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Below you can find selected reviews from past issues. If you are a recording or publishing company and want to suggest an item for review in a future issue, contact the editor.

From Vol 10. no. 2 (Spring 2006): a review by Bridget Cunningham of
Richard Troeger, performer; ',Bach, The Art of Fugue';Lyrichord, LEMS 8048

"This recording is fantastic and a must for lovers of the clavichord and J S Bach.
Troeger makes excellent use of the clavichord..."

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From Vol. 11 no. 1 (Autumn 2006), A review by Madeline Goold of James R. Gaines, Evening in the Palace of Reason.
(London: Fourth Estate,  2005 ).

"James Gaines’ Evening in the Palace of Reason is an informative and fascinating read...
Gaines sees the incident as a musical expression of the confrontation between the old belief in Divine Order
and a new rationality that was at the heart of the 19th-century Enlightenment;.."


From Vol. 11 no. 2 (Spring 2007), a set of reviews by John Weretka of Bach interpreters:

'Bach, Das wohltemperiete Klavier, Book I, Landowska; Naxos “Great Harpsichordists” 8.110314-15
'Bach, Clavierübung I-II, Chromatic fantasy and fugue', Elizabeth de la Porte; (London Independent LIR012). 
'Freddy Kempft plays Bach (D Major and E Minor Partitas)' -Freddy Kempf; BIS-CD-1330
'Bach, Die Kunst der Fuge' -Sébastian Guillot; Naxos 8.557796
all reviewed by John Weretka

"Landowska remains an icon of the early music revival, but perhaps revered rather more at a distance than from personal acquaintance...The issue of phrasing haunts Landowska through these recordings..."
".the galant element of Bach’s keyboard suites comes to the fore in the decoration of movements that appears to be a hallmark of de la Porte’s style. "
".. Kempf makes a persuasive case for Bach at the piano."

"...Sébastian Guillot’s account an essay in the architectural considerations of Bach’s fugal technique."



From Vol. 12 no. 1 (Autumn 2007), a review by Pamela Nash of

Philip Glass, 'Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra'; The Concerto Project Volume IIs;
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord and The Northwest Chamber Orchestra Conducted by Ralf Gothoni; Orange Mountain Music: OMM0030

"Of course the signature elements are there, but in a sort of microcosm, where the harmonic rhythm is faster and the motoric ostinatos and arpeggiations develop only briefly and often in unexpected directions.....  The solo part is further spotlighted by the playing of harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree, who crosses over between the different worlds with consummate ease..."


From Vol. 12 no. 2 (Spring 2008), a review by Gregory Crowell of
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Sämtliche Werke für Tasteninstrumente, Vol. II: Fantasien. Ed. Pieter Dirksen. (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 2006.

"The present edition recognizes that Sweelinck’s music has come down to us primarily in two forms, i.e., in staff notation and tablature.  Since each of these notational systems presents a very different picture of the music, the editors have chosen to treat the modern transcription of the music in a manner that reflects the sources accurately."