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Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Mozart: Grabmusik, Gallimathias Musicum (1998)

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Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Mozart: Grabmusik, Gallimathias Musicum (1998)

Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Mozart: Grabmusik, Gallimathias Musicum (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:41 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chesky Records | Catalog: CD 172

Every so often, one becomes enchanted by the accomplishments of a true genius. When such a genius is only 11 years of age, we cannot help but reflect on mankind's wonderful gifts. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart granted the world with a source of pleasure, beauty and inspiration that will be ours to enjoy forever. The goal of this recording was to produce, as simply, organically and accurately as possible, a journey back to what might have happened when the 11-year-old Mozart wrote and performed the music featured here.

Wendy Scherl - You'll See (2019)

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Wendy Scherl - You'll See (2019)

Wendy Scherl - You'll See (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks +Booklet) 300 MB | Cover | 53:53 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 141 MB
Vocal Pop | Label: Harbinger

None other than Roy Sander of the prestigious Bistro Awards wrote, With her fluent musical vocabulary and sharp interpretive skill, Wendy Scherl illuminates and invigorates every song she sings. Her new Harbinger Records album, Youll See, marks Wendys return to performing after taking an eighteen-year break to raise her two boys. After her appearances at New Yorks premier clubs like BB Kings, Dont Tell Mama, The Triad, The Metropolitan Room, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre, this Metro Star Search award-winner has returned to radiant reviews. Of this new release, David Friedman wrote, Wendy never stopped singing, never stopped studying, never stopped honing her art. Shes back, voice more beautiful than ever, singing with all the warmth and wisdom and humor that only a life well and fully lived can bring. And Youll See is the perfect showcase for Wendys myriad talents.

Sir Colin Davis - Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Overtures (2002)

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Sir Colin Davis - Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Overtures (2002)

Sir Colin Davis - Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Overtures (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:32:05 | 708 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 470 543-2

Colin Davis' Berlioz has in general tended to draw some rave reviews from the critics, and while I am not always in agreement with them, I have to admit that this is probably the best version of the sprawling and flawed but ultimately rather rewarding work available. His abilities to draw various color nuances - darker ones, in particular - from the orchestra, especially the wind section, are marvelous. The soloists are in general good, too, and overall this urgent reading should warrant a safe recommendation.

Flora Martinez - Moon Lover (2019)

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Flora Martinez - Moon Lover (2019)

Flora Martinez - Moon Lover (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 30 MB | Cover | 06:07 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 14 MB
Jazz, Vocal | Label: Prowse

Martinez was born in Montreal to a Canadian mother and a Colombian father, and raised in Bogotá and North Vancouver. She began her career in television in Colombia appearing in telenovelas such as Mambo (1994), María Bonita (1995), and La Otra Mitad del Sol (1995). She is a Canadian citizen and speaks fluent French, Spanish and English.

Sollazzo Ensemble & Anna Danilevskaia - The Leuven Chansonnier Vol. 1 (2019)

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Sollazzo Ensemble & Anna Danilevskaia - The Leuven Chansonnier Vol. 1 (2019)

Sollazzo Ensemble & Anna Danilevskaia - The Leuven Chansonnier Vol. 1 (2019)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:01:36 | 143 MB
Classical | Label: Passacaille

The Leuven Chansonnier (1470-75) includes fifty compositions by leading 15th-century Franco-Flemish names as Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Busnoys, and Firminus Caron but also twelve newly re-discovered works, found in no other source!

Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro & Dominik Wörner - Bach: Cantatas and Arias for Bass (2019)

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Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro & Dominik Wörner - Bach: Cantatas and Arias for Bass (2019)

Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro & Dominik Wörner - Bach: Cantatas and Arias for Bass (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 315 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:01:49
Classical, Vocal | Label: Arcana

Carl Philipp Emanuel tells us of his father’s talent as a singer: ‘He had a good penetrating voice of wide range and good singing style.’ It is therefore not surprising that the three church cantatas for solo bass are among his most exquisite and personal vocal works. Singing voice and instruments enter into a special relationship in these pieces. The dense yet sensitive polyphony is filled with a warmth and tenderness that seems to bring us closer to Bach, who is otherwise so ‘hermetically closed’. The ‘I’ voice in the poems of cantatas BWV 56 and 82 becomes the composer’s voice. Bach’s solo cantatas are precious gems whose subtle beauties go straight to the listener’s heart.

Natasha Hemmings - Whispers (2019)

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Natasha Hemmings - Whispers (2019)

Natasha Hemmings - Whispers (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 222 MB | Cover | 32:05 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 76 MB
Pop, Easy Listening, Classical Pop | Label: Raspberry Records

Cheshire born Natasha Hemmings cannot remember a life without music. As an active member in her county and school music scene when she was a child some of her earliest memories are from choirs and performance groups that she was a part of.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 68:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territories | # ZZT 030801 | Recorded: 2002

Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) was a gifted cellist and a rival of Handel's; he wrote more than 30 operas and 300 cantatas. I approached this "serenata a tre" with trepidation, fearing something coy and intermezzo-like; in fact, it's simply beautiful. The not-riveting plot concerns soprano nymph Cloris' refusal of love for countertenor shepherd Tirsi, and her subsequent turnaround. Baritone Fileno, a satyr, loves her but convinces her that love is cruel because he is jealous of her love for Tirsi. In the end, Fileno vows vengeance and departs, and the lovers unite, praising fidelity and love. Bononcini manages to capture truly felt moments of love, anger, warmth, happiness, and heartbreak with minimal forces–just a few strings, all played stunningly (as usual) by Ensemble 415–and fine melodies.

I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda - Roma '600 (2019)

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I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda - Roma '600 (2019)

I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda - Roma '600 (2019)
WEB FLAC (Tracks +Booklet) 303 MB | Cover | 56:20 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 168 MB
Classical | Label: Arcana

Eine Reise durch das Rom des 17. Jahrhunderts, die raue und prächtige Stadt, in der Caravaggio und Stradella lebten. Strenger Kontrapunkt und gelehrte Polyphonie in den Lauten- und Tastenwerken von Kapsberger, Pasquini und Frescobaldi vermischen sich mit leichten Tänzen und populären Gitarrenliedern. Improvisation ist das verbindende Element beider Klangwelten: die Hochkultur von Kirchenkapellen und Adelspalästen sowie die Überlieferung von Straßen und Tavernen. Die Entscheidungen in Bezug auf Instrumente und Interpretation beruht auf sorgfältiger Untersuchung der ursprünglichen Quellen. Das berühmte „Antidotum Tarantulæ“ und weitere frühe Beispiele der Tarantella, wie sie vom Jesuitenforscher Athanasius Kircher aufgeschrieben wurden, werden nach historisch informierter Praxis auf Dudelsäcken, Trommeln und Gitarren gespielt.

Boston Camerata & Anna Azéma - Free America! (2019)

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Boston Camerata & Anna Azéma - Free America! (2019)

Boston Camerata & Anna Azéma - Free America! (2019)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 00:59:43 | 139 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

The United States of America, a promised land? Free America! celebrates the ideas and hopes which preoccupied the young American Republic in the years 1770-80: the need for freedom of assembly, a willingness to rebel and go into battle fully aware of the cost, but above all, a desire for a new harmony whose songs, hymn tunes, and marches accompany the long journey to a new “promised land.” A powerful message which informs the first collaboration between harmonia mundi and Anne Azéma now leading the Boston Camerata.

La Chimera, Eduardo Egüez - Gracias a la vida (2018)

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La Chimera, Eduardo Egüez - Gracias a la vida (2018)

La Chimera, Eduardo Egüez - Gracias a la vida (2018)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:00 | 400 MB
Genre: Classical Crossover, Folk, World | Label: La Musica | Catalog: LMU012

La présence espagnole en Amérique du Sud ne tarda guère à susciter un syncrétisme musical absolument fascinant, notamment à l'époque baroque, dont on a récemment redécouvert les prodigieuses richesses et qui influe directement sur les pratiques musicales actuelles. La Chimera se concentre pour ce programme sur une région emblématique de l'Amérique du Sud, composée originairement par des territoires Guaranis et Incas, plus tard dominée par les Jésuites, pour arriver à nos jours avec les noms de Paraguay, de Bolivie, de Pérou, de Chili et d’Argentine.

Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

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Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)
Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: CPO | # cpo999943-2 | Time: 01:08:32

Although his name might not rate very highly on the recognition meter even of classical music buffs, Franz Tunder was a consequential entity in the early history of the German Baroque. Tunder served as organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck from 1641 to his death in 1667, and during that time instituted the Abendmusiken, the first series of public concerts to take place in Germany. Seventeen vocal "concertos" exist from Tunder's pen and they were created for these special events; little more than half of them appear on this generous and well-performed CPO disc, Franz Tunder: Concerti. Conductor Hermann Max leads Das Kleine Konzert and the singing group Rheinische Kantorei in 10 concerti, which uses a variety of singers in frontline combinations. Tunder must have had some good basses in his chorus, as they have most of the hardest music in the Concerti, and five of these ten works are sung by bass or basses alone. Both men used here, Ekkehard Abele and Yoshitaka Ogasawara, do an excellent job. The string parts are crisp and do not dawdle, and Max never allows the music to get too grandiose, wisely keeping it within the boundaries of the chamber idiom to which it belongs. The music is never ornately busy and has a relaxed, soothing effect.

VA - Tosti: The Song of a Life, Vol. 3 (2019)

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VA - Tosti: The Song of a Life, Vol. 3 (2019)

VA - Tosti: The Song of a Life, Vol. 3 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 939 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 614 Mb | 04:27:54
Classical, Vocal | Label: Brilliant Classics

Based on 33 years of scholarship and promotion by the Istituto Nazionale Tostiano and a lifetime of studies on the part of Francesco Sanvitale, this volume lives up to its predecessors in bringing to wider attention the work of a born songsmith, at home in the English and French tongues as well as his native Italian, and one who brought the genre of salon song to a peak of perfection. No one, not even the most dedicated Tosti singers such as Gigli and Caruso, had ever addressed Tostis oeuvre with anything near a comprehensive approach. Yet the chronological approach to his work taken by this project proves that he was certainly not confined within the limited universe of love requited, rejected, desired, misunderstood, suffered or unspoken. The songs in this third volume cover the last decade of the 19th century, by which time Tosti had settled in London, been appointed singing teacher to the royal family and to a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Capilla Penaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabre - Juan Garcia de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady (2004)

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Capilla Penaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabre - Juan Garcia de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady (2004)

Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady (2004)
Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.555907 | Time: 01:09:14

Juan García de Salazar was a Spanish Baroque composer from the Basque country who spent most of his career working at Zamora Cathedral; he is so obscure the entry for him in the New Grove doesn't even include a list of his works. Musicologist Manuel Sagastume Arregi has pulled together a number of Salazar's extant movements related to the Vespers service with additional material to create Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady in Naxos' Spanish Classics series. It is performed by the Basque ensemble Capilla Peñaflorida and features the period wind group Ministriles de Marsias and the fine baritone of Josep Cabré. There are no stars here, though – everything on Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady is done to the service of the music, which is outstanding. Sagastume Arregi's realization of García de Salazar's Vespers service incorporates appropriate plainchant sections taken from a Basque hymnal dated 1692, organ music by García de Salazar's contemporaries José Ximenez and Martín Garcia de Olagüe, instrumental arrangements of García de Salazar's motets, and an arrangement of Tomás Luis de Victoria's Vidi speciosam probably made by García de Salazar himself.

Mária Zadori, Paul Esswood - Handel: Duets & Cantatas (1984)

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Mária Zadori, Paul Esswood - Handel: Duets & Cantatas (1984)

Mária Zádori, Paul Esswood - Handel: Duets & Cantatas (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 439 Mb | Total time: 47:30+48:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD 12565-2 | Recorded: 1984

These records offer seven of the duets Handel wrote about 1710 for Italian aristocratic parties (they are said to be influenced by Steffani), three much later duets of the 1740s presumably composed in England (why, one wonders?), and one cantata for each singer of which the date is not known. None of these items is available in the current catalogue, and most of them fell on my ears with delightful freshness. This really is lovely music. The duets are mostly in three short sections, the voices treated fugally in the quicker movements but with a lot of coloratura thrown in, and a quiet lyrical middle section in between.