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Rossini: Stabat Mater / Helen Field, Della Jones, Arthur Davies, Roderick Earle
Rossini: Stabat Mater / Helen Field, Della Jones, Arthur Davies, Roderick Earle

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2013-07-30

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Stabat mater
Performers: Davies, Arthur [Tenor Vocal]; Earle, Roderick; Field, Helen [Soprano Vocals]; Jones, Della
Conductors: Hickox, Richard;
Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia; London Symphony Chorus

This disc forms part of Chandos' ongoing Richard Hickox legacy series. The re-release features Rossini's Stabat Mater, performed by Richard Hickox and the City of...continue...
Recording information: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (05/22/1989/05/27/1989)....continue...
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Richard Hickox conducts Sir John Tavener / Patricia Rozario, John Mark Ainsley, Andrew Murgatroyd
Richard Hickox conducts Sir John Tavener / Patricia Rozario, John Mark Ainsley, Andrew Murgatroyd

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-06-26

Works: John Tavener: We Shall See Him as He Is; Eis thanaton, ritual for soprano, bass & orchestra; Theophany, for orchestra, bandit drum & tape
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Birchall, Jeremy; Feaviour, Margaret; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Richardson, Stephen [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocals]; Senter, John
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: ; City of London Sinfonia

Richly endowed with musical qualities, Richard Hickox was a great champion of neglected music in general, and of British music in particular. His sudden death...continue...
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Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra / Howard Shelley, piano
Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra / Howard Shelley, piano

4 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-11-15

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6; Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat m...
Performers: Croft, Hazel; Gibson, Paul; Herbert, Gillene; Hugh, Timothy; Little, Tasmin [Violin]; McGuckin, Kathryn; Rendall, Paul; Robinson, Dean; Shelley, Howard
Conductors: Shelley, Howard
Ensemble: ; Orchestra of Opera North

The piano remained the main instrument of Beethoven throughout his life. This specially priced 4 CD box set represents his entire and sizeable output for...continue...
Recording information: Leeds Town Hall (2010-09-??&3011-06-??&2011-); Victoria Hall (2010-09-??&3011-06-??&2011-)....continue...
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Lutowslawski: Vocal Works / Lucy Crowe, soprano; Gardner, BBC SO
Lutowslawski: Vocal Works / Lucy Crowe, soprano; Gardner, BBC SO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-09-27

Works: Witold Lutoslawski: Silesian Triptych, for soprano & orchestra (collabration with Bryston); Lacrimosa (fragment of a requiem), for soprano, chorus & orchestra (or organ); Paroles tissées; Slee...
Performers: Crowe, Lucy; Purves, Christopher; Spence, Toby
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner, presents Muzyka Polska Volume II, the second disc in their Polish Music series. Dedicated to...continue...
Recording information: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)....continue...
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Richard Strauss: Intermezzo / Söderström
Richard Strauss: Intermezzo / Söderström

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-01-25

Works: Richard Strauss: Intermezzo, Op. 72
Performers: Bakker, Marco; Gale, Elisabeth; Soderstrom, Elisabeth
Conductors: Pritchard, John

Elisabeth Söderström (1927 - 2009) stars in this live BBC broadcast of Richard Strauss's comic and pioneering opera Intermezzo, recorded at Glyndebourne in 1974. Glyndebourne's...continue...
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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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Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox
Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-10-27

Works: Frank Bridge: The Sea, suite for orchestra; Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39; War Requiem, Op. 66; Peter Grimes; Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 versi...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Barker, Cheryl; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Davies, Arthur [Tenor Vocal]; Eckhoff, Herbert; Elms, Roderick; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Voca...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Welsh Symphony; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; Collegium Musicum 90; London Symphony Orchestra; R...

The premature death of Richard Hickox on 23 November 2008, aged sixty, deprived the musical world of one of its greatest conductors. The depth and...continue...
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The Film Music of Mischa Spoliansky
The Film Music of Mischa Spoliansky

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-09-29

Works: Mischa Spoliansky: Suite from North West Frontier; Three Songs from Sanders of the River; Suite from The Man who Could Work Miracles; Wanted for Murder, film score; Suite from The Ghost Goes West; Id...
Performers: Coles, Mark; Elms, Roderick; Ruhemann, Ileana; Wright, John; Wright, John [Organ]
Conductors: Gamba, Rumon
Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra

Chandos Movies, conducted by Rumon Gamba has the deserved reputation as a label preserving under-recorded film music from the halcyon days of British cinema. In...continue...
Personnel: Ileana Ruhemann (flute); Roderick Elms (piano); John Elijah Wright (organ)....continue...
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Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight / Gianandrea Noseda
Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight / Gianandrea Noseda

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-09-29

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: The miserly knight, Op. 24
Performers: Abdrazakov, Ildar; Bezzubenkov, Gennady; Bronder, Peter; Didyk, Misha; Murzaev, Sergey
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

"Ildar Abdrazakov's Baron is a nasty portrait, snarling, self-involved, perpetually sneering. Terrific, in fact... The BBC Philharmonic plays wonderfully and the recording is spotless, with...continue...
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Prokofiev: Eugene Onegin / Downes, West, Sinfonia 21
Prokofiev: Eugene Onegin / Downes, West, Sinfonia 21

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-08-25

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Eugene Onegin, incidental music, Op. 71
Performers: Cusack, Niamh; Fuge, Katharine; Hardiman, Terrence; Mafham, Dominic; McCarthy, Helena; Rutt, Andrew; Walker, Julian; West, Samuel
Conductors: Downes, Edward
Ensemble: New Company Singers

With an eminent cast of actors including Niamh Cusack, Samuel West and Timothy West (who directed the production) this was the first complete recording of...continue...
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Bernstein: Mass / Jarvi, Scarlata, et al
Bernstein: Mass / Jarvi, Scarlata, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2009-02-24

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Alleluia
Performers: Achammer, Barbara; Bassman, Damien; Bauer, Andreas; Dlouhy, Theresa; Drexel, Georg; Fieldes, Mat; Frolich, Bernd; Gassner, Suzanne; Gellev, Vesselin; Gheorghiu, Alexander; Gruber, Heidemaria; Haumer,...
Conductors: Järvi, Kristjan
Ensemble: Absolute Ensemble

One of Bernstein's most controversial compositions, 'Mass' was written at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center...continue...
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Opera in English - R. Strauss: Salome / Mackerras, Bullock, et al
Opera in English - R. Strauss: Salome / Mackerras, Bullock, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-11-25

Works: Richard Strauss: Final Scene; Salome, Op. 54
Performers: Begley, Roger; Broadbent, Graeme; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Davies, Rebecca de Pont; Druiett, Michael; Elliott, Alasdair; Evans, Wynford; Ewing, Alan; Graham-Hall, John; Judson, Colin; Parry, R...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

"For any who are reluctant to go near 'Salome' in English I would recommend reconsidering. Quite apart from the fact that this recording captures one...continue...
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Howells: A Spotless Rose; Paulus: Splendid Jewel, etc / Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale
Howells: A Spotless Rose; Paulus: Splendid Jewel, etc / Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2008-09-30

Works: Stephen Paulus: Splendid Jewel; Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin; Cecilia McDowall: Three Latin Motets, for chorus; Herbert Howells: Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus; Javier Busto: Marian Pieces (2),...
Performers: Branch, Sonia; Comeaux, Robert; Ewer, Cassandra; Herbert, Jacob W.; Lloyd, Rebecca; Markham, Caroline; Platt, Carol; Rinsema, Joel M.; Rugen, Kira Z.; Topping, David
Conductors: Bruffy, Charles
Ensemble: Phoenix Chorale

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Jean Belmont Ford's cycle Electa is a real discovery, performed with a naturalness and ease that carries one unerringly through very unfamiliar musical...continue...
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Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg / Goodall, Bailey, Mangin, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, et al
Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg / Goodall, Bailey, Mangin, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, et al

4 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-07-29

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Performers: Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]; Bowman, David; Brecknock, John; Curphey, Margaret; Dean, Stafford; Dempsey, Gregory; Gray, David Morton; Hammond-Stroud, Derek; Mangin, Noel; Morgan, Gerwyn; Moyle, Ju...
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra

This is the first time that the legendary centenary production of Wagner's 'The Mastersingers of Nuremberg' conducted by Reginald Goodall has been available on disc....continue...
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Britten: Owen Wingrave Op 85 / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist, Watson, Fox, Leggate, et al
Britten: Owen Wingrave Op 85 / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist, Watson, Fox, Leggate, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-06-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85
Performers: Coleman-Wright, Peter; Connell, Elizabeth; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Vocal]; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Stephen, Pamela Helen; Vocal], Sarah Fox [Soprano; Watson, Janice
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Tiffin School Boys Chorus

Owen Wingrave was commissioned by BBC Television in 1966 and has been described as something of a Cinderella amongst Britten's operas despite an imaginative and...continue...
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Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al
Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-02-05

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Crane, Sarah; Fiebig, Taryn; Martin, Bruce; Matthews, Dominica; Owens, Anne-Marie; Pendry, Sian; Ryan, Barry; Spina, Rosario La; Whitehouse, Elizabeth
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera Chorus

Chandos recorded the performances live and here releases the opera on a 3-CD set. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy-tale The Little Mermaid, Rusalka tells...continue...
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Handel: Acis & Galatea Scenes / Sutherland, Boult, et al
Handel: Acis & Galatea Scenes / Sutherland, Boult, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-01-08

Works: George Frederick Handel: As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel)
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Dart, Thurston; Galliver, David; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Sutherland, Joan, Dame [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: Philomusica of London

Originally issued on LP by Decca in 1960, this vintage recording, representing a rare collaboration of Peter Pears and Joan Sutherland, has been out of...continue...
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Handel: Semele / Curnyn, Joshua, Summers, et al
Handel: Semele / Curnyn, Joshua, Summers, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-01-08

Works: George Frederick Handel: Semele
Performers: Croft, Richard [Tenor Vocal]; Joshua, Rosemary; Pearson, Gail; Sherratt, Brindley; Wallace, Stephen
Conductors: Curnyn, Christian
Ensemble: Early Opera Company

This 3 CD set represents the first complete recording on period insruments of Handel's 'Semele'. Written at the peak of Handel's powers, and derisively described...continue...
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Opera in English - Janacek: Katya Kabanova / Rizzi, et al
Opera in English - Janacek: Katya Kabanova / Rizzi, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-11-06

Works: Leos Janácek: Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Brubaker, Robert; Hampton, Claire; Henschel, Jane; Hoare, Peter [; Holtam, Philip Lloyd; Howell, Gwynne; Meinir, Sian; Simmonds, Victoria; Webb, Owen; Wedd, Peter; Wilkinson, Kathleen
Conductors: Rizzi, Carlo
Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus

Janacek once wrote that Katya Kabanova, his sixth opera, was "one of my most tender works," and his score contrasts extreme beauty with fateful oppression...continue...
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Opera in English - Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel / Mackerras
Opera in English - Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel / Mackerras

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-07-31

Works: Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Performers: Coppen, Sarah; Evans, Rebecca; Hayward, Robert; Henschel, Jane; Larmore, Jennifer; Montague, Diana; Plowright, Rosalind; Vocal], Sarah Tynan [Soprano
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: New London Children's Choir

"Simply unmissable for any fans of this opera, Anglophone or not, Mackerras balances the songful and the sinister with absolute sureness. There is not a...continue...

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Janacek: The Makropulos Case / Mackerras, et al
Janacek: The Makropulos Case / Mackerras, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-03-27

Works: Leos Janácek: The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10; Spoken Word: Interview with Sir Charles Mackerras
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Brubaker, Robert; Clark, Graham [Tenor]; Danby, Graeme; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Graham-Hall, John; Tudor-Thomas, Susanna; Walker, Thomas; Wegner, John; Wilkinson, Kathleen...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles

"Sir Charles Mackerras conducts with the energy of a man possessed, confirming his status as the world's pre-eminent Janácek interpreter and producing a blistering performance...continue...
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Verdi: Nabucco / Parry, Opie, Patterson, et al
Verdi: Nabucco / Parry, Opie, Patterson, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-01-16

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Performers: Capalbo, Leonardo; Irwin, Jane; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Patterson, Susan; Roberts, Camilla; Robinson, Dean; Wade, Paul
Conductors: Parry, David

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Opera in English - Poulenc: The Carmelites / Daniel
Opera in English - Poulenc: The Carmelites / Daniel

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-10-17

Works: Francis Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites, opera, FP 159
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Berger, William [Baritone Vocal]; Boylan, Orla; Cook, Lyn; Coward, Gary; Crane, Gloria; Davies, Catrin Wyn; Davies, Ryland; Davison, Deborah; Dix, Christine; Douglas, Judith; Edwa...
Conductors: Daniel, Paul
Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus

Poulenc did something deeply unfashionable in the mid-1950s when he wrote 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' - in an era of modernism he created an opera...continue...
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Stradella: Amanti olà, olà!, etc / Velardi, et al
Stradella: Amanti olà, olà!, etc / Velardi, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-10-17

Works: Alessandro Stradella: Amanti, olà, olà!, Accademia d'Amore, for 5 voices; Chi resiste al Dio bendato, serenade for 3 voices
Performers: Cecchetti, Mario; Chierichetti, Anna; Frisani, Rosita; Presutti, Cristiana; Ristori, Riccardo; Sakurada, Makoto
Conductors: Velardi, Estevan
Ensemble: Alessandro Stradella Consort

One of the leading and most versatile composers of the age, however Alessandro Stradella left a significant mark on composition despite the fact that he...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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Opera in English - Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle
Opera in English - Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-06-27

Works: Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48
Performers: Burgess, Sally; Lindley, Simon; Tomlinson, John
Conductors: Farnes, Richard
Ensemble: Opera North Orchestra

Bartok's only opera, Bluebeard's Castle, is bitingly dramatic and keeps audiences enthralled from beginning to end. It is performed here with absolute authority by Opera...continue...
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Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Works / Marlow, et al
Mendelssohn: Sacred Choral Works / Marlow, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-05-23

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Sechs Sprüche; Hear my prayer; Beati Mortui, sacred chorus for male chorus, Op. 115/1; Die deutsche Liturgie; Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23; Psalm 100 ("Jauchzet dem Herrn, Alle W...
Performers: Adams, Christopher; Bennett, Rachel; Brookshaw, Alastair; Casey, Paul; Cheng, Eugenie; Csey, Paul; Downes, Paula; McCarey, Angus; Tortise, Andrew; Williams, Mark
Conductors: Marlow, Richard
Ensemble: Cambridge Trinity College Choir

Mendelssohn devoted much of his energy and talent to music for liturgical use, and it forms a substantial proportion of his output. A collection of...continue...
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Shostakovich: Words of Michelangelo / Noseda, et al
Shostakovich: Words of Michelangelo / Noseda, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-03-21

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & orchestra, Op. 145a (orchestration of Op 145); Songs (6) for bass & small orchestra, Op .140 (second orchestration of Op62)...
Performers: Abdrazakov, Ildar
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

"Abdrazakov deals better with monumental declamations than he does with the lighter love-recitatives: there's still some way to go with the finish of the phrases,...continue...
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Opera in English - Berg: Lulu / Daniel, Saffer, Perry, et al
Opera in English - Berg: Lulu / Daniel, Saffer, Perry, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-03-21

Works: Alban Berg: Lulu, opera
Performers: Begley, Roger; Burford, Anna; Danby, Graeme; Graham-Hall, John; Harris, Moira; Hayward, Robert; Howell, Gwynne; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Mitcher, Claire; Napier-Burrows, Paul; Oke, Alan; Parry, Su...
Conductors: Daniel, Paul

"For listeners who don't understand German, the complicated, often mysterious goings-on in this work (it's based on two plays by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind,...continue...
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Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges / Hickox, et al
Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges / Hickox, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-01-24

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Love for three oranges
Performers: Alexander, Richard; Arthur, Jud; Baumann, Arend; Carby, Catherine; DuFore, Tim; Ferguson, William; Fyfe, Warwick; Macfarlane, Graeme; MacMaster, John; Martin, Bruce; McGregor, Ali; Rhodes, Teddy Tahu...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

"...[this] Australian performance itself is in every way competitive with current rivals... Hickox and his Australians have a ball throughout, and the recording somehow captures...continue...
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Opera in English - Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Mackerras
Opera in English - Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Mackerras

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-11-22

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
Performers: Bonner, Yvette; Clarke, Paul Charles; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Gritton, Susan; Hesketh-Harvey, Kit; Hill, Louis; Howard, Yvonne; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal]; Montague, Diana; Moses, Geoff...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

"By almost any reckoning, this is the most popular of Czech operas, in the repertory of almost every opera house, so it is astonishing how...continue...
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Bear Essentials - American Classcics
Bear Essentials - American Classcics

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-05-24

Works: Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the common man; Concerto for Clarinet; Old American Songs, Set 1; John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra; Duke Ellington: Do nothin' till you hear ...
Performers: Boer, Harmen de; Graham, Susan; Hilton, Janet; McNaught, Graeme; Shelley, Howard; White, Willard [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Dufallo, Richard; Mosko, Stephen; Järvi, Neeme; Järvi, Neeme; Hickox, Richard; Turovsky, Yuli; Jeanes, Major E. W.; Tortelier, Yan Pascal; Stephens, D.S.; ; Slatkin, Leonard; Dausgaard, Tho...
Ensemble: ; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemb; Blues & Royals Band; Center City Brass Quintet; Cranwell Royal Air Force College Band; Detroit Symphony Orchestra; I Musici de Montréal ; N...
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Opera in English - Beethoven: Fidelio / Parry, Brewer, et al
Opera in English - Beethoven: Fidelio / Parry, Brewer, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-05-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72
Performers: Brewer, Christine; Catling, Ashley; Evans, Rebecca; Hunka, Pavlo; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Margison, Richard; Purves, Christopher; Wedd, Peter
Conductors: Parry, David

"Christine Brewer is so much in command, and in such splendid voice, that there is no doubt that it is Vanessa's story." - Gramophone "The...continue...
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Opera in English - Mozart: The Magic Flute / Mackerras
Opera in English - Mozart: The Magic Flute / Mackerras

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-04-26

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
Performers: Banks, Barry; Bronder, Peter; Chambers, Celia; Cullagh, Majella; Evans, Rebecca; Fikret, Nazan; Garrett, Lesley [Soprano Vocal]; Graham-Hall, John; Hancock, Gareth; Jones, Victoria; Keenlyside, Simon...
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

Sir Charles Mackerras has spent many years researching performance practice of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is a noted authority on Mozart's operas, having...continue...
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Britten: Death in Venice / Hickox, Chance, Langridge
Britten: Death in Venice / Hickox, Chance, Langridge

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-03-22

Works: Benjamin Britten: Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88
Performers: Adams-Barbaro, Jennifer; Allen, Ildiko; Batchelor, Julia; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bowley, John; Chance, Michael; Charlesworth, Stephen; Charrier, Paul; Fallas, Richard; Feaviour, Marg...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Singers

"...Maybe Richard Hickox is getting bored with praise, but here's some more. This is another major achievement for him, taped last year in Blackheath Concert...continue...
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Bloch: Sacred Service / Simon, Berkman, London SO
Bloch: Sacred Service / Simon, Berkman, London SO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-03-22

Works: Ernest Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), for baritone, chorus & orchestra (or piano or organ)
Performers: Berkman, Louis; Bransom-Jones, Jacqueline; Godfrey, Graham; Stuart, Richard
Conductors: Simon, Geoffrey
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

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The Sacred Service may lack the electrifying zeal of Rózsa's Ben-Hur or Castelnuovo-Tedesco's I propheti, but Geoffrey Simon's luxuriously recorded and devoted acco...continue...
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Opera in English - Great Operatic Arias / Sir Thomas Allenl
Opera in English - Great Operatic Arias / Sir Thomas Allenl

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-02-22

Works: Charles Gounod: Faust; Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Pyotr Il'yich ...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Sherratt, Brindley; Watson, Janice
Conductors: Parry, David

Sir Thomas Allen is a baritone admired and loved in equal measure. He is admired for the beauty of his voice, for the quality of...continue...
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CHA 3118
Opera in English - Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Opera in English - Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-11-23

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Bardon, Patricia; Begley, Kim; Halfvarson, Eric; Stemme, Nina [Soprano Vocal]; Tomlinson, John; Wedd, Peter
Conductors: Parry, David

Stemme is now being hailed as one of the most exciting new Wagnerian sopranos on the scene. She recently received rave reviews for her performance...continue...
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Opera in English - Verdi: Masked Ball / Parry, et al
Opera in English - Verdi: Masked Ball / Parry, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-10-19

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Performers: Catling, Ashley; Grove, Jill; Michaels-Moore, Anthony; O'Neill, Dennis [Tenor Vocal]; Patterson, Susan; Purves, Christopher; Richardson, Linda; Sherratt, Brindley; Wood, Roland [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Parry, David

Sir Peter Moores has long wanted to record Verdi's 'A Masked Ball', and has been biding his time until the right cast was available. Susan...continue...
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CHA 3116
Opera in English - Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Opera in English - Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-09-21

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
Performers: Bonner, Yvette; Danby, Graeme; Dazeley, William; Evans, Rebecca; Graham-Hall, John; Joyce, Victoria; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; McCafferty, Frances; Montague, Diana; ...
Conductors: Parry, David

"...the most intelligent and certainly the most involving traversal of the opera on record for many years... being able to follow every nuance of the...continue...
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César Cui: A Feast in the Time, etc / Polyansky, et al
César Cui: A Feast in the Time, etc / Polyansky, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-06-29

Works: César Cui: A Feast in Time of Plague (Pir vo vremya chumï), opera; Scherzos (3) for orchestra, Op. 82; Les Deux Ménétriers, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42; Echoes of War...
Performers: Baturkin, Andrei; Kuznetsova, Ludmila; Martynov, Alexei; Sharova, Tatiana; Stepanovich, Dmitri
Conductors: Polyanskii, Valeri
Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra

These disc features the world premiere recording of the opera A Feast in the Time of the Plague by Cesar Cui. "Polyansky not only conducts...continue...
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Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin
Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-03-23

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Symphony no 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
Performers: Baker, Simon; Benjafield, Richard; Brannick, Chris; Carter, Roger; Castle, Andrew; Loosley, Clare; Murray, Ann; Richardson, Lindsay
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Oratory School Schola

"Here, all on a single generous disc, we get the best of Leonard Bernstein's choral works, beautifully performed by English forces under a renowned American...continue...
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Opera in English - Mozart: Idomeneo / Parry, Ford, et al
Opera in English - Mozart: Idomeneo / Parry, Ford, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-02-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo
Performers: Bayley, Clive; Davies, Ryland; Evans, Rebecca; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Montague, Diana; Patterson, Susan
Conductors: Parry, David

David Parry's conducting has been consistently praised throughout this series, as much for its dramatic pacing as for its elegance and style. 'There's an intensity...continue...
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Opera in English - Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen /Rattle
Opera in English - Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen /Rattle

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2003-10-21

Works: Leos Janácek: Príhody Lisky Bystrousky (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Bainbridge, Rebecca; Barnett, Christopher; Baum, Emily; Connolly, Emma; Dobie, Fiona; Dobson, John; Folwell, Nicholas; Gregory, Devin; Groves, Glenys; Howell, Gw...
Conductors: Rattle, Simon, Sir
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

"This opera is one of the most moving and complete commentaries in any medium about the cycle of life and the connections between man and...continue...
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Opera in English - Rossini: The Thieving Magpie / Parry
Opera in English - Rossini: The Thieving Magpie / Parry

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2003-07-22

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra
Performers: Banks, Barry; Bickley, Susan; Cullagh, Majella; Garrett, Nicholas; Graham-Hall, John; Jeffrey, Darren; Jones, Nerys; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Purves, Christopher; Scales, Prunella; Smythe, Russell...
Conductors: Parry, David

"This splendid set is something of a home-coming for English Rossini lovers, many of whom will recall with affection the production of 'The Thieving Magpie'...continue...
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Opera in English - Berg: Wozzeck / Daniel, Shore, et al
Opera in English - Berg: Wozzeck / Daniel, Shore, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2003-05-20

Works: Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Bayley, Clive; Bronder, Peter; Flanagan, Leslie John; Graham-Hall, John; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Paterson, Iain; Rigby, Jean; Shore, Andrew; Woodrow, Alan
Conductors: Daniel, Paul
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

"[This] recording manages to create the impression of theatre conditions with the added benefit of presenting a more natural balance between singers and orchestra than...continue...
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Verhulst: Mass Op 20 / Bamert, Oostenrijk, Reijans, et al
Verhulst: Mass Op 20 / Bamert, Oostenrijk, Reijans, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2003-03-25

Works: Johannes Verhulst: Mass, for 4 solo voices, choir & orchestra, Op. 20
Performers: Claessens, Hubert; Oostenrijk, Nienke
Conductors: Bamert, Matthias
Ensemble: Netherlands Concert Choir

"Matthias Bamert leads a superb performance. His fine chorus apparently contains mostly amateur voices, but they cope well with the music's considerable demands. This is...continue...

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Opera in English - Puccini: Turandot / Parry, Eaglen, et al
Opera in English - Puccini: Turandot / Parry, Eaglen, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2002-11-26

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Turandot
Performers: Bailey, Simon; Bayley, Clive; Eaglen, Jane; Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Le Brocq, Mark; O'Neill, Dennis [Tenor Vocal]; Plazas, Mary; Sidhom, Peter; Wedd, Peter
Conductors: Parry, David

"For some people, this recording may be the best way to experience Eaglen's Turandot - her physique does not suggest a beauty men would risk...continue...
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Opera in English - J. Baker sings Scenes from Julius Caesar
Opera in English - J. Baker sings Scenes from Julius Caesar

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2002-10-22

Works: George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Booth-Jones, Christopher; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Davies, Noel; James, David; Jones, Della; Masterson, Valerie; Tomlinson, John; Walker, Sarah
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra

"This is an intense, compelling, moving hero who sings with style, beauty, and musicianship of a high order. If you prefer highlights to complete sets,...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording CHA 3072
Tippett: A Child of Our Time / Hickox, London SO & Chorus
Tippett: A Child of Our Time / Hickox, London SO & Chorus

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2002-10-01

Works: Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time, oratorio
Performers: Evans, Damon; Haymon, Cynthia; White, Willard [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus
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