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The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)

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The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)

The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 249 Mb | Total time: 58:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Discovery | DIS-80149 | Recorded: 1994

For more than 25 years, the Toronto Consort has been researching and presenting innovative performances of early music. The seven-member ensemble specializes in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and often combines with other musicians, dancers, and occasionally actors to bring centuries-old music to life for modern audiences. This wonderful collection of pieces by the great Franco-Flemish master Orlando di Lasso primarily features solo and ensemble vocal works, all of them secular songs and madrigals whose sole subject is love. While most have a certain refinement in both music and text, the disc's final selection depicts a wild, somewhat bawdy street scene "complete with squawking roosters and quarreling lovers." One of the disc's highlights is a gorgeous duet with recorder and organ.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646257508 | Recorded: 2014

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, whose honey-sweet voice perhaps remains the best introduction to the countertenor voice for the skeptical, attempts something new with the collection of gorgeous and generally underrated Vivaldi works. It might, therefore, not be perfectly appropriate as an introduction to Jaroussky, but it's a daring and altogether engrossing project. The collection is accurately billed as a group of sacred works for alto, which makes it a surprising attempt for : his voice corresponds most closely to a mezzo-soprano range, and he has in the past taken on full-scale operatic arias where his voice blooms into a colorful and attractive top. Here he deliberately forbids himself that part of his vocal repertoire, even in faster, more athletic pieces that would seem to permit it.

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico "Giuseppe Verdi" di Trieste - Rossini: Tancredi [2003]

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Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico "Giuseppe Verdi" di Trieste - Rossini: Tancredi [2003]

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico "Giuseppe Verdi" di Trieste - Rossini: Tancredi [2003]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.84 Gb (DVD9) | 180 min
Classical | Kicco Classic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais

A live performance from the Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe Verdi” of Trieste under the direction of conductor Paolo Arrivabeni. Cast features Daniella Barcellona, Charles Workman, and Daniela Pini.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Guadalupe López-Íñiguez, Olga Andryushchenko - Mendelssohn: Piano & Cello Works on Period Instruments (2018)

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Guadalupe López-Íñiguez, Olga Andryushchenko - Mendelssohn: Piano & Cello Works on Period Instruments (2018)

Guadalupe López-Íñiguez, Olga Andryushchenko - Mendelssohn: Piano & Cello Works on Period Instruments (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 62:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | ABCD 434 | Recorded: 2018

Guadalupe López-Íñiguez released her debut album with the complete cello works by Gabrielli and Scarlatti, performed on period instruments, in 2017. The record got great reviews around the world. Now López-Íñiguez has got Olga Andryushchenko as a partner for Mendelssohn’s works for cello and piano. With this setup recording has a unique sound and warm feeling. Both musicians are playing with great old instruments. Olga is playing a piano Érard (Paris, 1862), serial number 32602, and Guadalupe performs on a cello by Claude Pieray (Paris, 1725).

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye; Pavane; Le Tombeau de Couperin; Valses (1984)

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Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye; Pavane; Le Tombeau de Couperin; Valses (1984)

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Valses nobles et sentimentales (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 66:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 410 251-2 | Recorded: 1983

The first of these pieces, Ma Mere l'Oye, was originally composed just for the piano. However the astute publisher, Durand, recognized their orchestral potential and the impresario Jacques Rouche realized the choreographic possibilities and encouraged Ravel to expand and orchestrate the music. The result was "a vision of magical stillness and rapture" and became highly successful. The Pavane was also an early work of Ravel from 1899 written for the solo piano. This orchestral version with Ravel's "mature mastery of sound-colours" was done some eleven years later. La Tombeau de Couperin was Ravel's last solo piano work.

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

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Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 74321 935812 | Recorded: 1998

By the eighteenth century, Palermo-born Alessandro Scarlatti was the most widely performed Italian composer of vocal music having written more than sixty operas and well over a hundred cantatas. The cantata, more concentrated than opera, was considered at that time as the higher artistic form. Scarlatti was extremely prolific and many of his works including cantatas still remain unrecorded.

Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)

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Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)

Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 72:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Conifer Classics ‎| 75605 51293 2 | Recorded: 1997

These performances received Gramophone's "Recording of the Month" award for June 1997, as well as a 1998 Gramophone "Critic's Choice" award.
"…The instrumental ensemble is very fine, and Christine Brandes has a lovely, fresh soprano that sails through this music with melting ease….The sound is warm and congenial…"
–American Record Guide

Nino Sanzogno, Orchestra e Coro della RAI di Milano, Franco Corelli, Belen Amparan - Bizet: Carmen (2004/1956)

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Nino Sanzogno, Orchestra e Coro della RAI di Milano, Franco Corelli, Belen Amparan - Bizet: Carmen (2004/1956)

Nino Sanzogno, Orchestra e Coro della RAI di Milano, Franco Corelli, Belén Amparán - Bizet: Carmen (2004/1956)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | 7.28 Gb (DVD9) | 143 min
Classical | Hardy | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais

Franco Corelli's charismatic Don Josè finally available on home video in this 1956 production with the great tenor in his early prime. Carmen is sung by Belén Amparan and Anselmo Colzani contributes a swaggering Escamillo.

Katona Twins, Juanita Lascaro, David Garcia Mir - Manuel de Falla (2009)

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Katona Twins, Juanita Lascaro, David Garcia Mir - Manuel de Falla (2009)

Katona Twins, Juanita Lascaro, David Garcia Mir - Manuel de Falla (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 57:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics ‎| CCSSA 28809 | Recorded: 2008

Works of Manuel de Falla - widely regarded as the most distinguished Spanish composer of the early twentieth century - are strongly influenced by Spanish folk music in which the guitar is central. Although he composed only one piece for that instrument his inspiration was flamenco and early Spanish music, including the guitar works of Gaspar Sanz. The guitar also features in Falla‘s first great success, the opera ‘La Vida Breve’. For this recording, we have selected and transcribed works in which the influence of the guitar was dominant thus translating these pieces back to their original source of inspiration.

Roberto Tigani, Orchestra dell' Accademia Romana 'Arcangelo Corelli' - A. Scarlatti: Messa in sol maggiore (2000)

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Roberto Tigani, Orchestra dell' Accademia Romana 'Arcangelo Corelli' - A. Scarlatti: Messa in sol maggiore (2000)

Roberto Tigani, Orchestra dell' Accademia Romana 'Arcangelo Corelli - A. Scarlatti: Messa in sol maggiore; Amadori: Beatus Vir; Ziretti: Arie (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 58:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | BGV 5072 | Recorded: 1995-1996

Roberto Tigani directs Orchestra dell'Accademia Romana "Arcangelo Corelli" and soprano Claudia Toti in a performance of three rarely recorded Italian sacred works.
The manuscript for the mass by Scarlatti was discovered in the 1950s in the archives of the Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. It brings to eleven his surviving masses. It is the only know copy and lacks both the Benedictus and the Angus Dei.

Michael Hofstetter, Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Salieri: Les Danaïdes (2007)

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Michael Hofstetter, Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Salieri: Les Danaïdes (2007)

Michael Hofstetter, Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Salieri: Les Danaïdes (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 651 Mb | Total time: 73:15+38:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: OehmsClassics | OC 909 | Recorded: 2006

The April 26, 1784 Paris Opera premiere of this work was still noted under the name of the composer actually commissioned to compose it, Ch.W. Gluck, but it soon came out that in reality, the 33-year-old assistant to Gluck (who had suffered a stroke), Antonio Salieri, had written the work “in tutto”. The sensation was perfect, and due to Salieri’s success, French opera underwent a significant development. For beginning with Gluck’s operatic style, Salieri managed with “Danaïdes” to make the transition from number opera to the dramatically more consequent through-composed scenic opera. The Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele production, recorded here under studio conditions, follows historical performance practice and presents the opera in nearly uncut form.

Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre-Dame (2003)

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Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre-Dame (2003)

Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort - Gautier de Coincy: Miracles of Notre-Dame (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 70:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 907317 | Recorded: 1999

Thirteenth-century troubador Gautier de Coincy's blend of mystical religious poetry and the popular tunes to which he set his poems proves irresistible, especially in the Harp Consort's lively renditions. Given the nature of the material, the sheer variety of rhythms, sounds, and colors on this disc is astounding; the vocal soloists are all excellent, the small chorus adept, captivating when it sings in the gutsy peasant style at appropriate moments. Eight purely instrumental numbers are sprinkled throughout the 20 tracks, each a gem, full of colorful effects from the rich-sounding shawm and other period instruments like bagpipe, vielle, and a variety of percussion instruments that thump and shimmer in ways that make you want to dance.

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (1995)

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Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (1995)

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | GB 2197-2 | Recorded: 1995

Giuditta is based on the Biblical story of Judith, a beautiful Israelite widow who insinuates herself within the camp of the conquering Assyrian tribe and deceives their general, Holofernes, before decapitating him and carrying off his head in triumph. This is the second version of the oratorio, known as the Cambridge version after the location of the manuscript when it was turned up in modern times. Scarlatti had considered the original version, composed for Rome in 1693, to be his finest oratorio. This is no mean assessment from the composer of masterworks which have been more celebrated in our own time such as La Maddalena, for their expressive pathos and superbly grateful vocal lines.

Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)

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Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)

Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 65:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 426 312-2 | Recorded: 1989

Rossini's Stabat Mater was performed publicly in its final form in Paris on January 7, 1842. The first six sections of this ten-movement work had been composed earlier, on commission from Don Francesco de Varela, for an 1833 Good Friday performance in Madrid (with the last four movements written by Giuseppe Tadolini). The work was received enthusiastically in both of its incarnations and has remained a core piece of the choral repertory ever since.