Record Labels Archives: Virgin Classics

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...

The Amazing Yankee Diva Strikes Again

Reviewing performances—live or recorded—by mezzo Joyce DiDonato is becoming repetitive. You wait for a flaw—an aspirated run...

Reference Recording: Bartók Violin Sonatas from Tetzlaff and Andsnes

This is one terrific disc. Christian Tetzlaff made a first-rate recording of Bartók's Second Violin Concerto for this same label ...

Reference Recording: The Endellion’s Haydn Quartets Opp. 54 & 74

The Endellion String Quartet only made few recordings of Haydn String Quartets for Virgin Classics, but what they did was absolute...

Dessay Delivers a Moving Violetta in Aix

Natalie Dessay remains a phenomenon. She is without a doubt one of today’s great acting singers. She is invariably filled with g...