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Cadenzas by Andreas Staier

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

remarkably smooth and sweet toned playing … the ‘Turkish’ episode…is splendidly done, its snarling crescendos well-handled by Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, and the percussive bow-slapping... More…

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Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Olivia Vermeulen (alto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Christian Immler (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Stripping the score right back, Suzuki makes musicianship dominate. He taps into the subtle arts of his fellow performers, especially Carolyn Sampson, to create a benchmark performance…Sampson... More…

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Baroque Instrumental Music from the Italian States

Gail Hennessy, Rachel Chaplin (oboes) & Peter Whelan (bassoon)

La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler

The highlight of the disc for me is Chandler’s performance of a seldom-played E major Violin Concerto by Tartini: he explores fully the rich poetic content of its slow movement while projecting... More…

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Perahia is unrivalled in coaxing a subtle dialogue in the dances that resort to the artful pared-back minimalism of the two-part invention. There’s nowhere to hide and Perahia’s effortless variety... More…

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Harmony Through Music

Joyce DiDonato (mezzo)

Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

Though the top of her voice is wiry under pressure, her coloratura is tightly sprung, her diction is flawless, and her phrasing of the often underrated poetry is sympathetic and sophisticated…Il... More…

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Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Iestyn Davies [gives a] poised, sober performance…Arcangelo’s strings have a beautifully firm sound, with plenty of bow and intelligent details from the lute, while oboist Katharina Spreckelsen... More…

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Silesian Quartet

The Silesian lend vibrant warmth to [the First Quartet]…[and] handle [the later quartets] with precision and élan: a tremendous achievement More…

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Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Phantasm

Phantasm here offers the same flawless playing that has earned its members consistent, well-deserved accolades. Despite the brooding nature of the music, their sound is luminous and tempos are... More…

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Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Goerne remains a fine lieder singer … he shows a careful attention to text … he finds a contemplative depth for the Four Serious Songs, however, with the sorrow and tenderness of the second beautifully... More…

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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

As in the previous volumes, the orchestral playing is breathtaking in its accuracy -the sort of Haydn playing you dream of…this may well become the period-instrument Haydn cycle by which all... More…

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