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Stephen Schultz, Jory Vinikour, Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Mindy Rosenfeld - Couperin: Concerts royaux (2021)

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Stephen Schultz, Jory Vinikour, Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Mindy Rosenfeld - Couperin: Concerts royaux (2021)

Stephen Schultz, Jory Vinikour, Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Mindy Rosenfeld - Couperin: Concerts royaux (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 352 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:00:37
Classical | Label: Music & Arts

"Following on the success of their widely acclaimed Music & Arts release J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, Stephen Schultz (Baroque flute) and Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) are joined by Alexa Haynes-Pilon (viola da gamba), and Mindy Rosenfeld (Baroque flute) in superlative performances of François Couperin’s four Concerts Royaux; works which stand among the pinnacles of the Golden Age that was French music during the reign of Louis XIV. This state-ofthe- art recording was produced and engineered at Skywalker Sound by two-time Grammy Award winner Jack Vad (2012, 2021).

Beat Duddeck & Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg - O Lux Beata Trinitas (2021)

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Beat Duddeck & Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg - O Lux Beata Trinitas (2021)

Beat Duddeck & Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg - O Lux Beata Trinitas: Norddeutsche Kantaten des Frühbarock für Altus, Streicher und Basso continuo (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | 01:09:45
Classical, Vocal | Label: Solo Musica

The works on this recording range from Danzig (now Gdansk) by way of Güstrow, Hamburg and Gottorf to Copenhagen and Stockholm. Born in the early 17th century, the choirmasters and Kapellmeisters of the Lutheran churches and courts of the North had ideal working conditions. They were greatly indebted to a composer from the preceding generation, Heinrich Schütz. His activities as a teacher, and the sheer volume of his published works, exercised a decisive influence upon his students and emulators. From the beginning, singing meant language and life, religion and emotion for Beat Duddeck. Through singing on concert tours all over the world and more than 100 CD productions with various early music ensembles, he found not only his profession, but also family and friends. This CD, too, is intended to reflect this to some extent, and its intimacy is a matter close to my heart.

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 71:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6618 | Recorded: 2006

Amor profano is the follow-up project to the spectacular album Amor sacro that the soprano Simone Kermes recorded with Andrea Marcon and his Venice Baroque Orchestra. Amor sacro received rave critical reviews, with The San Francisco Chronicle hailing, "soprano Simone Kermes leads the way in this choice performance of four sacred motets by Vivaldi…another exemplary Vivaldi excavation" and the Star Ledger proclaiming, "Kermes brings Vivaldi's heart-easing lyricism alive with far richer expressivity…Kermes looks to be a real vocal star."

Le Tendre Amour - Le passage de la mer rouge: Cantates Spirituelles de J. de la Guerre, R. de Bousset, S. de Brossard (2009)

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Le Tendre Amour - Le passage de la mer rouge: Cantates Spirituelles de J. de la Guerre, R. de Bousset, S. de Brossard (2009)

Le Tendre Amour - Le passage de la mer rouge: Cantates Spirituelles de J. de la Guerre, R. de Bousset, S. de Brossard (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 51:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617218 | Recorded: 2009

When the French court moved into the magnificent residence of Versailles on May 6, 1682, France was at the zenith of its power. The king, no longer a young man in his mid-forties by the standards of the time, was increasingly coming under the influence of Madame de Maintenon, who had risen from the position of governess to his illegitimate children to become the Sun King's maitresse and later wife. The pious lady brought the king back into the arms of the church, which was not without influence on the musical entertainment of his majesty. In addition to chamber music, which Louis always appreciated, sacred cantatas in French were now in demand for the court's devotions.

Thüringer Bach Collegium - Virtuosi (2021)

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Thüringer Bach Collegium - Virtuosi (2021)

Thüringer Bach Collegium - Virtuosi (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 375 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:52
Classical | Label: audite Musikproduktion

It was a momentous encounter: around 1714, the Weimar court organist Johann Sebastian Bach came across Antonio Vivaldi’s opus 3 L’Estro armonico, hot off the press, and soon nothing would be the same for him musically. Bach eagerly appropriated the Venetian Red Priest’s modern concerto style. And true to the meaning of the word “concertare”, which in Italian means “to unite”, but in Latin means “to argue” or “to fight”, Bach rapidly entered into a competition, first with his Italian models and then with himself. At the outset, he arranged Vivaldi’s violin concertos for his (main) instrument, the organ. But then he transferred Vivaldi’s principles into his own instrumental concerto style. The results were his immortal Köthen concertos for one to three solo instruments and orchestra, blending the concerto principle of structural tutti ritornellos and interspersed imaginative solo episodes with Bach’s unique polyphonic style – highly virtuosic works in which all participating instruments connect with one another at eye level, and also enter into fierce competition with each other. All this can be heard on the third audite album of the Thüringer Bach Collegium: a good 70 minutes of competition for the best musical arguments, presented with irresistibly sparkling virtuosity.

Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)

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Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)

Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Chandos (Chaconne Series) | # CHAN0596 | Time: 01:14:46

A fascinating collection of German harpsichord music from one of the instruments finest exponents, Sophie Yates. The German composer Johann Jacob Froberger is the central figure in this collection and he was probably the most significant influence in the development of a distinctive, German style of writing for keyboard instruments. He wrote some twenty-five toccatas of which the two on this album are of very different character; the earlier one is very contrapuntal in style and makes use of a chromatic theme, whilst the other is written in a feer, more improvisatory style, and is harmonically very daring. Sophie Yates writes in her sleeve notes that she wished to include some of the darker more sensual suites, of which the C minor Suite is one of the most striking. Froberger is a colourful composer, and these varied suites, consisting of the usual dance numbers of the day, are most enjoyable. Johann Kaspar Kerll was similarly an innovator and is represented on this album by an impressive Passacaglia which places great demands on the player, Johann Pachelbel is probably most famous as a composer of sacred works and, of course, the ubiquitous Canon in D. Of his instrumental music, the Hexachordum Apollinis is his most well-known work, which comprises a set of six arias with variations, of which the last one is recorded here. George Böhm is best remembered for his influence on other composers, particularly J S BAch.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Telemann: Double and Triple Concertos (1989)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Telemann: Double and Triple Concertos (1989)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Telemann: Double and Triple Concertos (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 53:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # RD60364 | Recorded: 1987

In addition to volumes and volumes of church and chamber music, the astonishingly prolific Georg Philipp Telemann wrote a great many concertos–the most engaging of which are those for two or more solo instruments, often in interesting combinations. It must be said that many of these concertos are a bit lightweight, but they are lively and diverting–and Christopher Hogwood and the baroque-instrument specialists of the Academy of Ancient Music give them accomplished, persuasive performances. Among the tasty confections here are a vigorous concerto for three trumpets; a double concerto for recorder and transverse flute–in the 18th-century context, the old-fashioned and the newfangled side by side; and the "Concerto polonois" for string orchestra without soloists, based on rustic dance music Telemann heard in Poland as a young man.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Danziger Kantaten (2000)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Danziger Kantaten (2000)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Danziger Kantaten (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 78:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C10853 | Recorded: 1998

M.​ Hengelbrock in KLASSIK heute: "Es ist dieser Facettenreichtum, den Hermann Max in jeder seiner Tele- mann-Einspielungen gut herausarbeitet.​ Seine Inter- pretationen meiden jedwede Plakativität, ohne undeut- lich oder gar indifferent zu sein.​"

Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro (2005)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro (2005)

Roberta Invernizzi, Alberto Rasi, Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Dolcissimo sospiro: Arie & Madrigale by Giulio Caccini with instrumental music of his time (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 62:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Divox | # CDX-70202-6 | Recorded: 2003

Italian late Renaissance composer Giulio Caccini (1551-1618) was not only one of the most famous composers of his time but also an exceptionally gifted singer. "Dolcissimo sospiro" presents a fine selection of strophic arias and madrigals from Caccini's "Nuove Musiche". Singer of those "sweetest sigh", Roberta Invernizzi, is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the field of Early Music. The Accademia Strumentale Italiana, an ensemble specializing in Early Music, has performed extensively in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and has been invited to several international festivals. This recording received the Midem Award for the Best Recording of Early Music in 2007.

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5980 | Recorded: 2004

This knockout CD of Vivaldi motets is a thrilling ride. They are scored for soprano and strings and show the wonderful variety of effects Vivaldi had at his disposal (faster, more dramatic arias use the metaphor of a ship in storm-tossed seas, searching for calm winds and safety): in other words, the same stuff he uses in his operas. But here, because these motets are religious in nature, it is the soul in flux that is wishing for God, or a saint, to guide it. Vivaldi will use the lower strings to give the feeling of menacing weather while the singer navigates through outlandishly difficult coloratura (fast runs, octave leaps, high stacatto effects); conversely, each motet also contains a slow, introspective aria which requires a long, soft vocal line.

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flûte à bec et basse continue (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 491 Mb | Total time: 106:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901253.54 | Recorded: 1986

"…[The] 'Serenata a tre'…is brimming with energy and melodic invention, every aria a delight. The three singers give sparkling performances and London Baroque dispatches the brightly variegated score with much aplomb…"
–BBC Music

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu (2012)

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Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu (2012)

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - Gregor Werner: Pro Adventu (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 58:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC72513 | Recorded: 2010

Gregor Werner (1695-1766) began directing the fortunes of the Esterházy court band, the Hofkapelle, on 10 May 1728. He was an industrious man. Forty Masses, three Requiems, three Te Deums, four Offertories, twelve Vespers, twelve Good Friday oratorios, approximately eighteen oratorios, a hundred and thirty-three antiphons and a multitude of instrumental pieces and minor works testify to his fertile creative spirit.

Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

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Elina Garanca - Meditation (2014)

Elīna Garanča - Meditation (2014)
with Latvian Radio Choir, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Karel Mark Chichon

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans ~ 110 Mb
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0021327-02 | Time: 01:11:42
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral, Sacred

Meditation, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca's 2014 release on Deutsche Grammophon, is an album of serene vocal and choral works that express religious feelings with an operatic touch and showcase the Latvian singer's warm and radiant voice. Choosing pieces from the early Baroque era to contemporary works, Garanca presents a soothing program that is consistent in its comforting tone and gentle treatment, though as a purely musical consideration, it tends to flow a bit too evenly and predictably. Insofar as the selections represent the Christian tradition, including settings of the Ave Maria, the Salve Regina, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Regina Coeli, the character of the collection admits little variety, except for the general alternation between penitential and quietly ecstatic moods.

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008) [Re-Up]

Joshua Bell - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008)
with Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; John Constable, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697 35705 2 | Time: 00:53:58

When the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields began to popularize Vivaldi's music in the 1970s, it was on the cutting edge with its light, warm chamber orchestra sound, burnished to technical perfection yet sounding completely different from its symphonic cousins. Now, a recording like this one, with star violinist Joshua Bell, sounds conservative in comparison with young bucks like Fabio Biondi on the historical-performance side or even the young Dutch firebrand Janine Jansen. This big-budget (by classical standards) release is the kind of thing you don't see so often now, with a big poster showing Bell carefully decked out in a partially undone tie, as well as individual full-color cards reproducing, in Italian and English, the descriptive seasonal sonnets that provide the program for the four concertos. It could have collapsed under its own weight, but Bell pulls it off. Conducting the Academy strings himself, he forges tight, not-overly-sweet recordings of Vivaldi's four familiar concertos, with a nice contrast between orchestra and solo that showcases his easy, compelling agility and his Heifetz-like sharpness and brilliance.

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

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Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 53:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS034 | Recorded: 2020

The Leçons de Ténèbres (Lessons of Darkness) became a favourite theme for musical compositions in the middle of the 17th century. Michel Lambert was the first French musician to compose a cycle in 1662, quickly followed by Charpentier and Lalande. But the most famous - and the first to have attracted the public of today and to be recorded - are those of François Couperin, dated 1714.