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Stéphane Fuget, Les Epopées - Lully: Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis (2021)

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Stéphane Fuget, Les Epopées - Lully: Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis (2021)

Stéphane Fuget, Les Epopées - Lully: Dies Irae; O Lachrymae; De Profundis (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 69:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS 032 | Recorded: 2020

The great composer Jean-Baptiste Lully deployed all his musical science in his grand motets to express intense emotion; Madame de Sévigné said: "all eyes were filled with tears". With their large chorals, small ensembles, trios, duets, solos and orchestral symphonies, these large religious compositions are representative of the pomp deployed at Louis XIV's court, at the service of the monarch's absolute power. If O Lachrymae fideles, composed in winter 1664, goes from contained emotion to jubilant dance, the two other motets are deeply solemn.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 430 Mb | Total time: 86:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC76613 | Recorded: 2007

Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Vergine” was published in 1610, together with his “Missa in illo tempore”. This edition is his first important collection of music for the Catholic service, although there is much uncertainty about how it came into being. In fact, it is a collection of various pieces which were most likely not conceived together as a self-contained unit.

Dorothee Mields, Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik - Johann Theile: Seelen-Music (2019)

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Dorothee Mields, Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik - Johann Theile: Seelen-Music (2019)

Dorothee Mields, Simone Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik - Johann Theile: Seelen-Music (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 379 Mb | Total time: 68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 132-2 | Recorded: 2017

The title Seelen-Music (Soul Music) refers to the first complete collection of all the extant Cantatas by Johann Theile for soprano solo with viol accompaniment, presented here with the recording premieres of Sacred Concertos by Theile’s fellow Northern German Christian Flor and Instrumental Suites by the Gottorf violinist Gregor Zuber. The composer Johann Theile is of great significance in music history inasmuch as he is held to be one of the last pupils of Heinrich Schütz, who was the most important German-language composer of the seventeenth century.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken! - Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken! - Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken!: Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 56:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901860 | Recorded: 2004

Long one of the finest living interpreters of Bach's sacred music, Philippe Herreweghe here adds two secular cantatas to an already distinguished discography. In the festive Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten and the celebratory Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten, Herreweghe leads his Collegium Vocale, Ghent in performances of rare beauty and great joy. Taking the symbolic roles of Diligence, Honor and Gratitude in one cantata and the scarcely less symbolic roles of Irene, Bellona, Fama, and Pallas in the other, the vocal quartet of Carolyn Sampson, Ingeborg Danz, Mark Padmore, and Peter Kooy performs with brilliant characterizations and consummate artistry.

Sarah Cuninngham, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monica Hugget - Telemann: Les Plaisirs - Chamber Concertos (1997)

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Sarah Cuninngham, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monica Hugget - Telemann: Les Plaisirs - Chamber Concertos (1997)

Sarah Cuninngham, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monica Hugget - Telemann: Les Plaisirs - Chamber Concertos (1997)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 353 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 187 MB | 73:39
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

This cd contains one of the best performances of Telemann's well-known A Minor Suite for recorder and strings. Sarah Cunningham is a fine recorder player, and Monica Hugget plays first violin and directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who play on period instruments. The strings play with very little or no vibratto, which might sound a bit dry to some listeners, but the elegance and precision of this band will win over many others. The A Minor Concerto for recorder is also given an enjoyable performance, but the remaining pieces, a Suite in D for Viola da gamba, and a Sinfonia in F for recorder and gamba are less pleasing, mainly because the gamba playing of Marion Verbruggen is somewhat less than exciting.

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Le Roi Danse: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier, Robert Cambert (2004)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Le Roi Danse: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier, Robert Cambert (2004)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Le Roi Danse: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jacques Cordier, Robert Cambert (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 432 Mb | Total time: 75:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 063-2 | Recorded: 2000

Voici la bande originale du film de Gérard Corbiau, réalisateur notamment du film Farinelli. On ne peut qu'admirer le soin avec lequel le cinéaste a mis en lumière les conflits et l'admiration réciproque entre les deux astres de Versailles : Louis XIV et Jean-Baptiste Lully. La musique est pétillante d'intelligence, de couleurs, de rebondissements, comme les intrigues de la première cour du monde. Sous la baguette explosive de Reinhard Göbel, le Musica Antiqua Köln révèle les contrastes les plus violents. C'est un bain de jouvence qui nous fait entrer dans un univers de théâtre aussi fascinant… Que dangereux !

Richard Stone, Tempesta Di Mare - Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004)

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Richard Stone, Tempesta Di Mare - Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004)

Richard Stone, Tempesta Di Mare - Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Chandos-Chaconne | # CHAN 0707 | Time: 01:16:10

Like Sebastian Bach and François Couperin, Sylvius Leopold Weiss came from and continued a musical tradition. His father was Johann Jakob Weiss, his brother was Johann Sigismund Weiss, and his son was Johann Adolph Faustinius Weiss. Also, like Bach and Couperin, Sylvius Leopold was the most famous member of his musical clan, and during his long and distinguished career he taught a number of students who would become exceptional lutenists, Adam Falckenhagen and Johann Kropfgans among them. Following demands created by his exceptional reputation, Weiss traveled extensively before he settled at the court of Augustus the Strong in 1728; he remained there for the rest of his life. Weiss and Bach certainly met on more than one occasion as the latter visited his son Wilhelm Friedemann and also had an interest in music-making at the Saxon court. As a performer, Weiss was considered the finest of his time and many believed that his ability as a lutenist rivaled that of Bach as an organist and Scarlatti as a harpsichordist. His Berlin colleague, Ernst Gottlieb Baron, mentioned to a “Weissian Method,” probably a reference to his astounding and masterful technique, not to mention his style. Hundreds of Weiss’s works survive, chief among them six-movement sonatas or partitas that follow the accepted blueprint for the genre, i.e., Allemande, Courante, Bouree, Sarabande, Minuet, and Gigue.

Galanterie, John Schneiderman - Johann Kropfgans: Lute Concerto, Sonatas & Divertimentos (2005)

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Galanterie, John Schneiderman - Johann Kropfgans: Lute Concerto, Sonatas & Divertimentos (2005)

Johann Kropfgans: Lute Concerto, Sonatas & Divertimentos (2005)
Galanterie: John Schneiderman, lute; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; William Skeen, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Profil | # PH 05012 | Time: 01:09:20

The lute reigned supreme as the instrument of choice throughout the Renaissance, but waned in popularity in the seventeenth century as keyboard instruments became more refined and widespread. Yet, it held its own in the Baroque era in certain regions, particularly in France, where large quantities of dance suites were written. Toward the end of the century, the lute enjoyed something of a revival as it became extremely popular in German-speaking countries, and in regions of central Europe. Today, it has found a home as a continuo instrument, often preferred to the harpsichord for its rich and gentle tone, and its warmer sound. Artists such as Stephen Stubbs, Lucas Harris, Daniel Swenberg and Michael Fields have brought the Baroque Lute into a new daylight, championing, post-Renaissance compositions and making it the continuo instrument of choice in a large body of vocal and chamber music. This disc of works by Johann Kropfgans brings the lute into prominence as a chamber music partner, and although the pieces are simple and most likely intended originally for amateurs, this fine ensemble brings the music to life with all the care and dedication that one might expect to go into a disc of Bach or Handel.

Alberto Crugnola - German Lute Music of the 18th Century [4CDs] (2012)

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Alberto Crugnola - German Lute Music of the 18th Century [4CDs] (2012)

Alberto Crugnola - German Lute Music of the 18th Century [4CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Total time: 04:26:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus | # CHR77355 | Recorded: 2005-2008

Lute music in Germany is closely associated with the name Silvius Leopold Weiss who influenced generations of lutenists with his outstanding compositions and was the cornerstone of German lute music. As his oeuvre has already enjoyed a wide distribution and substantial appreciation, this anthology only touches on a few individual works as reference points and places a greater focus on Weiss’s musical environment and legacy. A particular focus is given to Bayreuth which developed into a regional cultural centre for the lute thanks to the encouragement of the Margravine Wilhelmine, the sister of Frederick the Great.

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

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Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 863 Mb | Total time: 160:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 644 | Recorded: 2020

Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote a libretto on the Passion of Christ – based on the account in Matthew’s Gospel – which was set to music by many composers of his time, including Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philip Telemann and George Frideric Handel. It is Handel’s version of the latter that the period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo has chosen to present here. Under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, these specialists in the Baroque repertory are joined by the voices of Sandrine Piau, whose numerous Handel recordings are regarded as a benchmark, the tenor Stuart Jackson and the baritone Konstantin Krimmel, recently revealed in a debut recital for Alpha.

Dan Laurin, Arte dei Suonatori - Telemann: Ouverture & 3 Concertos (2002)

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Dan Laurin, Arte dei Suonatori - Telemann: Ouverture & 3 Concertos (2002)

Dan Laurin, Arte dei Suonatori - Telemann: Ouverture & 3 Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 427 Mb | Total time: 76:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1185 CD | Recorded: 2000

The opening Overture (Suite) in A minor is one of Telemann's most ambitious concerted works, running to seven distinct dance movements in 30 minutes. The rhythmic shifts in the "Air à l'Italien" are pretty abrupt and really catch your attention. Of the three concertos, the Double Concerto in A minor for flauto dolce and viola da gamba is a standout, owing to its occasionally explosive gestures and knotty emotionalism. All of these works have been recorded numerous times, but most commonly on the standard transverse flute, but only the F major concerto was originally written for flute, and many versions of the Overture in A minor show signs of having been somewhat condensed.

Andrew Manze, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Vivaldi: Violin Concertos Op. 6, Concerto "The Cuckoo" (2000)

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Andrew Manze, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Vivaldi: Violin Concertos Op. 6, Concerto "The Cuckoo" (2000)

Andrew Manze, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Vivaldi: Violin Concertos Op. 6, Concerto "The Cuckoo" (2000)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 324 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 149 MB | 58:20
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Here we have a disc recorded in July of 1996 but not released until September of 2000. Additionally, we have Christopher Hogwood, a conductor who led the Academy of Ancient Music in some of their most successful recordings but who now does not have a steady contract. And we have Andrew Manze, a violinist who was a hired soloist with the Academy at the time of the recording but is now its music director. What does this suggest? It suggests a disc that languished in the record company's vaults until Manze's name and fame got it released.

Dan Laurin, Arte dei Suonatori - Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons [arr. for recorder] (2006)

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Dan Laurin, Arte dei Suonatori - Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons [arr. for recorder] (2006)

Dan Laurin, Arte dei Suonatori - Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons [arr. for recorder] (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 65:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-1605 | Recorded: 2005

Dan Laurin has made a name for himself as an intrepid musician who never hesitates to venture into uncharted territory, as testified by his numerous recordings of contemporary recorder works, as well as by his monumental achievement in recording the complete (10 hours!) 17th century Der Fluyten Lust-hof by Jacob van Eyck. As he now turns to one of the most recorded works in Western music, his approach is as fresh and original as ever. With the aid of the highly praised Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori, Laurin gives us Vivaldi’s humming insects, pounding summer rain and drunken village revels in a way we’ve never before heard them.

Barbara Bonney - Fairest Isle (2001)

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Barbara Bonney - Fairest Isle (2001)

Barbara Bonney - Fairest Isle (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 257 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 158 MB | 01:02:16
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Away from the clamor of grand opera and soaring symphonies, Fairest Isle takes us into the quiet, intimate world of English Elizabethan song, and you could hope for no better guide than Barbara Bonney. Her clear, beautifully rounded voice is superbly controlled, making light of a masterful technique; if you want to hear art concealing art, look no further. This is intensely private music, in a program that cleverly sidesteps any risk of listener fatigue by starting with lute accompaniment (infinitely tender playing by Jacob Heringman), moving on to a viol quartet, then finally to the richer sound of the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood. Leavening the mix are three instrumental interludes. The title piece is a blithe, dancelike song.

Thomas Gould, Britten Sinfonia - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr. D. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra) (2015)

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Thomas Gould, Britten Sinfonia - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr. D. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra) (2015)

Thomas Gould, Britten Sinfonia - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr. D. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra) (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 72:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 807633 | Recorded: 2014

On this recording, the Britten Sinfonia's Associate Leader Thomas Gould directs the ensemble in Dmitry Sitkovetsky's beautifully realized and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach's great keyboard work, the Goldberg Variations. Sitkovetsky penned the transcription in 1985 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth. It was inspired by Glenn Gould's remarkable 1981 recording of the work, and the transcription is dedicated to Gould's memory.