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Polyphony, Stephen Layton - 'At Twilight': Choral music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg (1995) Reissue 2006

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Polyphony, Stephen Layton - 'At Twilight': Choral music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg (1995) Reissue 2006

'At Twilight': Choral music by Percy Grainger and Edvard Grieg (1995) Reissue 2006
Polyphony, conducted by Stephen Layton; David Wilson-Johnson, baritone; Paul Agnew, tenor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55236 | Time: 01:15:12

Grainger’s mastery of choral textures shines out of this wide-ranging collection of folk-song arrangements, each highly individual and memorable. Plus his friend Grieg’s finely scored religious settings. Superior performances by Stephen Layton and Polyphony.

Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Leopold I: Sacred Works (1998)

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Martin Haselbock, Wiener Akademie - Leopold I: Sacred Works (1998)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Leopold I: Sacred Works (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 68:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 567-2 | Recorded: 1997

Unsere Edition mit kirchenmusikalischen Schätzen aus der Wiener Hofkapelle mit der Wiener Akademie unter der Leitung von Marin Haselböck trägt den Titel MUSiCA IMPERIALIS. Dass man diesen Titel ganz wörtlich verstehen darf, macht unsere 2. CD in dieser Reihe deutlich: Sie enthält drei große Trauerkompositionen von Kaiser Leopold l. (1640-1705). Leopold regierte von 1658 bis zu seinem Tod als umstrittener, weil unentschlossener und weniger der Politik als der Musik und der Religion zugetaner Herrscher. Die Liebe zur und Begabung für die Musik hatte er von seinem Vater, Ferdinand lll., geerbt und von seinen zahlreichen Kompositionen sind 69 erhalten, die in den letzten Jahren immer mehr Beachtung gefunden hoben, zeigen sie doch eigenes Profil und eine ganz melancholische Vorliebe für traurige Stimmungen, wie schon ein zeitgenössischer Diplomat berichtete. Insofern beansprucht unsere Auswahl durchaus Repräsentanz für sein Schaffen.

Suzie LeBlanc, La Nef, Alexander Weimann - Nobil Donna (2010)

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Suzie LeBlanc, La Nef, Alexander Weimann - Nobil Donna (2010)

Suzie LeBlanc, La Nef, Alexander Weimann - Nobil Donna (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:03 | 352 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: ATMA Classique | Catalog: ACD22605

Suzie LeBlanc joins La Nef under the direction of Alexander Weimann to recreate Renaissance Music as it was heard and presented in Rome at the Barberini’ Palace . The Barberinis surrounded themselves with illustrious thinkers, musicians, artists, and poets, and formed an extended papal family which shared artworks, silver and servants.

Vincenzo di Betta, Cappella Musicale di Santa Maria in Campitelli - Orazio Benevoli: Missa 'In angustia pestilentiae' (2018)

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Vincenzo di Betta, Cappella Musicale di Santa Maria in Campitelli - Orazio Benevoli: Missa 'In angustia pestilentiae' (2018)

Vincenzo di Betta, Cappella Musicale di Santa Maria in Campitelli - Orazio Benevoli: Missa "In angvstia pestilentiæ" 1656 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 249 Mb | Total time: 56:21 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Tactus | # TC600201 | Recorded: 2016

Orazio Benevoli was one of the most important Roman Baroque composers. Born in Rome in 1605, as a twelve-year-old he joined the pueri cantores (choirboys) of the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, where he remained until 1623. The following year he assumed the post of maestro di cappella at Santa Maria in Trastevere; then at Santo Spirito in Saxia and later on at San Luigi dei Francesi. In 1644 he moved to Vienna to serve at the court of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Hapsburg. Upon his return to Rome he briefly served as maestro di cappella at Santa Maria Maggiore before becoming the choirmaster of the Cappella Giulia at the Vatican on November 7, 1646, where he remained for over 25 years until his death on June 17, 1672.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (1998)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (1998)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 66:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 3984-23416-2 | Recorded: 1998

Bach's celebration of Easter is a mostly joyous one, opening with a three-movement sinfonia, richly orchestrated, and complete with trumpets and drums: the third movement includes the chorus inviting listeners to rejoice and hasten to the tomb of Jesus, "For our Savior has awakened." There follow recitatives and arias for Mary Magdalen, Mary, the mother of James, Peter, and John. Each character goes through grief to love and gratefulness, and Bach's endlessly inventive scoring, melodic lines, and changing orchestral textures take us on a rich, 40-minute musical journey to peace. Only a too-long soprano aria tends to wear.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (2001)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (2001)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 65:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 469 531-2 | Recorded: 2000

There's a long-standing debate over the issue of OVPP (one voice per part) in performing Bach's choral works. On this disc, it works better in some choruses than others–for example, it lacks the majesty that a choir can bring to the start of the Magnificat's Gloria. As to the individual voices, in the oratorio's two big arias, soprano Kimberly McCord sings with beguiling poise, though some may find her vibrato a touch fidgety; while Paul Agnew's moving singing of the heavenly tenor aria reflecting on Christ's grave-clothes has bags of intensity, though line and focus occasionally suffer. Neal Davies's forthright bass makes the best impression.

Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bach: Soli Deo Gloria [9CDs] (2016)

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Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bach: Soli Deo Gloria [9CDs] (2016)

Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bach: Soli Deo Gloria - Johannes-Passion; Matthäus-Passion; Messe in h-Moll; Weihnachtsoratorium [9CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,43 Gb | Total time: 08:32:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BR Klassik | # 900513 | Recorded: 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016

Das im Jahr 2010 begonnene Bach-Projekt mit dem Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks unter Leitung von Peter Dijkstra findet seinen Abschluss mit der Gesamtaufnahme der Messe h-moll, die im April 2016 im Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz aufgenommen wurde. Damit umfasst es nun die vier Gipfelwerke Bachs – die drei »protestantischen Oratorien« sowie die »große katholische Messe« – in einer herausragenden künstlerischen Qualität, mit renommierten Vokalsolisten und begleitet von hochkarätigen Ensembles der historischen Aufführungspraxis: drei Werke entstanden in Zusammenarbeit mit Concerto Köln, ein weiteres mit der Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

David Willcocks, Philip Ledger, Soloists - Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Magnificat (1990)

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David Willcocks, Philip Ledger, Soloists - Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Magnificat (1990)

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Magnificat (1990)
Elizabeth Vaughan, soprano; Janet Baker, contralto; Ian Partridge, tenor; Christopher Keyte, bass
Cambridge King's College Choir; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner, leader
conductors: Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Decca | # 425 724-2 | Time: 00:55:41

When these recordings first came out, far in advance of the period instrument revolution, they were revelations. Though modern instruments were used, there was an effort to get performance practices right… And there was the incredibly powerful, absolutely heavenly sound of that chorus of men and boys, as well as the lifelike recordings that perfectly captured the vast space of the Chapel of King's College. Since that time there have been other performances that depict the letter of each work to a greater degree than these, but many listeners will argue that there are none that have better encapsulated the spirit of this music… These are star-studded "great singing" recordings in which the artists will be remembered as much as the music itself.

Ivan Pochekin, Alexander Buzlov, Russian National Orchestra & V. Uryupin - Vyacheslav Artyomov: In Spe & Latin Hymns (2019)

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Ivan Pochekin, Alexander Buzlov, Russian National Orchestra & V. Uryupin - Vyacheslav Artyomov: In Spe & Latin Hymns (2019)

Ivan Pochekin, Alexander Buzlov, Russian National Orchestra & Valentin Uryupin - Vyacheslav Artyomov: In Spe & Latin Hymns (2019)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 01:17:31 | 178 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Divine Art

Vyacheslav Artyomov is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest living composer. His music is deep, ultimately spiritual and brilliantly crafted, with influences from the Russian symphonic tradition coloured by Mahler, Scriabin, Honegger and Messiaen to name a few – but melded into a unique voice.

John Eliot Gardiner - Gabriel Faure: Requiem; French Choral Works: Saint-Saens, Debussy, Revel, Faure (1994) [Re-Up]

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John Eliot Gardiner - Gabriel Faure: Requiem; French Choral Works: Saint-Saens, Debussy, Revel, Faure (1994) [Re-Up]

Gabriel Fauré - Requiem; French Choral Works: Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Revel, Fauré (1994)
Monteverdi Choir; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Philips | # 438 149-2PH | Time: 01:09:37

This generously programmed disc provides excellent value and outstanding performances of both major and lesser-known masterpieces of French choral music. The Fauré Requiem has been recorded many times, and several excellent versions of the original orchestration are available on disc. This one is among them, owing to John Eliot Gardiner's experience and perfectionist mastery of details overlooked by less-successful choral conductors. The real bonus here is the inclusion of the popular but very difficult Debussy and Ravel chansons, and the rarely heard but eminently worthy little part songs by Saint-Saëns. These pieces are a lesson in how to achieve maximum effect with the simplest materials.

Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie - Leopold Mozart: Missa Solemnis (2019)

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Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie - Leopold Mozart: Missa Solemnis (2019)

Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Alessandro De Marchi, Vendittelli, Rennert, Grahl, Mittelhammer & Das Vokalprojekt - Leopold Mozart: Missa Solemnis (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 264 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 114 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:48:18
Classical, Sacred Vocal | Label: Aparté

“Right after God comes my Papa.” These were young Wolfgang’s words of praise for his father Leopold Mozart. 2019 is the anniversary of Leopold that Aparté celebrate with a gorgeous recording of his Missa Solemnis.

Ensemble Meridien; Laia Frigole, Juan de la Rubia - A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)

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Ensemble Meridien; Laia Frigole, Juan de la Rubia - A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)

A German Soul - Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)
Ensemble Méridien; Laia Frigolé, soprano; Juan de la Rubia, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94717 | Time: 01:04:06

This stylishly devised programme juxtaposes cantatas by Rosenmüller, Krieger and Buxtehude with instrumental chorales and sonatas by Scheidemann, Praetorius, Tunder and Weckmann; most of these now known, if at all widely, as forerunners to Bach rather than as fine musicians in their own right as they deserve to be. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hamburg became a leading commercial port where material and cultural goods circulated freely. Ensemble Méridien has chosen this city as the focal point of a fascinating musical journey through northern Germany, a journey that reveals different aspects of this artistic power. The port of Hamburg was also the driving force behind the north German organ school of the time. Churches were overflowing with magnificent organs, and their building and playing techniques reached extremely high standards, as is evident from the organ music included here. Though most of the music in this recital has been recorded before, it has only appeared on relatively obscure labels, and not in this imaginative context where one may more fully appreciate its dramatic as well as musical merits.

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Dies Irae, Miserere (1991)

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Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Dies Irae, Miserere (1991)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Dies Irae, Miserere (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 297 Mb | Total time: 62:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia mundi | # HMC 901352 | Recorded: 1990

Originally composed for the funeral of the dauphine, Princess Marie-Anne-Christine-Victoire of Bavaria, on May 1, 1690, this remarkable setting of Dies irae was revised in 1711, either because of the dauphin's death, or that of Lalande's two daughters, both distinguished sopranos ; all died from smallpox within a period of six weeks. Lully's setting of Dies irae, for the death of the queen in 1683, had shown the possibilities of this text as a grand motet for soloists, choirs and orchestra. But it was Lalande, seven years later, who developed the concept, and produced a much more striking result - perhaps the first setting of Dies irae in the history of music where the composer exploited in such dramatic style the contrasts inherent in the 18 rhyming stanzas and final couplet of this 13th-century poem. This work ably demonstrates Lalande's penchant for the more reflective and sombre, calling forth an impressive musical response. His strong formal sense is shown in the musical design which is organised so as to group the 18 stanzas in four groups each of four, framing a central group of two. The two larger groups nearer the centre are each assigned to a solo voice (haute-contre, then baritone) while the others employ a variety of solo and choral textures.

John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump - Conductus, Vol.2: Music & Poetry from 13th-century France (2013)

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John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump - Conductus, Vol.2: Music & Poetry from 13th-century France (2013)

Conductus, Vol.2 - Music & Poetry from 13th-century France (2013)
John Potter - Christopher O'Gorman - Rogers Covey-Crump

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67998 | Time: 01:10:43

Hyperion presents a second volume of music from the Conductus repertory - the least-known genre of medieval music - performed by tenors John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman, Rogers Covey-Crump, three singers who combine expert knowledge of the music with voices of unearthly beauty. This album contains poems set to music from thirteenth-century England and France. The subjects range from straightforward exhortations to the Virgin Mary to criticisms of the Papal Curia and a depiction of the student riots in Orleans in 1236.

Isabelle Desrochers, Mauricio Buraglia, Nima Ben David, Pierre Trocellier - Michel de Lalande: Leçons de Ténèbres (1996)

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Isabelle Desrochers, Mauricio Buraglia, Nima Ben David, Pierre Trocellier - Michel de Lalande: Leçons de Ténèbres (1996)

Isabelle Desrochers, Mauricio Buraglia, Nima Ben David, Pierre Trocellier - Michel-Richard de Lalande: Leçons de Ténèbres (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 73:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8592 | Recorded: 1996

The three very moving Leçons de Ténèbresby Michel De Lalande, published in 1730, are sung by the soprano Isabelle Desrochers, and this recording also includes four ‘tombeaux’, instrumental pieces commemorating a dead person. Two of them are by Marin Marais: Tombeau de Sainte-Colombeand Tombeau pour Monsieur de Lully.