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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: Coronation Music (CD of the Month)

An English Coronation, 1902-1953, Gabrieli Consort, Roar, and Players, Chetham’s Symphonic Brass Ensemble, S. R. Beale, R. Pierce, M. Martin, E. Slorach, P. McCreesh
(released on May 3, 2019)
Signum Classics SIGCD569 | 159’21”
From this American’s perspective, the only thing to be regretted about the final demise of monarchy would be the ceremonial and music associated with it. Paul McCreesh

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jfl Dip Your Ears, No. 236 (The Diaphanous Elegance of English Baroque)


H.Purcell, M.Locke,
Orchestral Works
Vox Orhcestra, Lornezo Ghirlanda
DHM

On this most recent disc of the youngish Vox Orchesta under Lorenzo Ghirlanda, two of the finest pre-Haendelian English baroque composers are combined in some of their ‘greatest orchestral hits’: Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and Matthew Locke (1621-1677). What they have in common is a very fine, very

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Wilhelm Kempff’s Schubert, neither Titanic nor Teutonic

Kempff’s Schubert in Blu-ray Pure Audio: A Reference Revisitedby Jens F. Laurson
Schubert—almost as much as Beethoven—had been a staple of pianist Wilhelm Kempff’s repertoire from the beginning to the end of his career, including his final public recital where he played (apart from Beethoven, of course) Schubert’s Sonata D. 845. And if his set of Schubert… Continue Reading [Insider content]

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Vienna Philharmonic’ Mahler’s 8th at the Konzerthaus

Vienna Aroused: Mahler’s Eighth Still Does the TrickMay 12, 2019 by Jens F. LaursonVienna, May 11, 2019; Vienna Konzerthaus—Even in times of inflationary Mahler performances, a Mahler Eighth is something special. It was notable from the moment you set foot into the Vienna Konzerthaus on this past Saturday afternoon. The mood was different. A little tense, a little hushed in anti…  Continue

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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: Stanford Commemorates World War I

C.V. Stanford, Mass ‘Via victrix’ / At the Abbey Gate, K. Howarth, J. Dandy, R. Bowen, G. Brynmor John, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, A. Partington
(released on May 3, 2019)
Lyrita SRCD382 | 79’58”
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) is probably familiar mostly to choir singers, for his Latin motets and Anglican anthems and Evening Prayer services. The long-time director of the

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Charles T. Downey À mon chevet: Becoming

À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

Over the course of the summer, the firm organized a series of events and outings for its associates, sending around sign-up sheets for anyone who wanted to go. One was a weeknight performance of Les Misérables at a theater not far from the office. I put us on the list for two tickets […].

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jfl Dip Your Ears, No. 235 (A Very Classical Mix: Concilium Musicum Wien)


J.M.Haydn, W.A.Mozart, J.Haydn, Sy.#39, Cto. for Basset Clarinet K622, Sy.#101 (“The Clock”)
Ernst Schlader (basset clarinet), Concilium musicum Wien, Paul Angerer
Gramola

Haydn’s younger brother of Michael was no less an influence on Mozart than Joseph; their symphonies could be and were (K444!) mistaken for each other’s. Eventually Wolfgang Amadeus surpassed Michael. The latter’s

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Charles T. Downey Briefly Noted: Mr. Handel’s Dinner

Handel (et al.), Concertos, Sonatas, Chaconnes, M. Steger, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
(released on May 17, 2019)
Harmonia Mundi HMM902607 | 76’31”
The last time recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger was in the area, he played with Les Violons du Roy in a blockbuster concert at Shriver Hall. The concept of his new album is to recreate the free-wheeling virtuosity of the pieces Handel led from the

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Neave Trio Does Astor Piazzolla Proud

Neave Trio Does Astor Piazzolla ProudReview by: Jens F. Laurson
Artistic Quality: ?Sound Quality: ?The ungainly stiff shrink-wrap. The cheap jewel case. The cluttered Word-Press-level design job on the booklet. The unprofessional and unflattering picture: All these hallmarks of a vanity production (or at least an amateurish one) bode ill for this release. In happy contrast, the music-making of

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