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Thu 12 May, 2016:
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances; The Birds

A far cry from the extravagances of his Roman Triptych (Fountains, Pines and Festivals), Ottorino Respighi’s three sets of Ancient Airs and Dances...

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Tue 05 Apr, 2016:
Handel: Imeneo

Handel’s penultimate opera met with a decidedly lukewarm reception at its London premiere in 1740. Undeterred, he took it to Dublin in 1742 during...

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Mon 14 Mar, 2016:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 3 in A minor, Op 56 (Scottish); No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian)

Mendelssohn symphonies on period instruments: Frans Brüggen has been here before, and so has John Eliot Gardiner. The Freiburger Barockorchester are...

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Tue 01 Mar, 2016:
Beethoven: String Quartet No 15 in A minor, Op 132; String Quintet in C major, Op 29

Volume 5 in the Cremona Quartet’s Beethoven traversal continues with the blend of early and late works that has marked the series so far. It’s the...

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Wed 10 Feb, 2016:
Handel: Duetti e Terzetti italiani

Handel’s youthful sojourn in Italy was famously both a formative and fecund one. Among other gems from this period are a group of chamber duets and...

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Thu 04 Feb, 2016:
Purcell: Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts

A follow up to their earlier recording of the “Ten Sonatas in Four Parts”, Robert King and his period-instrument string quartet (two violins, bass...

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Wed 03 Feb, 2016:
Casella: Symphony No 1 in B minor, Op 5; Symphonic Fragments from 'Le Couvent sur l'eau', Op 19; Elegia eroica, Op 29

Hats off to Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic for their latest, hugely enjoyable release in this orchestral series. The Symphony (finished...

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Tue 05 Jan, 2016:
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice – Original Version (Vienna 1762); Highlights from Revised Version (Paris 1774)

Here’s an opportunity to compare two versions of Gluck’s Orfeo with a complete performance of the original 1762 Vienna version on two CDs and a...

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Mon 21 Dec, 2015:
Lasso: Prophetiae Sibyllarum; Dixit Dominus; Angelus ad pastores; Quem vidistis pastores; Videntes stellam; Ave Maria; Magnificat

Orlando di Lasso (1530/32-1594), probably the most celebrated European composer of his time, spent most of his working life at the court of the...

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Mon 23 Nov, 2015:
Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall – Songs by Haydn, Rossini, Santoliquido, De Curts, Foster, Kern, Nelson, Dougherty, Moross, Bolcom, Villa-Lobos, Rodgers, Berlin and Arlen

That the first CD is hugely enjoyable, wonderful Haydn followed by 19th-century Italian songs, comes as no surprise. Having heard recordings of other...

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Mon 19 Oct, 2015:
Marcello: Psalms – Estro-poetico armonico adapted into English by Charles Avison

What a surprisingly delightful album. Delightful because these psalm-settings have a propulsive energy that is positively operatic, thanks to their...

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Wed 07 Oct, 2015:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian); No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation)

One of Mendelssohn’s most popular works, the Italian Symphony receives a bracing performance, not as relaxed or as sunny as others, with some...

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Wed 09 Sep, 2015:
Haym: Trio Sonatas Nos 1, 3 & 4; Handel: Trio Sonatas Nos 5 & 7; Instrumental Operatic Arias

Italian-born of German parents, cellist Nicola Haym (1678-1729) had much in common with Handel when the two met in London: Haym became Handel’s...

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