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Challenge Classics - up to 25% off

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Until 14th January 2019, we're offering up to 25% off all recordings on the Challenge Classics label - including downloads (please note that the download prices shown are already discounted).

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Juliane Banse (soprano), Peter Marsch (tenor), Will Hartmann (tenor)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & Netherlands Radio Choir, Markus Stenz

Leading a strong cast, Juliane Banse as the shepherd brilliantly meets the soprano part's technical challenges while evoking the naivety of the idealistic character...[Stenz] proves himself an... More…

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2 SACDs

($27.75) $21.75

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Camilla Nylund (Die Feldmarschallin), Peter Rose (Baron Ochs), Paula Murrihy (Octavian), Hanna-Elisabeth Muller (Sophie)

Dutch National Opera Chorus, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht

3 SACDs

($37.00) $27.75

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Jacquelyn Wagner (Arabella), Agneta Eichenholz (Zdenka), James Rutherford (Mandryka), Will Hartmann (Matteo), Marcel Reijans (Elemer), Susanne Elmark (Fiakermilli), Alfred Reiter (Count Waldner), Charlotte Margiono (Adelaide)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht

Jacquelyn Wagner here in this recording convinces fom the start. The clarity and diction of the middle soprano range impress…the Netherlands Philharmonic sounds infallibly gorgeous. The balances... More…

3 SACDs

($37.75) $28.25

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Tijl Faveyts (The King), Alasdair Elliott 9 Der Schreiber/der Kanzler), André Morsch (Herold/der Graf), Kurt Gysen (Der Schultheiss/der Magister), Graham Clark (Der Narr), Kay Stiefermann (Der Vogt), Mattijs van de Woerd (Der Junker), Raymond Very (Elis), Andrew Greenan (Der Wirt), Manuela Uhl (Els),...

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra make the most of the brief passages of purely orchestral writing and the practised hand of Marc Albrecht ensures as strong a sense of forward motion as... More…

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($22.50) $17.00

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Christian Zenker (Ozia), Margot Oitzinger (Giuditta), Marelize Gerber (Amital), Markus Volpert (Achior), Elisabeth Breuer (Cabri & Carmi)

L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg

L'Orfeo Barockorchester play with an attractive thrust and graininess, with solos well taken and horns ringing out gloriously...a vivid and dramatic snapshot of this stage in the wunderkind's... More…

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Laura Aikin (Marilyn Monroe), Dale Duesing (Fox), Helena Rasker (Paula), David DQ Lee (Whitey), Maria Kowan (Eve), Alain Coulombe (Gable), Tom Randle (DiMaggio), John Tessier (John F. Kennedy), Daniel Belcher (Robert F. Kennedy), Hendrickje Van Kerckhove (Norma Jeane)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,...

Moment by moment, there are pleasures to savour. The cast sings with authority, if not always clarity; and Laura Aikin, De Raaff's vocal inspiration, displays skill and stamina as the frazzled... More…

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Raffaella Milanesi (Dido), Richard Helm (Aeneas), Stefanie True (Belinda), Iason Marmaras (Sorceress), Michela Antenucci (First Witch, Sailor) & Anna Bessi (Second Witch, Spirit)

La Risonanza & Coro Constanzo Porta, Fabio Bonizzoni

The real star is the instrumental playing (how the dances swing!); and with less at stake, warmly stylish, The Love of Mars and Venus proves a delightful postscript. More…

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Dietrich Henschel (Orest), Rosemary Joshua (Helena), Johannes Chum (Menelaos), Finnur Bjarnason (Apollon/Dyonisos), Romy Petrick (Hermione), Sarah Castle (Elektra)

Netherlands Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht

With bass-baritone Dietrich Henschel inhabiting the part with total, sometimes terrifying conviction, and electrifying conducting from Marc Albrecht, this live recording from the premiere run... More…

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($17.50) $13.25

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Michaela Schuster (Klytämnestra), Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra), Camilla Nylund (Chrysothemis), Hubert Delamboye (Aegisth) & Gerd Grochowski (Orest)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra & Toonkunst Choir Amsterdam, Marc Albrecht

If there's such a thing as an anti-Solti Elektra, this is it...[it] burns at its own distinctive temperature, with a strong sense of live-performance through-line and in a much more orchestrally... More…

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($37.00) $27.75

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Charlotte Margiono (soprano), Vinson Cole (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone) & Jaco Huijpen (bass)

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & The Netherlands Radio Choir, Bernard Haitink

Haitink's increasingly dramatic reading of the score comfortably outstrips [Furtwängler and Solti]. Concern that his rather classical Marche hongroise is eschewing the danger and violence implicit... More…

2 CDs

($21.25) $16.50

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