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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.45 Mb | Total time: 05:24:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69564-1 | Recorded: 1999, 2003

William Christie’s account on Erato is probably now a first recommendation… he has marshalled expert singers; Alan Ewing’s Polyphemus is particularly good, well characterized and spirited. Indeed, the whole performance is full of life and personality, and Christie holds everything together with finesse and grace.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-10697-2 | Recorded: 1994

For all the lovely recordings of the Mozart Requiem, KV 626 - and there are many fine ones that run the gamut of 'authoritative/authentic' performances to richly robust and romantic versions that ring the halls with operatic grandeur - this 1995 recording with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissantes is one that is so richly rewarding to return to for its delicate yet soulful sincerity. The instruments are in keeping with the instruments of Mozart's time, and the choral technique is more straight toned than other more modern choruses. The soloists - Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann, alto, Christoph Pregardien, tenor, and Nathan Berg, bass - are all excellent, both as individuals and in quartet and combinations.

Théotime Langlois de Swarte & William Christie - Générations - Senaillé & Leclair: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2021)

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Théotime Langlois de Swarte & William Christie - Générations - Senaillé & Leclair: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2021)

Théotime Langlois de Swarte & William Christie - Générations - Senaillé & Leclair: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 395 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:23
Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

Poised at the convergence of 18th-century French and Italian schools, Leclair and Senaillé were the French Paganinis of their day. Technically challenging yet full of poetry, rhythmically varied and always dance-like, their sonatas find two fervent advocates in Théotime Langlois de Swarte and William Christie. Transcending generational differences, the “venerated elder statesman of early music” (Opera News) and the youthful violin prodigy join forces to help us rediscover these still unjustly neglected pages.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 417 Mb | Total time: 81:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Éditions Arts Florissants | # AF002 | Recorded: 2013

With Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, William Christie invites us to take a pleasant walk in the beautiful garden of French vocal music from the XVIIIth Century. Featured composers include Rameau and his contemporaries, and the repertoire ranges from opera highlights and profane cantatas to instrumental interludes. Christie's program presents a vivid overview of the music that was played in Versailles at the peak of its splendor. The album's vocal soloists are young singers who took part in Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices) - a biannual musical academy led by William Christie and Paul Agnew that is designed to unveil the most promising talents of the coming generation.

William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)

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William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)

William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.70 + 6.19 Gb (2xDVD9) | 230 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Jonathan Kent's spectacular production of Purcell's huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production's acclaim. Paul Brown's inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 66 min | 5,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: FRA Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2008

A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 72:33+60:15+64:22+50:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 7080 | Recorded: 1986

One can easily appreciate this early William Christie recording with Capella Coloniensis, a group originally formed in 1954 (!) to perform baroque works in historically informed performances. Christie masters this orchestra well, and the playing is impeccable. The casting is excellent, including some of the great singers of the time: Emma Kirkby, in her prime, Agnes Mellon, Dominique Visse and David Cordier, among others. There is even a male soprano, Randall K. Wong, a rare type of singer indeed.

William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Handel - Giulio Cesare (William Christie, Sarah Connolly, Danielle De Niese) (2009) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28555 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 227 min | 42,6+39,7 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 5760 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 227 min | 17,1 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | PCM / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel´s masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel's musical expression.

William Christie - Rameau: Pieces de clavecin & Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de clavecin (2003)

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William Christie - Rameau: Pieces de clavecin & Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de clavecin (2003)

William Christie - Rameau: Pièces de clavecin & Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de clavecin (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 739 Mb | Total time: 115:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 2901120.21 | Recorded: 1983

Compared to his colleagues in the French Baroque harpsichord business, Rameau wrote relatively little keyboard music. It all fits on two discs. Like the keyboard sonatas of his contemporary Scarlatti, these pieces contain moments when Rameau clearly uses the harpsichord to evoke the sound of the orchestra–trumpets, flutes, and drums–but unlike Scarlatti's, several of these pieces were actually orchestrated and reappear as dance numbers in Rameau's operas. William Christie is our leading exponent of French Baroque opera, Rameau in particular, and it follows that he is alive to every detail in these fascinating and delightful miniatures.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 72:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Les Arts Florissants Editions | AF004 | Recorded: 2013

Caroline of Ansbach, [actually Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline von Brandenburg-Ansbach] wife of King George II, remarkably beautiful patron of the arts and sciences, considered Handel an esteemed confidant. It was in Hanover that Caroline first encountered Handel, actively encouraging his appointment as Kapellmeister there in 1710, and it was apparently at her behest that he composed five of his Italian chamber duets. With the accession of the elector as George I in 1714, Caroline became Princess of Wales and on his death, in 1727, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, consort of King George II.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Renée Fleming, Natalie Dessay - Handel: Alcina (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 920 Mb | Total time: 57:50+76:33+56:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 8573-80233-2 | Recorded: 1999

Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Mort de Didon (2016)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Mort de Didon (2016)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Mort de Didon (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 75:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMF 8901280 | Recorded: 1988

The French cantata had a brief, but vibrant life during the first three decades of the 18th century. Beginning with Morin's first book in 1706, there followed dozens of books of cantatas by a number of French composers. Clerambault, Boismortier, Rameau and Monteclair all published cantatas during this period. Monteclair may by relatively unknown, but he was a composer of undoubted talent if judged by the works on this recording…If you like the French baroque, do yourself a favor and try to buy this recording. It is a high point in the art of the cantata, and in the musicianship of William Christie and his colleagues.

Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)

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Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)

Judith Nelson, William Christie, Stanley Ritchie - Mondonville: Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 52:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM931045 | Recorded: 1980

The artistic director of the ‘Concert Spirituel’ from 1752 to 1762, Mondonville was one of the most fashionable composers in Paris due to his ‘grands motets’. However, it was in the field of chamber music that he was a real innovator. In creating the sonata for harpsichord with violin accompaniment, he paved the way for a form soon to be raised to sublime heights by Mozart and Beethoven. By giving the harpsichord accompaniment to the human voice Mondonville carried the experiments to its utmost limits.

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)

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Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:06
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

William Christie triumphs; nobody does French Baroque with an Italian accent better and with his ensemble Les Arts Flos, he has made some of the finest recordings of French baroque music, including these French cantatas by André Campra (1660-1744). Campra is usually regarded as the most important French composer between Lully and Rameau and a transitional figure in French opera. Curiously, many of the musicans of Les Arts Florissants back in 1986 were American or British: violinist John Holloway, flautist Robert Claire, theorbist Stephen Stubbs, and the superlative American soprano Jill Feldman. However, to hear quintessential French vocal technique, listen to Dominique Visse singing the cantata 'La Dispute de l'Amour et de l'Hymen.' Jean-François Gardeil, the baritone on this CD, also contributes a pure French inflection to the performance. Recorded in 1986, in Arles.

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)

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Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 121 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:48:27
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

William Christie directs the singers and period-instrument musicians of Les Arts Florissants in a recording of works by Etienne Moulinié (c1600-c1669). Recorded June 1980, Eglise du Bon Secours, Paris with notes in English, French, and German and texts with English translations.