Early music

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Crowe/Byrne/Nordberg review – London international festival of early music: enchantment, engagement and swagger
Lucy Crowe, Liam Byrne and Jonas Nordberg performed music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and revelled in the graciousness of Errollyn Wallen’s brand new Angel Waters

Flora Willson

11, Nov, 2021 @3:52 PM

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Classical home listening: Quatuor Ébène and the Gesualdo Six
The French quartet play late-night Schoenberg, jazz and more, while Josquin is the springboard for Owain Park and his crack vocal ensemble

Fiona Maddocks

16, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Classical home listening: Schubert Symphonies 4 & 5; Zacara da Teramo
René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra fizz in youthful Schubert. Plus, the complete works of a Renaissance eccentric

Fiona Maddocks

04, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Love in the Lockdown review – a virtual romance drawn with emotional subtlety
This moreish serial drama finds new terrain with excellent performances from Rachael Stirling and Alec Newman

Arifa Akbar

28, Apr, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Classical home listening: animal magic, Purcell's stage music and Pelham Humfrey
All creatures great and small and mythical feature on Ensemble Dragma’s album of late medieval song

Fiona Maddocks

30, Jan, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Sixteen: A Choral Odyssey review – an inspired journey through music and history
The Sixteen excel in choral gems from Purcell to Pärt, with Simon Russell Beale the ideal guide

Fiona Maddocks

05, Dec, 2020 @12:30 PM

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From Messiah to Jonas Kaufmann: the best classical Christmas albums of 2020
This year’s festive zingers take you from Berlin to Buckfast Abbey, from Mexico to Kaufmann in full-on crooner mode

Fiona Maddocks

05, Dec, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Classical home listening: John Tavener: No Longer Mourn for Me; Josquin Masses and more
Steven Isserlis and friends record a heartfelt tribute to the late, great British composer, while the Tallis Scholars conclude their epic Josquin mass cycle

Fiona Maddocks

07, Nov, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Never mind the ballads! How bardcore took over pop music
Medievalised remakes of hit songs – complete with lutes, flutes and ye olde-style lyrics – are booming online. What giveth?

24, Jun, 2020 @2:05 PM

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Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset review – vivid and witty festive works
Christophe Rousset led the period-instrument and vocal ensemble through a fine, assured outing of Charpentier’s austere pieces for Christmas and Advent

Tim Ashley

18, Dec, 2019 @3:30 PM

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From cantatas to carols: the best classical Christmas albums of 2019
From small-scale Bach and Renaissance Spain to a poignant Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, there is festive uplift for all

Fiona Maddocks

07, Dec, 2019 @2:00 PM

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Home listening: riches from the 16th and 17th centuries – and earlier
A magical mystery tour with Ed Lyon, Fretwork come full circle, and the story of the early music revolution

Fiona Maddocks

10, Nov, 2019 @5:29 AM

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