...


Meister: Il Giardino del Piacere, Sonatas
Meister: Il Giardino del Piacere, Sonatas
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last ever recording of Musica Antiqua Koln touches the heart of music, 27 July 2011
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This recording is something of a revelation. The music itself is quite wonderful and full of wise, passionate and considered utterance, that leaves me wondering why on earth there are no other recordings of his music available at all. The slow movements are deeply inward, and have a rapt, spiritual intensity and integrity;the first Adagio from Sonata no 11 in particular is unforgettably poignant.

Musica Antiqua Koln play this profound and intimate music with consummate skill, deep affection, even love. Perhaps they knew it would their last recording together. If I could, I would write to them and plead for them to re-group and make more recordings of Johann Friedrich Meister - the remaining six sonatas from this set would be a great start. I would love to hear them play Corelli in this style also. The thought that there are great stacks of music from the Baroque era of this extraordinary quality still lying unrecorded is simply too tantalising to contemplate. If there is a time in history when it is even possible to rescue these works and bring them to life again, it is surely now.

what fallows are extracts from a fine review of this CD by Barry Brenesal for Archiv.

"This album is full of surprises, not all of them associated with its musical contents. Advance PR materials stated that its contents were recorded originally for televised broadcast in 2004, then forgotten, and only just rediscovered. A final recording by the celebrated Musica Antiqua Köln, forgotten by its performers and recording company? Then, there are the liner notes. Reinhard Goebel is both candid and bitter in discussing the trajectory of his disbanded ensemble, claiming that by 1993 their best years were past, and referring to it as being "outdated" in 2000 because "press and promoters wanted garish operas, not esoteric sonatas." Yet operas, garish or otherwise, and esoteric sonatas remain both in demand by early-music venues, drawing live crowds and respectable CD sales.

The music is a bit of a surprise as well, if not the result of an "original genius" that Goebel likens to C. P. E. Bach. Johann Friedrich Meister (1638-97) seems by all accounts to have been something of a rebel, getting himself imprisoned the year after his appointment as music director of the Hofkapelle of Duke Ferdinand Albrecht I of Brunswick-Lüneburg. He escaped and fled with the help of friends, and eventually ended his days with a lengthy tenure as organist at St. Marien, in Flensburg. Musically, he appears to have owed more to the earlier likes of Scheidt, Schein, and Schütz than to his immediate North German compatriots; the rapt expressiveness of his slow movements (the Adagio that opens the Sonata No. 4, the Arioso of the Sonata No. 5, the Adagio at the start of the Sonata No. 6, the Grave that begins the Sonata No. 10, to name but four outstanding examples) brings to mind the popularity of such diverse Italian composers such as Marenzio, Uccellini, Farina, and Corelli with both German musicians and publishers. Other influences would appear to be French, as in the passacaglia that is closer to the minor-key French passacaille in all respects than to the major-key Italian version. ...

It's only a shame that the rest of the sonatas weren't recorded before MAK broke up.

The performances are persuasive. For all its reputation for laser-like intensity, Goebel's ensemble (reduced here to four members) was also capable of warmth and theatrical sensibility--qualities that are required in these works, and supplied convincingly. The MAK's tone is refined and disciplined, minus the choked wiriness that sometimes passes for appropriate scholarship in music of this period. Balance between the musicians is excellent, and there's the same give-and-take you would find in good chamber groups specializing in later eras. Tempos are varied, with a slight, pleasing flexibility to phrasing that helps Meister's Il giardino to breath. Ornamentation is light but effective, and always stylish.

With excellent sound, this album should appeal to students of the Baroque, and especially to those interested in its persuasively lyrical Italianate vein. That fanciers of the MAK will want it, goes without saying. They'd be right to do so, too."

FANFARE: Barry Brenesal


Tartini: Violin Concertos
Tartini: Violin Concertos
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary beauty, 3 Jun. 2011
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You could buy this for the extraordinarily beautiful and moving last movement of the A Major D96. alone, but that would be to miss the many other wonderful delights on offer. Essential listening for all lovers of music, and of the Italian baroque especially. Piero Toso and I Solisti Veneti are outstanding here, as ever.


Tartini: 3 Violin Concertos, 5 Violin Sonatas & Cello Concerto
Tartini: 3 Violin Concertos, 5 Violin Sonatas & Cello Concerto
Price: £8.30

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and wonderful music, 3 Jun. 2011
These two CDs are full of wonderful, passionate melodies, deeply felt and played with astonishing grace and power. All of it is something of a revelation, but the sonatas especially so, and not just the familiar (and foolishly named) Devil's Trill'. This, and the other concerto recordings by Soloisti Veneti, do more than enough to re-establish Tartini as a great and distinctly individual master.


Tartini: Concertos and Sonatas
Tartini: Concertos and Sonatas
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Price: £21.27

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and wonderful music, 2 Jun. 2011
These two CDs are full of wonderful, passionate melodies, deeply felt and played with astonishing grace and power. All of it is something of a revelation, but the sonatas especially so, and not just the over-familiar Devi's Trill'. This, and the other concerto recordings by Soloisti Veneti, do more than enough to re-establish Tartini as a great master.


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