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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 11h 17' 57'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 63264-2 | Recorded: 1991-2000

For fans of Il Giardino Armonico's flamboyant flourishes and exuberant expressiveness, it's like having all your birthdays at once, being presented with this great Warner Classics 11 CD set. My own feeling is that this "free" approach to Baroque music is at its best when applied to the theatrical music of disc 8 or the seventeenth century Italian music on disc 1. The showmanship and playfulness is an absolute joy in many of those pieces. I'm less satisfied with the interpretations of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, (on discs 10 and 11), which require a different approach, I feel. I like my Bach to be a little more measured and subtle, I suppose. It has no need of the Il Giardino Armonico treatment. On the whole, though, I do love this set and wouldn't be without it.

Daniel Cuiller, Stradivaria - A tre violini: Trois violons dans les cours d'Europe au XVIIe siècle (2002)

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Daniel Cuiller, Stradivaria - A tre violini: Trois violons dans les cours d'Europe au XVIIe siècle (2002)

Daniel Cuiller, Stradivaria - A tre violini: Trois violons dans les cours d'Europe au XVIIe siècle (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 56:04 | Scans included
Classical | Cypres | # CYP 1633 | Recorded: 2002

Around the start of the seventeenth century musical style in Europe underwent a remarkable transformation. During the first decades of the Baroque era, instrumental music underwent a deep transformation, the violin being central in the process. Composers, who were themselves violinists, expanded the technical limits of the instrument, developing a form of virtuosity with the bow that was very swiftly followed by an improvement of left-hand technique. The music for three violins and bass selected for this recording is typical of a XVIIth Century genre which disappeared rather quickly afterwards, although some remarkable works were still to be composed during the XVIIIth century. This selection, which borrows this repertoire to many different European countries, presents some of the most delighful Sonata's, ballets, chaconnes, fantasias, sinfonias and canon written.

Brice Sailly, Stéphanie de Failly, Clematis - Quattro Violini a Venezia (2019)

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Brice Sailly, Stéphanie de Failly, Clematis - Quattro Violini a Venezia (2019)

Brice Sailly, Stéphanie de Failly, Clematis - Quattro Violini a Venezia: Gabrieli, Marini, Fontana, Castello, Cavalli, Uccellini, Buonamente (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 64:35 | Scans included
Classical | Ricercar | RIC 404 | Recorded: 2018

Although the first violin virtuosos came mainly from Cremona, Brescia or Mantua, it was Venice that swiftly emerged as the principal centre for the development of instrumental music. Moreover, it was there that most collections of this music were printed all through the seventeenth century. It is curious to note that all these virtuosos obviously enjoyed sharing their success with their colleagues: for, alongside works for one or two violins and continuo, almost all the composer-violinists gathered together on this disc conceived sonate, canzone or sinfonie for ensembles of three or four violins. In addition, these compositions often make use of bichoral or echo effects.

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

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Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 75:33 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMM 902632 | Recorded: 2018

The transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque eras did not mark one sudden change of forms or styles, nor did it signal the end of what Claudio Monteverdi called the prima pratica, or the primary practice of Renaissance polyphony. However, a new emphasis on powerful emotional expressions became a central feature of what he dubbed the seconda pratica, which came to the fore with the development of opera, most notably in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607. Composers paid special attention to the innovations in the music of Venice, which eventually spread throughout Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and such figures as Monteverdi, Antonio Lotti, and Antonio Caldara, long associated with the city, became exemplars of the new Venetian style, in both secular and sacred music.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1795 | Recorded: 2010

This release is part of an eight-disc series by the small historical-instrument ensemble London Baroque, covering the entire history of the trio sonata in four countries (Italy, Germany, France, and England) over two centuries (17th and 18th). The series is more aimed at those with a strong interest in Baroque instrumental music than at general listeners, but several of them have been attractive for anyone, and this album falls into that group. It might well have come first in a chronological series, for it includes the very first works that might be called trio sonatas, the Sonata a tre of Giovanni Cima, published in 1610, and the Sonata a tre secuondo tono, from 1621.

Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)

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Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)

Bernarda Fink, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Il Pianto di Maria - The Virgin's Lament (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 60:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1466 | Recorded: 2008

Rare recordings of two settings of Mary’s passionate Easter lament. For their second L’Oiseau Lyre disc, Il Giardino Armonico, again under their director Giovanni Antonini, are joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, for a project exploring the Passion of Christ as seen through the eyes of the Virgin Mary. The two central works are both vocal settings of the Virgin’s lament.

Georg Kallweit, Bjorn Colell - Passaggio: A Baroque Alpine Crossing (2017)

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Georg Kallweit, Bjorn Colell - Passaggio: A Baroque Alpine Crossing (2017)

Georg Kallweit, Björn Colell - Passaggio: Eine Barocke Alpenüberquerung (2017)
works by Schmelzer, Piccinini, Marini, Bartolotti, Vilsmayr, Pandolfi Mealli, Muffat

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 540 | Time: 01:06:43

For several years now, the guitarist and lutenist Björn Colell and the Baroque violinist Georg Kallweit, Konzertmeister of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, have formed a noted duo called Ombra e Luce: ‘With only two musicians and two instruments, we aspire to a perfect rapport and a permanent dialogue. We have access to a rich repertory of original pieces from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries for violin and lute/theorbo: this was a widespread combination, essentially before 1700. We work a great deal on tone colours and nuances, spontaneity and improvisatory playing – a flexible and sensual interpretation of the works we perform, giving full value to chiaroscuro: ombra e luce! We are convinced that, played in this way, our “early music” can speak directly to the hearts even of listeners who are hearing it for the first time. This new recording, “Passagio”, is the result of our recent musical journeys. Setting out from Italy to go farther north, we have virtually and musically crossed the Alps with our instruments. The works on this recording shed a different light on the music of the courts of Modena, Bologna and Venice.’

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

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Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 77:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | # CD1805 | Recorded: 2016

17th Century Wrocław (then Breslau) was one of Europe’s important musical centres. Its three main Protestant churches – St. Elisabeth, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Bernardine – collected extensive music libraries. Their repertoire was shaped both by prints imported from Italy and Germany, and by works composed by local cantors and organists employed in church ensembles. A separate collection of nearly 400 prints from 1610–55 remained in private hands. During World War II, however, they were taken away from the city and dispersed after 1945. Some items have not been found until now. The majority of the prints returned to Wrocław. Numerous manusripts were considered lost until the late 1980s, when they reappeared in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek. They found their way there from Moscow, where some items of the former Breslau library still remain.

London Brass, Philip Pickett - Gabrieli In Venice: Gabrieli, Viadana, Marini, Massaino, Frescobaldi (1994) Reissue 2002 [Re-Up]

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London Brass, Philip Pickett - Gabrieli In Venice: Gabrieli, Viadana, Marini, Massaino, Frescobaldi (1994) Reissue 2002 [Re-Up]

London Brass, Philip Pickett - Gabrieli In Venice (1994) Reissue 2002
Giovanni Gabrieli, Lodovico da Viadana, Biagio Marini, Tiburtio Massaino, Girolamo Frescobaldi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Renaissance | Label: Apex | # 0927 40823 2 | Time: 01:01:19

There is no shortage of discs around featuring transcriptions of Renaissance music for brass. Whilst played on modern instruments the main difference here however is that London Brass, several of whom play period instruments in other ensembles, have enlisted the specialist knowledge of Philip Pickett to direct them.

Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)

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Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)

Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 66:03+65:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | CKD 321 | Recorded: 1992, 1993

Some of the connections with Venice may be a little tenuous, and this particular Winged Lion even circles over Spain clutching a Venetian guitar. The Palladian Ensemble's debut disc was called An Excess of Pleasure; the sequal offers nothing less! From two gutsy Vivaldi concertos via the dashing caprice of Santiago de Murcia's La Jota to a canzon by Cavalli which discharges itself in a haunting echo of Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa, the programme continually surprises and enchants. The playing too.

Emőke Baráth, Francesco Corti, Il Pomo d'Oro - Voglio cantar: Strozzi, Cavalli, Cesti, Marini, Merula (2019)

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Emőke Baráth, Francesco Corti, Il Pomo d'Oro - Voglio cantar: Strozzi, Cavalli, Cesti, Marini, Merula (2019)

Emőke Baráth, Francesco Corti, Il Pomo d'Oro - Voglio cantar: Strozzi, Cavalli, Cesti, Marini, Merula (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 439 Mb | Total time: 80:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029563221 | Recorded: 2018

Voglio cantar – ‘I want to sing’ – is Emőke Baráth’s first solo album for Erato. The young Hungarian soprano has built a special reputation in Baroque music and the prime focus here is on Barbara Strozzi, who made her name as a composer in 17th century Venice. “She must have been quite a revolutionary personality,” says Emőke Baráth. “Her music is improvisational, intuitive, even rhapsodic … She was clearly a passionate woman with a strong dramatic sense.” Baráth is joined by Il Pomo d’Oro, conducted by Francesco Corti.