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Sergio Balestracci, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto - Johann Gottlieb Naumann: La Passione di Gesù Cristo (2008)

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Sergio Balestracci, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto - Johann Gottlieb Naumann: La Passione di Gesù Cristo (2008)

Sergio Balestracci, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto - Johann Gottlieb Naumann: La Passione di Gesù Cristo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 508 Mb | Total time: 120:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 365-2 | Recorded: 2006

JJohann Gottlieb Naumann, a contemporary of Joseph Haydn, was associated with Dresden, worked in Sweden and travelled in Italy. In his Passione di Gesù Cristo he concentrates on smaller scale emotions and conflicts – albeit in the context of the (conventional) Passion story. It was written, probably, in 1767. That’s quite an undertaking for a twenty-six year old, although Naumann already had several other vocal and choral successes to his name.

Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison - Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets (2015)

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Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison - Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets (2015)

Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major; Sept Chansons; Motets (2015)
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572978 | Time: 00:54:11

Brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, which he abandoned in 1917 following the death of his father, Poulenc returned to the Church in 1936 after the death of his close friend and fellow composer Pierre-Octave Ferroud. Together these events caused a spiritual crisis in Poulenc’s life which led to a series of important compositions for chorus. The powerful Mass in G major, dedicated to the memory of his father, is notable for its daring use of tonality, though the playfulness of Poulenc’s ‘Les Six’ period is not absent. In the Sept Chansons, set to surrealist texts, and in the two sets of Motets - both very personal and penitential - Poulenc generates a huge range of emotion.

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

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Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.06 Gb | Total time: 7h 30'33'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 2564 69568-6 | Recorded: 1974, 1978, 1982, 1994

The performance here of Samson is definitive. It is lively, colourful and highly dramatic. There is no comparison with the tedious performance by the Sixteen on Coro. The performance of the Messiah with limited modern instrumental forces of the English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with very good soloists doesn't sacrifice grandeur nor does it go to the other extreme of over-blown pomp. It is a very good performamce on modern instruments under the direction of the Baroque music specialist conductor Raymond Leppard.

Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

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Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 479 Mb | Total time: 111:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 615-2 | Recorded: 1998

With a libretto based on the Old Testament account of Gideon and his non-violent triumph over the Midianites, the Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) produced a score which, though far from consistent, has moments of great beauty. Among them are Gideon’s aria ‘Cadranno i lupi’; a sublime Sinfonia at the opening of Part Two; a couple of fine choruses and, above all, beautifully wrought recitatives. These apart, don’t expect a forgotten masterpiece. This performance – the first in modern times – boasts competent and well-matched soloists.

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDH55038 | Recorded: 1987

When churches were closed by clerical ordinance on special feast days, Parisians of the mid-18th century went instead to Concerts Spirituels of music ranging from grand motets to intimate chamber music. Mondonville's contributions are exceptional for their unusual timbral mix. They include a dozen Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, the harpsichord parts designed not as continuo infill, but fully self-sufficient, while nonetheless accompanying violin and soprano soloists. Three of them here create a rare and arresting soundscape.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 72:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Les Arts Florissants Editions | AF004 | Recorded: 2013

Caroline of Ansbach, [actually Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline von Brandenburg-Ansbach] wife of King George II, remarkably beautiful patron of the arts and sciences, considered Handel an esteemed confidant. It was in Hanover that Caroline first encountered Handel, actively encouraging his appointment as Kapellmeister there in 1710, and it was apparently at her behest that he composed five of his Italian chamber duets. With the accession of the elector as George I in 1714, Caroline became Princess of Wales and on his death, in 1727, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, consort of King George II.

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013)
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Julian Pregardien (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Ricercar Consort; Philippe Pierlot, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Mirare | # MIR243 | Time: 01:07:54

Just in time for Christmas, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort present a collection of Cantatas for the season by Johann Sebastian Bach. In these evergreen holiday favorites, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices are used to express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The result is nothing short of magical. The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and director Philippe Pierlot. They have made a significant discography, especially on the Mirare label, where their recordings have met with consistent acclaim and respect, in particular for their exceptional Bach Magnificat.

John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris - Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2007)

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John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris - Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2007)

John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris - Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 153 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: Francais, English, Espanol, Deutsch

Like music lovers the world over, John Nelson believes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor is a pinnacle of Western music. For years, he has cherished the dream of performing this masterwork in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris whose renown has grown constantly since he began conducting with them eight years ago. In addition to John Nelson and his Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Mass in B minor brings together the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame choir conducted by Nicole Corti as well as internationally recognized soloists Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Daniel Taylor (alto), Paul Agnew (tenor) and Dietrich Henschel (baritone).

Susanne Rohn, Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble - Telemann: Ein' feste Burg is unser Gott (2017)

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Susanne Rohn, Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble - Telemann: Ein' feste Burg is unser Gott (2017)

Susanne Rohn, Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble - Telemann: Ein' feste Burg is unser Gott (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 73:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus | CHR 77405 | Recorded: 1989

Georg Philipp Telemann remains one of the most fascinating and yet controversial composers of the Late Baroque. Some ridicule him for his prolific but reputedly superficial output while others view him as a universal musical genius. The cantatas by Telemann featured on this release provide an insight into over 50 years of creative activity. All works featured here were written for the Reformation Day and the feast of St Michael (29th September). Three of the five cantatas have a magnificent orchestration with trumpets and timpani. Performing these magnificent works are the acclaimed ensembles Kammerchor der Erloserkirche Bad Homburg and the Johann Rosenmuller Ensemble.

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

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Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HCX 3955182 | 00:51:54

Byrd, the chief musician of Elizabethan England, wrote and published liturgical music for clandestine religious observance. Among his most serene and pure works, these intimate five-voice masses are drawn from his second book of Gradualia published in 1607.

Chanticleer - Chanticleer Sings Christmas (2020)

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Chanticleer - Chanticleer Sings Christmas (2020)

Chanticleer - Chanticleer Sings Christmas (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 344 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:28
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics

The Christmas concerts of Chanticleer are an institution in the USA, and international tours and recordings have made the brilliant male-voice ensemble, based in San Francisco, familiar to audiences all over the world. As Gramophone has written, "Chanticleer, it seems, can sing just about anything," and Chanticleer sings Christmas bears that out, embracing traditional carols and gospel numbers, plainsong, European and Mexican music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and composers and arrangers of the present day.

Emma Kirkby, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Magnificat: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Hayes (2006)

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Emma Kirkby, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Magnificat: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Hayes (2006)

Emma Kirkby, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Magnificat: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Hayes (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 61:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | 4765255 | Recorded: 2005

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.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesu al Calvario (2001)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesu al Calvario (2001)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesù al Calvario (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 499 Mb | Total time: 110:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 10 887 | Recorded: 1999

In an age of artistic conformity, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) had a refreshingly individual voice. In his own time he was described as 'a reserved, bigoted Catholic, but also a respectable, quiet, unassuming man, deserving of the greatest respect'. His music earned Bach's respect for its serious contrapuntal procedures; today's listeners, though, are more immediately charmed by Zelenka's quirky turns of phrase and flashes of original genius. There are plenty of these in the Passion oratorio Gesù al Calvario (1735), one of the composer's three late oratorios.

Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)

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Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)

Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 52:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM931045 | Recorded: 1980

The artistic director of the ‘Concert Spirituel’ from 1752 to 1762, Mondonville was one of the most fashionable composers in Paris due to his ‘grands motets’. However, it was in the field of chamber music that he was a real innovator. In creating the sonata for harpsichord with violin accompaniment, he paved the way for a form soon to be raised to sublime heights by Mozart and Beethoven. By giving the harpsichord accompaniment to the human voice Mondonville carried the experiments to its utmost limits.

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Handel: Messiah (2019)

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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Handel: Messiah (2019)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Handel: Messiah (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 48:43+81:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent Records ‎| ACC24354 | Recorded: 2018

Handel’s Messiah is already very well represented on the market with dozens of existing recordings and new productions appearing at regular intervals. Yet this is a very special version, carefully crafted by the Prague-based Collegium Vocale and Collegium 1704 under the baton of Vaclav Luks, founder of the ensemble and one of the most exciting conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. The fine young singers Giulia Semenzato, Benno Schachtner, Krystian Adam, and Krešimir Stražanac joined the ensembles for two moving live performances in Prague’s Rudolfinum in March 2018, and those performances are now presented here.