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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Indes Galantes (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 244 min | 7,66+7,27 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 2003

"Described as an Opera-Ballet in four Acts, Les Indes Galantes was Rameau's biggest stage success in his own lifetime, and one can understand why from this spectacular production, staged at the Paris Opéra in 2004. The director, Andrei Serban, presents the piece with the sort of lavish effects and movement that would have delighted 18th-century audiences…Outstanding among the soloists are Nathan Berg as Huascar…Anna Maria Panzarella as Emilie and Paul Agnew as Valere, with Joao Fernandez memorably in drag as Bellone. The final curtain brings an exuberant encore after the credits, with Christie hilariously joining in the dance.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.45 Mb | Total time: 05:24:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69564-1 | Recorded: 1999, 2003

William Christie’s account on Erato is probably now a first recommendation… he has marshalled expert singers; Alan Ewing’s Polyphemus is particularly good, well characterized and spirited. Indeed, the whole performance is full of life and personality, and Christie holds everything together with finesse and grace.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 81:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905307.08 | Recorded: 2019

Having thoroughly explored the madrigals of Monteverdi, Paul Agnew returns to the genre, this time focusing on the work of Gesualdo, whose mastery of chromaticism and dissonance eventually turned these expressive devices into a defining feature of his musical style. A fascinating repertoire that Paul Agnew and his team delight in offering here.

John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris - Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2007)

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John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris - Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2007)

John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestra de Paris, Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris - Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 153 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: Francais, English, Espanol, Deutsch

Like music lovers the world over, John Nelson believes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor is a pinnacle of Western music. For years, he has cherished the dream of performing this masterwork in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris whose renown has grown constantly since he began conducting with them eight years ago. In addition to John Nelson and his Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Mass in B minor brings together the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame choir conducted by Nicole Corti as well as internationally recognized soloists Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Daniel Taylor (alto), Paul Agnew (tenor) and Dietrich Henschel (baritone).

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 104 min | 3,80 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2017

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

]William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)

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]William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 342 Mb | Total time: 73:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 3984-25485-2 | Recorded: 1998

This is a mixed bag, but it is a mixture of wonderful stuff put together with considerable expertise. Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a major composer of the French Baroque, served at the Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, and wrote much music of solemnity and grandeur, but was also principal composer for the Comedie Française where he wrote music of a lighter nature. What we get here is mainly the latter, more directly entertaining Charpentier, and we get it in the forms of airs serieux, which are refined songs intended for court circles, and airs a boire, in a more popular style.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 104 min | 4,11 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italian, French, English, German

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert - Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus; Galuppi: Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus (2006)

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Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert - Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus; Galuppi: Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus (2006)

Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert, Körnerscher Sing-Verein Dresden - Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus; Galuppi: Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus, Lauda Jerusalem (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 68:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6145 | Recorded: 2006

Vivaldi discoveries are not infrequent. …a third D major setting by the composer of the Vespers psalm Dixit Dominus, appears here on disc for the first time. It is a splendid piece: with scoring including woodwind and trumpet, it begins with a brief but dazzling chorus and concludes with a rewardingly worked fugue. Among the several intervening sections, a duet for two tenors, highly ornamented and vivaciously sung by Paul Agnew and Thomas Cooley, the chorus 'Juravit Dominus' and a contralto aria… sung with sensibility by Sara Mingardo.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2006)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2006)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 3.90 Gb+6.23 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 163 min
Classical | Challenge Classics | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Nederlands, Japanese, Italiano, Espanol

Koopman's Second Passion of St. Matthew: Passion plays became the musical high points of the church year in Leipzig under Bach. That fact that the Passion of St. Matthew can still overwhelm audiences today is without a doubt. Ton Koopman decided - after the first recording at ERATO more than 10 years ago - to record this masterpiece once again and consequently to put his experience with intensive involvement with the complete cantata by Bach into it. The result could not be more convincing in picture and sound, not the least thanks to the excellent soloists, who are much more well-balanced than the first time.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 52:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-14774-2 | Recorded: 1996

Charpentier (1643-1704) is best known for his religious works and the opera "Medée". He also wrote a number of chamber music works (instrumental and vocal) of which three were released on CD. "Les plaisiers de Versailles H.480" is described as an opera-like divertimento. Actually an opera with only one act that takes about half an hour. This work was intended for performance in Versailles within the palace to entertain the king. "Airs sur les stances du cid H.457-459" are three 'airs sérieux', songs for solo voice with basso continuo accompaniment. These airs are set on texts from Corneille's drama "Le cid". "Amor vince ogni cosa H.492" is a dramatic pastoral; a small cantata with a pastoral character for five voices that mainly function as a shepherd's chorus and comment on the events. They have not inherited their own character yet. The accompaniment is Italian as well: two violins and basso continuo. Of course, the love between shepherds and shepherdesses plays the most important role, assisted by Pan, god of the shepherds.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Arcadian Duets (2002)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Arcadian Duets (2002)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Handel: Arcadian Duets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 62:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45524 2 | Recorded: 2001-2002

It's tempting to think these duets, which Handel composed at various points in his career, are just chips from the master's block. But they constitute a delightful hour's worth of music, and when sung with the vocal brilliance and stylishness displayed here by ten top singers in various pairings, they add up to one of those rare discs it's hard to stop returning to. Handel must have thought a lot of them too–since he reused some of this music for oratorios like Messiah–and turned to the chamber duet form in his last years as well. There isn't a weak link among the soloists, though the contributions of Natalie Dessay, Veronique Gens, and Sara Mingardo are especially noteworthy. Whether asked to sing plaintive laments or flashy coloratura displays, these well-matched voices thrill. The accompaniments (harpsichord or organ, lute and cello) are faultless. The appeal of this disc extends far beyond Baroque specialists to anyone who enjoys outstanding singing.
–Dan Davis