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Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)

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Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)

Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8710 | Recorded: 1989

Montserrat Figueras one of the best performers of Claudio Monteverdi’s vocal music. At this time, she developed an innovative style of interpretation, characterised by great fidelity to historical sources, combined with an extraordinary creative and expressive power, that has exerted a decisive influence on the whole historical music movement.
Vocal music before 1800 required a new technical and stylistic approach capable of restoring to the beauty and emotion of the voice, that most human of all forms of expression, the necessary balance between singing and declamation, with an emphasis on the poetic and spiritual dimension of the text.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,72 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali - Handel: Almira, Konigin von Castilien (1996)

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Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali - Handel: Almira, Konigin von Castilien (1996)

Andrew Lawrence-King, Fiori Musicali - Handel: Almira, Königin von Castilien (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 77:48+69:44+76:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 275-2 | Recorded: 1994

Handel came to the city of Hamburg in the summer of 1703 and played as a violinist in the theatre at the Gänsemarkt, the local market place. On later occasions, he also played the harpsichord in the orchestra. His first opera – announced as a Singspiel although it has no spoken dialogue – was premiered on 8 January 1705, after being composed in the months directly preceding this. An Italian libretto was written by Giulio Pancieri in Venice in 1691 for Giuseppe Boniventi's opera L'Almira. The German translation used by Handel was made by Friedrich Christian Feustking. The recitatives of the opera are in German, while some of the arias are also in German, others in Italian, as was the custom at the opera house in Hamburg. Almira is the sole example among Handel's many operas with no role for a castrato.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,10 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

The King's Noyse - Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)

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The King's Noyse - Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)

Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)
The King's Noyse; David Douglas, director & violin; Andrew Lawrence-King, harp

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907159 | Time: 01:18:34

The King's Noyse are a terrific ensemble who have made a lot of very good discs indeed over the years. This is among them. It is billed as a disc from 1995 of dance music and song from Italy between about 1580 and 1650, which though strictly accurate, may be a little misleading. Lively dance rhythms are certainly there, but a good deal of the disc is contemplative and sometimes rather melancholy in feel. There are single works by both Monteverdi and Gesualdo but the other works are largely by much more obscure composers, and although I know a little of some like Rovetta and Castello, most were completely new to me. I always like to be introduced to new composers, and the music is very fine throughout the disc.

Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King - Chansons de Trouvères (1996)

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Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King  - Chansons de Trouvères (1996)

Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King - Chansons de Trouvères (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 489 Mb | Total time: 69:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 907184 | Recorded: 1995

The repertoire of trouvere songs is one “we are only now beginning to explore” writes Margaret Switten. I’m not sure that John Stevens or Hendrik van der Werf would agree with this, but it is certainly a claim that whets the appetite. And here we have an enlightened and well-chosen selection, sensitively presented and delightfully sung by Paul Hillier with insight and feeling. The main object of the poets’ attention is fin’amor, but other themes, including the return of spring (Volez vous que je vous chant and En mai, quant li rossignolez), make their joyful appearance, and there is one piece in a completely different vein, a serious piece of religious polemics: Deus est ensi conme li pellicanz.

Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre-Dame (2003)

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Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre-Dame (2003)

Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre-Dame (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 70:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 907317 | Recorded: 1999

Thirteenth-century troubador Gautier de Coincy's blend of mystical religious poetry and the popular tunes to which he set his poems proves irresistible, especially in the Harp Consort's lively renditions. Given the nature of the material, the sheer variety of rhythms, sounds, and colors on this disc is astounding; the vocal soloists are all excellent, the small chorus adept, captivating when it sings in the gutsy peasant style at appropriate moments. Eight purely instrumental numbers are sprinkled throughout the 20 tracks, each a gem, full of colorful effects from the rich-sounding shawm and other period instruments like bagpipe, vielle, and a variety of percussion instruments that thump and shimmer in ways that make you want to dance.

Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl - Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999)

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Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl - Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999)

Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl - Il Zazzerino: Music of Jacopo Peri (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 73:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU907234 | Recorded: 1998

Jacopo Peri, Medici court musician and famed tenor, was among the earliest of opera composers. “Il Zazzerino” (the blond one) was also a pioneer in the popularization of the “new style” solo song, and with the 1609 publication of his collection La varie musiche he demonstrated his versatility as a composer, creating new music for a new age.

The Harp Consort, Andrew Lawrence-King - Andrew Lawrence-King Edition (10CD) (2015)

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The Harp Consort, Andrew Lawrence-King - Andrew Lawrence-King Edition (10CD) (2015)

The Harp Consort, Andrew Lawrence-King - Andrew Lawrence-King Edition (10CD) (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 11:47:04 | 2.7 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 88875090222

Like many of England's finest musicians, Andrew Lawrence-King began his career in choir school, serving as head chorister for the Cathedral and Parish Church of St. Peter Port, Guernsey. He took an organ scholarship to Cambridge University, where he read mathematics, but finished his studies in organ and voice at the London Early Music Centre. A party at a harpmaker's house gave the opportunity for Lawrence-King to own his first early harp, modeled after a Medieval Irish instrument.

Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Les Travailleurs de la Mer (2004)

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Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Les Travailleurs de la Mer (2004)

Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Les Travailleurs de la Mer (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 443 Mb | Total time: 76:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907330 | Recorded: 2003

The Baltimore Consort used to do programs similar to this one, but The Harp Consort takes the production values and vocal artistry to an even higher level. From the opening, a highly rhythmic, sensuously melodic traditional Breton number, you're drawn into a world of earthy, folk-based music that's filled out with the colors of period instruments and brought to life by the expressive voices of singers who allow the flow and pulse of the language to shape phrases and create natural accents and inflection. The result is affecting, engrossing performances that convey what we can only surmise is a reasonably accurate realization of these ancient and justifiably enduring tunes.

David Skinner, Alamire, Andrew Lawrence-King - Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons (2007)

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David Skinner, Alamire, Andrew Lawrence-King - Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons (2007)

David Skinner, Alamire, Andrew Lawrence-King - Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons (2007)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 68:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Obsidian Records | # CD701 | Recorded: 2007

Josquin Desprez is widely recognized as the greatest of the Renaissance master musicians. He set the standard for the various compositional techniques borrowed and utilized by most composers of his generation and beyond, and became an iconic figure whose art captivated musicians and scholars for centuries. This recording centres around some of Josquin’s earliest works, and, in particular, his fascination with the D’ung aultre amer rondeau composed by his teacher Johannes Ockeghem. Also included are some of his most popular motets and chansons performed here by a solo voice (Clare Wilkinson) with renaissance harp (Andrew Lawrence-King).