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Charles Medlam, Nigel Rogers, London Baroque, Chiaroscuro - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (1984)

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Charles Medlam, Nigel Rogers, London Baroque, Chiaroscuro - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (1984)

Charles Medlam, Nigel Rogers, London Baroque, Chiaroscuro - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 436 Mb | Total time: 47:36+56:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 47142 2 | Recorded: 1983

This recording of Monteverdi's retelling of the Orpheus legend may not be as fine overall as John Eliot Gardiner's, but it has much to recommend it. Nigel Rogers was the first great modern Monteverdi tenor: he made this record after his prime, but his virtuoso passage-work and stylish ornaments should be required listening for every student of the role. The cast, chorus, and orchestra give solid, if occasionally reserved, performances (though Guillemette Laurens is a shrill Messenger). The best singing of the entire record is (perhaps unfortunately) at the beginning: Emma Kirkby's sweet voice, imaginative embellishment, and eloquent delivery as Music result in absolutely the best rendition of the Prologue on record.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da camera, Op. 2 & 4 (1991)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da camera, Op. 2 & 4 (1991)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da camera, Op. 2 & 4 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 750 Mb | Total time: 68:59+68:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901342.43 | Recorded: 1989, 1990

Arcangelo Corelli was the most famous Italian composer of the late 17th century. He owed this preeminence to his skill in harnessing the musical tendencies of his time, as is demonstrated by his celebrated Sonatas, which became the models for the chamber sonata (sonata da camera) and church sonata (sonata da chiesa). Yet the composer himself was constantly reacting against these archetypes, and it is this perpetual reflection on his own art that gives his works their extraordinary richness.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa, Op. 1 & 3 (1991)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa, Op. 1 & 3 (1991)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa, Op. 1 & 3 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 756 Mb | Total time: 67:32+74:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901344.45 | Recorded: 1987, 1990

Arcangelo Corelli was the most famous Italian composer of the late 17th century. He owed this preeminence to his skill in harnessing the musical tendencies of his time, as is demonstrated by his celebrated Sonatas, which became the models for the chamber sonata (sonata da camera) and church sonata (sonata da chiesa). Yet the composer himself was constantly reacting against these archetypes, and it is this perpetual reflection on his own art that gives his works their extraordinary richness.

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

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Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 918 Mb | Total time: 57:00+65:17+64:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503041 | Recorded: 1995,1996

The Swedish trumpet-player Niklas Eklund, born in Göteborg (Gothenburg) in 1969, trained at the School of Music and Musicology of Göteborg University. Further studies took place under the tutelage of Edward H. Tarr at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. After five years as solo trumpet with the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra, he left the orchestra in the autumn of 1996 to further his career as a soloist. Since then he has appeared with leading ensembles and conductors such as Zubin Metha, John Eliot Gardiner, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Robert King, Eric Ericson, Reinhard Goebel, Gustav Leonhardt, the London Baroque, the Bach Ensemble (New York), the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the English Baroque Soloists.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flûte à bec et basse continue (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 491 Mb | Total time: 106:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901253.54 | Recorded: 1986

"…[The] 'Serenata a tre'…is brimming with energy and melodic invention, every aria a delight. The three singers give sparkling performances and London Baroque dispatches the brightly variegated score with much aplomb…"
–BBC Music

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - John Blow: Venus & Adonis (1988)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - John Blow: Venus & Adonis (1988)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - John Blow: Venus & Adonis (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 208 Mb | Total time: 49:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901276 | Recorded: 1987

John Blow’s opera, Venus and Adonis , explores and exploits the themes of power play, manipulation, and yearning. Venus’s reluctance to surrender coupled with Adonis’s innocence leads to both a tragic accident and poignant transcendence. The work was the first to have been written by a female librettist, Anne Finch.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Sacred Cantatas (2001)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Sacred Cantatas (2001)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Sacred Cantatas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 67:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-106501-CAT | Recorded: 1999

Emma Kirkby always has been an excellent Handel singer, from her two 1985 recordings–Italian Cantatas with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (L'Oiseau Lyre) and German Arias with Charles Medlam and the London Baroque (EMI)–and 1987's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, again with the London Baroque (Harmonia Mundi) to this new, exemplary program of Latin motets. Kirkby retains a remarkably youthful sound, exhibiting all of her admired agility and intonational accuracy, but with more richness in the lower register than in her younger days.