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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.

Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD), Part 07 [2011]

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Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD), Part 07 [2011]

Lumières - La musique du XVIIIème siècle (29 CD), Part 07: Vivaldi, Telemann, J.S.Bach, C.P.E.Bach, J.C.F.Bach, Schobert, Kuhnau, Mondonville, Mozart, Haydn. Beethoven [2011]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 80.55+80.39+72.14 | Scans | 1.09 Gb
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | 2908601.30 | Rec: 1980-2006

The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume’ it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.

Charles Medlam, Nigel Rogers, London Baroque, Chiaroscuro - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (1984)

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Charles Medlam, Nigel Rogers, London Baroque, Chiaroscuro - Claudio Monteverdi: L' Orfeo (1984)

Charles Medlam, Nigel Rogers, London Baroque, Chiaroscuro - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 436 Mb | Total time: 47:36+56:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 47142 2 | Recorded: 1983

This recording of Monteverdi's retelling of the Orpheus legend may not be as fine overall as John Eliot Gardiner's, but it has much to recommend it. Nigel Rogers was the first great modern Monteverdi tenor: he made this record after his prime, but his virtuoso passage-work and stylish ornaments should be required listening for every student of the role. The cast, chorus, and orchestra give solid, if occasionally reserved, performances (though Guillemette Laurens is a shrill Messenger). The best singing of the entire record is (perhaps unfortunately) at the beginning: Emma Kirkby's sweet voice, imaginative embellishment, and eloquent delivery as Music result in absolutely the best rendition of the Prologue on record.

Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD), Part 02 [2011]

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Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD), Part 02 [2011]

Lumières - La musique du XVIIIème siècle (29 CD), Part 02: Vivaldi, Telemann, J.S.Bach, Tartini, Monn, C.P.E.Bach, J.C.Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Pleyel, Beethoven [2011]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 76.43+73.10+77.59+54.27 | Scans | 1.29 Gb
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | 2908601.30 | Rec: 1991-2011

The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume’ it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da camera, Op. 2 & 4 (1991)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da camera, Op. 2 & 4 (1991)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da camera, Op. 2 & 4 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 750 Mb | Total time: 68:59+68:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901342.43 | Recorded: 1989, 1990

Arcangelo Corelli was the most famous Italian composer of the late 17th century. He owed this preeminence to his skill in harnessing the musical tendencies of his time, as is demonstrated by his celebrated Sonatas, which became the models for the chamber sonata (sonata da camera) and church sonata (sonata da chiesa). Yet the composer himself was constantly reacting against these archetypes, and it is this perpetual reflection on his own art that gives his works their extraordinary richness.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa, Op. 1 & 3 (1991)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa, Op. 1 & 3 (1991)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate da chiesa, Op. 1 & 3 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 756 Mb | Total time: 67:32+74:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901344.45 | Recorded: 1987, 1990

Arcangelo Corelli was the most famous Italian composer of the late 17th century. He owed this preeminence to his skill in harnessing the musical tendencies of his time, as is demonstrated by his celebrated Sonatas, which became the models for the chamber sonata (sonata da camera) and church sonata (sonata da chiesa). Yet the composer himself was constantly reacting against these archetypes, and it is this perpetual reflection on his own art that gives his works their extraordinary richness.

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

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Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)

Niklas Eklund, Nils-Erik Sparf, Knut Johannessen, Charles Medlam, Susanne Rydén - Festliche Barocktrompete (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 918 Mb | Total time: 57:00+65:17+64:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503041 | Recorded: 1995,1996

The Swedish trumpet-player Niklas Eklund, born in Göteborg (Gothenburg) in 1969, trained at the School of Music and Musicology of Göteborg University. Further studies took place under the tutelage of Edward H. Tarr at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. After five years as solo trumpet with the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra, he left the orchestra in the autumn of 1996 to further his career as a soloist. Since then he has appeared with leading ensembles and conductors such as Zubin Metha, John Eliot Gardiner, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Robert King, Eric Ericson, Reinhard Goebel, Gustav Leonhardt, the London Baroque, the Bach Ensemble (New York), the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the English Baroque Soloists.

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

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

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Italy (2012)
Albinoni, Bonporti, Vivaldi, Bononcini, Porpora, Sammartini, Locatelli, Gallo, Tartini

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 464 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-2015 | Time: 01:17:14

London Baroque offers another installment in its ongoing European Trio Sonata series, this time devoted to 18th-century Italy; as with the ensemble’s previous efforts the program features generally excellent performances of lesser-known repertoire. Ten years ago I reviewed a similar 18th-century Italian program by this same group titled “Stravaganze Napoletane”, also on BIS, and was generally impressed with the performances–except for one piece: Domenico Gallo’s Sonata No. 1 in G major.

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.