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The Unprecedented Expansion of Music in the Age of Enlightenment

Bach, C P E:

Harpsichord Concerto in G major, Wq. 43/5 (H475)

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Müllejans

Symphony in D major, Wq. 183/1 (H663)

English Concert, Andrew Manze

Trio Sonata for two violins and basso continuo in F major, H576 (Wq154)

London Baroque

Bach, J C:

Piano Concerto in E flat, Op. 7 No. 5

Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)

London Baroque

Sinfonia in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai

Bach, J C F:

Trio in A major HW VII/2 for two violins with basso continuo

London Baroque

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering, BWV1079

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord), Janet See (flute), John Holloway (violin), Jaap ter Linden (cello), Martha Cook (harpsichord)

Bach, W F:

Sinfonia in F major, F. 67 'Dissonant'

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai


Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Melanie Diener (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo), Endrik Wottrich (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone)

La Chapelle Royale Paris, Collegium Vocale, Champs-Élysées Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Paul Lewis (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlávek

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3

Andreas Staier (fortepiano), Daniel Sepec (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Paul Lewis (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Paul Lewis (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

Paul Lewis (piano)

String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6

Tokyo String Quartet

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Tokyo String Quartet

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Tokyo String Quartet

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Tokyo String Quartet


Symphony in D minor, Op. 12 No. 4, G506 'La Casa del diavolo'

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini


Messe de Requiem

Elisabeth Baudry (soprano), Monique Zanetti (soprano), Josep Benet (countertenor), John Elwes (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin IV: Ordre 26ème in F sharp minor

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

Pièces de clavecin IV: Ordre 25ème in E flat major

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

Pièces de clavecin II: Ordre 6ème in B flat

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)


Les troqueurs

Marie Saint-Palais (soprano), Sophie Marin-Degor (soprano), Nicolas Rivenq (baritone), Jean-Marc Salzmann (bass)

Cappella Coloniensis, William Christie


Orfeo ed Euridice

1762 Viennese version in Italian, recorded 2001

Bernarda Fink (Orfeo) Veronica Cangemi (Euridice), Maria Cristina Kiehr (Amor)

Freiburger Barockorchester & Rias Kammerchor, René Jacobs



Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor) & David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Daniel Reuss

Organ Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV291, Op. 4 No. 3

Richard Egarr (organ)

Academy of Ancient Music


Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Le Midi'

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Müllejans

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs

Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Alain Planès (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Alain Planès (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 39 in D major, Hob.XVI:24

Alain Planès (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Alain Planès (piano)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIa:1

Gottfried Von der Goltz (violin)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Hob.XV:27

Erich Höbarth (violin), Christophe Coin (cello), Patrick Cohen (piano)

String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 3 in C major ‘The Bird'

Jerusalem String Quartet

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2 in D minor 'Fifths'

Jerusalem String Quartet


Frische Clavier-Früchte: Sonata No. 3

John Butt (harpsichord)

Frische Clavier-Früchte: Sonata No. 5

John Butt (harpsichord)

Frische Clavier-Früchte: Sonata No. 7

John Butt (harpsichord)


Paratum Cor Meum

Judith Nelson (soprano), Stanley Ritchie (violin), William Christie (harpsichord)

In Domine Laudabitur

Judith Nelson (soprano), Stanley Ritchie (violin), William Christie (harpsichord)


Cello Concerto in G minor

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Müllejans


Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Patrizia Ciofi (Susanna), Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro), Simon Keenlyside (Count Almaviva), Véronique Gens (Countess Almaviva), Angelika Kirchschlager (Cherubino), Marie McLaughlin (Marcellina), Kobie van Rensburg (Basilio/Curzio), Antonio Abete (Bartolo), Nuria Rial (Barbarina)

Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Köln, René Jacobs

Piano Concerto in G major, K 107 No. 2

Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)

London Baroque

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Javier Zafra (bassoon), Susanne Kaiser (flute), Ann-Kathrin Bruggemann (oboe), Erwin Wieringa (horn)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gottfried Von der Goltz

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Stefan Vladar (piano)

Camerata Salzburg

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs

Violin Sonata No. 24 in F major, K376

Chiara Banchini (violin), Temenuschka Vesselinova (fortepiano)

Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K379

Chiara Banchini (violin), Temenuschka Vesselinova (fortepiano)

Piano Trio No. 1 in G major, K496

Mozartean Players

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

String Quartet No. 4 in C major, K157

Jerusalem String Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Jerusalem String Quartet


Stabat Mater

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo)


Cello Concerto in C major, Ben. 106

Ivan Monighetti (cello)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai


Castor et Pollux

Howard Crook (Castor), Jérôme Corréas (Pollux), Agnès Mellon (Télaire), Véronique Gens (Phébé), René Schirrer (Mars/Jupiter), Sandrine Piau (Vénus), Mark Padmore (L'Amour), Mark Padmore (Grand Prêtre de Jupiter), Claire Brua (Minerva)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Pièces de clavecin en concerts: Cinquième concert

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Ryo Terakado (violin), Kaori Uemura (bass viola da gamba)

Pièces de clavecin en concerts: premiere concert

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Ryo Terakado (violin), Kaori Uemura (bass viola da gamba)

Sammartini, G B:

“Avertura” in D Major Jc 14

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchin

Sinfonia in G major, Jc 39

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini


Sonata for harpsichord, violin and cello in F major, Op. 16 No. 4

Chiara Banchini (violin), Luciano Sgrizzi (piano), Philipp Bosbach (cello)

Stamitz, C:

Quartet in D Major Op. 8 No. 1 for clarinet/oboe and strings

Paul Goodwin (oboe)



Concerto grosso n°5 in E minor

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini

Violin Concerto in A minor D115

Enrico Gatti (violin)

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini


Concerto TWV 51:A4 in A major for violin, strings & b.c. 'Die Relinge'

Midori Seiler (violin)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Sonata TWV 41:a3 in A minor for oboe & b.c.

John Toll (harpsichord), Paul Goodwin (oboe), Nigel North (archlute), Susan Sheppard (cello)

Quartet TWV 43:a1

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort


The Four Seasons

Midori Seiler (violin)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Sonata for Oboe and Continuo in C Minor RV53

John Toll (harpsichord), Paul Goodwin (oboe), Nigel North (archlute), Susan Sheppard (cello)

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Other Finalists

Bax - The Symphonies

Bax - The Symphonies


Symphonies Nos. 1-7


Rogue's Comedy Overture

A set that exudes love for the often great music on every page - a modern classic - James Jolly, Gramophone 1000th issue

“This Bax symphony cycle comes under the baton of the composer's doughtiest champion, and superlatives are in order. Even seasoned Baxians will be startled by the propulsive vigour and sinewy strength of these performances.
In its uncompromising thrust and snarling tragedy, Handley's account of the First Symphony packs an almighty punch, but also quarries great detail from Bax's darkly opulent orchestration. In the closing pages the motto theme's sanguine tread is soon snuffed out, as the shredded nerve-ends of this music are exposed as never before.
The wild and brooding Second generates less heady sensuality than either the Thomson or Myer Fredman's pioneering Lyrita version, but there's ample compensation in the chaste beauty and enviable authority of Handley's conception.
Scrupulous attention is paid to thematic unity and the many contrapuntal and harmonic felicities that bind together the progress of this extraordinary canvas. The BBC Philharmonic respond with such eager application that it's easy to forgive some slight loss of composure in the build-up to the cataclysmic pinnacle.
There can be no reservations about the Third, an interpretation that's by far the finest since Barbirolli's 1943-4 world première recording with the Hallé. Bax's iridescent textures shimmer and glow, bass lines stalk with reassuring logic and solidity, and these exemplary artists distil all the poetry and mystery in the ravishing slow movement and epilogue. Deeply moving is Handley's tender, unforced handling of the first movement's Lento moderato secondary material.
Handley's previous recording of the Fourth is comprehensively outflanked by this bracing remake. If you've ever regarded the Fourth as something of a loose-limbed interloper in the Bax canon, this will make you think again, such is the muscular rigour Handley locates in this lovable creation. At the same time, there's playful affection, rhythmic bite and pagan splendour of both outer movements.
Revelations abound, too, in the Fifth. Handley plots a superbly inevitable course through the first movement. At the start of the slow movement the glinting brilliance and sheen of the orchestral playing take the breath away, as does the richness of the lower strings in the first subject.
The finale is stunning, its whirlwind Allegro a veritable bevy of cackling demons.
The bass ostinato that launches the Sixth picks up where the epilogue of the Fifth left off. A taut course is steered through this stormy first movement, though in some ways Norman Del Mar's recording got closer still to the essence of Bax's driven inspiration. The succeeding Lento has a gentle radiance that's very affecting. However, it's in the innovatory finale where Handley pulls ahead of the competition, cannily keeping some power in reserve, and locating a transcendental wonder in the epilogue.
Handley's Seventh is wonderfully wise and characterful music-making, the first movement in particular sounding for all the world as if it was set down in a single take. There's bags of temperament about the performance, as well as an entrancing freedom, flexibility and purposefulness that proclaim an intimate knowledge of and total trust in the composer's intentions. The BBC Philharmonic respond with unflagging spirit and tremendous body of tone.
A majestic Tintagel and rollicking account of the 1936 Rogue's Comedy Overture complete the feast. Disc 5 houses an hour-long conversation about Bax the symphonist between the conductor and Andrew McGregor. Stephen Rinker's engineering does fabulous justice to Bax's imaginative and individual orchestration, particularly towards the lower end of the spectrum.
The set is magnificent; its insights copious.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Handley is in total sympathy with Bax's music and his direction is authoritative as well as idiomatic. Superb sound from the Chandos and BBC engineers. We would not be without this set.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2004

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GGramophone Magazine

100 Greatest Recordings

GGramophone Magazine

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