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L'Arpeggiata

• Christina Pluhar - Via Crucis Christina Pluhar and her group L'Arpeggiata have made a speciality of exploring and exploiting the close links between Baroque repertoire and the traditional music of the Latin world and its characteristic forms such as the tarantella, the folia or the canario. In this new collection, Via Crucis, the focus is on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. Star soloists Nuria Rial and Philippe Jaroussky feature again on this recording and are joined by the male vocal quartet Barbara Furtuna, whose earthy, highlydisciplined sound evokes centuries of Mediterranean culture.

'Pluhar blends voices, instruments and musical styles for a Monteverdi j am session. ' The Financial Times on Teatro d'Amore

ALSO NEW THIS MONTH

• Yundi

EMI Classics has signed young Chinese pianist Yundi, winner of the 14th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and presents this recording of complete Chopin Nocturnes. He performs at London's Royal Festival Hall on 16 March.

• Emmanuel Pahud

Emmanuel Pahud pairs up with the exciting young Canadian conductor, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, in a programme of virtuoso transcriptions based on operatic themes from Carmen, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto and others .

• Max Emanuel Cencic

MaxEmanuel Cencic returns to core countertenor repertoire with this programme of Handel, including two of the composer's operatic favourites, the dynamic Dopo notte from Ariodante and the poignant Cara speme from Giulio Cesare.

• Artemis Quartet

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The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet return with the next instalment in their complete Beethoven String Quartets cycle . Don't miss their performances of

Beethoven quartets at London'sWigmore Hall on 15 and 17 May!

• Martha Argerich

Recorded live at the 2009 Lugano Festival, this 3-CD set features young artists such as Renaud and Gautier Capuc;on , exploring wide ranging chamber repertoire with seasoned musicians such as Martha Argerich herself.

• Rolando Villazon

Rolando Villaz6n brings both comedy and pathos to the role of Nemorino, the na'ive hero of Donizetti's comedy L'elisir d'amore in a 2005 production from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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