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Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (2002) [Re-Up]

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Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (2002) [Re-Up]

Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SMK87759 | Time: 01:09:36

What you will find on this disc is A) contrapunctus I-IX played on two different organs in 1962; B) contrapunctus I II & IV from a1981 TV broadcast; C) contrapunctus IX XI & XIII in mono from a radio broadcast in 1967; D) the unfinished contrapunctus XIV from what may or may not be the same TV broadcast as B); and as a final filler E) a prelude and fugue on the name BACH from a studio recording in 1980. Items B)-E) are given on the piano.

Robert King, The King's Consort, New College Choir Oxford - Handel: Music for royal occasions (1989)

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Robert King, The King's Consort, New College Choir Oxford - Handel: Music for royal occasions (1989)

Robert King, The King's Consort, New College Choir Oxford - Handel: Music for royal occasions (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 55:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66315 | Recorded: 1988

One might think that with all of the attention that Handel’s music has received over the years and especially since the tercentenary of his birth in 1985, that no stone has been left unturned in the effort to accord the composer his due. Indeed, there have been revelatory and monumental cycles of his operas and oratorios—especially Messiah—as well as numerous releases of Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music, the Concerti grossi, ops. 3 and 6—the list goes on and on, almost ad nauseam. As with any composer, though, there are darker recesses in Handel’s œuvre that seemed to have attracted the interest of a multitude of dust bunnies, but few performers. This Hyperion recording, originally recorded in 1988 and released under the title Music for Royal Occasions, holds three such works specifically composed for English courtly festivities of various import between 1713 and 1736.

Ingrid Matthews, Seattle Baroque - Alessandro Scarlatti: Agar et Ismaele Esiliati (2003)

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Ingrid Matthews, Seattle Baroque - Alessandro Scarlatti: Agar et Ismaele Esiliati (2003)

Ingrid Matthews, Seattle Baroque - Alessandro Scarlatti: Agar et Ismaele Esiliati (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 78:46 | Booklet pdf
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 2664 | Recorded: 2001

This opera-pretending-to-be-oratorio (opera was banned in Rome during the period in which the work was composed) offers an excellent way to discover and appreciate Alessandro Scarlatti’s vocal/dramatic facility and his engaging manner of setting melody to appropriately varied, effectively complementary accompaniment. We enter the famous Abraham/Sarah/Hagar/Ishmael story (from Genesis, chapter 21) at the point where Abraham’s wife Sarah insists that he must banish the slave Hagar and her son Ishmael to protect their own son Isaac’s inheritance. (Ishmael was fathered by Abraham at the urging of the then-barren Sarah, who later–to everyone’s surprise–bore a son, Isaac.) The anguished father very reluctantly agrees to banish the two, who end up nearly dying in the desert but are eventually, at the oratorio’s end, saved by an Angel. All of the drama in this two-part work centers on the interaction of the four main characters (plus the Angel, who delivers the final aria)–there are no choruses or significant orchestral sections save for the opening four-minute Sinfonia. Its 78-plus minutes contain well-written arias (both accompanied by continuo and by orchestra), smoothly flowing recitatives, and occasional duets. It’s a very compact, tightly constructed piece of theatre that moves right along, and it’s filled with lovely music.

Matthias Grunert, Dresdner Barockorchester, Kammerchor der Frauenkirche - Handel: Jephtha (2009)

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Matthias Grunert, Dresdner Barockorchester, Kammerchor der Frauenkirche - Handel: Jephtha (2009)

Matthias Grünert, Dresdner Barockorchester, Kammerchor der Frauenkirche - Handel: Jephtha (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 61:15+60:25+39:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.422 | Recorded: 2008

Handel’s work on Jeptha in 1751 was repeatedly delayed as a result of his steadily progressing blindness. Even so, with Jeptha Handel created a musical masterpiece of baroque oratorio, with its great choruses, emotionally expressive arias and gripping ensembles. A fine line up of soloists with the Kammerchor of the Dresden Frauenkirche and the Dresden Barockorchester, conducted by Matthias Grünert, make this another excellent release from Carus, presented as part of their Handel anniversary year celebrations.

Handel - Complete Harpsichord Music (2016) {8CD Set Brilliant Classics 95235, Borgstede-Loreggian}

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Handel - Complete Harpsichord Music (2016) {8CD Set Brilliant Classics 95235, Borgstede-Loreggian}

Handel - Complete Harpsichord Music (2016) {8CD Set Brilliant Classics 95235, Borgstede-Loreggian}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 3.53 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 1.20 Gb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 40 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Brilliant Classics | 95235
Classical / Baroque / Harpsichord

This 8CD set contains the complete harpsichord works by Handel! Handel was, like his contemporaries J.S. Bach and Scarlatti, a formidable keyboard player, a virtuoso displaying “an uncommon brilliancy and command of finger” (Handel’s first biographer John Mainwaring). Although Handel’s focus was on opera and oratorio (much more commercial…) his output for the harpsichord is of high quality, great variety and instrumental originality.

Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita - Handel: Messiah (2016)

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Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita - Handel: Messiah (2016)

Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita - Handel: Messiah (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 633 Mb | Total time: 68:15+73:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC 10351| Recorded: 2015

Handels Messiah is already very well-represented on the market with dozens of existing recordings and new productions appearing at regular intervals. Yet this is a very special version, carefully crafted, Halle Handel Edition in hand, by a Basel-based selection of fine vocal soloists and instrumentalists who have all graduated from the world-famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Under the fine direction of Daniela Dolci, singers Miriam Feuersinger, Flavio Ferri-Benedeti, Dino Luthy and Raitis Grigalis join the ensemble Musica Fiorita for a moving studio recording made in October 2015. For obtaining the very nuanced sound aesthetics which define this recording, the chosen cast is deliberately small: alongside the soloists, two ripieni per voice were used for the choir. In contrast, the instrumental ensemble is composed of two violins and one oboe per part as well as a viola, cello, bassoon, violone, two theorbos, two harpsichords, and two positive organs for the basso continuo group. The optimal balance is achieved with the use of natural trumpets without finger holes. All in all, a welcome breath of fresh air for one of the finest compositions of all time.

Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman, Henry Purcell (2019)

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Iestyn Davies &  Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman, Henry Purcell (2019)

Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman, Henry Purcell (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 308 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum Classics

When Michael Nyman started reinventing the English baroque back in the 1980s, one critic described the result as “pump-action Purcell.” This recording combines these two singular musical styles through the stunning voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies and viol consort Fretwork, serving as the bridge across three centuries.

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - Handel: Messiah (2007)

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Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - Handel: Messiah (2007)

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - Handel: Messiah (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 608 Mb | Total time: 78:31+67:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO | # 0607 | Recorded: 2006

With an outstanding solo quartet and a great chorus and orchestra, Davis leads a sterling performance that challenges the supremacy of his 1966 Philips recording of Messiah. Davis leads a dramatic performance; the famous "Hallelujah" chorus appropriately grand, the final "Amen" bristling with brazen energy, both sung with extraordinary tonal coloring and precise articulation by the chorus, which also shines in a lithe "He shall purify" and a vividly virtuoso "For unto us a child is born." Soprano Susan Gritton's solos are a delight, whether in the measured "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" or her exuberant "Rejoice greatly." The vocal purity of her "I know my redeemer liveth" makes this track a highlight. Alto Sara Mingardo's darker tones are especially moving in her arias and dramatic in "He was despised." The men are almost as good; Alistair Miles sonorous in the bass arias and Mark Padmore recovering nicely after a somewhat mannered "Evr'y valley." The LSO is in excellent form too, the strings expressive in the orchestral interludes and the brass shining brightly in the big choruses of Part III, where the tympani thwacks are startling in their power.
–Dan Davis

Ensemble Stradivaria, Daniel Cuiller, Chœur Marguerite Louise - Blanchart & Colin de Blamont: La guerre des Te Deum (2019)

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Ensemble Stradivaria, Daniel Cuiller, Chœur Marguerite Louise - Blanchart & Colin de Blamont: La guerre des Te Deum (2019)

Ensemble Stradivaria, Daniel Cuiller, Chœur Marguerite Louise - Blanchart & Colin de Blamont: La guerre des Te Deum (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 371 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | 01:06:36
Classical, Opera | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

Two rival yet similar works, an illustration of a “Quarrel of the Te Deums”, a true war of mottled violin scores, a frivolous echo of Louis XV‘s final victories. It is also the rediscovery of two of the most talented composers amongst Rameau’s contemporaries, François Colin de Blamont and Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard. Daniel Cuiller appropriates this music with the voracity which had led him to revive a previous Te Deum, on that occasion by Henri Madin, and which was covered with praise. Add to this the brilliant singers of the Marguerite Louise choir which is directed by Gaétan Jarry and the virtuoso musicians of Stradivaria, Daniel replied with enthusiasm to this “commission” for the Royal Chapel of Versailles.

Nina Kotova - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 (2014)

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Nina Kotova - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 (2014)

Nina Kotova - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 (2014)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 803 MB | 02:17:09
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics

The very short list of credits on this Warner Classics release includes Russian American cellist Nina Kotova and producer Adam Abeshouse, who delivers a very closely miked sound in the frequently used Performing Arts Recital Hall of Purchase College on Long Island, New York. But perhaps the uncredited star on this set of Bach's Six Suites for solo cello is Kotova's 1679 Stradivarius instrument, which Kotova exploits to the maximum.

Carlo Grante - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2010)

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Carlo Grante - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2010)

Carlo Grante - Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2 (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 07:33:07 | 1.46 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Music & Arts | Catalog: CD1242

This is the second volume of Music & Arts' complete Scarlatti project performed by Carlo Grante. New Classics [UK] wrote of that release: Scarlatti's 555 keyboard sonatas are single movements, mostly in binary form…. Some of them display harmonic audacity in their use of discords, and also unconventional modulations to remote keys.

Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI - Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2001)

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Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI  - Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2001)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI - Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 448 Mb | Total time: 45:28+46:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AV9818 | Recorded: 1986

In his very favorable review of the Musical Offering, colleague Dan Davis noted how Savall's unique arrangement of the movements augments the performance's overall impact by forming a structurally sound symmetrical "arch" from beginning to end. Here Savall similarly rethinks the structural possibilities of the work, though his organizational choices function primarily as a means to enrich the impression of the fugues' varied sonorities and contrapuntal textures. Tempos also are generally very reserved, reminiscent of Davis' description of those in the Musical Offering as "startling in their slowness".

Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages et les Chantres, Musica Florea - Lully: Grands Motets (2004)

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Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages et les Chantres, Musica Florea - Lully: Grands Motets (2004)

Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages et les Chantres, Musica Florea - Lully: Grands Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 52:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617157 | Recorded: 2003

Grands motets, requiring lavish vocal and instrumental resources, always signalled important occasions at the French court.
Until the advent of public concerts in Paris in the 1720s they were performed exclusively by the king's musicians for the court. Olivier Schneebeli has assembled an admirable survey of these large-scale settings of psalm texts, which were excerpted and arranged to convey doubles entendres flattering to Louis XIV and his policies. The music employs an orchestra with a full continuo complement, a choir and a petit choeur of soloists that relies on high male voices. The only concession to modern times is the use of sopranos instead of castrati in the top part and the inclusion of girls among the pages. The survey begins with Lully's first grandmotet, the Jubilate Deo (1660), celebrating both the marriage of the king and a peace treaty. The Miserere (1663), frequently performed during Lully's lifetime, has remained his best-known work.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: Humanita e Lucifero (1995)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alessandro Scarlatti: Humanita e Lucifero (1995)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Alassandro Scarlatti: Humanità e Lucifero (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 60:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OPS 30-129 | Recorded: 1995

Thirty-five of Scarlatti’s oratorios are extant, a mere handful yet recorded. Biondi’s championing of them is very welcome, as this excellently recorded disc vividly demonstrates. His sterling research has uncovered date and place (1704, Rome) for the first performance of this mini-drama – the Virgin Mary, single-handedly and contrary to Christian doctrine, defeating the power of Lucifer and sentencing him ‘to eternal weeping and cries of pain’. Two Corelli trio sonatas serve as interludes within the oratorio. Rossana Bertini celebrates the Virgin’s birthday with a lovely fresh voice. Lucifer, unusually tenor rather than bass, is a taxing role – Crispi flags momentarily, though he is agile and well cast. The music is entrancingly dramatic and colourful, its style bringing to mind that of the young Handel, clearly infected by it when he reached Rome two years later: Lucifer’s first aria is unexpectedly interrupted by recitative; elsewhere, a delicate trumpet obbligato matches violin and voice with which it duets; ‘winds weep in pitiful murmurings’ with sopranino recorder. Lucifer sings his final aria accompanied by strikingly energetic unison strings, and Humanity ends the work with too great a surprise to give away in a review – you must buy the disc to discover it!
–George Pratt

Dorothee Oberlinger, Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 1700 - Bach: Small Gifts (2017)

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Dorothee Oberlinger, Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 1700 - Bach: Small Gifts (2017)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 1700 - Bach: Small Gifts (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 75:45 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88985428392 | Recorded: 2017

The acclaimed recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and her ensemble 1700 team up with famous countertenor Andreas Scholl for this inspiring new album featuring the work of J.S. Bach. The album includes arias from Bach cantatas for alto, a concerto for harpsichord arranged for flute, the cantata BWV 170 “Vergnügte Ruh” and the famed Brandenburg concertos No. 2 and No. 4. Dorothee Oberlinger is one of the most amazing discoveries of recent years, an expressive virtuoso who - quite rightly - received numerous awards while still very young. Today she is seen as one of the world’s greatest recorder-players, earning her unanimous acclaim for solo recitals at festivals all over Europe, in America and Japan, for example at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam and the Settimane Musicale Stresa. Born in Germany, Andreas Scholl's early musical training was with the Kiedricher Chorbuben. He later studied under Richard Levitt and René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. A Grammy nominated artist, he has won numerous awards and prizes including the prestigious ECHO Award for his composition The Emperor's New Clothes and The Nightingale released on Deutsche Grammphon.