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Foyles Classical department was established in 2008 and is the now the largest of its kind in London. We offer a comprehensive range of titles on CD, DVD and Bluray. Alongside all the new releases we hold a hand-picked range of 10,000 titles with areas dedicated to both early and Renaissance music and late 20th century and contemporary composers. We specialise in opera, ballet and classical DVD and Bluray, offer a large array of collector’s boxed sets, have a thriving second-hand section and run a number of special offers on our favourite labels throughout the year. Help and advice and a musical chat are always on hand from Jim and Theo and we can order anything available in the UK and send it anywhere in the world if necessary. 

 

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Classical Music CDs | Music and Dance DVDs and Blu-Ray

 

Staff Picks

 

 

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Symphony 5 and Hebrides Overture: Isabelle Faust, Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado. 

This is one of those period instrument recordings that seems to turn familiar music inside out and upside down. Faust’s fantastical playing in the concerto is as far from the saccharine as I’ve ever heard but it’s the revelatory performance of my favourite Reformation symphony that excites most. A joy.

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Argerich and Friends Live at Lugano 2016

This last ever release in the series is another cornucopia of delights and features Argerich herself in a barnstorming performance of the Beethoven Choral Fantasia, duetting with Kovacevich in Debussy and playing superbly in Ravel: the ‘Gaspard de la nuit’ alone is not to be missed. Oh and it’s three CDs for the price of one!

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformation, Clare College Choir, Graham Ross Harmonia Mundi

This recording was the culmination of a wonderful project that we staged at Clare College, Cambridge in 2017 celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, performing Bach's two great Reformation cantatas and chorale-influenced works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. (Graham Ross)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bach St Matthew passionBach, St. Matthew Passion 

This oratorio is considered one of the greatest sacred works, but can be difficult to approach because of its length and melancholy tone. This recording is a good place to start. Avoiding the unbearable heaviness of some recordings, Gardiner combines beautiful textures with a plastic, sinewy sense of time which convincingly reinforces the relationship between the musical architecture and the emotions of the singers.

Theo

 

 

 

 

 

Haydn, The Seasons, Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh 

If there were a competition for the world's most neglected masterpieces I think The Seasons would come in near the top! I'm thrilled to have recorded this piece, in English, where I hope the brilliance of the conception communicates well.

Paul McCreesh for Foyles

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alina Bach Violin Concertos

 Bach Violin Concertos, Alina Ibragimova

Their interpretation of Bach’s concertos is precise and lively, avoiding melodrama. Rather than lingering over phrases to suggest depths of sentiment, they aim to keep everything clear and even. The result is pure and rhythmic, very exciting in the fast movements, and equally rewarding in the slow movements. Ibragimova is well balanced with the orchestra, only giving herself a little more freedom in tempo. The best is the D minor concerto, which seems particularly well suited to this treatment, and surges along irresistibly.

Theo

 

 

 

 

Dutoit

Decca Sound, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Charles Dutoit

The emergence of a new ‘French’ orchestra from Montreal under Charles Dutoit was one of the early 1980s major classical events. Positioned by Decca as a direct successor to the great French conductor/US orchestra partnerships of the 1950s and recorded in their familiar repertoire but in luxurious, creamy stereo sound, this wonderful boxed set is a testament to the legacy they created. The recordings of Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky are superlative and the set contains magnificent recordings of Scheherazade and the Symphonie fantastique alongside lighter fare by Suppe and Offenbach. A treasure trove indeed!

Jim

 

 

 

 

Beethoven piano TriosBeethoven Piano Trios, Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras

As you would expect, their playing is excellent and their interpretation is sensitive and well-balanced. But their main accomplishment is successfully recreating Beethoven in the beautiful timbres of fortepiano and period strings. Everything is slightly different: the small, hard notes of the fortepiano in particular seem to loosen the whole texture. It is a new world of colour for people who have only heard the trios played on modern instruments, and worth discovering.

Theo

 

 

 

 

Llibre Vermell

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall

Alia Vox remains Foyles bestselling label with each new issue eagerly received. Jordi Savall - scholar, polymath, musician - restlessly explores all musical byways and this recording of 14th century pilgrim songs from the Montserrat abbey in Northern Spain is one of his finest. The chant and songs are both hauntingly atmospheric and joyously uplifting and as usual the recording is accompanied by a wonderful illustrated book, which, in this case, also contains a DVD of the concert at which the disc was recorded. Highly recommended.

Jim

 

 

 

Dutilleux Tout un monde lointain cdDutilleux, Tout un Monde Lointain

The best thing about this piece is how alive and free it feels. The mood it expresses is turbulent, mysterious, and even bleak or catastrophic, but this is only one part of its effect. We are also affected by a sense of the plan or purpose of the piece, and here the music is able to wander and mutate in strange ways without feeling aimless. There is some hidden significance that always keeps us engaged. It is an enigmatic piece, but Rostropovich’s playing is urgent and definite, and is what makes this recording a success.

Theo

 

 

 

 

Handel's Saul

Handel's Saul, Glyndebourne, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ivor Bolton - DVD

Saul, once so beloved of Victorian choral societies, is one of Handel’s profoundest masterpieces. Dealing with the Old Testament story of David and Saul that led to the rise of one and the ruin of the other. Purves plays the lead as a man totally consumed by the neuroticism of power, while his poor children desperately revolve around his will and whim. Chief vocal honours go to Lucy Crowe, one of today’s great Handelian sopranos, whilst the production looks fabulous throughout and, as always at Glyndebourne, benefits from complete conviction from all involved.

Jim

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