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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.

Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)

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Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)

Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:50 | 341 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU 907297

The Orlando Consort once again shows its intelligence and educated approach to Renaissance-era music, while not denying the beauty of the pieces. The album is a demonstration, in varied works, of the contenance angloise, the sound that distinguished English music of the fifteenth century from that of the continent.

Jordi Savall, Nigel Rogers, Anthony Bailes - A Musicall Banquet 1610 (1977) {EMI "Reflexe" CDM 7 63429 2 rel 1991}

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Jordi Savall, Nigel Rogers, Anthony Bailes - A Musicall Banquet 1610 (1977) {EMI "Reflexe" CDM 7 63429 2 rel 1991}

Jordi Savall, Nigel Rogers, Anthony Bailes - A Musicall Banquet 1610 (1977) {EMI "Reflexe" CDM 7 63429 2 rel 1991}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 246 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 124 Mb
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© 1977, 1991 EMI Classics / EMI Electrola / EMI Reflexe | CDM 7 63429 2
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque

"Furnished with a varietie of delicious Ayres, collected out of the best authors in English, French, Spanish and Italian". Robert Dowland the son of Dowland "The English Orpheus" was the compiler of this fine anthology dedicated to Sir Robert Sidney, once Lord Chamberlain. In an age of "conceit" It was common enough to select some contrasting idea or image and apply it to an unrelated concept—hence the title "Musicall Banquet" which Robert Dowland charmingly describes as "like a careful confectionary", continuing that "as neere as might be I have fitted my Banquet for all tastes".

Matthaeus Pipelare (ca. 1450 – ca. 1515) - Paradise Regained - The Sound and the Fury (2014) {fra bernardo Digital Download}

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Matthaeus Pipelare (ca. 1450 – ca. 1515) - Paradise Regained - The Sound and the Fury (2014) {fra bernardo Digital Download}

Matthæus Pipelare (ca. 1450 – ca. 1515) - Paradise Regained - The Sound and the Fury (2014) {fra bernardo Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 822 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 324 Mb
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© 2014 fra bernardo | fb 1309203
Classical / Renaissance / Polyphony / Sacred / Vocal / Masses

In short, Pipelare’s striking personality becomes apparent through hearing and analysing his masses rather than from the meagre details of his life. It is as if he redefines polyphonic composition with each work, rather than reverting to the tried and tested as say Jakob Obrecht did. There is nothing immediately recognisable, nothing that sounds even vaguely familiar, nothing can be categorised, rather everything sounds new, fresh, lively – wilfully individual!

Doulce Mémoire, Denis Raisin Dadre - Praetorius & Guédron: Grand Bal à la cour d'Henri IV (2006)

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Doulce Mémoire, Denis Raisin Dadre - Praetorius & Guédron: Grand Bal à la cour d'Henri IV (2006)

Doulce Mémoire, Denis Raisin Dadre - Praetorius & Guédron: Grand Bal à la cour d'Henri IV (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 64:41 | 339 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: K617 | Catalog: K617186

"We are only at the very beginning of the immense task of understanding the vocal, instrumental, and choreographic practices of late sixteenth century France," writes this disc's annotator. It's Italy and its gigantic wedding spectacles that get all the attention at the end of the sixteenth century. (Imagine if Jenna Bush married the son of the president of Exxon Mobil and the White House enlisted hundreds of artists and musicians to build the ceremony.) This disc is, perhaps, for specialists, but it's a lot of fun for anybody.

Various Artists - Orgels In Nederland - Dutch Organs 1511-1896 (2005) {20CD Box Set De Banier-Stemra 9033605619}

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Various Artists - Orgels In Nederland - Dutch Organs 1511-1896 (2005) {20CD Box Set De Banier-Stemra 9033605619}

Various Artists - Orgels In Nederland - Dutch Organs 1511-1896 (2005) {20CD Box Set De Banier-Stemra 9033605619}
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© 2005 De Banier / Stemra | 9033605619
Classical / Organ Music

Unique! That is how the CD-box ‘Orgels in Nederland | Dutch organs’ can be described. An extensive project containing a book and some CDs, put together by Okke Dijkhuizen who participated in the organ recordings for EO radio many years. One hundred recordings of monumental big organs and also of some smaller and less known instruments. The book (both in Dutch and English) contains a general introduction of the organs, as well as some historical facts and the disposition of the recorded instruments. The editor has aimed at a diversity of organ-builders as big as possible and a balanced regional representation. The result is a fascinating selection, for lovers of organs a ‘partner for life’. Book (Dutch and English), 288 pages incl. 20 CDs.

Firminus Caron (ca. 1440 – ca. 1475) - Masses & Chansons - The Sound and The Fury (2013) {3CD fra bernardo Digital Download}

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Firminus Caron (ca. 1440 – ca. 1475) - Masses & Chansons - The Sound and The Fury (2013) {3CD fra bernardo Digital Download}

Firminus Caron (ca. 1440 – ca. 1475) - Masses & Chansons - The Sound and The Fury (2013) {3CD fra bernardo Digital Download fb 1207302}
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Classical / Renaissance / Sacred / Vocal / Lute

From the list of his surviving compositions and the number of their sources, Firmin Caron was clearly highly esteemed in the second half of the fifteenth century, particularly as a composer of French chansons. Most sources of his works are of Italian provenance; nonetheless the oldest French sources, from around 1470, leave little doubt that the composer himself was a Frenchman. Born around 1440 in Amiens and probably trained at the choir school, he developed his original musical language there under the stylistic influence of Guillaume Dufay.

Francesco da Milano (1497-1543) - Lute Works / Il Divino - Hopkinson Smith (2008) {Naive E 8921}

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Francesco da Milano (1497-1543) - Lute Works / Il Divino - Hopkinson Smith (2008) {Naive E 8921}

Francesco da Milano (1497-1543) - Lute Works / Il Divino - Hopkinson Smith (2008) {Naïve E 8921}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 315 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 157 Mb
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© 2008 Naïve | E 8921
Classical / Renaissance / Lute

Francesco Canona or Canova was born near Milan in 1497 and died in 1543. It was his place of birth rather than his family name which was almost exclusively used when referring to him during his professional life. He was the personal lutenist in Rome to Cardinal Ippolito de Medici and to Popes Leo X (1513-1521), Clement VII (1523-34), and Paul III (1534-1549). Francesco’s first printed works date from 1536. In that year, three publications appeared, two of which were devoted only to works by Francesco. The third was an anthology in which his music can be found alongside anonymous dances and pieces by his contemporaries.

Jordi Savall - Giulio Caccini (c. 1550-1618) - Le Nuove Musiche (1984) {Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD 77164}

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Jordi Savall - Giulio Caccini (c. 1550-1618) - Le Nuove Musiche (1984) {Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD 77164}

Jordi Savall - Giulio Caccini (c. 1550-1618) - Le Nuove Musiche (1984) {Deutsche Harmonia Mundi GD 77164}
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© 1984, 1990 Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / BMG Classics | GD 77164
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque

Giulio Caccini (c.1550-1618) was born in Rome, and soon took up an important musical post in Florence under the Medicis. He was widely famous, and apparently a very controversial figure, having boasted of inventing the solo chordally-accompanied song. His two collections entited Nuove Musiche of 1602 & 1614 are certainly important to this development, and Caccini was one of a handful of composers to first work in this new style. However, it had become common practice to perform older madrigals in this way via intabulations, so any notion of invention is hazy at best. Nonetheless, Caccini's detailed ornaments given to the printed vocal part are a landmark in composition.

Stile Antico - A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (2015)

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Stile Antico - A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (2015)

Stile Antico - A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:12:55
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU807575

Stile Antico's 2015 release on Harmonia Mundi, A Wondrous Mystery, is a sublime collection of Renaissance choral music for Christmas, presented in a pleasant mix of familiar German carols and a mass, with tracks interspersed for the sake of variety. This makes sense in consideration of the group's broad audience, which may know such popular hymns as Michael Praetorius' Ein Kind geborn in Bethlehem and Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, or Johannes Eccard's Übers Gebirg Maria geht and Vom Himmel hoch, yet be somewhat at a loss with the motet and Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis by Jacobus Clemens non Papa, a composer beloved by early music specialists but not exactly a household name for lay listeners. However, the a cappella performances are consistently beautiful and soothing throughout, and the quietly joyous mood of the music fits the album's title perfectly. The 12-voice choir's blend is well-balanced and transparent, and the ambience of All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London gives an ideal resonance for the group's small size and close miking.

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Juan Del Enzina - Romances & Villancicos (1991) {Astrée-Auvidis E 8707}

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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Juan Del Enzina - Romances & Villancicos (1991) {Astrée-Auvidis E 8707}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Juan Del Enzina - Romances & Villancicos (1991) {Astrée-Auvidis E 8707}
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© 1991 Auvidis / Astrée | E 8707
Classical / Renaissance

Jordi Savall (born 1941), one of the world's leading players of the viola da gamba, founded the ensemble Hespиrion XX in 1974. Savall's goal — and that of co-founders Montserrat Figueras, Hopkinson Smith, and Lorenzo Alpert — was to explore lesser-known repertories of the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods; their special love has been early Spanish music. The group has toured over five continents and produced well over 50 recordings (many on the Astree Audivis label). The group's membership changes with the repertory of an individual recording or performance project, and with the particular orchestration envisioned by Savall.

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Tallis: Spem In Alium & Other Choral Works (1990)

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Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Tallis: Spem In Alium & Other Choral Works (1990)

Thomas Tallis: Spem In Alium & Other Choral Works (1990)
Winchester Cathedral Choir, Winchester Quiristers, Winchester Vocal Arts
David Hill (conductor); Timothy Byram-Wigfield (organ)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66400 | Time: 00:59:01

This recording has a huge advantage over most of its rivals for the attention of Tallis listeners: the wonderful acoustics of Winchester Cathedral. In this magnificent space, the soaring lines and resplendent harmonies of Tallis's greatest masterpieces find sympathetic resonance, resulting in a heightened dramatic presence that takes the music beyond earthly confines. Of course, beyond the exceptional quality of the writing, credit must go to the phenomenal men and boys of Winchester Cathedral Choir. Where, even in England, does one find trebles who sing with more assuredness, musicality, and beauty of tone? With a repertoire including "In ieiunio et fletu," "Salvator mundi," "In manus tuas," "The Lamentations of Jeremiah," "O nata lux," and the unbelievable 40-part motet "Spem in alium," this is the Tallis disc to own if you're buying only one.

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker - John Sheppard: Media vita (2017)

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Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker - John Sheppard: Media vita (2017)

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker - John Sheppard: Media vita
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, d. booklet | 79:39 min | 363 MB
Label: Hyperion – CDA68187 | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Renaissance, Sacred, Choral, Vocal

Even by the standards of a time and place—Tudor England—in which masterpieces of choral polyphony appear to have been virtually an everyday occurrence, there is something uniquely and intensely compelling about the surviving works of John Sheppard. This is music designed to be sung by liturgical professionals, and none rise to its demands quite like Westminster Cathedral Choir.

Speculum Ensemble - Antoine Brumel: Missa de Beata Virgine, Motets (2008)

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Speculum Ensemble - Antoine Brumel: Missa de Beata Virgine, Motets (2008)

Speculum Ensemble - Antoine Brumel: Missa de Beata Virgine, Motets (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:44 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8570535

Antoine Brumel was among the most distinguished composers of his time, the first great French rather than Flemish Renaissance composer. He served as master of choristers at Notre Dame in Paris and then was employed at the d’Este court in Ferrara, where he succeeded Obrecht. After the disbandment of the court chapel Brumel may have spent time in Rome, where it is thought his Missa de Beata Virgine, his most famous composition, may have been written.

La Venexiana - Monteverdi: Terzo Libro di Madrigali (2008)

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La Venexiana - Monteverdi: Terzo Libro di Madrigali (2008)

La Venexiana - Monteverdi: Terzo Libro di Madrigali (2008)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 62:33 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD 920923

The Nine Books of Monteverdi's madrigals span the composer's career, from his 20th year to his old age, and provide a fascinating look at the transition from Renaissance practice through the early Baroque. Written for five voices, the Third Book, published in 1592, dates from the composer's 25th year, and reveals not only a master of Renaissance counterpoint, but an original thinker with a command of a broad expressive range.