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PERGOLESI: STABAT MATER Julia Lezhneva, Philippe Jaroussky Two voices of celestial beauty and expressive poignancy come together in this new recording of Pergolesi’s exquisite, but tragically charged StabatMateras Philippe Jaroussky is joined by the rising young soprano Julia Lezhneva. Diego Fasolis leads I Barocchisti in this programme of the StabatMaterand two other choral works by Pergolesi, the LaudatePueri, which features a solo soprano, and the Confitebortibidomine.

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AROUND THE WORLD Emmanuel Pahud A dazzlingly diverse recital travels across four continents and three hundred years with the virtuosity and imaginative flair that are hallmarks of Emmanuel Pahud’s playing. His travelling companion is the guitarist and composer Christian Rivet, presenting both arrangements and original works that tap into ancient cultures of expression through sound and music. The musicians perform together at London’s Wigmore Hall on 22nd December.

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SCHUBERT: ARPEGGIONE Gautier Capuçon With this collection of works for cello and piano, Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley pay tribute to two towering musicians of the 20th century, Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten, who recorded all four of the works on the programme: Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, Debussy’s Cello Sonata, Schumann’s FünfStückeimVolkstonand Britten’s own Cello Sonata in five movements, which received its first performance at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1961.

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BRITTEN: STRING QUARTETS Endellion String Quartet Benjamin Britten’s string quartets have been a speciality of the Endellion String Quartet for nearly thirty years. Recorded in July this year, this new recording is a major contribution to the Britten centenary celebrations and marks the start of the Endellion String Quartet’s own 35th anniversary season featuring concerts at the Wigmore and Bishopsgate Halls in London and at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

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