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Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)

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Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)

Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:16 | 267 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Challenge | Catalog: CC 72632

The Missa Ave Maris Stella, with its lyrically reverential mood and long duo and trio passages, is among Josquin Desprez's most popular masses, and the listener can choose from among recordings by top Renaissance a cappella vocal groups. This one by the Netherlands ensemble Cappella Pratensis presents itself as hyperauthentic. Backed by a booklet essay from Josquin specialist Jennifer Bloxam, the group purports to re-create the practices, discourse, and atmosphere that would have attended a performance of the mass in the papal chapel around the year 1500.

Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Desprez: De profundis, Motets (2012)

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Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Desprez: De profundis, Motets (2012)

Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Desprez: De profundis, Motets (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:24 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777 588-2

This is a good selection of motets because it hardly duplicates the last two such discs. On Orlando Consort’s collection of Josquin’s motets ( Fanfare 34:1), only Read more is heard, and none of them are on David Skinner’s more varied disc (33:1). It follows another Josquin disc by Cordes (35:6), though it was recorded a year later, a fine offering that unfortunately had to compete with an excellent recording of a Mass in Peter Phillips’s ongoing series.

Ensemble Clement Janequin - Paschal de l'Estocart: Octonaires De La Vanité Du Monde (1992)

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Ensemble Clement Janequin - Paschal de l'Estocart: Octonaires De La Vanité Du Monde (1992)

Ensemble Clement Janequin - Paschal de l'Estocart: Octonaires De La Vanité Du Monde (1992)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:59 | 251 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMA 1901110

French countertenor Dominique Visse has participated in the early music revival in France since its inception. Although he became a chorister at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris at the age of 13, he pursued studies on organ and flute at the Versailles Conservatory. As an instrumentalist, he developed an interest in medieval and Renaissance repertories, only occasionally singing as a countertenor.

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (2011)

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La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (2011)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Concerto Delle Dame (2011)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 53:42 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD920919

The Concerti delle Dame, or Concerts of the Ladies, were secret events held by the Duke of Ferrara, using a consort of sopranos at his court. The organizer was the duke's court composer, the melodiously named Luzzasco Luzzaschi, who also composed chromatic madrigals in a language approaching that of Gesualdo. But these works experimented with the declamatory, chordal, highly ornamented style that became known as the seconda pratica.

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali (2013)

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La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali (2013)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali (2013)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:16 | 283 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD C80905

The Ferrarese Luzzasco Luzzaschi, a pupil of Cipriano de Rore and teacher in turn of Girolamo Frescobaldi, much admired and praised by the self-same Gesualdo da Venosa, has passed into history as the principal musical inspiration for the Concerto delle Dame, that vocal trio with instrumental accompaniment (for which Glossa has very recently produced a new recording).

Jordi Savall - Monteverdi - Madrigali Guerrieri Et Amorosi, Libro Ottavo (1995) {Astree-Auvidis E 8546}

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Jordi Savall - Monteverdi - Madrigali Guerrieri Et Amorosi, Libro Ottavo (1995) {Astree-Auvidis E 8546}

Jordi Savall - Monteverdi - Madrigali Guerrieri Et Amorosi, Libro Ottavo (1995) {Astrée-Auvidis E 8546}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 261 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 133 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 39 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1995 Auvidis / Astrée | E 8546
Classical / Baroque / Renaissance

Monteverdi's madrigals were the laboratory in which he sought the connections between music and the emotions, and none are more moving and evocative than those of his eighth and final book, the "Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi," (1638). This release offers only a selection, but puts the music's drama in gratifyingly high relief. It's a beautifully sung, ravishingly played and lushly recorded collection, "Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi," by Jordi Savall and La Capella Reial de Catalunya (Astree E 8546). Dynamics are supple, coloration is flexible and expressive dissonances are pointed up in a way that gives works like "Lamento della Ninfa" and "Gira il nemico" an unusually vivid edge.

Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}

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Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}

Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 315 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 177 Mb
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© 2017 Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905278
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque / Madrigal

Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated 'Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro De Madrigali (2011)

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La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro De Madrigali (2011)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro De Madrigali (2011)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:07 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD C80909

"For the non-specialist," observed Early Music World, "detailed consideration of Marenzio's large body of madrigals remains a vain quest in the light of the lack of comprehensive accessibility to either printed or recorded music." This release from Spain's Glossa label helps rectify the situation with precise yet stylistically sensitive performances of a key set of Luca Marenzio madrigals from the vocal group La Venexiana.

Ars Nova, Bo Holten - Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (1995)

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Ars Nova, Bo Holten - Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (1995)

Ars Nova, Bo Holten - Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:44 | 232 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.553311

Orlando Lassus (1532 - 1594) by all accounts seems to have been a colorful character. Throughout his life he outrageously used works with quite frankly erotic overtones as the basis of his sacred works in blatant defiance of the Counter Reformation puritanism whose mood was set by the Council of Trent. However, at the end of his life Lassus suffered a fit of deep depression accompanied by a sudden paroxysm of religious penitence, the result of which was his Lagrime.

Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré - Juan de Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina (2003)

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Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré - Juan de Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina (2003)

Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré - Juan de Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:14 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.555772

This superb disc of music by one of Spain's most talented early 16th century composers is exactly the sort of boost that the less well-known repertoire needs in its search for a place in today's CD collection. It is in every way a model of what a recording of Renaissance polyphony ought to be… The all male vocal ensemble sings with enormous conviction as well as firm control of rhythm and phrasing. Combining the voices with energetically played sackbuts produces a rich and dark-hued sound that feels authentically Spanish, and does full justice to this very fine music.

Les Flamboyants, Michael Form - Jean Japart: Le Maitre de Fricassée (2012)

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Les Flamboyants, Michael Form - Jean Japart: Le Maitre de Fricassée (2012)

Les Flamboyants, Michael Form - Jean Japart: Le Maitre de Fricassée (2012)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:58 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Christophorus | Catalog: CHR 77353

Jean Japart remains one of the great unknowns of the Franco-Flemish school of the late 15th century, despite the fact that his music contains unexpected turns, daring harmony and bold movement structures. All that we know about Japart´s life is that he was employed for a certain period (1447-1480?) at the court in Ferrara. He must have been well-known during his lifetime as the great Josquin de Prez honours him in a personal motet lamenting his death.

Currende, Erik van Nevel - Gery de Ghersem: Ave Virgo Sanctissima (2011)

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Currende, Erik van Nevel - Gery de Ghersem: Ave Virgo Sanctissima (2011)

Currende, Erik van Nevel - Gery de Ghersem: Ave Virgo Sanctissima (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:44 | 326 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 24235

The inclusion of the one surviving Mass by the Flemish composer Gery de Ghersem, most of whose music perished in the fire which accompanied the Lisbon earthquake, was an added incentive to listen to this before the other CDs and DVDs which arrived in the same batch. In the event, neither the music nor the performances disappointed and the recording and documentation provided added enjoyment.l

Ensemble Daedalus, Roberto Festa - Canzoni Villanesche: Neapolitan Love Songs of the 16th century (2012)

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Ensemble Daedalus, Roberto Festa - Canzoni Villanesche: Neapolitan Love Songs of the 16th century (2012)

Ensemble Daedalus, Roberto Festa - Canzoni Villanesche: Neapolitan Love Songs of the 16th century (2012)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:04:20 | 614 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 24268

This double album from the Accent label collects two single recordings, one made in Ghent in 1994, the other in Corsica and Frankfurt in 2003 and 2005. The second shares only a few musicians with the first but is essentially made of the same stuff, so you might wonder what exactly is added. The pieces on the second CD are generally longer, more serious, and more intricate.

VA - Medieval & Renaissance: The Florilegium Series (50 CDs, 2016)

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VA - Medieval & Renaissance: The Florilegium Series (50 CDs, 2016)

VA - Medieval & Renaissance: The Florilegium Series (50 CDs, 2016)
XLD Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | Covers included | 12,6 Gb
MP3 320 kbps | 50 Cds | 6,55 Gb
Genre: Classical, Medieval, Renaissance / Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre/Decca

This final LOiseau-Lyre set presents some of the most significant Medieval & Renaissance albums recorded by one of the most authoritative Early Music labels.

Jordi Savall - La Barcha d'Amore 1563-1685 - Hesperion XXI & Le Concert des Nations (2008) {Alia Vox AV 9811}

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Jordi Savall - La Barcha d'Amore 1563-1685 - Hesperion XXI & Le Concert des Nations (2008) {Alia Vox AV 9811}

Jordi Savall - La Barcha d'Amore 1563-1685 - Hespèrion XXI & Le Concert des Nations (2008) {Alia Vox AV 9811}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 367 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 160 Mb
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© 2008 Alia Vox | AV 9811
Classical / Baroque / Renaissance

This 68-minute program–a compilation of recordings made by Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras & Co. during the years 1976 and 2008 (including several selections originally released on dhm and Virgin Classics)–proved one of those purely pleasurable, effortlessly rewarding listening sessions that only rarely come along. We don't often review compilations drawn from multiple recordings made in different venues and over many years–they're so often programmatically disjointed and sonically varied; but in this case it doesn't matter. The music is compatible stylistically and these performers are so consistent in the quality and care and vitality of their performances that, well, what's 30 years or so?