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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae (2008)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae (2008)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 53:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901984 | Recorded: 2007

The Cantiones Sacrae are the swan-song of one of the great masters of the motet, crowning his life's work. In them, Orlande de Lassus deploys with sovereign ease the essence of his art. The complex technique of vocal polyphony he employs illuminates the nuances of the text as closely as possible. In these works, we have the ideal balance between 'head' and 'heart' - a feature found in most of the greatest artistic masterpieces. Philippe Herreweghe has long been considered one of the foremost interpreters of the music of Lassus. Here he leads his hand-picked choral ensemble, Concerto Vocale, in definitive readings of these seminal works of the Renaissance choral repertoire.

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Guillaume Dufay: Quadrivium (2005)

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Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Guillaume Dufay: Quadrivium (2005)

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Guillaume Dufay: Quadrivium (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 77:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD P31901 | Recorded: 2004

The cube made with matches which appears on the cover of this disc, showing on flames in the inside of the digipak and afterwards completely burnt, plays with the ideas that inspire this dazzling recording: the four ways to the knowledge of numbers through the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy), which are expressed through something as ephemeral assound, where also the unexpected and the emotion of the moment take place.

Faun - Pagan (2022)

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Faun - Pagan (2022)

Faun - Pagan (2022)
Flac(Image) + Cue & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Pagan Folk Records | ~ 410 or 147 Mb
Medieval Folk Rock

After FAUN's last five albums won gold and platinum awards as well as placings in the Top 5 of the German album charts, with „PAGAN“, the exceptional formation returns to its musical roots…

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - The Landscape of the Polyphonists (2022)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - The Landscape of the Polyphonists (2022)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - The Landscape of the Polyphonists (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 38:47+29:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19439955002 | Recorded: 2021

Auf »The Landscape of the Polyphonists« präsentieren das Huelgas Ensemble und Paul Van Nevel auf zwei fantastischen CDs den intensiven melancholischen und imitatorischen Stil der französisch-flämischen polyphonen Musik und erkunden, wie die Musik durch den besonderen Charakter der Landschaft, in der jeder Komponist sein Leben verbrachte, geprägt wurde. 24 ausgewählte Landschaftsaufnahmen und Bilder von flämischen Kathedralen und ihrer Umgebung versetzen den Zuhörer in die Welt der flämischen Länder der Renaissance, während das Huelgas Ensemble die Werke von außergewöhnlichen Komponisten wie Antoine Busnois, Nicholas Gombert, Josquin Desprez sowie von weniger bekannten, aber ebenso bemerkenswerten Komponisten wie Josquin Baston, Jean l’Héritier oder Jean Mouton aufführt. Das Publikum kann die komplexe Wechselwirkung zwischen historischen Landschaften, Architektur und Musik an ihren jeweiligen Herkunftsorten unmittelbar erleben.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - En Albion: Polyphony in England 1300–1400 (2021)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - En Albion: Polyphony in England 1300–1400 (2021)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - En Albion: Polyphony in England 1300–1400 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88985455212 | Recorded: 2017

While much of the music has a spartan beauty (highlighted by these pristine, straight-toned performances) there are, too, some strikingly complex and florid works…Throughout, the readings are subtly nuanced to express the wide variety of texts.

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Supraśl: Orhodox Mosaic (1999)

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Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Supraśl: Orhodox Mosaic (1999)

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Supraśl: Orhodox Mosaic (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 59:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-229 | Recorded: 1996

Since the early 1990s, the excellent French label Opus 111 has released a number of recordings by the Russian Patriarchate Choir, which was founded in 1980 by Anatoly Grindenko. Grindenko, a successful performer on the double-bass and viola de gamba, has combined a devotion to the living tradition of the Orthodox liturgy with important and original musicological scholarship. The result has been the careful editing and inspired performance of a number of manuscripts representing early, and sometimes all but lost, traditions of Orthodox chant.

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Vigil in the Kiev Monastery (1997)

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Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Vigil in the Kiev Monastery (1997)

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Vigil in the Kiev Monastery (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 77:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-223 | Recorded: 1996

Founded by Anatoly Grindenko in the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra monastery, near Moscow, the Moscow Russian Patriarchate Choir was created in 1980. Following tradition, it is composed of 12 to 13 members. The singers were all eminent researchers, passionate about the repertoire of compositions for male voices, from the religious music of the Orthodox Church to the lay songs of the final years of the Soviet regime. At the time, the choir spent several years deciphering ancient manuscripts and giving representations of works that had until then been in the shadows, sometimes for centuries. With the collapse of the USSR, the choir was able to open up to the world and perform in Europe and America, exposing its music to a much larger public.

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Russian Medieval Chant: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1995)

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Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Russian Medieval Chant: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1995)

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Russian Medieval Chant: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 72:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-120 | Recorded: 1994

Founded by Anatoly Grindenko in the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra monastery, near Moscow, the Moscow Russian Patriarchate Choir was created in 1980. Following tradition, it is composed of 12 to 13 members. The singers were all eminent researchers, passionate about the repertoire of compositions for male voices, from the religious music of the Orthodox Church to the lay songs of the final years of the Soviet regime. At the time, the choir spent several years deciphering ancient manuscripts and giving representations of works that had until then been in the shadows, sometimes for centuries. With the collapse of the USSR, the choir was able to open up to the world and perform in Europe and America, exposing its music to a much larger public.

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Meditation: Chants for Great Lent (1999)

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Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Meditation: Chants for Great Lent (1999)

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Meditation: Chants for Great Lent (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 63:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-240 | Recorded: 1998

The Russian Orthodox music presented here comes from the music for Great Lent, which is a meditation on the meaning of Holy Week. Great Lent or Velikiy Post, is the most important and one of the longest of the four Lenten periods in the year. It opens with a powerfully meditative chant 'Let all mortal flesh keep silent' which is specially sung only once a year along with the Old Testament lamentation 'By the rivers of Babylon'. The music here is, as usual with Orthodox chant, profoundly solemn and deeply meditative - some would say even mystical.

Codex Sanctissima & Félix Ferrà - Títulos da Virgem Maria, Parte 2 / Salus Infirmorum (2018)

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Codex Sanctissima & Félix Ferrà - Títulos da Virgem Maria, Parte 2 / Salus Infirmorum (2018)

Codex Sanctissima & Félix Ferrà - Títulos da Virgem Maria, Parte 2 / Salus Infirmorum (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 240 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 112 Mb | Artwork - 317 Mb | 00:52:10
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Benedictus

The Ensemble Codex Sanctissima was founded in November 2011 with the purpose of spreading the Medieval and Renaissance music to the most varied audiences, with repertoires primarily selected among the most venerable sources of Christian sacred music, from the liturgical traditions of pre-Gregorian chant dating back to the sixth century, through the earliest forms of polyphony recorded in manuscripts of the ninth and tenth centuries, the works of the School of Notre-Dame and its correlates, the works of the troubadours and trouvères, the periods known as Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova, until the Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In this project we aim to also include some Oriental music, as is the case of an Armenian prayer in this first album.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Guillaume Dufay: O gemma lux (2000)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Guillaume Dufay: O gemma lux (2000)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Guillaume Dufay: O gemma lux (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 68:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901700 | Recorded: 1999

Music appreciation textbooks and timelines in magazines often name Guillaume Dufay as the first great composer of the European Renaissance, but one might equally call him the last great composer of the Middle Ages. This disc presents all 13 of Dufay's isorhythmic motets–the final masterpieces of a very medieval-minded genre. During the Middle Ages, music was considered a science (just like mathematics), and isorhythmic motets are constructed according to strict arithmetical principles. In addition, each voice generally has a different text, while the fundamental voice (called the tenor) usually has no text at all and is often (as here) performed by instruments.

The Orlando Consort - Guillaume de Machaut: The Dart of Love (2015)

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The Orlando Consort - Guillaume de Machaut: The Dart of Love (2015)

The Orlando Consort - Guillaume de Machaut: The Dart of Love (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:57
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68008

This is the second recording of Machaut's music by the all-male Orlando Consort (countertenor on top), and their way with Machaut is excellent. They have a nice, light tone in the secular pieces that contrasts with the more severe Gothic Voices, and they convey the weighty, ceremonial quality of the big motets. Machaut goes far enough back that nobody can be sure of how it sounded (and the graphics for this all-vocal album show a painting including instruments), but if you like the unaccompanied approach, this will do as well as anything for putting the basic sound of Machaut in your head. And "basic," in the best way, describes this album in another respect as well: the booklet notes by Anne Stone (given in English and French) give the most complete, and more importantly most enthusiastic, introduction one could ask for in a few pages to Machaut's stylistic world.

Kathleen Battle, Leonard Slatkin, Orchestra of St. Luke's: A Christmas Celebration (1990)

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Kathleen Battle, Leonard Slatkin, Orchestra of St. Luke's: A Christmas Celebration (1990)

Kathleen Battle, Leonard Slatkin, Orchestra of St. Luke's: A Christmas Celebration (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 62:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 47587 | Recorded: 1986

If you could only have two Christmas CDs, Kathleen Battle's "A Christmas Celebration" would definitely be one (and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" would be the other.)While Battle has been known to be a temperamental diva (leading to a quasi-banishment from operatic roles), her pretty, soaring soprano is without peer. So good is her voice that I would consider several of the cuts on this disc to be definitive performances, not only of Battle's repertoire, but of all performances ever of that song. Case in point would be her rendition of Gounod's "Ave Maria". Haunting and stunning at the same time, it's as if the angel itself were singing.

John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump - Conductus, Vol.2: Music & Poetry from 13th-century France (2013) Re-Up

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John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump - Conductus, Vol.2: Music & Poetry from 13th-century France (2013) Re-Up

Conductus, Vol.2 - Music & Poetry from 13th-century France (2013)
John Potter - Christopher O'Gorman - Rogers Covey-Crump

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67998 | Time: 01:10:43

Hyperion presents a second volume of music from the Conductus repertory - the least-known genre of medieval music - performed by tenors John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump, three singers who combine expert knowledge of the music with voices of unearthly beauty. This album contains poems set to music from thirteenth-century England and France. The subjects range from straightforward exhortations to the Virgin Mary to criticisms of the Papal Curia and a depiction of the student riots in Orleans in 1236.

King's Singers - Christmas (2003)

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King's Singers - Christmas (2003)

King's Singers - Christmas (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Holidays | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD502 | 01:10:47

Five centuries, seven languages, and six singers with 35 years of remarkable experience inform this rare collection of choral music. In the world-renowned King's Singers resplendent voices, ancient and modern choral music comes to life with all the blazing immediacy and timeliness of the gospel of the nativity. With 25 pieces of music–ranging from familiar works such as "Coventry Carol" to the obscure Tchaikovsky piece "The Crown of Roses"–the King's Singers move through this hallowed and festive set with the vocal mastery that only three-and-a-half decades of accomplished work together is capable of creating. A number of contemporary carols written in the last century by composers such as John McCabe, Philip Lawson, John Rutter, and others are balanced by pieces by Bach and a host of traditional works. Lawson's "You Are the New Day," performed with a string quartet, stands out as one of the more notable performances. Like most of their music throughout Christmas, it reminds listeners that the art of music often interprets divine aspects gladly realized here on Earth.