Review: Gramophone Reviews Eight Motets CD

Garrick Comeaux leads the Consortium Carissimi – founded in Rome in 1996 and established in Minneapolis-St Paul 10 years later – in a fourth volume for Naxos devoted to their namesake: eight motets which, in their variety of forms and textures, capture the composer’s stylistic command. The performances are confident and secure, although there are […]

REVIEW: Consortium Carissimi breathes life into 1672 opera

REVIEW: Bernardo Pasquini’s “Il Tirinto” is proven worthy of resurrection. By TERRY BLAIN Special to the Star Tribune From an aristocratic palace in the Castelli Romani, Italy, to the blasted concrete interior of the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis: That is the extraordinary journey traveled by Italian composer Bernardo Pasquini’s “Il Tirinto,” a baroque opera first […]

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 – Not for the Faint of Heart

written by Douglas Shambo II, bass The music of Claudio Monteverdi can strike fear in the heart of the most technically capable singer; it can also create similar feelings of shock and awe for the typical modern listener. It is not that Monteverdi makes vocal demands that differ sharply from those of other composers of […]