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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 793 Mb | Total time: 57:18+52:43+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 037-2 | Recorded: 1990

Belshazzar (HWV 61) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. The libretto was by Charles Jennens, and Handel abridged it considerably. Jennens' libretto was based on the Biblical account of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great and the subsequent freeing of the Jewish nation, as found in the Book of Daniel.
Handel composed Belshazzar in the late Summer of 1744 concurrently with Hercules, during a time that Winton Dean calls "the peak of Handel's creative life".The work premiered the following Lenten season on 27 March 1745 at the King's Theatre, London.The work fell into neglect after Handel's death, with revivals of the work occurring in the United Kingdom in 1847, 1848 and 1873.With the revival of interest in Baroque music and historically informed musical performance since the 1960s, Belsahzzar receives performances in concert form today and is also sometimes fully staged as an opera.

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)

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Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sächsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 68:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 180-2 | Recorded: 2005

The conventional wisdom about Venetian Antonio Lotti, composer of the a cappella masterwork "Crucifixus," is that as a card-carrying member of the stil antico he represented a conservative viewpoint akin to that of his later contemporary Leonardo Leo – the fewer instruments the better, the closer to the polyphonic language of Palestrina the better. Moreover, if the "Crucifixus" was the only work of Lotti that someone became acquainted with, then he/she could not be blamed for believing this was so, although he/she might note the distinct Baroque harmonic coloring of the piece as being rather unlike that of Palestrina. Here is a challenge for you – CPO's Antonio Lotti: Vesper Psalms performed by the Sächsisches Vocalensemble and Batzdorfer Hofkapelle under Matthias Jung. It presents a selection of Lotti's surviving concerted sacred choral works, pieces that are scored with a small Baroque orchestra and easily comparable to contemporary music by Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, and his direct competitor Antonio Vivaldi. Careful scrutiny of the poorly compiled worklist for Lotti in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians reveals that some of these pieces are so listed, but with no mention whatsoever of the instrumental forces involved; they are identified as a cappella works just like the others. One wonders to the extent of Grove's oversight in this matter.

Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)

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Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)

Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:19 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ars Musici | Catalog: 232379

The Augsburger Domsingknaben, or boy singers of Augsburg Cathedral, have a claim to be the perfect group to interpret the music of the south German composer Hans Leo Hassler, a student of Andrea Gabrieli whose music straddles the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The young choristers come from the same area where the music originated, and, like some of the English cathedral choirs, they have a history going back to the middle of the last millennium (although not quite so continuous).

Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

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Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Songs (2012)
Kiev Chamber Choir; Mykola Hobdych, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included | 01:15:07
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2279, 476 4990

The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was sound. But what if it was music? What if God, in contemplating the creation of Creation, sang being into being? If so, it might have sounded something like the Sacred Songs of Valentin Silvestrov. In this seventh ECM album devoted to the Ukrainian composer’s music, we thusly encounter a sense of space unique to the Russian liturgy: the more the voices unify in movement, the more they lift from one another like temporary tattoos, leaving behind mirror images that wash away with baptism into infinite oneness with the Holy Spirit. Sin as sun. Firmament as fundament.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: String Quartet Op.135; Haydn: Missa Tempore Belli (2012/1984) [Blu-Ray]

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: String Quartet Op.135; Haydn: Missa Tempore Belli (2012/1984) [Blu-Ray]

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Choir and Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk - Beethoven: String Quartet Op.135; Haydn: Missa Tempore Belli (2012/1984)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 22781 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 93 min | 21,1 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3660 kbps

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 93 min | 4,97 Gb
Audio: Latin / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: Latin, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Bernstein delivered a powerful and now legendary live performance of Beethovens String Quartet Op. 135 transcribed for String Orchestra and performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. For the first time ever this performance is now being released on DVD and Blu-ray. Another definitive Bernstein performance debuting now on both mediums is the enigmatic maestros reading of Haydns Missa in tempore belli, filmed live in concert at Ottobeuren in 1984, using to maximum effect the deeply impressive setting of the monasterys magnificent Baroque basilica.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

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Gerard Lesne,  Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 66:34+56:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 62413 2 | Recorded: 1991-92

Gérard Lesne founded the Il Seminario musicale Ensemble in 1985. Since 1990, the Ensemble has been in residence at the Royaumont Foundation, where it attracts vocalists and instrumentalists who share Lesne's enthusiam for the 17th and 18th century Italian repertoire. The musicians perform on old instruments and strive to reproduce as faithfully as possible the lilt and narrative line characteristic of the baroque style as expressed in works by composers such as Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Caldara, Pergolesi, and the others. The size of the ensemble is variable depending on the repertoire. Based on a rich and varied continuo section (theorbo, cello, basson, double bass, organ and harpsichord) supporting one or more soloists, it can be expanded with the addition of a string quartet to make a small chamber orchestra suitable for performing chamber operas. Responsibility for the Ensemble's musical direction is shared by the instrumentalists and vocalists.

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.

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Christmas (2017)

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Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Christmas (2017)

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:49:19 | 113 Mb
Classical, Choral | Label: De Montfort Music, Sony Classical

The Sisters will top off their 20th Anniversary year with a glorious new Christmas album Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Recording in the ethereal acoustic at their Motherhouse in Ann Arbor, this sublime offering will include some of the Sisters' favorite carols as well original compositions which until now- have been heard only in their chapel each year at Christmas. Now widely available to share, the Sisters will release this recording internationally with De Montfort Music through Sony Classical.

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

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Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 653 Mb | Total time: 71:00+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 459 454-2 | Recorded: 1967, 1972, 1975

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother was standing". The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Western composers.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 74, 78, 80

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.
-Terry Barfoot

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included | 01:11:08
Classical, Choral, Medieval, Gregorian Chant | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2244, 476 4499

Filia Sion is the first ECM New Series disc devoted entirely to the Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis. From the beginning of its history, Vox Clamantis has focussed on Gregorian chant as the foundation of European music, but has also maintained strong connections to contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür (members of the ensemble previously appeared on Tüür s Oxymoron album, singing his composition Salve Regina ). Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical. While always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the approach to the work and the selection of pieces is contemporary, with sound and texture and the blending of voices as a focus. As leader Jaan-Eik Tulve explains, Gregorian chant is monophonic music which remarkably emphasizes the blend of voices.

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sesto libro di madrigali 1611 (2013)

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La Compagnia del Madrigale - Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sesto libro di madrigali 1611 (2013)

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sesto libro di madrigali 1611 (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 318 Mb | Scans - 31 Mb | 01:17:54
Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa Music

To sense the emotional charge coursing through Carlo Gesualdo at the time when he was composing his Sixth Book of Madrigals, there is no better starting point than a thrilling new recording being issued on Glossa from La Compagnia del Madrigale. Some of the finest singers in the madrigal repertoire today – including Giuseppe Maletto, Daniele Carnovich and Rossana Bertini, and they have been refining their a cappella artistry over more than twenty years with groups such as La Venexiana and Concerto Italiano – now restore humanness, warmth, pictorial beauty and richness to one of the most complex cycles in all music. This marks the group’s triumphant entry onto a label which has always made the exploration of the Italian madrigal repertory one of its cornerstones.

GSOConsort, Gudrun Sidonie Otto - Telemann: Sacred Arias (2017)

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GSOConsort, Gudrun Sidonie Otto - Telemann: Sacred Arias (2017)

GSOConsort, Gudrun Sidonie Otto - Telemann: Sacred Arias
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 70:26 min |331 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

New chamber compositions by Telemann are now made available through intensive research. They are presented in modern score editions focusing on the Magdeburg Sunday Concerts (Sonntagsmusiken). The arias include pieces taken from complete sacred compositions and performed in Hamburgs principal places of worship during the church year 1726-27. The Eisenach court secretary Johann Friedrich Helbig was the author of the texts for the church compositions and the arias included in them.

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

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Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)

Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Rafael Kubelik - Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass in C minor, Missa brevis in C major (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 568 Mb | Total time: 53:02+74:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 459 409-2 | Recorded: 1973, 1975, 1989

Two great recordings of two of the greatest choral works. Karajan and Levin swoops the standards of tempi, phrasing and intens music making. Karajan's finest recording of the Requiem. Levin sets the bar a milestone higher. Remastering of the Requiem is confidentional good. Sound quality of K327 is superb.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia (2008)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia (2008)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Scarlatti: Il Martirio di Santa Cecilia (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 505 Mb | Total time: 108:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 258-2 | Recorded: 2000

Until recently all traces of Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Il martirio di Santa Cecilia had been lost. Discovered in the manuscript collection of the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny, near Geneva, this oratorio which had been undiscovered for decades was immediately performed in Zurich. Karl Böhmer (the booklet author) and Oliver Mattern produced the first modern edition of the work. The interpreters on that occasion are again featured on the present recording. This sacred tragedy could rightly be termed one of the most dramatic and mature oratorios of the Roman baroque. Although there are no choruses, the action is portrayed with long recitative dialogues between the protagonists, and the music’s strongest moments come when the recitatives go over into expressive accompagnati, widely ranging ariosi, and affective arias. Like all of Scarlatti’s gloomy, fatalistic oratorios, this work culminates in bloody scenes of murder and martyrdom.