When Houston musicians meet classic German Baroque, they can make beautiful music together. Recorded live, Heart and Soul features British countertenor Ryland Angel, Ars Lyrica Houston’s artistic director Matthew Dirst on a Baroque-style Fritts organ, and a quintet of Ars Lyrica string players. Emotionally complex, ethereal, and divine, Ars Lyrica brings the 17th century to modern audiences, loud and clear. Centaur Records (centaurrecords.com). —Lucy Doyle
Lucy Doyle is a frequent contributor to OutSmart Magazine.