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Anner Bylsma, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - Leonardo Leo: 6 Concerti di violoncello (1997)

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Anner Bylsma, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - Leonardo Leo: 6 Concerti di violoncello (1997)

Anner Bylsma, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - Leonardo Leo: 6 Concerti di violoncello (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:43 | 517 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ATMA | Catalog: ACD2 2126

Leonardo Leo (1694 - 1744) was among the leading Neapolitan composers of his day. He attended the Conservatorio Santa Maria della Pieta dei Turchini in Naples and remained in the city until his death. Leo was also a prominent teacher and held positions at the Conservatorio S Maria della Pietà del Turchini and the Conservatorio S Onofrio. Leo composed mainly operas, oratorios and cantatas with very little instrumental music. Chief among his instrumental works are the six cello concertos on this disc, composed in 1737 - 38. They were presumable commissioned by the Duke of Maddaloni, who was an amateur cello player.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Italian Violin Sonatas (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 70:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45588 2 | Recorded: 2002

One tends to associate the virtuoso violin repertoire with the 19th century, but in their own way these five sonatas, written between 1714 and 1743, offer an equally dazzling display of speed, facility, bow control and tonal variety. No wonder: the composers were among the foremost violin virtuosos of their time, as well as tireless innovators of technique and style; several even wrote treatises on violin playing. The earliest, and least familiar, is Michele Mascitti, a Neapolitan who moved to Paris when he was 30. His "Psyché," the program's only piece in a major key, is a divertissement in ten short "tableaux" on the theme of Cupid and Psyche, with the violin and continuo as the two protagonists. Refined and elegant, varied in texture, expression and character, it ranges from tender love songs to slow and fast dances, including a wild Badinage.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Brazilian Adventures (2015)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Brazilian Adventures (2015)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Brazilian Adventures (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 77:46 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68114 | Recorded: 2014

The title Brazilian Adventures here isn't ideal: it refers more to the process by which the music was assembled than to the exclusively sacred compositions performed. But conductor Jeffrey Skidmore indeed had at least an intellectual adventure, visiting various Brazilian cities and consulting with local experts on unknown compositions from colonial Brazil that they had unearthed in their cities' archives. For his initiative in the rediscovery of completely unknown repertory Skidmore deserves major kudos: the space between the Renaissance and the late 19th century is an almost complete lacuna in the recorded repertory, at least outside Brazil.

Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Maurizio Naddeo - Vivaldi: Sonate di Dresda (2011)

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Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Maurizio Naddeo - Vivaldi: Sonate di Dresda (2011)

Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Maurizio Naddeo - Vivaldi: Sonate di Dresda (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 55:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30154 | Recorded: 1995

Nel vastissimo catalogo delle opere di Antonio Vivaldi (circa 1.000 numeri considerando le appendici), la musica da camera rappresenta una parte non considerevole e, probabilmente, una delle meno note rispetto alla frequentatissima produzione concertistica e sacra, a cui si è agggiunta, negli ultimi anni, quella operistica. Per quest'ultima si pensi, ad esempio, alle recenti produzioni dell'etichetta "Naive" o alle arie d'opera riscoperte e magistralmente eseguite in forma di concerto da Cecilia Bartoli.

Interpreti Veneziani - Vivaldi in Venice (2019) {2CD Set Chasing the Dragon VALCD008}

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Interpreti Veneziani - Vivaldi in Venice (2019) {2CD Set Chasing the Dragon VALCD008}

Interpreti Veneziani - Vivaldi in Venice (2019) {2CD Set Chasing the Dragon VALCD008}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 436 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 202 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 16 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2018-2019 Chasing the Dragon | VALCD008
Classical / Barogue

Chasing The Dragon's first "Direct Cut" album was of the Interpreti Veneziani performing a wonderful version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. When chatting with Paolo, the orchestra's organizer, CTD discovered the group had never taken part in a 'live' recording. They have always performed in the San Vidal Church which is in the Accademia area of Venice. The acoustics in the church are outstanding. So after some discussion with the orchestra, they were convinced to record a live double album there. This would mean that a small crew would have to go to Venice and record 5 live concerts. It's a dirty job, but somebody had to do it! The jump factor of this album really has to be heard!

Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments - William Boyce: Solomon (1990)

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Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments - William Boyce: Solomon (1990)

Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments - William Boyce: Solomon (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 76:10 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66378 | Recorded: 1989

‘Absolutely admirable. I never tire of going back to this gem of a recording and can't think of a better introduction to the music of William Boyce’
—Goldberg

Itzhak Perlman - Live in Russia (1991)

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Itzhak Perlman - Live in Russia (1991)

Itzhak Perlman - Live in Russia (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:39 | 375 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Music | Catalog: 54108

In 1990, Itzhak Perlman joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on its first-ever trip to Russia. The visit resulted in an Emmy Award-winning TV documentary and these live recordings of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (from St Petersburg) and a richly varied recital with piano (from Moscow).

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: An Ode for St Cecilia's Day (2004)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: An Ode for St Cecilia's Day (2004)

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: An Ode for St Cecilia's Day (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 77:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67463 | Recorded: 2003

Even if you think the big "Rule, Britannia!" mood is the way to go with Handel, give a chance to Robert King's version of the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, recorded with the King's Consort and its choir on the Hyperion label. Handel in this much-loved work set a poem in praise of music by John Dryden; between opening and closing stanzas that implicate music in the creation and the dissolution of the universe, Dryden penned evocative little portraits of individual instruments ("Sharp violins proclaim/Their jealous pangs and desperation/Fury, frantic indignation/Depth of pains, and height of passion/For the fair disdainful dame."). In a Baroque musical world that associated solo instrumental display primarily with the concerto form, setting this text was a tall order – and one Handel filled magnificently.

David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)

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David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)

David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 55:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45474 2 | Recorded: 2001

The "Stabat Mater" is most substantial. Alternating recitatives and arias, often framed by instrumental ritornellos, it is heartbreakingly mournful, but ends peacefully before closing with a whole aria on "Amen." The other two works are real bravura pieces for the singer. They cover an enormous range and are full of florid coloratura passages and wide leaps. "Nisi Dominus" is very dramatic, with mysterious chromatic lines and big climaxes; "Longe mala" goes from defiant vehemence through fervent entreaty to serene resignation.

Thomas Trotter - From Palaces to Pleasure Gardens (2019)

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Thomas Trotter - From Palaces to Pleasure Gardens (2019)

Thomas Trotter - From Palaces to Pleasure Gardens (2019)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:11:19 | 163 Mb
Classical | Label: Regent Records

Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians and one of the world’s most respected organists. The excellence of his musicianship isreflected internationally in his musical partnerships. He performs as soloist with, amongst many others, the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, and Sir Charles Mackerras. He has performed in Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza - Handel: Alcina (1992)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza - Handel: Alcina (1992)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza - Handel: Alcina; Giulio Cesare [highlights] (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 211:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 433 723-2 | Recorded: 1962

Joan Sutherland first sang the role of Alcina in 1957 and continued to sing it until 1983. The role allows her to display her technical agility, the breath control on long phrases and her stunning trill. It must be admitted that her diction is not clean – but what glorious singing. Teresa Berganza as Ruggiero is Sutherland's equal throughout the entire opera. Her approach is less overtly spectacular but her "Verdi prati" is an object lesson in classic vocalism. With a glorious contralto voice, Monica Sinclair attacks the role of Bradamante with gusto. The three octave scale which concludes her Act 1 aria is not stylistic, but it is exciting. In the shorter roles Mirella Freni and Graziella Sciutti are excellent. Freni was at the beginning of long and glorious career. The male roles are of less importance in this opera but they are very well sung by Luigi Alva and Ezio Flagello.

Concerto Copenhagen - Agrell, Scheibe, Hasse: Flute Concertos (1993)

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Concerto Copenhagen - Agrell, Scheibe, Hasse: Flute Concertos (1993)

Concerto Copenhagen - Agrell, Scheibe, Hasse: Flute Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:47 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN0535

Many Baroque music afficionados may remember Scheibe as the author of an infamously vicious diatribe against the music of J. S. Bach ( e.g.: "If only his writing were not so turgid, so convoluted!"). Scheibe's own talents, though obviously nowhere near as stellar as his target, are nonetheless considerable. The two flute concerti on this wonderful recording are seductively and sensitively rendered by artists Maria Bania and Irene Spranger. The musical lines of the inner slow movements are gorgeous and the outer movements are captivatingly playful.

Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 2 (2016) [Re-Up]

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Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 2 (2016) [Re-Up]

Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2241 | Time: 01:10:47

Masaaki Suzuki was an organist before he was a conductor, and his recordings of Bach's organ works have made a delightful coda to his magisterial survey of Bach cantatas with his Bach Collegium Japan. This selection, the second in a series appearing on the BIS label, gives a good idea of the gems available. You get a good mix of pieces, including a pair of Bach's Vivaldi transcriptions. Fans of Suzuki's cantata series will be pleased to note the similarities in his style between his conducting and his organ playing: there's a certain precise yet deliberate and lush quality common to both. And he has a real co-star here: the organ of the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, built in 1983 by French maker Marc Garnier. The realizations of Bach's transcriptions of Vivaldi concertos fare especially well here, with a panoply of subtle colors in the organ. Sample the first movement of the Concerto in D minor, BWV 596, with its mellow yet transcendently mysterious tones in the string ripieni. BIS backs Suzuki up with marvelously clear engineering in the small Japanese chapel, and all in all, this is a Bach organ recording that stands out from the crowd. Highly recommended.

Le Consort & Justin Taylor - Opus 1: Dandrieu, Corelli (2019)

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Le Consort & Justin Taylor - Opus 1: Dandrieu, Corelli (2019)

Le Consort & Justin Taylor - Opus 1: Dandrieu, Corelli (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:43
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Although Dandrieu is best-known for his talents as an organist, his trio sonatas deserve a prominent position in the chamber music of the period. They show a stunning mastery of style and variety of characters. Dances overflowing with energy, mischievous and impetuous counterpoint between the three parts, movements with highly expressive Italianate suspensions, articulation, phrasing, rhythm, gentleness, passion – in a word, life. He published them under the title Premier Œuvre in 1705, when he was twenty-three years old, our own age when we first met and played these sonatas: “Opus 1” was therefore a natural choice as the title for this album!’ say the members of Le Consort. ‘The trio sonata was created in the second half of the seventeenth century and Corelli, the master of the genre, helped to diffuse it throughout Europe. Dandrieu’s trio sonatas are marked by Corelli’s influence. And when he calls one of his harpsichord pieces “La Corelli”, he indicates himself as an heir to the great Italian maestro . . . We have arranged this piece as a sonata a tre.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Purcell: Odes for Saint Cecilia’s Day (1998)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Purcell: Odes for Saint Cecilia’s Day (1998)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Purcell: Odes for Saint Cecilia’s Day (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 301 Mb | Total time: 72:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901643 | Recorded: 1998

Philippe Herreweghe and the Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale 1998 recording of Purcell's celebratory masterpiece may be more a Vivat! Radieuse Cecile, Vivat! than Hail, Bright Cecilia, but it is still one of the all-time great recordings of the work. Herreweghe more than almost any other conductor of the past 20 years captures the heights and depths of the music.