Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords & Strings in C Major, BWV 1061 [Katia & Marielle Labèque, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini]

Accompanied by the Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: The Harmonious Garden), the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for 2 Harpsichords & Strings in C Major, BWV 1061 on fortepianos. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini. The piece is played here on period instruments. The only difference is instead …

Lea Desandre & Thibault Cauvin perform Sì dolce è’l tormento [Monteverdi]

Accompanied by the French classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin, French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre sings Claudio Monteverdi’s Sì dolce è’l tormento (English: So sweet is the torment) from Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze, published in Venice in 1624.

Lea Desandre & Cecilia Bartoli: De Bottis: “Io piango” – “Io peno”

Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli joins the French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre with Thomas Dunford and the ensemble Jupiter in the world premiere recording of the delicate mezzo-soprano duet “Io piango” – “Io peno” by Giuseppe de Bottis (1678-1753), from his 1707 opera Mitilene, Regina delle Amazzoni.

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 242 [Enrico Onofri, Il Giardino Armonico & Giovanni Antonini]

Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: The Harmonious Garden) performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 242, “per Pisendel”. Soloist: Enrico Onofri, the Italian violinist and conductor specializing in Baroque music. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini. In this performance, which took place in 2000 at the Musikverein, Vienna, period instruments were used.

Glenn Gould performs Bach – Harpsichord Concerto No. 7

Accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, one of the most famous and celebrated pianists of the 20th century, Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould performs Johan Sebastian Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058. Conductor: Vladimir Golschmann. It was Gould’s first color telecast. Recorded during the “The Canada Centennial Concert” to celebrate the …

Devieilhe and Desandre record “Per abbatter il rigore” from Handel’s Aminta e Fillide

Accompanied by the Baroque music ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, French operatic coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe and Franco-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre record “Per abbatter il rigore” from Aminta e Fillide, a secular cantata in 11 movements written by the German-British Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. Conductor and harpsichord: Emmanuelle Haïm. Devieilhe and Desandre’s album “The Italian …