Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.2 (2016)

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Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.2 (2016)

Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 69:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573498 | Recorded: 2015

This is part of a series of releases on the Naxos label devoted to the 40 symphonies of Michael Haydn, younger brother of Franz Joseph. These have been commercially successful, and it's easy to see why: there's music of unsuspected high quality here, and you can see why the younger Haydn's work was taken for Mozart's in several cases for decades, and why Mozart, who was spare in his praise of other composers, bestowed it upon this one. All four of these symphonies are in the three-movement form that Mozart had mostly left behind by the late 1770s and 1780s (when the Haydn works were composed), but the individual movements are quite confidently handled, with the elegant but harmonically wide-ranging slow movements perhaps the best of the lot.

Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.1 (2016)

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Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.1 (2016)

Patrick Gallois, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice - Michael Haydn: Symphonies, Vol.1 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573497 | Recorded: 2015

This album, the first in a series devoted to the 41 symphonies of Michael Haydn, leads off with perhaps the most historically famous one of all: the Sinfonia in G major, Perger 16, is none other than the missing Symphony No. 37 of Mozart, which was not removed from the Mozart canon until 1907. The reason for the error was that a copy of the work exists in Mozart's handwriting; he wrote a slow introduction to the first movement (not performed here), and apparently copied out the piece in preparation. It remains difficult to believe that listeners' suspicions weren't raised before that; the work's simple, squarish movements resemble those of the symphonies Mozart wrote in his mid-teens.

John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)

John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 238:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 475 101-2 | Recorded: 1997, 1998, 2001

Die Kombination hat sich bewährt. Joseph Haydn hat in Sir John Eliot Gardiner einen Interpreten gefunden, der mit dem nötigen Ernst und der fachlichen Kompetenz seinen geistlichen Werken nachzuspüren vermag. “Seine Darbietungen haben eine bewegende Stärke und Energie. Die Solisten sind ausgezeichnet. An keiner Stelle zweifelt man an Haydns wahrer Größe”, urteilte die BBC über Gardiners Messen-Projekt.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Carlo Gesualdo: Libro VI delli madrigali (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 70:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | # SY 94133 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Amsterdam in 1979 by Alan Curtis, one of the most acclaimed specialists in the interpretation of pre-romantic music, Il Complesso Barocco, has become a renowned international baroque orchestra with a focus on Italian Baroque opera and oratorio. Their rich discography was for a time devoted to the late madrigal repertory, and the film director Werner Herzog chose the ensemble as protagonists for his film Morte a cinque voci (Prix Italia 1996 and Premio Rembrandt, Amsterdam 1996) dedicated to the composer Carlo Gesualdo.

Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 (2012)

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Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 (2012)

Leon Fleisher, George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 368 Mb | Total time: 74:24 | Scans included
Classical | Diapason | N° 42 | Recorded: 1958, 1961

George Szell owned the First Piano Concerto. He played the opening movement like no one else, and he recorded the work with three outstanding pianists: Sir Clifford Curzon, Rudolf Serkin, and this performance with Anton Fleischer. When I say this is the best of the three, I'm making a tough choice, but Fleischer brings a youthful vigor and rage to the music that complements Szell's fiery accompaniment so well that they sound like they're both performing from the same musical brain.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 73:12 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA67435 | Recorded: 2003

A contemporary of Lully and Lalande, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was something of an outsider to the French court of Louis XIV, which helps to explain his comparative obscurity. A period of study in Rome doubtless gave Charpentier exposure to the polychoral style long-established from the time of Gabrieli, and this recording presents the triple-choir Salve Regina alongside the opulent Messe à quatre chœurs – written for four separate choirs, with a large continuo team of four organs, four theorbos, bass viol and great bass viol! The possibilities opened up by such a wealth of musicians engender music which seems as close to the proverbial “choir of the angels of heaven” as could be desired.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 8 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 8 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 8 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.21 Gb | Total time: 05:01:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Sharon Bezaly, Piet van Bockstal, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Simon Reitmaier, Hiyoli Togawa - Kalevi Aho: Solo (2021)

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Sharon Bezaly, Piet van Bockstal, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Simon Reitmaier, Hiyoli Togawa - Kalevi Aho: Solo (2021)

Sharon Bezaly, Piet van Bockstal, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Samuli Peltonen, Simon Reitmaier, Bram van Sambeek, Hiyoli Togawa - Kalevi Aho: Solo (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 78:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2446 SACD | Recorded: 2000-2020

Kalevi Aho is one of today’s most prolific composers of large-scale orchestral scores, including 17 symphonies and 32 concertos to date. Less well-known is the fact that he has also written chamber music, as well as an ever-expanding series of solo pieces – starting with Solo I for violin from 1975, the most recent in the series, for clavichord, is the 17th. Some of these pieces has originated as part of Aho’s preparations when composing a concerto for the instrument in question, while others have been written for competitions, including Solo III for flute and Solo IV for cello on the present disc.

Thea King, Alun Francis, London Symphony Orchestra - The Clarinet in Concert: Bruch, Mendelssohn, Crusell (1987)

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Thea King, Alun Francis, London Symphony Orchestra - The Clarinet in Concert: Bruch, Mendelssohn, Crusell (1987)

Thea King, Alun Francis, London Symphony Orchestra - The Clarinet in Concert: Bruch, Mendelssohn, Crusell (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA66022 | Recorded: 1981

‘An excellent record, beautifully played, splendidly recorded, in every way highly rewarding’ (Gramophone)

Musica Pacifica - Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio (1997)

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Musica Pacifica - Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio (1997)

Musica Pacifica - Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 707 Mb | Total time: 73:12+62:40 | Scans included
Classical | Virgin Veritas | 5 61365 2 | Recorded: 1996

French Baroque instrumental music (in this case from the last two decades of the seventeenth century) enjoys a somewhat doubtful reputation as being mannered and all cast in the same mould. Well, there is no smoke without fire, and sure enough, the individual movements on this recording do all sound in some wise “typical”, with the usual French dance movements (sarabande, gigue, rondeau, menuet, gavotte) predominating. And yet, there are here some outstanding passages: If you want a sample of what Marin Marais was capable of in an area other than that of his belovèd viola da gamba, then listen in to CD 1, Track 8 (Passacaille) or CD 2, Track 6 (Chaconne), where the instruments intertwine and swirl around each other for well over five minutes at a time.

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

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Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 70:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Flora | # FLORA 2110 | Recorded: 2009

The Marquise de Sévigné (1625 96) was a 17th-century blogger, writing letters to family and friends about life at the court of Louis XIV, and in particular performances of Lully during his lifetime, letters that were copied and widely circulated in manuscript. Our quartet of musicians has gathered together a selection of contemporary music, instrumental trio arrangements of popular songs and Lullian airs as well as duo and solo music such as she might have heard or had performed in her Parisian salon. These works – and many others like them – survive mainly in manuscript, though most are available in facsimile or online.

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

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Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 850 Mb | Total time: 168:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ludi Musici | # LM005 | Recorded: 2008

The booklet for this release tells us that it is not only a world premiere recording but that La Rosinda has been revived on only one other occasion since the 17th century. Baroque opera enthusiasts should be circling, then, for this is a work in which Cavalli’s skills as an opera composer who can mix fluidity of text with just enough lyricism to make musical drama that is both compelling and attractive are clearly displayed.

Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)

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Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)

Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 74:53 | Scans included
Classical | K617 | K617188 | Recorded: 2005

The figure of Samuel Capricornus has been unfairly neglected by modern historians of music, editors and performers. Not only was Capricornus admired by his contemporaries even beyond the frontiers; the extraordinary standard of his works and the originality and variety of his output make him quite simply one of the greatest composers of religious music of the seventeenth century. Capricornus's most original compositions are the Lieder von dem Leyden und Tode Jesu (Songs on the sufferings and death of Jesus) and Theatrum musicum. The former are a kind of German equivalent fo the leçons de ténèbres of the French Baroque.

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)

Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14; 6 Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 72:05 | Scans included
Classical | Decca | 417 514-2 | Recorded: 1980, 1983

Despite the fact that there are multiple recordings of Shostakovich's deeply moving Symphony No. 14, this rather old but remastered recording is unique in the quality of performance: Bernard Haitink conducts his Concertgebouw Orchestra and elected to use non-Slavic singers Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who in turn sing the poems in their original languages rather than the Russian translations used in the original premiere. The effect is staggeringly beautiful and if one must choose a single recording of this symphony, this would be the one that captures the essence of Shostakovich's vision.

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

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Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 62:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 3984-21801-2 | Recorded: 1968

The works of the early Baroque Italian composers featured on this CD all make some kind of use of the new virtuoso violin technique. Thus they enable us to understand how, as a result of untold experiments, a technique that was specifically suited to the violin gradually began to emerge.