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Gérard Souzay, Jean-François Paillard - Four French Cantatas: Campra, Rameau, Courbois, Boismortier (1994) (Repost)

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Gérard Souzay, Jean-François Paillard - Four French Cantatas: Campra, Rameau, Courbois, Boismortier (1994) (Repost)

Gérard Souzay, Orchestre de Chambre, Jean-François Paillard - Four French Cantatas: Campra, Rameau, Courbois, Boismortier (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:14 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Erato | Catalog: 4509-97416-2

Those habituated to ‘historical sensitivity’ in performance are likely to get the vapours from this remastered 1970 recording. All modern instruments replete with full-throated wobble, it’s a blast from the past, but nevertheless well worth the hearing for the superb imagination of the composers involved. Courbois’s Dom Quichotte is a real gem and there is much else to enjoy throughout this collection.

Sonja Kemnitzer - Reincken: Harpsichord Music (2016)

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Sonja Kemnitzer - Reincken: Harpsichord Music (2016)

Sonja Kemnitzer - Reincken: Harpsichord Music (2016)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:17 | 520 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog: 905 1928-6

John Adam Reincken was a celebrity. When the genial Johann Sebastian Bach was a sixteen-year-old secondary school pupil, he made his way on foot from Lüneburg to Hamburg to experience in person this undisputed master of improvisational artistry. What the young man heard must have made a profound impression on him. In his toccatas Bach closely follows his great model and even quotes motivic material from Reincken's works.

La Chapelle Rhénane, Benoît Haller - Heinrich Schütz: Histoire de la Résurrection & Musikalische Exequien (2007) (Repost)

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La Chapelle Rhénane, Benoît Haller - Heinrich Schütz: Histoire de la Résurrection & Musikalische Exequien (2007) (Repost)

La Chapelle Rhénane, Benoît Haller - Heinrich Schütz: Histoire de la Résurrection & Musikalische Exequien (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Cover + Digital Booklet | 75:44 | 373 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: K617 | Catalog: K617199

"Schützens Musik ist von einer so hervorragenden Qualität. Klare Gedanken, eine dem Sprachrhythmus ideal angepasste Rhythmik, ausdrucksvolle und klare Harmonik, eine gestische und klangrednerische Melodik und die eindringliche Durcharbeitung. Durchführung eines Textes, das sind nur einige der Positiva die mir spontan einfallen." Eine solche Hymne ist eher selten. Die Musik des Heinrich Schütz ist nicht vergessen, aber doch eigentlich eine für ein kleineres Publikum.

V.A. - Philips Original Jackets Collection: Obsessed With Sound (55CD Box Set, 2012) Part 1

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V.A. - Philips Original Jackets Collection: Obsessed With Sound (55CD Box Set, 2012) Part 1

V.A. - Philips Original Jackets Collection: Obsessed With Sound (55CD Box Set, 2012) Part 1
EAC Rip | FLAC (*image+.cue+.log) | Run Time: 14:39:21 | 4,14 Gb | Scans 75,21 Mb
Genre: Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Modern | Label: Philips Classics

A limited-edition 55-CD set of legendary and critically acclaimed recordings celebrating the famous PHILIPS heritage.An alliance of great artistry and superb sound. Classic-status albums spanning over half a century of recording and showcasing a wealth of international talent.An unrivaled collection that that embraces all musical genres - from solo piano and chamber music through to large scale choral works and opera.

Peter Harvey, Philippa Hyde, London Baroque – Rameau & Campra: French Cantatas (2007) (Repost)

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Peter Harvey, Philippa Hyde, London Baroque – Rameau & Campra: French Cantatas (2007) (Repost)

Peter Harvey, Philippa Hyde, London Baroque – Rameau & Campra: French Cantatas (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:05 | 353 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1495

Rameau’s secular chamber cantatas are early works, written before he got his longed-for chance to compose for the stage. While they are clearly the works of a talented and skilled artist, it has to be admitted that they only hint at the powerful personality and individuality of the operas. Yet even that is something to be valued from someone like Rameau, and we can be glad that London Baroque have made them the subject of one of their relatively rare excursions into French repertoire.

Magdalena Kozena, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon - Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias (2009) (Repost)

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Magdalena Kozena, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon - Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias (2009) (Repost)

Magdalena Kozena, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon - Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:17:19 | 365 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 777 8096

Due at least in part to Naïve's growing catalogue of exemplary recordings of the relatively obscure operas of Antonio Vivaldi, more and more singers are happily turning to his vast operatic output as a source of new material. Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená brings an earthy emotionality to this selection of arias that is weighted toward the ravishingly lyrical, but which also includes the floridly virtuosic.

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‹.«