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Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Friedrich Abel: Symphonies Op. 10 Nos. 1-6 (1993)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Friedrich Abel: Symphonies Op. 10 Nos. 1-6  (1993)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Carl Friedrich Abel: Symphonies Op. 10 Nos. 1-6 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 61:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 207-2 | Recorded: 1993

Friedrich Abel, geboren 1723 in Köthen, gestorben 1787 in London hat seinen Platz der Musikgeschichte bisher stets als in zweiter Linie genannte Persönlichkeit gefunden. Er wirkt als »Ergänzungskraft«, wenn es gilt, das Bild in Bach- oder Mozart-Biographien abzurunden. Dabei gehört er zu Gruppe der ganz wichtigen Übergangsmusiker vom Barock zu Klassik, denen cpo schon seit geraumer Zeit große Aufmerksamkeit widmet und ohne deren »Pionierarbeit« so manche spätere klassische Großtat kaum möglich gewesen wäre.

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Romeo und Julie (1998)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Romeo und Julie (1998)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Romeo und Julie (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 369 Mb | Total time: 91:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 496-2 | Recorded: 1997

Charles Burney, the great English music traveller of the 18th century, was extremely positive about "Herr Kapellmeister Benda". His compositions his "new, masterly, and learned." Mozart, too, never made a secret of his high regard for Georg Anton Benda; he was well aware of how much he was indebted to the creator of the German Singspiel - right up to the "Magic Flute".

Sabine Bauer, Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Harpsichord Concertos (2005)

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Sabine Bauer, Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Harpsichord Concertos (2005)

Sabine Bauer, Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Georg Anton Benda: Harpsichord Concertos (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 69:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 088-2 | Recorded: 2004

Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795), who was attached to the Berlin court initially under Frederick Great, made his mark as an innovative opera composer. However, there’s little if any innovation on display in these harpsichord concertos, which are considerably less developed in style than the contemporaneous work of Mozart or either of the Haydn brothers. Aside from the virtuoso quality of some of the keyboard writing, these concertos display some typical galant mannerisms along with the Baroque tendency to sustain a single mood during a movement, if not throughout the whole piece. But within that constraint there is a lot of variety among these four works.

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (1989)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (1989)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt - Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 74:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # RD 77034 | Recorded: 1989

Alessandro Stradella was a remarkable composer and his oratorio San Giovanni Battista is a remarkable work. Both have never fallen into oblivion. As far as the composer is concerned, that is mainly due to his adventurous life, which ended with his being murdered as a result of one of his many love affairs. The oratorio was still known in the 19th century, and it was Stradella's first work performed in the 20th century: in 1949 Maria Callas took the role of Eriodiade la figlia, better known as Salome.

La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

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La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993)
Heike Hallaschka (Soprano), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Kai Wessel (Alto)
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Schopper (Bass)
La Stagione; Michael Schneider, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:43
Classical, Choral, Baroque | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472-77291-2

Cinque Profeti is a little known Christmas cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti. It has a power and subtlety redolent of Handel coupled with touches of early Monteverdi. Sung here to great effect by the five soloists with sensitive instrumentalists, they play together to bring the gentle and subtle melodies - surely written to confer a sense of the special nature of the Christmas season - to life. It’s a recording which is sure to please. Opera was not performed in Rome for much of Alessandro Scarlatti's lifetime; that's why his vocal church music mostly comprised oratorios and cantatas, of which he wrote three for the Palazzo Apostolico. Only one survives: to a libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. Cinque Profeti takes the inventive form of a conversation between the five old testament prophets, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Abraham (the cinque profeti) about the birth of Christ – which was about to be celebrated on the occasion of the cantata’s first performance, in 1705 at the Papal Palace in Rome.

Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 565 Mb | Total time: 58:38+73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 60 027-2 | Recorded: 1991

Among Gluck's three Italian 'reform' operas, Paride ed Elena (1770) comes, in every respect, third. Gluck's reformist notion, of concentrating in each opera on a single dramatic theme, is followed here as in Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, but in this case the theme—certainly to us, but seemingly to Gluck's own audiences too—is less momentous. We cannot be as excited as we are by the grand, all-embracing love-death themes of the other two by what Gluck himself described as the portrayal in music of the different characters of two nations, the Phrygians and the Spartans, ''contrasting the rude and savage nature of the one with all that is delicate and soft in the other'' (Spartan austerity, that is, against Trojan voluptuousness).

Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Johann Adolf Hasse: Piramo e Tisbe (1994)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Johann Adolf Hasse: Piramo e Tisbe (1994)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Johann Adolf Hasse: Piramo e Tisbe (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 602 Mb | Total time: 123:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 60 043-2 | Recorded: 1993

Charles Burney described Johann Adolf Hasse, his contemporary, as ‘the most natural, elegant and judicious composer of vocal music, as well as the most voluminous now alive…’ His output includes 63 operas, but only two are currently recorded, yet inexplicably this is the second Piramo, albeit markedly livelier and with the bonus of its two ballet suites. Schneider’s perceptive booklet note comments that too readily we find such composers immature – ‘almost like Mozart’, rather than excitingly expressive and individual. Here even the subtitle Intermezzo tragico is novel, implying a fusion of two traditions, comic and serious. The music is equally unconventional. Recitatives slip seamlessly into and out of arias, creating a strong sense of dramatic continuity.

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

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Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 61:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 409-2 | Recorded: 2008

Joseph Martin Kraus was born in the same year as Mozart and died only one year after him; like him, he was also a musician who revealed his extraordinary talent at an early age. It is only in recent years, however, that Kraus has again begun to receive somewhat more attention as a multitalented artistic personality. Born in Miltenberg am Main, Kraus enjoyed a career that took him to Stockholm as court music director to the music-loving King Gustavus III. In their originality his sacred compositions tower above the conventional liturgical repertoire produced in Southern Germany during the second half of the eighteenth century.