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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 72:34+67:15+53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908354.56 | Recorded: 1993, 1994, 2002

Another entry in Harmonia Mundi's ongoing Bach Edition, this recording from 1993 exemplifies both the consistently high standard of performance we've come to expect from Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale and the astonishing musical variety and emotional/spiritual depth of Bach's vocal works. As usual in this series, the program reflects a theme, in this case the feast of Ascension, for which Bach wrote what proved to be his final oratorio (improperly catalogued as a cantata in the original edition of Bach's works) and at least three cantatas. The oratorio contains both original music and, as has recently been shown, several movements taken from cantatas no longer extant. It's a compelling and inexplicably underperformed work, far shorter than Bach's other oratorios, complete with some terrific orchestral music, two wonderful festive choruses, a tenor Evangelist narrator, a charming little duet for tenor and bass, and arias for soprano and alto.

Patricia Petibon - Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Litanies a la Vierge Noire (2013) (Repost)

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Patricia Petibon - Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Litanies a la Vierge Noire (2013) (Repost)

Patricia Petibon - Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Gloria, Litanies a la Vierge Noire (2013)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:48 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 479 1497 6 CD DDD GH

Francis Poulenc was the best-known composer of the iconoclastic group Les Six, and his reputation for blending sophistication and flippant humor in his songs and concert music made him something of an enfant terrible. Yet the deaths of several close friends and a visit to the Black Madonna of Rocamadour in 1936 brought about soul-searching and a fresh commitment to the Catholicism of his youth.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 777 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

"It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets."
– George Chien

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 5,46 Gb | Total time: 20 h 16 min | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 25319 | Recorded: 2004-2014

Started in 2001 Sigiswald Kuijken cycle on Accent has made a very promising start. As one might expect these performances have a subtle sense of rhythmic hierarchy, with animated dance metres and well shaped continuo lines. The performances are highly convincing: the vocal soloists bring great energy to their lines, adding effective ornamentation in the choruses and projecting a distinctive character for each aria. These performances illuminate Bach’s cantatas with persuasive musicianship and also a critical appraisal of current performing styles. As a result, they are some of the finest examples of what historically informed performers can achieve.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 840 Mb | Total time: 195:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908372.74 | Recorded: 1991, 1997, 1999

"The Scholl/Herreweghe CD is distinguished by its marriage of beautiful sound and expressive intensity. The richly nuanced orchestral playing remains forceful throughout and Scholl imbues his beguiling voice with a fervent conviction…"
– BBC Music Magazine

"Kooy must by now have appeared in more Bach cantata recordings than any other solo singer in history, and even in 1991 when these recordings were made he was an experienced Bach singer of immense authority. His performances of these soul-searching, inward-looking works are stamped with a level of technical command and sensitivity that renders more obvious gesture superfluous. This is masterly and utterly compelling singing."
– Brian Robins

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, TRACKs+CUE, LOG | Covers | 00:58:48 | 268.46 MB
Classical/Secred | Label: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; CA / MVCD 1164

Isabel Bayrakdarian is a certified classical music diva today, an excellent Mozartian, Handelian, songs and lieder recitalist and overall a very bright star in the current line-up of young sopranos. And this is how she started her recorded career- with a disc of Armenian liturgical music…

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

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Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 71:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 807595 | Recorded: 2013

The 16 voices of the British choir Stile Antico have a reputation for perfect blend and for programs that go beyond the favorites generally essayed by the similarly sized British choir the Sixteen. That's what's in this collection of motets (and the chanson Mille regretz) united by their connection to the Hapsburg court. It may be surprising to see Thomas Tallis under that rubric, but as the informative booklet points out, he makes the cut due to the marriage of Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor. As that suggests, and as might be expected from a collection of pieces spanning a century, the Hapsburg factor does little to unite these pieces, even if the Emperor Maximilian does get name-checked at one point. Instead, this is simply a collection of intriguing Renaissance works that are generally beyond the ones normally heard. In the Tallis and several other pieces, the singers do an especially nice job with the striking dissonances that sometimes appear in music of the earlier Renaissance; they neither gloss over the dissonances nor overemphasize them. Big pieces like Heinrich Isaac's Virgo prudentissima contrast nicely with the the soberer idiom of the likes of Morales. In short, a very well recorded Renaissance a cappella program.
– James Manheim

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)

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Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)

Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Sances, Bertali, Schmelzer: Stabat Mater (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 363 Mb | Total time: 67:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 050 | Recorded: 2006

The Stabat Mater Dolorosa is a sequence, not a chant, and no unified melody was established for it until the mid-nineteenth century; it was even banned for a time by the Council of Trent, but restored to liturgical use in the late 1720s by Pope Benedict XIII. Much as Prohibition did not stem the tide of alcohol use, the Council of Trent's ban on the text did not diminish the popularity of the Stabat Mater. It was during the official, 160-year-long period where the Stabat Mater was not heard in churches that Giovanni Felice Sances composed the title work on this Mirare CD Stabat Mater, featuring Carlos Mena, Philippe Pierlot, and the Ricercar Consort. This was given, not in a cathedral, but for performance in the Viennese Court, or, even more likely, in Emperor Leopold I's private chapel. On this disc, the Ricercar Consort programmed examples of at least three generations of seventeenth century Baroque musicians who worked at the Hofkapelle in Vienna, beginning with that represented by Sances and Antonio Bertali, imported Italians residing there in the early part of Leopold's reign. German Johann Heinrich Schmelzer briefly held the post in 1679-1680, but perished from the plague, so another Italian, Marc Andrea Ziani, followed him. Johann Joseph Fux, who succeeded Ziani, would not assume the post of hofkapellemeister until 1715; by that time both Leopold I and his successor Joseph I were already dead and Charles IV was Holy Roman Emperor – Fux had been his music teacher when he was a boy.

Ralf Otto, L’arpa festante Munchen, Bachchor Mainz - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2010)

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Ralf Otto, L’arpa festante Munchen, Bachchor Mainz - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2010)

Ralf Otto, L’arpa festante München, Bachchor Mainz - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 85 min | 5,67 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Accentus | Recorded: 2010

In 2010 the world is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, whose music – for the most disparate reasons – was for a long time shrouded in oblivion. Many of his works disappeared completely after the Second World War, and it was not until 1999 that they were rediscovered in Kiev. The present world-première recording of four of his cantatas grants us a fascinating insight into the composer’s output and invites us to join him on a musical voyage of discovery. These ambitious works, which were written for Christmas and Ascension, attest to the technical and musical virtuosity of Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son.

The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace & Carl Jackson - Thomas Tallis: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (2018)

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The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace & Carl Jackson - Thomas Tallis: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (2018)

The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace & Carl Jackson - Thomas Tallis: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 307 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 163 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:20
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Resonus Classics

The Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and their director Carl Jackson make their Resonus Classics debut with this album of works for lower voices by Thomas Tallis – himself a Gentleman of the Tudor Chapel Royal serving under four monarchs.

The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 3 - O nobilissima viriditas - Sinfonye (2004) {Celestial Harmonies 13129-2}

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The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 3 - O nobilissima viriditas - Sinfonye (2004) {Celestial Harmonies 13129-2}

The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 3 - O nobilissima viriditas - Sinfonye (2004) {Celestial Harmonies 13129-2}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 316 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 161 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 60 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2004 Celestial Harmonies | 13129-2
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / Religious / Chant

O nobilissima viriditas is the third volume of The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, following Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations (13127) and Aurora (13128), released in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Hildegard von Bingen was born in 1098 as the tenth and last child of a noble family. In 1106 at age eight she was entrusted to Jutta of Spondheim’s convent which was attached to the Benedictine monastery of Disibodenberg on the mountain of St. Disibod. After Jutta’s death in 1136, Hildegard became abbess and she subsequently established her own convent on the Rupertsberg near Bingen in the late 1140s.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - William Byrd: Mass for 5 voices (1989)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - William Byrd: Mass for 5 voices (1989)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - William Byrd: Mass for 5 voices (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 55:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 90802 | Recorded: 1988

"A liturgically and historically well thought-out coupling of Byrd's works, which are probably among the best that English choral music of the early century has to offer. The Sixteen interpret with British distinction in expression, but great beauty of overall sound. ''
–M. Mezger

David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir - William Byrd: Mass for five voices (2012)

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David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir - William Byrd: Mass for five voices (2012)

David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir - William Byrd: Mass for five voices (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 72:46 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDH55348 | Recorded: 1995

It was only recently established by bibliographical analysis that William Byrd’s three settings of the Ordinary of the Mass—in three, four and five parts—were almost certainly published in the early 1590s, coinciding with Byrd’s move from London to a Catholic enclave in Stondon Massey, Essex. The Mass for five voices, scored for treble (or soprano), alto, two tenors and bass, is thought to have been the last of the three to have been composed, probably in late 1594 or early 1595, and is, by any reckoning, a masterpiece. It is probable that Byrd composed his Latin liturgical music for use in the domestic chapels maintained, often at considerable personal risk, by recusant Catholic families. Here they would probably have been sung by a small group of singers, perhaps one to a part. This does not of course preclude performance by a larger group, and indeed these works have been well established in the choral liturgical repertory since their rediscovery in the early years of the twentieth century.

The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 2 - Aurora - Sinfonye (1999) {Celestial Harmonies 13128-2}

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The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 2 - Aurora - Sinfonye (1999) {Celestial Harmonies 13128-2}

The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 2 - Aurora - Sinfonye (1999) {Celestial Harmonies 13128-2}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 241 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 141 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 261 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1999 Celestial Harmonies | 13128-2
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / Religious / Chant

This is the second volume of The Complete Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was born the tenth child to a noble family and was dedicated at birth to the church. At age three she began to have visions of luminous objects, but soon realized she was unique in this ability and kept these visions secret for many years. Hildegard's religious education, which began at the age of eight, consisted of an ascetic life of prayer and contemplation. At a time when few women were accorded respect, she lived to become a highly respected writer, poet, composer and visionary sought after for her counsel by bishops, popes and kings.

The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 1 - Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations (1996) {Celestial Harmonies}

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The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 1 - Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations (1996) {Celestial Harmonies}

The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 1 - Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations (1996) {Celestial Harmonies 13127-2}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 259 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 146 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 128 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1996 Celestial Harmonies | 13127-2
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / Religious / Chant

This first of four volumes of The Complete Hildegard von Bingen collection introduces listeners to a remarkable woman ahead of her time. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was born the tenth child to a noble family and was dedicated at birth to the church. At age three she began to have visions of luminous objects, but soon realized she was unique in this ability and kept these visions secret for many years. Hildegard's religious education, which began at the age of eight, consisted of an ascetic life of prayer and contemplation. At a time when few women were accorded respect, she lived to become a highly respected writer, poet, composer and visionary sought after for her counsel by bishops, popes and kings.