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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.88 Gb | Total time: 10h35' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 106

Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez’s example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards.

Albrecht Mayer, The King’s Singers - Let It Snow! (2013)

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Albrecht Mayer, The King’s Singers - Let It Snow! (2013)

Albrecht Mayer, The King’s Singers - Let It Snow! (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 313 Mb | Total time: 68:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 1907 | Recorded: 2013

One of Germany’s best-loved classical performers joins forces with a legendary close- harmony group for a winter-themed album to bring warmth to the dark months of the year: Albrecht Mayer & The King’s Singers. The pairing of probably the world’s most famous and accomplished oboist, Albrecht Mayer with the UK’s celebrated vocal ensemble is a heavenly musical partnership, and the interplay of colours, melodies and harmonies between these performers enchant and delight with Baroque, classical and seasonal favourites. The album has a Yuletide theme with tracks such as ‘Let It Snow’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - PraeBACHtorius: Chorale settings by Johann Sebastian Bach and Michael Praetorius (2010)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - PraeBACHtorius: Chorale settings by Johann Sebastian Bach and Michael Praetorius (2010)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - PraeBACHtorius: Chorale settings by Johann Sebastian Bach and Michael Praetorius (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 61:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697579872 | Recorded: 2009

On "PraeBachtorius", works by Praetorius and Bach based on the same Lutheran chorales are ingeniously combined, so that the respective verses of Bach and Praetorius are heard immediately after each other. It is impressive how well Praetorius' music of the late Renaissance combines with Bach's baroque music to form a harmonious whole on this CD.

Pablo Heras-Casado, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor-und-Ensemble - Praetorius (2015)

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Pablo Heras-Casado, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor-und-Ensemble - Praetorius (2015)

Pablo Heras-Casado, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor-und-Ensemble - Praetorius (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 71:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 479 4522 | Recorded: 2014

Relaxing and heavenly music from the early 17th century for choir and small ensemble by Jacob, Hieronymus and Michael Praetorius. The Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble and Balthasar-Neumann-Chor (founded by Thomas Hengelbrock) is one of the most prestigious and famous early music ensembles. It can definitely be considered as one of the best groups in the world of early music.

Wolfgang Helbich, Musica Fiata Köln, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen (1995)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Musica Fiata Köln, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen (1995)

Wolfgang Helbich, Musica Fiata Köln, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 771 Mb | Total time: 66:27+66:43+55:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 288-2 | Recorded: 1994

Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen ("Fear of Hell and Peace of the Soul") is a collection of sixteen settings of Psalm 116 in German, "Das ist mir lieb" (Psalms 116), commissioned by the Jena merchant Burckhard Grossmann in 1616 and eventually published in 1623. The composers are Heinrich Schütz, then in alphabetical order Michael Altenburg, Christoph Demantius, Nicolaus Erich, Andreas Finold, Melchior Franck, Abraham Gensreff, Johannes Groh, Johann Krause, Christian Michael, Daniel Michael, Rogier Michael, Tobias Michael, Michael Praetorius, Johann Hermann Schein and Caspar Trost.

Ensemble Meridien; Laia Frigole, Juan de la Rubia - A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)

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Ensemble Meridien; Laia Frigole, Juan de la Rubia - A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)

A German Soul - Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)
Ensemble Méridien; Laia Frigolé, soprano; Juan de la Rubia, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94717 | Time: 01:04:06

This stylishly devised programme juxtaposes cantatas by Rosenmüller, Krieger and Buxtehude with instrumental chorales and sonatas by Scheidemann, Praetorius, Tunder and Weckmann; most of these now known, if at all widely, as forerunners to Bach rather than as fine musicians in their own right as they deserve to be. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hamburg became a leading commercial port where material and cultural goods circulated freely. Ensemble Méridien has chosen this city as the focal point of a fascinating musical journey through northern Germany, a journey that reveals different aspects of this artistic power. The port of Hamburg was also the driving force behind the north German organ school of the time. Churches were overflowing with magnificent organs, and their building and playing techniques reached extremely high standards, as is evident from the organ music included here. Though most of the music in this recital has been recorded before, it has only appeared on relatively obscure labels, and not in this imaginative context where one may more fully appreciate its dramatic as well as musical merits.

Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)

Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 59:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 238-2 | Recorded: 2006

This year the Bremen Cathedral Choir is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and with its director of many years, Wolfgang Helbich, it also has certainly enjoyed a »musical marriage« of a rare kind. And then there is the splendid Bremen tradition that has been observed for some eighty years now: the Christmas song concert in St. Peter’s Cathedral so very dear to the hearts of the Bremen public. Since cpo, as a label with its home in Northern Germany, has long maintained close ties to the Hansa city (cf. Radio Bremen, Weser-Renaissance Bremen, and not least Helbich himself), it seemed to us to be high time to document this event full of the Christmas spirit for the pleasure of a wider listening audience. Everything that lends the Christmas season its musical magic is represented in traditional arrangements, from Adeste Fideles to Vom Himmel hoch.

Kai-Uwe Jirka, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom (2016)[

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Kai-Uwe Jirka, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom (2016)[

Kai-Uwe Jirka, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 61:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classics | 4216859 | Recorded: 2016

Christmas is a colourful festival - the boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin and the Lautten Compagney prove this in a colourful and fresh way on this CD of German Christmas songs from the time of the Reformation. The Lautten Compagney, with its historical instruments, brings the traditional sounds of yesteryear back to life and, together with the boys of the State and Cathedral Choir, draws a musical picture of how magnificently Christmas was celebrated in the early 17th century.

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Michael Praetorius: Magnificat; Motets (2015)

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Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Michael Praetorius: Magnificat; Motets (2015)

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Michael Praetorius: Magnificat; Motets (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 67:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88875086622 | Recorded: 1991

German composer Michael Praetorius, whose life bridged the 16th and 17th centuries, was one of his era's most prolific writers, both of musical works and of works about music. His "Syntagma Musicum" remains one of the most important treatises on instruments and performance practice; he composed many volumes of Protestant hymn-based works, motets, psalms, works for multiple choir, and Latin music for the Lutheran service. The "Magnificat" performed on this program is one of 14 that Praetorius included in his Megalynodia Sionia, published in 1611. Its polyphonic style and rich instrumental writing–particularly for brass–is occasionally reminiscent of Gabrieli, whose works Praetorius studied; or Schutz, with whom he traveled throughout Germany.