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Olga Martynova - Fischer: Musicalisches Blumen-Buschlein (2006)

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Olga Martynova - Fischer: Musicalisches Blumen-Buschlein (2006)

Olga Martynova - Fischer: Musicalisches Blumen-Buschlein (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:19:34 | 557 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Caro Mitis | Catalog: 2006

Very interesting as a companion to Fischer's Parnassus harpsichord series. A few of the sections are very similar to the Parnassus pieces, but different of course. Also an excellent view of the musicologic and fundamental compositional theory and style that led directly to JS Bach's work in the next few decades, and on which JS Bach based or patterned his works in part. Excellent performance.

Murray Perahia - J.S. Bach: English Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 6 (1998)

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Murray Perahia - J.S. Bach: English Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 6 (1998)

Murray Perahia - J.S. Bach: English Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 6 (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:21 | 240 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 60276

These six suites are English in name only, conforming largely to the accepted form and order of a suite of dances, providing Bach with a template for his unrivalled contrapuntal skill in which he was utterly at home. The result is a set of pieces with wonderful rhythmic variation and delightful fluency of lines, and these are among Bach's finest keyboard works, in my view. They are inventive, endlessly rewarding and, above all, hugely enjoyable to listen to.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Cardoso: Requiem, Motets, Magnificat (2001)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Cardoso: Requiem, Motets, Magnificat (2001)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Cardoso: Requiem, Motets, Magnificat (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 70:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM 021 | Recorded: 1990

The Portuguese school of Renaissance composers is only just beginning to be explored. It came to maturity relatively slowly, and when it finally did, in the first half of the seventeenth century, much of the rest of Europe had moved on to a new musical world. Only countries on the edge of the continent – especially England, Poland and Portugal – continued as late as 1650 to give employment to composers who found creative possibilities in unaccompanied choral music. Even so, very few of these composers remained completely untouched by the experiments of Monteverdi and the new Italian Baroque school, so that their music became a fascinating hybrid, looking forward and back, often unexpectedly introducing twists and turns to what otherwise might be taken for pure ‘Palestrina’.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH55303 | Recorded: 1988

James Bowman must surely be the finest vocal interpreter of Purcell today. His grasp of sentiment, his sense of timing, and his enunciation, are unsurpassed…

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 5 65558 2 | Recorded: 1982-1984

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner and a group of London’s leading orchestral players. Originally formed as a small conductorless string group, it spearheaded the 1950’s Baroque revival.

Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas - Giovanni Ghizzolo: Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali (2014)

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Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas - Giovanni Ghizzolo: Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali (2014)

Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas - Giovanni Ghizzolo: Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 68:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics ‎‎| 94834 | Recorded: 2013

First recordings of madrigals by Giovanni Ghizzolo!
Giovanni Ghizzolo (fl. 1600) was a highly respected composer, active at the grand court of Correggio, and creator of truly amazing madrigals, in which the complexity of the polyphony is stretched to its limits, his originality comparable to his famous contemporary Gesualdo.

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Corelli: Sonate à 3. Opera Quarta. Rome, 1694 (2012)

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Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Corelli: Sonate à 3. Opera Quarta. Rome, 1694 (2012)

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Corelli: Sonate à 3. Opera Quarta. Rome, 1694 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 42:20+43:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 921207 | Recorded: 2012

The appointment in 1689 of Pietro Ottoboni as Cardinal of San Lorenzo in Damaso marked the beginning of one of the most splendid epochs of patronage of the arts in Rome. A passionate lover of music, Ottoboni gave his protection to numerous musicians: Handel, Pasquini, Scarlatti and Caldara all at some point worked at the cardinal’s court. A few months after his election, Ottoboni took into his service the famous violinist Arcangelo Corelli, who was employed not only as first violin and leader for the instrumental music, but had complete control also over the sumptuous musical events.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata, Vince Yi -The 5 countertenors: Jommelli, Porpora, Galuppi, Handel, Mysliveček, J.C. Bach, Gluck, Bertoni, Hasse (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 63:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8094 | Recorded: 2013

Decca’s new release brings together five of the world’s most renowned countertenors, who bring the rich world of baroque opera to life. Once rarely heard, countertenors are now firmly established on the operatic stage and concert platform and their popularity has reached an all-time high. This album features virtuosic highlights from baroque opera and showcases the extraordinary abilities of five astonishing artists: Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata and Vince Yi.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 105:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66361/2 | Recorded: 1989

Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music suggests springtime and young love. There's humor, too: Polyphemus–so big, so dumb, so pleased with himself– is a comic baritone's dream. George doesn't capture all of the role's humor, but he is vocally well-cast. McFadden sometimes pushes her voice into a wobble, but her Galatea is appealing and sweetly sung. Best are Covey-Crump's graceful Damon (the voice of reason) and Ainsley's youthful, high-spirited Acis. (Ainsley also sings the slight but attractive "Look down.") The ensemble numbers are delightful, and Robert King brings the entire thing off splendidly.

Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)

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Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)

Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 101:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Auvidis-Astrée | E 7725 | Recorded: 1976

Though he lived to be only 31, Nicolas de Grigny is remembered more than any of his contemporaries as epitomizing the French classical organ tradition. Technically and in his creative ideas Grigny demanded much more of his instrument (and his poor team of blowers!) than any of his predecessors, a fact that makes his works stylistically more akin to harpsichord than to organ practice at the time. In 1703, the year of his death, his wife published a first edition of his complete solo organ works, Premier Livre d’orgue (organists at the time typically composed only one or two books, then spent the rest of their lives improvising on them). A copy of this less-than-100-page volume eventually found its way to Germany and impressed a certain J.S. Bach enough that he reproduced it by hand for his own study.

Nathan Milstein - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1993)

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Nathan Milstein - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1993)

Nathan Milstein - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 577 Mb | Total time: 54:26+59:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics ‎‎| ZDM 64793 2 3 | Recorded: 1955-1966

Nathan Milstein plays these magnificent pieces with patrician elegance, easily overcoming their all-but-insurmountable difficulties. His burnished tone has a warmth like that of mahogany, and his fine fingerwork and flawless bowing make for an assured connection of ideas. In the Chaconne to the D minor Partita–which can make even a very good violinist sound overmatched and inept–he zeroes in with the sort of concentration one usually sees in chess champions. Here, as elsewhere in the cycle, Milstein projects not only the music's emotive force, but Bach's grand architecture as well.

Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)

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Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)

Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 414 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips| 438 153-2 | Recorded: 1992

This disc takes us on a whistle-stop tour of English keyboard music in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The fantasy, pavan and galliard were among the most popular forms of their day. The latter two dance movements were often paired together, and sometimes linked thematically. The pavan, wrote Thomas Morley, was ‘a kind of staide musicke, ordained for grave dauncing’, while the briefer galliard serviced ‘a lighter and more stirring kinde of dauncing’. The most attractive examples here are Bull’s charming John Lumley’s Pavan and Galliard and Byrd’s Pavan ‘Ph. Tregian’ & Galliard, its regal pavan among the disc’s high spots.

Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: Cantatas 170, 82 & 159 (1991)

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Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: Cantatas 170, 82 & 159 (1991)

Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: Cantatas 170, 82 & 159 (1991)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 365 MB | 01:09:13
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 430260

A warm welcome to this reissue which has a cleaner sound than the original L'OiseauLyre. Dame Janet is on what sounds to be her best form, with almost impeccable intonation and a warmth which gives the performances an intense glow. Vergnügte Ruh' begins with a haunting melody of such expressive dimensions that, for me, the remainder of the cantata is something of an emotional unwinding. On numerous other levels, however, the succeeding movements are satisfying and well contrasted with one another.

Ensemble Sonnerie - Fontana, Cima, Turini: Sonatas (1996)

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Ensemble Sonnerie - Fontana, Cima, Turini: Sonatas (1996)

Ensemble Sonnerie - Fontana, Cima, Turini: Sonatas (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 714 Mb | Total time: 72:38+73:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 7243 5 45199 2 5 | Recorded: 1995

This delightful pair of CDs contains music from three collections published in northern Italy between 1610 and 1641. The earliest is a volume published in Milan in 1610, Concerti ecclesiastici, which is made up of music by the two brothers Giovanni Paolo Cima and Andrea Cima and contains the ‘Sei sonate, per instrumenti à due, tre e quarto’ recorded here; the next, chronologically speaking, is the Madrigali, libro II of Francesco Turini, published in Venice in 1624, from which six sonatas for two violins and continuo have here been extracted. The last is another Venetian publication (of 1641) the Sonate a 12.2.3. per il violono or cornetto, fagotto, chitarone, violoncino o simile altro istrumento of Giovanni Battista Fontana.

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)

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Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.11 Gb | Total time: 74:44+75:58+79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029533658 | Recorded: 2019

Joyce DiDonato has staked a powerful claim on the multi-faceted title role of Handel’s opera Agrippina. In the words of The Telegraph, she sings it with “authority, grandeur and high style”. She recently performed it to critical acclaim at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Maxim Emelyanychev, Chief Conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro. Joining them on this recording is a cast of established and rising stars that includes Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni, Elsa Benoit and Jakub Józef Orliński.