D. Wyatt

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Renaissance: The Music of Josquin  Desprez ~ The King's Singers
For a thorough survey of Josquin's 6-voice music look no further. Only one piece is not here, and that is readily available elsewhere. There's a scholarly and useful note by David Fallows which outlines the vocal textures, hints at the relative positions in Josquin's oeuvre, and which reminds us how (oddly) he spent his last years mostly writing secular songs. I didn't find these the most charming Josquin performances ever, but how often do you get a chance to put all this late Josquin together and really hear the similarities and differences, the 'ordinary' and the uniquely-wonderful moments, all together?
Vol 2 Music From the Peterhouse Partbooks: Missa R ~ Ludford
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet, 10 May 2014
I've heard some of Blue Heron in the past, more for the unusual repertoire than anything else; their singing was careful and respectful but they hadn't quite cracked the passion, to my ears. But this is something completely different! The choir's matured - they sing as well as the best - and they are doing something rather special here, recording 'lost' pieces which have had 1 or 2 of the 5 parts restored by Nick Sandon brilliantly and beautifully. As another reviewer said, there's no overlap with the old Cardinall's set - and that's because this mass (and the one on their next disc) weren't available to record when the Cardinalls did their recordings! The style is more impassioned than the… Read more
Vivaldi: Koyama - Bassoon Concertos [Rie Koyama,  &hellip ~ Rie Koyama
An attractive disk. Koyama is indeed very gifted, her sound is always well-supported and colourful, and her technique is of course impressive. The playing has plenty of variety of colour and dynamics, and her cadenzas are attractive and quite stylish. My only caveat is the tone she gets from her bassoon: quite nasal (French-style) but also frequently 'buzzy' and thin - I've heard more attractive bassoon sound. On the other hand, not too many gasping breaths to be heard, and almost no key-clicks which is very unusual in bassoon recordings!

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