Tormento d’amore: Italian love laments from Ian Bostridge and Cappella Neapolitana

The booklet article by the musicologist Dinko Fabris which accompanies Tormento d’amore – Ian Bostridge’s most recent recording, with Antonio Florio’s Cappella Neapolitana – is titled ‘From Venice to Naples…

From the Hills of Dream: the forgotten songs of Arnold Bax

In a 1949 broadcast, Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953) declared: ‘Yeats’ poetry means more to me than all the music of the centuries.’  And, when the Irish poet and dramatist died…

Baroque pornography in Alexis Piron’s Vasta, Reine de Bordélie

One of the more enduring pleasures of having had a classical education – at least if you still remember it – is reading the richness of its literature: from Homer…

A third volume of British song from James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson

With this third and final instalment of their survey of 100 years of British song James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson bring us up to the present day.  Their focus is…

Thrilling sounds from the Choir of King’s College Cambridge

On the surface this new disc from the Choir of King’s College Cambridge presents mainly standard repertoire for Holy Week and Easter.  Some might consider the compilation a little too…

Impressive Mahler from Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic

Any new recording from Semyon Bychkov is to be eagerly anticipated, not least the launch of this first disc in a new Mahler cycle, a recent collaboration with Pentatone.  Judging…

Dove, Weir and Martin from the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Hyperion has brought together three composers with a special affinity for choral music, as already demonstrated in earlier recordings devoted solely to their music on Delphian, Naxos and Opus Arte…

Eastertide Evensong from St John’s College, Cambridge

Does the release of a second live evensong album from this celebrated choir reflect a growing interest in the music and ritual within our great cathedrals and collegiate chapels? Whatever…

As the leaves fall: impressive new choral disc from Guildford Cathedral Choir

The music of Harold Darke and Maurice Duruflé might seem curious bedfellows on this recent disc from Guildford Cathedral Choir, with girls’ and men’s voices, issued by Regent.  Yet both these relatively…

World-Premiere Recording, under Richard Bonynge, of Alfred Cellier’s Once-Beloved 1886 Operetta Dorothy

Alfred Cellier is a largely forgotten figure today, but his Dorothy (1886), a “pastoral comedy opera in three acts,” ran for 931 performances, thanks in part to an excellent cast.…