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Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman, Henry Purcell (2019)

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Iestyn Davies &  Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman, Henry Purcell (2019)

Iestyn Davies & Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman, Henry Purcell (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 308 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum Classics

When Michael Nyman started reinventing the English baroque back in the 1980s, one critic described the result as “pump-action Purcell.” This recording combines these two singular musical styles through the stunning voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies and viol consort Fretwork, serving as the bridge across three centuries.

Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - The Music of King's: Choral Favourites from Cambridge (2019)

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Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - The Music of King's: Choral Favourites from Cambridge (2019)

Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge - The Music of King's: Choral Favourites from Cambridge (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 273 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:29
Classical, Choral | Label: King's College, Cambridge

The Music of King’s: Choral Favourites From Cambridge is a celebration of choral music throughout the ages and around the world. Its track list spans more than 400 years of composition, with compositions from countries including Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, America and China.

Pera Ensemble, Mehmet C. Yeşilçay - Jerusalem (2018)

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Pera Ensemble, Mehmet C. Yeşilçay - Jerusalem (2018)

Pera Ensemble, Mehmet C. Yeşilçay - Jerusalem (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:20 | 340 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD 923515

The Pera Ensemble, the recipient of enthusiastic critical reactions on account of its refined mixture of fragrances and flavors and a two-way exploration and enrichment of soundscapes, takes its name from a district of Istanbul which has been a melting pot of cultures and religions for more than two millennia.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Paul Dyer - Noël! Noël! Live in Concert (2017)

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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Paul Dyer - Noël! Noël! Live in Concert (2017)

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Paul Dyer - Noël! Noël! Live in Concert (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 310 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 146 Mb | Scans - 130 Mb | 01:03:44
Classical, Vocal | Label: ABC Classics

Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW in December 2016, this is a Christmas celebration like only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, under their charismatic artistic director Paul Dyer, can create.

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.

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble - On Behalf of Nature (2016)

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Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble - On Behalf of Nature (2016)

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble - On Behalf of Nature (2016)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 252 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:53
Classical, Vocal, Avant-Garde | Label: ECM Records, ECM New Series

For five decades, vocalist-composer Meredith Monk has explored what she calls “primordial utterance,” or non-verbal vocal sound that lay beneath and beyond language, expressing “that for which we have no words.” This exploration has led her to create music that The New Yorker describes as simultaneously “visceral and ethereal, raw and rapt,” an art that “sings, dances and meditates on timeless forces.” With her latest, multivalent ECM New Series album, Monk aimed to address ecology and climate change, she says: “Believing that music speaks more directly than words, I worked to make a piece with a fluid, perceptual field that could expand awareness of what we are in danger of losing. On Behalf of Nature is a meditation on our intimate connection to nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology and our interdependence.” Voices and instruments have equal weight: sometimes each is heard alone; sometimes they are blended to form a new, mysterious sound; sometimes they are combined to create intricate, layered, yet transparent sonic landscapes.

Jordi Savall, Hesperion XX - Secular Music from Christian and Jewish Spain 1450-1550 (1999)

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Jordi Savall, Hesperion XX - Secular Music from Christian and Jewish Spain 1450-1550 (1999)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Secular Music from Christian and Jewish Spain 1450-1550 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 501 Mb | Total time: 57:20+51:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 61591 | Recorded: 1975

Prior to the Spanish Inquisition, peace, tolerance, and shared learning existed. This shared knowledge influenced all subjects from the sciences to the arts. The music composed and performed during this time was about being in the moment: Some pieces tell stories–'Cancionera de la Columbina' for example–while others express emotions, as in the 'Romances.' Interestingly enough, the "non-Jewish" selections were written during the Inquisition, while the Sephardic selections were written right before it. Director Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX, an ensemble that specializes in early music from all over the world, are like chameleons. Soprano Montserrat Figueras is able to inhabit each work with great authenticity and individual style. Her singing on the 'Villancicos' displays more of a Renaissance influence, while in the 'Sephardic Romances' we hear authentic Middle Eastern inflections. The contrast in style of the "Christian" versus "Jewish" works is evident, but there are similarities. Both "Si d'amor pena sentis" and "La Reina xerifa mora" are lyrical, sparsely accompanied, and plaintive in tone. The songs on these discs are beautiful and expertly performed.

Cafe Zimmermann, Rupert Charlesworth - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Der Fruhling (2016)

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Cafe Zimmermann, Rupert Charlesworth - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Der Fruhling (2016)

Café Zimmermann, Rupert Charlesworth - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Der Frühling (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 63:59 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 257 | Recorded: 2016

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is the most famous of the sons of J.S. Bach. His magisterial oeuvre contains, notably, a large number of concertos for various instruments and keyboard pieces. But the composer also excelled at vocal music, thus continuing in the family tradition by composing, among other genres, sacred and secular cantatas and songs. His works respect the rules of Baroque style while also hinting at the dawn of the Classical style subsequently represented by Haydn and Mozart. Café Zimmermann has been including the music of C. P. E. Bach in its programmes for years, notably in a recording (ALPHA 107) that marked a turning point in the discography. A Leipzig newspaper wrote of the ensembles interpretation of works by Emanuel Bach: Anyone who has heard the sensational Café Zimmermann in this music, the brilliant, ardent spirit of their playing, their profusion of colours . . . will want to hear more of this composer. Here is a further opportunity to do so, in partnership with the English tenor Rupert Charlesworth, who recorded his first album in 2015 (Nocturnes, ZZT 355).

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Delirio: Handel's Italian Cantatas (2005)

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Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Delirio: Handel's Italian Cantatas (2005)

Natalie Dessay, Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Delirio: Handel's Italian Cantatas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 62:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 332624 2 3 | Recorded: 2005

Two decades ago Handel's early Italian-language cantatas were little known, but sopranos have discovered that they provide a top-level vocal workout while offering more than a hint of the mature Handel's genius. This disc by French singer Natalie Dessay, one of the hottest sopranos on the scene, is going to be hard to beat. Dessay shares the credit with the period-instrument ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée and its conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, who has been turning out one groundbreaking Baroque disc after another.

Philip Glass - The Photographer (1983) Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Philip Glass - The Photographer (1983) Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - The Photographer (1983) Reissue 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Sony Classical | # SMK87969 | Time: 00:42:23

The Photographer is a three-part mixed media performance accompanied by music (also sometimes referred to as a chamber opera) by composer Philip Glass. The libretto is based on the life and homicide trial of 19th-century American photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Commissioned by the Holland Festival, the opera was first performed in 1982 at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

VA - Copying Beethoven: Music From The Motion Picture (2008) [Re-Up]

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VA - Copying Beethoven: Music From The Motion Picture (2008) [Re-Up]

VA - Copying Beethoven: Music From The Motion Picture (2008)
music by Ludwig van Beethoven and film music by Antoni Łazarkiewicz

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 284 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 104 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 8176 | Time: 01:17:36

The film received a pasting from UK critics but as the soundtrack chooses from a vast archive of great performances, it’s possible to retrieve something from the experience. The opening track, the Grosse Fuge, is a bold choice given the wider audience for whom this soundtrack is aiming. It receives a magnificent performance from the Takács Quartet which is as finely attuned to the music’s jagged outcrops as its sheltered byways. The uninterrupted flow of the sweet and soulful second movement of the third Razumovsky is pure poetry in their hands. Ashkenazy gives a brilliant but never rushed performance of the finale to the early Sonata in C minor and his straightforward manner in the Arietta from Beethoven’s last sonata is illuminated by the very clear Decca recording. Haitink’s performance of the finale of the Ninth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw and a quartet of soloists led by Lucia Popp does not storm the heavens and I don’t ever recall being so aware of this movement’s proceeding by paragraphs. However, it would seem to have found a comfortable place in a well planned and wide-ranging celebration of Beethoven’s genius.

Gregorian - Albums Collection 1991-2011 (15CD+2DVD) [Re-Up]

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Gregorian - Albums Collection 1991-2011 (15CD+2DVD) [Re-Up]

Gregorian - Albums Collection 1991-2011 (15CD+2DVD)
EAC | FLAC (Cue&Log) ~ 6.51 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 2.36 Gb | Time: 17:33:51 | Scans ~ 3.32 Gb
2 x DVD9 | PAL | 720x576 (16:9) | DTS/Dolby/LPCM | 02:56:22 | 12.6 Gb
New Age, Ambient Pop, Mystic Pop, Choral, Classical Crossover, Tribute

Collection includes 15 releases. Gregorian is a German band headed by Frank Peterson that performs gregorian chant-inspired versions of modern pop and rock songs. The band features both vocal harmony and instrumental accompaniment.

Bruno Coulais - The Chorus: Original Music from the Motion Picture (2004) Expanded Edition [Re-Up]

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Bruno Coulais - The Chorus: Original Music from the Motion Picture (2004) Expanded Edition [Re-Up]

Bruno Coulais - The Chorus: Original Music from the Motion Picture (2004) Expanded Edition
Les Petits Chanteurs De Saint-Marc, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bruno Coulais

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 263 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Choral | Label: WEA/Marc Music | # 2564620212 | Time: 00:50:12

The Chorus is the original soundtrack of the 2004 Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated film The Chorus (original title: Les choristes) starring Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad and Jean-Baptiste Maunier. The original score was composed by Bruno Coulais and performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc and the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. The album won the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music (but lost to the score of Los Diarios de Motocicleta). The song "Look To Your Path" (original title: "Vois Sur Ton Chemin") was nominated for an Academy Award.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d’Astree, Sabine Devieilhe, Lea Desandre - Handel: Italian Cantatas (2018)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d’Astree, Sabine Devieilhe, Lea Desandre - Handel: Italian Cantatas (2018)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée, Sabine Devieilhe, Léa Desandre - Handel: Italian Cantatas (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 497 Mb | Total time: 53:25+42:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295633622 | Recorded: 2018

Handel's Italian cantatas date from early in his career, with few exceptions (none on display here). As a group they are less well-known than his operas, but they're equally virtuosic, and performances of the cantatas whole, as with the three here, are a bit more satisfying than with the operas. The cantatas were composed for parties among powerful Roman cardinals, and they catch the young Handel at the peak of his first success, as Roman audiences hailed him as "il caro Sassone" (the dear Saxon). The arias are fancy and a bit brash, and one key to a good performance is to catch this quality. Both the singers here, French soprano Sabine Devieilhe and French-Italian mezzo Lea Desandre, are up-and-comers, and they offer fine, dramatically enthusiastic performances. The highlight is perhaps the first cantata of the set, Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83, where the contrast between the sparkling Devieilhe and the silvery-voiced Desandre is a pleasure in itself. This is a pastoral where the long-suffering shepherd gets the girl, for a change, even though she dismisses Cupid's charms (sample Desandre in "Fu scherzo, fu gioco," with its quiet high notes). The second and third works are solo cantatas, one for each singer, and Desandre effectively changes gears for subtle interactions with an active continuo cello. Both singers are aided superbly by Le Concert d'Astrée under Emmanuelle Haïm, a veteran group by this time but one that sounds entirely fresh in this delightful vocal program.
–James Manheim

Philippe Jaroussky, Jуrуmie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Johann Christian Bach: La dolce fiamma (2009)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Jуrуmie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Johann Christian Bach: La dolce fiamma (2009)

Philippe Jaroussky, Jуrуmie Rhorer, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie - Johann Christian Bach: La dolce fiamma (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 63:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 099968 572600 | Recorded: 2008

With this CD of arias by Johann Christian Bach, male soprano Philippe Jaroussky edges further afield from the Baroque repertoire in which he has made his reputation, moving into the Classical period. A 2007 album, Carestini, was devoted to arias sung by the legendary castrato, including music by Gluck (from early in his career), Handel, Graun, and Hasse, and offered some excursions slightly beyond the Baroque, but J.C. Bach wrote the solidly Classical operas seria and concert arias represented here after Carestini's death, between 1760 and 1779. While Jaroussky is fully secure in this repertoire, bringing to it his typically immaculate and imaginative musicianship, impeccable intonation, and remarkable versatility, these arias don't offer the same kinds of opportunities for the dazzling virtuosic agility that characterize his performances of Vivaldi, or the heated emotional intensity of his Monteverdi. Nonetheless, Jaroussky fans who can amend their expectations, and anyone who loves the music of J.C. Bach, should be delighted by his expansion into the music of this era.