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Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra - La Passione: Nono, Haydn, Grisey (2020)

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Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra - La Passione: Nono, Haydn, Grisey (2020)

Barbara Hannigan, Ludwig Orchestra - La Passione: Nono, Haydn, Grisey (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 72:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA586 | Recorded: 2019

The starting point for Barbara Hannigan’s third recording for Alpha is a work by Gérard Grisey (1946-98) that is particularly close to her heart. Grisey wrote: ‘I conceived the Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil [Four songs for crossing the threshold] as a musical meditation on death in four parts: the death of the angel, the death of civilisation, the death of the voice and the death of humanity… The texts chosen belong to four civilisations (Christian, Egyptian, Greek, Mesopotamian) and have in common a fragmentary discourse on the inevitability of death.’ Luigi Nono (1924-90) was a politically engaged composer. His stunning monody Djamila Boupacha, a heart-rending cry for solo soprano, pays tribute to a freedom fighter tortured by French paratroopers during the Algerian war; Picasso also portrayed her in charcoal.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

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Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:21
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Mediterraneo (2013)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Mediterraneo (2013)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata - Mediterraneo (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 66:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 5099946454928 | Recorded: 2012

Christina Pluhar and l'Arpeggiata invite you on a musical cruise that will take you from Portugal to Turkey, following the coasts of Spain, Catalonia, Greece, and Italy, caressed by the rocking of the waves and the captivating dialogue between traditional plucked instruments of the Mediterranean region the qanun, saz, Greek lyre and lavta, the oud and Portuguese guitar and the Baroque strings of l'Arpeggiata.

Gabriel Crouch & Gallicantus - Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered (2020)

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Gabriel Crouch & Gallicantus - Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered (2020)

Gabriel Crouch & Gallicantus - Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 173 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 98 Mb | 00:42:22
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Nonesuch Records, New Amsterdam Records

Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, with a libretto by poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, is a celebration of, and an elegy for, the natural world—animals, plants, insects, the planet itself—an appeal for greater awareness, urgency, and action. Originally commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street, this recording features the English vocal ensemble Gallicantus conducted by Gabriel Crouch.

The Choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge & Edward Wickham - Alpha & O: Music for Advent & Christmas (2020)

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The Choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge & Edward Wickham - Alpha & O: Music for Advent & Christmas (2020)

The Choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge & Edward Wickham - Alpha & O: Music for Advent & Christmas (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 212 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 125 Mb | 00:54:24
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Resonus Classics

The two choirs of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge return to Resonus Classics to collaborate once more on a new recording of contemporary works for Advent and Christmas. Featuring many world premiere recordings, the programme includes works written specially for the two college choirs including Diana Burrell’s exuberant carol, Green groweth the holly; Christopher Fox’s major new setting of the O Anitphons, insterpersed with the original plainchant, and Jeremy Thurlow’s Magnificat for upper voices, organ and tape, that blazes with the intensity of a new vision of the world.

Nuria Rial, Michael Oman, Austrian Baroque Company - Handel: Susse Stille, sanfte Quelle [2009] Re-up

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Nuria Rial, Michael Oman, Austrian Baroque Company - Handel: Susse Stille, sanfte Quelle [2009] Re-up

Nuria Rial, Michael Oman, Austrian Baroque Company - Handel: Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle [2009]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 66.40 | Scans | 317 Mb
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697483932 | Rec: 2009

Nuria Rial "has a timbre that is almost addictive" and "beguilingly beautiful", so the critics judge her voice. No wonder that the Catalan-born singer was awarded the Echo Klassik Newcomer of the Year award in 2009. On her new CD she has sung Handel's wonderful "German Arias", settings of sensitive poems of the romanticism of a Hamburg poet, Barthold Brockes. Nuria Rial, together with the Austrian Baroque Orchestra under the baton of the Michael Oman's direction the right, light, graceful and rapturous tone. The CD is complemented by a rarely heard chamber music version of Handel's famous fireworks music with the Austrian Baroque Company.

Placido Domingo - Amore infinito: Songs Inspired by Poetry of John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla (2008)

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Placido Domingo - Amore infinito: Songs Inspired by Poetry of John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla (2008)

Plácido Domingo - Amore infinito: Songs Inspired by Poetry of John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla (2008)
London Symphony Orchestra; Nick Ingman, conductor; Los Angeles Children's Chorus
Placido Domingo Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb | 00:48:55
Classical Crossover, Adult Contemporary | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # B0012532-02

2008 album from the world famous tenor, based upon poems by the late Pope John Paul II. The album is performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and features duets with Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams and Katherine Jenkins. The lyrics are in Italian, English and Spanish. Placido is known for his versatile and strong voice, possessing a ringing and dramatic tone throughout its range. He is considered to be a talented and hard-working musician but is also admired for his acting ability, his musicality and musical intellect, and the number and variety of opera roles that he has mastered.

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)

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Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included | 00:57:07
Modern Classical, Vocal Music, World Fusion, Ambient | Label: 4AD | # CAD 2403 CD

Immortal Memory is a collaboration between vocalist Lisa Gerrard and Irish composer Patrick Cassidy. Billed as a cycle of life and death and rebirth, Immortal Memory is better described as an orphaned film score. Cassidy's warm arrangements allow the former Dead Can Dance singer to step out of the dark medieval world that she's called home for nearly 20 years – though there is much of that world within these castle walls – and focus on the simplicity of love, faith, and loss with a grace that's bereft of the icy perfection of her previous work. Gerrard, whose voice has aged like the finest oak, displays an almost supernatural mastery of the material. Her effortless contralto wraps itself around the ten Gaelic, Latin, and Aramaic spirituals like an evening prayer, making each stunning entrance the equivalent of audio comfort food.

Kate Lindsey, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Arianna: Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Joseph Haydn (2020)

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Kate Lindsey, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Arianna: Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Joseph Haydn (2020)

Kate Lindsey, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Arianna: Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Joseph Haydn (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 72:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha ‎| ALPHA 576 | Recorded: 2019

After a first album dedicated to Weill, Zemlinsky and Korngold (Alpha272), Kate Lindsey explores here her other repertoire of choice, the music of the eighteenth century. In partnership with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo, she has recorded three cantatas focusing on the myth of Ariadne, abandoned on the island of Naxos after helping Theseus kill the Cretan Minotaur by giving him a ball of thread so that he could find his way back through the labyrinth. Alessandro Scarlatti's Ebra d amor fuggia (1707) relates Ariadne's flight, drunk with love , alongside Theseus, for whom she expresses her tenderness in the magnificent aria Pur ti stringo .

DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

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DSO Berlin, Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kozena - Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliees; Faure: Pelleas et Melisande (2017)

Claude Debussy: La mer; Ariettes oubliées; Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati, conductor; Magdalena Kožená

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Orchestral, Vocal | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 550 | Time: 01:08:33

This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash. There's a world premiere: even if you're not on board with the trend of enlarging the repertory through arrangements of works that are perfectly good in their original form, you will likely be seduced by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's ravishing reading of Debussy's voice-and-piano Ariettes oubliées, inventively arranged by Brett Dean. There's a little-known work: the opening one, Fauré's Prelude to Pénélope (a sparsely performed opera, with a slightly less sparsely performed prelude) is a lush and beautifully controlled arc. Controlled and detailed are two words that come to mind for Ticciati's interpretation of La mer, the warhorse work on the program; it may seem a bit deliberate, but there are many hues in his performance. The two Debussy works are balanced by two of Fauré's: the fourth work is the suite from Fauré's incidental music to Pélleas et Mélisande (in Charles Koechlin's version), also deliberate and lush. Linn recorded the performance in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, which allows the full spectrum of orchestral colors to come through. Worth the money for Kozená fans for her turn alone, and a fine French program for all.

Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

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Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir, Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

Joonas Kokkonen - Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)
Jan Lehtola (organ); Suvi Väyrynen (soprano); Joose Vähäsöyrinki (baritone)
Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | # TOCC0434 | Time: 00:55:33

The music of Joonas Kokkonen (1921–96), one of the most important Finnish composers after Sibelius, radiates warmth and light. His limited output is largely introvert in character but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. Kokkonen’s Requiem (1980–81), written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces. This first recording is complemented by the first complete recording of Kokkonen’s four works for solo organ.

Rudolf Lutz, Chor und Orchester der J. S. Bach-Stiftung - Bach Kantaten N°32: BWV 208, 212 (2020)

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Rudolf Lutz, Chor und Orchester der J. S. Bach-Stiftung - Bach Kantaten N°32: BWV 208, 212 (2020)

Rudolf Lutz, Chor und Orchester der J. S. Bach-Stiftung - Bach Kantaten N°32: BWV 208, 212 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 60:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: J.S. Bach-Stiftung | # B885 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

The J.S. Bach Foundation has embarked on a remarkable undertaking: over a period of some 25 years, the Foundation will perform the complete vocal works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Each month, one of the over 200 Bach cantatas is performed in the idyllic town of Trogen in Appenzell, Switzerland. With a rhythm of 12 cantatas per year, the project is estimated to conclude in the year 2030. All introductory workshops, concerts and reflection lectures on the cantata texts are recorded; the texts of the lectures are published in a continually expanding Bach Anthology.

Nathalie Stutzmann, Roy Goodman, The Hanover Band - Handel: Opera Arias (2005)

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Nathalie Stutzmann, Roy Goodman, The Hanover Band - Handel: Opera Arias (2005)

Nathalie Stutzmann, Roy Goodman, The Hanover Band - Handel: Opera Arias (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 68:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | 09026 61205 2 | Recorded: 1991

The contralto Nathalie Stutzmann was not yet 30 years of age when she made this extraordinarily dramatic recording of arias from Handels Italian operas. It showcases her impressive depth of tone, a voice of tremendous indeed, in these days, almost unrivalled projection that inevitably brings to mind the great contraltos of yore from Clara Butt to Marian Anderson. Stutzmann was, and remains, however, an entirely modern artist, who has continued to innovate in her choice of repertoire and musical partners.

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002) [Re-Up]

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Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002) [Re-Up]

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 445 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 225 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary, Minimalism, Vocal | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21009 | 01:14:44

Alarm Will Sound's recording of Steve Reich's monumental orchestral/choral works The Desert Music and Tehillim, released on the Cantaloupe label in 2002, greatly benefits from the group's close connections with the composer: the ensemble's conductor, Alan Pierson, and several of the performers studied at the Eastman School with Brad Lubman, a conductor frequently enlisted by Reich. Also, Pierson's arrangements, which reconcile the chamber and orchestral versions that exist for both works, were prepared in close consultation with the composer; thus, this may well be the definitive recording of these pieces. Brilliantly sonorous in their climaxes – the burst of light near the end of Desert Music, the "Alleluias" that close Tehillim – the players also articulate Reich's intricate canonic textures with nimble precision.

Karita Mattila - Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila (2010)

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Karita Mattila - Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila (2010)

Karita Mattila - Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 491 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 278 MB | 01:56:19
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine

Ondine's Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila brings together two previous releases, Karita Mattila Live in Helsinki from 2001 and Sibelius: Songs from 1996. Karita Mattila Live in Helsinki begins with riotous opening applause that continues through the orchestral introduction to "Dich teure Halle" from Tannhäuser, greeting Mattila like a rock star, and she performs with the passionate abandon and almost tangible audience rapport characteristic of rock stars. The intensity of her performance is palpable and she is fully invested in this material, holding nothing back. Besides the Wagner, Mattila brings characters from Dvorák, Verdi, and Puccini operas to life with a searing focus. Her powerful, radiant voice in the service of such an intelligent and heartfelt commitment to the music communicates viscerally with her audience.