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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 795 Mb | Total time: 57:18+52:43+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 037-2 | Recorded: 1990

Belshazzar (HWV 61) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. The libretto was by Charles Jennens, and Handel abridged it considerably. Jennens' libretto was based on the Biblical account of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great and the subsequent freeing of the Jewish nation, as found in the Book of Daniel.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67260 | Recorded: 2000

Continuing the series 'Bach's Contemporaries', this volume concentrates on the wonderful music of Johann Schelle — a cousin of Kuhnau (another composer featured in this series). This immensely striking sacred music by Schelle (one of Bach's predecessors in the post of Kantor in Leipzig's famous Thomas Church) brings together a top-flight group of soloists and a large and colourful assembly of instrumentalists, and presents remarkable and splendidly varied music which not only stands up proudly in its own musical right, but also greatly enhances our understanding of Bach's own sacred writing.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67160 | Recorded: 1999

Sebastian Knüpfer is yet another Baroque composer whose reputation and popularity have been overshadowed by J S Bach. Little of Knüpfer's music has previously been transcribed from its many manuscripts, let alone published. However, in his day Knüpfer was a respected and highly sought-after composer; his compositions were admired by his contemporaries and, according to his obituary, he 'composed quotations of the Psalms and other Biblical books with such sweetness and skilfulness that he delighted even the saddest hearts, and his name is spoken with admiration not only in Leipzig but also outside'.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 74:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67059 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Kuhnau was one of life’s polymaths—as well as being a composer he trained as a lawyer, spoke several languages, helped found Leipzig’s opera house, theorized about music and even found time to write a novel sending up the shortcomings of the contemporary music scene. Musically he’s the link between Schütz and Bach, but he was alive to many different stylistic traits as this selection of sacred music demonstrates. From the brilliantly brassy opening of Ihr Himmel jubilirt to the restrained intensity of Tristis est anima mea, it’s music invigorated at every turn by The King’s Consort.

Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)

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Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)

Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 71:03+60:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Smedish Society | SCD 1063-64 | Recorded: 1982

Handel's Messiah is increasingly performed in authentic Baroque style and with period techniques, and this version by conductor Anders Öhrwall, the Stockholm Bach Choir, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra falls in line with the trend. While there is no clear indication that the instruments are anything but modern, the orchestral sound is imbued with a glossy string sound and transparent textures supported by a basso continuo that includes both harpsichord and organ, and the choir's scaled-down size gives it the transparency associated with Baroque choral singing.

Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)

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Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)

Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 63:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA66440 | Recorded: 1990

This is an attractive recording with a style very much suited to the unique repertoire on the program. These are not operatic duets but chamber pieces, to texts of mostly unknown poets, accompanied by a smooth continuo group consisting of cello, archlute, and director Robert King on keyboards. Many of them were written in Italy, early in Handel's career, but he returned to the form during his highly public years in the 1740s. The booklet makes much of the music's similarity to Handel's operatic language, and indeed some of the tunes here will be familiar. Sample the first part of Se tu non lasci amore, track 11, some of which turns up again in "O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?" from Messiah.

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)

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Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,84 Gb | Total time: 77:26:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88843089382 | Recorded: 1970-1984

SEON (Studio Erichson) is a period music label by the legendary producer Wolf Erichson. Erichson founded the label in 1969 as one of the first labels dedicated only to authentic music. The recordings were made with the best available recording techniques of the time and still deliver a high quality product in line with today's standards. This special boxset offers all SEON CD reissues from the late 90s on 85 CDs in a limited edition boxset.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 76:48+79:16+60:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 61369 2 | Recorded: 1977

A warm welcome back for this 1977 recording of Handel’s most successful opera, which ran, in 1727, for an unprecedented 19 performances. Curtis and his team were visionary 20 years ago. Recitative is lively, declaimed rather than fully sung; vocal decorations sound spontaneous, period instruments are played with zest and polish – barely a sour note from the handful of strings; colours include a trio of oboes and bassoon and, accompanying Bowman in fine voice, a pair of horns for what Dr Burney described as ‘one of the best and most agreeable hunting songs that was ever composed’.

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)

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James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 71:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA 66253 | Recorded: 1987

This recording of duets by the great composers of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion’s catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King’s Consort creates something uniquely glorious. Purcell was a countertenor himself and in his writing for the voice produced some of his most felicitous music. John Blow, Purcell’s predecessor and successor as organist of Westminster Abbey, reached his compositional zenith with the extended duet (almost a small cantata) on the subjects of Purcell’s tragic early death and inextinguishable influence.

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Mark Caudle, Robert King - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1991)

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James Bowman, Michael Chance, Mark Caudle, Robert King - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1991)

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Mark Caudle, Robert King - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 230 Mb | Total time: 63:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66474 | Recorded: 1990

Couperin’s Trois Leçons de Ténèbres are amongst the small amount of the composer’s sacred music that was published during his lifetime. They are intensely personal, depicting the prophet Jeremiah’s bitter anguish in settings that are quite unique. Also included here are Couperin’s joyful motets Laetentur caeli and Venite, exsultemus Domino, and a remarkable Magnificat.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH55303 | Recorded: 1988

James Bowman must surely be the finest vocal interpreter of Purcell today. His grasp of sentiment, his sense of timing, and his enunciation, are unsurpassed…

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

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James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 59:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66326 | Recorded: 1988

'James Bowman is on impressive form and his admirers need not hesitate here' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs) D'excellentes interprétations' (Ecouter, Voir, France) 'After hearing the first three notes of Cantata 170 my expectations of this recording were high. I was not disappointed' (Hi Fi News)

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)

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Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,00 Gb | Total time: 06:50:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 425 893-2 | Recorded: 1974-1983

One of the leading experts in early music, Christopher Hogwood, leads the way as you hear the beautiful 17th-century theatre music of British composer Henry Purcell. The Academy of Ancient Music and the Taverner Choir perform Abdelazer; The Married Beau; Bonduca; Circe; Don Quixote; The Double Dealer; The Rival Sisters , and much more!

David Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (2004)

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David Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (2004)

David Hill, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 60:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 62479 2 | Recorded: 1995

'Carmina Burana' stands tall as one of the great 20th-century masterpieces of choral music. Well-known for it's opening theme "O Fortuna," the work has garnered critical acclaim since it's inception in the 1930's. Carl Orff composed the material from a collection of 13th-century Latin and German poems written by Benedictine monks in Beuren and the melodies are at times tender, full of beauty, yet scandalous in nature.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2003)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2003)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 892 Mb | Total time: 69:35+76:45+76:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDs44161/3 | Recorded: 1993-94

Among all his remarkable and varied compositional talents, Purcell was the supreme craftsman when it came to setting his native language to music. Addison wrote of Purcell’s ‘Tunes so wonderfully adapted to his Words’ and Playford, in his introduction to the first volume of Orpheus Britannicus (1706) commented that ‘The Author’s extraordinary Tallent in all sorts of music, is sufficiently known; but he was particularly admir’d for his Vocal, having a peculiar Genius to express the Energy of English Words, whereby he mov’d the Passions as well as caused Admiration in all his Auditors’. Purcell combined an innate sense of the natural rhythms of speech and a wonderful melodic flair with a richness of harmonic language that few composers have ever matched.