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Hildegard Von Bingen (ca. 1098-1179) - Symphoniae - Sequentia (1989) {Harmonia Mundi GD77020 rec 1982-1983}

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Hildegard Von Bingen (ca. 1098-1179) - Symphoniae - Sequentia (1989) {Harmonia Mundi GD77020 rec 1982-1983}

Hildegard Von Bingen (ca. 1098-1179) - Symphoniae - Sequentia (1989) {Harmonia Mundi GD77020 rec 1982-1983}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 249 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 146 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 33 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1989 Harmonia Mundi | GD77020
Classical / Medieval / Early Music / Religious

Sequentia’s Hildegard von Bingen Project: Initially in collaboration with the West German Radio Cologne (WDR Köln) Sequentia made a series of recordings of the complete works of Germany’s most important medieval composer, the abbess and visionary Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). After recording the music drama, Ordo Virtutum, Sequentia went on to make a first recording of the abbess’s symphoniae, spiritual songs which were probably sung in the liturgy of her convent on the Rupertsberg in the late 12th century. A group of nine female vocalists under Barbara Thornton’s direction is complemented by five instrumentalists in this recording made over a period of a year, in two different medieval German churches.

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Alessandro Stradella: La Susanna (2004)

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Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Alessandro Stradella: La Susanna (2004)

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Alessandro Stradella: La Susanna (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 518 Mb | Total time: 52:09+47:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921201 | Recorded: 2003

A few years after the assassination of Stradella, Pierre Bourdelot and Pierre Bonnet-Bourdelot included a story of the episode in their Histoire de la Musique in 1715, and consequently the ‘legend of Stradella’ was born. According to the legend, Stradella had disappeared with the lover of a Venetian noble, who in response hired a band of assassins to pursue the lovers from city to city. In the booklet of this CD – with its recording from Enrico Gatti, his Ensemble Aurora and Emanuela Galli in the title role – are contained the latest results of Carolyn Gianturco’s investigation into the life and works of Stradella, including some completely new information. La Susanna, an erotic oratorio, was written by Stradella in 1681 on commission from Francesco II, Duke of Modena, who was very fond of the genre. A fine summary of the oratorio’s noteworthy qualities was put forth in a letter by a gentleman who had been present at rehearsals of its first performance. He wrote that he was ‘estatic about the sinfonias, about the variety of the arias, about the exquisiteness of the recitative and about the diversity and unexpectedness of the subjects and about the rarity of the basso continuo’.

Rundfunkschor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Neville Marriner - Haydn: Masses (2005) (Repost)

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Rundfunkschor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Neville Marriner - Haydn: Masses (2005) (Repost)

Rundfunkschor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Neville Marriner - Haydn: Masses (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 135:53 | 645 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 86546 2 2

There can be few more complete examples of a corpus of music fulfilling its practical function with the greatest sum of pleasure and art than the Haydn Masses. True, some Puritan souls for whom seriousness is incompatible with being seriously joyful have found them a problem. Yet even non-believers can accept their liturgical structures as vessels for exquisite music, like opera enjoyed for its beautiful tunes, divorced from plot and staging…

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Arvo Pärt: Live (2017)

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Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Arvo Pärt: Live (2017)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Hilliard Ensemble, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer, Marcello Viotti, Robert King & Peter Dijkstra - Arvo Pärt: Live (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, scans | 274 MB
Label: BR Klassik – 900319 | Tracks: 13 | Time: 70:00 min
Classical, Sacred, Choral

Arvo Pärt, who was born in Estonia in 1935, has succeeded in bringing sacred music back to a broader audience, and away from the confines of the church service, more than almost any other contemporary composer. The meditative character of his works, and his return to the simplest and most basic musical forms, convey moments of intense spirituality.

Jeremy Summerly & Oxford Camerata - English Madrigals and Songs (1996)

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Jeremy Summerly & Oxford Camerata - English Madrigals and Songs (1996)

Jeremy Summerly & Oxford Camerata - English Madrigals and Songs (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:00:36 | 227 Mb
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Naxos Records

The songs in this collection span a period of over four hundred years, yet they show a fundamental unity of style which illustrates how static a genre based in a tradition of apparently untrained music-making necessarily remained. Tudor court composers conjure up an Arcadian world of innocence, while later works often derive from indigenous folk-songs. Either way, the secular song packages and sanitises a dangerous world of rustic abandon for an audience more restrictively cultured.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Haydn: Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2009)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Haydn: Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2009)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Haydn: Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2009)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.34 Gb (DVD9) | 68 min
Classical | AliaVox | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Catalan, Italiano, Portugues

“…this live 2006 performance… is given in its original orchestral form in the location for which it was intended - the chapel of Santa Cueva in Cádiz… Played on period instruments the performance… expertly motivated by Jordi Savall, achieving a fine blend of solemnity and austerity with intimacy of feeling. …this is the ultimate in authentic performance.” (BBC Music Magazine)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 694577 | Recorded: 2009

2009 release from L'Arpeggiata, the French-based ensemble directed by Austrian-born harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar. L'Arpeggiata has made a speciality of exploring and exploiting the close links between Baroque repertoire and the traditional music of the Latin world and its characteristic forms such as the tarantella, the folia or the canario. On Via Crucis, 'the way of the Cross', the focus is on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. The Passion of Christ evokes the same fervour in composers such as Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679) or Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665) - both active in northern Italy – as it does in the streets of Naples or the villages of Corsica. The two main works in the collection are Sance's extraordinary Stabat Mater and Merula's Hor ch'e tempo di dormire, in which the Virgin Mary lulls her baby to sleep while weeping for his future suffering and both enthrall the listener with a basso ostinato and hypnotic swaying rhythms.

Mozart - Missa Solemnis c-moll KV 139 & Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165 (Harnoncourt) (1992)

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Mozart - Missa Solemnis c-moll KV 139 & Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165 (Harnoncourt)  (1992)

Mozart - Missa Solemnis c-moll KV 139 & Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165 (Harnoncourt) (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG, Scans (jpg) | 58’04 | 244 MB
Classical/Sacred/Vocal | Label: Elektra / Wea

La discographie de la musique religieuse de Mozart est dominée par la "Grande messe en ut mineur " et le "Requiem" au point de nous priver d'authentiques chefs-d'oeuvre, dont cette quatrième messe connue sous le nom de "Messe de l'orphelinat" ("Missa Solemnis" KV 139) …

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli,  New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)

Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra, John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mozart, Verdi: Requiem (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 561 Mb | Total time: 72:04+75:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75383 2 | Recorded: 1969-70, 1971

This double CD makes an excellent introduction to two great works even if other individual recordings might be preferable. This is particularly true of the Mozart in that although the ladies are peerless vocally, Barenboim's conducting is quite heavy and neither Gedda - typically somewhat pinched and throaty at times - nor Fischer-Dieskau - too light and woolly of tone for the bass-baritone required - is ideal.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990) (Repost)

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990) (Repost)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus,
Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990)

EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 117:51 | 516 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Telarc | Catalog: CD-80233-B

Robert Shaw's reading of the B Minor Mass is, in one sense at least, just what one would expect: sober and purposeful, beautifully shaped (Shaw is a master architect), it centers on the chorus. Like all of Shaw's choruses, the Atlanta group has that trademark richness of body and blend, and it sings with utter unanimity as though it were one great voice. Shaw opts for marginally broader tempos than those found in most period-instrument performances but is nowhere near as glacial as some interpreters.

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Israel in Egypt (2003)

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Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Israel in Egypt (2003)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Israel in Egypt (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 591 Mb | Total time: 68:38+66:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 5 62155 2 | Recorded: 1989

Using some of the finest early-music soloists of the day, Parrott and his forces give posterity a recording that welds tightly focused emotion to a laudable and uncommon feel for the music. The soloists produce appropriately light but well-focused tone and display an ability to negotiate the intricacies of Handel’s notes evenly and with an exceptional grasp of the phrasing required for successful performance. The choral lines are carefully etched and meticulously balanced, resulting in a superlative overall sound that—in spite of the small choir—is rich and capable of exceeding power when required.

Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003

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Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003

Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium, Latin Church Music (1989) 2CDs, Reissue 2003
Taverner Consort & Choir; Andrew Parrott, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 303 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62230 2 8 | 02:09:27

The Taverner Consort & Choir under Andrew Parrott recorded “Spem in alium” 1986/87 at St.John-at-Hackney in London, combined with other latin motets by Tallis (among them The Lamentations of Jeremiah). This is an excellent recording with good transparency and spacial structuring. Good voices (all solo), with the support of a bass sackbut and two chamber organs.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Tolzer Knabenchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2007/1985)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Tolzer Knabenchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2007/1985)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Tölzer Knabenchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2007/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 114 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in the architectural splendour of Graz's Gothic-Baroque cathedral, leading Bach authority Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the famed Tölz Boys Choir and his Vienna Concentus Musicus, playing on period instruments, in the most dramatic of all Passion settings. "In this performance we have attempted to realize Bach's wishes in the most authentic manner possible" (Nikolaus Harnoncourt). "A unique occasion" (Kurier).

Nederlands Kamerkoor, Peter Dijkstra - J.S. Bach: Motets BWV 225-230 (2008) (Repost)

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Nederlands Kamerkoor, Peter Dijkstra - J.S. Bach: Motets BWV 225-230 (2008) (Repost)

Nederlands Kamerkoor, Peter Dijkstra - J.S. Bach: Motets BWV 225-230 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:04 | 290 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Channel Classics | Catalog: CCS SA 27108

That Bach's motets are not his most popular sacred choral works is easily explainable. When asked to choose between the Passions' spiritual drama, the Mass' magnificent architecture, the cantatas' infinite diversity, or the motets' inward piety, most listeners will more likely choose any of the former before the latter. Still, for concentrated intensity, it is hard to surpass the motets, particularly in performances as superlative as these by the Nederlands Kamerkoor under Peter Dijkstra.

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Messiah (2002)

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Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Messiah (2002)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players - Handel: Messiah (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 670 Mb | Total time: 78:40+67:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62004 25 | Recorded: 1988

Andrew Parrott’s period Messiah from the late 1980s was re-released a few years ago by EMI Virgin Classics, and the re-release amply documents the richness and staying power of this generation of Messiah performances—a richness now removed from the aura of novelty—the “uncle” has been clean shaven for quite a while now. In part, the richness of this performance derives from Parrott’s soloists, then the unrivalled stars of the English early music scene, including soprano Emma Kirkby, countertenor James Bowman, and bass David Thomas.