Subcategories

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

Posted By: Designol
Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance | Label: Explore Records | # EXP0006 | Time: 00:53:19

This is the first CD Release featuring this recording. This recording was first released on Decca's L'Oiseau-Lyre label in 1975. The CD booklet contains notes in English, French and German. Original review: “…an excellent anthology of his keyboard works… an excellent disc by any standards.” - Gramophone Magazine

Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}

Posted By: ruskaval
Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}

Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 309 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 171 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 47 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2005 Naxos | 8.557412
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Organ / Sacred / Vocals

I admit it was the cover that got my attention–first, the title, referring to an 1120-page manuscript collection containing the only existing original copies of pre-Reformation liturgical music from Nuremburg; second, the illustration, an illumination from the collection that depicts a wolf directing a choir of geese singing from a large music book, a hungry-looking fox sitting on hind-quarters just behind the choir. Upon listening to the music, I was reassured that there was more to appreciate here than the intriguing, colorful illustration and charming title.

Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall - William Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik - Consort Music C. 1600 (1998) [Re-Up]

Posted By: Designol
Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall - William Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik - Consort Music C. 1600 (1998) [Re-Up]

Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall - William Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik - Consort Music C. 1600 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included | 00:50:36
Classical, Renaissance | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, BMG Classics | # 05472 77476 2

English composer and violinist William Brade was a significant transitional figure in instrumental music between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Brade is credited with transplanting English musical practices most readily associated with William Byrd, Peter Philips, and John Dowland to North German and Scandinavian soil, and in aiding the transformation from the Renaissance notion of the English consort to the more continental Baroque idea of a string orchestra.

Dorothee Oberlinger, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Flauto Veneziano (2012)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Dorothee Oberlinger, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Flauto Veneziano (2012)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Flauto Veneziano (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 405 Mb | Total time: 68:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # ‎88691955142 | Recorded: 2011

Die Blockflötistin und ECHO Klassik-Preisträgerin Dorothee Oberlinger ist mittlerweile weit über die Alte Musik- und die Klassik-Szene hinaus bekannt. Erst Ende vorigen Jahres widmete die Vogue ihr einen Artikel und in der Talkshow »3nach9« begeisterte sie die Zuschauer, auch durch ihr Duett mit Klaus Doldinger. Auf ihrer neuen CD »Flauto Veneziano« widmet sich Dorothee Oberlinger ganz der Flötenkunst Venedigs von der Renaissance bis zum Spätbarock. Die Blockflöte, im Italienischen bis zum Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts schlicht »flauto«, war in Venedig bis zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts ein sehr beliebtes und verbreitetes Instrument.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye: Choral Works (1994)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye: Choral Works (1994)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye: Choral Works (1994)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 290 MB | 01:01:41
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

This early ECM New Series offering chronicles the music of Walter Frye, a 15th-century English composer whose biographical details are as elusive as his music is captivating. He is survived by a significant handful of vocal works, of which the Hilliard Ensemble gives us a thoughtful cross section. Of these, the Ave regina is the most well known, though the Missa Flos regalis forms the backbone of this altogether revelatory album. The mass itself—which, in true Hilliard fashion is divided among a selection of motets—is a brooding flow of delicate harmonies, seamless “hand-offs,” and intimate exchanges. Its inward-looking tone invites the listener into a prayerful space in which worldly cares are both the source of one’s burdens and the key to absolving them.

Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

Posted By: Designol
Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)
Alamire with Fretwork, directed by David Skinner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Obsidian | # CD716 | Time: 01:15:36

English composer Thomas Tallis witnessed dramatic changes of religion under four monarchs, and his career accordingly represents the development of polyphonic church music in Renaissance England. Along with his student and fellow Roman Catholic, William Byrd, Tallis was one of the earliest composers to publish music under royal patent in England, and his works demonstrated the shifting doctrines and styles of liturgy in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This 2017 Obsidian release features one piece with a text by Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr, which gives the album its title, though the mix of Roman Catholic and Anglican pieces on the program suggests that "songs of Reformation" may be seen as one-sided. In any case, the performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and the viol consort Fretwork put the emphasis on Tallis and his varied output, rather than on the theological preferences of royalty. The result is a well-balanced portrait of Tallis, and his choral music is given transparent textures and clear diction by the 14-voice choir, which maintains independence of parts while offering an evenly blended tone.

Henry's Eight, Jonathan Brown - Orlandus Lassus: Penitential Psalms (1998) 2 CDs, Reissue 2006

Posted By: Designol
Henry's Eight, Jonathan Brown - Orlandus Lassus: Penitential Psalms (1998) 2 CDs, Reissue 2006

Henry's Eight, Jonathan Brown - Orlandus Lassus: Penitential Psalms (1998) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 617 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 340 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Renaissance | Label: Hyperion | # CDD22056 | 02:22:30

For those who believe in Original Sin, Predestination or, for that matter, Karma, here's a two disc set of the complete "Penitential Psalms" of Orlandus Lassus fabulously performed by Henry's Eight and marvelously recorded by Hyperion. Gloomy but glorious works that hope for the best while assuming for the worst, Lassus' setting of seven fuliginously serious but spiritually salubrious Psalms of David are sure to send shivers down the spine of anyone with a pessimistic cast of mind. The acapella performances of the all-male – two countertenors, three tenors and three basses – Henry's Eight is darkly hued, strongly rhythmic, deeply soulful, very expressive and absolutely true to the late Renaissance agony of Lassus's music. While not perhaps the first place to start with for Lassus in a melancholy mood – try "The Tears of Peter" for the peak of harmonic anguish – Henry's Eight's recording Penitential Psalms belongs in every Lassus collection, especially as preserved in Hyperion's intimate and evocative sound.

Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge - Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (2010)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge - Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (2010)

Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge - Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 77:25 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5085 | Recorded: 2010

As exclusive Chandos artists, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge here presents its second release. The first CD, of choral music by Howells (CHAN10587), was released to rave reviews in March this year. Choir and Organ wrote: ‘There is musicianship here of a rare and moving kind.’ This new release of popular choral classics should meet with a similar reception while at the same time appealing to a wider audience.

The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)

The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 365 MB | 01:16:54
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

The Dowland Project, established by ECM's Manfred Eicher, would not please musical purists; in this installment, Romaria, it brings together an assortment of old and new instruments, including violin, viola, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, tenor and bass recorders, Baroque guitar, and vihuela, performing music spanning nearly a millennium, most of it written before most of these instruments had been developed. The producer and performers may have deliberately chosen to ignore the principle of authentic performance practice, duplicating as closely as possible the sound of the music at the time it was created, but they are principled in the aesthetic decisions they have made.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 443 MB | 01:46:07
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Virgin Classics

These first reissues in Virgin Veritas’s new Hilliard Edition mark a belated tribute to one of the most enduring names of the early music scene, and the long-awaited return to the catalogue of some of its finest work. English music often has the knack of bringing out the best in The Hilliard Ensemble, so it is appropriate that three of the present batch of discs are devoted to the period when English music was at its most influential, the early- to mid-fifteenth century. Last year’s Gramophone Early Music Award, given to a recording of the music of John Dunstable by the Orlando Consort (Metronome, 2/96), was actually the second time the composer has been so honoured: The Hilliards’ disc won the award in 1984. Nearly 15 years on, it is more than worthy to stand alongside its successor.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Renaissance & Baroque Music (2017)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Hilliard Ensemble - Renaissance & Baroque Music (2017)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Renaissance & Baroque Music (2017)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) – 1.72 Gb | 06:45:18
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Erato

The blend between the voices is finely controlled, the tone mellow and the tuning spectacularly accurate, giving rise to an organ-like sonority that is genuinely thrilling,” wrote Gramophone magazine, praising the Hilliard Ensemble’s four singers, who excelled in an extraordinary variety of music over a 40-year career. This seven-CD collection extends from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, offering music by composers from England, France, Flanders and Germany.

The Choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge & Edward Wickham - O Gemma Clarissima: Music in Praise of St Catharine (2019)

Posted By: delpotro
The Choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge & Edward Wickham - O Gemma Clarissima: Music in Praise of St Catharine (2019)

The Choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge & Edward Wickham - O Gemma Clarissima: Music in Praise of St Catharine (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 171 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:01
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Resonus Classics

The Choirs of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, with their director Edward Wickham have collaborated once again for this album of Renaissance motets and hymns in praise of St Catharine – one of the most ubiquitous and beloved saints of the Middle Ages who also lends her name to the college (founded in 1473) where both groups are resident.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Music For Tudor Kings: Henry Vii & Viii (2007)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Hilliard Ensemble - Music For Tudor Kings: Henry Vii & Viii (2007)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Music For Tudor Kings: Henry Vii & Viii (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 394 MB | 01:17:03
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Alto

These discs come from LPs recorded in the 1970s – unfortunately the reader of the booklet does not learn exactly where or when from the booklet, which is also something of a graphic design catastrophe. The Hilliard Ensemble, formed in 1974, took a great leap forward in the investigation and performance of English Renaissance music. It took its name not from baritone and leader Paul Hillier but from that of an Elizabethan portraitist, Nicholas Hilliard. These discs cover a couple of generations' worth of English madrigals and other songs, interspersed with instrumental works and a few songs from other countries.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - Lamentations de la Renaissance (1999)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - Lamentations de la Renaissance (1999)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - Lamentations de la Renaissance (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 69:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901682 | Recorded: 1997

Renaissance music for the Tenebrae constitutes an endless fund of passionate and evocative polyphony. The nature and design of the texts beautifully articulates the music, alternating the single letter that opens each section with more expansive music for the Lamentations proper and ending with the words ‘Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum’. There is no clear explanation why Paul van Nevel chose these four particular settings, but they do show some of the range of styles adopted across the years, opening with the little-known set by Tiburtio Massaino (published in 1599) and ending with the superb Good Friday set that is among the last works of Lassus.
The group of ten nicely balanced singers works particularly well in those two sets. The top voices are taken by performers with a splendidly directed sense of line; and the firm basses give a clear shape to the harmonic designs. Everything is magnificently controlled, avoiding the excesses that the texts might be thought to invite and concentrating on the clarity of the polyphony.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Il Cor Tristo (2013)

Posted By: tirexiss
The Hilliard Ensemble - Il Cor Tristo (2013)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Il Cor Tristo (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 258 MB | 53:03
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

The Hilliard Ensemble, formed in the early 1970s, had announced its retirement when this album appeared, but one is hard pressed to detect any diminution in the originality of its programming or in its trademark vocal blend, structured as as to allow each singer to emerge as an individual. Three composers are represented on this album of madrigals: Bernardo Pisano, Jacques Arcadelt, and the contemporary British composer Roger Marsh. Pisano has not been much heard since the rediscovery of the Renaissance Italian madrigal repertory in the 1960s and 1970s, and the simple, melancholy pieces here, focused on the "sad heart" of the title, are worth a new look.