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Mahan Esfahani celebrates the quirky flamboyance of Bach’s toccatas

‘Under Mahan Esfahani’s fleet fingers, and even fleeter imagination, the toccatas positively fly’

Fauré fully illuminated: a glorious new recording of orchestral works

‘Ivor Bolton and his players have clearly taken the composer’s aggravation seriously and the result is pure delight’

A glorious tribute to a jazz life well lived

‘This gorgeous album, celebrates the memory of Pannonica de Koenigswarter with a live programme of pieces associated with some of the famous musicians she helped’

A concept album with personal insight into pre-war Jewish life

‘The Jerusalem Quartet has assembled a well-contrasted array of music’

Elizabeth Kenny deftly interweaves old and new theorbo works

‘Kenny’s performances are technically assured in the trickiest variations, and always with a sense of spontaneous re-creation’

The production and cast that Barber's Vanessa has been waiting for

'Vanessa is a great American masterpiece. Here now is the production and cast that Vanessa has been waiting for.'

A marvellous orchestral tribute to Knussen and Henze

‘It’s hard to imagine finer, more compelling elucidation of these four, dense and acrobatic scores’ 

A dazzling selection of works by Hieronymous Praetorius

'All the interlocking elements of vocal and instrumental 'choirs' are balanced with exceptional skill'

Howard Shelley explores Cramer’s soundworld of fanciful elegance

'The two concertos on this disc represent a real discovery, and a welcome alternative to the endlessly recycled Mozart and Beethoven canons'

Bach family cantatas capturing exactly what Vox Luminis does best

'In this project Vox Luminis celebrates not just the Bach family, but the power of music-making itself'

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