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Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schoenberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw - Leos Janacek: Choral Works (1995)

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Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schoenberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw - Leos Janacek: Choral Works (1995)

Leoš Janáček: Choral Works (1995)
Netherlands Chamber Choir, Schönberg Ensemble, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 198 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Classical, Choral | Label: Philips Digital Classics | # 442 534-2 | 00:59:54

Some of Janacek's most characteristic invention is to be found in the many choruses he wrote for local choirs who were moved by both a love of singing together and a demonstration of their national identity. There is a good selection here. Even the earliest, a touching little lament for a duck, has a quirkiness which saves it from sentimentality; the latest, the Nursery Rhymes, are marvellous little inventions from the dazzling evening of Janacek's life. One must resist any temptation to say that they take Stravinsky on at his own game: Janacek is his own man. In between comes a varied diet here. Schoolmaster Halfar (or Cantor Halfar) is set with a dazzling range of little musical ironies as the story unfolds of the teacher who ruined his life by insisting on speaking Czech. The Elegy on the death of his daughter Olga goes some way toward dignifying a conventional text with some heartfelt music, but the pressure of grief has not drawn the greatest of his music from him: perhaps more time was needed, and indeed the piano pieces he entitled Along an Overgrown Path re-enter ancient griefs more expressively.

Philipp Jaroussky, Emmanuelle Haim, Concerto Koln - Caldara in Vienna: Forgotten castrato arias (2010)

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Philipp Jaroussky, Emmanuelle Haim, Concerto Koln - Caldara in Vienna: Forgotten castrato arias (2010)

Philipp Jaroussky, Emmanuelle Haïm, Concerto Köln - Caldara in Vienna: Forgotten castrato arias (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 68:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099964192727 | Recorded: 2010

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky continues to amaze with the facility of his technique in the most demanding coloratura repertoire, the intelligence and deep feeling of his musicianship, and, most especially, with the full, vibrant quality of his distinctive voice. It has lost none of its freshness since he burst onto the international scene in the last years of the 20th century, and has become a richer, stronger instrument without giving up any of its remarkable agility. A champion of neglected Baroque composers, he turns his attention to Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736), a near-contemporary of Vivaldi's.

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

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Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)
Vox Luminis; Lionel Meunier, artistic direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 370 | Time: 01:01:19

The Belgian early music group Vox Luminis has made several wonderful recordings of lesser-known Baroque repertory. They cultivate a distinctive sound with ten or 15 singers (here there are ten) and a small instrumental group, diverging completely from the general Italianate-operatic trend toward brisk tempos, sharp accents, and dramatic conceptions. Here they take on two very familiar works and meet the challenge of creating unique interpretations. Even in the splendid Bach Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (sample one of the big choruses, perhaps "Fecit potentiam"), they are smooth and even delicate. The sound is all the more impressive in that leader Lionel Meunier does not really conduct; he sings in the choir itself. Yet the carefully burnished sound is extremely coherent. The effect is to deliver a personal aspect even to these highly public works. In this kind of reading there is the necessity for the performers to deliver text intelligibility and for the instrumentalists to deliver balance, and all succeed nicely, as do Alpha Classics' engineers, working in a pair of churches (Belgian for the Handel, Dutch for the Bach). This is a beautifully rendered representation of standard repertory that draws you into entirely new ways of looking at the music.

Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

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Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Carl Davis, Antal Dorati, Marilyn Horne - Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CD

Aaron Copland: Orchestral & Vocal Works (1996) 2CDs
Fanfare For The Common Man; Appalachian Spring; Lincoln Portrait; Quiet City;
Music For Movies; Ceremonial Fanfare; El Salón México; Old American Songs;
Dance Symphony; 4 Dances From 'Rodeo'
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta; Gregory Peck, speaker
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Sinfonietta, conducted by Elgar Howarth; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Doráti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 554 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 448 261-2 | Time: 02:12:18

If you want a good sampling of Copland's orchestral works, then this 2-CD compilation comes highly recommended, with excellent performances of works such as Appalachian Spring, Quiet City, El Salón México and others. (Presto Classical)

Philippe Jaroussky, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus - Vivaldi: Heroes (2006)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus - Vivaldi: Heroes (2006)

Philippe Jaroussky, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus - Vivaldi: Heroes (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 63:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 6 34142 2 | Recorded: 2006

Philippe Jaroussky's countertenor is not a large instrument, but what an instrument! He sings with flawless intonation; a tone that is sweet, pure, even, and focused over the full extent of his wide range; and a breathtaking command of coloratura technique. The impression that his voice is perhaps more elfin than heroic seems of minor consequence in light of its beauty, and the expressive intelligence and musicality he brings to these characters from Vivaldi operas. In spite of the bravado of the album's title, Vivaldi Heroes, many of the arias are exquisitely tender, showcasing Jaroussky's strengths in bringing out the characters' humanity and vulnerability. Any number of arias could be singled out, but "Vedro con mio diletto," from Guistino, is a standout. Matheus Ensemble, led by violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, is a full partner in its sensitivity and musicality and offers nuanced and colorful support.

Various Artists - Nineteenth Century Italian Tenors (2016) {3CD Set Marston 53018-2}

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Various Artists - Nineteenth Century Italian Tenors (2016) {3CD Set Marston 53018-2}

Various Artists - Nineteenth Century Italian Tenors (2016) {3CD Set Marston 53018-2}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 622 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 504 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 167 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Marston | 53018-2
Classical / Vocals / Historical / Tenor

Fiorello Giraud (1868 - 1928) had a highly successful career throughout Italy and parts of South America and was well-respected both in Wagnerian and verismo roles. He will be remembered for creating the role of Canio (Pagliacci). His strong, vibrant voice was first captured on eight very rare G&T records. In 1916 and 1917, he recorded an additional 12 sides for Italian HMV, all song titles. This compilation will include all 20 of his published sides. Giovanni Batista de Negri (1850 - 1923) was particularly associated with the role of Otello, toured throughout Italy, and had a career that was cut short (1896) due to a series of operations for an unmentioned “malady.”

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi: Virtuoso Cantatas (2005)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi: Virtuoso Cantatas (2005)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi: Virtuoso Cantatas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 68:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45721 2 | Recorded: 2004

A first-rate recital of rare cantatas and operatic arias . . . . Philippe Jaroussky is described as a countertenor, but in his tone and vocal range he sounds more like a soprano. He soars as effortlessly as a bird, with no sense of strain: perhaps –- for we can never know for certain -– this is how the great castrati of the 18th century sounded. . . . Philippe Jaroussky . . . is sweet-toned, and as well as singing the divisions with wonderful control he shows care for the meaning of the words. The aria from Tito Manlio, which really was written for contralto, finds him duetting with the cello obbligato of Emilia Gliozzi – superb!

Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003
Taverner Consort & Choir; Andrew Parrott, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 303 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62230 2 8 | 02:09:27

The Taverner Consort & Choir under Andrew Parrott recorded “Spem in alium” 1986/87 at St.John-at-Hackney in London, combined with other latin motets by Tallis (among them The Lamentations of Jeremiah). This is an excellent recording with good transparency and spacial structuring. Good voices (all solo), with the support of a bass sackbut and two chamber organs.

Paolo Cherici, Claudine Ansermet - Pierre Guedron: Airs de cour (1996)

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Paolo Cherici, Claudine Ansermet - Pierre Guedron: Airs de cour (1996)

Paolo Cherici, Claudine Ansermet - Pierre Guedron: Airs de cour (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | 01:10:22 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCDC80007

Glossa is now introducing into its catalogue one of the most sought-after titles from the now defunct Symphonia label and a recording replete with poetry and expertise. The graceful airs de cour of Pierre Guédron – who worked in the courts of the French kings Henri IV and Louis XIII at the beginning of the 17th century – are interspersed here with lute preludes by leading exponents of the instrument at the time, such as Robert Ballard and Nicolas Vallet. Soprano Claudine Ansermet and lutenist Paolo Cherici conjure up a recital of singular beauty which takes us back to the world of those early aristocratic salons, such as that of the Marquise de Rambouillet, one which was known throughout Europe as a centre of the highest order for literature, poetry and music.

Mila Vilotijevič, Francesca Giovannelli - Petar Konjović: Songs from 'My Country' (1999)

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Mila Vilotijevič, Francesca Giovannelli - Petar Konjović: Songs from 'My Country' (1999)

Mila Vilotijevič, Francesca Giovannelli - Petar Konjović: Songs from 'My Country' (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:33 | 209 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 9762

Konjovic is the most significant representative of the nationalism of the Serbian modernism in music. His most famous works are his operas. The period between two world wars was defined by Konjovic who introduced several genres into Serbian music. His Czech experience encouraged his natural inclination toward folk sources and he began developing melodies, like Janacek, out of the inflection of speech. Konjovic's mature style strives for direct communication with broad audience while incorporating a sophistical harmonic vocabulary. His work includes over one hundred folk songs arrangements and twenty original choral pieces.

Francis Poulenc: The Complete Songs [4CDs] (2013)

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Francis Poulenc: The Complete Songs [4CDs] (2013)

Francis Poulenc: The Complete Songs [4CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,07 Gb | Total time: 5 hours 14 minutes | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68021/4 | Recorded: 2008-2012

Graham Johnson is simply the greatest living authority on French song; an artist whose innate feeling for the music is combined with prodigious scholarship. He also has the ability to discover and nurture singers who here prove to be matchless performers of this repertoire. Following his many wonderful recordings in Hyperion's French Song Edition, Johnson turns to the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, released also to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death. Each of the four CDs presents a programme of songs in an order that is chronological for that disc alonesignifying four different journeys through the composer's career. Disc 1 features a substantial appearance, recorded in 1977, of Pierre Bernac (Poulenc's long-term collaborator)narrating L'histoire de Babar, a story known to children throughout the world. The singers include Dame Felicity Lott, acclaimed as one of the foremost performers of Poulenc, and many other stars from previous recordings.

Tout Satie! - Erik Satie Complete Edition [10CDs] (2015)

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Tout Satie! - Erik Satie Complete Edition [10CDs] (2015)

Tout Satie! - Erik Satie Complete Edition [10CDs] (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,46 Gb | Total time: 112h 26' 40'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564604796 | Recorded: 1967-2015

A collection of unrivalled completeness, Tout Satie proves that the music of Erik Satie (1866-1925) remains as provocative, delightful – and surprising – as ever. These 10 CDs, featuring artists with impeccable credentials in French repertoire, draw together his works for piano, orchestra, chamber ensemble and voice. They constantly remind us that Satie was not just a maverick or an eccentric: he was a true original.

Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)

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Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)

Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 76:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Phoenix | # 101 | Recorded: 2007

That the four main works on this disc have never been recorded before is no reflection on the quality of the music or the composer. Joseph Martin Kraus, the German-born composer-contemporary of Mozart's working in Sweden, was all but forgotten after his death in 1792 and recordings of his works have been few and far between. And his four Italian cantatas on this disc were nearly completely forgotten after the death of the soprano they were written for in 1790.

Helmuth Rilling - J.S. Bach: Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnde Winde BWV 201 (1997)

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Helmuth Rilling - J.S. Bach: Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnde Winde BWV 201 (1997)

Helmuth Rilling - J.S. Bach: Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnde Winde BWV 201 (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:12 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Haenssler | Catalog: CD 98.162

Helmuth Rilling’s unabated desire to record and re-record Bach is clearly endemic in his profound identification with a choral oeuvre of which he is, arguably, the world’s most experienced living exponent. Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde (better known as “The Contest between Phoebus and Pan”) is a colourful setting of Picander’s tame libretto of Phoebus’s whitewashing of Pan’s musical credentials, a Meistersinger scenario spiced up with a subtext on the increasing banality of musical tastes c1730: “inflated heat but little ballast”, as Mercury has it. This recording contains many Rilling attributes, old and new; most strikingly, to his credit, there is no letting up in the adrenalin level as he gets older, as there clearly was with his late compatriot, Karl Richter.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Deutsche Arien (1985)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Deutsche Arien (1985)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Deutsche Arien (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 52:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7 47400 2 | Recorded: 1985

Handel’s music from his early years, in Hamburg and Italy, has a remarkably sure touch, coupled with an exuberant spirit which he seldom matched again.
The Nine German Arias are to texts by Brockes who, preparing a later edition, praised Handel for ‘[setting] them to music in a very special way’. Emma Kirkby expresses with radiant ease and simplicity the confident Pietistic message which runs through them, of God’s goodness reflected in the beauties of nature.