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Eloquence is a series of classical recordings culled from the archives of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and originating from Australia. One of the most critically-acclaimed of classical reissue series in the world today, the series presents music for the casual buyer as well as increasingly for the connoisseur. Recordings on the Eloquence series have received the highest international critical acclaim for imagination and inventiveness. Most of all, it is noted for the resurrection of numerous analogue recordings hitherto unreleased on CD. Several have been given a 10/10 rating on ClassicsToday.
Among the highlights of this series have been the systematic exploration of the Decca recordings of Ernest Ansermet, Zubin Mehta, Peter Maag, Josef Krips, Kirsten Flagstad, István Kertész, Imogen Holst, Christopher Hogwood as well as such iconic ensembles as the Vienna Octet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and The Consort of Musicke. They have received the highest critical praise and most of them appearing on CD for the first time. In some cases Hogwood, Fitzwilliams, Consort of Musicke the artists have contributed introductory notes. Forthcoming is a survey of the Decca recordings of Alicia de Larrocha and the Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Lazar Berman and Irmgard Seefried.
These recordings from the 1950s readily demonstrate Auber had the knack of writing catchy tunes and he stuffed the best of them into his superbly crafted overtures...Each of these works is hugely enjoyable and we have - again - to thank Australian Decca for making these performances (last seen on an 'Eclipse' LP in 1970) available again.
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Meyerbeer: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas / New Zealand SO, Darrell Ang
Eugen d'Albert: Cinderella Suite; The Little Mermaid; Overtures / Viktorija Kaminskaite, soprano; Jun Markl
Lully. L'orchestre Du Roi Soleil. Concert Des Nations
Albinoni: Trattenimenti Armonici, Op. 6 for violin, cello and instrumental ensemble / Giorgio Tosi, violin; Marlise Goidanich, cello; Carlo Centemeri, organ
Marco Dall'Aquila (1480-1544): Music for Lute / Sandro Volta
Haydn: Complete Concertos / Federico Guglielmo, violin; Jan Vogler, cello; John Wallace, trumpet; Hugo Ruf, lira; Michael Thompson, horn; Jolanda Violante, piano [7 CDs]
Anton Rubinstein: The Piano Quartets / Leslie Howard, piano; Rita Manning, violin; Morgan Goff, viola, Justin Pearson, cello
Reger: Organ Works, Vol. 15 - Chorale Preludes, Op. 67/16-35; Monologues, Op. 63/1-4; Postludium in D minor / Wolfgang Rubsam, organ
Respighi: The Birds; Three Botticelli Pictures; Suite in G major / Kyler Brown, organ; CO of New York