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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1998)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1998)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 47:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-17067-2 | Recorded: 1996

It figures that the ensemble most responsible for the French Baroque revival is the one to outdo Nelson and Kirkby's legendary recording of these lamentation settings. Sophie Daneman and Patricia Petibon don't have the earlier pair's gorgeous, distinctive voices (both occasionally wobble above the staff), but they sound plenty beautiful. More importantly, they've managed to make these major-key pieces sound like lamentations. Twenty years ago, Kirkby and Nelson were pioneers: merely singing with their white tone was risky; they couldn't take many chances with rhythmic freedom.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B-minor (2016)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B-minor (2016)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B-minor (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 531 Mb | Total time: 105:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HAF 8905293.94 | Recorded: 2016

One of the supreme monuments of western sacred music, the Mass in B minor has been constantly reexamined by successive generations of performers. The questions it raises for musicologists and conductors are many and varied; each of them strives to give his or her own reading with the necessary humility. It was in this frame of mind that William Christie tackled the work in the course of a memorable tour in 2016.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 104 min | 4,11 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italian, French, English, German

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Landi: Il Sant' Alessio (1996)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Landi: Il Sant' Alessio (1996)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Landi: Il Sant' Alessio (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 554 Mb | Total time: 76:42+67:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 0630-14340-2 | Recorded: 1995

Stefano Landi, who was Monteverdi's junior by about 20 years, was active in Rome, whereas Monteverdi was based in Venice. Landi spent two formative years in Venice, though, and absorbed the progressive musical ideas of Monteverdi and other seconda prattica composers. That contact would explain why Il Sant'Alessio (1632) sounds like a Monteverdi opera. Its expressive recitatives, melodically gratifying set pieces, mixture of serious and comic elements, and the complex psychology of its characters make it a piece that should appeal to opera fans who love L'incoronazione di Poppea.