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University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Chamber Singers - Gregorian Meditations (2021)

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University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Chamber Singers - Gregorian Meditations (2021)

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Chamber Singers, Weicheng Zhao & Jo-Michael Scheibe - Gregorian Meditations (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 229 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:14
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Centaur Records

Alfred Desenclos and Jean Langlais were both superlative composers of choral music, yet most of their works are performed far too infrequently. This album offers superb performances of some of the best choral works by these great French masters. Initially called the ‘Madrigal Singers,’ the USC Thornton Chamber Singers were first formed in 1939 under the direction of Max T. Krone — a professor of music education, composition and choral music, as well as the dean of USC’s former Institute of the Arts. In 1942, Krone brought Dr. Charles C. Hirt, then the director of the Glendale High School choirs and a USC alumnus, to the school as both a lecturer and as Director of the Chamber Singers. Hirt later established and became chair of the Choral and Sacred Music department. In 1956, the Chamber Singers adopted its current name in a move designed to better reflect the group’s repertoire.

Ensemble Organum & Marcel Pérès - In memoria eterna (2021)

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Ensemble Organum & Marcel Pérès - In memoria eterna (2021)

Ensemble Organum & Marcel Pérès - In memoria eterna (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 317 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:16:15
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: harmonia mundi

This recording came to fruition thanks to nearly 25 years of effort. In 1997, Marcel Pérès and his Ensemble Organum began a simultaneous exploration of the Mozarabic rite (the liturgical chant peculiar to the Christians living in Spain at the time of Arabrule) and of the Samaa spiritual practice of Morocco. Setting aside the theological differences between the two faiths, the artists discovered a great deal of kinship between the two forms of musical expression. A veritable utopia, the idea for this recording then suggested itself: to regain the lost accord of human brotherhood through music.

Gothic Voices - Echoes of an Old Hall (2021)

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Gothic Voices - Echoes of an Old Hall (2021)

Gothic Voices - Echoes of an Old Hall (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 363 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 175 Mb | 01:16:02
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Linn Records

Gothic Voices’ eagerly awaited new album features music from The Old Hall Manuscript: a wonderful collection of classy compositions from late fourteenth- to early fifteenth-century England. It embodies the English ‘flavour’ of music of the time, with its smooth melodies and sweet harmonies, irresistible to Franco-Flemish composers writing a generation or so later, and known by them as the ‘Contenance Angloise’. This highly expressive and quirky music, ranging in atmosphere from gently suave strains to high-octane cascades of sound, benefits from the gorgeous acoustics of Boxgrove Priory. English music by Cooke, Power, Pycard and Dunstable is answered by Burgundian composers Dufay, Lymburgia and Binchois, thus demonstrating the influence of said English Countenance, and hearing its echoes in the response. This is Gothic Voices’ fourth album for Linn following its first recording of mediaeval Christmas music, Nowell synge we bothe al and som, and two thematic programmes, The Dufay Spectacle and Mary Star Of The Sea, each of which received widespread critical acclaim.

Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major "Symphony of a Thousand" (2021)

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Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major "Symphony of a Thousand" (2021)

Los Angeles Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major "Symphony of a Thousand" (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 364 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 181 Mb | 01:15:30
Classical, Choral | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s revelatory interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall (30/31 May & 2 June 2019) will be released in June 2021. Their new album documents a landmark performance that brought the LA Philharmonic’s centennial season to a triumphant conclusion in 2019. Mahler’s extraordinary ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ spans a universe of emotions, channeled through everything from passages of intimate reflection to overwhelming outbursts of choral and orchestral sound.

Mary Springfels, The Newberry Consort - A Candle in the Dark: Elizabethan Songs & Consort Music (2000)

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Mary Springfels, The Newberry Consort - A Candle in the Dark: Elizabethan Songs & Consort Music (2000)

Mary Springfels, The Newberry Consort - A Candle in the Dark: Elizabethan Songs & Consort Music (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 65:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907140 | Recorded: 1998

The Newberry Consort is one of Chicago's leading early music organizations, building its reputation from its home at the Newberry Library. It records for the Harmonia Mundi label and regularly participates in Harmonia, a nationally syndicated radio program. Among its recording projects is a three-disc project in memory of Brown and drawing on his library materials now in the Library. The second of that series, A Candle in the Dark, was released internationally in autumn, 2000.

New London Chamber Choir, James Wood - Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004 [Re-Up]

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New London Chamber Choir, James Wood - Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004 [Re-Up]

Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music (1995) Reissue 2004
New London Chamber Choir, conducted by James Wood

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55179 | Time: 01:07:28

A few of these small choral gems are well known to amateur choirs, and Poulenc's secular choral pieces are more often presented one at a time on choral albums than in the groupings in which they were originally included. Francis Poulenc: Secular Choral Music offers the composer's very first choral piece, the Chanson à boire for men's voices (1922), but most of the music here dates from either the late '30s (the Petites voix, for female or children's voices, and Sept chansons) or the World War II era (Un soir de neige), the folk-song settings entitled Chansons françaises, and the ambitious Figure humaine, whose final number, "Liberté," was dropped in sheet music form over French cities by Britain's Royal Air Force. Someone once described Poulenc as "part monk, part hooligan," and these a cappella choral works give evidence of both tendencies. The Chansons françaises are cheerful pieces with just a shade of extended harmony, almost French counterparts to Bartók's folk song settings, while the more serious pieces, such as "Un chien perdu" (A Lost Dog), from the Petites voix, have a mystical tinge that links them strongly with Poulenc's better-known sacred choral music.

Seraphic Fire & Patrick Dupré Quigley - Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2021)

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Seraphic Fire & Patrick Dupré Quigley - Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2021)

Seraphic Fire & Patrick Dupré Quigley - Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 286 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:52
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Seraphic Fire Media

Seraphic Fire celebrates the release of its newest recording, Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo virtutum, with a performance of the work in a new production by lauded opera and Broadway stage director Francesca Zambello. The women of Seraphic Fire portray the struggle of the sweet-voiced Virtues against the songless, shouting Devil. Written in 1141, the Ordo virtutum has survived nearly 900 years through plagues, wars, schisms, reformations, and the dissolution of Hildegard’s convent. Celebrate as the women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Sophie Karthäuser, Stéphane Degout, Eugene Asti, Alain Planès - Debussy: Harmonie du soir: Mélodies (2018)

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Sophie Karthäuser, Stéphane Degout, Eugene Asti, Alain Planès - Debussy: Harmonie du soir: Mélodies (2018)

Sophie Karthäuser, Stéphane Degout, Eugene Asti, Alain Planès - Debussy: Harmonie du soir: Mélodies (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 125:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902306.07 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

This generous song recital of Debussy Mélodies features soprano Sophie Karthäuser and baritone Stéphane Degout, accompanied by pianists Eugene Asti and Alain Planès. Drawing on Symbolist and Impressionist poets, this program, including Trois Ballades de François Villon and Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire, showcases some of the composer's finest cycles. For Debussy, the artistic journey is first and foremost a matter of color.

Kathy Kelly - My First Classic (2021)

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Kathy Kelly - My First Classic (2021)

Kathy Kelly - My First Classic (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 282 MB | Cover | 01:07:29 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 155 MB
Classical, Opera | Label: Tyrolis

Die Klasse A der Musik ist für mich in allen Disziplinen die Klassik. Schon in jungen Jahren habe ich mich in sie verliebt und diese Leidenschaft hat meine Seele bis heute nie verlassen, egal ob für Violine, Klavier, klassische Gitarre, Flamenco-Gitarre, Ballett und vor allem klassischer Gesang. In späteren Jahren, nachdem ich die Welt bereist und eine erstaunliche Karriere mit meiner Familie in der Pop-Musik, als Solist, Musik-Produzent, Arrangeur, Instrumentalist, Coach und Performer hingelegt habe, entdeckte ich das Feuer für klassischen Gesang in meiner Seele neu, hatte es doch das ganze Leben lang in meinem Herzen gebrannt.

Christine Brandes, Paul O'Dette, Mary Springfels, Ingrid Matthews, Barbara Weiss - Stradella: Cantatas (1998)

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Christine Brandes, Paul O'Dette, Mary Springfels, Ingrid Matthews, Barbara Weiss - Stradella: Cantatas (1998)

Christine Brandes, Paul O'Dette, Mary Springfels, Ingrid Matthews, Barbara Weiss - Stradella: Cantatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 344 Mb | Total time: 68:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907192 | Recorded: 1996

Alessandro Stradella’s colourful life and eventual murder have since furnished writers with material for novels and stageworks. But he was very highly regarded as a composer during his short life, and made important contributions to several musical forms with operas, instrumental sinfonie and cantatas. This programme features five seldom performed chamber cantatas and two of his sinfonie or sonatas. Soprano Christine Brandes has a light, pleasing voice, and an athletic technique which enables her to circumnavigate most of Stradella’s often demanding vocal writing. But she is stretched to her limits, perhaps even a shade beyond, in the virtuoso, fiendishly difficult ‘Ferma il corso e torna al lido’.

Jerzy Żak - Alessandro Scarlatti: San Casimiro, Rè di Polonia (2000)

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Jerzy Żak - Alessandro Scarlatti: San Casimiro, Rè di Polonia (2000)

Jerzy Żak - Alessandro Scarlatti: San Casimiro, Rè di Polonia (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 56:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Acte Prealable | # AP0025 | Recorded: 1999

In 1697 King Jan III of Poland died. Attempts to install his son Jacob as King were unsuccessful and the widow of the recently deceased king, Maria Kazimiera Sobieska (also known as Marysieńka) made the decision to move to Rome. In March of 1699 she arrived there – accompanied by 259 courtiers, 30 carriages and carts, some 500 horses and a number of pack-camels! She was soon very active in the cultural life of Rome. Amongst her acquaintances was cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, a famous patron of music. Ottoboni employed Scarlatti, and was an admirer of his music - so much so that he later contributed a Latin epigraph to the composer’s tomb in Naples.

Gabriel Wolfer & Cassandre Stornetta - Onder de Hemel van Vlaanderen (2021)

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Gabriel Wolfer & Cassandre Stornetta - Onder de Hemel van Vlaanderen (2021)

Gabriel Wolfer & Cassandre Stornetta - Onder de Hemel van Vlaanderen (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 310 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Label G

The idea of a Flemish-style organ for the church of Beurnevésin, which had never had a pipe organ, very quickly became obvious to me. Indeed, given the richness of the region’s organological heritage and the desire to further enrich it, the choice of this aesthetic, which is still unrepresented (and in fact rarely present outside Flanders), was fully justified. Moreover, in 2008 I had already reconstructed a Flemish instrument for the church of Cossonay (Switzerland), and this small organ had given me the aspiration to build a larger instrument.

Nuria Rial, Jan Börner, Il Profondo - Freundliches Glücke, süsseste Liebe (Barocke Lieder und Duette für Sopran und Alt) (2021)

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Nuria Rial, Jan Börner, Il Profondo - Freundliches Glücke, süsseste Liebe (Barocke Lieder und Duette für Sopran und Alt) (2021)

Nuria Rial, Jan Börner & Il Profondo - Freundliches Glücke, süsseste Liebe (Barocke Lieder und Duette für Sopran und Alt) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 363 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:34
Classical | Label: Resonando

After the internationally successful solo debut of Jan Börner‘s disc “absorta est …”, this album connects to Börner‘s first work in many respects. We find ourselves in the German-speaking repertoire of the predominantly late 17 th century, however, this time with secular instead of sacred music.

Latvian Radio Choir & Sigvards Klava - Ramon Humet: Light (2021)

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Latvian Radio Choir & Sigvards Klava - Ramon Humet: Light (2021)

Latvian Radio Choir & Sigvards Kļava - Ramon Humet: Light (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 150 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 119 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:50:09
Classical, Choral | Label: Ondine

With this new release the award-winning Latvian Radio Choir together with its director Sigvards Kļava are returning to contemporary music after a series of recordings of 19th Century sacred choral works. Ramon Humet’s (b. 1968) new choral work, 'Llum', is a deep, spiritual journey to the gift of life, peace and love.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putniņš - Schnittke & Pärt: Choral Works (2) (2021)

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putniņš - Schnittke & Pärt: Choral Works (2) (2021)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putniņš - Schnittke & Pärt: Choral Works (2) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 223 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:12
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: BIS

As Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt both adopted the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, Orthodox choral traditions became increasingly prominent in their work, but both composers also looked to the music of the Western church. Schnittke’s Three Sacred Hymns set three prayers, familiar in the West as Ave Maria, the Jesus Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer, and evoke Orthodox chant. His Choir Concerto, on the other hand, draws on Russian choral music of the 19th century and the tradition of large-scale concert works based on Orthodox choral music. The texts by the medieval Armenian poet Gregory of Narek are informed by a humanistic individualism, with the poet directly expressing his emotions and often writing in the first person.