(US) Wired Magazine Article: "This Huge Cat’s Cradle Embodies the Great Fugues of Bach" (by Liz Stinson, 02 Feb 2016)
"... If cat’s cradle has a musical equivalent, it would be the fugue. In classical music, the fugue is often considered the most complex form a piece could take. To the untrained ear, it sounds simple, but it’s anything but. In a fugue, a series of independent voices and instruments extrapolate on a common theme, simultaneously competing and complementing each other, but ultimately coming together to create an interwoven tapestry of sound. ...
(US) Naxos CD Release: "GRATIANI, B.: Cantatas (Consortium Carissimi, Comeaux)" (Consortium Carissimi, Garrick Comeaux, conductor, Feb 2016)
"Bonifazio Graziani, maestro di cappella at the Jesuit Church in Rome, is now emerging as one of the most eminent figures of the mid-seventeenth century Roman baroque period, the so-called Scuola romana. Like his great contemporary, Giacomo Carissimi, he favoured the genre of the solo cantata for one, two, three and four voices. The liturgical cantatas, or motets, from Musiche sagre e morali, are notable for their tremendously varied subject matter, ranging from ...
"This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart. Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock's programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón's life but also through his own enviable career. ...
(US) Naxos (Dynamic label) DVD Release: "Hasse, J.A.: Artaserse (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2012)" (Feb 2016)
"A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premièred in Venice in 1730 by the most famous singers of the day: Farinelli in the role of Arbace, Cuzzoni as Mandane and the castrato Nicolino as Artabano. Following its initial success, Hasse produced two different versions of the work, the first in 1740 and the second in 1760. ...
(DE) Deutsche Grammophone - Archiv Produktion CD Release: "Magdalena Kožená Monteverdi" (19 Feb 2016)
"To celebrate the Monteverdi year in 2017, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená presents her first ever Monteverdi arias album on our label. Inspired by the improvisational nature of this music, she reveals another aspect of her musical personality and presents an album full of real hits! The album is released this month. ...
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