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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 53:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-162 | Recorded: 1995

The Codice di Staffarda is a musical codex from Staffarda Abbey (Santa Maria di Staffarda), a Cistercian monastery located near Saluzzo in north-west Italy. The codex includes works by composers including the otherwise unknown Engarandus Juvenis and Antoine Brumel.
This recording received a 1998 "Critic's Choice" award from Gramophone magazine.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 59:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67937 | Recorded: 2011

The Cardinall’s Musick are acknowledged as the foremost performers of Byrd’s music. Under their director Andrew Carwood they have recorded the complete Latin church music, the final volume of which won the Gramophone Record of the Year. Now they turn to Byrd’s English church music, a genre which shows the composer treading a path between his own innate Catholicism and the requirements of the reformed Church of England. But far from sublimating Byrd’s genius this difficult situation gave rise to one of his most fertile periods.

Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts - Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)

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Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts - Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)

Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)
Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts, John Bryan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550602 | Time: 01:05:02

This well-planned Naxos programme is carefully laid out in two parts, each of viol music interspersed with harpsichord and organ pieces and ending with an anthem. It gives collectors an admirable opportunity to sample, very inexpensively, the wider output of Thomas Tomkins, and outstandingly fine Elizabethan musician whose music is still too known. Though he is best known for hid magnificent church music, it is refreshing to discover what he could do with viols, experimenting with different combinations of sizes of instruments, usually writing with the polyphony subservient to expressive harmonic feeling, as in the splendid and touching Fantasia for six viols. Perhaps the most remarkable piece here is the Hexachord fantasia, where the scurrying part-writing ornaments a rising and falling six-note scale (hexachord). The two five-part verse anthems and Above the stars, which is in six parts, are accompanied by five viols, with a fine counter-tenor in Above the stars and a bass in Thou art my King.

Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

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Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)
Ensemble Unicorn; Michael Posch, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.553840 | Time: 01:04:53

Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled. But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music. Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. It really is a must-have.

Paolo Biordi - Alfonso Ferrabosco: Lessons for Solo Lyra Viol (2020)

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Paolo Biordi - Alfonso Ferrabosco: Lessons for Solo Lyra Viol (2020)

Paolo Biordi - Alfonso Ferrabosco: Lessons for Solo Lyra Viol (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 327 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:52
Classical | Label: Dynamic

This world premiere recording offers a significant representation of the approaches, technical solutions, styles and innovations used by Sammartini in his keyboard music. The programme does not follow a chronological order but rather the performers personal criterion. A pianist and harpsichordist, Simonetta Heger teaches at the Milan Conservatory. She is an active international concert performer on both instruments, as soloist and in ensembles. Her repertoire ranges from the 1600s to contemporary music.

Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

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Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

Metamorphoses Fidei (Metamorfosis De La Fe - Métamorphoses De La Foi) (2006)
Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal, Choral | Label: Alia Vox | # AV 9849 | 01:12:14

This disc of Iberian and Latin American Renaissance music is a reissue cleverly disguised as a new release. It compiles music from several recordings by Catalonian visionary Jordi Savall, his luminous-voiced collaborator Montserrat Figueras, and his Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya ensembles, dressing them up with a new set of rather philosophical booklet notes on themes of change, of intercultural tolerance, and of the evolving nature of Christianity in the Iberian realm and in New Spain. Some might call this a cynical ploy, but actually Savall has always been moving in a circle, so to speak, spiraling inward toward a deeper musical understanding of the historical themes touched on here: the lingering effects of the legacy of medieval Iberia and its "mestissage" or mixture of cultures, the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles (Carlos) V (did you know that he was both the first monarch to be called "His Majesty" and the first to be honored with the claim that the "sun never set" on his empire?), and the relationships between cultivated and popular styles, both in Iberia and the New World.

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.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Russian Orthodox Music (1990)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Russian Orthodox Music (1990)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Russian Orthodox Music (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 56:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 002 | Recorded: 1982

This analogue recording was first issued in 1982 and features music written for the Russian Orthodox Church, ranging from anonymous medieval motets through to the first recording of John Tavener's Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete via Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

The Hilliard Ensemble, The Musicians of Swanne Alley, London Baroque & Emma Kirkby - The Sound of Shakespeare (2016)

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The Hilliard Ensemble, The Musicians of Swanne Alley, London Baroque & Emma Kirkby - The Sound of Shakespeare (2016)

The Hilliard Ensemble, The Musicians of Swanne Alley, London Baroque & Emma Kirkby - The Sound of Shakespeare (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 935 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 479 Mb | 03:29:11
Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

The Golden Age of Music & Theatre: The times of William Shakespeare (1564–1616) offered much more than great theatre. Those were years when music flourished, a time of saucy street ballads, of melancholy lute-songs and madrigals. Great artists of the early music scene convey us into this seemingly distant world and bring it to life…

Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande (2018)

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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande (2018)

Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 62:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | CKD 518 | Recorded: 2017

In his debut solo recording for Linn, Richard Egarr charts the extraordinary breadth of invention at play in works by William Byrd.
Richard Egarr’s impressive career, both as a solo keyboardist and conductor (notably with the Academy of Ancient Music), has cemented his reputation as one of the UK’s most compelling musicians.

Nordic Voices sing Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017)

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Nordic Voices sing Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017)

Nordic Voices sing Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 55:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHSA 0402 | Recorded: 2016

The Norwegian six-member a cappella group, Nordic Voices here presents the extraordinary polyphonic music of Tomas Luis de Victoria, a Spanish composer whose music has continued to move people for more than 400 years, crossing geographical, cultural, and even religious barriers. This surround-sound recording comes ten years after a "warm, consistent and moving" (BBC Music) album of Lamentations, which featured pieces by sixteenth-century composers, including Four Lessons by Victoria. Examples of the composer's exceptional output, characterized by a careful setting of the text and an ability to control texture by a constant grouping and regrouping of different voices, here meet the artistic resourcefulness, versatility, technical precision, and freshness of the young ensemble.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible: Josquin, Victoria, Tallis, Monteverdi, Bach, Daniel-Lesur, Williams (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 71:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CORO | COR16171 | Recorded: 2018

Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, pioneer of flight, anatomist, scientist - yet according to Vasari, Leonardo’s first job outside Florence was as a musician. “Music cannot be regarded other than as the sister of painting', said Leonardo, so for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2019, I Fagiolini and Martin Kemp offer reflections of his images in vocal music: aural Fantasia dei Vinci - art through the prism of music.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin: Missa Mater Patris; Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem (2019)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin: Missa Mater Patris; Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem (2019)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin: Missa Mater Patris; Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM 052 | Recorded: 2018

The graphics for this Tallis Scholars release mention scholarly disagreement over the Missa Mater Patris, long attributed to Josquin but "recently shown to be by the little-known Noel Bauldeweyn," writes director Peter Phillips. "Or is it?" he adds. He sketches out the controversy, pointing out that the mass does not resemble any of Josquin's other compositions in the genre; he doesn't answer his question. However, you might take the album as a rejoinder to those questioning the authenticity of the mass. Its possible removal from the Josquin canon rests entirely on this musical evidence, so Phillips is entitled to adduce musical evidence of his own: the genuine Bauldeweyn mass included here sounds nothing like Josquin but is basically a work in 15th century style with a bit of imitative counterpoint thrown in.

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015) [Re-Up]

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The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015) [Re-Up]

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)
William Harris, Michael Tippett, Thomas Weelkes, James MacMillan, Ivor Gurney, Robert Ramsey
Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, Michael East, Herbert Howells, Robert Pearsall, Thomas Tomkins

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: CORO | # COR16134 | Time: 01:10:50

Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 74:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus | # GAU 332 | Recorded: 2002

English composer William Byrd must have figured he'd lived long enough by 1605, as the seventy-something composer decided to throw caution to the winds and published his largest work, the two-volume set Gradualia, that year. This was a collection of Latin service music, consisting of mass propers for the entire church years in addition to a few secular pieces in the second volume; it contains 109 works in all. Although James I had acceded to the English throne in 1603 with the intention of at least attempting to restore some measure of religious freedom to English Catholics, in quick succession the Bye Plot, the Main Plot, and the Gunpowder Plot put to bed any hopes that this would come to pass during his reign.