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20 Years BBC Singer of the World in Cardiff

20 Years BBC Singer of the World in Cardiff

Dimitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone); Bryn Terfel (Baritone); Karita Mattila (Soprano);

"...essential viewing…" (The Independent)

Cecilia Bartoli Sings Haydn

Cecilia Bartoli Sings Haydn

Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo);

"...her interpretation [is] fervent, committed, but intensely natural...some melting mezza voce...production values are superb, with excellent surround sound and Brian Large’s atmospheric visuals...once again, even the booklet notes are good." (Gramophone)

Cecilia Bartoli sings Mozart & Haydn

Cecilia Bartoli sings Mozart & Haydn

Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo);

"Superb - a masterclass in the vocal arts, how to conduct Mozart and how to direct a film of the occasion...director Brian Large captures a great singer at the height of her powers guided by the inspirational Harnoncourt. Bartoli sings five arias in her inimitable way followed by Harnoncourt's illuminating performance of the 'Prague' Symphony. Add to this two neat features on how the concert was recorded and prepared, plus a superb booklet by Misha Donat, and you have a very classy package indeed." (Classic fM)

Haydn: Cecilia Bartoli Sings Haydn

Haydn: Cecilia Bartoli Sings Haydn

Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo);

"...her interpretation [is] fervent, committed, but intensely natural...some melting mezza voce...production values are superb, with excellent surround sound and Brian Large’s atmospheric visuals...once again, even the booklet notes are good." (Gramophone)

Lesley Garrett Live at Christmas

Lesley Garrett Live at Christmas

Lesley Garrett (Soprano); José Cura (Tenor); Guy Barker (Trumpet); Sibongile Khumalo (Voice);

Schumann: Twin Spirits

Schumann: Twin Spirits

Sting (Actor); Trudie Styler (Actor); Derek Jacobi (Narrator); Simon Keenlyside (Tenor); Sergej Krylov (Violin); Iain Burnside (Piano);

"Twin Spirits portrays the life and love of Robert and Clara Schumann through readings of their surviving letters. These are read by Sting and Trudie Styler, with Derek Jacobi authoritatively filling in any gaps in the story. In one sense it's a static productions, with everyone seated throughout, but it's actually quite engrossing - perfectly paced and beautifully filmed. It's impossible not to emerge with both a true empathy for the Schumanns and a renewed or awakened interest in their music. The acting stays just the right side of luvviness, with Sting and Styler delivering strong, subtly believable performances. They're supported by beautifully executed interludes from a top line-up of soloists. This is tender, moving, well put together, and supplemented by an enlightening bonus DVD." (Classic fM)