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Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe - Carlo Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro - Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (2016)

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Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe - Carlo Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro - Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (2016)

Carlo Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro - Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (1611) (2016)
Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal | Label: Phi | # LPH 024 | Time: 01:04:34

Philippe Herreweghe, respected elder of the early choral music world, directs a pared-down version of his choir Collegium Vocale Gent in delectably careful performances of music that in less careful hands can sound plain crazy. The slippery harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo’s sixth book of madrigals, written in 1611 but sounding centuries ahead of their time, are nailed down with the sharpest, slenderest of pins thanks to the perfect tuning and clear tone of Herreweghe’s ensemble. One to each line, the singers maintain a finely balanced blend, emerging briefly as soloists at moments of emphasis. Some may find the ambience a bit churchified for these texts, in which images of frolicking cupids are heavily outweighed by the laments of unbedded lovers miserably invoking death; but the performances are full of subtle nuance, and you’re unlikely to hear passages such as the end of Io Pur Respiro, with its sliding, viscous harmonies, better done.

Capella de la Torre, Katharina Bäuml, Dominique Visse - Vinum et Musica: Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (2012)

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Capella de la Torre, Katharina Bäuml, Dominique Visse - Vinum et Musica: Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (2012)

Capella de la Torre, Katharina Bäuml, Dominique Visse - Vinum et Musica: Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (15th & 16th century) (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:01 | 319 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Challenge Records | Catalog: CC72544

What you get on this release by veteran countertenor Dominique Visse and the Capella de la Torre is something less accessible than what is suggested by the Vinum et Musica title but more accessible than the pedantic subtitle "Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (15th & 16th century)." The collection of pieces here is a sort of tour of the city of Nuremberg, an important German city in Renaissance times but not one that was home to its own compositional school.

Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Legend (2004) (4CD Box Set)

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Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Legend (2004) (4CD Box Set)

Alfred Deller - Portrait of a Legend (2004) (4CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork, d.booklet | 998 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 489 mb
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi / HMU 290261

During the last 10 years of his life Alfred Deller made approximately 50 recordings for Harmonia Mundi, and here, 25 years after his death in 1979, the label celebrates and commemorates the work of this uniquely gifted and influential artist. By all accounts of his colleagues (several tributes are included in this set's liner notes)–and evidenced by nearly every note he sang–Deller was a master of expression, of breath control, of the most gentle phrasing and subtle shadings of pitch, always in service of the text and in devotion to the beauty of the musical line.

Capilla Flamenca, Dirk Snellings - Roland de Lassus: Bonjour mon cœu (2009) (Repost)

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Capilla Flamenca, Dirk Snellings - Roland de Lassus: Bonjour mon cœu (2009) (Repost)

Capilla Flamenca, Dirk Snellings - Roland de Lassus: Bonjour mon cœu (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:52 | 341 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ricercar | Catalog: RIC 290

The movement to record Renaissance music in ways that illustrate its context has mostly bypassed Orlande de Lassus up to now. This is partly because his vast output is hard to get a grip on. Lassus was arguably music's first international star, and he was capable of bringing to his employers (mostly the Duke of Bavaria, already something of a cultural crossroads in the late sixteenth century) music from all around the continent.

The Brabant Ensemble & Stephen Rice - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014)

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The Brabant Ensemble & Stephen Rice - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014)

The Brabant Ensemble & Stephen Rice - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:01 | 286 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA68065

England's Brabant Ensemble specializes in sacred choral music of the middle 16th century, mostly from present-day Belgium and The Netherlands. Its name comes from the Duchy of Brabant, an incredibly fertile area of the Low Countries whose music was in demand among Italy's powerful families, shaped European music continent-wide, and was the primary component in what is thought of today as "Renaissance choral music."

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Gesualdo: Terzo libro di madrigali (2016)

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La Compagnia del Madrigale - Gesualdo: Terzo libro di madrigali (2016)

La Compagnia del Madrigale - Gesualdo: Terzo libro di madrigali (2016)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:31 | 279 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD922806

La Compagnia del Madrigale is currently the most eminent madrigal ensemble of today's international early music scene. The group was founded 2008 on the initiative of Rossana Bertini, Giuseppe Maletto, and Daniele Carnovich: after singing madrigals and sacred polyphony together for over 20 years, they decide to self-manage their own activity without a musical director and integrate into the group Francesca Cassinari, Elena Carzaniga, Raffaele Giordani and Marco Scavazza.

Sirinu - All Goodly Sports: The Complete Music of Henry VIII (1998)

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Sirinu - All Goodly Sports: The Complete Music of Henry VIII (1998)

Sirinu - All Goodly Sports: The Complete Music of Henry VIII (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Chamber, Vocal, Renaissance | Label: Chandos Chaconne | # CHAN 0621 | 01:05:53

Lutenist, singer and composer Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, presided for a short while over one of the most cultivated European courts. Sirinu, with imaginative deployment of instrumental colour, performs the songs, consort music and arrangements attributed to Henry Tudor, including the well-known ‘Pastyme with good companye’. A fascinating disc.

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Christophorus Columbus (2006) {2CD+Book Set Alia Vox AVSA 9850}

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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Christophorus Columbus (2006) {2CD+Book Set Alia Vox AVSA 9850}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Christophorus Columbus (2006) {2CD+Book Set Alia Vox AVSA 9850}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 701 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 348 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 380 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2006 Alia Vox | AVSA 9850
Classical / Renaissance / World Music / Sacred & Religious

This remarkable release, comprising two CDs and a book of 270 pages with information in Spanish, English, German, Italian, Catalan, Arabic, and Hebrew, is a veritable history lesson in music, poetry, and literature about Spain, as well as Christopher Columbus and his voyages and times. The title of the set, Lost Paradises, refers to the cessation of the period during which all three traditions - Jewish, Muslim and Christian - worked together to create greatness. The music, pre-baroque and sounding very exotic indeed, is exquisitely performed, sometimes by itself and sometimes in conjunction with the reading of a text. The Moorish and Sephardic music is particularly colorful, but the more familiar, "early" music is just as ravishing. With repertoire both sacred and profane, featuring dances and dirges, Savall, in his notes, is attempting to make us pay heed to the past so that we may form our futures: This isn't as pedantic as it sounds, but it is certainly more than an afternoon of great music listening. What a stunning gift this would make - either to yourself or others.

Jordi Savall - Lachrimae Caravaggio (2007) {Alia Vox AVSA9852}

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Jordi Savall - Lachrimae Caravaggio (2007) {Alia Vox AVSA9852}

Jordi Savall - Lachrimae Caravaggio (2007) {Alia Vox AVSA9852}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 376 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 181 Mb | Front, Back | 5% repair rar
© 2007 Alia Vox | AVSA 9852
Classical / Renaissance / Contemporary Classical / Chamber Music / Viola da gamba

Jordi Savall has created another lavishly produced and sonically gorgeous album for Alia Vox. Here the theme is the art of Caravaggio, specifically, seven of his most wrenching paintings, all on Biblical or religious themes, six of them images of death, or near-death, and five of them are violent. The program booklet includes reproductions of the paintings and reflective essays by Dominique Fernandez. This collection of 30 pieces differs from many of Savall's releases in that it includes many of his original works, as well as many improvisations, in addition to only a few pieces by Renaissance composers.

Eric Sleichim & Bl!ndman - Bl!ndman Collected (2013) {7CD Set Warner Classics 5099944427726 rec 1992-2006}

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Eric Sleichim & Bl!ndman - Bl!ndman Collected (2013) {7CD Set Warner Classics 5099944427726 rec 1992-2006}

Eric Sleichim & Bl!ndman - Bl!ndman Collected (2013) {7CD Set Warner Classics 5099944427726 rec 1992-2006}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.88 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 990 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 213 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1992-2006, 2013 Parlophone Music Belgium / Warner Classics | 5099944427726
Jazz / Classical / Saxophone / Classical Crossover / Early Music / Renaissance / Medieval / Avant-Garde / Contemporary

BL!NDMAN’s approach to early music using modern instrumentation seeks to achieve a reformative transformation, rather than an exact imitation. For the past 20 years, BL!NDMAN has been constantly engaged in the search for a saxophone sound that throws new light on old music. Central to this is timbre, as is the way in which the tone can be consciously influenced by the whole body, even the voice box. This 7-CD set charts their extraordinary journey.

Francesco da Milano - Intabolatura da Leuto (1530 ca) - Paul Beier, lute (1999) {Stradivarius STR11010 rel 2006}

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Francesco da Milano - Intabolatura da Leuto (1530 ca) - Paul Beier, lute (1999) {Stradivarius STR11010 rel 2006}

Francesco da Milano - Intabolatura da Leuto (1530 ca) - Paul Beier, lute (1999) {Stradivarius STR11010 rel 2006}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 226 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 139 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 44 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1999, 2006 Stradivarius | STR 11010 | Echo Series
Classical / Renaissance / Chamber Music / Lute

This book (entablature) of lute pieces was published about 1530 by Francesco da Milano (1497-1543), known in his day along with Michelangelo as "Il Divino." The foremost lutenist of the Italian Renaissance, he served three popes and two cardinals. His works were published throughout Europe. "Clear phrasing captured by Beier with exquisite taste and without ostentation." -Goldberg

Egidius Kwartet & College - The Leiden Choirbooks Vol.5 (2014)

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Egidius Kwartet & College - The Leiden Choirbooks Vol.5 (2014)

Egidius Kwartet & College - The Leiden Choirbooks Vol.5 (2014)
XLD Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | 2 CDs, 02:19:18 min | 620 mb | Scans->226 mb
Genre: Classical, Choral / Label: EtCetera Records

This two-CD selection from the fifth rediscovered Leiden Choirbook consists of around eighteen items - ranging in time from around 1480 to 1570 - including motets, settings of more substantial works such as Salve regina and Magnificat, and a splendid Mass. Composers include relatively familiar figures such as Isaac, Crecquillon, Willaert, Richafort and Clemens non Papa, and some lesser-known such as the very fine choirmaster of the Pieterskerk in Leiden, Johannes Flamingus, Nicolle des Celliers de Hesdin, Benedictus Appenzeller, and Joachimus de Monte who already made a couple of delightful contributions to Volume I in the series.

Johannes Ockeghem - Missae Cuiusvis Toni & Prolationum - The Sound and The Fury (2013) {Digital Download fb1302202}

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Johannes Ockeghem - Missae Cuiusvis Toni & Prolationum - The Sound and The Fury (2013) {Digital Download fb1302202}

Johannes Ockeghem - Missae Cuiusvis Toni & Prolationum - The Sound and The Fury (2013) {Digital Download fb1302202}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 521 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 260 Mb | Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2013 fra bernardo | fb 1302202
Classical / Renaissance / Early Music / Sacred / Polyphony / Masses

Both as composer and person, Johannes Ockeghem remains an enigmatic figure to us today. His surname refers to a small village, Okegem, in eastern Flanders, where the name appears as early as the 13th century. Yet payment documents from St. Martin’s church in Saint-Ghislain in Henegauen near Mons, some 25 kilometres from Okegem, show that our composer was born there and that a mass was endowed to his memory, celebrated up until the French revolution of 1789. We do not know when Ockeghem was born, but the fact that he wrote a mass ­based on the tenor of a chanson by the famous composer Gilles de Binche, ­‘Binchoys’, together with an impressive Lamento in remembrance of him, may suggest that ­Ockeghem received his musical education in Mons (in today’s Belgium), where ­Binchoys held the post of organist of Ste Waudru from 1419 to 1423 and with which he remained in contact until his death.

Musica Contexta - William Byrd: The Great Service in the Chapel Royal (2012) (Repost)

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Musica Contexta - William Byrd: The Great Service in the Chapel Royal (2012) (Repost)

Musica Contexta - William Byrd: The Great Service in the Chapel Royal (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:24 | 310 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 0789

This is an unusual recording of William Byrd's choral music for several reasons. First, it involves the Great Service, an Anglican work (nobody's first choice with the Catholic Byrd), and an amorphous and not terribly often recorded one at that. Second, the singers of Musica Contexta perform with a hypothesized period English pronunciation that may well be authentic but takes a bit of getting used to. The Service is filled out with organ versions of Byrd motets in an attempt to give it not its original form, but at least something of the flow it would have had in performance.

Singer Pur - Gioseffo Zarlino: Modulationes sex vocum (2013)

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Singer Pur - Gioseffo Zarlino: Modulationes sex vocum (2013)

Singer Pur - Gioseffo Zarlino: Modulationes sex vocum (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:41 | 380 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Oehms Classics | Catalog: OC873

Gioseffo Zarlino (1517–1590), a priest, was maestro di cappella at San Marco for the last 25 years of his life, following Adrian Willaert and Cypriano de Rore. A year after arriving at San Marco, he published this book of 13 motets for six voices. These motets are being published this year (2013) in a modern edition by Cristle Collins Judd, the annotator of this disc, along with four motets for four voices published a year later (not recorded here).