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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 73:12 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA67435 | Recorded: 2003

A contemporary of Lully and Lalande, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was something of an outsider to the French court of Louis XIV, which helps to explain his comparative obscurity. A period of study in Rome doubtless gave Charpentier exposure to the polychoral style long-established from the time of Gabrieli, and this recording presents the triple-choir Salve Regina alongside the opulent Messe à quatre chœurs – written for four separate choirs, with a large continuo team of four organs, four theorbos, bass viol and great bass viol! The possibilities opened up by such a wealth of musicians engender music which seems as close to the proverbial “choir of the angels of heaven” as could be desired.

Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014) [Re-Up]

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Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014) [Re-Up]

A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel
by Lacoste, Lalande, Rameau, Rousseau, Fiocco & Mondonville
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68035 | Time: 01:12:55

GRAMOPHONE AWARD 2015 WINNER (RECITAL CATEGORY). A welcome return of Carolyn Sampson and Ex Cathedra to Hyperion, performing the rich, fulsome music of the French Baroque. Their recording of love songs from Rameau’s operas (Hyperion CDA67447) was hugely acclaimed for Sampson’s stylish, fluid, seductive performances, and ten years later her artistry is even more dazzling. This album is of particular interest as rather than concentrating on one composer it showcases the works written for the premiere soprano of the day, Marie Fel. Voltaire called her his ‘adorable nightingale’. For d’Aquin, she was an enchanted being. Marie Fel was the soprano who held an entire generation spellbound at the Paris Opéra and at Louis XV’s court during one of the most glorious periods of French music. With a voice described as ‘pure, charming, silvery’ (La Borde), ‘touching and sublime’ (Grimm) and ‘always lovely, always seductive’ (d’Aquin), she inspired some of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s finest music and introduced a whole new level of virtuosity and expression into the French singing tradition. Her long, triumphant career is traced through this fascinating recording.

Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - Michel-Richard De Lalande: Music for the Sun King (2002) [Re-Up]

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Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - Michel-Richard De Lalande: Music for the Sun King (2002) [Re-Up]

Michel-Richard De Lalande: Music for the Sun King (2002)
Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir, Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra, Jeffrey Skidmore

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67325 | Time: 01:12:07

This resplendent CD introduces another outstanding 'early music' ensemble to Hyperion - Jeffrey Skidmore's Ex Cathedra, who will explore some of the lesser-known Baroque byways for us. They make their entrance with this programme of music by one of the four composers assigned to Louis XIV's Chapel in 1683. The disc gives us the opportunity to hear two of Lalande's 'grands motets' in full (substantial, sectional works in which episodes for vocal soloists are interspersed with passages for small ensembles and chorus, the orchestra providing both accompaniment and interludes), as well as a solo movement extracted from another one, and one of his instrumental pieces. This is music which was highly regarded both in the composer's own day and beyond, and performed throughout the eighteenth century.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 75:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67600 | Recorded: 2007

Fire Burning in Snow, the third volume in Ex Cathedra's series of Baroque music from Latin America, is strong testimony to the vitality of the musical scene in South America in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The bulk of this album is devoted to the sacred and secular choral music of Juan de Araujo (1648-1712), who was born in Spain, but whose family moved to South America when he was a child. He lived in Peru and Panama, but spent most of his adult life in La Plata, Bolivia, where he was the organist at the cathedral. The music recorded here is notable for its almost Monteverdian range of styles and expressiveness. This selection of Araujo's strongly rhythmic work includes a rigorously polyphonic motet for triple choir; a simple, lovely lullaby for women's voices; and many stylistically diverse choral villancicos.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Moon, sun & all things: Baroque Music from Latin America - 2 (2005)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Moon, sun & all things: Baroque Music from Latin America - 2 (2005)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Moon, sun & all things: Baroque Music from Latin America - 2 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 76:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67524 | Recorded: 2004

Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore unearth more fascinating treasures with this latest anthology of Latin American music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The first volume—‘New World Symphonies’, released in 2003 on CDA67380—has been hugely popular, getting regular airplay on Classic FM.
The works on this disc were chosen from the vast amount of extraordinary repertoire Jeffrey Skidmore discovered on research visits to the USA, Mexico and Bolivia.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Brazilian Adventures (2015)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Brazilian Adventures (2015)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Brazilian Adventures (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 77:46 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68114 | Recorded: 2014

The title Brazilian Adventures here isn't ideal: it refers more to the process by which the music was assembled than to the exclusively sacred compositions performed. But conductor Jeffrey Skidmore indeed had at least an intellectual adventure, visiting various Brazilian cities and consulting with local experts on unknown compositions from colonial Brazil that they had unearthed in their cities' archives. For his initiative in the rediscovery of completely unknown repertory Skidmore deserves major kudos: the space between the Renaissance and the late 19th century is an almost complete lacuna in the recorded repertory, at least outside Brazil.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies (2012)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies (2012)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 66:15 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67957 | Recorded: 2012

A welcome return to Hyperion for Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore, whose exuberant recordings of Baroque music from around the world have made them one of the best-loved ensembles of today. These magnificent liturgical settings from the heart of the Venetian polychoral tradition are full of drama, wonder and extraordinary spatial effects. His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and Concerto Palatino provide the sonic gilding that would have been an essential part of the original performances, when extra musicians crowded the galleries of St Mark’s for special occasions.