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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 2 - Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 61:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553174 | Recorded: 1995

This release offers a liturgical reconstruction of the Vespers office. The five Vesper psalms and Magnificat belong to different periods in Charpentier's life and the six antiphons are by his organist-composer contemporary, Nivers. The reconstruction works well and Le Concert Spirituel, under Hervé Niquet, demonstrates its rapport with Charpentier's music. The vocal sound is fresh and the wide range of musical Affekt shows off a greater diversity of tonal colour.

Robert Rawson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen - Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems (2023)

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Robert Rawson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen - Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems (2023)

Robert Rawson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, The Girl Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral - Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 63:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 24397 | Recorded: 2022

The name 'Chandos anthems' is most frequently associated with Handel, but he was not the first, nor the last, composer in the extravagant household of James Brydges, the Duke of Chandos from 1719. Working concurrently with Handel at Cannons was the Berlin native, Johann Christoph Pepusch?nearly 20 years Handel's senior?who took over as Director of Music by early 1719 whereupon he adopted a distinctly Venetian approach to sacred music, in the manner of Lotti and Vivaldi.

Alexander Schneider, Ensemble Polyharmonique - Francesco Cavalli: Requiem; Alessandro Grandi: Motets (2019)

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Alexander Schneider, Ensemble Polyharmonique - Francesco Cavalli: Requiem; Alessandro Grandi: Motets (2019)

Alexander Schneider, Ensemble Polyharmonique - Francesco Cavalli: Requiem; Alessandro Grandi: Motets (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 56:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Raumklang ‎| # RK3601 | Recorded: 2015

When Venetian opera experienced its true blossoming in the mid seventeenth century, Cavalli’s works numbered among the main attractions. Indeed, he was one of the most productive composers in the city on the lagoon, and his works greatly influenced the still young genre. However, apart from his almost thirty preserved operas, he was also prolific in the area of church music. As a singer, organist, and, from 1668, maestro di capella, he remained closely linked to Saint Mark’s Basilica his entire life, composing Masses, vesper cycles, and oratorios.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 74:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus | # GAU 332 | Recorded: 2002

English composer William Byrd must have figured he'd lived long enough by 1605, as the seventy-something composer decided to throw caution to the winds and published his largest work, the two-volume set Gradualia, that year. This was a collection of Latin service music, consisting of mass propers for the entire church years in addition to a few secular pieces in the second volume; it contains 109 works in all. Although James I had acceded to the English throne in 1603 with the intention of at least attempting to restore some measure of religious freedom to English Catholics, in quick succession the Bye Plot, the Main Plot, and the Gunpowder Plot put to bed any hopes that this would come to pass during his reign.

Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln, La Capella Ducale - Johann Schein: Psalmen Davids (1999)

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Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln, La Capella Ducale - Johann Schein: Psalmen Davids (1999)

Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata Köln, La Capella Ducale - Johann Schein: Psalmen Davids (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 438 Mb | Total time: 78:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glissando | 779 006-2 | Recorded: 1998

Bach contemporaries such as Jan Zelenka (1679-1745) and Johann Pisendel (1687-1755), both of whom spent most of their creative lives at the Dresden court, are enjoying a well-deserved period of “discovery”–and so is Johann Schein (1586-1630), a less-interesting contemporary of Bach’s most illustrious predecessor, Heinrich Schütz, who preceded Bach as Kantor in Leipzig by a little more than a century. Schein’s primary claim to importance is his incorporation of Italian madrigal style into Lutheran church music. But it’s also clear that he was influenced by the big block-chord sound and antiphonal choir scoring favored by Gabrieli and similarly employed by Schütz.

Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)

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Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)

Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)
Concerto Italiano, conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 372 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naive | # OP 30537 | Time: 01:19:56

This disc is a tour de force, a world premiere recording of stunning music splendidly performed. The unjustly obscure Antonio Maria Bononcini was appointed late in life to be maestro di cappella in Modena, a post which allowed him to pour his store of invention into two grand sacred works, a Mass and a Stabat Mater. Conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini engages deeply with the composer’s imagination, opening up his dense counterpoint and delicately binding together his vocal and obbligato lines. The musical rhetoric of the Concerto Italiano is spellbinding, particularly when band and singers heighten gestures to surge powerfully towards a passage’s final cadence. However heated their delivery becomes – and the Stabat Mater does sizzle – the artists never rush. This is particularly crucial for bringing out Bononcini’s modulations and textures, which, because they shift rapidly, need space to breathe.

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

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Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HCX 3955182 | 00:51:54

Byrd, the chief musician of Elizabethan England, wrote and published liturgical music for clandestine religious observance. Among his most serene and pure works, these intimate five-voice masses are drawn from his second book of Gradualia published in 1607.

Ivor Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge (WoO 61) Oratorium nach Worten der hl. Schrift (2014)

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Ivor Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge (WoO 61) Oratorium nach Worten der hl. Schrift (2014)

Ivor Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - Louis Spohr: Die letzten Dinge (WoO 61) Oratorium nach Worten der hl. Schrift (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 74:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | OC 438 | Recorded: 2013

The Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra dedicates itself here to a “forgotten master”. In drastic, enigmatic images of the Apocalypse of St. John, Louis Spohr’s oratorio The Last Judgement deals with the fundamental questions of humanity: justice, responsibility and redemption. Shortly after its world premiere, one could say that this work was an international success. Since the Spohr Year of 2009 it has returned to concert stages all over the world and was performed brilliantly in Salzburg on 6 June 2013. OehmsClassics presents a live recording here of this concert from the Mozarteum.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ernst Bach: Passionsoratorium (1990)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ernst Bach: Passionsoratorium (1990)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Ernst Bach: Passionsoratorium (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 123:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 10 310/11 | Recorded: 1989

Today it is the Passions of J.S Bach which are most commonly known. The Passion Oratorio by J.S Bach’s nephew, godson and pupil Johann Ernst Bach is lesser known. On this Capriccio re-release his Passion Oratorio is performed alongside an Ode on the 77th Psalm for tenor, chorus and orchestra and a Motet for solo voices, four-part chorus, strings and continuo.

Philip Cave, Magnificat - Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy (2016)

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Philip Cave, Magnificat -  Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy (2016)

Philip Cave, Magnificat - Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 84:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn | # CKD517 | Recorded: 2015

This sumptuous two-disc Renaissance choral release by the group Magnificat finds a nifty way of tying together repertory by diverse composers without reference to liturgy or purely musical considerations. Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was a Dominican friar of Renaissance Florence who railed against papal corruption and was tortured and killed for his trouble; the scattered ashes of the title refer to the disposition of his corpse, which was cremated so that it could not serve as a rallying point for his admirers. During his imprisonment, Savonarola composed meditations on biblical texts, and it is these, more or less distant from psalms and other biblical sources, that are set here.

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Alessandro Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1986)

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Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Alessandro Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1986)

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Alessandro Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 44:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton| # HCD 12732-2 | Recorded: 1986

Scarlatti composed his Stabat mater for the Neapolitan brotherhood of the Cavalieri della Vergine dei dolori. He scored it for two solo voices, soprano and mezzo-soprano with an orchestra of strings. The Stabat mater text prevented him from adopting the 'recitative-aria' patter of the cantata and so he alternated solo and duet numbers almost throughout, introducing two short arioso sections towards the conclusion of the work. scarlatti, like Pergolesi, shows remarkable resourcefulness in the achievement of variety within what, on the face of it, looks like a restricted pattern. Pergolesi, incidentally, composed his Stabat mater for the same Neapolitan brotherhood and must certainly have takne Scarlatti's setting as his model since the similarities are too numerous and too close to be merely accidental.

Laurence Equilbey - Joseph Haydn: Les sept dernières Paroles du Christ en Croix (2006)

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Laurence Equilbey - Joseph Haydn: Les sept dernières Paroles du Christ en Croix (2006)

Laurence Equilbey - Joseph Haydn: Les sept dernières Paroles du Christ en Croix (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 53:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5045 | Recorded: 2005

Haydn's Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross) is unique in his output. Commissioned in 1785 as an orchestral work for Good Friday by a church in Cádiz, Spain, it posed Haydn considerable problems as he tried to reconcile the general structural principles of the Classical era with a commission that required him, in effect, to write seven slow movements in a row – and, at a deeper level, to write a really somber work in a musical language made for humor and sunny lyricism. The seven movements, plus opening and central introductions and a final "Terremoto" or earthquake, stand in contrast with one another in both texture and tonality, although all are indeed dark in hue. Haydn apparently was pleased with his solution, for he arranged the work for string quartet and gave permission to Hummel to create a piano version.

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)

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The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)
William Harris, Michael Tippett, Thomas Weelkes, James MacMillan, Ivor Gurney, Robert Ramsey
Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, Michael East, Herbert Howells, Robert Pearsall, Thomas Tomkins

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: CORO | # COR16134 | Time: 01:10:50

Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.

Jürgen Jürgens, Concerto Amsterdam, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 158 & 198 (1994)

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Jürgen Jürgens, Concerto Amsterdam, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 158 & 198 (1994)

Jürgen Jürgens, Concerto Amsterdam, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 158 & 198 "Trauer-Ode" (1994)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 66:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 93687 | Recorded: 1967

Everything about this 1967 recording is promising. Highly acclaimed Austrian soprano Rotraud Hansmann, the regal contralto Helen Watts, the effortless legato singing of tenor Kurt Equiluz, the equally wondrous baritone Max van Egmond. Famed for helping pave the way to informed historical performance practice, these excellent singers are joined by Concerto Amsterdam as Early Music performance pioneers often conducted by Frans Brüggen in the 1960s.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 416 Mb | Total time: 76:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus ‎| # CDGAU333 | Recorded: 2001

A disc which traces the emotion and joy of Holy Week and Easter by the most famous of all sixteenth-century composers, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina. His stunningly moving setting of the Stabat mater is set alongside dramatic descriptions of the resurrection and shows Palestrina to be more emotional and daring a composer than is usually thought. Here also you can see Palestrina using a wariety of styles, from conservative sounding polyphony for men’ voices to vibrant new pieces for double choir where rhythm and dialogue are all important.