Call him the Velvet Underground of classical music: many scholars tend to point to Dietrich Buxetehude (ca. 1637 — 1707) as one of the major influences on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach and one of the finest composers of the mid-Baroque period. His vocal compositions on Vocal Music, Vol. 1 are accompanied by a stately organ and two violinists, but the star here is soprano Emma Kirkby who charms her way over the album's thirteen compositions. Voted Artist of the Year by Classic FM Radio listeners in 1999, Kirkby's light touch complements the violins and organ beautifully.
By Todd Burns on 04.22.11 in Reviews
It's hard to understand exactly how Jorgen Plaetner was forgotten so completely by devotees of early electronic music. His '60s and '70s compositions sound more contemporary than Stockhausen, Xenakis or Schae...
By Amelia Raitt on 04.23.09 in Reviews
Niels Wilhelm Gade was a Danish composer active in the final decade of the 19th century, just as Romanticism was trembling on the verge of overflowing into the chaos Modernism. His work has none of the millennial dread a...
By Justin Davidson on 01.16.15 in Features
She is no longer the goofy but serious alien girl with the long flowing hair; instead she’s a sage.
By Justin Davidson on 12.02.14 in Features
Justin Davidson examines the way recent solo cello albums by Alisa Weilerstein, Jeffrey Ziegler and Maya Beiser reinvent that wordless, eloquent voice.