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Early Choral Music at Trinity College, Cambridge [6CD] (2016)

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Early Choral Music at Trinity College, Cambridge [6CD] (2016)

Early Choral Music at Trinity College, Cambridge [6CD] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,65 Gb | Total time: 7:09:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88985323472 | Recorded: 1990-1995

Cambridges renowned Trinity College Choir, conducted by Richard Marlow, is heard in a 6-CD compilation of acclaimed Renaissance and early Baroque recordings. In the compositions by Lassus, Victoria, Praetorius, Sweelinck, Monteverdi and Schutz heard here, Gramophone has praised the choirs superb discipline fresh and natural voices as well as Marlows astute and imaginative direction His sensitivity and responsiveness are tireless.

Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown - Music of Christopher Tye (1996)

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Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown - Music of Christopher Tye (1996)

Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Timothy Brown - Music of Christopher Tye (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:17 | 309 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Guild Music | Catalog: GMCD 7121

Christopher Tye was a close contemporary of Tallis and other composers of the Tudor era. He spent most of his career in the prestigious post of Master of the Choristers and organist of Ely Cathedral. Only a proportion of his works have survived, but among them are motets and two Mass settings. Of all these, his masterpiece is surely the six-voice Missa Euge Bone – recorded on the present disc and by several other ensembles over the past few decades.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Dominque Phinot: Missa Si bona suscepimus, Lamentations, Magnificat, Motets (2009)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Dominque Phinot: Missa Si bona suscepimus, Lamentations, Magnificat, Motets (2009)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Dominque Phinot: Missa Si bona suscepimus, Lamentations, Magnificat, Motets (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 74:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67696 | Recorded: 2008

The young Oxford choir turns its immaculate ensemble, lucid diction and faultless tuning to an exciting find: a hugely neglected composer from the 16th century. Relatively little is known about Dominique Phinot’s life—there is a suggestion that he was executed for homosexual practices, cutting short a productive and impressive composing career. Phinot’s output consists of over a hundred motets, two Masses, and settings of Vesper Psalms and the Magnificat, as well as two books of French chansons and two Italian madrigals.

Robert Woolley - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Organ Works (2003)

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Robert Woolley - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Organ Works (2003)

Robert Woolley - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Organ Works (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Chaconne | # CHAN 0701 | Time: 01:13:27

The late-Renaissance keyboard music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck is virtuosic to a high degree, reflecting both his exceptional skills as an improviser and the secular role organ music was assigned in Reformed Amsterdam. Without a liturgical function to constrain his imagination or shape his music – Calvinist services had no place for it – Sweelinck was free to provide fanciful showpieces for his daily recitals in the Oude Kerk. Examples of his improvisational style can be found in the quasi-fugal Hexachord Fantasia, the witty Echo Fantasia, and the flamboyant Toccatas, of which three are included here. Yet Sweelinck's music is also rigorously logical and full of ingenious contrapuntal devices. These are readily found in his fantasias, but are prominently featured in his numerous sets of variations. His elaborate settings of the chorales Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr and Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, and his variations on popular melodies, such as the famous Mein junges Leben hat ein End, display his invention and thorough manipulation of his subjects in all registers. Perhaps better known as a harpsichordist, Robert Woolley is also a fine organist. Woolley has selected representative works from each of Sweelinck's favored genres and given them exceptional performances on the Van Hagerbeer organ of the Pieterskerk, Leiden.

Hopkinson Smith & Mariana Flores - Dowland: Whose Heavenly Touch (2019)

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Hopkinson Smith & Mariana Flores - Dowland: Whose Heavenly Touch (2019)

Hopkinson Smith & Mariana Flores - Dowland: Whose Heavenly Touch (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 208 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 130 Mb | 00:56:42
Classical, Vocal | Label: Naïve

This recording, devoted to Dowland, seems to open a door onto a secret garden, one tended and cultivated by two artists already well known for opera and song recitals that distil the chamber music principle into its most intimate essence of expressive sound: soprano Mariana Flores and lutenist Hopkinson Smith. Here they give us a Dowland programme straight from the heart, drawing on five of the composer’s volumes of ‘Songs or Ayres’ printed in London between 1597 and 1612, laying bare Dowland’s ecstatic and tortured soul as it oscillates between all the different states of melancholy love.

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
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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.

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.

Leuven Chansonnier, Vol. 1 - Sollazzo Ensemble (2019) {Passacaille--Ambronay PAS1054}

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Leuven Chansonnier, Vol. 1 - Sollazzo Ensemble (2019) {Passacaille--Ambronay PAS1054}

Leuven Chansonnier, Vol. 1 - Sollazzo Ensemble (2019) {Passacaille–Ambronay PAS1054}
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© 2019 Passacaille / Ambronay | PAS 1054 / AMY054
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Early Music

The Leuven Chansonnier (1470-75) includes fifty compositions by leading 15th-century Franco-Flemish names as Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Busnoys, and Firminus Caron but also twelve newly re-discovered works, found in no other source! The Ensemble Sollazzo brings a selection of this music to life in the present recording in the most refreshing and brilliant interpretation. The Sollazzo Ensemble was founded in 2014 in Basel and brings together musicians with a strong interest in late medieval and early renaissance repertoires.

Various Artists - Early Music: From Ancient Times To The Renaissance (2010) {10CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMX 2918163 72}

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Various Artists - Early Music: From Ancient Times To The Renaissance (2010) {10CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMX 2918163 72}

Various Artists - Early Music: From Ancient Times To The Renaissance (2010) {10CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMX 2918163 72}
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© 2005, 2010 Harmonia Mundi | HMX 2918163 72
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Chamber Music / Early Music

Originally issued in the Century series in 2005, this EARLYMUSIC set by the artists of harmonia mundi now returns to invite you to travel the centuries in music. In 10 CDs and more than 12 hours listening, this unique guide will allow you to (re)discover the music of the past and develop your musical knowledge. Each CD is accompanied by a detailed booklet dealing with the musical, historical and geographical context, closely linked with key elements from the visual arts of the appropriate period. From the ancient world to 1600: the pleasure of discovery is complete, for eyes and ears alike!

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 - Orient-Occident II: Hommage a la Syrie (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9900}

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Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Orient-Occident II: Hommage a la Syrie (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9900}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Orient-Occident II: Hommage a la Syrie (2013) {Alia Vox AVSA9900}
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© 2013 Alia Vox | AVSA 9900
Classical / World Music / Medieval

The first volume of Orient Occident - released in 2006 - turned out to be a landmark in Jordi Savall's discography. For the first time, the maestro explored an extra-European repertoire, demonstrating the same musicological expertise he had shown with composers like Marin Marais. The album soon became a best seller. The second volume in this exploration focuses on Syria, alternating instrumental and vocal pieces. Musicians from Syria, Lebanon and Israel play alongside Hesperion XXI and illustrate the artistic and humanist process we have come to expect from Jordi Savall.

Cappella Pratensis, Rebecca Stewart - Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Mi-mi (2018)

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Cappella Pratensis, Rebecca Stewart - Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Mi-mi (2018)

Cappella Pratensis, Rebecca Stewart - Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Mi-mi (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:25 | 250 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Ricercar | Catalog: RIC 131

All gathered around a single music stand, the Cappella Pratensis sings from facsimiles of 15th-century manuscripts, adding plainchant between the movements of a Mass, using the pronunciation of Latin particular to the Low Countries in the 15th century–all in an effort to get as close as possible to the sound composers such as Josquin and Ockeghem intended. On this record, Rebecca Stewart and her singers bring their unique approach to Ockeghem's famously somber Missa Mi-mi–with extraordinary results. The Cappella doesn't have the robust sound or sense of momentum the Clerks' Group brings to this Mass; rather, their performance has a gentleness and an extraordinary stillness about it that feel genuinely devout.

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

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The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68256 | 01:13:06

The Gesualdo Six literally made its name with performances of Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories, but that's not the British vocal consort's only specialty. Each of the singers was trained in the English choral tradition, and sacred works of the 16th and 17th century are close to their hearts. This 2018 Hyperion release is a brief survey of motets by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, John Sheppard, Robert White, John Dunstaple, Thomas Morley, John Taverner, William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, and Robert Parsons, which represent the changing theological and liturgical aspects of English religion in the Renaissance. The ensemble, conducted by Owain Park, sings with evenly blended tones and an extraordinary harmonic richness, notwithstanding the assignment of one voice to a part and the exposed polyphony that sometimes creates an austere effect. Also quite noticeable are the cross-relations that add poignant dissonances to the counterpoint, as in Tallis' Loquebantur variis linguis, Taverner's Quemadmodum, Gibbons' O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not, and Parsons' Deliver me from mine enemies. This album was recorded in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, where The Gesualdo Six gave its first performances, and the sound is enhanced by vibrant acoustics that give the group a radiant aural halo.

The Attaignant Consort, Kate Clark - Madame d'amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (2007)

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The Attaignant Consort, Kate Clark - Madame d'amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (2007)

The Attaignant Consort, Kate Clark - Madame d'amours: Music for Renaissance Flute Consort (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 350 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Renaissance | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0706 | Time: 01:19:57

Madame d'amours is an enchanting and pleasingly varied collection of pieces performed for flute consort by The Attaignant Consort. The Consort was founded in 1998 by four graduates (from Australia, France, the Netherlands and Italy) of the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Having studied historical flute performance practice under Barthold Kuijken and/or Wilbert Hazelzet, these experts (they also work with such renowned groups as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Freiburger Barockorchester and Musica Antiqua Köln – amongst others) also pursue their passion for the sound world of the Renaissance flute in collaboration with Italian flute maker, Giovanni Tardino. The premise of all concerned is that such consort music aspired to a closeness to the patterns and intonations of the human voice. This was (and is, here) achieved by careful attention to instrumental articulation, expressiveness and dynamic shading. The Attaignant Consort likes to play with facsimiles of the original parts in preference to scores; and from memory whenever possible. For this recording the Consort is joined by harpist Marta Graziolino, lutanist Nigel North and flautist Mathieu Langlois.

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Music in Europe 1550-1650 [5CDs] (2004)

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Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Music in Europe 1550-1650 [5CDs] (2004)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Music in Europe 1550-1650 [5CDs] (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,15 Gb | Total time: 4:25:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 4 82025 2 | Recorded: 1977-1986

Jordi Savall is among the leading instrumentalists and conductors of the European early music scene, specializing in Renaissance, Baroque, and Medieval music. He took an interest in early music, and began learning the viola da gamba. He studied the gamba and early music research and practice with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels and August Wenzinger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. In 1968, Savall married the soprano Montserrat Figueras, who shared his interest in early music. With Figueras and other musicians interested in early Spanish music, he founded the ensemble Hespèrion XX in 1974. The ensemble took its name from an ancient name for the Western European region from Italy to Iberia. At the turn of the 21st century, the group changed its name to Hespèrion XXI.