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Wellensian Consort - Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)

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Wellensian Consort - Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)

Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)
Wellensian Consort, conducted by Christopher Finch; Gemma Beeson, piano; Will Todd Trio

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.573158 | Time: 01:04:00

Described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, Bob Chilcott is one of today’s most widely performed composers of choral music. This programme includes première recordings of favourites such as A Little Jazz Mass, songs and carols on a variety of texts, and the wit, wisdom and drama of Aesop’s Fables in which Chilcott makes musical references to Brahms and Schubert. Winner of the coveted BBC Choir of the Year award in 2010, the Wellensian Consort is one of the United Kingdom’s leading chamber choirs.

Apollo5 - A Deep but Dazzling Darkness (2021)

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Apollo5 - A Deep but Dazzling Darkness (2021)

Apollo5 - A Deep but Dazzling Darkness (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 202 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 108 Mb | 00:46:43
Classical, Choral | Label: VOCES8 Records

A Deep But Dazzling Darkness… ….conjures up the wonder of Winter’s changing landscape through the very best contemporary choral writing for the festive season. As an owl sees through the night, Apollo5’s one to a part “exceptionally beautiful singing” (Classic FM), illuminates the magical quality of dark winter nights whilst lending crystalline clarity to the rarely heard consort performances of each piece. The chosen music speaks of a time of rejoicing and celebrating with the sharing of gifts, as brought by the visitors from Sheba. The miracle of birth, central to the Christmas story, is hailed with wonder and elation. The music evokes the magical quality of dark winter nights and suggests that through them we can see God more clearly.

Dunedin Consort, Soloists, John Butt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)

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Dunedin Consort, Soloists, John Butt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)
Joanne Lunn, soprano; Rowan Hellier, alto; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass
Dunedin Consort, conducted by John Butt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 449 | Time: 01:01:39

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014 Choral category winner! Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. John Butt brings to Mozart the microscopic care and musicological acumen that have made his Bach and Handel recordings so thought-provoking and satisfying.

Baroque Christmas: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach (2011) [Re-Up]

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Baroque Christmas: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach (2011) [Re-Up]

Baroque Christmas: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach (2011)
Lucia Popp, soprano; Brigitte Fassbaender, contralto; Robert Gambill, tenor; Robert Holl, bass
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Sudfunkchor
Dame Janet Baker, contralto; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Choir of King’s College
Cambridge Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sir Philip Ledger, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:14:56
Genre: Classical, Choral, Oratorio | Label: EMI | # 50999 6 78165 2 1

The peal of church bells, the scent of Christmas trees and gleaming lights in every window: now all that's missing to complete the Yuletide mood is Christmas by great Baroque composers. This CD contains the most moving arias and resplendent choruses from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah - the perfect music to celebrate Christmas with.

Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)

Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)
Robert Shaw Festival Singers, conducted by Robert Shaw

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 185 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Telarc | # CD-80236 | Time: 00:52:02

Robert Shaw leads the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in these powerful works of Francis Poulenc. Poulenc experienced a spiritual crisis which led to the composition of his powerful Mass in G major, which is dedicated to the memory of his father. Paired with this work are his Four Motets for Christmas, Four Motets for a Time of Penitence, and Four Short Prayers of Saint Frances.

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013)
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Julian Pregardien (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Ricercar Consort; Philippe Pierlot, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Mirare | # MIR243 | Time: 01:07:54

Just in time for Christmas, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort present a collection of Cantatas for the season by Johann Sebastian Bach. In these evergreen holiday favorites, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices are used to express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The result is nothing short of magical. The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and director Philippe Pierlot. They have made a significant discography, especially on the Mirare label, where their recordings have met with consistent acclaim and respect, in particular for their exceptional Bach Magnificat.

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.

Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan - A Scattered Light in Winter (2021)

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Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan - A Scattered Light in Winter (2021)

Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan - A Scattered Light in Winter (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 230 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:20
Classical, Choral | Label: GIA ChoralWorks

James Jordan writes: “I think when life challenges us, our common human tendency is to look toward the stars for wisdom and answers, for the abundances and peace that sometimes one’s focus toward the heavens brings to us. Looking toward the stars and the heavens often clears our vision so we can feel authentically with our hearts. Carols during Advent and Christmastime seem to also embody that spirit of mystical searching for hope and wonder. And perhaps there is no better musical spiritual entry point for all of this than chant. So, this recording leads you musically through the journey, from simple chant to stories in the carols. And all of the music on the album reflects our hope for the future as we climb a crooked ladder leading to, hopefully, a brighter new time for our beloved Westminster college, and our lives beyond the pandemic. Our desire is to see a glimmer of light behind what seems a very closed door. This album offers music for personal reflection, with the hope that these sounds can provide for each of us “scattered” new light.”

English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988 [Re-Up]

Igor Stravinsky - Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988
English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Patricia Parker (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Paul Hudson (Bass), Anne Mory (Soprano)
Pianos: Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesch

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 423 251-2 | Time: 00:44:29
Classical, Ballet, Choral, Sacred

Les Noces is a screaming, shrieking, flat-out masterpiece. Leonard Bernstein himself has referred to it as Stravinsky's greatest work, and listening to this incendiary performance, it's awfully hard to disagree. Scored for voices, four pianos, and percussion, the work provided the inspiration for the entire career of Orff (of Carmina Burana fame), but it's so much better as sheer music than anything Orff wrote. And what a cast! The pianists for this performance include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, and Homero Francesch, four certified virtuoso performers, while the singers of the English Bach Festival Chorus really cover themselves with glory in both works. A stunner.

Joseph Wicks, John Challenger, Glen Dempsey & Jack Ross - The Tree: Hill, Nethsingha, Robinson (2021)

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Joseph Wicks, John Challenger, Glen Dempsey & Jack Ross - The Tree: Hill, Nethsingha, Robinson (2021)

Joseph Wicks, John Challenger, Glen Dempsey & Jack Ross - The Tree: Hill, Nethsingha, Robinson (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 267 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:05:31
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Signum Classics

Andrew Nethsingha and The Choir of St John’s, Cambridge present a tribute album to two former directors, Christopher Robinson and David Hill, who celebrate their 85th and 65th birthdays respectively.

The Saint Tikhon Choir & Benedict Sheehan - Benedict Sheehan: Vespers (2021)

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The Saint Tikhon Choir & Benedict Sheehan - Benedict Sheehan: Vespers (2021)

The Saint Tikhon Choir & Benedict Sheehan - Benedict Sheehan: Vespers (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 250 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:27
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Cappella Romana

GRAMMY®-nominated conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan leads The Saint Tikhon Choir in his new setting of Eastern Orthodox Vespers in English. Inspired by the great All-Night Vigil setting by Rachmaninoff, Sheehan’s composition expands the genre with full settings of Psalms. Each verse is treated with deep musical pathos to express a full range of human emotion. Vespers also features virtuosic vocal concertos, including the first for basso profundo in English. Encounter this music that projects a vision of hope and light for all. The Saint Tikhon Choir was founded in 2015 by Benedict Sheehan, the group’s artistic director, and Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. It is the first professional vocal ensemble connected with an Orthodox monastery in America, founded with a mission to foster and build up the American Orthodox choral tradition at the highest artistic level.

Christ Church Cathedral Choir - Howard Goodall: Invictus. A Passion (2018)

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Christ Church Cathedral Choir - Howard Goodall: Invictus. A Passion (2018)

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Kirsty Hopkins, Mark Dobell, The Lanyer Ensemble & Stephen Darlington - Howard Goodall: Invictus. A Passion (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 254 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:57:59
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: CORO

Persecution of the innocent, malevolent authority exerting itself against ideas that threaten and challenge, the power of a peaceful, loving humility in the face of tyranny, the facing-down of fear; all hold profound universal resonance for people of many faiths and those of none. Such is the power of the Passion story, and in his new work, Invictus: A Passion, multi-award-winning composer Howard Goodall has found a route directly to people's hearts, telling the story afresh through his choice of thought provoking texts combined with heart-rending yet inspiring music.

Vox Clamantis & Jaan-Eik Tulve - Cyrillus Kreek: The Suspended Harp of Babel (2020)

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Vox Clamantis & Jaan-Eik Tulve - Cyrillus Kreek: The Suspended Harp of Babel (2020)

Vox Clamantis & Jaan-Eik Tulve - Cyrillus Kreek: The Suspended Harp of Babel (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 289 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 162 Mb | Covers included | 01:09:47
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: ECM Records

The Suspended Harp of Babel features revelatory performances of the choral music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962). Kreek’s pieces, incorporating graceful settings of psalms and folk hymns, are juxtaposed here with instrumental fantasias and interludes created for this recording by Marco Ambrosini. Under the direction of Jan-Eike Tulve, the Vox Clamantis choir - whose previous ECM recordings have addressed works of Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Helena Tulve as well as Gregorian chant- prove to be ideal interpreters of a music poised between old and new. The Suspended Harp of Babel was recorded in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church in August 2018.