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The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)

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The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)
William Harris, Michael Tippett, Thomas Weelkes, James MacMillan, Ivor Gurney, Robert Ramsey
Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, Michael East, Herbert Howells, Robert Pearsall, Thomas Tomkins

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: CORO | # COR16134 | Time: 01:10:50

Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.

Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560) - Motets II - Beauty Farm (2017) {Fra Bernardo Official Digital Download FB 1612457}

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Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560) - Motets II - Beauty Farm (2017) {Fra Bernardo Official Digital Download FB 1612457}

Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560) - Motets II - Beauty Farm (2017) {Fra Bernardo Official Digital Download FB 1612457}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (prestoclassical.co.uk) -> 577 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 258 Mb | Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2016, 2017 Fra Bernardo | FB 1612457
Classical / Renaissance / Early Music / Choral / Sacred / Polyphony

The second Gombert project with seventeen of his masterpieces, the motets, some of them being first recorded here. The best description of Gombert’s motets was written by Hermann Finck more than four centuries ago, in 1556: For he avoids pauses, and his work is rich with full harmonies and imitative counterpoint. Beauty farm founded 2014 by Markus Muntean and Bernhard Trebuch is a vocal group focused to the Franco-Flemish polyphony of the renaissance. The international ensemble is based in the carthusian monastery at Mauerbach (Austria). The singers are members of well known ensembles like «Capilla flamenca», «Huelgas Ensemble», «Vox Luminis», «Collegium Vocale Gent» and «Graindelavoix». Beauty Farm exclusively records for frabernardo.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:58:22 | 970 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: 907168

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Susanna. Oratorio. First performed 1749. Complete version including all the music that Handel later deleted. Performed by Lorraine Hunt and Jill Feldman, soprano, Drew Minter, countertenor, Jeffrey Thomas, tenor, David Thomas and William Parker, bass; the U.C. Berkely Chamber Choir; the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Recorded live in September, 1989, at the Hertz Hall at the University of California.

Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Carlo Gesualdo: Complete Sacred Music for Five Voices (1993)

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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Carlo Gesualdo: Complete Sacred Music for Five Voices (1993)

Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Carlo Gesualdo: Complete Sacred Music for Five Voices (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 68:12 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 550742

This is a very good collection of Gesualdo's sacred motet style, performed beautifully. Most of these pieces are much more conservative and less chromatic than his madrigals, but they are exquisite and expresive and every bit as competent as the styles of contemporaries such as Gesualdo's alter-ego, Palestrina. Much of this music makes his mental turmoil and fear of damnation over his infamous murders achingly clear, especially the disturbing mode changes and chromaticism on parts of the text that say things like "have mercy on me" and words like "my sorrow and "my tears".

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Valentin Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works (2015)

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava - Valentin Silvestrov: To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works (2015)

Valentin Silvestrov - To Thee We Sing: Sacred Choral Works (2015)
Latvian Radio Choir, conducted by Sigvards Klava

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Ondine | # ODE1266-5 | Time: 00:59:59

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b.1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music. In this new release, Silvestrov’s hauntingly beautiful vocal works are performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Kļava. During his artistic career, Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques, such as avant-guard, post-modernism, neo-classicism, dodecaphony, aleatoric writing and pointillism. The fall of the Soviet Union, however, allowed Silvestrov to eventually compose spiritual works, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church music which Silvestrov imbues with his own unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic moves. Silvestrov’s compositions are invested with the composer’s own unique personality, musical sensibility and sense of beauty.

Antonio Lotti - Requiem, Credo, Miserere (Thomas Hengelbrock) [1999]

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Antonio Lotti - Requiem, Credo, Miserere (Thomas Hengelbrock) [1999]

Antonio Lotti - Requiem, Credo, Miserere (Thomas Hengelbrock) [1999]
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77507 2 | TT: 69.34 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 309 Mb

“Lotti's Requiem Mass in F major is considered by Thomas Hengelbrock the most important Requiem before Mozart's. It's full of expressive contrast: Lotti has an affection for a quasi-Palestrina style on the one hand and the skill to deploy more up-to-date techniques on the other. This Requiem is essentially in the late Baroque idiom, occasionally recalling certain of Vivaldi's larger sacred vocal pieces. The sections differ from the sequence usually encountered in later 18th-century Requiem Masses. There's neither Sanctus, 'Benedictus' nor Agnus Dei, but instead a very extended 'Dies irae' as well as a much shorter 'Requiem aeternam', Kyrie and Offertory. Full of theatrical gestures, supple polyphony, warmly seductive harmony and some beautiful melodies, the Requiem holds attention from start to finish. The contrasts are often striking, as between the hushed opening section and the awesome introduction to the 'Dies irae'. The a cappella Miserere is sung with clarity and finesse. The five-movement Credo is a supple piece for choir and strings with some affecting, shimmering harmonies in the 'Crucifixus'.

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the Music of the Reformation - Vox Luminis (2017) {Ricercar Digital Download RIC 376}

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Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the Music of the Reformation - Vox Luminis (2017) {Ricercar Digital Download RIC 376}

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the Music of the Reformation - Vox Luminis (2017) {2CD Ricercar Official Digital Download RIC 376}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 637 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 356 Mb
Full Artwork (pdf+jpg) -> 68 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Ricercar / Outhere Music | RIC 376
Classical / Baroque

A two-CD set devoted to the Lutheran liturgical repertory from Martin Luther himself to Heinrich Schütz. The first disc comprises compositions specific to the Lutheran liturgy: Deutsche Messe, Deutsches Magnificat, Deutsche Passion (the first German polyphonic Passion, by Joachim von Burck) and even a reconstruction of a Deutsches Requiem drawn from polyphonic works that set the same texts as those Brahms was later to use for his Deutsches Requiem.

Orpheus Vokalensemble, Ars Antiqua Austria, Jürgen Essl - Rosengart: Te Deum Laudamus (2008)

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Orpheus Vokalensemble, Ars Antiqua Austria, Jürgen Essl - Rosengart: Te Deum Laudamus (2008)

Orpheus Vokalensemble, Ars Antiqua Austria, Jürgen Essl - Rosengart: Te Deum Laudamus (2008)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 135 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical | Label: Carus | 2008 | 00:56:29

The recently discovered works of Father Æmilian Rosengart (1757-1810) are real treasures. As a contemporary of Haydn and Mozart, Rosengart displayed great stylistic variety in his works. Several of the sacred arias recorded here were originally from operas and oratorios which have since been lost, to which Rosengart added new texts for liturgical use. The fact that the present recording was made in the church of the monastery at Ochsenhausen – that is, in the setting for which the compositions were originally conceived – enhanced the goal of achieving an historical performance practice in an authentic context.

Psallentes - Hendrik Vanden Abeele - Fragmenta Tungrensia (2016) {Le Bricoleur LBCD-09}

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Psallentes - Hendrik Vanden Abeele - Fragmenta Tungrensia (2016) {Le Bricoleur LBCD-09}

Psallentes - Hendrik Vanden Abeele - Fragmenta Tungrensia (2016) {Le Bricoleur LBCD-09}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 311 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 173 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 614 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Le Bricoleur | LBCD/09
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / 14th Century / 15th Century / Polyphony / Plainchant / Sacred Works / Vocal

The Teseum in Tongeren contains many ecclesiastical treasures, including late mediaeval plainchant manuscripts. From these beautiful sources, Psallentes has chosen a series of real gems: chant from the liturgy for the great feasts — such as Christmas and Easter— and chant with a more local colour — such as the hymns for saints such as Maternus and Servatius. This recording thus offers a fine image of the richness of the liturgy in Tongeren in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Herbert Howells, Eric Whitacre, Ildebrando Pizzetti - Requiem (Conspirare, C. H. Johnson, Company Of Voices) (2009)

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Herbert Howells, Eric Whitacre, Ildebrando Pizzetti - Requiem (Conspirare, C. H. Johnson, Company Of Voices) (2009)

Herbert Howells, Eric Whitacre, Ildebrando Pizzetti - Requiem (Conspirare, C. H. Johnson, Company Of Voices) (2009)
Classical | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Harmonia Mundi, HMU 807518; SACD Red Book Layer | rec: 2005 | 290Mb

Requiem, a two-disc set by Conspirare, the Austin, TX-based vocal ensemble, was originally released in 2006 on the Clarion label and received two Grammy nominations. This release on Harmonia Mundi has trimmed several tracks so that it could be issued on a single disc, and it received the Dutch Edison Award in the Choral Music category. It's easy to hear why it has been so highly honored.

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)

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Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jaroslav Brych - Rachmaninov: Vespers, Op. 37;  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)

Sergey Rachmaninov - Vespers, Op. 37; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31 (2007)
The Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jaroslav Brych, conductor, Soloists

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD 350 043 | Time: 01:01:32

The Prague Philharmonic choir join over a dozen others who have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, a work once thought the special property of the Russian choirs who are, of course, prominent in the lists. The Czechs sing it without a cantor, and more as a concert work than some of the others do. Though they take the famous scale in the Nunc dimittis, descending to a profound B flat, in their stride, they are not as sonorous as some others, and their particular contribution is to sing the music lightly and flexibly, with a lively response to the words. They have excellent sopranos, safe in intonation when attacking the exposed high entries in thirds which are a feature of the music, and a good tenor for the three numbers that involve him as a soloist. The Magnificat, with all its tempo changes and shifts of register, is expressively done, as are the light rhythms of ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord’.

Currende, Erik Van Nevel - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater; Joao Rodriguez Esteves: Missa A Oito Voces (1990) Reissue 2007

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Currende, Erik Van Nevel - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater; Joao Rodriguez Esteves: Missa A Oito Voces (1990) Reissue 2007

Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater; João Rodriguez Esteves: Missa A Oito Voces (1990)
Vocal And Instrumental Ensemble 'Currende'; Erik Van Nevel, direction

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 210 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: ACC Accent | # 10069 | Time: 00:47:10

As the old saying goes, "the third time's the charm." This is indeed the third time the German label Accent has issued this coupling of Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater with João Rodrigues Esteves' Missa a oito voces. The first time was in 1990, when the recording by Currende under the leadership of Erik van Nevel was new, and the second in 1998 as part of a box set containing this and several recordings by Concerto Palatino. No complaints here, though, as this is one of the finest discs Accent has to offer.

Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD): Part 01 [2011]

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Lumieres - La musique du XVIIIeme siecle (29 CD): Part 01 [2011]

Lumières - La musique du XVIIIème siècle (29 CD): Part 01 [2011]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 2908601.30 | TT: 81.16+77.59+80.11+74.50 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.52 Gb

The eighteenth century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume’ it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the eighteenth century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.

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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988

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English Bach Festival, Leonard Bernstein, Soloists - Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988

Igor Stravinsky - Les Noces; Mass (1977) Reissue 1988
English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Patricia Parker (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor), Paul Hudson (Bass), Anne Mory (Soprano)
Pianos: Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesch

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Ballet, Choral, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 423 251-2 | Time: 00:44:29

Les Noces is a screaming, shrieking, flat-out masterpiece. Leonard Bernstein himself has referred to it as Stravinsky's greatest work, and listening to this incendiary performance, it's awfully hard to disagree. Scored for voices, four pianos, and percussion, the work provided the inspiration for the entire career of Orff (of Carmina Burana fame), but it's so much better as sheer music than anything Orff wrote. And what a cast! The pianists for this performance include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, and Homero Francesch, four certified virtuoso performers, while the singers of the English Bach Festival Chorus really cover themselves with glory in both works. A stunner.

Crawford Young & Ferrara Ensemble - Walter Frye: Northerne Wynde (2002)

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Crawford Young & Ferrara Ensemble - Walter Frye: Northerne Wynde (2002)

Crawford Young & Ferrara Ensemble - Walter Frye: Northerne Wynde (2002)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 290 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 171 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Marc Aurel Edition, MA 20018 | 2002 | 01:05:41

As far as is known, Frye was an Englishman who may never have left England; one thinks of him as a 'northerne' musician. His music is 'wynd' music, that is, texted and thus conceived to be sung, sounded by means of the breath. The title of this CD also refers to an early-fourteenth-century poem "Blou, northerne wynd, send thou me my suetyng", beautifully set to music and sung by John Fleagle (1952-1999), who also performed Frye's music, and whose spirit will always live in our remembrance. –Crawford Young