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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith only weeks to go until Christmas, Mirare has release four wonderful collections by grouping oustanding recordings from their back catalogue.

In no particular order, they are:

La Reveuse 3 CD set
A 3 disc set from La Rêveuse consisting of recitals of Purcell (songs and chamber music, 60:00), Sébastien de Brossard (sacred and secular vocal music and a sonata in C, 64:00) and Henry Lawes (“ayres” for tenor and instrumental music, 69:00).

Ricercar Consort 3 CD set
Three fabulous discs from the Ricercar Consort, directed by Philippe Pierlot: an immense disc of Bertali instrumental music (80:00!), another featuring Purcell’s Fantazias and In nomines (61:00), and finally François Couperin’s Apothéoses (with texts spoken by François Morel) coupled with Rebel’s Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully (67:00).

Ricercar 3 CD set
A second set by the Ricercar Consort sandwiches a disc of primarily vocal music by Matthias Weckmann (79:00) between two discs of Bach, the first coupling his oboe d’amore concerto and Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten with Handel’s harp concerto and Tra le fiamme with soprano Nuria Real (64:00), the second of cantatas (BWV 63, 110 & 151, 68:00).

Pierre Hantaï 2 CD set
The fourth set combines a Bach instrumental CD (BWV21 (sinfonia only), 1017, 1066 & 1069, 69:00) directed by Pierre Hantaï with a disc on which he plays arrangements of Rameau’s orchestral music for two harpsichords with Skip Sempé (75:00).

All of the discs were well received in the pages of the printed Early Music Review, and this chance to grab them at a bargain price should not be missed!

Brian Clark