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Catalina Vicens - Il Cembalo di Partenope: A Renaissance harpsichord tale (2017)

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Catalina Vicens - Il Cembalo di Partenope: A Renaissance harpsichord tale (2017)

Catalina Vicens - Il Cembalo di Partenope: A Renaissance harpsichord tale (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 485 MB
Label: Carpe Diem Records – CD-16312 | Tracks: 24 | Time: 66:20 min
Classical

This new album of harpsichordist Catalina Vicens is a unique, multifaceted musical and poetic project. First, it features the world’s oldest playable harpsichord, a priceless treasure that dwells today in the National Music Museum of Vermillion, SD. She plays music from Naples, Italy from around 1525, the year when the instrument that she plays was actually built in Naples. Secondly, Ms Vicens conceived an imaginary tale of the life and story of that very instrument, partly based on historical facts, partly on poetic inspiration emerging from her encounter with this priceless treasure of a historical harpsichord.

Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XX - Folias & Canarios (1994) {Astrée E 8516}

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Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XX - Folias & Canarios (1994) {Astrée E 8516}

Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XX - Folias & Canarios (1994) {Astrée E 8516}
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© 1994 Auvidis / Astrée | E 8516
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque

Savall and Hesperion XXI often return to the same material, almost obsessively; yet this repertory - the interface of early Iberian art music and the traditional - sustains endless re-visiting and re-interpretation; there can never be one definitive interpretation of this endlessly rewarding music, as Renaissance and Baroque composers knew - producing as they did endless variations on traditional themes which had woven their way from the popular sphere to the realm of 'art' music. Some of these bass melodies are presented here - the 'Follia' and 'Canaries' -and it is wonderful that Savall has the artistic freedom to perform versions of these again and again on his own label, Alia Vox.

Orlando Consort - Machaut: Sovereign Beauty (2017)

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Orlando Consort - Machaut: Sovereign Beauty (2017)

Orlando Consort - Machaut: Sovereign Beauty (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 01:03:30 | 262 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion Records

The latest instalment in a series which continues to garner the highest critical plaudits. The Orlando Consort bring their customary virtues of ‘supreme text-sensitivity and beauty of tone’ (Early Music Today) to another recital showcasing the breadth of Machaut’s musical and poetic inventiveness.

Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley - Honey from the Hive: Songs by John Dowland (2005) {BIS-SACD-1475}

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Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley - Honey from the Hive: Songs by John Dowland (2005) {BIS-SACD-1475}

Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley - Honey from the Hive: Songs by John Dowland (2005) {BIS-SACD-1475}
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© 2005 BIS Records AB | BIS-SACD-1475
Classical / Renaissance / Vocal Music / Lute

If the court of Elizabeth I could be compared to a bee-hive, John Dowland was one of its workers, tirelessly bringing in news from the Continent which he constantly visited, and as tirelessly producing the spiritual sustenance vital for the court's existence. It is this honey that Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley have gathered in an imaginative recital that focuses on Dowland's relationship to his various patrons – among them Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex.

Les Witches - Konge af Danmark - l'Europe musicale a la cour de Christian IV (2010) {Alpha 163}

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Les Witches - Konge af Danmark - l'Europe musicale a la cour de Christian IV (2010) {Alpha 163}

Les Witches - Konge af Danmark - l'Europe musicale à la cour de Christian IV (2010) {Alpha 163}
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© 2010 Alpha / Outhere | Alpha 163
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque / Chamber Music

As an enlightened king during the first half of the 17th century, Christian IV gave Denmark an unprecedented splendour. Added to diplomatic and military ambitions was a rich artistic life, especially in music. The Copenhagen court was rich with singers and instrumentalists, and therefore became an important place of passage for the European composers. In order to discover this astonishing activity and the unfairly neglected composers, the Witches invite us to listen to their recording. Not only for the sentimental memories, but also for the sheer pleasure of combining instrumentation of the Witches plus the unique tone of the Compenius organ, installed in the chapel of the Frederiksborg Castle by Christian IV in 1617.

Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003

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Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003

Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003
Taverner Consort & Choir; Andrew Parrott, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 303 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62230 2 8 | 02:09:27

The Taverner Consort & Choir under Andrew Parrott recorded “Spem in alium” 1986/87 at St.John-at-Hackney in London, combined with other latin motets by Tallis (among them The Lamentations of Jeremiah). This is an excellent recording with good transparency and spacial structuring. Good voices (all solo), with the support of a bass sackbut and two chamber organs.

Jordi Savall - Anthony Holborne - The Teares of the Muses, 1599 - Elizabethan Consort Music, Vol. II (2000) {Alia Vox AV9813}

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Jordi Savall - Anthony Holborne - The Teares of the Muses, 1599 - Elizabethan Consort Music, Vol. II (2000) {Alia Vox AV9813}

Jordi Savall - Anthony Holborne - The Teares of the Muses, 1599 - Elizabethan Consort Music, Vol. II (2000) {Alia Vox AV9813}
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© 2000 Alia Vox | AV 9813
Classical / Renaissance / Chamber Music

This release is titled as Elizebathan Consort Music, Vol II and we have already savoured the flavours of that previously immensely successful release which reads like a roll-call from the 'greats' of English 16th century music. This time Jordi Savall and his splendid Hesperion XXI have devoted a whole CD to the talents of Anthony Holborne, a rather obscure figure but one who evidently was held in great esteem in those days.

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Elizabethan Consort Music, 1558 - 1603 (1998) {Alia Vox AV 9804}

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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Elizabethan Consort Music, 1558 - 1603 (1998) {Alia Vox AV 9804}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Elizabethan Consort Music, 1558 - 1603 (1998) {Alia Vox AV 9804}
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© 1998 Alia Vox | AV 9804
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque / Chamber Music

Although the first full consort of viols did not arrive in England until 1540, there were actually several intriguing examples of what are now called "consort" music from before that time. Of course, the homogenous viol consort became supreme, and the present program (also featuring some 2-lute arrangements) focuses on the first part of that repertory. This developed at Elizabeth's court in the 1570s & 1580s, among professional musicians, but based on relatively restrictive models. Some pieces in the present program are composed freely, heralding the next step in consort development which, along with the small output of Byrd, allowed the English consort idiom to fully flower. Of course that was followed closely by the even larger and more famous repertory of consort music by composers such as Gibbons which was eventually geared more toward amateur players.

Dialogo Musicale, Leo Meilink - Musik am Prager Hof Kaiser Rudolfs II (2010)

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Dialogo Musicale, Leo Meilink - Musik am Prager Hof Kaiser Rudolfs II (2010)

Dialogo Musicale, Leo Meilink - Musik am Prager Hof Kaiser Rudolfs II (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:32:11 | 447 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ars Musici | Catalog: 232128

2010 two CD set. Between 1576 and 1612, during the reign of Rudolf II, the court at the Hradany in Prague was one of the European arts centers. The cultivation of music affected all aspects of life at court and three of the musicians named on this production were themselves active as musicians at the court in Prague: Philippe de Monte (the Emperor's court Kapellmeister), Jacob Regnart (choir boy, praeceptor, second Kapellmeister) and Carl Luyton (choir boy, chamber musician, court organist and composer).

Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, Westvleteren - Triduum Paschale: Easter In Polyphony and Abbey Chants (2010) {Eufoda 1379}

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Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, Westvleteren - Triduum Paschale: Easter In Polyphony and Abbey Chants (2010) {Eufoda 1379}

Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, Westvleteren - Triduum Paschale: Easter In Polyphony and Abbey Chants (2010) {Eufoda 1379}
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© 2010 Eufoda | 1379
Classical / Renaissance / Polyphony / Early Music / Gregorian Chant

The celebration of the Easter Mystery has traditionally been considered to be the core of Christian liturgy. The Triduum Paschale, also known as the Holy Triduum or the Easter Triduum, begins on Holy Thursday and ends on Easter. Pascha is originally a Hebrew word which means transitus, or 'passage': Jesus' passage from death to life, from this world to his heavenly Father (Joh 13:1). The chants which have interpreted the prayers of the Cistercian Order for centuries may best express what an abbey community is about: the deep and unfathomable connection with earth, with man and with God.

Ensemble Leones, Marc Lewon - Straight from the Heart: The Chansonnier Cordiforme (2016)

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Ensemble Leones, Marc Lewon - Straight from the Heart: The Chansonnier Cordiforme (2016)

Ensemble Leones, Marc Lewon - Straight from the Heart: The Chansonnier Cordiforme (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:20 | 365 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.573325

The Chansonnier Cordiforme is a songbook, probably copied in 1475 for a roguish but musically cultivated priest named Jean de Montchenu a contemporary chronicler called him 'dissolute and full of all the vices'. The beautiful manuscript containing 43 songs is, uniquely, heart-shaped and covered in velvet. This recording presents both a representative cross-section of the manuscript's repertoire, the majority of which is set to French texts and is among the best known and beautiful of the age, and a portfolio of differing performance options including instruments.

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Venezia Millenaria 700-1797 (2018) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9925}

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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Venezia Millenaria 700-1797 (2018) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9925}

Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI - Venezia Millenaria 700-1797 (2018) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9925}
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© 2018 Alia Vox | AVSA9925
Classical / Early Music / Medieval / Renaissance / Baroque / Chamber Music / Vocal Music

Over 1,000 years, from the Byzantine Empire to the Napoleonic Wars, Venice played a key role in shaping the Western music. Jordi Savall and his ensembles pay a tribute to a place that fully profited from its priviliged links with the Orient while hosting geniuses like Monteverdi, Gabrieli and Vivaldi. As you have come to expect from Alia Vox, this CD-book is lavishly illustrated and documented.

Capella Alamire, The Woodman Consort of Viols, Peter Urquhart - Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)

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Capella Alamire, The Woodman Consort of Viols, Peter Urquhart - Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)

Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat (2006)
Capella Alamire; The Woodman Consort of Viols; Noël Bisson, soprano; Peter Urquhart, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.570180 | Time: 01:08:15

It's always great to encounter the recording that can "crack" a composer open, making his or her music accessible to a general listening public. And it's all the better when such a recording comes from beyond the usual quarters, as, for example, with this American recording of Renaissance polyphony. Nicolas Gombert was a Flemish Renaissance composer, a successor (and possibly a student) of Josquin who entered the service of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. His music, especially in his masses, tends to present itself as a dense, unbroken flow of polyphony. Gombert is one of the composers music history students tend to slog through in hopes of getting to the good stuff. One noted Renaissance scholar used to refer to him, Adrian Willaert, and Giaches de Wert as "the Ert brothers." All that could change with this disc of Gombert motets and chansons. These works are less dense than his masses, but not by much, and they are considerably less limpid than Josquin's pieces in the same genres. But here it is the performances that clarify them. The Massachusetts ensemble Capella Alamire (the name is a pun on an aspect of an old solmization system) under director Peter Urquhart, recording in a church in Portsmouth, NH, slows the motets down slightly and addresses them with a group of eight singers – the black belt of choral singing.

VA - Archiv Produktion 1947-2013: A Celebration of Artistic Excellence from the Home of Early Music (2013) (55 CDs Box Set)

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VA - Archiv Produktion 1947-2013: A Celebration of Artistic Excellence from the Home of Early Music (2013) (55 CDs Box Set)

VA - Archiv Produktion 1947-2013: A Celebration of Artistic Excellence from the Home of Early Music (2013) (55 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | 55 CDs | 15,5 Gb | Scans -> 82,5 mb
Genre: Classical, Renaissance, Baroque / Label: Archiv Produktion

This 55-CD set chronicles the remarkable Archiv label, begun in 1947. Devoted mainly to early and Baroque music, the recordings presented here, in facsimiles of their original sleeves (a nice touch), cover the period from Gregorian chant to Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies, played on period instruments. There are stops in between for a great deal of Bach, music of the Gothic era, the French Baroque (Mouret, Delalande, Rameau, etc), Gibbons, Handel (Alcina, La Resurrezione, Messiah, Italian cantatas), Telemann, Zelenka, Gabrieli, Desprez, Haydn, LeJeune, and plenty of the usual, as well as unusual, suspects. There’s also a final CD with selections of new releases (more Handel, Cavalli, Gesualdo, Vivaldi).

VA - Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings 1959-1981 (2016) (50 CDs Box Set)

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VA - Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings 1959-1981 (2016) (50 CDs Box Set)

VA - Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings 1959-1981 (2016) (50 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | Covers included | 14 Gb
MP3 320 kbps | 50 CDs | 6,85 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Archiv Produktion

This 50 CD Box Set includes Archiv Produktions finest analogue recordings made between 1959 and 1981, representing a Golden Age of a pioneering label that defined the way early music should be performed and recorded. Featured artists include Karl Richter, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Fournier, John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock and other icons of the Archiv label.