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Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)

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Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)

Palladian Ensemble - An Excess of Pleasure. The Winged Lion (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 66:03+65:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | CKD 321 | Recorded: 1992, 1993

Some of the connections with Venice may be a little tenuous, and this particular Winged Lion even circles over Spain clutching a Venetian guitar. The Palladian Ensemble's debut disc was called An Excess of Pleasure; the sequal offers nothing less! From two gutsy Vivaldi concertos via the dashing caprice of Santiago de Murcia's La Jota to a canzon by Cavalli which discharges itself in a haunting echo of Monteverdi's Lamento della Ninfa, the programme continually surprises and enchants. The playing too.

Palladian Ensemble - Nicola Matteis: Held by the Ears (2000)

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Palladian Ensemble - Nicola Matteis: Held by the Ears (2000)

Palladian Ensemble - Nicola Matteis: Held by the Ears (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 364 Mb | Total time: 73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD126 | Recorded: 1999

The Palladian Ensemble's very first recording featured a number of pieces by Nicola Matteis…and for a while they used one of them almost as a signature tune. Now they have drawn more items from his huge ragbag of short pieces for two melody instruments and continuo - Ayres with a whole range of titles from Adagio to Jigg to Aria Burlesca con molto bizzarie and Giga Al Genio Turchescho - and made them the main subject of their latest disc, borrowing its title from Roger North's description of Matteis's playing: flaming as I have seen him, in a good humour he hath held the company by the ears…for more than an hour together.

Palladian Ensemble - Bach: Trio Sonatas; Sonatas & Chorales (2008)

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Palladian Ensemble - Bach: Trio Sonatas; Sonatas & Chorales (2008)

Palladian Ensemble - Bach: Trio Sonatas; Sonatas & Chorales (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 698 Mb | Total time: 74:05+57:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 322 | Recorded: 1994, 2005

Bach Chorales & Sonatas features music arranged for and by the Palladian Ensemble. Many of the pieces on this recording were written in Bach's Leipzig days. The famous lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss performed at the Bachische Collegium Musicum at this time, so it not unrealistic that the sonatas may have been performed as arranged on this disc.
'[Palladians] shed fresh light on Bach with their extrovert playing and sense of uninhibited elation' (BBC Music Magazine).

Palladian Ensemble - Rebel: Les Elemens; Marais: Suites (2003)

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Palladian Ensemble - Rebel: Les Elemens; Marais: Suites (2003)

Palladian Ensemble - Rebel: Les Elemens; Marais: Suites (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 69:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 221 | Recorded: 2003

A powerful performance of French baroque by Rebel and Marais from the popular Palladians.
'The music making is gratifyingly direct – gripping, animated, and sometimes positively visceral' (International Record Review).

Palladian Ensemble - A Choice Collection: Music of Purcell's London (1995)

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Palladian Ensemble - A Choice Collection: Music of Purcell's London (1995)

Palladian Ensemble - A Choice Collection: Music of Purcell's London (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 66:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 041 | Recorded: 1995

The "choice collection" of "music of Purcell's London" is of items such as might have been heard at the concerts of then contemporary music held on the premises of Thomas Britton, the "small coalman", surely one of the most 'unlikely' patrons in the history of music. It is in effect complimentary to the Palladian Ensemble's earlier disc (An Excess of Pleasure, also on Linn records), with another liberal helping of Matteis's various and sometimes agreeably bizarre Ayres and two more of Locke's Broken Consorts, which we find absorbing rather than confusing - as Charles II did…

Palladian Ensemble - Trios for 4: Handel, Telemann, Leclair, Quantz (1997)

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Palladian Ensemble - Trios for 4: Handel, Telemann, Leclair, Quantz (1997)

Palladian Ensemble - Trios for 4: Handel, Telemann, Leclair, Quantz (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 62:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 050 | Recorded: 1997

When Trios For 4 was first released the Palladian Ensemble was riding high following a sell-out ‘Rising Stars’ concert series in Europe with performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Wien, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and London's South Bank Centre. Together Rachel Podger, Pamela Thorby, Susanne Heinrich and William Carter formed a quartet of the highest calibre; confirmed by the solo successes each went on to enjoy in their respective careers. In a cleverly chosen programme the Palladian Ensemble perform works by Handel, Telemann, Leclair and Quantz which perfectly demonstrate the diversity of styles typical of the eighteenth century.