Subcategories

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2010)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2010)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 733 Mb | Total time: 167:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902068.70 | Recorded: 2009

With the belief that “No opera loses so much as Die Zauberflöte if one strips it of its drama and that means, above all, the spoken dialogue,” René Jacobs’ agenda in Die Zauberflöte is to rehabilitate the reputation of Schikaneder’s libretto. At the heart of his reassesment is the idea that Schikaneder and Mozart’s Masonic message is deeper and more carefully presented than we have thought. He suggests that seemingly silly or inconsistent aspects of the story are put there as intentional false paths as the audience, not only the prince and the bird catcher, undergoes its own trials of initiation. The opera’s symbolism and structure are explained in convincing detail in an essay in the booklet by the Egyptologist and Mozart researcher Jan Assman.

René Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)

René Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | TT 53:30 | 3,42 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | | Sub: Latin, Francais, Deutsch, English | Recorded: 2004

Jacobs has found the means of marrying intense religious fervour with highly ”personalised” expression. (…) The instrumental ensemble provides a commentary of indescribable poetry. (…) The coupling is also exceptionally interesting, with the jubilation of Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn forming a superb contrast with the meditations of Membra Jesu nostri and offering an apotheosis in its concluding Alleluia.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,29 Gb | Total time: 135:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 802236.37 | Recorded: 2015

Bach revised his Johannes-Passion regularly: he returned to it over a period of twenty-six years, from 1724 to his death. It is the version hallowed by tradition, established by the Kantor a year before his death, that is presented on these CDs. But the 1725 version, equally outstanding musically, has also been recorded complete and can be downloaded as a bonus in high-resolution sound. Comparison of the two versions reveals the underlying meaning of this matchless Passion.

Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)

Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,56 Gb | Total time: 10:04:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88691955112 | Recorded: 1981-1993

10 CDs mit Passionen, Messen und Motetten passend zur Osterzeit . Neben den beiden berühmten Passionen von Bach - der Johannes- und Matthäuspassion - sind weitere hörenswerte Aufnahmen enthalten. Die Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi von de Rore oder den Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae von Zelenka sind hervorragende und selten aufgenommene Werke, interpretiert von herausragenden Künstlern.

René Jacobs, Nederlands Kamerkoor - Domenico Mazzocchi: Sacrae Concertationes (1991)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Nederlands Kamerkoor - Domenico Mazzocchi: Sacrae Concertationes (1991)

René Jacobs, Nederlands Kamerkoor - Domenico Mazzocchi: Sacrae Concertationes (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 72:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901357 | Recorded: 1990

The Sacrae concertationes were first published in 1665. Their style représentatif was designed to put to music the words of the sermons given in the oratories of Rome in the early 17th century - no mean feat bu Mazzocchi emerges as a true master of the genre.

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Septem Verba a Christo (2013)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Septem Verba a Christo (2013)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Septem Verba a Christo (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 80:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902155 | Recorded: 2013

This Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente proloata (The Seven Words of the Dying Christ on the Cross) was rediscovered nearly a century ago, and scholars down through the years have reached differing conclusions as to whether or not the work was really by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, as one manuscript claimed. More and more copies surfaced, and finally the discovery by musicologist Reinhard Fehling of a new set of parts at an Austrian monastery in 2009 showed that the work was at the very least popular over a good part of Europe, and the forces represented here gave the work its modern-day premiere performance and first recording.

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Francisco Antonio de Almeida: La Giuditta (1992)

Posted By: ArlegZ
René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Francisco Antonio de Almeida: La Giuditta (1992)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Francisco Antonio de Almeida: La Giuditta (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 580 Mb | Total time: 68:35+52:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901411.12 | Recorded: 1990

Just before returning home at the end of his years of musical apprenticeship in Rome, the Portuguese composer Almeida composed this unusual oratorio based on one of the most bloddy episodes in the Old Testament, the decapitation of the Assyrian general Holofernes by Judith, a crucial episode in the struggle of the Jewis people against Nebuchadnezzar (588 B.C.). When it was revived in 1990 this powerful, at times sensual work was greeted as a 'revelation of Portuguese music'.

Vivica Genaux, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Arias for Farinelli (2002)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Vivica Genaux, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Arias for Farinelli (2002)

Vivica Genaux, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Arias for Farinelli (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 77:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901778 | Recorded: 2002

Recording an album of arias written expressly for Farinelli, one of the most legendary castratos of the eighteenth century, is brave; his name invokes a world of superhuman vocal feats, remarkable pathos, and a uniquely strong and brilliant tone that, for obvious anatomical reasons, will not be replicated by modern singers. But that clearly does not scare Vivica Genaux who, along with René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, dives into Farinelli's repertory as if it were her very own. She reveals a voice capable of dizzying speed and agility, and a refreshing ability to find in the highly ornamented, expression-through-excess style that typified opera seria of the time a sincerity and musical integrity that makes a case for its wider exploration.

Rene Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Don Giovanni [2007]

Posted By: Vilboa
Rene Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: Don Giovanni [2007]

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barocorchester - Mozart: Don Giovanni [2007]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 170' | Covers | 740 Mb
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901964.66 | Rec: 2007

If there is one thing that marks out René Jacobs’s approach to Mozart, it is the way he constantly asks himself questions – and the specifically musical brilliance of the answers he comes up with. The success of his recent version of La clemenza di Tito is proof of that! After Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro, his recording of this centrepiece of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy offers us the latest fruits of his reflections on Classical opera. Premiered at the 2006 Innsbruck Festival and recorded shortly afterwards, this production is nourished by his thoughts on Don Giovanni as taboo-breaker and on a ‘physiology of roles’ that respects Mozart’s intentions as nearly as possible. NB This set contains the arias of both versions created by Mozart (Prague 1787, Vienna 1788)

Rene Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: La clenenza di Tito [2006]

Posted By: Vilboa
Rene Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: La clenenza di Tito [2006]

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Mozart: La clenenza di Tito [2006]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 135' | Covers | 535 Mb
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901923.24 | Rec: 2006

Too much ink has been spilt on this Clemenza di Tito supposedly composed in 18 days and which, so it is said, was conspicuously out of step with the times in 1791 . . . The interpretation offered here by René Jacobs is nothing short of revolutionary. Not only does it rehabilitate the original score in its entirety, notably the recitatives: it also restores the powerfully classical inspiration so essential to opera seria. In the final years of the Enlightenment, this was still the favoured genre of the educated man, and it is sheer delight to hear the language of Metastasio beginning to sing once more. As if magic, La clemenza suddenly springs to new and exciting life.

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,40 Gb | Total time: 09:47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697974502 | Recorded: 1984-2001

The recordings are typical DHM with superb clarity and dynamic range. The mastering to digital is excellent, and the booklet accompanying the series, while brief, is informative. The only unifying these here is baroque Italian composers, but it's extremely easy to fill a collection ten times this size with material from that category. What we end up with in these ten discs is a lovely mix of known and unknown, each pleasant to listen to and discover, and there's no listener fatigue at all working through these discs.

Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - Italia: Vecchi, Rore, Monteverdi, Cavalli, A.Scarlatti [10cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,61 Gb | Total time: 625:14 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1982, 1990, 1992, 2002

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1991)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1991)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,12 Gb | Total time: 72:57+78:04+75:56+18:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC901385.87 | Recorded: 1991

When this set appeared it pushed all the other recorded versions of Giulio Cesare aside, and now, examining it again and even finding some things to argue with, it maintains that supreme position. The opera is given complete and all the roles are sung in their original octaves (no bass-baritone Caesar, for instance). René Jacobs' tempos are ideal for each dramatic situation, and if the recitatives have a formality that slows them down somewhat, well, we are dealing with Caesar, Cleopatra, and very grand historic deeds. Both orchestra and singers embellish their written lines, and from this vantage point, those embellishments seem very tame–but they're still welcome, highly musical, and apt.

Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Telemann: Brockes-Passion (2009)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Telemann: Brockes-Passion (2009)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Telemann: Brockes-Passion (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 766 Mb | Total time: 139:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902013.14 | Recorded: 2008

The narrative of Christ’s Passion as retold by Barthold Brockes (a dominant figure in early 18th-century German literature) is of such dramatic power that it was set to music by 13 different composers (including Handel, Keiser, and Mattheson)! Telemann’s version, premiered on 2 April 1716, became so famous that J. S. Bach, no immature youngster at the time, copied it out in full 23 years later . . . René Jacobs has striven to restore this quite extraordinary score to life in all its rich complexity.

Rene Jacobs, Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (2002)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Rene Jacobs, Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis -  Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (2002)

René Jacobs, Orchestra of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 587 Mb | Total time: 126:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 905221.22 | Recorded: 1995

The oratorio as a musical form emerged toward the end of the seventeenth century as a kind of "spiritual exercise" encouraged by the Congregazione dell'Oratorio in Rome. The performances took place in oratories (prayer halls) constructed above church naves and were intended to be attractive but edifying entertainments. Then as later, oratorios generally reflected the popular forms and styles of secular music – and in late Renaissance and Baroque Italy, this meant opera, though based on religious rather than mythological and heroic themes. The most prolific composer in this genre was Antonio Caldara (c1670-1736); New Grove lists 43 oratorios (in addition to many operas) and there are probably more that have been lost, written for patrons in his native Venice, Rome, Florence, Mantua, and Vienna.