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 Offer In War & Peace

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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Handel: Messiah

Erin Wall (soprano), Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), John Relyea (bass-baritone)

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Astonishingly well controlled…the solo voices are rich and weighty…[the] flute provides a charming obbligato to ‘How beautiful are the feet’, while the tenor’s ‘Thy rebuke…’ is intensely moving…a... More…

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2 SACDs

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Serpent & Fire

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

a maddening, fascinating and often bewitching disc More…

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Hasse, J A: Siroe re di Persia

Dresden version (1763)

Max Emanuel Cencic (Siroe), Franco Fagioli (Medarse), Julia Lezhneva (Laodice), Juan Sancho (Cosroe), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Emira), Laureen Snouffer (Arasse)

Armonia Atenea, George Petrou

a triumph. It reveals the full splendour of Hasse's score, from tender lyricism to eye-popping virtuosity...Petrou storms his way through the score, pushing the artists beyond what seems physically... More…

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2 CDs

$24.75

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Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Gillian Webster (soprano), Laurence Kilsby (treble), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Peter Harvey (baritone), Ashley Riches (bass), William Whitehead (organ)

Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

The choral elements are scrupulously handled by the Gabrieli Consort, and the soloists are choice. Gillian Webster is the light, bright soprano, Laurence Kilsby the delightful treble tenor Jeremy... More…

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2 CDs

$22.25

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 Offer Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth

Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan (sopranos), Tim Mead (countertenor), Ed Lyon (tenor), William Berger (bass)

Ludus Baroque, Richard Neville-Towle

Both Bevans sing with lustrous tone, natural agility and exquisite decorations, Lyon and William Berger (Time) with taut elegance and Tim Mead (Counsel) with immaculate poise. Though Neville-Towle's... More…

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2 CDs

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My Hero

Greta Bradman (soprano)

English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Bradman has it all – a richness and range of colour in the middle voice that puts many mezzos to shame, extreme high notes of extraordinary fullness, and the sparkling-clean coloratura that usually... More…

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Handel: Tamerlano

Xavier Sabata (Tamerlano), Max Emanuel Cencic (Andronico), John Mark Ainsley (Bajazet), Karina Gauvin (Asteria), Ruxandra Donose (Irene), Pavel Kudinov (Leone)

Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi

The cast is of exceptional and even strength...[Sabata and Cencic] deliver brilliant tone and lively fioritura, while the scenes between Sabata and Ainsley crackle with fury...An all-round outstanding... More…

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3 CDs

$29.75

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Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Cecilia Bartoli (Cleopatra), Andreas Scholl (Cesare), Philippe Jaroussky (Sesto), Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Ruben Drole (Achilla), Jochen Kowalski (Nireno/a), Peter Kálmán (Curio)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini; Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier (directors)

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Handel: Jephtha

James Gilchrist (Jephtha), Susan Bickley (Storge), Sophie Bevan (Iphis), Robin Blaze (Hamor), Matthew Brook (Zebul) & Grace Davidson (Angel)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Christophers's taut, vibrant, and beautifully sprung account is bright and dazzling, yet so often the score ought to inhabit the tortured light and shade of Caravaggio...the choruses are finely... More…

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3 CDs

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