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Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)

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Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)

Cappella Pratensis, Stratton Bull - Josquin Desprez: Missa Ave Maris Stella (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:16 | 267 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Challenge | Catalog: CC 72632

The Missa Ave Maris Stella, with its lyrically reverential mood and long duo and trio passages, is among Josquin Desprez's most popular masses, and the listener can choose from among recordings by top Renaissance a cappella vocal groups. This one by the Netherlands ensemble Cappella Pratensis presents itself as hyperauthentic. Backed by a booklet essay from Josquin specialist Jennifer Bloxam, the group purports to re-create the practices, discourse, and atmosphere that would have attended a performance of the mass in the papal chapel around the year 1500.

Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Desprez: De profundis, Motets (2012)

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Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Desprez: De profundis, Motets (2012)

Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes - Desprez: De profundis, Motets (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:24 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777 588-2

This is a good selection of motets because it hardly duplicates the last two such discs. On Orlando Consort’s collection of Josquin’s motets ( Fanfare 34:1), only Read more is heard, and none of them are on David Skinner’s more varied disc (33:1). It follows another Josquin disc by Cordes (35:6), though it was recorded a year later, a fine offering that unfortunately had to compete with an excellent recording of a Mass in Peter Phillips’s ongoing series.

Ensemble Clement Janequin - Paschal de l'Estocart: Octonaires De La Vanité Du Monde (1992)

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Ensemble Clement Janequin - Paschal de l'Estocart: Octonaires De La Vanité Du Monde (1992)

Ensemble Clement Janequin - Paschal de l'Estocart: Octonaires De La Vanité Du Monde (1992)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:59 | 251 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMA 1901110

French countertenor Dominique Visse has participated in the early music revival in France since its inception. Although he became a chorister at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris at the age of 13, he pursued studies on organ and flute at the Versailles Conservatory. As an instrumentalist, he developed an interest in medieval and Renaissance repertories, only occasionally singing as a countertenor.

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali (2013)

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La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali (2013)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luzzaschi: Quinto Libro De Madrigali (2013)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:16 | 283 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD C80905

The Ferrarese Luzzasco Luzzaschi, a pupil of Cipriano de Rore and teacher in turn of Girolamo Frescobaldi, much admired and praised by the self-same Gesualdo da Venosa, has passed into history as the principal musical inspiration for the Concerto delle Dame, that vocal trio with instrumental accompaniment (for which Glossa has very recently produced a new recording).

John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [2007]

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John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [2007]

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloisits, Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [2007]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.8 Gb | Total time: 412:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69838-5 | Recorded: 1980-83

John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument ensemble produce a lovely, smooth sound in these very well played performances, which use Handel's versions for strings and winds. Balances are fine; playing and recording collaborate to produce a treasurable clarity in which every line registers. –Leslie Gerber … Handel's epic oratorio, Israel in Egypt, here in a gripping performance by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, was a failure during Handel's lifetime. This was perhaps because of its immense variety of compositional techniques and forms. It is a virtual catalog of choral compositional methods, and thus stands outside the genre of 18th-century oratorio as such. Now, of course, it is recognized as what it is, a unique, dazzling work. –Joshua Cody … Although he billed this piece as an oratorio, it's really an opera–the first ever in English, and one of the finest too. Handel's audience wasn't fooled for a minute, and a successful performance needs a dazzling cast of singers, just as in the composer's Italian operas. Good as John Eliot Gardiner's singers are, they don't surpass John Nelson's cast on DG, nor does Gardiner's direction offer much competition. Had the DG not existed this would be perfectly recommendable, but life is cruel, and you deserve the best.
(David Hurwitz)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt - J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata (2015)

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Dunedin Consort, John Butt - J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata (2015)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt - J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 78:19 | 435 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Linn Records | Catalog: CKD 469

Given the considerable number of recordings that have tried to place Renaissance compositions within the context for which they were written, it is odd that the same has so rarely been done for Bach. After all, most of Bach's output consists of Gebrauchsmusik, music written for daily use. This release by Scotland's historical-instrument Dunedin Consort and its leader John Butt shows the possibilities of this approach.

Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea (2016)

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Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea (2016)

Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Linn | # CKD 541 | Time: 01:15:32

Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut with a recording celebrating the biblical matriarch Mary. Pieces from contemporary composers Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Smith sit alongside settings of Marian texts from the 13th and 14th centuries. Notably, there is a rare setting of English biblical text which precedes the first publication of an English language bible by 150 years. Mary in her various guises - caring mother, virgin lover, guiding light - are explored through settings of ancient ritualistic texts showing her mythical and human aspects, whilst contemporary settings relate the themes to the modern day. The contemporary works are cleverly constructed around a modal core so that they fit perfectly with the structure and sound of the early music compositions. With over thirty years experience Gothic Voices' complete understanding of every aspect of early music performance is exceptional.

Jean-Claude Hartemann, John Barbirolli - Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile; Petite Symphonie [2001]

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Jean-Claude Hartemann, John Barbirolli - Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile; Petite Symphonie [2001]

Jean-Claude Hartemann, John Barbirolli - Gounod: Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile; Petite Symphonie [2001]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 60:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 74565 2 4 | Recorded: 1959/63

It is good to have this uninhibitedly tuneful setting of the mass back in the catalogue, particularly in this warm and energetic Parisian performance. Gounod here in almost every section presents melodies that to us today have a hint of hit tunes, particularly the brash theme that underpins the "Credo" (which later returns Cut La forza) and the deliciously inappropriate tune for "Agnus Dei". The fact that vulgarity is only just avoided somehow adds to the attractions, and certainly no Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast should miss hearing the work. The performance is even more enjoyable than I had remembered with excellent work from the soloists as well as the choir.
(Edward Greenfield, Gramophone)

Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

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Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)
Westminster Cathedral Choir; City of London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66437 | Time: 01:07:58

Here's a Symphony of Psalms that successfully captures the spirit and letter of the work–reverence, jubilation, and celebration, as well as specifics of orchestral color and texture. Boys' voices–supposedly Stravinsky's original choice–contribute their share to the bright choral timbre, an effect that works very well. We also get first-rate performances of the Mass and the rarely recorded Canticum sacrum.

Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}

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Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}

Monteverdi - Madrigali vol. 3: Venezia - Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew (2017) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8905278}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 315 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 177 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 18 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905278
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque / Madrigal

Recorded at the Cité de la Musique during the complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals mounted in partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre de Caen, the last volume in our trilogy probably contains the best-loved gems of a composer who had become maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, and finally entered the priesthood. Alongside the great operas that have survived from this period, the final madrigals methodically explore the multiple possibilities offered by the rapidly developing practice of basso continuo and by an unprecedented exploitation of solo voices. And, in that respect, the celebrated 'Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' forms a spectacular finale to our Monteverdian adventure!

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro De Madrigali (2011)

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La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro De Madrigali (2011)

La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina - Luca Marenzio: Sesto Libro De Madrigali (2011)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:07 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD C80909

"For the non-specialist," observed Early Music World, "detailed consideration of Marenzio's large body of madrigals remains a vain quest in the light of the lack of comprehensive accessibility to either printed or recorded music." This release from Spain's Glossa label helps rectify the situation with precise yet stylistically sensitive performances of a key set of Luca Marenzio madrigals from the vocal group La Venexiana.

Roger Judd, Christopher Robinson & Choir of St. George's Chapel - Tomkins: Cathedral Music (1990) [Reissue 2001]

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Roger Judd, Christopher Robinson & Choir of St. George's Chapel - Tomkins: Cathedral Music (1990) [Reissue 2001]

Roger Judd, Christopher Robinson & Choir of St. George's Chapel - Tomkins: Cathedral Music (1990) [Reissue 2001]
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 239 Mb (5% Rec.)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 149 Mb (5% Rec.) | Cover + d.booklet included
Classical | Label: Helios / Hyperion Records, CDH55066 | 01:02:43

'One of England's most accomplished and versatile Tudor composers to whose music the Windsor choir does full and pleasing justice'(Organists' Review)

Ars Nova, Bo Holten - Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (1995)

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Ars Nova, Bo Holten - Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (1995)

Ars Nova, Bo Holten - Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:44 | 232 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.553311

Orlando Lassus (1532 - 1594) by all accounts seems to have been a colorful character. Throughout his life he outrageously used works with quite frankly erotic overtones as the basis of his sacred works in blatant defiance of the Counter Reformation puritanism whose mood was set by the Council of Trent. However, at the end of his life Lassus suffered a fit of deep depression accompanied by a sudden paroxysm of religious penitence, the result of which was his Lagrime.

Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré - Juan de Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina (2003)

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Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré - Juan de Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina (2003)

Capilla Peñaflorida, Ministriles de Marsias, Josep Cabré - Juan de Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine, Salve Regina (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:14 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.555772

This superb disc of music by one of Spain's most talented early 16th century composers is exactly the sort of boost that the less well-known repertoire needs in its search for a place in today's CD collection. It is in every way a model of what a recording of Renaissance polyphony ought to be… The all male vocal ensemble sings with enormous conviction as well as firm control of rhythm and phrasing. Combining the voices with energetically played sackbuts produces a rich and dark-hued sound that feels authentically Spanish, and does full justice to this very fine music.

Luigi Rossi - Oratorio per la Settimana Santa - Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (2016) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8901297}

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Luigi Rossi - Oratorio per la Settimana Santa - Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (2016) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8901297}

Luigi Rossi - Oratorio per la Settimana Santa - Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (2016) {Harmonia Mundi HAF 8901297}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 229 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 115 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 76 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1989, 2016 Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8901297
Classical / Baroque / Choral

Rossi's Oratorio per la Settimana Santa is a masterpiece of the period. Its unusual representation of the Crucifixion draws on elements of both the Passion and the Stabat mater traditions. It also includes an almost operatic scene that vividly depicts a descent into Hades. Its moralistic intent was to move the listener through compassion to repentance. This striking recording from William Christie and the ensemble Les Arts Florissants was originally released in 1989.