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Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2012)

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Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2012)

Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 59:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rondeau | ROP6062 | Recorded: 2012

Those surprised by the existence of a Vespro della beata vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin) by Alessandro Scarlatti can take comfort in the fact that there is actually no such thing; what's on offer here is a collection of psalm settings along with a hymn and Magnificat that could have been used for the Vespers service during Scarlatti's time. But, noted Susanne Fontaine, the same is true of Claudio Monteverdi's famous set of Vespers of 1610, which was a compilation rather than a unified work. Whatever the origins of Scarlatti's pieces, they do seem to fit together nicely as a set, evincing a mixture of Baroque Catholic traditionalism and operatic thinking. Several of the psalms work chant material into contrapuntal choral sections, contrasting it with more florid solo passages.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 505 Mb | Total time: 119:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| 442 142-2 | Recorded: 1992

This religious masterpiece, composed in memory of the great Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873), has themes even more cosmic than any in Verdi's other operas: life and death, heaven and hell, the Christian vision of humanity's redemption, the end of the world, and the last judgment. Verdi's music rises to the tremendous demands of this subject matter; it is music of grandeur, guilt, terror, and consolation, with a breadth of vision and an intensity of feeling unique in the composer's work and in religious music. John Eliot Gardiner's is the first recording made with period instruments, a kind of performance that some musiclovers still dismiss as dilettantism, more concerned with musicological correctness than feeling and communication.

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Almisonis Melos: Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex (2000)

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Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Almisonis Melos: Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex (2000)

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Almisonis Melos: Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 454 Mb | Total time: 64:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OP30-309 | Recorded: 2000

A French manuscript from the 14th-Century said to be compiled in Avignon, the seat of the papacy during the time, the Ivrea Codex contains several styles of music from the time making it one of the most important surviving documents from the Medieval era. This recording features harmonious vocals backed by light instrumentation. The first-rate performance of Cantica Symphonia brings an element of the sublime and divine making this one of the best releases from the Early Music genre.

Pietro Busca, Accademia del Ricercare - Franchino Gaffurio: Missa de Carnaval, Motetti Missales (2019)

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Pietro Busca, Accademia del Ricercare  - Franchino Gaffurio: Missa de Carnaval, Motetti Missales (2019)

Pietro Busca, Accademia del Ricercare - Franchino Gaffurio: Missa de Carnaval, Motetti Missales (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 60:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Elegia Classics | # ELECLA19069 | Recorded: 2019

Per celebrare il quinto centenario della morte di Leonardo da Vinci, il genio italiano che nel suo Trattato della pittura scrisse «La musica non è da essere chiamata altro che sorella della pittura», la Elegia Classics è orgogliosa di presentare un disco interamente dedicato a Franchinus Gaffurius, compositore lodigiano oggi quasi dimenticato, ma che ebbe lo straordinario onore di venire ritratto da Leonardo. Il programma è imperniato intorno alla Missa De Carnaval, una delle sue opere più significative, composta per l’ultima domenica prima della quaresima del rito ambrosiano, alla quale fanno corona alcuni mottetti di suggestiva bellezza, che tratteggiano un affascinante spaccato del panorama musicale negli ultimi anni del XV secolo.

Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal (1985)

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Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal (1985)

Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 87 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
4AD, Rough Trade | # RTD 120.0032.2 | Time: 00:38:08
Dark Wave, World Fusion, Ambient, Dream Pop

With this amazing album, Dead Can Dance fully took the plunge into the heady mix of musical traditions that would come to define its sound and style for the remainder of its career. The straightforward goth affectations are exchanged for a sonic palette and range of imagination. Calling it "haunting" and "atmospheric" barely scratches even the initial surface of the album's power. The common identification of the duo with a consciously medieval European sound starts here – quite understandable, when one considers the mystic titles of songs, references to Latin, choirs, and other touches that make the album sound like it was recorded in an immense cathedral.

Claudio Chiavazza, Gli Affetti Musicali - Giovan Battista Fergusio: Mottetti e Dialogi da concertare (1998)

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Claudio Chiavazza, Gli Affetti Musicali - Giovan Battista Fergusio: Mottetti e Dialogi da concertare (1998)

Claudio Chiavazza, Gli Affetti Musicali - Giovan Battista Fergusio: Mottetti e Dialogi da concertare (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 451 Mb | Total time: 65:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-236 | Recorded: 1998

In 1612, the Venetian editor Giacomo Vincenti accepted for publication the only work by Fergusio that is known to survive, the Motetti e Dialogi per concertar a una fino à novi voci, con il suo Basso continuo per l'Organo. Apparently he thirty-year-old Fergusio intended this publication to be the prelude to a promising artistic and editorial career. Instead, his musical career was cut short. Painful arthritis "spreading to the joints in his hands" rendered him "unable to play the organ" and "took away his will to compose and to listen to music."

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Herbert & Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat 4 (2024)

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Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Herbert & Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat 4 (2024)

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Herbert & Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat 4 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 316 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 188 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:30
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Signum Classics

Continuing their Magnificat series, and the last album of Andrew Nethsingha’s tenure as director, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge present Magnificat 4 with works from composers including Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and Charles Villiers Stanford. The album features two items commissioned specially for St John’s by Judith Weir alongside the world premiere of a new piece by Jonathan Dove.

Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 53:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-162 | Recorded: 1995

The Codice di Staffarda is a musical codex from Staffarda Abbey (Santa Maria di Staffarda), a Cistercian monastery located near Saluzzo in north-west Italy. The codex includes works by composers including the otherwise unknown Engarandus Juvenis and Antoine Brumel.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1998)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1998)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 68:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 61526 2 | Recorded: 1992

… Niquet casts the three surviving grands motets from strength, with the likes of Stephan Imbodem and Véronique Gens among his other soloists. His conducting is alert, rhythmically buoyant, and attentive to both musical and word values, as the multi-tempo hurdles of “Converte, Domine” show. Details are never lost, but neither is momentum. The choral and orchestral work of Le Concert Spirituel is first-rate, with a precision that doesn’t rule out a refined color palette.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 75:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67600 | Recorded: 2007

Fire Burning in Snow, the third volume in Ex Cathedra's series of Baroque music from Latin America, is strong testimony to the vitality of the musical scene in South America in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The bulk of this album is devoted to the sacred and secular choral music of Juan de Araujo (1648-1712), who was born in Spain, but whose family moved to South America when he was a child. He lived in Peru and Panama, but spent most of his adult life in La Plata, Bolivia, where he was the organist at the cathedral. The music recorded here is notable for its almost Monteverdian range of styles and expressiveness. This selection of Araujo's strongly rhythmic work includes a rigorously polyphonic motet for triple choir; a simple, lovely lullaby for women's voices; and many stylistically diverse choral villancicos.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 59:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67937 | Recorded: 2011

The Cardinall’s Musick are acknowledged as the foremost performers of Byrd’s music. Under their director Andrew Carwood they have recorded the complete Latin church music, the final volume of which won the Gramophone Record of the Year. Now they turn to Byrd’s English church music, a genre which shows the composer treading a path between his own innate Catholicism and the requirements of the reformed Church of England. But far from sublimating Byrd’s genius this difficult situation gave rise to one of his most fertile periods.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Moon, sun & all things: Baroque Music from Latin America - 2 (2005)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Moon, sun & all things: Baroque Music from Latin America - 2 (2005)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Moon, sun & all things: Baroque Music from Latin America - 2 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 441 Mb | Total time: 76:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67524 | Recorded: 2004

Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore unearth more fascinating treasures with this latest anthology of Latin American music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The first volume—‘New World Symphonies’, released in 2003 on CDA67380—has been hugely popular, getting regular airplay on Classic FM.

Chanticleer - Mexican Baroque: Music From New Spain (1994)

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Chanticleer - Mexican Baroque: Music From New Spain (1994)

Chanticleer - Mexican Baroque: Music From New Spain (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Teldec Classics | # 4509-96353-2 | Time: 00:57:41

In 17th and 18th century New England, transplanted Englishmen like Daniel Read, Abraham Wood, and especially William Billings were composing beautiful but rough-hewn and distinctly American vocal music for use in what were called "singing schools." Far to the west and south, in what was then called New Spain and would later be called Mexico, natives and transplanted Spaniards were composing liturgical music of a richness and complexity that was worthy of the greatest cathedrals of Europe – and teaching their native converts to do the same. This disc showcases the works of two of 18th century Mexico's finest composers: the Mexican-born Manuel de Zumaya and the transplanted European Ignacio de Jerusalem. The latter is represented by a polychoral Mass in D Minor, a responsory, and a gorgeous Dixit Dominus setting written in six sections; from the former listeners have a setting of Jeremiah's lamentations, a breathtakingly complex solfeggio composition titled Sol-fa de Pedro, and the polychoral Celebren, Publiquen.

Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino - Johann Rosenmüller: Vespro della beata Vergine (1996)

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Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino - Johann Rosenmüller: Vespro della beata Vergine (1996)

Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino - Johann Rosenmüller: Vespro della beata Vergine (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 607 Mb | Total time: 130:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hamonia Mundi | HMC 901611.12 | Recorded: 1996

The Venetian triumph of a German in exile. After having been considered the "Alpha & Omega Musicorum" in Germany, in 1655 Rosenmüller succeeded in escaping from Saxony where he had been imprisoned for an offence against morality… Shortly afterwards he began a new life in the City of the Doges and went on to become one of the most highly esteemed composers of the day. Dominated by an impressive Dixit Dominus of 621 bars, these Vespers of the Blessed Virgin are in the direct lineage of a Venetian tradition already glorified by Monteverdi and Cavalli.

Bruno Gini, Coro Claudio Monteverdi, Quoniam Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli: Vespero delli cinque Laudate (2006)

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Bruno Gini, Coro Claudio Monteverdi, Quoniam Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli: Vespero delli cinque Laudate (2006)

Bruno Gini, Coro Claudio Monteverdi, Quoniam Ensemble - Francesco Cavalli: Vespero delli cinque Laudate (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 63:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | CDS 520 | Recorded: 2006

Pier Francesco Caletti Bruni 'Francesco Cavalli' lived in Venice under the protection of the nobleman Federigo Cavalli, whose surname he adopted in gratitude. The musician dedicated his life as a composer to two musical forms: music theatre, for which he was appreciated throughout Europe and the sacred repertoire. Following his maestro Monteverdi, he composed sacred music in the Concertato style for double choir until near the end of his life when he published the three Vespers, among which the Vespers of the cinque Laudate ad uso della Cappella di S. Marco stands out as a work in its own class.