John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Derek Lee Ragin, Sylvia McNair - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2012)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Derek Lee Ragin, Sylvia McNair - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2012)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Derek Lee Ragin, Sylvia McNair - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 401 Mb | Total time: 88:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 3425 | Recorded: 1991

…Gardiner's account of the Vienna Orfeo ed Euridice is peerless. One soon loses all sense of its being a period-instrument performance at all, so profound, at times overwhelming is its impact - so utterly right. In detail after detail - hauntingly poetic offstage instrumental complement, perfectly positioned in the drama (and perfectly captured by the excellent Philips recording); superbly stirring brass playing, which makes every entry a dramatic event; choral singing extraordinarily light in weight yet rich in emotional substance; exquisitely refined dance movements - and in sustainment of a delicately tenebrous, uniquely Gluckian atmosphere throughout, Gardiner's command of an opera championed since his first London concert performance, 21 years ago, is revealed as simply larger and fuller than almost anyone else's.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Bach: Mass in B-minor (2016)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Bach: Mass in B-minor (2016)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Bach: Mass in B-minor (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 531 Mb | Total time: 105:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HAF 8905293.94 | Recorded: 2016

One of the supreme monuments of western sacred music, the Mass in B minor has been constantly reexamined by successive generations of performers. The questions it raises for musicologists and conductors are many and varied; each of them strives to give his or her own reading with the necessary humility. It was in this frame of mind that William Christie tackled the work in the course of a memorable tour in 2016.

Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)

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Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)

Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 68:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 6523 | Recorded: 1977, 1978

Gibson’s virile, plain-speaking account of Elgar’s glorious Second Symphony refreshes in its directness and honesty. Included also is a sumptuous rendering of the rare Crown of India suite.

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben - Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140 (1993)

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Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben - Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140 (1993)

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben - Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 58:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 436 226-2 | Recorded: 1984

Münchinger uses WF Bach's alterations to Einfeste Burg (the addition of trumpets and kettledrums to the two largest movements), which - with the fresh, even raw, singing from soloists and chorus alike — makes this a dramatic almost triumphalist account; Wochet aufis similarly spacious and joyful. The sound is excellent; die chorus particularly vivid.

Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala (2015)

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Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala (2015)

Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala: L'infedeltà delusa, La vera costanza (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 64:48+77:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C5255 | Recorded: 2009, 2011

Although Joseph Haydn is still regarded principally as a master of instrumental music, he was also one of the forward-looking opera composers of his day, devoting a significant portion of his working life to the genre. As the opera director for Prince Esterházy, he oversaw more than a thousand opera productions at the Esterházy court, which included popular stage works of the time, as well as his own. These two operas are unusual and ahead of their time in that it is women who take centre stage. These female protagonists are people of real flesh and blood, strong, pragmatic, and clearly representative of the spirit of the Enlightenment.

George Li - Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt (2017)

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George Li - Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt (2017)

George Li - Live at the Mariinsky: Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 68:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029581294 | Recorded: 2016

This enthralling recital by the young American pianist George Li, silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, marks his recording debut and launches a new relationship with Warner Classics. Captured at a live performance in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, it presents a dramatically conceived programme of works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt: a descent into deep darkness; re-emergence into the light, and a concluding, boisterous celebration.

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

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Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)

Peter Schreier, Staatskapelle Dresden - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12CDs] (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,78 Gb | Total time: 11:31:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 108-2 | Recorded: 1984-1994

Bachs Passions and other great choral works in performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the masterly direction of Peter Schreier who also sings the role of the Evangelist. Schreiers aim in Bach interpretation is to bring new lightness without following the full dictates of authentic performance, and in this he succeeds superbly. The recording is first rate, with the choral forces well separated.

Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)

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Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)

Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,56 Gb | Total time: 10:04:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88691955112 | Recorded: 1981-1993

10 CDs mit Passionen, Messen und Motetten passend zur Osterzeit . Neben den beiden berühmten Passionen von Bach - der Johannes- und Matthäuspassion - sind weitere hörenswerte Aufnahmen enthalten. Die Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi von de Rore oder den Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae von Zelenka sind hervorragende und selten aufgenommene Werke, interpretiert von herausragenden Künstlern.

Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)

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Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)

Kirill Karabits, Staatskapelle Weimar - Liszt: Sardanapalo; Mazeppa (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 67:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Audite | # 97.764 | Recorded: 2018

Contrary heroes: Symphonic poem Mazeppa and the opera fragment Sardanapalo performed by Karabits and the Weimar Staatskapelle. Sardanapalo who prefers wine and concubines to politics and warfare, and Mazeppa, who dies with glory, having endured pain and humiliation: dramatic literary models, impressively set to music by Franz Liszt. Written at the same time, these works represent Liszt’s ideas striving to unite literature and music, on the one hand modernising Italian opera and on the other advancing towards the symphonic poem in his orchestral writing.

Paweł Iwaszkiewicz, Orkiestra Czasów Zarazy - Telemann's Poland (2017)

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Paweł Iwaszkiewicz, Orkiestra Czasów Zarazy - Telemann's Poland (2017)

Paweł Iwaszkiewicz, Orkiestra Czasów Zarazy - Telemann's Poland (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 311 Mb | Total time: 51:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ayros | # AYCD01 | Recorded: 2014

The years 1681-1767 constitute the frame of Telemann’s lifetime. He was an outstanding German composer who lived and worked in the late Baroque – the same age as the masters Bach and Händel. Although nowadays his famous contemporaries often overshadow him, in his lifetime he was known as one of the most productive and versatile musicians. After centuries of neglect, his character and creativity seem to be winning that respect once again.

Imogen Cooper, Northern Sinfonia - Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 23 & 9 'Jeunehomme' (2006)

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Imogen Cooper, Northern Sinfonia - Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 23 & 9 'Jeunehomme' (2006)

Imogen Cooper, Northern Sinfonia - Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos. 23 & 9 'Jeunehomme' (2006)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 250 Mb | Total time: 62:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie | # AV2100 | Recorded: 2006

Avie inaugurates a new series with the Northern Sinfonia with the first commercial recording to be made at the spectacular Sage Gateshead, the landmark waterfront venue on Tyneside. In residence at the Sage Gateshead since its opening in 2004, the award-winning Northern Sinfonia's dynamic approach to programmes, performances and recordings have earned them plaudits aplenty. The poetic pianist Imogen Cooper has a close association with Northern Sinfonia and the Sage Gateshead, having chosen the Steinway piano for the venue which she performs on this live recording.

Plamena Nikitassova, Maya Amrei, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Carlo Zuccari: Violin Sonatas (1747) (2012)

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Plamena Nikitassova, Maya Amrei, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Carlo Zuccari: Violin Sonatas (1747) (2012)

Plamena Nikitassova, Maya Amrei, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Carlo Zuccari: Violin Sonatas (1747) (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 64:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC10268 | Recorded: 2011

The Italian violinist and composer Carlo Zuccari (1704-1792) worked from 1741 in Milan, where he was the leader of Giovanni Battista Sammartini’s famous orchestra. In the 1760s he was in London as member of the Italian opera orchestra and published there his “True Method of Playing an Adagio”); in 1765 he returned to Milan.

Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances - L'Archange & le Lys: Messe & motets d'Antoine Boesset (2011)

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Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances - L'Archange & le Lys: Messe & motets d'Antoine Boesset (2011)

Sébastien Daucé, Ensemble Correspondances - L'Archange & le Lys: Messe & motets d'Antoine Boesset (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 68:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | # ZZT110801 | Recorded: 2011

Bearing witness to a miraculously preserved and somewhat mysterious musical world, this precious recording reveals a repertory at once sober and refined, moving and poetic, which invites us to open the gates of those convents that, in the midseventeenth century, attracted from Paris and throughout the kingdom a public enthralled by their angelic voices, animated by a single deep and authentic faith which further increased the powerful appeal and the mystery of their singing.

David Bates, La Nuova Musica - Sacrifices: Sébastien de Brossard, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Giacomo Carissimi (2014)

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David Bates, La Nuova Musica - Sacrifices: Sébastien de Brossard, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Giacomo Carissimi (2014)

David Bates, La Nuova Musica - Sacrifices: Sébastien de Brossard, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Giacomo Carissimi (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 67:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 807588 | Recorded: 2012

David Bates leads La Nuova Musica in 'Sacrifices', a programme of intensely dramatic oratorios from the mid Baroque. Three poignant tales of denail and sacrifice: St Peter's denial of Christ; Abraham's [narrowly averted] sacrifice of his son Isaac; and the Old Testament story of Jepthe, the hero commander who, before leading the Israelites into battle against the Ammonites, vows to God that if he is victorious, he will sacrifice the first living thing he meets upon his return.
Unfortunately it is his darling daughter, who dances out to greet him with cymbals and flutes. Jepthe must honour his vow…

Charlotte Mattax Moersch - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2019)

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Charlotte Mattax Moersch - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2019)

Charlotte Mattax Moersch - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 503 Mb | Total time: 76:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | CEN 3721 | Recorded: 2018

The Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach are without doubt one of the greatest of all keyboard masterpieces. Charlotte Mattax Moersch gives us an informed and gripping performance of this unquestioned masterpiece. Harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax Moersch has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. Since capturing First and Third Prizes in basso continuo and solo playing in the International Harpsichord Competitions in Paris, France and Bruges, Belgium, she has appeared in solo recitals in New York, London, Edinburgh, Rome, Geneva, Paris, and Amsterdam, and at historic venues, among them Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Mozarteum, and the Palazzo della Cancelleria.