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VA - Copying Beethoven: Music From The Motion Picture (2008) [Re-Up]

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VA - Copying Beethoven: Music From The Motion Picture (2008) [Re-Up]

VA - Copying Beethoven: Music From The Motion Picture (2008)
music by Ludwig van Beethoven and film music by Antoni Łazarkiewicz

EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 284 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 178 Mb | Scans ~ 104 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 8176 | Time: 01:17:36

The film received a pasting from UK critics but as the soundtrack chooses from a vast archive of great performances, it’s possible to retrieve something from the experience. The opening track, the Grosse Fuge, is a bold choice given the wider audience for whom this soundtrack is aiming. It receives a magnificent performance from the Takács Quartet which is as finely attuned to the music’s jagged outcrops as its sheltered byways. The uninterrupted flow of the sweet and soulful second movement of the third Razumovsky is pure poetry in their hands. Ashkenazy gives a brilliant but never rushed performance of the finale to the early Sonata in C minor and his straightforward manner in the Arietta from Beethoven’s last sonata is illuminated by the very clear Decca recording. Haitink’s performance of the finale of the Ninth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw and a quartet of soloists led by Lucia Popp does not storm the heavens and I don’t ever recall being so aware of this movement’s proceeding by paragraphs. However, it would seem to have found a comfortable place in a well planned and wide-ranging celebration of Beethoven’s genius.

Alexis Kossenko, Anna Reinhold, Emmanuel Olivier, Sabine Devieilhe & Magali Mosnier - Soir Païen (2020)

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Alexis Kossenko, Anna Reinhold, Emmanuel Olivier, Sabine Devieilhe & Magali Mosnier - Soir Païen (2020)

Alexis Kossenko, Anna Reinhold, Emmanuel Olivier, Sabine Devieilhe & Magali Mosnier - Soir Païen (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 247 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:08:13
Classical, Vocal | Label: Aparté, Little Tribeca

Flautist Alexis Kossenko’s latest offering is evocative, impressionistic: a programme in which flute, piano and voice together have pride of place.

Cai Thomas - Seren (2020)

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Cai Thomas - Seren (2020)

Cai Thomas - Seren (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 262 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 127 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:50:57
Classical, Vocal | Label: Rubicon Classics

Praised for his musicality and exceptional voice, Cai Thomas has already built up a global following and has featured in segments for ITV news and Classic FM. Following a successful Kickstarter funding campaign and, with the help of his family, friends, local community and hundreds of new friends from around the world, Rubicon Classics is proud to support Cai for the release of his debut album.

Les Kapsber'girls - Kapsberger: Che fai tù? [Villanelles] (2020)

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Les Kapsber'girls - Kapsberger: Che fai tù? [Villanelles] (2020)

Les Kapsber'girls - Kapsberger: Che fai tù? [Villanelles] (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 273 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:04:55
Classical, Vocal | Label: Muso

Formed in 2015 by four young musicians, Les Kapsber’girls, by their very name, send a nod and a wink to one of their favorite composers. It is thus quite natural that their first recording be dedicated to the works of Girolamo Kapsberger, a virtuoso musician and exceptional composer in Rome in the early XVIIth century. The extreme variety of his output bears witness to the artistic effervescence of pre-baroque Italy and of the immense talent of one of the geniuses of music history. His four books of villanelles are veritable gems of music; from one work to another he takes us to the heart of a world of bucolic poetry with some instructive contrasts.

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - The Sound of Cultures: Northern Germany - Lübeck (2003)

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Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - The Sound of Cultures: Northern Germany - Lübeck (2003)

Gunar Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austria - The Sound of Cultures: Northern Germany - Lübeck (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 54:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Symphonia | # SY 02203 | Recorded: 2002

Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1989 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of specifically Austrian baroque music played on period-instruments. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this period shows the strong influence of Italy and later of French forms, while Spanish court ceremonials also shape the character of the works. The typical Austrian sound of the period also betrays the influence of the many Crownlands. The political and social boundaries of Austria in the baroque era were far wider than in the 20th century.

Maurizio Cadossi, Trigono Armonico, Maria Caruso - Alessandro Scarlatti: Correa nel seno amato & Other Cantatas (2019)

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Maurizio Cadossi, Trigono Armonico, Maria Caruso - Alessandro Scarlatti: Correa nel seno amato & Other Cantatas (2019)

Maurizio Cadossi, Trigono Armonico, Maria Caruso - Alessandro Scarlatti: Correa nel seno amato & Other Cantatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 75:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Elegia Classics | # ELECLA 19074 | Recorded: 2019

Born in Palermo in 1660, Alessandro Scarlatti led a very itinerant life. His activity as a musician, officially begun in 1679, and took him to the most important Italian cultural centres, including Rome, Naples, Florence and Venice. Traditionally the beginnings of his musical training dates back to the roman meeting of a twelve-year-old Scarlatti with Giacomo Carissimi, the undisputed father of the cantata genre, and from whom it acquired its final form, given by the alternation of the recitativo and arioso styles, the latter resulting in the Aria.

Le Banquet Céleste & Damien Guillon - Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (2020)

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Le Banquet Céleste & Damien Guillon - Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (2020)

Le Banquet Céleste & Damien Guillon - Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 431 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 187 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:20:40
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

A composer who led a dissolute life and ended up stabbed to death in Genoa, Stradella nevertheless left a distinctive stamp on the history of music. He is situated at the intersection of several stylistic paths and periods, at the crossroads between opera and sacred drama, since his output, and especially San Giovanni Battista (St John the Baptist), marks the encounter of the great Roman oratorio inherited from Carissimi with the Venetian opera of Cavalli. Stradella is also close to the next generation, that of Scarlatti and Handel. His music is characterised by liveliness, expressiveness and profound humanity. Although San Giovanni Battista enjoyed genuine success when it was premiered in 1675, it was only in 1949 that the work was exhumed from the libraries where its score lay slumbering. That event took place in Perugia, and the role of Salome was sung by Maria Callas.

Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere - Alessandro Scarlatti & Francesco Durante: Umana e Inumana (2010)

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Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere - Alessandro Scarlatti & Francesco Durante: Umana e Inumana (2010)

Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere - Alessandro Scarlatti & Francesco Durante: Umana e Inumana (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 370 Mb | Total time: 70:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | ARN68812 | Recorded: 2009

This disc brings together two composers from Naples, albeit from different generations. They are also different in that Scarlatti was an important contributor to the genre of opera, whereas Durante never composed anything for the theatre. They have also something in common: both were considered rather conservative - Scarlatti in particular towards the end of his career - and in the oeuvre of both the traditional counterpoint plays an important role.

Capriola Di Gioia, Amaryllis Dieltiens - Ohimè: Love, passion and mystery in baroque Italy (2011)

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Capriola Di Gioia, Amaryllis Dieltiens - Ohimè: Love, passion and mystery in baroque Italy (2011)

Capriola Di Gioia, Amaryllis Dieltiens - Ohimè: Love, passion and mystery in baroque Italy (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 408 Mb | Total time: 70:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aeolus | # AE-10043 | Recorded: 2011

A passionate soprano and a dynamic continuo are the irresistible elements of Capriola Di Gioia, the Belgian ensemble around Amaryllis Dieltiens and Bart Naessens. AEOLUS listeners already know them from their collaboration with the Flanders Recorder Quartet. The young musicians are already firmly established in the Belgian and Dutch music scene.

The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World... Ever! (2004) 2CDs

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The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World... Ever! (2004) 2CDs

The Best Gregorian Chant Album In The World… Ever! (2004) 2CDs
St Dominic's Priory Choir and The Monks & Choir of Downside Abbey

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 543 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 304 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Choral, Gregorian Chant | Label: EMI | # 5769042 | Time: 02:00:48

This stunning & inspired collection features the more popular side of Gregorian chant & includes masterpieces such as 'Salve Regina', 'Salve Festa Dies', 'Alleluia', 'Pascha Nostrum', 'Nos Autem', & more performed by respected choirs. 36 tracks.

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent - Brahms: Werke für Chor und Orchester (2011)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent - Brahms: Werke für Chor und Orchester (2011)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Collegium Vocale Gent - Brahms: Werke für Chor und Orchester (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 245 Mb | Total time: 56:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: PHI | # LPH 003 | Recorded: 2011

For his 3rd album on Phi, his new label published by the group Outhere, Philippe Herreweghe has brought together a splendid set of artists in the Lutoslawski hall in Warsaw. Ann Hallenberg, whose voice won over the public of some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, takes on the Rhapsody for contralto solo and men's chorus by Brahms while the rest of the programme leads the listener through his essential works for chorus and orchestra. Herreweghe’s long-time affinity with the composer of A German Requiem has enabled him to provide a coherent and personal vision of those musical pages in which Brahms gave free course to his most intimate thoughts.

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Vox Æterna (1996)

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Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Vox Æterna (1996)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Vox Æterna (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 392 Mb | Total time: 75:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Auvidis Fontalis | # ES 9902 | Recorded: 1989-1995

Vocal music is a reflection of its time, crossing the centuries to reveal emotion, particularly its religious side in which it forms an obvious prayer. Thus, on this recording which begins with Alfonso X. El Sabio all the way to Mozart and Haydn, the Vox Aeterna (Eternal voice) speaks to us, moves us, making itself the intermediary of our own feelings.

Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Britten: War Requiem (1983)

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Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Britten: War Requiem (1983)

Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Britten: War Requiem (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 85:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 470348 | Recorded: 1983

Rattle’s performance gives us a fascinating view of a masterpiece – we feel that he has approached the music afresh on its own terms, without being influenced by tradition. He has the advantage, as Britten did not, of a choir and orchestra with the music in their blood, so there need be no concerns on grounds of musical accuracy. His pacing of the work overall is masterly in his projection of the overall structure; the drama of earlier parts of the score such as the Dies Irae is not allowed to overshadow the final cataclysmic climax in the Libera Me, which is devastating in its power. In the Owen setting, “Strange Meeting” which follows is sung with great concentration by both Tear and Allen, emphasising as Britten intended the personal cost of conflict and its futility.

Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz ‎- Stratas Sings Weill (1986)

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Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz ‎- Stratas Sings Weill (1986)

Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz ‎- Stratas Sings Weill (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 55:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch | 9 79131-2 | Recorded: 1985-1986

Revealing an affinity for Weill, Teresa Stratas fulfills her promise to Lotte Lenya on her deathbed to "carry on the torch for Kurt Weill's music." Stratas's glorious soprano has never sounded better as she applies her operatic expertise to deliciously caress this music without losing any of the underlying subtext. Lacking the grittiness of other interpreters, she captures the emotional angles by letting her beautiful voice express the tortured heart beneath it; where others shout at you, Stratas sings at you. She casually bounces off the cheerier selections from One Touch of Venus and Happy End, letting Gerard Schwarz's brilliantly conducted orchestra display their wit. Program notes include a fascinating interview with Stratas.

Czech Philharmonic; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jiri Belohlavek - Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58 (2017) 2CDs

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Czech Philharmonic; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jiri Belohlavek - Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58 (2017) 2CDs

Antonín Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Op.58 (2017) 2CDs
Eri Nakamura, soprano; Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo; Michael Spyres, tenor; Jongmin Park, bass
Czech Philharmonic; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Decca | # 483 1510 DH | 01:23:02

Antonín Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Op. 58, truly merits the adjective "tragic"; it was written after the deaths of two of the composer's children in succession, and his grief rolled out in great, Verdian waves. There are several strong recordings on the market, including an earlier one by conductor Jiří Bělohlávek himself, but for the combination of deep feeling, technical mastery from musicians and singers who have spent their lives getting to know the score, and soloists who not only sound beautiful but are seamlessly integrated into the flow, this Decca release may be the king of them all. To what extent was the strength of the performance motivated by Bělohlávek's likely fatal illness (he died days after the album entered the top levels of classical charts in the spring of 2017)? It's hard to say, although he also delivered top-notch performances of Dvorák's Requiem in his last days. The members of the Prague Philharmonic Choir sing their hearts out in the gigantic, shattering opening chorus, which has rarely if ever had such a mixture of the impassioned and the perfectly controlled. Sample the chorus "Virgo virginium praeclara" to hear the magically suspended quality Bělohlávek brings out of the singers in lightly accompanied passages.