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Ensemble Scholastica & Rebecca Bain - Ars elaboratio (2017)

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Ensemble Scholastica & Rebecca Bain - Ars elaboratio (2017)

Ensemble Scholastica & Rebecca Bain - Ars elaboratio
Classical, Sacred, Medieval | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 72:04 min | 318 MB
Label: ATMA Classique | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Montreal's female vocal group Ensemble Scholastica makes its ATMA Classique recording debut with Ars elaboratio, a program of newly composed elaborations on medieval liturgical songs. The original songs were chosen from the medieval plainchant repertoire in homage to the group's favourite saints: Scholastica, champion of education; Cecilia, patron saint of music; Catherine of Alexandria, champion of justice and female wisdom; and Saint John the Baptist, patron to the ensemble's home province of Québec.

Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)

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Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)

Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:13:17
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Renaissance | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD134

White’s Lamentations are not as famous as Tallis’s, but their plangent harmonies and clashing lines have an equal intensity. This impressive debut disc by Gallicantus (an all-male group from the Tenebrae choir) includes White’s motets and hymns, emphasising his response to the texts and his eloquent way with the single Hebrew letters that begin each Lamentation. The vocal balance is slightly bass-heavy, but the sound is beautifully recorded.

Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

Thomas Tallis - Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)
Oxford Camerata, conducted by Jeremy Summerly

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Naxos | # 8.557770 | Time: 01:17:17

To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tallis, here are his biggest and best church compositions, performed in its customary high style by the Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly (whose Fauré Requiem remains one of Naxos's all-time bestsellers). Tallis's youthful motet Salve intemerata is among the longest single-movement works of the 16th century, but it is Spem in alium, a work of Tallis's maturity, that overshadows any other English piece of the period, including those of his great contemporary, William Byrd. Scored for 40 independent voices, it is symphonic in proportion and resplendent in this surround-sound version.

Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias (2017)

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Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias (2017)

Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias
Classical, Baroque Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 57:33 min | 246 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

Over a period of some twenty years, from the late 1720s, Handel composed a series of virtuoso arias using only thewords Allelujah and Amen as his texts. They were probably for use in private worship, and take their place in the tradition of Divine Song established by Purcell and other composers. Here they receive their first recordings, set in a context of contemporary sacred song and instrumental music, with theaccompaniment provided by the beguiling sound of two theorbos and chamber organ. They are heard here in the extraordinarily dramatic timbres of a male-soprano voice perhaps as close as modern listeners can come to the vocal acrobatics of the castrati who so amazed their own audiences.

L' Inviti Singers, L' Inviti Sinfonia & Paul Brough - Christopher Wood: Requiem (2017)

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L' Inviti Singers, L' Inviti Sinfonia & Paul Brough - Christopher Wood: Requiem (2017)

L' Inviti Singers, L' Inviti Sinfonia & Paul Brough - Christopher Wood: Requiem
Classical, Contemporary, Sacred | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 60:48 min | 220 MB
Label: Orchid Classics | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

This work by self-proclaimed ""non-composer"" Christopher Wood pays homage to the grief felt around the UK following the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002. A former cancer surgeon who now develops life-saving cancer drugs, Wood is a pharmaceutical entrepreneur who had, until 2002, never composed a note of music. But when the Queen Mother passed away, Wood was moved by the people who queued for hours to pay their respects, and felt a strong connection to their grief and sadness, but also their honour, gratitude and patriotic pride.

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Arvo Pärt: Live (2017)

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Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Arvo Pärt: Live (2017)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Arvo Pärt: Live
Classical, Sacred, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:59 min | 265 MB
Label: BR-Klassik | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Arvo Pärt, who was born in Estonia in 1935, has succeeded in bringing sacred music back to a broader audience, and away from the confines of the church service, more than almost any other contemporary composer. The meditative character of his works, and his return to the simplest and most basic musical forms, convey moments of intense spirituality. Even before his emigration from the Soviet Union to Austria and then to Germany, Pärt had already invented what he termed the tintinnabuli style of composition (from the Latin word for a bell).

MDR Rundfunkchor & Risto Joost - Confessions of Faith: Choral Concertos by Bortniansky & Schnittke (2017)

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MDR Rundfunkchor & Risto Joost - Confessions of Faith: Choral Concertos by Bortniansky & Schnittke (2017)

MDR Rundfunkchor & Risto Joost - Confessions of Faith: Choral Concertos by Bortniansky & Schnittke
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 54:51 min | 196 MB
Label: Genuin | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

The first release by the MDR Radio Chorus under its new director Risto Joost is not just a confession of faith, but truly a confession of sound as well: the ensemble’s second GENUIN release presents Russian sacred music. What impressive musical contrasts we hear in the remarkable acoustics of Leipzig’s Paul Gerhardt Church: distinctive contours from the too-little-known classicist Dmitry Bortniansky (1751–1825) feature alongside the monumental blocks of sound and etheric soundscapes of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir. Both works bear witness not only to the power of faith, but also of music, interpreted by the MDR Radio Chorus with eloquence, sparkling precision, and total commitment – absolutely recommended!

Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne & Michel Corboz - Schola Aeterna - Chants à la vierge (2016)

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Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne & Michel Corboz - Schola Aeterna - Chants à la vierge (2016)

Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne & Michel Corboz - Schola Aeterna - Chants à la vierge
Classical, Sacred, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:20 min | 315 MB
Label: Mirare | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2016

This programme stands out forcefully against the idea of a supposed rivalry between the Conservatoire and the Schola Cantorum and showcases techniques inherited from both plainsong and a golden age of polyphony by three generations of musicians. La Schola was founded in 1894 and opened on 15 October 1896 as an alternative to the emphasis on opera at the Paris Conservatoire and to foster the study of late Baroque and early Classical works, Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. On this release from Mirare, esteemed choral conductor Michel Corboz leads the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne in a collection of French music written in honour of the Virgin Mary.

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Complete Sacred Music (2005) (13 CD)

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Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Complete Sacred Music (2005) (13 CD)

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Complete Sacred Music (2005) (13 CD)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 13CDs, 14:07:12 min | 3,5 Gb | Scans -> 18,8 mb
Genre: Classical, Sacred / Label: Warner Classics

Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Complete Sacred Music by Harnoncourt / Mozart / Vienna Concentus Musicus was released Sep 19, 2005 on the Warner Classics label. Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Complete Sacred Music is a 13-disc set.

Profeti Della Quinta & Elam Rotem - The Carlo G. Manuscript: Virtuoso Liturgical Music from the Early 17th Century (2017)

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Profeti Della Quinta & Elam Rotem - The Carlo G. Manuscript: Virtuoso Liturgical Music from the Early 17th Century (2017)

Profeti Della Quinta & Elam Rotem - The Carlo G. Manuscript: Virtuoso Liturgical Music from the Early 17th Century
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 65:50 min | 153 MB
Label: Glossa | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Some 15 years ago, the hitherto unknown 'Carlo G Manuscript' was purchased at a Vienna jumble sale for the princely sum of 60 Euros. Once a doctoral thesis has been prepared based on this document and it had been made available on the internet in the form of scanned images, the manuscript was sold by Sotheby s at auction to an anonymous buyer in 2007, as a consequence of which it has once again disappeared.

Robert Quinney - The Gate of Heaven: Favorite Anthems from New College (2017)

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Robert Quinney - The Gate of Heaven: Favorite Anthems from New College (2017)

Robert Quinney - The Gate of Heaven: Favorite Anthems from New College
Classical, Choral, Sacred | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 65:44 min | 153 MB
Label: Novum | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

The revival of British music in the late nineteenth century coincided with two profound religious changes: the so-called Oxford Movement, the influence of which on standards of liturgy and music in the Church of England reached far beyond the ‘Anglo-Catholic’ churches it spawned; and the Roman Catholic Church, whose presence in the religious and cultural life of the country had grown since its emancipation in 1829.

Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater (2017)

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Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater (2017)

Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:39 min | 367 MB
Label: Carus | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Johann Simon Mayr, born in Upper Bavaria, left a legacy of sixty operas and more than six hundred sacred and chamber music compositions. In the early 18th century, this extremely productive composer was one of the most successful opera composers in Northern Italy and his works were played all over Europe. It is all the more remarkable that he is practically unknown today. The quality of the music cannot be the reason, as is proved by the present recording of the Mass in C minor and the Stabat Mater. Excellent soloists, the Orpheus Vokalensemble and Concerto Köln under the baton of Florian Helgath do justice to the music.

Arvo Part - The Deer's Cry - Vox Clamantis (2016) {ECM 2466}

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Arvo Part - The Deer's Cry - Vox Clamantis (2016) {ECM 2466}

Arvo Part - The Deer's Cry - Vox Clamantis (2016) {ECM 2466}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 249 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 147 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 31 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 ECM Records | ECM New Series | ECM 2466
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Choral

The second ECM New Series album to fully showcase pure-toned Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis and its artistic director/conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve is devoted to compositions by their great countryman, Arvo Pärt – whose music has been the most performed globally of any living composer over the past five years. This album – titled The Deer’s Cry after its first track, an incantatory work for a cappella mixed choir – is also the latest in an illustrious line of ECM New Series releases to feature Pärt’s compositions, the very music that inspired Manfred Eicher to establish the New Series imprint in 1984.

Knut Schoch & I Sonatori - Scheidt: Geistliche Concerte (2017)

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Knut Schoch & I Sonatori - Scheidt: Geistliche Concerte (2017)

Knut Schoch & I Sonatori - Scheidt: Geistliche Concerte
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:53 min | 319 MB
Label: Christophorus | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

Along with his colleagues Schütz und Schein, Samuel Scheidt belongs to the three great Sch, whose compositions spread from Middle Germany and influenced early German baroque. Whereas Schütz was rediscovered from the end of the 19th century and even more so over the course of the 20th century, Schein and Scheidt are still not widely known. Other than two years of study with Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in Amsterdam, Scheidt spent his entire life in his native city of Halle. He became court organist in 1609 and court conductor 10 tears later.

Sospiri - Cecilia Bartoli [2010]

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Sospiri - Cecilia Bartoli [2010]

Sospiri - Cecilia Bartoli [2010]
Classical | DECCA 478 2249 | TT: 77:39+30:16 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 421 Mb

This compilation of selections from a number of Cecilia Bartoli's recitals from between 1994 and 2009, plus several newly released tracks, is unified by the theme of sighs, "sospiri." The music expresses a variety of moods, including sighs of resignation, relaxation, grief, ecstasy, and romantic pleasure. The first of the two CDs is devoted to secular music, much of it operatic, and the second to sacred pieces. The album should offer few surprises to anyone who has a preconceived opinion of Bartoli's vocalism. Fans of her exuberant personality and dramatic temperament will find just what they would expect, as will detractors who are put off by what they feel to be her excessive flamboyance. In any case, whatever one's opinion of the outcome, there's no denying that Bartoli throws herself into all her projects with absolute abandon. She is so deeply invested in wringing the emotional truth out of a piece that she is not afraid to let her voice stray from the principles of bel canto singing that require that tonal beauty be maintained at all times.