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Instrument: Harpsichord

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New York CityTous les Matins du Monde

© David Ignaszewski
Lully, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe le fils, Caurroy, Marais, Couperin, Rameau, Leclair
Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall; Manfredo Kraemer; Marc Hantai; Philippe Pierlot

LondonRachel Podger and Brecon Baroque – Maria, dolce Maria

© Theresa Pawel
Caccini, Leonarda, Handel, Jacquet de la Guerre
Brecon Baroque; Rachel Podger; Ciara Hendrick; Alison McGillivray

LondonLucie Horsch & Richard Egarr

© Dana van Leeuwen
Vivaldi, Bach, Sammartini
Academy of Ancient Music; Lucie Horsch; Richard Egarr

Bern5. Kammermusik: Kai Wessel

Kai Wessel; Kemal Dinç; Ulrich Wedemeier; Markus Märkl

New York CityItalian Recycling

© Edouard Bressy
Bach, Scarlatti, Soler
Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord

LiverpoolEnchanting Tales

Enchanting Tales
Stravinsky, Kats-Chernin, Ravel
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Elim Chan; Mahan Esfahani

BrugesChaos and cosmic order in Baroque dance suites

Rebel, Delalande, Marais
Les Muffatti; Bertrand Cuiller
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Baroque Futurism: Mesmerising soundscapes from Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani © Mark Allan | Barbican
Thrilling and spellbinding experimental music for harpsichord and electronics, performed by Mahan Esfahani. 
*****
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A smorgasbord of seasonal English music in Washington DC

The early music ensemble peppered its diverse program with the rollicking play A Christmas Messe. While not all arrangements worked well, expertise and emotion made for a pleasurably unique performance.
***11
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A Serse like no other from Il pomo d'oro

Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
A star cast and red-hot conducting make for a memorable night at the Barbican.
*****
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Variations on brilliance: the ACO in Sydney

Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
The title of the latest programme by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is simply: Goldberg Variations. While Bernard Labadie’s ingenious arrangement of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string orchestra takes up all of the second half of the programme, the first half was no less interesting.
*****
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Captivating command and a striking Risser première from Jean Rondeau

Jean Rondeau © Baghir
A striking première by Eve Risser following Jean Rondeau’s captivating display of the virtuosic heights of French Baroque harpsichord writing.
****1
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Gala Concert at Göttingen International Handel Festival proves a hit

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, FestspielOrchester Göttingen and soloists © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
This year’s Gala Conzert at Göttingen featured two different works not commonly heard and certainly not together, with excellent soloists and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir
****1
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Witty Poulenc and gigantic Rachmaninov from The Cleveland Orchestra

Stephane Deneve © Uwe Ditz
Jory Vinikour was the soloist for Poulenc’s rarely heard Concert champêtre. A performance of Rachmaninov's Symphony no. 2, in which thrilling excess ruled, completed the program.
***11
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