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Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1988)

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Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1988)

Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Münchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 781 Mb | Total time: 58:31+56:31+48:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 427 236-2 | Recorded: 1965

Karl Richter's performance dates from 1965, since when it has seldom been out of the catalogue. It is in an entirely different class… Richter's Munich Bach Choir were at a peak at this time and the results are often quite exciting. Under Richter's direction the ''Ehre sei dir, Gott'' chorus…is appropriately lustig with wonderfully light-hearted singing and orchestral playing… [T]he arias with Gundula Janowitz and Fritz Wunderlich…[are] of a calibre which will always ensure considerable enjoyment…
– Nicholas Anderson

Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Du Mont: Motets pour la messe du roy (2002)

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Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Du Mont: Motets pour la messe du roy (2002)

Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Du Mont: Motets pour la messe du roy (2002)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:20| 313 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Alpha | Catalog: ALPHA 021

The gorgeous early music releases of France's Alpha label, each illustrated with a relevant painting along with discussion of both the music and the artwork, offer a splendid introduction to the culture of the ancien régime. The discussions get down to the kind of depth that academics traffic in, yet the performances are by and large sensuous ones entrusted to some of France's best historical-instrument ensembles.

Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Du Mont: Grands motets pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV au Louvre (2005)

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Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Du Mont: Grands motets pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV au Louvre (2005)

Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Du Mont: Grands motets pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV au Louvre (2005)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:20 | 420 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Alpha | Catalog: ALPHA 069

Henri Dumont is an important figure in the French Baroque scene in that he was one of the pioneers in the development of the "grands motets" that saw such fruit in the works of Lully, Delaland, Campra, Charpentier, Rameau and others. From what I've heard of his music, it tends to be a bit more subdued and sombre that a lot of the festive and almost manic works from some of the others mentioned. This disc has four motets, one of which; Dialogus de anima, has been recorded before. I have the versions by Herreweghe and Rousset.

Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Charpentier: Méditations pour le Carême (2006)

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Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Charpentier: Méditations pour le Carême (2006)

Ensemble Pierre Robert, Frederic Desenclos - Charpentier: Méditations pour le Carême (2006)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:10 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Alpha | Catalog: ALPHA 091

This disc is part of a remarkable series on France's Alpha label, pairing mostly Baroque repertories with detailed presentations of visual artworks that are either contemporary with the music or otherwise somehow related to it. You can get a good education in art of the seventeenth century just by buying these discs as they appear. Look at the dramatically lit detail from a 1663 painting by Lubin Baugin on the cover of the disc (the entire painting, along with other details, is reproduced inside).

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (2008)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (2008)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien & Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 735 Mb | Total time: 77:08+72:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 7333212 | Recorded: 2006-07

Christine Schäfer models the notes in a sovereign and refreshingly light manner: Werner Güra not only convinces as an evangelist, but also proves his class in the arias." The two bassists intone a hearty-bawdy, sometimes very soft and gentle tone There is nothing wrong with Harnoncourt's portrayal of the opening movement of the Third Cantata, where the music explodes in a way that has not been heard before.
–Stereo

Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert - Homilius: Weihnachten in der Dresdner Frauenkirche (2005)

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Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert - Homilius: Weihnachten in der Dresdner Frauenkirche (2005)

Peter Kopp, Körnerscher Sing-Verein Dresden, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert - Homilius: Weihnachten in der Dresdner Frauenkirche. Kantaten II (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 73:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.170 | Recorded: 2005

„… the program – four church cantatas for Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s Day – leaves nothing to be desired from a musical standpoint. These compact, expertly written works are not only functional (their primary purpose), but are enormously, immediately appealing (not a bad thing for church service music!), with grand, lively opening choruses, vibrant orchestral accompaniments, and strong, perfectly singable arias where even the brief formulaic stuff sounds absolutely right and natural. … Highly recommended.“
–Classics Today

Roderich Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Dresdner Barockorchester - Homilius: Musik an der Dresdner Frauenkirche (2005)

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Roderich Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Dresdner Barockorchester - Homilius: Musik an der Dresdner Frauenkirche (2005)

Roderich Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Dresdner Barockorchester - Homilius: Musik an der Dresdner Frauenkirche. Kantaten I (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 73:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.183 | Recorded: 2004

The rebuilding of the Dresden Frauenkirche has gained widespread public attention throughout Europe and in the USA. Recently the bells were dedicated in a formal ceremony and the church was crowned with its ornamental tower. The present CD is dedicated to discovering the “traces of sound” through the music which was composed for this church. When the Kreuzkirche, the main church of the city, was destroyed in July 1760, the Frauenkirche moved into the forefront as the first parish church in the old town of Dresden. Gottfried August Homilius is considered the most significant and compositionally productive Kreuzkantor. His work also found a widespread acceptance outside the capital of Saxony. Although he was music director of the Kreuzkirche, due to its destruction he spent three quarters of his tenure working in the Frauenkirche, where previously he had been the organist for 13 years. Most of his works were written directly for this church. The present CD features four festive cantatas for the feast of Whitsun in interpretations by the internationally renowned Dresdner Kreuzchor under their conductor, Roderich Kreile. The Kreuzchor is accompanied by the Dresdner Barockorchester.

Karl Munchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Lubecker Kantorei - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium/Christmas Oratorio (1997)

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Karl Munchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Lubecker Kantorei - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium/Christmas Oratorio (1997)

Karl Münchinger, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Lübecker Kantorei - Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium/Christmas Oratorio (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 771 Mb | Total time: 79:53+79:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 455 410-2 | Recorded: 1966

Previous recordings allotted the words of the angel in the Evangelist's narration of No. 13 to the tenor, but Münchinger rightly, in my view, gives them to the Angel. His direction is more lively and, where called for, more dramatic than in the competing version under Richter, and the Decca recording has, also, an extra brightness and clarity lacking in the DGG. The soloists are admirable in both versions, and in both, also, the Pastoral Symphony is beautifully played.
– Gramophone

Per-Sonat, Sabine Lutzenberger - Invisible: Chants of the Cistercian Nuns (2018) {Christophorus CHR 77430}

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Per-Sonat, Sabine Lutzenberger - Invisible: Chants of the Cistercian Nuns (2018) {Christophorus CHR 77430}

Per-Sonat, Sabine Lutzenberger - Invisible: Chants of the Cistercian Nuns (2018) {Christophorus CHR 77430}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 256 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 138 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 24 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2018 Christophorus | CHR 7743
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / Sacred

The Cistercian order was born at the end of the 11th Century around the new monastery of Cîteaux and developed by Bernard of Clairvaux in the following years. Their aim was to return to the basics of the austere Benedictine rule, as opposed to the less stricter developments that had taken place around Cluny. These ideas quickly spread around Europe, producing great architecture and great liturgical music, devoid of embellishments and flourishments then considered unnecessary. Sabine Lutzenberger and her ensemble PERSONAT present the sounds of Cistercian monasteries all around Europe.

Jurgen Budday, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2005)

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Jurgen Budday, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2005)

Jürgen Budday, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 665 Mb | Total time: 147:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K&K | # KuK 67 | Recorded: 2004

Handel’s spectacular oratorio Belshazzar was composed in 1744, from a libretto by Charles Jennens that describes the fall of Babylon. Less successful in it’s day than the popular Italian opera, Belshazzar is a work on an imposing scale — dramatic, passionate, full of stirring choruses and solos, and a piece which Handel himself described as ‘very grand and uncommon’. The oratorio is full of invention, energy and drama with the Jewish, Babylonian Persian and Medes masses having their own distinctive musical styles that were juxtaposed to create a tense dramatic conflict. Composed in the same year as the splendid Hercules the two oratorios represent the peak of Handel’s dramatic writing. Belshazzar was a failure at the time of its first performance in 1745—contemporary reports speak of a disastrously bad performance—and the oratorio never gained popularity in Handel’s lifetime.

Gerhard Jenemann, Concerto Koln, Suddeutscher Kammerchor - Johann Christian Bach: Mailander Vesperpsalmen (2010)

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Gerhard Jenemann, Concerto Koln, Suddeutscher Kammerchor - Johann Christian Bach: Mailander Vesperpsalmen (2010)

Gerhard Jenemann, Concerto Köln, Süddeutscher Kammerchor - Johann Christian Bach: Mailänder Vesperpsalmen (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 60:01+32:25 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.347 | Recorded: 2009

For the arch-Protestant Bach Family – as for German musicology in the 19th and early 20th centuries – through his conversion to Catholicism and his turning to Italian opera Johann Christian Bach was considerd the “black sheep” of the family. Prior to his brilliant career as an opera composer and impresario in London, from 1757 to 1760 he held the position of organist at the Milan Cathedral. During this period he composed numerous sacred works which are least well-known among the works of the youngest Bach son. Under the direction of Gerhard Jenemann, the renowned solo quartet centered around Joanne Lunn and Thomas E. Bauer, the Süddeutsche Kammerchor and Concerto Köln bring to light a completely unknown Johann Christian Bach and they make clear why the “London Bach” was also called the “Milan Bach.”

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2001)

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Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2001)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 771 Mb | Total time: 65:57+66:22+31:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 1079-2 | Recorded: 2001

Belshazzar is one of Handel’s works that could be called a total failure at the time of its first performance. Premiered in 1745 to a nearly empty house, contemporary reports say that it was a disastrously bad performance. This oratorio never gained popularity in Handel’s lifetime, and he only performed it twice after the first performance. Yet this is no minor work. Full of great Handelian arias, and stirring choral movements, this oratorio deserves to stand among his greatest works. Drama and energy play like a flame through the pages of this work. It has everything a Handel oratorio needs: tension, excitement, and attractive melodies.

Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)

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Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)

Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 63:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Profil | # PH08026 | Recorded: 1997

Donizetti began writing his Requiem Mass after the death of fellow composer and friend Bellini. Ironically it was not performed until after Donizetti's death in 1848. Lacking a 'Sanctus', 'Benedictus' and 'Agnus Dei', the work is nevertheless a large-scale, powerful and compelling work which is one of Donizetti's most important non-operatic compositions.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 53:25+53:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5317 | Recorded: 2008

Like many renditions of Bach's monumental B Minor Mass, this one puts forward a musical argument: in this case, for the use of a vocal ensemble made up of ten soloists rather than a choir. Minkowski's approach may be historically aggressive, but the sound is unstintingly lovely and the pared-down arrangements shed an interesting and unusual light on this most familiar of the baroque masterworks. Highly recommended to most classical collections and all period-instrument collections.
–Rick Anderson

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 72:34+67:15+53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908354.56 | Recorded: 1993, 1994, 2002

Another entry in Harmonia Mundi's ongoing Bach Edition, this recording from 1993 exemplifies both the consistently high standard of performance we've come to expect from Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale and the astonishing musical variety and emotional/spiritual depth of Bach's vocal works. As usual in this series, the program reflects a theme, in this case the feast of Ascension, for which Bach wrote what proved to be his final oratorio (improperly catalogued as a cantata in the original edition of Bach's works) and at least three cantatas. The oratorio contains both original music and, as has recently been shown, several movements taken from cantatas no longer extant. It's a compelling and inexplicably underperformed work, far shorter than Bach's other oratorios, complete with some terrific orchestral music, two wonderful festive choruses, a tenor Evangelist narrator, a charming little duet for tenor and bass, and arias for soprano and alto.