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Mainz Bach Orchestra, Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir, Georg Poplutz, Thomas E. Bauer - Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (2018)

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Mainz Bach Orchestra, Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir, Georg Poplutz, Thomas E. Bauer - Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (2018)

Mainz Bach Orchestra, Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir, Georg Poplutz, Thomas E. Bauer, Katharina Magiera, Julia Kleiter & Victoria Braum - Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 647 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 334 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:25:11
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written for the Christmas season of 1734, and although it incorporates music from earlier works it belongs firmly among his timeless large-scale compositions. The development of the oratorio, which was to become a new musical form in Protestant church services at that time, was stimulated by Bach’s compositions, particularly by the unusual form of his six-part Christmas Oratorio.

Polski Chór Kameralny, Musica Fiorita & Jan Łukaszewski - Hakenberger: 55 Motets from the Pelplin Tablature (2018)

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Polski Chór Kameralny, Musica Fiorita & Jan Łukaszewski - Hakenberger: 55 Motets from the Pelplin Tablature (2018)

Polski Chór Kameralny, Musica Fiorita & Jan Łukaszewski - Hakenberger: 55 Motets from the Pelplin Tablature (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 747 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 344 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:28:35
Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos Records

Andreas Hakenberger spent his entire professional career within the territory of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, remaining for 20 years as chapel-master at the Lutheran Church of St. Mary’s in Gdansk. Here he wrote his most outstanding works, a sequence of important motets written in cori spezzati, or polychoral technique. The rich tonal coloring obtained through the combinations of vocal parts is enhanced by the variety of the accompanying instrumentation. With astute use of imitation and rhetorical pauses, Hakenberger’s music emerges as richly colorful, graceful and vibrant. There have been very few recordings of the music of Andreas Hakenberger. This release offers by far the most of his music yet to be issued, and contains all of the 55 motets preserved in the Pelplin Tablature.

Vienna Reed Quintet - 4 Woods + 1 Sax Play Rameau, Mozart & Ravel (2018)

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Vienna Reed Quintet - 4 Woods + 1 Sax Play Rameau, Mozart & Ravel (2018)

Vienna Reed Quintet - 4 Woods + 1 Sax Play Rameau, Mozart & Ravel (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 289 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 145 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:43
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

With its unique combination of instruments, the Vienna Reed Quintet creates a new and refreshing sound that differs significantly from that of the conventional wind quintet. This programme opens up three very special keyboard works to these exhilarating sonorities, starting with the virtuoso dances of Rameau’s descriptively titled suite La Triomphante. Mozart’s Fantasia has all the stately grandeur of a Bach fantasia, while Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is a tribute both to his great musical ancestor and to friends who fell during the First World War.

Marcello Panni, Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1990)

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Marcello Panni, Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1990)

Marcello Panni, Orchestra Pro Arte Bassano - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 808 Mb | Total time: 74:59+55:53+56:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 6863/65 | Recorded: 1989

"Giulio Cesare" is the most famous and popular of Handel's many operas. In fact, for a long time it was the only one surviving in the repertoire, and brilliant productions of it in the 1960s were responsible for inciting interest in other Handel operas. Giulio Cesare contains perhaps a greater variety of beautiful arias and choruses than any other Handel opera, and has one of the best plots. This 1989 recording stars contralto Martine Dupuy, very famous in France but little known in the Western hemisphere. She made a sterling reputation in Baroque opera as well as the opere serie of Rossini, in which she has been adjudged incomparable.

Valer Sabadus & Concerto Köln - Caro gemello - Farinelli and Metastasio (2018)

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Valer Sabadus & Concerto Köln - Caro gemello - Farinelli and Metastasio (2018)

Valer Sabadus & Concerto Köln - Caro gemello - Farinelli and Metastasio (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | 01:11:47
Classical, Vocal | Label: Sony Classical

Countertenor Valer Sabadus is one of the world's most successful artists of the baroque music scene. "One of the best countertenors of our day" (Fonoforum), "what he achieves to dizzying heights of naturalness, is simply overwhelming," judges the press. Immediately for his first album at Sony Classical with opera arias by Gluck, he was awarded the 2015 ECHO Klassik.

Judicaël Perroy - La Magie de la Guitare (2008)

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Judicaël Perroy - La Magie de la Guitare (2008)

Judicaël Perroy - La Magie de la Guitare (2008)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 2:23:25 | 559 MB
Genre: Classical, Guitar | Label: Bayard Musique | Catalog: S 340596

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997 he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world.

Francesco Cera - Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Organ Music (2018)

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Francesco Cera - Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Organ Music (2018)

Francesco Cera - Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Organ Music (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | 593 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 277 mb
Artwork (600dpi, jpg, pdf) | 01:54:29
Classical, Baroque, Organ | Label: Brilliant Classics / 95508

It may be pure coincidence, but in 1626, it was two enlightened intellectuals from Seville artist Diego Velazquez and composer Francisco Correa de Arauxo, who stood out for their ability to portray a microcosm of human emotions in their work. The surviving body of Correas work, the Facultad organica, was published in 1626. For its time it remains a remarkably forward-looking collection. It is especially notable for the dissonant harmonies which Correa, as a cleric as well as a composer, aimed to evoke for his listeners the hardships facing them on their path towards a longed-for paradise.

Jordi Savall - Francois Couperin: Les Nations (Remastered) (2018)

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Jordi Savall - Francois Couperin: Les Nations (Remastered) (2018)

Jordi Savall - Francois Couperin: Les Nations (Remastered) (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Front cover | 596 mb | 01:49:53 | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 258 mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Alia Vox

Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. For more than thirty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery of neglected musical treasures: thirty years of research, study and interpretation, both as violist and musical director. He has restored an essential repertoire to all those with ears to hear it. Beyond the happy few who already revered the instrument, he has created a wide audience for the viola da gamba, an instrument so refined that it takes us to the very brink of silence.

Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Handel: Julius Caesar (1999)

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Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Handel: Julius Caesar (1999)

Charles Mackerras, English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus - Handel: Julius Caesar (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 880 Mb | Total time: 183:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 3019 | Recorded: 1984

This opera was a personal triumph for Dame Janet. As Caesar, she arms the voice with an impregnable firmness, outgoing and adventurous.
Valerie Masterson shares the honours with Dame Janet, a Cleopatra whose bright voice gains humanity through ordeal. The tinkle of surface- wear clears delightfully in her later arias, sung with a pure tone and high accomplishment. As a total production, Julius Caesar was an outstanding achievement in ENO's history. Strongly cast, it had a noble Cornelia in Sarah Walker, a high-spirited Sesto in Della Jones, and in James Bowman a Ptolemy whose only fault was that his voice lacked meanness of timbre appropriate to the odious character. John Tomlinson's massive bass also commands attention. Mackerras's conducting is impeccable and the opera is given in clear, creditable English.
— Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Martin Stadtfeld - Homage to Bach (2018)

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Martin Stadtfeld - Homage to Bach (2018)

Martin Stadtfeld - Homage to Bach (2018)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:03:57 | 146 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

The many years Martin Stadtfeld devoted to studying the music of Johann Sebastian Bach are now also bearing compositional fruit. On his new CD he presents his own arrangements and works, which are closely linked with Bach’s musical cosmos.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Pastoraletta (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 52:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-14774-2 | Recorded: 1996

Charpentier (1643-1704) is best known for his religious works and the opera "Medée". He also wrote a number of chamber music works (instrumental and vocal) of which three were released on CD. "Les plaisiers de Versailles H.480" is described as an opera-like divertimento. Actually an opera with only one act that takes about half an hour. This work was intended for performance in Versailles within the palace to entertain the king. "Airs sur les stances du cid H.457-459" are three 'airs sérieux', songs for solo voice with basso continuo accompaniment. These airs are set on texts from Corneille's drama "Le cid". "Amor vince ogni cosa H.492" is a dramatic pastoral; a small cantata with a pastoral character for five voices that mainly function as a shepherd's chorus and comment on the events. They have not inherited their own character yet. The accompaniment is Italian as well: two violins and basso continuo. Of course, the love between shepherds and shepherdesses plays the most important role, assisted by Pan, god of the shepherds.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 71:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-17791-2 | Recorded: 1996

Joseph Casanéa of Mondonville, a native of Narbonne who died on the hilltops of Belleville, in Paris, was as well-known in his day as Jean-Philippe Rameau and far more celebrated. He conducted the famous Concert Spirituel and his grand motets combine emotion with a dance-like theatricality in perfect harmony with the decorative spirit of Sevandoni, the architect and decorator of Saint-Sulpice and of Saint-Bruno in Lyon.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1994)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1994)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 70:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-96967-2 | Recorded: 1994

Jean-Philippe Rameau, who composed for the churches and cathedrals of Avignon, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpellier and Dijon, produced a great number of sacred works to be performed by cathedral choirs. Only three examples from this highly creative period survive: In convertendo Dominum, Deus Noster Refugium and Quam Dilecta Tabernacula. A fourth motet, Exultet coelum laudibus, is thought to have been lost. These works predate Rameau's move to Paris and must first have been heard within the walls of Dijon and Lyon.

Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)

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Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)

Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 622 Mb | Total time: 52:34+62:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GES 920913-E | Recorded: 2006

As part of their comprehensive survey of the music of Claudio Monteverdi, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana delivered an exceptional version of L’Orfeo, a reading which had been honed by their trailblazing interpretations of the composer’s madrigals. This highly-esteemed recording of the favola in musica – critics applauded and fêted it in many different countries – subsequently dropped out of the catalogue and Glossa is very pleased to have the opportunity to return it there as part of this year’s 450th anniversary commemorations of the composer’s birth.

Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and Choir - Handel: Esther [1732 Version] (2007)

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Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and Choir - Handel: Esther [1732 Version] (2007)

Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and Choir - Handel: Esther [1732 Version] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 611 Mb | Total time: 68:29+68:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Somm | # 238-9 | Recorded: 2002

This is a particularly welcome and important world-premiere recording. Handel composed Esther in about 1718?20 for James Brydges, the Earl of Carnarvon (and later Duke of Chandos), using a libretto that was anonymously adapted from Thomas Brereton’s English translation of a play by Racine. This slender work, containing only six scenes, lays a strong claim to being the first English oratorio, but Handel seems not to have considered performing it for a public audience until 1732, when the entrepreneurial composer thoroughly revised the score to fit his company of Italian opera singers (including Senesino, Strada and Montagnana, who all sang in English), and enlisted the aid of the writer Samuel Humphreys to expand the drama with additional scenes (which made the oratorio long enough to fill a theatre evening, advantageously fleshed out some of the characters a little bit, and also enhanced the musical attractiveness of the oratorio). This is the historic version of Esther that launched Handel’s oratorio career in London, but it has remained inexplicably neglected in modern times.