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King's Singers - Christmas (2003)

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King's Singers - Christmas (2003)

King's Singers - Christmas (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Holidays | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD502 | 01:10:47

Five centuries, seven languages, and six singers with 35 years of remarkable experience inform this rare collection of choral music. In the world-renowned King's Singers resplendent voices, ancient and modern choral music comes to life with all the blazing immediacy and timeliness of the gospel of the nativity. With 25 pieces of music–ranging from familiar works such as "Coventry Carol" to the obscure Tchaikovsky piece "The Crown of Roses"–the King's Singers move through this hallowed and festive set with the vocal mastery that only three-and-a-half decades of accomplished work together is capable of creating. A number of contemporary carols written in the last century by composers such as John McCabe, Philip Lawson, John Rutter, and others are balanced by pieces by Bach and a host of traditional works. Lawson's "You Are the New Day," performed with a string quartet, stands out as one of the more notable performances. Like most of their music throughout Christmas, it reminds listeners that the art of music often interprets divine aspects gladly realized here on Earth.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by James O'Donnell; Robert Quinney, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Christmas | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67716 | 01:03:34

This seasonal offering from The Choir of Westminster Abbey presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas. It encompasses many of the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration. An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth-century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release.

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell - Masterpieces of Portuguese Polyphony (1992) Reissue 2007

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The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell - Masterpieces of Portuguese Polyphony (1992) Reissue 2007

Masterpieces of Portuguese Polyphony (1992) Reissue 2007
The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell (The Master of Music)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 281 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55229 | Time: 01:08:35

Once, Portugal ruled the waves, sending explorers round the Cape of Good Hope to India and across the wide Atlantic to Brazil. After the death of King Sebastian and the end of the Age of Discovery, however, Spain ruled Portugal, and it is from this period that the works on the disc called Masterpieces of Portuguese Polyphony come. But although the sacred a cappella music here was clearly influenced by the Spanish sacred a cappella music of the same period, it is still clearly not Spanish music. In these beautifully sculpted and richly textured performances by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral under Master of Music James O'Donnell, there is a clarity, a lightness, an openness, and a spiritual optimism evident that Spanish music from the same period often lacks. Featuring five motets and a set of Lamentations by Manuel Cardoso, a Panis angelicus by João Lourenço Rebelo, five motets and a Magnificat by Pedro de Cristo, and an Alma rememptoris mater by Aires Fernandez, this 2007 reissue largely consists of works heretofore known only to listeners who heard the disc when it was first released in 1992, but anyone who enjoys sacred choral music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century will surely enjoy this disc. Hyperion's sound is lush, round, and full.

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

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Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007) [Re-Up]

Sergey Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37, Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)
The Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jaroslav Brych, conductor; Soloists

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD 350 043 | Time: 01:01:32

The Prague Philharmonic choir join over a dozen others who have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, a work once thought the special property of the Russian choirs who are, of course, prominent in the lists. The Czechs sing it without a cantor, and more as a concert work than some of the others do. Though they take the famous scale in the Nunc dimittis, descending to a profound B flat, in their stride, they are not as sonorous as some others, and their particular contribution is to sing the music lightly and flexibly, with a lively response to the words. They have excellent sopranos, safe in intonation when attacking the exposed high entries in thirds which are a feature of the music, and a good tenor for the three numbers that involve him as a soloist. The Magnificat, with all its tempo changes and shifts of register, is expressively done, as are the light rhythms of ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord’.

Belfast Cathedral Choir, Jack Wilson, Matthew Owens - A Belfast Christmas (2021)

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Belfast Cathedral Choir, Jack Wilson, Matthew Owens - A Belfast Christmas (2021)

Belfast Cathedral Choir, Jack Wilson, Matthew Owens - A Belfast Christmas (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:07:58 | 224 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Resonus Classics

Choral music has always played a significant and central role at Belfast Cathedral, since its consecration in 1904. This strong choral tradition continues to this day with the recently formed all-adult, fully professional vocal ensemble. This "new" cathedral choir brings together some of the finest singers in Northern Ireland who lead the liturgy and worship of Belfast Cathedral and are featured here in their debut album for Resonus Classics. Featuring a varied programme of seasonal carols from composers including Elizabeth Poston, John Rutter and Philip Ledger, this album celebrates Christmas from Northern Ireland’s national cathedral.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell - 'Rejoice, the Lord is king!': Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014)

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell - 'Rejoice, the Lord is king!': Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014)

'Rejoice, the Lord is king!': Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014)
Robert Quinney, organ; The Choir of Westminster Abbey; James O'Donnell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68013 | Time: 01:08:46

This 2014 Hyperion collection of 22 hymns sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey is a straightforward presentation of familiar versions for choir and organ. For the most part, the arrangements are conventional four-part settings, with occasional interpolations of seldom-heard harmonizations and descants, and the performances by the men and boys are appropriately reverent and joyous. The majority of selections are hymns of praise, including Praise, my soul, the king of heaven; Thine be the glory; and Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, though Drop, drop slow tears; I bind unto myself today; and Let all mortal flesh keep silence bring a more somber and penitential mood to the program. The recordings were made in late 2012 and early 2013 in Westminster Abbey, so the sound of the album is typically resonant and spacious, and the choir has a well-blended tone, though the trade-off for the glorious acoustics is a loss of clarity in some of the words.

The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

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The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

À la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)
The Sixteen; BBC Philharmonic; Harry Christophers, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Collins | # 14462 | Time: 01:03:15

The Sixteen, bright stars of the Baroque, have plenty to say on 20th-century repertoire (witness their excellent Britten series on Collins). Underpin them with the BBC Philharmonic and it might seem a magic formula. Ives’s unearthly The Unanswered Question holds few problems for instrumental players weaned on Maxwell Davies – no more than do the brilliant wind roulades of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Deft BBC teamwork and a chamber articulation to woodwind and brass helps this Koussevitzky-commissioned masterpiece to shed its often hammy ‘big band’ sound, creeping closer to the subtle, leaner sonorities of his later choral works. It gains. The singing varies. Too many dynamic shifts sound prosaic or under-prepared; fortes are forced, with muddy results. The vocal blend (happier in lower voices) can seem haphazard and colours the Tippett, where the men’s roars – contrast the lovely, sensual soprano solo – seem crude. Get this disc, instead, for the rare, late Poulenc – his New York-commissioned Sept répons. It is a curiously under-recorded devotional work, bleeding with pathos yet pumping energy, its exoticism enhanced by slightly breathy, tender solos, and scintillatingly sung with just those crucial missing qualities of awe and freshness. A million times more refined than what goes before.

Pacific Symphony & Chorale, Carl St.Clair, John Alexander - Philip Glass: The Passion of Ramakrishna (2012) [Re-Up]

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Pacific Symphony & Chorale, Carl St.Clair, John Alexander - Philip Glass: The Passion of Ramakrishna (2012) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass: The Passion of Ramakrishna (2012)
Pacific Symphony, conducted by Carl St.Clair; Pacific Chorale, directed by John Alexander

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism, Choral | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0080 | Time: 00:44:11

Orange Mountain Music presents the world premiere recording of Philip Glass' The Passion of Ramakrishna. Commissioned by the Pacific Symphony and premiered in 2006 during the opening of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, Glass' 45 minute oratorio, written for soloists, chorus and large orchestra, is a passion play and a tribute to 19th Century Indian spiritual leader Sri Ramakrishna. The work portrays his death with the chorus taking up the voice of Ramakrishna himself and the soloists are those of his loved ones, doctor and disciples. Maestro Carl St.Clair, a longtime champion of the music of Philip Glass, leads the Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale and soloists Christopheren Numura, Janice Chandler Eteme, Kevin Deas, I-Chin Feinblatt and Nicholas Preston.

Johannes Moesus - Antonio Rosetti: Jesus in Gethsemane; Halleluja; Salve Regina (2008) 2 CDs

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Johannes Moesus - Antonio Rosetti: Jesus in Gethsemane; Halleluja; Salve Regina (2008) 2 CDs

Antonio Rosetti: Jesus in Gethsemane; Halleluja; Salve Regina (2008) 2 CDs
Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Ruth Sandhoff, contralto; Jan Kobow, tenor; Thomas E. Bauer, bass
NDR Chor & Mecklenburgisches Barockorchester, conducted by Johannes Moesus

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 446 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 242 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: cpo | # CPO 777 254-2 | Time: 01:45:57

Antonio Rosetti, who was almost always mentioned in the same breath as Mozart and Haydn by his contemporaries, composed over 40 symphonies, about six dozen solo concertos and chamber music and a considerable number of sacred vocal works. Ranked amongst his greatest achievements in the latter genre are the large-scale passion oratorio "Jesus in Gethsemane" and the "Hallelujah" cantata. Both show the virtuoso mastery of a whole array of musical techniques. Thanks to their melodic ingenuity, sophisticated harmony, a distinctive sense of proportion and the, as always, accomplished manipulation of orchestral tones, both of these late works are counted among Rosetti's most meaningful creations. There is no better conductor for this disc of Rosseti masterpieces than Johannes Moesus who is president of the International Rosetti Society.

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

Johannes Brahms - Choral Works (2012)
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra; Antoni Wit, conductor; Ewa Wolak, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:09:51
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572694

This collection of short choral pieces by Johannes Brahms is an unusual one in present times, partly because many of the choral parts are quite demanding. For a choral club in the 19th century, however, it wouldn't have been so novel, and there are great beauties on offer here. After the fetching Ave Maria, Op. 12, the rest of the program is dense, metaphysical, and, with the partial exception of the Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, concerned with death. There are two funeral songs, and two more about fate, and this is not the warm, humanistic Brahms of the German Requiem, Op. 45. The performances are profound and dignified, and the overall effect uncanny. The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir under choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski has a gorgeous rich tone that is undiminished by the long lines of the music, and the Alto Rhapsody achieves real grandeur in the hands of contralto Ewa Wolak. But the real credit goes to the Warsaw Philharmonic and conductor Antoni Wit, who keep a consistent level of tension and momentum in difficult, dark material like the somber Nänie, Op. 82 (Funeral Song), a rarely performed late Brahms masterwork.

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Poulenc, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Rihm (2004)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Soloists
conducted by Marcello Viotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Profil | # PH04035 | Time: 01:06:02

This 2004 survey of modern settings of the medieval sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa is part of conductor Marcello Viotti's project to record the little-known but worthy sacred works of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for their concert series Paradisi gloria. The four works by Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wolfgang Rihm are dramatically different in conception and musical content, and may be regarded more as reflections of personal faith than as practical works for ecclesiastical purposes.

Barbara Hendricks, Chœurs de Radio France, ONF, Georges Pretre - Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)

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Barbara Hendricks, Chœurs de Radio France, ONF, Georges Pretre - Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)

Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)
Barbara Hendricks, soprano; Chœurs de Radio France; Michel Tranchant, chorus master
Orchestre National de France, conducted by Georges Prêtre

EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Vocal | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 55688 2 0 | 00:59:20

Understandably, Poulenc's Gloria and Stabat Mater have almost invariably been coupled together on LPs and CDs. Similarly scored for solo soprano, chorus, and orchestra, the two works are arguably the twin peaks of Poulenc's sacred music, that is, they are irresistibly melodic, energetically rhythmic, directly emotional, conservatively harmonic, and fervently religious. That said, however, the difference in tone between the two works is as striking as their similarities. Where the Gloria is light, bright, and at times even funny, the Stabat Mater, as befits its subject matter, is dark, heavy, and always deeply sorrowful. In this pair of performances with Georges Prêtre leading the Orchestre National de France and the French Radio Choir from the '80s, both works are given the deluxe French treatment. Prêtre is as skilled at balancing his forces as he is at keeping the music moving, and, as importantly, he is as capable of expressing the Gloria's joyous wit as he is of articulating the Stabat Mater's profound suffering. But the real star of these performances is American soprano Barbara Hendricks whose clear, warm voice and excellent diction breath vibrant life into all Poulenc's glorious melodies.

The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World... Ever! (2004) 2CDs

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The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World... Ever! (2004) 2CDs

The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World… Ever! (2004) 2CDs
St Dominic's Priory Choir and The Monks & Choir of Downside Abbey

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 543 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 304 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Choral, Gregorian Chant | Label: EMI | # 5769042 | Time: 02:00:48

This stunning & inspired collection features the more popular side of Gregorian chant & includes masterpieces such as 'Salve Regina', 'Salve Festa Dies', 'Alleluia', 'Pascha Nostrum', 'Nos Autem', & more performed by respected choirs. 36 tracks.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppanen - Sibelius: Complete Works for Mixed Choir (2015) 2CDs

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Heikki Seppanen - Sibelius: Complete Works for Mixed Choir (2015) 2CDs

Jean Sibelius: Complete Works for Mixed Choir (2015) 2CDs
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Heikki Seppänen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 244 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1260-2D | Time: 01:43:47

Year 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), often entitled 'Finland’s national composer'. The fourth album on Ondine by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is dedicated to the complete works for mixed choir by Jean Sibelius. The award-winning choir, one of the finest of its kind internationally, is conducted here by one of the leading Finnish choir directors, Heikki Seppänen, who has conducted a large number of professional choirs in Finland and abroad. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s releases on Ondine have been a critical success: the first release was given an ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the Gramophone Magazine and ‘Disc of the Year’ by the renowned German weekly Die Zeit.

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - Max d'Ollone: Cantates, chœurs & musique symphonique (2013)

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Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra - Max d'Ollone: Cantates, chœurs & musique symphonique (2013)

Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir - Max d'Ollone: Cantates, chœurs & musique symphonique (2013)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.57 Gb | Total time: 51:06+54:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ediciones Singulares ‎| ES 1010 | Recorded: 2012

Who today has heard of Max d'Ollone? He studied with Massenet, was a contemporary of Richard Strauss, composed operas and cultivated a sensuous and deeply Romantic approach to vocal music. The Prix de Rome competition gave him the opportunity to compose several impressive cantatas and pieces for chorus and orchestra, characterised by a combination of grandeur and refinement.