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George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

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George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 76:39+68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1273-2 | Recorded: 2004

Ever the recycler, Handel cobbled together Oreste from parts of pre-existing scores for his 1734 season at Covent Garden. The work promptly disappeared from the repertory for the next 250 years – a fact that is both understandable, given that it's a less convincing result than his fully original operas, and a shame, since Handel's table scraps are still amongst the most entertaining morsels from the period. The present recording, by George Petrou, the Camerata Stuttgart, and a cast of mostly Greek singers, is its first complete performance on CD and an admirably realized production, characterized by polished, stylish singing and vivid orchestral playing. In style, sound, and dramatic pacing, Petrou's effort distinguishes itself as a fine entry in the Handelian opera catalog, and makes a compelling argument for the musical value of the piece itself.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Shakespeare Songs (2016)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano: Shakespeare Songs (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295944735

Grammy® Award winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Together they have produced award-winning recordings and played sold out concert halls all over the world to huge critical acclaim. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky.

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

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George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 759 Mb | Total time: 54:25+67:56+41:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1375-2 | Recorded: 2005

In the winter of 1733-1734, the opera houses of London were abounding in Ariannas. In late December, Porpora's Arianna in Nasso was staged by the Opera of the Nobility. In late January, Handel's Arianna in Creta was staged by the composer's own opera company. Comparison, apparently, proved odious – and fatal: Porpora's Naxos Arianna has fallen from the repertoire while Handel's Cretan Arianna has barely hung on by her finger tips. This 2005 Greek performance with George Petrou leading the Orchestra of Patras is the work's first recording in decades – and, thankfully, it's quite fine. Most of the women soloists – and whether their characters are male or female, most of the parts here are sung by woman because most of the parts then were written for castratos – are terrific. Mata Katsuli is sweet but strong in the title role and Theodora Baka is especially effective and affecting as Alceste. The period instrument Orchestra of Patras is stylish, colorful, and lively, particularly the winds and brass playing in the finale. As captured in Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm characteristically crisp, deep, and detailed sound, this Arianna is well worth hearing by anyone who reveres the operas of the German-English composer.
(James Leonard)

Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God: Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & Francois Couperin (2015)

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Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God: Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & Francois Couperin (2015)

Assi Karttunen - Beyond the River God:
Harpsichord Works by Graham Lynch & François Couperin (2015)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Divine Art | # dda 25120 | Time: 01:18:25

A selection of works by the greatest harpsichord composer of all — François Couperin, and from contemporary British composer Graham Lynch, who is a very worthy successor with music that is expressive, descriptive, deep and exceptionally rich, showing that the harpsichord is capable of real expression. The Lynch pieces are receiving their first recordings. Established virtuoso Assi Karttunen is from Finland and this is her first album for Divine Art, and a showcase for her amazing talent at the keyboard.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

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Gerard Lesne,  Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 66:34+56:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 62413 2 | Recorded: 1991-92

Gérard Lesne founded the Il Seminario musicale Ensemble in 1985. Since 1990, the Ensemble has been in residence at the Royaumont Foundation, where it attracts vocalists and instrumentalists who share Lesne's enthusiam for the 17th and 18th century Italian repertoire. The musicians perform on old instruments and strive to reproduce as faithfully as possible the lilt and narrative line characteristic of the baroque style as expressed in works by composers such as Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Caldara, Pergolesi, and the others. The size of the ensemble is variable depending on the repertoire. Based on a rich and varied continuo section (theorbo, cello, basson, double bass, organ and harpsichord) supporting one or more soloists, it can be expanded with the addition of a string quartet to make a small chamber orchestra suitable for performing chamber operas. Responsibility for the Ensemble's musical direction is shared by the instrumentalists and vocalists.

Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Vivaldi: Griselda (2008)

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Kevin Mallon,  Aradia Ensemble - Vivaldi: Griselda (2008)

Kevin Mallon, Aradia Ensemble - Vivaldi: Griselda (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 723 Mb | Total time: 65:17+64:21+39:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660211-13 | Recorded: 2006

Vivaldi’s Griselda, one of more than twenty operas, is based on a story retold in Boccaccio’s Il decamerone about the testing of Griselda’s patience and virtue by her royal husband through a series of cruel trials. The sense of drama that permeates many of Vivaldi’s more programmatic works, such as the Four Seasons, is very naturally carried over into his operas, especially with the use of so-called ‘simile’ arias, in which an emotional state is compared with various natural phenomena. Several very fine examples can be heard in Griselda, including Costanza’s extraordinary ‘Agitata da due venti’ in Act Two; the text compares love and duty with two contrary winds, and the setting is correspondingly wild, with fierce fioriture and wide leaps.

Madelon Michel, Fania Chapiro - Belle van Zuylen And Contemporaries (1995)

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Madelon Michel, Fania Chapiro - Belle van Zuylen And Contemporaries (1995)

Madelon Michel, Fania Chapiro - Belle van Zuylen And Contemporaries (1995)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:05 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Erasmus Muziekproducties | Catalog: WVH127

This CD is musical excellence captured for posterity! Fania Chapiro has nimble and musical phrasing of exquisitely difficult works. These are from the height of the Baroque era, pieces full to the brim with trills and mordants. The voice of Maelon Michel is so light and clear and bell-like, it is a joyous thing. I can't even be jealous of a voice this perfect, just delight in hearing it. The quality of her voice is also perfectly suited to this material.

Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)

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Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)

Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 232 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 113 Mb | Digitak booklet | 00:48:13
Classical | Label: ECM Records

They are widely recognised as the most exciting young string quartet of the present moment, bringing new insights to contemporary composition and core classical repertoire. In parallel, they have also made surprising and impressive forays into the world of Nordic folk music. Their 2014 album Wood Works (Dacapo Records) was a left-field hit, and audiences around the world have been delighted by concert performances of the music. Now the Danish String Quartet bring their folk project to ECM with a stirring new recording.

Lucienne Renaudin Vary - The Voice Of The Trumpet (2017)

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Lucienne Renaudin Vary - The Voice Of The Trumpet (2017)

Lucienne Renaudin Vary - The Voice Of The Trumpet (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:11:59 | 165 Mb
Classical, Jazz, Trumpet | Label: Warner Classics

“I’m thrilled to record my first album for Warner Classics, with the freedom to explore music from Baroque to jazz,” said Lucienne. “It was a great honour and privilege to collaborate with artists I admire; notably Erik Truffaz, who improvises in duet with me for a new orchestral arrangement of Gershwin’s Summertime, and Rolando Villazón who suggested we record a Donizetti aria together.” Lucienne and her guest soloists recorded with the Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli. Lucienne Renaudin Vary will be joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange to take on Haydn’s magnificent Trumpet Concerto on Saturday 17 June. At just 18, Lucienne has a bright future ahead of her, currently still a student of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she will take a short break from her exams in order to make her first appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the first student at the conservatoire to have ever been accepted on both the classical and jazz course at the same time, and notably also the youngest and first female student to do so.

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs - Lully: Psyche (2008)

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Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs - Lully: Psyche (2008)

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs - Lully: Psyche (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 173:42 | 1,13 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777 367-2

CPO follows its stellar releases of Conradi's Ariadne and Lully's Thésée by the Boston Early Music Festival with an equally extraordinary performance of Lully's Psyché. These are works that have had limited exposure and are known far better by reputation than by performances or recordings.

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

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Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)

Ettore Gracis, Charles Mackerras - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater & 6 Concerti grossi (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 653 Mb | Total time: 71:00+68:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 459 454-2 | Recorded: 1967, 1972, 1975

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. Its author may be either the Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi or Pope Innocent III. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother was standing". The hymn is sung at the liturgy on the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stabat Mater has been set to music by many Western composers.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 74, 78, 80

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.
-Terry Barfoot

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sesto libro di madrigali 1611 (2013)

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La Compagnia del Madrigale - Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sesto libro di madrigali 1611 (2013)

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa: Sesto libro di madrigali 1611 (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 318 Mb | Scans - 31 Mb | 01:17:54
Classical, Vocal | Label: Glossa Music

To sense the emotional charge coursing through Carlo Gesualdo at the time when he was composing his Sixth Book of Madrigals, there is no better starting point than a thrilling new recording being issued on Glossa from La Compagnia del Madrigale. Some of the finest singers in the madrigal repertoire today – including Giuseppe Maletto, Daniele Carnovich and Rossana Bertini, and they have been refining their a cappella artistry over more than twenty years with groups such as La Venexiana and Concerto Italiano – now restore humanness, warmth, pictorial beauty and richness to one of the most complex cycles in all music. This marks the group’s triumphant entry onto a label which has always made the exploration of the Italian madrigal repertory one of its cornerstones.

La Suave Melodia - Johannes Schenck: Il Giardino Armonico, 12 Trio Sonatas Opus III (2007) (Repost)

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La Suave Melodia - Johannes Schenck: Il Giardino Armonico, 12 Trio Sonatas Opus III (2007) (Repost)

La Suave Melodia - Johannes Schenck: Il Giardino Armonico, 12 Trio Sonatas Opus III (2007)
EAC | WavPack (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:56 | 447 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Et'cetera | Catalog: KTC 1356

Dutch-born composer Johannes Schenck is another in a long line of Baroque composers whose works are only now being discovered and given their first modern performances. Thanks to the intrepid investigative work of harpsichordist Pieter Dirksen – a member of the ensemble La Suave Melodia heard here – a set of 12 trio sonatas of Schenck's Opus 3 that were thought to be lost have been unearthed.

Andrea Marcon, Freiburger Barockorchester, Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky - Handel: Alcina (2016) [Blu-Ray]

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Andrea Marcon, Freiburger Barockorchester, Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky - Handel: Alcina (2016) [Blu-Ray]

Andrea Marcon, Freiburger Barockorchester, Patricia Petibon, Philippe Jaroussky - Handel: Alcina (2016) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25001 kbps / 1080i / 23,976 fps | 188 min | 43,9 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4383 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23,976 fps | 188 min | 8,56 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | ERATO | Sub: Italian, English, French, German

Philippe Jaroussky as Ruggiero is in thrall to Patricia Petibon as the sorceress Alcina in Katie Mitchell’s virtuosic production of Handel’s opera from the 2015 Aix-en-Provence Festival, described by Bachtrack as “a night of a thousand delights”. Conducted by Andrea Marcon, this was, in the words of Opera News, “musically … a performance of the highest festival level”. The production of Alcina, by the British director Katie Mitchell, was welcomed by the Financial Times as “meticulously executed …, rich in detail, consummately polished”. Like Mitchell’s Aix-en-Provence staging of George Benjamin’s hugely successful Written on Skin (first seen in 2012), it offers simultaneous action in multiple zones of the stage, with Alcina’s elegant boudoir taking pride of place. As the New York Times wrote: “It involves a huge sorcery machine for turning people into animals (or whatever). And Ms. Mitchell works magic of her own onstage, constantly showing the enchantresses Alcina and Morgana alternating between glamorous public personas and their ‘real life’, older, private selves …There are also bits of simulated sex, mingling genders and suggesting, among other things, inventive new ways to hit high notes.”