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Ludger Remy, Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra - Telemann: Die Auferstehung; De Danske, Norske og Tydske (1999)

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Ludger Remy, Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra - Telemann: Die Auferstehung; De Danske, Norske og Tydske (1999)

Ludger Rémy, Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra - Telemann: Die Auferstehung; De Danske, Norske og Tydske Undersaatters Glaede (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 60:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 634-2 | Recorded: 1998

Georg Philipp Telemann's late work is almost inexhaustible in terms of surprises. How many times have I written this and yet I am not yet embarrassed to proclaim it again. With which creative power the 80 year old opens new worlds of expression at the end of the 18th century, one can only be astonished by his last oratorios. One of the very last - from 1761 - is his Easter oratorio "Die Auferstehung" (not to be confused with the "Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu", 1760). There is no longer a rigid sequence of recitatives and arias: flexible, almost through-composed, the music follows the strong affects of the (excellent) libretto, always in search of unconventional means of expression, such as a dramatic accompaniment, accompanied only by a highly virtuosic solo violin becomes. Or the beginning of the words: "Du tiefe, tote, grauenvolle Stille" …

Armenian Melodies. Aline Kutan & Gregory Chaverdian - Im Yerke (My Song) (2001)

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Armenian Melodies. Aline Kutan & Gregory Chaverdian - Im Yerke (My Song) (2001)

Armenian Melodies. Aline Kutan & Gregory Chaverdian - Im Yerke (My Song)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 303 MB
Classical/Folk/Vocal | Label: Aline Kutan

Aline Kutan, Canadian coloratur soprano of Armenian origin, sang her first professional role of Flora in Benjamin Britten’s the Turn of the Screw with Vancouver Opera at the age of 18 and then pursued her musical studies at UBC as well as at l’Université Laval in Quebec City.
Ms. Kutan was the winner of Jeunesses Musicales-Joseph Rouleau award, the recipient of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Study Grant and the George London Award in New York. Other national awards include the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Voice Competitions, the Canadian Opera Company Young Mozart Singers and the Vancouver Operatic Society Competitions. She has also been a finalist and prize winner at the Toulouse International Vocal Competition in France for Best Interpretation of a French Opera Excerpt…
Sung in Armenian

Ludger Remy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Messias; Concerti (2003)

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Ludger Remy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Messias; Concerti (2003)

Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Messias; Concerti (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 57:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: SPO | # 999 847-2 | Recorded: 2001, 2002

Georg Philipp Telemann based his compositions on several texts by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. Most well-known (at least theoretically) are his settings of parts of the first and the tenth song of the Messiah, which were created in the 1750s and were presented in 1759 in the Hamburg Drillhaus a larger public. Telemann was thus the first to validly transform parts of this famous epic into a musical form. It is quite likely that Telemann and Klopstock met in person, especially since Telemann showed great interest in the latest literary trends up to the very last age. For Telemann, it would have been a challenge to try a poetry written in strict hexameters, which was so completely different from the usual cantata texts. So there are no recitatives and arias, but only a great through-composed form. This is absolutely unique for this time, and once again you are amazed at the genius of the late Telemann! Veronika Winter, Marion Eckstein, Jan Kobow and Klaus Mertens are our soloists, the Telemannische Collegium Michaelstein plays under the direction of Ludger Rémy.

Jordi Savall - Cristobal De Morales (ca.1500-1553) - Officium Defunctorum & Missa Pro Defunctis (1992) {Astree-Naive ES 9926}

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Jordi Savall - Cristobal De Morales (ca.1500-1553) - Officium Defunctorum & Missa Pro Defunctis (1992) {Astree-Naive ES 9926}

Jordi Savall - Cristóbal De Morales (ca.1500-1553) - Officium Defunctorum & Missa Pro Defunctis (1992) {Astrée-Naïve ES 9926 rel 1999}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 299 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 171 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 38 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1992, 1999 Auvidis / Astrée / Naïve | ES 9935
Classical / Renaissance / Sacred

Morales's five-part setting of the Requiem is one of the masterpieces of the 16th century and was actually published twice during his lifetime. The 'Missa pro defunctis' follows the customary pattern of the time. Each section begins with a unison Gregorian intonation, which then continues as a cantus firmus in the upper part as the other voices spin a polyphonic texture underneath. The work avoids obvious madrigalisms, but maintains an austere, meditative texture, which is both spiritual and moving.

Armenian Songs - Nagorno Karabagh. Fortress City (2005)

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Armenian Songs - Nagorno Karabagh. Fortress City (2005)

Armenian Songs - Nagorno Karabagh. Fortress City
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 256 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred/Folk | Label: Pomegranate Music

Fortress City: Armenian Songs from Nagorno Karabagh is the first commercially released CD recorded on location in Shushi, Nagorno Karabagh- the ethnically Armenian breakaway republic neighboring Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. Featuring three choirs- Vararakn, Varanda, and Mrakats, this 27 track CD has a rich musical program of sacred, secular, and Armenian folk songs.
Sung in Armenian a cappella

Armenian Spiritual Songs - Arevagal in Geghard (2002)

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Armenian Spiritual Songs - Arevagal in Geghard (2002)

Armenian Spiritual Songs - Arevagal in Geghard
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 239 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Narek.com Records. Armenia

WINNER Lusavorich Choir Arevagal In Geghard
Lusavorich Choir of the Vazgenian Seminary of Sevan Supervisor: Very Reverend Ter Bagrat Galstanian Choirmaster: Acolyte Arthur Petrosian, division IV
Songs of Arevagal (Songs of Sunrise) have their unique place in the Treasury of the Armenian Spiritual Music. They are dedicated to the praise of light, which symbolized the God's essential presence.
Before Christianity the Songs of Arevagal were related to the Worship of Sun. In the early Christian times, Songs of Arevagal, most probably, were not periodically performed. Only later they formed the last part of the morning worship. This part, by the order of the VII-th century Catholicos Ezr A Parazhnakertsi, was separated into a special Arevagal Worship.
In the XII-th century Saint Nerses Graceful completely changed the structure of Arevagal Worship by creating for it four main songs and four hordoraks (admonition songs).
Currently Arevagal is worshiped only during the Lent. Songs of Arevagal, filled with luminous faith and a perfect musical harmony, are a shining example of the Armenian Spiritual Music.

Sung in Armenian a cappella

Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)

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Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)

Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 51:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 60522-2 | Recorded: 1965

There are some real injustices in the business of recorded music and this disc brings one of them very much to light. The opening lines of the liner notes say, "Until relatively recently, the reputation of Alessandro Scarlatti – the son, brother, father and uncle of other illustrious musicians – was overshadowed by that of his son Domenico." It is not stated on this disc whether the notes were written to go with this Apex re-issue or whether they date from the same period as the recording, but Alessandro’s reputation, if he has one, is still very much under his wonderful son’s shadow. It is an indication of a massive injustice, that this re-issue goes some small way to correcting.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Luigi Boccherini, Emanuele d'Astorga: Stabat Mater (1999)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Luigi Boccherini, Emanuele d'Astorga: Stabat Mater (1999)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Luigi Boccherini, Emanuele d'Astorga: Stabat Mater (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 73:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # SACDA67108 | Recorded: 1999

Boccherini wrote very little vocal music; however he left two settings of the Stabat mater. It was first set in 1781 for solo soprano and strings and then in 1800 for two sopranos and tenor, obviously influenced by the hugely-popular Pergolesi Stabat mater of 1736. There are many similarities in the notation and harmony—even the same key of F minor is used. The writing is of extraordinary individuality and seems to come straight from the heart. This unjustly neglected piece is surely one of the most remarkable sacred compostions of the era.
Emanuele d'Astorga was one of the most colourful figures in early eighteenth-century music and his life has often been the subject of legend rather than fact (brief details of which can be discovered in Robert King's illuminating booklet notes). During his life, Astorga was best known for his well-written and tuneful chamber cantatas (of which more than 150 survive) and his opera Dafni (only Act 1 now survives). But by far his most enduring work has proved to be this setting of the Stabat mater, his only surviving sacred composition. Throughout it we hear Astorga's gift for writing warm melodies, typical of the Neapolitan style of the time, and how he captures the melancholy of this most desolate of sacred texts.

Armenian & European Sacred Music. Confessio. Sanctus vocal Quartet; R.Melikyan (2007)

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Armenian & European Sacred Music. Confessio. Sanctus vocal Quartet; R.Melikyan (2007)

Armenian & European Sacred Music. Confessio (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | CD 57:33 | Scans | 269 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Jazzve LLC, Radik Melikyan

The Sanctus Quartet was established in 2004 February having an aim to perform Armenian, Western European medieval and classical vocal music.
The first performance of the Sanctus Quartet was on March 13, 2004 on presentation of the CD of Arto Tuncboyaciyan and the "Armenian Navy Band" that took place in the Folk-club (Yerevan, Armenia).

Christopher Monks, Armonico Consort, Emma Kirkby - Franceso Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus (2004)

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Christopher Monks, Armonico Consort, Emma Kirkby - Franceso Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus (2004)

Christopher Monks, Armonico Consort, Emma Kirkby - Franceso Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 73:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deux-Elles | # DXL 1096 | Recorded: 2003

A note of caution first to the unobservant purchaser who picks up this CD, believing, in glee, that he has stumbled across a premiere recording of Alessandro Scarlatti's Dixit Dominus, newly come to light - or, if not, possibly by his son, Domenico, usually better known for his keyboard music. These works, indeed premiere recordings, are in fact by Domenico's uncle and Alessandro's younger brother, Francesco.

Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore - Alessandro, Francesco e Domenico: Polyphonic Music of the Scarlatti Family (2005)

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Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore - Alessandro, Francesco e Domenico: Polyphonic Music of the Scarlatti Family (2005)

Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore - Alessandro, Francesco e Domenico: Polyphonic Music of the Scarlatti Family (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 70:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Et'cetera | # KTC 1298 | Recorded: 2005

The Scarlatti family is one of many musical dynasties in music history. Only two of its number are still well-known today: Alessandro and his son Domenico. Alessandro was born in Palermo as the second son of Pietro Scarlata - the family name in its original form - who was active as a tenor. During his career Alessandro lived and worked in several cities: Rome, Naples and Venice. At a young age he was already a famous and much sought-after composer. His younger brother Francesco – almost forgotten today - was less lucky. He was appointed as violinist at the royal court in Naples in 1684, but returned to Palermo in 1691, and stayed there for about 24 years. He tried to find appointments at the courts of Vienna and Naples, but failed. In 1719 he travelled to London, where he participated in public concerts. In 1733 he went to Dublin, where he seems to have died in 1741 or soon after. Domenico suffered tribulations too. It was only after the death of his father that he felt completely free to follow his own path, although he had left Italy five years earlier, in 1720.

Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham Choral Society - Handel: Solomon; Love in Bath (2005)

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Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham Choral Society - Handel: Solomon; Love in Bath (2005)

Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beecham Choral Society - Handel: Solomon; Love in Bath (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 783 Mb | Total time: 76:03+74:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 86516 2 | Recorded: 1955-1957,1959

There was a time, not long ago, when Baroque scores were treated as a folio of performance suggestions, not as the letter of the law. Performers felt free to add music or (more often) to take it away, and to do other things which were quite different from what the composer originally had in mind. Sir Thomas Beecham had no qualms about performing surgery on the music of George Frideric Handel, a composer he absolutely adored. No disrespect was intended. In fact, Beecham loved Handel so much, he wanted everyone else to love him too. That meant making him more palatable for modern tastes – bigger and leaner, at the same time.

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsiches Vocalensemble - Francesco Feo: Missa, Confitebor a 5 (2009)

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Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sachsiches Vocalensemble - Francesco Feo: Missa, Confitebor a 5 (2009)

Matthias Jung, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Sächsiches Vocalensemble - Francesco Feo: Missa, Confitebor a 5 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 58:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 333-2 | Recorded: 2007

Francesco Feo was one of the greatest Neapolitan composers of the first half of the 18th century. During a career extending from 1713 through 1760, the year before his death, he remained in Naples, where he composed operas, oratorios, cantatas, masses, passions, psalms, and canticles, among other works. His setting of Metastasio’s first opera libretto, Siface, led to commissions from Rome and Turin. His growing fame resulted in commissions from Madrid and Prague; Hasse, resident in Dresden, where Feo’s works were also performed, wanted to entrust Feo with leading the premiere of a serenata he wrote for Naples. The music historian Charles Burney praised his works for their “fire, invention, and force in the melody and expression in the words.”

Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)

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Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)

Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:13:29 | 676 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67800

There are so many excellent recordings of Messiah that the addition of another only further complicates the decision for the listener, but having such an abundance of riches should be no cause for complaint. Hyperion's recording with Stephen Layton leading the choir Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia is not among the flashiest or most star-studded, but it is immensely musically satisfying.

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

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

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 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. Everything is kept at a very low temperature. It's a risky course, but several things come together to make it work, and work in a big way. One is the presence of Jaroussky's handpicked Ensemble Artaserse, which responds to the subtlety of his approach with a sensitivity that would be worth the price of admission in itself.