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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Cappella vocale Leverkusen - Gottfried August Homilius: Matthäuspassion (1993)

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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Cappella vocale Leverkusen - Gottfried August Homilius: Matthäuspassion (1993)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Cappella vocale Leverkusen - Gottfried August Homilius: Matthäuspassion (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 634 Mb | Total time: 74:23+56:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # BC 1046-2 | Recorded: 1992

Gottfried August Homilius, now considered the greatest cantor of Dresden's Kreuzchor, was, for a while a student of Johann Sebastian Bach. A composer of music for the church, and a great organist, he was described, in 1790, as 'one of the greatest and worthiest organists alive.' While Homilius's name is found on only one score for this passion, stylistic criteria make it almost certain that he wrote this music. This St. Matthew Passion closely resembles Bach's passions - it contains choral movements, recitatives and arias with orchestral accompaniment, and tells the story of the Passion in the same way as was done in churches all over Germany in the 18th century. However, Homilius uses many more short sections with recitative (a total of 89 pieces altogether - most less than one minute long), but his arias are generally much longer than those in Bach's passions and cantatas.

Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Choeur de Chambre Accentus - Bach: Cantates BWV 41, 6, 68 (1996)

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Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Choeur de Chambre Accentus - Bach: Cantates BWV 41, 6, 68 (1996)

Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Choeur de Chambre Accentus - Bach: Cantates BWV 41, 6, 68 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 62:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8555 | Recorded: 1995

On Astrée E 8855 there are three sacred cantatas. The first is Jesu, nun sei gepreiset (Jesus, now be praised), BWV 41. Bach wrote the six movement score in 1725 to celebrate New Year's Day (Circumcision of Christ, Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus). The composer wrote parts for all four soloists and a four-part chorus. There is a rich and varied instrumentation: a piccolo cello in a concerted part, three trumpets, three oboes, strings, basso continuo with the addition of timpani. Of the two chorales the uplifting and sparkling first chorus with its trumpet fanfare lasts over eight minutes.

Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concerto Vocale de Leipzig - Bach: Cantates BWV 85, 183, 199, 175 (1995)

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Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concerto Vocale de Leipzig - Bach: Cantates BWV 85, 183, 199, 175 (1995)

Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concerto Vocale de Leipzig - Bach: Cantates BWV 85, 183, 199, 175 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 65:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8544 | Recorded: 1994

The disc Astrée E 8544 accommodates four sacred cantatas none of which commence with the customary choral movement. Cantata Ich bin ein guter Hirt (I am the Good Shepherd), BWV 85 is in six movements and is intended for Misericordias Domini (the second Sunday after Easter). It was first heard in 1725. All four soloists are deployed with a four-part chorus that appears in the very short last movement chorale. Bach chose to use a pair of oboes and a piccolo cello in addition to the strings and basso continuo.

Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concerto Vocale de Leipzig - Bach: Cantates BWV 180, 49, 115 (2011)

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Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concerto Vocale de Leipzig - Bach: Cantates BWV 180, 49, 115 (2011)

Christophe Coin, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concerto Vocale de Leipzig - Bach: Cantates BWV 180, 49, 115 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 70:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée/Naïve | # E 8897 | Recorded: 1993

This recording is something of a classic of the historical-performance movement. It combines awesome soloists just hitting their peak years, a distinctive overall approach from conductor Christophe Coin and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, and an illustration of what's possible when Bach's music is played on the instruments he had in mind when he wrote it. The illustration is especially vivid in this case, for all three of these cantatas feature an unusual instrument: a violoncello piccolo, which is a small five-stringed cello with a higher (the extra string is at the top) and less assertive sound than a full-size cello. There is also a second disc of these with the same forces and the same virtues. Coin plays several of these instruments himself and forges an instrumental sound to match its light, ethereal quality.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-10697-2 | Recorded: 1994

For all the lovely recordings of the Mozart Requiem, KV 626 - and there are many fine ones that run the gamut of 'authoritative/authentic' performances to richly robust and romantic versions that ring the halls with operatic grandeur - this 1995 recording with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissantes is one that is so richly rewarding to return to for its delicate yet soulful sincerity. The instruments are in keeping with the instruments of Mozart's time, and the choral technique is more straight toned than other more modern choruses. The soloists - Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann, alto, Christoph Pregardien, tenor, and Nathan Berg, bass - are all excellent, both as individuals and in quartet and combinations.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 162:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 8573-81036-2 | Recorded: 2000

Nikolaus Harnoncourt war der vielleicht wichtigste Pionier einer Musikauffassung, die hinter der spätromantischen Sichtweise auf die Passionen Johann Sebastian Bachs das originale Klangbild suchte. Dabei ging es ihm keineswegs um Authentizität als Selbstzweck, sondern vielmehr um ein Ausloten der Bach'schen Klangfarben und Ausdrucksmittel, die im Brahms- und Bruckner-Sound der großen Oratorienchöre und Symphonieorchester verloren gegangen waren. Inzwischen ist diese Auffassung etabliert und Harnoncourt weit ins romantische Repertoire eingedrungen. Die Zeit reinen Bach- und Mozart-Spezialistentums scheint vorbei. Mit der Neueinspielung der Matthäus-Passion begibt sich der Dirigent daher wieder zurück zu seinen Wurzeln.

Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Mozart: Masses [5CDs] (2000)

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Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Mozart: Masses [5CDs] (2000)

Peter Neumann, Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Mozart: Masses [5CDs] (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Total time: 5:43:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 61769 2 | Recorded: 1988, 1990

As for the Masses, Mozart kept to the traditional plan in six sections (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei), even when the inpression is that the sections are more numerous (as many as 21 in the "Orphanage" Mass), it is actually a matter of sub-sections, of varying number according to the requirements of the particular work, including famous and impressive settings of the 'Laudamus te' and 'Et incarnatus est'.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1993

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1993

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 647 Mb | Total time: 144:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45814-2 | Recorded: 1992

This is vintage, classic Koopman: Tempi that never linger, orchestral textures that accord privilege to clarity and insight over effect and superb, beautifully articulated, solo vocal lines. Koopman's lucidity might appear a little too detached or cool for some listeners who are used to responding to the emotional charge of Bach's Passions. One of Koopman's greatest strengths is his grasp of architecture: of the unfolding of the passion events; of the relative roles and interactions of the soloists and 'crowds'; of the inevitability of events in a musical - as opposed to a Biblical - sense.
A logical consequence of this is a performance that's neither perfunctory nor devoid of emotion. It knows where it's going. It bases one event on foreknowledge of what happens next. As a result there is a certain businesslike feel though it’s never perfunctory.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572 (2014)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572 (2014)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Händel arr. Mozart: Der Messias KV 572 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 543 Mb | Total time: 122:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 5054196055523 | Recorded: 1991

In 1789 Mozart arranged George Frideric Handel's Messiah on behalf of a group of Viennese noblemen.He abridged the work in an effort to tauten the drama, transposed arias to suit his singers' abilities and he subjected it to a fundamental re-orchestration to adapt the sound of the work to the musical taste of his time. lt was not until the 20th century that the historical and musical value of Mozart's Messiah arrangement was reappraised. Mozart's interpretation of Handel's Counterpoint and his synthesis of Baroque and Classical stylistic elements give the work a compelling new sound.

Philippe Herreweghe, Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale - Bach: Messe en si mineur (2000)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale -  Bach: Messe en si mineur (2000)

Philippe Herreweghe, Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale - Bach: Messe en si mineur (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 545 Mb | Total time: 54:27+53:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 901614.15 | Recorded: 1996

This recording is, quite frankly, a marvel. In the opening bars of the Kyrie, where tradition dictates a powerful, agonized cry for mercy, Philippe Herreweghe offers a gentle, awestruck plea that took this listener's breath away. Extroverted movements like the Gloria, Et resurrexit, and Sanctus lack nothing in excitement; Qui tollis and Dona nobis pacem feel like fervent prayers. Herreweghe's luminous Collegium Vocale and skillful, sensitive instrumentalists make every gesture, large and small, seem exactly right. The soloists have attractive voices that blend with the period instruments and each other; while each is exquisite, tenor Christoph Prégardien and alto Andreas Scholl are magnificent. Underlying the entire performance is a sense of contemplative wonder that suits this deeply religious music perfectly.
–Matthew Westphal

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1991)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1991)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 47:00+50:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 60 023-2 | Recorded: 1990

Außerordent- lich lebendige, dramatisch gespannte Wieder- gabe durch ein kleines, stimmlich tüchtiges Ensemble. Gute Solisten sowohl im vokalen wie instrumentalen Bereich.

Sylvain Cambreling, Orchestra of the Opera national de Paris - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2010/2005) [Blu-Ray]

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Sylvain Cambreling, Orchestra of the Opera national de Paris - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2010/2005) [Blu-Ray]

Sylvain Cambreling, Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris - Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2010/2005) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 147 min | 42,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3639 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 147 min | 8,00 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II in Prague, Mozart’s last opera is a deep, humane reflection on relationships, power and forgiveness. With the composition of some of the most beautiful passages in his oeuvre, Mozart has succeeded in giving this opera seria both a noble sobriety and transparent instrumentation, to which this commanding production by the Herrmann partnership does full justice on all levels. Susan Graham’s most extraordinary Sesto and Christoph Prégardien’s superb Tito set the standard for this riveting Opéra national de Paris performance, conducted by the outstanding Sylvain Cambreling.