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The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

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The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 07:21:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029570282 | Recorded: 1974-1990

In 1968, six former choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge established the King’s Singers, later described by The Times as “the superlative vocal sextet”. The group has always comprised two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and over the years it has proved consistently exceptional for vocal distinction and breadth and diversity of repertoire. This celebratory collection of eight CDs focuses on Renaissance composers from Italy, England, France, Spain, Germany and the Low Countries.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana (1988)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana (1988)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 262 Mb | Total time: 56:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66019 | Recorded: 1981

This charming record is as outstanding technically as in its artistic merits. Warmly recommended. –The Monthly Guide to Recorded Music

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 3 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 3 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 3 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,13 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.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Henry Lawes: Sitting by the Streams (1988)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Henry Lawes: Sitting by the Streams (1988)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Henry Lawes: Sitting by the Streams (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 58:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66135 | Recorded: 1984

Rarely have I read a sleeve-note that pleads so vehemently in support of the music it introduces as does the one for this collection of works by Henry Lawes. ''I wish this record well,'' writes Anthony rooley, ''for Harry's [Henry's] sake, so that our un-sung genius of song may occupy his rightful place in the halls of Fame, and the late 20th century adopt the same conclusions as his own time''. Certainly you may find it surprising that a composer whose music was praised by such towering contemporaries as Charles I, Milton and Locke should have been neglected so universally by today's champions of early music—surprising, that is, until you hear the music itself.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti: Madrigali (1991)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti: Madrigali (1991)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti: Madrigali (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 51:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 77194-2-RC | Recorded: 1986

In as much as Alessandro Scarlatti's music is known at all, it is the large-scale operas and the chamber cantatas that have justifiably attracted the most attention. That the leading composer for the Neapolitan stage should also have turned his hand to madrigal composition, by then a distinctly outmoded and declining genre, is easily overlooked, yet a handful of such pieces have survived in manuscripts and, as this record persuasively argues, they certainly deserve a hearing. Perhaps even more surprising than their existence and survival is their style; Scarlatti eschews the possibilities of the basso continuo and opts instead for a language which at times echoes the techniques of the great age of madrigal-writing of some 100 years earlier, and above all the music of Monteverdi and Gesualdo.

Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley - Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament (1986)

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Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley - Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament (1986)

Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley - Monteverdi & India: Olympia's Lament (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 180 Mb | Total time: 46:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66106 | Recorded: 1983

…The crystal-clear tone, thoughtful intonation and bright sparkle of this beautiful voice [Emma Kirkby] is unmistakable. The music is not so well known as it ought to be and Anthony Rooley, who accompanies here so tellingly, is adept at promoting lesser-known works.

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

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Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,40 Gb | Total time: 09:47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697974502 | Recorded: 1984-2001

The recordings are typical DHM with superb clarity and dynamic range. The mastering to digital is excellent, and the booklet accompanying the series, while brief, is informative. The only unifying these here is baroque Italian composers, but it's extremely easy to fill a collection ten times this size with material from that category. What we end up with in these ten discs is a lovely mix of known and unknown, each pleasant to listen to and discover, and there's no listener fatigue at all working through these discs.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (1999)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (1999)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 541 Mb | Total time: 77:46+62:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 61570 2 | Recorded: 1990-91

"Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi" ("Madrigals Warlike and Amorous") is how Claudio Monteverdi titled his eighth and largest book of madrigals–which was actually two volumes in one. The "warlike madrigals" (concerned largely with the "war of love") feature the "agitated style" Monteverdi pioneered: quick, almost nervous writing, lots of rapidly repeated notes, and more syllables than a Gilbert & Sullivan patter song. These works culminate in the famous short quasi-opera Il Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda. The "amorous madrigals" are no less ardent, but they are less, well, warlike–that is, more leisurely paced, with plenty of chromaticism, dissonant suspensions, and giddily virtuosic runs to depict the pain and excitement of love.