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Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)

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Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)

Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 782-2 | Recorded: 2000

The term “Hanseatic” in this program titled Festive Hanseatic Music originates from the word Hansa, which simply means a company of merchants trading overseas. The selections here were mostly composed during the waning years of the so-called Hanseatic league–an alliance of primarily prosperous northern European cities that began in the 13th century and ended in the 17th. While commerce for the Hanseatic league may have been on the decline during this period, the quality of the works offered on this new CPO CD clearly gives the impression that its musical life was thriving.

Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)

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Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)

Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 206 Mb | Total time: 49:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM902650 | Recorded: 2019

Cappella Amsterdam does not just sing music that charms and captivates, but does this at the highest possible level. For its performances, the choir has received many prizes and a stream of positive reviews. Cappella Amsterdam offers the classical choir repertoire in all its glory and dedicates itself, every single year, to bring to you the most beautiful and important choral pieces, both old and new. Daniel Reuss is the artistic director of Cappella Amsterdam. Under his guidance the choir has professionalised and risen to international fame.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,92 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)

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The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)

The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery - Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 66:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | # DCD34160 | Recorded: 2015

John Baldwin was a lay clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1575 and became a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in 1598. The so-called ‘Baldwin Partbooks’, held at Christ Church, Oxford, were his creation – a very personal collection, representing his individual tastes and interests from a wealth of English and Continental polyphony and consort music.
As in their previous collaboration, an exploration of the similarly conceived partbooks of Robert Dow, the Marian Consort and Rose Consort of Viols have kept faith with Baldwin’s own intentions, bringing to light some of the rarer gems preserved by this great advocate and music-lover and providing the listener with ‘such sweete musicke: as dothe much delite yeelde’.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gabrieli, Lassus: Venetian Easter Mass (1997)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gabrieli, Lassus: Venetian Easter Mass (1997)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gabrieli, Lassus: Venetian Easter Mass (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 79:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 453 427-2 | Recorded: 1996

Many people imagine the music of 17th century Venice was so fabulous that the great 16th century polyphonists were forgotten. Not so–particularly in the case of Masses. (Indeed, after arriving at San Marco, Monteverdi ordered copies of Masses by Palestrina and Lassus.) Paul McCreesh's Venetian reconstruction reflects this practice, adding motets and canzonas by the Gabrielis to Lassus's Missa Congratulamini. Particularly interesting is the ceremony opening the service, where the Doge and the Archbishop reenact the arrival of the disciples at the empty sepulchre.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Lassus: Prophetiae Sibyllarum (2011)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Lassus: Prophetiae Sibyllarum (2011)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Lassus: Prophetiae Sibyllarum (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 74'14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67887 | Recorded: 2010

Orlande de Lassus was an undisputed master of all the vocal genres of the late Renaissance, from German Lied to Latin Mass. He was extraordinarily prolific, and this recording features the glorious polyphony of the Missa Amor ecco colei and Prophetiae Sibyllarum, one of his most celebrated works. With the latter’s extreme chromaticism and constant modulation, Lassus stretched the compositional boundaries of the time to produce one of the most important and advanced works to come from the sixteenth century.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - Lamentations de la Renaissance (1999)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - Lamentations de la Renaissance (1999)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - Lamentations de la Renaissance (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 69:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901682 | Recorded: 1997

Renaissance music for the Tenebrae constitutes an endless fund of passionate and evocative polyphony. The nature and design of the texts beautifully articulates the music, alternating the single letter that opens each section with more expansive music for the Lamentations proper and ending with the words ‘Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum’. There is no clear explanation why Paul van Nevel chose these four particular settings, but they do show some of the range of styles adopted across the years, opening with the little-known set by Tiburtio Massaino (published in 1599) and ending with the superb Good Friday set that is among the last works of Lassus.
The group of ten nicely balanced singers works particularly well in those two sets. The top voices are taken by performers with a splendidly directed sense of line; and the firm basses give a clear shape to the harmonic designs. Everything is magnificently controlled, avoiding the excesses that the texts might be thought to invite and concentrating on the clarity of the polyphony.