Harmonia Podcast #157: Baroque Music from the 17th and 18th Centuries

18

March
2011

The first two recordings feature Spanish ensembles that I’ve followed for a while. The first, La Ritirata, is a chamber ensemble led by cellist Josetxu Obregón. Lately, they’ve been focusing more on later 18th-century repertoire, but their CD of (mostly) late-Baroque repertoire with recorder player Tamar Lalo has some great energy.

La Galania is a relatively new ensemble, brought together by well-established friends, that clearly showcases the immense vocal talents of Raquel Andueza, one of my very favorite sopranos (who is joined by Jesús Fernández Baena and Pierre Pitzl) . Their debut recording, “Yo Soy La Locura,” has a truly magnetic groove.

Like I say in the podcast, Nigel North is the best in the world. (And his new recording makes for compelling listening.)

Ars Nova Copnehagen‘s release of two significant works by Heinrich Schütz is my introduction to an ensemble I’d only had passing knowledge of. They’re joined by Concerto Copenhagen and Sirius Viols in a really wonderful performance (directed by Paul Hillier).

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