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Andrew Manze (violin), Richard Egarr (harpsichord)
Corelli's Sonatas have never felt more alive and less perfectly preserved than they do here, and if you care at all for the baroque repertoire or fine fiddle playing, you owe it to yourself to... — More…
Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz
Divided into two large groups, the Freiburg period players relish the distinctive sounds of their instruments, with particularly strongly flavoured oboes and proud horns. The vital overall sound... — More…
Jennifer Johnston (Jocasta), Stuart Skelton (Oedipus), Gidon Saks (Creon) & Fanny Ardant (narrator)
Gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir & London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Johnston's superb interpretation lifts the whole performance up a couple of notches...But John Eliot Gardiner's conducting somehow misses the work's elusive power. — More…
Michala Petri (recorder) & Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Petri and Esfahani's is an invigorating ensemble effort, each sparking off the other to foster a captivating directness whether sparkling or soulful. Nothing is safe or reverential, and yet there's... — More…
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) & Graham Johnson (piano)
We are lucky that Anthony Rolfe Johnson left such a legacy of recordings, but new additions are still welcome. This live recital from the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie dates from 1996, placing... — More…
Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin)
The Avison Ensemble
Beznosiuk offers lyrical, intuitively musical performances, imbued with a placid, unpretentious grace, while his spontaneous ornamentation adds a dash of Baroque bravura. Beznosiuk is well matched... — More…
Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Mark Lubotsky (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Julius Katchen (piano), Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone), Barry Tuckwell (horn), Alexander Murray (flute), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet),...
Heather Harper (soprano), Neil Mackie (tenor) & Barry Tuckwell (horn), Jill Gomez (soprano), Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano), Jane Salmon (cello) & Melvyn Tan (harpsichord), Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano), Robert Tear (tenor) & Sir Philip Ledger (piano), Felicity Lott...
Basically, every fan of Britten and anyone interested in setting words to music should covet this set...[Pears] is at his peak in the nicely restored 1942 mono recording of the Seven Sonnets... — More…