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Alexander Blachly, Pomerium - Musica Vaticana (1998)

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Alexander Blachly, Pomerium - Musica Vaticana (1998)

Alexander Blachly, Pomerium - Musica Vaticana (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 66:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glissando | # 779 001-2 | Recorded: 1998

A selection of monumental Roman works from the Cappella Sistina music manuscripts in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana dating from the time of popes Julius II, Leo X, and Clement VII (1503-1534). This CD, recorded for Pure Classics/Glissando, was produced to be sold at the exhibition titled "Hochrenaissance im Vatikan (1503-1534). Kunst und Kultur im Rom der Päpste I" shown at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, Germany, in the year 1998. It is Pomerium's most popular recording. Includes such classic's of Renaissance sacred music as Josquin's Benedicta es, celorum regina and Virgo salutiferi, Mouton's Tua est potentia, Carpentras's Lamentationes Jeremie, and Willaert's Enixa est puerpera.

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Le Septiesme Livre de Chansons (2020)

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Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Le Septiesme Livre de Chansons (2020)

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Le Septiesme Livre de Chansons (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 61:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC423 | Recorded: 2020

2021 sees the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Des Pres, the most celebrated composer of his day. Dominique Visse and the Ensemble Clément Janequin are recording a selection of his chansons from one of the most important editions of his works, Tylman Susato’s Septiesme livre de Chansons published in 1545. This edition bear witness to the diversity of Josquin’s chanson writing, but above all to the melancholy and sorrow so present in his works, and is clearly a tribute, as is also evident in the two Déplorations on his death, Musæ Jovis by Nicolas Gombert and O mors inevitabilis by Hieronymus Vinders. This recording endeavours to present a Josquin legacy, a post mortem illustration of his chanson œuvre, in remembrance of his musical genius.

Bob van Asperen - John Bull: Music for Harpsichord (1983) Reissue 2010

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Bob van Asperen - John Bull: Music for Harpsichord (1983) Reissue 2010

Bob van Asperen - John Bull: Music for Harpsichord (1983) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec/Warner Classics & Jazz | # 2564 68361-9 | 00:55:37

John Bull, an early example of the species of virtuoso performer/composer, lived in a time of cultural and political ferment in England. Unlike most of his contemporaries, however, he traveled extensively and became acquainted with the musical styles of other European countries, particularly the Netherlands. One of the composers of the a golden age of English choral and keyboard music that includes Byrd and Tallis, Bull frequently used the "free-voiced" textures that mark the period of transition from Renaissance to early Baroque, yet his sacred music reflects the contrapuntal complexity of J.S. Bach. His intricate plainsong settings and hexachord fantasias for organ also show a continental influence; the virginal music is more English in character, and includes highly ornamented variations and fantasias. Under Bull's influence, the simple melodic style of popular songs and folk tunes became a starting-point for elaborate excursions into keyboard virtuosity; the anthems and multi-part canons are more direct in feeling, and preserve the formal structures of English masters such as Tallis. Bob van Asperen is one of the most famous early music specialists for harpsichord, clavichord, and organ, and is also known as a conductor and musicologist.

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

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Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance | Label: Explore Records | # EXP0006 | Time: 00:53:19

This is the first CD Release featuring this recording. This recording was first released on Decca's L'Oiseau-Lyre label in 1975. The CD booklet contains notes in English, French and German. Original review: “…an excellent anthology of his keyboard works… an excellent disc by any standards.” - Gramophone Magazine

Barbara Bonney - Fairest Isle (2001)

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Barbara Bonney - Fairest Isle (2001)

Barbara Bonney - Fairest Isle (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 257 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 158 MB | 01:02:16
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

Away from the clamor of grand opera and soaring symphonies, Fairest Isle takes us into the quiet, intimate world of English Elizabethan song, and you could hope for no better guide than Barbara Bonney. Her clear, beautifully rounded voice is superbly controlled, making light of a masterful technique; if you want to hear art concealing art, look no further. This is intensely private music, in a program that cleverly sidesteps any risk of listener fatigue by starting with lute accompaniment (infinitely tender playing by Jacob Heringman), moving on to a viol quartet, then finally to the richer sound of the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood. Leavening the mix are three instrumental interludes. The title piece is a blithe, dancelike song.

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

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Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.86 Gb | Total time: 15:10:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94032 | Recorded: 1994-2002

A stunning collection of some of the greatest sacred music ever written. From the great Lamentations of Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina, the listener is taken on a remarkable spiritual journey through Bach’s great St Matthew Passion, Purcell’s moving and bleak funeral music for Queen Mary, and Handel radiant Messiah. Pergolesi’s masterful setting of the Stabat Mater and Telemann’s Passions-Oratorium are also to be found here, along with Haydn’s Stabat Mater and his dark and intense masterpiece Die sieben letzen Worte, or The Seven Last Words of our Saviour from the Cross. Finally, Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere opens this collection – a work that was copied from memory after one hearing by the child Mozart. Prior to that moment the work had only been heard in the Vatican.

Ariel Abramovich & Jacob Heringman - Cifras Imaginarias: Música para Tañer a Dos Vihuelas (2017)

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Ariel Abramovich & Jacob Heringman - Cifras Imaginarias: Música para Tañer a Dos Vihuelas (2017)

Ariel Abramovich & Jacob Heringman - Cifras Imaginarias: Música para Tañer a Dos Vihuelas (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 00:53:21 | 212 Mb
Classical | Label: Arcana

A leading vihuela specialist, the Argentinian virtuoso Ariel Abramovich has already devoted two albums to the favourite instrument of the Iberian Renaissance, the first on Arcana (Esteban Daça, El Parnasso, A316, 2002) and the second on Carpe Diem (Diego Pisador, Si me llaman, 2009). For this third instalment he is joined by one of the world’s most respected and innovative solo lutenists, Jacob Heringman, for a vihuela duo project which is the result of years of research and performing. While there is a significant number of publications for two lutes from the sixteenth century, only one of the seven collections for vihuela de mano includes duets, and it is precisely that collection that was the main source of inspiration for this project. The performers, both highly experienced with intabulations of sixteenth-century music, decided to recreate an ‘imaginary’ book of vihuela duets, following the taste and practice of the ancient masters, who through a notation system of ‘numbers’ used to arrange works by the composers they listened to and played. Cifras Imaginarias is the poetic name they have given to an imaginary music collection of vihuela duos of the kind that might have been published in the mid-sixteenth century.

Rose Consort of Viols - Alfonso Ferrabosco: Consort Music (2003)

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Rose Consort of Viols - Alfonso Ferrabosco: Consort Music (2003)

Rose Consort of Viols - Alfonso Ferrabosco: Consort Music (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 75:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 859-2 | Recorded: 1997

Under the single name, Alfonso, lie two composers, father and son. The strongest bond between them must have been composing; there was precious little else, since Ferrabosco the Elder fled England precipitously in the year his son and namesake was born. As viol players they had some influence on developments in their adoptive land. They are well known to viol players today, and what is presented here, with father and son in alternation, is of far more than academic interest.

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Tallis: Spem In Alium & Other Choral Works (1990)

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Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill - Thomas Tallis: Spem In Alium & Other Choral Works (1990)

Thomas Tallis: Spem In Alium & Other Choral Works (1990)
Winchester Cathedral Choir, Winchester Quiristers, Winchester Vocal Arts
David Hill (conductor); Timothy Byram-Wigfield (organ)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66400 | Time: 00:59:01

This recording has a huge advantage over most of its rivals for the attention of Tallis listeners: the wonderful acoustics of Winchester Cathedral. In this magnificent space, the soaring lines and resplendent harmonies of Tallis's greatest masterpieces find sympathetic resonance, resulting in a heightened dramatic presence that takes the music beyond earthly confines. Of course, beyond the exceptional quality of the writing, credit must go to the phenomenal men and boys of Winchester Cathedral Choir. Where, even in England, does one find trebles who sing with more assuredness, musicality, and beauty of tone? With a repertoire including "In ieiunio et fletu," "Salvator mundi," "In manus tuas," "The Lamentations of Jeremiah," "O nata lux," and the unbelievable 40-part motet "Spem in alium," this is the Tallis disc to own if you're buying only one.

La Vaghezza - Sculpting the Fabric (2021)

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La Vaghezza - Sculpting the Fabric (2021)

La Vaghezza - Sculpting the Fabric (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 266 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 123 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:52:48
Classical | Label: Ambronay Editions

Inspiration, energy and freedom compose the alluring menu of La Vaghezza's very first opus. The five instrumentalists of the young Italian ensemble, recent winners of the EEEMERGING+ scheme, sculpt one by one these magnificent pieces of 17th century Italy, like jewels to be (re)discovered. La Vaghezza is a trio sonata ensemble playing music from the 17th and early 18th Centuries, with a special interest in the unpredictability, extravagance, originality and freedom found in 17th Century Italian music. Their musical interpretations are historically informed, but always guided foremost by their common sensibility as an ensemble and their search for 'La Vaghezza', an aesthetic concept which describes a beauty impossible to understand or grasp: like smoke, something calling to be touched yet remaining intangible.

Cinquecento - Johannes de Cleve: Missa Rex Babylonis & other works (2020)

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Cinquecento - Johannes de Cleve: Missa Rex Babylonis & other works (2020)

Cinquecento - Johannes de Cleve: Missa Rex Babylonis & other works (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 71:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68241 | Recorded: 2019

However cultivated the European centres of Habsburg imperial power may have been, few could regularly have boasted musicians of the calibre of Cinquecento. Their ongoing exploration of Franco-Flemish repertoire from the sixteenth century uncovers major works by Johannes de Cleve and Jacobus Vaet.

Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

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Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)
Ensemble Unicorn; Michael Posch, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.553840 | Time: 01:04:53

Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled. But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music. Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. It really is a must-have.

Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

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Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

Metamorphoses Fidei (Metamorfosis De La Fe - Métamorphoses De La Foi) (2006)
Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal, Choral | Label: Alia Vox | # AV 9849 | 01:12:14

This disc of Iberian and Latin American Renaissance music is a reissue cleverly disguised as a new release. It compiles music from several recordings by Catalonian visionary Jordi Savall, his luminous-voiced collaborator Montserrat Figueras, and his Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya ensembles, dressing them up with a new set of rather philosophical booklet notes on themes of change, of intercultural tolerance, and of the evolving nature of Christianity in the Iberian realm and in New Spain. Some might call this a cynical ploy, but actually Savall has always been moving in a circle, so to speak, spiraling inward toward a deeper musical understanding of the historical themes touched on here: the lingering effects of the legacy of medieval Iberia and its "mestissage" or mixture of cultures, the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles (Carlos) V (did you know that he was both the first monarch to be called "His Majesty" and the first to be honored with the claim that the "sun never set" on his empire?), and the relationships between cultivated and popular styles, both in Iberia and the New World.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 81:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905307.08 | Recorded: 2019

Having thoroughly explored the madrigals of Monteverdi, Paul Agnew returns to the genre, this time focusing on the work of Gesualdo, whose mastery of chromaticism and dissonance eventually turned these expressive devices into a defining feature of his musical style. A fascinating repertoire that Paul Agnew and his team delight in offering here.

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Josquin Desprez: Stabat Mater, Motets (1986)

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Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Josquin Desprez: Stabat Mater, Motets (1986)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Josquin Desprez: Stabat Mater, Motets (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 56:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901243 | Recorded: 1986

Philippe Herreweghe and La Chapelle Royale turning to Josquin, whose music they perform with individuality and seriousness of purpose. It is also that they are concentrating on some of his finest achievements: here, for example, we have not only the miraculous Miserere—the work that the late Edward Lowinsky regarded as music's answer to the Sistine Chapel ceiling—but the six voice Ave nobilissima creatura, the Stabat mater and the psalm Usquequo, Domine.