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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir - Vivaldi: Gloria; Handel: Gloria, Dixit Dominus (2001)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir - Vivaldi: Gloria; Handel: Gloria, Dixit Dominus (2001)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir - Vivaldi: Gloria; Handel: Gloria, Dixit Dominus (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 408 Mb | Total time: 78:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 0289 462 5972 | Recorded: 1998, 2001

Gripping choral singing, but weighty and deliberate with an expressive palette better suited to Handel's later, more grandiose choral works than his earliest. The soloist are pleasuring pure and clean in tone.

Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen - Lassus: Hieremiae Prophetae Lamentationes (1989)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen - Lassus: Hieremiae Prophetae Lamentationes (1989)

Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen de la Chapelle Royale - Lassus: Hieremiae Prophetae Lamentationes (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 74:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901299 | Recorded: 1989

Lassus made this setting of the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah for the monastery of Benediktbeuren in 1585. In its composition, he adhered to the directive of the Council of Trent that polyphony be simplified so that the meaning of the text would not be lost in a sea of contrapuntal complexity. Lassus also retreated from the more adventurous harmonic language of his youth, and the result is a work of clarity and directness in which the words are clearly comprehensible. The nine motets that make up the piece were written to be sung on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday of Holy Week. They are consistently subdued and solemn in tone, intended for quiet meditation.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (2004)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (2004)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 45:09+56:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67466 | Recorded: 2003

'When all is said and done, Kuijken and Hyperion have given us perhaps the most fully satisfying recording yet of the work—one not likely to be challenged for some time'(American Record Guide)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae (2008)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae (2008)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Roland de Lassus: Cantiones Sacrae (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 53:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901984 | Recorded: 2007

The Cantiones Sacrae are the swan-song of one of the great masters of the motet, crowning his life's work. In them, Orlande de Lassus deploys with sovereign ease the essence of his art. The complex technique of vocal polyphony he employs illuminates the nuances of the text as closely as possible. In these works, we have the ideal balance between 'head' and 'heart' - a feature found in most of the greatest artistic masterpieces. Philippe Herreweghe has long been considered one of the foremost interpreters of the music of Lassus. Here he leads his hand-picked choral ensemble, Concerto Vocale, in definitive readings of these seminal works of the Renaissance choral repertoire.

Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD

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Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD

Johann Sebastian Bach - St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CDs
Cappella Amsterdam; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; Frans Brüggen, conductor
Markus Schäfer, evangelist; Thomas Oliemans, Jesus; Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Michael Chance, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Peter Kooij, bass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 486 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921113 | Time: 01:51:04

One of the many delights coming from Frans Brüggen’s distinguished career has been the understanding which he brings to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – such as here with the St. John Passion – whether on the concert platform or on record. Brüggen’s cultured feeling for Bach’s musical structures as much as for its style and expressive content permits a textural clarity enjoyed by few of his directing colleagues. A special wealth of experience in the music of Bach has also been gained by the members of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century across the three decades of its existence and as part of its regular concert series (there have now been over a hundred of these tours!) and with a concentrated opportunity to focus on one work, Bach’s masterpiece was performed and recorded in Spring 2010.

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Johann Adolf Hasse: Salve Regina (2007)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Johann Adolf Hasse: Salve Regina (2007)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Johann Adolf Hasse: Salve Regina (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 71:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6730 | Recorded: 1995, 1996

During this visit, these young ladies were so obliging as to sing me a salve regina, lately set by their father, in duo. It is an exquisite composition, full of grace, taste and propriety.” So wrote the english traveller charles burney in 1772. The “father” was Johann Adolf Hasse, one of the 18th century’s most famous composers – and here he is in “a delightful programme, thoughtfully put together and very well executed.

Opella Musica, Camerata Lipsiensis & Gregor Meyer - Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 7 (2022)

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Opella Musica, Camerata Lipsiensis & Gregor Meyer - Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 7 (2022)

Opella Musica, Camerata Lipsiensis & Gregor Meyer - Kuhnau: Complete Sacred Works, Vol. 7 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 308 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 180 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:26
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: CPO

The next-to-last volume in the CPO complete recording of Johann Kuhnau’s cantatas once again presents outstanding examples of German Lutheran church music. "They reinforce the positive impression created by the previous volumes. The singers very much know their way around Kuhnau, and this knowledge is rendered audible. The instrumental parts are perfectly executed" (musicweb international of Vol. 6).

Ensemble Polyharmonique - Briegel: Zwölff madrigalische Trost-Gesänge & Fugen durch die 8 Kirchentöne (2022)

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Ensemble Polyharmonique - Briegel: Zwölff madrigalische Trost-Gesänge & Fugen durch die 8 Kirchentöne (2022)

Ensemble Polyharmonique - Briegel: Zwölff madrigalische Trost-Gesänge & Fugen durch die 8 Kirchentöne (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 426 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 277 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:12
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: CPO

Wolfgang Carl Briegel placed these very consoling words at the center of the dedication that he formulated in 1671 for his Zwölff madrigalische Trost-Gesänge for five or six voices together with basso continuo. After Briegel had served without interruption over two decades at Gotha’s ducal court, he resigned from his post as court music director and solemnly bade farewell to his employer, the local lord Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha, with the publication of these twelve songs of lament.

La Reverdie - Lux Laetitiae (2022)

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La Reverdie - Lux Laetitiae (2022)

La Reverdie - Lux Laetitiae (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 285 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:31
Classical | Label: Arcana, Outhere Music

With Lux laetitiae , La Reverdie continues its discographical journey after the success of its most recent production devoted to Francesco Landini: from the Florence of the great blind composer of the fourteenth century, to the splendour of the Este court in fifteenth-century Ferrara! The programme presents twelve pieces from an important codex that belonged to the court, in which fashionable composers such as Guillaume Dufay and John Dunstaple tried their hand at the motet genre. The performances combine six voices with a rich array of instruments and aim to reproduce the resplendent sound of the Este cappella at the time of Lionello and Borso, passionate patrons who attracted to Ferrara many talented artists charged with adorning the court with art, beauty and harmony. An exploration of the prolific tradition of the Marian cult which, from the twelfth century onwards, was manifested in an extraordinary wealth of musical forms and which, in the fifteenth century, resulted in grandiose compositions that can still captivate us today with their complexity and fascination.

Leonhardt-Consort, King's College Choir, Brüggen-Consort - Henry Purcell: Anthems, Instrumental Music, Songs (1993)

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Leonhardt-Consort, King's College Choir, Brüggen-Consort - Henry Purcell: Anthems, Instrumental Music, Songs (1993)

Gustav Leonhardt, Leonhardt-Consort, David Willcocks, King's College Choir, Frans Brüggen, Brüggen-Consort - Henry Purcell: Anthems, Instrumental Music, Songs (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 556 Mb | Total time: 50:30+60:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 9031-77608-2 | Recorded: 1967, 1968, 1970

This 2 CD-set presents two aspects of Purcell's music: religious music and instrumental music. Let's start by the first CD. It includes magnificent anthems for the Church for soloists, choir, and orchestra. The first track to open the CD, "Rejoice in the Lord alway", is probably one of Purcell's most famous anthem. The beautiful introduction (sometimes known as the Bell Anthem) prepares the entry of the two countertenors who expose the melody, intoned by the choir later. As with Purcell's style, the music is always refined. The soloists are all top-notch here, and the choir (King's College of Cambridge) is, as always, magnificent. It is really nice to hear the soprano part sung by boys, as I think it gives another dimension to Purcell's music.

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Guillaume Dufay: Quadrivium (2005)

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Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Guillaume Dufay: Quadrivium (2005)

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Guillaume Dufay: Quadrivium (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 77:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD P31901 | Recorded: 2004

The cube made with matches which appears on the cover of this disc, showing on flames in the inside of the digipak and afterwards completely burnt, plays with the ideas that inspire this dazzling recording: the four ways to the knowledge of numbers through the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy), which are expressed through something as ephemeral assound, where also the unexpected and the emotion of the moment take place.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - The Landscape of the Polyphonists (2022)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - The Landscape of the Polyphonists (2022)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - The Landscape of the Polyphonists (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 38:47+29:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19439955002 | Recorded: 2021

Auf »The Landscape of the Polyphonists« präsentieren das Huelgas Ensemble und Paul Van Nevel auf zwei fantastischen CDs den intensiven melancholischen und imitatorischen Stil der französisch-flämischen polyphonen Musik und erkunden, wie die Musik durch den besonderen Charakter der Landschaft, in der jeder Komponist sein Leben verbrachte, geprägt wurde. 24 ausgewählte Landschaftsaufnahmen und Bilder von flämischen Kathedralen und ihrer Umgebung versetzen den Zuhörer in die Welt der flämischen Länder der Renaissance, während das Huelgas Ensemble die Werke von außergewöhnlichen Komponisten wie Antoine Busnois, Nicholas Gombert, Josquin Desprez sowie von weniger bekannten, aber ebenso bemerkenswerten Komponisten wie Josquin Baston, Jean l’Héritier oder Jean Mouton aufführt. Das Publikum kann die komplexe Wechselwirkung zwischen historischen Landschaften, Architektur und Musik an ihren jeweiligen Herkunftsorten unmittelbar erleben.

Ensemble Festina Lente - Nola, Salvatore, Ziani, Caresana: Mass For 5 Voices, Two Violins, Cello And Organ (2022)

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Ensemble Festina Lente - Nola, Salvatore, Ziani, Caresana: Mass For 5 Voices, Two Violins, Cello And Organ (2022)

Ensemble Festina Lente & Michele Gasbarro - Nola, Salvatore, Ziani, Caresana: Mass For 5 Voices, Two Violins, Cello And Organ (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 384 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 170 Mb | 01:13:36
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Aulicus Classics

Few news are available about Antonio Nola. Even research manuals and encyclopedic dictionaries make no mention of the author.According to the news reported by Hanns-Berthold Dietz, Antonio Nola was born in 1642 from Tommaso Nola and Laura Rossa and at the age of 10, in 1652, he became a pupil of Giovanni Salvatore at the Conservatorio dei Turchini in Naples. In 1674 he was regularly in the service of the Oratory of the Gerolamini, an institution in which he remained for a long time, copying much sacred music for the needs of the Oratory and collaborating with many musicians in the service of that institution, from Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Scipione Dentice (nephew of Fabrizio Dentice), Giovanni Maria Sabino and the M. of the royal chapel Filippo Coppola and Erasmo di Bartolo ("Padre Raimo").

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - François-Joseph Gossec: Missa Pro Defunctis (2003)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - François-Joseph Gossec: Missa Pro Defunctis (2003)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - François-Joseph Gossec: Missa Pro Defunctis (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 488 Mb | Total time: 90:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617152/2 | Recorded: 2002

François-Joseph Gossec’s name is more often found in history books than on record collectors’ shelves. During his long life (1734-1829) he contributed to opera reform in Paris before the arrival and domination of Gluck, was one of the directors of the Concert Spirituel, and wrote 50 symphonies. In old age he became the foremost composer of French revolutionary themes, and the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille was commemorated with a performance of his Te Deum that featured more than a thousand performers. The Missa pro defunctis initially had more modest origins. Also known as the ‘Messe des Morts’, it was first performed in 1760, and aroused notable reaction due to Gossec’s use of trombones, a novelty at the time.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - En Albion: Polyphony in England 1300–1400 (2021)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - En Albion: Polyphony in England 1300–1400 (2021)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas-Ensemble - En Albion: Polyphony in England 1300–1400 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88985455212 | Recorded: 2017

While much of the music has a spartan beauty (highlighted by these pristine, straight-toned performances) there are, too, some strikingly complex and florid works…Throughout, the readings are subtly nuanced to express the wide variety of texts.