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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.

Tasto Solo - Meyster ob allen Meystern: Conrad Paumann and the 15th century German Keyboard School (2009) {Passacaille PASS950}

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Tasto Solo - Meyster ob allen Meystern: Conrad Paumann and the 15th century German Keyboard School (2009) {Passacaille PASS950}

Tasto Solo - Meyster ob allen Meystern: Conrad Paumann and the 15th century German Keyboard School (2009) {Passacaille PASS950}
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© 2009 Passacaille / Musica Vera | PASS 950
Classical / Renaissance / 15th Century / Early Music

The unique mission of this quartet is to perform music written for the keyboards of the Middle Ages on exact replicas of the Medieval clavisimbalum, organetto, and Gothic organ. Not only the content of Renaissance Music has been awarded so often, but the recording done by Jean-Daniel Noir is of very, very high quality. A winner in all respects.

Nordic Voices - Lementations (2009)

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Nordic Voices - Lementations (2009)

Nordic Voices - Lementations (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 299 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 175 MB | 01:07:40
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Acappella | Label: Chandos Records

The six-voice a cappella vocal ensemble, Nordic Voices, was formed a little over ten years ago to specialize in both Renaissance and Contemporary music. In this, their fifth album, they present a moving programme of renaissance Lamentations. These are settings of Old Testament verses written by the prophet Jeremiah as he witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and the fall of Judah in 586 B.C. and, as Nordic Voices highlight in their booklet, are still of relevance today as they chart the horrors that humans are capable of inflicting on one another.

David Skinner, De Profundis - Ribera: Magnificats & Motets (2016)

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David Skinner, De Profundis - Ribera: Magnificats & Motets (2016)

David Skinner, De Profundis - Ribera: Magnificats & Motets (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 76:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68141 | Recorded: 2014

The Bernardino de Ribera whose works are recorded here, all but one for the first time, is all but unknown; he is not to be confused with the Spanish-Mexican composer Bernardino de Ribera Sahagún. He was active in the city of Toledo, Spain, a generation before Tomás Luis de Victoria, whom he taught and influenced. His obscurity is due to vandalism rather than to any issue of musical quality: the splendid manuscript that forms the main source for his music was cut up by someone who wanted the illuminations, and on the reverse of those were many sections of Ribera's works.

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

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Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance | Label: Explore Records | # EXP0006 | Time: 00:53:19

This is the first CD Release featuring this recording. This recording was first released on Decca's L'Oiseau-Lyre label in 1975. The CD booklet contains notes in English, French and German. Original review: “…an excellent anthology of his keyboard works… an excellent disc by any standards.” - Gramophone Magazine

Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}

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Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}

Schola Hungarica & Matthias Ank - Das Gänsebuch: German Medieval Chant (2005) {Naxos 8.557412}
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© 2005 Naxos | 8.557412
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Organ / Sacred / Vocals

I admit it was the cover that got my attention–first, the title, referring to an 1120-page manuscript collection containing the only existing original copies of pre-Reformation liturgical music from Nuremburg; second, the illustration, an illumination from the collection that depicts a wolf directing a choir of geese singing from a large music book, a hungry-looking fox sitting on hind-quarters just behind the choir. Upon listening to the music, I was reassured that there was more to appreciate here than the intriguing, colorful illustration and charming title.

Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall - William Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik - Consort Music C. 1600 (1998) [Re-Up]

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Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall - William Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik - Consort Music C. 1600 (1998) [Re-Up]

Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall - William Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik - Consort Music C. 1600 (1998)
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Classical, Renaissance | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, BMG Classics | # 05472 77476 2

English composer and violinist William Brade was a significant transitional figure in instrumental music between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Brade is credited with transplanting English musical practices most readily associated with William Byrd, Peter Philips, and John Dowland to North German and Scandinavian soil, and in aiding the transformation from the Renaissance notion of the English consort to the more continental Baroque idea of a string orchestra.

Dorothee Oberlinger, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Flauto Veneziano (2012)

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Dorothee Oberlinger, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Flauto Veneziano (2012)

Dorothee Oberlinger, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca - Flauto Veneziano (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 405 Mb | Total time: 68:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # ‎88691955142 | Recorded: 2011

Die Blockflötistin und ECHO Klassik-Preisträgerin Dorothee Oberlinger ist mittlerweile weit über die Alte Musik- und die Klassik-Szene hinaus bekannt. Erst Ende vorigen Jahres widmete die Vogue ihr einen Artikel und in der Talkshow »3nach9« begeisterte sie die Zuschauer, auch durch ihr Duett mit Klaus Doldinger. Auf ihrer neuen CD »Flauto Veneziano« widmet sich Dorothee Oberlinger ganz der Flötenkunst Venedigs von der Renaissance bis zum Spätbarock. Die Blockflöte, im Italienischen bis zum Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts schlicht »flauto«, war in Venedig bis zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts ein sehr beliebtes und verbreitetes Instrument.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye: Choral Works (1994)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye: Choral Works (1994)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye: Choral Works (1994)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 290 MB | 01:01:41
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

This early ECM New Series offering chronicles the music of Walter Frye, a 15th-century English composer whose biographical details are as elusive as his music is captivating. He is survived by a significant handful of vocal works, of which the Hilliard Ensemble gives us a thoughtful cross section. Of these, the Ave regina is the most well known, though the Missa Flos regalis forms the backbone of this altogether revelatory album. The mass itself—which, in true Hilliard fashion is divided among a selection of motets—is a brooding flow of delicate harmonies, seamless “hand-offs,” and intimate exchanges. Its inward-looking tone invites the listener into a prayerful space in which worldly cares are both the source of one’s burdens and the key to absolving them.

Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

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Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)
Alamire with Fretwork, directed by David Skinner

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Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Obsidian | # CD716 | Time: 01:15:36

English composer Thomas Tallis witnessed dramatic changes of religion under four monarchs, and his career accordingly represents the development of polyphonic church music in Renaissance England. Along with his student and fellow Roman Catholic, William Byrd, Tallis was one of the earliest composers to publish music under royal patent in England, and his works demonstrated the shifting doctrines and styles of liturgy in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This 2017 Obsidian release features one piece with a text by Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr, which gives the album its title, though the mix of Roman Catholic and Anglican pieces on the program suggests that "songs of Reformation" may be seen as one-sided. In any case, the performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and the viol consort Fretwork put the emphasis on Tallis and his varied output, rather than on the theological preferences of royalty. The result is a well-balanced portrait of Tallis, and his choral music is given transparent textures and clear diction by the 14-voice choir, which maintains independence of parts while offering an evenly blended tone.

Henry's Eight, Jonathan Brown - Orlandus Lassus: Penitential Psalms (1998) 2 CDs, Reissue 2006

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Henry's Eight, Jonathan Brown - Orlandus Lassus: Penitential Psalms (1998) 2 CDs, Reissue 2006

Henry's Eight, Jonathan Brown - Orlandus Lassus: Penitential Psalms (1998) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 617 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 340 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Renaissance | Label: Hyperion | # CDD22056 | 02:22:30

For those who believe in Original Sin, Predestination or, for that matter, Karma, here's a two disc set of the complete "Penitential Psalms" of Orlandus Lassus fabulously performed by Henry's Eight and marvelously recorded by Hyperion. Gloomy but glorious works that hope for the best while assuming for the worst, Lassus' setting of seven fuliginously serious but spiritually salubrious Psalms of David are sure to send shivers down the spine of anyone with a pessimistic cast of mind. The acapella performances of the all-male – two countertenors, three tenors and three basses – Henry's Eight is darkly hued, strongly rhythmic, deeply soulful, very expressive and absolutely true to the late Renaissance agony of Lassus's music. While not perhaps the first place to start with for Lassus in a melancholy mood – try "The Tears of Peter" for the peak of harmonic anguish – Henry's Eight's recording Penitential Psalms belongs in every Lassus collection, especially as preserved in Hyperion's intimate and evocative sound.

Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge - Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (2010)

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Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge - Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (2010)

Andrew Nethsingha, Choir of St Johns College, Cambridge - Hear My Words: Choral Classics from St John’s (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 77:25 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5085 | Recorded: 2010

As exclusive Chandos artists, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge here presents its second release. The first CD, of choral music by Howells (CHAN10587), was released to rave reviews in March this year. Choir and Organ wrote: ‘There is musicianship here of a rare and moving kind.’ This new release of popular choral classics should meet with a similar reception while at the same time appealing to a wider audience.

The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)

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The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)

The Dowland Project, John Potter - Romaria (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 365 MB | 01:16:54
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Vocal | Label: ECM New Series

The Dowland Project, established by ECM's Manfred Eicher, would not please musical purists; in this installment, Romaria, it brings together an assortment of old and new instruments, including violin, viola, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, tenor and bass recorders, Baroque guitar, and vihuela, performing music spanning nearly a millennium, most of it written before most of these instruments had been developed. The producer and performers may have deliberately chosen to ignore the principle of authentic performance practice, duplicating as closely as possible the sound of the music at the time it was created, but they are principled in the aesthetic decisions they have made.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Leonel Power, John Dunstable: Masses and Motets (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 443 MB | 01:46:07
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Virgin Classics

These first reissues in Virgin Veritas’s new Hilliard Edition mark a belated tribute to one of the most enduring names of the early music scene, and the long-awaited return to the catalogue of some of its finest work. English music often has the knack of bringing out the best in The Hilliard Ensemble, so it is appropriate that three of the present batch of discs are devoted to the period when English music was at its most influential, the early- to mid-fifteenth century. Last year’s Gramophone Early Music Award, given to a recording of the music of John Dunstable by the Orlando Consort (Metronome, 2/96), was actually the second time the composer has been so honoured: The Hilliards’ disc won the award in 1984. Nearly 15 years on, it is more than worthy to stand alongside its successor.