Here comes from a guy nickname as "The Handel of Sweden". Johan Helmich Roman is Baroque composer born in Stockholm. He was a violinist and oboist. He was leading figure in Swedish Royal Orchestra back then in 1720s. His most famous work happened to be a wedding compilation called "Drottningholmsmusique" a large orchestral suite for the wedding of the Crown Prince Adolf Frederick of Sweden and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia. In this CD we found 12 flute sonatas for Basso Continuo, which replaced by harpsichord and cello. The form was most famous back then for flute enthusiast as they are simple. The pieces are somehow Handellian in spirit. This CD will enrich our experience and knowledge in Baroque flute repertoire. The whole CD is given performance by flutist Jed Wentz, who happened to be American flutist born in New Brighton PA. He is expert in Baroque repertoire.
Remastered edition of Messiaen Complete Organ Works by Willem Tanke. Messiaen's organ works are a climax of 20th-century music, and Willem Tanke captures superbly their deep spiritual intensity, rivalling renderings by more well-known organists like Jennifer Bate and Gillian Weir. Take your time listening to the CDs: you will relish the music best if you spread the enjoyment out over a period of time. I always think of Messiaen as a composer whose pieces are threshholds into something beyond. The organ is particulary adept at opening the door. It's power and majesty and mystery as an instrument on its own does that, but Messiaen takes us to the edge of places no one else does. I have heard some of these pieces before, but hearing the entire body all together is overwhelming. It takes something which was already big and makes it bigger. These performances are more than worth your time to listen.
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was one of the most prolific composers of the Barock period, rivalling Vivaldi in his industry. He studied languages and science at Leipzig University, and was largely self-taught as far as music was concerned…
…This 29CD set provides a superb introduction to this master of the Barock. He is often suffers in comparison to Bach, Handel and Vivaldi mainly because it is so difficult to know where to start with such a vast body of work. This Brilliant Classics box set makes the Telemann experience all the more enjoyable by making this selection and providing a wonderful window into the world of this great composer.
"Classical music revisited with the mythical and religious voices of Gregorian Era and the perpetual modern orchestration make a work focusing on centuries or millennia of history. This is an absolutely beautiful piece of music." (audiozon review)
Good as the Concerto Italiano recording of this opera is, for once it's not the best. This older live recording by the Clemencic Consort is truly of Olympian quality, chiefly because of the singers: the incomparable Gerard Lesne as Licida above all, and then Mieke von der Sluis singing just as well as Lesne, and Aris Christoffelis as Aminta. This is an opera featuring some uniquely imaginative duets, sharing among those three singers, whose expressiveness is unmatched. One of the keys to making a CD of a baroque opera enjoyable is the intensity of affect in the long accompanied recitativos, and these singers do exactly that. They sparkle with drama. Let me not slight the masculine voices, either; they rumble and thunder most artfully. And there's a bassoon out there in the orchestra pit who's not too bad, playing one of the craftiest bassoon parts in all of Vivaldi.