Record Labels Archives: Virgin Classics

Reference Recording: Haïm Leads A Youthful, Human “Orfeo”

There's no dearth of fine Orfeo recordings on the market: Gardiner's (Archiv) is thrilling in a big, dramatic way, with a large-is...

Hot Monteverdi From Villazón and Haïm

In her recording of Orfeo and elsewhere, conductor Emmanuelle Haïm has proven that her approach to 17th-century vocal music is dr...

An Early Handel Masterpiece: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

This Italian-language, Neapolitan "cantata a tre" from 1708 bears no resemblance (save for the Aci-and-Galatea-are-in-love-and-the...

Reference Recording: Handel’s Truly Great Ariodante

This is the fourth Ariodante I've reviewed for Classicstoday.com, and despite my love for the Minkowski, previously my favorite, t...

Joyce DiDonato’s Furore in Handel

This aptly-named CD presents arias by Handel that find their characters in some sort of great emotional stress. This of course mea...
PoulencHick

CD From Hell: Sexless Poulenc Concertos from Hickox

These joyless, sexless performances get all of the notes right but miss the musical point almost entirely. The Piano Concerto suff...
DowlandRogers

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...
DowlandLachFret

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...
BachTetzKirsh

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...
GriegAndsnes

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...