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Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)

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Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)

Catherine Gayer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Stadlmair, Münchener Kammerorchester - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Giardino d'Amore (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 431 122-2 | Recorded: 1964

Catherine Gayer makes a spirited, fresh sounding Adonis and Brigitte Fassbaender as Venus is superb throughout; Venus's ''Augelletti, si cantate'' has an almost irresistible allure and her radiant duet with Adonis at the conclusion of the work is something to treasure. The instrumental accompaniment is excellent of its kind and of its vintage, with a notable contribution from Hans-Martin Linde on the sopranino recorder. This is, in a word, enlightened music-making which brings a ravishing score to life affectionately and convincingly. Excellent recorded sound and a considerable adornment to Archiv Galleria's otherwise arbitrary and mainly disappointing selection of reissues.

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Luigi Rossi: La Lyra d'Orfeo (2019)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Luigi Rossi: La Lyra d'Orfeo (2019)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Luigi Rossi: La Lyra d'Orfeo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 726 Mb | Total time: 159:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029537230 | Recorded: 2005, 2019

The latest album from Christina Pluhar and her instrumental ensemble L’Arpeggiata sheds new light on the chamber cantatas of 17th century Italian composer, Luigi Rossi. He wrote more than 300 of these works and Christina Pluhar’s new double album includes an impressive number of 21 world premiere recordings, which are the fruit of Christina Pluhar’s research among music manuscripts held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Vatican Library.

Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)

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Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)

Ludus Modalis, Bruno Boterf - Paschal de L'Estocart: Deux coeurs aimants (2007)
- Chansons, Ode, Psalms and Motets with 3 to 7 voices

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Ramée | # RAM 0703 | Time: 01:04:45

Little is known of the life of Paschal de L'Estocart, the French composer of the late Renaissance who was roughly a contemporary of Claude Le Jeune (1528 -1600). He seems to have been sympathetic to the Protestant Reformers – he spent considerable time in Germany and his music was published in Geneva – but later in life he applied unsuccessfully to the French King for a position at an abbey. His collection of psalms and motets, Sacrae Cantiones, 16 of which are recorded here, are mostly in French, along with several in Latin, and was dedicated to Calvinist Count Palatine Johann Casimir in 1582. This collection also includes his Ode in 12 parts, set to religious texts in French. L'Estocart's music is typical of late Renaissance polyphony, eclectic in its use of a cantus firmus, imitative counterpoint, and homophonic writing, with an unusually free use of dissonance. The French mixed a cappella ensemble Ludus Modalis, led by Bruno Boterf, specializes in music of this era and sings with passion and authority. Intonation is immaculate and tone quality is pure and unforced. The recorded sound is clean, but spacious and warm.

Catherine Bott, Concerto Caledonia - The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)

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Catherine Bott, Concerto Caledonia - The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)

The Lion of Scotland: Cantatas by John Clerk of Penicuik (1998)
Catherine Bott, soprano; Concerto Caledonia

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67007 | Time: 01:08:39

This is the first recording of any of Clerk's cantatas which are among the finest contributions to baroque music from these islands from a man of great cultural significance and with a crucial place in the history of Scottish culture. Clerk studied in Rome under Corelli and Pasquini and was also a lawyer, judge, amateur architect, artist, poet and landscape gardener.

Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - In umbra mortis (2021)

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Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - In umbra mortis (2021)

Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - In umbra mortis (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 237 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 136 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:57:30
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Pentatone

Cappella Amsterdam and its artistic leader Daniel Reuss make their PENTATONE debut with In Umbra Mortis. The album brings together Wolfgang Rihm’s contemporary Sieben Passions-Stücke and Passion-related motets by the Flemish 16th-century polyphonist Giaches de Wert, revealing unexpected kinship between two composers four centuries apart. By entwining the old and new, the listener is invited on a chromatic journey of astonishing beauty. Since its foundation in 1970, Cappella Amsterdam has shown an exceptional mastery of contemporary and early vocal music, with acclaimed excurses to Romantic repertoire as well. Daniel Reuss has been Artistic Leader of Cappella Amsterdam for over three decades now, and has worked with several renowned choirs and ensembles.

Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Ah! mio cor: Handel Arias (2007)

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Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Ah! mio cor: Handel Arias (2007)

Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Ah! mio cor: Handel Arias (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 76:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6547 | Recorded: 2006

Before the release of this disc called Ah! Mio cor!, charismatic mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená had already made her mark as a Handel singer with her recordings of the composer's Italian cantatas and opera Julius Caesar, but this triumphant 2007 collection of arias affirms her mastery of the German-English composer's music. Featuring selections from the composer's operas and oratorios, this disc is more of a smorgasbord than a balanced meal with one highly expressive and supremely virtuosic aria following another and the only cohesion supplied by the performer.

Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen - David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009)

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Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen - David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009)

Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen - David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 65:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU807496 | Recorded: 2008

David Lang's the little match girl passion, for vocal quartet doubling on percussion instruments, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. It's a strong, striking piece with a surprisingly potent emotional punch. Part of its effectiveness derives from the story itself, which is so achingly poignant that it can hardly fail to raise a lump in the throat. The text is primarily compiled from the story by Hans Christian Andersen and from familiar sections from Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which sound fresh and new in English translation. Lang's clear-eyed avoidance of sentimentality saves the story from the bathos into which it could easily sink in a less skillful musical setting.

Dorothee Mields, Stefan Temmingh - Telemann: Cantatas for Soprano & Recorder and Instrumental Works (2020)

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Dorothee Mields, Stefan Temmingh - Telemann: Cantatas for Soprano & Recorder and Instrumental Works (2020)

Dorothee Mields, Stefan Temmingh, Daniel Rosin, Domen Marinčič, Wiebke Weidanz - Telemann: Cantatas for Soprano & Recorder and Instrumental Works (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 59:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC24371 | Recorded: 2018

For some years now, the South African recorder player Stefan Temmingh and the German soprano and early music specialist Dorothee Mields have been forming a successful artistic team. Especially their second CD, entitled "Birds" from 2015, has attracted worldwide attention. Now the two exceptional artists are focusing on the composer Georg Philipp Telemann who was one of the most famous composers of his time and wrote an incredible number of works in a wide variety of styles and genres. His collection "Harmonischer Gottesdienst" contains enchanting sacred cantatas for soprano with obbligato recorder, three of which are presented on this CD. Stefan Temmingh combines the cantatas with three virtuoso recorder sonatas from Telemann's oeuvre.

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)

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Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)

Alessandro De Marchi, Academia Montis Regalis - Alessandro Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 64:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67714 | Recorded: 2008

The banning of opera performances during Lent in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Rome meant that composers had to turn their attention to biblical subjects. However there is no sense that either composer or librettist felt at all limited in their subject matter, judging from the extraordinarily inventive oratorios that were produced during this time. Scarlatti’s work tells the dramatic story of David and Goliath. Whilst the biblical account relays the story in a few sentences, the anonymous librettist of Davidis pugna et victoria expands upon these to create an extensive libretto, with the characters fully developed and explored.

Kammerchor Stuttgart & Frieder Bernius - Mendelssohn: Te Deum à 8, MWV B 15 & Other Works (2021)

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Kammerchor Stuttgart & Frieder Bernius - Mendelssohn: Te Deum à 8, MWV B 15 & Other Works (2021)

Kammerchor Stuttgart & Frieder Bernius - Mendelssohn: Te Deum à 8, MWV B 15 & Other Works (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 117 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:47:37
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: haenssler CLASSIC

Throughout his life, Felix Mendelssohn harboured a strong love-hate relationship with the Berlin Sing-Akademie, where, as a singer and student of the director Carl Friedrich Zelter, he got to know important works of Italian vocal polyphony of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Une fête chez Rabelais: Chansons et pièces instrumentales (1994)

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Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Une fête chez Rabelais: Chansons et pièces instrumentales (1994)

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Une fête chez Rabelais: Chansons et pièces instrumentales (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 58:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 290840 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Paris in 1978 the Ensemble Clément Janequin devotes itself principally to the secular and religious music of the Renaissance. Its interpretations of the Parisian chanson are regarded as authoritative, and recordings of works like Les Cris de Paris, Le Chant des Oyseaulx, Fricassée Parisienne and La Chasse have brought back to life one of golden ages of French music. Now available to a wide audience, the music of Janequin, Sermisy, Anthoine de Bertrand, Costeley, Roland de Lassus and Claude Le Jeune illustrates the contrasts in which the Renaissance took such delight…

Sanna Salminen, Vox Aurea - Pato: Järvelä, Tuan, Kleemola, Moilanen, Lummi (2020)

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Sanna Salminen, Vox Aurea - Pato: Järvelä, Tuan, Kleemola, Moilanen, Lummi (2020)

Sanna Salminen, Vox Aurea - Pato: Järvelä, Tuan, Kleemola, Moilanen, Lummi (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 63:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | # NCD 58 | Recorded: 2020

The record Pato (Dam) depicts the power of singing together: the happiness of belonging and being united, the comfort of liberation from difficult feelings, the delight of sharing joy, and empowerment even amid difficult challenges. Singing together makes you stop in the very moment to experience beauty. The songs on the record flow through moments of refuge, otherness and loneliness into being united with oneself, the other and nature. The process of making this record also underlines the power of singing: a major part of the practice work took place in the times of isolation on spring 2020, due to restrictions on singing together caused by the pandemic.

Maria Callas - Toujours: Paris 1958 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Maria Callas - Toujours: Paris 1958 (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Maria Callas - Toujours: Paris 1958 (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27976 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 91 min | 23,2 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3443 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 91 min | 5,90 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub.: English, French, German

Callas made her belated Paris debut with this concert at the sumptuous Paris Opéra—now known as the Palais Garnier—in 1958. It was a major social event, attended by le tout Paris, and Callas appeared on the famous stage wearing her most elegant couture and a million dollars’ worth of jewellery. She opened with Norma’s “Casta diva”, which was followed by Leonora’s plaintive aria and the gripping “Miserere” from Act 4 of Il trovatore, before she lightened the mood with “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Aino Peltomaa, Harmen Fraanje, Mikko Perkola - Ær: Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Codex Las Huelgas, Piae Cantiones (2021)

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Aino Peltomaa, Harmen Fraanje, Mikko Perkola - Ær: Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Codex Las Huelgas, Piae Cantiones (2021)

Aino Peltomaa, Harmen Fraanje, Mikko Perkola - Ær: Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Codex Las Huelgas, Piae Cantiones (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 51:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | # FUG 770 | Recorded: 2019

The Trio Peltomaa Fraanje Perkola combines the sounds of the human voice, piano and viola da gamba with electronic effects and medieval harp. The players have diverse backgrounds in early music, jazz, Finnish folk music and contemporary music, although it was medieval music that was the inspiration for their highly personal and recognisable sound. The group continues to explore the chants of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Pérotin (1160-1230) and 14th-century pilgrimage songs.

Simone Young Philharmoniker Hamburg - Franz Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (2015)

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Simone Young Philharmoniker Hamburg - Franz Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (2015)

Simone Young Philharmoniker Hamburg - Franz Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 441 Mb | Total time: 108:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 1840 | Recorded: 2015

Franz Schmidts Apokalypsen-Oratorium ‘Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln’, seine letzte, 1937 vollendete Komposition, ist laut dem Komponisten ein Werk über die « fundamentale Antithese” von Gut und Böse, zusammengestellt aus Texten, die Schmidt aus der Offenbarung des Johannes selbst ausgewählt hat. Dass er kurz vor dem Anschluss ein solches Weltuntergangswerk komponierte, zeigt das Zeitgespür des Komponisten.