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Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Stances du Cid - Airs de Cour (Cyril Auvity, L'Yriade) (2016) {Glossa}

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Stances du Cid - Airs de Cour (Cyril Auvity, L'Yriade) (2016) {Glossa}

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Stances du Cid - Airs de Cour (Cyril Auvity, L'Yriade) (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork+Booklet | 362 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 191 mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Glossa / GCD 923601

This is an attractive programme of comparatively rare vocal repertoire. Airs de cour by Charpentier (including verses from Corneille’s Le Cid) and Lambert are interpersed with instrumental movements from Couperin’s Les Nations. Cyril Auvity is an experienced advocate of the haute-contre repertoire and draws on all that experience to engage fully with the texts of these miniature dramas. His tone in the higher register can verge on the harsh, though this is a rare event.

Jean Rondeau - Vertigo: Rameau & Royer (2016) {Erato}

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Jean Rondeau - Vertigo: Rameau & Royer (2016) {Erato}

Jean Rondeau - Vertigo: Rameau & Royer (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork+Booktet | RAR | 485 mb
Classical, Baroque, Renaissance | Label: Erato - 2564697458

France’s leading young harpsichordist performs works by two masters of the French Baroque. No surprises there, perhaps … but the harpsichordist in question is Jean Rondeau and the album is called Vertigo. It conceives the harpsichord in vividly theatrical terms. Vertigo takes its name from a dramatic, rhapsodic piece by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who, along with Jean-Philippe Rameau, forms the focus of this album. If Rameau (1683–1764) is the better-known composer today, especially admired for such operatic masterpieces as Hippolyte et Aricie and Platée, the younger Royer (1705–1755) was also a major figure in his time, rising to become master of music at the court of Louis XV. Both Rameau and Royer excelled in keyboard music and in works for the stage. As Jean Rondeau says: “These two illustrious composers battled for the top spot at the Opéra.” He describes them as “two magicians, two master architects, amongst the most wildly imaginative and brilliant of their era … Two composers who also tried to capture echoes of grand theatre with the palette offered by their keyboard.

Matteo Venturini - Gronau: Chorale Variations (2014)

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Matteo Venturini - Gronau: Chorale Variations (2014)

Matteo Venturini - Gronau: Chorale Variations (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:42 | 347 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 94843

This CD contains the first recording of the complete Chorale Variations by Daniel Magnus Gronau, a master from 17th century Danzig, “the finest musical soul ever to have graced the city of Danzig” as his pupils said after his death. He wrote a treatise on transposition, and the Chorale Variations form one of the most extensive compendiums of organ registrations of late Baroque organ music in Germany. Organist Matteo Venturini is a winner of no less than 8 prestigious organ competitions, and wrote a thesis on the organ music of Gronau. He plays on a magnificent Ghilardi Organ in the Church of San Rocco, Larciano. Booklet includes liner note and artist biography in Italian and English. All organ specifications are also included.

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Neapolitan Flute Concertos (2010) (Repost)

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Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Neapolitan Flute Concertos (2010) (Repost)

Carlo Ipata, Auser Musici - Neapolitan Flute Concertos (2010)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 00:58:51 | 358 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 67784

The program presented on this release is one more typically found on small labels specializing in the Baroque era than on the major and sonically sumptuous Hyperion label, but for those who enjoy the virtuoso instrumental music of the Baroque it will live up to its surroundings. Naples in the middle of the 18th century was the largest city in Italy and one of the 10 largest in the word. Then as now, Naples attracted distinguished visitors with its scenic surroundings, but it was a hot, chaotic place from which creative people departed if they could. Of the big three Neapolitan opera composers, Leonardo Leo, Leonardo Vinci, and Niccolò Jommelli, only Jommelli is represented here. It's hard to detect traces of their novel operatic styles in these flute concertos, which are nicely oriented toward solo display without losing a sense of overall balance.

Bach - Johannes Passion, BWV 245 (Stephen Cleobury) [1996]

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Bach - Johannes Passion, BWV 245 (Stephen Cleobury) [1996]

Bach - Johannes Passion, BWV 245 (Ainsley, Richardson, Bott, Chance, Agnew, Varcoe;
King's College Choir Cambridge, The Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury) [1996]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 612 MB
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: A911 | TT: CD1: 72’36, CD2: 64’18

Most of us come to the Saint John Passion knowing the Saint Matthew Passion first. The bigger and more elaborate Saint Matthew, which came along three, or possibly five years later (there is controversy about the date), has tended to cast a shadow in which the earlier work is swallowed up, and this has been so ever since Mendelssohn's Saint Matthew performance in 1829 marked the beginning of the public rediscovery of J.S. Bach. (The professionals had never forgotten.) But if the Saint John is smaller in scale than the Saint Matthew, it is hardly the lesser work in quality, though it would of course be silly to claim that the master of the Saint Matthew Passion had not learned from the experience of setting Saint John. But the most interesting differences between these two towering attestations of faith are differences in intention. Read Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, and John 18-19, and you get four tellings of the last days in the life of Jesus that differ in tone, emphasis, and detail…

Bach - Variations canoniques; Les Chorales de Leipzig, BWV 769, 651-668 (Hans Vollenweider) [1995]

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Bach - Variations canoniques; Les Chorales de Leipzig, BWV 769, 651-668 (Hans Vollenweider) [1995]

Bach - Variations canoniques; Les Chorales de Leipzig, BWV 769, 651-668 (Hans Vollenweider) [1995]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 547 MB
Classical | Label: Accord | Catalog Number: 149514 | TT: CD1: 53’07, CD2: 53’55

It’s now time for a release with the famous German organist Helmut Walcha. This is the first of initially 4 releases with Walcha playing J. S. Bach. He recorded the complete works by J. S. Bach twice, from 1947-1950 in mono on the Schnitger organ in Cappel and in St. Jakobi in Lübeck and 1956-1971 on the famous organ in Alkmaar. This release is from the Alkmaar serie and is therefore in stereo. A quite interesting thing is to compare it with the IHORC14 release, where Fernando Germani plays the exact same organ about two years later…

Sebastien Wonner - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ma Jeune Vie A Une Fin (2014)

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Sebastien Wonner - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ma Jeune Vie A Une Fin (2014)

Sébastien Wonner - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ma Jeune Vie A Une Fin (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 538 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: K617 | # K617 247 | Time: 01:15:23

Though generally performed on the organ, the music of the great Dutch keyboard master Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck deserved to find another, no less intense means of expression on the harpsichord. These songs, dances and polyphonic pieces, played by Sébastien Wonner on a copy of a Ruckers, a Flemish instrument of 1612, allow us a glimpse into domestic life, as in a painting by Vermeer. This disc, Mr. Wonners first solo recital recording, was recorded in the auditorium of the convent of Saint-Ulrich, Sarrebourg, August 2013. A bilingual book French and English is included.

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 00:53:12 | 205 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: URANIA

The appeal of this release hinges more on its sound quality than on the quality of its well-known and excellent performances. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound very good. One can more or less hear Richter – details of articulation occasionally get lost, inner voices are sometimes obscured, and bigger sonorities are often opaque – but he sounds like he's miles away. One can hear Sanderling and the USSR Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra only faintly when they're quiet, somewhat better when they're louder, and all too well when they're really loud. There have been better releases of these recordings in the past – many listeners prefer the 1995 BMG-Melodiya issues – and there will likely be better releases in the future. This one's not worth it except for Richter specialists who have to have every release of every performance Richter ever recorded.

VA - 100 Best Guitar Classics (2016) (6CD Box set) {Warner Classics}

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VA - 100 Best Guitar Classics (2016) (6CD Box set) {Warner Classics}

VA - 100 Best Guitar Classics (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 370 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 125 mb
Classical, Guitar, Chamber Music | Label: Warner Classics / 0190295975548

This impressive series continues with its incredibly 6-CD sets, this one yielding 100 masterful guitar performances! The heavy emphasis is on classical, from baroque to modern (with two discs devoted to Spanish guitar and another entirely to Rodrigo), but you'll encounter some Beatles along the way, too. Pieces by Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Satie, Britten, Granados, Falla, Rodrigo, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos and others are played by Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Eliot Fisk, Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening and more!

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Marco Beasley - Accordone - Il sogno d'Orfeo (Monteverdi, Purcell, Calestani, Strozzi, Pagano) [2000]

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Marco Beasley - Accordone - Il sogno d'Orfeo (Monteverdi, Purcell, Calestani, Strozzi, Pagano) [2000]

Marco Beasley - Accordone - Il sogno d'Orfeo (Monteverdi, Purcell, Calestani, Strozzi, Pagano) [2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 264 MB
Classical | Label: ORF | Catalog Number: CD247 | TT: 54’18

Live record from a concert in the "Resonanzen 1999" series, Wiener Konzerthaus 1999.

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnok - Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 5-8 (1982)

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The English Concert, Trevor Pinnok - Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 5-8 (1982)

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnok - Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 5-8 (1982)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:35 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 410898

Handel's Concerti Grossi opus 6 must surely be ranked as some of the greatest orchestral music ever composed. Probably penned in or around 1739, the pieces were developed to serve as orchestral "interludes" for other operatic or oratorio performances. To listen to them, however, is to tempt us not believe that this could possibly be the case: the Concerti Grossi opus 6 works are without doubt among the pinnacle of Baroque composition. After listening to these, we are left with a distinct sadness that Handel did not turn his attention more to this genre, as his masterful treatment in the opus 6 shows us his true genius.

Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)

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Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)

Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:58:12 | 779 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU 907581

“[These suites] have rarely been recorded or promoted by harpsichordists during the most recent revival of interest in ‘early music.’” I realize that Richard Egarr is entitled to his own opinions—his liner notes on an earlier release, for example, likened the humor in Purcell’s harpsichord music to that of the wonderful old 1950s BBC comedy The Goon Show —but he’s not entitled to his own facts. Christopher Brodersen pointed out in a 2011 review of these works featuring Laurence Cummings ( Fanfare 34:5) that ArkivMusic listed nine complete sets played on the harpsichord, with several others on the piano. I find some of the suites have considerably more recordings than that, in 2014: 26 for the Suite in A Major, 28 for the Suite in D Minor, 25 for the Suite in E Minor, 47 for the Suite in E Major. If such numbers reflect rare recordings, I have to wonder what Egarr would consider a moderate number, let alone a frequent one.

Leon Berben - Joan Cabanilles: Tientos, Pasacalles y Gallardas (2008)

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Leon Berben - Joan Cabanilles: Tientos, Pasacalles y Gallardas (2008)

Leon Berben - Joan Cabanilles: Tientos, Pasacalles y Gallardas (2008)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:18:00 | 434 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Aeolus | Catalog: 10671

Joan Cabanilles worked for most of his life in Valencia, whose magnficent cathedral was a reminder of that trading city's glorious past. Organist Léon Berben plays an organ not in that cathedral, but an instrument in Basque country from the middle of the eighteenth century. It's a magnificent choice, and this collection of Cabanilles organ pieces would be worth the money for the graphic design alone. Check the booklet cover reproduction of the screaming faces painted on some of the organ pipes, for a start. Annotator Miguel Bernal Ripoll, whose words appear in English, French, Spanish, and German, writes that "Cabanilles appears like a Janus-headed deity with one face turned toward the past and the other definitely towards the future.

Rameau - Dardanus (Raphael Pichon) (2016) [BluRay-rip]

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Rameau - Dardanus (Raphael Pichon) (2016) [BluRay-rip]

Rameau - Dardanus (Raphaël Pichon) (2016) [BluRay-rip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 189 min | 8,59 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16-bit
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: English, German, French

This video was recorded live at performances of the original version of 'Dardanus' (1739) given at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in April 2015, in a production by Michel Fau and choreography by Christopher Williams. Raphaël Pichon, the Ensemble Pygmalion and a peerless line-up of soloists received unanimous acclaim from public and press alike. “van Mechelen rises splendidly to his major dramatic interventions and Florian Sempey as his rival Antenor is commanding and resonant. Michael Fau’s production with effective use of gesture and dance, and Emanuel Charles’s highly coloured, stately sets make for a very handsome visual presentation … Pygmalion provides vigorous and expert orchestral accompaniment, and Raphael Pichon’s assured direction secures superb coordination with the soloists and the firmly focused chorus.” (BBC Music Magazine)

Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria (Jan Tomasz Adamus) [2016]

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Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria (Jan Tomasz Adamus) [2016]

Pergolesi - Adriano in Siria (Jan Tomasz Adamus) [2016]
Classical | Decca 483 0004 | TT: 177.59 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 861 Mb

New love, position, power, revenge, disguise, mistaken identity, complications and passionate devotion – the full spectrum of baroque opera seria is here in this new recording of Pergolesi’s ‘Adriano In Siria’. Franco Fagioli leads the cast, alongside Romina Basso, Yuriy Mynenko, Dilyara Idrisova, Juan Sancho and Cigdem Soyarslan, accompanied by the exuberant Polish orchestra Capella Cracoviensis under the baton of Jan Tomasz Adamus. Famed for his Stabat Mater, Pergolesi died aged just 26 but had already completed four opera seria; ‘Adriano in Siria’ is the third of these and has a libretto by Metastasio.