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Rolando Villazon's Guide to Opera
Rolando Villazon's Guide to Opera

2 CD / HBDirect Import / 2011-06-28

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; Madama Butterfly; Tosca; Turandot; La Bohème; Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Il Trovatore; Nabucco; La Traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera...
Performers: Alvarez, Marcelo [Tenor Vocals]; Bartoli, Cecilia; Berbié, Jane; Calleja, Joseph; Carreras, José [Tenor Vocal]; Cross, Gregory; D'Arcangelo, Ildebrando; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor voca...
Conductors: Solti, Georg; Bonynge, Richard; Karajan, Herbert v.
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Caro Amor/Various
Caro Amor/Various

2 CD / Sony Classical Import / 2011-06-21

Works: George Frederick Handel: Ariodante; Alcina; Arminio; Poro; Rinaldo; Admeto; Serse; Rodelinda; Il Pastor Fido; Salomon; Semele; Radamisto; Giulio Cesare; Armida Abbandonata; Riccardo Primo; Messiah, H...
Performers: Bayo, María; Boldoczki, Gábor; Bostridge, Ian [Tenor Vocals]; Ciomei, Sergio; Dasch, Annette; Gadzala, Artur; Kasarova, Vesselina; Kirchschlager, Angelika [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Laurenc...
Conductors: Curtis, Alan; Bicket, Harry; Goodwin, Paul; Stephenson, Mark; Goodman, Roy
Ensemble: ; Hanover Band; Il Complesso Barocco; London Musici Chamber Choir
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My Spirit Hath Rejoiced /  John Scott /Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral
My Spirit Hath Rejoiced / John Scott /Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral

1 CD / Hyperion / 2011-06-14

Works: Tertius Noble: Evening Service in B minor, Op 6; Herbert Howells: Gloucester Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Herbert Murrill: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in E major; Basil Harwood: Evening Service in A ...
Performers: Beaven, Nigel; Dearnley, Christopher; Green, Alan [Audio Engineer]; Hall, Peter; Pooley, George; Shaw, Geoffrey; Stafford, Ashley
Conductors: Music], John Scott [Choral
Ensemble: ; Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral

"The performances of this lovely music are uniformly superb" - Fanfare...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (1988-03-07&1988-03-08&1988-)....continue...
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Opera Album 2011
Opera Album 2011

2 CD / Decca / 2011-06-14

Works: Georges Bizet: Carmen, opera; Les Pêcheurs de perles; Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème; Tosca; Madama Butterfly; Turandot; La rondine; George Frederick Handel: Rinaldo; Serse; Ruggero Leoncava...
Performers: Bartoli, Cecilia; Berbie, Jane; Berganza, Teresa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bergonzi, Carlo [Tenor Vocals]; Bocelli, Andrea; Caballe, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Calleja, Joseph; Carreras, Jose [Tenor V...
Conductors: Wordsworth, Barry; Noseda, Gianandrea; Mehta, Zubin; Hogwood, Christopher; Pappano, Antonio; Solti, Georg; Bonynge, Richard; Santi, Nello; Sinopoli, Giuseppe; Norrington, Roger; Stapleton, Robin; Abb...

This magnificent collection features the some of the greatest opera stars of all time: Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Andrea Bocelli Luciano...continue...

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Volkslieder, Vol. 1
Volkslieder, Vol. 1

1 CD / Carus / 2011-05-31

Works: Friedrich Silcher: Wenn alle Brunnlein Fließen; Frisch gesungen ("Hab oft im Kreis der Lieben"), for chorus; German Traditional: Horch, was kommt von draußen rein; Nun will der lenz uns g...
Performers: Banse, Juliane; Bar, Olaf; Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]; Bozec, Anne Le; Busch, Christine; Deutsch, Helmut [Piano]; Doufexis, Stella; Elsner, Christian [Tenor Vocal]; Elsner, Leonhard; Elsner...
Conductors: ; Bernius, Frieder
Ensemble: ; Les Escapades (Ensemble)

In 2008 the concert and opera singer Cornelius Hauptmann initiated the charitable "The Lieder project" to further singing with children. The following year the "Wiegenlieder"...continue...
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Biber: Vesperae longiores ac breviores
Biber: Vesperae longiores ac breviores

1 CD / Carus / 2011-05-31

Works: Ruprecht Ignaz Mayr: Domine ad adjuvandum me festina, for 4 voices & continuo; Sancta Maria, mater Dei, motet; Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Dixit Dominus, vesper-psalm for soloists, chorus, orches...
Performers: Chester, Derek; Fraser, Stephen; Howell, Ian; Hughes, Mellissa; Mealy, Robert; Williams, Douglas [Bass-Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Carrington, Simon
Ensemble: Yale Collegium Players

"This is an amalgam of little-known music by Biber and others. Carrington deftly brings outs the music's strengths." -BBC Music Magazine...continue...
Recording information: St. Mary's Church, New Haven, Connecticut / St. Michael (12/05/2004-12/07/2004)....continue...
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Wiegenlieder, Vol. 2
Wiegenlieder, Vol. 2

1 CD / Carus / 2011-05-31

Works: Friedrich Silcher: Gut Nacht; Johann Sebastian Bach: Nun ruhen alle Wälder, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 392 (BC F166); Peter Cornelius: Wiegenlied, Op 1/3; German Traditional: Der Wäc...
Performers: Banse, Juliane; Beeftink, Eildert [Piano]; Begemann, Hans Christoph; Bozec, Anne Le; Danz, Ingeborg; Doufexis, Stella; Eberspacher, Sabine; Erdmann, Mojca; Foll, Elisabeth; Freimuth, Michael; Gees, M...
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CRS 83002
Volkslieder, Vol. 2
Volkslieder, Vol. 2

1 CD / Carus / 2011-05-31

Works: German Traditional: Die Gedanken sind frei, song; Es geht ein dunkle Wolk herein, folk song; Als wir jüngst in Regensburg waren, folk song; Dat du min Leevsten büst, song; Es waren zwei K&#...
Performers: Armbruster, Frank; Banse, Juliane; Becker, Konstantin; Busch, Christine; Gees, Michael; Genz, Stephan; Holscher, Anne-Maria; Irmer, Stefan; Joswig, Margarete; Kaleschke, Johannes; Kallisch, Cornelia;...
Conductors: ; Rademann, Hans-Christoph; Speck, Holger
Ensemble: ; Les Escapades (Ensemble); Licht und Schatten

"The songs are performed in quite a wide variety of styles. The disc opens with Jonas Kaufmann on top form in ‘Die Gedanken sind frei’......continue...
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Handel: Theodora / Bolton, Schafer, Mehta, Fink [2 DVD]
Handel: Theodora / Bolton, Schafer, Mehta, Fink [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / C Major Video / 2011-05-31

Works: George Frederick Handel: Theodora
Performers: Davies, Ryland; Fink, Bernarda; Kaiser, Joseph; Kranzle, Johannes Martin; Mehta, Bejun; Schafer, Christine
Conductors: Bolton, Ivor
Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Salzburg Bach Choir

George Frederic Handel's oratorio Theodora, in its first-ever staged version at the Salzburg Festival, was among the highlights of Handel Year 2009. Acclaimed director Christof...continue...
Run Time: 189 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
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Handel: Theodora / Bolton, Schafer, Mehta, Fink [Blu-Ray]
Handel: Theodora / Bolton, Schafer, Mehta, Fink [Blu-Ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / C Major Video / 2011-05-31

Works: George Frederick Handel: Theodora
Performers: Davies, Ryland; Fink, Bernarda; Kaiser, Joseph; Kranzle, Johannes Martin; Mehta, Bejun; Schafer, Christine
Conductors: Bolton, Ivor
Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Salzburg Bach Choir

George Frederic Handel's oratorio Theodora, in its first-ever staged version at the Salzburg Festival, was among the highlights of Handel Year 2009. Acclaimed director Christof...continue...
Run Time: 189 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
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Guillaume de Machaut: Sacred and Secular Music; Messe de Nostre Dame
Guillaume de Machaut: Sacred and Secular Music; Messe de Nostre Dame

4 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2011-05-31

Works: Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame; Le Judgement du Roi de Navarre; Dame, vostre doulz viaire, virelai for voice; Amours qui ha le povoir/Faus samblant/Vidi dominum, motet for 3 voices; Je vi...
Performers: Cook, Randall; Emmanuel Bonnardot [Vocals/Fiddle]; Hamon, Pierre; Lablaude, Anne-Marie; Lesne, Brigitte; Tachikawa, Akira; Vellard, Dominique
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BLC 94217
De Profundis / Cantatas of JS Bach & Graupner
De Profundis / Cantatas of JS Bach & Graupner

1 CD / Passacaille / 2011-05-10

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 177, "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 177; Cantata no 131, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir" BWV 131; Christoph Graupner: Aus der Tieffen ruffen wir, for...
Performers: Guillon, Damien; Termont, Lieven; Ullmann, Marcus
Conductors:
Ensemble: Il Gardellino

The second volume of Il Gardellino's cantata series is a call for liberation. The recordings testify to the way we approach Bach at the beginning...continue...
Recording information: AMUZ, Antwerp (01/2010)....continue...
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PSSA 969
Hop [Original Score]
Hop [Original Score]

1 CD / Varese Sarabande / 2011-04-19

Works: Christopher Lennertz: Hop, film score; Ali Theodore: The Pink Berets
Performers: Barnes, Jennifer; Barry, Michael [Photography]; Beal, Joan; Boddicker, Edie Lehmann; Bradley, Eric [Vocals]; Bruton, Reid; Bushnell, Joanna; Carlson, Elin; Chea, Alvin; Fogerson, Amy; Geiger, Mike [V...
Conductors: Lennertz, Christopher

Recording information: The Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Brothers Studios.

Directed by Tim Hill, who helmed the 2007 reboot of Alvin and the Chipmunks, 2011's Hop follows the adventures of the...continue...
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Henry Du Mont: Pour les Dames Religieuses
Henry Du Mont: Pour les Dames Religieuses

1 CD / Ricercar / 2011-04-12

Works: Henry du Mont: Magnificat du premier ton; Prélude à 2; Vulnerasti cor meum, motet; Messe du Sixième ton; Symphonia à 3 (from Cantica Sacra); O Panis Angelorum; Domine Salvum Fac R...
Performers: Boterf, Bruno [Tenor Vocals]; Eichelberger, Freddy; Failly, Stephanie de; Janssens, Els; Renglet, Amelie; Sevrin, Mathilde; Weynants, Caroline
Conductors: Boterf, Bruno

Henri Du Mont first made provision for the performance of a number of his compositions by women’s voices in his Cantica Sacra (1652), and thus...continue...
Recording information: Beaufays, Église Saint-Jean l'Évangeliste (01/2010)....continue...
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RCR 305
John Dowland: Lute Songs / Guillon
John Dowland: Lute Songs / Guillon

1 CD / Zig Zag Territories / 2011-04-12

Works: John Dowland: Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs); Come away come sweet love, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs); Sir John Smith, his Almain, for lute, P 47; So...
Performers: Bellocq, Eric; Guillon, Damien

For his first solo recital disc, Damien Guillon has chosen a refined, subtle, and melancholy repertoire explored in-depth alongside lutenist Eric Bellocq, an expert in...continue...
Recording information: Eglise Evangélique Allemande de Paris (05/03/2009-05/07/2009)....continue...
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ZIG 110102
Renaissance Masterpieces / Ameling, Tear, Finley
Renaissance Masterpieces / Ameling, Tear, Finley

1 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-03-08

Works: Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium; Gregorio Allegri: Miserere; Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine; William Byrd: Mass for 5 Voices (SATTB)
Performers: Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocals]; Beasley-Murray, Timothy; Brett, Charles; Burrowes, Norma; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Knapp, Peter [Bass/Baritone]; Noble, John...

Recording information: Chapel of King's College, Cambridge....continue...
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EMI 187332B
Pergolesi: Miserere / Bernard Rose
Pergolesi: Miserere / Bernard Rose

1 CD / Decca Import / 2011-03-01

Works: Giovanni Bassano: Ave Regina; Giovanni Gabrieli: Hodie Christus natus est, motet for 10 voices; Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1; Virtute magna, motet for 12 voices; Andrea Gabrieli: Laudate Dominum in sanc...
Performers: Covey-Crump, Rogers; Iveson, John; James, David; Purser, David; Saunders, Stephen [Trombone]; Suart, Richard; Wolf, Ilse
Conductors: Rose, Bernard
Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
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Lunacy: Songs of Madness and the Moon: Dowland, Purcell, Howells, Burgon / Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor; Shizuko Noiri, lute
Lunacy: Songs of Madness and the Moon: Dowland, Purcell, Howells, Burgon / Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor; Shizuko Noiri, lute

1 CD / Evil Penguin Records / 2011-02-23

Works: Herbert Howells: Full Moon; Henry Purcell: Don Quixote, Z 578; I'll sail upon the Dog Star; Thomas Campion: The sypres curten of the night is spread; Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger: Toccata for lute ...
Performers: Noiri, Shizuko; Zazzo, Lawrence

On his first Evil Penguin recording, Lawrence Zazzo explores the intimacy of the lute song in a remarkable program focusing on madness and midnight....continue...
Recording information: St. Martin's Church, Tourinnes-la Grosse, Belgium (07/2011)....continue...
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Songs to Mary: Marian Motets / Robert Crowe
Songs to Mary: Marian Motets / Robert Crowe

1 CD / Profil Edition Gunter Hanssler / 2011-02-22

Works: Gregorian Chant: Ave Maria, antiphon; Alessandro Grandi: O quam tu pulchra es, motet for voice & continuo; Tota pulchra es amica mea, motet for voice & continuo; Virgo prudentissima, motet for voice ...
Performers: Crowe, Robert; Eberth, Michael

All of these pieces were recorded using editions of original manuscripts....continue...
Recording information: Himmelfahrtskirche München-Sendling (02/01/2010-02/05/2010)....continue...
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PRF 10054
Handel: Julius Caesar / Mackerras, Baker, Masterson, Walker [DVD]
Handel: Julius Caesar / Mackerras, Baker, Masterson, Walker [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Kultur International Films / 2011-02-22

Works: George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17
Performers: Baker, Janet; Bowman, James; Jones, Della; Masterson, Valerie; Tomlinson, John; Walker, Sarah
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles, Sir
Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus; English National Opera Orchestra

John Copley's production of Handel's Julius Caesar features the great mezzo-soprano Janet Baker in one the roles she made her own. She leads a cast...continue...
Run Time: 180 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM,
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KUL D4569
Handel: Cleopatra Arias / Natalie Dessay
Handel: Cleopatra Arias / Natalie Dessay

1 CD / Warner Classics & Jazz Import / 2011-02-08

Works: George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV17
Performers: Dessay, Natalie; Wallace, Stephen
Conductors:
Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée

Recording information: Notre Dame du Liban, Paris (11/06/2010-11/13/2010)....continue...
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WRNC 078722
Matheo Romero: Romerico Florido
Matheo Romero: Romerico Florido

1 CD / Ricercar / 2011-02-08

Works: Mateo Romero: Entre dos mansos arroyos; Folia a 2, for voice & ensemble ("Romerico Florido"); Coraçon donde estuvistes; Hermosas y enjojadas; A la dulce risa del alva; Ay que me muero de zelos; ...
Performers: Flores, Mariana [Soprano Vocal]; Garcia Alarcon, Leonardo; Guimaraes, Fernando; Keller, Capucine; Schofrin, Fabian
Conductors: Garcia Alarcon, Leonardo
Ensemble: Ensemble Clematis

Born in Liège, Matheo Romero was in the service of the Spanish court; his secular works show that he had perfectly assimilated the characteristics of...continue...
Recording information: Beaufays, Église Saint-Jean l'Évangeliste (07/2010)....continue...
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RCR 308
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beate Vergine / John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beate Vergine / John Eliot Gardiner

2 CD / Decca Import / 2011-01-25

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Gomez, Jill; Hicks, Malcolm; Kraemer, Nicholas [Conductor/Harpsichord]; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]; Palmer, Felicity; Rippon, Michael; Ross, Alastair; Shirle...
Conductors: Gardiner, John E.
Ensemble: David Monrow Recorder Ensemble; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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Halt's Maul und Mach Was: Ein Koncert für Arno Schmidt
Halt's Maul und Mach Was: Ein Koncert für Arno Schmidt

1 CD / CPO / 2011-01-25

Works: Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini: Nachttief und Mond, miniatures for countertenor & cello; Michael Reudenbach: ...Zitate, Berührungen..., for bass clarinet, harp, contrabass, percussion & tape; Robert...
Performers: Lakey, Denis
Conductors: Lang, Benjamin
Ensemble: Oh Ton-Ensemble

Recording information: Sendesaal Radio Bremen (2007-12-10&2007-12-17_2007-)....continue...
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CPO 777508
Reimann: Medea / Boder/Vienna State Opera, Petersen, Selinger [DVD]
Reimann: Medea / Boder/Vienna State Opera, Petersen, Selinger [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Arthaus / 2011-01-25

Works: Aribert Reimann: Medea
Performers: Cencic, Max Emanuel; Erod, Adrian; Kulman, Elizabeth; Petersen, Marlis; Roider, Michael; Selinger, Michaela
Conductors: Boder, Michael
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra

"... the unpretentious ingenuity of conductor Michael Boder and the Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, who have managed with admirable ease to bridge the gap between...continue...
Run Time: 113 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
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Reimann: Medea / Boder/Vienna State Opera, Petersen, Selinger [Blu-Ray]
Reimann: Medea / Boder/Vienna State Opera, Petersen, Selinger [Blu-Ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / Arthaus / 2011-01-25

Works: Aribert Reimann: Medea
Performers: Cencic, Max Emanuel; Erod, Adrian; Kulman, Elizabeth; Petersen, Marlis; Roider, Michael; Selinger, Michaela
Conductors: Boder, Michael
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra

"... the unpretentious ingenuity of conductor Michael Boder and the Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, who have managed with admirable ease to bridge the gap between...continue...
Run Time: 113 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, Italian, Eng...continue...
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Johann Rosenmüller: Vox Dilecti Mei
Johann Rosenmüller: Vox Dilecti Mei

1 CD / Ramee / 2011-01-11

Works: Johann Rosenmüller: O Salvator dilectissime, for voice & ensemble; Sonata no 12 à 5 in D minor (Nürnberg 1682); Christum ducem, qui per crucem; In te, Domine, speravi; Sonata no 3 ...
Performers: Potter, Alex
Conductors:
Ensemble: Ensemble Chelycus

Johann Rosenm·ler is no longer an unknown entity in contemporary musical life. During the last 20 years his beautiful and elegant works have found many...continue...
Recording information: St. Georgskirche, Sengwarden, Germany (01/2010)....continue...
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RME 1009
Scarlatti, Hasse: Salve Regina; Cantatas & Motets
Scarlatti, Hasse: Salve Regina; Cantatas & Motets

1 CD / Hyperion / 2011-01-11

Works: Domenico Scarlatti: Salve Regina, motet for soprano, strings & continuo in A major; Alessandro Scarlatti: Su le sponde del Tebro, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins, trumpet & continuo; Infirmata...
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Steele-Perkins, Crispian [Trumpet]; York, Doborah
Conductors: King, Robert
Ensemble: The King's Consort

In the eighteenth century, the cantata was considered to be the supreme test of a composer’s artistry. On this disc, three fine examples by Alessandro...continue...
Recording information: 02/07/1996-02/09/1996....continue...
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20/21  Eötvös: Three Sisters / Nagano, Eötvös, Opéra de Lyon
20/21 Eötvös: Three Sisters / Nagano, Eötvös, Opéra de Lyon

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2011-01-07

Works: Peter Eötvös: Three Sisters, Opera; Listening Guide to "Three Sisters" (spoken word)
Performers: Aubin, Alain; Eotvos, Peter; Riabets, Oleg; Vyacheslav Kagan-Palei
Conductors: Eötvös, Peter; Nagano, Kent
Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
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DGGI DG459694
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger: I Pastori de Bettelemme
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger: I Pastori de Bettelemme

1 Super Audio CD / Accent / 2011-01-04

Works: Giovanni Lorenzo Baldano: Paso e mezzo, for sordellina (from Libro per scriver l'intavolatura per sonare sopra le sodelline); La Bergamasca, for ensemble; Fantasia pastorale for ensemble; Johannes Hi...
Performers: Backes, Constanze; Dietz, Christian; Flaig, Markus; Jesdinsky, Clementine; Okamura, Chiyuki; Vitzthum, Franz
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Ensemble: Echo du Danube

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Echo du Danube's playing is intricate, busy and colourful...There is also beguiling use of a sordellina, a traditional Italian bagpipe...Chiyuki Okamura is suitably angel...continue...
Recording information: Melanchthon-Kirche, Cologne, Germany (08/12/2009-08/15/2009)....continue...
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Monteverdi: Vespers / Howarth
Monteverdi: Vespers / Howarth

2 CD / Signum Records / 2011-01-01

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin; Dixit Dominus, motet for 6 voices and 6 strings (from Vespers), SV 206/2; Nigra sum sed formosa, antiphon for tenor (from Vespers), SV 206/3; Laudat...
Performers: Boden, Sam; Bury, Alison; Clegg, David; Davidson, Grace; Dougan, Eamonn; Gaunt, William; Hopkins, Kirsty; Long, Matthew [Tenor Vocal]; Mulroy, Nicholas; Travers-Brown, Timothy; Young, Stuart
Conductors: Howarth, Robert

This disc represents a new partnership between Signum Records and The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, one of London's and the world's leading...continue...
Recording information: Hall One, Kings Place, London, England (08/30/2010)....continue...
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Monteverdi: Il ritorno dÆUlisse in patria / Rensburg, Rice, Christie [2 DVD]
Monteverdi: Il ritorno dÆUlisse in patria / Rensburg, Rice, Christie [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / Dynamic / 2011-01-01

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Performers: Auvity, Cyril; Rice, Christine; Sabata, Xavier; van Rensburg, Kobie
Conductors: Christie, William
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants

Run Time: 175 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, LPCM Stereo
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Fre...continue...
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Cavalli: La Didone / Biondi/Europa Galante, McFadden, Staveland, Domenech [DVD]
Cavalli: La Didone / Biondi/Europa Galante, McFadden, Staveland, Domenech [DVD]

2 DVD Video / Dynamic / 2011-01-01

Works: Pier Fancesco Cavalli: La Didone
Performers: Abbondanza, Roberto; Alvarez, Isabel; Cluster, Manuella; De Liso, Marina; Domènech, Jordi; Lombardi, Donatella; McFadden, Claron; Morace, Filippo; Schiavo, Maria Grazia; Staveland, Magnus
Conductors: Biondi, Fabio
Ensemble: Europa Galante

Preceded by a solemn prologue in which Iride admonishes mortals that they should not offend the gods, the story of Cavalli's Didone comes to life...continue...
Run Time: 173 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Letterbox, 16:9, Color
Country of Origin: Italy
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Britten: Death in Venice / Bruno Bartoletti, Marlin Miller, Scott Hendricks [DVD]
Britten: Death in Venice / Bruno Bartoletti, Marlin Miller, Scott Hendricks [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Dynamic / 2011-01-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88
Performers: Bittar, Francois; Hendricks, Scott; Miller, Marlin; Riga, Allessandro
Conductors: Bartoletti, Bruno
Ensemble: Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus; Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra

Run Time: 155 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0,
Subtitles: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish
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Soler: L'arbore di Diana / Bicket, Aikin, Maniaci [DVD]
Soler: L'arbore di Diana / Bicket, Aikin, Maniaci [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Dynamic / 2011-01-01

Works: Vicente Martin y Soler: L' arbore di Diana, opera
Performers: Aikin, Laura; Davislim, Steve; Garmendia, Ainhoa; Maniaci, Michael; Martins, Marisa; Perez, Jossie; Vinco, Marco; Workman, Charles
Conductors: Bicket, Harry
Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra

Run Time: 148 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0,
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Catala...continue...
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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Christe/Les Arts Florissants, Henschel, Prina, De Donato [DVD]
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Christe/Les Arts Florissants, Henschel, Prina, De Donato [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Dynamic / 2011-01-01

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Performers: Abete, Antonio; Auvity, Cyril; Bayodi, Hanna; de Donato, Luigi; Henschel, Dietrich; Prina, Sonia; Provost, Ludovic; Prunell-Friend, Agustin; Sabata, Xavier; Sancho, Juan; Schiavo, Maria Grazia; Sells...
Conductors: Christie, William
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants; Les Saqueboutiers du Toulouse

Run Time: 113 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: French, Italian, English, Ger...continue...
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Georg Frideric Handel: Agrippina / Jean-Claude Malgoire / La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy [2 DVD]
Georg Frideric Handel: Agrippina / Jean-Claude Malgoire / La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / Dynamic / 2011-01-01

Works: George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6
Performers: Buet, Alain; Deletre, Bernard; Di Falco, Fabrice; Gens, Véronique; Gregoire, Thierry; Jaroussky, Philippe; Perruche, Ingrid; Smith, Nigel
Conductors: Malgoire, Jean-Claude
Ensemble: La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy

Run Time: 72 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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John Blow: Odes & Songs / Guillon
John Blow: Odes & Songs / Guillon

1 CD / Mirare / 2010-12-14

Works: John Blow: Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo; Henry Purcell: Z. 544; Z. 320; The Prophetess; Z. 323; Z. 322; Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), f...
Performers: Guillon, Damien; Mena, Carlos [Countertenor Vocal]
Conductors: Pierlot, Philippe
Ensemble: Ricercar Consort

There is no record of how Purcell’s unprecedented youthful genius was received by his contemporaries at this time, though it seems logical that it must...continue...
Recording information: Temple de Lourmarin (10/2009)....continue...
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Ancient Sorceries: Music For Countertenor & Recorder
Ancient Sorceries: Music For Countertenor & Recorder

1 CD / Guild / 2010-12-14

Works: Richard Steinitz: Hymn to Apollo at Delphi, for voice, cello, recorder & harpsichord; Arthur Butterworth: Ancient Sorceries, for voice, cello, harpsichord & recorder; Stephen Hough: Three Grave Songs...
Performers: Clapton, Nicholas; Harper, Michael [Percussion]; Jonathan Price [Composer/Cello]; Thompson, Ian [Keyboards]; Turner, John

This recording of contemporary works for countertenor, recorder and harpsichord is performed by three British musicians. Countertenor Nicholas Clapton is a professor of singing at...continue...
Recording information: Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester University (09/01/2008-09/02/2008)....continue...
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Purcell Songs & Aris / Andreas Scholl
Purcell Songs & Aris / Andreas Scholl

1 CD / Decca / 2010-11-30

Works: Henry Purcell: Fairy Queen, Z 629; Come, ye sons of art, away, Z. 323; King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z, 628; King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z. 628; Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730; T...
Performers: Dumaux, Christophe; Scholl, Andreas
Conductors: Montanari, Stefano
Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina

Andreas Scholl returns to Decca with a recording of vocal jewels by the great baroque composer Henry Purcell, including 'When I Am Laid In Earth'...continue...
Recording information: Chiesa di San Girolamo, Bagnacavallo, Italy (07/17/2010-07/22/2010)....continue...
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Vivaldi: Opera Highlights from Naïve
Vivaldi: Opera Highlights from Naïve

3 CD / Naïve / 2010-11-16

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans; L'Olimpiad, RV 725; La verità in cimento, RV 739
Performers: Bertagnolli, Gemma [Soprano Vocal]; Comparato, Marina; Foresti, Sergio; Giordano, Laura; Hermann, Anke; Invernizzi, Roberta; Jaroussky, Philippe; Kozená, Magdalena; Kulikova, Marianna; Laurens...
Conductors: Marchi, Alessandro de; Alessandrini, Rinaldo; Spinosi, Jean-Christophe
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Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri / Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels
Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri / Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-11-16

Works: Richard Strauss: Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 (TrV 117); Duet-Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, harp & strings, o.Op. 147 (TrV 293, AV 147); Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144; An...
Performers: Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]; Chance, Michael; Clevenger, Dale; Combs, Larry; Daniels, Charles; Golan, Joseph; Guastefeste, Joseph; Harvey, Peter; Kirkby, Emma; Klein, Alex; Magad, Samuel; Mc...
Conductors: Barenboim, Daniel
Ensemble: ; Purcell Quartet

This new release from Chaconne the Chandos' early music label focuses on Buxtehude's seven cantatas, collectively know as Membra Jesu nostri. The work takes the...continue...
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Christmas Meditation / Concertos, Airs and Sacred Works from Baroque & Classical times [5 CDs]
Christmas Meditation / Concertos, Airs and Sacred Works from Baroque & Classical times [5 CDs]

5 CD / Capriccio / 2010-11-16

Works: Charles Gounod: Ave Maria; Christmas Traditional: Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, carol (Blest Mary Wanders through the Thorn); Süsser die Glocken nie klingen, carol (Austrian); Heil'ge Nacht auf...
Performers: Achim, Erzsebet; Balint, Janos; Bernstein, Walter Heinz; Buchner, Roland; Cordier, David; Dicke, Peter; Eisenberg, Matthias; Friedrich, Reinhold [Trumpet]; Glaetzner, Burkhard [Oboe]; Haupt, Eckart; ...
Conductors: Flämig, Martin; Erxleben, Michael; Bohme, Frank; Marschik, Peter; Tarr, Edward H. [Trumpet]; ; Rotzsch, Hans-Joachim; Rolla, János [Violin]; Winschermann, Helmut; Eschenburg, Hartwig; B...
Ensemble: ; Budapest Strings; Capella Savaria; Cappella Coloniensis; Concerto Köln ; Das kleine Konzert; Dresden Baroque Soloists; German Bach Soloists; Hr-Brass; Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipz...

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Angel Voices: The Boys' Choir Christmas Celebration / Vienna Boys' Choir; Dresden Boys' Choir, et al.
Angel Voices: The Boys' Choir Christmas Celebration / Vienna Boys' Choir; Dresden Boys' Choir, et al.

3 CD / Capriccio / 2010-11-16

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Vom Himmel hoch (Choralkantate); Laudate pueri ("O praise the Lord"), motet for female chorus & organ in E flat major, Op. 39/2; Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23; Veni Domine ("Hear my p...
Performers: Buchner, Roland; Engelhardt, Kent; Humphries, Charles; Schicha, Ulrich; Winkler, Michael-Christfried
Conductors: Flämig, Martin; Marschik, Peter; Hrncirik, Peter; Rotzsch, Hans-Joachim
Ensemble: ; Bläserensemble

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Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, opera
Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, opera

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, RV 729; Unspecified: Ottone in villa Liner Notes, Synopsis, Artist Biographies & Libretto [CD-ROM track]
Performers: Dordolo, Luca; Martorana, Maria Laura; Ouatu, Florin Cezar; Semmingsen, Tuva
Conductors: Guglielmo, Federico

Vivaldi’s fame as an opera composer is due in now small part to his incredible industry. He composed around 50 operas, and of these around...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza (06/20/2008-06/22/2008)....continue...
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Sacred Songs of Mary
Sacred Songs of Mary

1 CD / Valley Entertainment / 2010-10-12

Works: Anonymous, Notre Dame School: O Maria, stella maris, conductus; Franz Schubert: Ave Maria; Hildegard von Bingen: O viridissima virga; Christmas Traditional: Et lidet barn så lysteligt (A Little...
Performers: Andreassen, Elisabeth; Asheim, Nils Henrik; Barquee, Thomas; Berntsen, Anne Lise; Byrne, Aisling Drury; Danielsen, Jan Werner; Lobody, Ashana; Mediaeval, Trio; Montgomery, Jocelyn; Nonishita, Yukari;...
Conductors: ; Van Nevel, Paul; Gardiner, John E.; Leslie, Thomas G.
Ensemble: ; Bach Collegium Japan; Rose Consort of Viols
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My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord

1 CD / Hyperion / 2010-10-12

Works: Charles Villiers Stanford: Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) in C major, Op. 115; Thomas Attwood Walmisley: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D minor; Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Evening Cant...
Performers: Beaven, Nigel; Bevan, Maurice; Dearnley, Christopher; Edwards, James; Green, Alan [Audio Engineer]; Hall, Peter; Lowe, Steven; Royall, Christopher; Shaw, Geoffrey; Stafford, Ashley
Conductors: Music], John Scott [Choral

'This rich anthology is presented with breathtaking skill and soul-stirring animation by one of the world's greatest choirs' (Gramophone)

'Superlatively beautiful' (The American Organist)...continue...
Recording information: St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England (03/18/1987-03/20/1987)....continue...
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Arvo Pärt: Triodion / Stephen Layton
Arvo Pärt: Triodion / Stephen Layton

1 CD / Hyperion / 2010-10-12

Works: Arvo Pärt: Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus; Nunc dimittis, for chorus; ... which was the son of..., for chorus; I am the True Vine; Littlemore Tractus, for chorus & organ; Triodion, ...
Performers: Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; James, David
Conductors: Layton, Stephen

In celebration of their thirtieth birthday, Hyperion is re-issuing thirty landmark titles from the back catalogue at mid-price. These discs include benchmark recordings of great...continue...
Recording information: Temple Church, London, England (01/02/2003-01/05/2003)....continue...
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The Queen's Music: Italian Vocal Duets & Trios
The Queen's Music: Italian Vocal Duets & Trios

1 CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2010-10-10

Works: Anonymous, Italian: Parlate per me, song; Pian piano mio core, song; Partitevi da me, song; Occhi belli, song; E' di ragion, song; Luigi Rossi: Tu sarai sempre, for 2 voices & continuo; Dite o Cieli,...
Performers: Bellini, Mikael; Harvey, Peter Harvey; Kirkby, Emma; Mortensen, Lars Ulrik; Rydén, Susanne; Yamahiro-Brinkmann, Mime

Recording information: Länna Church, Sweden (05/2008)....continue...
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Lalande: De Profundis;  Blow: Ode / Alfred Deller
Lalande: De Profundis; Blow: Ode / Alfred Deller

1 CD / Vanguard / 2010-09-20

Works: Michel-Richard de Lalande: De profundis, grand motet, S. 23; John Blow: Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
Performers: Deller, Alfred [Countertenor Vocal]; Whitworth, John

"I am convinced that these recordings are of more than mere historical interest. Deller was one of the great pioneers in the performance of early...continue...
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