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Gérard Souzay, Jean-François Paillard - Four French Cantatas: Campra, Rameau, Courbois, Boismortier (1994) (Repost)

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Gérard Souzay, Jean-François Paillard - Four French Cantatas: Campra, Rameau, Courbois, Boismortier (1994) (Repost)

Gérard Souzay, Orchestre de Chambre, Jean-François Paillard - Four French Cantatas: Campra, Rameau, Courbois, Boismortier (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:14 | 264 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Erato | Catalog: 4509-97416-2

Those habituated to ‘historical sensitivity’ in performance are likely to get the vapours from this remastered 1970 recording. All modern instruments replete with full-throated wobble, it’s a blast from the past, but nevertheless well worth the hearing for the superb imagination of the composers involved. Courbois’s Dom Quichotte is a real gem and there is much else to enjoy throughout this collection.

Les Choristes - En Concert (2005)

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Les Choristes - En Concert (2005)

Les Choristes - En Concert (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:05:03 | 452 MB
Genre: Choral | Label: Warner Music | Catalog: 2564622122

En Concert displays the depth and breadth of this talented group of youngsters, who gained fame in the Les Choristes film. Although the live concert is not as polished as the recording studio version of pieces from "Le Choristes" (the movie) which appear here, there is a audio presence and energy in the concert hall that the studio version lacks. Jean Baptiste Maunier, one of the stars and the soloist in the movie, shines in a number of the choral pieces here.

Peter Harvey, Philippa Hyde, London Baroque – Rameau & Campra: French Cantatas (2007) (Repost)

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Peter Harvey, Philippa Hyde, London Baroque – Rameau & Campra: French Cantatas (2007) (Repost)

Peter Harvey, Philippa Hyde, London Baroque – Rameau & Campra: French Cantatas (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 64:05 | 353 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1495

Rameau’s secular chamber cantatas are early works, written before he got his longed-for chance to compose for the stage. While they are clearly the works of a talented and skilled artist, it has to be admitted that they only hint at the powerful personality and individuality of the operas. Yet even that is something to be valued from someone like Rameau, and we can be glad that London Baroque have made them the subject of one of their relatively rare excursions into French repertoire.

Nima Ben David, Damien Guillon, Bruno Boterf, Pascale Boquet - Captain Tobias Hume: The Passion of Musick (2005) (Repost)

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Nima Ben David, Damien Guillon, Bruno Boterf, Pascale Boquet - Captain Tobias Hume: The Passion of Musick (2005) (Repost)

Nima Ben David, Damien Guillon, Bruno Boterf, Pascale Boquet - Captain Tobias Hume: The Passion of Musick (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:43 | 342 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha| Catalog: Alpha 061

More Tobias Hume can never be a bad thing. In an age of odd composers – Carlo Gesualdo was, after all, his almost exact contemporary – Hume still stands as one of the oddest composers of his time or any other. He was, after all, surely the only composer who spent his life as a mercenary and one of the few composers who died in the poor house.

Simon Rattle - Joseph Haydn: The Creation (1991) (Repost)

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Simon Rattle - Joseph Haydn: The Creation (1991) (Repost)

Simon Rattle - Joseph Haydn: The Creation (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:39:31 | 400 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: CDS 7 54159 2

This classic performance of Haydn's greatest choral masterpiece was beloved tenor Fritz Wunderlich's last recording. He sings all of the arias, but he died before finishing the recitatives, which are here taken by Werner Krenn. The recording is, in addition, one of Herbert Von Karajan's finest, vastly better than his later digital remake. His interpretation is straightforward and impressively large in scale, but never pompous or sanctimonious (which was Karajan's big problem in music of a religious character).

Placido Domingo - Entre Dos Mundos (1992)

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Placido Domingo - Entre Dos Mundos (1992)

Placido Domingo - Entre Dos Mundos (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 424 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 220 MB | Covers Included | 67:33
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Sony Music | Catalog: 48479

Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist. Recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, he is also a conductor and a major force as an opera administrator in his role as Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of Los Angeles Opera. His repertoire now encompasses 149 roles, with more than 3900 career performances.

Magdalena Kozena, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon - Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias (2009) (Repost)

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Magdalena Kozena, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon - Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias (2009) (Repost)

Magdalena Kozena, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon - Vivaldi: Opera & Oratorio Arias (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:17:19 | 365 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 777 8096

Due at least in part to Naïve's growing catalogue of exemplary recordings of the relatively obscure operas of Antonio Vivaldi, more and more singers are happily turning to his vast operatic output as a source of new material. Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená brings an earthy emotionality to this selection of arias that is weighted toward the ravishingly lyrical, but which also includes the floridly virtuosic.

Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe - Carlo Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro - Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (2016)

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Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe - Carlo Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro - Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (2016)

Carlo Gesualdo: O Dolce Mio Tesoro - Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (1611) (2016)
Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal | Label: Phi | # LPH 024 | Time: 01:04:34

Philippe Herreweghe, respected elder of the early choral music world, directs a pared-down version of his choir Collegium Vocale Gent in delectably careful performances of music that in less careful hands can sound plain crazy. The slippery harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo’s sixth book of madrigals, written in 1611 but sounding centuries ahead of their time, are nailed down with the sharpest, slenderest of pins thanks to the perfect tuning and clear tone of Herreweghe’s ensemble. One to each line, the singers maintain a finely balanced blend, emerging briefly as soloists at moments of emphasis. Some may find the ambience a bit churchified for these texts, in which images of frolicking cupids are heavily outweighed by the laments of unbedded lovers miserably invoking death; but the performances are full of subtle nuance, and you’re unlikely to hear passages such as the end of Io Pur Respiro, with its sliding, viscous harmonies, better done.

Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 6

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Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 6

Luciano Pavarotti - The Complete Operas (101CD Box Set) (2017) Part 6
EAC Rip | APE (*image+.cue+.log,scans) | Run Time: 1:41:27 | 315 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca

2017 is the tenth anniversary of the passing of the 20th Century’s most famous tenor – Decca marks this occasion to marvel once again at the sheer quality of the voice of ‘The People’s Tenor’ with a 101-disc collection presenting every role he ever recorded and performed. Every role since his debut recording of La Boh?me in 1961 is included, allowing critics, collectors and opera lovers once more to appreciate his truly exceptional gifts. Every single opera is presented in the best possible audio quality, remastered at Abbey Road under the supervision of former Decca engineers.

John Mark Ainsley, Timothy Roberts, Paula Chateauneuf - John Blow: Songs and Keyboard Music (1993)

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John Mark Ainsley, Timothy Roberts, Paula Chateauneuf - John Blow: Songs and Keyboard Music (1993)

John Mark Ainsley, Timothy Roberts, Paula Chateauneuf - John Blow: Songs and Keyboard Music (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:58 | 369 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66646

Tenor John Mark Ainsley with Timothy Roberts on harpsichord, spinet & chamber organ and Paula Chateauneuf on theorbo and baroque guitar, in an award-winning recording of eighteen songs and keyboard works by John Blow (1649-1708).

Gerard Lesne, Steve Dugardin, La Canzona - John Blow: An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (2000)

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Gerard Lesne, Steve Dugardin, La Canzona - John Blow: An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (2000)

Gerard Lesne, Steve Dugardin, La Canzona - John Blow: An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:09 | 324 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 5453422

The teacher who has even one pupil who becomes even more distinguished than himself is fortunate; in Purcell, Blow had one such. And when that pupil's death precedes his own he has cause for genuine grief, as Blow did. One of the songs of Purcell, here alternated with instrumental pieces by Blow, contains the line 'Nor let my homely death embroider'd be with scutcheon or with elegy', but it is one with which Blow and others could not concur. In a programmatic tour de force Blow's profoundly beautiful vocal tribute to Purcell comes at the end.

Mario Lanza - Mario! Lanza At His Best (2006) (Repost)

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Mario Lanza - Mario! Lanza At His Best (2006) (Repost)

Mario Lanza - Mario! Lanza At His Best (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:19:13 | 436 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: RCA Victor Living Stereo | Catalog: 71625

This is not exactly the Mario Lanza "best-of" album its title might imply; it consists of recordings made during the last 18 months of the great crossover tenor's life, when he was beginning to suffer serious effects from the health problems that killed him in the fall of 1959. Still, it's hard to hear much of an effect from those problems a diminution of sheer vocal power in the selections from Rudolf Friml's musical The Vagabond King that make up the second half of the disc, perhaps, but no loss of the singer's broad, generous lyric impulse.

Capella de la Torre, Katharina Bäuml, Dominique Visse - Vinum et Musica: Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (2012)

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Capella de la Torre, Katharina Bäuml, Dominique Visse - Vinum et Musica: Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (2012)

Capella de la Torre, Katharina Bäuml, Dominique Visse - Vinum et Musica: Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (15th & 16th century) (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:01 | 319 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Challenge Records | Catalog: CC72544

What you get on this release by veteran countertenor Dominique Visse and the Capella de la Torre is something less accessible than what is suggested by the Vinum et Musica title but more accessible than the pedantic subtitle "Songs & dances from Nuremberg sources (15th & 16th century)." The collection of pieces here is a sort of tour of the city of Nuremberg, an important German city in Renaissance times but not one that was home to its own compositional school.

Lisa Milne, Bernarda Fink, John Mark Ainsley, Roger Vignoles - Joseph Haydn: Songs (2011)

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Lisa Milne, Bernarda Fink, John Mark Ainsley, Roger Vignoles - Joseph Haydn: Songs (2011)

Lisa Milne, Bernarda Fink, John Mark Ainsley, Roger Vignoles - Joseph Haydn: Songs (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:00 | 251 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDH55355

Haydn’s songs, German and English, have never quite had the standing they deserve: two of the English canzonettas and one of the German songs here are not even in the current catalogue. Most often they are sung by sopranos, but there is no reason why a tenor shouldn’t be used; Haydn, a tenor, is known to have sung them himself. The performances here, by all three singers and Roger Vignoles’ alert and thoughtful accompanying perhaps plays a key role take them seriously and show them as the substantial music they are.

René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble - German Church Cantatas and Arias (2006)

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René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble - German Church Cantatas and Arias (2006)

René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble - German Church Cantatas and Arias (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:11 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 10012

Amongst several delightful examples of mid- and late-baroque German solo cantatas included here, one stands out as a little masterpiece. It's a lamentation by Johann Christoph Bach, the leading composer of the Bach dynasty before Johann Sebastian. I cannot imagine any listener to be capable of hearing this music without in some way being affected by its poignancy.