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Bernhard Hofstötter - Campion: Music for Baroque Guitar (2017)

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Bernhard Hofstötter - Campion: Music for Baroque Guitar (2017)

Bernhard Hofstötter - Campion: Music for Baroque Guitar
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 60:50 min | 259 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

A distinguished addition to the extensive Brilliant Classics catalogue of guitar music brings yet another new name to the catalogue, that of François Campion. Born in Rouen around 1685, Campion published an influential teaching method for the guitar but his own music is far more than merely academic. Here are Gavottes, fugues, preludes and ‘tombeaux’ (written in memory of contemporaries) that exploit and stretch his instrument’s potential for polyphonic complexity to a degree unprecedented for his time. The album closes with a wonderfully elaborate passacaglia with 36 variations.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.3 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 62:27 | 326 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 0687

This is a very good recording of a selection of Vivaldi's "concerti a quattro" - concertos for string orchestra without a solo instrument. Here we have a selection from the vast Vivaldi archive in Turin, selected, as Standage tells us, "on musical and pragmatic grounds with the aim of presenting an attractive cross-section".

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi: String Concertos, Vol.2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 65:40 | 370 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 0668

With this album, Simon Standage continues his survey of the 40 odd concertos for strings by Vivaldi. As with period practice, winds are added to a few of the works. The continuo consists of harpsichord and guitar, the latter a very appealing sounding period instrument. There is less unity of mood on this album than on Volume 1 of this series. Instead, one is prone to gasp at Vivaldi's prodigious invention.

Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon - Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali (2016)

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Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon - Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali (2016)

Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon - Monteverdi: I 7 Peccati Capitali (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:24 | 397 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics | Catalog: ALPHA 249

Passions run high in the operas and madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi, and they dominate Capella Mediterranea's 2016 release on Alpha-Classics, I 7 Peccati Capitali (The Seven Deadly Sins). Interpreted here as the seven deadly sins of sloth, envy, pride, greed, gluttony, lust, and wrath, and accompanied by corresponding virtues listed as hope, extravagance, chastity, humility, temperance, charity, and courage, the excerpts from Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and Orfeo…

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

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John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia,  Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]

John Fisher, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Gasdia - Handel: Rinaldo [2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 614 Mb | Total time: 56:06+73:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 232468 | Recorded: 1989

This is a reissue of a recording that was previously issued by Nuova Era and Mondo Musica. It allows us to hear Marilyn Horne in one of her signature roles, and it was presumably for her that this production was mounted at Venice’s La Fenice. Horne’s performance is what one would expect; she tosses off the coloratura with ease, and her performance is very assured. Her colleagues provide generally good support. Gasdia does not make as strong an impression as some of her recorded competition as Almirena, but her singing is technically assured.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton - Monteverdi & Scelsi: Vita (2011)

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Sonia Wieder-Atherton - Monteverdi & Scelsi: Vita (2011)

Sonia Wieder-Atherton - Monteverdi & Scelsi: Vita (2011)
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 311 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 171 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naive, V 5257 | 01:08:26

French cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton is no stranger to developing projects that take her beyond the traditional repertoire; other CDs of her transcriptions include Chants juifs and Chants d'est: Songs from Slavic Lands. Here she juxtaposes her arrangements for three cellos of Monteverdi madrigals (some of which were made with Franck Krawczyk) with excerpts from Giacinto Scelsi's massive trilogy, The Three Ages of Man for solo cello.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet music [2007]

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet music [2007]

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet music from Alcina, Il pastor fido and Terpsichore [2007]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.51 Gb | Total time: 343:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69838-3 | Recorded: 1981, 85, 86

As well as recording for, and eventually publicly falling out with, Deutsche Grammophon, John Eliot Gardiner made a series of recordings for Erato, which Warner Classics are now bundling together at bargain price. Pairing the opera Tamerlano with the joyously exuberant choral setting of Milton (with a disc of ballet music from the operas too) makes no obvious sense, except that both rank among Gardiner's finest Handel performances; and his versions of each (L'Allegro from 1981, Tamerlano from five years later) arguably remain the most recommendable in the current catalogue. The cast in Tamerlano is led by a pair of outstanding counter tenors, Derek Ragin and Michael Chance, then both at the start of their careers, with tenor Nigel Robson as Bajazet, while the soloists in L'Allegro include Marie McLaughlin, Jennifer Smith and Martyn Hill; dramatic energy and vitality course through both performances.
(Andrew Clements)

Pierre Hantai - Johann Sebastian Bach: Variations Goldberg, BWV 988 (2003)

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Pierre Hantai - Johann Sebastian Bach: Variations Goldberg, BWV 988 (2003)

Pierre Hantaï - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2003)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 510 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9945 | Time: 01:18:28

Bach’s Goldberg Variations have played a central role in harpsichordist Pierre Hantai’s musical life since his early youth. At 28 he recorded the work for the Opus 111 label (now available on Naïve), a highly acclaimed release that stands among the work’s choice versions. Over the past 11 years Hantai evidently has rethought and refined his interpretation, as revealed in this 2003 remake. There’s greater rhythmic freedom and variety of articulation, plus a more subjective approach to ornaments and agogics, especially in the repeats (he observes all but those in Variation 15, 25, and the Aria Da Capo; the 1992 recording honors all repeats save for Variation 25). Variations previously characterized through Hantai’s seamless legato technique (Nos. 3, 6, 8, 11, 17, and 18, for example) are further enlivened by detaché finger strokes and more inflected phrasings. The latter infuse Variations 7, 10, and 16 with greater resilience and rhythmic verve than their earlier counterparts.

Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition - Marino, Nardini, Pergolesi, Porpora, Platti [2016]

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Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition - Marino, Nardini, Pergolesi, Porpora,  Platti [2016]

Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition - Marino, Nardini, Pergolesi, Porpora, Platti [2016]
Classical | Brilliant Classics 95430 | TT: 66.28+68.40+60.40+56.36+63.23+65.38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.98 Gb

A celebration of instrumental Baroque splendour! This set present an anthology of Italian Baroque composers, featuring their instrumental output. Obviously the famous composers have their fair share: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Locatelli, Corelli, but also lesser known composers are featured: Barsanti, Bassani, Veracini, Nardini, Stradella, Vitali, Mancini, Platti, Legrenze and many more, over 30 composers! Performances by leading ensembles specialized in the Historically Informed Performance Practice: L'Arte dell'Arco/Federico Guglielmo, Ensemble Cordia/Stefano Veggetti, Violini Capricciosi/Igor Ruhadze, MusicaAmphion/Pieter Jan Belder and many more. A treasure trove of solo concertos, concerti grossi, sinfonias, overtures, trio sonatas and solo sonatas from the Golden Era of the Italian Baroque, era of joy, passion and brilliance!

Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall - George Frideric Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (1993)

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Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall - George Frideric Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (1993)

George Frideric Haendel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks (1993)
Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 384 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Baroque | Label: Astree | # E 8512 | Time: 01:13:49

Jordi Savall's exemplary performance of Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks is among the finest available on disc: refined and precise, but very big, with blood-stirring grandeur. This is just the kind of extroverted, rousing presentation that best highlights the music's open-air ceremonial function. Savall's Le Concert des Nations is essentially a chamber orchestra with double or triple winds, but the sound he elicits from the group is majestic and surprisingly powerful. The playing is crisp and the rhythmic articulation bracing, but the sound is never brash. In fact, more often than not it is seductively sensual, a heady integration of precision and supple, shapely phrasing. Handel left no authoritative edition of the score of Water Music and it has traditionally been divided into three suites, but Savall reorders the material into two suites, a decision that makes more sense in terms of key relationships and that sounds entirely satisfying.

John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [2007]

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John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [2007]

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloisits, Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [2007]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.8 Gb | Total time: 412:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69838-5 | Recorded: 1980-83

John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument ensemble produce a lovely, smooth sound in these very well played performances, which use Handel's versions for strings and winds. Balances are fine; playing and recording collaborate to produce a treasurable clarity in which every line registers. –Leslie Gerber … Handel's epic oratorio, Israel in Egypt, here in a gripping performance by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, was a failure during Handel's lifetime. This was perhaps because of its immense variety of compositional techniques and forms. It is a virtual catalog of choral compositional methods, and thus stands outside the genre of 18th-century oratorio as such. Now, of course, it is recognized as what it is, a unique, dazzling work. –Joshua Cody … Although he billed this piece as an oratorio, it's really an opera–the first ever in English, and one of the finest too. Handel's audience wasn't fooled for a minute, and a successful performance needs a dazzling cast of singers, just as in the composer's Italian operas. Good as John Eliot Gardiner's singers are, they don't surpass John Nelson's cast on DG, nor does Gardiner's direction offer much competition. Had the DG not existed this would be perfectly recommendable, but life is cruel, and you deserve the best.
(David Hurwitz)

Thomas Hengelbrock, NGR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: Grand Opening Concert (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Thomas Hengelbrock, NGR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: Grand Opening Concert (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Thomas Hengelbrock, North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra - Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: Grand Opening Concert (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28506 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 112+52 (bonus) min | 40,9 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3918 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 112 min | 6,05 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub.: German, English, French, Korean, Japanese

The Elbphilharmonie, the “hall of wonders” (The Guardian), is undoubtedly the new landmark of Hamburg, a monumental synthesis of breath-taking architecture, a unique location and a world-class concert hall. In varying instrumentation the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of Principal Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and several top-class soloists explores in the opening concert the possibilities of the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall and ist acoustics with an exciting programme that spans across all musical eras, from the Renaissance to the present. It culminates in a brand-new commissioned work, created especially for this occasion by the most important living German composer, Wolfgang Rihm.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi - String Concertos, Vol.1: The Paris Concertos (1999) (Repost)

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi - String Concertos, Vol.1: The Paris Concertos (1999) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Vivaldi - String Concertos, Vol.1: The Paris Concertos (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 62:08 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 0647

This is a highly distinctive album in the mountain of Vivaldi CDs. The works come from a manuscript in the library of the Paris Conservatory that is thought to have been originally presented to a French nobleman. It is thought that only two of the concertos were new, while the other 10 were chosen from those Vivaldi had on hand. Whatever the truth of this, this set of concertos represents a highly winning, perhaps more subtle aspect of Vivaldi's style than one usually comes in contact with.

Dunedin Consort, John Butt - J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata (2015)

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Dunedin Consort, John Butt - J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata (2015)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt - J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 78:19 | 435 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Linn Records | Catalog: CKD 469

Given the considerable number of recordings that have tried to place Renaissance compositions within the context for which they were written, it is odd that the same has so rarely been done for Bach. After all, most of Bach's output consists of Gebrauchsmusik, music written for daily use. This release by Scotland's historical-instrument Dunedin Consort and its leader John Butt shows the possibilities of this approach.

Mstislav Rostropovich - Bach: Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012 (2004/1991)

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Mstislav Rostropovich - Bach: Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012 (2004/1991)

Mstislav Rostropovich - Bach: Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012 (2004/1991)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.15 Gb+7.15 Gb (2xDVD9) | 231 min
Classical | EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

“Rostropovich's performances are masterly and all-involving, drawing distinctions between each work in his spoken introductions, although one can choose to hear the music without the commentaries. Unsurpassed and unsurpassable.” (The Penguin Guide)