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Carolyn Sampson, Tapiola Sinfonietta & Pascal Rophé - Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne (2021)

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Carolyn Sampson, Tapiola Sinfonietta & Pascal Rophé - Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne (2021)

Carolyn Sampson, Tapiola Sinfonietta & Pascal Rophé - Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 262 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:43
Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS

That Baïlèro, a shepherd’s song from the highlands of Auvergne sung in the Occitan dialect of the area, should become a favourite with singers ranging from Victoria de los Angeles to Sarah Brightman by way of Renée Fleming and Karita Mattila, is all because of Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret. As a budding composer in Paris in the 1900s, Canteloube was unable to interest himself in the various musical cliques and currents. Instead he looked for inspiration in Auvergne in central France where he was born, starting to collect the songs of the farmers and shepherds that lived in the mountainous region. But he did so as a composer rather than a musicologist, and between 1923 and 1954 he published a total of thirty Chants d’Auvergne, arranged, harmonized and sumptuously orchestrated.

William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)

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William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)

William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.70 + 6.19 Gb (2xDVD9) | 230 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Jonathan Kent's spectacular production of Purcell's huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production's acclaim. Paul Brown's inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 73:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67350 | Recorded: 2002

Czech-born Jan Dismas Zelenka was by all accounts one of Baroque music’s trickier customers—fervently religious but completely lacking in courtly graces. Combine this with a tendency to throw out the rulebook when it came to harmonic convention and it’s hardly surprising that he was underappreciated in his lifetime. Yet here is some of the most pungently exciting writing of the Baroque, as individual as that of his near-contemporary, Johann Sebastian Bach. The very opening of Zelenka’s Litaniae sets out his stall and Robert King and his eponymous Consort make the most of its startling qualities. But he is a composer to tug at the heartstrings too, nowhere more so than in the Salve regina, ravishingly sung by a young Carolyn Sampson.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67260 | Recorded: 2000

Continuing the series 'Bach's Contemporaries', this volume concentrates on the wonderful music of Johann Schelle — a cousin of Kuhnau (another composer featured in this series). This immensely striking sacred music by Schelle (one of Bach's predecessors in the post of Kantor in Leipzig's famous Thomas Church) brings together a top-flight group of soloists and a large and colourful assembly of instrumentalists, and presents remarkable and splendidly varied music which not only stands up proudly in its own musical right, but also greatly enhances our understanding of Bach's own sacred writing.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67160 | Recorded: 1999

Sebastian Knüpfer is yet another Baroque composer whose reputation and popularity have been overshadowed by J S Bach. Little of Knüpfer's music has previously been transcribed from its many manuscripts, let alone published. However, in his day Knüpfer was a respected and highly sought-after composer; his compositions were admired by his contemporaries and, according to his obituary, he 'composed quotations of the Psalms and other Biblical books with such sweetness and skilfulness that he delighted even the saddest hearts, and his name is spoken with admiration not only in Leipzig but also outside'.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken! - Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken! - Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken!: Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 56:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901860 | Recorded: 2004

Long one of the finest living interpreters of Bach's sacred music, Philippe Herreweghe here adds two secular cantatas to an already distinguished discography. In the festive Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten and the celebratory Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten, Herreweghe leads his Collegium Vocale, Ghent in performances of rare beauty and great joy. Taking the symbolic roles of Diligence, Honor and Gratitude in one cantata and the scarcely less symbolic roles of Irene, Bellona, Fama, and Pallas in the other, the vocal quartet of Carolyn Sampson, Ingeborg Danz, Mark Padmore, and Peter Kooy performs with brilliant characterizations and consummate artistry.

Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)

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Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)

Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 70:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # BKD 373 | Recorded: 2010

This, the second release of the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series, features the Easter Oratorio, one of Bach's best-known oratorios and a monumental work, as well as the Ascension Oratorio. Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani). This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble.

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2019)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2019)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 754 Mb | Total time: 163:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-SACD-2500 | Recorded: 2019

Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan made their first recording of the St Matthew Passion in March 1999. Twenty years later, in April 2019, it was time once again, as the singers and players gathered in the Concert Hall of the Saitama Arts Theater in Japan. ‘A profound joy’ is how Masaaki Suzuki describes his emotion at the opportunity to record Bach’s great fresco of Christ’s Passion for a second time. And this time, he and his ensemble have brought with them into the concert hall a profound and collective familiarity with Bach’s choral music, after having recorded more or less all of it in the meantime, including the complete sacred cantatas.

Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014) [Re-Up]

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Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014) [Re-Up]

A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel
by Lacoste, Lalande, Rameau, Rousseau, Fiocco & Mondonville
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68035 | Time: 01:12:55

GRAMOPHONE AWARD 2015 WINNER (RECITAL CATEGORY). A welcome return of Carolyn Sampson and Ex Cathedra to Hyperion, performing the rich, fulsome music of the French Baroque. Their recording of love songs from Rameau’s operas (Hyperion CDA67447) was hugely acclaimed for Sampson’s stylish, fluid, seductive performances, and ten years later her artistry is even more dazzling. This album is of particular interest as rather than concentrating on one composer it showcases the works written for the premiere soprano of the day, Marie Fel. Voltaire called her his ‘adorable nightingale’. For d’Aquin, she was an enchanted being. Marie Fel was the soprano who held an entire generation spellbound at the Paris Opéra and at Louis XV’s court during one of the most glorious periods of French music. With a voice described as ‘pure, charming, silvery’ (La Borde), ‘touching and sublime’ (Grimm) and ‘always lovely, always seductive’ (d’Aquin), she inspired some of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s finest music and introduced a whole new level of virtuosity and expression into the French singing tradition. Her long, triumphant career is traced through this fascinating recording.

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)
Schumann, Britten, Purcell, Fauré, Gounod, R.Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2102 | Time: 01:08:50

Those of us who rejoice in the crystalline beauty of Carolyn Sampson’s interpretations of Bach, Handel and Purcell will welcome this bouquet of songs on a floral theme, her debut recital disc. It’s been a long wait, but our patience is repaid handsomely. With pianist Joseph Middleton she savours some choice blooms from, among others, Britten, Chabrier, Schubert, Schumann, Gounod and Strauss, her glorious soprano particularly affecting in Fauré’s Le papillon et la fleur and the wonderfully perfumed Les roses d’Ispahan. Middleton plays with dextrous delicacy throughout and brings real virtuosity to Strauss’s Mädchenblumen. Highly recommended.

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

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Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 424 Mb | Total time: 76:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vivat | VIVAT 117 | Recorded: 2018

Acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson, partnered by Robert King and The King's Consort,with whom she has been associated throughout her professional career, turns her talents to Handel's two most dramatic cantatas, linked by the theme of abandoned women.

Robin Blaze, Carolyn Sampson, Nicholas Kraemer - Handel: Great Oratorio Duets (2006)

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Robin Blaze, Carolyn Sampson, Nicholas Kraemer - Handel: Great Oratorio Duets (2006)

Robin Blaze, Carolyn Sampson, Nicholas Kraemer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Great Oratorio Duets (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 70:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS ‎| # BIS-1436 SACD | Recorded: 2005

Pure delight: two of Britain’s most exciting singers together with one of the most vibrant of the English period bands, in a collection of wonderful duets from Händel’s English oratorios and odes. Both Carolyn Sampson and Robin Blaze collaborate with Masaaki Suzuki in his recordings of Bach Cantatas, for which they are receiving high praise. ‘Sampson's rounded, lyrical, glowing tone is just what I want to hear in the warm-hearted soprano cantata O holder Tag’ said the critic in International Record Review about BIS-CD-1411, whereas The Times, UK, has described Robin Blaze as being ‘blessed with a most alluring countertenor – creamy in tone, naturally expressive, exquisitely controlled…’.

Carolyn Sampson, Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Les Sirènes: Thomas-Louis Bourgeois - Cantates (2012)

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Carolyn Sampson, Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Les Sirènes: Thomas-Louis Bourgeois - Cantates (2012)

Carolyn Sampson, Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Les Sirènes: Thomas-Louis Bourgeois - Cantates (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 72:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | CARUS83374 | Recorded: 2011

Thomas-Louis Bourgeois (1676–1751) is one of the masters of the French chamber cantata at the time of the Régence, when – at last – it was permissible to introduce Italian influences openly in France. His imaginative music, as elegant as it is compositionally skillful, forms a welcome complement to the works of contemporaries such as Campra or Rameau who are infinitely better known today. Carolyn Sampson and Le Concert Lorrain revive for us the charming insouciance of the Régence.

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien (2007)

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Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien (2007)

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 70:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67627 | Recorded: 2006

Handel's "nine German arias" (he wrote other arias in German, but this is a discrete group) were written in the mid-1720s, long after the composer left his native Germany for Italy and then booming Great Britain. It is not known why he should have written music in German at that late date, and the pieces have a quietly contented tone that sets them somewhat apart from almost everything else in Handel's oeuvre. The texts are by Hamburg poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, whose so-called Brockes-Passion had already been set by Handel a decade earlier. They are religious but not exactly sacred – spiritual in a personal way, perhaps, with a good deal of nature imagery that is only lightly reflected in the music. Instead Handel sticks to the da capo aria pattern, forging a gentle language for the soprano soloist that evokes the outlines of the Italian operatic aria but tones the whole thing down to chamber dimensions.

Robert King, King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (11CDs) [2005]

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Robert King,  King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music  (11CDs) [2005]

Robert King, King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (11CDs) [2005]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 12 hrs 53 mins | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDS 44171/81 | Recorded: 1979

What can anyone add to the praise that has deservedly been heaped on Robert King and the King's Consort's 11 discs of the complete sacred music of Vivaldi? Can one add that every single performance is first class – wonderfully musical, deeply dedicated, and profoundly spiritual? Can one add that every single performer is first class – absolutely in-tune, entirely in-sync, and totally committed? Can one add that every single recording is first class – amazingly clean, astoundingly clear, and astonishingly warm? One can because it's all true and it's all been said before by critics and listeners across the globe. Can one say that every piece is a masterpiece – that every piece is filled with the consummate skill, the irresistible joy, and the radiant spirituality that was Vivaldi's specialty? One can because this, too, is true. From the well-known Gloria, Magnificat, and Stabat Mater to the little known In furore giustissimae irae, O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, and Cur sagittas, cur tela, truly every work is a masterpiece and anyone – from the deeply devout to the deeply doubtful – will love these works, these performances, and these recordings if they love music.
–James Leonard