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Jean Rondeau - Vertigo: Rameau & Royer (2016) {Erato}

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Jean Rondeau - Vertigo: Rameau & Royer (2016) {Erato}

Jean Rondeau - Vertigo: Rameau & Royer (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork+Booktet | RAR | 485 mb
Classical, Baroque, Renaissance | Label: Erato - 2564697458

France’s leading young harpsichordist performs works by two masters of the French Baroque. No surprises there, perhaps … but the harpsichordist in question is Jean Rondeau and the album is called Vertigo. It conceives the harpsichord in vividly theatrical terms. Vertigo takes its name from a dramatic, rhapsodic piece by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who, along with Jean-Philippe Rameau, forms the focus of this album. If Rameau (1683–1764) is the better-known composer today, especially admired for such operatic masterpieces as Hippolyte et Aricie and Platée, the younger Royer (1705–1755) was also a major figure in his time, rising to become master of music at the court of Louis XV. Both Rameau and Royer excelled in keyboard music and in works for the stage. As Jean Rondeau says: “These two illustrious composers battled for the top spot at the Opéra.” He describes them as “two magicians, two master architects, amongst the most wildly imaginative and brilliant of their era … Two composers who also tried to capture echoes of grand theatre with the palette offered by their keyboard.

Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Orlando di Lasso: Eine Marienvesper Weser (2006)

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Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Orlando di Lasso: Eine Marienvesper Weser (2006)

Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes -Orlando di Lasso: Eine Marienvesper Weser (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:00 | 266 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777182

Bremen-based Weser-Renaissance is one of the European historical-performance ensembles that has signed on to the American-spawned one-voice-per-part movement in the performance of German Baroque choral music. Its smooth, almost silky sound is attractive, and in smaller works of the seventeenth century, such as those of Schein, results in powerful, rather inward-looking performances. Here the group sets out, quoting annotator Franz Korndle, "to convey an impression of festive liturgical music such as it was performed in the Munich court chapel under Orlando di Lasso." The degree of musicological investigation involved is impressive.

Die Singphoniker - Orlando di Lasso: 12 Hymns (2012)

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Die Singphoniker - Orlando di Lasso: 12 Hymns (2012)

Die Singphoniker - Orlando di Lasso: 12 Hymns (2012)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:54 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: CPO | Catalog: 7777512

Germany's Die Singphoniker, here a vocal sextet, were partly inspired by the King's Singers from Britain, and they have explored a similarly wide-ranging repertoire, from Renaissance a cappella vocal music to contemporary classical and pop. The King's Singers, however, have rarely released albums of truly unusual repertory, except in the contemporary field; this kind of small-group singing usually relies either on some audience familiarity with what's being sung, or on the composition of music expressly for this medium. In this case, Die Singphoniker tackles a rarely represented repertory and emerges with decent results. The vast choral output of Orlando di Lasso (aka, Orlande de Lassus) remains largely unexplored, and this little album gives a clue as to the interesting things to be found. Lasso's hymns were mostly composed around 1580, when the composer was employed as kapellmeister by Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria.

Sebastien Wonner - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ma Jeune Vie A Une Fin (2014)

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Sebastien Wonner - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ma Jeune Vie A Une Fin (2014)

Sébastien Wonner - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Ma Jeune Vie A Une Fin (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 538 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: K617 | # K617 247 | Time: 01:15:23

Though generally performed on the organ, the music of the great Dutch keyboard master Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck deserved to find another, no less intense means of expression on the harpsichord. These songs, dances and polyphonic pieces, played by Sébastien Wonner on a copy of a Ruckers, a Flemish instrument of 1612, allow us a glimpse into domestic life, as in a painting by Vermeer. This disc, Mr. Wonners first solo recital recording, was recorded in the auditorium of the convent of Saint-Ulrich, Sarrebourg, August 2013. A bilingual book French and English is included.

Monteverdi - A voce sola, con Sinfonie (Roberta Invernizzi; Accademia Strumentale Italiana; Alberto Rasi) [2002]

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Monteverdi - A voce sola, con Sinfonie (Roberta Invernizzi; Accademia Strumentale Italiana; Alberto Rasi) [2002]

Monteverdi - A voce sola, con Sinfonie (Roberta Invernizzi; Accademia Strumentale Italiana; Alberto Rasi) [2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 245 MB
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | Catalog Number: STR 33562 | TT: 60:27

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest.
Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period.[1] He developed two individual styles of composition – the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque.[2] Monteverdi wrote one of the earliest operas, L'Orfeo, an innovative work that is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed. He was recognized as an innovative composer and enjoyed considerable fame in his lifetime.

Monteverdi - Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Miroslav Venhoda, Prague Madrigal Singers) [1997]

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Monteverdi - Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Miroslav Venhoda, Prague Madrigal Singers) [1997]

Monteverdi - Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Miroslav Venhoda, Prague Madrigal Singers) [1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 236 MB
Classical | Label: Supraphon a.s. | Catalog Number: SU 3294-2 211 | TT: 45:55

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest.
Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period.[1] He developed two individual styles of composition – the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque.[2] Monteverdi wrote one of the earliest operas, L'Orfeo, an innovative work that is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed. He was recognized as an innovative composer and enjoyed considerable fame in his lifetime.

Roland de Lassus (1532-1594) - Canticum Canticorum - Choeur de Chambre de Namur (2016) {Ricercar Official Digital Download}

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Roland de Lassus (1532-1594) - Canticum Canticorum - Choeur de Chambre de Namur (2016) {Ricercar Official Digital Download}

Roland de Lassus (1532-1594) - Canticum Canticorum - Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Leonardo García Alarcón, Ensemble Clematis (2016) {Ricercar Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 44kHz/16 bit - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 281 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 157 Mb | Artwork (pdf+jpg) | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Ricercar / Outhere Music | RIC 370
Classical / Renaissance / Choral / Sacred Vocal Music

At the height of the Renaissance, the music of Orlande de Lassus frequently combines the emotion of secular music with sacred compositions. With their erotic connotations, the texts of The Song of Songs are an ideal source for bringing together sacred and profane feelings. Based on his most famous song, Lassus wrote one of his unitary masses: Suzanne un jour. Along with the Magnificat that he composed on De Rore’s madrigal Ancor che col partire, here are two religious compositions of which the themes are borrowed from evocations of amorous turmoil.

Guillaume Du Fay - The Tenor Masses (Les messes à teneur) - Cut Circle (2016) {2CD Musiques en Wallonie Digital Download}

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Guillaume Du Fay - The Tenor Masses (Les messes à teneur) - Cut Circle (2016) {2CD Musiques en Wallonie Digital Download}

Guillaume Du Fay - The Tenor Masses (Les messes à teneur) - Cut Circle, Jesse Rodin (2016) {2CD Musiques en Wallonie Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 44kHz/16 bit - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 673 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 325 Mb | Artwork (pdf+jpg) | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Musiques en Wallonie | MEW1577-1578
Classical / Renaissance / Choral / Chamber Music / Sacred Vocal Music / Masses / Passions / Requiems

What did it mean for Guillaume Du Fay (ca. 1397-1474), chameleon-like expert in every musical genre of his day, to compose four settings of the Mass Ordinary toward the end of his life? Looking back from the vantage point of the next generation, when the polyphonic mass reigned supreme, it might be tempting to interpret these works as a self-conscious summa of Du Fay’s career – an achievement akin to Haydn’s London Symphonies or Beethoven’s late string quartets. On a purely musical level these comparisons are apt. Each mass stakes out unique musical terrain; they are often strikingly experimental; and the entire set is shimmeringly beautiful from beginning to end, revealing a composer at the height of his powers.

Cantica Symphonia - Antoine Busnois: L'Homme Arme (2009)

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Cantica Symphonia - Antoine Busnois: L'Homme Arme (2009)

Cantica Symphonia - Antoine Busnois: L'Homme Arme (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:49 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD P31906

In the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples there is a fifteenth-century manuscript containing six masses all based on the cantus firmus of the popular tune L'homme Armé. The front pages of these masses are neatly razored out owing to some miniature harvesting in antiquity, depriving us not only of key parts from within the musical texts but also of any composer attribution that may have appeared on those pages. This has produced one of the most hotly debated issues in renaissance music; Judith Cohen – who has edited the masses for their first publication in 1981 – Richard Taruskin and most others have adduced in favor of Franco-Flemish composer Antoine Busnois.

Great Voices of the Early Years [Box set] [1998]

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Great Voices of the Early Years [Box set] [1998]

Great Voices of the Early Years [Box set] [1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 5cd, 1.1 GB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog Number: 459 066-2 | TT: 6:19;01

Deutsche Grammophon is lucky in that World War II didn't slow classical recordings in Germany as it did in the United States but stimulated them: It was essential for wartime morale. Thus, if you can get past any repugnance related to these recordings' genesis, there's a huge amount to enjoy. There's a disc of lieder by all the prewar greats (Franz Volker, Tiana Lemnitz, Erna Berger, and Heinrich Schlusnus), a disc of Wagner featuring young Hans Hotter, opera and operetta performances by Berger and Helge Roswaenge, and a disc showing how the German singers gave Italian opera a distinctively Nordic but highly communicative edge. The set is crowned by a complete Winterreise that was recorded by Peter Anders in 1945 (and sounds it): the cultivated tenor's anguished performance embodies a Germany facing the abyss. –David Patrick Stearns

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Mario Videla - Musica Antigua para Tecla de España y el Nuevo Mundo (2010)

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Mario Videla - Musica Antigua para Tecla de España y el Nuevo Mundo (2010)

Mario Videla - Musica Antigua para Tecla de España y el Nuevo Mundo (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:34 | 369 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Cosentino | Catalog: 258

The best thing about this CD of keyboard works from Spain and Central and South America is the warm, close sound, not what is normally heard from a harpsichord recording. It is as warm as the instrument's red and gold paintwork. The worst thing about the recording is the impression that there is little variation in tempo from work to work. The mix of pieces covers a wide period of time, stretching from the late Renaissance to the early Classical period. And the works are actually a mixture of tempo markings. What gives the impression of little difference, however, is Mario Videla's relatively strict, sometimes plodding, playing. There isn't enough of a difference between his Allegros and his Largos, and he seems to use ritards only at the very end of pieces, rarely using any kind of rubato to create interest within phrases.

Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)

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Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)

Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:31 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 907333

England's Orlando Consort, a quartet of male singers augmented as needed by other performers, offers performances of Renaissance vocal music that lie midway between the traditional and the highly individualized modern. Sometimes they veer toward one of those two extremes, but often, as on the present disc, they find a happy medium. Their sound, especially in sacred music, owes much to the English cathedral tradition, but there's a well-honed edge to their one-voice-to-a-part interpretations that brings out the crowds who've recently been drawn to early music. This disc is intended as an introduction to a composer who doesn't always offer easy listening to the modern ear. Netherlander Antoine Busnois, active at the end of the fifteenth century and considered the greatest figure between Dufay and Josquin, wrote music that broke free from elaborate medieval numerology but came in advance of Josquin's perfect marriage of music and text.

Claudio Monteverdi - Kölner Kammerchor / Peter Neumann - Madrigals (1996, MDG "Gold" # 332 0081-2) [RE-UP]

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Claudio Monteverdi - Kölner Kammerchor / Peter Neumann - Madrigals (1996, MDG "Gold" # 332 0081-2) [RE-UP]

Claudio Monteverdi - Madrigals
Kölner Kammerchor / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 191 MB | Full Artwork: 65 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 0081-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1996
Genre: Classical | Style: Late Renaissance, Early Baroque, Vocal

„… the release of a special audiophile treat. It is not without reason that French critics have just awarded the choir the ‘Diapason d’or’ prize.“ (K Int’l)

Jordi Savall - Carlos V - Mille Regretz: La Cancion Del Emperador (2000) {Alia Vox AV 9814}

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Jordi Savall - Carlos V - Mille Regretz: La Cancion Del Emperador (2000) {Alia Vox AV 9814}

Jordi Savall - Carlos V - Mille Regretz: La Cancion Del Emperador (2000) {Alia Vox AV 9814}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 361 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 180 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 78 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2000 Alia Vox | AV 9814
Classical / Renaissance / Medieval / Choral / Instrumental Music

Jordi Savall has brought us yet another treasure on his own Alia Vox label, this time a mixed bag of music by Reformation Era composers and a handful of slightly earlier works. It’s all taken from a concert program Savall gave last year under the aegis of “greatest hits of the court of Charles V”. The composers presented are mostly court musicians for that Holy Roman Emperor, but Josquin and Heinrich Isaac also are included, the latter as a nod to Charles’ grandfather, Maximilian I, who was responsible for getting Charles the crown. Savall combines his first-rate instrumental ensemble, updated to Hespèrion XXI, with his own vocal group, La Capella Reial de Catalunya. The results are captivating. Savall’s musicians are tops in the field, and their collective talents, constantly on display in this varied program, are simply a joy to hear.

Kevin Moll, Schola Discantus - Ockeghem: The Two Three-Voice Masses (1995)

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Kevin Moll, Schola Discantus - Ockeghem: The Two Three-Voice Masses (1995)

Kevin Moll, Schola Discantus - Ockeghem: The Two Three-Voice Masses (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital booklet | 60:04 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Lyrichord | Catalog: 8010

Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) stands as perhaps the greatest of the Franco-Flemish composers of the 15th century. Digitally recorded in 1992, this disc presents a world-premiere release of his two surviving 3-voice masses; Missa Sine Nomine and Missa Quinti Toni. They are presumably early works by the composer and are among his most masterful creations. Complete program notes on the works and general issues of performance practice, along with the mass texts and translations, are enclosed. Produced by Gerald Gold.