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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Christmas Oratorio (1999)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Christmas Oratorio (1999)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Christmas Oratorio (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 707-2 | Recorded: 1999

Our collection of previously unknown Christmas oratorios is growing impressively and happily. After Joseph Eybler in October, I can even announce two trouvailles for this month. There is the Christmas Oratorio by Carl Heinrich Graun (1703-1759), the conductor of Frederick the Great. It was only recently found in Washington. A precise dating is not yet possible, but it certainly arose in Graun's pre-Berlin time in Dresden or Braunschweig. However, it is a masterpiece on the threshold of a sensitive style. The well-balanced alternation of melodically accented and contrapuntally rigorous choral movements, of soulful, colorfully orchestrated arias and harmoniously far-reaching recitatives is particularly impressive.

Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Fred Jacobs - G.A. Pandolfi Mealli: Violin Sonatas (2006)

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Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Fred Jacobs - G.A. Pandolfi Mealli: Violin Sonatas (2006)

Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Fred Jacobs - G.A. Pandolfi Mealli: Violin Sonatas (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 68:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | CG 06005 | Recorded: 1992

These sonatas for violin and continuo, dating from the court of the Holy Roman Empire in Innsbruck in 1660, are little known; perhaps the only other recording of them is a later one by their champion, Andrew Manze. If you like the woolly world of seventeenth century violin music, this composer belongs in your library. The later recording, which includes all the sonatas, lacks the theorbo heard in this 1992 performance, presumably reissued by Channel Classics in order to compete with Harmonia Mundi's release, but both are superb. The music's neglect is largely due to Pandolfi Mealli's obscurity; nothing is known of him beyond this group of works – not even whether a Sicilian composer named Pandolfi working around the same time was the same person or not.

Philip Pickett, New London Consort - Bach: Magnificat, Cantata BWV 63 (1997)

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Philip Pickett, New London Consort - Bach: Magnificat, Cantata BWV 63 (1997)

Philip Pickett, New London Consort - Bach: Magnificat, Cantata BWV 63 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 63:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'oiseau Lyre | 452 920-2 | Recorded: 1995

It was a good idea to assemble three pieces associated with Bach’s first Christmas at Leipzig. The Cantata No. 63 and the earlier E flat version of the Magnificat were both performed at Leipzig on Christmas Day, 1723, and it may well be that the D major Sanctus was also sung at the same services. Not all of the music, though, was newly written for the 1723 Festival. The Cantata was already in existence perhaps as much as ten years earlier when Bach may have performed it at Halle as his trial piece for the post of organist of the Liebfrauenkirche in which he was interested. There are notable differences between the E flat version of the celebrated Magnificat and the later, more frequently performed version in D major.

Ralf Popken, Musica Alta Ripa - Georg Böhm: Mein Freund ist mein. Cantatas (2005)

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Ralf Popken, Musica Alta Ripa - Georg Böhm: Mein Freund ist mein. Cantatas (2005)

Ralf Popken, Musica Alta Ripa - Georg Böhm: Mein Freund ist mein. Cantatas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 62:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 143-2 | Recorded: 2005

Georg Böhm is one of those German Protestant composers who has had the misfortune to have his name inextricably linked with that of J. S. Bach. In the case of Böhm, the link with Bach is especially potent, since there is the liklihood that the two became acquainted during the period Bach attended the Michaelisschule in Lüneburg (1700?c. 1703). More importantly, Böhm has long been acknowledged as an influence on Bach?s organ and keyboard music.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Weihnachtsoratorium (2003)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Weihnachtsoratorium (2003)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Weihnachtsoratorium (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 618 Mb | Total time: 147:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Regis Records | RRC 2004 | Recorded: 1993

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen present a vivid and joyful account of the Christmas story in this recording; Mark Padmore makes another appearance in the Evangelist role, with Michael George a convincing Herod and Libby Crabtree an appropriately light-voiced Angel.

Edward Higginbottom, Academy of Ancient Music, New College Choir, Oxford - Pergolesi: Marian Vespers (2003)

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Edward Higginbottom, Academy of Ancient Music, New College Choir, Oxford - Pergolesi: Marian Vespers (2003)

Edward Higginbottom, Academy of Ancient Music, New College Choir, Oxford - Pergolesi: Marian Vespers (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 547 Mb | Total time: 72:07+45:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 0927 46684-2 | Recorded: 2002

This world premiere recording reveals a new masterwork by the 18-century Italian master Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, brilliantly reconstructed by musicologist Malcom Bruno from the composer's single-movement woks. Most of this music has been lost or forgotten since its creation more the 250 years ago, and most, if not all, has never been recorded.

Hille Perl, Lee Santana - Marais: Les Voix Humaines (2007)

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Hille Perl, Lee Santana - Marais: Les Voix Humaines (2007)

Hille Perl, Lee Santana - Marais: Les Voix Humaines (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 73:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 88697169212 | Recorded: 2007

Viele versuchen es, aber wenige erreichen es: das Kunststück, als Popkünstler und Alte-Musik-Experten zu gleicher Zeit authentisch zu wirken. Dass sie zu denen gehört, die es erreicht hat, macht Hille Perl zur Ausnahmekünstlerin. Mögen sie und ihr Partner Lee Santana sich auch inszenieren – in ihrem Spiel gelingt der stets schwarz gekleideten Rotweinliebhaberin eine so vollkommen natürliche Verbindung zwischen Sinnlichkeit und melancholischer Endzeitbetrachtung, dass moderne und barocke Lebenslust, heutige Weltflucht und barockes Memento mori zu einem Lebensgefühl zu verschmelzen scheinen.

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.

Michèle Dévérité -Giovanni Maria Trabaci: Clavicembalo Napoletano (2002)

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Michèle Dévérité -Giovanni Maria Trabaci: Clavicembalo Napoletano (2002)

Michèle Dévérité -Giovanni Maria Trabaci: Clavicembalo Napoletano (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 50:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | ARN 68538 | Recorded: 2001

Giovanni Maria Trabaci was born in Monte Pelusio (Irsina) around 1575, and died in Naples on 31 December 1647. This close contemporary of Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) spent his entire career at Naples. He was engaged as a tenor at SS Annunziata at the age of nineteen, and in 1597 was invited to examine the organ of the Oratorio dei Filippini, whose organist he subsequently became. On 30 October 1601 he was appointed to the prestigious post of organist of the chapel of the Spanish Viceroys of Naples, where he was joined in 1602 by his contemporary Ascanio Mayone, who played the second organ…

George Malcolm, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)

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George Malcolm, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)

George Malcolm, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 692 Mb | Total time: 147:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 452 235-2 | Recorded: 1972, 1973

The combination of Neville Marriner and his always sterling evocation of excellence from the Academy of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields offers the perfect accompaniment and support for Malcolm's playing. The late George Malcolm was a brilliantly gifted organist even though his real specialty had always been harpsichord. He always seems to find the lightest most delightful playing to fit the idea of the piece.

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.

Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 2: Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (2008)

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Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 2: Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (2008)

Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 2: Passacaille de Mr. Couperin (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 679 Mb | Total time: 69:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aeolus | # AE10114 | Recorded: 2006

AEOLUS presents the second volume of the Louis Couperin Edition with Bob van Asperen. The recording was made on the 1681 Vaudry harpsichord in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and is currently the only audio document available of this famous instrument. The SACD contains harpsichord suites composed by Louis Couperin, who lived in Paris in the 17th century. Among the pieces is the famous "Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher".

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…

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1982)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1982)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1982)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 137:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 419 221-2 | Recorded: 1981

This 1981 recording was the first period-instrument version of Purcell's most famous "semi-opera." This Restoration-era hybrid was a play with a complete (spoken) script plus numerous musical numbers for soloists, chorus, and pit orchestra. The Fairy Queen is based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, although you'd never know it from the music, which has (typically for the genre) no real connection to the plot. (Most of the songs and dances are masques performed for the entertainment of Titania, Oberon, or Hippolytus.) The advantage to this is that Purcell's score can be performed fairly well on its own. The Fairy Queen includes some of Purcell's best-loved comic scenes ("The Drunken Poet" and "Coridon and Mopsa") and songs ("Hark the echoing Air," "Ye gentle spirits," and "Hark how all things in one sound rejoice"–the last sung here by Jennifer Smith, sounding more beautiful than on any recording she's made since).

Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 1: Preludes de Mr. Couperin (2006)

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Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 1: Preludes de Mr. Couperin (2006)

Bob van Asperen - Louis Couperin edition, Vol. 1: Preludes de Mr. Couperin (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 72:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aeolus | # AE 10094 | Recorded: 2005

The music of Louis Couperin has never had quite the celebrity of that of his uncle François or of the other famous French keyboard composers of the eighteenth century. The harpsichord works here date from around 1650. They were thus contemporary with reign Mazarin, the courtier and prime minister who really ruled France, at least until the rebellion known as the Fronde curbed the power of the court. The lush booklet does an excellent job of placing Couperin against his cultural background, and really the disc is worth purchasing for the lavish illustrations of the period French harpsichord used (the small picture of the Greek god Pan above the keyboard is reproduced at full size inside, and it's fabulous).