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Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

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Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)
Alamire with Fretwork, directed by David Skinner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Obsidian | # CD716 | Time: 01:15:36

English composer Thomas Tallis witnessed dramatic changes of religion under four monarchs, and his career accordingly represents the development of polyphonic church music in Renaissance England. Along with his student and fellow Roman Catholic, William Byrd, Tallis was one of the earliest composers to publish music under royal patent in England, and his works demonstrated the shifting doctrines and styles of liturgy in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This 2017 Obsidian release features one piece with a text by Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr, which gives the album its title, though the mix of Roman Catholic and Anglican pieces on the program suggests that "songs of Reformation" may be seen as one-sided. In any case, the performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and the viol consort Fretwork put the emphasis on Tallis and his varied output, rather than on the theological preferences of royalty. The result is a well-balanced portrait of Tallis, and his choral music is given transparent textures and clear diction by the 14-voice choir, which maintains independence of parts while offering an evenly blended tone.

Capella de la Torre - Vidi Speciosam - A Lady Mass from the 16th Century (2018)

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Capella de la Torre - Vidi Speciosam - A Lady Mass from the 16th Century (2018)

Capella de la Torre - Vidi Speciosam - A Lady Mass from the 16th Century (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 280 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:05:04
Classical, Choral | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi invites you to listen to the album Vidi Speciosam - A Lady Mass from the 16th Century - containing pf works dedicated to Mary from Spanish composers performed at the end of the 16th century. The performers are: Capella de la Torre - winner of the ECHO 2016 award in the "band of the year" category, and the vocal group of Tiburtina - a female vocal ensemble founded in 2008 in Prague, specializing in the interpretation of Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony and contemporary music.

Marbrianus de Orto (ca. 1460 – 1529) - Paradise Regained - The Sound and The Fury (2014) {fra bernardo Digital Download}

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Marbrianus de Orto (ca. 1460 – 1529) - Paradise Regained - The Sound and The Fury (2014) {fra bernardo Digital Download}

Marbrianus de Orto (ca. 1460 – 1529) - Paradise Regained - The Sound and The Fury (2014) {fra bernardo Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 390 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 179 Mb
Full Artwork (jpg+pdf) -> 6 Mb | 5% repair rar
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Classical / Renaissance / Polyphony / Sacred / Vocal / Masses

We know nothing of the origins, youth and education of Marbriano de Orto (c. 1460-1529) other than that he was the illegitimate son of a priest. His surname is probably that of his mother, Dujardin, and he was trained as a chorister somewhere in the diocese of Doornik/Tournai, in present-day Belgium. The fact that the Pope granted de Orto a benefice in 1486 which secured him a lifelong income from the diocese seems to confirm his close relationship to it from the outset of his career.

Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)

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Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)

Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 54:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 988-2 | Recorded: 2003

Domenico Cimarosa succeeded Salieri as court composer in Vienna and was liked and respected by both Haydn and Mozart. He had an eventful life that included a stint working for Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg (he went back to southern Italy because he couldn't hack the cold weather) and imprisonment in old age for having supported the French Revolution. This Dixit Dominus comes from the last stage of Cimarosa's career, after he composed most of the operas for which he is best known today. Even more than most sacred pieces of the late eighteenth century it is extremely operatic.

Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor - Bach: Messe H-Moll/Mass B minor BWV 232 (1997)

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Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor - Bach: Messe H-Moll/Mass B minor BWV 232 (1997)

Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor - Bach: Messe H-Moll/Mass B minor BWV 232 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 56:20+52:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77380 2 | Recorded: 1996

Two things distinguished Thomas Hengelbrock's 1996 recording of Bach's B minor Mass from the many other historically informed performances of the work released in the early digital era. Where many other conductors used small mixed choirs, Hengelbrock not only used the 26-voice Bathasar-Neumann-Chor, he drew his soloists from it. And where most other conductors tended exclusively toward quick tempos, Hengelbrock mixed things up, favoring fast tempos in joyful movements and slow tempos for painful movements.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor - Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Salve regina (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 57:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 0630-13146-2 | Recorded: 1996

Haydn's Paukenmesse, Hob.XXII:9 from 1796, was the first work he composed to honour the name day (8th September) of the Princess Maria Hermenegild. The name of Paukenmesse’ (Kettledrum Mass) stems from the employment of timpani in the Agnus Dei; evocative of hearing the advance of the enemy. At the time of composition the French armies had occupied the state of Styria in southeast Austria.

David Bates, La Nuova Musica, Lucy Crowe - Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, In furore iustissimae irae; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2012)

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David Bates, La Nuova Musica, Lucy Crowe - Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, In furore iustissimae irae; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2012)

David Bates, La Nuova Musica, Lucy Crowe - Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus, In furore iustissimae irae; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 75:03 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU807587 | Recorded: 2012

Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus, RV 807, was added to the Vivaldi canon only in 2005; it was long attributed to Baldassare Galuppi. That shows you how minor composers don't get their due; it's a marvelous work, but it's only getting recordings now that Vivaldi's name is attached to it. At any rate, it's well worth hearing in this excellent performance by the rising British group La Nuova Musica, which has both vocal and instrumental components. They move like a well-oiled machine, making possible the clear communication of such vivid details as the musical depiction of a stream in the strings in the countertenor aria De torrente in via bibet (track 8) and the unusually elaborate fugue that concludes the work.

Le Poème Harmonique, Ensemble Aedes & Vincent Dumestre - Lalande: Majesté (Collection Château de Versailles) (2018)

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Le Poème Harmonique, Ensemble Aedes & Vincent Dumestre - Lalande: Majesté (Collection Château de Versailles) (2018)

Le Poème Harmonique, Ensemble Aedes & Vincent Dumestre - Lalande: Majesté (Collection Château de Versailles) (2018)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:14:34 | 171 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music France

In 1683, Michel-Richard de Lalande entered the Chapelle Royale as a sous-maître after receiving the support of Louis XIV in a formidable recruitment competition. Still only twenty-five years old, the young composer was swiftly to become established as the King’s favourite and accede to the most coveted posts at court in a career spanning almost forty years. Above all, Louis included him in the consultations for the construction of the new Chapelle Royale, adjacent to Versailles Palace. As the arches gradually rose skywards, Lalande composed and revised his motets, which give expression to the then-peerless grandeur of the realm, while at the same time testifying to the chapel’s incomparable acoustics. His works – settings of psalms, hymns, the Te Deum – record the atmosphere at court in the liturgy, in times of both trouble and rejoicing.

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir - Piæ cantiones & Memoria sancti henrici: Medieval Chant & Early Vocal Music from Finland (2018)

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Finnish Radio Chamber Choir - Piæ cantiones & Memoria sancti henrici: Medieval Chant & Early Vocal Music from Finland (2018)

Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Timo Nuoranne, Cetus Noster & Köyhät Ritarit - Piæ cantiones & Memoria sancti henrici: Medieval Chant & Early Vocal Music from Finland (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 02:00:40 | 473 Mb
Classical, Vocal, Sacred | Label: Ondine

This re-issue of early Medieval vocal music from Finland includes a unique reconstruction of 14th and 15th century Gregorian music that was performed in Finland in the memory of St. Henry, Finland’s Patron Saint. Liturgical literature dealing with St. Henry is abundant and the music in this collection consists of extracts from masses and offices to St. Henry. Liturgical legend and oral tradition provide a colorful account of the English clergyman’s mission to Finland where he was killed on January 20th, 1156.

Bernard Haitink, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 1999 from St. Mary Church Krakow (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Bernard Haitink, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 1999 from St. Mary Church Krakow (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Bernard Haitink, Berliner Philharmoniker - Europakonzert 1999 from St. Mary Church Krakow (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19922 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 94 min | 21,6 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4227 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 94 min | 5,08 Gb
Audio: Latin / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: Latin, German, English, French

The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. For this newly released EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray Disc all recordings were lovingly restored and converted to High Definition video. The Berliner Philharmoniker are joined for Mozart’s Motet and Mass on this recording by Christine Schäfer, whose unique timbre and performing style has more than once been likened to those of other vocal greats such as Irmgard Seefried and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. This round of exceptional musicians is completed by Emanuel Ax, winner the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, as the soloist for the works of Chopin and Schumann.

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.

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.

George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)

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George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)

George Guest, Stephen Cleobury, Philip Ledger, Wren Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Vivaldi: Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 57:44+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 455-2 | Recorded: 1976, 1981, 1986

Vivaldi's sacred music is not so famous as that of his contemporaries Bach and Handel, so this is a bargain opportunity to catch up. You might think Vivaldi's playful, virtuoso Italianate character and Catholic context would produce radically different music, but in George Guest's urgent readings, the mixture of restrainedly exultant choruses and austerely beautiful arias are near-identical to Bach.

Mariss Jansons - Haydn (2018)

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Mariss Jansons - Haydn (2018)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons - Haydn: Mass in B-Flat Major "Harmoniemesse" & Menuetto from Symphony No. 88 in G Major (Live) (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 215 MB
Label: BR-Klassik | Tracks: 07 | Time: 46:49 min

So many great conductors are drawn to the music of Haydn, and Mariss Jansons is no exception. Recorded in the Waldsassen Basilica, Northern Bavaria, this is an imposing and wonderfully luminous performance of Haydn’s “Harmoniemesse”—so named because of the predominance of the winds or “harmonie.” Like most late Haydn, it has a confidence and rightness that clearly inspires Jansons. The chorus and soloists are excellent, with soprano Malin Hartelius adding a glowing halo to the sound. The Minuet from Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 makes a charming bonus and shows off this great German orchestra in style.

Danish National Vocal Ensemble & Marcus Creed - The Secret Mass: Choral Works by Frank Martin & Bohuslav Martinů (2018)

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Danish National Vocal Ensemble & Marcus Creed - The Secret Mass: Choral Works by Frank Martin & Bohuslav Martinů (2018)

Danish National Vocal Ensemble & Marcus Creed - The Secret Mass: Choral Works by Frank Martin & Bohuslav Martinů (2018)
Classical, Choral, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 277 MB
Label: OUR Recordings | Tracks: 15 | Time: 64:07 min

For their latest release, the Grammy-Nominated, ECHO Award-winning Danish National Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Marcus Creed have selected a program showcasing the works of two less familiar 20th century masters: Frank Martin and Bohuslav Martinu. Beyond the similarity of their surnames there is little in common between the two men. For Swiss-born Martin, his musical breakthrough came early in life when he heard a performance of Bachs St. Matthew Passion.