Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (2006)

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Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (2006)

Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 70:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557764 | Recorded: 2005

Kevin Mallon leads a Toronto-based, 34-person group of period instrumentalists called the Aradia Ensemble on this new, bargain issue, and it's a terrific, ear-opening show. The music is, above all, joyful, with dance movements galore and plenty of giddy pomp. Mallon has rethought the tempos, almost all of which, he feels, should be quicker than we're accustomed to hearing. If you listen to the Air, the fourth movement to Suite No. 1, you'll be surprised at how good it sounds played without the usual serious "aura" that drags it down. Mallon writes in the accompanying notes that he looked at an 18th-century score for the piece and discovered it was marked "presto".

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Music in Europe 1550-1650 [5CDs] (2004)

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Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Music in Europe 1550-1650 [5CDs] (2004)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Music in Europe 1550-1650 [5CDs] (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,15 Gb | Total time: 4:25:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 4 82025 2 | Recorded: 1977-1986

Jordi Savall is among the leading instrumentalists and conductors of the European early music scene, specializing in Renaissance, Baroque, and Medieval music. He took an interest in early music, and began learning the viola da gamba. He studied the gamba and early music research and practice with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels and August Wenzinger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. In 1968, Savall married the soprano Montserrat Figueras, who shared his interest in early music. With Figueras and other musicians interested in early Spanish music, he founded the ensemble Hespèrion XX in 1974. The ensemble took its name from an ancient name for the Western European region from Italy to Iberia. At the turn of the 21st century, the group changed its name to Hespèrion XXI.

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - España Antigua [8CDs] (2001)

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Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - España Antigua [8CDs] (2001)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - España Antigua [8CDs] (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,81 Gb | Total time: 6:59:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 61964 2 | Recorded: 1975-1983

Between 1975 and 1983 Jordi Savall and the vocal and instrumental ensemble Hespèrion XX made a dozen recordings which remain indispensable to our knowledge of the richness and vitality of early Spanish music. They include performances not only of art music from the courts of Ferdinand and Isabella, and later Charles V and Philip II, but songs by women troubadours of the early 13th century, Sephardic romances and a justly famous recording of 14th-century pilgrim songs from the Llibre Vermell of Montserrat. Eight of these recordings were subsequently remastered for CD and are now brought together in this budget-priced Black Box.

Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Johann Abraham Peter Schulz: Peters Bryllup (2015)

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Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Johann Abraham Peter Schulz: Peters Bryllup (2015)

Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Johann Abraham Peter Schulz: Peters Bryllup (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 70:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88843017602 | Recorded: 2013

Das Orchester l'arte del mondo unter der Leitung von Werner Ehrhardt ist immer auf der Suche nach herausragenden musikalischen Wiederentdeckungen und sorgt mit den Weltersteinspielungen in der Reihe »Opern aus den Archiven der Welt« immer wieder für Aufsehen.

Christian Senn, Ruben Jais, laBarocca - Bach: The Solo Cantatas for Bass, BWV 56, 82, 158 (2018)

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Christian Senn, Ruben Jais, laBarocca - Bach: The Solo Cantatas for Bass, BWV 56, 82, 158 (2018)

Christian Senn, Ruben Jais, laBarocca - Bach: The Solo Cantatas for Bass, BWV 56, 82, 158 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 54:38 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 924102 | Recorded: 2017

With a new disc given over to three cantatas for bass by JS Bach, Christian Senn gives valid voice to that ever-continuing need of bringing the Kantor’s scores alive in fresh recordings. The career of the Chileanborn baritone Senn currently sees him having a strong – and much-applauded – affinity for music of the Baroque, be it in Vivaldi operas, or the Passions and other choral masterpieces by Bach; this is in addition to him impressing greatly in bel canto repertory – notably in Mozart.

Laurent Lefèvre - François Devienne: Les Nouveaux Musiciens (2003)

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Laurent Lefèvre - François Devienne: Les Nouveaux Musiciens (2003)

Laurent Lefèvre, Gordan Nikolitch, Geneviève Strosser, Jean-Marie Trotereau - François Devienne: Les Nouveaux Musiciens (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 67:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMN 911788 | Recorded: 2002

Devienne was a professor of flute at the Conservatory of Music of Paris and bassoonist in the orchestra of the grand opera theatre of Paris in 1796. In these pieces Devienne demonstrates his mastery of gallant conversation with an admirably light touch. In these works it is the bassoon and the violin that shape the musical events. Laurent Lefèvre won the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours International d'Exécution musicale of Geneva. He is the first bassoon soloist in the orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris. He has made solo appearances in many orchestras and festivals in Germany, Swizterland, Argentina and Belgium.

Dieter Kurz, Wurttemberg Chamber Choir - Heinrich Schütz: St. Matthew Passion, SWV 479 (1994)

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Dieter Kurz, Wurttemberg Chamber Choir - Heinrich Schütz: St. Matthew Passion, SWV 479 (1994)

Dieter Kurz, Wurttemberg Chamber Choir - Heinrich Schütz: St. Matthew Passion, SWV 479 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 225 Mb | Total time: 56:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Point Classics | # 2650172

Heinrich Schütz (1585 -1672) is often considered the most important German composer prior to J.S. Bach. He composed pieces in the secular and the sacred areas, including the first German opera, 'Dafne', which is unfortunately lost. A contemporary of Monteverdi, he also exists in the period of transition from medieval polyphony and Renaissance styles and the emerging Baroque era.

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

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Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,40 Gb | Total time: 09:47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697974502 | Recorded: 1984-2001

The recordings are typical DHM with superb clarity and dynamic range. The mastering to digital is excellent, and the booklet accompanying the series, while brief, is informative. The only unifying these here is baroque Italian composers, but it's extremely easy to fill a collection ten times this size with material from that category. What we end up with in these ten discs is a lovely mix of known and unknown, each pleasant to listen to and discover, and there's no listener fatigue at all working through these discs.

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester - Bruckner: Symphony No.7; Wagner: Siegfried’s Funeral March (2018)

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Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester - Bruckner: Symphony No.7; Wagner: Siegfried’s Funeral March (2018)

Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester - Bruckner: Symphony No.7; Wagner: Siegfried’s Funeral March (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 76:48 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 8494 | Recorded: 2018

Continuing his Bruckner cycle on Deutsche Grammophon with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons presents the Symphony No. 7 in E major, paired with an excerpt from Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, "Siegfried's Funeral March" from Götterdämmerung. While this symphony is outwardly one of Bruckner's most approachable, particularly in its lyrical opening movement, its energetic Scherzo, and its jubilant Finale, its long, funereal Adagio makes the connection to the gloomy Ring selection more apparent, since this slow movement was composed in anticipation of Wagner's death. It also marks the first time that Bruckner used a quartet of the novel "Wagner tubas," and unusually wrote parts for cymbals, triangle, and timpani at the movement's climax, perhaps symbolizing Wagner's apotheosis.

Karlheinz Zöller, Wolfgang Schulz, Bernhard Klee, Karl Böhm - Mozart: Flute Concertos (2006)

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Karlheinz Zöller, Wolfgang Schulz, Bernhard Klee, Karl Böhm - Mozart: Flute Concertos (2006)

Karlheinz Zöller, Bernhard Klee, English Chamber Orchestra, Wolfgang Schulz, Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Flute Concertos (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 76:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 469 657-2 | Recorded: 1972, 1975

These recordings of Mozart's concertos for flute and orchestra, and the concerto for flute and harp, were made exactly a decade apart. In the flute concertos (No. 1 in G and No. 2 in D) the accomplished soloist is Karlheinz Zöller, who performs with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Bernhard Klee in these 1972 accounts. These are spirited, shapely performances, attractively balanced and nuanced, with rapturous, eloquent readings of both slow movements.

Thomas Fulton, Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo - Auber: La muette de Portici (2002)

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Thomas Fulton, Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo - Auber: La muette de Portici (2002)

Thomas Fulton, Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo - Auber: La muette de Portici (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 623 Mb | Total time: 75:10+74:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 75257 2 5 | Recorded: 1987

History hasn't been kind to La Muette de Portici. Premiered in Paris in 1828, Auber's opera deals with a 17th-century Neapolitan uprising against Spanish rule, led by the fisherman Masaniello, whose mute sister, Fenella, has been seduced by Alphonse, son of the Spanish viceroy. Morally, the work is complex. Though Masaniello is in the right, his distrust of revolutionary violence is confirmed when he encounters Elvire, Alphonse's blameless wife, who is victimised by both sides in the conflict. Masaniello's fanatical deputy, Pietro, however, advocates indiscriminate carnage, and the power struggle that ensues has catastrophic consequences.

Julianne Baird, Tempesta di Mare - Handel: Flaming Rose - Nine German Arias, Trio Sonatas (2007)

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Julianne Baird, Tempesta di Mare - Handel: Flaming Rose - Nine German Arias, Trio Sonatas (2007)

Julianne Baird, Tempesta di Mare - Handel: Flaming Rose - Nine German Arias/Neun Deutsche Arien; Trio Sonatas (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 69:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN0743 | Recorded: 2006

Handel’s group of nine German arias, composed in London in the mid 1720s, is unique in his vocal output. They are not big display pieces, and they are not excerpts from operas or oratorios. In fact, we don’t know much about the purpose behind their composition. Catriona MacLeod’s excellent notes make a good case for these having been written for private in-home performances, like the trio sonatas with which Chandos fills out this disc. These are significantly more intimate and inward-looking arias than much of Handel’s vocal writing, reflective in nature—and also chamber-like in the musical relationships between voice and instruments.

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien (2007)

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Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien (2007)

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Neun Deutsche Arien (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 70:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67627 | Recorded: 2006

Handel's "nine German arias" (he wrote other arias in German, but this is a discrete group) were written in the mid-1720s, long after the composer left his native Germany for Italy and then booming Great Britain. It is not known why he should have written music in German at that late date, and the pieces have a quietly contented tone that sets them somewhat apart from almost everything else in Handel's oeuvre. The texts are by Hamburg poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, whose so-called Brockes-Passion had already been set by Handel a decade earlier. They are religious but not exactly sacred – spiritual in a personal way, perhaps, with a good deal of nature imagery that is only lightly reflected in the music. Instead Handel sticks to the da capo aria pattern, forging a gentle language for the soprano soloist that evokes the outlines of the Italian operatic aria but tones the whole thing down to chamber dimensions.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Lotti: La vita caduca. Madrigals (1997)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Lotti: La vita caduca. Madrigals (1997)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Lotti: La vita caduca. Madrigals (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 390 Mb | Total time: 78:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 45221 2 3 | Recorded: 1997

Il Complesso Barocco recorded two CDs with madrigals by Rossi and Lotti in the late 90s. In the 16th century, madrigal originated in Rome as a worldly vocal work. The text was important and was used as a starting point for the music. This form quickly became popular in Venice and other important cities. Also in the 17th century many composers continued to compose madrigals, but these were more modern, with dissonants and bold harmonies. Rossi used mostly older texts and managed to set them to music with great precision. Lotti lived decades later and composed expressively, with a lot of chromaticism.

Anthony Lewis, The Baroque Opera Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Admetus, King of Thessaly (2004)

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Anthony Lewis, The Baroque Opera Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Admetus, King of Thessaly (2004)

Anthony Lewis, The Baroque Opera Orchestra, Janet Baker - Handel: Admetus, King of Thessaly (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 530 Mb | Total time: 63:55+71:32+77:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ponto | # PO-1029 | Recorded: 1968, 1969

For decades there has been only one recording of Admeto available: a quite splendid performance from 1977 (Virgin Records 5613692) directed by Alan Curtis with Il complesso barocco. One of the first baroque operas to be recorded with original instruments, it reflects the best of the historical performance movement. It is thus with considerable anticipation and curiosity that one approaches this new release of Handel’s Admeto, sung in English (to a fine translation by Geoffrey Dunn), directed by Sir Anthony Lewis, and recorded just nine years earlier in 1968. The cast for this recording is no less remarkable. Dame Janet Baker plays the self-sacrificing Alcestis; Admetus is sung elegantly and expressively by Maureen Lehane; Sheila Armstong is a brilliant and stylish Antigona, and the mezzo soprano Margaret Lensky provides a touching portrayal of the lovesick Thrasymedes.