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Benjamin Righetti - Franz Liszt: Sonate pour orgue & Missa Choralis (2019)

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Benjamin Righetti - Franz Liszt: Sonate pour orgue & Missa Choralis (2019)

Benjamin Righetti - Franz Liszt: Sonate pour orgue & Missa Choralis (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 213 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:14
Classical, Choral | Label: Claves Records

Liszt's position as a composer for the Church has always been controversial. The paradox that the most modern composer of the age, the supporter of the revolutionary ideals of 1789, 1830 and 1848, ended up writing music for an institution regarded as a bastion of everything conservative and reactionary, has led to a questioning of Liszt's motives. With the rapidly advancing secularization of culture, Liszt was seen as disillusioned, and his decision to take minor orders in 1865 was considered a startling about-turn for one so worldly. In fact, Liszt wrote sacred music with reform in mind. The dismal state of church music in the first half of the nineteenth century, when it was common to hear opera cabalettas sung to liturgical words, encouraged him to go back to plainsong and the music of Palestrina for inspiration. Composed in 1865, the year he took minor orders, the Missa Choralis embodies these twin elements. The influence of plainsong pervades the thematic material, albeit refocused through Liszt's boldly original and expressively chromatic harmonic language.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: La Resurrezione (1988)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: La Resurrezione (1988)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: La Resurrezione (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 506 Mb | Total time: 61:21+48:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 421 132-2 | Recorded: 1981

Christopher Hogwood directs a clean-cut, vigorous performance with an excellent cast. Emma Kirkby is at her most brilliant in the coloratura for the Angel, Patrizia Kwella sings movingly as Mary Magdalene and Carolyn Watkinson as Cleophas adopts an almost counter-tenor like tone. Ian Partridge's tenor has a heady lightness as St John, and David Thomas sings stylishly. Excellent recording.
– Penguin Guide

Karl Richter, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Handel: Messiah (1990)

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Karl Richter, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Handel: Messiah (1990)

Karl Richter, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Handel: Messiah (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 806 Mb | Total time: 61:50+59:24+36:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 419 797-2 | Recorded: 1973

It therefore seems appropriate to highlight recommend this present performance of Karl Richter's, which stands firmly in the Romantic Messiah tradition preserved through the last century. Unlike most modern recordings, this Messiah utilizes a full orchestra, large chorus, and operatic soloists who do no ornamentation.
Richter's conducting confirms his status as the then-reigning Bach expert–squarely Germanic, displaying broad, stately tempi and a good sense of baroque rhythm. The opening overture is vested with weight and great seriousness, but doesn't drag–you may miss the double-dotting often read into the score if that's what you're used to, but the more traditional approach succeeds very well on its own terms. In particular the "Pastoral Symphony" is very pretty and lovingly phrased. The sound he draws from the orchestra is bit relaxed and mellow (the strings sound almost lazy in places), but very deep and appropriate to his stately conception.

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

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

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: La Resurrezione (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 518 Mb | Total time: 62:15+33:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 407027/28 | Recorded: 1989

Although La resurrezione, composed in Rome in 1708, pre-dates Handel’s more familiar English oratorios by many years, it’s a tremendously vibrant and dramatically compelling score that deserves much wider currency. Certainly Nicholas McGegan’s energetically delivered and beautifully sung performance serves the music to its best advantage.

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Iste Confessor: The Sacred Music Of Domenico Scarlatti (2001) [Re-Up]

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The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Iste Confessor: The Sacred Music Of Domenico Scarlatti (2001) [Re-Up]

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Iste Confessor: The Sacred Music Of Domenico Scarlatti (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: CORO | # COR16003 | Time: 00:59:32

First and foremost, Domenico Scarlatti is regarded as the greatest composer of binary harpsichord sonatas of all time, and that is as it should be: he wrote more than 600 of them and many are constantly recorded and played. However, early in his Italian career, Scarlatti developed a proven track record as a composer of sacred music, some of it under the watchful eye of his father, Alessandro Scarlatti, believed by many at the time as the top composer of the age. The fact most readily observed in regard to Domenico's sacred music is that his Stabat mater, composed in 1717 or 1718, was the work within that genre replaced in Rome by Giovanni Pergolesi's Stabat mater around 1735. The Scarlatti work was conceived in a different style to different strictures; while it has become the most recorded of Scarlatti's sacred works, it definitely suffers when paired with the Pergolesi owing to its immediacy and familiarity. On Coro's Iste Confessor, the Sixteen led by Harry Christophers widely opt for Scarlatti's own, other sacred music as filler to the "Stabat mater with results fairer to the composer and quite favorable to listeners.

Abchordis Ensemble - Stabat Mater - Italian Sacred Music from the 18th Century (2016)

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Abchordis Ensemble - Stabat Mater - Italian Sacred Music from the 18th Century (2016)

Abchordis Ensemble - Stabat Mater - Italian Sacred Music from the 18th Century (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 279 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:00:17
Classical, Opera, Sacred | Label: deutsche harmonia mundi

Unknown Italian sacred and instrumental music of the 18th century from Naples: The Abchordis Ensemble interprets the Lectio VIII Defunctorum (for soprano, two violins and basso continuo) by Gennaro Manna (1715-1779), and the symphony by Aniello Santangelo (18th century) in F (for two violins, viola and basso continuo) and the Stabat Mater (for four voices, with violins, violetta and basso continuo) by Giacomo Sellitto (1701-1763). An equally melodious and virtuoso music, sometimes attractively chromatically charged. Musical examples of the incredible cultural diversity in Naples in the 18th century. The Abchordis Ensemble was founded in 2011 by ten musicians of various nationalities, with the aim of rediscovering and bringing to light today unpublished or under-performed music. The vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated themselves above all to church music in 17th and 18th century Italy.

The Cambridge Singers - Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music by John Rutter (2004)

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The Cambridge Singers - Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music by John Rutter (2004)

The Cambridge Singers - Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music by John Rutter (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 288 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 182 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:15:09
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Collegium Records

John Rutter has selected some of his favorite church anthems from previous releases of his music to put together the collection Be Thou My Vision. Most of these have full orchestral accompaniment, as Rutter prefers these versions over those with just organ, but there are also a few a cappella anthems thrown in as well, which sound just as lush and graceful as the orchestral ones. The brief, a cappella God be in my head uses a sixteenth century text and hints at the music used in churches from the same period. It is Rutter's smooth and rich, yet not complex, writing that has made his music popular with audiences and amateur performers alike. Of course, this recording features his own Cambridge Singers, with the City of London Sinfonia, all under his baton and sounding highly polished. The lack of pretense or condescension in his music is also appealing. Some of the texts he uses could have much more grandiose settings, and have had by other English composers, but Rutter always goes for a more simple elegance, usually with a serene calmness, also. O clap your hands and For the beauty of the earth use jazzy rhythms to give them a little more energy than the other works here. The compilation contains many of his more popular anthems, such as A Gaelic Blessing, All things bright and beautiful, and I will life up mine eyes from his Requiem. It's a fine sampling of his non-Christmas church music.

L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2011)

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L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2011)

L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar - Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:08 | 373 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 6419942

It's not easy to pinpoint precisely what makes Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata's performances of Baroque music, particularly Monteverdi, so extraordinary and distinctive, even in a time – the early 21st century – when (pardon the oxymoron) exceptionally fine recordings of this repertoire are the rule rather than the exception. One element may be the inventiveness of her realizations of the continuo part.

Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens - Bob Chilcott: Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012) [Re-Up]

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Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens - Bob Chilcott: Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012) [Re-Up]

Bob Chilcott - Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012)
Wells Cathedral Choir; The Nash Ensemble; Matthew Owens, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67650 | Time: 01:19:38

As a composer of sacred music, Bob Chilcott has found his own niche by writing accessible choral works that speak to contemporary sensibilities. As has been noted frequently, his Requiem evokes Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, mostly through its gentle feeling and serene melodies, though without imitating their style or content. Rather, it has its own mix of somber harmonies and fluid, chantlike lines, and the expression of the work is a little cooler and darker. Chilcott's music admits occasional and mild dissonance, though the orientation is strongly modal and the harmonies always feel like a natural result of the counterpoint. Chilcott's Salisbury Motets, Downing Service, and three shorter pieces share the same modern Anglican style, which is approachable and easy to follow. The Wells Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Matthew Owens, sings with a pure tone and clear diction, and the sound of the recordings is quite resonant, thanks to the responsive acoustics of the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (2008)

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Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (2008)

Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (2008)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:01 | 258 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ricercar | Catalog: RIC 258

"Sheer joy in music-making is as evident here as the sense of piety required by what are, after all, holy works. Yet it is difficult to begrudge Vox Luminis the feeling of joy at the astonishing sounds they are able to produce. The spirit of devotion is very much alive here too, in an album that pays equal attention to the holy and the heady."

Apollo5 & Ingenium Ensemble - The Spirit Like a Dove (2018)

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Apollo5 & Ingenium Ensemble - The Spirit Like a Dove (2018)

Apollo5 & Ingenium Ensemble - The Spirit Like a Dove (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 236 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 116 Mb | 00:50:36
Classical, Choral | Label: VCM Records

This new release sees an exciting collaboration between two up and coming vocal ensembles in the European choral scene. Both international award-winning groups tour widely in the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia, combining performances on the concert platform with more intimate venues ranging from jazz clubs to Festivals.

Philip Ledger - Handel: Saul; Alexander's Feast; The Choice of Hercule [5CDs] (2002)

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Philip Ledger - Handel: Saul; Alexander's Feast; The Choice of Hercule [5CDs] (2002)

Philip Ledger, Choir of King's College, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Saul; Alexander's Feast; The Choice of Hercule (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,40 Gb | Total time: 78:23+45:22+43:44+74:47+71:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 62118 2 | Recorded: 1974, 1978, 1979-80

In light of Handel’s own connections with Oxford University in the early 1730s and the ensuing performance tradition of his works that was quickly established there, it is ironic that Cambridge have possessed the more vibrant Handelian tradition in subsequent generations (it also boasts the superior collection of Handel musical sources thanks to the Fitzwilliam Museum). Indeed, Cambridge has been central to the promotion of Handel’s oratorios as great drama: the great Handel scholar Winton Dean was converted to the cause during his participation in a staging of Saul while an undergraduate there. More latterly Cambridge has also played a valuable part in the revival of Handel’s operas, has been the foremost academic hothouse for producing the finest English freelance choral singers and soloists, and has played a crucial role in the development in the period instrument movement (The latter-day Academy of Ancient Music is still based in the town).

Voces Cantabiles, Barnaby Smith - Robert Parsons: First Great Service, Responds for the Dead (2007)

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Voces Cantabiles, Barnaby Smith - Robert Parsons: First Great Service, Responds for the Dead (2007)

Voces Cantabiles, Barnaby Smith - Robert Parsons: First Great Service, Responds for the Dead (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:44 | 311 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.570451

Robert Parsons is something of a forgotten man of English Renaissance music, and annotator and conductor Barnaby Smith discusses in the booklet a startling reason why: Parsons fell into the River Trent and drowned in 1572, and there was "upset and suspicion surrounding his death" – apparently to the point where the choristers of the Chapel Royal uneasily began to avoid his music.

Les Voix Baroques - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)

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Les Voix Baroques - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)

Les Voix Baroques - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:02 | 243 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | Catalog: ACD2 2563

Following on the heels of the practically definitive Cantus Cölln performance of Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, this Atma Classique disc featuring Les Voix Baroques – a sort of all-star assemblage of early music vocalists – has a tough row to hoe. The singing – as one might expect from talents such as Suzie LeBlanc and Catherine Webster – is indeed excellent throughout, but there remain two significant problems with this recording, the first being the thin and rather scrawny recording, not helped by what sounds like a rather bare-bones approach to continuo.

Stephen Layton, Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 7, 9 & 11a (2009)

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Stephen Layton, Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 7, 9 & 11a (2009)

Stephen Layton, Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 7, 9 & 11a (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 66:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67737 | Recorded: 2008

In a year of Handel celebration and many new recordings, this is a welcome addition to the discography. Stephen Layton, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a stellar group of soloists—in fact, the best in solo Handel singing that this country has to offer—present a disc of three of the Chandos anthems which is sure to achieve the same critical and public acclaim as the recent Dettingen Te Deum from Trinity.
Here we have the composer at his most English and most gently appealing. Written for the musical establishment of the first Duke of Chandos, these anthems set texts taken from the Psalms, mainly the old version of the Psalter as preserved in the Book of Common Prayer, but also the metrical versions of Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, first published in 1696. The anthems have no direct models in English church music, but follow the form used by Handel for his Latin psalm settings, with a mixture of movements for solo voices and choruses. The expressive range of the solos is remarkable, and in the choruses Handel seizes every opportunity to create grand effects with modest means.