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David Sinclair - Wiener Stimmung: Works for the Viennese Bass from the Late 18th Century (2022)

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David Sinclair - Wiener Stimmung: Works for the Viennese Bass from the Late 18th Century (2022)

David Sinclair - Wiener Stimmung: Works for the Viennese Bass from the Late 18th Century (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:13:02 | 354 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Playing the double bass as a solo instrument requires a high level of technical skill on the part of the player. At the time of the beginning of the Viennese Classical period, there were several such outstanding double bass players in Vienna and nearby Bratislava, and so the most important solo works for this instrument were written there. The "Viennese double bass" had a special feature: it had five strings instead of the usual four and was played with frets. In addition, there was a special tuning of the strings that facilitated solo playing in the higher registers. The Canadian double bassist David Sinclair is one of the few specialists for the Viennese bass worldwide and teaches historical double bass at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. On his album "Wiener Stimmung", David Sinclair presents this extraordinary instrument with concertos and chamber music by composers such as Anton Zimmermann, Johannes Sperger, Karl Kohaut, Andreas Lidl and Franz Xaver Hammer as well as Joseph Haydn, congenially accompanied by fellow lecturers at the Schola Cantorum.

Orfeo Orchestra, David Witczak, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Chantal Santon Jeffery - Rameau: Les fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41 (2022)

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Orfeo Orchestra, David Witczak, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Chantal Santon Jeffery - Rameau: Les fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41 (2022)

Orfeo Orchestra, David Witczak, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Chantal Santon Jeffery - Rameau: Les fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:55:44 | 851 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Budapest's Orfeo Orchestra is a period instruments ensemble that has performed at concerts and festivals across Hungary. Formed by conductor György Vashegyi, the orchestra consists of 15 to 45 players, and has toured Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Israel, and South America, appearing at many music festivals. The Orfeo Orchestra was formed in 1991 to perform Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo, and continued to give concerts with Vashegyi's handpicked vocal ensemble, the Purcell Choir, in repertoire that ranged from Gesualdo to Brahms. The orchestra regularly performs at the Hungarian Haydn Society's Haydn Festival, held at the Esterházy Palace at Fertöd, and the Toujours Mozart Festival in Salzburg and Vienna.

Stile Galante, Francesca Cassinari - A Souvenir from London (2022)

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Stile Galante, Francesca Cassinari - A Souvenir from London (2022)

Stile Galante, Francesca Cassinari - A Souvenir from London (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:21:08 | 312 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Five years ago, Stile Galante dedicated a recording with the renowned Swedish mezzosoprano Ann Hallenberg to the celebrated soprano castrato Luigi Marchesi (1754-1829). Accompanied by soprano Francesca Cassinari, Stile Galante is now going back to this extraordinary musician and presents his work as a composer of chamber vocal music.

Le Concert Spirituel - Campra: Le carnaval de Venise (2022)

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Le Concert Spirituel - Campra: Le carnaval de Venise (2022)

Le Concert Spirituel - Campra: Le carnaval de Venise (2022)
FLAC tracks | 2:08:56 | 697 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

With its exotic dances and virtuoso Italian arias, “Le Carnaval de Venise” (1699) by André Campra is one of the most original experiments to be found in the entire French musico-dramatic output of the time. With this work at the latest, the composer gained the reputation of being the new master of French opera. Campra creates a colorful score in the Franco-Italian style for his ballet opera, which evokes the exuberant spirit of the legendary Venetian carnival in the middle of Paris. With this 2011 recording, Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel have added another gem to their collection of rediscovered operas from the 17th and 18th centuries. In this re-release, this jewel is finally available again on the market.

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos, Op. 10 (2022)

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Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos, Op. 10 (2022)

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos, Op. 10 (2022)
FLAC tracks | 47:29 | 235 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

"Il Prete Rosso" - the red priest, Antonio Vivaldi got this nickname because of his red hair. He came to the famous Venetian girls' orphanage Ospedale della Pietà as a young priest and violin teacher. There he also became acquainted with the instrument of the transverse flute, which was new at that time, played at the Ospedale by a girl called "Lucieta traversie". Vivaldi recognised the technical and expressive possibilities of the transverse flute and used it in a wide variety of genres.

Leila Schayegh, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Leclair: Concerti per violino (2022)

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Leila Schayegh, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Leclair: Concerti per violino (2022)

Leila Schayegh, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Leclair: Concerti per violino (2022)
FLAC tracks | 62:04 | 319 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

It’s almost impossible not to be fascinated by the life and music of Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764), such are its colourful contradictions. A career that began as a dancer but which ultimately saw him become one of France’s greatest violinist-composers, famed for not only for his breathtakingly virtuosic technique but also for the exquisite sweetness and good taste of his playing – hence the much-documented 1739 concert showdown in Amsterdam between him and the Italian virtuoso Locatelli, declared a draw after Locatelli played like the devil and Leclair like an angel. Then in the 1740s his abandonment of the violin for an unsuccessful career as an opera composer, followed in time by a move to lodgings in one of Paris’s dodgier areas, and finally being stabbed to death outside his own front door in a murder case that has never been solved.

Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet - Te Deum (2021)

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Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet - Te Deum (2021)

Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet - Te Deum (2021)
FLAC tracks | 55:10 | 268 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Tout le monde connaît probablement la mélodie de l'hymne de l'Eurovision, mais presque personne ne connaît le compositeur ni même l'œuvre dont elle est issue. Hervé Niquet fait de la musique avec l'esprit et la noblesse nécessaires et nous transporte directement à la Chapelle Royale au temps du Roi Soleil.

Maria Cristina Kiehr, Jonatan Alvarado, Ariel Abramovich - The Josquin Songbook (2021)

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Maria Cristina Kiehr, Jonatan Alvarado, Ariel Abramovich - The Josquin Songbook (2021)

Maria Cristina Kiehr, Jonatan Alvarado, Ariel Abramovich - The Josquin Songbook (2021)
FLAC tracks | 58:59 | 248 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

The vihuelist Ariel Abramovich teams up with the legendary soprano María Cristina Kiehr and the rising star, tenor Jonatan Alvarado, in producing a very special view on Josquin Desprez, with transcriptions of some of the composer’s most significant works. Their procedure follows the tradition of the 16th-century authors that built up the vihuela repertoire (Fuenllana, Narváez,Pisador, etc.), often based on adaptations of the great polyphonic works of their time, in a unique approach that puts Josquin in an Iberian light. Finely recorded in Spain’s Tui Cathedral and containing a new essay by scholar John Griffiths, this production adds an exquisite jewel to the already rich treasure trove of Desprez recordings produced in 2021, the 5th centenary of his death, by various great labels – not the least Glossa’s two other contributions, by the ensembles Graindelavoix and Cantica Symphonia…

Orchestra Of The 18th Century - The Hidden Reunion (2021)

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Orchestra Of The 18th Century - The Hidden Reunion (2021)

Orchestra Of The 18th Century - The Hidden Reunion (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:00:52 | 330 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

After the very difficult period of confinement and travel restrictions of 2020 and 2021, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century has found ways for touring and recording again. Putting in the spotlight two of the orchestra’s long-term soloists, Rainer Zipperling on viola da gamba and Michael Schmidt-Casdorff on flute, this new recording presents Telemann and Bach in the unique light provided by the late Frans Brüggen’s orchestra: exquisite sound, supreme phrasing, sublime poetry throughout. In two recording periods, in May and August2021, the legendary ensemble has put together a fine program that will entirely satisfy the many fans and serve as a reminder of what the big-scale version of the orchestra was and will soon be again be. Anna Enquist, one of the Netherlands’ most famous and prestigious writers, provides a beautiful essay for the booklet that describes all the developments of the orchestra over the last year and a half, leading to this very special come together.

Graindelavoix & Björn Schmelzer - Josquin, the Undead: Laments, Deplorations & Dances of Death (2021)

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Graindelavoix & Björn Schmelzer - Josquin, the Undead: Laments, Deplorations & Dances of Death (2021)

Graindelavoix & Björn Schmelzer - Josquin, the Undead: Laments, Deplorations & Dances of Death (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:18:07 | 358 / 179 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Björn Schmelzer and his ensemble provide their special vision in this Josquin Desprez anniversary. With the conviction that Josquin, during his late years, produced works in sight of his own death, Graindelavoix renders compositions included in Tielman Susato’s 1545 Antwerp print (Septiesme livre de chansons, published 24 years after the composer’s life ended).With an all-male vocal ensemble and a subtle instrumental accompaniment, Graindelavoix again goes beyond all standards and presents another ground-breaking interpretation of well-known repertoire. Added to Josquin’s compositions are three laments for his own death, written by Gombert, Vinders and Appenzeller. Gombert’s deploration Musae Jovis is one of his most breathtaking compositions, finishing with an exceptional dance à l’antique in which subterranean, terrestrial and heavenly elements indulge together praising the undead composer Josquin.

La Lira di Orfeo, Luca Guglielmi - Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72 (Reconstr. R. Pe & F. Longo) (2021)

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La Lira di Orfeo, Luca Guglielmi - Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72 (Reconstr. R. Pe & F. Longo) (2021)

La Lira di Orfeo, Luca Guglielmi - Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72 (Reconstr. R. Pe & F. Longo) (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:23:00 | 191 / 377 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

For a production at the King's Theatre, Handel had created a mixed version of his Italian serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo HWV 72 and the English masque Acis and Galatea HWV 49a, which was performed semi-staged several times in 1732 with a star cast (including Senesino) to great acclaim. For today's ears, the musically attractive version HWV 49b suffers not least from the mixture of English and Italian text. In keeping with Handel's intentions, a purely Italian version was created here with additions from Italian works by the composer. The result is as convincing musically as it is scenically and would have deserved its own number in the catalogue of works.

Paolo Perrone - Gasparini, Bacci & Others: Alto Arias (2021)

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Paolo Perrone - Gasparini, Bacci & Others: Alto Arias (2021)

Paolo Perrone - Gasparini, Bacci & Others: Alto Arias (2021)
FLAC tracks | 64:37 | 334 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Francesco Gasparini was held in high esteem by his contemporaries, as can be easily seen from his curriculum vitae: In Rome he was in the service of the great patrons of the arts Cardinal Pamphili, Marchese Ruspoli and the Borghese family, and in between he was music director at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice for twelve years, at the same time as Antonio Vivaldi. Gasparini wrote a total of almost 60 operas and nearly 30 oratorios, which were performed in many Italian cities. The countertenor Filippo Mineccia has cherry-picked the repertoire that suits his voice and presents a portrait of Gasparini's alto arias. He was very careful to select arias with different affects in order to present Gasparini's broad dramatic palette. Slow arias are interspersed with furioso pieces and contrapuntal pieces. Particularly brilliant are the rage arias, in which Mineccia is able to display all his vocal prowess. In the richly orchestrated and harmonically exciting arias from Gasparini's oratorios, the Orchestra Nazionale Barocca dei Conservatori Italiani can shine with its qualities.

Mitzi Meyerson - Steffan: Harpsichord Sonatas (2021)

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Mitzi Meyerson - Steffan: Harpsichord Sonatas (2021)

Mitzi Meyerson - Steffan: Harpsichord Sonatas (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:19:30 | 513 / 182 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

Mitzi Meyerson is a world-renowned American harpsichordist and teacher, based in Berlin for many decades now.

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Lagrime d'amante (2021)

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La Compagnia del Madrigale - Lagrime d'amante (2021)

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Lagrime d'amante (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:16:31 | 175 / 323 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

With “Lagrime d’amante”, La Compagnia del Madrigale, so accomplished with 16th- and 17th century Italian music and words, turns its attention afresh to the music of Claudio Monteverdi. This new Glossa release, recorded in Cumiana, outside Turin, faithfully conveys the beauty of the ensemble’s vocal blend in a selection of five-part compositions drawn from the Monteverdi of Cremona, Mantua and Venice, but centring on that cornerstone of his art, the Sixth Book.
The act of singing whilst weeping – as Marco Bizzarini points out in his booklet essay – is somewhat unfeasible, but time after time Monteverdi strove to overcome that improbability by his music, often calling upon the best Italian poetry of the time: here, the fabulously vivid imagery of Torquato Tasso, Battista Guarini and Petrarch are well served by Monteverdi’s musical response.

Marco Mencoboni, Cantar Lontano, Francesca Boncompagni, Massimo Altieri - Giannettini L'uomo in bivio (2021)

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Marco Mencoboni, Cantar Lontano, Francesca Boncompagni, Massimo Altieri - Giannettini L'uomo in bivio (2021)

Marco Mencoboni, Cantar Lontano, Francesca Boncompagni, Massimo Altieri - Giannettini L'uomo in bivio (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:26:13 | 414 / 197 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Glossa

This recording is released on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of Antonio Giannettini (1649-1721), a composer almost unknown today, who musically can be placed on a level with Stradella and Pasquini, generally regarded as the pinnacle of late 17th century Italian music. Giannettini received his training from Sebastiano Enno, Carlo Grossi and probably from Giovanni Legrenzi in Venice. He worked at St Mark's Cathedral from 1674, first as a singer and from 1677 as an organist. In 1686 he was appointed maestro di cappella at the court of Modena, a position he was to hold until his death in 1721. Giannettini wrote about 20 stage works, oratorios, cantatas, masses and other sacred music.