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DCD34135 (2 discs)

Handel: The Triumph of Time & Truth Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan, Tim Mead, Ed Lyon, William Berger, Ludus Baroque / Richard Neville-Towle Ludus Baroque and five stellar soloists bring to life Handel’s rarely-heard final oratorio – a remarkable Protestant recasting of a work written fifty years earlier for the young composer’s Roman patron Cardinal Pamphilj. Neglected by centuries of scholarship on account of its hybrid origins, it here proves an extraordinary feast of riches, and the ideal vehicle for Richard Neville-Towle’s cast of exceptional singers, vigorous, intelligent chorus and an orchestra made up from some of the UK’s leading period instrumentalists. ‘playing is stylish and characterful … excellent sound engineering fosters a perfect bloom for splendid trumpets and choral exclamations … Ludus Baroque’s most valuable Handel recording so far’ —Gramophone, August 2014, EDITOR’S CHOICE


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In Praise of Saint Columba: The Sound World of the Celtic Church Barnaby Brown triplepipes, Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge / Geoffrey Webber Just as the influence of Irish monks extended not only across Scotland but also to mainland Europe, so we imagine our way back down the centuries into 7th-century hermits’ cells, 10th-century Celtic foundations in Switzerland, and the 14th-century world of Inchcolm Abbey, the ‘Iona of the East’ in the Firth of Forth. Silent footprints of musical activity – the evidence of early notation but also of stone carvings, manuscript illuminations, and documents of the early Church – have guided both vocal and instrumental approaches in the choir’s collaboration with scholar and piper Barnaby Brown. ‘done with intelligence, musicality and enthusiasm … Webber and his formidable choir give a bracing vigour and unusual freedom to this ancient music’ —BBC Music Magazine, September 2014, CHORAL & SONG CHOICE

Serenissima: Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian viols Rose Consort of Viols A disc of journeying and exploration, paying homage to the pan-European tendencies of a period in which composers, instruments and manuscripts crossed geographical borders. The Rose Consort of Viols, already acclaimed for their recordings of later English repertoire, have been inspired by viol-maker Richard Jones’s reconstructions of a Venetian instrument by Francesco Linarol – the earliest viol surviving from the sixteenth century – and they trace a path from the viol’s northern Italian origins to England, where it found a particularly welcome home at the turn of the 1600s.

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