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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 8 [5CDs] (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 8 [5CDs] (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 8 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,25 Gb | Total time: 05:04:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

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.

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5980 | Recorded: 2004

This knockout CD of Vivaldi motets is a thrilling ride. They are scored for soprano and strings and show the wonderful variety of effects Vivaldi had at his disposal (faster, more dramatic arias use the metaphor of a ship in storm-tossed seas, searching for calm winds and safety): in other words, the same stuff he uses in his operas. But here, because these motets are religious in nature, it is the soul in flux that is wishing for God, or a saint, to guide it. Vivaldi will use the lower strings to give the feeling of menacing weather while the singer navigates through outlandishly difficult coloratura (fast runs, octave leaps, high stacatto effects); conversely, each motet also contains a slow, introspective aria which requires a long, soft vocal line.

Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)

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Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)

Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Artwork included
Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD134 | Time: 01:13:17
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Renaissance

White’s Lamentations are not as famous as Tallis’s, but their plangent harmonies and clashing lines have an equal intensity. This impressive debut disc by Gallicantus (an all-male group from the Tenebrae choir) includes White’s motets and hymns, emphasising his response to the texts and his eloquent way with the single Hebrew letters that begin each Lamentation. The vocal balance is slightly bass-heavy, but the sound is beautifully recorded.

Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

Elīna Garanča - Meditation (2014)
with Latvian Radio Choir, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Karel Mark Chichon

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans ~ 110 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0021327-02 | Time: 01:11:42
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral, Sacred

Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in its comforting tone and gentle treatment, though as a purely musical consideration, it tends to flow a bit too evenly and predictably. Insofar as the selections represent the Christian tradition, including settings of the Ave Maria, the Salve Regina, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Regina Coeli, the character of the collection admits little variety, except for the general alternation between penitential and quietly ecstatic moods.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 7 (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 7 (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Sony Recordings, Part 7 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,48 Gb | Total time: 05:48:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875173752 | Recorded: 1991-2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt s complete recordings from 2002-2015 with his Concentus Musicus Wien, the Wiener Philharmonike, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. The Sony Classical edition features his famous symphony recordings of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Haydn's Die Schöpfung, as well as Mozart's opera Zaide, Haydn's Orlando paladino and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S. Bach s Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge and Dvorák's Stabat Mater.

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

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Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 53:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS034 | Recorded: 2020

The Leçons de Ténèbres (Lessons of Darkness) became a favourite theme for musical compositions in the middle of the 17th century. Michel Lambert was the first French musician to compose a cycle in 1662, quickly followed by Charpentier and Lalande. But the most famous - and the first to have attracted the public of today and to be recorded - are those of François Couperin, dated 1714.

Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)

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Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)

Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Pygott & Mason: Music for Cardinal Wolsey (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 206 Mb | Total time: 52:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nimbus Records | # NI 5578 | Recorded: 1994

Cardinal Wolsey – a flamboyant patron of the arts – founded Cardinal College, Oxford, in 1525, establishing a choir that was both larger and more accomplished than King Henry VIII’s own. Following Wolsey’s notorious fall from grace in 1529, Cardinal College was renamed Christ Church and the present-day Cathedral choristers pay tribute to its first master of music, Richard Pygott.

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)

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Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio - Lamenti Barocchi (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 885 Mb | Total time: 66:31+72:52+75:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.503241 | Recorded: 1995

The lament became a current and important feature of Italian Baroque monody, with its rhetorical and therefore dramatic connotations, generally set over a four-note descending bass line. The best known, though not the earliest, of these laments is probably Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, a later version of which, with a sacred Latin text, was included in the composer's Selva morale e spirituale, published in Venice in 1641. In 1607 Monteverdi had provided the music for a favola in musica performed at the court of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga in Mantua, where the composer was maestro di cappella. Orfeo, with a libretto by Alessandro striggio, has a literary source in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. The success of Orfeo led to the creation of a new dramatic work, a tragedy in musica, in 1608, a deliberate attempt, as the pastoral Orfeo was not, to create a work that would in some way revive ancient Greek tragedy.

Wiltener Sangerknaben, Johannes Stecher - Arvo Part: Babel (2015)

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Wiltener Sangerknaben, Johannes Stecher - Arvo Part: Babel (2015)

Wiltener Sängerknaben, Johannes Stecher - Arvo Pärt: Babel (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: Col Legno | # WWE 1CD 20427 | 00:57:24

This is the first ever recording of Arvo Pärt’s wonderful vocal music performed by a boys’ choir. The year of release of this album is also the year when the Estonian composer celebrates his eightieth birthday. More than four decades ago, the musician Arvo Pärt fell silent, and went into retreat for eight years. His silence gave rise to a new kind of music, which has gained him international fame. “I have discovered that it is enough if a single note is beautifully played,” Pärt once said. Based on his study of the cathedrals of sound of the Renaissance or even earlier periods, the composer has developed a very personal and original style: music inspired by spirituality, striving to accomplish the ideal of perfect simplicity, of laying bare the pure essence. An everlasting stopping and pausing: eternity. At the same time a continuous flowing and being carried away: the transitory nature of time.

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - François Couperin: L'Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres (2017)

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Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - François Couperin: L'Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres (2017)

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - François Couperin: L'Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68093 | Recorded: 2013, 2014

The delightful scenario of L'Apothéose de Lully imagines the composer Lully, one of François Couperin s forebears at the court of Louis XIV, being wafted up to Mount Parnassus by Apollo. There, he meets the Italian muses, and the music becomes that synthesis of the French and Italian styles which Couperin so admired. All of this is captured with grace in Arcangelo's playing under its founder, Jonathan Cohen. The other work on the disc is the sacred Leçons de ténèbres, sung with purity by sopranos Katherine Watson and Anna Dennis and revealing another side to Couperin's art.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Matheus de Perusio: Virelais, Ballades, Caccia (1998)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Matheus de Perusio: Virelais, Ballades, Caccia (1998)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Matheus de Perusio: Virelais, Ballades, Caccia (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 61:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 62928 | Recorded: 1996

Under the leadership of Paul Van Nevel, Belgium's Huelgas Ensemble continue their journey into medieval music on Perusio, a distinguished and imaginative collection of performances including "Helas Avril," "Ave Sancta Mundi Salus," "Gloria spiritus et alme" and "Laurea Martiri – Conlaudanda est."

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore (2014) [Re-Up]

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Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore (2014) [Re-Up]

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans ~ 73 Mb
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-2091 SACD | Time: 01:14:35

Mozart's Requiem is one of the truly iconic works in the history of music. A prime reason for this is of course its musical qualities; but even before that, legends had begun to form around the work - that it was written to fulfill an anonymous commission received through 'an unknown, grey stranger' - is the stuff of mystery novels, while the fact that Mozart fell ill and died while composing it has been exploited to great melodramatic effect. One thing that we know for certain is that its first performance took place at a memorial service for Mozart only days after his death. The performers used the composer's incomplete autograph, but very soon attempts to complete the work were set in motion by Mozart's widow. In 1800 the Requiem, in Franz Xaver Süssmayr's completion, appeared in print; it is this version that is still by far the most widely performed. Many have tried to improve on it, however, or make their own versions based on the autograph. For this recording, Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan commissioned a new performing edition.

VA - Sanctifica Nos: Works for Choir, Organ and Viol Consort by Joanna Marsh (2021)

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VA - Sanctifica Nos: Works for Choir, Organ and Viol Consort by Joanna Marsh (2021)

VA - Sanctifica Nos: Works for Choir, Organ and Viol Consort by Joanna Marsh (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 242 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:35
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Resonus Classics

Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh has a growing international reputation for new works across many genres. Here, the choir of her alma mater, Sidney Sussex College, with their director David Skinner celebrate her recent position as composer-in-residence of the college with this new album of choral and instrumental works, including a number of premiere recordings.

LPO, Neeme Jarvi, Soloists - Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs

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LPO, Neeme Jarvi, Soloists - Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs

Antonín Dvořák - Requiem, Op.89/B 165 (2009) 2 CDs
Lisa Milne, soprano; Karen Cargill, mezzo soprano; Peter Auty, tenor; Peter Rose, bass
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir; Neeme Järvi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: LPO | # LPO-0042 | Time: 01:24:41

Never performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before, and rarely heard in concert at all, the Requiem by Antonín Dvorák captured on this CD from a live concert seems a near-forgotten masterpiece. Dvorák scholar Gervase Hughes cites this work for four soloists, chorus and orchestra as one of the composer's finest sacred creations, 'a deeply moving expression of faith on the part of a composer whose religious conviction never wavered'. It's a conviction stamped through the composer's illuminating, fervent score.