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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 [Counter Tenor Vocals]; 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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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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Paisajes del Recuerdo / Mena, García de Salazar
Paisajes del Recuerdo / Mena, García de Salazar

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2007-04-10

Works: José Antonio de 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,...
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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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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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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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...
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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 [Percussion]; Figueras, Montserrat; Hamon, Pierre; Mayoral, David; Mena, Carlos [Counterten...
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: 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; Concerto. Settimo libro de madrigali; Non è di gentil core chi non arde, madrigal for 2 sopranos (from Book 7), SV 118; Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Ariann...
Performers: Jacobs, Rene
Conductors: Jacobs, René
Ensemble: Concerto Vocale
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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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A dramatic account of music that combines grandeur, passion and tedium. Superb blend in the upper voices and clarity of diction entrance. For...continue...
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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
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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El siglo de oro / Lionheart
El siglo de oro / Lionheart

1 CD / E1 Entertainment / 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
Conductors:
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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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 / 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
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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The Only Classical Album You Will Ever Need
The Only Classical Album You Will Ever Need

2 CD / Sheridan Square / 2007-01-30

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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SDSQ 6706
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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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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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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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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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.
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Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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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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Christmas at St John's / David Hill, St John's College Choir
Christmas at St John's / David Hill, St John's College Choir

1 CD / Hyperion / 2006-11-14

Works: Recorded Sound: Church Bells; Plainchant: Rorate celi desuper, introit; O Sapientia, O Adonai; O Radix Jesse; O Clavis David; O Oriens; O Rex Gentium; O Emmanuel; Hodie Christus Natus Est (Mode 1); C...
Performers: Beer, Quintin; Hill, David; Humphreys, George; Knight, Jonathan; Lardenoye, Lester; Morgan, Peter; Provost, Paul; Robarts, Alexander; Robinson, Christopher [Choral Conductor]; Wilberforce, Richard

Taking as its starting point their world-famous 'Advent Carol Service', the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, is on dazzling form in this imaginative and...continue...
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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 Vocal]; 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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The Best of Andreas Scholl
The Best of Andreas Scholl

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-11-13

Works: George Frederick Handel: MEDLEY; Rodelinda; Rinaldo; Giulio Cesare; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo; Antonio Vivaldi: Salve Regina, antiphon for voice, double chorus, 2 recorders, flute, double stri...
Performers: Armstrong, Siobhán; Bonney, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Brough, Harvey; Dantone, Ottavio; Karamazov, Edin; Kenny, Elizabeth [Lute]; Na, Hyun-Sun; Scholl, Andreas; Shames, Stacey
Conductors: Norrington, Roger; Dyer, Paul; Dantone, Ottavio; Rousset, Christophe
Ensemble: ; Accademia Bizantina; Les Talens Lyriques

The essential collection featuring one-of-a-kind countertenor Andreas Scholl, who burst on the music scene in 1999 to critical acclaim. "Scholl's voice rushes through the bloodstream."...continue...
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Bach: Cantatas Vol 33 / Suzuki, Blaze, Kobow, Nonoshita, etc
Bach: Cantatas Vol 33 / Suzuki, Blaze, Kobow, Nonoshita, etc

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2006-11-04

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 41, "Jesu, nun sei gepreiset" BWV 41; Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn mein Herz und Sinn ergeben, BWV 92; Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, BWV 130
Performers: Blaze, Robin; Kobow, Jan; Nonoshita, Yukari; Worner, Dominik
Conductors: Suzuki, Masaaki
Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan

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A KDFC Classical Christmas 3
A KDFC Classical Christmas 3

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-11-01

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Traditional: Gabriel's message; Sans Day Carol; In dulci jubilo; King Jesus hath a garden; Fum, fum, fum; The first nowell; Angels from the realms ...
Performers: Bakkila, Ted; Baun, Nancy; Bloss, Michael; Botto, Louis; Bower, Michael; Burdick, Owen; Eaken, John; Freeman, Kevin; Hosea, Fred; Johnston, Raymond; Keller, Mark; Larsen, Terry; Maund, Peter; Pö...
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas; ; Burdick, Owen; Krcek, Jaroslav; Scribner, Norman; Edison, Noel; McMane, Susan; George, Vance; Hunt, Donald; Hayman, Richard; Botto, Louis; Sutherland, Gavin; Sackett, Andrew; Bre...
Ensemble: American Bach Soloists; Berkeley Chamber Chorus; Bournemouth Symphony Chorus; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Capella Istropolitana; Chanticleer; Eaken Piano Trio; Elora Festival Singers; Philharmoni...
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Handel: Messiah / Higginbottom, et al
Handel: Messiah / Higginbottom, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-10-31

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers: Brooks, Robert; Davies, Iestyn; Dougan, Eamonn; Jenkinson, Henry; Jones, Otta; Spence, Toby
Conductors: Higginbottom, Edward
Ensemble: New College Choir, Oxford

"In April and May of 1751, Handel is said to have led performances in London of "Messiah" using treble voices from the Chapel Royal for...continue...

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Discover - Opera
Discover - Opera

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-10-31

Works: Orazio Vecchi: L'Amfiparnaso; Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo; Francesco Cavalli: Calisto; Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626; George Frederick Handel: Rinaldo; Jean-Philippe Rameau: Castor et Pollux,...
Performers: Alperyn, Graciela; Amps, Kym; Banditelli, Gloria; Barr, Frank; Benackova, Gabriela; Biel, Ann-Christine; Bordogna, Paolo; Borst, Martina; Buchanan, Alison; Carmignani, Alessandro; Cigna, Patrizia; Da...
Conductors: Vartolo, Sergio; ; Medlam, Charles; Mallon, Kevin; Östman, Arnold; Halász, Michael; Segerstam, Leif; Zedda, Alberto; Humburg, Will; Rahbari, Alexander; Davis, Colin; Casadesus, Jean-Claud...
Ensemble: ; Aradia Ensemble; London Baroque; Scholars Baroque Ensemble

For 400 years, opera has illuminated the innermost recesses of human existence. Once the sport of kings and princes, it now provides the soundtrack of...continue...
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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Amadis
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Amadis

3 CD / Accord / 2006-10-23

Works: Jean-Baptiste Lully: Amadis, LWV 63
Performers: Boudet, Agathe; Chuberre, Bertrand; Essen, Thomas van; Geslot, François-Nicolas; Heim, Matthieu; Lalandre, Daniel; Laurens, Guillemette; Masset, Francoise; Porcherot, Benoît; Poul, Camil...
Conductors: Reyne, Hugo
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Handel: Messiah / Jacobs, Avemo, Bardon, et al
Handel: Messiah / Jacobs, Avemo, Bardon, et al

2 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2006-10-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers: Avemo, Kerstin; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Rensburg, Kobie van; Zazzo, Lawrence
Conductors: Jacobs, René

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Purcell: Fairy Queen / Monks, Armonico Consort, et al
Purcell: Fairy Queen / Monks, Armonico Consort, et al

1 CD / Deux Elles / 2006-10-01

Works: Henry Purcell: Fairy Queen, Z 629
Performers: Bolton, Anna; Guthrie, Thomas; Kyle, Kevin; Thomas, Elin Manahan; Towers, William; Townend, William; Wilde, Mark

This CD is a recording from the Armonico Touring Opera's inspired production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen, a magical transportation utilizing puppetry, acrobatics, comedy, music,...continue...
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DEX 1120
Sacchini: Oedipe à Colone / Brown, Loup, Opera Lafayette
Sacchini: Oedipe à Colone / Brown, Loup, Opera Lafayette

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-09-26

Works: Antonio Sacchini: Odipe à Colone
Performers: Blaise, Kirsten; Boute, Tony; Cave, Philip; Getchell, Robert; Kaminski, Jason; Kimple, Jonathan; Loup, Francois; Morgan, Kara; Paulin, Nathalie
Conductors: Brown, Ryan

Antonia Sacchini was one of the leading composers of Italian 'opera seria' of the late 18th century. 'Oedipe a Colone,' his last work, was extraordinarily...continue...
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NXS 8660196
Michel Corboz Edition Vol 1 - Bach: St. John Passion
Michel Corboz Edition Vol 1 - Bach: St. John Passion

2 CD / Cascavelle / 2006-09-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint John Passion, BWV 245
Performers: Brodard, Michel; Daniels, Charles [Classical]; Harvey, Peter; Lins, Martina; Prégardien, Christoph; Scholl, Andreas
Conductors: Corboz, Michel
Ensemble: Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble; Lausanne Vocal Ensemble

For over thirty years, the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne has built up a prestigious musical career. Thanks to its conductor Michel Corboz and the world-wide...continue...
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CAS 3087
Best Baroque 100
Best Baroque 100

6 CD / Angel Records / 2006-08-29

Works: George Frederick Handel: Coronation Anthems (4); Solomon, HWV 67; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349; Dixit Dominus, HWV 232; Giulio Cesare, HWV 17; Alcina, HWV 34;...
Performers: André, Maurice [trumpet]; Andre, Maurice; Argenta, Nancy; Asperen, Bob van; Augér, Arleen; Auger, Arleen; Banchini, Chiara; Beckett, Rachel; Bennett, Mark; Bennett, Mark [Trumpet]; Blyt...
Conductors: Cleobury, Stephen; Hickox, Richard; ; Parrott, Andrew; Haïm, Emmanuelle; Haïm, Emmanuelle; Leonhardt, Gustav; Norrington, Roger; Nelson, John; Rooley, Anthony; Rees, Jonathan; McCreesh, Pau...
Ensemble: ; Academy of Ancient Music; Academy of Ancient Music (UK); Academy of London; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Boston Early Music Festival Choir; Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra; Capella Ag...
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ANG 70907
Christmas in Old Austria / Clemencic, Clemencic Consort
Christmas in Old Austria / Clemencic, Clemencic Consort

1 CD / Arte Nova / 2006-08-08

Works: Anonymous, Austrian: Psalmus instrumentaliter, for ensemble; Weyhnachtgsang no 1, hymn (Geistliche Nachtigall, Vienna, pub. 1648); Mittit ad Virginem, hymn (Geistliche Nachtigall, Vienna, pub. 1648);...
Performers: Clemencic, Rene [Conductor/Director]; Kummer, Eberhard; Landauer, Bernhard; Pitzl, Pierre; Reithofer, Wolfgang
Conductors: Clemencic, René

The feast of Christmas in Old Austria was more colorful, more vivid, and for the most part more pious than it is today. Christmas matins...continue...
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1+1  Handel: Judas Maccabaeus / McGegan, de Mey, et al
1+1 Handel: Judas Maccabaeus / McGegan, de Mey, et al

2 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2006-08-08

Works: George Frederick Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63
Performers: Asawa, Brian; Kromm, Leroy; Mey, Guy de; Saffer, Lisa; Spence, Patricia; Thomas, David [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: McGegan, Nicholas
Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
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Christmas in the Dresden Frauenkirche / Peter Kopp
Christmas in the Dresden Frauenkirche / Peter Kopp

1 CD / Carus / 2006-08-01

Works: Gottfried August Homilius: Auf, auf, ihr Herzen, seid bereit; Ein hoher Tag kommt; Ergreifet die Psalter, ihr christlichen Chöre; Wünschet Jerusalem Glück
Performers: Fischer, Katja; Kupfer, Jochen; Petzold, Martin; Schneider, Alexander [countertenor]
Conductors: Kopp, Peter
Ensemble: Dresden Instrumental Concert; Körnerscher Sing-Verein Dresden

Gottfried August Homilius, who was rightly considered the most important and most creatively prolific 18th century 'Kreuzkantor' was for more than three quarters of his...continue...
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CRS 83170
Scarlatti: Totus Amore, etc / Angel, Les Folies Françoises
Scarlatti: Totus Amore, etc / Angel, Les Folies Françoises

1 CD / Deux Elles / 2006-08-01

Works: Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa a tre, for 2 violins, violone (or archlute) & organ in D minor, Op. 1/11; Sonata for violin & continuo in D major, Op. 5/1; Alessandro Scarlatti: Totus amore langu...
Performers: Angel, Ryland; Cohen-Akenine, Patrick [Violin]; Martin, Beatrice
Conductors: Cohën-Akenine, Patrick
Ensemble: Les Folies Françoises

"British countertenor Ryland Angel has a light and agile voice, with a pleasing if gentle and almost unassertive character. He is an eloquent advocate for...continue...
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Howells: Choral Works / Spicer, Bicket, et al
Howells: Choral Works / Spicer, Bicket, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-07-25

Works: Herbert Howells: Te Deum ("For the Church of St. Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol"); Even such is time; The summer is coming; The House of the Mind, motet for chorus & organ; Two Madrigals, for chorus; Salve...
Performers: Bernays, John; Bicket, Harry; Carwood, Andrew; Cotterill, Marianne; Crookes, Anna; Daneman, Sophie; Gritton, Susan; Hadleigh-Wilson, Nicholas; Kemp, Nicola-Jane; Lane, Carys-Anne; Lumsden, Andrew; Mi...

This collection is drawn from four successful releases from the early 1990s with the dynamic Finzi Singers, directed by Paul Spicer. The Singers produce sounds...continue...
Includes work(s) for chorus: nunc dimittis by Herbert Howells (Composer)....continue...
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Rossini: Matilde di Shabran / Frizza, Massis, Flórez, et al
Rossini: Matilde di Shabran / Frizza, Massis, Flórez, et al

3 CD / Decca Import / 2006-07-17

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Matilde (di) Shabran, opera
Performers: Bonfatti, Gregory; Chialli, Chiara; Cucchi, Rosetta; Flórez, Juan Diego; Halevy, Hadar; Lepore, Carlo; Massis, Annick; Moravec, Lubomir; Simone, Bruno de; Taddia, Bruno; Vinco, Marco
Conductors: Frizza, Riccardo
Ensemble: Galicia Symphony Orchestra

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...driving the Pesaro audience bananas with his pinging high notes and thrilling volleys of coloratura
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Britten: Purcell Realizations / Lott, Gritton, Walker, et al
Britten: Purcell Realizations / Lott, Gritton, Walker, et al

2 CD / Hyperion / 2006-07-11

Works: Benjamin Britten: Purcell Realizations; Purcell Realizations from Orpheus Britannicus; The Queen's Epicedium, for soprano or tenor & piano (Purcell Realization); Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sa...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Bostridge, Ian; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Gritton, Susan; Jackson, Richard; Johnson, Graham [Piano]; Keenlyside, Simon; Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]; Rolfe Johnson, An...

'Altogether a marvellous treat - Another Hyperion triumph' (Classic CD)

'Two irresistible discs - typically painstakingly produced and documented - and would deserve four stars if...continue...
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Schütz: Kleine Geistliche Konzerte /Hennig, Jacobs, Christie
Schütz: Kleine Geistliche Konzerte /Hennig, Jacobs, Christie

1 Super Audio CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2006-07-11

Works: Heinrich Schütz: Habe deine Lust an dem Herren, for 2 sopranos & continuo, SWV 311 (Op. 9/6); Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 9; Wohl dem, der nicht wandelt, for soprano, alto & continuo, SWV 29...
Performers: Christie, William [Conductor/Harpsichord]; Coin, Christophe; Hennig, Sebastian; Jacobs, Rene; Junghanel, Konrad; Kimura, Mihoko; Swierstra, Staas
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HAR 1951097
Bouzignac: Te Deum, Motets / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
Bouzignac: Te Deum, Motets / Christie, Les Arts Florissants

1 Super Audio CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2006-07-11

Works: Guillaume Bouzignac: Ecce Festivitas Amoris for 5 voices; Ecce Homo, motet; Heu! Unus ex vobis me tradet hodie, motet; In pace in idipsum, motet; Ha! Plange, motet; Vulnerasti Cor Meum, motet; Allelu...
Performers: Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocal]; Bazola, Francois; Berg, Nathan [Saxophone]; Davezac, Christoph; Dorange, Aymeric; Dubois, Paul-Alexandre; Dugardin, Steve; Dyck, Stephan Van; Gavrilides, Armand; Mopin, Ann...
Conductors: Christie, William
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants

Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
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The #1 Baroque Album
The #1 Baroque Album

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-07-03

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon; Handel - Bourée; Rinaldo; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348; MEDLEY; The Water Music; Coronation Anthem; Johann Pachelbel:...
Performers: Accardo, Salvatore [Violin/Conductor]; Adeney, Richard; Bennett, William [Flute]; Bonney, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Brown, Iona [Conductor/Violin]; Carmirelli, Pina...
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Munchinger, Karl; Preston, Simon; Brown, Iona; Hogwood, Christopher; Cleobury, Stephen; Malcolm, George; Bicket, Harry; ; Solti, Georg; Rousset, Christophe; Leppard, Raymond; N...
Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; English Baroque Soloists; English Chamber Orchestra; I Musici; King's College Choir, Cambridge; Les talens l...

'The #1 Baroque Album' features the best-loved and most popular works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel and many others. This disc features performances of Renee...continue...
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A Noise did Rise - Dawe - Works 1993-99 / Wolf, et al
A Noise did Rise - Dawe - Works 1993-99 / Wolf, et al

1 CD / Furious Artisans / 2006-07-01

Works: Jonathan Dawe: Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano; The Siren, for countertenor, viola & guitar; Fractal Farm, for woodwind quintet; Towr'd Trumpets, for guitar
Performers: Anderson, William; Feinberg, Alan [Piano]; Hogg, James; Purvis, William [Horn]; Rimple, Mark; Steinberg, Mark; Wolf, Marc
Conductors:
Ensemble: Phoenix Chamber Ensemble

Jonathan Dawe studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with Richard Hoffmann and the Julliard School with Milton Babbitt. Dawe has emerged as an exciting and original...continue...
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