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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio (1998)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio (1998)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 687 Mb | Total time: 65:58+72:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901649.50 | Recorded: 1997

The slaying of Abel by his brother Cain was one of the favourite subjects of the 18th century Italians, at the time when the oratorio was having a phenomenal success in Rome and Venice. It was most probably in one of the palaces of the “Serenissima”, and not a church, that Scarlatti first performed this astonishing “sacred entertainment”, worthy of a “verismo” opera, in 1707… God and Lucifer confront each other in the very soul of Cain, his brother’s voice is heard from heaven, and the “spatial” treatment of the tonal levels all contribute to the effectiveness of what is almost expressionistic music – there is nothing left out of this incredible Baroque Biblical “thriller”!

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 795 Mb | Total time: 76:37+62:22+42:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901805.07 | Recorded: 2002

This is the first authoritative recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's Griselda, rendered with exquisite beauty by René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and an outstanding cast led by Dorothea Röschmann in the title role. Warming to the story of Griselda (originally by Boccaccio) – the low-born woman who endures a string of indignities as the king, Gualtiero, tests her suitability to be the mother of his heir – is not easy. But the added humanity of Apostolo Zeno's libretto, which invests Griselda with more backbone, and Gualtiero with more sympathy, than they had in Boccaccio's original, and the emotional immediacy of the performances, Röschmann's in particular, make this recording go down smoothly. It is also an abundantly melodic and beautifully orchestrated score, representing Scarlatti at the height of his powers.

B'Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2021)

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B'Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2021)

B'Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs - Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 257 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 140 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:22
Classical | Label: Pentatone

Multiple prize-winning conductor René Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra present the third instalment of their Schubert cycle on PENTATONE with a recording of the composer’s Fourth and Fifth Symphony. Just as with the Second and Third, Jacobs approaches these works as a symphonic pair, revealing contrasting aspects of Schubert’s personality and compositional approach. The Fourth is Schubert’s first symphony in a minor key, and adumbrates a totally new harmonic worldview that Dvořák associated with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. On the contrary, the Fifth sounds Mozartian and cheerful, although that light-heartedness is only an appearance, as is so often the case in Schubert’s music. In the composer’s words, “too light a mind usually harbours a heart that is too heavy!” Looking closer beneath the surface, the cross-relations between the “Tragic” Fourth and “lighter” Fifth become all the more evident. The players of the B’Rock Orchestra present these works on period instruments; transparent, but full of fire.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.01 Gb | Total time: 202:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 952088.90 | Recorded: 2010

Continuinghis exploration of Handel operas, maestro René Jacobs now turns his attention to Agrippina the first great operatic success of the composer s Italian period. Composed in 1709, Agrippina is an opera seria in three acts on a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. The opera tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani s libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is full of topical political allusions. Some believe that it reflects the rivalry between Grimani and Pope Clement XI. From its opening night, the work was given a then- unprecedented run of 27 consecutive performances and received much critical acclaim.

René Jacobs, Agnès Mellon, Concerto Vocale - Giacomo Carissimi: Duos & Cantates (1987)

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René Jacobs, Agnès Mellon, Concerto Vocale - Giacomo Carissimi: Duos & Cantates (1987)

René Jacobs, Agnès Mellon, Concerto Vocale - Giacomo Carissimi: Duos & Cantates (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 67:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901262 | Recorded: 1987

Genius vindicated! Carissimi would seem to have been one of those composers popularly associated with sacred genres (in part because he was a Jesuit priest in the important post of Maestro de cappella at the Roman Collegio Germanico, in part because of the whims of the recording industry) to the neglect of the secular genres—especially the cantata—which he is acknowledged to have pursued with such distinction. During his lifetime Carissimi's cantatas were very much admired and with the appearance of this delightful CD the weight of his contemporary reputation will be more evenly divided.

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1985)

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Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1985)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus Passion (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 730 Mb | Total time: 54:10+55:21+61:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMY 2921155.57 | Recorded: 1984

It was in 1985 that Philippe Herreweghe made his first recording of the St. Matthew Passion, following a public performance that created a deep impression. Thirty years later, this trailblazing interpretation is still among the top recommendations.

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2021)

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René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2021)

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 72:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902427 | Recorded: 2019

Written between 1818 and 1823, Beethoven's Missa solemnis was the result of intensive theological and musical research in the library of it's dedicatee, Archduke Rudolph of Austria. It is, in Beethoven's own view, his most ambitious composition. On this recording, René Jacobs shows us that it is also his loftiest. This is the work of a composer with deeply held religious sentiments and profound tenderness for humanity, so confident in his artistry that he could create that which goes beyond liturgical form and expresses in musical terms the universality of divine transcendence.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS-Kammerchor - Bach: Messe in H-moll (2006)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS-Kammerchor - Bach: Messe in H-moll (2006)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS-Kammerchor - Bach: Messe in H-moll (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 490 Mb | Total time: 55:50+54:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0184012BC | Recorded: 1992

Das erstklassige Solistenensemble, der RIAS-Kammerchor und die Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin und nicht zuletzt Jacobs selbst sind Garanten für lebendige historische Aufführungspraxis, so dass diese Interpretation der h-Moll Messe von der Fachpresse entsprechend enthusiastisch aufgenommen und den wenigen Referenzeinspielungen an die Seite gestellt wurde.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,72 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Reinhard Keiser: Croesus (2000)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Reinhard Keiser: Croesus (2000)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Reinhard Keiser: Croesus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 818 Mb | Total time: 62:36+59:41+60:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901714.16 | Recorded: 1999

Is another baroque opera–in this case by composer Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)–really worth hearing in its entirety? After a completely conventional overture, the opening scene pits the legendarily rich king of Lydia, the titular Croesus (who incidentally lived in the fifth century B.C.), against the Athenian philosopher and lawgiver Solon. On account of his immeasurable wealth, the complacent Croesus believes himself to be completely secure and unassailable; Solon mocks his riches and points out how ephemeral all earthly goods are. This exchange of words via recitative is perfectly built up–both as a composition and as performed here. From his very first notes, Roman Trekel's Croesus carries conviction, while Kwangchul Youn (a role originally intended for tenor but justifiably and effectively transcribed by conductor René Jacobs for bass) is no less impressive.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik - Telemann: Orpheus (1998)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik - Telemann: Orpheus (1998)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik - Telemann: Orpheus (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 2h39'24'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901618.19 | Recorded: 1997

In this premiere recording, René Jacobs leads a cast of outstanding singers and musicians in a grand production of Georg Philipp Telemann's 'Orpheus.' The manuscripts of this operatic drama were only recently rediscovered and because of some missing material, the version presented here cleverly interpolates other music by Telemann (and his contemporaries) to complete the story.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,92 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.2 (2014)

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Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.2 (2014)

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.2 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,16 Gb | Total time: 77:26:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88843089382 | Recorded: 1970-1984

SEON (Studio Erichson) is a period music label by the legendary producer Wolf Erichson. Erichson founded the label in 1969 as one of the first labels dedicated only to authentic music. The recordings were made with the best available recording techniques of the time and still deliver a high quality product in line with today's standards. This special boxset offers all SEON CD reissues from the late 90s on 85 CDs in a limited edition boxset.

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)

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Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,84 Gb | Total time: 77:26:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88843089382 | Recorded: 1970-1984

SEON (Studio Erichson) is a period music label by the legendary producer Wolf Erichson. Erichson founded the label in 1969 as one of the first labels dedicated only to authentic music. The recordings were made with the best available recording techniques of the time and still deliver a high quality product in line with today's standards. This special boxset offers all SEON CD reissues from the late 90s on 85 CDs in a limited edition boxset.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 76:48+79:16+60:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 61369 2 | Recorded: 1977

A warm welcome back for this 1977 recording of Handel’s most successful opera, which ran, in 1727, for an unprecedented 19 performances. Curtis and his team were visionary 20 years ago. Recitative is lively, declaimed rather than fully sung; vocal decorations sound spontaneous, period instruments are played with zest and polish – barely a sour note from the handful of strings; colours include a trio of oboes and bassoon and, accompanying Bowman in fine voice, a pair of horns for what Dr Burney described as ‘one of the best and most agreeable hunting songs that was ever composed’.