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Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Saul (2005)

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Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Saul (2005)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Saul (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 748 Mb | Total time: 79:06+70:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901877.78 | Recorded: 2004

Saul is one of Handel's most action-filled, fast-moving oratorios; an opera in everything but name only. It has been lucky on disc–both Paul McCreesh (Archiv) and John Eliot Gardiner (Philips) have led superb readings, and Joachim Carlos Martini leads a good performance on Naxos, which is a bargain. Now René Jacobs and his remarkable Concerto Köln come along and offer a truly majestic reading, filled with real drama and beautiful, precise singing and playing. Tenor Jeremy Ovenden sings Jonathan with nobility and faces down Saul in Act II with style and power. David is sung by countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, and he's as good as the best-recorded competition (Andreas Scholl, Derek Lee Ragin). Emma Bell is ravishing as Merab; Rosemary Joshua makes a fine Joshua. In the title role, Gidon Saks has the spite and big tone to draw a realistic portrait of Saul. This is another feather in René Jacobs' recorded cap.
–Robert Levine

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mondonville: Grands Motets (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 71:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-17791-2 | Recorded: 1996

Joseph Casanéa of Mondonville, a native of Narbonne who died on the hilltops of Belleville, in Paris, was as well-known in his day as Jean-Philippe Rameau and far more celebrated. He conducted the famous Concert Spirituel and his grand motets combine emotion with a dance-like theatricality in perfect harmony with the decorative spirit of Sevandoni, the architect and decorator of Saint-Sulpice and of Saint-Bruno in Lyon.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1994)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1994)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Grands Motets (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 70:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-96967-2 | Recorded: 1994

Jean-Philippe Rameau, who composed for the churches and cathedrals of Avignon, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpellier and Dijon, produced a great number of sacred works to be performed by cathedral choirs. Only three examples from this highly creative period survive: In convertendo Dominum, Deus Noster Refugium and Quam Dilecta Tabernacula. A fourth motet, Exultet coelum laudibus, is thought to have been lost. These works predate Rameau's move to Paris and must first have been heard within the walls of Dijon and Lyon.

Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and Choir - Handel: Esther [1732 Version] (2007)

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Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and Choir - Handel: Esther [1732 Version] (2007)

Laurence Cummings, London Handel Orchestra and Choir - Handel: Esther [1732 Version] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 611 Mb | Total time: 68:29+68:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Somm | # 238-9 | Recorded: 2002

This is a particularly welcome and important world-premiere recording. Handel composed Esther in about 1718?20 for James Brydges, the Earl of Carnarvon (and later Duke of Chandos), using a libretto that was anonymously adapted from Thomas Brereton’s English translation of a play by Racine. This slender work, containing only six scenes, lays a strong claim to being the first English oratorio, but Handel seems not to have considered performing it for a public audience until 1732, when the entrepreneurial composer thoroughly revised the score to fit his company of Italian opera singers (including Senesino, Strada and Montagnana, who all sang in English), and enlisted the aid of the writer Samuel Humphreys to expand the drama with additional scenes (which made the oratorio long enough to fill a theatre evening, advantageously fleshed out some of the characters a little bit, and also enhanced the musical attractiveness of the oratorio). This is the historic version of Esther that launched Handel’s oratorio career in London, but it has remained inexplicably neglected in modern times.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Joan Sutherland - Handel: Messiah (1992)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Joan Sutherland - Handel: Messiah (1992)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Joan Sutherland - Handel: Messiah (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 696 Mb | Total time: 146:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 433 740-2 | Recorded: 1970

It should not be all that much of a surprise to anyone familiar with Bonynge that this set would be memorable. Bonynge has worked not only with the Ambroasian Singers, but each of the soloists as well. Joan Sutherland without a doubt the strongest of the four soloists. She handles her role with ease, using the skills she has as a Bel Canto specialist to maneuver Handel's trills and flourishes. Two soloists who truly get a vocal workout are Hugette Tourangeau who sings the contralto role and bass Tom Krause. Though listeners may love the vocal fireworks Handel includes in the score, it is rather difficult terrain for the lower voices, but Tourangeau and Krause do a spectacular job. Many listeners may also realize that other basses have simplified their parts whereas Krause accepts the vocal challenges and he does more than accept, he achieves success. Werner Krenn's light tenor is suited for his parts. The orchestra and chorus are both top notch.
–Timothy Kearney

Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

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Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

Europäische Chormusik - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set
Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 942 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics | # 825646261505 | Time: 06:49:27

The great recordings of the "Nordic choral marvel": Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson was one of the true legends in his field. When he died in 2013 at the age of 94, he had spent decades working to place his two Stockholm choirs among the international musical elite. His recordings from the 1970's enjoy real cult status – unique interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Gesualdo to Penderecki, released here for the first time in a single box.

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Saul (1998)

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Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Saul (1998)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Saul (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 659 Mb | Total time: 72:20+41:13+42:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 0801-2 | Recorded: 1997

When Handel had a difficult time as opera manager, in the 1730s, he turned to oratorios, which required neither the expensive Italian soloists nor complicated sets. Saul, based on the First Book of Samuel, written in 1738, and first performed in 1739, was relatively popular, with Handel reviving it several times through 1754. With all of the dramatic features of Handel’s oratorios, this work, featuring a bass in the starring role, opens with a festive four-movement instrumental Symphony.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus musicus Wien - Handel: Theodora (1991)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus musicus Wien - Handel: Theodora (1991)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus musicus Wien - Handel: Theodora (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 588 Mb | Total time: 62:43+67:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 2292-46497-2 | Recorded: 1990

Theodora was Handel's last oratorio but one. He composed this large-scale work in just over a month in the summer of 1749 and it was premiered in March the following year in the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. Only Jephtha was to follow two years later. Handel valued Theodora very highly and stated that the chorus that ends act II, He saw the lovely youth, was the favourite among his own compositions.

Collegiûm Mûsicûm Bergen Choir - Berlioz: Grande messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75 "Requiem" (Live) (2018)

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Collegiûm Mûsicûm Bergen Choir - Berlioz: Grande messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75 "Requiem" (Live) (2018)

Collegiûm Mûsicûm Bergen Choir - Berlioz: Grande messe des morts, Op. 5, H. 75 "Requiem" (Live) (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 255 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 194 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:20:53
Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos Records

With this surround-sound recording of Berlioz’s Requiem, Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra tackle the infinite and the immeasurable.All the grandiose, striking beauty of the Requiem’s large-scale ceremonial is encapsulated by first-class vocal and orchestral forces, fully utilising the spatial possibilities of Grieghallen in Bergen. The matching of space and sonority was one of Berlioz’s lasting obsessions, one experience in St Paul’s Cathedral in London throwing Berlioz into a delirium of emotion from which he took days to recover. His Grande Messe des morts, notorious for its requirement of four brass bands in addition to a large orchestra and chorus, taken here from live concerts, has often been seen as one of the most emotionally powerful works of its kind. Setting a solemn and austere, even ascetic text, the music is not that of an orthodox believer but of a visionary, inspired by the dramatic implications of death and judgement.

Johannes Ockeghem - Missa 'De plus en plus' - Orlando Consort (2010) {Brilliant Classics 94073 rec 1996}

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Johannes Ockeghem - Missa 'De plus en plus' - Orlando Consort (2010) {Brilliant Classics 94073 rec 1996}

Johannes Ockeghem - Missa 'De plus en plus' - Orlando Consort (2010) {Brilliant Classics 94073 rec 1996}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 302 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 174 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 18 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1996, 2010 Deutsche Grammophon / Brilliant Classics | 94073
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Early Music / Sacred / Polyphony

Considering that he was one of the most celebrated composers in the 15th Century, we don’t seem to know a lot about Johannes Ockeghem; his exact birth-date, birth location and early training are all uncertain. He left behind a significant musical record and when he died in 1497 his death was marked by compositions from some of the greatest composers of the time.

Johannes Ockeghem & Pierre de La Rue - Requiem - Diabolus in Musica & Antoine Guerber (2018) {Bayard Musique 308 475.2}

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Johannes Ockeghem & Pierre de La Rue - Requiem - Diabolus in Musica & Antoine Guerber (2018) {Bayard Musique 308 475.2}

Johannes Ockeghem & Pierre de La Rue - Requiem - Diabolus in Musica & Antoine Guerber (2018) {Bayard Musique 308 475.2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 310 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 161 Mb | Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2018 Bayard Musique | 308 475.2
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Early Music / Sacred / Polyphony

This is not a groundbreaking album, but it's a very enjoyable interpretation of two long-time favorites: I can't say as I've ever fetishized the Requiem genre the way that some may have, but there's no arguing with the quality of this music. Ockeghem's reputation remains unchallenged today, and the Requiem is one of his most austere & enduring works. The transition from an earlier style to more elaborate counterpoint of the period also seems to mark something of the medieval twilight…. La Rue has been the most generally compelling composer of the next generation for me, and his Requiem is a virtuoso tour-de-force of low lows & high highs, not to mention the contrapuntal intricacy that La Rue developed to a level of subtlety like no one else….

Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Les Maîtres du Motet (Live) (2018)

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Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Les Maîtres du Motet (Live) (2018)

Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew - Les Maîtres du Motet (Live) (2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 302 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 171 Mb | Artwork included | 01:07:03
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: harmonia mundi

A sophisticated composer, Brossard also left his mark thanks to the extraordinary collection of music manuscripts he amassed over the course of his life. Preserved for posterity when he catalogued and handed it over to the royal library in 1724, the compendium contains an impressive number of musical gems like the Requiem by Bouteiller, which Brossard counted among the best Mass settings in his possession. Focusing on the work of these French masters, Paul Agnew has fashioned a program exploring the role of cathedral and chapel choirs during the reign of Louis XIV.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Caldara: La Passione di Gesu Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Caldara: La Passione di Gesu Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 380 Mb | Total time: 79:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 7243 545325 2 8 | Recorded: 1998

Antonio Caldara was a mainstay at the Hapsburg court of Charles VI, and this large-scale oratorio (almost 80 minutes long) to a text by the renowned Metastasio was premiered at the royal chapel in 1730. It's a series of recitatives, arias, and intermittent choral interjections telling the story of the Passion and meditating on it. The overall mood is devotional, but the attractive music occasionally startles, as in the trombone accompaniment to the soprano aria "Dovunque il guardo." The attractive soloists wrap their voices around sonorous verbal felicities, and Fabio Biondi's fine early-music band plays with verve, making this a welcome exploration of a substantial work by an important contemporary of Vivaldi.
–Dan Davis

Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs - Charpentier: Leçons du Vendredy Sainct (1986)

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Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs - Charpentier: Leçons du Vendredy Sainct (1986)

Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs - Charpentier: Leçons du Vendredy Sainct (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:02 | 281 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: 901007

Founded by René Jacobs in 1977 for a series of recordings with harmoniamundi France, Concerto Vocale soon built up a reputation on theEuropean musical scene as a major force in the rediscovery of therepertoire of Baroque chamber music for voices. Alongside René Jacobs,the ensemble secured the services of musicians of the front rank, amongthem William Christie, Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken, Konrad Junghänel,and Jaap Ter Linden.

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - A Renaissance Christmas (2018)

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The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - A Renaissance Christmas (2018)

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - A Renaissance Christmas (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | 01:07:09
Classical, Sacred | Label: Coro, The Sixteen Productions

Following The Sixteen’s hugely successful album, ‘Song of the Nativity’, which featured Christmas music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, this new seasonal offering explores a stunning selection of festive works from the Renaissance. The Sixteen captures the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons, from the joyous simplicity of plainsong chants Resonemus laudibus and Veni, veni Emmanuel to the shining purity of Lassus’ polyphonic Videntes stellam Magi and Byrd’s jubilant This day Christ was born. This album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas.