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Peter Kooij, L'Armonia Son - De profundis clamavi - German Sacred Cantatas: Weckmann, Biber, Bruhns, Schmelzer, Geist (2006)

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Peter Kooij, L'Armonia Son - De profundis clamavi - German Sacred Cantatas: Weckmann, Biber, Bruhns, Schmelzer, Geist (2006)

De profundis clamavi - German Sacred Cantatas: Weckmann, Biber, Bruhns, Schmelzer, Geist (2006)
Peter Kooij, bass; L'Armonia Sonora; Mieneke van der Velden, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Sacred | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0604 | Time: 01:06:20

This is a gem of a CD. It's a well-chosen, well-performed and well-presented anthology of mid-Baroque German sacred cantatas. Bass Peter Kooij and the seven-person L'Armonia Sonora are directed by gambist Mieneke Van der Velden. They have a close and warm affinity not only with one another, but also for the music; it's music as varied as it's beautiful. Its rich, sustained sonorities will stay with you long after you have finished the uplifting experience of listening to the CD. Released on the enterprising Ramée label De profundis clamavi comprises seven sumptuous examples of the music written in the north German Länder in the period after the Thirty Years War. It's music which not so much 'reflects' that profound conflict, as is 'affected' by it – weighed down with detached regret and unselfconscious resignation.

Helmut Walcha - Bach: Great Organ Works (1997)

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Helmut Walcha - Bach: Great Organ Works (1997)

Helmut Walcha - Bach: Great Organ Works (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 73:48+71:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 453064 | Recorded: 1956, 1962, 1969-1971

"…Walcha's…carefully calculated interpretations create a genuine sense of organic unity and a deeply musical sense of line and phrase, which gains from felicitous registration using highly suitable organs, splendidly recorded."
– The Penguin Guide

Simone Stella - Picchi: Complete Harpsichord Music and Other Venetian Gems (2021)

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Simone Stella - Picchi: Complete Harpsichord Music and Other Venetian Gems (2021)

Simone Stella - Picchi: Complete Harpsichord Music and Other Venetian Gems (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 440 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 171 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:51
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

The only complete survey available of the keyboard music written by a forward-looking contemporary of Monteverdi.

ConSerto Musico - Giardini: 6 Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord (2021)

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ConSerto Musico - Giardini: 6 Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord (2021)

ConSerto Musico, Mario Folena, Francesco Galligioni, Paola Frezzato & Roberto Loreggian - Giardini: 6 Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 396 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:45
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

New to the catalogue, delightful chamber music by an Italian celebrity of 18th-century London.

Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik - W.F. Bach: Sinfonias; Suite in G minor; Concerto for Harpsichord in D major (1997)

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Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik - W.F. Bach: Sinfonias; Suite in G minor; Concerto for Harpsichord in D major (1997)

Jeanne Lamon, Charlotte Nediger, Tafelmusik - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Sinfonias; Suite in G minor; Concerto for Harpsichord in D major (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 71:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 62720 | Recorded: 1996

The well-known painting of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach reproduced on the cover of this CD must be one of the most immediately attractive composer portraits ever made. The wide-brimmed hat, the fur-lined coat, the wisp of steely hair and, above all, the reddened but unmistakably genial face (displaying, if I’m not mistaken, his father’s nose) suggest a man one would want to accompany straightaway to the nearest coffee-house. But Friedemann was actually a little more complex than that, both as a person who could be lazy and argumentative and as a talented musician torn between the styles of the late baroque and early classical periods, so it is perhaps no surprise to find that there is considerable variety in the music on this disc.

Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico (2007)

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Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico (2007)

Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb + 2,38 Gb (dvd bonus) | Total time: 63:30+54:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697190442 | Recorded: 2007

The performances are scintillating, dynamic, articulate, and vibrant, the virtuoso violin solos by Elizabeth Wallfisch occupying a playfully precarious edge between daring excitement and temporal excess–a stance joined in equal measure by her fellow soloists and her very fine orchestral partners. This is Vivaldi performance uninhibited by self-conscious stylistic gestures or distracting "period" mannerisms–it's just informed, virtuosic ensemble playing.

Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)

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Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)

Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 163 min | 7,68+4,05 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2001

David Daniels' Rinaldo is surely the equal of his illustrious 18th -century predeccessors. His countertenor is one of the most accomplished voices I have heard… As Arimda, Noemi Nadelmann's voices started where her legs ended, and shet hrew coloratura at us as though it was going out of fashion (astride her pet Hydra being a particularly fabulous show-stopper). David Walker as Goffredo is no vocal sluch either; his voice is brighter edged than Daniels', and almostb as fluent.

Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini - Veracini: Complete Overtures and Concertos, Vol. 1 (1995)

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Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini - Veracini: Complete Overtures and Concertos, Vol. 1 (1995)

Accademia I Filarmonici, Alberto Martini - Veracini: Complete Overtures and Concertos, Vol. 1 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:16 | 387 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.553412

Here one finds an historically informed and wholly satisfying approach that has spring in its step in the exuberant allegros and beguiling grace and tenderness in the slow movements. Again, Naxos has mounted a formidable challenge to the full-price competition with a well-recorded release that is a steal at the price.

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 71:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7029 | Recorded: 2005

Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas–indeed, operas without staging, essentially–for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational–by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful–and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 66 min | 5,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: FRA Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2008

A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)

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Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 618 Mb | Total time: 57:54+60:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 90252.53 | Recorded: 1976, 1978

King Arthur (1691), like Purcell’s other great scores for the stage, belongs to a highly unusual genre: it is neither a play nor an opera but a hybrid of the two known as ‘semi-opera’. Alfred Deller’s legendary 1978 recording is one of the benchmark interpretations which introduced music-lovers to Purcell’s masterpiece.

Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)

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Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)

Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 782-2 | Recorded: 2000

The term “Hanseatic” in this program titled Festive Hanseatic Music originates from the word Hansa, which simply means a company of merchants trading overseas. The selections here were mostly composed during the waning years of the so-called Hanseatic league–an alliance of primarily prosperous northern European cities that began in the 13th century and ended in the 17th. While commerce for the Hanseatic league may have been on the decline during this period, the quality of the works offered on this new CPO CD clearly gives the impression that its musical life was thriving.

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 738 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 368 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Baroque | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 548 | Time: 02:38:00

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola has a reputation for excellence and already has two Gramophone Awards. With a fan base to match, Luolajan-Mikkola is at the top of his game. In Luolajan-Mikkola’s Linn debut, he tackles the pinnacle of Bach’s productions for violinists: the Partitas and Sonatas. Luolajan-Mikkola transcribed these works for cello. His goal with this recording has been to encapsulate expression and emotion according to the character of each movement. A historically informed musician, he performs on baroque cello.

Ensemble Domus Artis & Johannes Keller - Madrigali al tavolino (2021)

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Ensemble Domus Artis & Johannes Keller - Madrigali al tavolino (2021)

Ensemble Domus Artis & Johannes Keller - Madrigali al tavolino (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 261 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 130 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:24
Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa

The thirty-two polyphonic madrigals by Michelangelo Rossi, which are preserved only in manuscript in a score and a set of partbooks, have only recently become known. These pieces are unusual in a number of ways: on the one hand, for music from the second quarter of the seventeenth century, they seem "conservative", composed in five parts with two tenor voices instead of two sopranos.

Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

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Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)
Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: CPO | # cpo999943-2 | Time: 01:08:32

Although his name might not rate very highly on the recognition meter even of classical music buffs, Franz Tunder was a consequential entity in the early history of the German Baroque. Tunder served as organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck from 1641 to his death in 1667, and during that time instituted the Abendmusiken, the first series of public concerts to take place in Germany. Seventeen vocal "concertos" exist from Tunder's pen and they were created for these special events; little more than half of them appear on this generous and well-performed CPO disc, Franz Tunder: Concerti. Conductor Hermann Max leads Das Kleine Konzert and the singing group Rheinische Kantorei in 10 concerti, which uses a variety of singers in frontline combinations. Tunder must have had some good basses in his chorus, as they have most of the hardest music in the Concerti, and five of these ten works are sung by bass or basses alone. Both men used here, Ekkehard Abele and Yoshitaka Ogasawara, do an excellent job. The string parts are crisp and do not dawdle, and Max never allows the music to get too grandiose, wisely keeping it within the boundaries of the chamber idiom to which it belongs. The music is never ornately busy and has a relaxed, soothing effect.