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VA - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture) (2003)

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VA - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture) (2003)

VA - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Music from the Motion Picture) (2003)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 301 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 MB
00:59:17 | Baroque, Score, Classical, Modern, Soundtrack | Label: Decca

Master and Commander, based on the hugely successful literary series by Patrick O' Brian, chronicles the adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey of The Royal British Navy. Musically speaking, the seafaring genre hasn't lived up to its expectations in a long, long time. For a world saturated with lore, shanties, and melodies inspired by the ocean, Hollywood remains unresponsive, uninspired, and bereft of the combination to Davy Jones' locker. One would expect a bombastic, heroic, and unforgettable motif to assist our protagonist in his exploits, but composers Iva Davies and Christopher Gordon provide nothing of the sort. The original portion of the score succeeds in riding wave upon wave of tension, but swashbuckling tales of the sea require a memorable tune, not just a storm of Taiko drums and washed-out strings. The composers fare better on a recurring folk medley, lovingly rendered by master violinist Richard Tognetti – fans of the novels on which the film is based know full well that Lucky Jack is a fiddle-slinging-bard of a captain – that captures the true spirit of being miles away from home with your mates and fending off ghostly freighters. The remainder of the soundtrack yields a tad more bounty, utilizing famous classical pieces from Mozart, Bach, and Boccherini to great effect, bailing out the brackish water intent on keeping this ship permanently docked.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 73:12 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA67435 | Recorded: 2003

A contemporary of Lully and Lalande, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was something of an outsider to the French court of Louis XIV, which helps to explain his comparative obscurity. A period of study in Rome doubtless gave Charpentier exposure to the polychoral style long-established from the time of Gabrieli, and this recording presents the triple-choir Salve Regina alongside the opulent Messe à quatre chœurs – written for four separate choirs, with a large continuo team of four organs, four theorbos, bass viol and great bass viol! The possibilities opened up by such a wealth of musicians engender music which seems as close to the proverbial “choir of the angels of heaven” as could be desired.

L'Achéron & François Joubert-Caillet - Marais: Quatrième livre de pièces de viole (2021)

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L'Achéron & François Joubert-Caillet - Marais: Quatrième livre de pièces de viole (2021)

L'Achéron & François Joubert-Caillet - Marais: Quatrième livre de pièces de viole (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1,2 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 528 Mb | 03:50:31
Classical | Label: Ricercar, Outhere Music

Marin Marais published his Quatrième Livre de Pièces de Viole two years after the death of Louis XIV, establishing himself as the undisputed master of the genre and providing pieces not only for musicians who had achieved some skill on the viol but also for the most virtuoso players. Here Marais reshaped the classical forms, altering the traditional sequence for the suites and making an increasing use of character pieces. The sometimes whimsical imagery and the new freedom of form that these pieces contain reach their peak in the astonishing Suitte d'un goût étranger; these thirty or so pieces employ as yet unheard-of keys and offer a multitude of characters and representations that can tend towards the exotic. Breaking further new ground, and somewhat influenced by the Italian trio, Marais ended the Quatrième Livre with two suites for three viols, a genre he claimed to be new to France.

Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)

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Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)

Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:32
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Coviello Classics

The great “composer of the millennium” Johann Sebastian Bach stands like a solitary rock in the landscape of music history. There is less talk about where he came from and what influenced him stylistically. Chorwerk Ruhr embarked on a search for clues with highly interesting results: the young Johann Sebastian also listened to and studied works that were already around 100 years old. In any case, during his later years as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, he ensured that the collection of motets Florilegium selectissimarum Cantionum was purchased anew – it was used so frequently in lessons under his aegis that the music material was completely worn out. The collection by the early Baroque master and school cantor Erhard Bodenschatz, first published in 1603, illustrates the then new compositional technique of the Baroque in a clearly comprehensible way in songs mostly by German or Italian masters.

Musica Pacifica - Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio (1997)

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Musica Pacifica - Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio (1997)

Musica Pacifica - Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 707 Mb | Total time: 73:12+62:40 | Scans included
Classical | Virgin Veritas | 5 61365 2 | Recorded: 1996

French Baroque instrumental music (in this case from the last two decades of the seventeenth century) enjoys a somewhat doubtful reputation as being mannered and all cast in the same mould. Well, there is no smoke without fire, and sure enough, the individual movements on this recording do all sound in some wise “typical”, with the usual French dance movements (sarabande, gigue, rondeau, menuet, gavotte) predominating. And yet, there are here some outstanding passages: If you want a sample of what Marin Marais was capable of in an area other than that of his belovèd viola da gamba, then listen in to CD 1, Track 8 (Passacaille) or CD 2, Track 6 (Chaconne), where the instruments intertwine and swirl around each other for well over five minutes at a time.

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

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Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)

Georges Barthel, Eduardo Egüez, Marc Hantaï, Philippe Pierlot - Un Concert pour Madame de Sévigné (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 70:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Flora | # FLORA 2110 | Recorded: 2009

The Marquise de Sévigné (1625 96) was a 17th-century blogger, writing letters to family and friends about life at the court of Louis XIV, and in particular performances of Lully during his lifetime, letters that were copied and widely circulated in manuscript. Our quartet of musicians has gathered together a selection of contemporary music, instrumental trio arrangements of popular songs and Lullian airs as well as duo and solo music such as she might have heard or had performed in her Parisian salon. These works – and many others like them – survive mainly in manuscript, though most are available in facsimile or online.

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

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Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)

Mike Fentross, Ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa - Francesco Cavalli: La Rosinda (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 850 Mb | Total time: 168:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ludi Musici | # LM005 | Recorded: 2008

The booklet for this release tells us that it is not only a world premiere recording but that La Rosinda has been revived on only one other occasion since the 17th century. Baroque opera enthusiasts should be circling, then, for this is a work in which Cavalli’s skills as an opera composer who can mix fluidity of text with just enough lyricism to make musical drama that is both compelling and attractive are clearly displayed.

Riccardo Pisani, Ensemble Arte Musica & Francesco Cera - Rasi: La cetra di sette corde (2021)

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Riccardo Pisani, Ensemble Arte Musica & Francesco Cera - Rasi: La cetra di sette corde (2021)

Riccardo Pisani, Ensemble Arte Musica & Francesco Cera - Rasi: La cetra di sette corde (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 323 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:47
Classical | Label: Arcana, Outhere Music

The first monographic recording entirely dedicated to Francesco Rasi is released for the 400th anniversary of his death (30 November 1621). The first interpreter of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, an astonishing tenor and poet with a life studded with triumphs, constant travels, debts and murders, this native of Arezzo was fought over by all the courts of Italy and Europe. The pieces, on texts by Petrarch, Guarini, Chiabrera and Rasi himself – including ten world premieres – are taken from the Vaghezze di Musica (1608) and the Madrigali (1610). Tenor soloist Riccardo Pisani explores their extraordinary poetic and musical power, in a kaleidoscope of affects divided into seven ‘strings of the lyre’. He is accompanied by the Ensemble Arte Musica, directed by harpsichordist Francesco Cera. The two artists have been collaborating for years on rediscovering the Italian vocal repertory of the seventeenth century, as witnessed by the recent success of their set of Frescobaldi CDs, released on Arcana.

Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)

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Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)

Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 74:53 | Scans included
Classical | K617 | K617188 | Recorded: 2005

The figure of Samuel Capricornus has been unfairly neglected by modern historians of music, editors and performers. Not only was Capricornus admired by his contemporaries even beyond the frontiers; the extraordinary standard of his works and the originality and variety of his output make him quite simply one of the greatest composers of religious music of the seventeenth century. Capricornus's most original compositions are the Lieder von dem Leyden und Tode Jesu (Songs on the sufferings and death of Jesus) and Theatrum musicum. The former are a kind of German equivalent fo the leçons de ténèbres of the French Baroque.

La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Handel's Unsung Heroes (2021)

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La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Handel's Unsung Heroes (2021)

La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Handel's Unsung Heroes (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 367 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:14
Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone

After their acclaimed recording of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, La Nuova Musica and David Bates expand their PENTATONE discography with Handel’s Unsung Heroes, in which the instrumentalists of Handel’s operas are put centre stage. Traditionally restricted to an “invisible” existence in the orchestra pit, La Nuova Musica’s obbligato instrumentalists – violinist Thomas Gould, oboist Leo Duarte and bassoonist Joe Qiu – are now in the limelight. They will stand as equal partners alongside a world-class line up of soloists – soprano Lucy Crowe, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and countertenor Iestyn Davies – showing how Handel wrote music as virtuosic and lyrical for his unsung heroes as for their singing counterparts. The album includes arias from Handel masterpieces such as Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, Agrippina and Ariodante.

John Dornenburg - Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da gamba Solo (2021)

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John Dornenburg - Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da gamba Solo (2021)

John Dornenburg - Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da gamba Solo (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 351 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 179 Mb | 01:17:48
Classical | Label: Centaur Records

Musicians have long known about the existence of Telemann's Fantasias for viola da gamba, but until very recently no surviving copies had ever been located. Fortunately a single print edition was identified by two musicologists in the Lower Saxony State Archive in Germany. In 2016 these important pieces were at last presented to the world in a modern edition which includes a complete facsimile of the original print. John Dornenburg has made numerous recordings for Centaur Records. After many years based in San Francisco, he is now based in the U.K.

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

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Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)

Alarius Ensemble, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Virtuoso Violin Music of the 17th Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 62:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 3984-21801-2 | Recorded: 1968

The works of the early Baroque Italian composers featured on this CD all make some kind of use of the new virtuoso violin technique. Thus they enable us to understand how, as a result of untold experiments, a technique that was specifically suited to the violin gradually began to emerge.

José Duce Chenoll, Amystis - Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music (2014)

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José Duce Chenoll, Amystis - Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music (2014)

José Duce Chenoll, Amystis - Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 481 Mb | Total time: 104:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94781 | Recorded: 2012

An important release and valuable discovery from the Spanish Baroque! Joan Baptista Cabanilles (1644-1712) wrote a substantial oeuvre for keyboard (organ and harpsichord), and a fine body of choral works; this new CD presents the first complete recording. Sung by Coro Amystis, who did extensive research into the works of this neglected Spanish composer. Liner notes written by the artists; sung texts available for download online.

Chouchane Siranossian, Venice Baroque Orchestra & Andrea Marcon - Tartini: Violin Concertos (2020)

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Chouchane Siranossian, Venice Baroque Orchestra & Andrea Marcon - Tartini: Violin Concertos (2020)

Chouchane Siranossian, Venice Baroque Orchestra & Andrea Marcon - Tartini: Violin Concertos (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 529 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 306 Mb | Scans included | 01:19:20
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

After several recordings with Anima Eterna and Jos Van Immerseel, the French violinist Chouchane Siranossian tackles a programme of extremely virtuosic concertos that few Baroque violinists dare to face. Thanks to her technical gifts and to partners ideally suited to this repertory the Venice Baroque Orchestra and its conductor Andrea Marcon, a specialist in the Italian Baroque style she takes up the challenge with brio. This album is released to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Tartinis death in 2020. Of special interest is a completely unknown and unpublished concerto in G major, the manuscript of which was recently found by the musicologist Margherita Canale.

Andrea Coen - Telemann: Die Kleine Kammermusik, 6 Partiten, Concerto in B Minor (2020)

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Andrea Coen - Telemann: Die Kleine Kammermusik, 6 Partiten, Concerto in B Minor (2020)

Andrea Coen - Telemann: Die Kleine Kammermusik, 6 Partiten, Concerto in B Minor (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 472 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 196 Mb | Covers included | 01:12:14
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics

Unique to the current catalogue, a keyboard-only version of six attractive suites by the perennially under-rated Telemann, and played with tremendous verve by an experienced specialist in Baroque keyboard masterpieces.