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Telemann: Tafelmusik - Florilegium          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  November 29, 2011

Over the years Iíve been going hot and cold over Telemannís music. Obviously, Iím in a hot phase right now, since I almost got rid of this utterly charming disc. Now, that would have been a big mistake. Itís a well-known fact that Telemann was the most celebrated (and prolific) composer of his day ... more
Wagner: Orchestral Works - RPO/Handley        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  November 24, 2011

Vernon Handley is by far my first choice of a conductor for British music. Since there arenít many recordings of him conducting anything else but British music, I was looking forward to this one and I wasnít disappointed. This disc is more of a tale of 2 parts: one being loud and epic (should I say ... more
Orient - Occident - Hesperion XXI/Savall        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 24, 2008

This is a crowning achievement in the domain of world music from Savall and Alia Vox team following initial musical and cultural exploration of Judeo/Arab influences on the Christian world of middle ages. What started discreetly in Isabela and is explored much further in magnificent double RBCD ... more
Francisco Javier: The Route to the Orient - Savall        (14 of 15 found this review helpful)
  January 21, 2008

Jordi Savall has got his winning formula well established by now. What he calls in his introduction as CD/Books are inspired collections of historical essays and musical excerpts, this time following life and travels of Francisco Xavier, Jesuit priest spreading Christianity to Far East. After ... more
Monteverdi: Vespers, Magnificat - Robert King          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 17, 2008

Few years ago a reasonably successful British composer told me how sick he was of Monteverdi being treated and worshipped in this country as a 'holy cow'. This got me thinking, but it also made me revisited Monteverdi's music I usually take for granted. Was it the music or some mediocre performances ... more

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