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 Offer Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos

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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2 CDs

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Currentzis has a clear and unified vision of the music’s trajectory, his interpretation grabbing you by the scruff of the neck…Most remarkable of all is the clarity of sound achieved here which... More…

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 and D960

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Zimerman takes us into a place of deep introspection, finding vast universes within. The recorded sound, by Rainer Maillard, is beautifully judged, combining gentleness with absolute clarity…This... More…

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Dvorak: Quintets Op. 81 & 97

Boris Giltburg (piano), Pavel Nikl (viola)

Pavel Haas Quartet

Throughout the slow movement, the playing of the solo lines is captivating…The Haas Quartet with Boris Giltburg provide both relaxation and a strong sense of purposeful energy…Excellently recorded,... More…

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Berlioz: Les Troyens

Joyce DiDonato (Didon), Michael Spyres (Énée), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Orchestre et Choeur philharmonique de Strasbourg, Badischer Staatsopernchor, Choeur de l’Opéra du Rhin, John Nelson

Nelson drives the drama with unforced tempos but ample theatrical vitality and grandeur…Spyres isn’t as heroic an Aeneas as Jon Vickers…but sings with lyrical grace and spirit and decent if not... More…

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4 CDs + DVD Video

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Sibelius: Piano Works

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

It has a magic of its own which Andsnes casts equally, with his pure-source sound and range of colours, over early, middle and late Sibelius. The crystalline cascades of the Impromptu that launches... 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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2 CDs

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Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello

Deluxe Hardcover 1CD (Limited Edition)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Sol Gabetta (cello)

Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Bartoli and cellist Sol Gabetta make for valiant duelling partners who converse, parry and riposte in spirited combat. Bartoli is velvet-toned, vivacious and voluptuous as ever. Her diction is... More…

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The [Goldberg] Aria sings without affectation as if to emphasise that what follows isn't about the theme but what happens to it...Unstarchy too is Levit's approach to Beethoven's Diabelli Variations...As... More…

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3 CDs

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 Offer Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

including bonus documentary DVD

Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)

Ludwig Orchestra

Crazy Girl Crazy is an album that – just like its muse and protagonist – flouts the rules…The litheness of Hannigan’s voice beguiles, so that the near-segue into the Lulu Suite (1934) comes as... More…

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($15.50)$12.50

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