Record Labels Archives: Virgin Classics

Nigel Rogers and Paul O’Dette Do Dowland

Dowland's lute songs are marvelous, and should be better known to mainstream listeners. Sting's collection has helped to redress t...

Fretwork’s Intimate Dowland Lachrimae

Dowland's Lachrimae has been billed (by Cambridge University Press) as "the earliest instrumental music to be generally known," or...

Under the Radar: Tetzlaff and Kirshbaum in Bach

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff recorded Bach's Sonatas and Partitas in 1993, bringing a remarkably high level of technical finesse a...

Reference Recording: Grieg Piano Concerto

There are so many excellent versions of this concerto, and in choosing a reference recording I had a few criteria in mind: Firs...

Under the Radar: Mackerras Does Great Holst

Charles Mackerras was so impressive in such a wide range of repertoire that we're apt to forget just how great almost any of recor...

Filling in the Gaps: Paavo Järvi’s Useful Sibelius Box

This is a very useful set for anyone looking to fill in their Sibelius collection. Yes, it has some familiar works: the Lemminkäi...

Fierce, Campy, Stunning Poppea; Cencic Dazzles

This performance from Lille is directed by Jean-Francois Sivadier, whose Aix-en-Provence production of La traviata starring Natali...

Big Boxes: Virgin’s Smart Dutilleux Collection

Dutilleux is of course best known for his small but exceptionally high quality output of orchestral music, but the beauty of this ...

Breathtaking New Lucretia from Aldeburgh

Recorded live at Aldeburgh over two evenings in June, 2011, this is a vital performance of one of Britten’s least popular and th...

Great DiDonato, Wonderful Opera

In Cendrillon by Jules Massenet (1895) Joyce DiDonato again serves notice that she is one of the most treasurable opera singers in...