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Rachel Podger (violin/director)
This crack squad of first-rate period-instrument musicians gives lithe, polished and devoted performances that make a convincing case for a one-to-a-part "orchestra". Indeed, so full-bodied is... — More…
Isabelle Faust (violin), Bernhard Forck, (violin), Xenia Loeffler (oboe)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Faust's tone is both lean and exquisitely sweet, combined with consistent stylistic elegance which reaches the heights of eloquence in the slow movement of the E major Concerto. — More…
Cheryl Studer (soprano - No. 2), Waltraud Meier (mezzo - No. 2), Jessye Norman (mezzo - No. 3), Frederica von Stade (mezzo - No. 4), Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost (sopranos - No. 8), Anne Sofie von Otter, Rosemarie Lang (mezzos - No. 8), Peter Seiffert (tenor - No. 8), Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Bryn Terfel...
The current pre-eminence of Gustav Mahler in the concert hall and on disc isn't something that could have been anticipated – other than by the composer himself. Hard now to believe that his revival... — More…
JS Bach & Vasks: Violin Concertos
Renaud Capuçon (violin & conductor) & Celine Frisch (harpsichord)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
[Vasks] brings out the best in Renaud Capuçon. His grasp of the music's loosely palindromic trajectory is compelling; he meets the technical and emotional challenges of the three strategically... — More…
Janine Jansen (violin), with Ramón Ortega Quero (oboe), with Jan Jansen (harpsichord)
Jansens's approach is clearly influenced by the period instrument movement but by no means slavishly so...Sometimes there's a touch of creative tension between the historically-aware Jansen and... — More…
Pablo Valetti, Amandine Beyer, Claire Cachia, David Plantier (violins), Diana Baroni (flute), Antoine (oboe d'amore), Patricia Gagnon, Sabine Bouthinon (violas), Petr Skalka (cello), Ludek Brany (double bass), Céline Fritsch (harpsichord)