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Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)

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Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)

Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 101:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Auvidis-Astrée | E 7725 | Recorded: 1976

Though he lived to be only 31, Nicolas de Grigny is remembered more than any of his contemporaries as epitomizing the French classical organ tradition. Technically and in his creative ideas Grigny demanded much more of his instrument (and his poor team of blowers!) than any of his predecessors, a fact that makes his works stylistically more akin to harpsichord than to organ practice at the time. In 1703, the year of his death, his wife published a first edition of his complete solo organ works, Premier Livre d’orgue (organists at the time typically composed only one or two books, then spent the rest of their lives improvising on them). A copy of this less-than-100-page volume eventually found its way to Germany and impressed a certain J.S. Bach enough that he reproduced it by hand for his own study.

Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: Cantatas 170, 82 & 159 (1991)

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Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: Cantatas 170, 82 & 159 (1991)

Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: Cantatas 170, 82 & 159 (1991)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 365 MB | 01:09:13
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 430260

A warm welcome to this reissue which has a cleaner sound than the original L'OiseauLyre. Dame Janet is on what sounds to be her best form, with almost impeccable intonation and a warmth which gives the performances an intense glow. Vergnügte Ruh' begins with a haunting melody of such expressive dimensions that, for me, the remainder of the cantata is something of an emotional unwinding. On numerous other levels, however, the succeeding movements are satisfying and well contrasted with one another.

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Early Russian Plain chant 17th century liturgy (1993)

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Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Early Russian Plain chant 17th century liturgy (1993)

Anatoly Grindenko, The Russian Patriarchate Choir - Early Russian Plain chant 17th century liturgy (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 63:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111| OPS 30-79 | Recorded: 1992

Anatoly Grindenko is one of the most important musicians working in the field of early Russian chant. With the male-voice Moscow Patriarchal Choir (amongst other groups) he has over the last few years brought new standards to the interpretation of the important but largely unfamiliar sixteenth- and seventeenth-century repertoire. This anthology is made up of chants from the Vigil Service (that is, Vespers and Matins) and a shorter selection from the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.

Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 480 Mb | Total time: 100:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67286 | Recorded: 2001

"Why present just Handel's Coronation Anthems for King George II when you can present the whole Coronation?" seems to be the proposition that underlies this two-disc set, entitled The Coronation of King George II, 1727. And, thrillingly performed by Robert King directing the King's Consort and the Choir of the King's Consort, there seems no good reason not to, and every good reason to, do just that. King, who has led many stirring recordings of Handel's oratorios in his time, turns in splendid performances of the four Coronation Anthems, along with superb performances of ceremonial choral music by Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, Blow, Farmer, and Child.

Uwe Christian Harrer, Leondinger Symphony Orchestra - Salieri: Emperor's Mass, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus, Organ Concerto (1997)

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Uwe Christian Harrer, Leondinger Symphony Orchestra - Salieri: Emperor's Mass, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus, Organ Concerto (1997)

Uwe Christian Harrer, Leondinger Symphony Orchestra - Salieri: Emperor's Mass, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus, Organ Concerto (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 52:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Koch Schwann | 3-1288-2 H1 | Recorded: 1996

…Early though it may be, [the Organ Concerto] is a joyous work that reminds me of Haydn's organ concertos….[The `Emperor's Mass'] soars majestically and would surely have been effective in honoring the emperor. The St Florian Boys' Choir is well disciplined, but they do have that raw sound often found in Central European–as opposed to British–choir boys…

Massimo Palombella, Sistine Chapel Choir - Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Motets (2016)

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Massimo Palombella, Sistine Chapel Choir - Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Motets (2016)

Massimo Palombella, Sistine Chapel Choir - Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Motets (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 60:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 479 6131 | Recorded: 2016

Simply titled “Palestrina”, it is a new release by the world’s oldest choir – performed and recorded in the heart of the Catholic Church, and featuring works by the most celebrated Italian musician of his time and reformer of church music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - William Byrd: The Great Service; Anthems (2002)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - William Byrd: The Great Service; Anthems (2002)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - William Byrd: The Great Service; Anthems (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM011 | Recorded: 1987

Byrd's music for the Anglican Church has been performed regularly in services for some 400 years. Perennial favourites recorded here include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the Great Service and the anthems O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth and Sing joyfully unto God.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium (2001)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium (2001)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria & Missa Sicut lilium (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 71:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM020 | Recorded: 1989

Peter Phillips has here deliberately paired two sharply contrasted parody Masses … the former … is marvellously bright and open and is given a correspondingly outgoing performance, while the latter, inflected with chromaticism and melodic intervals that constantly fall back on themselves, is darker-hued and more plaintive, a mood well captured here in the intensity of the singing. The recording, made in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Salle, Norfolk is well handled and adds powerfully to these flexible, expressive and beautiful readings.

Jacques Mercier, Orchestre National d'Ile de France - Saint-Saëns: Requiem, Psalm XVIII (1997)

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Jacques Mercier, Orchestre National d'Ile de France - Saint-Saëns: Requiem, Psalm XVIII (1997)

Jacques Mercier, Orchestre National d'Ile de France - Saint-Saëns: Requiem, Psalm XVIII (1997)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 71:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor ‎| 74321 540502 | Recorded: 1989

Nirgendwo könne ein Komponist seinen Stil besser entwickeln als in der Kirche, wo die Übel des Kunstbetriebes, Applaus und Erfolgsdenken, keinen Platz besäßen, bekannte Camille Saint-Saëns einmal, und er wußte, wovon er sprach: Er selbst war zwanzig Jahre lang als Organist an der Pariser Madeleine tätig gewesen. Die Werke dieser CD belegen Saint-Saëns' These. Sowohl das Requiem als auch die Psalmvertonung verblüffen durch einen ganz eigenen Tonfall, der eine eingängige Melodik, raffiniert chromatische Harmonik und klangsinnliche Instrumentation verbindet.

Peter Kopp - Naumann: Masses (2009)

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Peter Kopp - Naumann: Masses (2009)

Peter Kopp - Naumann: Masses (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:23 | 358 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ars Musici | Catalog: 232237

Although little known today, during his lifetime Johann Gottlieb Naumann (1741–1801) occupied a very respected niche in the world of late 18th-century music. Born and raised near Dresden, his career was largely made there; after moving to northern Italy in 1757 for further musical training (his teachers there included Padre Martini), he was called to the Saxon imperial court in 1764 on the recommendation of Johann Adolf Hasse as second church composer, attaining promotion to Kapellmeister in 1776.

Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (2019)

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Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (2019)

Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 57:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ligia | 327912 | Recorded: 2018

Seux génies du baroque italien à la filiation évidente et dont la musique emplit églises, palais et théâtres du Royaume napolitain au début du XVIIIè siècle sont ici réunis : Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725) et Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736).

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.

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.

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

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James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 59:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66326 | Recorded: 1988

'James Bowman is on impressive form and his admirers need not hesitate here' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs) D'excellentes interprétations' (Ecouter, Voir, France) 'After hearing the first three notes of Cantata 170 my expectations of this recording were high. I was not disappointed' (Hi Fi News)

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur - Mendelssohn: Elias (1993)

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur - Mendelssohn: Elias (1993)

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur - Mendelssohn: Elias (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:49:17 | 527 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Teldec | Catalog: 73131

Mendelssohn's Elijah is a work that definitely stands among the ranks of phenomenal oratorios. This is a tremendous performance where the chorus and conductor seem to have achieved an ideal rapport with the Israel Philharmonic. This recording presents a wonderfully fresh, dramatic exposition of an old favorite that makes it sound new-minted. It's lithe, lean and classically mean. It propels itself along at quite a lick - sometimes considerably faster than Mendelssohn's often surprisingly slow metronome marks. Pauses between movements are kept to a bare minimum, so that the momentum is not lost…Masur's generally speedy traversal is however not an unmixed blessing.