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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 72:33+60:15+64:22+50:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 7080 | Recorded: 1986

One can easily appreciate this early William Christie recording with Capella Coloniensis, a group originally formed in 1954 (!) to perform baroque works in historically informed performances. Christie masters this orchestra well, and the playing is impeccable. The casting is excellent, including some of the great singers of the time: Emma Kirkby, in her prime, Agnes Mellon, Dominique Visse and David Cordier, among others. There is even a male soprano, Randall K. Wong, a rare type of singer indeed.

Cappella Coloniensis; Gabriele Ferro - Luigi Cherubini: Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn; Symphony in D major (2009)

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Cappella Coloniensis; Gabriele Ferro - Luigi Cherubini: Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn; Symphony in D major (2009)

Luigi Cherubini: Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn; Symphony in D major (2009)
Marilyn Schmiege, soprano; Martyn Hill, tenor; Paolo Barbacini, tenor
Cappella Coloniensis; Gabriele Ferro, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Phoenix Edition | # 175 | Time: 00:50:56

Luigi Cherubini's Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn was not, in the event, written after Haydn's death in 1809, but in response to a premature report of that event in 1804. The revival of Classical-period music has thus far given Cherubini short shrift, which is surprising in connection with the man whom Beethoven called the greatest living composer. Maybe this German release, by the veteran historical-instrument ensemble Cappella Coloniensis, will stimulate fresh activity. The chief attraction here is the seldom recorded tribute to Haydn. It's a wonderful work, with an unorthodox form that seems to bespeak strong feeling. Cherubini worked from an existing funeral text by Masonic author Louis Guillemain de Saint-Victor, but the shape of the piece is his own. He opens with a slow, profound polyphonic introduction that not only must have appealed to Beethoven but perhaps even influenced the idiom of his late works.

Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia (2004)

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Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia (2004)

Andreas Spering, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Siroe, Re di Persia (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 830 Mb | Total time: 79:08+75:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 921826.27 | Recorded: 2003

While it isn't Handel's most obscure opera (hum a few bars from Catone, anyone?), Siroe, Re di Persia is definitely on the margins. It's hard to say why exactly, although the unflatteringly edited Metastasio libretto (by Nicola Haym) is surely part of the reason; the character and conflict development of the original are largely missing from the version Handel set. But the music is Handel at his best, and let's face it: from the perspective of a modern listener, plot is not the main draw of opera seria. With that in mind, Harmonia Mundi's complete recording, with Andreas Spering and the Cappella Coloniensis, is an excellent first step toward giving Siroe wider exposure. It's well played, thoughtfully conducted, and it features an excellent trio of leading ladies.

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Antoine Dauvergne: Les Troqueurs (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 72:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMC 901454 | Recorded: 1992

The appearance on disc of Antoine Dauvergne's opera-bouffon of 1753, Les Troqueurs is at once a happy occasion and a frustrating one. For while we can rejoice at the chance to make the acquaintance of this charming little intermede, it also serves to remind us that there are an awful lot of French comic operas from the second half of the eighteenth century that remain unheard. This is repertory that is both interesting and important to the history of opera in general, and Les Troqueurs is the work that stands at its head, for following as it did on the heels of the influential Paris performances of Pergolesi's La serva padrona it was the first real attempt at a wholly French comic opera in the same modern, dramatically light-footed mould.

Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Christian Bach: Endimione (1999)

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Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Christian Bach: Endimione (1999)

Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Christian Bach: Endimione (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 499 Mb | Total time: 61:34+44:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 05472 77525 2 | Recorded: 1999

A beguiling rarity. Johann Sebastian’s youngest and most cosmopolitan son composed this serenata in London in 1772. The plot revolves around the triangular relationship between Diana, her nymph Nice and Endymion, slyly manipulated by Cupid and culminating in the obligatory paean to love. In the booklet, Bruno Weil dubs Endimione ‘one of the first operettas’; but though there are touches of cruel humour, usually at Nice’s expense, the musical idiom and structure, based on a sequence of elaborate arias, are essentially those of opera seria. Bach’s suave, mellifluous style often sounds like Mozart minus the master’s dynamic impulse and control of long-range tensions.

Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture; Sinfonias; Concerti (2009)

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Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture; Sinfonias; Concerti (2009)

Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture; Sinfonias; Concerti (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 59:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Phoenix Edition | # 191 | Recorded: 1970-1987

It's a fairly well known fact that Bach had a keen interest in music of his musical ancestors as well as his contemporaries. His library contained music of other German composers as well as music from France and Italy. Among the composers whose music found a home on Bach's shelves were Antonio Vivaldi, Christoph Graupner, and Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758). Whether or not Bach ever performed this music with his Collegium Musicum at Zimmermann's Coffee House in Leipzig is unknown, but Bach thought enough of the music of these and other composers to seek it out and collect it.

Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Tamerlano (2015)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Tamerlano (2015)

Ferdinand Leitner, Cappella Coloniensis - Handel: Tamerlano (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 679 Mb | Total time: 79:59+65:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Profil Medien | # PH11029 | Recorded: 1966

Conductor Ferdinand Leitner (1912-96), learning his trade from masters like Walter, Busch, Richter and Karl Muck (as rehearsal pianist at Bayreuth), gained the experience that lead to his being dubbed the "singers' conductor" by all who worked with him during a long and lustrous career marked by his tenure as Zurich Opera music director (1969-84) and some 300 commercial recordings. The 1970s-80s Bayreuth stalwart, bass-baritone Franz Mazura as Tamerlano and famed American lyric soprano Helen Donath as Asteria headline this 1966 Leitner-led performance of Handel’s Tamerlano.

Ulf Bjorlin, Cappella Coloniensis - Johan Helmich Roman: Drottningholm-Musik; Concerto Grosso (1992)

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Ulf Bjorlin, Cappella Coloniensis - Johan Helmich Roman: Drottningholm-Musik; Concerto Grosso (1992)

Ulf Björlin, Cappella Coloniensis - Johan Helmich Roman: Drottningholm-Musik; Concerto Grosso (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 48:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 10 624 | Recorded: 1984

Johan Helmich Roman (born 26 October 1694 in Stockholm, died 20 November 1758 on the Haraldsmåla estate in Småland) is one of Sweden’s most important composers of all time. He has been called ‘the father of Swedish music’, and with good reason. As chief conductor of the Royal Court Orchestra, composer, musician and teacher, Roman laid the ground for an increasingly rich music scene in 18th century Sweden. He was also the first Swedish composer to attain international status, and had a prolific musical output covering most of the genres of his time, instrumental and vocal, with the exception of opera and oratorios.