Matthew Best

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Gluck: Alceste

Gluck: Alceste

(sung in French)


Maurits Sillem (harpsichord), Philip Gelling (bass), Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (bass-baritone), Matthew Best (bass), Robert Tear (tenor), Jonathan Summers (baritone)

Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden, Royal Opera Chorus, Charles Mackerras

Recorded live in 1981

Opus Arte - OADA8011DI

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A Guided Tour of the Romantic Era, Vol. 14

A Guided Tour of the Romantic Era, Vol. 14


Patrick de Hooge (piano), Pierre-Alain Volondat (piano), Jean Martin (piano), Miriam Gauci (soprano), Miroslav Dvorsky (tenor), Nicola Martinucci (tenor), Eduard Tumagian (baritone), Maria Kliegel (cello), Matthew Best (bass-baritone), Sarah Fryer (mezzo-soprano), William Kendall (tenor), Neville Creed (choirmaster), Jiri Sulzenko (bass), Fabio Previati (baritone), Richard Novak (bass), Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Ladislav Hallon (tenor), Carmen Gonzales (soprano), Jonathan Welch (tenor), Ivan Urbas (bass), Stanislav Benacka (bass), Boaz Senator (baritone), Helena Hanzelova (soprano), Maria Stahelova (soprano), Jozef Spacek (baritone), Ana Tomkovicova (mezzo-soprano), Robert Szucs (tenor), Nelly Boschkowa (mezzo-soprano), Jozef Abel (tenor), Yordy Ramiro (tenor), Alzbeta Michalkova (contralto), Georg Tichy (baritone), Vladimir Kubovcik (bass), Giorgio Lamberti (tenor), Nelly Miricioiu (soprano), Andrea Piccinni (bass), Jan Durco (baritone), Raimo Sirkia (tenor), Silvano Carroli (baritone), Giovanna Casolla (soprano), Vicenc Esteve (tenor), Felipe Bou (bass), Javier Mas (tenor), Lando Bartolini (tenor), Masako Deguci (soprano), Armando Ariostini (baritone), Jose Garcia-Quijada (baritone), Francisco Heredia (tenor), Gorka Gerrikabeitia (tenor), Guillermo Gonzalez (piano), Jadwiga Rappe (alto), Hanna Lisowska (soprano), Ewa Podles (contralto), Lynda Russell (soprano), Piotr Nowacki (bass), Izabela Klosinska (soprano), Barbara Kubiak (soprano), Wojtek Drabowicz (baritone), Ewa Marciniec (alto), Timothy Bentch (tenor), Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano), Gregory Kunde (tenor), Hidenori Komatsu (baritone), Bernadette Greevy (mezzo-soprano)

Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus,, Alexander Rahbari, George Hurst, Edward Downes, Adrian Leaper, Michael Halasz, David Hill, Christopher Robinson, Will Humburg, Markus Lehtinen, Antoni Wit, James DePreist, Hans Graf, Cord Garben, Franz-Paul Decker

Naxos Digital Compilations - A Guided Tour of the Romantic Era - 940345

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Sir Thomas Allen (Figaro), Agnes Baltsa (Rosina), Francisco Araiza (Il Conte Almaviva), Robert Lloyd (Don Basilio), Domenico Trimarchi (Dr. Bartolo), Sally Burgess (Berta), Matthew Best (Fiorello), John Noble (Un Ufficiale)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner

Philips - 4784809

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Thomas Allen (Figaro), Agnes Baltsa (Rosina), Francisco Araiza (Almaviva), Domenico Trimarchi (Bartolo), Robert Lloyd (Basilio), Sally Burgess (Berta), Matthew Best (Fiorillo)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner

Full track-lists and synopsis in English, German and French

“Francisco Araiza's Almaviva is graceful, Agnes Baltsa's Rosina conscientious and Thomas Allen's Figaro ebullient.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ***

“Neville Marriner directs his first complete opera recording with a fine sense of the theatre and the music's inner detail.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1984

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Decca Opera! - 4782497

(CD - 2 discs)

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Thomas Allen (Figaro), Francisco Araiza (Il Conte Almaviva), Agnes Baltsa (Rosina), Domenico Trimarchi (Dr. Bartolo), Robert Lloyd (Don Basilio), Sally Burgess (Berta), Matthew Best (Fiorello), John Noble (Un Ufficiale)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner

Philips - 4464482

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English Choral Favourites

English Choral Favourites


Elgar:

The Shower

My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land Op. 18 No. 3

Great is the Lord (Psalm XLVIII), Op. 67

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

arr Lemare

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Holst:

Come to me

Howells:

Pieces (6): Master Tallis's Testament

Mendelssohn:

Hear my prayer

Parry:

Jerusalem

I was glad

Stanford:

The Blue Bird, Op. 119 No. 3

Vaughan Williams:

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)


Elizabeth Atherton (soprano), Matthew Best (bass) & Thomas Trotter (organ)

City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Simon Halsey (director)

“…this latest album from the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus mostly consists of the secular side of the post-Victorian English choral tradition, interspersed with several organ solos which are rousingly played by Thomas Trotter. …the singing is still distinguished by a high degree of accuracy in tuning, attack and unanimity of dynamic. These qualities are shown to their best advantage in the quasi-symphonic drama of Elgar's Great is the Lord, undoubtedly the highlight of the programme...” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 ***

Warner Classics - Classics for Pleasure - 3614992

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Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila


Jon Vickers (Samson), Shirley Verrett (Dalila), Jonathan Summers (Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon), John Tomlinson (Abimélech), Gwynne Howell (Le Vieillard Hébreu), John Dobson (Le messager philistin), Maldwyn Davies (Premier philistin), Matthew Best (Deuxième philistin)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Colin Davis

“Vickers's account is well matched by Verrett. Committed conducting and strong visuals in Nolan's designs.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 *****

DVD Video

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Format: PAL

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Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5101122832

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Cathedral Voices - Vol. 2

Cathedral Voices - Vol. 2


Taverner Players, Taverner Consort, John Toll [1], [17] (organ), Emily Van Evera [6] (soprano vocals), Jeffrey Thomas [4], [14] (tenor vocals), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor vocals), Emma Kirkby (soprano vocals), Nigel Rogers (tenor vocals), Peter Hurford (organ), Choristers Of St Albans Cathedral (chorus), Francis Grier (organ), Cambridge King's College Choir (chorus), Jonathan Robarts (bass vocals), Robert Chilcott (tenor vocals), Michael Cockerham (counter-tenor vocals), Timothy Byram-Wigfield (soprano vocals), Michael Cockerham (bass vocals), Jonathan Roberts (bass vocals), Choir of King's College, Cambridge/English Chamber Orchestra/Sir Philip Ledger, Thelma Owen (harp), Robert Tear (tenor vocals), Matthew Best (bass vocals), Sally Burgess (mezzo-soprano vocals), Paul Esswood (counter-tenor vocals), Christopher Gillett (tenor vocals), Margaret Marshall (soprano vocals), Martyn Hill (tenor vocals), Charles Daniels (tenor vocals), Christopher Keyte (bass vocals), James Bowman (counter-tenor vocals), Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Helen Gelmar (soprano vocals), April Cantelo (soprano vocals), Ian Partridge (tenor vocals), Andrew Davis (organ), Catherine King (mezzo-soprano vocals), Taverner Choir (chorus), Margaret Cable (contralto vocals), Emily Van Evera (soprano vocals), Nancy Argenta (soprano vocals), Alison Place (mezzo-soprano vocals), Nancy Argenta/Catherine Robbin/John Mark Ainsley/Alastair Miles/London Classical Players/Sir Roger Norrington/Schütz Choir of London, Alastair Miles (bass), Peter Thorley (trombone), Collegium Vocale/Philippe Herreweghe/Hillevi Martinpelto/Christoph Prégardien/Peter Harvey, Peter Harvey (bass), Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano vocals), Christoph Prégardien (tenor vocals), Swedish Radio Choir (chorus), Kammerchor Stuttgart/Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn/Frieder Bernius, Groupe Vocal de France/Guy Reibel, Richard Pasco/Donald Maxwell/Linda Ormiston/Alexander Gallifant/Timothy Lamb/Nicholas Berry/Camellia Johnson/Polly Hewetson/Joanna Brown/Schoolchildren from Salisbury & Chester/Coull Quartet/Endymion Ensemble/Orchestra of Schoolchildren fro, Donald Maxwell (bass-baritone), Camellia Johnson (mezzo-soprano vocals), Linda Ormiston (mezzo-soprano vocals), Camelia Johnson (mezzo-soprano vocals), Joanna Brown (soprano vocals), Polly Hewetson (soprano vocals), Nancy Argenta/Richard Studt/Stephen Farr/Winchester Cathedral Choir/Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Simon Keenlyside/David Hill, Stephen Farr (organ), Winchester Cathedral Choir (chorus), Winchester Cathedral Choir/David Dunnett/David Hill, David Dunnet (organ), Jackie Shave [5] (violin), David Dunnett (organ), Patrick Kiernan (violin), Solveig Kringelborn (soprano vocals), Ben Cruft [5] (violin), Donald Sweeney [5] (bass), William Kendall [4], [6] (tenor vocals), Ian Simrock [4] (bells), Gavyn Wright [5] (violin), Boguslav Kostecki [5] (violin), MacIej Rakowski [5] (violin), Maîtrise D'Antony (chorus), Choeur De L'Orchestre De Paris (chorus), European Union Children's Chorus (chorus), Marie-Claire Alain (organ)

Taverner Consort, Choir & Players, Early Music Consort Of London, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, English Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge King's College Choir, Taverner Players, Collegium Vocale, Ghent, Schütz Choir of London, London Classical Players, The Lond, Andrew Parrott, David Munrow, Sir Philip Ledger, Sir David Willcocks, Philippe Herreweghe, Roger Norrington, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Muti, Frieder Bernius, Guy Reibel, Richard Hickox, Philip Ledger, David Hill, Stephen Cleobury, John Nelson

Warner Classics - 2435621125

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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress


Philip Langridge (Tom Rakewell), Cathryn Pope (Anne), Samuel Ramey (Nick Shadow), Astrid Varnay (Mother Goose), Sarah Walker (Baba the Turk), Stafford Dean (Trulove), John Dobson (Sellem) & Matthew Best (Keeper)

London Sinfonietta Chorus & London Sinfonietta, Riccardo Chailly

“Chailly is almost shockingly vital, his phrases never ordered by Stravinsky's rhythms as much as spurred on by them. Philip Langridge inhabits the score without being contained by it while Samuel Ramey sings his most articulate Nick Shadow on CD or video.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

“the London Sinfonietta match him [Chailly] in both precision and panache. The recording gives full and appropriate prominence to the glorious sound of the Sinfonietta's woodwind section, but all departments of the ensemble are admirable...in its balance of brilliance and sensitivity, this is playing of the first class...Samuel Ramey's distinctive, attractive timbre does make an immediate and satisfying impression: he is the wily, oily demon to the life, and in the later acts he effects a transformation from suavity to menace without sacrificing any purely musical qualities en route...Cathryn Pope makes a vividly vulnerable Anne...youthfulness and lyricism are also the hallmarks of Philip Langridge's performance” Gramophone Magazine, February 1985

“Philip Langridge is more misled bulldog than young puppy as the Rake. And who wouldn't be seduced by Samuel Ramey's velvety Nick? Not Cathryn Pope's Anne, whose voice, too, could ideally be brighter.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2006 ****

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2016

Decca Classic Opera - 4757005

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Essential Rossini

Essential Rossini


Decca - 4722132

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