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Musica Alta Ripa - Insane Harmony: English Music 1650-1700 (2016)

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Musica Alta Ripa - Insane Harmony: English Music 1650-1700 (2016)

Musica Alta Ripa - Insane Harmony: English Music 1650-1700 (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 402 MB | 01:07:18
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

While Italians and Frenchmen were competing for musical primacy everywhere on the European Continent, a very characteristically British tonal idiom reigned supreme during this short period of history before foreign influences increased in importance. Musica Alta Ripa’s espousal of an epoch that so far has not received much attention turns out to be a genuine instance of good fortune. With their special feel for the peculiar resonances of English music, these Hanoverian baroque specialists present a royal audio feast and with it genuine enrichment not only for early music enthusiasts.

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)

Bernward Lohr, Musica Alta Ripa - Agostino Steffani: Orlando generoso (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 694 Mb | Total time: 65:31+55:42+41:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 309 1566-2 | Recorded: 2008

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) was the most important composer ever to be appointed by the Duchy of Hannover. At the end of the 17th century this noble family embarked on a cultural offensive with the objective of having Duke Ernst August become a prince elector. To this end, the Welph dynasty obtained the services of Steffani, a master choice in itself as his works are still performed to this day in the majestic gardens of Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, the current Ernst August of Hannover.

Musica Alta Ripa - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Solo Concertos vol. 1-5 (1996-2000)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Musica Alta Ripa - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Solo Concertos vol. 1-5 (1996-2000)

Musica Alta Ripa - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Solo Concertos vol. 1-5 (1996-2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,84 Gb | Total time: 55:04+65:49+64:43+65:45+60:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 309 0681/0685 | Recorded: 1995-1999

Musica Alta Ripa was founded in 1984. The recorder player Danya Segal, two violinists Anne Röhrig and Ursula Bundies, cellist Juris Teichmanis, and harpsichordist Bernward Lohr, all outstanding, sought-after musicians in their fields, joined forces to form an ensemble that owes its special aura to the commingling of their individual personalities.

Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)

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Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)

Musica Alta Ripa, Kai Wessel - La Famiglia Scarlatti: Cantatas and Sonatas (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 76:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # MDG 309 0632-2 | Recorded: 1995

Alessandro Scarlatti’s 600-plus cantatas make him one of the more prolific exponents of a form that flourished in Italy in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Though he’s generally credited with standardising cantata form, his early essays in the genre were often imaginatively varied, as is shown by the delectable Arcadian Academy disc. Rather than the usual two or three da capo arias alternating with recitatives, the four secular cantatas here boast opening sinfonias, closing ariosos, large numbers of movements and a range of aria-types. Bella madre dei fiori, for example, experiments with a mix of poetic strophes and instrumental ritornelli. Even so, this formal ingenuity would be of limited interest were it not for Scarlatti’s gifts for attractive melody and sensitive illustration of his texts. Christine Brandes sings these pieces beautifully in a bright, clear-toned voice, and is given adroit, vivacious support by her five colleagues. La Famiglia Scarlatti offers two cantatas and two sonatas by Alessandro, together with a cantata apiece by brother Francesco and son Domenico. These are delightful performances, with Kai Wessel’s mellifluous alto a winning advocate, especially on the captivating Doppo lungo servire, Domenico’s earliest surviving work. Extensive and informative notes are a further bonus.
–Graham Lock