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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 793 Mb | Total time: 57:18+52:43+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 037-2 | Recorded: 1990

Belshazzar (HWV 61) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. The libretto was by Charles Jennens, and Handel abridged it considerably. Jennens' libretto was based on the Biblical account of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great and the subsequent freeing of the Jewish nation, as found in the Book of Daniel.
Handel composed Belshazzar in the late Summer of 1744 concurrently with Hercules, during a time that Winton Dean calls "the peak of Handel's creative life".The work premiered the following Lenten season on 27 March 1745 at the King's Theatre, London.The work fell into neglect after Handel's death, with revivals of the work occurring in the United Kingdom in 1847, 1848 and 1873.With the revival of interest in Baroque music and historically informed musical performance since the 1960s, Belsahzzar receives performances in concert form today and is also sometimes fully staged as an opera.

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)

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Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sächsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 68:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 180-2 | Recorded: 2005

The conventional wisdom about Venetian Antonio Lotti, composer of the a cappella masterwork "Crucifixus," is that as a card-carrying member of the stil antico he represented a conservative viewpoint akin to that of his later contemporary Leonardo Leo – the fewer instruments the better, the closer to the polyphonic language of Palestrina the better. Moreover, if the "Crucifixus" was the only work of Lotti that someone became acquainted with, then he/she could not be blamed for believing this was so, although he/she might note the distinct Baroque harmonic coloring of the piece as being rather unlike that of Palestrina. Here is a challenge for you – CPO's Antonio Lotti: Vesper Psalms performed by the Sächsisches Vocalensemble and Batzdorfer Hofkapelle under Matthias Jung. It presents a selection of Lotti's surviving concerted sacred choral works, pieces that are scored with a small Baroque orchestra and easily comparable to contemporary music by Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, and his direct competitor Antonio Vivaldi. Careful scrutiny of the poorly compiled worklist for Lotti in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians reveals that some of these pieces are so listed, but with no mention whatsoever of the instrumental forces involved; they are identified as a cappella works just like the others. One wonders to the extent of Grove's oversight in this matter.

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.

Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel - Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9860}

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Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel - Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9860}

Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel - Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9860}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 412 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 173 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 76 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1993, 2008 Alia Vox | AVSA 9860
Classical / Baroque / Orchestral

This is a reissue of a recording from 1993 (re-released a few years ago and deleted in 2003), recently remastered for SACD, and it really impresses with a renewed presence and impact, even on standard CD playback. As I said in my original review, Savall's reading "comes as close as these things can to placing us in the best seat in the house and treats us to a rare experience: the sensation of believing we're hearing a ruggedly familiar piece for the first time. Literally bursting with energy, scintillating strings, blazing horns, and incisive winds, and never boring even for one second, these performances give you Handel at his most exciting." If you have the earlier release, you probably don't need this one–unless you now own an SACD system–but it does deserve a place in every Handel collection, not only for the unsurpassed performances, but also for the effect of Savall's several decidedly "non-standard" tempos(!), and of course for the phenomenal sound, which now must have reached its ultimate realism in this format.

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.

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

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George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 76:39+68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1273-2 | Recorded: 2004

Ever the recycler, Handel cobbled together Oreste from parts of pre-existing scores for his 1734 season at Covent Garden. The work promptly disappeared from the repertory for the next 250 years – a fact that is both understandable, given that it's a less convincing result than his fully original operas, and a shame, since Handel's table scraps are still amongst the most entertaining morsels from the period. The present recording, by George Petrou, the Camerata Stuttgart, and a cast of mostly Greek singers, is its first complete performance on CD and an admirably realized production, characterized by polished, stylish singing and vivid orchestral playing. In style, sound, and dramatic pacing, Petrou's effort distinguishes itself as a fine entry in the Handelian opera catalog, and makes a compelling argument for the musical value of the piece itself.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

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George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 759 Mb | Total time: 54:25+67:56+41:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1375-2 | Recorded: 2005

In the winter of 1733-1734, the opera houses of London were abounding in Ariannas. In late December, Porpora's Arianna in Nasso was staged by the Opera of the Nobility. In late January, Handel's Arianna in Creta was staged by the composer's own opera company. Comparison, apparently, proved odious – and fatal: Porpora's Naxos Arianna has fallen from the repertoire while Handel's Cretan Arianna has barely hung on by her finger tips. This 2005 Greek performance with George Petrou leading the Orchestra of Patras is the work's first recording in decades – and, thankfully, it's quite fine. Most of the women soloists – and whether their characters are male or female, most of the parts here are sung by woman because most of the parts then were written for castratos – are terrific. Mata Katsuli is sweet but strong in the title role and Theodora Baka is especially effective and affecting as Alceste. The period instrument Orchestra of Patras is stylish, colorful, and lively, particularly the winds and brass playing in the finale. As captured in Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm characteristically crisp, deep, and detailed sound, this Arianna is well worth hearing by anyone who reveres the operas of the German-English composer.
(James Leonard)

Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God: Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & Francois Couperin (2015)

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Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God: Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & Francois Couperin (2015)

Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God:
Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & François Couperin (2015)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Divine Art | # dda 25120 | Time: 01:18:25

A selection of works by the greatest harpsichord composer of all — François Couperin, and from contemporary British composer Graham Lynch, who is a very worthy successor with music that is expressive, descriptive, deep and exceptionally rich, showing that the harpsichord is capable of real expression. The Lynch pieces are receiving their first recordings. Established virtuoso Assi Karttunen is from Finland and this is her first album for Divine Art, and a showcase for her amazing talent at the keyboard.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

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Gerard Lesne,  Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 66:34+56:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 62413 2 | Recorded: 1991-92

Gérard Lesne founded the Il Seminario musicale Ensemble in 1985. Since 1990, the Ensemble has been in residence at the Royaumont Foundation, where it attracts vocalists and instrumentalists who share Lesne's enthusiam for the 17th and 18th century Italian repertoire. The musicians perform on old instruments and strive to reproduce as faithfully as possible the lilt and narrative line characteristic of the baroque style as expressed in works by composers such as Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Caldara, Pergolesi, and the others. The size of the ensemble is variable depending on the repertoire. Based on a rich and varied continuo section (theorbo, cello, basson, double bass, organ and harpsichord) supporting one or more soloists, it can be expanded with the addition of a string quartet to make a small chamber orchestra suitable for performing chamber operas. Responsibility for the Ensemble's musical direction is shared by the instrumentalists and vocalists.

Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Vivaldi: Griselda (2008)

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Kevin Mallon,  Aradia Ensemble - Vivaldi: Griselda (2008)

Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Vivaldi: Griselda (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 723 Mb | Total time: 65:17+64:21+39:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660211-13 | Recorded: 2006

Vivaldi’s Griselda, one of more than twenty operas, is based on a story retold in Boccaccio’s Il decamerone about the testing of Griselda’s patience and virtue by her royal husband through a series of cruel trials. The sense of drama that permeates many of Vivaldi’s more programmatic works, such as the Four Seasons, is very naturally carried over into his operas, especially with the use of so-called ‘simile’ arias, in which an emotional state is compared with various natural phenomena. Several very fine examples can be heard in Griselda, including Costanza’s extraordinary ‘Agitata da due venti’ in Act Two; the text compares love and duty with two contrary winds, and the setting is correspondingly wild, with fierce fioriture and wide leaps.

Madelon Michel, Fania Chapiro - Belle van Zuylen And Contemporaries (1995)

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Madelon Michel, Fania Chapiro - Belle van Zuylen And Contemporaries (1995)

Madelon Michel, Fania Chapiro - Belle van Zuylen And Contemporaries (1995)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:05 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Erasmus Muziekproducties | Catalog: WVH127

This CD is musical excellence captured for posterity! Fania Chapiro has nimble and musical phrasing of exquisitely difficult works. These are from the height of the Baroque era, pieces full to the brim with trills and mordants. The voice of Maelon Michel is so light and clear and bell-like, it is a joyous thing. I can't even be jealous of a voice this perfect, just delight in hearing it. The quality of her voice is also perfectly suited to this material.

Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)

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Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)

Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 232 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 113 Mb | Digitak booklet | 00:48:13
Classical | Label: ECM Records

They are widely recognised as the most exciting young string quartet of the present moment, bringing new insights to contemporary composition and core classical repertoire. In parallel, they have also made surprising and impressive forays into the world of Nordic folk music. Their 2014 album Wood Works (Dacapo Records) was a left-field hit, and audiences around the world have been delighted by concert performances of the music. Now the Danish String Quartet bring their folk project to ECM with a stirring new recording.

Lucienne Renaudin Vary - The Voice Of The Trumpet (2017)

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Lucienne Renaudin Vary - The Voice Of The Trumpet (2017)

Lucienne Renaudin Vary - The Voice Of The Trumpet (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:11:59 | 165 Mb
Classical, Jazz, Trumpet | Label: Warner Classics

“I’m thrilled to record my first album for Warner Classics, with the freedom to explore music from Baroque to jazz,” said Lucienne. “It was a great honour and privilege to collaborate with artists I admire; notably Erik Truffaz, who improvises in duet with me for a new orchestral arrangement of Gershwin’s Summertime, and Rolando Villazón who suggested we record a Donizetti aria together.” Lucienne and her guest soloists recorded with the Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli. Lucienne Renaudin Vary will be joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange to take on Haydn’s magnificent Trumpet Concerto on Saturday 17 June. At just 18, Lucienne has a bright future ahead of her, currently still a student of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she will take a short break from her exams in order to make her first appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the first student at the conservatoire to have ever been accepted on both the classical and jazz course at the same time, and notably also the youngest and first female student to do so.