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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-10697-2 | Recorded: 1994

For all the lovely recordings of the Mozart Requiem, KV 626 - and there are many fine ones that run the gamut of 'authoritative/authentic' performances to richly robust and romantic versions that ring the halls with operatic grandeur - this 1995 recording with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissantes is one that is so richly rewarding to return to for its delicate yet soulful sincerity. The instruments are in keeping with the instruments of Mozart's time, and the choral technique is more straight toned than other more modern choruses. The soloists - Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann, alto, Christoph Pregardien, tenor, and Nathan Berg, bass - are all excellent, both as individuals and in quartet and combinations.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 81:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905307.08 | Recorded: 2019

Having thoroughly explored the madrigals of Monteverdi, Paul Agnew returns to the genre, this time focusing on the work of Gesualdo, whose mastery of chromaticism and dissonance eventually turned these expressive devices into a defining feature of his musical style. A fascinating repertoire that Paul Agnew and his team delight in offering here.

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)

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Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:06
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

William Christie triumphs; nobody does French Baroque with an Italian accent better and with his ensemble Les Arts Flos, he has made some of the finest recordings of French baroque music, including these French cantatas by André Campra (1660-1744). Campra is usually regarded as the most important French composer between Lully and Rameau and a transitional figure in French opera. Curiously, many of the musicans of Les Arts Florissants back in 1986 were American or British: violinist John Holloway, flautist Robert Claire, theorbist Stephen Stubbs, and the superlative American soprano Jill Feldman. However, to hear quintessential French vocal technique, listen to Dominique Visse singing the cantata 'La Dispute de l'Amour et de l'Hymen.' Jean-François Gardeil, the baritone on this CD, also contributes a pure French inflection to the performance. Recorded in 1986, in Arles.

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)

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Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 121 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:48:27
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

William Christie directs the singers and period-instrument musicians of Les Arts Florissants in a recording of works by Etienne Moulinié (c1600-c1669). Recorded June 1980, Eglise du Bon Secours, Paris with notes in English, French, and German and texts with English translations.

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

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

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 104 min | 3,80 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2017

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 - Luigi Rossi: Oratorios (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Oratorios (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Oratorios (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 48:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901091 | Recorded: 1982

When I founded my ensemble Les Arts Florissants in 1979, I knew at once that I wanted the battle I was launching to make the baroque repertory popular again to be fought not only in the concert hall but also through that wonderful weapon of seduction, recordings.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Médée (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Médée (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Médée (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 955 Mb | Total time: 61:17+74:36+58:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| 4509-96558-2 | Recorded: 1994

Charpentier’s Médée is one of the glories of the Baroque. Medea’s betrayal by Jason, her comprehensive revenge and the plight of those caught up in this epic tragedy prompted Charpentier to compose music of devastating power. Transcending the constraints of the Lullian tragédie lyrique, he produced characterisations of astonishing complexity and invested vast stretches of music with a dramatic pace and a harmonic richness rivalled among contemporaries only by Purcell. The electrifying exchanges of the third act, mingling pathos with extreme violence, alone put Charpentier on the same imaginative level as Rameau and Berlioz. The machinations of the fourth act and the dénouement in the fifth maintain the same captivating impetus.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit (2001)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit (2001)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 57:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 8573-85820-2 | Recorded: 2000

This is a disc of Christmas music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), all the works written during the 1690s possibly for performance at the Jesuit church of Saint-Louis where the composer was Master of the Music. The wide variety of mood, colour and style underlines the extraordinary versatility and originality of this composer, upon whom Carissimi was the strongest influence during his student days in Rome in the 1660s. He was highly prolific (there are no less than 35 works in the oratorio style) and wrote a great deal of both moving and dramatic music.

]William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)

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]William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 342 Mb | Total time: 73:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 3984-25485-2 | Recorded: 1998

This is a mixed bag, but it is a mixture of wonderful stuff put together with considerable expertise. Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a major composer of the French Baroque, served at the Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, and wrote much music of solemnity and grandeur, but was also principal composer for the Comedie Française where he wrote music of a lighter nature. What we get here is mainly the latter, more directly entertaining Charpentier, and we get it in the forms of airs serieux, which are refined songs intended for court circles, and airs a boire, in a more popular style.

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.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 56:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 0630-11913-2 | Recorded: 1995

The myth of Orpheus–the divine musician who went to Hades to rescue his bride Eurydice from the dead and whose song actually persuaded Pluto to release her–has been irresistible to operatic composers from Monteverdi to Offenbach. One of the happiest rediscoveries of the Baroque revival is this lovely one-act chamber opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, which combines the gentle lilt typical of French Baroque music with the beautiful melodies and delicious suspensions in which Charpentier excelled. Charpentier diverged from the myth in one important respect: he omitted the tragic ending in which Orpheus loses Eurydice a second time, instead allowing the couple to live happily ever after.