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Palladians / The Palladian Ensemble

Palladians / The Palladian Ensemble

Firmly established on the international stage as one of the very best chamber groups performing baroque repertoire with a reputation for sparkling, joyful playing.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection LP
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection LP
This special 180g limited edition pressing in a gatefold sleeve celebrates Linn's 40th anniversary. 

AKH 425

Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

The London Collection: A Choice Collection / Held by the Ears
The London Collection: A Choice Collection / Held by the Ears
an energetic, foot-tapping collection of diverse music made popular in Purcell’s London 

CKD 324  

The Devil's Trill
The Devil's Trill
The new Palladians line up presents sonatas by Italian composers and virtuosi Tartini and Veracini 

CKD 292  

The Leipzig Collection: Bach Trio Sonatas / Bach Sonatas and Chorales
The Leipzig Collection: Bach Trio Sonatas / Bach Sonatas and Chorales
the music of Bach’s Leipzig and includes the complete trio sonatas 

CKD 322  

The Versailles Collection: The Sun King’s Paradise / Les Elemens
The Versailles Collection: The Sun King’s Paradise / Les Elemens
the music of the Parisian court at Versailles with music by the great Rebel and Marais 

CKD 323  

Bach Sonatas and Chorales
Bach Sonatas and Chorales
The charismatic Palladians return with their tenth album for Linn Records. 

CKD 275  

Palladian Ensemble Box
Palladian Ensemble Box
Beautifully presented boxset of three albums from the phenomenally successful Palladian Ensemble 

CKD 249

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Les Elemens: Marais and Rebel
Les Elemens: Marais and Rebel
A powerful performance of French baroque by Rebel and Marais from the popular Palladians. 

CKD 221  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

Held By The Ears
Held By The Ears
A highly enjoyable collection of works by Matteis complemented by some traditional gems. 

CKD 126  

The Sun King's Paradise
The Sun King's Paradise
A brilliant Diapson d'Or award-winning album exploring music by Couperin, Marais and Rebel. 

CKD 100  

Les Saisons Amusantes
Les Saisons Amusantes
A Diapason d'Or award-winning recording of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons (with a twist). 

CKD 070  

Trios For 4
Trios For 4
Enjoy works by Handel, Telemann, Leclair and Quantz in this lovely and well-executed disc. 

CKD 050  

A Choice Collection: Music Of Purcell's London
A Choice Collection: Music Of Purcell's London
Exploring the pieces popular on the London music scene during the time of Purcell. 

CKD 041  

Bach Trio Sonatas
Bach Trio Sonatas
A joyful celebration of Bach's finest Trio Sonatas played to perfection by Palladians. 

CKD 036  

The Winged Lion
The Winged Lion
There is such variety in this sparkling programme that the listener is entranced throughout. 

CKD 015  

An Excess Of Pleasure
An Excess Of Pleasure
The Palladians debut which established them as one of the finest period ensembles around. 

CKD 010  

Rodolfo Richter - violin
Susanne Heinrich - viola da gamba
William Carter - archlute, theorbo, guitar
Silas Standage - harpsichord

Palladians (formerly the Palladian Ensemble) is a quartet of the highest calibre, firmly established on the international music scene since 1991. They present baroque chamber music infused with style, uninhibited virtuosity and intelligent musicianship.

The original members of the Palladian Ensemble (Rachel Podger, Pamela Thorby, Joanna Levine and William Carter) met during their studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) where they specialised in virtuoso chamber music of the baroque period. In 1991 they won the Early Music Centre International Young Artists' Competition, in 1992 they won the South East Arts Young Artists' Platform and by 1993 they had released their first album (An Excess of Pleasure) and made their Wigmore Hall debut.

Gamba player Susanne Heinrich replaced cellist Joanna Levine in 1995 and the Palladian Ensemble went on to tour extensively throughout the UK, South America, the US and Europe, enjoying consistent popularity with audiences and critics worldwide. They recorded six more albums on the way. By 2003 Rachel Podger decided to pursue a solo career and thus stepped in the prize-winning violinist Rodolfo Richter. The Ensemble made two more albums Les Elemens and Sonatas and Chorales - J.S. Bach.

The Palladian Ensemble's award-winning series of recordings for Linn Records have received unanimous praise. An Excess of Pleasure, A Choice Collection and Held by the Ears won the prestigious Diapason d'Or, with others winning Gramophone Magazine 'Editor's Choice' plaudits.

In 2007 Pamela Thorby left the Ensemble in order to pursue new performance opportunities. Nowadays, the Palladian Ensemble is known as "Palladians" allowing more artistic freedom for players to come and go as required, depending on the programme being performed.

In 2008 the Ensemble won a further two Diapason d'Or awards for "The London Collection: A Choice Collection / Held by the Ears" and "The Venice Collection: An Excess of Pleasure / The Winged Lion".  The winning albums are part of four double albums re-issued as the Collector's Series in September 2008.  These two new awards brings the Ensemble's total number of Diapason d'Or accolades to seven!

Palladian Ensemble features on Building a Library
13 June 2009
The Palladian Ensemble plays with real eloquence
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Listen out for Palladians on Radio 3!
10 October 2008
CD Review to play The Devil's Trill...
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BBC Music Choice for Palladians
06 October 2008
5 star success for 'The Devil's Trill'
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Gramophone
The Palladian Ensemble has made its own arrangement of Chédeville's adaptation
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6Moons
"Highly recommended"
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Muzyka21
5 Stars
Excellent review of recordings by the Palladian Ensemble
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Muse Baroque
"Le jeu du violoniste est ici vraiment remarquable..."
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Gramophone
"...an excellent introduction to Tartini's world, presented with warmth and affection."
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OpusHD
OpusHD d'Or Award: "Un petit miracle de musique baroque à ne pas négliger."
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OpusHD (translation)
OpusHD d'Or Award: "This is a small miracle in baroque music not to be neglected."
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al-digital
4 Stars
"Alle Alben zeichnet die Virtuosität des Ensembles..."
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Fanfare
"...the highest and most urgent recommendation."
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Atlanta Audio Society
"...a magnificent portrait..."
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The Herald
5 Stars
"The collection would form a handsome Christmas gift."
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Fono Forum
4 Stars
"Ein intelligentes Plädoyer für zwei Komponisten der so genannten zweiten Reihe."
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Opus Musica
"Expresivos pero no estridentes, de sonido diáfano que no seco..."
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Diapason
4½ Stars
Diapason d'Or: "...naturellement irrésistibles..."
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MusicWeb International
"...a splendid performance..."
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
"In der ‚Teufelstriller-Sonate’ lässt er sein Instrument mal verstörend scharf, mal weich und betörend klingen..."
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Early Music Review
"The Ensemble play consistently with verve, style and virtuosity."
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Early Music Review
"...full of emotional intensity and beautiful sounds..."
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Chamber Disc of the Month: "...this is breath-taking stuff."
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klassiekezaken.nl
"...de Palladians interpreteren met verve en veel stijlgevoel."
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International Record Review
"Darkly fantastic...excellent throughout..."
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AudioVideoHD
5 Stars
"Las interpretaciones de The Palladians son siempre tan veraces..."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"Un disco perfecto por la calidad de su grabación, y la impecable maestría de Palladians."
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Music OMH
4 Stars
"...consistently high quality."
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Crescendo
4½ Stars
"...il fréquentait avec légèreté au grand plaisir des oreilles de ses contemporains...et des nôtres aussi."
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The Scotsman
"...the performances are to die for..."
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ClassicsToday.com
4½ Stars
"These Palladians really know how to make an impressive, entertaining show. Strongly recommended."
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MusicOMH
4 Stars
"...the music's exotic beauty, and the recording quality is unquestionable."
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BBC Online
"...vivid, vital and fresh."
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The Observer
"It's no myth that Rodolfo Richter rises to the challenge with ease..."
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Financial Times
4 Stars
"...a bewitching blend of period taste and musical eloquence."
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The Times (Knowledge)
"...a beautiful disc, with exquisite playing from all four members of the authentic instrument group."


The Irish Times
5 Stars
"The players bring a kind of tragic grandeur to the first movement..."
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Politiken
5 Stars
The Palladians formår at flytte fingrene ekstraordinært hurtigt.
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
"...a beautiful and cogent modern recording."
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Sunday Times
4 Stars
Classical CD of the Week: "...frequently recorded, but rarely with the gusto and technical address..."
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ClassicsToday France
5 Stars
"Un maître-disque d'une perfection jamais stérile, qui montre que le bon goût vaut parfois bien mieux que l'emportement ou la quête du spectaculaire."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"Dazzling playing...Highly recommended."
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Mid Sussex Citizen & Holderness Gazette
...commendable blend of style, togetherness and vitality...
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MusicWeb-International.com
An interesting recording of unique arrangements of Bach
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The Herald
5 Stars
The Palladian Ensemble is just about peerless in this repertoire
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The Perthshire Advertiser
Review of the 'breathtaking' recital in Perth Concert Hall
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Early Music Review
An attractive and convincing rework of well-known music by Bach
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
A refreshing recording coloured magically
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International Record Review
An intimate, supple and imaginative performance
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The Scotsman
A performance with 'stylish and buoyant sensitivity'
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Atlanta Audio Society
Delectable Bach played by the Palladians
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New-Classics.co.uk
This acclaimed period-instrument group's sparkling performance on this recording is irresistible.
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Gramophone
Beautiful.
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ClassicToday.com
4½ Stars
This is music for fun, and the performances fully convey its pleasures and delights.
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The Observer
Virtuosic gusto.
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International Record Review
...gripping, animated, and sometimes positively visceral. Recommended.
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ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
toe-tapping, spirit-uplifting music
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Gramophone
...a group whose quick-witted inventiveness and almost supernatural internal rapport never fail to delight, whatever the music.
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Yorkshire Evening Press
...superb throughout.
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The Observer
...refreshingly different and sprightly set full of energy and humour...
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Daily Telegraph
...crisp, stylish and technically impeccable playing...
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BBC Music Magazine
The Sun King's Paradise is an earthly delight.
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Gramophone
...verve, virtuosity and varied instrumental colour.
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BBC Music Magazine
The sound is excellent...
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Gramophone
Join them on board...
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BBC Music Magazine
Breathtaking...
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Classic CD
The programme continually surprises and enchants. The playing too.
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BBC Music Magazine
Sparkling playing with a sense of uninhibited joy: breathtaking
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