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Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore (2014) [Re-Up]

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Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore (2014) [Re-Up]

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans ~ 73 Mb
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-2091 SACD | Time: 01:14:35

Mozart's Requiem is one of the truly iconic works in the history of music. A prime reason for this is of course its musical qualities; but even before that, legends had begun to form around the work - that it was written to fulfill an anonymous commission received through 'an unknown, grey stranger' - is the stuff of mystery novels, while the fact that Mozart fell ill and died while composing it has been exploited to great melodramatic effect. One thing that we know for certain is that its first performance took place at a memorial service for Mozart only days after his death. The performers used the composer's incomplete autograph, but very soon attempts to complete the work were set in motion by Mozart's widow. In 1800 the Requiem, in Franz Xaver Süssmayr's completion, appeared in print; it is this version that is still by far the most widely performed. Many have tried to improve on it, however, or make their own versions based on the autograph. For this recording, Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan commissioned a new performing edition.

Patricia Petibon, Susan Manoff - L'amour, la mort, la mer (2020)

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Patricia Petibon, Susan Manoff - L'amour, la mort, la mer (2020)

Patricia Petibon, Susan Manoff - L'amour, la mort, la mer (2020)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:15 | 399 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 19439719552

With her new programme "L'amour, la mort, la mer" Patricia Petibon flies freely from one register to another, from one language to another, and from one style to its exact opposite. However, she does base her repertoire around her own personal journey. This is what grants her seemingly eclectic style the consistency of an unparalleled performance. It is less a recital than a story that unfolds from one composer to the next—a secret story of grief, travel, and solitude. In this way, she echoes the idea underpinning Saint- John Perse’s poem, Amers: “The tragedians came down from the quarries.

Eva Ostergaard - Spaces And Places: Bruun, Holmen, Olsen, Snekkestad, Agerfeldt Olesen (2012)

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Eva Ostergaard - Spaces And Places: Bruun, Holmen, Olsen, Snekkestad, Agerfeldt Olesen (2012)

Spaces And Places: Peter Bruun, Jexper Holmen, Morten Olsen,
Torben Snekkestad, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen (2012)
Eva Østergaard, flutes and vocal; Peter Bruun, vocal; Peter Langberg, bells

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Contemporary Classical, Chamber, Vocal | Label: Dacapo | # 8.226573 | 01:01:18

The distinctive soundscape of this CD stems from the unique church interior at Løgumkloster in the south of Jutland, Denmark. Beneath the high vaulting, in the cloisters and in the small hidden spaces of the abbey, the flautist Eva Østergaard (b. 1966) has recorded a series of layers of sounds on fl utes of all sizes from piccolo to bass. The music was written specifi cally for Eva, the church and this CD by five Danish composers, all of whom explore the remotest reaches of the instruments and the building.

Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)

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Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)

Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 64:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 75605 51293 2 | Recorded: 1997

Alessandro Scarlatti wrote a huge number of chamber cantatas – about 600, in fact – most of which are, like the five delightful examples on this disc, for solo voice. These ones are sung by countertenor Brian Asawa with stylish support from members of the Arcadian Academy, who provide varying types of accompaniment, sometimes with continuo alone, at other times with a larger instrumental colloquium. Only one of the five cantatas here, Clori vezzosa, e bella, is written for voice and basso continuo throughout, the others calling for two violins and, on occasion, viola. The first work in the programme is the most elaborate of the group with its three-movement instrumental introduction and four each of alternating recitatives and arias.

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

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Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | ECD 88034 | Recorded: 1982

"Arias for mezzo soprano", it says, and authentically minded readers may already have noted that most of them would be sung by a countertenor these days, being originally for castrati. A little while ago I reviewed a record, "Arias for Farinelli", by Vivica Genaux, which came with a fascinating essay by René Jacobs in which he argued that the nearest we can get these days to the sound of the castrati is not the countertenor, which he rudely says should really be called a "falsettist", but the mezzo soprano, who is able to reproduce the strong, warm chest tones in her lower range which contemporary commentators tell us were at the base of the castrato voice production, the voice becoming sweeter and softer as it goes into the higher range.

Julia Varady, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Schumann: Duette (1999)

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Julia Varady, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Schumann: Duette (1999)

Julia Varady, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Schumann: Duette (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:38 | 258 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 457 915-2

…interesting, neglected material performed to perfection with texts and translations provided. Although Schumann’s duets were primarily intended for home performance around the piano, they benefit enormously from readings by such fine artists as the three taking part in this recital – recorded in 1977, but sounding as if committed to disc yesterday, so excellent is the sound, so spontaneous the singing.

Nicolas Gombert - Missa Media Vita In Morte Sumus - The Hilliard Ensemble (2006) {ECM New Series 1884}

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Nicolas Gombert - Missa Media Vita In Morte Sumus - The Hilliard Ensemble (2006) {ECM New Series 1884}

Nicolas Gombert - Missa Media Vita In Morte Sumus - The Hilliard Ensemble (2006) {ECM New Series 1884}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 343 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 180 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 11 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2006 ECM Records | ECM New Series 1884
Classical / Renaissance / Choral

The music of Flemish composer Nicolas Gombert (accent it like "Dilbert"), active in the first generation after Josquin in the 1530s and 1540s, has remained almost completely untouched by the growth in audience enthusiasm for Renaissance music in recent years. Is this because, according to one of those music-historical sidelights reproduced in the notes here, Gombert was once fired from a job for committing "gross indecency" with a choirboy? More likely it's the relatively unchanging texture of his unaccompanied choral music; although it is far from inexpressive, it is quite dense. His language is derived from that of his mentor Josquin, but there are no high-relief points of imitation to grab onto, no moments of lucidity. It's sort of a Renaissance wall of sound, dark-colored, but with flashes of intense red and blue.

The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)

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The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)

The Toronto Consort - Orlando di Lasso: Chansons and Madrigals (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 249 Mb | Total time: 58:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Discovery | DIS-80149 | Recorded: 1994

For more than 25 years, the Toronto Consort has been researching and presenting innovative performances of early music. The seven-member ensemble specializes in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and often combines with other musicians, dancers, and occasionally actors to bring centuries-old music to life for modern audiences. This wonderful collection of pieces by the great Franco-Flemish master Orlando di Lasso primarily features solo and ensemble vocal works, all of them secular songs and madrigals whose sole subject is love. While most have a certain refinement in both music and text, the disc's final selection depicts a wild, somewhat bawdy street scene "complete with squawking roosters and quarreling lovers." One of the disc's highlights is a gorgeous duet with recorder and organ.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646257508 | Recorded: 2014

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, whose honey-sweet voice perhaps remains the best introduction to the countertenor voice for the skeptical, attempts something new with the collection of gorgeous and generally underrated Vivaldi works. It might, therefore, not be perfectly appropriate as an introduction to Jaroussky, but it's a daring and altogether engrossing project. The collection is accurately billed as a group of sacred works for alto, which makes it a surprising attempt for : his voice corresponds most closely to a mezzo-soprano range, and he has in the past taken on full-scale operatic arias where his voice blooms into a colorful and attractive top. Here he deliberately forbids himself that part of his vocal repertoire, even in faster, more athletic pieces that would seem to permit it.

Christine Schäfer, Karita Mattila, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - R. Strauss: Orchestral songs (2008)

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Christine Schäfer, Karita Mattila, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - R. Strauss: Orchestral songs (2008)

Christine Schäfer, Karita Mattila, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado - R. Strauss: Orchestral songs (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:27 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Eloquence | Catalog: 4800414

What sort of voice did Pauline Strauss have? She was a professional singer when she first met Richard Strauss and he seems have been inspired by her voice, writing a considerable number of songs for her. Before she retired from stage she had sung Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Agathe (Die Freischutz), Leonore (Fidelio) and Donna Anna which implies a voice of some size. But elsewhere she is described as having a voice which was neither large nor beautiful. It should be admitted that the majority of songs which Strauss wrote for her were lieder, with just piano accompaniment.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Hilary Davan Wetton - Holst: Choral Fantasia, Choral Symphony (1993)

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Hilary Davan Wetton - Holst: Choral Fantasia, Choral Symphony (1993)

Hilary Davan Wetton - Holst: Choral Fantasia, Choral Symphony (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:27 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 66660

The precise moment that Holst's career hit its apogee can be fixed in history as October 7, 1925, the day his Choral Symphony, setting texts by Keats, was premiered in Leeds. Since the public premiere of The Planets in 1920, Holst had been England's most popular living composer. He was mobbed by his fans at the premiere, but its repeat in London with the same performers three weeks later bored critics and put the audience to sleep. From that moment, Holst's career started to slide and he was soon eclipsed by William Walton as England's most popular living composer.

Barbara Bonney - R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (1999)

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Barbara Bonney - R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (1999)

Barbara Bonney - R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:05:50 | 231 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 460 812-2

Convinced that Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, and Barbara Bonney are the trio du jour for Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier", it was with great anticipation that I listened to this CD consisting of all Strauss songs. I am very impressed with the level of sophistication of this fantastic collaboration between Bonney and Martineau. Exquisite music making as a true partnership between piano and voice and with with sensitivity to the texts….refreshing. A fine addition to the growing discograghy that Fleming, Graham, and Bonney are gifting us!

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

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Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 74321 935812 | Recorded: 1998

By the eighteenth century, Palermo-born Alessandro Scarlatti was the most widely performed Italian composer of vocal music having written more than sixty operas and well over a hundred cantatas. The cantata, more concentrated than opera, was considered at that time as the higher artistic form. Scarlatti was extremely prolific and many of his works including cantatas still remain unrecorded.

Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)

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Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)

Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 72:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Conifer Classics ‎| 75605 51293 2 | Recorded: 1997

These performances received Gramophone's "Recording of the Month" award for June 1997, as well as a 1998 Gramophone "Critic's Choice" award.
"…The instrumental ensemble is very fine, and Christine Brandes has a lovely, fresh soprano that sails through this music with melting ease….The sound is warm and congenial…"
–American Record Guide