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Charles Mackerras - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori; Water Music Suite (2002)

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Charles Mackerras - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori; Water Music Suite (2002)

Charles Mackerras - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori; Water Music Suite (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 400 Mb | Total time: 75:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Testament | STB 1253 | Recorded: 1956, 1959, 1977

Sir Charles Mackerras has a reputation for providing exciting and full-blooded interpretations in Janáček and baroque music and this thrilling collection of Handel recordings dating from almost 50 years ago is a case in point.

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

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Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas [6CDs] (2008)

Handel Edition Vol. 4 - Messiah; Samson; Arias from Rinaldo and other operas (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.06 Gb | Total time: 7h 30'33'' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 2564 69568-6 | Recorded: 1974, 1978, 1982, 1994

The performance here of Samson is definitive. It is lively, colourful and highly dramatic. There is no comparison with the tedious performance by the Sixteen on Coro. The performance of the Messiah with limited modern instrumental forces of the English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with very good soloists doesn't sacrifice grandeur nor does it go to the other extreme of over-blown pomp. It is a very good performamce on modern instruments under the direction of the Baroque music specialist conductor Raymond Leppard.

Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

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Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 57:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 75683 2 | Recorded: 2002

Balsom explains in her booklet note that EMI gave her considerable freedom in choosing her programme for the disc and thereby lays my only real reservation. The objective (a daunting one as Balsom readily admits) was to seek out new material although what we get is a slightly uncomfortable blend of one vast original composition in the Eben, that whilst well coupled with the shorter Tomasi work seems rather ill at ease with the likes of Shenandoah and George Thalben-Ball’s well-known organ Elegy. It may be that Balsom was conscious of not duplicating works with Håkan Hardenberger’s release of music for the same combination that appeared on BIS earlier this year (also reviewed by the writer) although in fact it is only the Tomasi that is common to both discs.

Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

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Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Nicola Porpora: Il Gedeone (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 479 Mb | Total time: 111:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 615-2 | Recorded: 1998

With a libretto based on the Old Testament account of Gideon and his non-violent triumph over the Midianites, the Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) produced a score which, though far from consistent, has moments of great beauty. Among them are Gideon’s aria ‘Cadranno i lupi’; a sublime Sinfonia at the opening of Part Two; a couple of fine choruses and, above all, beautifully wrought recitatives. These apart, don’t expect a forgotten masterpiece. This performance – the first in modern times – boasts competent and well-matched soloists.

Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel Arias(2014)

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Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel Arias(2014)

Alice Coote, Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel Arias(2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 68:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67979 | Recorded: 2013

Hyperion is delighted to present a tour de force from the supreme mezzo-soprano of today, Alice Coote, accompanied by The English Concert and Harry Bicket, making their Hyperion debut. Coote performs a selection of Handel’s greatest arias from opera and oratorio, employing an extraordinary range of vocal and dramatic colour, tone and emotion to produce triumphant and moving interpretations of these masterpieces.

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

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Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 424 Mb | Total time: 76:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vivat | VIVAT 117 | Recorded: 2018

Acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson, partnered by Robert King and The King's Consort,with whom she has been associated throughout her professional career, turns her talents to Handel's two most dramatic cantatas, linked by the theme of abandoned women.

Café Zimmermann - J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, Vol. 3 (2007) Repost

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Café Zimmermann - J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, Vol. 3 (2007) Repost

Café Zimmermann - J.S. Bach: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments, Vol. 3 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:15 | 435 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | Catalog: 071

Every one of the six volumes of Café Zimmermann's recordings of Bach's "Concerts avec plusiers instruments" is absolutely excellent. The music is all magnificent and played with a freshness combined with depth of understanding which is a real joy. You may like to know that they have now been issued as a set J.S. Bach: Concertos with Several Instruments Complete Works Vol. I-VI which I recommend in the strongest possible terms.

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDH55038 | Recorded: 1987

When churches were closed by clerical ordinance on special feast days, Parisians of the mid-18th century went instead to Concerts Spirituels of music ranging from grand motets to intimate chamber music. Mondonville's contributions are exceptional for their unusual timbral mix. They include a dozen Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, the harpsichord parts designed not as continuo infill, but fully self-sufficient, while nonetheless accompanying violin and soprano soloists. Three of them here create a rare and arresting soundscape.

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Variations: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms (2017/1987-91)

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Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Variations: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms (2017/1987-91)

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Variations: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms (2017/1987-91)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 170 min
Classical | EuroArts

Three of the greatest sets of keyboard variations ever composed are presented here, performed by three of today’s greatest artists. András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim and Yefim Bronfman go to the heart of these monumental creations in performances that are highly personal. They sensitively balance the contrasting aims of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, who were often referred to by nineteenth-century German critics as the ‘Three Bs’ because of their supposed primacy in the history of central European classical music.

Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonatas (2008) {ECM 2009}

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Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonatas (2008) {ECM 2009}

Jean-Marie Leclair - Sonatas (2008) {ECM 2009}
EAC 0.99pb3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 413MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 171MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical, Baroque

Following his acclaimed recordings of sonatas by Biber, Schmelzer and Veracini and his no less lauded rendering of the complete unaccompanied works by Bach, British violinst John Holloway once again joins forces with his excellent partners Jaap ter Linden and Lars Ulrik Mortensen for an album of strikingly beautiful, yet little known chamber music from the baroque era. Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764) who trained as a dancer, lacemaker, violinist and composer and was murdered in Paris under obscure circumstances, laid the foundations for the French violin school. As a composer he is a master of mixed styles, providing a rare synthesis of Italian and French traits, of melodic beauty and dancelike vivacity. John Holloway has chosen sonatas from his “classical” period in which Leclair had gained a perfect balance of proportion, expressiveness and virtuosic display.

Myriam Leblanc, Ensemble Mirabilia - Vivaldi: Luce e Ombra (2020)

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Myriam Leblanc, Ensemble Mirabilia - Vivaldi: Luce e Ombra (2020)

Myriam Leblanc, Ensemble Mirabilia - Vivaldi: Luce e Ombra (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 234 Mb | Total time: 60:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Analekta | AN 2 9137 | Recorded: 2020

For her marvelous new album, Luce e Ombra, soprano Myriam Leblanc assembled a collection of her favourite works by the Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi. She chose opera excerpts, a chamber cantata, along with instrumental pieces transcribed or adapted for the Ensemble Mirabilia, consisting of Antoine Malette-Chénier on the baroque triple harp, Marie-Michel Beauparlant on the cello and Grégoire Jeay on the flute. The vocal performance, the arias’ nuances and the intimate relationship with the highly capable ensemble make for an accomplished and convincing album.

Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)

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Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)

Alison Balsom - The Sound of Alison Balsom (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 0 19162 2 | Recorded: 2002-2012

Among the most exciting classical musicians of our time, Alison Balsom was first inspired by Dizzy Gillespie to become a virtuosic trumpet soloist. 'I've spent my whole life trying to show how versatile the trumpet can be,' she says. 'It's only limited by your imagination.' In this selection from her award-winning albums, she plays gems from the Baroque repertoire on both natural and valved instruments.

Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Simphony Orchestra - Caprice (2006)

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Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Simphony Orchestra - Caprice (2006)

Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Simphony Orchestra - Caprice (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 59:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 0946 3 53255 2 2 | Recorded: 2006

Festive baroque or sparkling virtuoso: the trumpet has many faces, and it is still an absolute exception to find a woman among the great virtuosos of this instrument. The young British trumpeter Alison Balsom is one of these exceptional phenomena. In 2006, Alison Balsom was crowned "Young British Classical Performer of the Year" by the quality watchdogs of classical music; the British Gramophone magazine also awarded her a Gramophone Award 2006. Their current album "Caprice" combines exotic and high virtuosity, lyrical and romantic.

The Parley of Instruments, Mark Caudle - The Noble Bass Viol: From Purcell To Handel (1999)

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The Parley of Instruments, Mark Caudle - The Noble Bass Viol: From Purcell To Handel  (1999)

The Parley of Instruments, Mark Caudle - The Noble Bass Viol (1999)
Purcell, Bocchi, Conti, Corelli, Draghi, Finger, Gorton, Hely, Handel

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67088 | Time: 01:17:58

The viol consort was introduced to England in the early sixteenth century and was mainstay of domestic music until the middle of the seventeenth century. After the Restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, things rapidly changed with the rise in popularity of the violin amongst court musical lfe and amateurs. Composers soon ceased to contribute to the viol consort repertory, with some of Purcell's contemporaries such as Roger North regretting the change. North acknowledged that the violin was 'very excellent in it's kind', but thought that the 'noble Base Viol' embodied all its 'sublimitys'. As North recognised, the viol was not entirely supplanted by the violin in the Restoration period. The bass viol remained in use as a continuo instrument in chamber music until the early eighteenth century, and the instrument acquired a new repertory of solos, duet and trios with continuo. This recording is a survey of this little-known but rewarding repertory.

Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons (2014) [Re-Up]

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Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons (2014) [Re-Up]

Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Classical Crossover, Contemporary | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875076722 | Time: 01:01:21

If anyone has earned the right to mess around with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons it is Nigel Kennedy, the violin world’s Marmite violinist. Remember how fresh he made this music sound on his recording of a quarter-century ago? This latest version offers a ferment of all he’s played since – concertos, jazz, Jimi Hendrix. It’s affectionate and irreverent in equal measure, and Kennedy and his Orchestra of Life never sound less than riveting. Pretty much all Vivaldi’s notes are there; around, above and in between them come interjections, overlays and linking passages involving guest musicians from jazz and rock: Orphy Robinson, Damon Reece, Z-Star and others. Spring is welcomed in by a distant-sounding intro on an electric-guitar. Summer’s storms bring forth bursts of crazily sampled static. Autumn tears off at a cracking pace, but with a jazz trumpet sauntering lazily over the top. It all sounds like a colossal jam session from the inside of a Botticelli painting.