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Stephen Hough (piano)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
If Saint-Saëns's idiom once answered – and maybe still does – to qualities fundamental to the French musical character, it must be said straight away that Hough sounds the complete insider. He... — More…
Karita Mattila, Thomas Moser, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Quasthoff, Philip Langridge
Rundfunkchor Berlin, MDR-Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Ernst Sennf Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle
Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
Strauss singing doesn't come much better than this. No doubt the composer himself, with his love of the soprano voice, would have been enthralled by Isokoski's glorious singing. He might also... — More…
Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bernhard Forck
on this disc Cecilia Bartoli makes clear that Gluck was a formidable musical dramatist even in his early, pre-'reform' works...This CD, in short, is a tour de force of dramatic singing, in the... — More…
Ben Heppner (Enée), Michelle DeYoung (Didon), Petra Lang (Cassandre), Sara Mingardo (Anna), Peter Mattei (Chorèbe), Stephen Milling (Narbal), Kenneth Tarver (Iopas), Toby Spence (Hylas), Alan Ewing (Priam), Guang Yang (Hécube), Isabelle Cals (Ascagne), Tigran Martirossian (Panthée), Bülent Bezdüz...
So what's so special about the performance? Try Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, outdoing his fellow countryman Jon Vickers on Sir Colin's first recording of Les Troyens. The other principals are... — More…
Susan Gritton (soprano)
Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox
When the glories of Haydn's late Masses have been widely appreciated, it's sad that Hummel's have been so neglected.
They are for chorus and orchestra alone, without soloists, which may have... — More…