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Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln - Georg Philipp Telemann: Trauer-Actus. Kantaten (2002)

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Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln - Georg Philipp Telemann: Trauer-Actus. Kantaten (2002)

Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln - Georg Philipp Telemann: Trauer-Actus. Kantaten (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 79:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901768 | Recorded: 2001

This collection of five cantatas by Telemann (out of the nearly 1,500 he composed!) are all dark-hued and contemplative. They are concerned mostly with death, faith in God to the end, life's ephemeral nature, and the desire for a clean soul. But out of such somber, austere subject matter comes not only very beautiful music, but greater variety than one might suppose. In "Sei getreu bis in den tod" (Be faithful unto death), Telemann gives us four arias for separate voice types, and while the accompanying instrumentation remains sparse–organ and strings–he varies the moods by subtle shifts in tempi, the occasional use of pizzicato strings against a solo violin, and so forth. When a chorus is called for, Junghänel uses the five soloists. The effect is very intimate and just right for the meditative quality of the works.

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln, Ex Tempore - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weltliche Kantaten (1997)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln, Ex Tempore - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weltliche Kantaten (1997)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln, Ex Tempore - Johann Sebastian Bach: Weltliche Kantaten (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 724 Mb | Total time: 146:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 457 348-2 | Recorded: 1996, 1997

Such uplifting lively performances. Musica Antiqua Köln plays brilliantly to brings these Secular Cantatas to life.

Arianna Vendittelli, Andrea Buccarella, Abchordis Ensemble - Vivaldi: Cantate per soprano I (2021)

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Arianna Vendittelli, Andrea Buccarella, Abchordis Ensemble - Vivaldi: Cantate per soprano I (2021)

Arianna Vendittelli, Andrea Buccarella, Abchordis Ensemble - Vivaldi: Cantate per soprano I (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 62:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 7257 | Recorded: 2020

This new recording in the Edition Vivaldi series – the first of two volumes dedicated to Vivaldi’s "cantate da camera" for soprano – displays the energetic vitality with which a new generation of artists in their thirties is encountering the baroque repertoire. This sixty-eighth album of the Edition highlights the expressively powerful voice of the soloist, soprano Arianna Vendittelli, already heard in the operas Il Tamerlano (2020) and Il Giustino (2018) conducted by Ottavio Dantone, as well as the artistic vision and high standards of the harpsichordist, organist and conductor Andrea Buccarella, who in 2018 carried off the first prize at the Bruges International Early Music Competition with his Abchordis Ensemble.

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)

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Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 57:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901270 | Recorded: 1987

Recorded in 1987, this disc by Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the choral-instrumental ensemble La Chapelle Royale came in advance of most of the historical-performance recordings that have delved deeply into Bach's cantatas and their world. It was, in fact, the first digital recording of the Trauerode, BWV 198. Despite some competition, this remains an exemplary Bach performance, and it was a superb candidate for reissue in Harmonia Mundi's HM Gold greatest-hits series.

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)

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Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 59:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901644 | Recorded: 1999

According to German theological tradition, which Bach knew very well, the alto voice was the very symbol of the Holy Ghost. Bach's three solo cantatas for alto demand enormous vocal virtuosity. Their extraordinary musical variety embraces sublime consolatory lullabies, a faithful echo of an organ concerto and the dramatic qualities of an oratorio. Andreas Scholl is the featured soloist in this reissue, backed by Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent.

Max van Egmond, Wond'rous Machine - Telemann: Cantatas & Chamber Music (2004)

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Max van Egmond, Wond'rous Machine - Telemann: Cantatas & Chamber Music (2004)

Max van Egmond, Wond'rous Machine - Telemann: Cantatas & Chamber Music (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 60:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | # STR 33687 | Recorded: 2002

The group Wond'rous Machine was founded in 2000 with some of the major names on the current Italian Early Music scene, including members of Il Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, the Amsterdam Baroque, etc. Along with the legendary bass Max von Egmond, who has also specialized in Early Music and appeared on dozens of award-winning recordings, they perform six cantatas and chamber works by Telemann. The pieces were written between 1725 and 1730 after Telemann had settled in Hamburg and founded his Collegium Musicum, an organization dedicated to bringing fine music to an ever-growing circle of consumers. Although the technical difficulties of these works are relatively low, they are rich in effects and atmosphere.

Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arcadia: Scarlatti, Marcello, Gasparini, Pasquini (2003)

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Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arcadia: Scarlatti, Marcello, Gasparini, Pasquini (2003)

Andreas Scholl, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Arcadia: Scarlatti, Marcello, Gasparini, Pasquini (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 78:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 296-02 | Recorded: 2003

Countertenor Andreas Scholl's new CD is devoted to little-known, late-17th- and early-18th-century cantatas whose subject matter is Arcadia, a real region in Greece, but more frequently evoked as an idyllic place filled with innocent, simple shepherds and shepherdesses. Scholl employs a more operatic tone and attitude than we're accustomed to from countertenors. Not only does he use vibrato and "lean" on the voice, but he dips down, as in the final moments of a cantata by Marcello, into a deep, dark baritone range. The effect is dramatic and apt. Elsewhere his tone is just gorgeous and always expressive, he pays attention to the text of these works and captures the theatrical moment in each. The last movement of a work by Francesco Gasparini is excitingly acrobatic.

Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)

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Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)

Pino De Vittorio, Antonio Florio, I Turchini - Il Canto della Sirena: Cantate napoletane dell’età barocca (2011)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.97 Gb | Total time: 73:59+74:56+62:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 922603. 3 | Recorded: 1991, 1994, 1996

During the early 1990s Antonio Florio (together with Dinko Fabris) was making substantial discoveries in the field of Baroque repertory from Naples for performance and recording, and now that Florio and I Turchini are making new recordings for Glossa (Caresana’s Tenebrae and L’Adoratione de’ Maggi), we are delighted to be bringing back into circulation some of those earlier ground-breaking recordings, signed by Roberto Meo and Sigrid Lee, focusing here – with Il Canto della Sirena – on Neapolitan chamber cantatas from the 17th and early 18th centuries.

René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale - Pietro Antonio Cesti: Cantate (2004)

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René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale - Pietro Antonio Cesti: Cantate (2004)

René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale - Pietro Antonio Cesti: Cantate (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 58:16 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMX 2901018 | Recorded: 1978, 1982

Pietro Antonio Cesti, byname Marc’ Antonio, (1623-1669) composer who, with Francesco Cavalli, was one of the leading Italian composers of the 17th century. Cesti studied in Rome and then moved to Venice, where his first known opera, Orontea, was produced in 1649. In 1652 he became chapelmaster to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at Innsbruck, a post he combined for a time with membership in the papal choir. From 1666 to 1669 he was vice chapelmaster to the imperial court in Vienna.

Elena Cecchi Fedi, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Cantate Parte seconda (1997)

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Elena Cecchi Fedi, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Cantate Parte seconda (1997)

Elena Cecchi Fedi, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Le Cantate Parte seconda: RV 669, 655, 657, 658, 659, 660 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:49 | Scans included
Classical | Tactus | TC.672208 | Recorded: 1997

This series of CDs by Tactus and Modo Antiquo represents the first complete recording of the cantatas of Antonio Vivaldi. Up until now, these works have appeared only sporadically on record, yet they constitute quite an important body of works in Vivaldi’s total production. Dedicated exclusively to female voices, the cantatas have here been divided according to the classifications used in the Ryom catalogue: cantatas for soprano and continuo, cantatas for contralto and continuo, cantatas for soprano and instruments, cantatas for contralto and instruments. Modo Antiquo has approached this first complete recording of the cantatas by Vivaldi with full respect for the original texts and the performance practices of the period.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.45 Mb | Total time: 05:24:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69564-1 | Recorded: 1999, 2003

William Christie’s account on Erato is probably now a first recommendation… he has marshalled expert singers; Alan Ewing’s Polyphemus is particularly good, well characterized and spirited. Indeed, the whole performance is full of life and personality, and Christie holds everything together with finesse and grace.

Il Concerto d'Arianna - Roma 1670: Stradella, Lonati, Corelli, Mannelli (2009)

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Il Concerto d'Arianna - Roma 1670: Stradella, Lonati, Corelli, Mannelli (2009)

Il Concerto d'Arianna - Roma 1670: Stradella, Lonati, Corelli, Mannelli (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 388 Mb | Total time: 60:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 632 | Recorded: 2006

Queen Christina of Sweden was a lavish patron of music in her own kingdom - initially she mainly extended her patronage to French musicians but from 1652 it was largely Italian musicians whom she brought to her court in Stockholm. Having secretly converted to Catholicism, Christina abdicated in June of 1654 and almost immediately left Sweden - most of her valuable library had been smuggled out earlier - and made her way to Rome, her journey there seeming at times to be effectively a series of triumphal processions; there’s a fine account of all these events in Veronica Buckley’s Christina. Once established in Rome - where her arrival was greeted by special musical performances in the Palazzo Barberini, the Palazzo Pamphili and elsewhere - she soon became one of the city’s most active patrons of literature and music.

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Bach: Motets BWV 225-231; Cantatas BWV 50 & 118 (1993)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Bach: Motets BWV 225-231; Cantatas BWV 50 & 118 (1993)

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Bach: Motets BWV 225-231; Cantatas BWV 50 & 118 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 467 Mb | Total time: 55:57+45:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45979-2 | Recorded: 1980

Although conductors invariably include the six great motets of Bach (BWV225-230) in recordings of these works, they seldom if ever seem to agree which if any other of Bach's motets to perform with them. John Eliot Gardiner very sensibly goes for the lot, adding Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren (BWV231) and the little-known Der Gerechte kommt um which does not even have the benefit of a Schmieder number. As well as these, Gardiner also includes two short pieces which belong, at least nominally, to the cantata category, BWV50 and BWV118. In the case of the latter there is much justification for doing so for it's a single movement choral piece in motet style written for a funeral in about 1736 and revised for a performance around 1740.

Giovanni Caruso, Capella Tiberina - Bernardo Pasquini: Passion Cantatas (2012)

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Giovanni Caruso, Capella Tiberina - Bernardo Pasquini: Passion Cantatas (2012)

Giovanni Caruso, Capella Tiberina - Bernardo Pasquini: Passion Cantatas: Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori; Padre, Signore e Dio (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 52:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94225 | Recorded: 2010

Bernardo Pasquini (1637–1710) was born in the province of Pistoia, Italy. Drawn to Rome like many promising young musicians, his first of many posts was as organist at the Chiesa Nouva church, and in 1667 he obtained a good position in the service of Prince Giovanni Battista Borghese, where he composed ceremonial music at the Borghese Palace and spent the rest of his days. Along with Corelli and Scarlatti, Pasquini played a major part in the musical life of Rome, and was famous for his skill as both a harpsichordist and organist.

Cristina Miatello, Guido Morini, Andrea Fossà - Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Bononcini: Andate, o miei sospiri (1992)

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Cristina Miatello, Guido Morini, Andrea Fossà - Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Bononcini: Andate, o miei sospiri (1992)

Cristina Miatello, Guido Morini, Andrea Fossà - Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Bononcini: Andate, o miei sospiri - Cantate da Camera (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 74:39 | Scans included
Classical | Tactus | TC660002 | Recorded: 1989

Lamenti e patetici sospiri di innamorati infelici sono gli eterni temi della cantata italiana; un piccolo dramma lirico-narrativo che ogni autore cerca di rinnovare con raffinate varianti stilistiche.