Anthonello - Handel: 6 Complete Recorder Sonatas (2002)

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Anthonello - Handel: 6 Complete Recorder Sonatas (2002)

Anthonello - Handel: 6 Complete Recorder Sonatas (2002)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:36 | 344 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Live Notes | Catalog: WWCC-7410

The early music ensemble Anthonello is named after the 14th century composer Anthonello da Caserta, and was founded with the view to performing early music in the spirit of the period. Each of the members is a soloist in her or his own right, and also has wide experience of performing with leading musicians in various parts of the world. Since its inception in 1994, the ensemble has gained a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its playing and for its interpretative flair.

Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe & Richard Studt - Arvo Pärt (1994)

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Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe & Richard Studt - Arvo Pärt (1994)

Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe & Richard Studt - Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Spiegel Im Spiegel, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:41 | 255 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Eminence | Catalog: 7243 5 65031 2 0

This disc of music by Arvo Pärt offers a generous representative sampling of his orchestral and chamber works from early in his holy minimalist (or, as he preferred, tintinnabuli) phase, mostly from the late 1970s but some as late as 1990. The pieces include some of his most popular works, notably Fratres (which exists in nearly a dozen incarnations), Spiegel in Spiegel (of which there are nearly half as many versions), Summa, and Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.

Ellen Hargis, Ensemble Ouabache - Bonporti: Motets (1996)

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Ellen Hargis, Ensemble Ouabache - Bonporti: Motets (1996)

Ellen Hargis, Ensemble Ouabache - Bonporti: Motets (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:13 | 258 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Dorian Recordings | Catalog: DIS 80163

The Italian baroque seems to be an inexhaustible quarry for lovers of historical performance practice and beautifully balanced music. Francesco Antonio Bonporti was a composer-priest who, after studies in Innsbruck and Rome, spent most of his working life in his home town of Trento, once host to the Tridentinum, but in the early eighteenth century nothing more than a provincial nest.

Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)

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Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)

Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:25 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559796072

Of all the so-called minimalists working today, John Adams is the only one with any good ideas left. Witness this delightful release. The key to Adams's creativity is that he isn't bound by theoretical constraints on what "minimalism" should be. Century Rolls (1995) is a commission by Emanuel Ax, and it was inspired by the composer's listening to a CD recording of an ancient player piano.

Magdalena Kozena, Marc Minkowski - Handel: Italian Cantatas (2000) (Repost)

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Magdalena Kozena, Marc Minkowski - Handel: Italian Cantatas (2000) (Repost)

Magdalena Kozena, Marc Minkowski - Handel: Italian Cantatas (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:31 | 340 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 469 065-2

Only a few years since emerging as a notable singer, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená hasn't stopped enchanting her audience. It is, after all, a rare pleasure to experience this unique voice with its warm and elegant timbre. Some of its aspects are apparent in her preceding recital, an unusual–and unusually beautiful program of Czech love songs. With this account of Handel's Italian Cantatas, Kozená confirms the immense scope of her gifts.

Mischa Maisky - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)

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Mischa Maisky - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)

Mischa Maisky - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (1995)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 64:33 | 157 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Anticipating the ultimate judgements of posterity can be a risky business, and yet in the case of Shostakovich concertos I'll risk putting my neck on the line by proclaiming the First Violin Concerto greater than the Second, and the Second Cello Concerto greater than the First.

Carlo Maria Giulini - Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1985)

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Carlo Maria Giulini - Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1985)

Carlo Maria Giulini - Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:59:34 | 498 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415 288-2

An acclaimed and versatile conductor, Carlo Maria Giulini started his musical studies as a violinist, attending the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He studied conducting with Bernardino Molinari at Santa Cecilia and Alfredo Casella at Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After graduation, he joined the Augusteo Orchestra in Rome as a violist. As an orchestral musician, he came in contact with the great conductors of the time, including Strauss, Mengelberg, Walter, Klemperer, and Furtwängler.

Pavel Kohout - Buxtehude, Bohm, Bach (2011)

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Pavel Kohout - Buxtehude, Bohm, Bach (2011)

Pavel Kohout - Buxtehude, Bohm, Bach (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:12 | 361 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Orglarstvo Mocnik | Catalog: KP000022131

The organ in the church of the former Velesovo monastery, built in 2007, represents the most consistent attempt so far in Slovenia to construct a new organ that would permit an authentic performance of the organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries from Central and Northern Germany. The selection of music, recorded on this CD, has been made accordingly.

Richard Hickox, Eric Parkin - George Dyson: Concertos (1992)

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Richard Hickox, Eric Parkin - George Dyson: Concertos (1992)

Richard Hickox, Eric Parkin - George Dyson: Concertos (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:08 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 9076

George Dyson (1883-1964) studied with Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music and Dyson's own compositions tend to reflect the kind of romanticism of both Stanford and Perry or the era just before Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and William Walton. His music is always lyrical if a bit modest,or perhaps understated is a better word after all, leggiero means "lack of pomp or pretention or prolixity." In this, he resembles Frederick Delius. The works on this disc come from Dyson's later years 1949 to 1951 which were his most creative.

Evgeny Soifertis - Domenico Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas (2004)

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Evgeny Soifertis - Domenico Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas (2004)

Evgeny Soifertis - Domenico Cimarosa: Keyboard Sonatas (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:26 | 219 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Meridian | Catalog: CDE 84524

Opera composer Domenico Cimarosa wrote nearly 90 keyboard sonatas that, until the late twentieth century, were ignored by musicologists as well as performers. It is easy to understand why, when they are compared to contemporary works by Mozart and Haydn. Cimarosa stuck to the one-movement sonata form that was used by Domenico Scarlatti. There is some evidence that Cimarosa considered using the three-movement structure, but no such sonata by him has been found, nor has there been found any indication that some of the single movements should be combined in such a way.

Sonnerie, Matthew Halls, Monica Huggett - Handel: Six Organ Concertos Op. 4 (2006)

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Sonnerie, Matthew Halls, Monica Huggett - Handel: Six Organ Concertos Op. 4 (2006)

Sonnerie, Matthew Halls, Monica Huggett - Handel: Six Organ Concertos Op. 4 (2006)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:25 | 327 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Avie Records | Catalog: AV2055

Monica Huggett and her ensemble Sonnerie scored a hit on Avie with their recording of Handel's Trio Sonatas, Op. 2. They continue their traversal of Handel's chamber works with the Organ Concertos, Op. 4, featuring soloist Matthew Halls, a brilliant young soloist who spins out Handel's endlessly tuneful works with an improvisatory flair that the composer - himself a virtuoso organist - would surely have approved of.

Attacca Percussion Ensemble - Giacinto Scelsi: Music For Wind Instruments And Percussion (1994)

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Attacca Percussion Ensemble - Giacinto Scelsi: Music For Wind Instruments And Percussion (1994)

Attacca Percussion Ensemble - Giacinto Scelsi: Music For Wind Instruments And Percussion (1994)
EAC | XLD (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:30 | 199 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Attacca | Catalog: BABEL 9479

This collection of the late Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi marks the recorded debut of many of his smaller works. Ranging from 1954-1966, Scelsi's elongated tonal studies are given a rapt performance here by a nameless Dutch ensemble that carries off the task without flaw or unnecessary adornment (a constant temptation, it seems, with Scelsi's work). Included here are three fragments of I Riti, the ritual march from the composer's Funeral for Achilles.

L'Archibudelli - Brahms: String Sextets (1996)

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L'Archibudelli - Brahms: String Sextets (1996)

L'Archibudelli - Brahms: String Sextets (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:41 | 353 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: SK 68 252

This cd brings out some amazing aspects of the Brahms sextets. Brahms playing in general have never been close to this! The instruments are strung with gut strings, as the instruments were at the time it was written, which creates some really unique sounds and gives an amazingly free bowing phrasing. When the steel-string sonorities and the constant vibrato has been removed, a pure and vital sound is created which gives so much to the music of Johannes Brahms, at least in the sextets.

Christopher Herrick, Paul Barritt, Richard Lester - Rheinberger: Suites for Organ, Violin and Cello (2005)

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Christopher Herrick, Paul Barritt, Richard Lester - Rheinberger: Suites for Organ, Violin and Cello (2005)

Christopher Herrick, Paul Barritt, Richard Lester - Rheinberger: Suites for Organ, Violin and Cello (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:38 | 276 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDH55211

If Saint-Saëns has been called the French Mendelssohn, in a curious turnabout, Joseph Rheinberger (1839?1901) might be called the German Saint-Saëns. Both composers were accomplished organists for whom the instrument played a major role in their professional careers. Both composers labored in the field of opera, neither, however?notwithstanding Saint-Saëns?s Samson et Dalila with much success. Both composers found their main calling in instrumental, chamber, and, in Saint-Saëns?s case, orchestral music.

Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)

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Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)

Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:13:29 | 676 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67800

There are so many excellent recordings of Messiah that the addition of another only further complicates the decision for the listener, but having such an abundance of riches should be no cause for complaint. Hyperion's recording with Stephen Layton leading the choir Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia is not among the flashiest or most star-studded, but it is immensely musically satisfying.