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Capella Alamire, The Woodman Consort of Viols, Peter Urquhart - Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)

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Capella Alamire, The Woodman Consort of Viols, Peter Urquhart - Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)

Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)
Capella Alamire; The Woodman Consort of Viols; Noël Bisson, soprano; Peter Urquhart, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.570180 | Time: 01:08:15

It's always great to encounter the recording that can "crack" a composer open, making his or her music accessible to a general listening public. And it's all the better when such a recording comes from beyond the usual quarters, as, for example, with this American recording of Renaissance polyphony. Nicolas Gombert was a Flemish Renaissance composer, a successor (and possibly a student) of Josquin who entered the service of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. His music, especially in his masses, tends to present itself as a dense, unbroken flow of polyphony. Gombert is one of the composers music history students tend to slog through in hopes of getting to the good stuff. One noted Renaissance scholar used to refer to him, Adrian Willaert, and Giaches de Wert as "the Ert brothers." All that could change with this disc of Gombert motets and chansons. These works are less dense than his masses, but not by much, and they are considerably less limpid than Josquin's pieces in the same genres. But here it is the performances that clarify them. The Massachusetts ensemble Capella Alamire (the name is a pun on an aspect of an old solmization system) under director Peter Urquhart, recording in a church in Portsmouth, NH, slows the motets down slightly and addresses them with a group of eight singers – the black belt of choral singing.

Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)

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Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)

Baptiste Romain, Le Miroir de Musique - Johannes de Lymburgia: Gaude Felix Padua (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | RIC402 | Recorded: 2018

Born around 1380 in the Duchy of Limburg, possibly in the little town of the same name, Johannes de Limburgia was active for a long time in Liège, then in Italy. We have evidence of his presence in Vicenza between 1431 and 1436, and several of his works refer explicitly to Vicenza, as well as to Venice and Padua, demonstrating a strong connection with northern Italy, where his music was compiled. His output – more than 45 works – is contained in three large manuscripts from the first half of the fifteenth century, alongside music by other composers from north of the Alps, such as Johannes Ciconia and Guillaume Dufay.

Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)

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Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)

Daniel Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam - Roland de Lassus: Inferno (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 206 Mb | Total time: 49:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM902650 | Recorded: 2019

Cappella Amsterdam does not just sing music that charms and captivates, but does this at the highest possible level. For its performances, the choir has received many prizes and a stream of positive reviews. Cappella Amsterdam offers the classical choir repertoire in all its glory and dedicates itself, every single year, to bring to you the most beautiful and important choral pieces, both old and new. Daniel Reuss is the artistic director of Cappella Amsterdam. Under his guidance the choir has professionalised and risen to international fame.

I Cavalieri del Cornetto - Tempesta di passaggi: Solo Music for Cornetto (2021)

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I Cavalieri del Cornetto - Tempesta di passaggi: Solo Music for Cornetto (2021)

I Cavalieri del Cornetto - Tempesta di passaggi: Solo Music for Cornetto (2021)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 349 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 163 Mb | Covers included | 01:07:40
Classical | Label: Arcana

A storm of passaggi to echo the virtuosity of the cornettists of Renaissance Italy who exalted their instrument, of which Andrea Inghisciano is one of the most sought-after contemporary exponents (listen, for example, to the disc ‘La Morte della Ragione’ with Il Giardino Armonico). Here, along with the keyboard player María González, he presents a programme bursting with diminutions, whether written or improvised: from the acrobatics of Francesco Rognoni and Dario Castello to the sweetness of Luzzasco Luzzaschi and Giovanni Battista Bovicelli, by way of Girolamo Dalla Casa, who, while recommending performers to ‘do few things, but do them well’, amazes us with his exuberant writing, with rapid cascades of notes as arduous to play as they are fascinating to listen to. This duo recital is the recording debut of the ensemble I Cavalieri del Cornetto, which aims to explore the art of diminution in all its forms.

Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble - Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro mortius (2020)

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Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble - Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro mortius (2020)

Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble - Simone de Bonefont: Missa pro mortius (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 274 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Covers included | 00:58:19
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Cypres Records

In perpetual search of unpublished works and forgotten composers, Paul Van Nevel invites us to discover a Requiem Mass for five voices, composed in 1556 by Simone de Bonefont, canon and cantor at Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. The Missa pro mortuis can be considered as one of the highlights of polyphonic vocal style, encompassing all the characteristics of Franco-Flemish techniques of the period. The richness of de Bonefont’s polyphonic writing and his mastery of counterpoint are truly astonishing. True to form, the Huelgas Ensemble honours this unpublished score with a powerful interpretation, delivering music of incredible luminous tranquility. The programme also includes four compositions by Franco-Flemish masters - that de Bonefont may well have heard - on one of the most profound texts of the Gregorian repertoire: Media vita in morte summus (In the midst of life we are in death).

Dominique Visse & Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Septiesme livre de chansons (2021)

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Dominique Visse & Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Septiesme livre de chansons (2021)

Dominique Visse & Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Septiesme livre de chansons (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 325 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:37
Classical | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

2021 sees the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Des Pres, the most celebrated composer of his day. Dominique Visse and the Ensemble Clément Janequin are recording a selection of his chansons from one of the most important editions of his works, Tylman Susato’s Septiesme livre de Chansons published in 1545. This edition bear witness to the diversity of Josquin’s chanson writing, but above all to the melancholy and sorrow so present in his works, and is clearly a tribute, as is also evident in the two Déplorations on his death, Musæ Jovis by Nicolas Gombert and O mors inevitabilis by Hieronymus Vinders. This recording endeavours to present a Josquin legacy, a post mortem illustration of his chanson œuvre, in remembrance of his musical genius. It has also enabled Dominique Visse and the Ensemble Clément Janequin to express their profound musical passion for this major Renaissance composer who has accompanied them for more than 40 years.

Sirinu - All Goodly Sports: The Complete Music of Henry VIII (1998)

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Sirinu - All Goodly Sports: The Complete Music of Henry VIII (1998)

Sirinu - All Goodly Sports: The Complete Music of Henry VIII (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Chamber, Vocal, Renaissance | Label: Chandos Chaconne | # CHAN 0621 | 01:05:53

Lutenist, singer and composer Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, presided for a short while over one of the most cultivated European courts. Sirinu, with imaginative deployment of instrumental colour, performs the songs, consort music and arrangements attributed to Henry Tudor, including the well-known ‘Pastyme with good companye’. A fascinating disc.

Palatino87 - La Bella Mandorla: Madrigals from the Codex Squarcialupi (2012)

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Palatino87 - La Bella Mandorla: Madrigals from the Codex Squarcialupi (2012)

Palatino87 - La Bella Mandorla: Madrigals from the Codex Squarcialupi (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 63:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 623-2 | Recorded: 2010

The Squarcialupi Codex is an extensive, lavishly decorated manuscript of the Italian Trecento and was compiled around 1410. The manuscript contains works by twelve composers – including Francesco Landini, Giovanni da Cascia, Jacopo da Bologna, and Lorenzo da Firenze – and presents them in chronological order.

Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)

Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 59:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 238-2 | Recorded: 2006

This year the Bremen Cathedral Choir is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and with its director of many years, Wolfgang Helbich, it also has certainly enjoyed a »musical marriage« of a rare kind. And then there is the splendid Bremen tradition that has been observed for some eighty years now: the Christmas song concert in St. Peter’s Cathedral so very dear to the hearts of the Bremen public. Since cpo, as a label with its home in Northern Germany, has long maintained close ties to the Hansa city (cf. Radio Bremen, Weser-Renaissance Bremen, and not least Helbich himself), it seemed to us to be high time to document this event full of the Christmas spirit for the pleasure of a wider listening audience. Everything that lends the Christmas season its musical magic is represented in traditional arrangements, from Adeste Fideles to Vom Himmel hoch.

Stile Antico - A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (2015)

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Stile Antico - A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (2015)

Stile Antico - A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU807575 | Time: 01:12:55
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Renaissance

Stile Antico's 2015 release on Harmonia Mundi, A Wondrous Mystery, is a sublime collection of Renaissance choral music for Christmas, presented in a pleasant mix of familiar German carols and a mass, with tracks interspersed for the sake of variety. This makes sense in consideration of the group's broad audience, which may know such popular hymns as Michael Praetorius' Ein Kind geborn in Bethlehem and Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, or Johannes Eccard's Übers Gebirg Maria geht and Vom Himmel hoch, yet be somewhat at a loss with the motet and Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis by Jacobus Clemens non Papa, a composer beloved by early music specialists but not exactly a household name for lay listeners. However, the a cappella performances are consistently beautiful and soothing throughout, and the quietly joyous mood of the music fits the album's title perfectly. The 12-voice choir's blend is well-balanced and transparent, and the ambience of All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London gives an ideal resonance for the group's small size and close miking.

Paola Erdas - Antonio Valente: Intavolatura del Cimbalo, Napoli 1576 (2020)

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Paola Erdas - Antonio Valente: Intavolatura del Cimbalo, Napoli 1576 (2020)

Paola Erdas - Antonio Valente: Intavolatura del Cimbalo, Napoli 1576 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 431 Mb | Total time: 143:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hitasura | HSP 005 | Recorded: 2019

Wounderfull recording by Paola Erdas of the Intavolatura of Valente, first music book exclusively dedicated to harpsichord, played on two XVIth century Napolitan instrument of an extraordinary beauty.

Ensemble Scandicus - Giacobetti: Lamentazioni (2017)

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Ensemble Scandicus - Giacobetti: Lamentazioni (2017)

Ensemble Scandicus - Giacobetti: Lamentazioni (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 221 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 124 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:51:22
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Pierre Verany

Giacobetti’s music is situated where two aesthetics met and which would be described by Giulio Cesare Monteverdi a few years later as prima pratica and seconda pratica. The Lamentations and Responsories in five or six parts are full of contrapuntal usages inherited from the old style and revealed in 16th-century counterpoint treatises: free (rep. tenebrae factae sunt), simple (lam. i. quomodo sedet), imitative (lam. v. cum exhalarent), in pairs (lam. iii. sanctuarium suum), invertible (lam. i. aleph), on plainchant in equal values (lam. vi. convertere ad dominum), and fauxbourdon (lam. iii. in ecclesiam tuam).

Kai-Uwe Jirka, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom (2016)[

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Kai-Uwe Jirka, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom (2016)[

Kai-Uwe Jirka, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 61:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classics | 4216859 | Recorded: 2016

Christmas is a colourful festival - the boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin and the Lautten Compagney prove this in a colourful and fresh way on this CD of German Christmas songs from the time of the Reformation. The Lautten Compagney, with its historical instruments, brings the traditional sounds of yesteryear back to life and, together with the boys of the State and Cathedral Choir, draws a musical picture of how magnificently Christmas was celebrated in the early 17th century.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Collegium Aureum Edition: Bach, Handel, Rameau, Pergolesi, Biber, Mozart [10CDs] (2011)

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Collegium Aureum Edition: Bach, Handel, Rameau, Pergolesi, Biber, Mozart [10CDs] (2011)

Collegium Aureum Edition: Bach, Handel, Rameau, Pergolesi, Biber, Mozart [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.68 Gb | Total time: 09:12:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697937072 | Recorded: 1961-1982

Schon bei seiner Gründung 1962 hatten es sich Collegium Aureum als Ziel gesetzt, alte Musik auf historischen Instrumenten aufzuführen. Während der langen Zeit seines Bestehens veröffentlichte das Ensemble zahlreiche erfolgreiche LPs und CDs und konzertierte in den großen Konzertsälen ganz Europas.