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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 66:10+59:01+67:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 00289 477 5391 | Recorded: 2004

Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas – his Admeto, from 1977, was one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera to feature period instruments and all voices at correct pitch without transpositions – but it is surprising to note that this is his first recording of an undisputed popular masterpiece. Rodelinda, first performed in February 1725, is a stunning work dominated by a title-heroine who remains devoted to her supposedly dead husband Bertarido and scorns the advances of his usurper Grimoaldo.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Pietro Andrea Ziani: Assalonne punito (2000)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Pietro Andrea Ziani: Assalonne punito (2000)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Pietro Andrea Ziani: Assalonne punito (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 61:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | # STR 33548 | Recorded: 1998

Major share in the pleasure Ziani's oratorio gives, the excellent singer, especially Furio Zanasi, who is David draws sensitively with his velvety soft baritone, and Giampaolo Bassoonto as an agile narrator. At Alan Curtis' sensitive line, they're reaching an er- count density and representational presence, which to breathless listening.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto (2005)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto (2005)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Radamisto (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 829 Mb | Total time: 61:01+65:25+50:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 45673 2 | Recorded: 2003

Joyce Di Donato and Maite Beaumont are outstanding as the devoted couple tormented by Tiridate’s abuse of power. Their flexible and agile voices are ideally displayed in the opening scenes of Act 2 – Beaumont’s sublime ‘Quando mai’ followed by Di Donato’s powerful ‘Ombra cara’. Patrizia Ciofi is suited to the moods of the Tiridate’s long-suffering wife. Dominique Labelle is the most rounded and ideally equipped Handel soprano in the cast: the music effortlessly trips off her tongue in ‘Mirerò quel vago volto’…

Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins - Giacomo Carissimi: Histoires Sacrées (2005)

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Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins - Giacomo Carissimi: Histoires Sacrées (2005)

Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins - Giacomo Carissimi: Histoires Sacrées (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 74:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC10182 | Recorded: 2004

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) celebrated his 400th birthday in 2005. Reason enough to pay tribute to this most important composer of the 17th century with a recording of some of his oratorios. Thanks to a very lively live recording of a concert with Jérome Correas and Les Paladins on Pan Classics, we now get to know five of his much admired oratorios.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Admeto (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 76:48+79:16+60:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 61369 2 | Recorded: 1977

A warm welcome back for this 1977 recording of Handel’s most successful opera, which ran, in 1727, for an unprecedented 19 performances. Curtis and his team were visionary 20 years ago. Recitative is lively, declaimed rather than fully sung; vocal decorations sound spontaneous, period instruments are played with zest and polish – barely a sour note from the handful of strings; colours include a trio of oboes and bassoon and, accompanying Bowman in fine voice, a pair of horns for what Dr Burney described as ‘one of the best and most agreeable hunting songs that was ever composed’.

St. Florianer Sangerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus (2017) [Re-Up]

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St. Florianer Sangerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus (2017) [Re-Up]

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus etc (2017)
St. Florianer Sängerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria; Gunar Letzbor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Accent | # ACC24325 | Time: 00:59:08

Several masses with large orchestration attest to the outstanding compositional skills of the Salzburg master Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) in coping with large ensembles. As usual in Salzburg, Biber expects polychoral performances. The church music at the Salzburg cathedral drew its orientation from the performance practice in Venice. The Missa Alleluia was probably composed after 1690 and certainly before 1698, because a manuscript was made in Kremsmunster that year. The original score and sheets from Salzburg are lost. Excellent copies have been preserved at the Upper Austrian abbey at Kremsmunster: they serve as a basis for the present recording. Biber has fully exploited the possibilities of Baroque Instrumentation in the Missa Alleluia: a chorus with 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 bass voices grants him a large number of combinations of voices and thus constant change of timbre. The strings choir also has six parts, with both violins often conducted virtuosically. A chorus with 3 trumpets and 2 cornetti is even surpassed in tonal mass by the chorus composed of 2 clarini, 4 trumpets, and timpani. This large number of trumpets emphasizes the cheerful character of the work and is very luxurious by Austrian standards.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodrigo (1999)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodrigo (1999)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodrigo (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 787 Mb | Total time: 79:15+75:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas ‎| 5 45897 2 | Recorded: 1997

Until recently, so much of this first opera that Handel wrote for Italy was lost that it was unviable to stage it. The rediscovery of the missing material, a triumph of scholarly detective work, reveals the confident high spirits which characterise so much of Handel’s music during his Italian visit. It lacks the instrumental colours of his more lavish London productions, with many arias supported by continuo alone. All are here, complete (even six which Handel himself discarded), but many are brief and, under Curtis’s lively direction, the dramatic tension builds up splendidly.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Arminio (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 75:23+71:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas ‎| 5 45461 2 | Recorded: 2000

One of Handel’s rarer operas, Arminio, set at the time of the Roman Empire, was first performed in 1737. “On the evidence of this very fine recording,” said Gramophone when this performance first appeared, “it can stand among the best of the Handel operas, full of beautiful and imaginative things.” Conducting a cast led by the virtuosic Vivica Genaux in the title role – composed for the castrato Domenico Annibali – is the renowned Handel specialist Alan Curtis.

Thomas Zehetmair - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sei Solo - The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2019)

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Thomas Zehetmair - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sei Solo - The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2019)

Thomas Zehetmair - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sei Solo - The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 619 Mb | Total time: 126:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM ‎| ECM 2551/52 | Recorded: 2016

Violinists will sometimes delay recording Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin until they feel they have mastered the music and even let it become second nature to them. Not so Thomas Zehetmair, who, with guidance from his mentor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, first recorded the Sei Solo in 1982 for Teldec, then waited almost four decades before revisiting them for ECM New Series. This time span has permitted Zehetmair sufficient space to reevaluate Bach's masterpiece and to present the music with a mature appreciation of its contrapuntal intricacy and expressive depth.

José Miguel Moreno - The Spanish Guitar [12CDs] (2019)

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José Miguel Moreno - The Spanish Guitar [12CDs] (2019)

José Miguel Moreno - The Spanish Guitar [12CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,94 Gb | Total time: 13:10:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 920114 | Recorded: 1991-2004

With a capaciously-filled boxset of a dozen CDs made up of attractive individual programmes and entitled The Spanish Guitar, Glossa reintroduces the superb playing of José Miguel Moreno. And with recordings from 1991-2004 which still sound fresh and vivid today. A new essay and all the sung texts are included in the physical booklet that completes this limited-edition set.

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

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Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)
Vivaldi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Frédéric Chopin, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Jules Massenet, Max Bruch, Vittorio Monti, Nigel Hess, John Williams, Carlos Gardel

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5338 DH | Time: 01:16:06

Just 26 years old, Nicola Benedetti has been making chart-topping recordings for 10 years. This album celebrates the best of those recordings, and her other successes – from winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, to her 2012 best-selling album ‘The Silver Violin’, the highest charting classical instrumental album in the UK of the last two decades. A collection of great violin music – from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos and Arvo Part’s Spiegel Im Spiegel. Featuring brand new recordings – Brahms’ invigorating Hungarian Dance no. 5, Monti’s ever-popular Czardas, and Chopin’s emotional Nocturne in C# minor. The album includes Nicola performing with leading orchestras and conductors, as well as some of her favorite chamber players. This album showcases the incredible range of Nicola’s playing and demonstrates her wide appeal. In January 2013 Nicola was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to music and charity.

Gidon Kremer - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2005) 2CDs

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Gidon Kremer - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2005) 2CDs

Gidon Kremer - J.S. Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 693 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 347 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1926/27, 476 7291 | Time: 02:11:18

Gidon Kremer has again recorded the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin of Bach and while his facility and technical grace are intact, in this recording he appears to have been deeply influenced by his time with the moderns (Adams, Pärt, Schnittke, Piazzola, Glass, et al). For this listener it seems that studying and performing these contemporary composers' manipulation of sound and instrumental scope has enriched Kremer's thought about the perfection of Bach. Not everyone will agree with Kremer's approach to these works on this new recording, but for those who know Bach's solo violin pieces there are pleasures in store. Remaining technically suave and with a luxuriant tone, Kremer seems to be communicating with the psychological Bach, offering different tempi and more soulful approaches than those of his colleagues. The results are mesmerizing. Highly recommended.

Brice Sailly, Clematis, Stéphanie de Failly & Julie Roset - Nun danket alle Gott (2020)

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Brice Sailly, Clematis, Stéphanie de Failly & Julie Roset - Nun danket alle Gott (2020)

Brice Sailly, Clematis, Stéphanie de Failly & Julie Roset - Nun danket alle Gott (2020)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 294 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 151 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:09
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

With its ciaconna bass, Hammerschmidt’s sacred concerto Nun danket alle Gott perfectly exemplifies the programme of this recording devoted to the influences of the Italian Baroque on the works of seventeenth-century Lutheran composers. The vast majority of the repertory gathered here comes once again from the exceptionally rich library assembled at the end of the seventeenth century by Gustav Düben, organist of the German Church in Stockholm. His collection contains the only known copy of a Confitebor tibi Domine by Claudio Monteverdi. Other composers such as Bernhard and Rosenmüller had very close links with Italy and were among those who helped to disseminate Italian practices in the German-speaking lands.

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - George Frideric Handel: Water Music (2016) [Re-Up]

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Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - George Frideric Handel: Water Music (2016) [Re-Up]

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - George Frideric Handel: Water Music (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902216 | Time: 00:48:34

You might think that Handel's Water Music, HWV 348-350, arguably the most familiar piece of Baroque music (the Four Seasons of Vivaldi can give it a run for its money, but its popularity is more recent), has received every possible interpretation. And you would be wrong, as the musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have shown in this Harmonia Mundi release, precisely recorded in Berlin's Teldex studio. You get a steady parade of innovations here, marked overall by, but not in the least restricted to, blisteringly fast tempos that turn the horn-dominated movements into tests of virtuosity. Unexpected dynamic contrasts and the unusual rhythmic treatment of the "Overture" to the Suite No. 1 (sample track one) are other novelties, but this veteran group is not out for shock value. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin operate without a conductor, and their coordination in these crisp prestos is worth the price of admission in itself. Their ability to act as one in really unusual shapings of each individual movement is remarkable, and the treacherous horn parts are near perfection in the hands of Erwin Wieringa and Miroslav Rovenský.

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suites - Pierre Fournier (2007) [2CDs] {Deutsche Grammophon}

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suites - Pierre Fournier (2007) [2CDs] {Deutsche Grammophon}

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suites - Pierre Fournier (2007) [2CDs] {Deutsche Grammophon}
EAC 1.0b2 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 685MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 317MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical, Baroque

Above all, Fournier's Bach playing is crowned with an eloquence, a lyricism and a grasp both of the formal and stylistic content of the music which will not easily be matched. Curiously, perhaps, it is the baroque cellist, Anner Bylsma on RCA who often provides close parallels with Fournier. Bylsma's tempos tend to be faster than those of Fournier—that, after all has been a trend in baroque music over the past 20 years or so—but his conception of the music shares ground with that of Fournier. All things considered, it is hardly surprising that these readings seem as fresh and as valid today as they did 25 or more years ago.