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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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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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Every piece in Rana's tapestry is vividly characterised, and none are overblown, didactic or taken at an extreme tempo. The alternating comedy, grandeur, and exultant cleverness of the up-beat... More…

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Watkin's profound musicianship is more than enough to accelerate this recording of Bach's Cello Suites to the top of the tiny league of 'definitive' recordings...it's as if all the work that... More…

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2 CDs

$17.50

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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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Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Nos. 1-6

Bojan Čičić (violin)

The Illyria Consort

Čičić's distinctive sound - sweet, slightly dry and exquisitely centred - is ideal for the taut beauty of Carbonelli's solo lines. Crucially, Čičić fleshes out the composer's ideas, filling rests... More…

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Grandissima Gravita

Music by Pisenel, Tartini, Verachini & Vivaldi

Rachel Podger (violin)

Brecon Baroque

Her playing is intoxicated and intoxicating in equal measure, buoyed up by the wonderful improvisatory camaraderie of a continuo battery…Podger, inevitably, is the star, but ultimately the disc’s... More…

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Blow: An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell

& other works

Emma Walshe (soprano), Zoë Brookshaw (soprano), Samuel Boden (tenor), Thomas Walker (tenor), William Gaunt (bass)

Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Duets for high tenor seem to have been something of a Blow speciality…and in Samuel Boden and Thomas Walker, director Jonathan Cohen has harnessed a quintessentially English sound whose lyricism... More…

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Vivaldi: L'estro armonico - 12 concerti, Op. 3

Rachel Podger (violin & director)

Brecon Baroque

There's a sense of Podger and her players examining and analysing every note in their preparation, deciding on its role, and placing it carefully back into context, without ever disturbing the... More…

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2 SACDs

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