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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flûte à bec et basse continue (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 491 Mb | Total time: 106:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901253.54 | Recorded: 1986

"…[The] 'Serenata a tre'…is brimming with energy and melodic invention, every aria a delight. The three singers give sparkling performances and London Baroque dispatches the brightly variegated score with much aplomb…"
–BBC Music

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Germany (2013)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Germany (2013)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Germany (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 395 Mb | Total time: 67:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1995 | Recorded: 2011

The closing disc in London Baroque’s survey of the rise and fall of the trio sonata takes us to 18th-century Germany, and includes works by no less than two Johann Gottliebs: Johann Gottlieb Goldberg – who rose to posthumous fame by being associated with J.S. Bach’s celebrated set of variations – and his namesake Johann Gottlieb Graun, violinist and composer at the court of Frederick the Great. Next to them in the list of contents are also more familiar names, such as Graun’s colleague at the Prussian court, C.P.E. Bach, and the ubiquitous G.Ph. Telemann, here represented with an unusually scored trio for violin, gamba and basso continuo. The programme straddles the divide between late Baroque and Classical music, and several of the included works point clearly at what was to come.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 71:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1855 | Recorded: 2010

London Baroque presents a disc charting the Trio Sonata in 18th-century France - a musical environment undergoing rapid changes following the death of Louis XIV in 1715. In 1725 François Couperin published his Apothéose de Lulli, advocating a fusion of Italian and French styles, and the following year saw the collection Les Nations, which included L’Impériale recorded here. Jean-Marie Leclair and his colleague (and great rival) Jean-Pierre Guignon took the idea one step further. Both were fêted violinists as well as composers, and wrote music mainly for their own instrument in an often virtuosic style. Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was not known as a performer, and composed a large number of small-scale works aimed at wealthy amateurs.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 69:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1465 | Recorded: 2004

The Italian-style trio sonata, honed by Corelli into a monument of seventeenth century classicism with its perfect balance of new-found tonality and assimilation of dance forms into art music, had a hard time finding a foothold in France. Among other aspects, the unwillingness to abandon the dance suite – possibly caused by the privileged position of ballet as a royal pastime at the court of Louis XIV – meant that French composers waited until the end of the century to compose "proper" trio sonatas. But a great deal of experimentation with the form went on before that, and not surprisingly one of the experimenters was the Italian "immigrant" Lully. His rôle at the court of the Sun-king included providing small-scale works for the Coucher du Roi, the nightly ceremony marking the king's withdrawal to bed.

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.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - John Blow: Venus & Adonis (1988)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - John Blow: Venus & Adonis (1988)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - John Blow: Venus & Adonis (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 208 Mb | Total time: 49:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901276 | Recorded: 1987

John Blow’s opera, Venus and Adonis , explores and exploits the themes of power play, manipulation, and yearning. Venus’s reluctance to surrender coupled with Adonis’s innocence leads to both a tragic accident and poignant transcendence. The work was the first to have been written by a female librettist, Anne Finch.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 70:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1865 | Recorded: 2010

Emma Kirkby and London Baroque here return to BIS with a disc of music from the French composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. An almost exact contemporary of François Couperin and only some 15 years older than Rameau, Montéclair was also a composer working in all the genres current at the time, including that of the chamber cantata for one or two voices and strings, dealing mainly with subjects from classical history or mythology. The large majority used French texts with four Italian ones, including La Morte di Lucretia, recorded here.

London Baroque - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de clavecin en concerts (2003)

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London Baroque - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de clavecin en concerts (2003)

London Baroque - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 425 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 363 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1385 | Time: 01:07:00

Vivaldi, Handel, Purcel, J.S. Bach and now Rameau: London Baroque is proceeding through the Baroque Masters at an impressive pace. After acclaimed recordings of the Fantazias of Purcell and Bach's trio sonatas the turn has come to Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts, Jean-Philippe Rameau's important collection of chamber music works. The title (Concert pieces for harpsichord) is actually misleading, for although the harpsichord does play an important role throughout, the violin and viola da gamba are indispensable. Here London Baroque members Ingrid Seifert, Charles Medlam and Terence Charlston again prove their almost uncanny ability to play as one. Being mainly famous for his operas and stage works, Rameau in his Pièces has created a series of character pieces of which many are portraits of friends and acquaintances of the composer. Among the titles are the names and colleagues such as Marais and Forqueray but there is also a delightful self-portrait in La Rameau. A kaleidoscopic journey through the artistic circles of Paris in 1740, which can only be recommended.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Renaissance & Baroque Music: England, France, Flanders, Germany [7CDs] (2017)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Renaissance & Baroque Music: England, France, Flanders, Germany [7CDs] (2017)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Renaissance & Baroque Music: England, France, Flanders, Germany [7CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Total time: 06:46:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029582507 | Recorded: 1980-1990

The blend between the voices is finely controlled, the tone mellow and the tuning spectacularly accurate, giving rise to an organ-like sonority that is genuinely thrilling,” wrote Gramophone magazine, praising the Hilliard Ensemble’s four singers, who excelled in an extraordinary variety of music over a 40-year career. This seven-CD collection extends from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, offering music by composers from England, France, Flanders and Germany.

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDH55038 | Recorded: 1987

When churches were closed by clerical ordinance on special feast days, Parisians of the mid-18th century went instead to Concerts Spirituels of music ranging from grand motets to intimate chamber music. Mondonville's contributions are exceptional for their unusual timbral mix. They include a dozen Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, the harpsichord parts designed not as continuo infill, but fully self-sufficient, while nonetheless accompanying violin and soprano soloists. Three of them here create a rare and arresting soundscape.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

London Baroque - Johann Pachelbel: Arien & Concerti (2006)

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London Baroque - Johann Pachelbel: Arien & Concerti (2006)

London Baroque - Johann Pachelbel: Arien & Concerti (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 376 Mb | Total time: 75:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Cavalli Records | CCD 332 | Recorded: 2006

For anyone who ever wondered what Pachelbel was up to when he wasn't writing his Canon in D, this CD offers some lovely answers. (He was also playing the organ and teaching, and one of his students was Johann Sebastian Bach, in whose works it's possible to detect Pachelbel's influence.) While there is nothing as immediately catchy as the Canon, the sacred and secular arias and vocal concertos recorded here reveal a composer with a gift for attractive vocal writing and inventive instrumental accompaniments.

London Baroque - Johann Pachelbel: Musique De Chambre (1995)

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London Baroque - Johann Pachelbel: Musique De Chambre (1995)

London Baroque - Johann Pachelbel: Musique De Chambre (1995)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:20 | 451 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: HMC 901539

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), was better-known as an organist than an important Baroque composer during his life time, though he was a prolific and influential composer. It is said that his organ chorales preludes and his fugues had an influence on Johann Sebastian Bach. Pachelbel held the position of organist in several churches and cathedrals in Austria and Germany. While most of his compositions were for the organ, he also wrote some chamber and vocal music.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Deutsche Arien (1985)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Deutsche Arien (1985)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Deutsche Arien (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 52:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7 47400 2 | Recorded: 1985

Handel’s music from his early years, in Hamburg and Italy, has a remarkably sure touch, coupled with an exuberant spirit which he seldom matched again.
The Nine German Arias are to texts by Brockes who, preparing a later edition, praised Handel for ‘[setting] them to music in a very special way’. Emma Kirkby expresses with radiant ease and simplicity the confident Pietistic message which runs through them, of God’s goodness reflected in the beauties of nature.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Sacred Cantatas (2001)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Sacred Cantatas (2001)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Handel: Sacred Cantatas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 67:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-106501-CAT | Recorded: 1999

Emma Kirkby always has been an excellent Handel singer, from her two 1985 recordings–Italian Cantatas with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (L'Oiseau Lyre) and German Arias with Charles Medlam and the London Baroque (EMI)–and 1987's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, again with the London Baroque (Harmonia Mundi) to this new, exemplary program of Latin motets. Kirkby retains a remarkably youthful sound, exhibiting all of her admired agility and intonational accuracy, but with more richness in the lower register than in her younger days.