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Emma Kirkby - Magnificat - Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cantillation, Antony Walker (2006) {ABC Official Digital Download}

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Emma Kirkby - Magnificat - Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cantillation, Antony Walker (2006) {ABC Official Digital Download}

Emma Kirkby - Magnificat - Orchestra of the Antipodes, Cantillation, Antony Walker (2006) {ABC Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (prestoclassical.co.uk) -> 308 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 148 Mb
Full Artwork (jpg+pdf) -> 5 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2006 ABC Classics | ABC4765255
Classical / Vocal Music / Choral / Baroque

Widely considered as one of the leading exponents in early music, Emma Kirkby is renowned for her purity of production, clarity of diction and extraordinary degree of vocal control. From this release it is obvious that Emma Kirkby's artistic vigour and sense of discovery are undiminished. Alongside her incomparable performances of well-loved works such as Bach's cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, she uses the esteem in which she is held by musicians and audiences alike to champion long-forgotten repertory such as William Hayes's The Passions. Emma is accompanied by Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes conducted by Antony Walker.

The Academy Chamber Ensemble - Handel: The Complete Chamber Music (2002)

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The Academy Chamber Ensemble - Handel: The Complete Chamber Music  (2002)

The Academy Chamber Ensemble - Handel: The Complete Chamber Music (2002)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 07:11:46 | 1.02 GB
Classical | Label: Philips

Skip Sempe - Scarlatti: Duende & Pandora's Box (2007)

Posted By: tirexiss
Skip Sempe - Scarlatti: Duende & Pandora's Box (2007)

Skip Sempe - Scarlatti: Duende & Pandora's Box (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:16:36 | 940 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Paradizo | Catalog: PA0003

This collection of 17 Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas isn't systematically compiled, but includes the favorites of harpsichordist and scholar Skip Sempé, and it's a diverse and attractive selection. Citing the strong Spanish influences on Scarlatti's writing, Sempé describes "Duende" as a Spanish term that refers to the mysterious power of an event or activity to move a person into a state of sensory overload, or even transcendence.

Ketil Haugsand - G.B. Antoine & Jean Baptiste Forqueray: Pieces de Viole mises en Pieces de Clavecin (2011)

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Ketil Haugsand - G.B. Antoine & Jean Baptiste Forqueray: Pieces de Viole mises en Pieces de Clavecin (2011)

Ketil Haugsand - G.B. Antoine & Jean Baptiste Forqueray: Pieces de Viole mises en Pieces de Clavecin (2011)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:08:36 | 874 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Simax Classics | Catalog: PSC 1317

This double-disc set might seem to be an item for Baroque specialists only, but general listeners should sample it as well; it's quite lovely, and its history has a labor-of-love aspect that comes through in the playing by Norwegian harpsichordist Ketil Haugsand, a specialist in the music of Jean-Baptiste Forqueray. He built the harpsichord himself and finally managed to record these pieces after several false starts.

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Alessandro Stradella: La Susanna (2004)

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Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Alessandro Stradella: La Susanna (2004)

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Alessandro Stradella: La Susanna (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 518 Mb | Total time: 52:09+47:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921201 | Recorded: 2003

A few years after the assassination of Stradella, Pierre Bourdelot and Pierre Bonnet-Bourdelot included a story of the episode in their Histoire de la Musique in 1715, and consequently the ‘legend of Stradella’ was born. According to the legend, Stradella had disappeared with the lover of a Venetian noble, who in response hired a band of assassins to pursue the lovers from city to city. In the booklet of this CD – with its recording from Enrico Gatti, his Ensemble Aurora and Emanuela Galli in the title role – are contained the latest results of Carolyn Gianturco’s investigation into the life and works of Stradella, including some completely new information. La Susanna, an erotic oratorio, was written by Stradella in 1681 on commission from Francesco II, Duke of Modena, who was very fond of the genre. A fine summary of the oratorio’s noteworthy qualities was put forth in a letter by a gentleman who had been present at rehearsals of its first performance. He wrote that he was ‘estatic about the sinfonias, about the variety of the arias, about the exquisiteness of the recitative and about the diversity and unexpectedness of the subjects and about the rarity of the basso continuo’.

Isabel Bayrakdarian - Cleopatra

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Isabel Bayrakdarian - Cleopatra

Isabel Bayrakdarian - Cleopatra
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans (jpg) | 66:16 | 1CD. 345.3 MB
Classical | 2004 | Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; CA | SMCD 5233

In 2002, the beautiful Canadian-Armenian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian scored a major success when she appeared as Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, in Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare for the Canadian Opera Company. As one critic observed at that time, "Cleopatra is one of Handel’s most superb, and psychologically intricate, creations. The luminous Bayrakdarian has made a wonderful beginning in a role she will surely take to the great stages of the world—at first childishly seductive, then calculating, and ultimately revealing a profound nobility and vulnerability." For her third CD for CBC Records, Ms. Bayrakdarian has chosen arias from four works focusing on the Egyptian femme-fatale..

Xavier Sabata, Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi - Handel: Bad Guys (2012) (Repost)

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Xavier Sabata, Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi - Handel: Bad Guys (2012) (Repost)

Xavier Sabata, Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi - Handel: Bad Guys (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 53:04 | 305 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Aparte | Catalog: AP048

The castrato in Italian opera of the early 18th century had vocal power that was often associated with heroic roles, but Handel wrote several memorable villains for the voice type as well. Indeed, using the castrato's star quality to add depth to his bad guys was one facet of his operatic genius, and the idea of collecting a group of these arias is good enough to recommend this album even apart from the vocal gifts of Spanish countertenor Xavier Sabata. And those gifts are considerable. Sabata is a true operatic countertenor, somewhat in the vein of Philippe Jaroussky (to whose album of Vivaldi heroic arias this release makes a fine companion).

Zare Saakyants - State Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

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Zare Saakyants - State Chamber Orchestra of Armenia

Zare Saakyants - State Chamber Orchestra of Armenia Plays Komitas, B.Kanachyan, M.Ekmalyan, A.Babadganyan, H. Purcell, J.S. Bach, G. Handel, A. Vivaldi (L. Zakaryan)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans (jpg) | CD1-50:54, CD2-48:02 | 2CD. 424.7 MB
Classical | 2003 | Armenia TV | no

The origin of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia (NCOA) dates back to the Soviet era. It was founded by the violinist Zareh Sahakiants as the Armenian State Chamber Orchestra in 1961. In 1997 it was merged with the Yerevan Chamber Orchestra to form the new NCOA. As of September 2010 the Principal Conductor and Music Director is Vahan Mardirossian.
In April 1997, Armenia’s Ministry of Culture extended a special invitation to American-Armenian conductor Aram Gharabekian and appointed him as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the newly formed National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. The twenty-five members of the NCOA exemplify the finest chamber music players in Armenia who are all graduates of the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Music of the Nations (1996) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Music of the Nations (1996) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Music of the Nations (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:22 | 391 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 0593

This is yet another addition to the Collegium Musicum 90's superb series of Telemann recordings. Their tone is suitably mellow, much more attuned to the baroque sensibility than any other period instruments orchestra I can think of. The works here are totally engaging. The chalumeau is a predecessor of the clarinet. It makes a woody, somewhat recorder-like sound, and, on this showing, has a limited amount of versatility.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Sonates Corellisantes, Canonic Duos (1993) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Sonates Corellisantes, Canonic Duos (1993) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Sonates Corellisantes, Canonic Duos (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:37 | 386 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 0549

As a specialist in historical violin techniques of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Simon Standage has performed with many of the world's leading period instrument orchestras. After a music degree from Cambridge University in 1963, a Harkness Fellowship to study with Ivan Galamian in New York City, and, after a 1972 Wigmore Hall debut, he became a founding member of Trevor Pinnock's ensemble the English Concert.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Triple Concertos (1995) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Triple Concertos (1995) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Triple Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:28 | 319 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 0580

Collegium Musicum 90 was founded by Simon Standage and the late Richard Hickox in 1990, and is today a well-established ensemble for the performance of baroque and classical music, with a repertoire ranging from chamber music to large-scale works for choir and orchestra. As an exclusive Chandos artist, the ensemble has recorded more than fifty CDs for the label, which includes nine discs of instrumental music by Telemann.

Blandine Verlet - Jacquet De La Guerre: Pièces De Clavecin (1998)

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Blandine Verlet - Jacquet De La Guerre: Pièces De Clavecin (1998)

Blandine Verlet - Jacquet De La Guerre: Pièces De Clavecin (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:22 | 452 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Auvidis Astrée | Catalog: E 8644

Blandine Verlet, a noted French harpsichordist, studied with Ruggiero Gerlin and Ralph Kirkpatrick. She began recording in the late 1970s for Philips, switching to the Astree label in the 1990s. Her recordings range from J.S. Bach's keyboard works to Froberger to lesser known composers such as Louis Couperin and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre.

Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici - Benedetto Marcello: Arianna (2000)

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Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici - Benedetto Marcello: Arianna (2000)

Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici - Benedetto Marcello: Arianna (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 821 Mb | Total time: 61:42+67:13+55:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0656(3) | Recorded: 1999

Any recording of an opera by Benedetto Marcello will, for many, bring to mind his literary satire, IL TEATRO ALLA MODA, subtitled "a safe and easy method of properly composing and producing Italian operas according to modern practice." Within its pages, no one involved in the creation of opera-librettist, composer, singers, impresario-is spared. In one passage, the composer is admonished to "oblige the impresario to provide a great number of violins, oboes, horns, etc., preferring to let him economize on double basses, for these should not be used except in the preliminary tuning."

Handel - Vivaldi - Martin: Selected Works (Sofia Chamber Orchestra; Vassil Kazandjiev) 2011

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Handel - Vivaldi - Martin: Selected Works (Sofia Chamber Orchestra; Vassil Kazandjiev) 2011

Handel - Vivaldi - Martin: Selected Works - Overture and Dances from Alcina, HWV34; Symphony for Strings and Continuo in G Major, RV 149; 5Etudes for String Orchestra (Sofia Chamber Orchestra; Vassil Kazandjiev) [2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKs+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 238.63 MB
Classical | Balkanton | no

The Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra (SSCO) is based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The ensemble was established in 1962 by a group of young musicians who played with the Sofia National Opera. Their first concert conducted by Michail Angelov was well-received, and shortly afterward they began a schedule of concerts and international tours.
In 2014 the ensemble has completed more than 3000 concerts and have won awards from international music festivals in Germany, France, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Belgium and Norway. Their performances are widely available as recordings

La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)

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La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)

La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 207 Mb | Total time: 47:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8552 | Recorded:1989, 1992, 1994

It is extremely difficult nowadays to reproduce the sound castrato singers where capable of doing at their time and, too often, one finds voices that are too nasal or merely good falsettos. But in many of the performances in this CD one can let the imagination wander and almost imagine you are in the 18th century. In particular, the performance of James Bowmann is outstanding. Also very special the performace of Charpentier 'Salve Regina' by Gerard Lesne and the others; this of course enhanced by the exquisite sensibility of the director Jordi Saval. Also, the duo of Derek Lee Ragin and Ewa Mallas-Godlewska in 'Son qual nave ch'agitata' is so exquisite it brings tears to your eyes. (Carmen E. Alvarez)