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The King's Singers - Palestrina: How Fair Thou Art (2016)

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The King's Singers - Palestrina: How Fair Thou Art (2016)

The King's Singers - Palestrina: How Fair Thou Art (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 54:54 | 282 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Signum Records | Catalog: SIGCD450

The King's Singers have been around for a long time, singing OVPP polyphony, including from the Renassance, and hearing Palestrina done by this ensemble showcases the counterpoint to great advantage. The acoustic is not reverberant which also emphasizes the clear texture. The program includes twelve motets taken from Canticum Canticorum, the much-recorded 1584 collection of texts from the Hebrew Bible (29 motets, altogether adding up to half of the total book), complemented by the four seasonal Marian antiphons sung at the end of the Office every day.

Mozart - Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music (Peter Schreier) [1991]

Posted By: Aregak
Mozart - Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music (Peter Schreier) [1991]

Mozart - Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music (Peter Schreier) [1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 268 MB
Classical | Label: Elite Classics | Catalog Number: AS-364-A | TT: 61'26

Wolfgang Mozart joined the order of the freemasons at the lodge "Zur Wohltдtigkeit" (Benefaction) in Vienna on December 14, 1784. Mozart and freemasonry seemed an ideal match, and in a little over a year he would achieve the status of "master mason." A small number of works among Mozart's late output was intended directly for use in Masonic lodges, and two major non-Masonic works, the opera Die Zauberflцte (The Magic Flute, K. 620) and the Requiem K. 626, share strong Masonic connections. The best known of Mozart's Masonic compositions is the Maurerische Trauermusik, K. 477 (479a) scored originally for two violins, two violas, clarinet, basset horn, two oboes, two horns, and bass. Mozart later added parts for two additional basset horns and bassoon, resulting in an instrumentation absolutely unique in Mozart's vast output…
- David Lewis

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bouzignac: Te Deum, Motets (1993)

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Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bouzignac: Te Deum, Motets (1993)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bouzignac: Te Deum, Motets (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 63:27 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 901471

Guillaume Bouzignac (1690?-1743?) was not attached to the French Royal Court. His music was not published by Ballard, who held a royal monopoly on musical publication. He MAY have been a choirboy in Narbonne, a master of the choirboys in Grenoble, a musical servant of Henri Montmorency, governor of Languedoc at the time of the wars against the Huguenots, and a person of musical importance in the city of Tours, where the manuscript of these motets was discovered in 1905. That covers almost everything that's known about the composer outside of the very specific information about his musical thought contained in his works.

Arvo Part - St. John Passion (1988) (The Hilliard Ensemble, P Hillier)

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Arvo Part - St. John Passion (1988) (The Hilliard Ensemble, P Hillier)

Arvo Part - St. John Passion (1988) (The Hilliard Ensemble, P Hillier)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | MPEG-2 Video, PAL 4:3 (720:576), 25fps, 7110kbps | LPCM 2.0 | 73min | 4270Mb
Classical | Arthaus Musik, 100248 | rel: 1988 | covers

Arvo Pärt’s St. John Passion stands foremost among the large number of works which can be assigned to the liturgical period of the Passion, for he takes up the narrative tradition of the Christian liturgy yet dramatises the Passion story to reveal historical and even timeless aspects as well.

Orlando Consort, Perfect Houseplants - Extempore II (2013)

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Orlando Consort, Perfect Houseplants - Extempore II (2013)

Orlando Consort, Perfect Houseplants - Extempore II (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:47 | 368 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred, Jazz | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU907319

Extempore II is the second collaboration between two quartets in widely varying fields: the early music specialist vocal group Orlando Consort and the jazz combo Perfect Houseplants. This project is structured as a mass in honor of St. Michael based around the medieval tune L'homme armé and various members of both groups are responsible for the pieces that make up the whole. The resulting patchwork arrangement of ideas works better in the second half of the program than it does in the first, where the variety of approaches seems a bit disorderly in terms of overall flow.

Armenian & European Sacred Music. Confessio. Sanctus vocal Quartet; R.Melikyan (2007)

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Armenian & European Sacred Music. Confessio. Sanctus vocal Quartet; R.Melikyan (2007)

Armenian & European Sacred Music. Confessio (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | CD 57:33 | Scans | 269 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Jazzve LLC, Radik Melikyan

The Sanctus Quartet was established in 2004 February having an aim to perform Armenian, Western European medieval and classical vocal music.
The first performance of the Sanctus Quartet was on March 13, 2004 on presentation of the CD of Arto Tuncboyaciyan and the "Armenian Navy Band" that took place in the Folk-club (Yerevan, Armenia).

Isabel Bayrakdarian ~ Joyous Light (Armenian Sacred Songs) (2002)

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Isabel Bayrakdarian ~ Joyous Light (Armenian Sacred Songs) (2002)

Isabel Bayrakdarian ~ Joyous Light (Armenian Sacred Songs)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 288 MB
Classical/Secred | Label: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; CA

Armenian Melodies. Aline Kutan & Gregory Chaverdian - Im Yerke (My Song) (2001)

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Armenian Melodies. Aline Kutan & Gregory Chaverdian - Im Yerke (My Song) (2001)

Armenian Melodies. Aline Kutan & Gregory Chaverdian - Im Yerke (My Song)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 303 MB
Classical/Folk/Vocal | Label: Aline Kutan

Aline Kutan, Canadian coloratur soprano of Armenian origin, sang her first professional role of Flora in Benjamin Britten’s the Turn of the Screw with Vancouver Opera at the age of 18 and then pursued her musical studies at UBC as well as at l’Université Laval in Quebec City.
Ms. Kutan was the winner of Jeunesses Musicales-Joseph Rouleau award, the recipient of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Study Grant and the George London Award in New York. Other national awards include the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Voice Competitions, the Canadian Opera Company Young Mozart Singers and the Vancouver Operatic Society Competitions. She has also been a finalist and prize winner at the Toulouse International Vocal Competition in France for Best Interpretation of a French Opera Excerpt…
Sung in Armenian

Armenian Spiritual Songs - Arevagal in Geghard (2002)

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Armenian Spiritual Songs - Arevagal in Geghard (2002)

Armenian Spiritual Songs - Arevagal in Geghard
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 239 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: Narek.com Records. Armenia

WINNER Lusavorich Choir Arevagal In Geghard
Lusavorich Choir of the Vazgenian Seminary of Sevan Supervisor: Very Reverend Ter Bagrat Galstanian Choirmaster: Acolyte Arthur Petrosian, division IV
Songs of Arevagal (Songs of Sunrise) have their unique place in the Treasury of the Armenian Spiritual Music. They are dedicated to the praise of light, which symbolized the God's essential presence.
Before Christianity the Songs of Arevagal were related to the Worship of Sun. In the early Christian times, Songs of Arevagal, most probably, were not periodically performed. Only later they formed the last part of the morning worship. This part, by the order of the VII-th century Catholicos Ezr A Parazhnakertsi, was separated into a special Arevagal Worship.
In the XII-th century Saint Nerses Graceful completely changed the structure of Arevagal Worship by creating for it four main songs and four hordoraks (admonition songs).
Currently Arevagal is worshiped only during the Lent. Songs of Arevagal, filled with luminous faith and a perfect musical harmony, are a shining example of the Armenian Spiritual Music.

Sung in Armenian a cappella

Armenian Songs - Nagorno Karabagh. Fortress City (2005)

Posted By: Aregak
Armenian Songs - Nagorno Karabagh. Fortress City (2005)

Armenian Songs - Nagorno Karabagh. Fortress City
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 256 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred/Folk | Label: Pomegranate Music

Fortress City: Armenian Songs from Nagorno Karabagh is the first commercially released CD recorded on location in Shushi, Nagorno Karabagh- the ethnically Armenian breakaway republic neighboring Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. Featuring three choirs- Vararakn, Varanda, and Mrakats, this 27 track CD has a rich musical program of sacred, secular, and Armenian folk songs.
Sung in Armenian a cappella

Tigran Hamasyan - Luys I Luso (2015) {ECM 2447}

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Tigran Hamasyan - Luys I Luso (2015) {ECM 2447}

Tigran Hamasyan - Luys I Luso (2015) {ECM 2447}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 519MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical, Choral, Armenian Sacred Music

Luys i Luso – “Light from Light” – is Tigran Hamasyan’s first ECM album, a spellbinding exploration of Armenian sacred music, featuring the prodigiously gifted pianist with the Yerevan State Chamber Choir. Repertoire includes Armenian hymns, sharakans and cantos from the 5th to the 20th century, all newly arranged for voices and improvising pianist by Hamasyan himself. The album was recorded in Yerevan last October, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009) {ECM New Series 2117}

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Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009) {ECM New Series 2117}

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009) {ECM New Series 2117}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 261 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 175 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 11 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2009 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2117
Classical / Choral

Since 2001, ECM has enthusiastically championed the art of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with recordings of his orchestral, chamber and vocal works – creations that stand as some of the most arresting and moving in contemporary music. This continues in Silvestrov’s 75th birthday year with “Sacred Songs”, the seventh album ECM has devoted wholly to the composer’s music; it collects sets of songs, refrains, psalms and prayers composed from 2006 to 2008 that reflect the composer’s late-blooming interest in writing for a cappella voices, which led previously to the ECM releases “Requiem for Larissa” and “Sacred Works”.

Handel - Messiah, HWV 56 (Andrew Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey) [2008]

Posted By: Aregak
Handel - Messiah, HWV 56 (Andrew Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey) [2008]

Handel - Messiah, HWV 56 (Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey) [2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 555 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | TT: CD1:73’02; CD2:73’00

There are two English Davises, both conductors: Colin and Andrew–no relation. Colin recorded a landmark Messiah which is still available on Philips at budget price. This one is another matter entirely. Andrew Davis certainly knows this music, and he hits the big moments with gusto. But Messiah is more than big moments, and despite an excellent cast of soloists, there's too little involvement with the music (especially from Kathleen Battle) in the arias and more intimate moments to make this a clear recommendation. It's not bad, but the competition is just that much better. –David Hurwitz

Poulenc - Gloria, Stabat Mater (Ozawa, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Battle) [1989]

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Poulenc - Gloria, Stabat Mater (Ozawa, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Battle) [1989]

Poulenc - Gloria, Stabat Mater (Ozawa, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Battle) [1989]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 224 MB
Classical | Label: DG | Catalog Number: 427 3042 7 | TT: 51’56

This is the simply a slpendid recording- well paced, energetic and in excellent sound. I have a suspicion that many people drawn to these works pay undo emphasis on the choir [or they are choir singers] and understandably get frustrating when the choir is not front and center in the musical proceedings. But what Poulenc wrote here does not emphasize the choir [he was a master instrumentalist after all!] so the orchestra should be more prominent at times. Ragardless, this is a great performance!

VA - Neue Zeit für Alte Musik (1993, Archiv Produktion # 439 534-2 AB)

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VA - Neue Zeit für Alte Musik (1993, Archiv Produktion # 439 534-2 AB)

VA - Neue Zeit für Alte Musik
Early Music - From Gregorian Chant to the Baroque
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 310 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Archiv Produktion # 439 534-2 AB | Country/Year: Germany 1993
Genre: Classical | Style: Early Music, Sacred