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Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Giovanni Legrenzi: La morte del cor penitente (1996)

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Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Giovanni Legrenzi: La morte del cor penitente (1996)

Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Giovanni Legrenzi: La morte del cor penitente (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 66:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Divox | # CDX 79504 | Recorded: 1995

In 1996, the complete recording of the oratorio La morte del cor penitente (The Death of the Penitent Heart), composed around 1671, by the Northern Italian Early-Music ensemble Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca was a special event: for the first time, the Italian composer Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) an important creator of sacred and chamber music – was introduced with a voluminous work. At the same time, the recording, which went on to win several awards, also marked the beginning of the career of the Sonatori around Andrea Marcon, now long famous. Legrenzi was a master of baroque musical rhetoric: expressive harmonies and melodic elegance transformed the libretto by an unknown author, which illustrates its theme with numerous metaphors, into a sensuous pleasure.

Clematis - Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti (2016)

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Clematis - Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti (2016)

Clematis - Giovanni Legrenzi: Sonate & Balletti (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 485 Mb | Total time: 77:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 356 | Recorded: 2014-2015

After Carlo Farina and the Vitalis, Clematis continues its exploration of the Italian Baroque instrumental repertoire with Giovanni Legrenzi. The Sonatas taken from the collections he published in Venice between 1655 and 1673 feature highly diverse forms ranging from the trio sonata up to larger forms for 4, 5, or 6 parts and even double choir. His final collection of instrumental music, Balletti e Correnti, published in 1691, offers us a very different view of instrumental music in which certain French influences cannot be denied. Here, Clematis gives us the first complete anthology of his instrumental works. The variety of forms and forces ensures this disc with a fine diversity of styles from sonatas still close in spirit to those of Biagio Marini up to those for four violins foreshadowing the generation of Vivaldi.

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

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Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Passions: Venezia 1600-1750 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 75:33 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMM 902632 | Recorded: 2018

The transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque eras did not mark one sudden change of forms or styles, nor did it signal the end of what Claudio Monteverdi called the prima pratica, or the primary practice of Renaissance polyphony. However, a new emphasis on powerful emotional expressions became a central feature of what he dubbed the seconda pratica, which came to the fore with the development of opera, most notably in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607. Composers paid special attention to the innovations in the music of Venice, which eventually spread throughout Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and such figures as Monteverdi, Antonio Lotti, and Antonio Caldara, long associated with the city, became exemplars of the new Venetian style, in both secular and sacred music.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1795 | Recorded: 2010

This release is part of an eight-disc series by the small historical-instrument ensemble London Baroque, covering the entire history of the trio sonata in four countries (Italy, Germany, France, and England) over two centuries (17th and 18th). The series is more aimed at those with a strong interest in Baroque instrumental music than at general listeners, but several of them have been attractive for anyone, and this album falls into that group. It might well have come first in a chronological series, for it includes the very first works that might be called trio sonatas, the Sonata a tre of Giovanni Cima, published in 1610, and the Sonata a tre secuondo tono, from 1621.

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

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Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 77:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | # CD1805 | Recorded: 2016

17th Century Wrocław (then Breslau) was one of Europe’s important musical centres. Its three main Protestant churches – St. Elisabeth, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Bernardine – collected extensive music libraries. Their repertoire was shaped both by prints imported from Italy and Germany, and by works composed by local cantors and organists employed in church ensembles. A separate collection of nearly 400 prints from 1610–55 remained in private hands. During World War II, however, they were taken away from the city and dispersed after 1945. Some items have not been found until now. The majority of the prints returned to Wrocław. Numerous manusripts were considered lost until the late 1980s, when they reappeared in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek. They found their way there from Moscow, where some items of the former Breslau library still remain.

Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Handel, Perti, Porpora (2015)

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Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Handel, Perti, Porpora (2015)

Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Händel, Perti, Porpora (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 74:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88875055982 | Recorded: 2014

The programme presented by Ann Hallenberg for DHM is a homage to the historical roman figure of Agrippina, one of the earliest historical women to inspire the fantasy of librettists and composers. Ann Hallenberg and a team of musicologists researched the musical archives to unearth all surviving operatic manuscripts containing the figure of Agrippina. Twelve of the arias are WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS. Apart from Handel’s famous opera ‘Agrippina’ and Telemann’s ‘Germanicus’, all music on this album has been recorded for the first time. This album is also a fascinating journey through the history of baroque opera. The earliest piece, Legrenzi’s ‘Germanico sul Reno’ dates from 1676 and is a typical example of early baroque style. The latest work, Graun’s ‘Britannico’ from 1752, was written only four years before the birth of Mozart, at the very end of the musical baroque period.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 693907 2 | Recorded: 2005

Unsurprisingly, it is in the music of the Baroque era – the heyday of the castrato – that French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has captured the attention of music-lovers lovers around the world. The ethereal, but sensuous beauty of his voice, his virtuosity and his sense of style have brought him critical praise, a number of major awards – including, in 2008, Germany’s prestigious Echo-Klassik prize for Male Singer of the Year.

Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Venezia: Rosenmuller, Legrenzi, Stradella (2011)

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Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Venezia: Rosenmuller, Legrenzi, Stradella (2011)

Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Venezia: Rosenmüller, Legrenzi, Stradella (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 498 Mb | Total time: 81:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambronay | # AMY028 | Recorded: 2010

In late 17th century Venice, a trinity of highly talented composers Rosenmüller, Legrenzi and Stradella enjoyed flourishing careers. They were men whose lives were bound together by fame and persecution as well as peerless musicians whose innovative, passionate compositions were uniquely complementary. On this new disc featuring Sonatas and Sinfonias by this remarkable trio of maestri, Manfredo Kraemer leads his group The Rare Fruits Council in performances that illuminate the virtuosity and tenderness of their compositional art.

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 694577 | Recorded: 2009

2009 release from L'Arpeggiata, the French-based ensemble directed by Austrian-born harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar. L'Arpeggiata has made a speciality of exploring and exploiting the close links between Baroque repertoire and the traditional music of the Latin world and its characteristic forms such as the tarantella, the folia or the canario. On Via Crucis, 'the way of the Cross', the focus is on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. The Passion of Christ evokes the same fervour in composers such as Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679) or Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665) - both active in northern Italy – as it does in the streets of Naples or the villages of Corsica. The two main works in the collection are Sance's extraordinary Stabat Mater and Merula's Hor ch'e tempo di dormire, in which the Virgin Mary lulls her baby to sleep while weeping for his future suffering and both enthrall the listener with a basso ostinato and hypnotic swaying rhythms.