Echo du Danube Ensemble - Gottfried Finger: Sonatae pro diversis instrumentis Op. 1 (2011)

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Echo du Danube Ensemble - Gottfried Finger: Sonatae pro diversis instrumentis Op. 1 (2011)

Echo du Danube Ensemble - Gottfried Finger: Sonatae pro diversis instrumentis Op. 1 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:53 | 346 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 24264

The excellently named Gottfried Finger was a gambist and composer active chiefly in London and then Mannheim from around 1680-1730. He was plainly a very accomplished player and a more-than-competent composer; the sonatas here which make up his Op.1 are skilfully done, melodious and have plenty of harmonic interest.

Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue - Jachet de Mantoue: Lamentationes Jeremiae (2003)

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Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue - Jachet de Mantoue: Lamentationes Jeremiae (2003)

Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue - Jachet de Mantoue: Lamentationes Jeremiae (2003)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:30 | 357 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Calliope | Catalog: CAL 9340

Stumbling by chance across this recording, you could be forgiven for assuming that it probably represents yet another foray into long lost repertoire by an insignificant composer. In reality, however, Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559) was actually one of the most distinguished composers of sacred polyphony in the generation between Josquin and Palestrina, with a vast output comprising 23 masses, over 100 motets and many other sacred works (including a St John Passion).

Rüdiger Lotter, Lyriarte - The Enigmatic Art of Antonio & Francesco Maria Veracini (2009)

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Rüdiger Lotter, Lyriarte - The Enigmatic Art of Antonio & Francesco Maria Veracini (2009)

Rüdiger Lotter, Lyriarte - The Enigmatic Art of Antonio & Francesco Maria Veracini (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:24 | 380 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | Catalog: OC 720

Two particularly spectacular personalities of the Baroque period, which was not short of exciting figures: Antonio Veracini, violin virtuoso, teacher and composer in Florence. Although he was a highly respected musician and teacher in his own time, only few of his works have survived. His nephew Francesco Maria, to whom he taught violin and composition, was a completely different type.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (1990)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky:  Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (1990)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (1990)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Cover + Digital Booklet | 04:24:16 | 1,14 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 429 6752 6

Herbert von Karajan recorded almost everything in the standard orchestral repertoire once, many works two or three times, between his 1950s recordings for EMI with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the early 1960s for Decca with the Vienna Philharmonic, and his 1960s - 1989 recordings, mostly with the Berlin Philharmonic, for Deutsche Grammophon.

Renee Fleming - By Request (2003)

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Renee Fleming - By Request (2003)

Renee Fleming - By Request (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:52 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 102402

This Renée Fleming disc, By Request, is mostly a compilation of previously released material. There are three new tracks, "Ah fors' è lui" from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, the song "Cäcille" by Richard Strauss, and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rogers & Hammerstein's musical Carousel. The new recordings all sound fine, and Fleming is outstanding in the re-issued pieces as well. If you have the prior incarnations of these recordings, you may elect to pass on this collection unless you want the three new tracks.

Valery Gergiev, Wiener Philarmoniker: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 5 & 6 (2005)

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Valery Gergiev, Wiener Philarmoniker: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 5 & 6 (2005)

Valery Gergiev, Wiener Philarmoniker: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 5 & 6 (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:12:56 | 702 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 000547002

This set of recordings of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies by Valery Gergiev leading the Vienna Philharmonic contains performances that are undeniably fire-breathing, undoubtedly heaven-storming, and inarguably heart-on-sleeve. Gergiev, one of the most exciting Russian conductors, leads the works with a combination of reckless passion, imperious command, and unbearable drama that is his hallmark, and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op. 9 (1999) (Repost)

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Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op. 9 (1999) (Repost)

Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Albinoni: 12 Concertos Op. 9 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:57:32 | 630 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 458 129-2

For consistently amiable, if undemanding entertainment, Albinoni’s concertos, with or without oboe, or oboes, are hard to beat. Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music here perform the 12 concertos contained in the collection published in 1722 as the composer’s Op. 9.

Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)

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Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)

Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:19 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ars Musici | Catalog: 232379

The Augsburger Domsingknaben, or boy singers of Augsburg Cathedral, have a claim to be the perfect group to interpret the music of the south German composer Hans Leo Hassler, a student of Andrea Gabrieli whose music straddles the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The young choristers come from the same area where the music originated, and, like some of the English cathedral choirs, they have a history going back to the middle of the last millennium (although not quite so continuous).

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Telemann: Cantaten & Odes (1991)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Telemann: Cantaten & Odes (1991)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Telemann: Cantaten & Odes (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:56 | 304 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Capriccio | Catalog: 10 338

Capriccio's Telemann: Cantatas & Odes finds illustrious countertenor René Jacobs estranged from his established home base of Harmonia Mundi and seeming a little like a fish out of water. Joining Jacobs on this soft adventure is the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, providing a very restrained even hesitant performance as his backing group in a program of some of Telemann's vocal music; three cantatas, adapted from their highly condensed published editions.

Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan - Prokofiev, Brahms: Concertos for Cello and Orchestra (2015)

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Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan - Prokofiev, Brahms: Concertos for Cello and Orchestra (2015)

Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan - Prokofiev, Brahms: Concertos for Cello and Orchestra (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:56 | 350 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | Catalog: MELCD 1002380

Firma Melodiya presents recordings of Brahms and Prokofiev concertos performed by Natalia Gutman and Oleg Kagan. One of the worlds best cellists, a Peoples Artist of the USSR, and an owner of the State Prize of Russia, Natalia Gutman received four competition prizes when she was a student.

Neville Marriner - Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces (2013)

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Neville Marriner - Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces (2013)

Neville Marriner - Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces (2013)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 59:12 | 145 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics

Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces is a generous collection of Romantic gems performed by Neville Marriner and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, including popular selections by Georges Bizet, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Charles Gounod, and Benjamin Godard. Because the music is mostly taken from famous operas and ballets, the album offers a mix of highly colorful and serenely beautiful pieces, though all of them are extremely tuneful and memorable.

Alice Sara Ott - Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante (2008) (Repost)

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Alice Sara Ott - Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante (2008) (Repost)

Alice Sara Ott - Liszt: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante (2008)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:11 | 254 MB
Genre: 4778362 | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4778362

Alice Sara Ott's 2008 recording of Franz Liszt's 12 Transcendental Etudes may be the right prescription for jaded listeners who are sure they've heard all they need of this composer. To the extent that any pianist can make Liszt's music sound fresh, innovative, and interesting again, after years of mistreatment at the hands of sentimentalists and show-offs, Ott succeeds brilliantly on all three points.

Michaela Paetsch Neftel - Joachim Raff: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Cavatina, Ungrischer (2000)

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Michaela Paetsch Neftel - Joachim Raff: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Cavatina, Ungrischer (2000)

Michaela Paetsch Neftel - Joachim Raff: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Cavatina, Ungrischer (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:06 | 351 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tudor | Catalog: 7086

If the idea of a marginally more advanced Mendelssohn or a slightly more coherent Liszt sounds appealing, try Joseph Joachim Raff. In this disc of his two violin concertos coupled with two shorter works for violin and orchestra, Raff writes for the soloist in an effervescent style that clearly has its origins in Mendelssohn's elfin manner.

Capella de Ministrers, Carles Magraner - Peregrinatio - Ramon Llull: crònica d'un viatge medieval (2016)

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Capella de Ministrers, Carles Magraner - Peregrinatio - Ramon Llull: crònica d'un viatge medieval (2016)

Capella de Ministrers, Carles Magraner - Peregrinatio - Ramon Llull: crònica d'un viatge medieval (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:19 | 328 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Capella de Ministrers | Catalog: CDM 1638

Peregrinatio is the second part of the trilogy Ramon Llull: lúltim pelegrinatge.The music of this album will accompany the first Ramon Llull's travels outside the territories of the Crown of Aragon and Majorca. After his years of learning and his failed experience of founding the Monastery of Miramar, Llull personally will take the reins of the project and since 1287 we will find him traveling around the Mediterranean to present their missionary projects to Kings and Popes: the first trips draws musical scene of Llull s visit to Paris and music that move us to Genoa, where he plans to sail to Tunisia.

Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)

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Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)

Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:50 | 341 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU 907297

The Orlando Consort once again shows its intelligence and educated approach to Renaissance-era music, while not denying the beauty of the pieces. The album is a demonstration, in varied works, of the contenance angloise, the sound that distinguished English music of the fifteenth century from that of the continent.