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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 430 Mb | Total time: 86:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC76613 | Recorded: 2007

Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Vergine” was published in 1610, together with his “Missa in illo tempore”. This edition is his first important collection of music for the Catholic service, although there is much uncertainty about how it came into being. In fact, it is a collection of various pieces which were most likely not conceived together as a self-contained unit.

Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica - Faventina: The liturgical music of Codex Faenza 117 (1380-1420) (2007)

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Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica - Faventina: The liturgical music of Codex Faenza 117 (1380-1420) (2007)

Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica - Faventina: The liturgical music of Codex Faenza 117 (1380-1420) (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 64:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroisie | # AM 105 | Recorded: 2005

The Codex Faenza 117 features the richest instrumental variations of medieval plainchant masses and offices that have come down to us, including three pairs of Kyrie-Gloria settings, a ceremonial motet and several sections of a Marian office. Mala Punica’s ground-breaking recording of this repertoire has shown different possible combinations between voices and—mostly keyboard—instruments to be suitable for the repertoire. The program stages five voices and five instrumentalists.

Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica - Matteo da Perugia, Zaccara da Teramo: Missa Cantilena (1997)

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Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica - Matteo da Perugia, Zaccara da Teramo: Missa Cantilena (1997)

Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica - Matteo da Perugia, Zaccara da Teramo: Missa Cantilena (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 60:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-17069-2 | Recorded: 1996

If you love medieval vocal music, you'll be fascinated by this unusual collection of mass movements written by two Italian composers– Matteo and Zaccara–that are juxtaposed and organized both to contrast their styles and to make programmatic sense. There's lots of fancy ornamentation and there are many dramatic moments, as well as sections of sweet, gentle lyricism–listen to Matteo's "Gloria," sung with heart- rending tenderness by soprano Jill Feldman. The singers are alternately accompanied by recorder, harp, fiddle, bells, and organ.

Harry Christophers, Handel and Haydn Society - Haydn: Symphony No. 100; Nelson Mass (2020)

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Harry Christophers, Handel and Haydn Society - Haydn: Symphony No. 100; Nelson Mass (2020)

Harry Christophers, Handel and Haydn Society - Haydn: Symphony No. 100; Nelson Mass (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 64:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coro | # COR16181 | Recorded: 2020

Experience two grand classics, alive with all the excitement and verve of their very first performances. Thrill to one of Haydn’s masterful ‘London’ symphonies that wowed England’s capital – the smash hit ‘Military’, so-called for intense depictions of the clash of arms and ferocious roar of war. In the epic Nelson Mass Handel and Haydn Society's magnificent chorus and soloists join the orchestra in this homage to the heroic admiral who helped to vanquish Napoleon.

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

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Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 863 Mb | Total time: 160:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 644 | Recorded: 2020

Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote a libretto on the Passion of Christ – based on the account in Matthew’s Gospel – which was set to music by many composers of his time, including Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philip Telemann and George Frideric Handel. It is Handel’s version of the latter that the period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo has chosen to present here. Under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, these specialists in the Baroque repertory are joined by the voices of Sandrine Piau, whose numerous Handel recordings are regarded as a benchmark, the tenor Stuart Jackson and the baritone Konstantin Krimmel, recently revealed in a debut recital for Alpha.

Marie van Rhijn, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - Pergolesi, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater pour deux castrats (2021)

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Marie van Rhijn, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - Pergolesi, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater pour deux castrats (2021)

Marie van Rhijn, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - Pergolesi, Vivaldi: Stabat Mater pour deux castrats (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 77:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chateau de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS033 | Recorded: 2020

Two countertenors for Pergolesis Stabat Mater: this is the resurrection of the first performance in France of this work, introduced by two Italian Castratos from the Royal Chapel of Louis XV, who were enthusiastic propagators of it both at Court and at the Concert Spirituel. Paris was conquered and saw in it the revolutionary mark of a Neapolitan genius, who alas passed away so young. Pergolesi, shortly before his death at the age of 26 and affected by illness, expressed the Virgins suffering with the language of passion more typical of opera.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: Kantaten im Januar - BWV 72, 92 & 156 (2020)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: Kantaten im Januar - BWV 72, 92 & 156 (2020)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: Kantaten im Januar - BWV 72, 92 & 156 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 62:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 25320 | Recorded: 2020

Even after the completion of the highly praised Bach cantata series, which was released between 2004 and 2014, and in which La Petite Bande recorded cantatas for every Sunday of the liturgical year, Sigiswald Kuijken still does not let go of his great passion for Johann Sebastian Bach. He turns once again to the cantatas and presents on his new recording three works that Bach wrote for the end of January and the beginning of February, and that he performed in Leipzig at St Thomas' Church between 1725 and 1729.

Vittorio Zanon, Consortium Carissimi - Giacomo Carissimi: Motets à 1, 2, 3 voix & basse continue (2005)

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Vittorio Zanon, Consortium Carissimi - Giacomo Carissimi: Motets à 1, 2, 3 voix & basse continue (2005)

Vittorio Zanon, Consortium Carissimi - Giacomo Carissimi: Motets à 1, 2, 3 voix & basse continue (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 66:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # PV705011 | Recorded: 2003

This present CD recording of 12 Motets for 1, 2 & 3 Men’s Voices and Basso continuo of Giacomo Carissimi? might be best considered an oddity as much as an attempt to satisfy a curiosity. Since there are no existing autograph Motet manuscripts of Giacomo Carissimi, all manuscripts that have been transcribed by Consortium Carissimi are transcriptions themselves of Carissimi’s contemporaries. These transcriptions of both sacred and secular music come from Library Manuscripts or Early Printed Editions, consequently much if not all of this music has not been performed and heard since.

Rolf Schweizer, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim - Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-Oratorium (2012)

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Rolf Schweizer, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim - Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-Oratorium (2012)

Rolf Schweizer, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim - Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-Oratorium (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 210 Mb | Total time: 44:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94350 | Recorded: 1999

It is well known that Bach was a keen recycler – always borrowing old musical ideas and refashioning them for different expressive purposes. The Oster Oratorium is no exception in that its origins can be traced back to a secular cantata written in 1725 to celebrate the birthday of Duke Christian of Saxony-Weissenfels. Little over a month later the cantata was performed again, this time with an amended text and new recitatives to suit the celebration of Easter Sunday, but it was not until 1735 that the composer, having made further alterations to the work’s structure and scoring, chose to give it the revised title ‘oratorio’.

Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir of Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat (2000)

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Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir of Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat (2000)

Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir of Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 723 Mb | Total time: 73:59+78:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 56994 2 | Recorded: 1999-2000

With various record labels compiling complete works to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach, EMI's more accessible approach is this luxurious anthology of the Baroque master's sacred music. Over two and a half hours, this program encompasses the grand scale of the Magnificat in D (BWV 243) and Missa Brevis in A (BWV 234). Between these are scared cantatas, the very popular choral Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) contrasting with sensitive solo vocal writing in Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (BWV 12); motets; arias; and an organ prelude and fugue. It's a well-balanced program, covering every aspect of Bach's church music except the Passions.

Aleksander Kunach, Dawid Biwo, Polski Chór Kameralny - Czarnecki: Vesperæ in exaltatione Sanctæ Crucis, Op. 50 (2021)

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Aleksander Kunach, Dawid Biwo, Polski Chór Kameralny - Czarnecki: Vesperæ in exaltatione Sanctæ Crucis, Op. 50 (2021)

Aleksander Kunach, Dawid Biwo, Polski Chór Kameralny & Jan Łukaszewski - Czarnecki: Vesperæ in exaltatione Sanctæ Crucis, Op. 50 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 225 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:29
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: DUX Records

Czarnecki as born in 1949 in Jelenia Góra. In 1963-1969, he attended the State Music School in Cz 281;stochowa as a piano class student. It was also there where he took contact with Prof. Romuald Twardowski, with whom he had his first composition lessons. In 1969-1974, he studied composition at the Warsaw Higher State School of Music (currently the Chopin University of Music) in the class of Prof. Piotr Perkowski and Prof. Romuald Twardowski. Vespers for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (Vesperæ in exaltatione Sanctæ Crucis) is a composition that is thoroughly imbued with the Christian tradition. It is almost a complete form of the evening breviary prayer of the Catholic Church written in Latin but already according to the post-conciliar liturgy. The present album features a complete recording of the said work, dedicated to His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Megumi Akanuma & Filippo Farinelli - Arie dal Sacro Convento di Assisi (2021)

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Megumi Akanuma & Filippo Farinelli - Arie dal Sacro Convento di Assisi (2021)

Megumi Akanuma & Filippo Farinelli - Arie dal Sacro Convento di Assisi (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 250 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:34
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Tactus

The Cappella Musicale of the Basilica di San Francesco is several centuries old; its origin is very ancient and dates back to the first years of the thirteenth century, in direct connection with the particular stimulus given by St. Francis to singing the praise of God, an activity that was encouraged by a renovation of liturgical prayer, within the precepts of the Holy Roman Church.

Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)

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Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)

Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 70:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # BKD 373 | Recorded: 2010

This, the second release of the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series, features the Easter Oratorio, one of Bach's best-known oratorios and a monumental work, as well as the Ascension Oratorio. Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani). This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble.

Justin Doyle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin - Handel: Messiah (2020)

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Justin Doyle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin - Handel: Messiah (2020)

Justin Doyle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin - Handel: Messiah (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 697 Mb | Total time: 83:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5186853 | Recorded: 2020

The RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin and its chief conductor Justin Doyle present Handel’s Messiah, together with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and an all-British quartet of outstanding soloists, consisting of Julia Doyle (soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor) and Roderick Williams (bass). Messiah (1742) is not only Handel’s most famous work, but equally one of the cornerstones of British choral culture. Over the years, a tradition of mass performances full of pomp and circumstance took root, with the "Hallelujah" as a showstopper. This new period-instruments recording, however, aims to bring the piece back to the size and intimacy of the earliest performances.

Wolfgang Hochstein, Kammerorchester Johann Adolf Hasse - Hasse: Laudate pueri; Psalmen; Antiphonen (1996)

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Wolfgang Hochstein, Kammerorchester Johann Adolf Hasse - Hasse: Laudate pueri; Psalmen; Antiphonen (1996)

Wolfgang Hochstein, Kammerorchester Johann Adolf Hasse - Hasse: Laudate pueri; Psalmen; Antiphonen; Concerto per due flauti (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 64:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.136 | Recorded: 1994

Das Laudate pueri ist zwischen 1735 und 1749 für das Ospedale degl’Incurabili in Venedig entstanden. Da es sich dabei um eine musikalische Ausbildungsstätte für begabte Mädchen und junge Frauen handelt, waren die Vokalstimmen ursprünglich nur mit Frauenstimmen besetzt.