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Ursula Duetschler - William Byrd: Pieces from the 'Fitzwilliam Virginal Book' (1990)

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Ursula Duetschler - William Byrd: Pieces from the 'Fitzwilliam Virginal Book' (1990)

Ursula Dütschler - William Byrd: Pieces from the 'Fitzwilliam Virginal Book' (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | # CD 50-9001 | Time: 01:09:30

The Swiss harpsichordist, Ursula Dütschler, studied with Jörg Ewald Dähler at the Konservatorium Bern with a soloist diploma. She continued her musical training with Kenneth Gilbert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and with Malcolm Bilson (Hammerflügel) at the Cornell University in the USA. She won several prizes, including the 1989 International Cembalo Competition in Paris and the 1991 International Erwin Bodky Competition for Hammerflügel in Boston/USA. Today Ursula Dütschler lives in Holland and appears as a soloist, chamber musician and Lieder accompanist. She has performed with various important orchestras. Together with Malcolm Bilson and some musician colleagues she participated in 1997 in perforamance of the 32 piano sonatas of L.v. Beethoven on historical instruments. Ursula Dütschler has recorded several CD's, among which four CDs with works for solo harpsichord by Scarlatti, Byrd, Balbastre and Bach.

Michael Butten - Dowland: Works for Lute (Performed on Guitar) (2019)

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Michael Butten - Dowland: Works for Lute (Performed on Guitar) (2019)

Michael Butten - Dowland: Works for Lute (Performed on Guitar) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 206 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:37
Classical | Label: First Hand Records

Classical guitarist Michael Butten presents an album devoted to John Dowland, brilliantly recorded by the classical guitar expert recording engineer John Taylor.

Gareth Wilson, Choir of Girton College, Cambridge - Palestrina: Missa sine nomine a 6 (2019)

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Gareth Wilson, Choir of Girton College, Cambridge - Palestrina: Missa sine nomine a 6 (2019)

Gareth Wilson, Choir of Girton College, Cambridge - Palestrina: Missa sine nomine a 6 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 77:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | # TOCC0516 | Recorded: 2018

Renaissance polyphony is generally held to be stately, calm, reassuring. But this pro- gramme of Palestrina’s six-part Missa sine nomine, complemented by five of his motets and three by Marc’Antonio Ingegneri (c. 1535/36–92), was recorded after the Choir of Girton College, Cambridge, had undertaken a tour of Israel and Palestine. There the music and its texts (‘How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’) took on an extraordinary poignancy, with the dispossession and desperation of thousands of years ago animating the restrained dignity of Palestrina’s counterpoint with an unexpectedly topical intensity.

Jean-Charles Ablitzer - Siglo de Oro (2019)

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Jean-Charles Ablitzer - Siglo de Oro (2019)

Jean-Charles Ablitzer - Siglo de Oro (2019)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 699 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 332 Mb | Scans included | 02:12:14
Classical | Label: Musique & Mémoire

Under the expert fingers of Jean-Charles Ablitzer, the Iberian organ of Grandvillars, confirms its extraordinary expressive, spatial and sonorous qualities. The thought of the interpreter resuscitates the whole imagination of the organist composers in Spain: the colors shine; fluid and precise, the game emphasizes this aesthetic contrasts very sharp, biting, conducive to the event of the orchestral organ, able to move as to seize by the force of its spatialized spectrum.

David Skinner, Alamire, Andrew Lawrence-King - Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons (2007)

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David Skinner, Alamire, Andrew Lawrence-King - Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons (2007)

David Skinner, Alamire, Andrew Lawrence-King - Josquin Desprez: Missa D’ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons (2007)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 68:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Obsidian Records | # CD701 | Recorded: 2007

Josquin Desprez is widely recognized as the greatest of the Renaissance master musicians. He set the standard for the various compositional techniques borrowed and utilized by most composers of his generation and beyond, and became an iconic figure whose art captivated musicians and scholars for centuries. This recording centres around some of Josquin’s earliest works, and, in particular, his fascination with the D’ung aultre amer rondeau composed by his teacher Johannes Ockeghem. Also included are some of his most popular motets and chansons performed here by a solo voice (Clare Wilkinson) with renaissance harp (Andrew Lawrence-King).

Lucien Kandel, Ensemble Musica Nova - Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum (2012)

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Lucien Kandel, Ensemble Musica Nova - Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum (2012)

Lucien Kandel, Ensemble Musica Nova - Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 57:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: agOgique | # AGO008 | Recorded: 2011

Johannes Ockeghem was an absolute master of counterpoint who, for more than 40 years at the end of the 15th century, ruled over Franco-Flemish polyphony under three French kings, Charles VII, Louis XI and Charles VIII. His works which are still all too rarely performed continue to fascinate to this day. The Missa prolationum, together with the Missa cuiusvis toni, is a tour de force of writing, reaching levels of complexity that can impress even the most experienced performers.

Quink Vocal Ensemble - Juan Vazquez: Gentil senora mia: 16th-century songs and villancicos (2013)

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Quink Vocal Ensemble - Juan Vazquez: Gentil senora mia: 16th-century songs and villancicos (2013)

Quink - Juan Vázquez: Gentil señora mía: 16th-century songs and villancicos (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94711 | Time: 00:53:33

Sacred music occupied an important role in 16th-century Spain, but there is much evidence that secular vocal polyphony held a place in society too. Such music is to be found in the little-known Juan Vázquez’s Recopilación which dates from around 1560; as well as canciones and sonetomadrigals, the collection includes various villancicos – the main focus of this recording – then a popular style of song and which Vázquez clearly overhauled through replacing endless repetition with melodic and rhythmic variety. That Vázquez’s contribution to the genre was both popular and significant (he wrote over 90 in total, most of which were set to texts by leading Spanish poets of the day) is demonstrated by the many later arrangements of his villancicos for vocal soloists with vihuela accompaniment.

Elliot Simpson - Dalla Gostena: 25 Lute Fantasies (2019)

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Elliot Simpson - Dalla Gostena: 25 Lute Fantasies (2019)

Elliot Simpson - Dalla Gostena: 25 Lute Fantasies (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 297 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 184 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:23
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

A short-lived but prodigiously gifted Genovese musician of the 17th century rediscovered. Better known now as the teacher of his nephew Simone Molinaro, one of the more important Italian composers of the post-Renaissance era, Giovanni Battista Dalla Gostena is worth knowing in his own right. Born early in the 1540s in Genova, he studied with the renowned Flemish polyphonist Philippe de Monte, composer to the Viennese court of Maximilian II, and he followed de Monte’s example by composing several volumes of sacred and secular vocal music during the 1570s and 80s before he was apparently murdered in 1593 (there are also records of a funeral Mass held for him five years later).

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell - Tomas Luis de Victoria: Missa Dum complerentur (1996) Reissue 2011

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The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell - Tomas Luis de Victoria: Missa Dum complerentur (1996) Reissue 2011

Tomás Luis de Victoria - Missa Dum complerentur; Motets (1996) Reissue 2011
The Choir of Westminster Cathedral; James O'Donnell, Master of Music

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55452 | Time: 01:09:54

Tomás Luis de Victoria was the greatest composer of the Spanish sixteenth-century ‘golden age’ of polyphonic music. This recording is of the six-voice Missa Dum complerentur, the five-part motet on which the Mass is based, and six further hymns and sequences including the great Popule meus, a setting of the Improperia (Reproaches) which form the heart of the liturgy for Good Friday. This is music of compelling beauty, which illustrates well Victoria’s extraordinary capacity to create through simple homophony extremely moving music of great expressiveness.

Beauty Farm - Jacob Obrecht: Masses (2019)

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Beauty Farm - Jacob Obrecht: Masses (2019)

Beauty Farm - Jacob Obrecht: Masses (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 532 Mb | Total time: 38:08+55:37 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Fra Bernardo | # fb 1905157 | Recorded: 2018

The music of the Renaissance appears to reflect little of the dangers, horrors and violent conflicts of its time. Music written during the Hundred Years War or the French invasion of Italy gives hardly any impression to todays ears of the precariousness of existence of which its composers, singers and listeners must have continually been aware. Nor do the two masses by Jacob Obrecht (1457/8 1505) on this recording betray anything of the restless spirit of the age, despite them both being based on models referring to suffering and misery. Founded by Markus Muntean and Bernhard Trebuch- out of passion for vocal polyphony and a kind of despair about the break in the interpretation of this music which took place in the 1980s- beauty farm gathers young singers, leaving traditions behind, willing to experiment and exploring new musical territory.

Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009) 2 CDs

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Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009) 2 CDs

Mahan Esfahani, Peter Watchorn - Dr. John Bull: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 608 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Musica Omnia | # MO0301 | Time: 01:32:48

The portrait of John Bull on the cover of this two-CD U.S. release gives an idea for the uninitiated of what to expect from the composer's music: it's intense, single-minded, and even a bit demonic (although the hourglass topped with a skull with a bone in its mouth is apparently an alchemical symbol). Bull was, in the words of an unidentified writer quoted by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, "the Liszt of the virginals." The most immediately apparent feature of his music is extreme virtuosity, on display especially in the mind-boggling set of variations entitled Walsingham (CD 1, track 8) and in the galliards of the pavan-galliard pairs. But the opposite pole in Bull's style exerts just as strong a pull: he is fascinated by strict polyphony by what would be called harmonic progressions, and by the close study of the implications contained within small musical units. As spectacular in their way as the keyboard fireworks are, the three separate settings of a tune called Why Ask You? on CD 2 are marvelous explorations of compressed musical gestures.

Church of the Redeemer Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Choir - Love So Amazing: The Hymn Arrangements of Stuart Forster (2019)

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Church of the Redeemer Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Choir - Love So Amazing: The Hymn Arrangements of Stuart Forster (2019)

Stuart Forster, Church of the Redeemer Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Choir, Christ Church Cambridge, Massachusetts Choir & Michael Murray - Love So Amazing: The Hymn Arrangements of Stuart Forster (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 335 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:54
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Affetto Recordings

Hymn singing is fundamental in protestant churches, but not normally the subject of an album released worldwide. The musicianship presented here is singular, sung by two volunteer choirs with power and emotion. The inspired arrangements heard on this recording have developed over decades of working with wonderful choirs and congregations, as well as by singing with, and listening to, many inspired colleagues. Some of the descants were conceived for particular services, while other arrangements grew further for special occasions. Several of the brass arrangements were composed for the ordination and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 2014.

Armonico Consort & Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge - Supersize Polyphony (2019)

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Armonico Consort & Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge - Supersize Polyphony (2019)

Armonico Consort & Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge - Supersize Polyphony (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | 01:01:35
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Signum Classics

Supersize Polyphony is a celebration of large-scale choral works from the 16th century, performed here by the Armonico Consort and the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, under their musical directors Christopher Monks and Geoffrey Webber. The unique programme features epic motets, such as Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium and Alessandro Striggio’s Ecce Beatam Lucem, alongside his rarely performed 60 part Missa Ecco Si Beato Giorno. Interspersed with the serene beauty of ethereal chants by Hildegard of Bingen, this new recording presents works of magnitude and polyphonic drama in stellar performances by two of the UK’s leading choral ensembles.

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Melancholia: Madrigals and motets around 1600 (2018)

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Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Melancholia: Madrigals and motets around 1600 (2018)

Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris - Melancholia: Madrigals and motets around 1600 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 67:11 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902298 | Recorded: 2017

Melancholic poetry provided endless nourishment for musical creativity in the late Renaissance. In his first recording for harmonia mundi, Geoffroy Jourdain leads Les Cris de Paris in music from the cusp of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. From Bryd to Gesualdo, Italian and English madrigals rub shoulders with motets and Tenebrae responsories, finding pleasure even in meditating on what causes one's pain.

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Firminus Caron: Twilight of the Middle Ages (2016)

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Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Firminus Caron: Twilight of the Middle Ages (2016)

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Firminus Caron: Twilight of the Middle Ages (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 54:39 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88875143472 | Recorded: 2014

"There are two things on which listeners can invariably rely with Paul Van Nevel: whatever he unearths, it is without exception wonderful music; and what he offers with his Huelgas Ensemble is always on the very highest level” (BR Klassik). For more than forty years the Huelgas Ensemble has been one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.