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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

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Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini: Bach, Biber, Corelli, Locke, Monteverdi, Rossi, Vivaldi [11CDs] (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 11h 17' 57'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 63264-2 | Recorded: 1991-2000

For fans of Il Giardino Armonico's flamboyant flourishes and exuberant expressiveness, it's like having all your birthdays at once, being presented with this great Warner Classics 11 CD set. My own feeling is that this "free" approach to Baroque music is at its best when applied to the theatrical music of disc 8 or the seventeenth century Italian music on disc 1. The showmanship and playfulness is an absolute joy in many of those pieces. I'm less satisfied with the interpretations of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, (on discs 10 and 11), which require a different approach, I feel. I like my Bach to be a little more measured and subtle, I suppose. It has no need of the Il Giardino Armonico treatment. On the whole, though, I do love this set and wouldn't be without it.

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371 | Time: 01:16:22

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 48:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.574264 | Recorded: 2020

Christmas celebrations are thought to go all the way back to the formidable feasting of the Vikings at midwinter, when in true Nordic fashion yuletide was toasted in. The celebration of the birth in Bethlehem is more subdued and spiritual, but it is of a far more recent date. We do not know if the Vikings celebrated yuletide with music, but music at Christmas has been a popular tradition since the Middle Ages. Today, practically all peoples around the world celebrate midwinter with special religious and cultural rituals; the precise times vary, but gifts, decorations, festivities, candles, bells and special Christmas music are apparently always part of this. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Christmas was the busiest time of the year for church composers.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi (2011)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi (2011)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - 1600: Bononcini, Castello, dall'Abaco, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Legrenzi, de Macque, Marini (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 66:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30531 | Recorded: 2011

The programme chosen for this CD by the eminent early music specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini and performed by members of his hand-picked ensemble Concerto Italiano illustrate most of the forms that instrumental music adopted in the course of the seventeenth century. Amongst the composers featured are Giovanni Gabrieli, Frescobaldi, Zanetti, and Torelli, as well as lesser known figures of the period including Giovanni de Macque, Evaristo dall’Abaco, and Giovanni Bononcini.

Martin Gester, Arte dei Suonatori - Venetian Christmas: Vivaldi, Hasse, Perotti, Torelli (2014)

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Martin Gester, Arte dei Suonatori - Venetian Christmas: Vivaldi, Hasse, Perotti, Torelli (2014)

Martin Gester, Arte dei Suonatori - Venetian Christmas: Vivaldi, Hasse, Perotti, Torelli (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 74:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-2089 SACD | Recorded: 2013

In Venice in the 18th century, Christmas was celebrated as only Venetians know how to celebrate: according to one account, more wax was burnt to light up the three storeys of the Procuratie on Christmas Eve, than in all the rest of Italy in an entire year. At the same time, rather than being an independent feast – and as such, the most singularly important one of the year – the Venetian Christmas was also part of the city's famous Carnevale, which at this time lasted for almost six months. This lent a rather special character to the celebrations, compared with for instance the more clerically inclined Rome.

Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)

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Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)

Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 0 19162 2 | Recorded: 2002-2012

Among the most exciting classical musicians of our time, Alison Balsom was first inspired by Dizzy Gillespie to become a virtuosic trumpet soloist. 'I've spent my whole life trying to show how versatile the trumpet can be,' she says. 'It's only limited by your imagination.' In this selection from her award-winning albums, she plays gems from the Baroque repertoire on both natural and valved instruments.

Alison Balsom, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen - Haydn & Hummel: Trumpet Concertos (2008)

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Alison Balsom, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen - Haydn & Hummel: Trumpet Concertos (2008)

Alison Balsom, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen - Haydn & Hummel: Trumpet Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 52:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 2 16213 0 | Recorded: 2008

Alison Balsom’s fourth CD for EMI Classics features Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s evergreen trumpet concertos, coupled with concertos by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda and Giuseppe Torelli. Balsom also directs Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Alison Balsom - Jubilo: Bach, Corelli, Torelli, Fasch (2016)

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Alison Balsom - Jubilo: Bach, Corelli, Torelli, Fasch (2016)

Alison Balsom - Jubilo: Bach, Corelli, Torelli, Fasch (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 54:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 90295924652 | Recorded: 2015, 2016

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom OBE has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. With this release Alison records on the natural trumpet for the first time since the hugely successful album Sound the Trumpet. Inspired by seasonal Baroque repertoire, the recording includes Bach’s concertos by Corelli, Torelli, and Fasch performed with the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of violinist Pavlo Besnosiuk.

Maurice André - Great Trumpet Concertos [6CDs] (2016)

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Maurice André - Great Trumpet Concertos [6CDs] (2016)

Maurice André - Great Trumpet Concertos [6CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.11 Gb | Total time: 07:26:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295974947 | Recorded: 1963-1980

“Indisputably the most consummate artist in the history of the classical trumpet,” was how Gramophone described Maurice André, a musician characterised by both brilliance and refinement. These six CDs, which give pride of place to music from the 18th and 20th centuries, complement some of the most popular concertos ever written for trumpet with an enticing and fascinating selection of rarely-heard works.

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina - Et in Arcadia Ego (2014)

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Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina - Et in Arcadia Ego (2014)

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina - Et in Arcadia Ego (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 79:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fra Bernardo | fb 1312333 | Recorded: 2013

They consider themselves the oldest tribe of ancient Greece. Their territory is a place from the eternal Golden Age, where peaceful shepherds, unhindered by hard work, can pursue their pleasures and passions. A blissful, perfect country life: Arcadia, the ideal place for ancient mythology, for nymphs and shepherds, heroes and gods. It needn’t worry us that Arcadia was transported from its original location in the heart of the Peloponnese to Sicily in classical Latin literature.

Richard Edlinger, Capella Istropolitana - Festliches Barock: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, Pachelbel (2002)

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Richard Edlinger, Capella Istropolitana - Festliches Barock: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, Pachelbel (2002)

Richard Edlinger, Capella Istropolitana - Festliches Barock: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, Pachelbel (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 775 Mb | Total time: 61:20+56:24+53:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.80640 | Recorded: 1987-89

The chamber orchestra Cappella Istropolitana was established in 1983. The musicians have in common their delight in making music and their enthusiasm for collective playing in a small ensemble. Most of them are both renowned experienced chamber musicians and soloists. The name ”Cappella Istropolitana” is derived from the Latin word Istropolis – town on the Danube.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Christmas Concertos (1990)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Christmas Concertos (1990)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Christmas Concertos: Corelli, Werner, Gossec, Handel, Vejvanovský, J.S. Bach, Torelli (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 201 Mb | Total time: 45:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 410 179-2 | Recorded: 1982

It is some of Christopher Hogwoods finest work. The selections and recording are wonderful examples of early Baroque Period Christmas music.