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Purcell: The Fairy Queen (Harmonia Mundi)

This 35-year-old recording is still a worthy competitor in a crowded field and the sound comes up as fresh as new paint [GF]

Popper: Complete Transcriptions for Violoncello and Piano (Paladino Music)

A valuable addition to the Popper discography and a chance to hear a Hubay rarity [RCh]

Alexander Chance (alto): Drop not, mine eyes (Linn Records)

Chance is a foremost representative of his generation in the falsetto range [JV]

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Purcell: Music for Queen Mary (Apex)

(Déjà Review) One of the crowning glories of John Eliot Gardiner’s early recordings [PB]

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Kagami – Mirror: viola da gamba pieces (Ramée)

Very personal choice of viola da gamba pieces, performed with much sensitivity [JV]

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Philarmonica – Purcell, Matteis, Mrs Philarmonica (Alpha Classics)

Le Consort deserves praise for bringing the music by the mysterious Mrs Philarmonica to our attention [JV]

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The Coronation of George II (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A wonderful recording of superlative music in performances that surely cannot be bettered [JL]

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Through The Night (BIS)

A stimulating medley of the best string music, beautifully executed [RMo]

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Pentatone)

A colourful and dramatic performance of “The only perfect English opera” – with a modern twist [GF]

Soaked in Colour (Fuga Libera)

There are a few winners here, but no consistency [MP]

Schubert: The Complete String Trios (Resonus)

Domestic music from Schubert and Purcell played with quiet magic [DMD]

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English Orchestral Anthems (Delphian)

A terrific disc [JQ]

In the Streets of London – A 17th Century Musical Pub Tour (Fuga Libera)

The music of the people, as heard in London in 1651, played with verve and character [GH]

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The Queen’s Favourites (Arcana)

A highly entertaining disc to which the lover of wind music will regularly return [JV]

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Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano) Song Recital (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) One of the most sheerly beautiful and instantly recognisable mezzos of the last fifty years [RMo]

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The Crown (Château de Versailles Spectacles)

These performances of Handel’s Anthems are among the best that I have heard [JV]

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Blow/Purcell: Operas (Opus Arte)

A delightful baroque double bill in an enjoyable period production and setting [PCG]

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Lovesick (Signum Classics)

A beautiful recital of mostly rare 17th Century songs on an immortal subject [GH]

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Lovesick (Signum Classics)

Lovely love songs, best taken in small doses for maximum effect [GF]