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Nigel Short / Tenebrae Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

Recordings of chant tend to fall into two groups: those concerned with the beauty of the singing and the singers themselves, and those that attempt to place the chant into something like its liturgical context.

Medieval Chant, Tallis Lamentations - Tenebrae Consort

Tenebrae Consort is, as you might expect, hand-picked from the award winning chamber choir Tenebrae, currently in the Specialist Classical Chart with 'Russian Treasures', their 20th album and first for own label Bene Arte. Known for their instinctive ense

Luca Guglielmi Bach and the Early Pianoforte

It has been known for some time that Bach knew of and played early examples of the piano, essentially invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in the early 18th century, and several recordings have experimented with performances of Bach on a Cristofori piano or

Bach and the Early Pianoforte - Luca Guglielmi

A fascinating programme around Bach and the Birth of the Piano. Much has been said about the "right" choice of instrument performing Bach's keyboard works. Luca Guglielmi demonstrates in a delectable programme the various instruments Bach knew and played

Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet & String Trios - Arditti Quartet

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary (1974-2014), the Arditti Quartet, one of the most famous groups in contemporary music, has chosen to record for the second time and this is an occurrence sufficiently rare that it bears emphasizing the complete stri

Halle Orchestra: Enescu, Prokofiev , Rachmaninov - Bridgewater Hall

In 2009 Sofya Gulyak became the first female winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. A Hallé favourite, she returns for Prokofiev’s pert and percussive Third Piano Concerto, a work of virtuosity and satire that also has moments of tender,

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra: Mendelssohn,Schumann & Mahler - Bridgewater Hall

"The symphony should be like the world" declared Gustav Mahler. "It must embrace everything." And that's exactly what his First Symphony does: beginning with the breathless hush of a world before creation, and ending, trumpets blazing, with a roof-raising

Maxim Vengerov & Oxford Philomusica - Bridgewater Hall

Oxford Philomusica’s Artist in Residence and supreme virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the Orchestra in Manchester to perform one of the most significant concertos ever written. At times achingly tender, and others refreshingly rugged, Brahms’s

Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio five-star review 'Wonderfully authoritative'

Over the past four decades, the Arditti Quartet have collaborated with almost all the great composers of our time, many of whom, from Elliott Carter to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi to Harrison Birtwistle, have written pieces specifically for the

CH Graun: Osteroratorium - Michael Alexander Willens

Graun's Easter Oratorio isn't well known and is performed here with the help of the Kölner Akademie. The Guardian was impressed with the singing saying: "The choral singing is notably beautiful."