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Maria Keohane, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot & Sarah-Jane Summers - Beethoven: Irish Songs (2021)

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Maria Keohane, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot & Sarah-Jane Summers - Beethoven: Irish Songs (2021)

Maria Keohane, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot & Sarah-Jane Summers - Beethoven: Irish Songs (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 250 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:45
Classical, Vocal | Label: Mirare

This recording includes an excellent selection from Beethoven’s many settings of Irish folksongs, with imaginative new arrangements of his accompaniments, rescored for more traditional instruments than the original piano, violin and cello. His settings are interspersed with more conventional versions of Irish and Scottish folk tunes taken from other sources. These help to highlight his remarkable ingenuity, which preserves the original character of the folksongs while elevating them to a much higher level of interest.

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

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Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 70:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Flora | # FLORA 2110 | Recorded: 2009

The Marquise de Sévigné (1625 96) was a 17th-century blogger, writing letters to family and friends about life at the court of Louis XIV, and in particular performances of Lully during his lifetime, letters that were copied and widely circulated in manuscript. Our quartet of musicians has gathered together a selection of contemporary music, instrumental trio arrangements of popular songs and Lullian airs as well as duo and solo music such as she might have heard or had performed in her Parisian salon. These works – and many others like them – survive mainly in manuscript, though most are available in facsimile or online.

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercart Consort - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2019)

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Philippe Pierlot, Ricercart Consort - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2019)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercart Consort - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 79:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR444 | Recorded: 2018

In 1680, Dietrich Buxtehude sent his friend Gustav Düben the score of Membra Jesu nostri. In this perfectly balanced work, he addresses the senses directly, immersing us in the sufferings of Christ: we feel the hammer blows, the heart that stops beating…

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013)
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Julian Pregardien (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Ricercar Consort; Philippe Pierlot, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Mirare | # MIR243 | Time: 01:07:54

Just in time for Christmas, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort present a collection of Cantatas for the season by Johann Sebastian Bach. In these evergreen holiday favorites, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices are used to express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The result is nothing short of magical. The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and director Philippe Pierlot. They have made a significant discography, especially on the Mirare label, where their recordings have met with consistent acclaim and respect, in particular for their exceptional Bach Magnificat.

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Antonio Bertali: Valoroso (2004)

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Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Antonio Bertali: Valoroso (2004)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Antonio Bertali: Valoroso (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 433 Mb | Total time: 79:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare ‎| MIR 9969 | Recorded: 2003

Sous les empereurs autrichiens de la maison des Habsbourg, les arts et tout particulièrement la musique jouèrent un rôle très important dans le cérémoniel de l'affirmation du pouvoir de la cour et de l'empire. Bien que Ferdinand III fût le premier des empereurs autrichiens à avoir composé lui-même de la musique, son second fils et successeur Léopold (1657-1704) était bien plus doué que lui…L'un de ses professeurs fut Antonio Bertali. Son répertoire trop peu connu et qui mérite d'être redécouvert est d'une extrême variété musicale, clairement influencée par la musique théâtrale: elle ne lassera jamais l'auditeur, qui pourra toujours s'attendre à d'agréables surprises après chaque cadence.

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)

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Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation  [8CDs] (2011)

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,69 Gb | Total time: 10:22:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 101

Following on from and designed along the same lines as the Guide to Period Instruments, this boxed set includes an exhaustive introductory text as well as a great quantity of music excerpts on the set’s eight CDs. These extracts have been taken from the extensive repertoire recorded by Ricercar over many years, with excerpts from recordings kindly provided by our colleagues from Harmonia Mundi, Gimell, Accent, Alpha and Sony supplementing our programme where necessary. The Lutheran repertoire of the Renaissance has remained for all intents and purposes unrecorded up until now; the tracks illustrating this repertoire together with other excerpts have been recorded specially for this compilation by Vox Luminis.

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2011)

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Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2011)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 539 Mb | Total time: 113:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | MIR136 | Recorded: 2010

Bach wrote his passion-oratorio during the first year of his assumption of duties in Leipzig. The city fathers were rather strict in their Lutheranism, and forbade anything that remotely smacked of the newly-found opera craze that was infecting the country at the time, and seeped into the passion music of such luminaries like Telemann. As a result Bach was constrained, if such a word can be used, to employing the gospel only as the source of his libretto. Because of this the St. John Passion has perhaps the greatest text of any passion ever written, and Bach was determined to make the piece worthy of the scriptures he was setting.

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort, Nuria Rial - Bach & Handel: Selected Works (2006)

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Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort, Nuria Rial - Bach & Handel: Selected Works (2006)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort, Núria Rial - Bach & Handel: Selected Works (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 63:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR009 | Recorded: 2005

Les deux compositeurs choisis, l’un anglais, l’autre allemand, nés tous les deux la même année 1685, sont assurément les représentants majeurs du patrimoine musical baroque. Les œuvres présentes sur ce disque ont toutes été composées à des moments particuliers de leur vie, en marge de leurs commandes habituelles destinés souvent à des personnages de haut rang, et se distinguent par la constante recherche de nouvelles inspirations et styles de composition.

200 Ans de Musique a Versailles [20CDs] (2007)

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200 Ans de Musique a Versailles [20CDs] (2007)

200 Ans de Musique à Versailles [20CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 5,17 Gb | Total time: 18 h 37 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centre de Musique Baroque Versailles | # MBF 1107 | Recorded: 1994-2007

In October 2007, the Centre Musical de Baroque de Versailles celebrated its 20th anniversary, together with the best French musicians around. To complete this anniversary, they now present the release of a 20-CD box with numerous musical highlights, both of the anniversary concerts as well as releases from the previous 20 years. Thanks to this jubilee box, you can now witness this landmark of French Baroque music.

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - De Aeternitate (2001)

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Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - De Aeternitate (2001)

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - De Æternitate (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 67:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9911 | Recorded: 2000

From the beginning of time songs of mourning, sorrow and lamentation have been a part of Western music. Aristotle had written that nothing was more powerful than rhythm and song for imitating all the turmoil of the soul. Composers of the Baroque Period strove to deal with nothingness and eternity by exploring the utter depths of the heart. And this is what these songs are all about.

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)

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Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 67:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 050 | Recorded: 2006

The Stabat Mater Dolorosa is a sequence, not a chant, and no unified melody was established for it until the mid-nineteenth century; it was even banned for a time by the Council of Trent, but restored to liturgical use in the late 1720s by Pope Benedict XIII. Much as Prohibition did not stem the tide of alcohol use, the Council of Trent's ban on the text did not diminish the popularity of the Stabat Mater. It was during the official, 160-year-long period where the Stabat Mater was not heard in churches that Giovanni Felice Sances composed the title work on this Mirare CD Stabat Mater, featuring Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, and the Ricercar Consort.

Philippe Pierlot, Carlos Mena, Ricercar Consort - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (2004)

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Philippe Pierlot, Carlos Mena, Ricercar Consort - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (2004)

Philippe Pierlot, Carlos Mena, Ricercar Consort - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9968 | Recorded: 2003

Spanish countertenor Carlos Mena is not one of those who evoke the powerful castrati who might have sung these sacred arias in Vivaldi's day; his voice is smooth and precise, with a tendency toward emotional restraint. This isn't blood-and-guts Vivaldi, but it's quite lovely. Even the final Nisi dominus, RV 608, with its virtuoso arias and sharp contrasts, is kept under control at all times rather than being treated as a set of operatic numbers. Mena is technically flawless in this work (listen to the rather chilling long notes in the "Cum dederit dilectis," track 22), which stands somewhat apart from the rest of the program – the intent is to close the proceedings with a burst of energy after two sad pieces that offer refined tragedy in Mena's readings.

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)

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Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 64:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 129 | Recorded: 2008

Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort's 2006 recording of Bach's Magnificat brings back the glory days of historically informed performances, those halcyon days in the 1980s when musicians, empowered by scholarship and energized by virtuosity, were recording the Baroque repertoire with the zeal of the newly converted. Though Pierlot and his musicians are of a younger generation, they bring a missionary fervor to the music, a program of Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243, and Missa Brevis, BWV 235, interspersed with two well-chosen organ works, the Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733, and the Präludium und Fuga, BWV 541. Pierlot's textures are clean, his rhythms buoyant, his colors bright, and tempos brisk, but not rushed in the fast movements, and contemplative but not moribund in the slow movements.