Antonino Fogliani, Virtuosi Brunensis - Rossini: Guillaume Tell (2015)

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Antonino Fogliani, Virtuosi Brunensis - Rossini: Guillaume Tell (2015)

Antonino Fogliani, Virtuosi Brunensis - Rossini: Guillaume Tell (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,09 Gb | Total time: 232:21 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660363-66 | Recorded: 2013

Performed for the first time in its original uncut version, this production of Guillaume Tell was the jewel in the crown of the 25-year history of the ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ opera festival. Rossini’s final, great, operatic masterpiece is a story of liberation, the oppressed Swiss attaining their ideal of emancipation by hounding the tyrannical Habsburgs out of their country. Although it was composed for the complex demands of the Paris Opéra, numerous dances, choruses and arias were dropped for reasons of practicality. These are restored in the present recording which also includes the stunning finale of the shorter 1831 version of the opera .

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2001)

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Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2001)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 771 Mb | Total time: 65:57+66:22+31:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 1079-2 | Recorded: 2001

Belshazzar is one of Handel’s works that could be called a total failure at the time of its first performance. Premiered in 1745 to a nearly empty house, contemporary reports say that it was a disastrously bad performance. This oratorio never gained popularity in Handel’s lifetime, and he only performed it twice after the first performance. Yet this is no minor work. Full of great Handelian arias, and stirring choral movements, this oratorio deserves to stand among his greatest works. Drama and energy play like a flame through the pages of this work. It has everything a Handel oratorio needs: tension, excitement, and attractive melodies.

Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)

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Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)

Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 63:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Profil | # PH08026 | Recorded: 1997

Donizetti began writing his Requiem Mass after the death of fellow composer and friend Bellini. Ironically it was not performed until after Donizetti's death in 1848. Lacking a 'Sanctus', 'Benedictus' and 'Agnus Dei', the work is nevertheless a large-scale, powerful and compelling work which is one of Donizetti's most important non-operatic compositions.

Emmanuel Plasson, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Donizetti: Parisina d’Este (1999)

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Emmanuel Plasson, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Donizetti: Parisina d’Este (1999)

Emmanuel Plasson, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Donizetti: Parisina d’Este (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 556 Mb | Total time: 61:59+68:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # 277/1-2 | Recorded: 1997

"From its foreboding prelude to its melodramatic conclusion, 'Parisina' is one tuneful delight after ano- ther….Pendatchanska is a youthful protagonist. She has a warm voice of almost mezzo-soprano coloring….Hers is a major vocal talent…"
–American Record Guide

Sebastiano Rolli, Coro e Orchestra Donizetti Opera - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra (2017)

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Sebastiano Rolli, Coro e Orchestra Donizetti Opera - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra (2017)

Sebastiano Rolli, Coro e Orchestra Donizetti Opera - Donizetti: Rosmonda d'Inghilterra (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 648 Mb | Total time: 78:46+65:20 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 7757.02 | Recorded: 2016

Revived after 171 years in oblivion, the staging of Rosmonda d’Inghilterra at Bergamo’s Teatro Donizetti proved fascinating for the Italian public. From the excellent cast of singers, Jessica Pratt and Eva Mei gave standout performances. The opera revolves around a tale of love and intrigue surrounding the main protagonists- the famous Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, her husband Henry II of England, and the fair Rosamund de Clifford. Rosmonda is the quintessential innocent, unaware that the man she loves is the King of England and that she has unwittingly become a rival to the much-feared Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor, having already had her first marriage annulled for reasons of consanguinity, is unwilling to se her second marriage also fail. Only the faithful page Arturo, secretly in love with Rosmonda, knows that the Queen is aware of her husband’s betrayal; but he too is embroiled in this game of deceit hoping that he will end up winning the girl. The emotional and dramatic development is very effective. There is not a page in this score without some example of brilliant writing, a captivating theme, a moving passage. It all goes to prove how deeply original Donizetti was and how much there is still to be discovered about this underappreciated composer.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 53:25+53:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5317 | Recorded: 2008

Like many renditions of Bach's monumental B Minor Mass, this one puts forward a musical argument: in this case, for the use of a vocal ensemble made up of ten soloists rather than a choir. Minkowski's approach may be historically aggressive, but the sound is unstintingly lovely and the pared-down arrangements shed an interesting and unusual light on this most familiar of the baroque masterworks. Highly recommended to most classical collections and all period-instrument collections.
–Rick Anderson

Jaroslav Krcek, Capella Istropolitana - Locatelli: Concerti Grossi Op.1, Nos. 7-12 (1996)

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Jaroslav Krcek, Capella Istropolitana - Locatelli: Concerti Grossi Op.1, Nos. 7-12 (1996)

Jaroslav Krček, Capella Istropolitana - Locatelli: Concerti Grossi Op.1, Nos. 7-12 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 63:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553446 | Recorded: 1994-95

Locatelli’s set of Opus 1 Concerti grossi, although indebted to Corelli (with the Eighth of the set ending with a Christmas Pastorale), similarly has a style and personality all its own. The invention is vigorous, the expressive range appealing. The Capella Istropolitana play with crisp attack, plenty of sparkle and resilient rhythms, while slow movements reveal a keen identity with the lessons of period performance, even though modern instruments are used. The Naxos recording is admirable.
–Penguin Guide

Aurele Nicolet, Karl Richter - Bach: Flotensonaten (1989)

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Aurele Nicolet, Karl Richter - Bach: Flotensonaten (1989)

Aurèle Nicolet, Karl Richter - Bach: Flötensonaten (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 64:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 427 113-2 | Recorded: 1969, 1973

These are carefully considered and precisely executed interprations. Nicolet has a warm tone, his excellent breathing technique creates wonderful phrasing.
–Gramophone

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 72:34+67:15+53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908354.56 | Recorded: 1993, 1994, 2002

Another entry in Harmonia Mundi's ongoing Bach Edition, this recording from 1993 exemplifies both the consistently high standard of performance we've come to expect from Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale and the astonishing musical variety and emotional/spiritual depth of Bach's vocal works. As usual in this series, the program reflects a theme, in this case the feast of Ascension, for which Bach wrote what proved to be his final oratorio (improperly catalogued as a cantata in the original edition of Bach's works) and at least three cantatas. The oratorio contains both original music and, as has recently been shown, several movements taken from cantatas no longer extant. It's a compelling and inexplicably underperformed work, far shorter than Bach's other oratorios, complete with some terrific orchestral music, two wonderful festive choruses, a tenor Evangelist narrator, a charming little duet for tenor and bass, and arias for soprano and alto.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 777 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

"It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets."
– George Chien

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 5,46 Gb | Total time: 20 h 16 min | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 25319 | Recorded: 2004-2014

Started in 2001 Sigiswald Kuijken cycle on Accent has made a very promising start. As one might expect these performances have a subtle sense of rhythmic hierarchy, with animated dance metres and well shaped continuo lines. The performances are highly convincing: the vocal soloists bring great energy to their lines, adding effective ornamentation in the choruses and projecting a distinctive character for each aria. These performances illuminate Bach’s cantatas with persuasive musicianship and also a critical appraisal of current performing styles. As a result, they are some of the finest examples of what historically informed performers can achieve.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 840 Mb | Total time: 195:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908372.74 | Recorded: 1991, 1997, 1999

"The Scholl/Herreweghe CD is distinguished by its marriage of beautiful sound and expressive intensity. The richly nuanced orchestral playing remains forceful throughout and Scholl imbues his beguiling voice with a fervent conviction…"
– BBC Music Magazine

"Kooy must by now have appeared in more Bach cantata recordings than any other solo singer in history, and even in 1991 when these recordings were made he was an experienced Bach singer of immense authority. His performances of these soul-searching, inward-looking works are stamped with a level of technical command and sensitivity that renders more obvious gesture superfluous. This is masterly and utterly compelling singing."
– Brian Robins

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria; Livietta e Tracollo (2011)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria; Livietta e Tracollo (2011)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria; Livietta e Tracollo (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 190 min | 6,30+5,97 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2010

For the festivities marking the Pergolesi’s tercentenary in his native Jesi, Ignacio García created a new staging of the imperial drama Adriano in Siria. His staging in Jesi’s exquisite 18th-century Teatro Comunale Pergolesi includes the delightful comic intermezzo Livietta e Tracollo, thus following the precedent set at the premiere in 1734. A fine Italian cast and the distinguished Accademia Bizantina are led by the Accademia’s director, Ottavio Dantone.

Paolo Carignani, Symphony Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent - Donizetti: Le duc d’Albe (2013)

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Paolo Carignani, Symphony Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent - Donizetti: Le duc d’Albe (2013)

Paolo Carignani, Symphony Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent - Donizetti: Le duc d’Albe (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 615 Mb | Total time: 75:50+66:18 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 7665/1-2 | Recorded: 2012

The motives for leaving a work of music incomplete can be many and they are not always known. Donizetti began working on Le Duc d'Albe in 1839, in view of a staging at the Opéra of Paris. The project, however, was temporarily put aside. Towards the end of 1840, the soprano Rosine Stolz, then the undisputed star of the Opéra, categorically refused to play the role of Hélène in Le Duc d'Albe, which for all intents and purposes marked the demise of the opera. The dispute had even legal consequences, with the impresario of the Opéra, Léon Pillet. Donizetti gradually abandoned the work; then his health deteriorated to the point that he could no longer compose, and the opera was left unfinished, with some parts fully orchestrated and others for which we have no musical indication whatsoever.

The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64 (2018)

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The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64 (2018)

The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 697 Mb | Total time: 79:48+65:33 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68221 | Recorded: 2017

The London Haydn Quartet continue their critically acclaimed series celebrating their namesake, which The Guardian raves has, ''too many pleasures to enumerate.'' This volume, featuring the String Quartets of Op.64, is another unmissable double-disc set performed with the quartet's usual mix of intelligence and humanity.