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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.88 Gb | Total time: 10h35' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 106

Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez’s example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards.

Cappella Mediterranea, Clematis, L'Achéron, Vox Luminis, Doulce Mémoire - Cipriano de Rore: Ancor che col partire (2015)

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Cappella Mediterranea, Clematis, L'Achéron, Vox Luminis, Doulce Mémoire - Cipriano de Rore: Ancor che col partire (2015)

Cappella Mediterranea, Clematis, L'Achéron, Vox Luminis, Doulce Mémoire, Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Cipriano de Rore: Ancor che col partire (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 69:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC355 | Recorded: 2014

The works of Cipriano de Rore (1515/16 – 1565) remained extremely popular until well after his death. Several of his madrigals later appeared in dozens of ornamented versions and continued to do so until the beginning of the 17th century; this was an extraordinary success for the time.

Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Kantaten der Bach Familie (2019)

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Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Kantaten der Bach Familie (2019)

Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Kantaten der Bach Familie (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 66:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Richercar | # RIC401 | Recorded: 2018

Having recorded the complete motets composed by the ancestors of Johann Sebastian Bach (RIC 347), Vox Luminis now tackles their complete spiritual concerts and sacred cantatas, in which the instruments – particularly the strings – play a highly important role. In the cantata for the Feast of St Michael the Archangel by Johann Christoph Bach, trumpets and drums are enlisted to evoke the battle of the archangels in heaven. To round off this programme, Vox Luminis presents the cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden by Johann Sebastian Bach, in its original version dating from his Arnstadt period, containing copious elements linking it to the music of his forebears.

Lionel Meunier, Freiburger BarockConsort, Vox Luminis - Biber: Requiem (2020)

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Lionel Meunier, Freiburger BarockConsort, Vox Luminis - Biber: Requiem (2020)

Lionel Meunier, Freiburger BarockConsort, Vox Luminis - Biber: Requiem (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 72:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 665 | Recorded: 2019

The winner of numerous prestigious prizes, including several Gramophone Awards, the vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, founded by Lionel Meunier in 2004, is now regarded as a benchmark in the interpretation of the great works of German Baroque music. Its unfailingly faithful and lively approach to such masters as Bach, Buxtehude and Scheidt has made the group’s reputation, but this new recording features a major work by Heinrich Biber, a composer hitherto absent from its discography: his Requiem in F minor for 14 voices, composed around 1692. The programme is completed by two sacred works by Christoph Bernhard (Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Friede fahren and Tribularer si nescirem misericordias tuas), two pieces by Johann Joseph Fux, and the Sonata a 6 in A minor of Johann Michael Nicolai.

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

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Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)
Vox Luminis; Lionel Meunier, artistic direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 370 | Time: 01:01:19

The Belgian early music group Vox Luminis has made several wonderful recordings of lesser-known Baroque repertory. They cultivate a distinctive sound with ten or 15 singers (here there are ten) and a small instrumental group, diverging completely from the general Italianate-operatic trend toward brisk tempos, sharp accents, and dramatic conceptions. Here they take on two very familiar works and meet the challenge of creating unique interpretations. Even in the splendid Bach Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (sample one of the big choruses, perhaps "Fecit potentiam"), they are smooth and even delicate. The sound is all the more impressive in that leader Lionel Meunier does not really conduct; he sings in the choir itself. Yet the carefully burnished sound is extremely coherent. The effect is to deliver a personal aspect even to these highly public works. In this kind of reading there is the necessity for the performers to deliver text intelligibility and for the instrumentalists to deliver balance, and all succeed nicely, as do Alpha Classics' engineers, working in a pair of churches (Belgian for the Handel, Dutch for the Bach). This is a beautifully rendered representation of standard repertory that draws you into entirely new ways of looking at the music.

Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Andreas Hammerschmidt: Ach Jesus Stirbt (2020)

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Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Andreas Hammerschmidt: Ach Jesus Stirbt (2020)

Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis - Andreas Hammerschmidt: Ach Jesus Stirbt (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 70:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 418 | Recorded: 2019

Andreas Hammerschmidt is undoubtedly the most unjustly neglected composer of seventeenth-century Lutheran Germany. Very few recordings have been devoted to him, even though his music was widely published during his lifetime. The fifteen or so published collections offer a great variety of works, which, like those of his famous contemporary Heinrich Schütz, illustrate the fusion between the Lutheran polyphonic tradition and the various stylistic influences of the Italian Baroque. For this musical portrait of Hammerschmidt, Vox Luminis has drawn on several of these collections in order to offer as rounded a picture as possible of the variety of the composer’s styles.

Reinoud Van Mechelen, Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis - Charpentier: Orphée aux Enfers (2020)

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Reinoud Van Mechelen, Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis - Charpentier: Orphée aux Enfers (2020)

Reinoud Van Mechelen, Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis - Charpentier: Orphée aux Enfers (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 465 Mb | Total time: 82:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA566 | Recorded: 2019

The Orpheus myth was as important for the birth of opera in France as it had been in Italy. In 1684, Charpentier composed a work for three voices, Orphée descendant aux Enfers. With this piece, remarkable for its style and concision, he showed how well he had assimilated Carissimi’s art. It is a dramatic scene, similar to the ‘sacred histories’ of the Roman master. The text, by an unknown author, narrates Orpheus’ quest for his beloved in the Underworld. /quote]

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)

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Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation  [8CDs] (2011)

Jérôme Lejeune: Réforme et Contre-Réforme - Reformation & Counter-Reformation [8CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,69 Gb | Total time: 10:22:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 101

Following on from and designed along the same lines as the Guide to Period Instruments, this boxed set includes an exhaustive introductory text as well as a great quantity of music excerpts on the set’s eight CDs. These extracts have been taken from the extensive repertoire recorded by Ricercar over many years, with excerpts from recordings kindly provided by our colleagues from Harmonia Mundi, Gimell, Accent, Alpha and Sony supplementing our programme where necessary. The Lutheran repertoire of the Renaissance has remained for all intents and purposes unrecorded up until now; the tracks illustrating this repertoire together with other excerpts have been recorded specially for this compilation by Vox Luminis.

A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers (2020)

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A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers (2020)

A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 405 MB | Tracks: 32 | 82:06 min
Style: Classical | Label: Alpha

The Orpheus myth was as important for the birth of opera in France as it had been in Italy. In 1684, Charpentier composed a work for three voices, Orphée descendant aux Enfers. With this piece, remarkable for its style and concision, he showed how well he had assimilated Carissimi's art. It is a dramatic scene, similar to the sacred histories of the Roman master. The text, by an unknown author, narrates Orpheus quest for his beloved in the Underworld. The hero's haute-contre gives him an elegiac timbre this was the vocal register in which Charpentier, himself a singer, excelled. In 1687 he created his second illustration of the myth, La Descente d Orphée aux Enfers. In its two acts can be discerned the outline of a possible complete opera the manuscript has reached us shorn of the third act in which Orpheus would presumably have lost Eurydice before being devoured by the Maenads.

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Vox Luminis - Keiser: Brockes-Passion (2014)

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Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Vox Luminis - Keiser: Brockes-Passion (2014)

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Vox Luminis - Keiser: Brockes-Passion (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 625 Mb | Total time: 120:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM 1303 | Recorded: 2012

The Brockes-Passion can be considered the archetype of the German Passion oratorio. As such, it served as a model and source ofinspiration for famous later masterpieces, enjoying uninterrupted popularity throughout the 18th century when no less than 11 composers, including Handel and Telemann, set it to music. The superb version by Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739) is not only the first but also adheres most closely to the great rhetorical power and rich changes of affects of the poets text. In German literary history, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747) is known above all for his innovative role during the second quarter of the 18th century.