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Fri 23 Dec, 2016:
Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio)

Hot on the heels of John Butt’s pleasingly pared-back (two voices per part) period-instrument offering of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the...

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Fri 03 Jun, 2016:
Overtures from the British Isles, Volume 2 – Music by Walton, Leigh, Bowen, Smyth, Ansell, Mackenzie, Coates, Parry, Quilter and Foulds

Rumon Gamba sees to it that Walton's Portsmouth Point (1924-25) kicks off this collection of British overtures in swaggering fashion, and it's...

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Mon 22 Feb, 2016:
Alessandro Scarlatti: Con eco d'amore – Arias from operas and cantatas

Much-lauded soprano Elizabeth Watts here takes on some little-known repertoire by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) – not the harpsichordist, but his...

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Fri 29 Jan, 2016:
A Wondrous Mystery – Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas

Most Christmas albums spend fifty or so weeks gathering dust on a shelf. But remarkably with “A Wondrous Mystery” Stile Antico have created a...

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Fri 25 Dec, 2015:
Hindemith: The Long Christmas Dinner

Those remembering the extreme expressionism of Hindemith's early one-act operas (Sancta Susanna is particularly worth exploring) may find this late...

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Thu 24 Dec, 2015:
Dancing Day – Music for Christmas by Britten, Rutter, Hadley, Mathias, Matthew Martin & Trad. (arr Scott and Ledger)

John Scott's sudden death last August aged only 59 robbed the musical world of a superb organist and choirmaster. The present collection shows off to...

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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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Tue 31 Mar, 2015:
Geoffrey Bush: Concerto for light orchestra; Natus est Immanuel; Sinfonia Concertante; Two Miniatures; Finale for a Concert

Looking to have your spirits raised and musical taste-buds enlivened? The music of Englishman Geoffrey Bush (1920-98) could be your prescription. The...

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Thu 25 Dec, 2014:
Carols from the Old and New Worlds, Volume 3

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the admirable Chamber Choir Ireland, Paul Hillier has devised an absorbing hour-long sequence of festive...

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Tue 09 Dec, 2014:
Masterpieces in Miniature: Works by Litolff, Mahler, Fauré, Debussy, Schubert, Ives, Rachmaninov, Dvořák, Sibelius, Delius, Grieg and Delibes

There are plenty of CDs around that show a major conductor’s mettle in big symphonies. Not so many however in miniatures, a genre almost lost to us...

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Tue 02 Dec, 2014:
Bartók: Kossuth; Two Portraits, Op 5; Suite No 1, Op 3

This must be one of the recordings of the year. In the early symphonic poem Kossuth (which I have never heard better performed) we find the young...

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Fri 07 Feb, 2014:
Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ

Berlioz’s The Childhood of Christ is the antithesis to his extravagant works, for although substantial in length (around 90 minutes), the composer...

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Wed 25 Dec, 2013:
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Although written to be performed on separate days between Christmas and Epiphany, the individual cantatas that make up Bach’s Christmas Oratorio are...

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