CD Review: Makaris on Early Music America

CD Review: Ensemble Revels In Traditional Fare by Andrew J. Sammut, January 6, 2020 The ensemble Makaris performs 23 settings of traditional tunes by 12 composers on its debut CD. Wisps in the Dell. Makaris. Old Focus Recordings FCR916 Scottish music proved creatively productive and financially lucrative for several composers during the 18th century. Haydn and Beethoven alone arranged hundreds of these traditional songs for home performance. The songs included dance calls, serenades, expressions of unrequited love, laments for lost loved ones, and all manner of joyous and gruesome subjects. Well-known names from orchestral music and opera clothed the folksy melodies and down-to-earth lyrics

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