Notes & Reviews:
The Gemini Series features an impressive roster of singers, conductors, soloists, and ensembles of international renown, all from the incomparable EMI Classics stable. EMI's rich legacy of recording expertise comes to the fore in performances from the 1960s to the 1990s. Gemini titles are predominantly collections of single composers and fantastic value with well over an hour of music on each CD, making them the ideal place to start or develop a collection of classical music. Each 2-CD set contains over two hours of music for a fantastically low price. Attractively designed and packaged in space-saving brilliant boxes, each set includes three-language booklets with detailed notes on the music.
This release of 10 new Gemini titles will bring the total number of titles in the series to 175. As with previous Gemini releases, this installment includes many recordings new to CD and as well as recordings that have been transferred from Double Forte. Among the excellent releases in this new set are performances by Plácido Domingo, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Janet Baker, Jean-Philippe Collard, Simon Rattle, Michel Plasson, Claudio Abbado, and others! These titles have been digitally remastered to the highest standards at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
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American Classics - Anderson: Sleigh Ride and other Holiday Favorites / Leonard Slatkin, BBC Concert Orchestra
Opera - Mozart: Marriage of Figaro (Highlights) / Muti
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals, etc / Ma, Biggs, et al
Opera in English - Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Garwood: Choral Trilogy
Opera in English - Mozart: The Magic Flute / Mackerras
Gemini - Handel: Messiah / Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey, et al
I Look From Afar / Portsmouth Cathedral Choir
A Festival of Carols in Brass / Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
- Performers: Elly Ameling; Elly Ameling; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Robert Tear (Tenor); Robert Tear (Tenor)
- Conductor: Philip Ledger
- Ensemble: King's College Choir, Cambridge
- Running Time: 132 min. 17 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Christmas
- Written: 1734