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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) - more commonly known as C.P.E. Bach - was a German musician and composer of the early Classical period. The second of eleven sons of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, C.P.E. Bach was born in Weimar on 8th March 1714. He was one of the founders of the Classical style, composing in the and periods. Through the latter half of the eighteenth century, his reputation was very high. This was mainly because of his clavier sonatas, which marked an important development in the history of musical form.

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Richard Goode

Richard Goode (born June 1, 1943) is an American classical pianist, known especially for his interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven and chamber music. Goode was born in East Bronx, New York. He studied piano with Elvira Szigeti, Claude Frank, Nadia Reisenberg, Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski (the latter two at the Curtis Institute). He won numerous prizes, including First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition and the Avery Fisher Prize.

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Christophe Rousset

Christophe Rousset (born 1961) is a French harpsichordist and conductor, specializing in the performance of baroque music on period instruments. Born in Avignon, Rousset grew up in Aix-en-Provence and developed an interest in the harpsichord during his early teens. His studied at the Schola Cantorum in Paris under Huguette Dreyfus and from 1980 to 1983 he attended the Royal Conservatory at the Hague under Bob van Asperen.

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Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom (born 1978, Hertfordshire) is an English trumpet soloist. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Paris Conservatory, and also with Håkan Hardenberger.
She is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and she released her debut album with EMI Classics in 2002. In 2005, she released her second disc, "Bach Works for Trumpet" as part of a new exclusive contract with EMI Classics.

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English Baroque Soloists

The English Baroque Soloists is a chamber orchestra playing on period instruments, formed in 1978 by English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Its repertoire comprises music from the early Baroque period to the Classical period.
For Philips it has recorded all of the mature symphonies (as well as the Requiem and Mass in C minor) and for DG Archiv it has recorded the complete piano concerto cycle with Malcolm Bilson, the first on period instruments.

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Andrew Manze

Beckenham, UK (1965-present) Andrew Manze (born 14th January 1965, Beckenham) is an English baroque violinist and conductor. Having first started playing the baroque violin while studying Classics at Cambridge University, he went on to study with Simon Standage, one of the founding members of The English Concert, at the Royal Academy of Music, followed by further studies with Lucy van Dael at La Haye.

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Coro Nostro

Coro Nostro is a mixed chamber choir of about 30 singers of all ages drawn from across the Universities, the City and County of Leicester, UK and beyond. We have a wide repertoire of sacred and secular polyphonic motets, madrigals and part-songs, ranging from the 13th to the 21st Century, including three new pieces especially written for us in 2004 and 2005 by Anthony Pither. We receive much praise from the public for the quality of our musicianship, the variety of our repertoire and the clarity and authenticity of our diction and expression.

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Ralph Kirshbaum

Ralph Henry Kirshbaum (born April 4, 1946) is an American cellist currently living in England.The rare cello that Ralph Kirshbaum plays was crafted in 1729 by the Italian maker Domenico Montagnana and once belonged to the 19th century virtuoso, Piatti. Ralph Kirshbaum's father was a professional violinist, music educator and conductor; his mother was a harpist. Kirshbaum started cello lessons with his father at age of six. During his career he has performed solos with major orchestras worldwide, won prizes in several international competitions, and recorded extensively.

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