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Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)

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Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)

Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)
- Chansons, Ode, Psalms and Motets with 3 to 7 voices

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0703 | Time: 01:04:45

Little is known of the life of Paschal de L'Estocart, the French composer of the late Renaissance who was roughly a contemporary of Claude Le Jeune (1528 -1600). He seems to have been sympathetic to the Protestant Reformers – he spent considerable time in Germany and his music was published in Geneva – but later in life he applied unsuccessfully to the French King for a position at an abbey. His collection of psalms and motets, Sacrae Cantiones, 16 of which are recorded here, are mostly in French, along with several in Latin, and was dedicated to Calvinist Count Palatine Johann Casimir in 1582. This collection also includes his Ode in 12 parts, set to religious texts in French. L'Estocart's music is typical of late Renaissance polyphony, eclectic in its use of a cantus firmus, imitative counterpoint, and homophonic writing, with an unusually free use of dissonance. The French mixed a cappella ensemble Ludus Modalis, led by Bruno Boterf, specializes in music of this era and sings with passion and authority. Intonation is immaculate and tone quality is pure and unforced. The recorded sound is clean, but spacious and warm.

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)

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Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)

Anne Sofie von Otter - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:15 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 449 206-2

For the sake of both vocal and family well-being, Anne Sofie von Otter has always followed the wise course of self-rationing in opera. This disc, an entirely personal selection of arias from the Viennese Classical period, means all the more to her including, as it does, arias sung by dramatic and passionate women 'most of whom', she admits in the accompanying notes, 'I have never performed on stage and, alas, probably never will'.

Monteverdi - Madrigali Guerrieri Ed Amorosi - Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (2002) {2CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMC 901736.37}

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Monteverdi - Madrigali Guerrieri Ed Amorosi - Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (2002) {2CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMC 901736.37}

Monteverdi - Madrigali Guerrieri Ed Amorosi - Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (2002) {2CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMC 901736.37}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 701 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 369 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 87 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2001 Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901736.37
Classical / Baroque / Vocal Music

Monteverdi was seventy-one when he published his Eighth Book of madrigals. This collection, a monumental work of remarkable beauty, is a synthesis of all Monteverdi's experience in the realm of secular music. It is the culmination of a genre, the Italian madrigal, which here achieves a rare state of perfection. INDISPENSABLE!

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002) [Re-Up]

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Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002) [Re-Up]

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 445 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 225 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary, Minimalism, Vocal | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21009 | 01:14:44

Alarm Will Sound's recording of Steve Reich's monumental orchestral/choral works The Desert Music and Tehillim, released on the Cantaloupe label in 2002, greatly benefits from the group's close connections with the composer: the ensemble's conductor, Alan Pierson, and several of the performers studied at the Eastman School with Brad Lubman, a conductor frequently enlisted by Reich. Also, Pierson's arrangements, which reconcile the chamber and orchestral versions that exist for both works, were prepared in close consultation with the composer; thus, this may well be the definitive recording of these pieces. Brilliantly sonorous in their climaxes – the burst of light near the end of Desert Music, the "Alleluias" that close Tehillim – the players also articulate Reich's intricate canonic textures with nimble precision. Voices and strings are always an Achilles heel within Reich's percussive textures (leading him to eliminate part doublings in favor of giving each line to a lone, amplified performer), but here the singers and strings maintain an impressive rhythmic vitality. This knack for precision carries over to the pristine recording, as well, which, for good or ill, was digitally recorded and heavily edited. Still, it makes up in energy and clarity what it might lack in performative spontaneity.

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)

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Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)

Pygmalion & Raphaël Pichon - Enfers (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:18:27 | 416 Mb
Classical, Opera, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Raphaël Pichon has invited Stéphane Degout to make his recording debut for harmonia mundi in a multifaceted exploration of the Underworld. The French baritone reincarnates the figure of Henri Larrivée, the famous tragedian of Rameau and Gluck. Around a reconstruction of an imaginary Mass of the Dead, sacred and secular merge, revealing some of the most extraordinary pieces from the operatic repertory of the Enlightenment. Music of death and mourning on an epic scale that inspires Pygmalion to overwhelming heights of pathos.

Weser-Renaissance Bremen & Manfred Cordes - Walter, J: Geystliches Gesangk Buchleyn (1524-25) (2018)

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Weser-Renaissance Bremen & Manfred Cordes - Walter, J: Geystliches Gesangk Buchleyn (1524-25) (2018)

Weser-Renaissance Bremen & Manfred Cordes - Walter, J: Geystliches Gesangk Buchleyn (1524-25) (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 324 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 Mb | 01:12:02
Classical, Sacred | Label: CPO

A new era in church music dawned with the creation of German-language sacred songs functioning as the counterpart to Latin Gregorian chant. The WESER-RENAISSANCE ensemble under its experienced conductor Manfred Cordes is now presenting a colourful selection of the most beautiful hymn settings from the Wittenberg first edition of 1524-25. The Urkantor Johann Walter was a close associate of Martin Luther and the founding father of the important institutional and artistic tradition of the Protestant cantorate.

Hans Jörg Mammel, Arthur Schoonderwoerd - Franz Schubert: Winterreise (2006) (Repost)

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Hans Jörg Mammel, Arthur Schoonderwoerd - Franz Schubert: Winterreise (2006) (Repost)

Hans Jörg Mammel, Arthur Schoonderwoerd - Franz Schubert: Winterreise (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:44 | 318 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha | Catalog: 101

This is surely a Winterreise too far. The finest interpreters – including, among tenors, Peter Schreier, Ian Bostridge and Christoph Prégardien – make the wanderer’s inner and outer journey through the snowbound landscape a cathartic experience. Hans Jörg Mammel, whose career has been largely in early music, musters a generalised sensitivity but never grips or haunts the imagination.

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - St. Petersburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 452 Mb | Total time: 77:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 6767 | Recorded: 2014

For the later part of her career, Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has apparently settled on a campaign of major conceptual releases covering all-but-unknown repertory, and St. Petersburg fits right in. It's a collection of arias from operas written in the second half of the 18th century for the Russian imperial court, which had imported the best Italian and German composers money could buy. The names of all but Mozart's contemporary Domenico Cimarosa are unknown today. Most of the arias are in Italian, but a couple are in Russian, and to untutored ears Bartoli brings her trademark passion to them. This is the kind of release where one can quibble with any number of details. Bartoli sounds thick in some places, strained in others. The material is a bit uneven, with especially the last two pieces creating a bit of a letdown, although much of it does indeed live up to major-forgotten-works billing.

Emma Kirkby, The Romantic Chamber Group of London - Amy Beach: Chanson d'amour (2002)

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Emma Kirkby, The Romantic Chamber Group of London - Amy Beach: Chanson d'amour (2002)

Amy Beach - Chanson d'amour (2002)
Emma Kirkby, soprano; The Romantic Chamber Group of London

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1245 | Time: 01:05:45

Emma Kirkby, doyenne of the Early Music scene, here shows that she's just as comfortable in music of a more recent vintage. Amy Beach was a woman ahead of her time, performing as solo pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra by the age of 18. The same year (1885), she married Henry Beach and, no longer able to perform publicly (it would have gone against her social status), she instead settled down to composing. And delightful stuff it is, too, as Kirkby and friends demonstrate in this charming recital. A number of the songs add violin, cello, or both to the piano and voice combination. "Ecstasy," for instance, has a most effective violin part that is an ideal foil to the purity of Kirkby's voice. Other highlights include the Schumannesque Browning Songs and the amiable Shakespeare Songs (the last of which, "Fairy Lullaby," is irresistible). The final item here, "Elle et moi," is an upbeat little number that suits Kirkby's lithe soprano to perfection. Occasionally, in some of the more lushly textured songs, such as "A Mirage" and "Stella Viatoris," perhaps a fuller voice would have been preferable, but then sample "Chanson d'amour" (written when Beach was only 21 and with a wonderful cello part in addition to the piano) and try to imagine it being better sung. The purely instrumental items are played with unfailing sensitivity and elegance. The Romance is straight out of the salon, while the much later Piano Trio (though actually based on early material) packs plenty of emotion and variety into its 14 minutes. The recording is exemplary, as are the concise notes and texts and translations.

Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Geoffrey Sirett & Brian Current - Brian Current: Airline Icarus (2014)

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Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Geoffrey Sirett & Brian Current - Brian Current: Airline Icarus (2014)

Carla Huhtanen, Krisztina Szabo, Graham Thomson, Geoffrey Sirett & Brian Current - Brian Current: Airline Icarus (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 215 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 102 Mb | 00:43:43
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Leading young Canadian composer Brian Current, recipient of numerous distinguished international prizes, has collaborated with award-winning writer Anton Piatigorsky in an exciting work for voice and accompanying ensemble. Airline Icarus is set aboard an airliner in which, taking the myth of Icarus as the central image, the composer “explores themes of hubris mixed with technology”. The result is a powerful, resonant work which won Current the Italian Premio Fedora Award in 2011.

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation–Grosses Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)

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Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation–Grosses Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation – Großes Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 49:54 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC1814 | Recorded: 2013

With opera arias of Hasse, he has become the shooting star amongst countertenors; Valer Sabadus appeared in Mozart roles for the Styriarte in December 2013.
The Salzburg master wrote for some of the greatest castrati of his time: Rauzzini, Consoli, Bedini. The young interpreter must therefore sing up into the heights of the soprano range; he succeeds in this wonderfully, as he also does in the exploration of profound feelings. His mentor Michael Hofstetter is on the podium, adding the orchestra‘s pulsing Mozartian vitality to this flawlessly beautiful singing.

Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)

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Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)

Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle München - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 62:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC830 | Recorded: 2011

The outstanding young countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus has chosen works by a composer who was highly esteemed in his lifetime, but slipped into oblivion. The artist writes “My aim is to give new life to these works… one that places the individuality of the musical works in the forefront.”
Barna-Sabadus dazzles with the swiftness and surety of his execution. His voice seems to have a higher centre than, say, Andreas Scholl's…The last Didone aria takes more than 11 minutes: an entrancing vocal line above an orchestral simplicity which is often composed of staccato chords, which Barna-Sabadus captivatingly tracing the melodies.
— International Record Review

Kremerata Musica; Gidon Kremer - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (1998) Reissue 2018, 2CDs

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Kremerata Musica; Gidon Kremer - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (1998) Reissue 2018, 2CDs

Astor Piazzolla: María de Buenos Aires (1998) Reissue 2018, 2CDs
Horacio Ferrer, narrator; Julia Zenko, vocal; Jairo, vocal; Buenos Aires Lyric Chorus
Kremerata Musica; Gidon Kremer, conductor & violin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 436 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 223 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Tango Operita | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295738174 | 01:34:26

A rendition of a tango operita, commissioned by the Argentinian Ministry of Culture (this rendition anyway), was revived by violinist Gidon Kremer, who had such a love for the original LPs from Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer that he wanted to recreate the music. Ferrer was kept on as El Duende (the Goblin) – the role that he created when he wrote the libretto thirty years earlier. Regrettably, Piazzolla had passed on prior to the remake. Nonetheless, the arrangements and orchestrations are remarkable. The suffering and the passion of Maria (the main character in the show) are perfectly portrayed by the tango. The music changes forms as her character progresses, taking on traditional tangos, modern tangos, milongas, waltzes, and other styles to reflect changes in Maria. The music is always well-composed. This is an opera for the display of modern music, and the tango of Piazzolla is modern music at its finest.

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bliss: The Beatitudes, Introduction and Allegro & God Save the Queen (2018)

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Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bliss: The Beatitudes, Introduction and Allegro & God Save the Queen (2018)

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bliss: The Beatitudes, Introduction and Allegro & God Save the Queen (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 282 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:06:27
Classical, Choral, Opera | Label: Chandos Records

Excelling in recordings of Delius, Elgar, and Holst, Sir Andrew Davis here presents a spirited programme of works by Sir Arthur Bliss. It follows a recording of Morning Heroes that made the top recommendations of 2015; likewise recorded in surround-sound, it conveys the energy of both the exceptional soloists and the impeccable BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Premiered along with Britten’s War Requiem at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, but hardly ever heard since, The Beatitudes is remarkable for its dramatic intensity, ‘full of contrast and striking orchestral effects’, as The Times noted after a recent Barbican performance given by the same forces. The reviewer added that ‘soprano Emily Birsan was silvery clear, well supported by the tenor Ben Johnson. And the biggest round of applause should go to the BBC Symphony Chorus, full of passion.’ To complete the album are an arrangement of the national anthem having all the flair that made the tenure of Bliss as Master of the Queen’s Music distinctive and successful, as well as the virtuosic Introduction and Allegro, dedicated to Stokowski and inspired by the powerful sound of American orchestras post-World War I.

Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier - Crossing Borders (2017/2018)

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Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier - Crossing Borders (2017/2018)

Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier - Crossing Borders (2017/2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 251 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 137 Mb | 00:58:30
Classical, Choral | Label: Dacapo Records

Paul Hillier and ArsNova Copenhagen continue their exploration of Danish vocal music. The main work here, Line Tjørnhøj’sVoxReportage, was composed in close cooperation with the artists, and weaves various sources together –including 1981 Nobel laureate Elias Canetti, Chelsea Manning, and Rabi’ahal Adawiyya(8th-century Iraq) –to create a ‘reportage’ on the nature of humanity over the past thousand years. In Carl Nielsen’s Three Motets, Renaissance polyphony and the composer’s more personal style are molded into something fresh and powerful; the Swedish Romantic composer Stenhammarsets Danish texts, while Holmboesets British border ballads. Everything about this album crosses borders of one kind or another!