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Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

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Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HCX 3955182 | 00:51:54

Byrd, the chief musician of Elizabethan England, wrote and published liturgical music for clandestine religious observance. Among his most serene and pure works, these intimate five-voice masses are drawn from his second book of Gradualia published in 1607.

Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Chorus & CBSO Youth Chorus - Britten: War Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Chorus & CBSO Youth Chorus - Britten: War Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Chorus & CBSO Youth Chorus - Britten: War Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19951 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 96 min | 19,7 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3797 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 96 min | 6,78 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish

Britten‘s War Requiem: 50th anniversary in Coventry. 2012 brings the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Britten‘s War Requiem, one of the most powerful pacifist statements in music. The first performance took place in 1962 in the newly consecrated Coventry Cathedral, built alongside the ruins of the old cathedral, left as a sombre reminder of the wartime bombings. On 30 May 2012, 50 years to the day, Britten‘s masterpiece returns to the cathedral, performed as at the premiere by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists from three once warring nations. The anniversary performance is conducted by the CBSO‘s Music Director, Andris Nelsons, featuring the Canadian soprano Erin Wall, English tenor Mark Padmore singing the role written for Peter Pears, and German baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

David Skinner, Alamire, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts - Praetorius: Motets in 8,10,12,16 & 20 Parts (2019)

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David Skinner, Alamire, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts - Praetorius: Motets in 8,10,12,16 & 20 Parts (2019)

David Skinner, Alamire, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts - Praetorius: Motets in 8,10,12,16 & 20 Parts (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 444 Mb | Total time: 57:46+42:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Inventa Records | # INV001 | Recorded: 2019

The large-scale works of Hieronymus Praetorius (1560–1629) owe much to the great polychoral tradition mastered by Hans Leo Hassler and the great Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli. Hieronymus does not disappoint with his vivid expression of texts, intricate counterpoint, and sumptuously sonorous and inventive harmonies: this is Northern Germany’s noble response to the Italians, and to the Roman Counter-Reformation.

Ulrich Stotzel, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Collegium vocale Siegen - Telemann: Christmas Cantatas II (2017)

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Ulrich Stotzel, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Collegium vocale Siegen - Telemann: Christmas Cantatas II (2017)

Ulrich Stötzel, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Collegium vocale Siegen - Telemann: Christmas Cantatas II (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 262 Mb | Total time: 54:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 166-2 | Recorded: 2017

The three cantatas brought together here are from Telemann’s last printed annual cycle, which was published in Hermsdorf (near Hirschberg), Silesia, in 1749. Each cantata has a title page indicating the particular Sunday, registering the ensemble parts under it, and displaying a decorative figure modeled on a putto as an ornament on the lower half of the page. Since the putto was also understood as an angel, the cycle came to be known as the »Engel-Jahrgang« (Angel Cycle). In addition, the title contains a pithy motto that seems to be referring to Telemann: »You glorify the sweet harmony of the art of music and sanctify it.« As in his other annual cycles issued in printed form, the compositions were presented in Hamburg churches prior to their publication or along with it. These are joyful works of dancy verve to which Telemann supplied additional splendor in many movements through the use of trumpets.

Johannes Somary, English Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis Chorale - Handel: Jephtha (1995)

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Johannes Somary, English Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis Chorale - Handel: Jephtha (1995)

Johannes Somary, English Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis Chorale - Handel: Jephtha (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 776 Mb | Total time: 57:28+60:54+47:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # 08 5091 73 | Recorded: 1969

This is a wonderful performance, certainly without the digital fidelity, given the record date (1969), but for the same reason, with the warmth that many miss in the digital coldness. But the greater excellence of this version lies in the marvelous and powerful female voices: Helen Watts (Dame of the British Empire), the African-Amerincan Reri Grist (Bohm choice for Mozart and Strauss), and above all the huge canadian contralto Maureen Forrester. Simply marvelous, for those that love real music.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players: An English Coronation, 1902-1953 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 159:21 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD 569 | Recorded: 2018

The four coronations of the twentieth century were enormous and extravagant. Replete with festive pageantry, these ceremonies were joyful celebrations of British music, employing tremendous forces. Choirs from across London and beyond were marshalled to provide a chorus of over 400 voices; a full-size symphony orchestra was squeezed into Westminster Abbey, whilst bands of fanfare trumpeters led the pomp and celebration.

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - The Music Prints of Christophe Plantin (2018)

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Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - The Music Prints of Christophe Plantin (2018)

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - The Music Prints of Christophe Plantin (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 356 Mb | Total time: 66:20 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075809722 | Recorded: 2017

The Antwerp based French printer Christophe Plantin (1520-1589) achieved international renown through his epic bible editions (e.g. the eight part “Biblia Regia”) and elaborate humanistic works by the likes of Justus Lipsius and the mathematician Simon Stevin. On the other hand, his fame as a publisher of ground-breaking music prints of esteemed sixteenth century composers, often presented as monumental choir books, seems today to have gone relatively unnoticed.

Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)

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Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)

Francis Poulenc: Mass In G Major; Motets For Christmas And Lent (1990)
Robert Shaw Festival Singers, conducted by Robert Shaw

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 185 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Telarc | # CD-80236 | Time: 00:52:02

Robert Shaw leads the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in these powerful works of Francis Poulenc. Poulenc experienced a spiritual crisis which led to the composition of his powerful Mass in G major, which is dedicated to the memory of his father. Paired with this work are his Four Motets for Christmas, Four Motets for a Time of Penitence, and Four Short Prayers of Saint Frances.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Handel: Jephtha (2014)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Handel: Jephtha (2014)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Handel: Jephtha (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 757 Mb | Total time: 58:34+57:25+52:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coro | # COR16121 | Recorded: 2014

Jephtha (1751) was Handel's last oratorio. It does not have quite the dramatic sweep of Messiah or Israel in Egypt, but it contains many moments equal to anything in Handel. These include the choruses, several of which are among the most dramatically effective fugues ever composed. One attractive feature of this excellent recording of the oratorio under the directorship of Harry Christophers is that these choruses are crystal clear in texture, with all the words intelligible: hard enough for the soloists, who likewise won't have you turning to the booklet, and well-nigh remarkable for a chorus. Christophers' group the Sixteen consists of 18 members here, plus an orchestra of 30, so this is a fairly sizable performance by current standards.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Jephtha (1990)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Jephtha (1990)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Jephtha (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 928 Mb | Total time: 60:39+62:17+72:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 425 701-2 | Recorded: 1975, 1979

Jephtha was the last full-length composition that Handel wrote. (The Triumph of Time and Truth of 1757 was almost entirely made up of pre-existing music.) Given this fact, and also that the actual writing of it was an inordinately laborious task for Handel as he fought with rapidly failing eyesight, it's incomparable depth of expression and personal commitment make the whole work a profound and magnificent conclusion to his life's output. Based on a story from Judges XI, it tells of Jephtha leading the Israelites against the Ammonites and his ultimate sacrifice.

Collegium Vocale Seoul & Kim Sun Ah - Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (2017)

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Collegium Vocale Seoul & Kim Sun Ah - Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (2017)

Collegium Vocale Seoul & Kim Sun Ah - Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 109 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 67 Mb | 00:28:28
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Audioguy Records

The Requiem, Op. 9, is a setting of the Latin Requiem by Maurice Duruflé for a solo voice, mixed choir, and organ, or orchestra with organ. The thematic material is mostly taken from the Mass for the Dead in Gregorian chant. The Requiem was first published in 1948 by Durand in an organ version.

Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2011)

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Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2011)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Belshazzar (2011)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24997 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 37,2 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3899 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 11,5 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: English, French, German

Handel's Belshazzar at the Aix Festival was imported from the Staatsoper Berlin. Berlin had built a huge, magnificent production and imported English and American opera singers, including star-turn countertenor Bejun Mehta. Add to this a superb local Baroque instrumental ensemble and an accomplished vocal ensemble, not to mention the world-renowned early music conductor, René Jacobs: and voilà, an operatic hit.

Marguerite Louise & Gaétan Jarry - Messe du Roi Soleil (The Sun King's Mass) (2019)

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Marguerite Louise & Gaétan Jarry - Messe du Roi Soleil (The Sun King's Mass) (2019)

Marguerite Louise & Gaétan Jarry - Messe du Roi Soleil (The Sun King's Mass) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 279 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 122 Mb | 00:53:11
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles

The Sun King’s Mass was without doubt one of the privileged rites for the standing glory of the sovereign, as much because of its splendour, as for its ceremonial aspect, which brings time to a halt, solidifying the eternal image of royal power. The greatest composers of the kingdom distinguished themselves by making the holy service a veritable heavenly concert. The bell rang, the fifes and drums announced the arrival of the king in the gallery, the organ burst forth, the Grands Motets by Lully and Delalande enthralled under the golden vaults, the delicate and intimate petits motets by Couperin appear with grace in the alcoves of the Royal Chapel…

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Kantaten (2019)

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Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Kantaten (2019)

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Kantaten (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 313 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:14
Classial, Sacred, Choral | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

Having recorded the complete motets composed by the ancestors of Johann Sebastian Bach (RIC 347), Vox Luminis now tackles their complete spiritual concerts and sacred cantatas, in which the instruments – particularly the strings – play a highly important role. In the cantata for the Feast of St Michael the Archangel by Johann Christoph Bach, trumpets and drums are enlisted to evoke the battle of the archangels in heaven. To round off this programme, Vox Luminis presents the cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden by Johann Sebastian Bach, in its original version dating from his Arnstadt period, containing copious elements linking it to the music of his forebears.

Emma Kirkby & Gothic Voices - Hildegard of Bingen: A Feather On the Breath of God (Reissue) (1982/2010)

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Emma Kirkby & Gothic Voices - Hildegard of Bingen: A Feather On the Breath of God (Reissue) (1982/2010)

Emma Kirkby, Gothic Voices & Christopher Page - Hildegard of Bingen: A Feather On the Breath of God (Hyperion 30th Anniversary Reissue) (1982/2010)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 167 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 103 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:44:07
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Hyperion

Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I 'A feather on the breath of God'.