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The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

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The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 07:21:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029570282 | Recorded: 1974-1990

In 1968, six former choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge established the King’s Singers, later described by The Times as “the superlative vocal sextet”. The group has always comprised two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and over the years it has proved consistently exceptional for vocal distinction and breadth and diversity of repertoire. This celebratory collection of eight CDs focuses on Renaissance composers from Italy, England, France, Spain, Germany and the Low Countries.

Rogers Covey-Crump, Jakob Lindberg - John Dowland: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1990)

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Rogers Covey-Crump, Jakob Lindberg - John Dowland: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1990)

Rogers Covey-Crump, Jakob Lindberg - John Dowland: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-430 | Time: 01:15:37

John Dowland (1563–1626) was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as "Come, heavy sleep" (the basis of Benjamin Britten's 1963 composition for solo guitar, Nocturnal after John Dowland), "Come again", "Flow my tears", "I saw my Lady weepe" and "In darkness let me dwell", but his instrumental music has undergone a major revival, and with the 20th century's early music revival, has been a continuing source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists. Dowland published his The First Booke of Songes or Ayres in London in 1597. It was one of the most influential and important musical publications of the history of the lute. This collection of lute-songs was set out in a way that allows performance by a soloist with lute accompaniment or various combinations of singers and instrumentalists.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,72 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.

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

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King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal Music | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD307 | Time: 01:05:48

Royal Rhymes and Rounds is the King's Singers' contribution to the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 2012. There are ballads, part songs, madrigals, rounds, and anthems written during the reigns of (and some also in honor of) Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II. The music from the times of Henry and Elizabeth I is especially strong since it was the era of a flowering of English song, which then lay relatively dormant for several centuries. The composers include such luminaries as William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, and Thomas Weelkes, as well as Henry himself, whose rousing ballad Pastime with good companie opens the album. It's in this transparent repertoire that the group sounds its absolute best. The singers' immaculate intonation, focused tone quality, and sensitive musicianship are remarkable.

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs (1996)

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Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs (1996)

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs: Dowland, Byrd, Tallis, Nicholson, Cobbold, Simpson, Jenkins (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 224 Mb | Total time: 50:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS 9196 | Recorded: 1996

The sound of choirboys singing laments and death songs had enormous appeal to our Elizabethan and Jacobean ancestors – the childish expression of adult emotion apparently sharpening the music’s poignancy. How apt, then, to hear the young Connor Burrowes perform this repertoire, and with such affecting candour and musical maturity. He’s accompanied not by a viol consort – as would have been more common – but recorders, whose inherently vocal quality weaves a light tapestry of sound. They’re particularly effective in the group of pastoral pieces, played here with charming grace and agility.

Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)

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Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)

Philippe Jaroussky - Passion Jaroussky [3CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,97 Gb | Total time: 76:19+80:21+75:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029537555 | Recorded: 2000

Passion Jaroussky marks 20 years since Philippe Jaroussky made his professional debut and commenced his rapid ascent to stardom. As the French countertenor says, “Even after all these years, my passion for music is undimmed.” Ranging musically from the 16th to the 21st century, the triple album comprises both new recordings and highlights from recent albums, and it also showcases Jaroussky’s collaborations with a host of major singers – from the worlds of both classical music and pop – instrumentalists, conductors and orchestras.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Pro Cantione Antiqua, Ulsamer Collegium - Music of the Renaissance (1994)

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Pro Cantione Antiqua, Ulsamer Collegium - Music of the Renaissance (1994)

Pro Cantione Antiqua, Ulsamer Collegium - Music of the Renaissance (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 66:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 457-2 | Recorded: 1972-1976

The word Renaissance, meaning rebirth, is applied to the era that spans the Thirteenth to the Seventeenth Centuries, an era characterized by a cultural awakening, the world breaking free from the Dark Ages, looking brightly to the future. Originally used in the art world, “renaissance” has since been applied to all endeavours of mankind. For us, 1450 to 1600 is considered to be the Musical Renaissance; an era that witnessed the invention of movable type, Columbus’ voyage to the New World and Martin Luther presenting his 95 Theses, driving a wedge into The Church and rendering unto the good Renaissance folk a new world order.

Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)

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Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)

Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,05 Gb | Total time: 14 h 26 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Music | Recorded: 2002-2018

Known for her idiosyncratic performances of baroque repertoire and eccentric personal style, the German coloratura soprano Simone Kermes trained in her native Leipzig, with early successes including the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Bach has not, however, figured prominently in her career since then – Kermes gravitated towards Vivaldi, Handel and the Neapolitan composers who wrote for the great castrati, such as Riccardo Broschi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Porpora. (She has recorded several solo albums of such repertoire for Sony, including Dramma, and Colori d’Amore – reviewing the latter, BBC Music Magazine described her as ‘a remarkable artist, charming, fascinating and boldly risk-taking by turns’).

Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford - The Art of Melancholy: Songs by John Dowland (2014)

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Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford - The Art of Melancholy: Songs by John Dowland (2014)

Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford - The Art of Melancholy: Songs by John Dowland (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 76:33 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68007 | Recorded: 2013

Countertenor Iestyn Davies has kept himself busy, releasing a steady stream of albums in the early 2010s that has propelled him to the top of his field. It's easy to see why people keep snapping them up: Davies has an unusually creamy voice and a gentle touch that make the music easy to settle into. The lute songs of John Dowland demand something more than a pleasant tone, however, and on this release Davies really shows what he can do. He's aided by an ideal collaborator in lutenist Thomas Dunford, and the delicacy and intricate ensemble of the pair is remarkable.