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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.

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.

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.

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.

Giulia Semenzato, Lucile Richardot, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)

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Giulia Semenzato, Lucile Richardot, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)

Giulia Semenzato, Lucile Richardot, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 64:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902637 | Recorded: 2020

Here is the work of a genius who died at the age of twenty-six: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater is one of the miracles of eighteenth-century sacred music. Nourished by their experience of ‘setting in resonance’ early and contemporary repertories, Riccardo Minasi and the Hamburg musicians shed an astonishingly modern light on these moving pieces, in which the voices of Giulia Semenzato and Lucile Richardot intertwine in the most sublime of communions. The Stabat is echoed by Joan Rossell’s poignant Salve Regina, long attributed to Pergolesi himself.

Catherine Bott, Concerto Caledonia - The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)

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Catherine Bott, Concerto Caledonia - The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)

The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)
Catherine Bott, soprano; Concerto Caledonia

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67007 | Time: 01:08:39

This is the first recording of any of Clerk's cantatas which are among the finest contributions to baroque music from these islands from a man of great cultural significance and with a crucial place in the history of Scottish culture. Clerk studied in Rome under Corelli and Pasquini and was also a lawyer, judge, amateur architect, artist, poet and landscape gardener.

Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - In umbra mortis (2021)

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Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - In umbra mortis (2021)

Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - In umbra mortis (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 237 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 136 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:57:30
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Pentatone

Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader Daniel Reuss make their PENTATONE debut with In Umbra Mortis. The album brings together Wolfgang Rihm’s contemporary Sieben Passions-Stücke and Passion-related motets by the Flemish 16th-century polyphonist Giaches de Wert, revealing unexpected kinship between two composers four centuries apart. By entwining the old and new, the listener is invited on a chromatic journey of astonishing beauty. Since its foundation in 1970, Cappella Amsterdam has shown an exceptional mastery of contemporary and early vocal music, with acclaimed excurses to Romantic repertoire as well. Daniel Reuss has been Artistic Leader of Cappella Amsterdam for over three decades now, and has worked with several renowned choirs and ensembles.

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)

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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 64:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67714 | Recorded: 2008

The banning of opera performances during Lent in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Rome meant that composers had to turn their attention to biblical subjects. However there is no sense that either composer or librettist felt at all limited in their subject matter, judging from the extraordinarily inventive oratorios that were produced during this time. Scarlatti’s work tells the dramatic story of David and Goliath. Whilst the biblical account relays the story in a few sentences, the anonymous librettist of Davidis pugna et victoria expands upon these to create an extensive libretto, with the characters fully developed and explored.

Roland Bader - Max Reger: Requiem (2006)

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Roland Bader - Max Reger: Requiem (2006)

Roland Bader - Max Reger: Requiem (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:12 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Koch Schwann | Catalog: 313 004 H1

Reger wrote the Latin Requiem in 1914 in remembrance of soldiers fallen in the 1st World War - but after completing approx 30 minutes of music, was talked out of completing it by a well meaning but entirely misguided musical associate. What remains is a massive, dense, hugely impressive torso of highly chromatic, late Romantic choral/soloists/orchestral music of the first order. Highly recommended.

Nils Schweckendiek, Helsinki Chamber Choir - Alex Freeman: Under the Arching Heavens: A Requiem (2020)

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Nils Schweckendiek, Helsinki Chamber Choir - Alex Freeman: Under the Arching Heavens: A Requiem (2020)

Nils Schweckendiek, Helsinki Chamber Choir - Alex Freeman: Under the Arching Heavens: A Requiem (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 81:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2592 | Recorded: 2016, 2018

The Finnish-American composer Alex Freeman has been described as being ‘as comfortable in the realm of the pop ballad as in that of the concert hall’ and yet his songs ‘are imbued with the craftsmanship and care one would expect of a composer of his formidable academic training, just as his concert works carry the emotional immediacy of popular music.’ Himself a choral singer, Alex Freeman has written a number of works for choir: music that aims to be sonorous and melodic, but is carefully crafted to avoid the clichés that can burden conventional tonality.

Andrea Friggi, Ensemble Odyssee - Gaetano Veneziano: Christmas in Naples (2014)

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Andrea Friggi, Ensemble Odyssee - Gaetano Veneziano: Christmas in Naples (2014)

Andrea Friggi, Ensemble Odyssee - Gaetano Veneziano: Christmas in Naples (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 71:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC10307 | Recorded: 2014

Naples was famous throughout Europe in the 17th century for the variety of musical performances that took place during the course of the church year. Christmas was one of the feasts that was celebrated with particular splendour. On the present CD, the Ensemble Odyssee under the direction of Andrea Friggi introduces Nocturnes and Pastorals composed by Gaetano Veneziano (1656-1716) for the liturgy of Christmas services.

Kammerchor Stuttgart & Frieder Bernius - Mendelssohn: Te Deum à 8, MWV B 15 & Other Works (2021)

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Kammerchor Stuttgart & Frieder Bernius - Mendelssohn: Te Deum à 8, MWV B 15 & Other Works (2021)

Kammerchor Stuttgart & Frieder Bernius - Mendelssohn: Te Deum à 8, MWV B 15 & Other Works (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 117 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:47:37
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: haenssler CLASSIC

Throughout his life, Felix Mendelssohn harboured a strong love-hate relationship with the Berlin Sing-Akademie, where, as a singer and student of the director Carl Friedrich Zelter, he got to know important works of Italian vocal polyphony of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Aino Peltomaa, Harmen Fraanje, Mikko Perkola - Ær: Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Codex Las Huelgas, Piae Cantiones (2021)

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Aino Peltomaa, Harmen Fraanje, Mikko Perkola - Ær: Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Codex Las Huelgas, Piae Cantiones (2021)

Aino Peltomaa, Harmen Fraanje, Mikko Perkola - Ær: Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Codex Las Huelgas, Piae Cantiones (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 51:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # FUG 770 | Recorded: 2019

The Trio Peltomaa Fraanje Perkola combines the sounds of the human voice, piano and viola da gamba with electronic effects and medieval harp. The players have diverse backgrounds in early music, jazz, Finnish folk music and contemporary music, although it was medieval music that was the inspiration for their highly personal and recognisable sound. The group continues to explore the chants of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Pérotin (1160-1230) and 14th-century pilgrimage songs.

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

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Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 77:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | # CD1805 | Recorded: 2016

17th Century Wrocław (then Breslau) was one of Europe’s important musical centres. Its three main Protestant churches – St. Elisabeth, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Bernardine – collected extensive music libraries. Their repertoire was shaped both by prints imported from Italy and Germany, and by works composed by local cantors and organists employed in church ensembles. A separate collection of nearly 400 prints from 1610–55 remained in private hands. During World War II, however, they were taken away from the city and dispersed after 1945. Some items have not been found until now. The majority of the prints returned to Wrocław. Numerous manusripts were considered lost until the late 1980s, when they reappeared in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek. They found their way there from Moscow, where some items of the former Breslau library still remain.