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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

$21.50

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Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexander Melnikov (Graff fortepiano)

Melnikov works wonders with his 1828 Graff piano, managing to make it less clattery and more piano-like than in most other fortepiano recordings. More…

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Steven Isserlis (cello) & Robert Levin (fortepiano)

This set contains of the finest Beethoven performances you are likely to hear. Steven Isserlis is on blazing form: every note lives, every movement is characterised with infectious relish; his... More…

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2 CDs

$29.00

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Maria João Pires (piano)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

Never for a moment does she over-reach herself or force pace and sonority...Few pianists have ever been more true to their own lights and it is hardly surprising that her many performances of... More…

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Laura Aikin (soprano), Bernarda Fink (alto), Johannes Chum (tenor) & Ruben Drole (bass)

Concentus Musicus Wien & Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

This is a remarkable account of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and, in one important respect, an unusual one. For though it is in no sense lacking in drama, it is in essence a deeply devotional reading...Harnoncourt’s... More…

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Quatuor Mosaïques

As far as I’m aware this is the first and only recording of these works on ‘period’ instruments - using gut strings and early nineteenth-century bows, whilst employing a more limited use of vibrato... More…

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3 CDs

$18.75

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spaciousness is [not] the most surprising aspect here…more challenging to many ears will be the steadiness of the E flat Impromptu and the liberally applied hesitations of the A flat. Allied... More…

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2 CDs

$22.25

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Annette Dasch (soprano), Eva Vogel (mezzo), Christian Elsner (tenor), Dimitry Ivashchenko (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle

These performances are intensely alive and immensely invigorating. More…

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5 CDs + 2 Blu-ray Videos + Blu-ray Audio

$80.00

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Leif Ove Andsnes (piano & direction)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir

Andsnes's view of the Emperor Concerto's slow movement may strike some listeners as less contemplative and poetic than usual, and it may be that his interpretation of the piece will deepend over... More…

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Evgeny Kissin (piano)

All but one of these performances are exceptional, even by Kissin’s stratospheric standards, the odd one out being the Moonlight Sonata…But the most extraordinary track is that of the 32 Variations.... More…

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2 CDs

$19.25

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