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John Mark Ainsley, Timothy Roberts, Paula Chateauneuf - John Blow: Songs and Keyboard Music (1993)

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John Mark Ainsley, Timothy Roberts, Paula Chateauneuf - John Blow: Songs and Keyboard Music (1993)

John Mark Ainsley, Timothy Roberts, Paula Chateauneuf - John Blow: Songs and Keyboard Music (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:58 | 369 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66646

Tenor John Mark Ainsley with Timothy Roberts on harpsichord, spinet & chamber organ and Paula Chateauneuf on theorbo and baroque guitar, in an award-winning recording of eighteen songs and keyboard works by John Blow (1649-1708).

Gerard Lesne, Steve Dugardin, La Canzona - John Blow: An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (2000)

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Gerard Lesne, Steve Dugardin, La Canzona - John Blow: An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (2000)

Gerard Lesne, Steve Dugardin, La Canzona - John Blow: An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:09 | 324 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 5453422

The teacher who has even one pupil who becomes even more distinguished than himself is fortunate; in Purcell, Blow had one such. And when that pupil's death precedes his own he has cause for genuine grief, as Blow did. One of the songs of Purcell, here alternated with instrumental pieces by Blow, contains the line 'Nor let my homely death embroider'd be with scutcheon or with elegy', but it is one with which Blow and others could not concur. In a programmatic tour de force Blow's profoundly beautiful vocal tribute to Purcell comes at the end.

John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and in F (1990) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

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John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and in F (1990) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

John Butt - Johann Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis; Chaconnes in D and F (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi USA | # HMT 7907029 HM76 | Time: 01:05:07

Arguably Pachelbel's masterpiece, "Apollo's Lyre" is a series of six arias, each of which consists of a set of highly contrasted variations on the initial theme. As a composer, Pachelbel was perhaps most interested in the variation principal, in direct contrast to his great successor, Bach, who used the form only rarely (but then typically wrote the greatest variation work ever–the "Goldberg Variations"). The musical argument is easy to follow, and the tunes themselves simple and memorable. John Butt frames the work with two mighty chaconnes. A chaconne is basically the same thing as a passacaglia, namely a series of variations over a constantly repeating bass line. Try this disc. You're in for a pleasant surprise.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Johann Jacob Froberger: Harpsichord Music (1990)

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Johann Jacob Froberger: Harpsichord Music (1990)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Johann Jacob Froberger: Harpsichord Music (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:30 | 465 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Kontrapunkt | Catalog: 32040

Lars Ulrik Mortensen is best known as a harpsichordist active largely in Baroque solo and chamber music repertory. But his career is quite multifaceted: he has regularly conducted both instrumental and operatic works and has taught harpsichord and historic performance practices at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich. He has often appeared in concert as accompanist to singer Emma Kirkby and has regularly partnered violinist John Holloway and cellist Jaap ter Linden. As a soloist Mortensen has garnered acclaim for his recordings of the Goldberg Variations and various Buxtehude keyboard works.

Patrick Gallois, Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concertos (2002)

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Patrick Gallois, Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concertos (2002)

Patrick Gallois, Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 569 Mb | Total time: 125:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.555715-16 | Recorded: 2002

The Flute Concertos of C.P.E. Bach are among the most dramatic and engrossing of this important composer's works. This Bach was a major influence on Haydn and Mozart, but the music is worth hearing in its own right, and the Concerto in A Minor, which opens this set, is one of the masterpieces of its era. Gallois and the Toronto Camerata use modern instruments, but their performances are permeated by the sensibility of Bach's era. They are clear and forceful, responding beautifully to the pre-romantic elements in the music, and Gallois even adds appropriate embellishments to his playing. The Concerto in D Minor may not be the composer's own arrangement for flute, but it sounds convincing enough. This is certainly the best set of C.P.E. Bach's Flute Concertos since the long-deleted Rampal set for CBS, and the performances are markedly superior to those on a recent Black Box CD.
-Leslie Gerber

Véronique Gens, Jean-Claude Malgoire - Händel: Agrippina (2004)

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Véronique Gens, Jean-Claude Malgoire - Händel: Agrippina (2004)

Véronique Gens, Jean-Claude Malgoire - Händel: Agrippina (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:45:19 | 963 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Dynamic | Catalog: CDS431

Recording Handel's operas can be tricky. Overly immaculate studio readings tend to rob the long chains of recitatives and arias of the immediacy they need to stay interesting; and live recordings tend to be messy, not to mention noisy. This Agrippina, by Jean-Claude Malgoire and La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, and starring Veronique Gens as the titular anti-heroine, certainly suffers from some "live-itis:" the orchestra isn't always sharp, orchestra and singers are occasionally out of phase, and there is plenty of audience and stage noise.

René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble - German Church Cantatas and Arias (2006)

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René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble - German Church Cantatas and Arias (2006)

René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble - German Church Cantatas and Arias (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:11 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 10012

Amongst several delightful examples of mid- and late-baroque German solo cantatas included here, one stands out as a little masterpiece. It's a lamentation by Johann Christoph Bach, the leading composer of the Bach dynasty before Johann Sebastian. I cannot imagine any listener to be capable of hearing this music without in some way being affected by its poignancy.

Anne Sofie von Otter - Sogno barocco (2012)

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Anne Sofie von Otter - Sogno barocco (2012)

Anne Sofie von Otter - Sogno barocco (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:07 | 391 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Naïve | Catalog: V 5286

Following the best-seller 'Love Songs' with Brad Mehldau and a new recording of Berlioz’s 'Les Nuits d’été' with Marc Minkowski, 'Sogno Barocco' is the third project from eclectic Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter on naïve, which she toured 2010-11. Dedicated to early Italian opera protagonists such as Poppea, Penelope, Diana and Helena, this clever programme gathers baroque hit duets such as “Si Dolce è’l tormento” or “Pur ti miro” and the previously unreleased Provenzale cantata or Rossi’s Lamento of the Swedish Queen .

Couperin - Pieces de clavecin des Livres III & IV (Frederick Haas) - 2011

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Couperin - Pieces de clavecin des Livres III & IV (Frederick Haas) - 2011

Couperin - Pieces de clavecin des Livres III & IV (Frederick Haas) - 2011
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG, Scans | 02:41:11 | 498.31 + 495.82 MB
Classsical | Alpha Productions / Alpha 173

FonoForum 05 / 09: »Auf einem außerordentlich klangschönen Cembalo von Jean-Henry Hemsch (1751) trägt Frédérick Haas die Suiten 1 und 5 aus dem ersten sowie die Suiten 6, 7 und 8 aus dem zweiten Buch von François Couperin vor. Sehr gut gelingen ihm dabei die eleganten, geschmeidig inegalen Seiten dieser anspruchsvollen Musik, etwa in den berühmten ›Baricades mistérieux‹ oder den gleich darauf folgenden ›Bergeries‹.«

Couperin - Pieces de clavecin des Livres I & II (Frederick Haas) - 2009

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Couperin - Pieces de clavecin des Livres I & II (Frederick Haas) - 2009

Couperin - Pieces de clavecin des Livres I & II (Frederick Haas) - 2009
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG, Scans | 02:37:09 | 496.68 + 488.79 MB
Classsical | Alpha Productions / Alpha 136

FonoForum 05 / 09: »Auf einem außerordentlich klangschönen Cembalo von Jean-Henry Hemsch (1751) trägt Frédérick Haas die Suiten 1 und 5 aus dem ersten sowie die Suiten 6, 7 und 8 aus dem zweiten Buch von François Couperin vor. Sehr gut gelingen ihm dabei die eleganten, geschmeidig inegalen Seiten dieser anspruchsvollen Musik, etwa in den berühmten ›Baricades mistérieux‹ oder den gleich darauf folgenden ›Bergeries‹.«

Jordi Savall - Jean-Philippe Rameau - L'Orchestre de Louis XV (2011) {2CD Set Alia Vox AVSA 9882A+B}

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Jordi Savall - Jean-Philippe Rameau - L'Orchestre de Louis XV (2011) {2CD Set Alia Vox AVSA 9882A+B}

Jordi Savall - Jean-Philippe Rameau - L'Orchestre de Louis XV (2011) {2CD Set Alia Vox AVSA 9882A+B}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 653 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 253 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 172 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2011 Alia Vox | AVSA 9882A+B
Classical / Baroque / Orchestral

Following the success of the albums L’orchestre de Louis XIII (Philidor) and L’orchestre du Roi Soleil (Lully), Jordi Savall explores another dynastic opus, this time focusing on music by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Once again, Le Concert des Nations sparkles in these four orchestral suites, which exemplify the genius of the great French composer. With glistening orchestral colors and breathtaking virtuosity, Savall and his group demonstrate their special affinity with the repertoire of the XVIIIth century. Offered at a special low price, this high-resolution recording is a must-have for anyone interested in this repertoire.

Jonathan Dunford, Ensemble A Deux Violes Esgales - Marin Marais: Suites Inedites - Pieces de Violes Inedites, Vol II (2002)

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Jonathan Dunford, Ensemble A Deux Violes Esgales - Marin Marais: Suites Inedites - Pieces de Violes Inedites, Vol II (2002)

Jonathan Dunford, Ensemble A Deux Violes Esgales - Marin Marais: Suites Inedites - Pieces de Violes Inedites, Vol II (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:33 | 363 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Universal Music | Catalog: 472 254-2

With this CD, Jonathan Dunford completes his project to record all of the known unpublished pièces de viole of Marin Marais. They survive uniquely, without concordances, in Marais’s own hand in a manuscript, found in the National Library of Scotland, that belonged to a young Scottish contemporary. Although the manuscript provides only the viol part, Dunford’s colleagues happily improvise continuo parts on a second viol, a theorbo or a Baroque guitar and a harpsichord – inspired, they say, by jazz.

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Bach: Geistliche Kantaten (11CD) (2008)

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Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Bach: Geistliche Kantaten (11CD) (2008)

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum - Bach: Geistliche Kantaten (11CD) (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,03 Gb | Total time: 10h 55min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0184212BC | Recorded: 1975-1984

These performances are not, to be sure, historically informed, nor are they fashionably chamber-like. The Thomanerchor is traditionally large (and all male), and it is accompanied in four of the 11 discs by the Gewandhaus Orchestra and in the remaining seven by the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum. The roster of the latter is not listed, but, like the Gewandhaus Orchestra, its players use modern instruments and are not adverse to vibrato. On the other hand, Rotzsch does avoid, for the most part, languid tempos and extravagant gestures. The young men of the Thomanerchor are well trained and attentive and make, collectively, a joyfully controlled noise. The orchestral players and instrumental soloists, too, are beyond reproach. Similarly, Rotzsch’s soloists are top-drawer. Among the latter, Arleen Augér, Otrun Wenkel, Peter Schreier, and Hermann Christian Polster make the most frequent appearances, but the others, including the likes of Regina Werner, Doris Soffel, Theo Adam, and Siegfried Lorenz, are splendid as well. Rotzsch, himself, sings on two of the discs (he is a tenor).
–George Chien

Montreal Baroque - Marin Marais: Semele (Ouverture et Danses) (2007) (Repost)

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Montreal Baroque - Marin Marais: Semele (Ouverture et Danses) (2007) (Repost)

Montreal Baroque - Marin Marais: Semele (Ouverture et Danses) (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:18 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | Catalog: SACD2 2527

French Baroque composer Marin Marais is primarily known for his inward-looking viol music, but he also worked as a "measure beater" at the Académie royale de musique, the institution that evolved into the Paris Opéra, and he wrote vocal music of various kinds, as well. This disc presents instrumental excerpts from Marais' 1709 opera Sémélé. These excerpts are dances, marches, and slightly longer orchestra passages "symphonies," "préludes," an overture, and "entreés" for groups of personages that appear on-stage in the opera.

Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel - Michelangelo Rossi: La poesia cromatica (2009) (Repost)

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Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel - Michelangelo Rossi: La poesia cromatica (2009) (Repost)

Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel - Michelangelo Rossi: La poesia cromatica (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:50 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 88697527092

De Genuaan Michelangelo Rossi (1601-1656) bracht het grootste gedeelte van zijn leven door in Rome. Hij schreef voornamelijk opera's. Maar ook wat instrumentale muziek en twee bundels Italiaanse madrigalen bleven bewaard. Paul van Nevel koos dertien polyfone madrigalen, een genre dat in de eerste helft van de 17de eeuw minder gangbaar werd; in die tijd waren de meeste madrigalen voor één of enkele stemmen geschreven.