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Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)

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Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)

Fabio Pirona, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Domenico Cimarosa: Dixit Dominus (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 246 Mb | Total time: 54:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 988-2 | Recorded: 2003

Domenico Cimarosa succeeded Salieri as court composer in Vienna and was liked and respected by both Haydn and Mozart. He had an eventful life that included a stint working for Catherine the Great in St. Petersburg (he went back to southern Italy because he couldn't hack the cold weather) and imprisonment in old age for having supported the French Revolution. This Dixit Dominus comes from the last stage of Cimarosa's career, after he composed most of the operas for which he is best known today. Even more than most sacred pieces of the late eighteenth century it is extremely operatic.

Ludger Remy, Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra - Telemann: Die Auferstehung; De Danske, Norske og Tydske (1999)

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Ludger Remy, Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra - Telemann: Die Auferstehung; De Danske, Norske og Tydske (1999)

Ludger Rémy, Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra - Telemann: Die Auferstehung; De Danske, Norske og Tydske Undersaatters Glaede (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 60:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 634-2 | Recorded: 1998

Georg Philipp Telemann's late work is almost inexhaustible in terms of surprises. How many times have I written this and yet I am not yet embarrassed to proclaim it again. With which creative power the 80 year old opens new worlds of expression at the end of the 18th century, one can only be astonished by his last oratorios. One of the very last - from 1761 - is his Easter oratorio "Die Auferstehung" (not to be confused with the "Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu", 1760). There is no longer a rigid sequence of recitatives and arias: flexible, almost through-composed, the music follows the strong affects of the (excellent) libretto, always in search of unconventional means of expression, such as a dramatic accompaniment, accompanied only by a highly virtuosic solo violin becomes. Or the beginning of the words: "Du tiefe, tote, grauenvolle Stille" …

Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Messias; Concerti (2003)

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Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Messias; Concerti (2003)

Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Messias; Concerti (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 57:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: SPO | # 999 847-2 | Recorded: 2001, 2002

Georg Philipp Telemann based his compositions on several texts by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. Most well-known (at least theoretically) are his settings of parts of the first and the tenth song of the Messiah, which were created in the 1750s and were presented in 1759 in the Hamburg Drillhaus a larger public. Telemann was thus the first to validly transform parts of this famous epic into a musical form. It is quite likely that Telemann and Klopstock met in person, especially since Telemann showed great interest in the latest literary trends up to the very last age. For Telemann, it would have been a challenge to try a poetry written in strict hexameters, which was so completely different from the usual cantata texts.

Ludger Rémy, Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Tod Jesu (2000)

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Ludger Rémy, Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Tod Jesu (2000)

Ludger Rémy, Telemann Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Telemann: Der Tod Jesu (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 76:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 720-2 | Recorded: 1999

There's nothing meek or morbid about Telemann's 'Jesu' in this passion oratorio. This is a confident muscular Jesu, closer to the Saxon Heliand than to the Man of Sorrows depicted on the CD cover; the first aria proclaims Him a hero: "Du Held… du kannst und willst mein Schutzgott sein." (You Hero… you can and will be my Protector-God.) Before that, the Siegfriedesque cantabile for horn that opens the composition sounds not so much like a lament as a call to don one's spiritual armor, and throughout the whole text Jesu is portrayed as indomitable amid the torment and agony of his followers. Specifically, He is the Lion of Judah, the model of Christian fortitude against all enemies.

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri, Jyväskylä Sinfonia & Ville Matvejeff - Pekka Kostiainen: Triduum Paschale (2020)

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Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri, Jyväskylä Sinfonia & Ville Matvejeff - Pekka Kostiainen: Triduum Paschale (2020)

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri, Jyväskylä Sinfonia & Ville Matvejeff - Pekka Kostiainen: Triduum Paschale (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 243 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | 00:58:17
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Alba Records

Pekka Kostiainen founder and leader of the Musica Choir, graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 1968 specializing in church music, and got his composition diploma in 1973. Pekka has worked as cantor-organist for Finnish congregation of Pohja and as a musicology teacher in the University of Jyväskylä.

Gabriel Garrido, Ensemble Elyma - Opera baroque en Amerique Latine [4 CD] (2001)

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Gabriel Garrido, Ensemble Elyma - Opera baroque en Amerique Latine [4 CD] (2001)

Gabriel Garrido, Ensemble Elyma - Opera baroque en Amerique Latine (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.36 Gb | Total time: 278:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K 617 132/4 | Recorded: 1996, 1999, 2000

S'il est un exemple en France d'éditeur indépendant dynamique, c'est bien celui du label lorrain K.617. Depuis le début des années 90, celui-ci, sous la houlette d'Alain Pacquier, explore, défriche des terres musicales jusque-là inconnues de nos contemporains. Il faut dire que le répertoire exhumé est celui d'Amérique latine ; autrement dit, K.617 a fait ici œuvre de pionnier en révélant aux discophiles des merveilles sonores insoupçonnées. Comme en témoignent la réédition de La Purpura de la Rosa et des musiques extraites de la Mission San Francisco Xavier : des pièces issues du riche patrimoine baroque d'Amérique latine, où tout virevolte, où les rythmes s'entrechoquent, où les voix émeuvent par leur prégnance et la richesse de la palette expressive. Des (re)découvertes qui ne peuvent laisser insensible.

Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens - Bob Chilcott: Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012) [Re-Up]

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Wells Cathedral Choir, The Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens - Bob Chilcott: Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012) [Re-Up]

Bob Chilcott - Requiem & Other Choral Works (2012)
Wells Cathedral Choir; The Nash Ensemble; Matthew Owens, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67650 | Time: 01:19:38

As a composer of sacred music, Bob Chilcott has found his own niche by writing accessible choral works that speak to contemporary sensibilities. As has been noted frequently, his Requiem evokes Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, mostly through its gentle feeling and serene melodies, though without imitating their style or content. Rather, it has its own mix of somber harmonies and fluid, chantlike lines, and the expression of the work is a little cooler and darker. Chilcott's music admits occasional and mild dissonance, though the orientation is strongly modal and the harmonies always feel like a natural result of the counterpoint. Chilcott's Salisbury Motets, Downing Service, and three shorter pieces share the same modern Anglican style, which is approachable and easy to follow. The Wells Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Matthew Owens, sings with a pure tone and clear diction, and the sound of the recordings is quite resonant, thanks to the responsive acoustics of the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Christoph Spering, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Koln - Salieri: La Passione di nostro signore Gesu Cristo (2004)

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Christoph Spering, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Koln - Salieri: La Passione di nostro signore Gesu Cristo (2004)

Christoph Spering, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Köln - Salieri: La Passione di nostro signore Gesu Cristo (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 429 Mb | Total time: 47:27+43:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 60 100 | Recorded: 2003

First performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1776 La passione di nostro Signore Gesu Cristo is a work of Salieri’s early maturity. It’s a passion oratorio but one that gorges on operatic convention to make its powerfully dramatic points. If it’s further to be anatomised, the traditional recitative-aria and solo and chorus block voicings also faithfully follow operatic form and so Azione sacra is as good a term as oratorio to describe Salieri’s work.

Contrapunctus & Owen Rees - The Sweetest Songs (2021)

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Contrapunctus & Owen Rees - The Sweetest Songs (2021)

Contrapunctus & Owen Rees - The Sweetest Songs (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 321 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | 01:07:21
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Signum Classics

The final instalment in a celebrated three-part series by Contrapunctus, directed by Owen Rees, exploring the music of the Baldwin Partbooks, a remarkable treasure-house of Tudor sacred polyphony, some of which is not found anywhere else.

Michel Corboz, Choeur & Orchestre Gulbenkian - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Psalms 42, 95, 115 (1993)

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Michel Corboz, Choeur & Orchestre Gulbenkian - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Psalms 42, 95, 115 (1993)

Michel Corboz, Choeur & Orchestre Gulbenkian - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Psalms 42, 95, 115 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 70:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45490-2 | Recorded: 1977, 1978

Throughout these sessions, Michel Corboz defended a clear, fluid vision of Mendelssohn's choral music. Without exaggerating, he underscored the references to J. S. Bach or Handel, of whom the composer was so fond – the beginning of Psalm 115, with its colours, distinctly evokes the Cantor's Passions. As for the chorus ‘Kommt herzu’ from Psalm 95, it attests to the thoroughly religious fervour and solemn grandeur that incontestably innervate the Swiss conductor's interpretations.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Motets & Psaumes (1984)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Motets & Psaumes (1984)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Motets & Psaumes (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 197 Mb | Total time: 51:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901142 | Recorded: 1984

“What seems to me to be Mendelssohn’s principal quality is his crystalline clarity. (…) It makes him one of the great composers of religious music. In the direct line of the great predecessors he admired so much, it made it possible for him to efface himself before the divine word and to set it to music with all necessary humility. This is what constitutes the force of the music on this recording.” – Philippe Herreweghe

A Sei Voci - Pietro Paolo Bencini: Vesperae Beatae Virginis In Sancto Petro Romae (1995)

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A Sei Voci - Pietro Paolo Bencini: Vesperae Beatae Virginis In Sancto Petro Romae (1995)

A Sei Voci - Pietro Paolo Bencini: Vesperae Beatae Virginis In Sancto Petro Romae (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 300 Mb | Total time: 69:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée / Audivis | # E 8540 | Recorded: 1995

Pietro Paolo Bencini (1675? -1755) was one of the most important figures in the musical life of Rome in the eighteenth century. His sacred music is on the same level as that of Alessandro Scarlatti. This is evident from the fact that much of his music can be found in copies even outside Europe. The most important part of his oeuvre is in the collection of the 'Cappella Guilia', now the library of the Vatican. Bencini worked as 'maestro di cappella' in the basilica of San Lorenzo in Damaso and from 1743 in St. Peter's of Rome; an important job. His style is festive, full of contrasts and smooth melodic lines.

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercart Consort - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2019)

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Philippe Pierlot, Ricercart Consort - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2019)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercart Consort - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 79:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR444 | Recorded: 2018

In 1680, Dietrich Buxtehude sent his friend Gustav Düben the score of Membra Jesu nostri. In this perfectly balanced work, he addresses the senses directly, immersing us in the sufferings of Christ: we feel the hammer blows, the heart that stops beating…

Cristina Garcia Banegas, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Gabriel Garrido - Mexique - Nouvelle Espagne (2002)

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Cristina Garcia Banegas, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Gabriel Garrido - Mexique - Nouvelle Espagne (2002)

Cristina Garcia Banegas, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Gabriel Garrido - Mexique - Nouvelle Espagne (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 896 Mb | Total time: 63:26+61:36+62:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | K617122 | Recorded: 1992, 1998, 2001

Francisco Lopez Capillas was born in 1608 in Mexico City, and studied plainchant and polyphonic composition at the Royal and Pontifical University before assuming the post of chorister and second organist at Puebla Cathedral in 1641. Although most of his significant works were composed toward the end of his life–and thus well into what is generally regarded as the baroque period–the Messe de la Bataille is, like many of his other works, ambiguous in its relationship to the musical innovations that were taking place in the old world at the time.

Choir of New College Oxford & Robert Quinney - Sheppard: Media vita (2020)

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Choir of New College Oxford & Robert Quinney - Sheppard: Media vita (2020)

Choir of New College Oxford & Robert Quinney - Sheppard: Media vita (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 328 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 176 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:56
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Linn Records

The Choir of New College Oxford, one of the most acclaimed British choral ensembles, makes its Linn debut with a recording of works by the English Renaissance composer John Sheppard. New College Choir was already 150 years old when Sheppard arrived in Oxford intent on contributing to the wealth of choral polyphony that defined the era.