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Dunedin Consort, Soloists, John Butt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)

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Dunedin Consort, Soloists, John Butt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, Reconstruction of First Performance (2014)
Joanne Lunn, soprano; Rowan Hellier, alto; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass
Dunedin Consort, conducted by John Butt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 449 | Time: 01:01:39

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014 Choral category winner! Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. John Butt brings to Mozart the microscopic care and musicological acumen that have made his Bach and Handel recordings so thought-provoking and satisfying.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Judicium Salomonis (2006)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Judicium Salomonis (2006)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Judicium Salomonis (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 63:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 3 59294 2 | Recorded: 2005

This Virgin Classics release reunites William Christie and Les Arts Florissants with the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, a composer for whom it can be said Christie has done more to expose than any other he has taken on. This is saying a lot, as Christie has also made extensive recorded forays into the works of Campra, Lully, Montéclair, Monteverdi, Purcell, and in particular, Handel. However, Charpentier remains a special case to Christie, and there is still a monumental amount of unrecorded music by this composer to exploit. The two works on Virgin Classics' Charpentier: Judicium Salomonis actually have been recorded before, though not often and not by well-known groups like Christie's – the Motet pour une longue Offrande has been recorded by Philippe Herreweghe and that's about it in terms of the competition.

Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Quebec - Mozart: Requiem (2015)

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Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Quebec - Mozart: Requiem (2015)

Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Québec - Mozart: Requiem (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 229 Mb | Total time: 52:59 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | # ACD2 2722 | Recorded: 2001

This is an ATMA Classique reissue of one of Les Violons du Roy’s seminal discs: the orchestra’s 2002 Dorian label recording of Mozart’s Requiem as revised and completed by Robert D. Levin. The recording won the JUNO® Award for Best Classical Album of the year in the Vocal or Choral Performance category. Founding conductor Bernard Labadie brought Les Violons du Roy and its the fifteen member core together in 1984. The ensemble specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed on modern instruments but in a stylistic manner most appropriate to the work’s era.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Handel: Messiah (2016)

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Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Handel: Messiah (2016)

Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Handel: Messiah (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 594 Mb | Total time: 52:45+61:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5176(2) | Recorded: 2015

Experience the transcendent glory of Messiah in Sir Andrew Davis’s new, majestic, must-hear edition of Handel’s beloved classic.
Recorded live for SACD release in surround sound, this unique version makes use of all the colours available from the modern symphony orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor’s score calls for moments of drama, pathos, and even, sometimes, whimsicality. It is supported by substantial brass and woodwind forces, and several percussion instruments (including marimba!). As he explains in a very personal booklet note, this leading British conductor brings immense dedication to what is probably the most famous piece of British sacred music ever composed, this version being one which he has conducted live only a few times, including on this recording. He confesses: ‘Everything I have done instrumentally stems from the enormous respect, even awe, which I feel towards this supreme masterpiece’.

Laurence Cummings, NDR Chor, FestspielOrchester Gottingen - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (2019)

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Laurence Cummings, NDR Chor, FestspielOrchester Gottingen - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (2019)

Laurence Cummings, NDR Chor, FestspielOrchester Göttingen - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 724 Mb | Total time: 74:52+62:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 26410 | Recorded: 2018

Judas Maccabäus is one of Handel’s most impressive and successful works. More than 50 performances took place in Handel’s lifetime.
The integration of the libretto with the conflict between the Scottish Jacobites under the leadership of the catholic Stuart pretender Charles Edward and the royalist government troops played a crucial role in this.
The original libretto tells the story of the struggle of the Jews against the rule of the Seleucids. Handel portrays the plot with colourful arias, touching laments and exultant triumph choruses.
The present live recording is a production of the 2018 International Handel Festival in Göttingen, highly praised by the critics and the audience. With Laurence Cummings (the Festival’s Artistic Director) a renowned Handel specialist stands at the helm of the Göttingen Festival Orchestra, assisted by an excellent vocal cast and the NDR Choir.

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa - Sacrae Cantiones - The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery (2016) {Delphian DCD34176 }

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Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa - Sacrae Cantiones - The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery (2016) {Delphian DCD34176 }

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa - Sacrae Cantiones - The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery (2016) {Delphian DCD34176 }
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 275 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 146 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 18 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Delphian Records | DCD34176
Classical / Renaissance / Motets / Choral

Carlo Gesualdo has become notorious, not only from his royalty but for the eccentricities of his life and music. Gruesomely murdering his first wife and her lover, mistreating his second wife and isolating himself have all fuelled the ""myth of Gesualdo as a madman"". Gesualdo turned his prodigious compositional talent to the creation of a collection of pieces that betray his obsession with his own personal sin. The five-voice motets on this release speak as strongly as Gesualdo's words ever could. The Marian Consort possesses both a lean vocal delivery and a robust interpretation of the texts.

La Stagione Armonica, Sergio Balestracci - Scarlatti: Responsories for Holy Week - Holy Saturday (2018)

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La Stagione Armonica, Sergio Balestracci - Scarlatti: Responsories for Holy Week - Holy Saturday (2018)

La Stagione Armonica, Sergio Balestracci - Scarlatti: Responsories for Holy Week - Holy Saturday (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:20 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 19075802412

It is not certain that all the music on this disc is by Scarlatti; the manuscript that contains the nine Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday and four Lenten motets is unsigned and in places incomplete. Conductor Sergio Balestracci is confident of their authorship, however, on stylistic grounds and because Scarlatti is reported to have composed settings of these Passiontide meditations in ‘the solid style of Palestrina’ for the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1708.

Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - Michel-Richard De Lalande: Music for the Sun King (2002) [Re-Up]

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Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - Michel-Richard De Lalande: Music for the Sun King (2002) [Re-Up]

Michel-Richard De Lalande: Music for the Sun King (2002)
Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir, Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra, Jeffrey Skidmore

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67325 | Time: 01:12:07

This resplendent CD introduces another outstanding 'early music' ensemble to Hyperion - Jeffrey Skidmore's Ex Cathedra, who will explore some of the lesser-known Baroque byways for us. They make their entrance with this programme of music by one of the four composers assigned to Louis XIV's Chapel in 1683. The disc gives us the opportunity to hear two of Lalande's 'grands motets' in full (substantial, sectional works in which episodes for vocal soloists are interspersed with passages for small ensembles and chorus, the orchestra providing both accompaniment and interludes), as well as a solo movement extracted from another one, and one of his instrumental pieces. This is music which was highly regarded both in the composer's own day and beyond, and performed throughout the eighteenth century.