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Roderich Kreile, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dresdner Kreuzchor - Gottfried August Homilius: Johannespassion (2007)

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Roderich Kreile, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dresdner Kreuzchor - Gottfried August Homilius: Johannespassion (2007)

Roderich Kreile, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dresdner Kreuzchor - Gottfried August Homilius: Johannespassion (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 535 Mb | Total time: 52:21+66:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.261 | Recorded: 2006

As a result of the destruction of the Kreuzkirche during the Seven Years War, Gottfried August Homilius, the longtime Kreuzkantor and a pupil of Bach, performed his professional musical duties primarily at the Frauenkirche in Dresden. The connection between traditional form and styles ranging from the "sensitive" to early classical have earned Homilius's St. John Passion its special place in the repertoire - musically and textually the events of the Passion presented here display a new and exceptional character. The roll of the choir is limited primarily to the singing of the chorales and turbae, but especially in the latter Homilius shows why he is so highly regarded as a choral composer. Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile presents this work of his predecessor in a recording on a high artistic level, is characterized by majestic sound and intensity.

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

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Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 694 Mb | Total time: 65:31+55:42+41:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 309 1566-2 | Recorded: 2008

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) was the most important composer ever to be appointed by the Duchy of Hannover. At the end of the 17th century this noble family embarked on a cultural offensive with the objective of having Duke Ernst August become a prince elector. To this end, the Welph dynasty obtained the services of Steffani, a master choice in itself as his works are still performed to this day in the majestic gardens of Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, the current Ernst August of Hannover.

Echo du Danube - Giovanni Alberto Ristori: Divoti affetti alla Passione di Nostro Signore (2011)

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Echo du Danube - Giovanni Alberto Ristori: Divoti affetti alla Passione di Nostro Signore (2011)

Echo du Danube - Giovanni Alberto Ristori: Divoti affetti alla Passione di Nostro Signore (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 63:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC24209 | Recorded: 2009

Ristori was born in Bologna and after some success with the Venetian opera, went to Dresden in 1715. From the 1720s he was responsible, along with Heinichen and Zelenka, for the music at the religious services at the Catholic court. He was appointed as church composer after Zelenka died. The first work on this CD was composed for the Royal Chapel and he second was written for teaching figured bass.

Franz Vitzthum, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Julian Christoph Tölle - The Life. The Light. The Way. (2020)

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Franz Vitzthum, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Julian Christoph Tölle - The Life. The Light. The Way. (2020)

Franz Vitzthum, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Julian Christoph Tölle - The Life. The Light. The Way. (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 323 MB | Tracks: 13 | 63:01 min
Style: Classical | Label: Christophorus

In 1735 Handel gave up opera due to dwindling public demand and turned his attention to the great sacred compositions. However, he took with him essential elements of the opera and transferred them to the oratorio, which he also called Sacred Dramas. The countertenor Franz Vitzthum has selected a number of wonderful Sacred Arias from various of these Sacred Dramas, in which his light, bell-pure alto voice comes into its own. He has compiled these arias into an exciting programme, which is finely set in scene by the Orfeo Baroque Orchestra conducted by Julian Tölle.