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Bach CPE..., Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit,
Metronome Recordings MET CD 1091,
Carole Cerasi: please amend harpsichord to clavichord.


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thank you for the helpful radio guide, but you forgot one important concert:
20-3-14 Klara 20.30 Huelgas Ens.:de Rore : Passione secundum Johannem, live broadc within Klara festival, Brussels Miniemenkerk


Added: March 22, 2014
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I always look forward to your monthly lists of CD releases, an essential addition to Gramophone and Fanfare. Thank you very much for your work, and best wishes for the holiday season.

Added: November 26, 2012
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Thanks for your reviews of CDs. It is really helpful to have well informed comments - such as yours - on new recordings as most early music discs don't get reviewed in 'Gramophone'. Keep it up.

I agree with you wholeheartedly about the dumbing down of Radio3 - I used to listen to it all the time to catch the special recordings they did - remember "The Rise of Polyphony" series by Basil Lam or the wonderful series of English Madrigals by Anthony Rooley and the Consort of Musicke? Now, it's just CDs-based and I don't bother at all. I do my best to catch snippets of new recordings on sites such as the CPO label or Itunes.


Added: February 28, 2012
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I am just suggesting that not qualified people should not put their opinion about our job on the web or share their comments with concerts organizations since this is a damage to our work!! If you do not like our music, our CDs or our interpretation it is fine, but please do not put your opinion everywhere if you are not requested!!!!! Find the way to share it privately with your friends, but please do not enter into professionals channels......or please let us know somehow that you are a qualified journalist or musicologist (.....a professional musicians would not do that anyway)!!!!!!!!!!

E.N.


Added: October 18, 2011
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I read with consternation the contributions by David Watkin and Ercole Nisini. Are they really suggesting that the only people qualified (or even able) to appreciate, evaluate and critique a musical performance are formally qualified musicians? Talk about treating your audience (most of whom would never be musicians) with disdain! Perhaps Mr Watkin and Mr Nisini would like to perform before audiences made up exclusively of musicians and musicologists. Or maybe they would really prefer to have no musicians and musicologists in their audiences, since then no one would have the right to evaluate their performances!

Added: August 23, 2011
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Yes please, it would be at least fair to know about the musical background and credential of Mister van Veen since he feel free to publish his personal comments about the work of musicians.
Please it is not desired to read any further negative comments on this website (and in social networks like twitter) about my work and that of my Ensemble.
Thank you very much.


Added: May 6, 2011
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I have just read with visceral shock your horrible comments about my performance of Bach’s 2nd Suite for Cello at Eisenach Easter 2000, on the Bach Cantatas website. I remember every heart-felt note of the 3 Suites and the Cantatas of those 3 days, and the fabulous singing. I am astonished that you feel my music making consists of ‘just playing the notes correctly’, and that you feel able to dismiss a dedicated musician so casually,in passing ‘I almost forgot’ Having read your opinion, I hoped to read about your musical background and credentials, but have searched the net in vain. Please do me the courtesy of letting me know at which musical institutions you have studied and at what level you have yourself performed, or where I can next hear you perform, so that I can better understand the nature of what you consider to be interpretation.

Added: April 27, 2011
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Added: April 12, 2010
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I read your review of Jaroussky's J C Bach album with interest and agree with everything you wrote. However, unless I'm mistaken, there are more recorded operas available than the two you mention. I think by La Clemenza di Tito, you mean La Clemenza di Scipione (I don't think he composed a Tito). Amadis des Gaules and Gioas Re di Giuda are also available. There are also live recordings (fairly easily available) of Temistocle, Alessandro nell'Indie and the serenata Amor Vincitore. When I first took an interest in J C Bach (about 15 years ago), there was next to nothing available in the UK other than some of his symphonies and piano concertos. I would, therefore, submit that there has been a great upsurge of interest in his work. While this slightly contradicts what you wrote, I am still grateful for your excellent and informed website.

Added: March 29, 2010
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