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Stella Di Napoli - Joyce DiDonato

When reviewing this album The Guardian gave it four stars saying it allows her to: "display her dizzying technical virtuosity, her acting skills and her extravagant sense of drama."

Berlioz: La Captive - Hector Berlioz, Antonello Manacorda, Het Gelders Orkest, Lisa Larsson

Swedish mezzo-soprano Lisa Larsson's second release on Challenge Classics follows 2013's highly-praised recording of arias by Joseph Haydn. On this hybrid SACD she performs Berlioz - the title song 'La Captive' and the lyric scenes Herminie and La Mort de

Beethoven: Prometheus - Armonia Atenea , George Petrou

Reviewing this album, The Telegraph said: "Petrou, conducting Armonia Atenea on period instruments, has full measure of the music’s dramatic qualities".

Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco - Anna Netrebko

A dream team Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo and Giuseppe Verdi. Giovanna d'Arco was recorded live during the critically acclaimed performances of 2013 Salzburg Festival. Full of melodies, passion and pathos, Giovanna d'Arco, Verdi's take on the Joan o

Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco, review: 'solid'

Soprano Anna Netrebko radiates star quality in this performance of Giovanna d'Arco, says Rupert Christiansen.

Beethoven: Prometheus, review: 'refined'

George Petrou has full measure of the music's dramatic qualities, says Geoffrey Norris.

Joyce DiDonato: Stella di Napoli review dizzying technical virtuosity

The latest of Joyce DiDonato's themed discs is a mix of high-impact arias by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti as well as the less familiar Mercadante, Carafa, Valentini and Pacini, several of them world premiere recordings which DiDonato and Riccardo Minasi

Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas review a tale of two Russians

Rachmaninov and Medtner, both late-romantic Russian composers, have fared differently since their deaths in 1943 and 1951.

Berlioz: La Captive; Herminie; La Mort de Cléopatre review

Larsson/Het Gelders O/Manacorda(Challenge Classics)In 1830 Berlioz won the Prix de Rome at his fourth attempt, securing the coveted award, which offered him two years' study in the Italian capital, with La Mort de Sardanapale, easily the most conventional

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 review remorselessly technical

Pierre-Laurent Aimard(Deutsche Grammophon)Pierre-Laurent Aimard's first recording for Deutsche Grammophon six years ago was Bach's Art of Fugue. It was a disappointingly ordinary performance from a pianist who is such a dazzling interpreter of 20th-centur