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Denis Raisin Dadre, Doulce Mémoire - François Ier: Musique d'un Règne (2015)

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Denis Raisin Dadre, Doulce Mémoire - François Ier: Musique d'un Règne (2015)

Denis Raisin Dadre, Doulce Mémoire - François Ier: Musique d'un Règne (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 705 Mb | Total time: 69:58+73:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT357 | Recorded: 2013, 2014

François Ier, prince mécène, avait compris combien la musique pouvait servir sa politique de prestige : - musique officielle pour les grands événements diplomatiques comme l'incroyable match musical entre la Chapelle du roi de France et celle d Henri VIII d'Angleterre, lors de la messe du Camp du Drap d'Or restituée dans cet enregistrement ; - mais aussi musique de l'intime avec le répertoire le plus subtil, raffiné et savant entendu dans les châteaux du souverain Chambord, Fontainebleau… interprété par les meilleurs chanteurs et instrumentistes du royaume réunis au sein de la Chambre du Roy. Un festin de musiques inédites pour un roi François Ier, symbole d une Renaissance heureuse.

Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento, La Sfera del canto - Pro defunctis: Liturgy for the Death of the Baroque Era (2001)

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Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento, La Sfera del canto - Pro defunctis: Liturgy for the Death of the Baroque Era (2001)

Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento, La Sfera del canto - Pro defunctis: Liturgy for the Death of the Baroque Era (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 74:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Passacaille | PAS933 | Recorded: 2000

The setting by Alphonse D’Eve (1666-1727)‚ born in Brussels and Kapellmeister at the church of Our Lady in Antwerp‚ of the motet for the dead‚ O acerbi‚ is not without its moments. The plangent opening is striking‚ as is the use of high voices at the beginning of the final chorus‚ presumably to represent the heavenly hosts referred to in the text. If the music‚ thoroughly Italianate in style and often reminiscent of Vivaldi‚ is somewhat predictable – the cadences are rather formulaic and the sequential patterns overused – it is certainly worth dusting down: it represents the kind of work that must have been heard in so many of the larger musical institutions all over Europe in the early part of the 18th century.

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Valentin Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works (2015)

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Valentin Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works (2015)

Valentin Silvestrov - To Thee We Sing: Sacred Choral Works (2015)
Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Klava

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Ondine | # ODE1266-5 | Time: 00:59:59

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b.1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music. In this new release, Silvestrov’s hauntingly beautiful vocal works are performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Kļava. During his artistic career, Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques, such as avant-guard, post-modernism, neo-classicism, dodecaphony, aleatoric writing and pointillism. The fall of the Soviet Union, however, allowed Silvestrov to eventually compose spiritual works, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church music which Silvestrov imbues with his own unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic moves. Silvestrov’s compositions are invested with the composer’s own unique personality, musical sensibility and sense of beauty.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 65:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO| 999 673-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1998

George Philipp Telemann was a composer whose creative powers continued undiminished through his old age of eighty six years. The last decade of his life witnessed an astonishing creative surge, perhaps comparable only to that of Verdi. It was then that the eighty-year-old, with all the benefits of mature mastery at his command, penned some of his most beautiful vocal works. The oratorio "The Delivered Israel" is a work from this period.

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1982)

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Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1982)

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1982)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 462 Mb | Total time: 106:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch | 9 79036-2 | Recorded: 1981, 1982

When Joshua Rifkin began recording Bach vocal works to demonstrate his one-singer-per-part thesis, he started not with the lightly scored early cantatas but rather with the Holy of Holies–the B-Minor Mass. (Don't accuse the man of starting small.) Predictably, outrage ensued: detractors far outnumbered supporters at the time (though this seems to be gradually changing). Musicology or not, Rifkin's approach works. Bach's florid vocal parts are far more negotiable for soloists than for chorus; period instruments never overwhelm the voices. Certainly the standard of baroque- instrument playing, particularly brass, has improved since 1980; but Rifkin's instrumentalists, especially woodwinds, are quite listenable.

Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - The Apocryphal Bach Motets, BWV Anh. 159-165 (1994)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - The Apocryphal Bach Motets, BWV Anh. 159-165 (1994)

Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - The Apocryphal Bach Motets, BWV Anh. 159-165 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 55:72 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 235-2 | Recorded: 1993

This release offers four works [by] Johann Ernst Bach (1722-77), Johann Christoph Altnikol (1719-59), Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749), and Georg Gottfried Wagner (1698-1756)…The level of craftsmanship in these works is indicative of Bach's art. Stylistically, they range from the foursquare formality of the baroque to the charm of the emerging rococo…The singing is light-toned and agile, with proper weight of emotion and excellent dynamic range…

Christian Heinrich Rinck - Works for Organ (Organ by Bernhard Dreymann (1837) St. Ignaz Church, Mainz) (2021)

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Christian Heinrich Rinck - Works for Organ (Organ by Bernhard Dreymann (1837) St. Ignaz Church, Mainz) (2021)

Christian Heinrich Rinck - Works for Organ (Organ by Bernhard Dreymann (1837) St. Ignaz Church, Mainz) (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:54:14 | 438 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Coviello Classics

An “exemplary instrument” was the Dreymann organ built in 1837 in the St. Ignaz Church in the centre of Mainz. This was written by someone who should know: Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer, organ virtuoso, author of an organ school and expert in the service of the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, who commissioned the construction of the instrument. Unfortunately, the organ did not survive the centuries and wars unscathed; minor repairs were made again and again, but it was not until 2015 to 2019 that it was restored from the ground up. This inspired organ professor Gerhard Gnann from Mainz to embark on a project close to his heart: students are bringing the old sound back to life; he himself is also involved, of course. The chosen works were naturally obvious: they are all by the aforementioned Rinck, who, by the way, was born in the same year as Beethoven and is thus also a 250th anniversary of this year. His works at the transition from the late classical to the romantic period bring out the fine nuances of the organ’s timbres to best advantage.

Robert Bates - Daquin and the French Noel (2020)

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Robert Bates - Daquin and the French Noel (2020)

Robert Bates - Daquin and the French Noel (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:04:18 | 332 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Loft

Robert Bates plays the complete organ works of Daquin on the multi-temperament Fisk organ at Stanford Memorial Church.

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (1992)

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Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (1992)

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 78:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | QUI 903061 | Recorded: 1991

Der Tod Jesu of Carl Heinrich Graun (1704–59), completed in 1755, was for decades the musical mainstay of Passiontide services (a position now held by Bach’s and St. John Passions), being performed by the Berlin Singakademie virtually every Good Friday until 1884. Unlike the passions of Bach, Schütz, and other predecessors, Graun’s work does not set any texts of Scripture. Instead, in line with burgeoning Enlightenment sensibilities, the entire libretto by Carl Wilhelm Ramler (1725–98) is written in the exalted style of impassioned poetic declamation common to opera libretti of the era, in supposed imitation of Greek tragedy. At less than half the length of the Bach passions, and musically far less complex, with dignified and attractive arias composed in a style somewhat akin to those of Handel’s Messiah , it remains winsome even today, and its enduring popularity is readily comprehended.

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

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Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)

Michael Schneider, Deutscher Kammerchor, La Stagione Frankfurt - Kraus: Miserere, Requiem, Stella Coeli (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 61:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 409-2 | Recorded: 2008

Joseph Martin Kraus was born in the same year as Mozart and died only one year after him; like him, he was also a musician who revealed his extraordinary talent at an early age. It is only in recent years, however, that Kraus has again begun to receive somewhat more attention as a multitalented artistic personality. Born in Miltenberg am Main, Kraus enjoyed a career that took him to Stockholm as court music director to the music-loving King Gustavus III. In their originality his sacred compositions tower above the conventional liturgical repertoire produced in Southern Germany during the second half of the eighteenth century.

The Choir of Keble College, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music & Matthew Martin - Valls: Missa Regalis (2020)

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The Choir of Keble College, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music & Matthew Martin - Valls: Missa Regalis (2020)

The Choir of Keble College, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music & Matthew Martin - Valls: Missa Regalis (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 182 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 96 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:40:52
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Academy of Ancient Music

AAM Records’ newest release features the Academy of Ancient Music joining forces with The Choir of Keble College and director Matthew Martin in a landmark recording of Francisco Vall’s ‘forgotten’ Missa Regalis [1740]. Performed from a new edition by Simon Heighes, Valls’ fascinating (and frequently confusticating) juxtaposition of ancient and ‘modern’ compositional styles provides a intriguing glimpse into the treasure-trove of Spanish baroque music, much of which remains relatively unknown to the wider world.

Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)

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Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)

Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | RIC402 | Recorded: 2018

Born around 1380 in the Duchy of Limburg, possibly in the little town of the same name, Johannes de Limburgia was active for a long time in Liège, then in Italy. We have evidence of his presence in Vicenza between 1431 and 1436, and several of his works refer explicitly to Vicenza, as well as to Venice and Padua, demonstrating a strong connection with northern Italy, where his music was compiled. His output – more than 45 works – is contained in three large manuscripts from the first half of the fifteenth century, alongside music by other composers from north of the Alps, such as Johannes Ciconia and Guillaume Dufay.

Maria Keohane, Carlos Mena, Julian Pregardien, Mathias Vieweg, Bernard Foccroulle - Soli Deo Gloria (2021)

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Maria Keohane, Carlos Mena, Julian Pregardien, Mathias Vieweg, Bernard Foccroulle - Soli Deo Gloria (2021)

Maria Keohane, Carlos Mena, Julian Pregardien, Mathias Vieweg, Bernard Foccroulle - Soli Deo Gloria (2021)
FLAC tracks +booklet | 01:23:01 | 429 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Mirare

Particulièrement attaché à l'œuvre vocale sacrée de Johann Sebastian Bach, Philippe Pierlot nous invite une nouvelle fois à la tête de son Ricercar Consort à revisiter deux cantates d'ample dimension, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21) et Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (BWV 76, moins courue).C'est un Bach que l'on ose placer dans la lignée des gravures anciennes de Gustav Leonhardt pour Das Alte Werk, tranquille et d'une constante ferveur, d'autant que les solistes réunis sont parfaits. En aucun cas le type de voix petites, et peu séduisantes, que la plupart des défenseurs actuels des cantates de Bach osent encore, comme si l’écriture dense du Cantor, et ses textures profondes, n’appelaient pas naturellement un épanouissement sonore.

Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)

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Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)

Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 206 Mb | Total time: 49:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM902650 | Recorded: 2019

Cappella Amsterdam does not just sing music that charms and captivates, but does this at the highest possible level. For its performances, the choir has received many prizes and a stream of positive reviews. Cappella Amsterdam offers the classical choir repertoire in all its glory and dedicates itself, every single year, to bring to you the most beautiful and important choral pieces, both old and new. Daniel Reuss is the artistic director of Cappella Amsterdam. Under his guidance the choir has professionalised and risen to international fame.

Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble - Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro mortius (2020)

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Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble - Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro mortius (2020)

Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble - Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro mortius (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 274 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Covers included | 00:58:19
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Cypres Records

In perpetual search of unpublished works and forgotten composers, Paul Van Nevel invites us to discover a Requiem Mass for five voices, composed in 1556 by Simone de Bonefont, canon and cantor at Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. The Missa pro mortuis can be considered as one of the highlights of polyphonic vocal style, encompassing all the characteristics of Franco-Flemish techniques of the period. The richness of de Bonefont’s polyphonic writing and his mastery of counterpoint are truly astonishing. True to form, the Huelgas Ensemble honours this unpublished score with a powerful interpretation, delivering music of incredible luminous tranquility. The programme also includes four compositions by Franco-Flemish masters - that de Bonefont may well have heard - on one of the most profound texts of the Gregorian repertoire: Media vita in morte summus (In the midst of life we are in death).