Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro (2005)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro (2005)

Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro: Arie & Madrigale by Giulio Caccini with instrumental music of his time (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 62:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Divox | # CDX-70202-6 | Recorded: 2003

Italian late Renaissance composer Giulio Caccini (1551-1618) was not only one of the most famous composers of his time but also an exceptionally gifted singer. "Dolcissimo sospiro" presents a fine selection of strophic arias and madrigals from Caccini's "Nuove Musiche". Singer of those "sweetest sigh", Roberta Invernizzi, is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the field of Early Music. The Accademia Strumentale Italiana, an ensemble specializing in Early Music, has performed extensively in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and has been invited to several international festivals. This recording received the Midem Award for the Best Recording of Early Music in 2007.

Günter Wand, Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (1989)

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Günter Wand, Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8  (1989)

Günter Wand, Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 86:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | # RD60364 | Recorded: 1987

There are not a lot of recordings of the 1887 edition of the 8th. Of those, the selection of actually good (i.e. not marred by performance or recording problems) is even smaller. Out of the small number of recordings of this edition, this is in my opinion the best. The fast movements are paced just right (fast but not too fast), and the slow movement is not too ponderous. The playing is top-notch, with a particular nod to the horns and low brass, and the interpretation is fiery and not too reserved.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-10697-2 | Recorded: 1994

For all the lovely recordings of the Mozart Requiem, KV 626 - and there are many fine ones that run the gamut of 'authoritative/authentic' performances to richly robust and romantic versions that ring the halls with operatic grandeur - this 1995 recording with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissantes is one that is so richly rewarding to return to for its delicate yet soulful sincerity. The instruments are in keeping with the instruments of Mozart's time, and the choral technique is more straight toned than other more modern choruses. The soloists - Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann, alto, Christoph Pregardien, tenor, and Nathan Berg, bass - are all excellent, both as individuals and in quartet and combinations.

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5980 | Recorded: 2004

This knockout CD of Vivaldi motets is a thrilling ride. They are scored for soprano and strings and show the wonderful variety of effects Vivaldi had at his disposal (faster, more dramatic arias use the metaphor of a ship in storm-tossed seas, searching for calm winds and safety): in other words, the same stuff he uses in his operas. But here, because these motets are religious in nature, it is the soul in flux that is wishing for God, or a saint, to guide it. Vivaldi will use the lower strings to give the feeling of menacing weather while the singer navigates through outlandishly difficult coloratura (fast runs, octave leaps, high stacatto effects); conversely, each motet also contains a slow, introspective aria which requires a long, soft vocal line.

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian' (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 56:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 3287 | Recorded: 2012

This album features the seldom-played Second Version of the Italian Symphony, and the seldom-played first version of the Violin Concerto. Both are played by the superb early music chamber orchestra, Capella Savaria, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Zsolt Kalló is the superb violin soloist.

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)

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Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 44:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921101 | Recorded: 1997

"…a performance full of character and joy. It bristles with energy without adopting extreme tempos; period instrument sonorities refresh even that over-exposed Wedding March."
— BBC Music Magazine

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flûte à bec et basse continue (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 491 Mb | Total time: 106:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901253.54 | Recorded: 1986

"…[The] 'Serenata a tre'…is brimming with energy and melodic invention, every aria a delight. The three singers give sparkling performances and London Baroque dispatches the brightly variegated score with much aplomb…"
–BBC Music

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

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Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Felix Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 541 Mb | Total time: 126:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accentus Music | # ACC-30356 | Recorded: 2015

"Never was there a more complete triumph - never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art." This was the response of the critic in the London Times to the wildly successful premiere of Felix Mendelssohn's Elias in 1846. Hans-Christoph Rademann began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir with this groundbreaking oratorio. After eight productive and successful years, his final concert in July 2015 also featured the work.

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu (2012)

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Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu (2012)

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 58:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC72513 | Recorded: 2010

Gregor Werner (1695-1766) began directing the fortunes of the Esterházy court band, the Hofkapelle, on 10 May 1728. He was an industrious man. Forty Masses, three Requiems, three Te Deums, four Offertories, twelve Vespers, twelve Good Friday oratorios, approximately eighteen oratorios, a hundred and thirty-three antiphons and a multitude of instrumental pieces and minor works testify to his fertile creative spirit.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 7 (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 7 (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 7 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,48 Gb | Total time: 05:48:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

The King's Singers - Finding Harmony (2020)

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The King's Singers - Finding Harmony (2020)

The King's Singers - Finding Harmony (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 69:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD607 | Recorded: 2019

Singing together binds us together. From the Protestant Reformation in Europe during the 1500s to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, there have been countless moments in history when songs have united nations, cultures and causes. This is still the case in todays world. Finding Harmony is evidence that music has always been our common language. A unique collection of pieces that span the globe including music thats too often forgotten each song is the key to a powerful true story about who we are and how weve got here. Together, Finding Harmony proves how deeply we can be moved by all kinds of stories when songs connect us to them, and to each other.

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

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Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 53:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS034 | Recorded: 2020

The Leçons de Ténèbres (Lessons of Darkness) became a favourite theme for musical compositions in the middle of the 17th century. Michel Lambert was the first French musician to compose a cycle in 1662, quickly followed by Charpentier and Lalande. But the most famous - and the first to have attracted the public of today and to be recorded - are those of François Couperin, dated 1714.

Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Handel: Brockes-Passion, HWV 48 (2010)

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Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Handel: Brockes-Passion, HWV 48 (2010)

Peter Neumann, Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Handel: Brockes-Passion, HWV 48 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 707 Mb | Total time: 78:25+74:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # CARUS83428 | Recorded: 2009

Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text for the passion oratorio, later named after him, is among the best-known Passion librettos of the early 18th century. This version is the first recording on CD of the work based on the copy made by J S Bach himself. It is distinguished from the better-known version by a different text for the opening chorus.

Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)

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Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)

Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 206 Mb | Total time: 52:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus Records | # NI 5578 | Recorded: 1994

Cardinal Wolsey – a flamboyant patron of the arts – founded Cardinal College, Oxford, in 1525, establishing a choir that was both larger and more accomplished than King Henry VIII’s own. Following Wolsey’s notorious fall from grace in 1529, Cardinal College was renamed Christ Church and the present-day Cathedral choristers pay tribute to its first master of music, Richard Pygott.

Gidon Kremer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Giedré Dirvanauskaité - Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)

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Gidon Kremer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Giedré Dirvanauskaité - Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)

Gidon Kremer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Giedré Dirvanauskaité - Mieczysław Weinberg: Chamber Music (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 58:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 7522 | Recorded: 2018

Following the success of the Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21 with conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Deutsche Grammophon now features chamber music by Mieczysław Weinberg under the direction of Gidon Kremer.
Included among others are his “Three Pieces for Violin and Piano”, which Weinberg completed in the winter of 1934/35 when he was only 15 years old and had not yet received any compositional training. What connects Weinberg’s works is not only their compositional perfection, but above all their constant commitment to beauty. It is a confession that in Weinberg’s music is above all pain and suffering.