Youssou N'Dour - Birth of a Star: 11 Giant Dakar Hits (2001)

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Youssou N'Dour - Birth of a Star: 11 Giant Dakar Hits (2001)

Youssou N'Dour - Birth of a Star: 11 Giant Dakar Hits (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 446 Mb | Total time: 72:17 | Scans included
Folk, World & Country | Label: Manteca | # MANTCD025

Taken from material released in the '80s by the French Melodie label, these pieces were recorded before N'Dour became a major international star (as the title indicates). As such, he was making music for the home market, which wanted its mbalax sound hard – and that's what he gave them. He was still putting the elements together, but the basic components were in place – the rhythm and that remarkable high griot voice, then at its raw best. It's interesting to compare "Alboury" in this version to the one on Set, several years later. There's a pumping energy here that has become channeled on the later recording – maybe not as focused, but with a flavor of youth that's undeniable. And that energy transmits itself through all these tracks.

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

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

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D. Scarlatti, A. 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, 1973, 1977, 1978

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.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 93, 94 "The Surprise" & 95 (1993)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 93, 94 "The Surprise" & 95 (1993)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 93, 94 "The Surprise" & 95 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 66:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472772752 | Recorded: 1992

The Surprise Symphony was, before the Mozart craze of the early 1990s, the most famous piece of classical music after Beethoven's Fifth, and if it gets into some feature film it could well regain it's former position. It says something for Haydn's ability to write consistently interesting and witty music that the most popular, "named" part in a symphony (this one included) is likely to be the slow movement. In other words, Haydn is often at his most entertaining just when other composers are putting you to sleep. Symphony No. 93 also has a surprise in its slow movement–a highly scatological comment from the bassoon at the very end, followed by what can only be described as orchestral laughter.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67260 | Recorded: 2000

Continuing the series 'Bach's Contemporaries', this volume concentrates on the wonderful music of Johann Schelle — a cousin of Kuhnau (another composer featured in this series). This immensely striking sacred music by Schelle (one of Bach's predecessors in the post of Kantor in Leipzig's famous Thomas Church) brings together a top-flight group of soloists and a large and colourful assembly of instrumentalists, and presents remarkable and splendidly varied music which not only stands up proudly in its own musical right, but also greatly enhances our understanding of Bach's own sacred writing.

Beatrice Rana - Ravel: Miroirs, La Valse; Stravinsky: Petrushka, The Firebird (2019)

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Beatrice Rana - Ravel: Miroirs, La Valse; Stravinsky: Petrushka, The Firebird (2019)

Beatrice Rana - Ravel: Miroirs, La Valse; Stravinsky: Petrushka, The Firebird (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 200 Mb | Total time: 72:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029541109 | Recorded: 2019

Beatrice Rana, in the words of the New York Times, is a pianist who "has ferocious technique but is distinguished by her musical intelligence." Here she plays virtuosic, poetic works that evoke the creative ferment of Paris in the transitional early years of the 20th century: piano transcriptions of Stravinsky's iridescent ballet scores The Firebird and Petrushka, and Ravel's Miroirs and La Valse.

Ivan Ilić - Reicha Rediscovered, Vol.2 (2018)

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Ivan Ilić - Reicha Rediscovered, Vol.2 (2018)

Ivan Ilić - Reicha Rediscovered, Vol.2 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 212 Mb | Total time: 62:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 20033 | Recorded: 2018

The eagerly awaited volume 2 in the fascinating exploration of Antoine Reicha's keyboard music by the trailblazing pianist Ivan Ilic is now out! Ilic here digs into a crucial aspect of Antoine Reicha's music: counterpoint and the manner in which Bach's music served as a point of departure for Reicha's eclectic, fertile mind and wide variety of musical styles. If most of these etudes are made up of a Prelude paired with a Fugue, their variety offers the album great diversity, and unveils the compositional genius of Antoine Reicha: here are unexpected moods and textures, sophisticated canons, cheeky invertible counterpoint, chaconnes and minuet-like character pieces, even a piece the only unifying characteristic of which seems to be its tumbling scales in dotted rhythm.

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

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Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 238 Mb | Total time: 52:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901571 | Recorded: 1995

“Here's a very attractively prepared menu whose main course is the Stabatmater for countertenor and strings. Hors-d'oeuvres and side-dishes consist of a ripieno concerto (RV114), a chamber cantata for countertenor and strings (RV684), a string sonata in E flat (RV130) and an introductory motet to a lost Miserere (RV638). Taken together, the pieces demonstrate something of Vivaldi's diverse style as a composer. The chamber cantata, if closely related to the two sacred vocal items on the disc in respect of tonal colour, differs from them in character.

Juan Carlos Muñoz, Mari Fe Pavón, Artemandoline - Italian Baroque Mandolin Sonatas (2021)

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Juan Carlos Muñoz, Mari Fe Pavón, Artemandoline - Italian Baroque Mandolin Sonatas (2021)

Juan Carlos Muñoz, Mari Fe Pavón, Artemandoline - Italian Baroque Mandolin Sonatas (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 55:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19439819362 | Recorded: 2019

The 18th century was the golden age of the mandolin. The ensemble Artemandoline presents world premiere recordings of forgotten masterpieces written in Florence and Rome for mandolin and basso continuo. A music full of energy, beauty and virtuosity.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2; King Christian II (2019)

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2; King Christian II (2019)

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2; King Christian II (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # Alpha 574 | Recorded: 2019

After the resounding success of Volume 1 (Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica, FFFF Télérama), the project to record the complete Sibelius symphonies continues with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, whose career as a conductor is entering top gear: he has just been appointed Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. At the turn of the twentieth century, as Finland struggled to free itself from Russian rule, Sibelius and his wife faced several domestic dramas, including the loss of one of their daughters, Kirsti, to typhoid fever.

Vittorio Negri, Kenneth Sillito - Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem & Concertante in sol maggiore (1994)

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Vittorio Negri, Kenneth Sillito - Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem & Concertante in sol maggiore (1994)

Vittorio Negri, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Kenneth Sillito, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem & Concertante in sol maggiore (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 77:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 0289 442 6572 9 | Recorded: 1969, 1986

Early in December 1787 Catherine II of Russia invited the famous composer to her court at St Petersburg where Italian opera was all the rage. A few days after his arrival the wife of the ambassador of Naples and Sicily died and Cimarosa was asked by him to compose a Requiem Mass for the funeral. Composers did not need to bother about being original in those days and Cimarosa could draw easily on a common stock of melodic ideas, but, nevertheless, his Mass is well shaped and certainly not a mere puce d'occasion.

Barthold Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - The Colorful Telemann (2020)

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Barthold Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - The Colorful Telemann (2020)

Barthold Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - The Colorful Telemann: Ouverture, Concertos, Sonata, Sinfonia Melodica (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 64:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573900 | Recorded: 2019

The Colourful Telemann presents works from different periods of Georg Philipp Telemanns life, reflecting his lively personality and exploring his seemingly unlimited invention over a wide variety of styles and genres. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, Telemann wrote music that stands out for its delightful and remarkably generous character, each piece like a leisurely walk with a good friend. From the German and French influences of the earlier Sonata to the dignified Sinfonia Melodica, possibly composed in the year of his death, this is Telemann at his best. Barthold Kuijken is an eminent leader in the field of early music.

Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)

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Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)

Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 122-2 | Recorded: 1964

Catherine Gayer makes a spirited, fresh sounding Adonis and Brigitte Fassbaender as Venus is superb throughout; Venus's ''Augelletti, si cantate'' has an almost irresistible allure and her radiant duet with Adonis at the conclusion of the work is something to treasure. The instrumental accompaniment is excellent of its kind and of its vintage, with a notable contribution from Hans-Martin Linde on the sopranino recorder. This is, in a word, enlightened music-making which brings a ravishing score to life affectionately and convincingly. Excellent recorded sound and a considerable adornment to Archiv Galleria's otherwise arbitrary and mainly disappointing selection of reissues.

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Luigi Rossi: La Lyra d'Orfeo (2019)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Luigi Rossi: La Lyra d'Orfeo (2019)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Luigi Rossi: La Lyra d'Orfeo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 726 Mb | Total time: 159:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029537230 | Recorded: 2005, 2019

The latest album from Christina Pluhar and her instrumental ensemble L’Arpeggiata sheds new light on the chamber cantatas of 17th century Italian composer, Luigi Rossi. He wrote more than 300 of these works and Christina Pluhar’s new double album includes an impressive number of 21 world premiere recordings, which are the fruit of Christina Pluhar’s research among music manuscripts held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Vatican Library.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67160 | Recorded: 1999

Sebastian Knüpfer is yet another Baroque composer whose reputation and popularity have been overshadowed by J S Bach. Little of Knüpfer's music has previously been transcribed from its many manuscripts, let alone published. However, in his day Knüpfer was a respected and highly sought-after composer; his compositions were admired by his contemporaries and, according to his obituary, he 'composed quotations of the Psalms and other Biblical books with such sweetness and skilfulness that he delighted even the saddest hearts, and his name is spoken with admiration not only in Leipzig but also outside'.

Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)

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Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)

Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 405 Mb | Total time: 68:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 476-2 | Recorded: 2008

Alessandro Scarlatti is justly famed for his contributions to Read more opera seria and cantata, and indeed it may even be said that he was one of the main progenitors of the Neapolitan style of the early 18th century. In Naples and earlier in Rome he was obligated to write a considerable amount of sacred music, much of it for smaller settings that would be useful in the local churches. Since his music is now becoming more common on disc, it is good to have this recording of a set of four pieces—a gradual, a Marian antiphon, a motet, and a Psalm—all of which reflect rather different approaches to each portion of the liturgy and yet contain a certain commonality in form and structure.