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Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)

Stephan MacLeod, Concerto Palatino, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra - 17th Century Sacred Music in Wrocław (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 77:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | # CD1805 | Recorded: 2016

17th Century Wrocław (then Breslau) was one of Europe’s important musical centres. Its three main Protestant churches – St. Elisabeth, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Bernardine – collected extensive music libraries. Their repertoire was shaped both by prints imported from Italy and Germany, and by works composed by local cantors and organists employed in church ensembles. A separate collection of nearly 400 prints from 1610–55 remained in private hands. During World War II, however, they were taken away from the city and dispersed after 1945. Some items have not been found until now. The majority of the prints returned to Wrocław. Numerous manusripts were considered lost until the late 1980s, when they reappeared in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek. They found their way there from Moscow, where some items of the former Breslau library still remain.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Stabat Mater: Motets to the Virgin Mary (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 693907 2 | Recorded: 2005

Unsurprisingly, it is in the music of the Baroque era – the heyday of the castrato – that French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has captured the attention of music-lovers lovers around the world. The ethereal, but sensuous beauty of his voice, his virtuosity and his sense of style have brought him critical praise, a number of major awards – including, in 2008, Germany’s prestigious Echo-Klassik prize for Male Singer of the Year.

Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Venezia: Rosenmuller, Legrenzi, Stradella (2011)

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Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Venezia: Rosenmuller, Legrenzi, Stradella (2011)

Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Venezia: Rosenmüller, Legrenzi, Stradella (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 498 Mb | Total time: 81:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambronay | # AMY028 | Recorded: 2010

In late 17th century Venice, a trinity of highly talented composers Rosenmüller, Legrenzi and Stradella enjoyed flourishing careers. They were men whose lives were bound together by fame and persecution as well as peerless musicians whose innovative, passionate compositions were uniquely complementary. On this new disc featuring Sonatas and Sinfonias by this remarkable trio of maestri, Manfredo Kraemer leads his group The Rare Fruits Council in performances that illuminate the virtuosity and tenderness of their compositional art.

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 694577 | Recorded: 2009

2009 release from L'Arpeggiata, the French-based ensemble directed by Austrian-born harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar. L'Arpeggiata has made a speciality of exploring and exploiting the close links between Baroque repertoire and the traditional music of the Latin world and its characteristic forms such as the tarantella, the folia or the canario. On Via Crucis, 'the way of the Cross', the focus is on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. The Passion of Christ evokes the same fervour in composers such as Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679) or Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665) - both active in northern Italy – as it does in the streets of Naples or the villages of Corsica. The two main works in the collection are Sance's extraordinary Stabat Mater and Merula's Hor ch'e tempo di dormire, in which the Virgin Mary lulls her baby to sleep while weeping for his future suffering and both enthrall the listener with a basso ostinato and hypnotic swaying rhythms.