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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Zelenka: I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63 (2009)

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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Zelenka: I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63 (2009)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Zelenka: I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 71:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | # ZZT 090803 | Recorded: 2008

Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka is a strong candidate for the greatest rediscovery of the Baroque revival. He worked for most of his career in Dresden (the booklet, in French and English, goes into a great deal of detail about the political determinants and musical implications of this fact), and Bach, who didn't admire many composers, admired him. Each new Zelenka work that emerges, if competently performed, seems to astonish, and I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore, ZWV 63 (The Penitents at the Sepulchre of the Redeemer), composed late in Zelenka's career in 1736, is no exception. The work is a bit hard to get a grip on because of its odd genre. Annotator Vacláv Luks calls it a "sepolcro oratorio": it is a little religious semi-drama based on the idea that biblical figures, who may not (as in this case) actually meet in the Bible at all, gather at Christ's tomb and contemplate his divine mysteries.

Olivier Schneebeli, Le Mercure Galant - Sebastien de Brossard: Oeuvres Chorales (1997)

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Olivier Schneebeli, Le Mercure Galant - Sebastien de Brossard: Oeuvres Chorales (1997)

Olivier Schneebeli, Le Mercure Galant - Sébastien de Brossard: Œuvres Chorales (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 58:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée Auvidis | # E 8619 | Recorded: 1996

Sébastien de Brossard (1655-1730) is still known today, but for the wrong reason. People no longer know him for his compositions, but for his 'Dictionaire de Musique' from 1703, a work that is still a valuable source of French music from the seventeenth century. Brossard's music enjoyed a considerable popularity at the time. Brossard was also a valued teacher and a large collector: in 1725 he donated a large collection of manuscripts to the Bibliothèque Royale. He added a few works of his own, according to his own words 'because there were still some empty folders'.

Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - J.S. Bach: Missæ Breves complete recordings BWV 232-236 (2013)

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Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - J.S. Bach: Missæ Breves complete recordings BWV 232-236 (2013)

Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - J.S. Bach: Missæ Breves complete recordings BWV 232-236 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:53:23 | 982 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Alpha | Catalog: ALPHA816

Now presented complete, Raphaël Pichon and Pygmalion’s exceptional Lutheran Mass performances, in this often unjustly neglected genre, remind us of Bach’s telling psychological shift in the early 1730s from ephemeral duty to collating collections of music for posterity. The four parody Missae breves, comprised of a Kyrie and Gloria only, in the north German way, were compiled by Bach from cantata movements he clearly admired and felt could be productively recycled. Then there’s also the Missa of 1733 – the work which Bach offered to the new Elector of Saxony in search of wider recognition and which was to become the blueprint for that summa anthology, the Mass in B minor – now assembled with the others and strengthening the identity of Bach’s Mass oeuvre further.

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus - Handel: Messiah (1987)

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Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus - Handel: Messiah (1987)

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus - Handel: Messiah (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 711 Mb | Total time: 143:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 865-2 | Recorded: 1966

Along with Mackerras' EMI recording, which appeared at the same time (1966/67), Davis' Messiah established the standard for properly scaled, tastefully ornamented renditions using modern instruments. Like all classic recordings, the musical values embodied on these two well-filled discs haven't diminished a bit. You can still enjoy Davis' lively and sympathetic direction, enthusiastic singing and playing by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, two fabulous female soloists, and though the men are a bit less distinguished, they certainly don't drag the standards down to any significant degree.

Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18 (2008)

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Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18 (2008)

Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 71:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | # ZZT 080801 | Recorded: 2007

The Missa Votiva, ZWV 18, of Czech-German composer Jan Dismas Zelenka was written in 1739, late in Zelenka's life. It has something in common with the String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, of Beethoven: both are late works written as prayers of thanksgiving after their respective composers' recovery from serious illness. And, although the Zelenka work is virtually unknown, both are staggering masterpieces. The more Zelenka's music surfaces, the more he appears a major composer of the late Baroque; he was probably ignored for so long because his life story, during eras when audiences loved to have biographies on which to hang music, is largely obscure. This fine recording, by the Czech groups Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 under Václav Luks on the French label Zig-Zag Territoires, is all the more impressive in that Baroque sacred music was rare, and historically informed performance unknown, in the Czech Republic 15 years ago, both having been frowned upon by Czechoslovakia's Communist regime.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Biber: Missa Bruxellensis XXIII vocum (2000)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Biber: Missa Bruxellensis XXIII vocum (2000)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Biber: Missa Bruxellensis XXIII vocum (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 305 Mb | Total time: 51:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AliaVox | # AV 9808 | Recorded: 1999

The performance here, superlatively recorded in the echoing - but never blurring - acoustics of Salzburg Cathedral, re-creates the work's premiere and is truly inspired. This marvellous disc cannot be recommended too highly.
— Penguin Guide

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by James O'Donnell; Robert Quinney, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Christmas | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67716 | 01:03:34

This seasonal offering from The Choir of Westminster Abbey presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas. It encompasses many of the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration. An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth-century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release.

Ensemble Inegal - Vivaldi: In Bohemia (2009)

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Ensemble Inegal - Vivaldi: In Bohemia (2009)

Ensemble Inegal - Vivaldi: In Bohemia (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:33 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Nibiru | Catalog: 0150-2211

Here are some prime works by Vivaldi that are not hot from a recording studio, but bring a new Nibiru title to our catalogue. They feature Ensemble Inegal and Prague Baroque Soloists conducted by Adam Viktora, who are legendary for their performances of music by Zelenka. We know lots about him, but it is unclear if Antonio Vivaldi ever actually visited the Czech lands - Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Certainly his music was circulating there, as some of his operas appeared in Prague.

Roy Goodman, Le Concert Lorrain, Nederlands Kamerkoor - Handel: Israel in Egypt (2014)

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Roy Goodman, Le Concert Lorrain, Nederlands Kamerkoor - Handel: Israel in Egypt (2014)

Roy Goodman, Le Concert Lorrain, Nederlands Kamerkoor - Handel: Israel in Egypt (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 626 Mb | Total time: 75:33+51:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera ‎| # KTC1517 | Recorded: 2014

Israel in Egypt (HWV 54 ) is without a doubt one of Georg Friedrich Handel’s most captivating oratorios. One that has an unusual role set apart for the choir. The biblical story of Israel’s crossing through the desert to the Promised Land and the plagues God spills over Egypt are sublimely captured in Handel’s score from 1738.

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

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Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - In Tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV 110, 151, 63 (2013)
Maria Keohane (soprano), Carlos Mena (alto), Julian Pregardien (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Ricercar Consort; Philippe Pierlot, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Mirare | # MIR243 | Time: 01:07:54

Just in time for Christmas, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort present a collection of Cantatas for the season by Johann Sebastian Bach. In these evergreen holiday favorites, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices are used to express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The result is nothing short of magical. The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and director Philippe Pierlot. They have made a significant discography, especially on the Mirare label, where their recordings have met with consistent acclaim and respect, in particular for their exceptional Bach Magnificat.

Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers - Motets & Hymnes de l'Église - Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr, Emmanuel Mandrin (1997) {Astrée E8621}

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Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers - Motets & Hymnes de l'Église - Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr, Emmanuel Mandrin (1997) {Astrée E8621}

Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers - Motets & Hymnes de l'Église - Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr, Emmanuel Mandrin (1997) {Astrée E8621}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 303 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 167 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 15 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1997 Astrée / Auvidis | E 8621
Classical / Baroque / Choral / Organ / Sacred / Period Instruments

Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (@1632-1714) lived at the same time as King Louis XIV, and served the king at Versailles, among other duties, which also included work as organist and singing teacher at the Maison Royale de Saint-Cyr. Hence there's a nice historical connection to the performers in this recording, which collects several motets and church hymns by Nivers. Several of the works have been programmed into two "Saluts", or "Salut du Saint Sacrement" salutation/benediction of the Holy Sacrament). The music also borrows from organ works from Nivers' "Cent Pieces de tous les Tons", to keep a sense of alternating textures between the female chamber choir and the organ.

Kevin Moll, Schola Discantus - Ockeghem: The Two Three-Voice Masses (1995) Re-Up

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Kevin Moll, Schola Discantus - Ockeghem: The Two Three-Voice Masses (1995) Re-Up

Kevin Moll, Schola Discantus - Ockeghem: The Two Three-Voice Masses (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital booklet | 60:04 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Lyrichord | Catalog: 8010

Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) stands as perhaps the greatest of the Franco-Flemish composers of the 15th century. Digitally recorded in 1992, this disc presents a world-premiere release of his two surviving 3-voice masses; Missa Sine Nomine and Missa Quinti Toni. They are presumably early works by the composer and are among his most masterful creations. Complete program notes on the works and general issues of performance practice, along with the mass texts and translations, are enclosed. Produced by Gerald Gold.

Robert Expert, Amarillis - Handel: Sacré Profane (2004)

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Robert Expert, Amarillis - Handel: Sacré Profane (2004)

Robert Expert, Amarillis - Handel: Sacré Profane (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:45 | 400 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Ambrosie | Catalog: AMB 9958

Sacred or profane music ? Thoughout this rich programme of extracts from operas and oratorios, a cantata and instrumental pieces, Handel leads us, musicians and audience, to that place where people come together beyond their cultures and beliefs: emotion. For this recital Robert Expert joins the luscious verve of the Amarillis ensemble. For a duet the soprano Patricia Petibon is invited, with whom the trio recorded their second album.

Le Concert d'Astree, Louis Langree - Mozart: Mass In C Minor (2006) Re-Up

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Le Concert d'Astree, Louis Langree - Mozart: Mass In C Minor (2006) Re-Up

Le Concert d'Astree, Louis Langree - Mozart: Mass In C Minor (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:01 | 278 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 0946359309

First things first: if you're seeing a picture of this disc on the site of an online retailer, be aware that it contains the Mass in C minor, K. 427, not the "Mass in C," promised by the cover, which would more likely be the "Coronation" Mass in C major, K. 337. It is always a shame when designers are given power of diktat over content editors. The so-called "Great" Mass in C minor is one of Mozart's most ambitious and most problematical works. There was no known immediate stimulus for its composition. Did Mozart begin writing it out of one of his rare religious impulses, on the occasion of his marriage to his bride Constanze? Out of his growing devotion to Freemasonry? Was it his first major exercise in applying the lessons in Bach-style counterpoint he had been receiving at the intellectual salons of the Baron van Swieten in Vienna? Or was it meant as a showpiece for singer Constanze with its killer soprano arias? It was all of these things and none of them, for Mozart never finished the mass.

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra Mozart - Pergolesi: Confitebor tibi; Chi non ode; Salve Regina in A minor; Dixit Dominus (2010)

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Claudio Abbado, Orchestra Mozart - Pergolesi: Confitebor tibi; Chi non ode; Salve Regina in A minor; Dixit Dominus (2010)

Claudio Abbado, Orchestra Mozart - Pergolesi: Confitebor tibi, Domine; Chi non ode e chi non vede; Salve Regina in A minor; Dixit Dominus (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 65:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 447 8465 | Recorded: 2009

Pergolesi Year 2010 marks the birth 300 years ago of a first rank composer and singular voice. Claudio Abbado's affinity for Pergolesi is a joy to the ear and balm to the soul. The introductory album of maestro's Pergolesi Project, the famous Stabat Mater, was rapturously received by the press.
Characteristic are these comments in The Times: "Abbado's commitment to period style is never in doubt…He has exceptional soloists: Rachel Harnisch and Sara Mingardo in the Stabat, ravishing in the harmonic suspensions of their duets; a lovely toned Julia Kleiter in the Salve; and the exemplary Giuliano Carmignola in the rarely recorded Violin Concerto, a little masterpiece, all but forgotten by the mainstream."