Johan van Veen

Aretino Sabbato Sancto Arcana A551

Aretino: Sabbato Sancto – Lamentationes et Responsoria (Arcana)

The low tessitura and the slow tempi make these settings quite moving [JV]

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Biber: Harmonia artificiosa (Archiv Produktion)

(Déjà Review) It will be very difficult to find a performance which more convincingly explores these brilliant compositions [JV]

Les Hautbois à la Chambre du Roi (Ricercar)

A fascinating picture of music at the time of Louis XIV [JV]

Goldberg sonatas ADX11203

Goldberg & WF Bach: Trio sonatas (Audax)

Brilliant performances of Goldberg’s trio sonatas and a little-known piece by WF Bach [JV]

Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus; Palestrina: Tu es Petrus; Graziani: Motets (Coro)

Benevoli’s mass is a fine specimen of Roman polychorality in the 17th century [JV]

Ludford: Mass (Paraty)

A new perspective on the performance of the music of the English renaissance [JV]

Vestiva lux FHR137

Vestiva – Embellishing 16th & 17th Century Music (First Hand Records)

A fine demonstration of some of the main aspects of performance practice in music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque [JV]

Lusitano Impero Portugese Baroque Passacaille PAS1127

Lusitano Impero – Portugese Baroque music (Passacaille)

This disc documents the strong Italian influence on the Portuguese late Baroque [JV]

de Monte: Madrigali spirituali (Passacaille)

Superb performances – the best possible case for Philippus de Monte [JV]

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Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts (Coro)

A fascinating portrait of Striggio, but the performances are rather disappointing [JV]

Baur: Chamber Music (Passacaille)

The Accademia de’ Dissonanti are ideal advocates of Baur’s music [JV]

Marchand Suites oh trio Aparte AP301

Marchand: Suites (Aparté)

The performers deserve praise for bringing this unknown composer to our attention [JV]

Alexander Chance (alto): Drop not, mine eyes (Linn Records)

Chance is a foremost representative of his generation in the falsetto range [JV]

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Vivaldi: La Stravaganza (Transcriptions for Organ) (Brilliant Classics)

These transcriptions are nice complements to Bach’s arrangements [JV]

Couperin Les Concerts Royaux Château de Versailles CVS099

Couperin: Les Concerts Royaux (Château de Versailles)

Elegance and refinement were highly appreciated at the time, and that is exactly what we get here [JV]

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Nardini: Complete Music for 2 Violins (Brilliant Classics)

A well-deserved recognition of a neglected composer [JV]

Luzzaschi Il concerto segreto Ricercar RIC455

Luzzaschi: Il Concerto Segreto (Ricercar)

An impressive revival of the art of the Concerto delle donne [JV]

Kagami Mirror viola da gamba Ramee RAM2204

Kagami – Mirror: viola da gamba pieces (Ramée)

Very personal choice of viola da gamba pieces, performed with much sensitivity [JV]

Hita: Obras vocal en Latin (Lauda)

Sacred music and performance of impressive quality [JV]

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Christmas Carols (Erato)

A model of good taste and creative programming [JV]

Philarmonica Le Consort Alpha 1011

Philarmonica – Purcell, Matteis, Mrs Philarmonica (Alpha Classics)

Le Consort deserves praise for bringing the music by the mysterious Mrs Philarmonica to our attention [JV]

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A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry’s Court (Cappella Records)

A spellbinding confrontation of liturgical music from two traditions – a perfect ‘alternative’ for Christmastide [JV]

1723 violin RAM2202

1723 Bach, Bertali, Biber, Corelli & Pisendel (Ramée)

A nice demonstration of the practice of ‘playing in the organ’ [JV]

Biber Harmonie Universelle Accent ACC24386

Biber: Twelve Sonatas (Accent)

Both the ensemble and the playing of the individual members are excellent and hard to surpass [JV]