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Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Olivia Vermeulen (alto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Christian Immler (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Stripping the score right back, Suzuki makes musicianship dominate. He taps into the subtle arts of his fellow performers, especially Carolyn Sampson, to create a benchmark performance…Sampson... More…

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Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) & Benjamin Bevan (baritone)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

The orchestra and chorus are comparatively small under Suzuki, the tempos slightly on the fast side, the soloists able to cope with the appalling difficulties of their music, but not outstandingly... More…

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Gerhild Romberger (alto)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Cantemus Children's Choir, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Iván Fischer

As vivid a performance as one would expect. That stylishly lazy trombone, a dying monster, is emblematic of the characteristic licence the conductor gives to his splendid Budapest players…the... More…

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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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Yukari Nonoshita & Aki Matsui (soprano), Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Satoshi Mizukoshi (tenor) & Dominik Wörner (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

The performance is, as you'd now expect from [Suzuki's] Collegium, excellent. Voices range from delicate soloists to a splendidly light and transparent 18-strong chorus. Instrumental support... More…

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava

the Rachmaninov of Latvia's outstanding professional choir presents a golden mean between the uniquely open-throated but not always pitch-perfect Glinka Choir of the hallowed St Petersburg tradition,... More…

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Emily Birsan (soprano), Barry Banks (tenor), Alan Opie (baritone)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Collegium Musicum Choir, Edvard Grieg Kor, Sir Andrew Davis

there's nothing stilted about Elgar's music: it crackles with confident vitality...the Norwegian choruses respond with crisp vigour and superb English diction, only faintly (and appropriately)... More…

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Music for Monarchs and Magnates

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Spem is literally a surround-sound piece, so this recording, the first to use the latest technology in new audio formats, gets closer than most. The Sixteen (enlarged to the requisite 40) have... More…

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Sacred Choral Works

Kārlis Rūtentāls (tenor), Ieva Ezeriete (soprano), Dace Strautmane (contralto), Agata Burkina (soprano), Rūdolfs Bērtiņš (tenor)

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava sing, as expected, with a scintillating beauty. None of this programme…could be labelled technically easy. Fortunately the singers' intonation, balance... More…

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Reconstruction of Bach's first Christmas Vespers in Leipzig

Julia Doyle (soprano), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

It’s an absolute joy – far too good to keep for Christmas. More…

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