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Owen Rees, Contrapunctus - Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed (2013)

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Owen Rees, Contrapunctus - Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed (2013)

Owen Rees, Contrapunctus - Libera nos: The Cry of the Oppressed (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 69:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD338 | Recorded: 2011

Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, the choir Contrapunctus presents music by the best-known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. Directed by Owen Rees, a specialist in music of the 16th and 17 centuries, the group presents imaginative programmes revealing previously undiscovered musical treasures and throwing new light on familiar works.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem, Madrigaux & Motets (2002)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem, Madrigaux & Motets (2002)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Cipriano de Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem, Madrigaux & Motets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 64:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901760 | Recorded: 2001

Like Willaert, Cipriano de Rore was one of the great Flemish composers who spent their entire career in Italy.
Although better known for his madrigals, he also wrote this Mass based on the Christmas motet by Josquin Desprez Praeter rerum seriem (Beyond all human understanding, the Virgin Mary conceived the Son of Man).

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - The Ear of the Huguenots (2017)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - The Ear of the Huguenots (2017)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - The Ear of the Huguenots (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 65:09 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88985411762 | Recorded: 2016

The Huelgas Ensemble under Paul Van Nevel are numbered among the world’s best vocal ensembles for over 40 years. Their recordings of, in many cases, completely unknown works has earned the ensemble the highest international acclaim. The press wrote of their last recording: “The Huelgas Ensemble once again demonstrates its artistic skill and expressive power” (SWR 2). For their new album, Paul Van Nevel has selected outstanding works by Huguenot composers of the 16th century, a period when Protestants were ruthlessly persecuted in pre-revolutionary France. The tragic height of this persecution was the Saint Bartholomew’s Day massacre on the night of 23–24 August 1572, when the lives of thousands of Huguenots were taken.

Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Tembembe Ensamble Continuo - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017)

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Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Tembembe Ensamble Continuo - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Tembembe Ensamble Continuo - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 741 Mb | Total time: 60:21+67:14 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AVSA9920 | Recorded: 2016

This new multicultural project from Jordi Savall and his musicians on The Routes of Slavery (1444-1888) marks a world first in the history of music and of the three continents involved in the trade in African slaves and their exploitation in the New World, which are brought together through the early music of the colonial period, the musical traditions of Mali and the oral traditions of the descendants of slaves in Madagascar, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. This 'Musical Memoir' is accompanied with historical texts on slavery, beginning with the early chronicles of 1444 and concluding with texts written by the Nobel Peace Prize-winner Martin Luther King shortly before his assassination in 1968.

Stile Antico - In A Strange Land (2019) {Harmonia Mundi}

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Stile Antico - In A Strange Land (2019) {Harmonia Mundi}

Stile Antico - In A Strange Land (2019) {Harmonia Mundi}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 292MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 169MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical, Renaissance

The regime of Queen Elizabeth I dealt harshly with supporters of the old Catholic religion. Torn between obedience and conscience, some of England’s most talented musicians - Philips, Dering and Dowland - chose a life of exile abroad. Others chose to remain in spiritual isolation in England, comparing themselves to the exiled Israelites in Babylon.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - L'heritage de Petrus Alamire (2015)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - L'heritage de Petrus Alamire (2015)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - L'heritage de Petrus Alamire (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 75:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Cypres | # CYP1673 | Recorded: 2015

A treasure-house of the grand master of sixteenth-century musical calligraphy, the choirbooks of Petrus Alamire contain some stupendous and hitherto unpublished polyphonic works. Through the hand of the dedicated humanist that was Alamire – famous as a “guardian of the books” and as a spy within the most influential courts of the Renaissance, including those of Marguerite of Austria in Malines, Henry VIII of England and Charles V – the Huelgas Ensemble and Paul Van Nevel trace a portrait of this brilliant humanist in a programme that will take you to the very heart of the secrets of Renaissance polyphony. From among these gems that are the prestigious choirbooks, the voices of Paul Van Nevel portray The Legacy of Petrus Alamire through the Sanctus and Agnus Dei of such exceptional composers as Sticheler in an echo of the divine Josquin.

Gustav Leonhardt - William Byrd: Harpsichord Music (2005) [Re-Up]

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Gustav Leonhardt - William Byrd: Harpsichord Music (2005) [Re-Up]

Gustav Leonhardt - William Byrd: Harpsichord Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 157 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha Productions | # ALPHA 073 | Time: 00:52:13

If the Alpha label had done nothing more than return Gustav Leonhardt to the studio, it would still be one of the best contemporary classical record companies. That everything else about its releases – the sound, the liner notes, even the reproductions on the covers – is as good or better than what any other classical company manages is only icing on the cake. Leonhardt has been one of the finest harpsichordists in the world for more than 40 years, and his recordings of the repertoire from Frescobaldi to Bach have been the standards against which all other recordings have been judged. But Leonhardt had made no recordings for most of the last decade, and listeners began to wonder if he ever would again. Now, with his fourth release for Alpha, listeners can finally relax, confident in the knowledge that Leonhardt has indeed returned. This 2005 disc of keyboard music by Byrd finds Leonhardt at the top of his form. As always, his technique is secure, and nothing in Byrd's virtuoso writing is beyond him. And, as always, his musicianship is assured, and nothing in Byrd's sensitive music is beyond him.

Zak Ozmo - Vincenzo Galilei: The Well-tempered Lute - Libro d'intavolature di liuto (2016)

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Zak Ozmo - Vincenzo Galilei: The Well-tempered Lute - Libro d'intavolature di liuto (2016)

Žak Ozmo - Vincenzo Galilei: The Well-tempered Lute - Libro d'intavolature di liuto (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68017 | Time: 01:03:01

This recording of lute music may be of most interest to fans of the lute and of the Renaissance-Baroque transition era, but it will be of considerable interest to them: it marks the first recording of the Libro d'intavolature di liuto, or Book of Lute Tablatures, of Vincenzo Galilei (1584). Galilei was the father of none other than astronomer Galileo. The work is given the title The Well-Tempered Lute here; that was not Galilei's title, but the music was apparently the first collection intended to demonstrate the possibilities of equal temperament that Bach would exploit so dramatically a century and a half later. Some scholars have opined that this was a primarily theoretical work; as music, it is both technically difficult and a little monotonous, consisting of groups of dances that may or may not have been danced to. Lutenist Žak Ozmo makes a good case for these little pieces as performer's music, differentiating learned counterpoint from works of a more expressive character.

Collegium Musicum Amsterdam, Anthony Zielhorst - Giaches de Wert: Motets, Book I, 1566 (2014)

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Collegium Musicum Amsterdam, Anthony Zielhorst - Giaches de Wert: Motets, Book I, 1566 (2014)

Giaches de Wert - O mors, quam amara est - Motets, Book I, 1566 (2014)
Collegium Musicum Amsterdam, Anthony Zielhorst

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94684 | Time: 01:14:41

Giaches de Wert (1536‐1595) was born in Flanders. He became one of the foremost composers of the Golden Age of Renaissance vocal polyphony, together with other illustrious composers: Dufay, Ockeghem, Obrecht, Josquin and Lassus. At an early age he went to Italy, where he became Maestro di Cappella of the Santa Barbara Basilica of Mantua, built by Guglielmo Gonzaga, head of the ruling family who were central in the development of the high cultural climate of Mantua. De Wert’s music is firmly rooted in the stately Franco‐Flemish polyphonic tradition, in which he introduced “Italian” elements expressing the emotional content of the text, such as sadness, sorrow, joy and exaltation. This new recording contains the First Book of Motets, a first recording, sung by one of the foremost Early Music Choirs of The Netherlands, the Collegium Musicum Amsterdam, conducted by Anthony Zielhorst.

Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Henricus Isaac: Nell tempo di Lorenzo de Medici (2017)

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Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Henricus Isaac: Nell tempo di Lorenzo de Medici (2017)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Henricus Isaac: Nell tempo di Lorenzo de Medici & Maximilian I 1450-1519 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 76:06 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AVSA9922 | Recorded: 2017

Discover the music of Heinrich Isaac with these authentic performances from La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI under the inspired direction of early music specialist Jordi Savall. This program paints a portrait of an era during which the Hundred Year's War ended, the Medici family reached its peak, the idea of the Reformation surged and Charles V was crowned at the head of an Empire that redefined the idea of Europe.

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Granada 1013-1526 (2016)

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Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Granada 1013-1526 (2016)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Granada 1013-1526 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 474 Mb | Total time: 78:39 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AVSA9915 | Recorded: 2013

Jordi Savall examines 500 years of history in this portrait of a city that symbolises like no other the fruitful, and at the same time, conflictual encounter of the three monotheistic religions. The succession of the Zirid, Almoravid, Almohad and Nasrid dynasties, their relationship with the neighbouring Christian kingdoms and the often precarious situation of the Jews (the first inhabitants of this area) are reflected in this wide musical fresco, in which each culture displays its most advanced refinement.

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)

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Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)
William Byrd, Robert Parsons, John Taverner, W. Mundy, Thomas Tallis, D. Gerarde, John Sheppard

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD408 | Time: 01:08:16

Following its nomination for a Gramophone Early Music Award in 2014, Contrapunctus releases an album of motets from the Baldwin Tudor partbooks, on the theme of mortality. Conducted by Owen Rees, the album includes Sheppard’s epic Media vita and other Tudor gems by Byrd, Parsons, Mundy, Taverner, Gerarde and Tallis, with Contrapunctus’s own reconstructions of the missing tenor parts.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (2002)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (2002)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 212 Mb | Total time: 52:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 015 | Recorded: 1987

'Is this great music or merely weird?' wrote John Milsom in his review of this album in Gramophone. Gesualdo's sacred music, like his secular madrigals, is both eccentric and passionate.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Pres: Missa Gaudeamus & Missa L'ami Baudichon (2018)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Pres: Missa Gaudeamus & Missa L'ami Baudichon (2018)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prés: Missa Gaudeamus & Missa L'ami Baudichon (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 66:48 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 050 | Recorded: 2018

This release by The Tallis Scholars, the seventh of nine in a project to record the complete masses of Josquin des Prez, explores two unique and contrasting works. Missa Gaudeamus represents Renaissance artistry at its most intense. Based on the first six notes of a chant melody, it deploys mathematics in a number of clever ways. Missa L'ami Baudichon represents Renaissance artistry at its most playful. It is based on just three notes from a secular folksong that sounds distractingly like the opening of Three Blind Mice. Known as the most adventurous composer of his time, Josquin's restless, searching intellect is on display in all his works.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prez: Missa Di dadi & Missa Une mousse de Biscaye (2016)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prez: Missa Di dadi & Missa Une mousse de Biscaye (2016)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prés: Missa Di dadi & Missa Une mousse de Biscaye (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 71:13 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 048 | Recorded: 2016

Renaissance composers frequently based sacred works on the melodies of secular songs, which were typically placed in the tenor part as a cantus firmus. The mixing of such elements, as in Josquin's Missa Di dadi and the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye, which were based respectively on the chansons N'aray je jamais mieulx and Une mousse de Biscaye, was common practice in the 15th century. However, Josquin also used images of dice in the tenor part of the Missa Di dadi, which have been interpreted as symbols representing time ratios, indicating the length of notes relative to the other three voices.