Haydn: 2032 No. 2 – Il Filosofo

This second instalment in Alpha's projected complete symphonies recording in time for the 300th anniversary of the composer's birthday features three striking works from the master and another by Bach's oldest son. [...]

Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord

Lucy Russell, best known as leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, and John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort, join forces to produce a uniquely personal interpretation of these six sonatas, or perhaps more correctly, trio sonatas, as many movements follow the pattern of the organ trio sonatas, giving two of the three contrapuntal lines to the harpsichord. [...]

Rameau: Castor & Pollux

As with Mozart, so with Rameau. When you’ve heard several operas (or even the same one several times) it’s easy to forget how brilliant they are. However, this recording offers a stimulus for renewed admiration by using the 1754 re-working of the 1737 original [...]

András Schiff plays Schubert

The two discs inside this simple cardboard box come in blank white card covers. It took my simple intelligence a while to fathom out which disc was which, before I realised that there was one small centimetre long stripe on one side of one cover, and two on the other! [...]

Agrippina

Ann Hallenberg S, Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi 74:34 deutsche harmonia mundi 88875053982 Arias by K. [...]

Mozart: La finta giardiniera

For long regarded simply as a precursor of the great comic operas of Mozart’s maturity, La finta giardiniera has more recently shown increasing signs of being accepted into the repertoire. Last year’s first-ever staging at Glyndebourne was mirrored across the Channel by this co-production mounted in Lille and Dijon. [...]

Christian Ernst Graf: Five String Quartets

There are five works on this CD; three are from the composer's op. 17 set "à Deux Violons, Taille et Basse" and played with harpsichord continuo, and two quartets without opus number (though given numbers 4 in D and 6 in F), played as string quartets. [...]

Aashenayi: Rencontre musicale en terre Ottomane

The listener who is anticipating a presentation of authentic studies supported by derivations and reference to manuscripts may search the booklet notes in vain. Clues as to the nature of this recording are found in the translation of Aashenayikey as ‘encounter’ in Persian (becoming familiar with each other); [...]
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