Articles by Year: La Folia, 2008.
History has not treated Wolfgang’s father well. Adulation for the son comes at the expense of the elder teacher, composer, violinist and impresario.
With broad, sweeping strokes, Alessandrini brushes away years of dust and speculation.
This Orlando Consort disc interleaves Medieval works (its usual beat) and current efforts that refer to them.
Debussy and Messiaen live on in the filigree and chords of Murail’s poetic piano compositions.
Some conductors age gracefully. Others waver as the years accrue, and no one has the courage to turn them out to pasture.
Having negotiated the 20th century’s main styles, Silvestrov abandons them for an introspective Romantic cloud.
Purcell’s incidental music for the stage shows genius paying the bills, so it makes rough sense that Aradia Ensemble is clipped and businesslike.
To those of us of a certain age, the name Leon Fleisher conjures memories of a lavishly gifted American pianist whose Columbia and Epic recordings schooled us in many of the basic works of the piano literature.
Weiner completed his arrangement in 1955, and this is apparently the first recording. The challenges and decisions are huge.
I can admire Wilson’s results without buying his thesis, that Farnaby (1562-1640) belongs with Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.