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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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Zimerman, quite simply, sounds like no one else. That’s partly down to the instrument, having inserted into his Steinway a keyboard he has made himself... Every element of these two sonatas has... 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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 New  Offer Cecilia & Sol: Dolce Duello

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Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Sol Gabetta (cello)

Cappella Gabetta, Andres Gabetta

Gabetta’s light touch is the ideal foil for Bartoli’s expressive agility, whether the two of them are sparring in separate displays of virtuosity, weaving melancholy webs around each other, or... More…

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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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 New  Offer Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Sophie Karthauser (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor, Johannes Weisser (baritone)

Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs

Dutron uses Süssmayr’s original material as a jumping-off point for his own inspiration rather than discarding it altogether...Many of the hallmarks which made Jacobs’s Mozart opera series so... More…

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Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance)

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Rowan Hellier (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor) & Matthew Brook (bass-baritone)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Butt's Dunedin Consort recordings may draw from musicological findings, but the spirit they summon is a long way from dry or academic. His measured approach brings out the starkness and solemnity... More…

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Mozart: Violin Sonatas Volume 1

Alina Ibragimova (violin) & Cédric Tiberghien (piano)

It is difficult to imagine [these sonatas] better played More…

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 New  Offer Mozart: Opera Arias

Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)

Orchestra La Scintilla, Riccardo Minasi

Florez can’t resist embroidering the music in the style of the Italian bel canto composers, which works better for Ottavio’s solos than for Tamino’s Portrait aria or Belmonte’s florid Ich baue... More…

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CPE Bach: Württemberg Sonatas

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Esfahani's at his most expressive in the slow movements...This, his first solo disc, provides a particularly welcome introduction onto the world stage for an artist matching, in expression CPE... More…

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