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The Very Best of Benjamin Britten [3 CDs]
The Very Best of Benjamin Britten [3 CDs]

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2013-02-05

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Cello Symphony, Op. 68; Elegy for Viola solo; Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes"); Quartet for Strings...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Alley, John [Piano]; Andsnes, Leif Ove; Blatchly, Mark; Booth, Claire; Bostridge, Ian; Coleman-Wright, Peter; Dean, Stafford; Drake, Julius [Piano]; Fullbrook, Charles; Gritton, Susan;...
Conductors: Pesek, Libor; Rattle, Simon, Sir; Knussen, Oliver; Brown, Iona; Warren-Green, Christopher; Paavo, Järvi; Hickox, Richard; Willcocks, David; Brunelle, Philip; Haitink, Bernard; Harding, Daniel
Ensemble: ; Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble; Endymion Ensemble

Since his death in 1976 many musicians have looked at Benjamin Britten's scores anew - not simply the repertory Britten never recorded, but the many...continue...
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A Year With Jesus / Gloria, Miserere, Stabat Mater, Magnificat, Requiem by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart et al. / Véronique Gens, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andrew Parrott, Riccardo Muti et al.
A Year With Jesus / Gloria, Miserere, Stabat Mater, Magnificat, Requiem by Bach, Pergolesi, Mozart et al. / Véronique Gens, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andrew Parrott, Riccardo Muti et al.

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2013-01-08

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria; Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen, cantata, BWV 123; Easter Oratorio, BWV 249; Magnificat, BWV 243; Herz und Mund und ...
Performers: Argenta, Nancy; Chance, Michael; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Gens, Véronique; Harvey, Peter Harvey; Lesne, Gérard; Neilz, Jacques; Rampal, Jean-Pierre [Flute/Conductor];...
Conductors: Parrott, Andrew; Herreweghe, Philippe; Christophers, Harry; Hill, David; Cleobury, Stephen; Mandrin, Emmanuel; Lara, Francisco; ; Hillier, Paul; Plasson, Michel; Kuijken, Sigiswald; Willcocks, David;...
Ensemble: ; Brunel Ensemble; Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne; Il Seminario Musicale; La Petite Bande; Taverner Players; The Hilliard Ensemble; The Sixteen (Choir)

From Easter Sunday to All Saints' Day, A Year with Jesus is the ultimate collection of sacred music to help celebrate the Christian holidays. This...continue...
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The Voice: Philippe Jaroussky
The Voice: Philippe Jaroussky

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2012-11-19

Works: Nicola Porpora: Polifemo; Siface; Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio; Ercole sul Termodonte; Pianti, sospiri e dimandar mercede; Giustino; L'Olimpiade; Tieteberga; George Frederick Handel: Ariodante; Serse...
Performers: Cencic, Max Emanuel; Deuter, Markus; Ducros, Jérôme; Gliozzi, Emilia; Huille, Jerome [Cello]; Jaroussky, Philippe; Rial, Núria [Soprano Vocals]; Rivoal, Frédéric
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle; Spinosi, Jean-Christophe; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; ; Tubéry, Jean; Rhorer, Jérémie; Pluhar, Christina; Paavo, Järvi; Fasolis, Diego; Christie, William
Ensemble: ; Concerto Köln ; Ensemble Artaserse; Ensemble la Fenice (France); Ensemble Matheus; Europa Galante; L'Arpeggiata; Le Concert d'Astrée ; Les Arts Florissants

Established as one of Virgin Classics' bestselling artists, Philippe Jaroussky, who has been described as "the Apollo of countertenors" by Germany's A Die Zeit, stands...continue...
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Sacred Treasures
Sacred Treasures

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum, H. 146; Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589; Gregorio Allegri: Miserere; Claudio Monteverdi: Beatus Vir (II), motet for 5 voices (from Seva morale e spirituale), SV 269...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Argenta, Nancy; Bar, Olaf; Barley, Peter; Blochwitz, Hans-Peter; Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher; Connell, John; Covey-Crump, Rogers; Dawson, Lynne [Soprano Vocals]; Gens, Veronique...
Conductors: Christie, William; Parrott, Andrew; Ledger, Philip [Organ]; Herreweghe, Philippe; McCreesh, Paul; ; Norrington, Roger; Sawallisch, Wolfgang; Tate, Jeffrey; Muti, Riccardo; Hickox, Richard; Prêtr...
Ensemble: ; Coppola e Il Suo Sestetto; Gabrieli Consort; Gabrieli Players; Il Seminario Musicale; Les Arts Florissants; London Classical Players; Schutz Consort; Taverner Consort; Taverner Players

Treasures is a new series of 3-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of Virgin Classics, presenting the best loved and key works of the classical...continue...

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Baroque Treasures
Baroque Treasures

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo; L' Incoronazione di Poppea; George Frederick Handel: Serse; Solomon, HWV 67; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Dixit Dominus; Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294...
Performers: Andre, Maurice [Trumpet]; Augér, Arleen [Soprano]; Bianchini, Chiara [Violin]; Brosse, Jean-Patrice; Caens, Thierry; Daniels, David; Deletré, Bernard; Desrochers, Isabelle; Goodwin, Pau...
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle; Norrington, Roger; Parrott, Andrew; Hickox, Richard; Reyne, Hugo; ; Christie, William; Mandrin, Emmanuel; Malgoire, Jean-Claude; Niquet, Hervé; Cohën-Akenine, Patrick...
Ensemble: ; Concerto Köln ; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Les Folies Françoises ; Taverner Consort; Taverner Players; Trio Sonnerie

Treasures is a new series of 3-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of Virgin Classics, presenting the best loved and key works of the classical...continue...
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Classics for Your Wedding
Classics for Your Wedding

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2012-06-05

Works: Richard Wagner: Lohengrin; Johann Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major; Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite no 2; Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!"...
Performers: Andre, Maurice [Trumpet]; Briggs, David; Capuçon, Renaud; Ciccolini, Aldo [Piano]; Dessay, Natalie; Haidan, Delphine; Hendricks, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Krueger, Christopher; Labèque, ...
Conductors: Haitink, Bernard; Parrott, Andrew; Marriner, Sir Neville; Cleobury, Stephen; Fischer, György; Paavo, Järvi; Muti, Riccardo; Ericson, Eric; Nelson, John; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Christie, Wi...
Ensemble: ; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Les Arts Florissants; Nash Ensemble; Taverner Consort; Taverner Players

Choosing the right music for your wedding is one of the most important decisions a bride and groom have to make before getting married. It...continue...
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VCL 232472
Une fête Baroque! /  Anne Sofie von Otter; Sandrine Piau; Natalie Dessay; Philippe Jaroussky; Patricia Petibon
Une fête Baroque! / Anne Sofie von Otter; Sandrine Piau; Natalie Dessay; Philippe Jaroussky; Patricia Petibon

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2012-03-13

Works: Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes galantes; Hippolyte et Aricie; Dardanus, Tragédie lyrique; Platée, Ballet-bouffon; Castor et Pollux, Tragédie lyrique; Dardanus; Jean-Baptiste Lully: Th...
Performers: Azzaretti, Jaël; Benichou, Olivier; Bertin, Pascal; Billiet, Jeroen; Claycomb, Laura; Degand, Stéphanie-Marie; Degout, Stéphane; Deshayes, Karine; Dessay, Natalie; Fierro, Sydney; ...
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle
Ensemble: Le Concert dÆ Astree

Paris's Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Le Concert d' Astree, under its founder and conductor Emmanuelle Haim gave a concert entitled Fetes Baroques to celebrate its 10th...continue...
Recording information: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France (12/19/2011)....continue...
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Duetti / Philippe Jaroussky; Max Emanuel Cencic
Duetti / Philippe Jaroussky; Max Emanuel Cencic

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2012-01-10

Works: Giovanni Bononcini: Pietoso nume arcier, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo; Chi d'amor tra le catene, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo; Francesco Mancini: Quanto mai saria piú bello, solo...
Performers: Cencic, Max Emanuel; Jaroussky, Philippe
Conductors: Christie, William
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants

Two star countertenors, Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic, join William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, for a programme of chamber-scale duets and arias by...continue...
Recording information: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)....continue...
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Great Opera Duets / Various Artists
Great Opera Duets / Various Artists

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2011-07-26

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor; Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orphee et Euredice; Jacques Offenbach: La Belle H&eacu...
Performers: Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Alagna, Roberto; Aler, John [Tenor Vocal]; Augér, Arleen [Soprano]; Beuron, Yann; Blake, Rockwell; Blythe, Stephanie; Bostridge, Ian; Ciofi, Patrizia; Daniels, Davi...
Conductors: Rizzi, Carlo; Pidò, Evelino; Nelson, John; Gardiner, John Eliot; Minkowski, Marc; Plasson, Michel; Pappano, Antonio; Harding, Daniel; Norrington, Roger; Haïm, Emmanuelle; Hickox, Richard; ;...
Ensemble: ; Ensemble Artaserse; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Il Complesso Barocco; Il Seminario Musicale

Great Opera Duets is a 2-CD collection which traces the operatic and oratorio duet from its origins to the modern era - a program spanning...continue...
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VCL 289842
Diva Divo / Joyce DiDonato
Diva Divo / Joyce DiDonato

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2011-01-25

Works: Jules Massenet: Chérubin; Cendrillon; Ariane; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro; La Clemenza di Tito; Christoph Willibald Gluck: La Clemenza di Tito; Gioachino Rossini: Il Barbiere di ...
Performers: DiDonato, Joyce; Montvidas, Edgaras; Obrecht, Pascale; Semenova, Elena; Stupenengo, Paolo; Suliman, Nabil
Conductors: Ono, Kazushi

Joyce DiDonato’s capacity for characterization is as astounding as the range and flexibility of her voice. This new collection showcases DiDonato’s multi-faceted art, and the...continue...
Recording information: Auditorium de Lyon, France (09/18/2010-09/28/2010)....continue...
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The World of the Castrati: The Voice of Angels
The World of the Castrati: The Voice of Angels

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo; George Frederick Handel: La Resurrezione; Giulio Cesare; Ariodante; Alcina; Serse; Admeto, re di Tessaglia; Fernando, re di Castiglia; Faramondo; Antonio Caldara: La Pass...
Performers: Baldi, Antonio; Bedini, Domenico; Blythe, Stephanie; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Cafarelli; Carestini, Giovanni; Cencic, Max Emanuel; Cicognani, Giuseppe; Ciofi, Patrizia; Daniels, David; Des...
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle; Nelson, John; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Hickox, Richard; Rousset, Christophe; Christie, William; Bolton, Ivor; Spinosi, Jean-Christophe; Curtis, Alan; Fasolis, Diego; Bicket, Har...
Ensemble: ; Ensemble Matheus; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris

The extraordinary adulation accorded to castrati during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is still today one of the most fascinating phenomena in the history of...continue...
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VCL 487912
Berlioz: La Mort d'Orphee Songs & Choruses / Plasson, Villazon
Berlioz: La Mort d'Orphee Songs & Choruses / Plasson, Villazon

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2010-10-25

Works: Hector Berlioz: La Mort d'Orphée, for tenor, women's chorus & orchestra, H. 25; Tristia, for chorus & Orchestra, Op. 18; Irish melodies (8), Op. 2; Chant des chemins de fer, for tenor, 6-part ...
Performers: Bismuth, David; Rivenq, Nicolas; Villazon, Rolando
Conductors: Plasson, Michel

Recording information: Toulouse, Halle aux Grains (04/26/2003-04/30/2003)....continue...
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VCL 286162
Alessandro Scarlatti: La Sanctissima Trinità / Fabio Biondi
Alessandro Scarlatti: La Sanctissima Trinità / Fabio Biondi

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2010-10-25

Works: Alessandro Scarlatti: La Santissima Trinità, oratorio
Conductors: Biondi, Fabio [Violin]

Recording information: Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris (10/14/2003-10/17/2003)....continue...
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VCL 286472
Zen Voices
Zen Voices

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2010-05-18

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Songs (14), Op. 34; Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei; Gabriel Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50; Requiem; Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11; Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1; Wolfgang Amadeus M...
Performers: Augér, Arleen [Soprano]; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Caballé, Montserrat [Soprano Vocals]; Cornwell, Joseph; Daniels, David; Desderi, Claudio; Dessay, Natalie; Gens, V&eac...
Conductors: Schoenwandt, Michael; Hill, David; Barenboim, Daniel; Haitink, Bernard; Equilbey, Laurence; Paavo, Järvi; Plasson, Michel; Guadagno, Anton; Mackerras, Charles; Gardelli, Lamberto; Litton, Andrew...
Ensemble: ; Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris; Ensemble Matheus; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne; Kammer Ensemble de Paris; Nash Ensemble
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VCL 284432
Handel: Alexander's Feast / Philip, Ledger
Handel: Alexander's Feast / Philip, Ledger

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2010-05-18

Works: George Frederick Handel: Alexander's Feast, HWV 75; The Choice of Hercules, oratorio, HWV 69
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Harper, Heather; Tear, Robert; Watts, Helen [Contralto Vocals]
Conductors: Ledger, Philip [Organ]
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VCL 285202
William Christie - 30th Anniversay
William Christie - 30th Anniversay

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-11-17

Works: Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum, H. 146; Judicium Salomonis, H. 422; Work(s); André Campra: Requiem; Florete prata, motet; Exaudiat Te Dominus; Work(s); George Frederick Handel: Serse; Sonata ...
Performers: Allen, Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals]; Brahim-Djelloul, Amel; Christie, William [Conductor/Harpsichord]; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Debono, Claire; Foster-Williams, Andrew; Henschel, Dietrich...
Conductors: Christie, William
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants

Les Arts Florissants, one of the most influential and prolific ensembles in the world of authentic period performance, celebrates 30 years of achievement with this...continue...
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VCL 871920
Handel: La Resurrezione / Emmanuelle Haïm, et al
Handel: La Resurrezione / Emmanuelle Haïm, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-11-03

Works: George Frederick Handel: La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesù Cristo, HWV 47; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers: Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Pisaroni, Luca; Royal, Kate; Spence, Toby; Tilling, Camilla
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle

Continuing the Handel series from Le Concert d'Astree and Emmanuelle Haim is 'La resurrezione', composed during the young Handel's period in Rome and first performed...continue...
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VCL 945670
Bach: Cantatas 55 & 82a / Ian Bostridge, et al
Bach: Cantatas 55 & 82a / Ian Bostridge, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-10-20

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 82, "Ich habe genug" BWV 82; Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4; Cantata no 43, "Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen" BWV 43; Cantata no 55, "Ich armer Mensch, ich S&uum...
Performers: Abete, Antonio; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Bostridge, Ian; Casazza, Enrico; Cavasanti, Lorenzo; Giua, Roberta
Conductors: Biondi, Fabio [Violin]
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VCL 846302B
The Swingle Singers Anthology
The Swingle Singers Anthology

4 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-09-22

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550; Ave verum corpus; Works; Così fan tutte, K 588; Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Concerto for Ho...

The Swingle Singers may be said to combine a certain type of American music from the first part of the twentieth century with the culture...continue...
Since being founded by tenor and leader Ward Swingle in the 1960s, the Swingle Singers have been regarded as one of the most brilliant a cappella vocal ensembles in the world. The group's virtuosic re...continue...
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VCL 669562B
De Courson: Lambarena - Bach to Africa
De Courson: Lambarena - Bach to Africa

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-06-02

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147; Saint John Passion, BWV 245; Mass in B minor, BWV 232; Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hu...
Performers: Aladjian, Florent; Ateba, Sami; Aubin, Alain; Audin, Jean-Philipp; Audin-Toussain, Agnes; Aurelien; Boterf, Bruno [Tenor Vocals]; Calo, Oswaldo; Cavelier, Herve; Chamot, Marc; Chenadec, Raoul le; Dup...
Conductors: Gubitsch, Tomas
Ensemble: Elugu Ayong ensemble; Groupe Awana Africa; Groupe Eluguayong; Groupe Inongo; Groupe Kokayi; Groupe Lissimbu; Groupe M'Boudi; Groupe Mendzang M'Assove de Libreville; Groupe Nzi Ninbu; Groupe Nzimba; G...

This reissue of the very first concept album released by Hughes de Courson, entitled 'Lambarena: Bach to Africa', perfectly exemplifies the composer's unique fusion of...continue...
Includes mayingo / fugue on mayingo by various composers....continue...
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VCL 348642B
Santa Cecilia - Haydn, Handel, Purcell / Parrott, Ledger, Corboz, et al
Santa Cecilia - Haydn, Handel, Purcell / Parrott, Ledger, Corboz, et al

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-05-19

Works: Henry Purcell: Fairy Queen, Z 629; George Frederick Handel: Alexander's Feast, HWV 75; Franz Joseph Haydn: Missa Cellensis, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in C major ("Cantata Mass"), H. 22/5
Performers: Allan, Thomas; Burgess, Sally; Chance, Michael; Covey-Crump, Rogers; Daniels, Charles; Donath, Helen [Soprano Vocal]; Elliot, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Fink, Marcos; Fournier, Brigitte; George, Michael [V...
Conductors: Parrott, Andrew; Ledger, Philip [Organ]; Corboz, Michel
Ensemble: Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon; King's College Choir, Cambridge; Taverner Consort

Handel shares his anniversary year with two other composers who hold a prominent place in the musical pantheon, Henry Purcell (born 1659) and Josef Haydn...continue...
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VCL 663562
Handel Anniversary Edition 1759-2009 - Arias & Duets / Dessay, Daniels, et al
Handel Anniversary Edition 1759-2009 - Arias & Duets / Dessay, Daniels, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-05-05

Works: George Frederick Handel: MEDLEY; Rodelinda; Dietro l'orme fuggaci, HWV 105 "Armida abbandonata"; Rinaldo; Ariodante; Sorgi il dì, HWV 72 "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo"; Admeto, Rè di Tessag...
Performers: Abete, Antonio; Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Augér, Arleen [Soprano]; Banditelli, Gloria; Bonitatibus, Anna; Bostridge, Ian; Ciofi, Patrizia; Daneman, Sophie; Daniels, David; Dawson, Lynne [Sop...
Conductors: Norrington, Roger; ; Curtis, Alan; Haïm, Emmanuelle; Nelson, John; Hickox, Richard; Stubbs, Stephen [Lute]; Kraemer, Nicholas
Ensemble: ; Il Complesso Barocco; Il Seminario Musicale; Les Basses Réunies; Raglan Baroque Players

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, Virgin Classics is releasing a 2-CD collection of his finest arias and duets. This generous selection includes...continue...
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VCL 960352
Altus - From Castrato to Countertenor
Altus - From Castrato to Countertenor

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-02-24

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Giustino, RV 717; Amen; Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608; Longe mala umbrae terrores in G minor, RV 629; Pianti, sospiri, RV 676; George Frederick Handel: MEDLEY; Messiah, HWV 56, Ora...
Performers: Asawa, Brian; Blake, Rockwell; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Brett, Charles; Cencic, Max Emanuel; Chance, Michael; Daniels, David; Deller, Alfred; Dupre, Desmond; Esswood, Paul; Gens, Veronique...
Conductors: Spinosi, Jean-Christophe; Lesne, Gérard; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Corboz, Michel; Linde, Hans-Martin; Parrott, Andrew; Curtis, Alan; Christie, William; Herreweghe, Philippe; Ledger, Philip [Org...
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; Collegium Vocale; English Chamber Orchestra; Ensemble Artaserse; Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Europa Galan...

The male voice hits an all-time high with this new collection from Virgin Classics. Starting as far back as 1902 with the last of the...continue...
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VCL 354762
Furore - Handel: Opera arias / Joyce Didonato, Christopher Rousset, Les talens lyriques
Furore - Handel: Opera arias / Joyce Didonato, Christopher Rousset, Les talens lyriques

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-01-13

Works: George Frederick Handel: MEDLEY; Teseo; Giulio Cesare; Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22; Hercules; Semele; Imeneo, HWV 41; Ariodante; Amadigi
Performers: DiDonato, Joyce; Hendry, Dave; Lafont, Josep Domenech [Oboe]
Conductors: Rousset, Christophe
Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques

"Every aria here is a worthy experience and each grips the listener. Christophe Rousset and his Les Talens Lyrique have a remarkable sense of drama,...continue...
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Bach: Cantatas / Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée
Bach: Cantatas / Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2009-01-13

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51; Cantata no 82, "Ich habe genug" BWV 82; Cantata no 199 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut" BWV 199
Performers: Brough, Neil; Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle

The outstanding soprano Natalie Dessay and conductor Emmanuelle Haim have displayed a unique and powerful musical understanding of each other on their numerous Handel recordings...continue...
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VCL 193142C
The Legend of Sacred Music - From Allegri's Miserere to Barber's Agnus Dei
The Legend of Sacred Music - From Allegri's Miserere to Barber's Agnus Dei

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-11-24

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass; Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra; Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei; George Frederick Handel: Dixit Dominus; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Coronation Anthem; Gregorio Alleg...
Performers: Blochwitz, Hans-Peter; Bonney, Barbara [Soprano Vocal]; Cotrubas, Ileana; Dale, Laurence; Dami, Magali; Dubosc, Catherine; Gens, Véronique; Hantaï, Jérôme; Hendricks, Barbara...
Conductors: Corboz, Michel; Hill, David; Ledger, Philip [Organ]; Parrott, Andrew; Willcocks, David; Marriner, Sir Neville; Herreweghe, Philippe; Norrington, Roger; Sawallisch, Wolfgang; Pitz, Wilhelm; Conlon, Ja...
Ensemble: ; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Il Seminario Musicale; Taverner Choir, Consort & Players

From Allegri's Miserere to Barber's Agnus Dei, this new compilation offers, on 2 CDs for the price of 1, a thorough insight into the great...continue...
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VCL 221442
Scarlatti, Bononcini, Handel, etc: Cantatas / Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale
Scarlatti, Bononcini, Handel, etc: Cantatas / Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale

5 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-10-28

Works: Du Buisson: Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert; Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Cantates françaises, Livre 2; Philippe Courbois: L'Amant timide, cantata for voice & continuo no 3; Nicolas...
Performers: Piau, Sandrine
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Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale

Virgin Classics furthers its building of complete artist programs in super-budget boxed sets with the release of Gerard Lesne's complete recordings of French & Italian...continue...
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VCL 951532
Lamenti - Cavalli, Monteverdi, Carissimi, etc / Emmanuel Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée, et al
Lamenti - Cavalli, Monteverdi, Carissimi, etc / Emmanuel Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-10-14

Works: Francesco Cavalli: Egisto; Didone; Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento della Ninfa (Canto Amoroso); Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1"; L'Incirinazione Di Poppea; L'Orfeo; Barbara Strozzi: Cantate, ar...
Performers: Ciofi, Patrizia; Dessay, Natalie; DiDonato, Joyce; Gens, Véronique; Haïm, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Jaroussky, Philippe; Lehtipuu, Topi; Naouri, Laurent; Purves, Christopher; Vi...
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Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée

Emmanuelle Haim follows her acclaimed 2006 recording of Monteverdi's 'Combattimento' with an unusual and inventive program on the theme of the lamento, a literary and...continue...
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VCL 190442C
Bach: Sacred Arias & Cantatas / Bicket, Daniels, The English Concert
Bach: Sacred Arias & Cantatas / Bicket, Daniels, The English Concert

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-09-16

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232; Saint John Passion, BWV 245; Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244; Cantata no 82, "Ich habe genug" BWV 82; Cantata no 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte See...
Performers: Beznosiuk, Lisa; Daniels, David; Harrison, Merlin; Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba]; McLaughlin, Hannah; Spreckelsen, Katharina; Thorby, Pamela; Williams, Guy; Zwiener, Nadja
Conductors: Bicket, Harry
Ensemble: English Concert
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VCL 190372B
The Best of Baroque
The Best of Baroque

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-09-02

Works: Johann Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major; Henry Purcell: Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge"; George Frederick Handel: Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 437; Co...
Performers: Beckett, Rachel; Bennett, Mark [Trumpet]; Cavasanti, Lorenzo; Gens, Véronique; Goodwin, Paul [Oboe, Conductor]; Huggett, Monica; Kirshbaum, Ralph
Conductors: Parrott, Andrew; Briger, Alex; Cleobury, Stephen; Norrington, Roger; Christie, William; Reyne, Hugo; Ledger, Philip [Organ]; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Biondi, Fabio; Rees, Jonathan
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; Europa Galante; Il Seminario Musicale; King's College Choir, Cambridge; La Simphonie du Marais; Les Arts Florissants; London Classical ...
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VCL 221042
Haydn: The Creation / Christie, Kühmeier, Karthäuser, et al
Haydn: The Creation / Christie, Kühmeier, Karthäuser, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-12-04

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: The Creation, H 21 no 2
Performers: Henschel, Dietrich; Karthauser, Sophie; Kuhmeier, Genia; Spence, Toby; Werba, Markus
Conductors: Christie, William
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants

Following his acclaimed recording of 'The Seasons' in 2002, famed baroque conductor William Christie and his ensemble Les Arts Florissants return to Haydn with 'The...continue...
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VCL 952352
Purcell: Divine Hymns / Paul Agnew, Thomas Michael Allen, Claire Debono, Hannah Morrison, Konstantin Wolff, Elizabeth Kenny. William Christie
Purcell: Divine Hymns / Paul Agnew, Thomas Michael Allen, Claire Debono, Hannah Morrison, Konstantin Wolff, Elizabeth Kenny. William Christie

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-09-25

Works: Henry Purcell: Jehova, quam multi sunt, Z 135; Lord, what is man?, Z 192; Hosanna to the highest, sacred song for bass, chorus & continuo, Z. 187; Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's...
Performers: Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Allen, Thomas Michael [Tenor Vocals]; Christie, William [Conductor/Harpsichord]; Debono, Claire; Kenny, Elizabeth [Theorbo]; Lasla, Anne-Marie; Morrison, Hannah; Wolff, Ko...
Conductors: Christie, William;
Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants

William Christie's new recording on Virgin Classics is a program of English sacred works drawn largely from the two volumes of Playford's Harmonia Sacra, or...continue...
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VCL 951442
Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo / Haïm, Dessay, et al
Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo / Haïm, Dessay, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-05-08

Works: George Frederick Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
Performers: Brslik, Pavol; Degand, Stephanie-Marie; Dessay, Natalie; Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Hallenberg, Ann
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle
Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée

BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Month, May 2007. "The first fruit of Handel's early collaborations with Italian musicians in Rome, this sublime cantata is...continue...
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Monteverdi: Combattimento / Haïm, Villazón, Ciofi, Lehtipuu, et al
Monteverdi: Combattimento / Haïm, Villazón, Ciofi, Lehtipuu, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2007-01-16

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8; Interrotte speranze, eterna fede; Scherzi musicali, volume 2; Madrigals, Book 9; Madrigals, Book 10; Piú lieto il guardo; Madrigals, Book 7; Madrigals, B...
Performers: Ciofi, Patrizia; Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Lehtipuu, Topi; Villazon, Rolando
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle
Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée

Emmanuelle Haim and her ensemble Le Concert d'Astree continue their exploration of Monteverdi works with this recording of the tragic war madrigal Il Combattimento di...continue...
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Handel: Delirio / Dessay, Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée
Handel: Delirio / Dessay, Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2006-01-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Il Delirio amoroso; Sorgi il dì, HWV 72 "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo"; Mi palpita il cor, cantata, HWV 132
Performers: Beaugiraud, Patrick; Degand, Stephanie-Marie; Dessay, Natalie; Gaillard, Heloise; Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Sakai, Atsushi
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle

This album features Cantatas of George Frideric Handel that owe their writing to the young composer's sojourn to Italy; they are some of his most...continue...
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VCL 326242
Vivaldi: Virtuoso Cantatas / Jaroussky, Artaserse Ensemble
Vivaldi: Virtuoso Cantatas / Jaroussky, Artaserse Ensemble

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2005-04-12

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Alla caccia, alla caccia, RV 670; Qual per ignoto, RV 677; Orlando furioso, opera in 3 acts, RV 728; Care selve amici prati, RV 671; Sonata no 1 in B flat (Largo, Allegro, Largo, All...
Performers: Antonini, Claire; Gliozzi, Emilia; Jaroussky, Philippe
Conductors:
Ensemble: Ensemble Artaserse

Philippe Jaroussky has become quite a sensation in France and is rapidly cultivating a strong reputation throughout Europe. Most of Vivaldi's cantatas are for solo...continue...
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VCL 457212B
Handel: Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo / Haïm, Piau, Mingardo, etc
Handel: Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo / Haïm, Piau, Mingardo, etc

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2003-06-02

Works: George Frederick Handel: Sorgi il dì, HWV 72 "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo"
Performers: Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Naouri, Laurent; Piau, Sandrine
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle Haim's second recording as exclusive artist on Virgin Classics is of Handel's 'Aci, Galatea e Polifemo'. This new recording features Haim's ensemble Le Concert...continue...

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Bach: St. John Passion, Mass in B minor, etc /Parrott, et al
Bach: St. John Passion, Mass in B minor, etc /Parrott, et al

5 CD / Virgin Classics / 2003-01-07

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint John Passion, BWV 245; Easter Oratorio, BWV 249; Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 "Ascension Oratorio"; Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Performers: Bonner, Tessa; Charlesworth, Stephen; Covey-Crump, Rogers; Daniels, Charles; Fliegner, Christian; Grant, Simon [Bass Vocal]; Jochens, Wilfried; Kirkby, Emma; Kooij, Peter [Bass Vocal]; Robertson, Nic...
Conductors: Parrott, Andrew
Ensemble: Taverner Choir, Consort & Players
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VCL 620682
Handel: Arcadian Duets / Dessay, Gens, Asawa, Haim, et al
Handel: Arcadian Duets / Dessay, Gens, Asawa, Haim, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2002-11-05

Works: George Frederick Handel: Ahi nelle sorti umane, cantata for 2 sopranos & continuo, HWV 179; No, di voi non vo' fidarmi, duet for 2 sopranos & continuo, HWV 189; Italian Duets; Tanti strali al sen mi ...
Performers: Agnew, Paul [Tenor Vocals]; Asawa, Brian; Claycomb, Laura; Dessay, Natalie; Gens, Veronique; Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Lascarro, Juanita; Panzarella, Anna-Maria; Petibon, Patricia
Conductors: Haïm, Emmanuelle
Ensemble: Le Concert d'Astrée

"While the Cantus and Hyperion programs are clearly the ones to have, this new Virgin release moves to the head of the list on several...continue...

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Handel: Messiah / Parrott, Kirkby, Bowman, et al
Handel: Messiah / Parrott, Kirkby, Bowman, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2002-05-07

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Cornwell, Joseph; Kirkby, Emma; Thomas, David [Bass Vocal]; van Evera, Emily

Virgin Classics make this classic, period-style performance of Handels Messiah under the direction of Andrew Parrott available once again at an attractive price. The excellent...continue...
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VCL 62004
Scarlatti: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme / Lesne, et al
Scarlatti: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme / Lesne, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 2001-11-13

Works: Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme
Performers: Harvey, Peter Harvey; Jaroussky, Philippe; Padmore, Mark [Tenor Vocal]; Pochon, Virginie
Conductors: Lesne, Gérard

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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VCL 545452
Handel, Bach: Arias / Stephanie Blythe, John Nelson, et al
Handel, Bach: Arias / Stephanie Blythe, John Nelson, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2001-11-06

Works: George Frederick Handel: MEDLEY; Hercules; Semele; Giulio Cesare; Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244; Saint John Passion, BWV 245; Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Performers: Daniels, David; Haim, Emmanuelle [Condcutor/Harpsichord]; Hantai, Jerome; Isepp, Martin
Conductors: Nelson, John
Ensemble: Paris Orchestral Ensemble
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VCL 454752
Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi / Rooley, et al
Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi / Rooley, et al

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 1999-06-08

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8; Hor che'l ciel e la Terra; Gira il nemico insidioso (Livre 8) a 3 voci; Ardo, avvampo, mi struggo, madrigal for 8 voices and 2 violins (from Book 8), SV 152; A...
Conductors: Rooley, Anthony
Ensemble: Consort of Musicke
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VCL 615702
Caldara: La Passione di Gesú Cristo Signor Nostro
Caldara: La Passione di Gesú Cristo Signor Nostro

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 1999-02-01

Works: Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesú Cristo Signor Nostro, oratorio
Performers: Foresti, Sergio; Pedaci, Francesca; Petibon, Patricia
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Ensemble: Europa Galante
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VCL 942335
Bach Hits Back, A Cappella Amadeus / Swingle Singers
Bach Hits Back, A Cappella Amadeus / Swingle Singers

2 CD / Virgin Classics / 1998-05-05

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Ein' feste Burg is unser Gott, BWV 302; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"; Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV...
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Ensemble: The Swingle Singers
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