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Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

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Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 62:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 3984-21801-2 | Recorded: 1968

The works of the early Baroque Italian composers featured on this CD all make some kind of use of the new virtuoso violin technique. Thus they enable us to understand how, as a result of untold experiments, a technique that was specifically suited to the violin gradually began to emerge.

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 85 'La Reine', 86 & 87 (1990)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 85 'La Reine', 86 & 87 (1990)

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 85 'La Reine', 86 & 87 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 78:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 90844-2 | Recorded: 1989

This two discs dedicated to the great Paris Symphonies that Haydn composed for Count D'Ogny in the mid-1780s. These were designed for a large and talented ensemble, and the atmospheric, clear and balanced sound achieved by the recording engineers allows for plenty of impact whenever it is required.

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 82 'L'Ours', 83 'La Poule' & 84 (1989)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 82 'L'Ours', 83 'La Poule' & 84 (1989)

Sigiswald Kuijken, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 82 'L'Ours', 83 'La Poule' & 84 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 400 Mb | Total time: 78:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # VC 7 90793-2 | Recorded: 1988

This two discs dedicated to the great Paris Symphonies that Haydn composed for Count D'Ogny in the mid-1780s. These were designed for a large and talented ensemble, and the atmospheric, clear and balanced sound achieved by the recording engineers allows for plenty of impact whenever it is required.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104 (1997)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104 (1997)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 245 Mb | Total time: 57:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77362 2 | Recorded: 1995

These two last symphonies by Haydn (beautifully performed here) crown a lifetime of musical experimentation and orchestral mastery. No. 103, as the title implies, begins with a drum solo–a shocking innovation at the time, and one which "excited the deepest attention" in contemporary audiences. The creepy introduction reappears just before the end of the first movement, and it's a strategy that Haydn's pupil Beethoven immediately copied in his famous Pathetique Piano Sonata. The London Symphony had a longer reach still: The finale of Brahms' Second Symphony pays affectionate homage to one famous passage, but all of this music is just as valuable for itself as for its impact on later generations.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 101 "The Clock" & 102 (1995)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 101 "The Clock" & 102 (1995)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 101 "The Clock" & 102 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 52:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77351 2 | Recorded: 1994, 1995

These two symphonies were composed for Haydn's second visit to London, during the winter months of 1794-95. He knew the musicians for whom he was writing, and they were a virtuoso ensemble. Therefore these are among the largest scaled, most technically demanding among all his symphonies.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 93, 94 "The Surprise" & 95 (1993)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 93, 94 "The Surprise" & 95 (1993)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 93, 94 "The Surprise" & 95 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 66:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77275 2 | Recorded: 1992

The Surprise Symphony was, before the Mozart craze of the early 1990s, the most famous piece of classical music after Beethoven's Fifth, and if it gets into some feature film it could well regain it's former position. It says something for Haydn's ability to write consistently interesting and witty music that the most popular, "named" part in a symphony (this one included) is likely to be the slow movement. In other words, Haydn is often at his most entertaining just when other composers are putting you to sleep. Symphony No. 93 also has a surprise in its slow movement–a highly scatological comment from the bassoon at the very end, followed by what can only be described as orchestral laughter.

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.

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.

La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - Johann Sebastian Bach: Motetten (1992) Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

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La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - Johann Sebastian Bach: Motetten (1992) Reissue 2008 [Re-Up]

La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken - Johann Sebastian Bach: Motetten (1992) Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 10087 | Time: 01:04:51

If you cannot imagine what Bach's five great motets would sound like as chamber music, this disc by La Petite Bande will provide an answer: they sound fabulous. With eight singers, five string players, and four wind players plus continuo, La Petite Bande's performances sound absolutely clear – even in the densest textures, every line is ideally balanced – incredibly colorful – the combinations of voices, strings, winds, and organ seem endlessly subtle – and, best of all, unbelievably expressive. Everyone's a soloist and every line is a melody, thereby making Bach's music seem more personal and intimate than usual. Of course, part of the reason for this is that most recordings of the motets, whether a cappella or accompanied, are arguably too big and heavy. With four or more singers on a part, this kind of weightiness is virtually inevitable – but with two singers to a part, the performances can be as expressive as the music director will allow. And with music director Sigiswald Kuijken also being the first violinist, the performances are supremely expressive.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: Die Tageszeiten - Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, 8 (2012)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: Die Tageszeiten - Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, 8 (2012)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: Die Tageszeiten - Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, 8 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 71:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | ACC24272 | Recorded: 2012

‘The Time of Day’ provided Haydn with an inspiration to compose and his Symphony numbers 6, 7 & 8 collectively became known as The Day Trilogy. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande are highly respected exponents of this repertoire and this recording is no exception to their consistently high standards. Carrying on with their ‘one instrument to a part’ policy, the recording is presented in a wonderfully light and airy way, allowing the music to shine through.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,72 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 3 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 3 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 3 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,13 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 2 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 2 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 2 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,49 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 1 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 1 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 1 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,18 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets (2006)

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La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets (2006)

La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: Motets (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 56:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | SACC 72160 | Recorded: 2003

If you cannot imagine what Bach's five great motets would sound like as chamber music, this disc by La Petite Bande will provide an answer: they sound fabulous. With eight singers, five string players, and four wind players plus continuo, La Petite Bande's performances sound absolutely clear – even in the densest textures, every line is ideally balanced – incredibly colorful – the combinations of voices, strings, winds, and organ seem endlessly subtle – and, best of all, unbelievably expressive. Everyone's a soloist and every line is a melody, thereby making Bach's music seem more personal and intimate than usual. Of course, part of the reason for this is that most recordings of the motets, whether a cappella or accompanied, are arguably too big and heavy.