Record Labels Archives: Virgin Classics

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...
HolstMac

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...
SibJarvibx

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...