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Thomas Fritzsch, Werner Matzke, Michael Schönheit - Carl Friedrich Abel: 2nd Pembroke Collection (2014)

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Thomas Fritzsch, Werner Matzke, Michael Schönheit - Carl Friedrich Abel: 2nd Pembroke Collection (2014)

Thomas Fritzsch, Werner Matzke, Michael Schönheit - Carl Friedrich Abel: 2nd Pembroke Collection (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 672 Mb | Total time: 55:33+60:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coviello Classics | COV91411 | Recorded: 2014

The recently rediscovered, so-called Pembroke collection owned by the Abel-pupil Lady Elizabeth Herbert, Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery (1737-1831), contains 14 previously unknown viol works (ten sonatas and four duos for viola da gamba and cello) by Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-87), which he composed for himself and his talented pupil. Specifically, these expressive pieces are late works that show Abel’s special way of playing. For Coviello, viola da gambist Thomas Fritzsch presents the world premiere recording of these musical jewels.

Barbara Hendricks, Radu Lupu - Schubert: Lieder (1999)

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Barbara Hendricks, Radu Lupu - Schubert: Lieder (1999)

Barbara Hendricks, Radu Lupu - Schubert: Lieder (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 58:37+63:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 73308 2 | Recorded: 1985, 1992

Ms Hendricks has allied herself with one of the truly great pianists of the last thirty years, and a masterly Schubertian at that: Radu Lupu. His Schubert impromptus on Decca are to my mind only challenged by Brendel. I can’t remember hearing him as accompanist anywhere else, which makes his partnership with Barbara Hendricks special indeed. He doesn’t dominate the proceedings as some other soloists have tended to do but neither is he too reticent. It seems that they have found a good balance. Once or twice I reacted to his approach. Der Wanderer an den Mond seems too jolting but otherwise there are no eccentricities.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Cardoso: Requiem, Motets, Magnificat (2001)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Cardoso: Requiem, Motets, Magnificat (2001)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Cardoso: Requiem, Motets, Magnificat (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 70:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM 021 | Recorded: 1990

The Portuguese school of Renaissance composers is only just beginning to be explored. It came to maturity relatively slowly, and when it finally did, in the first half of the seventeenth century, much of the rest of Europe had moved on to a new musical world. Only countries on the edge of the continent – especially England, Poland and Portugal – continued as late as 1650 to give employment to composers who found creative possibilities in unaccompanied choral music. Even so, very few of these composers remained completely untouched by the experiments of Monteverdi and the new Italian Baroque school, so that their music became a fascinating hybrid, looking forward and back, often unexpectedly introducing twists and turns to what otherwise might be taken for pure ‘Palestrina’.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH55303 | Recorded: 1988

James Bowman must surely be the finest vocal interpreter of Purcell today. His grasp of sentiment, his sense of timing, and his enunciation, are unsurpassed…

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Baroque Cantatas and Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 5 65558 2 | Recorded: 1982-1984

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner and a group of London’s leading orchestral players. Originally formed as a small conductorless string group, it spearheaded the 1950’s Baroque revival.

Will Crutchfield, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2015) [BDRip]

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Will Crutchfield, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2015) [BDRip]

Will Crutchfield, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini - Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 200 min | 10,8 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

Aureliano in Palmira celebrated its fi rst première on 26 December 1813 at the Scala In Milan. Soon afterwards the work was played in different theatres all over Europe. Nevertheless Rossini’s piece fell into oblivion more and more compared to the great competitors like “Tancredi” or the “Barber of Seville” for which Rossini recycled musical parts of “Aureliano”. But since a few years there are ambitions to play this work about love, war, jealousy, loyalty and magnanimity more frequently.

Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas - Giovanni Ghizzolo: Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali (2014)

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Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas - Giovanni Ghizzolo: Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali (2014)

Roberto Balconi, Fantazyas - Giovanni Ghizzolo: Il Secondo Libro de Madrigali (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 68:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics ‎‎| 94834 | Recorded: 2013

First recordings of madrigals by Giovanni Ghizzolo!
Giovanni Ghizzolo (fl. 1600) was a highly respected composer, active at the grand court of Correggio, and creator of truly amazing madrigals, in which the complexity of the polyphony is stretched to its limits, his originality comparable to his famous contemporary Gesualdo.

Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis - Schubert: Lieder (1991)

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Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis - Schubert: Lieder (1991)

Arleen Augér, Lambert Orkis - Schubert: Lieder (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 217 Mb | Total time: 67:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | VC 7 91195-2 | Recorded: 1990

This is a fine recital of 23 Schubert Lieder, including some popular favorites like Gretchen am Spinnrade, Ganymed, Du bist die Ruh', An Silvia, etc., alongside some less well-known works. Arleen Auger was a celebrated interpreter of this repertoire and sings beautifully. She is accompanied by Lambert Orkis on a fortepiano, so this is one of the few available Schubert song recitals with period accompaniment.

Jordi Savall - Tobias Hume: Musicall Humors, London 1605 (2004)

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Jordi Savall - Tobias Hume: Musicall Humors, London 1605 (2004)

Jordi Savall - Tobias Hume: Musicall Humors, London 1605 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 69:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox ‎‎| AV9837 | Recorded: 2004

Tobias Hume (c.1570-1645) was a professional soldier and a ‘gentleman’ (read amateur) composer, and virtuoso of the bass viol. His Musicall Humors (1605), a large collection of solo pieces, is the first publication devoted to the lyra viol, a style of playing that treated the instrument polyphonically, like a lute. Hume reveals himself as a distinct, even eccentric, personality, and an inventive composer, expanding the viol’s normal range with such unusual devices as col legno (‘Drum this with the backe of your Bow’). Jordi Savall’s cultivated, elegant style is very appropriate for much of the music; occasionally he adopts a more earthy manner to great effect – for example in A Souldiers Resolution, with its trumpet and drum imitations.

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Corelli: Sonate à 3. Opera Quarta. Rome, 1694 (2012)

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Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Corelli: Sonate à 3. Opera Quarta. Rome, 1694 (2012)

Enrico Gatti, Ensemble Aurora - Corelli: Sonate à 3. Opera Quarta. Rome, 1694 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 42:20+43:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 921207 | Recorded: 2012

The appointment in 1689 of Pietro Ottoboni as Cardinal of San Lorenzo in Damaso marked the beginning of one of the most splendid epochs of patronage of the arts in Rome. A passionate lover of music, Ottoboni gave his protection to numerous musicians: Handel, Pasquini, Scarlatti and Caldara all at some point worked at the cardinal’s court. A few months after his election, Ottoboni took into his service the famous violinist Arcangelo Corelli, who was employed not only as first violin and leader for the instrumental music, but had complete control also over the sumptuous musical events.

Olga Peretyatko, Ivor Bolton, Sinfonieorchester Basel - Mozart + (2019)

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Olga Peretyatko, Ivor Bolton, Sinfonieorchester Basel - Mozart + (2019)

Olga Peretyatko, Ivor Bolton, Sinfonieorchester Basel - Mozart + (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 60:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 19075919052 | Recorded: 2019

Mozart+ is an exceptional selection of some of the most beautiful concert and opera arias by W.A. Mozart as well as discoveries of largely unknown arias from operas by Tommaso Traetta, Giovanni Paisiello and Vicente Martín y Soler, reflecting the exchange of musical ideas between Mozart and his contemporaries and getting these three composers out of Mozart's shadow.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata, Vince Yi -The 5 countertenors: Jommelli, Porpora, Galuppi, Handel, Mysliveček, J.C. Bach, Gluck, Bertoni, Hasse (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 63:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8094 | Recorded: 2013

Decca’s new release brings together five of the world’s most renowned countertenors, who bring the rich world of baroque opera to life. Once rarely heard, countertenors are now firmly established on the operatic stage and concert platform and their popularity has reached an all-time high. This album features virtuosic highlights from baroque opera and showcases the extraordinary abilities of five astonishing artists: Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata and Vince Yi.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 105:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66361/2 | Recorded: 1989

Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music suggests springtime and young love. There's humor, too: Polyphemus–so big, so dumb, so pleased with himself– is a comic baritone's dream. George doesn't capture all of the role's humor, but he is vocally well-cast. McFadden sometimes pushes her voice into a wobble, but her Galatea is appealing and sweetly sung. Best are Covey-Crump's graceful Damon (the voice of reason) and Ainsley's youthful, high-spirited Acis. (Ainsley also sings the slight but attractive "Look down.") The ensemble numbers are delightful, and Robert King brings the entire thing off splendidly.

Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)

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Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)

Michel Chapuis - Nicolas de Grigny: Premier livre d'Orgue (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 472 Mb | Total time: 101:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Auvidis-Astrée | E 7725 | Recorded: 1976

Though he lived to be only 31, Nicolas de Grigny is remembered more than any of his contemporaries as epitomizing the French classical organ tradition. Technically and in his creative ideas Grigny demanded much more of his instrument (and his poor team of blowers!) than any of his predecessors, a fact that makes his works stylistically more akin to harpsichord than to organ practice at the time. In 1703, the year of his death, his wife published a first edition of his complete solo organ works, Premier Livre d’orgue (organists at the time typically composed only one or two books, then spent the rest of their lives improvising on them). A copy of this less-than-100-page volume eventually found its way to Germany and impressed a certain J.S. Bach enough that he reproduced it by hand for his own study.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Tosca (2011/2000)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Tosca (2011/2000)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Puccini: Tosca (2011/2000)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.69 Gb (DVD9) | 121 min
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Tosca was revived to great acclaim at La Scala in this 2000 production, which built on Luca Ronconi's 1996 version with musical direction from principal conductor Riccardo Muti and Lorenza Cantini's nightmarishly distorted set. Puccini's most recorded opera is loved and derided in equal measure for its high-octane dramatics, rich arias and the fire-spitting exchanges of the eponymous heroine and her wily tormentor Scarpia. Under Muti, the music takes precedence over the self-conscious theatricality of the book. As a result, some high dramatic points–the stabbing, always tricky, and Tosca's suicide, equally dicey–are underplayed here.