Peter Pontvik, Ensemble Villancico - Tambalagumbá: Early World Music in Latin America (2013)

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Peter Pontvik, Ensemble Villancico - Tambalagumbá: Early World Music in Latin America (2013)

Peter Pontvik, Ensemble Villancico - Tambalagumbá: Early World Music in Latin America (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 51:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777811-2 | Recorded: 2013

The Swedish Ensemble Villancico under its conductor Peter Pontvik guide us through the world of Latin American baroque music. This music is a merging of cultures and traditions - Indian, Spanish, and African. The Ensemble Villancico is currently regarded worldwide as one of the most important interpreters of early music from Latin America, uniting Nordic voices and the spirit of Latin American baroque music.

Andrea De Carlo, Ensemble Mare Nostrum - Stradella: La forza delle stelle ovvero Il Damone (2014)

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Andrea De Carlo, Ensemble Mare Nostrum - Stradella: La forza delle stelle ovvero Il Damone (2014)

Andrea De Carlo, Ensemble Mare Nostrum - Stradella: La forza delle stelle ovvero Il Damone (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 262 Mb | Total time: 49:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arcana | A 377 | Recorded: 2013

Following four successful recordings released on the Ricercar, Alpha and Arcana labels, Rome-based Andrea De Carlo and his Ensemble Mare Nostrum continue their exploration of the Roman repertoire and inaugurate here a new series of recordings, with its own distinctive artwork, devoted to the vast and multifaceted musical heritage of the Eternal City.

Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)

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Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)

Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 678 Mb | Total time: 143:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | ABCD444 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

Cellist Marko Ylönen has recorded a beautiful double album containing Bach’s six suites for solo cello. On the album, Ylönen wants to emphasize the way in which the different series work together in a dialogue. That is why he does not play them in their numerical order, but creates an experience that takes the listener from the world of passion in the fifth series to the joyful tones of the last sixth series. The clear musical structure and the affect of the musical characters and gestures combine in Ylönen’s performance. His interpretation of the Bach suites tells the listener something invaluable, touching and timeless.

Anthony Halstead, Hanover Band - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos (2004)

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Anthony Halstead, Hanover Band - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos (2004)

Anthony Halstead, Hanover Band - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 471 Mb | Total time: 43:47+48:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 5 86043 2 | Recorded: 1992

Listeners used to the Hanover Band will need no prompting to buy this excellent series of performances, excellently recorded. They avoid some of the more quirky and, to some, off-putting aspects of period performance. There are no ugly bulges of tone and wirey shafts of under-nourished violin tone. The wind and brass play bang in tune and the instruments are fully under the control of these top players.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069 (1989)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069 (1989)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 40:45+38:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | RD 77864 | Recorded: 1988

The version is excellent, very well recorded and Koopman offers an accurate reading without falling into the rigid excesses of some German interpreters or a certain "softness" of some English.

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die 13 Cembalokonzerte (1993)

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Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die 13 Cembalokonzerte (1993)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die 13 Cembalokonzerte (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.11 Gb | Total time: 74:31+73:48+59:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 439 612-2 | Recorded: 1973

As a Bach interpreter, Richter was almost unrivalled worldwide for many years and his Bach interpretations set standards. Karl Richter and his choir became the formative interpreters of the internationally renowned Bach Festival in Ansbach, a meeting place for the musical elite from all over the world. For almost two decades, the Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra has had the musical world from New York to Leningrad, from Tokyo to Paris at its feet, and many of its highly decorated recordings are among the best-selling recordings.

Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)

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Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)

Pražák Quartet - Bedřich Smetana: String Quartets; From the Homeland (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 58:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD 250 128 | Recorded: 1998-1999

Classical in its respect for established forms, romantic in its clearly autobiographical nature, the chamber music by the composer of The Bartered Bride is not plentiful, especially when compared with the output of his younger, immediate successor, Antonfn Dvoiik, who returned to the string quaner form rhroughout his creative life, producing fifteen between 1862 and 1895. Well removed from absolute music - as would be Leoš Janáček's after him -, Smetana's surviving chamber catalogue consists of only four works that make up a rare case of psychological programme music. The Piano Trio(1855) already represented a sort of tombeau for the small daughter he had recently lost to scarlet fever.

Lorenzo Regazzo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Arie per basso (2009)

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Lorenzo Regazzo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Arie per basso (2009)

Lorenzo Regazzo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Arie per basso (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 301 Mb | Total time: 58'03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 30472 | Recorded: 2008

Two musical titans in the classical world, award-winning Italian bass Lorenzo Regazzo and Italian conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini, are brought together once again to record the greatest operatic arias by George Frederic Handel. Handel, one of the most celebrated operatic composers of the eighteenth century, always remained out of step with the preferences of his era - notably his attachment to the 'natural' male voice in a time when the high voices of women or castratos triumphed everywhere.

Nicki Kennedy, Sally Bruce-Payne, The Brook Street Band - Handel's English Cantatas (2008)

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Nicki Kennedy, Sally Bruce-Payne, The Brook Street Band - Handel's English Cantatas (2008)

Nicki Kennedy, Sally Bruce-Payne, The Brook Street Band - Handel's English Cantatas (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 69:11+49:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie | AV 2153 | Recorded: 2008

What else can be traced and discovered from Handel’s lost music? Well, once again the Brook Street Band embark on their exciting quest with their fourth disc on AVIE, bringing music unheard since the time of Handel: English Cantatas and Songs.

Jane Glover, Northern Sinfonia, Huddersfield Choral Society - Handel: Messiah (2011)

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Jane Glover, Northern Sinfonia, Huddersfield Choral Society - Handel: Messiah (2011)

Jane Glover, Northern Sinfonia, Huddersfield Choral Society - Handel: Messiah (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 646 Mb | Total time: 71:17+67:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | SIGCD246 | Recorded: 2010

The Huddersfield Choral society has one of the longest and most fruitful relationships with Handel s famous Messiah than perhaps any other chorus in the world: they first performed it in concert during their inception year of 1836, and have continued to do so annually since 1860 with concerts the world over as well as in their hometown of Huddersfield. Recorded live in concert in December 2010, this new recording combines the famous ensemble with the Northern Sinfonia and four world-class professionals, under the direction of Jane Glover CBE. The disc begins with John Wainwright s Christians Awake , a traditional addition to the Messiah programme at their concerts in Huddersfield.

William Christie - Rameau: Pieces de clavecin & Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de clavecin (2003)

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William Christie - Rameau: Pieces de clavecin & Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de clavecin (2003)

William Christie - Rameau: Pièces de clavecin & Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de clavecin (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 739 Mb | Total time: 115:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 2901120.21 | Recorded: 1983

Compared to his colleagues in the French Baroque harpsichord business, Rameau wrote relatively little keyboard music. It all fits on two discs. Like the keyboard sonatas of his contemporary Scarlatti, these pieces contain moments when Rameau clearly uses the harpsichord to evoke the sound of the orchestra–trumpets, flutes, and drums–but unlike Scarlatti's, several of these pieces were actually orchestrated and reappear as dance numbers in Rameau's operas. William Christie is our leading exponent of French Baroque opera, Rameau in particular, and it follows that he is alive to every detail in these fascinating and delightful miniatures.

Olivier Latry - Bach to the Future (2019)

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Olivier Latry - Bach to the Future (2019)

Olivier Latry - Bach to the Future (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 77:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: La Dolce Volta | LDV69 | Recorded: 2019

For his first CD with La Dolce Volta, Olivier Latry has chosen a programme devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This recording, made on the massive Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, of which he is titular organist, raises a number of fascinating questions. “My approach highlights several paradoxes: the notion of performing these key works of Protestantism in one of the most emblematic centres of Catholicism, first of all, but also of playing them on an instrument that is, to say the least, far removed from the Baroque and Classical style of organ building.” - Olivier Latry

Dimitri Jurowski, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Cherubini: Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (2006)

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Dimitri Jurowski, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Cherubini: Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (2006)

Dimitri Jurowski, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia - Cherubini: Lo sposo di tre e marito di nessuna (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 644 Mb | Total time: 76:52+74:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 503/1-2 | Recorded: 2006

Composed in 1783, Thrice Betrothed, Never Wed was the young Cherubini’s fifth opera and his first opera buffa. While it echoes its era—Paisiello, Cimarosa, Haydn, and early Mozart—it displays an almost Rossinian rhythmic bite and a few harmonic touches that look forward to the dramatic masterpieces of Cherubini’s Paris years (Lodoiska, Medée, Les deux journées, Anacréon, the C-Minor Requiem). Despite decades-long exploration of Cherubini, I have never encountered the opera before; this claims to be its first recording. The plot is filled with the expected inanities: disguises, mistaken identities, and Commedia dell’arte shenanigans.

Pražák Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 51/2, String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 (2006)

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Pražák Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 51/2, String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 (2006)

Pražák Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 51/2, String Quintet No. 2 Op. 111 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 61:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD/DSD 250 236 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

Written more than 15 years apart, these two scores, juxtaposed here for the first time, successively illustrate the somewhat morose ‘Nordic’ inspiration of the composer of Ein deutsches Requiem, then a more intimate poetic feeling, and finally a communicative serenity, the headiness of a ‘Hungarian’ dance in the Quartet, a sort of wild csárdás with quasi-orchestral force in the coda of the Quintet.

Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)

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Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)

Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 66:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD/DSD 250 270 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

The back cover of this Czech release promises "certainly the most intense chamber programme that might be dedicated to the joint memory of Sviatoslav Richter and Dmitry Shostakovich," and the performances live up to the billing. The first half of the program is given over to a pair of string quartets from the year 1960, around the point where Shostakovich's inward turn following his denunciation by Soviet cultural commissars merged with his reflections on the violence of modern war to create a uniquely modern tragic dialogue.