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Scott Ross - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations; Frescobaldi: Toccatas (2001)

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Scott Ross - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations; Frescobaldi: Toccatas (2001)

Scott Ross - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations; Frescobaldi: Toccatas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Total time: 75:44+70:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 61869 2 7 | Recorded: 1988, 1989

This 2-fer of Scott Ross' Goldberg Variations, plus selections from Frescobaldi's 1616 &1627 publications could hardly be better. The clarity of the lines in the Goldbergs alone is worth the price. The Frescobaldi selections are fresh and pleasing. As always, Mr. Ross plays in a lively, incisive, yet unaffected manner.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi (2011)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi (2011)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi, de Macque, Marini (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 66:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30531 | Recorded: 2011

The programme chosen for this CD by the eminent early music specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini and performed by members of his hand-picked ensemble Concerto Italiano illustrate most of the forms that instrumental music adopted in the course of the seventeenth century. Amongst the composers featured are Giovanni Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Zanetti, and Torelli, as well as lesser known figures of the period including Giovanni de Macque, Evaristo dall’Abaco, and Giovanni Bononcini.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 2 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 2 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 2 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,49 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

Lambert Colson, InAlto ‎- Teatro Spirituale (Rome, C. 1610) (2019)

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Lambert Colson, InAlto ‎- Teatro Spirituale (Rome, C. 1610) (2019)

Lambert Colson, InAlto ‎- Teatro Spirituale (Rome, C. 1610) (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 72:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | RIC 399 | Recorded: 2018

This recording transports us to Rome’s Chiesa Nuova, the Oratory Church where in 1600 the premiere took place of the first spiritual opera, La Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo by Cavalieri. That pioneering spirit has inspired this programme devised by InAlto. Among the manuscripts in the church’s library is an anonymous source, probably dating from the very beginning of the 17th century, containing a complete cycle of settings of those seven psalms that ever since the time of Saint Augustine have been called the ‘Penitenial Psalms’. This Roman score is absolutely unique of its kind, being monodic, and composed in the early operatic melodic narrative style of recitar cantando.

Dorothee Oberlinger, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Ensemble 1700 - Discovery of Passion (2020)

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Dorothee Oberlinger, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Ensemble 1700 - Discovery of Passion (2020)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Ensemble 1700 - Discovery of Passion (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 75:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 19439711162 | Recorded: 2019

The new recording by recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger with violinist and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky shows the musical turn of time from the Renaissance to the Baroque in a kaleidoscope of newly conceived, experimental declamatory music by Italian masters, who for the first time expressed passions such as love and hate, grief and joy, astonishment and longing in music to the fullest.

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)

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Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation  [8CDs] (2011)

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,69 Gb | Total time: 10:22:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 101

Following on from and designed along the same lines as the Guide to Period Instruments, this boxed set includes an exhaustive introductory text as well as a great quantity of music excerpts on the set’s eight CDs. These extracts have been taken from the extensive repertoire recorded by Ricercar over many years, with excerpts from recordings kindly provided by our colleagues from Harmonia Mundi, Gimell, Accent, Alpha and Sony supplementing our programme where necessary. The Lutheran repertoire of the Renaissance has remained for all intents and purposes unrecorded up until now; the tracks illustrating this repertoire together with other excerpts have been recorded specially for this compilation by Vox Luminis.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,92 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

Andrea Buccarella - Toccata: From Claudio Merulo to Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)

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Andrea Buccarella - Toccata: From Claudio Merulo to Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)

Andrea Buccarella - Toccata: From Claudio Merulo to Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 59:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar ‎| RIC 407 | Recorded: 2019

For this first recording, Andrea Buccarella explores the history of the most emblematic form of Baroque music, from its appearance in Italy at the end of the sixteenth century right up to its apotheosis in Johann Sebastian Bach: the toccata. With its inventiveness, its formal freedom, its contrasting effects of virtuosity and emotion, the Italian toccata – whose name probably comes from the verb toccare (to touch/play) – opened the way for the stylus fantasticus that was to dominate Germany in the late seventeenth century.

Capriola Di Gioia, Amaryllis Dieltiens - Ohimè: Love, passion and mystery in baroque Italy (2011)

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Capriola Di Gioia, Amaryllis Dieltiens - Ohimè: Love, passion and mystery in baroque Italy (2011)

Capriola Di Gioia, Amaryllis Dieltiens - Ohimè: Love, passion and mystery in baroque Italy (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 408 Mb | Total time: 70:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aeolus | # AE-10043 | Recorded: 2011

A passionate soprano and a dynamic continuo are the irresistible elements of Capriola Di Gioia, the Belgian ensemble around Amaryllis Dieltiens and Bart Naessens. AEOLUS listeners already know them from their collaboration with the Flanders Recorder Quartet. The young musicians are already firmly established in the Belgian and Dutch music scene.

Stephen Stubbs, Maxine Eilander - Sonate al Pizzico (2004)

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Stephen Stubbs, Maxine Eilander - Sonate al Pizzico (2004)

Stephen Stubbs, Maxine Eilander - Sonate al Pizzico (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 60:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Atma | ACD22272 | Recorded: 2000, 2002

If you like attractive, expertly performed music for plucked strings, then these original compositions and arrangements of Italian renaissance works for chitarrone, chitarra spagnola (five-course Spanish guitar), and arpa doppia (double harp) will surely delight. Every work here is pleasant and tuneful–a few even aspire to greater musical heights. Frescobaldi's Partite Sopra Passacalgli, for example, benefits from Stephen Stubbs and Maxine Eilander's arrangement, which, while sacrificing a measure of the harpsichord's original edge, nonetheless heightens the chromaticism and texture of the evolving fugue.

Sophie Yates - Il Cembalo Transalpino: Music from the Fitzwilliam Collection (2019)

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Sophie Yates - Il Cembalo Transalpino: Music from the Fitzwilliam Collection (2019)

Sophie Yates - Il Cembalo Transalpino: Music from the Fitzwilliam Collection (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 403 Mb | Total time: 65:16 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0819 | Recorded: 2017

All the music in this programme comes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and most of it was collected by its founder, Richard, Seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816). A polymath, lover of music, amateur composer and harpsichordist, musically active from about 1760 until his death, Fitzwilliam created a legacy of exceptional importance to English musical culture.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Frescobaldi: Arie Misicali (1994)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Frescobaldi: Arie Misicali (1994)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Frescobaldi: Arie Misicali (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 518 Mb | Total time: 53:12+46:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-105/106 | Recorded: 1993

Girolamo Frescobaldi brought his two volumes of Arie Musicali to publication in Florence in 1630 and distanced himself from Caccini’s purely narrative madrigals by so doing. Frescobaldi brought together secular sonnets, sacred madrigals, recitatives, arias and ensembles in every possible style; it is this immense variety above all else that makes a recording of the complete Arie Musicali so exciting and challenging.

Sophie Yates - Romanesca: Italian Music for Harpsichord (1997)

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Sophie Yates - Romanesca: Italian Music for Harpsichord (1997)

Sophie Yates - Romanesca: Italian Music for Harpsichord (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 63:37 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0601 | Recorded: 1996

Absolutely first-class introduction to the brilliant world of early/mid 17th-century Italian harpsichord music, by one of the very best (THE best?) young players in a highly-competitive field. All the big composers are here in about the right proportion - yes, there's considerably more Frescobaldi and, to a lesser extent, Picchi, but also satisfying representative glimpses of vital historical figures like de Macque and Merulo. And ALL the selections are beautiful in themselves and superbly played. Yates is an expert on historical instruments and I think it shows in her discerning choice for this recording - she plays a Ransom & Hammett 1994 build based on Italian c1600 models. Its full, resonant-but-crisp and sustained tone is gorgeous.
–Steve Duke

Orgues Historiques d'Europe [6CDs] (1989)

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Orgues Historiques d'Europe [6CDs] (1989)

Orgues Historiques d'Europe [6CDs] (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.03 Gb | Total time: 7h06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 290060 | Recorded: 1963-1973

The earliest full organs in Europe were built before the development of a specific repertoire for the instrument. Taken from historic recordings made between 1963 and 1973, this set is now being reissued for third time - proof that the interpretations of Francis Chapelet, Michel Chapuis, René Saorgin and Helmut Winter are still as fresh as ever. Here they breathe new life into instruments of major historical interest from all over Europe, dating from the late 15th century to the 18th. A thrilling musical voyage across periods and repertoires…
Francis Chapelet plays the organs of Palma de Mallorca (Sant Agusti: organ of the monastery by Caimari-Bosch, late 17th century; Sant Geroni: organ by Matheu Bosch, 1746), Trujillo (organ of St Martin’s church, early 18th century) and Covarrubias (organ of the collegiate church by Diego de Orio Tejada, 17th-18th centuries). René Saorgin plays the organs of Malaucène (organ by Charles Boisselin, 1712), Brescia (San Giuseppe: organ by Graziadio Antegnati, 1581) and Bastia (Sainte-Marie: organ by Serassi, 1844). Michel Chapuis plays the organs of Marmoutier (André Silbermann, 1710) and Saint-Maximin (Jean-Esprit Isnard, 1772). Helmut Winter plays the organs of Trebel (Johann Georg Stein senior, 1777) and Altenbruch (Coci-Klapmeyer, 1498-1730).

Paul McCreesh, Trevor Pinnock, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The English Concert & Choir - Christmas in Rome (2007)

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Paul McCreesh, Trevor Pinnock, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The English Concert & Choir - Christmas in Rome (2007)

Paul McCreesh, Trevor Pinnock, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The English Concert & Choir - Christmas in Rome (2007)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 102 min | 6,54 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 1992

This package, released on Archiv Laserdisc and VHS in December 1993, was recorded a year earlier at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome in cooperation with a consortium of European television broadcasters. It consists of two distinct but complementary programs, the first under McCreesh followed by another under Pinnock. As the notes point out, the basilica is the perfect site for such a program, since it has claimed to possess the very crib in which the infant lay on the first Christmas. For centuries the papal celebration of the Midnight Mass of Christmas was held “ad praesepe,” at the altar where the crib was venerated. Typically for such concert videos, we see appropriate scenes in the basilica alternating with views of the singers and players.