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Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Musica sacra per alto (2019)

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Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Musica sacra per alto (2019)

Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Vivaldi: Musica sacra per alto (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 59:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30569 | Recorded: 2018

Vivaldi, the Venetian: master of the whole palette of human emotions. From the church to the opera house, from tragedy to joy, the immediately recognizable sensibility, the expressiveness, the inimitable colors and an unbeatable talent to say so much in just a few notes. The contralto Delphine Galou (who recently won a Gramophone Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the classical music world) and Ottavio Dantone's Accademia Bizantina have created two recitals of sacred music and of opera that illustrate the incomparable richness of Vivaldi’s body of work and establish the emotional connections between the two repertoires.

Cinquecento - Palestrina: Lamentations, Book 2 (2019)

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Cinquecento - Palestrina: Lamentations, Book 2 (2019)

Cinquecento - Palestrina: Lamentations, Book 2 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 72:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68284 | Recorded: 2018

The members of Cinquecento turn to perhaps the pre-eminent composer of the sixteenth century: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah would have been integral to the liturgical rites of Holy Week: here is one of the most sublime.

Hermann Meyer - Franz Lachner: Requiem in F mino (2006)

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Hermann Meyer - Franz Lachner: Requiem in F mino (2006)

Hermann Meyer - Franz Lachner: Requiem in F mino (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:08 | 277 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Carus | Catalog: 83178

A prize student of music theorist Simon Sechter and a good friend of Beethoven and Schubert, German composer Franz Lachner was appointed Royal Court Conductor in Munich in 1836 where he directed the Court Theater, the Court Church, and the Court Concert Hall for with pride, dedication, and professionalism for the next 33 years. However, the death of his patron Maximilian II and the ascension of Ludwig II, avid patron of Richard Wagner, effectively ended Lachner's career. Though he lived another 23 years, Lachner's music was rarely if ever performed.

Cappella Romana - Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia (2019)

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Cappella Romana - Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia (2019)

Cappella Romana - Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | 01:16:48
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Cappella Romana

Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia is the first vocal album in the world to be recorded entirely in live virtual acoustics. It brings together art history, music history, performance, and technology to re-create medieval sacred sound in the cathedral of Hagia Sophia as an aural virtual reality.

The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)

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The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)

The Tallis Scholars - Thomas Tallis: The Christmas Mass (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans ~ 171 Mb
Classical, Choral, Christmas | Label: Gimell | # 454 934-2 | Time: 00:56:22

Few ensembles are as difficult to write about as the incomparable Tallis Scholars. Inevitably, you just string together an array of superlatives and hope that other reviewers haven't gushed about the same attributes using the same words in precisely the same order. The ensemble's recording of the Christmas Mass and the antiphon Ave Dei patris filia marks both its fourth recording of works by Renaissance master Thomas Tallis and one of Gimell's last albums to be made during an unhappy affiliation with Universal Classics. (The label has since reverted to independent status, distributed in the United States by Harmonia Mundi.) As has been the case with other Tallis Scholars projects, the singers have rediscovered missing manuscripts and have put together the first modern performance editions of both of these works. Their complete mastery of their chosen subject, combining keen scholarship and transcendent beauty, makes this a radiant recording. The clarity and luminescent tone that conductor Peter Phillips achieves with his singers are simply superb. The recording, made at their frequent locale of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Norfolk, is a faithful one–but don't miss any opportunity to hear them live.

Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh & Duncan Ferguson - Leighton: Sacred Choral Works (2019)

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Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh & Duncan Ferguson - Leighton: Sacred Choral Works (2019)

Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh & Duncan Ferguson - Leighton: Sacred Choral Works (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 351 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 183 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:36
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Delphian

Released to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the composer’s birth, this programme of Kenneth Leighton’s choral music reflects his outstanding accomplishments in the genre across his entire composing career: it includes Leighton’s earliest and last pieces for unaccompanied choir, three Christmas carols, two extended masterpieces, and two works composed for the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral itself. Extensively praised under its current director of music Duncan Ferguson, the choir has both a historical affinity for this body of work and a sophisticated musicianship which hereproduces performances of focused maturity and depth.

Siglo de Oro & Patrick Allies - Music for Milan Cathedral (2019)

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Siglo de Oro & Patrick Allies - Music for Milan Cathedral (2019)

Siglo de Oro & Patrick Allies - Music for Milan Cathedral (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:28
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Delphian

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Milan Cathedral acted as a magnet to many of the finest composers of the time. Yet the Cathedral's maestro di cappella for almost thirty years, Hermann Matthias Werrecore, is almost completely unknown to us today. Why was he forgotten? Did his Flemish origins mean he was never properly adopted by his Milanese congregation? Did his later reputation suffer from confusion with his countryman Matthias Le Maistre? Six of Werrecore's surviving motets are presented here the first time any of his sacred music has been recorded. They are heard alongside works by composers Werrecore knew, drawn mostly from the holdings of the Milan library during his tenure there. Siglo de Oro's act of rediscovery reveals the exceptional quality of the music, and Patrick Allies directs them in performances of extraordinary flair.

Roy Goodman, Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments - Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (1984)

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Roy Goodman, Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments - Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (1984)

Roy Goodman, Peter Holman, The Parley of Instruments - Monteverdi: Sacred vocal music (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 172 Mb | Total time: 42:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66021 | Recorded: 1981

There are few records of Monteverdi's solo vocal music as persuasive as this…the performances are outstanding, with the edge of Emma Kirkby's voice attractively presented in an aptly reverberant acoustic.

Sir Charles Mackerras - Janáček: Glagolitic Mass; Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus (1994)

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Sir Charles Mackerras - Janáček: Glagolitic Mass; Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus (1994)

Sir Charles Mackerras - Janáček: Glagolitic Mass; Kodály: Psalmus Hungaricus (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:34 | 313 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: xxx

Without doubt, this is one of the most important recordings of music by Janácek in recent years. Paul Wingfield’s restoration of the original performing version of the Glagolitic Mass is a fine piece of work and deserves to become the standard text. Those familiar with the Mass will notice changes right at the start, where the ‘Intrada’ (normally the conclusion) appears twice, at both the beginning and end. This introduces a number of fundamental alterations to rhythm and instrumentation which make for a markedly different whole: undoubtedly harder to perform, but infinitely sharper in outline.

Diego Fasolis Ensemble Vanitas - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Dettingen Te Deum (1999)

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Diego Fasolis Ensemble Vanitas - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Dettingen Te Deum (1999)

Diego Fasolis, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Vanitas - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Dettingen Te Deum (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 72:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts Music | # 47560-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1996

Conductor Diego Fasolis and his Coro della Radio Svizzera always can be counted on for a very good show, and this one, featuring two well-known if not necessarily top-drawer Handel works, is no exception. The early Dixit Dominus, with its Vivaldian "De torrente in via" movement and other Italian stylistic elements, is appropriately lively and crisply articulated in the fast sections and fully indulgent of the slow passages, allowing us to hear in gorgeous detail the promising signs of Handel's germinating genius.

Lionheart - Paris 1200: Perotin & Leonin - Chant & Polyphony from 12th Century France (1998) [Re-Up]

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Lionheart - Paris 1200: Perotin & Leonin - Chant & Polyphony from 12th Century France (1998) [Re-Up]

Lionheart - Paris 1200: Perotin & Leonin - Chant & Polyphony from 12th Century France (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Chants | Label: Nimbus Records | # NI5547 | Time: 01:13:52

Conductus, organum, and discantus may not be words in your everyday vocabulary, but these terms identify musical forms that defined everyday musical activity during one of music history's most fruitful periods. The 12th century in France, especially in Paris–the artistic, educational, and religious center of Western Europe–saw enormous progress in the arts, architecture, and education. Not surprisingly, technical and theoretical aspects of music advanced as well. On this disc, the six-voice men's ensemble Lionheart demonstrates in vivid, rich vocal tones the sometimes stark but always powerful sound of Medieval chant and its expanded two- and three-part forms. The liner notes give clear explanations of the compositions and provide the listener with meaningful historical context. But listening to these excellent voices is not just an educational experience. The music has an inherent purity, sensuality, and honesty that's refreshing and reassuring.

Riccardo Doni - Giuseppe Sarti: Il Santo Natale, presso la Cappella musicale del Duomo di Milano (1999)

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Riccardo Doni - Giuseppe Sarti: Il Santo Natale, presso la Cappella musicale del Duomo di Milano (1999)

Riccardo Doni, Gruppo Vocale Musicale Laudantes - Giuseppe Sarti: Il Santo Natale, presso la Cappella musicale del Duomo di Milano (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 71:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | # STR 33532 | Recorded: 1998

In 1779 he was elected maestro di cappella at the cathedral of Milan, where he remained until 1784. Here he exercised his true vocation of composer, in addition to at least twenty of his most successful operas, a vast amount of sacred music for the cathedral, and educating a number of clever pupils, the most distinguished of whom was Cherubini.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Clemens Non Papa: Behold, How Joyful (2004)

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Stephen Rice,  The Brabant Ensemble - Clemens Non Papa: Behold, How Joyful (2004)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Clemens Non Papa: Behold, How Joyful (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 70:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sygnum | SIGCD045 | Recorded: 2003

Like many of even the most prolific and celebrated composers of the sixteenth century, Jacobus Clemens non Papa (‘not the Pope’) has offered the history books little factual material with which to work. In contrast to the paucity of biographical material, however, many sources of Clemens' music survive. Indeed, he is one of the most widely published musicians of the entire century with fifteen Masses, over two hundred motets, many Dutch psalms and French chansons to his name.

Les Dominos; Les Agremens - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Pour un reposoir; Noels sur les instruments; Sonate a huit (2013) [Re-Up]

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Les Dominos; Les Agremens - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Pour un reposoir; Noels sur les instruments; Sonate a huit (2013) [Re-Up]

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Pour un reposoir; Noëls sur les instruments; Sonate à huit (2013)
Les Dominos; Les Agrémens; Florence Malgoire, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC338 | Time: 01:14:54

The instrumental works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier are familiar to very few people. A large number of them were composed for use in churches, the most famous of these being the Messe pour plusieurs instruments au lieu des orgues that has already been recorded by Jean Tubéry and La Fenice for Ricercar (RIC 245). Charpentier composed the Sonate à huit around 1685, at a time when various private musical societies were exploring the Italian sonata style. Charpentier discovered this style at the same time as François Couperin, who also set about composing sonatas in the Italian style. Charpentier’s Sonate à huit blends the Italian style with the French suite of dances and as such is one of the masterpieces of instrumental music of the French baroque. The symphonies Pour un Reposoir were intended to accompany an outdoor procession, an organ naturally not being available. The greater part of the CD, however, is taken up by the Noëls pour les Instruments which Charpentier set for instrumental ensemble and organ. We have also recorded the original versions of the above-mentioned Christmas carols, complete with their many verses as they appeared in French collections published at the beginning of the 18th century. This recording of Christmas music can be enjoyed throughout the year!

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio di Bologna - Palestrina: Missa sine nomine (1996)

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Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio di Bologna - Palestrina: Missa sine nomine (1996)

Sergio Vartolo, Soloists of the Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio di Bologna - Palestrina: Missa sine nomine, Missa L'homme armé, Motets (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 56:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553314 | Recorded: 1995

Sergio Vartolo gave us a broader understanding of Palestrina's output of Masses by recording for another label a group of less familiar Mass settings, many for the first time, that offer a contrast with the more familiar solemn polyphonic style.