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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Coronation 1595 (1990)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Coronation 1595 (1990)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Coronation 1595 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 71:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | VC 7 91110-2 | Recorded: 1989

The fifth release in the Rediscoveries series from Virgin Classics is the celebrated 1990 recording A Venetian Coronation 1595 by Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players. The album presents a musical reconstruction of the coronation mass for Venetian Doge Marino Grimani. Gramophone wrote of the recording: "Without doubt, this is one of the finest records of Italian Renaissance polyphony to appear for a long time; imaginative in conception, varied in content, and both exciting and thought-provoking in execution."

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Music for the Duke of Lerma (2002)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Music for the Duke of Lerma (2002)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Music for the Duke of Lerma (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 72:13+39:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 471 694–2 | Recorded: 2001

Presenting First Vespers and the Salve Service as it might been celebrated in October 1617 in the presence of King Philip III and the Duke of Lerma, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players bring these early 17th century works to glowing life, the rising and falling cadences of voices mingling with the counterpoint of the magnificent organ of the Cathedral in Lerma.

Magdalena Kožená Singt Bach (2010)

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Magdalena Kožená Singt Bach (2010)

Magdalena Kožená Singt Bach (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 72:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 480 3614 | Recorded: 1997-2005

Kožená's first recording was of Bach arias, recorded in the Czech Republic. Upon hearing the recording, Deutsche Grammophon (DG) signed her to a recording contract. Later recordings include Handel’s Roman Motets and Italian Cantatas and Messiah with Marc Minkowski for DG/Archiv, and her first solo recital disc (Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů with Graham Johnson – Gramophone Solo Vocal Award, 2001) for Deutsche Grammophon. Further recordings include recitals of arias of Mozart, Gluck and Mysliveček (with the Prague Philharmonia and Michel Swierczewski), of French arias with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Minkowski, Gluck’s Paride ed Elena under Paul McCreesh, a recital disc with Malcolm Martineau and an acclaimed disc of cantatas by members of the Bach family (“Lamento”) with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel. She is the 2004 Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gabrieli, Lassus: Venetian Easter Mass (1997)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gabrieli, Lassus: Venetian Easter Mass (1997)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gabrieli, Lassus: Venetian Easter Mass (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 79:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 453 427-2 | Recorded: 1996

Many people imagine the music of 17th century Venice was so fabulous that the great 16th century polyphonists were forgotten. Not so–particularly in the case of Masses. (Indeed, after arriving at San Marco, Monteverdi ordered copies of Masses by Palestrina and Lassus.) Paul McCreesh's Venetian reconstruction reflects this practice, adding motets and canzonas by the Gabrielis to Lassus's Missa Congratulamini. Particularly interesting is the ceremony opening the service, where the Doge and the Archbishop reenact the arrival of the disciples at the empty sepulchre.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Purcell: King Arthur 1691 (2019)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Purcell: King Arthur 1691 (2019)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Purcell: King Arthur 1691 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 97:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum | # SIGCD589 | Recorded: 2019

The great patriotic opera of the 17th century, recorded here in a lively new performing edition after two decades in the Gabrieli’s touring repertoire. Notoriously difficult to present on disc or in concert, this version presented by Gabrieli was created to allow an obvious musical narrative, despite Purcell’s music often being completely dislocated from much of the original theatre context.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli, de Rore (2001)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli, de Rore (2001)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli, de Rore (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 80:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 471 333-2 | Recorded: 1998

Here's another of Paul McCreesh's "as it might have been" reconstructions, this time of the First Mass of Christmas in Venice's St. Mark's church "around 1600". McCreesh's customary focus on bringing to life the pomp and ceremony of a huge celebratory occasion offers huge rewards for the listener as musicology, the finest performing forces, and first-rate sound engineering combine to deliver a bold and beautiful "you are there" experience. The whole thing centers around Cipriano de Rore's seven-part mass Praeter rerum seriem, a parody on a six-part motet by Josquin. It's a gorgeous setting, and McCreesh's vocal ensemble really digs into the emotional and spiritual heart of this music.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Handel: Saul (2004)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Handel: Saul (2004)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Handel: Saul (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 77:47+46:23+41:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 474 510-2 | Recorded: 2004

Saul is one of Handel's most dramatic and touching oratorios. Saul's insane jealousy and its tragic results are movingly told, with rich characterizations for the main characters and some of the composer's most colorful music. The addition of a carillon is exotic and flavorful; the trumpets and drums are exciting. McCreesh underlines the drama with his orchestra's crisp attacks and the chorus has real personality, whether in the songs of praise or the laments. Neil Davies' rich bass is remarkably expressive and fluid as Saul, while countertenor Andreas Scholl is triumphant as David; his tone is rich and full, capable of expressing anger, grief, loyalty. Mark Padmore uses his lovely, pliant tenor with warmth as Jonathan, and Susan Gritton's Merab is stunning.

Rolando Villazon, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players - Handel: Arias (2009)

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Rolando Villazon, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players - Handel: Arias (2009)

Rolando Villazón, Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players - Handel: Arias (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 59:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 8056 | Recorded: 2008

Internationally acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazón presents an all-new recording of Italian arias by Handel. Though Villazón is not generally associated with this repertoire, his muscular and virile performances are a thrilling and new way to hear Handel. Paul McCreesh (a noted Handel expert) and the exciting Gabrieli Players join Villazón giving the listener both an authentic period performance as well as a new twist on familiar Handel. To suit his voice, Villazón performs not only tenor arias, but also transposed mezzo arias a practice familiar to Handel. This is a unique and wonderfully thrilling album completely unlike Villazón s previous recordings.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 159:21 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD 569 | Recorded: 2018

The four coronations of the twentieth century were enormous and extravagant. Replete with festive pageantry, these ceremonies were joyful celebrations of British music, employing tremendous forces. Choirs from across London and beyond were marshalled to provide a chorus of over 400 voices; a full-size symphony orchestra was squeezed into Westminster Abbey, whilst bands of fanfare trumpeters led the pomp and celebration.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Giovanni Gabrieli: Music for San Rocco (1996)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Giovanni Gabrieli: Music for San Rocco (1996)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Giovanni Gabrieli: Music for San Rocco (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 78:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 449 180-2 | Recorded: 1995

The polychoral and antiphonal works of Giovanni Gabrieli sound best performed in the acoustics for which they were conceived, such as the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, where this splendid collection was recorded. Whether in extroverted pieces like the Sonatas 18 and 20, or the introspective and harmonically rich Domine, Deus meus, the sounds that resonate between the notes are crucial to this composer's expression. Time and again one's ears perk up at Gabrieli's genius for blending the most unlikely sonorities imaginable, such as six low voices and six sackbuts (early relatives of the trombone) in the extraordinary Suscipe clementissime.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Schütz: Christmas Vespers (1999)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Schütz: Christmas Vespers (1999)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Schütz: Christmas Vespers (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 79:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 463 046-2 | Recorded: 1998-1999

Heinrich Schütz's Christmas Story, besides being a historical milestone, has always been one of 17th-century music's crowd-pleasers–the former because it's the ancestor of Christmas oratorios by Bach, Charpentier, and even Berlioz; the latter because it presents engaging depictions of the characters in the Nativity story with a cornucopia of colorful instruments (piping recorders for the shepherds, a galumphing bassoon (representing the gait of the camels?) for the three wise men, regally blaring cornets for King Herod, and pompous trombones for his priests). As you might expect, there are a number of fine recordings of this proto-oratorio, from the graceful and somewhat delicate rendition of René Jacobs to the high-energy performance of Robert King.

Paul McCreesh, Trevor Pinnock, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The English Concert & Choir - Christmas in Rome (2007)

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Paul McCreesh, Trevor Pinnock, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The English Concert & Choir - Christmas in Rome (2007)

Paul McCreesh, Trevor Pinnock, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The English Concert & Choir - Christmas in Rome (2007)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 102 min | 6,54 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 1992

This package, released on Archiv Laserdisc and VHS in December 1993, was recorded a year earlier at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome in cooperation with a consortium of European television broadcasters. It consists of two distinct but complementary programs, the first under McCreesh followed by another under Pinnock. As the notes point out, the basilica is the perfect site for such a program, since it has claimed to possess the very crib in which the infant lay on the first Christmas. For centuries the papal celebration of the Midnight Mass of Christmas was held “ad praesepe,” at the altar where the crib was venerated. Typically for such concert videos, we see appropriate scenes in the basilica alternating with views of the singers and players.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 79:39+66:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5415 | Recorded: 2003

Here is a splendid revival by Paul McCreesh and an excellent cast, as seen at the Barbican in 2003, of one of Gluck’s lesser-known dramatic works. Where the composer’s previous ‘reform’ operas, Orfeo and Alceste, had been dramas of life and death, Paride ed Elena deals with a gallant subject: Paris’s wooing of Helen, here betrothed rather than married to Menelaus. Cupid pulls the strings, while Athene appears as a malign dea ex machina to utter warnings of future carnage – which the lovers blithely disregard. McCreesh and his superb orchestra relish Gluck’s portrayal of contrasting worlds and generate plenty of tension when the emotional temperature finally begins to rise.Though Paride ed Elena is even more static than Alceste, variety comes from Gluck’s portrayal of the two contrasting national characters, Sparta and Troy. The Trojan Paris sings music in Gluck’s most ravishing, voluptuous vein, while Helen, far from being a sex-kitten, maintains a certain Spartan aloofness until her final capitulation.