Looking back at the giants and geniuses of music history through the medium of the string quartet: Palestrina, Lasso, Castello, Bach, Mozart, Pleyel and more.
Here's a sampling from an array of early music recordings – new and old, from performers like the Tallis Scholars, Boston Camerata, The Sixteen, and more.
A 2012 Challenge Classics release of Ars Antiqua Austria playing little-known music of composer Joseph Gregor Werner.
Haydn symphonies with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and Nocturnes for the King of Naples with Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli (Sony).
Ensemble Caprice tackles Telemann's Gypsy music, Esterházy Machine plays Haydn's baryton trios, and Paul O’Dette champions Marco dall’Aquila’s lute pieces.
The fraternal organization known as Freemasonry is explored and its connection to two 18th-century composers who were members—Joseph Haydn and W. A. Mozart.
An (almost) all-Haydn link round-up for the end of the week.
The Naxos label brings us new and notable releases (Haydn and J.S. Bach) by the critically acclaimed Cologne Chamber Orchestra.