10 Dec 2012

Time Will Tell

The full text of this review is published in Early Music Today Dec-Feb 2012-13


In his first novel, Time Will Tell, Donald Greig spins a web across three worlds of early music; the composer (Ockeghem), the academic (an isolated American called Andrew Eiger) and the modern vocal ensemble (the pun-tastic Beyond Compère), but it is not – according to the author himself - a roman à clef, but rather a springboard from which he launches into a series of beautifully observed episodes at a point when these different camps become temporarily intertwined.






Time Will Tell By Donald Greig
ISBN: 978 0 85728 624 6
Thames River Press

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8 Dec 2012

Mouton - Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées

The full text of this review appears in Early Music Today Dec-Feb 2012-13

Jean Mouton deserves more recognition, and in this new recording Peter Phillips puts forward a very strong case.

The beauty of the mass belies its cleverness in dissecting and reusing each line of Compère’s original chanson yet despite such intricate mechanisms Mouton’s music is as warm and intimate as the performance. The Tallis Scholars sound wonderfully rich in this ‘men’s voice’ scoring and the Agnus Dei II for three basses is particularly spectacular.



The Tallis Scholars / Peter Phillips
Gimell: CDGIM 047

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1 Dec 2012

Claudio MONTEVERDI - Astor PIAZZOLLA

The full text of this review is published in Early Music Today Dec-Feb 2012-13

The affections of baroque music are likened to the affections of the Tango in this skillfully performed programme and presented side-by-side these musics display many parallels, both structural and emotive. 

Happily, Monteverdi’s music survives recasting in Piazzolla’s style and demonstrates more plasticity than would other early baroque composers. However in substituting the style of Monteverdi for that of the Tango, we seem to have ended up with a disc of music that begins to sound the same. 


Ambronay AMY034
Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo García Alarcón
original title: Claudio Monteverdi & Astor Piazzolla : Una Utopia Argentina
collection: Association Art et Musique
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