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Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen
Through his effortless line, countertenor Iestyn Davies revivifies Guadagni's Orphic powers...Whether drawing out sustained notes or knitting together filigreed coloratura, he is a paragon of... — More…
Arias For Handel's Favourite Tenor
Allan Clayton (tenor) & Mary Bevan (soprano)
Classical Opera, The Choir of Classical Opera, Ian Page
there’s a guileless beauty of tone in Clayton’s Handel … he is a stylish but not slavish Handelian … led by Matthew Truscott, the string playing is reliably silky, well articulated and quick-witted,... — More…
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Elin Manahan-Thomas (soprano)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Christophers
…what really marks Thomas out is the humanity and intimacy of her very personal interpretations of such familiar pieces as Handel's 'Ombra Maio Fu' (which also features lovely trumpet playing... — More…
Christopher Ainslie (Artaxerxes), Elizabeth Watts (Mandane), Caitlin Hulcup (Arbaces), Andrew Staples (Artabanes), Rebecca Bottone (Semira) & Daniel Norman (Rimenes)
Classical Opera, Ian Page (director)
The very fine cast enters with spirit into the text's convoluted scenario of love and betrayal in ancient Persia and delivering [sic] the notes with assurance. Ian Page conducts the period-instrument... — More…
Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)
Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Her incomparable technique, stylistic virtuosity and full-bodied tone were captured at their peak, without any trace of subsequent mannerisms. — More…
Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Kenneth Heath (cello), George Malcolm (organ), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Robert Spencer (lute), Martin Isepp (harpsichord), Ambrose Gauntlett (viola da gamba), Douglas Whittaker (flute), George Malcolm (harpsichord), Daniel Barenboim (piano), Yehudi Menuhin...
in terms of the time-span of the recordings and the breadth of the repertoire it’s a veritable Portrait of the Artist...The few controlled experiments with more dramatic, Romantic repertoire... — More…
Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord)
Played on two restored 18th-century English harpsichords, these rarely recorded Sonatas, charmingly predictable but inventive, still sound superb. — More…