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Awake, Sweet Love... / James Bowman, Miller, King's Consort
Awake, Sweet Love... / James Bowman, Miller, King's Consort

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-08-14

Works: John Dowland: Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs); Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs); Farewell Fancy (Chromatic fantas...
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Miller, David [Lute/Baroque Guitar]
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Ensemble: The King's Consort

'Restores a dimension of beauty that is often sacrificed in present day performances ... Happy the family that spent its leisure hours with this music,...continue...
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Originals - Handel: Saul / Gardiner, Miles, Dawson, Ragin, Ainsley
Originals - Handel: Saul / Gardiner, Miles, Dawson, Ragin, Ainsley

3 CD / Philips / 2007-08-14

Works: George Frederick Handel: Saul; Recorded Sound: Applause
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Brown, Donna; Dawson, Lynne [Soprano Vocals]; Holton, Ruth; Mackie, Neil; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Oberst, Simon; Ragin, Derek Lee; Salmon, Philip; Savage, Richard; Slane, P...
Conductors: Gardiner, John Eliot
Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
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Listen: The Art of Arne Nordheim [Box Set]
Listen: The Art of Arne Nordheim [Box Set]

7 CD / Aurora / 2007-08-03

Works: Arne Nordheim: Epitaffio, for orchestra & electronic elements; Listen, for piano; Evening Land (Aftonland), for soprano or tenor & chamber ensemble; Canzona per orchestra; Colorazione, for hammond or...
Performers: Carlsen, Toril; Christensen, Jon; Dorow, Dorothy; Ellegaard, Mogens; Garbarek, Jan; Herresthal, Peter; Hogset, Carl; Keyte, Christopher; Krog, Karin; Nordheim, Arne; Sääv, Jan Erik Broch; S...
Conductors: Dreier, Per; Bergby, Ingar; Blomstedt, Herbert; Andersen, Karsten; Talmi, Yoav; Hogset, Carl; Kvam, Terje; Brulund, Sverre; Christian Eggen, Christia
Ensemble: ; BIT 20 Ensemble (Norway)
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Bach: Weimar Cantatas Vol 2 / Kirkby, Purcell Quartet
Bach: Weimar Cantatas Vol 2 / Kirkby, Purcell Quartet

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-07-31

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12 (BC A68); Cantata no 18, "Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt" BWV 18; Cantata no 61, "Nun komm, der Heid...
Performers: Beckett, Rachel; Bengton, Katarina; Blackadder, David; Byrt, Rachel; Chance, Michael; Daniels, Charles; Harvey, Peter Harvey; Hunt, William; Kirkby, Emma; Latham, Catherine; Robson, Anthony; Watts, A...
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Ensemble: Purcell Quartet

"The performances themselves, while fully sympathetic to the text, the music and the mood, are essentially light, clear, even ultimately life-affirming. Part of this is...continue...
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Bach: Johannes Passion / Cleobury, Richardson, et al
Bach: Johannes Passion / Cleobury, Richardson, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2007-07-17

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint John Passion, BWV 245
Performers: Agnew, Paul; Ainsley, John Mark; Bott, Catherine; Chance, Michael; Richardson, Stephen; Varcoe, Stephen
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen
Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort; King's College Choir, Cambridge

The 'other' Passion by Bach, the Johannes, deserves as much attention as the St.Matthew's Passion is receiving. This recording proves once again its superb musical...continue...
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The Water is Wide and other Lute Songs / Perrin, Parsons
The Water is Wide and other Lute Songs / Perrin, Parsons

2 CD / Meridian / 2007-07-10

Works: British Isles Traditional: The Water Is Wide, folk song; English Traditional: Scarborough Fair; Through Bushes and through Briars; Lillibulero, lute song; The Turtle Dove; The Three Ravens, folk song...
Performers: Parsons, David; Perrin, Nigel

Nigel Perrin sang with the legendary King's Singers from 1968 to 1980. He initially left the group to work for the Church Army in an...continue...
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MER 84539
The Only Classical Album You Will Ever Need
The Only Classical Album You Will Ever Need

2 CD / Sheridan Square / 2007-06-26

Works: Tomaso Albinoni: Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor; Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147; Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings; Ludwig van Beethoven: Od...
Performers: Beltrami, Antonio; Cheek, John; Darré, Jeanne-Marie; Ferrante, John; Feyer, George; Fleisher, Leon [Piano]; Gershwin, George; Hadley, Jerry; Kent, Garrison; Meredith, Morley; Stahlman, Sylvia;...
Conductors: Somary, Johannes; Janigro, Antonio; Shaw, Robert; Ermler, Mark; Schmidt, Ole; Rossi, Mario; Davies, Dennis R.; Davis, Carl; Paavo, Järvi; Abravanel, Maurice; Schifrin, Lalo [Composer]; Comission...
Ensemble: ; Camerate of St. Andrew; I Solisti di Zagreb
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Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 6 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae
Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 6 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2007-06-26

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna (Madrigals Book 6); Il sesto libro de madrigali; Una Donna fra l'altre honesta e bella vidi, madrigal for 5 voices (from Book 6), SV 109; A Dio, Florida bella, m...
Performers: Bovo, Daniele; Carmignani, Alessandro; Costa, Paolo; Leoni, Carmen; Piantelli, Maurizio; Scavazza, Marco; Testolin, Walter; Zanon, Vittorio
Conductors: Longhini, Marco
Ensemble: Delitiae Musicae

"By not singing or playing an instrument, Marco Longhini can devote all his attention to conducting his first-rate Delitaiae Musicae ensemble. He can ask for...continue...
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Lully: Thésée / O'Dette, Stubbs, Crook, van der Kamp, et al
Lully: Thésée / O'Dette, Stubbs, Crook, van der Kamp, et al

3 CD / CPO / 2007-06-26

Works: Jean-Baptiste Lully: Thésée, opera, LWV 51
Performers: Crook, Howard [Tenor Vocals]; Cube, Moritz von; Doren, Yulia Van; Engebreth, Aaron; Forsythe, Amanda; Hargis, Ellen; Laquerre, Olivier; Lebel, Mireille; LeBlanc, Suzie [Soprano Vocal]; Molomot, Marc;...

"...recognition is due to the brilliant period-violinist who, as first-desk "leader", draws wonderful discipline and spirit from the ensemble. The sound is full-bodied and well-balanced....continue...
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Encounters with Schumann
Encounters with Schumann

1 CD / Audite / 2007-06-20

Works: Robert Schumann: Lieder (6), Op. 33; Gesänge (5) aus Heinrich Laubes Jagdbrevier, Op. 137; Uwe Kremp: Tief im dem blauen Traum; Mark Anton Moebius: Fluchtpunkte eines Jagers
Performers: Fischer, Johannes; Goritzki, Ingo; Hudacsek, Laszlo; Wild, Hubert
Conductors: Breuninger, Klaus
Ensemble: Detmolder Horn Quartet; Die Meistersinger

Robert Schumann's psychological profile has intrigued biographers, performers and composers for years. This "concept" CD presents two modern composers and their "encounters" with and reinterpretations...continue...
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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Jacobs, Dawson, Finley, et al
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Jacobs, Dawson, Finley, et al

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-06-12

Works: Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
Performers: Bickley, Susan; Blaze, Robin; Dawson, Lynne [Soprano Vocals]; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Joshua, Rosemary; Kiehr, Maria Cristina [Soprano Vocal]; Visse, Dominique [Countertenor Vocal]; Wa...
Conductors: Jacobs, René

"An uninhibited and richly coloured Dido with a starry cast - arguably the first truly persuasive account from a continental director - puts this account...continue...
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Gibbons: Anthems / Hill, Blaze, Varcoe, Westminster Choir
Gibbons: Anthems / Hill, Blaze, Varcoe, Westminster Choir

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-06-12

Works: Orlando Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David; Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints, anthem for voices; This is the record of John; If ye be risen again with Christ, anthem for voices; O Lord, in thy wrath...
Performers: Baldock, Sarah; Blaze, Robin; Farr, Stephen [Organ]

"An essential addition to any collection of English church music." -International Record Review...continue...
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Handel: As steals the morn, etc / Padmore, Manze, et al
Handel: As steals the morn, etc / Padmore, Manze, et al

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-06-12

Works: George Frederick Handel: Alceste, incidental music, HWV 45; Semele; Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno; Tamerlano; Giulio Cesare, HWV 17; Rodelinda; Esther; Jephtha; L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il M...
Performers: Blaze, Robin; Crowe, Lucy; Padmore, Mark [Tenor Vocal]; Spreckelsen, Katharina

"This represents a quantum leap forward for Mark Padmore, who now seems to be firmly in the line of Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and John Mark Ainsley...continue...

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Ultimate Handel - The Essential Masterpieces
Ultimate Handel - The Essential Masterpieces

5 CD / Decca / 2007-06-12

Works: George Frederick Handel: The Water Music; Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349; Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348; Handel - Bourée; Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3; Concerto Grosso i...
Performers: Adeney, Richard; Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocal]; Black, Neil; Brett, Charles; Brown, James; Chorzempa, Daniel [Organ]; Constable, John [Keyboards]; Elwes, John; Fisher, Gillian; Gatt, Martin; Harper, ...
Conductors: Munchinger, Karl; Leppard, Raymond; Schroder, Jaap; Hill, David; Marriner, Sir Neville
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Bach: Motets / Hilliard Ensemble
Bach: Motets / Hilliard Ensemble

1 CD / ECM / 2007-05-22

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1); Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226; Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227; Fürchte dich nicht, ich bi...
Performers: Covey-Crump, Rogers; Gould, David [Vocals]; Harrold, Steven; James, David; Jones, Gordon [Baritone]; Lunn, Joanne; MacDonald, Robert [Bass Voice]; Outram, Rebecca

"Words are an essential element in the Hilliard's approach, and the articulation in these recordings is accurate almost to a fault. The words drive the...continue...
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Analekta- 20 Years of Excellence / Lamon, Soly, Schmithüsen, Istomin, Weil, et al
Analekta- 20 Years of Excellence / Lamon, Soly, Schmithüsen, Istomin, Weil, et al

6 CD / Analekta / 2007-05-15

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon, HWV 67; Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel: Bist du bei mir; Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621; Christoph Graupner: Ach Gott und Herr; Domenico Scarlatti...
Performers: Beauséjour, Luc; Dubeau, Angèle; Ehnes, James; Gauvin, Karina; Istomin, Sergei; Kuerti, Anton; Lagacé, Bernard; Laplante, André; Lefèvre, Alain; Lemieux, Marie-Nico...
Conductors: Lamon, Jeanne; Soly, Geneviève; ; Turovsky, Yuli; Dubeau, Angèle; Pietà, La
Ensemble: ; Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra; Gryphon Trio; I Musici de Montreal; L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses; Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Quebec Symphony Orchestra; Tafelmusik

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Canada's largest classical music label, Analekta, is releasing a box set of six CDs and hours of music magnificently interpreted...continue...
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ANA 299705
Here let my life
Here let my life

1 CD / Analekta / 2007-05-15

Works: Henry Purcell: Come, ye sons of art, away, Z 323; Arise, my muse (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 320; Music for a while; If ever I more riches did desire, Z 54...
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Taylor, Daniel
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Ensemble: Theatre of Early Music
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ANA 29948
Odes to Saint Cecilia - Draghi, Blow / Holman, et al
Odes to Saint Cecilia - Draghi, Blow / Holman, et al

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-05-08

Works: Giovanni Battista Draghi: From harmony, from heav'nly harmony; John Blow: The Glorious Day is Come, ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1691), for soloists, chorus & ensemble
Performers: Blaze, Robin; Chance, Michael; Cornwell, Joseph; Koc, Jozik; LeBlanc, Suzie [Soprano Vocal]; Wistreich, Richard [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Holman, Peter
Ensemble: Parley of Instruments

'As ever, the disc is a revelation ... Once heard this infectious music is not easily forgotten, which is a tribute to the enthusiasm and...continue...
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17th Century Italian Music - Cima, et al / Ensemble L'Albera
17th Century Italian Music - Cima, et al / Ensemble L'Albera

1 CD / La Ma De Guido / 2007-05-01

Works: Giovanni Stefani: Bella mia, questo mio core; Giovanni Paolo Cima: Sonatas (6) "Concerti ecclesiastici"; Marco da Gagliano: Alma mia, dove te'n vai; Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 9; Vincenzo Ca...
Performers: Alqhai, Fahmi; Budo, Carles; Domenech, Jordi; Pares, Sara; Parron i Conus, Salvador; Solinis, Enrike
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Ensemble: Ensemble L'Albera

In contrast to the more experimental works, the 17th century saw a great proliferation of published editions of strophic songs, composed in a much more...continue...
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Handel: Agrippina / Gardiner, Jones, Miles, Ragin, et al
Handel: Agrippina / Gardiner, Jones, Miles, Ragin, et al

3 CD / Philips / 2007-04-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Agrippina
Performers: Brown, Donna; Chance, Michael; Clarkson, Julian; Jones, Della; Kenny, Jonathan Peter; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Mosley, George; Ragin, Derek Lee; von Otter, Anne Sofie
Conductors: Gardiner, John Eliot
Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists

"Della Jones gives a masterful performance in the title role. John Eliot Gardiner has not recorded many Handel operas, nor directed many in the theatre....continue...
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Il Duello Amoroso - Handel / Dantone, Scholl, et al
Il Duello Amoroso - Handel / Dantone, Scholl, et al

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-04-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Amarilli Vezzosa (Daliso ed Amarelli) (Il Duello Amoroso), cantata for soprano, alto, 2 violins & co; Nel dolce tempo, cantata, HWV 135; Vedendo Amor, cantata, for alto & con...
Performers: Guilmette, Hélène; Scholl, Andreas
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Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina

"Galvanised by the zesty playing of the Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl brings to these works all his familiar liquid beauty of tone and eloquence of...continue...
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Paisajes del Recuerdo / Mena, García de Salazar
Paisajes del Recuerdo / Mena, García de Salazar

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-04-10

Works: Aita Donostia: Baratza baten lor polit bat, for voice & piano; Bazko eta Salbatore, for voice & piano; Atxia Motxia, for voice & piano; Mundian den ederra, for voice & piano; Nanas, for voice & piano...
Performers: Mena, Carlos [Countertenor Vocal]; Salazar, Susana Garcia de

This collection of songs from the Basque region, entitled Paisajes del recuerdo (landscapes of memory), calls to mind elements found in both the music and...continue...
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The John Dowland Collection
The John Dowland Collection

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-04-10

Works: John Dowland: Lachrimae antiquae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae"); If my complaints could passions move, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs); Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voice...
Performers: Binkley, Thomas [Conductor]; Bonney, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Burgess, Grayston; Heringman, Jacob [Lute]; Karamazov, Edin; Kirkby, Emma; Klein, Karl Heinz; Lindberg, Jakob; Ramm, Andrea von; Rooley, ...
Conductors: ; Binkley, Thomas
Ensemble: Consort of Musicke; Studio der frühen Musik

Over 21/2 of glorious music featuring Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nigel Rogers, Andreas Scholl, Göran Söllscher and The Consort of Musicke. The music...continue...
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Handel: Messiah / Budday, Chance, et al
Handel: Messiah / Budday, Chance, et al

2 CD / K&K / 2007-04-05

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers: Allan, Miriam; Chance, Michael; LeBrocq, Marc; Purves, Christopher
Conductors: Budday, Jürgen
Ensemble: Maulbronn Chamber Choir
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Monteverdi Cycle: L'Orfeo; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse; L'Incononazione di Poppea; Il Combattimento [7 DVD]
Monteverdi Cycle: L'Orfeo; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse; L'Incononazione di Poppea; Il Combattimento [7 DVD]

7 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2007-03-27

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea; L'Orfeo; Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Anderson, Lorna; Araya, Graciela; Asawa, Brian; Balleys, Brigitte; Chance, Michael; Cordier, David; Gillet, Christopher; Grant Murphy, Heidi; Haymon, Cynthia; Huijpen, Jaco; Johns...
Conductors: Rousset, Christophe; Stubbs, Stephen; Porcelijn, David; Wilson, Glen
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; Baroque Ensemble; Concerto Palatino; Les Talens Lyriques; Tragicomedia

"For any opera to be fully effective, the singing must be superb, and the consistently transcendent vocal quality and idiomatically appropriate period practice are the...continue...
Run Time: 570 min.
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Lully: Grands Motets;  Dumont: Memorare / Chappele Royale
Lully: Grands Motets; Dumont: Memorare / Chappele Royale

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-03-20

Works: Jean-Baptiste Lully: Dies irae, motet for double chorus & orchestra, LWV 64/1; Miserere, motet for double chorus & orchestra, LWV 25; Henry du Mont: Memorare, grand motet for double choir, strings & ...
Performers: Brown, Donna; Crook, Howard [Tenor Vocals]; Kooij, Peter [Bass Vocal]; Lamy, Herve [Tenor Vocals]; Laurens, Guillemette; Ledroit, Henri; Studer, Ulrich
Conductors: Herreweghe, Philippe
Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale Paris

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Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna, etc / Concerto Vocale
Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna, etc / Concerto Vocale

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-03-20

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 6; Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben?, madrigal in 4 parts for 2 sopranos (from Book 7), SV 140; Non è di gentil core chi non arde, madrigal for 2 sopra...
Performers: Jacobs, Rene
Conductors: Jacobs, René
Ensemble: Concerto Vocale
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HAR 1951129
Christophorus Columbus - Lost Paradises / Savall, et al
Christophorus Columbus - Lost Paradises / Savall, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Alia Vox / 2007-03-20

Works: Jordi Savall: Christophorus Columbus
Performers: Alqhai, Fahmi; Casademunt, Sergi; Climent, Lambert; Diaz-Latorre, Xavier; El Maloumi, Driss; Estevan, Pedro; Figueras, Montserrat; Hamon, Pierre; Mayoral, David; Mena, Carlos [Countertenor Vocal]; Ol...
Conductors: Savall, Jordi
Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI ; La Capella Reial de Catalunya

The famous navigator Christopher Columbus was also a clear-sighted witness of the changes of the fifteenth century. It was the end of 'Al-Andalus,' the Muslim...continue...
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Monteverdi:  L'incoronazione di Poppea / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea / Nikolaus Harnoncourt [DVD]

2 DVD Video / Deutsche Grammophon / 2007-03-13

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Performers: Esswood, Paul; Huttenlocher, Philippe; Minetto, Maria; Oliver, Alexander; Perry, Janet; Salminen, Matti; Schmidt, Trudeliese; Tappy, Eric; Yakar, Rachel
Conductors: Harnoncourt, Nikolaus
Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus; Zurich Opera Orchestra

An operatic legend returns-the celebrated Zurich Monteverdi cycle of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Until the 1970s, Monteverdi had been quietly fated to academia until...continue...
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Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese
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Buxtehude: Opera omnia Vol 2 - Vocal Works Vol 1
Buxtehude: Opera omnia Vol 2 - Vocal Works Vol 1

2 CD / Challenge / 2007-03-13

Works: Dietrich Buxtehude: Das Jüngste Gericht, oratorio ("Wacht! Euch zum Streit gefasset macht"), BuxWV Anh. A3 (doubtful)
Performers: Bentvelsen, Donald; Blaze, Robin; Isidro, Orlanda Velez; Karasiak, Andreas; Mertens, Klaus; Stam, Caroline; Steur, Rene; Zomer, Johannette [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Koopman, Ton

"Assuming [the oratorio is] the real McCoy, it represents a major, heretofore unknown vocal work by this great North German composer that all baroque fans...continue...
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El siglo de oro / Lionheart
El siglo de oro / Lionheart

1 CD / Koch International / 2007-03-13

Works: Francisco Guerrero: Ojos claros y serenos; Sanctissima Maria; Sancta et immaculata; Pan divino, gracioso; Pastor, quien madre virgen; O Virgen; Qué te daré, Señor?; Anonymous: Ro...
Performers: Johnson, Jeffrey; Lipnik, Lawrence; Olund, John; Porterfield, Richard; Richards, Kurt-Owen; Ryan-Wenger, Michael
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Ensemble: Lionheart

Lionheart is one of America's leading ensembles in vocal chamber music. Acclaimed for its "smoothly blended and impeccably balanced sound" (The New York Times), Lionheart...continue...
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KCH 7676
Hilliard Live vol 1 - Perotin and the Ars antiqua
Hilliard Live vol 1 - Perotin and the Ars antiqua

1 CD / Coro / 2007-03-13

Works: Anonymous, Notre Dame School: Vetus abit littera, 4-part conductus; Deus misertus hominis, 4-part conductus; Veni creator spiritus, 3-part conductus (MS Florencia); Haec dies quam fecit Dominus, orga...
Performers: Covey-Crump, Rogers; James, David; Jones, Gordon [Baritone]; Potter, John [Tenor Vocal]

The Hilliard LIVE Series was originally produced by the BBC for lobby sale at Hilliard Ensemble concert events, and was not available commercially. This album...continue...
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COO 16046
Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al
Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-03-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: Night Mail; The Tocher; The King's Stamp; Negroes; The Way to the Sea; Telegrams; Peace of Britain; Men behind the Meters; Coal Face; When you're feeling like expressing your affect...
Performers: Auchincloss, Daniel; Beale, Simon Russell; Carewe, Mary [soprano]; Green, Adam [Baritone]; Wilson, Malcolm
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Birmingham King Edward's School Choir; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

- The first ever comprehensive collection of music written by Britten, working with WH Auden, for 1930's information films made by the GPO Film Unit...continue...
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NMC 112
G. F. Handel: Admeto / Howard Arman/Handel Festival Orch., Matthias Rexroth, Romelia Lichtenstein, Mechthild Bach [2 DVD/2 CD]
G. F. Handel: Admeto / Howard Arman/Handel Festival Orch., Matthias Rexroth, Romelia Lichtenstein, Mechthild Bach [2 DVD/2 CD]

4 DVD Video / Arthaus DVD / 2007-02-27

Works: George Frideric Handel: Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22
Performers: Bach, Mechthild; Hirsh, Melanie; Lichtenstein, Romelia; Mead, Timothy; Nolte, Raimund; Rexroth, Matthias; Vogel, Gerd
Conductors: Arman, Howard
Ensemble: Handel Festival Orchestra

Run Time: 196 min.
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AHM 101257
Handel: Israel In Egypt / Bramall, Cornelius, et al
Handel: Israel In Egypt / Bramall, Cornelius, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2007-02-27

Works: George Frederick Handel: Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54
Performers: Berchtold, Bernhard; Bourvé, Antonia; Cornelius, Susan; Kares, Mika; Mead, Timothy; Sander, Klemens
Conductors: Bramall, Anthony
Ensemble: Chamber Choir of Europe; German Handel Soloists Orchestra

Handel will always be associated with his Messiah. But of course he wrote quite a number of other oratorios as well. "Israel in Egypt" -...continue...
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BLC 93131
Best Of Philip Glass
Best Of Philip Glass

2 CD / Sony / BMG / 2007-02-20

Works: Philip Glass: Songs from Liquid Days, songs (6) for voice & chamber ensemble; Closing; MEDLEY; The Photographer, music-theatre piece; Akhnaten; Metamorphosis, for piano; In the Upper Room; Einstein o...
Performers: Dunkel, Paul Lustig; Esswood, Paul; Fowler, Bernard [Producer/Songwriter]; Gibson, Jon [Avant-Garde]; Glass, Philip; Kripl, Jack; Peck, Richard; Pendarvis, Janice; Perry, Douglas [Viola]; Riesman, Mi...
Conductors: Riesman, Michael; Keene, Christopher; Davies, Dennis R.; Shaw, Robert
Ensemble: ; Philip Glass Ensemble
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SBMG 705119
Lawes / Blaze, Kenny, Outram, MacDonald, Carter, Kelly
Lawes / Blaze, Kenny, Outram, MacDonald, Carter, Kelly

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-02-13

Works: William Lawes: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, song for voice & continuo; Oh, let me still and silent lie, for voice & theorbo; Oh, my Clarissa, thou cruel faire, song for voice & continuo; Royall C...
Performers: Blaze, Robin; Carter, William; Kelly, Frances [Harp]; Kenny, Elizabeth [Theorbo]; MacDonald, Robert [Bass Voice]; Outram, Rebecca

"Ultimately this is a disc for conoisseurs--of countertenor singing and of the particular style of 17th-century English song--but anyone who enjoys good singing and congenial...continue...
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René Clemencic Edition Vol 5 - Cathedral Sounds - Ockeghem
René Clemencic Edition Vol 5 - Cathedral Sounds - Ockeghem

1 CD / Arte Nova / 2007-02-13

Works: Johannes Ockeghem: Missa (sine nomine), for 3 voices; Ut heremita solus, motet for 4 voices; Alma redemptoris Mater
Performers: Clemencic, Rene [Conductor/Director]; Curry, James; Lambauer, Bernd; Landauer, Bernhard; Slepicka, Renate
Conductors: Clemencic, René
Ensemble: Clemencic Consort

"This is absolutely wonderful music and deftly performed. The notes are helpful. Texts are in Latin only." -ARG...continue...
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Cavalli: Vespero delle cinque Laudate, etc / Gini, et al
Cavalli: Vespero delle cinque Laudate, etc / Gini, et al

1 CD / Dynamic / 2007-01-30

Works: Francesco Cavalli: Vespero delli cinque Laudate, for 8 voices; Canzona à 8; Plaudite, cantate cimbalis; In virtute tua Domine; Magnificat à 6; Laudate Dominum à 8; Lauda Jerusalem
Performers: Bertuzzi, Elena; Buratto, Gianluca; Cecchetti, Mario; Nagao, Jo; Ouatu, Florin Cezar; Pasquini, Pietro; Scavazza, Marco
Conductors: Gini, Bruno
Ensemble: Ensemble de Saqueboutiers; Quoniam
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DYN 520
Vivaldi Heroes / Philippe Jaroussky, Jean Christophe Spinosi, et al
Vivaldi Heroes / Philippe Jaroussky, Jean Christophe Spinosi, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-01-16

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: L'Orlando finto pazzo; Giustino, RV 717; Ottone in Villa, RV 729; L'Olimpiade, RV 725; Tito Manlio, RV 738; Andromeda Liberata, serenata (opera; attributed); La costanza trionfante d...
Performers: Jaroussky, Philippe; Spinosi, Jean-Christophe
Conductors: Spinosi, Jean-Christophe
Ensemble: Matheus Ensemble

"Satisfying recitals of Vivaldi's operatic arias are rare commodities. Like Lorenzo Regazzo's revelatory anthology of bass arias accompanied by Concerto Italiano (Naïve, 10/06), Jaroussky and...continue...

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Bassani: L'armonia delle Sirene, etc
Bassani: L'armonia delle Sirene, etc

1 CD / Tactus / 2007-01-01

Works: Giovanni Battista Bassani: Per lontananza di donna crudele, cantata for voice & harpsichord (from Op. 2); La Speme Lusinghiera a un core innamorato di Bella Donna di Nome Laura, cantata for voice & c...
Performers: Miroku, Tadashi

L’Armonia delle Sirene (Harmony of the Sirens) is the charming title of a collection of vocal pieces by Giovanni Battista Bassani, consisting of ten Amorous...continue...
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TCT 642702
Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, etc / Mena, Fernandez, Pierlot, et al
Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, etc / Mena, Fernandez, Pierlot, et al

1 CD / Mirare / 2006-12-12

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, double chorus, 2 recorders, flute, double strings & continuo in C; Amen; Concerto for Viola d'Amore in D minor, RV 394; Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV ...
Performers: Dupre, Sandrine; Failly, Stephanie de; Fernandez, Francois; Gaillard, Heloise; Hantai, Marc; Marq, Sebastien; Martinini, Guya; Mena, Carlos [Countertenor Vocal]; Silberstein, Maia
Conductors: Pierlot, Philippe [Gamba]
Ensemble: Ricercar Consort

It is believed that Vivaldi composed most of his sacred works for female singers - specifically, his students at the Ospedale della Pieta, a girls'...continue...
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MRR 9968
Handel: Messiah / Hickox, Terfel, Langridge, Rodgers, et al
Handel: Messiah / Hickox, Terfel, Langridge, Rodgers, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-12-05

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers: Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocal]; Robson, Christopher [Counter Tenor Vocals]; Rodgers, Joan; Terfel, Bryn [Baritone/Bass]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90

Starring bass Bryn Terfel, this recording is acknowledged as ranking among the best period instrument versions of this work available and has received first-rate reviews....continue...
Personnel: Jane Butler, Lucinda Houghton, Ruth Dean, Janet Coxwell, Fiona Clarke, Carol Hall (soprano); Della Jones (mezzo soprano); Gerard O'Beirne, Philip Slane, Paul Badley, Philip Daggett, Philip ...continue...
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Vivaldi, il furioso!
Vivaldi, il furioso!

1 CD / Naïve / 2006-11-21

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio, RV 738; Orlando furioso, opera in 3 acts, RV 728; Alleluia; Concerto for Flute in F major, Op. 10 no 1/RV 433 "La tempesta di mare"; L'Olimpiade, RV 725; Juditha triumph...
Performers: Azzolini, Sergio; Bernardini, Alfredo; Bertagnolli, Gemma; Comparato, Marina; Jaroussky, Philippe; Kozena, Magdalena; Marq, Sebastien; Onofri, Enrico; Piau, Sandrine; Regazzo, Lorenzo; Ulivieri, Nico...
Conductors: Dantone, Ottavio; Spinosi, Jean-Christophe; Alessandrini, Rinaldo; Marchi, Alessandro de; Tabacco, Giorgio; Onofri, Enrico; Bernardini, Alfredo; Fava, Giorgio; Von der Goltz, Gottfried
Ensemble: ; Academia Montis Regalis; Accademia Bizantina; Concerto Italiano; Ensemble Zefiro; L'Astrée ; Matheus Ensemble; Suonatori de la Gioiosa Marca

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Britten: Five Canticles, Purcell Realisations /Rolfe-Johnson
Britten: Five Canticles, Purcell Realisations /Rolfe-Johnson

1 CD / Hyperion / 2006-11-14

Works: Benjamin Britten: Canticle I; Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac"; Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain"; Canticle IV; Canticle V; Let the dreadful engines of eternal will, song for bariton...
Performers: Chance, Michael; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Rolfe Johnson, Anthony [Tenor Vocal]; Thompson, Michael [Horn]; Vignoles, Roger [Piano]; Williams, Sioned

"Rolfe Johnson is in superb voice...this disc is an outstanding example of his artistry." -Gramophone...continue...
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École Notre-Dame - Messe de Noël / Ensemble Organum
École Notre-Dame - Messe de Noël / Ensemble Organum

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2006-11-14

Works: Anonymous, 11th century French Polyphony: Puer natus est nobis (with trope Gaudeamus hodie), introit (Messe de la Nativité); Kyrie, for choir (Paris B.N. Lat. 1112, Fol. 257 r.); Viderunt omne...
Performers: Balloy, Philippe; Benet, Josep; Cabré, Josep; Lesne, Gérard
Conductors: Pérès, Marcel

Note: This title is rare and is considered a collector’s item. It is priced according to its common market value. If the record label that...continue...
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HAR 2971148
Cavalli: La Calisto. Jacobs/Concerto Vocale [2 DVD]
Cavalli: La Calisto. Jacobs/Concerto Vocale [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / Harmonia Mundi / 2006-11-14

Works: Pier Francesco Cavalli: Calisto
Performers: Banks, Barry; Bayo, Maria; Lippi, Marcello; Oliver, Alexander; Pushee, Graham; Theodoridou, Sonia; Tyson, Robin; Visse, Dominique; Winter, Louise
Conductors: Jacobs, René
Ensemble: Concerto Vocale

"When this was first released in 1995, I thought it was the finest recording of a Baroque opera I'd ever heard. Since then there have...continue...
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2006-11-14

Works: Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Salve regina, for countertenor & strings in F minor (doubtful); Salve Regina in A minor
Performers: Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Daniels, David; Roschmann, Dorothea
Conductors: Biondi, Fabio
Ensemble: Europa Galante

Virgin Classics is delighted to offer a new recording of Pergolesi's much loved 'Stabat Mater,' and the cast, featuring David Daniels, the emerging Dorothea Roschmann,...continue...
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VCL 633402B
Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal / Peter Dijkstra, The Gents
Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal / Peter Dijkstra, The Gents

1 CD / Channel Classics / 2006-11-14

Works: Robert Parsons: Ave Maria; Credo quod Redemptor; Thomas Weelkes: Lord, to thee I make my moan, anthem for 5 voices; Deliver us, O Lord, for 5(?) voices (doubtful); William Byrd: Ave verum corpus; Wor...
Performers: Bakker, Benjamin; Henstra, Siebe; Kuizenga, Robert; Meulen, Niec van der
Conductors: Dijkstra, Peter
Ensemble: Diapente Viol Consort; The Gents
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CCS 06013
Handel: Giulio Cesare / Westbrook, Geha, Larson, Hunt, Smith [DVD]
Handel: Giulio Cesare / Westbrook, Geha, Larson, Hunt, Smith [DVD]

2 DVD Video / Decca / 2006-11-14

Works: George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
Performers: Gall, Jeffrey; Hunt Lieberson, Lorraine; Maddalena, James; Minter, Drew
Conductors: Smith, Craig
Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle

Peter Sellars's daring and novel adaptation of Handel's opera 'Giulio Cesare' previously released on Laser Disc and VHS is now available on DVD. Though sung...continue...
Run Time: 237 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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