Cappella Amsterdam (Best of 2020)

Roland de Lassus Inferno – Motets for Six and Eight Voices Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss, director Harmonia Mundi CD Roland de Lassus (1530-1594)  – also known as Orlando di Lasso – was one of the most important vocal composers of the sixteenth century. His extant catalog contains more than 2,000 pieces in nearly every sacredContinue reading “Cappella Amsterdam (Best of 2020)”

Stile Antico’s Spanish Nativity (CD Review)

A Spanish Nativity Stile Antico Harmonia Mundi 902312 The “Golden Age” of Spanish polyphony (during the sixteenth century) yielded a number of pieces suitable for Christmastime by some of the finest composers of the Renaissance: Tomás Luis de Victoria, Franciso Guerrero, and Cristóbal de Morales. On the a cappella vocal group Stile Antico’s latest disc,Continue reading “Stile Antico’s Spanish Nativity (CD Review)”

Choir of Clare College Celebrates Epiphany (CD Review)

Mater ora fillium: Music for Epiphany Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Michael Papadopoulos, organ; Graham Ross, director Harmonia Mundi CD HUM907653 On the Christian calendar, tomorrow (January 6th) is the Feast of the Epiphany. There are several aspects to Epiphany. First, it is the “Twelfth Day” after Christmas, and so ends the celebrations of thatContinue reading “Choir of Clare College Celebrates Epiphany (CD Review)”

Ensemble Signal Records Steve Reich (CD Review)

Steve Reich Double Sextet (2007) and Radio Rewrite (2013) Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman, conductor Harmonia Mundi CD   There are several recordings out this year commemorating Steve Reich at eighty (Allan Kozinn provides more about this in an excellent WSJ article). I haven’t yet heard the LSO’s CD, but I agree with Kozinn’s assessment that both Third CoastContinue reading “Ensemble Signal Records Steve Reich (CD Review)”

Stile Antico Celebrates Ten Years

Celebrating ten years together, vocal ensemble Stile Antico has released the compilation Sing With the Voice of Melody on Harmonia Mundi. With works by Tallis, Gombert, Victoria, Clemens non Papa, William Byrd, and more, it is an embarrassment of riches and difficult to pick favorites. Happily, the group has recorded short videos to help youContinue reading “Stile Antico Celebrates Ten Years”