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Per-Sonat, Sabine Lutzenberger - Invisible: Chants of the Cistercian Nuns (2018) {Christophorus CHR 77430}

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Per-Sonat, Sabine Lutzenberger - Invisible: Chants of the Cistercian Nuns (2018) {Christophorus CHR 77430}

Per-Sonat, Sabine Lutzenberger - Invisible: Chants of the Cistercian Nuns (2018) {Christophorus CHR 77430}
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© 2018 Christophorus | CHR 7743
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / Sacred

The Cistercian order was born at the end of the 11th Century around the new monastery of Cîteaux and developed by Bernard of Clairvaux in the following years. Their aim was to return to the basics of the austere Benedictine rule, as opposed to the less stricter developments that had taken place around Cluny. These ideas quickly spread around Europe, producing great architecture and great liturgical music, devoid of embellishments and flourishments then considered unnecessary. Sabine Lutzenberger and her ensemble PERSONAT present the sounds of Cistercian monasteries all around Europe.

Anne Dudley - A Different Light (2001)

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Anne Dudley - A Different Light (2001)

Anne Dudley - A Different Light (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included
Label: Angel Records | # 7243 5 57158 2 1 | Time: 00:50:07
Modern Classical, Minimalism, Electronic, Soundtracks, Downtempo

A Different Light is a look back at the career of Art of Noise member and soundtrack composer Anne Dudley. Although the album features songs from her most successful compositions, Dudley reworks them to create new pieces for her second solo album.

Gerhard Jenemann, Concerto Koln, Suddeutscher Kammerchor - Johann Christian Bach: Mailander Vesperpsalmen (2010)

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Gerhard Jenemann, Concerto Koln, Suddeutscher Kammerchor - Johann Christian Bach: Mailander Vesperpsalmen (2010)

Gerhard Jenemann, Concerto Köln, Süddeutscher Kammerchor - Johann Christian Bach: Mailänder Vesperpsalmen (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 60:01+32:25 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.347 | Recorded: 2009

For the arch-Protestant Bach Family – as for German musicology in the 19th and early 20th centuries – through his conversion to Catholicism and his turning to Italian opera Johann Christian Bach was considerd the “black sheep” of the family. Prior to his brilliant career as an opera composer and impresario in London, from 1757 to 1760 he held the position of organist at the Milan Cathedral. During this period he composed numerous sacred works which are least well-known among the works of the youngest Bach son. Under the direction of Gerhard Jenemann, the renowned solo quartet centered around Joanne Lunn and Thomas E. Bauer, the Süddeutsche Kammerchor and Concerto Köln bring to light a completely unknown Johann Christian Bach and they make clear why the “London Bach” was also called the “Milan Bach.”

Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)

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Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)

Alexander Rahbari, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Chamber Choir - Donizetti: Messa da Requiem (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 63:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Profil | # PH08026 | Recorded: 1997

Donizetti began writing his Requiem Mass after the death of fellow composer and friend Bellini. Ironically it was not performed until after Donizetti's death in 1848. Lacking a 'Sanctus', 'Benedictus' and 'Agnus Dei', the work is nevertheless a large-scale, powerful and compelling work which is one of Donizetti's most important non-operatic compositions.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Bach: Mass in B minor (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 53:25+53:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5317 | Recorded: 2008

Like many renditions of Bach's monumental B Minor Mass, this one puts forward a musical argument: in this case, for the use of a vocal ensemble made up of ten soloists rather than a choir. Minkowski's approach may be historically aggressive, but the sound is unstintingly lovely and the pared-down arrangements shed an interesting and unusual light on this most familiar of the baroque masterworks. Highly recommended to most classical collections and all period-instrument collections.
–Rick Anderson

Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii - La Morra (2006) {Musiques suisses MGB CD6327}

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Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii - La Morra (2006) {Musiques suisses MGB CD6327}

Ex Libris Doctoris Amerbachii - La Morra (2006) {Musiques suisses MGB CD6327}
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© 2006 Musiques suisses | MGB CD 6327
Classical / Renaissance / Early Music

This CD introduces some of the most fascinating music from the music books that once belonged to the musical lawyer, friend and heir of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Bonifacius Amerbach (1495-1562). A release primarily devoted to the music of little-known composers active during the first half of the sixteenth century in the Alsace and Baden-Württemberg regions.

Luciano Pavarotti - The Duets (2008)

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Luciano Pavarotti - The Duets (2008)

Luciano Pavarotti - The Duets (2008)
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Classical, Vocal Pop, Pop Rock | Label: Decca Music, #:478 1099 | 01:00:40

Released shortly after Luciano Pavarotti's death, The Duets is a star-studded compilation of previously released material oriented toward the popular music market. This is the first time these tracks have been brought together in one release.

Patricia Petibon - Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Litanies a la Vierge Noire (2013) (Repost)

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Patricia Petibon - Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Litanies a la Vierge Noire (2013) (Repost)

Patricia Petibon - Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Litanies a la Vierge Noire (2013)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:48 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 479 1497 6 CD DDD GH

Francis Poulenc was the best-known composer of the iconoclastic group Les Six, and his reputation for blending sophistication and flippant humor in his songs and concert music made him something of an enfant terrible. Yet the deaths of several close friends and a visit to the Black Madonna of Rocamadour in 1936 brought about soul-searching and a fresh commitment to the Catholicism of his youth.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 777 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

"It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets."
– George Chien

The Ebor Singers, Chelys Consort of Viols & Paul Gameson - A Cavalier Christmas (2017)

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The Ebor Singers, Chelys Consort of Viols & Paul Gameson - A Cavalier Christmas (2017)

The Ebor Singers, Chelys Consort of Viols & Paul Gameson - A Cavalier Christmas (2017)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 291 MB | Digital Booklet | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 MB | 01:06:25
Classical | Label: Resonus Classics

Following on from their debut release on Resonus - Music for Troubled Times - The Ebor Singers, with director Paul Gameson, returns to the label with a companion album of music for Christmas from the time of the English Civil War. With A Cavalier Christmas, the choir are joined by the Chelys Consort of Viols in exploring this fascinating, yet turbulent, period in music as Charles I sought to continue to observe the festive season in style, contrary to attempts by England’s Puritan- influenced parliament to ban such celebrations.

Gyorgy Ligeti - Requiem; Aventures; Nouvelles Aventures (1985)

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Gyorgy Ligeti - Requiem; Aventures; Nouvelles Aventures (1985)

György Ligeti - Requiem; Aventures; Nouvelles Aventures (1985)
Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Liliana Poli, soprano; Barbro Ericson, mezzo-soprano
Sinfonie-Orchester Des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt, conducted by Michael Gielen
Gertie Charlent, soprano; Marie-Thérèse Cahn, alto; William Pearson, baritone
Internationales Kammerensemble Darmstadt, conducted by Bruno Maderna

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 173 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Covers included
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: WERGO | # WER 60045-50 | 00:49:39

György Ligeti's "Requiem" for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two mixed choirs and orchestra is one of his most impressive compositions - especially, when directed by Michael Gielen - and at the same time "the" requiem of the 20th century: Sound which is chromatically layered moves gradually from the lower registers to the higher, thus changing from mourning sounds into the promise of the eternal light. In the Kyrie the polyphonic net which was previously static begins to move gently. It was a part of this composition that Stanley Kubrick used to accompany the discovery of the monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey". Also on this WERGO disc are two other essential works, "Aventures" and "Nouvelles Aventures", highly theatrical and justly celebrated choral works.

Gachinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling - Wolfgang Rihm: Deus Passus (2001) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Gachinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling - Wolfgang Rihm: Deus Passus (2001) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Wolfgang Rihm - Deus Passus (Passions-Stücke nach Lukas) (2001) 2CDs
Juliane Banse, soprano; Iris Vermillion, mezzo-soprano; Cornelia Kallisch, alto
Christoph Prégardien, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, baritone
Gächinger Kantorei; Bach-Collegium Stuttgart; Helmuth Rilling, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 228 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 98.397 | Time: 01:30:24

Deus Passus is one quarter of the Passion Project 2000, which celebrated not only the turning of the millennium but also commemorated the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death. German conductor Helmuth Rilling honored this occasion by commissioning Passions from four disparate composers: Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Osvaldo Golijov. Deus Passus is a setting of the Passion according to St. Luke, and it is a marvel of a piece for many reasons. For a full hour and a half, with music that is mostly slow and largely atonal (in the sense that Berg’s music is atonal), the twisting, aching, unpredictable harmonies are totally captivating. Rihm chooses a straightforward setting, a simple, dramatic telling of the story, and it is in his capacity for restraint that the true brilliance of the piece lies. He uses the chorus sparingly, mostly for dramatic purposes, having it portray the angry rabble bent on crucifying Jesus (as it often does in Bach’s passions).

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

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Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 71:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 807595 | Recorded: 2013

The 16 voices of the British choir Stile Antico have a reputation for perfect blend and for programs that go beyond the favorites generally essayed by the similarly sized British choir the Sixteen. That's what's in this collection of motets (and the chanson Mille regretz) united by their connection to the Hapsburg court. It may be surprising to see Thomas Tallis under that rubric, but as the informative booklet points out, he makes the cut due to the marriage of Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor. As that suggests, and as might be expected from a collection of pieces spanning a century, the Hapsburg factor does little to unite these pieces, even if the Emperor Maximilian does get name-checked at one point. Instead, this is simply a collection of intriguing Renaissance works that are generally beyond the ones normally heard. In the Tallis and several other pieces, the singers do an especially nice job with the striking dissonances that sometimes appear in music of the earlier Renaissance; they neither gloss over the dissonances nor overemphasize them. Big pieces like Heinrich Isaac's Virgo prudentissima contrast nicely with the the soberer idiom of the likes of Morales. In short, a very well recorded Renaissance a cappella program.
– James Manheim

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)

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Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 67:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 050 | Recorded: 2006

The Stabat Mater Dolorosa is a sequence, not a chant, and no unified melody was established for it until the mid-nineteenth century; it was even banned for a time by the Council of Trent, but restored to liturgical use in the late 1720s by Pope Benedict XIII. Much as Prohibition did not stem the tide of alcohol use, the Council of Trent's ban on the text did not diminish the popularity of the Stabat Mater. It was during the official, 160-year-long period where the Stabat Mater was not heard in churches that Giovanni Felice Sances composed the title work on this Mirare CD Stabat Mater, featuring Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, and the Ricercar Consort. This was given, not in a cathedral, but for performance in the Viennese Court, or, even more likely, in Emperor Leopold I's private chapel. On this disc, the Ricercar Consort programmed examples of at least three generations of seventeenth century Baroque musicians who worked at the Hofkapelle in Vienna, beginning with that represented by Sances and Antonio Bertali, imported Italians residing there in the early part of Leopold's reign. German Johann Heinrich Schmelzer briefly held the post in 1679-1680, but perished from the plague, so another Italian, Marc Andrea Ziani, followed him. Johann Joseph Fux, who succeeded Ziani, would not assume the post of hofkapellemeister until 1715; by that time both Leopold I and his successor Joseph I were already dead and Charles IV was Holy Roman Emperor – Fux had been his music teacher when he was a boy.

Rene Clemencic, Clemencic Consort - Carmina Burana (version originale) (1992)

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Rene Clemencic, Clemencic Consort - Carmina Burana (version originale) (1992)

René Clemencic, Clemencic Consort - Carmina Burana (version originale) (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 61:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 90335 | Recorded: 1974

Famous as its title has become through Carl Orff's work of the same name, the original Carmina burana—a German manuscript collection of mostly secular songs, probably compiled in the early thirteenth century—is all but unknown to modern listeners. That it should be so is hardly surprising, since many of the pieces in the manuscript pose formidable editorial problems (inasmuch as they can be deciphered at all), and since virtually nothing is known about the manner in which they would have been performed and accompanied, nor about the circumstances under which they would have been heard. In short, it is improbable that any twentieth-century performance of songs from Carmina burana will ever come close to the original experience, and it would certainly be fairer to describe such modern reconstructions as the present one as little more than exotic entertainments loosely inspired by material from the manuscript, much as Orff's cantata is. On this record, first issued in 1975, René Clemencic has produced an interpretation that is fanciful, vividly colourful and reasonably entertaining. To have made it otherwise would have been to deny the music any artistic (by today's standards) or even commercial value.