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Jordi Savall - Tobias Hume: Musicall Humors, London 1605 (2004)

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Jordi Savall - Tobias Hume: Musicall Humors, London 1605 (2004)

Jordi Savall - Tobias Hume: Musicall Humors, London 1605 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 69:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox ‎‎| AV9837 | Recorded: 2004

Tobias Hume (c.1570-1645) was a professional soldier and a ‘gentleman’ (read amateur) composer, and virtuoso of the bass viol. His Musicall Humors (1605), a large collection of solo pieces, is the first publication devoted to the lyra viol, a style of playing that treated the instrument polyphonically, like a lute. Hume reveals himself as a distinct, even eccentric, personality, and an inventive composer, expanding the viol’s normal range with such unusual devices as col legno (‘Drum this with the backe of your Bow’). Jordi Savall’s cultivated, elegant style is very appropriate for much of the music; occasionally he adopts a more earthy manner to great effect – for example in A Souldiers Resolution, with its trumpet and drum imitations.

Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)

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Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)

Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 414 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips| 438 153-2 | Recorded: 1992

This disc takes us on a whistle-stop tour of English keyboard music in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The fantasy, pavan and galliard were among the most popular forms of their day. The latter two dance movements were often paired together, and sometimes linked thematically. The pavan, wrote Thomas Morley, was ‘a kind of staide musicke, ordained for grave dauncing’, while the briefer galliard serviced ‘a lighter and more stirring kinde of dauncing’. The most attractive examples here are Bull’s charming John Lumley’s Pavan and Galliard and Byrd’s Pavan ‘Ph. Tregian’ & Galliard, its regal pavan among the disc’s high spots.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Jean Richafort: Requiem [in Memoriam Josquin Desprez] (2002)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Jean Richafort: Requiem [in Memoriam Josquin Desprez] (2002)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Jean Richafort: Requiem [in Memoriam Josquin Desprez] (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 60:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎‎| HMC 901730 | Recorded: 2000

We possess many works by Jean Richafort, but very little biographical information on the composer. In the 16th century he was the object of veneration and admiration. The great Ronsard himself spoke of him in the most enthusiastic terms, and most of his contemporaries - Mouton, Morales, Gombert, Palestrina - based Masses on his music.

Massimo Palombella, Sistine Chapel Choir - Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Motets (2016)

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Massimo Palombella, Sistine Chapel Choir - Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Motets (2016)

Massimo Palombella, Sistine Chapel Choir - Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Motets (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 60:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 479 6131 | Recorded: 2016

Simply titled “Palestrina”, it is a new release by the world’s oldest choir – performed and recorded in the heart of the Catholic Church, and featuring works by the most celebrated Italian musician of his time and reformer of church music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - William Byrd: The Great Service; Anthems (2002)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - William Byrd: The Great Service; Anthems (2002)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - William Byrd: The Great Service; Anthems (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM011 | Recorded: 1987

Byrd's music for the Anglican Church has been performed regularly in services for some 400 years. Perennial favourites recorded here include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the Great Service and the anthems O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth and Sing joyfully unto God.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium (2001)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium (2001)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 71:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM020 | Recorded: 1989

Peter Phillips has here deliberately paired two sharply contrasted parody Masses … the former … is marvellously bright and open and is given a correspondingly outgoing performance, while the latter, inflected with chromaticism and melodic intervals that constantly fall back on themselves, is darker-hued and more plaintive, a mood well captured here in the intensity of the singing. The recording, made in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Salle, Norfolk is well handled and adds powerfully to these flexible, expressive and beautiful readings.

The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)

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The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)

The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 249 Mb | Total time: 58:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Discovery | DIS-80149 | Recorded: 1994

For more than 25 years, the Toronto Consort has been researching and presenting innovative performances of early music. The seven-member ensemble specializes in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and often combines with other musicians, dancers, and occasionally actors to bring centuries-old music to life for modern audiences. This wonderful collection of pieces by the great Franco-Flemish master Orlando di Lasso primarily features solo and ensemble vocal works, all of them secular songs and madrigals whose sole subject is love. While most have a certain refinement in both music and text, the disc's final selection depicts a wild, somewhat bawdy street scene "complete with squawking roosters and quarreling lovers." One of the disc's highlights is a gorgeous duet with recorder and organ.

Philip Cave, Magnificat, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts - Philippe Rogier: Polychoral Works (2011)

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Philip Cave, Magnificat, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts - Philippe Rogier: Polychoral Works (2011)

Philip Cave, Magnificat, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts - Philippe Rogier: Polychoral Works (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 72:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | CKD 348 | Recorded: 2009

Philippe Rogier was a Fleming who was brought to Spain in 1572, when he was about 11, to sing in the chapel choir of King Philip II. He died young, at age 35, and many of his works were lost in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. For these reasons his work remained obscure in the general 20th century rediscovery of Renaissance music, but more than 200 of his works survived, some of them in manuscripts from as far away as Mexico. The British group Magnificat and conductor Philip Cave undertake an admirable effort to explore the music of this composer, whose style included elements of both Venetian polychoral music and classic Franco-Flemish polyphony.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Andrea Gabrieli: The Madrigal in Venice: Politics, Dialogues and Pastorales (2003)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Andrea Gabrieli: The Madrigal in Venice: Politics, Dialogues and Pastorales (2003)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Andrea Gabrieli: The Madrigal in Venice: Politics, Dialogues and Pastorales (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 77:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 0697 | Recorded: 2002

Andrea Gabrieli has always been something of a textbook composer, whose reputation falls under the shadow of his more famous nephew, Giovanni, the composer par excellence of the grand Venetian polychoral manner. Though Andrea's music may not plumb the depths of Giovanni's best pieces, his compositional range displays a versatility that the writing of his more considered relation surely lacks. Whereas Giovanni concentrated on liturgical composition, Andrea explored the gamut of contemporary styles and forms, from madrigals and lighter secular writing to dialect texts, church music, instrumental works, experimental theatre-pieces and music for Venetian festivities.

Patrick Allies, Siglo de Oro - Music for Milan Cathedral: Werrecore, Josquin, Gaffurius, Weerbeke (2019)

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Patrick Allies, Siglo de Oro - Music for Milan Cathedral: Werrecore, Josquin, Gaffurius, Weerbeke (2019)

Patrick Allies, Siglo de Oro - Music for Milan Cathedral: Werrecore, Josquin, Gaffurius, Weerbeke (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 66:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian | DCD34224 | Recorded: 2019

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Milan Cathedral acted as a magnet to many of the finest composers of the time. Yet the Cathedral's maestro di cappella for almost thirty years, Hermann Matthias Werrecore, is almost completely unknown to us today.

VA - Dictionary of Medieval & Renaissance Instruments (2015)

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VA - Dictionary of Medieval & Renaissance Instruments (2015)

VA - Dictionary of Medieval & Renaissance Instruments (2015)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Front cover, d.booklet | 630 mb | 2:18:47 | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 381 mb
Classical, Renaissance | Label: Cantus Records

With this special edition for the English-speaking countries (2 CDs & 100 pages booklet, in two different editions: Spanish or English), Cantus tries to fill an important gap. Given that our most important aim is the diffusion of early music through recordings of the highest musical quality, presented with booklets containing the best possible essays (informative, accessible, readable, updated), we felt that preparing this dictionary (or guide) on the most important instruments used during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance could be useful and important.

Emmanuel Bonnardot, Obsidienne - Vox Aurea: Ockeghem: Motets; Faugues: Missa La basse danse (1997)

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Emmanuel Bonnardot, Obsidienne - Vox Aurea: Ockeghem: Motets; Faugues: Missa La basse danse (1997)

Emmanuel Bonnardot, Obsidienne - Vox Aurea: Ockeghem: Motets; Faugues: Missa La basse danse (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 65:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-222 | Recorded: 1996

Although there are only four securely authentic motets attributed to him, Johannes Ockeghem (c.1420-1497) makes a definite impact on this style. The three settings of standard Marian texts, Alma Redemptoris mater, Ave Maria, and Salve Regina show Ockeghem's amazing array of 4-point counterpoint in what would otherwise be fairly typical settings of the era (aside from the lack of a cantus firmus in Ave Maria, also the one non-antiphon of the group). The massive 5-voice Intemerata Dei Mater uses a composite text, rather than a liturgical one, apparently put together by Ockeghem himself. It has a particularly low scoring, and an even more forceful impact, quoting motives he also used in the 5-voice mass torso Fors seulement and the 4-voice Missa Mi-Mi. Finally, Ut heremita solus is a probable work, surviving without a text, and showing some idiomatic instrumental thinking.

Beauty Farm - Nicolas Gombert: Motets II (2016)

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Beauty Farm - Nicolas Gombert: Motets II (2016)

Beauty Farm - Nicolas Gombert: Motets II (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 584 Mb | Total time: 112:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fra Bernardo | FB1612457 | Recorded: 2016

The 2014 founded vocal group ensemble Beauty Farm is made up of members of top international ensembles such as the Huelgas Ensemble, Vox Luminis, Collegium Vocale Gent or Graindelavoix. Their second CD is also dedicated to motets by Nicolas Gombert, a grand master of the Franco Flemish polyphony.

Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi - Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works [10CDs] (2011)

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Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi - Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works [10CDs] (2011)

Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi - Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,81 Gb | Total time: 657:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94268 | Recorded: 1996-2004

Tallis lived during a time of tremendous religious upheaval. The succession from Henry VIII to Edward VI, Edward to Mary Tudor and Mary to Elizabeth meant changes from Catholic to Protestant, and back again with Mary, before Elizabeth’s “third way” – a more accepting and moderate form of Protestantism.

Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron - Ockeghem: Complete Songs, Vol.1 (2019)

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Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron - Ockeghem: Complete Songs, Vol.1 (2019)

Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron - Ockeghem: Complete Songs, Vol.1 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 76:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Blue Heron Renaissance Choir | BHCD1010 | Recorded: 2018

One year after winning the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music for the fifth album in its series Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, and just one month after releasing the world premiere recording of Cipriano de Rore’s I madrigali a cinque voci, Blue Heron announces the release of the first in a new series of recordings dedicated to the music of Johannes Ockeghem and his contemporaries. Johannes Ockeghem: Complete Songs, vol. 1 is the first of two releases which will present all of Ockeghem’s songs in a complete set; the second is planned for release in 2022. The songs have not been recorded complete since the early 1980s.