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Barthold Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - The Colorful Telemann (2020)

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Barthold Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - The Colorful Telemann (2020)

Barthold Kuijken, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra - The Colorful Telemann: Ouverture, Concertos, Sonata, Sinfonia Melodica (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 64:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573900 | Recorded: 2019

The Colourful Telemann presents works from different periods of Georg Philipp Telemanns life, reflecting his lively personality and exploring his seemingly unlimited invention over a wide variety of styles and genres. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, Telemann wrote music that stands out for its delightful and remarkably generous character, each piece like a leisurely walk with a good friend. From the German and French influences of the earlier Sonata to the dignified Sinfonia Melodica, possibly composed in the year of his death, this is Telemann at his best. Barthold Kuijken is an eminent leader in the field of early music.

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.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Sebastian Knüpfer: Sacred Music (2000)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Sebastian Knüpfer: Sacred Music (2000)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Sebastian Knüpfer: Sacred Music (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67160 | Recorded: 1999

Sebastian Knüpfer is yet another Baroque composer whose reputation and popularity have been overshadowed by J S Bach. Little of Knüpfer's music has previously been transcribed from its many manuscripts, let alone published. However, in his day Knüpfer was a respected and highly sought-after composer; his compositions were admired by his contemporaries and, according to his obituary, he 'composed quotations of the Psalms and other Biblical books with such sweetness and skilfulness that he delighted even the saddest hearts, and his name is spoken with admiration not only in Leipzig but also outside'.

Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)

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Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)

Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: Nisi Dominus, Salve Regina (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 405 Mb | Total time: 68:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 476-2 | Recorded: 2008

Alessandro Scarlatti is justly famed for his contributions to Read more opera seria and cantata, and indeed it may even be said that he was one of the main progenitors of the Neapolitan style of the early 18th century. In Naples and earlier in Rome he was obligated to write a considerable amount of sacred music, much of it for smaller settings that would be useful in the local churches. Since his music is now becoming more common on disc, it is good to have this recording of a set of four pieces—a gradual, a Marian antiphon, a motet, and a Psalm—all of which reflect rather different approaches to each portion of the liturgy and yet contain a certain commonality in form and structure.

Lorenz Duftschmid, Armonico Tributo Austria - Telemann: Viola di Gamba - Concertos, Quartet, Sonatas with solo bass viol (2020)

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Lorenz Duftschmid, Armonico Tributo Austria - Telemann: Viola di Gamba - Concertos, Quartet, Sonatas with solo bass viol (2020)

Lorenz Duftschmid, Armonico Tributo Austria - Telemann: Viola di Gamba - Concertos, Quartet, Sonatas with solo bass viol (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 69:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arcana | # A909 | Recorded: 1996

Throughout his life, from his very beginnings right up to the end, Telemann wrote for the basse de viole (as the French called it) and especially in chamber music. Of course, the viola da gamba also plays an important role in works intended for larger formations, such as concertos and orchestral suites, church cantatas and, lastly, oratorios. According to the custom of the time, Telemann also used the viol in funeral cantatas. Furthermore, he wrote for it as a solo instrument: for example, the Sonata in D major, TWV 40:1, recorded here, or sonatas for two viols or for viol and basso continuo. The present recording brings together various works with solo viol, selected from different periods of the masters output. Here one will find a double concerto for recorder, viol, strings and continuo, two solos with basso continuo, a sonata for solo viol and two quartets.

Giulia Semenzato, Lucile Richardot, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)

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Giulia Semenzato, Lucile Richardot, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)

Giulia Semenzato, Lucile Richardot, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 64:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902637 | Recorded: 2020

Here is the work of a genius who died at the age of twenty-six: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater is one of the miracles of eighteenth-century sacred music. Nourished by their experience of ‘setting in resonance’ early and contemporary repertories, Riccardo Minasi and the Hamburg musicians shed an astonishingly modern light on these moving pieces, in which the voices of Giulia Semenzato and Lucile Richardot intertwine in the most sublime of communions. The Stabat is echoed by Joan Rossell’s poignant Salve Regina, long attributed to Pergolesi himself.

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (2005)

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Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (2005)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Antonio Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 964 Mb | Total time: 194:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 096-2 | Recorded: 2003

The general wall of obscurity surrounding Vivaldi's operas seems to be lifting. Tito Manlio, a large work composed in 1719 for a royal wedding that was called off at the last minute, was recorded on LPs in the 1970s and in 2006 received two new recordings, released at nearly the same time. So much for the theory that opera on recordings is dying! The opera is a compelling one, with a convincing father-son drama: the ancient Roman consul Tito Manlio (or Titus Manlius) plans to have his son executed for disobedience, but the younger Manlio is saved by a flood of acclamation for his military deeds. The opera seria libretto was set by several other composers of the early eighteenth century. Its central role is the young Manlio, intended for a castrato and sung here by soprano Elisabeth Scholl.

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Rebel, Destouches: Les Elémens (1980)

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The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Rebel, Destouches: Les Elémens (1980)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Rebel, Destouches: Les Elémens (1980)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 252 MB | 44:21
Genre: Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre

An audacious Boulezian cluster explodes at the beginning of Éléments, simphonie nouvelle, a wordless ballet composed in 1737 by Jean-Féry Rebel in memory of the opera-ballet Les Élements composed by André Cardinal Destouches and Michel Richard de Lalande whose performance was directed by Rebel at the Palais des Tuileries in 1721 when a young Louis XV danced on stage in imitation of his great-grandfather, the Sun King, Louis XIV. While it was declared boring by the eleven-year-old dancing king, the work was nonetheless replayed four times the following year and was the last court ballet in France. Revised by its authors, it became very popular throughout Louis XV’s reign.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Johann Kuhnau: Sacred Music (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Johann Kuhnau: Sacred Music (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Johann Kuhnau: Sacred Music (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 74:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67059 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Kuhnau was one of life’s polymaths—as well as being a composer he trained as a lawyer, spoke several languages, helped found Leipzig’s opera house, theorized about music and even found time to write a novel sending up the shortcomings of the contemporary music scene. Musically he’s the link between Schütz and Bach, but he was alive to many different stylistic traits as this selection of sacred music demonstrates. From the brilliantly brassy opening of Ihr Himmel jubilirt to the restrained intensity of Tristis est anima mea, it’s music invigorated at every turn by The King’s Consort.

Francisco Fullana - Bach's Long Shadow: The Chaconne Files (2021)

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Francisco Fullana - Bach's Long Shadow: The Chaconne Files (2021)

Francisco Fullana - Bach's Long Shadow: The Chaconne Files (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 178 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 81 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:34:50
Classical | Label: Orchid Classics

Bach’s music is the clearest representation of natural beauty created by man in the Western world. Each note functions as a drop of musical paint appearing in the space/time continuum. Each drop a precise intersection across centuries between Bach’s quill, the performer’s hands and the listener’s ears. Through the rapid succession of these musical moments, Bach is constructing a sonic cathedral that captures the beauty of the natural world in sound – even using devices that are ever present in nature such as the golden ratio which governs the arrangement of seeds within a flower. His music inspires not just complex feelings, like the music of other masters, but also resonates in a more powerful way: it fills us with an unadorned awe – a sense of wonder about what is beyond our reach, verging on mystical epiphany.

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)

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Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)

Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 882 Mb | Total time: 166:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 095-2 | Recorded: 2002

Vivaldi's operas are rarely recorded and even less often performed, but happily they are gradually gaining more exposure. The most familiar and most frequently recorded is his 1727 Orlando Furioso. The fact that it has been on the public's radar is due largely to an excellent 1977 recording starring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de los Angeles, which has been reissued on Erato. The opera has since been recorded twice, and a DVD of a 1989 San Francisco Opera production featuring Horne and Kathleen Kuhlmann has been released. The newer CDs are extraordinarily fine; in choosing between Naïve's 2005 version led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and this CPO release conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli, the listener is in a win-win position. Both feature stellar soloists, who are also compelling actors, and beautiful orchestral playing.

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.

Die Freitagsakademie - My Choice (2021)

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Die Freitagsakademie - My Choice (2021)

Die Freitagsakademie - My Choice (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 278 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:56:56
Classical | Label: Winter & Winter

Hear back to the future: 25 years of Winter & Winter'. In 1736 Janitsch revolutionized the music world with his weekly Friday academies (Freitagsakademien); This was the beginning of the upheaval from the courtly to the bourgeois concert scene. Die Freitagsakademie is now presenting its favorite works from Bach to Beethoven.

Franz Halász - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Lute Suites (2019)

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Franz Halász - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Lute Suites (2019)

Franz Halász - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Lute Suites (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 82:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-2285 SACD | Recorded: 2017, 2018

The universal appeal of the music of Johannes Sebastian Bach is such that most musicians, regardless of their instrument, long to play it. As a consequence, his works are constantly being arranged for other instruments – following a practice that Bach himself excelled at, repeatedly reworking his own music as well as that of others. A case in point are the four so-called lute suites, all of which now belong to the standard repertoire of most concert guitarists. To what extent they were originally composed for a plucked instrument has always been a matter of contention and has given rise to many hypotheses.