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  July 20, 2014

BIS's subtitle 'Academic Cantatas' is less attractive these days than it would have been in Bach's time. The word "academic" now has nearly become pejorative, implying dryness, boredom and a minimal degree of entertainment. How different it was in Baroque Leipzig, where the development and teaching ... more
  July 9, 2014

Here is the first SA-CD from world-class Stockholm Chamber Brass. "Then" contrasts the brass music of the Renaissance with performances now by a state-of-the art modern brass quintet. Of course, this involves using a great deal of arrangements, but back in the Renaissance, in the absence of ... more
  July 7, 2014

Now that all the sacred cantatas by Bach have been issued, BIS has turned to the seemingly less popular set of secular cantatas. A motley collection they are, 20-odd scattered remains from what was certainly a much larger assemblage written throughout his career; they must have been a significant ... more
  June 28, 2014

A "Golden Age" is a term indicating a period in a country's history which is particularly rich in cultural development, particularly artistic expression. In the case of Denmark, this is applied to the first half of the 19th century, replete with famous talents such as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren ... more
  June 27, 2014

Everybody likes a good tune. Here is an ingenious programme of mostly little-known melodies, performed by a soloist with accompanist. Unusually for "classical" music, the solo instrument is a saxophone and it is accompanied by another wind instrument - the Main organ of Bragernes Church, in Drammen, ... more

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