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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

Gawain Glenton & Silas Wollston - The Myth of Venice: 16th-Century Music for Cornetto & Keyboards (2021)

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Gawain Glenton & Silas Wollston - The Myth of Venice: 16th-Century Music for Cornetto & Keyboards (2021)

Gawain Glenton & Silas Wollston - The Myth of Venice: 16th-Century Music for Cornetto & Keyboards (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:48
Classical | Label: Delphian Records

With the arrival of Adrian Willaert at St Mark’s Cathedral in 1527, Venice at last boasted a musician of international reputation to match its growing image as a ‘city rich in gold but richer in renown, mighty in works but mightier in virtue’. The establishment of Venice as the world leader in music publishing, and the coming and going of international musicians, made the Floating City anything but insular, and artistic competition was order of the day, with organists duelling to outdo each other in invention and grace; while on the streets a different culture of lively dances gave rise to more opportunities for instrumentalists to show off their improvisational skills.

Ensemble Pro Victoria & Toby Ward - Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521): Music for Tudor Kings and Queens (2021)

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Ensemble Pro Victoria & Toby Ward - Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521): Music for Tudor Kings and Queens (2021)

Ensemble Pro Victoria & Toby Ward - Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521): Music for Tudor Kings and Queens (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 302 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:05
Classical, Choral | Label: Delphian Records

In that golden age of British choral music half a millennium ago, when polyphonic voices soared in the vaulting of the great late-Gothic churches and chapels that seemed to have been built for them to fill, one composer was in especial favour with the royal family: Robert Fayrfax.

Owen Rees, Contrapunctus, Choir of Queens College, Oxford - Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi trinitas (2019)

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Owen Rees, Contrapunctus, Choir of Queens College, Oxford - Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi trinitas (2019)

Owen Rees, Contrapunctus, Choir of Queens College, Oxford - Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi trinitas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 76:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum | # SIGCD570 | Recorded: 2018

Owen Rees leads early-music consort Contrapunctus alongside The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford in performances of John Taverner’s masterwork, the Missa Gloria tibi trinitas. A virtuosic work, it has pride of place in the Forrest-Heyther partbooks (in the Bodleian Library in Oxford), which it has been variously argued originated at Cardinal College or at the Chapel Royal.It might well have been heard on Trinity Sunday in the chapel of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey’s palace at Hampton Court.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 70:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | # SY 94133 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their rich discography was for a time devoted to the late madrigal repertory, and the film director Werner Herzog chose the ensemble as protagonists for his film Morte a cinque voci (Prix Italia 1996 and Premio Rembrandt, Amsterdam 1996) dedicated to the composer Carlo Gesualdo.

Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)

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Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)

Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:32
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Coviello Classics

The great “composer of the millennium” Johann Sebastian Bach stands like a solitary rock in the landscape of music history. There is less talk about where he came from and what influenced him stylistically. Chorwerk Ruhr embarked on a search for clues with highly interesting results: the young Johann Sebastian also listened to and studied works that were already around 100 years old. In any case, during his later years as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, he ensured that the collection of motets Florilegium selectissimarum Cantionum was purchased anew – it was used so frequently in lessons under his aegis that the music material was completely worn out. The collection by the early Baroque master and school cantor Erhard Bodenschatz, first published in 1603, illustrates the then new compositional technique of the Baroque in a clearly comprehensible way in songs mostly by German or Italian masters.

Ensemble Irini & Lila Hajosi - O SIDERA (2021)

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Ensemble Irini & Lila Hajosi - O SIDERA (2021)

Ensemble Irini & Lila Hajosi - O SIDERA (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 218 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 106 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:43:01
Classical, Vocal | Label: Paraty

Twelve Sibyls, ancient psychics, became during the Middle-Ages the counterpoints of the Prophets, announcing since the beginning of time (2nd-7th centuries) the arrival of a child who will become the Savior of the World. The emergence of those characters and of these strange and mysterious texts resulted of the fascination the Renaissance resolutely showed towards Antiquity. The Sibyls were even portrayed by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. And it is perhaps while he was in Rome as Chapel Master of St John in the Lateran that Roland de Lassus met them and drew from their figures -with names already so dreamlike and evocative of marvelous lands such as Sibylla Delphica, Persica, Erythrea, Cumana, Hellespontiaca, Libyca … – the inspiration for this collection. The Prophetiae were composed somewhere between Rome, Antwerp and Munich, within a short period of disappearance (1554-1555) of Lassus, during which no one knows with certainty what became of the composer.

Riccardo Pisani, Ensemble Arte Musica & Francesco Cera - Rasi: La cetra di sette corde (2021)

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Riccardo Pisani, Ensemble Arte Musica & Francesco Cera - Rasi: La cetra di sette corde (2021)

Riccardo Pisani, Ensemble Arte Musica & Francesco Cera - Rasi: La cetra di sette corde (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 323 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:47
Classical | Label: Arcana, Outhere Music

The first monographic recording entirely dedicated to Francesco Rasi is released for the 400th anniversary of his death (30 November 1621). The first interpreter of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, an astonishing tenor and poet with a life studded with triumphs, constant travels, debts and murders, this native of Arezzo was fought over by all the courts of Italy and Europe. The pieces, on texts by Petrarch, Guarini, Chiabrera and Rasi himself – including ten world premieres – are taken from the Vaghezze di Musica (1608) and the Madrigali (1610). Tenor soloist Riccardo Pisani explores their extraordinary poetic and musical power, in a kaleidoscope of affects divided into seven ‘strings of the lyre’. He is accompanied by the Ensemble Arte Musica, directed by harpsichordist Francesco Cera. The two artists have been collaborating for years on rediscovering the Italian vocal repertory of the seventeenth century, as witnessed by the recent success of their set of Frescobaldi CDs, released on Arcana.

Brice Sailly, Stéphanie de Failly, Clematis - Quattro Violini a Venezia (2019)

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Brice Sailly, Stéphanie de Failly, Clematis - Quattro Violini a Venezia (2019)

Brice Sailly, Stéphanie de Failly, Clematis - Quattro Violini a Venezia: Gabrieli, Marini, Fontana, Castello, Cavalli, Uccellini, Buonamente (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 64:35 | Scans included
Classical | Ricercar | RIC 404 | Recorded: 2018

Although the first violin virtuosos came mainly from Cremona, Brescia or Mantua, it was Venice that swiftly emerged as the principal centre for the development of instrumental music. Moreover, it was there that most collections of this music were printed all through the seventeenth century. It is curious to note that all these virtuosos obviously enjoyed sharing their success with their colleagues: for, alongside works for one or two violins and continuo, almost all the composer-violinists gathered together on this disc conceived sonate, canzone or sinfonie for ensembles of three or four violins. In addition, these compositions often make use of bichoral or echo effects.

Albert Recasens, La Grande Chapelle - Pedro Ruimonte en Bruselas (2017)

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Albert Recasens, La Grande Chapelle - Pedro Ruimonte en Bruselas (2017)

Albert Recasens, La Grande Chapelle - Pedro Ruimonte en Bruselas: Musica en la corte de los archiduques Alberto e Isabel Clara Eugenia (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 671 Mb | Total time: 114:35 | Scans included
Classical | Lauda | LAU017 | Recorded: 2017

At the beginning of the 17th century the Brussels court experienced an extraordinary cultural splendour thanks to the Archdukes Albert and Isabella Clara Eugenia, during a period of peace and prosperity in the Southern Low Countries under Spanish Habsburg rule. The sovereigns, who were great collectors and patronized artists such as Brueghel de Velours and Rubens, maintained a magnificent musical chapel with a substantial number of Spanish, Italian and English musicians. It was in this context that the work of the Zaragoza native Pedro Ruimonte unfolded. Master of chamber music under the Archdukes, his Parnaso español (1614) represents one of the capstones in the history of Spanish music.

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Petrarca Madrigals (2009) 2CDs

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Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Petrarca Madrigals (2009) 2CDs

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Petrarca Madrigals (2009) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 537 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 278 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb
Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 814 | Time: 02:01:38
Classical, Choral, Renaissance, Vocal Music

Flemish composer Adrian Willaert – who served as maestro di capella at the Cathedral of San Marco in Venice from 1527 until his death in 1562 – contributed so much to the Italian renaissance; while he wasn't the first to develop the Venetian polychoral style, its propagation in the mid-sixteenth century may well be laid at his feet. Willaert helped introduce the forms of canzona and ricercare, which greatly aided the growth of instrumental music in the years to come. The nearly overarching interest in chromaticism among Italian composers in the late renaissance can be traced to Willaert's door. Nevertheless, toss a dart into a crowd of music scholars and chances are you won't manage to hit one that has much of an opinion about Willaert's work or his music – it is seldom recorded and CDs devoted to Willaert alone are rare. On their own, these aspects make Oehms Classics' Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova – featuring the talents of expert vocal ensemble Singer Pur – special, valuable, and significant for purposes of study and filling a major hole in the renaissance repertoire. But beyond that, it is a fine listening experience as well.

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs

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Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 521 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, A Cappella | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC835 | Time: 03:45:29

The Motets of Willaert have a mysterious reputation as they were originally performed only in clandestine circles for a few initiates until Alfonso II d’Este had a collection published in 1559 (Musica Nova, Venice). Singer Pur are a world renowned a capella singing group with a large audience and following. They have won many international competitions, and have appeared on numerous TV shows. The ensemble is stylistically diverse performing music from the medieval right up to the avant-garde.

Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009) 2 CDs

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Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009) 2 CDs

Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 608 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 211 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Musica Omnia | # MO0301 | Time: 01:32:48

The portrait of John Bull on the cover of this two-CD U.S. release gives an idea for the uninitiated of what to expect from the composer's music: it's intense, single-minded, and even a bit demonic (although the hourglass topped with a skull with a bone in its mouth is apparently an alchemical symbol). Bull was, in the words of an unidentified writer quoted by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, "the Liszt of the virginals." The most immediately apparent feature of his music is extreme virtuosity, on display especially in the mind-boggling set of variations entitled Walsingham (CD 1, track 8) and in the galliards of the pavan-galliard pairs. But the opposite pole in Bull's style exerts just as strong a pull: he is fascinated by strict polyphony by what would be called harmonic progressions, and by the close study of the implications contained within small musical units. As spectacular in their way as the keyboard fireworks are, the three separate settings of a tune called Why Ask You? on CD 2 are marvelous explorations of compressed musical gestures.

Le Miroir de Musique - Sulla Lira: The Voice of Orpheus (2015)

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Le Miroir de Musique - Sulla Lira: The Voice of Orpheus (2015)

Le Miroir de Musique - Sulla Lira: The Voice of Orpheus (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 65:06 | Scans included
Classical | Ricercar | RIC 354 | Recorded: 2014

Among the different practices of the Renaissance, the act of singing to the accompaniment of the lyre held a special symbolic role, linked to the myth of Orpheus and to the divine figure of Apollo. With its origins in the mid-15th century, this recitation of epic and lyrical texts initially took the form of monophonic music accompanied by the lira da braccio. With the invention of the lirone in the years around 1500, the role of the accompaniment develops into the recitative style of the 1600s which led to the development of the earliest operas.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements (2021)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements (2021)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68321 | Recorded: 2020

Biographical and musicological certainties may be in short supply in the life and work of Josquin, but there's no gainsaying the magnificence of the music. This program of shorter works, from The Brabant Ensemble and Stephen Rice, most in unusual guise, celebrates his 500th anniversary.