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CPE Bach: Magnificat

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto), Lothar Odinius (tenor) & Markus Eiche (bass)

RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann

a fine reconstruction of the second half of a concert [CPE Bach] conducted in Hamburg on Palm Sunday, 1786. So vivacious is the choral singing and orchestral playing under Hans-Chrisoph Rademann... More…

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 Offer Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50

Sally Matthews (Peri), Mark Padmore (narrator), Kate Royal (soprano), Bernarda Fink (alto), Andrew Staples (tenor), Florian Boesch (bass), Soloists from Guildhall School (Quartet)

London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle

Vivid detail and clear choral textures come over quite stunningly on both formats, but the Blu-ray has the edge...Sally Matthews doesn't quite catch the ethereal quality Gardiner's Barbara Bonney... More…

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2 SACDs + Blu-ray Audio

($20.00)$15.00

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Sea Pictures

Stuart Skelton (tenor), Sarah Connolly (mezzo) & David Soar (bass), Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

among the best Gerontius performances on record. Davis resists the temptation to make the work sound like a flabby, imitation Parsifal and the results are outstandingly convincing...[Skelton]... More…

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2 SACDs

$29.00

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 Offer Lotti: Crucifixus

The Syred Consort & Orchestra of St Paul’s, Ben Palmer

this disc is a particularly welcome unveiling of four rapturous sacred works…the music is a pleasant fusion of the rigorous Baroque idiom…and the then-fashionable style gallant, characterised... 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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 Offer 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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SACD

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In the Midst of Life

Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees

Contrapunctus really knows what to do with these pieces and from the very first item...the tuning is superb and the ensemble rock solid. Moreover, Owen Rees's interpretations are revelatory and... More…

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 Offer American Polyphony

David Allsopp (countertenor), Christopher Lowrey (countertenor) & Robert Millett (percussion)

Polyphony, Stephen Layton

This is the finest performance of Barber's Agnus Dei I've heard by any choir, live or on record…a wonderful recital, not to be missed. More…

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 Offer Maxwell Davies & Panufnik: Symphonies No. 10

Markus Butter (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Antonio Pappano

Highly charged fervour animates the symphony’s discourse on creativity. More…

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SACD

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Adams, J: The Gospel According To The Other Mary

Kelley O'Connor (Mary), Tamara Mumford (Martha), Russell Thomas (Lazarus), Daniel Bubeck, Nathan Medley, Brian Cummings (countertenors)

Los Angeles Philharmonic & Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gustavo Dudamel

Miracles are violent and terrifying...Kelley O'Connor is an impactful Magdalene - unruly, extravagantly passionate. Contralto Tamara Mumford has mesmerising beauty and depth of tone. Under Gustavo... More…

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2 CDs

$16.25

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