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Baroque Instrumental Music from the Italian States
Gail Hennessy, Rachel Chaplin (oboes) & Peter Whelan (bassoon)
La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler
The highlight of the disc for me is Chandler’s performance of a seldom-played E major Violin Concerto by Tartini: he explores fully the rich poetic content of its slow movement while projecting... — More…
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…
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini
a classic Bartoli offering – an almost painfully slickly produced product that nevertheless sees off critical cynicism with its dramatic, technical and vocal prowess...[The arias'] virtuosity... — More…
Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano), Rosa Dominguez (soprano), Bernarda Fink (alto), Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Ulrich Messthaler (bass), Gerd Türk (tenor)
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, René Jacobs
Caldara was the most prolific and famous oratorio composer of his day and this one, written around 1700, is wonderfully rich in fresh and attractive invention.
Practically devoid of external... — More…
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, with Olga Borodina, Oleg Boshnyakovich (piano), Mikhail Arkadiev (piano)
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Kirov Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Cantus Dei Choir of Moscow, Red Army Choir & State...
A well-rounded portrait of Hvorostovsky's extensive repertoire — More…
Romina Basso (Megacle), Franziska Gottwald (Licida), Karina Gauvin (Argene), Nicholas Phan (Clistene), Ruth Rosique (Aristea), Nicholas Spanos (Aminta)
Venice Baroque Orchestra, Markellos Chryssicos
Within individual numbers the performances can be thrilling...the band nimbly negotiates the huge range of effects demanded by this composite score...Franziska Gottwald is spellbinding in Vivaldi's... — More…