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Truls Mørk - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites (2005)

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Truls Mørk - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites (2005)

Truls Mørk - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:20:38 | 667 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 45650 2 1

Truls Mørk, you have to admit, is a very cool name for a cellist. A native of Norway, Mørk is a cellist whose tone ranges from intimate pianissimos to immense fortissimos without ever losing its essential combination of passionate lyricism and cool lucidity, a cellist whose interpretations range from blissful joy to endless despair without every losing its fundamental balance of total dedication and cool objectivity, a cellist, in short, who lives up to his name.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Orlando (1996)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Orlando (1996)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Orlando (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 831 Mb | Total time: 65:99+51:34+52:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 67743-0 | Recorded: 1996

The Handel opera boom continues apace. And no wonder. Over the last 20 years singers, directors and audiences have collectively discovered that these musically rich works are also penetrating human dramas. And no Handel opera is more psychologically astute than “Orlando.” … The formidable conductor William Christie, in his 1996 recording, draws a fervent, deeply expressive yet stylistically informed performance from his acclaimed early-music ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, and a fine cast headed by the mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon in the title role.
- Anthony Tommasini

Les Timbres - Couperin: Concerts Royaux (2018)

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Les Timbres - Couperin: Concerts Royaux (2018)

Les Timbres - Couperin: Concerts Royaux (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 343 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | Scans - 163 Mb | 01:01:55
Classical | Label: Label Flora

For their third disc, Les Timbres return to French chamber music (after Pieces of Harpsichord in Concerts by Rameau-Flora, Diapason d'Or in 2014). In great company, the ensemble offers a version particularly rich in colors of this opus that Couperin publishes in 1722 following his Third Book of harpsichord pieces. He gives four suites of dances for several instruments, typically French, destined for small concerts for the aging king who loves to hear these dances that have given him so many pleasures in his youth. From the intimacy of one or two instrumentalists to the greatness of ten musicians, this is a festival of …. timbres (!) That invites you to this new recording of this splendid work by Francois Couperin.

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - De Aeternitate (2001)

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Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - De Aeternitate (2001)

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - De Æternitate (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 67:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9911 | Recorded: 2000

From the beginning of time songs of mourning, sorrow and lamentation have been a part of Western music. Aristotle had written that nothing was more powerful than rhythm and song for imitating all the turmoil of the soul. Composers of the Baroque Period strove to deal with nothingness and eternity by exploring the utter depths of the heart. And this is what these songs are all about.

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Stradella: Qual prodigio e ch'io miri?: Sonata: Lasciate ch'io respiri (2014)

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Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Stradella: Qual prodigio e ch'io miri?: Sonata: Lasciate ch'io respiri (2014)

Estevan Velardi, Alessandro Stradella Consort - Stradella: Qual prodigio è ch'io miri?; Sonata a otto viole con una tromba; Lasciate ch'io respiri (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 65:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | # GB2474-2 | Recorded: 2000

The first work, ‘Qual prodigio è ch’io miri?’, is often cited, quite correctly, as a source for some of Handel’s ‘plague’ chorus melodies in ‘Israel in Egypt’ – including flies and lice, hailstones and ‘he led them forth like sheep’. But I imagine not all that many listeners will have heard Stradella’s original music, and hearing these passages in their original form is in itself a cause of fascination and delight; for a sample, try the Sinfonia (track 9). The work takes the form of a conversation between two male lovers and the female object of their affections, and is here sung by two sopranos and a bass. All three singers are excellent - as is the superb Alessandro Stradella Consort, directed by Estevan Velardi, who have already brought us several first-class recordings of Italian baroque music including other works by Stradella.

Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Orlando (2013)

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Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Orlando (2013)

Alexander Weimann, Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Orlando (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 674 Mb | Total time: 59:47+48:41+49:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | # ACD2 2678 | Recorded: 2012

The complete version of Orlando, considered to be one of Handel’s most successful operas, is presented for the first time on a Canadian label. Singing the title role is the English countertenor Owen Willetts, a rising figure on the international scene. He is joined by the American soprano Amanda Forsythe, and several of the finest Canadian singers: Karina Gauvin, Allyson McHardy, and Nathan Berg.The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) is the only professional period-instrument orchestra west of Toronto. Under the direction of renowned conductor and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, the PBO is recognized as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative ensembles performing “early music for modern ears.” This recording was produced following Orlando’s performances at the 2012 Vancouver Early Music Festival.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice - Handel: Orlando (1999)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice - Handel: Orlando (1999)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice - Handel: Orlando (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 879 Mb | Total time: 64:00+52:53+53:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mondo Musica | # MFOH 10502 | Recorded: 1985

This is a fine alternative to Christopher Hogwood’s period performance on L’Oiseau-Lyre, and will be welcomed heartily by fans of Marilyn Horne. Orlando is a great role, filled with arias and scenes acrobatic, tender, and exclamatory (he goes mad in Act 2 and stays that way for much of Act 3). In l985, when this present set was taped live at Venice’s La Fenice, Marilyn Horne was still in control of her awesome powers–her breath control, fluidity, big, round tones, impeccable diction, and sheer intelligence still astound after all these years. And she’s certainly superior to the nasty-sounding, if dramatic, James Bowman for Hogwood. Lella Cuberli’s Angelica is fine but is outclassed by Arleen Auger; however, I prefer Jeffrey Gall’s countertenor Medoro to Catherine Robbins’ girly one (both for Hogwood again). Giorgio Surjan is okay as Zoroastro and Adelina Scarabelli’s Dorinda is nicely warbled. Charles Mackerras leads with more rubato and larger, more modern forces than Hogwood, but each makes his point. As I said, it’s hands down, really: Horne fans won’t be able to do without this–and Handel-lovers will be pleased too.
–Robert Levine

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Gottingen - Handel: Orlando (2008)

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Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Gottingen - Handel: Orlando (2008)

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen - Handel: Orlando (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 804 Mb | Total time: 65:29+50:20+50:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: NDR kultur | Recorded: 2008

Den auf Ludovico Ariosts „Orlando furioso“ (Der rasende Roland/1516) basierenden Stoff hatte ein unbekannter Bearbeiter nach dem Libretto von Carlo Sigismondo Capece (Rom 1711) erstellt und eine ganze Reihe Veränderungen vorgenommen, die Händels Oper zu einer seiner originellsten Londoner Opern werden ließ.
Außer, dass er mit Dorinda eine gänzlich neue Rolle eingeführt hat (und die zu einer ganz zentralen Figur des Stückes wird), bricht das Stück mit vielen Konventionen der opera seria seiner Zeit. So eröffnet nicht der „Held“ die Oper, sondern eine Nebenfigur, der Magier Zoroastro, der zudem noch von einem Bass gesungen wird, wobei dieser Stimmgattung bis dahin sonst nur kleine Partien (oft Diener) vorbehalten waren. Gar eine „Frechheit“ war es demzufolge auch, dass er dieses dann auch noch mit einer heroischen Arie macht. Der Grund dafür war, dass Händel zu dieser Zeit der herausragende und gefeierte Bassist Antonio Montagnana zur Verfügung stand (diesem war letztes Jahr bei den Händel-Festspielen in Göttingen 2007 sogar ein eigenes Konzert gewidmet).

Bertrand Cuiller - François Couperin L'Alchimiste: Un petit théâtre du monde (2018)

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Bertrand Cuiller - François Couperin L'Alchimiste: Un petit théâtre du monde (2018)

Bertrand Cuiller - François Couperin L'Alchimiste: Un petit théâtre du monde (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:07:45 | 881 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMM90237576

The title of the first volume in Bertrand Cuiller's projected series on Harmonia Mundi, François Couperin L'Alchimiste: Un petit théâtre du monde, hints at the background of these French Baroque pieces for harpsichord, which were often inspired by the colorful society surrounding the composer. Couperin's titles have always intrigued listeners with their mysterious allusions, and the teasing quality of the music often reveals a quirky sense of humor, though the titles and musical images point to a tradition that extended from Renaissance literature and the practices of the French lute school: to make a piece emblematic of some person, object, or quality by giving it a symbolic title.

Salvatore Accardo, Chamber Orchestra of Europe - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos, Double Concerto (2000)

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Salvatore Accardo, Chamber Orchestra of Europe - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos, Double Concerto (2000)

Salvatore Accardo, Chamber Orchestra of Europe - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos, Double Concerto (2000)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 430 MB | 01:12:48
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips

If you’re approaching these familiar Bach concertos for the first time, or want inexpensive performances that still provide decent musical rewards, then you won’t go far wrong with this Eloquence disc. Salvatore Accardo (who also directs the Chamber Orchestra of Europe) is soloist in the violin concertos in A minor and E major. Both are earnest, direct readings that hardly differ from Accardo’s EMI remakes.

Salvatore Accardo - J.S. Bach: Sonate No. 1-3, Partite No. 1-3 per violin solo (2007)

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Salvatore Accardo - J.S. Bach: Sonate No. 1-3, Partite No. 1-3 per violin solo (2007)

Salvatore Accardo - J.S. Bach: Sonate No. 1-3, Partite No. 1-3 per violin solo (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 803 MB | 02:24:47
Genre: Classical | Label: Fonè Records

Salvatore Accardo is an outstanding Italian violin virtuoso, best known as a master of the works of Niccolò Paganini, but equally accomplished across a wide variety of repertory for the instrument. His playing is characterized by a taut, visceral tone and a disciplined musical approach that avoids self-indulgence. Having also established himself as a successful conductor, chamber musician, and teacher, Accardo may be considered one of the most accomplished and influential musicians of his generation.

VA - Je n'aime décidément pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (2010) 2CD

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VA - Je n'aime décidément pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (2010) 2CD

VA - Je n'aime décidément pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (2010) 2CD
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 02:32:28 | 353 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Vocal | Label: RCA Red Seal / Sony Music

Je n'aime décidément pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! is a successful series of compilation albums of classical music interpreted by various artists. They were released on RCA / Sony BMG. The set was favourably reviewed by RTL's "classics" radio presenter Charlotte Latour. -–Wikipedia

VA - Je n'aime pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (2008)

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VA - Je n'aime pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (2008)

VA - Je n'aime pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (2008) 2CD
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 02:28:06 | 325 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: RCA Red Seal / Sony Music

Je n'aime pas le classique, mais ça j'aime bien! (literally "I don't like classical music, but this I really like" in French) is a successful series of compilation albums of classical music interpreted by various artists. They were released on RCA / Sony BMG. The set was favourably reviewed by RTL's "classics" radio presenter Charlotte Latour. –Wikipedia

Salvatore Accardo - The Best of Violin (2010)

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Salvatore Accardo - The Best of Violin (2010)

Salvatore Accardo - The Best of Violin (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 337 MB | 01:15:50
Genre: Classical | Label: Fonè Records

Salvatore Accardo; born September 26, 1941 in Turin, northern Italy) is an Italian violin virtuoso and conductor. Accardo studied violin in the southern Italian city of Naples in the 1950s. He gave his first professional recital at the age of 13 performing Paganini's Capricci. In 1956 Accardo won the Geneva Competition and in 1958 became the first prize winner of the Paganini Competition in Genoa.

Handel - Water Music (Orchestra of St. Luke's, Sir Charles Mackerras) - 1991

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Handel - Water Music (Orchestra of St. Luke's, Sir Charles Mackerras) - 1991

Handel - Water Music (Orchestra of St. Luke's, Sir Charles Mackerras) - 1991
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKs+CUE, LOG, Covers | 00:54:20 | 250.35 MB
Classical | Telarc / 80279

There is no shortage of recordings of this, Handel’s most popular orchestral work. It has been proffered in renditions with ensembles large and small, and warmly embraced by both period- and modern-instrument enthusiasts. There are even recordings of excerpts arranged early in the 20th century for “modern” symphony orchestra by the eminent Irish conductor and composer Sir Hamilton Harty. It was in this last incarnation that most of us baby boomers first encountered Handel’s marvelous creation. One of the interesting points found on this release comes in scans 11 and 12. They are the original versions—pitched in the key of F—of two movements usually performed as part of the sequence of pieces in D. Mackerras includes both the original and revised movements in their appropriate spots. I prefer Handel’s originals, as they bring down the curtain on the set of pieces in F with more of a feeling of finality than the D-Minor movement that usually rounds out the suite…
– Michael Carter, Fanfare