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Sara Mingardo, Cenacolo Musicale - Bononcini, Lotti, Steffani: Se con stille frequenti. Duetti da camera (2016)

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Sara Mingardo, Cenacolo Musicale - Bononcini, Lotti, Steffani: Se con stille frequenti. Duetti da camera (2016)

Sara Mingardo, Cenacolo Musicale - Bononcini, Lotti, Steffani: Se con stille frequenti. Duetti da camera (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arcana | A424 | Recorded: 2014, 2015

In the Baroque period, the duetto da camera, usually conceived for two equal voices and continuo, was an important form of vocal chamber music, of which innumerable examples are found in the works of composers associated with Venice, the leading protagonist in the history of this genre. Venetian Sara Mingardo is joined by a large group of young, talented solo female voices (Silva Frigato, Lea Desandre… ) in this amazing project, where masterpieces by the leading composers of the time have been entrusted to the voices best suited to highlight the respective particular musical content.

Mstislav Rostropovich, National Symphony Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (excerpts) (1991)

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Mstislav Rostropovich, National Symphony Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (excerpts) (1991)

Mstislav Rostropovich, National Symphony Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (excerpts) (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 65:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato| 2292-45467-2 | Recorded: 1987

Boris Godunov is a work that, with its long, continuous scenes and monumental structure, does not lend itself easily to a highlights disc, especially if the intention is to give a fair cross-section of the opera. The producers of this compilation, drawn from a complete recording originally issued by Erato, wisely concentrate the choice on a few substantial chunks, covering most of Boris’s part. To this they add a couple of snippets that can stand on their own, out of context.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 50:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 419 220-2 | Recorded: 1985

Verses in praise of music for St Cecilia's Day were fashionable in the seventeenth century but in poetic inspiration none equalled Dryden's two poems in which he attempts to imitate the effects of music in language. He wrote this one, his Song for St Cecilia's Day, in 1687; it was set to music during the poet's lifetime but not, of course, by Handel whose setting dates from 1739… The highlight of Handel's score for me is, without question, his hauntingly beautiful setting of Dryden's second stanza, ''What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!''. Here, especially, Handel matches a text which Dr Johnson regarded as exhibiting the highest flights of fancy with a tenderly expressive cello obbligato.

VA - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum H146, Magnificat H73, Litanies de la Vierge H83, In Honorem Sancti Ludovici H365 (2018)

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VA - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum H146, Magnificat H73, Litanies de la Vierge H83, In Honorem Sancti Ludovici H365 (2018)

VA - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum H146, Magnificat H73, Litanies de la Vierge H83, In Honorem Sancti Ludovici H365 (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 386 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 200 Mb | Covers included | 01:22:50
Classical | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

Long completely forgotten and then hailed, in the twentieth century, as a Baroque genius, Charpentier was born in Paris, in 1643. In the mid-1660s, he traveled to Rome, where he spent three years studying with Carissimi and mastering the Italian style. Upon his return to Paris, Charpentier accepted employment and patronage from the powerful and pious Marie de Lorraine, known as Mademoiselle de Guise, last scion of the illustrious Guise family. In 1627, already known for his religious music, Charpentier agreed to provide incidental music for Molière's comedies. With astounding facility, the church composer wrote witty, charming, and delightful music in perfect consonance with Molière's comedic genius, as exemplified by the extraordinary score for Le Malade imaginaire.

Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Arias for Domenico Gizzi (2015)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Arias for Domenico Gizzi (2015)

Roberta Invernizzi, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Arias for Domenico Gizzi (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 56:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD922608 | Recorded: 2014

A new Antonio Florio-directed recording from Glossa, once more focusing on a famous Italian singer from the Baroque era, again features the gorgeous vocal qualities of the modern-day Italian interpreter of such music, Roberta Invernizzi. This new and glorious succession of virtuoso arias captivated audiences in Roman theatres through the vocal chords of one eminent singer from 1718 onwards…

VA - Henry Purcell: 17 Songs (2018)

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VA - Henry Purcell: 17 Songs (2018)

VA - Henry Purcell: 17 Songs (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 199 Mb | Covers included | 01:22:42
Classical | Label: Les indispensables de Diapason

Although he incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell developed a properly English form of Baroque music. A complete musician, he eclipses by the quality and variety of his work all that his contemporaries have been able to write in the genres he addressed: opera, stage music, secular and religious cantatas, music for keyboard or chamber music.

Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, Karl Richter - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos [6CDs] (2014)

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Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, Karl Richter - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos [6CDs] (2014)

Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, Karl Richter - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos [6CDs] (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,49 Gb | Total time: 05:20:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 0289 479 2499 9 | Recorded: 1969-1986

C.P.E. Bach eclipsed his legendary father s fame to become the mid-18th century s leading German composer. This wide-ranging collection of symphonies, concertos and vocal works by the great forerunner of Haydn and Mozart is performed by authoritative interpreters including Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert. The evident delight of the musicians in this music makes for rewarding listening … Impressive and fascinating.

Graham Johnson - Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations (2006)

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Graham Johnson - Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations (2006)

Graham Johnson - Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 474 Mb | Total time: 143:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDD22058 | Recorded: 1995

It is more or less axiomatic now that anything Graham Johnson turns his hand to will be perfectly realised, and here it proves once again to be the case. That he is accompanying eight of the finest voices in the young and middle generations of British singers can only have helped. Hyperion supplies full texts and a recorded sound of complete fidelity. These are, moreover, well filled discs. It is plain that nothing short of a strong recommendation will do.

Sarah Connolly, Joseph Middleton - Come to Me in My Dreams (2018)

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Sarah Connolly, Joseph Middleton - Come to Me in My Dreams (2018)

Sarah Connolly, Joseph Middleton - Come to Me in My Dreams (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:18 | 328 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 10944

Sleep is a common enough subject in art song, and Come to Me in My Dreams, a recital by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, isn't the only one. It may well, however, be the best. There are numerous attractions, starting with Connolly's voice, seeming to catch the mixture of clarity and seductiveness in the sleep phenomenon. Connolly touches on some little-known numbers, including a gem by the still rarely heard Muriel Herbert right at the beginning (sample the unaccompanied opening, and you'll be hooked for the duration). The music is all British, mostly from between the world wars, and all more or less similar in tone, although there's some splendid poetry involved.

Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (2004) The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Two CD Deluxe Collector's Edition

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Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (2004) The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Two CD Deluxe Collector's Edition

Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Two CD Deluxe Collector's Edition

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 597 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 275 Mb | Scans ~ 527 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Musical | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 93522 | 02:00:25

For better or worse, Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Gaston Leroux's gothic horror/romance novel has done for stage musicals what Spielberg's Jaws did for fish stories, with worldwide sales of its original cast album approaching 25 million. While director Joel Schumacher's film turns on his typically ambitious visual verve, its new film soundtrack recording has been paradoxically focused in scope, yet beefed up dynamically via the brawny presence of a hundred piece orchestra and The London Boys Choir. This double-disc version showcases all of Phantom's songs, with Gerard Butler imparting a welcome, youthful sensuality to his Phantom, making a fine foil for Emily Rossum's ever-conflicted Christine. Original show orchestrator David Cullen has fashioned compelling new contemporary arrangements to frame Webber's songs–which now conclude with the lilting, upbeat new ballad he wrote for the film, "Learn to Be Lonely," sung by Minnie Driver's Carlotta.

Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Handel Arias (1997)

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Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Handel Arias (1997)

Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Handel Arias (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 453 480-2 | Recorded: 1997

Bryn Terfel has it all. His rich, deep baritone voice is capable of navigating the rapids and doing the vocal leaps and cartwheels that Handel routinely demands of his singers, even the ones with big, deep voices that usually move more slowly. He is Welsh, and in his mastery of words–clarity of projection and precise emotional expression–he calls to mind another great Welsh performer, Richard Burton. This recital, accompanied by Sir Charles Mackerras with skill and sensitivity, runs the whole gamut of Handel's vocal styles, from military bluster (powerfully present in the first aria, "Arm, arm, ye brave") to humble piety (in the second selection, "Vouchsafe, O Lord"). There is erotic awe in "Where'er you walk," comic grotesquerie in "O ruddier than the cherry," and pure splendor in "The trumpet shall sound." A marvelous recital.

Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio (1992)

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Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio (1992)

Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cain overo Il Primo Omicidio (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 747 Mb | Total time: 66:07+71:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-75/76 | Recorded: 1992

La célèbre épopée biblique relatant le meurtre d’Abel par Caïn est connue de tous, mais la mise en scène qu’Alessandro Scarlatti lui a dédiée l’est beaucoup moins. Thème récurant pour les oratorios italiens au XVIIe siècle, le sujet est traité ici à la manière d’une histoire policière. Avec un effectif musical réduit, il nous transporte dans un univers baroque étourdissant. Les accents lyriques sont d’une expressivité rare tandis que l’orchestre, faisant preuve de beaucoup de psychologie, exulte. Par bonheur, la prise de son est à l’avenant. Les divers plans sonores sont respectés avec une très belle transparence et une foule de détails sur les voix et sur les instruments.

The Dufay Collective - On the Banks of the Seine (1997)

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The Dufay Collective - On the Banks of the Seine (1997)

The Dufay Collective - On the Banks of the Seine (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 57:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9544 | Recorded: 1996

Since its formation in 1987 the Dufay Collective has specialised in colourful, themed recordings – often with a touch of the nudge-nudge, wink-wink about them (Johnny, Cock Thy Beaver; Miri It Is, etc). So 13th-century Paris, with its bawdy mix of persons of all kinds, is natural ground for this group. But not everything is treated as slapstick: the songs by Adam de la Halle and some other pieces are touchingly rendered by a delightful trio of male voices in the latest scholarly fashion (without instruments), and this seems right even in the famous ‘On parole’, a motet with street cries woven in: this work is really an academic parody of the popular style. With the ‘minstrel’ dances and song arrangements we are led into a kind of musical toyshop where bagpipes and many other instruments abound.

Maria Ferré - La Bataille d’amour: Tabulatures and Chansons of the French Renaissance (2015)

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Maria Ferré - La Bataille d’amour: Tabulatures and Chansons of the French Renaissance (2015)

Maria Ferré - La Bataille d’amour: Tabulatures and Chansons of the French Renaissance (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 66:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coviello Classics | COV 91507 | Recorded: 2014

The desire of Maria Ferré was to combine two of the most important instruments for her – the Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar – led her on her path towards the Renaissance guitar. The “master instrument” lute thereby profited from the sincere energy of the guitar. Ferré’s aim to exploit the potential of this instrument to its full range and her interest in unknown music played a significant role in the selection of the pieces for this recording and she decided to arrange works specifically for the Renaissance guitar.

La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

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La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993)
Heike Hallaschka (Soprano), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Kai Wessel (Alto)
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Schopper (Bass)
La Stagione; Michael Schneider, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:43
Classical, Choral, Baroque | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472-77291-2

Cinque Profeti is a little known Christmas cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti. It has a power and subtlety redolent of Handel coupled with touches of early Monteverdi. Sung here to great effect by the five soloists with sensitive instrumentalists, they play together to bring the gentle and subtle melodies - surely written to confer a sense of the special nature of the Christmas season - to life. It’s a recording which is sure to please. Opera was not performed in Rome for much of Alessandro Scarlatti's lifetime; that's why his vocal church music mostly comprised oratorios and cantatas, of which he wrote three for the Palazzo Apostolico. Only one survives: to a libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. Cinque Profeti takes the inventive form of a conversation between the five old testament prophets, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Abraham (the cinque profeti) about the birth of Christ – which was about to be celebrated on the occasion of the cantata’s first performance, in 1705 at the Papal Palace in Rome.