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The King's Singers & National Youth Choir of Great Britain - Christmas Presence (2017)

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The King's Singers & National Youth Choir of Great Britain - Christmas Presence (2017)

The King's Singers & National Youth Choir of Great Britain - Christmas Presence (2017)
Classical, Vocal | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:52:49 | 126 MB
Label: Signum Records

The acclaimed King's Singers present their festive album Christmas Presence. Recorded live at the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, in December 2015, this release sees the renowned ensemble present Renaissance works by Byrd, de Lassus, and Praetorius alongside arrangements of traditional carols and modern Christmas songs, making for a beautifully performed seasonal release that goes off the beaten track.

Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue - Jachet de Mantoue: Lamentationes Jeremiae (2003)

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Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue - Jachet de Mantoue: Lamentationes Jeremiae (2003)

Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue - Jachet de Mantoue: Lamentationes Jeremiae (2003)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:30 | 357 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Calliope | Catalog: CAL 9340

Stumbling by chance across this recording, you could be forgiven for assuming that it probably represents yet another foray into long lost repertoire by an insignificant composer. In reality, however, Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559) was actually one of the most distinguished composers of sacred polyphony in the generation between Josquin and Palestrina, with a vast output comprising 23 masses, over 100 motets and many other sacred works (including a St John Passion).

The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

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The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

À la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)
The Sixteen; BBC Philharmonic; Harry Christophers, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Collins | # 14462 | Time: 01:03:15

The Sixteen, bright stars of the Baroque, have plenty to say on 20th-century repertoire (witness their excellent Britten series on Collins). Underpin them with the BBC Philharmonic and it might seem a magic formula. Ives’s unearthly The Unanswered Question holds few problems for instrumental players weaned on Maxwell Davies – no more than do the brilliant wind roulades of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Deft BBC teamwork and a chamber articulation to woodwind and brass helps this Koussevitzky-commissioned masterpiece to shed its often hammy ‘big band’ sound, creeping closer to the subtle, leaner sonorities of his later choral works. It gains. The singing varies. Too many dynamic shifts sound prosaic or under-prepared; fortes are forced, with muddy results. The vocal blend (happier in lower voices) can seem haphazard and colours the Tippett, where the men’s roars – contrast the lovely, sensual soprano solo – seem crude. Get this disc, instead, for the rare, late Poulenc – his New York-commissioned Sept répons. It is a curiously under-recorded devotional work, bleeding with pathos yet pumping energy, its exoticism enhanced by slightly breathy, tender solos, and scintillatingly sung with just those crucial missing qualities of awe and freshness. A million times more refined than what goes before.

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)

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Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sächsisches Vocalensemble - Lotti: Vesper Psalms (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 68:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 180-2 | Recorded: 2005

The conventional wisdom about Venetian Antonio Lotti, composer of the a cappella masterwork "Crucifixus," is that as a card-carrying member of the stil antico he represented a conservative viewpoint akin to that of his later contemporary Leonardo Leo – the fewer instruments the better, the closer to the polyphonic language of Palestrina the better. Moreover, if the "Crucifixus" was the only work of Lotti that someone became acquainted with, then he/she could not be blamed for believing this was so, although he/she might note the distinct Baroque harmonic coloring of the piece as being rather unlike that of Palestrina. Here is a challenge for you – CPO's Antonio Lotti: Vesper Psalms performed by the Sächsisches Vocalensemble and Batzdorfer Hofkapelle under Matthias Jung. It presents a selection of Lotti's surviving concerted sacred choral works, pieces that are scored with a small Baroque orchestra and easily comparable to contemporary music by Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, and his direct competitor Antonio Vivaldi. Careful scrutiny of the poorly compiled worklist for Lotti in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians reveals that some of these pieces are so listed, but with no mention whatsoever of the instrumental forces involved; they are identified as a cappella works just like the others. One wonders to the extent of Grove's oversight in this matter.

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

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Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major
Classical, Choral, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:39 min | 330 MB
Label: SDG | Tracks: 27 | Rls.date: 2017

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrate Christmas with a mixed programme of J.S. Bach’s sacred choral works. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, these works transport listeners to 18th-century Leipzig for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of “Süßer Trost” to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach's Magnificat. The Bach at Christmas project is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and patron of the Monteverdi choir, Sir Ralph Kohn. The concerts from which these recordings were taken took place at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, in December of 2016.

Voces Suaves, Francesco Saverio Pedrini, Concerto Scirocco & Giulia Genini - Croce: Motetti & Sacrae Cantiones (2017)

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Voces Suaves, Francesco Saverio Pedrini, Concerto Scirocco & Giulia Genini - Croce: Motetti & Sacrae Cantiones (2017)

Voces Suaves, Francesco Saverio Pedrini, Concerto Scirocco & Giulia Genini - Croce: Motetti & Sacrae Cantiones
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 52:15 min | 287 MB
Label: Arcana | Tracks: 16 | Rls.date: 2017

Venice, July 1603: Giovanni Croce, known as ‘il Chiozzotto’, a priest at the church of Santa Maria Formosa, was appointed maestro di cappella of St Mark’s basilica, one of the most prestigious posts in the musical world of the time.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: String Quartet Op.135; Haydn: Missa Tempore Belli (2012/1984) [Blu-Ray]

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven: String Quartet Op.135; Haydn: Missa Tempore Belli (2012/1984) [Blu-Ray]

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Choir and Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk - Beethoven: String Quartet Op.135; Haydn: Missa Tempore Belli (2012/1984)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 22781 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 93 min | 21,1 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3660 kbps

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 93 min | 4,97 Gb
Audio: Latin / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: Latin, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Bernstein delivered a powerful and now legendary live performance of Beethovens String Quartet Op. 135 transcribed for String Orchestra and performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. For the first time ever this performance is now being released on DVD and Blu-ray. Another definitive Bernstein performance debuting now on both mediums is the enigmatic maestros reading of Haydns Missa in tempore belli, filmed live in concert at Ottobeuren in 1984, using to maximum effect the deeply impressive setting of the monasterys magnificent Baroque basilica.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

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Gerard Lesne,  Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 66:34+56:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 62413 2 | Recorded: 1991-92

Gérard Lesne founded the Il Seminario musicale Ensemble in 1985. Since 1990, the Ensemble has been in residence at the Royaumont Foundation, where it attracts vocalists and instrumentalists who share Lesne's enthusiam for the 17th and 18th century Italian repertoire. The musicians perform on old instruments and strive to reproduce as faithfully as possible the lilt and narrative line characteristic of the baroque style as expressed in works by composers such as Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Caldara, Pergolesi, and the others. The size of the ensemble is variable depending on the repertoire. Based on a rich and varied continuo section (theorbo, cello, basson, double bass, organ and harpsichord) supporting one or more soloists, it can be expanded with the addition of a string quartet to make a small chamber orchestra suitable for performing chamber operas. Responsibility for the Ensemble's musical direction is shared by the instrumentalists and vocalists.

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn Psalmen — Verleih uns Frieden Gnädiglich (2017)

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Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn Psalmen — Verleih uns Frieden Gnädiglich (2017)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Mendelssohn Psalmen — Verleih uns Frieden Gnädiglich
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 59:07 min | 271 MB
Label: BR-Klassik | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2017

Hardly any other composer of his era was as deeply rooted in the German and European choral traditions as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Strongly influenced by the art of Johann Sebastian Bach, which he had encountered in the Berlin Singakademie under his teacher Carl Friedrich Zelter, the young composer wrote a series of eight chorale cantatas, including Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (Give us Thy blessed peace, 1831) - a short prayer for choir and orchestra set to words by Martin Luther. Mendelssohn's five wide-ranging and large-scale psalm settings became even more famous, and three of them can be heard here.

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

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Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:13:55 | 169 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Soli Deo Gloria

A new live recording of Bach’s Lutheran Mass in F Major (BWV223), Cantata "Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (BWV 151) and Magnificat in E flat (BWV243a), recorded in London at the end of a European tour in December 2016.

Julio Iglesias - The Real... Julio Iglesias (The Ultimate Collection) [3CD] (2017)

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Julio Iglesias - The Real... Julio Iglesias (The Ultimate Collection) [3CD] (2017)

Julio Iglesias - The Real… Julio Iglesias (The Ultimate Collection) [3CD] (2017)
Pop, Latin, Vocal | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 03:15:13 h. | 1,34 Gb
Label: Sony Music Entertainment (EU) | Cat.# 88985419592 | Released: 2017-09-27

52 classic songs across 3CDs from Spanish superstar Julio Iglesias, housed in an attractive fold out card digipack.

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

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Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 653 Mb | Total time: 71:00+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 459 454-2 | Recorded: 1967, 1972, 1975

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother was standing". The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Western composers.

Dresdner Kapellsolisten & Matthias Jung - Martín Palmeri: Misa a Buenos Aires "Misatango" & Tango Gloria (2017)

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Dresdner Kapellsolisten & Matthias Jung - Martín Palmeri: Misa a Buenos Aires "Misatango" & Tango Gloria (2017)

Dresdner Kapellsolisten & Matthias Jung - Martín Palmeri: Misa a Buenos Aires "Misatango" & Tango Gloria
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:03 min | 424 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2017

Martín Palmeri's tango mass is inspired by his native Argentina's traditional tango and in particular by Astor Piazzolla's tango nuevo. Piazzolla developed a »new tango« intended no longer as dance music but for the concert stage; by incorporating contemporary forms and musical developments it gave rise to a complex genre of art music. The Misa a Buenos Aires premiered by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba in 1996 demonstrates Palmeri's impressive and equally entertaining talent for integrating stylistic features of the tango into his compositions.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 74, 78, 80

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.
-Terry Barfoot

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included | 01:11:08
Classical, Choral, Medieval, Gregorian Chant | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2244, 476 4499

Filia Sion is the first ECM New Series disc devoted entirely to the Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis. From the beginning of its history, Vox Clamantis has focussed on Gregorian chant as the foundation of European music, but has also maintained strong connections to contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür (members of the ensemble previously appeared on Tüür s Oxymoron album, singing his composition Salve Regina ). Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical. While always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the approach to the work and the selection of pieces is contemporary, with sound and texture and the blending of voices as a focus. As leader Jaan-Eik Tulve explains, Gregorian chant is monophonic music which remarkably emphasizes the blend of voices.