VIVALDI: La Senna festeggiante – Yetzabel Arias Fernandez/ Martin Oro/ Sergio Foresti/ La Risonanza/ Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord & cond. – Glossa
An excellent reading of some outstanding Vivaldi, a rarely recorded work that nevertheless has gotten a lot of performances worldwide.
BEETHOVEN: The Symphonies – Soloists/ Laurens Collegium & Cantorej, Rotterdam/ Orchestra of the 18th Century/ Frans Brüggen – Glossa (5 discs)
Brüggen’s second complete effort; while the results are never in doubt as to sincerity, they are at best mixed.
If you like the Handel of the Italian years, you should like Scarlatti’s Lametazioni.
Sinfonias & Concerti of GIUSEPPE ANTONIO BRESCIANELLO – Glossa Late Keyboard Sonatas of GIOVANNI BENEDETTO PLATTI – Accent
Two eighteenth-century Italian composers who sought employment in Germany, one a master of prevailing styles, one a fascinating transitional figure.
BOCCHERINI: Sei sonate di cembalo e violino obbligato, Op. 5 – Jacques Ogg, harpsichord / Emilio Moreno, violin – Glossa
Ardent and engaged performances of engaging early music by Boccherini.
WEILL: Berliner Requiem; Vom Tod im Wald; HINDEMITH: Der Tod; STRAVINSKY: Octet; MILHAUD: Cantate de la Guerre; Cantate de la Paix – I Solisti del Vento/ Flemish Radio Choir/ Paul Hillier, conductor – Glossa
These pieces may seem strange bedfellows, but they fit like a glove especially when aided by Hillier’s brilliant forces.
An ear to the British keyboard baroque period at its peak.