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Adrien Mabire, La Guilde des Mercenaires - Giovanni Gabrieli: Gloria a Venezia! (2021)

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Adrien Mabire, La Guilde des Mercenaires - Giovanni Gabrieli: Gloria a Venezia! (2021)

Adrien Mabire, La Guilde des Mercenaires - Giovanni Gabrieli: Gloria a Venezia! (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 53:47 | Scans included
Classical | Château de Versailles Spectacles | CVS041 | Recorded: 2019

Around 1600, when opera was invented in Italy, venice was resplendent with the works of Giovanni Gabrieli in the Basilica of San Marco. A daring amalgamation of Flemish and Italian styles, this is a corpus of virtuoso pieces in which voices compete with cornetts and trombones for polyphony of rare beauty. In an Italy ravaged by wars, where the Condottieri were the modern Heroes, the souls of these captains rise again thanks to the music of the brilliant Gabrieli, the ultimate representative of a Renaissance that put the fighting Princes into the last cherished armours… Adrien Mabire and his Mercenaries have been recruited to serve under Maestro Gabrieli, to enable his works to resound loud and clear, where we hear the triumphant flapping banners of the Victory at Lepanto, Glory be to the Serenissima!

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, Concerto Palatino - Johann Rudolf Ahle: "Neu-gepflanzte Thüringische Lust-Garten" (1997)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, Concerto Palatino - Johann Rudolf Ahle: "Neu-gepflanzte Thüringische Lust-Garten" (1997)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, Concerto Palatino - Johann Rudolf Ahle: "Neu-gepflanzte Thüringische Lust-Garten" (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 56:10 | Scans included
Classical | BIS | BIS-CD-821 | Recorded: 1996

This truly international ensemble drawn from Japan, Germany and the USA discloses a Newly Planted Thuringian Pleasure Garden virtually unknown on disc. Johann Rudolf Able (1625-73) worked at St Blasius Church in Muhlhausen (a predecessor there of JS Bach), but his stylistic lineage is clearly from Venice and Gabrieli, via Schiitz. Into his ‘garden’ Ahle ‘transplanted… new spiritual musical plants with three to ten and more parts’. The selection here uses four lucid voices, a cornetto and four trombones, a pair of violins and continue organ.

Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

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Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs
Maria Keohane, Joanne Lunn, Alex Potter, Jan Kobow, Peter Harvey
Concerto Copenhagen, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 490 Mb | Scans ~ 80 Mb | Time: 01:43:32
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | # cpo 777 851-2

The sound world of Bach’s last great Mass has changed radically in recent decades; one-to-a-part performance practice is, as conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen puts it, “changing our entire notion of Bach’s acoustic universe”. This bold claim is amply proven in an account of dazzling transparency, dance-like rhythms and utter clarity. Sometimes the balance seems not quite right, for example when organ continuo dominates, but some superb ensemble numbers pit voices against virtuosic instruments so each seems to outdo the other in joyous exuberance. The five soloists complement each other well, and the addition of just five extra singers is all that is needed to explode Bach’s universal vision into life.

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Bach: Motets BWV 225-231; Cantatas BWV 50 & 118 (1993)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Bach: Motets BWV 225-231; Cantatas BWV 50 & 118 (1993)

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - Bach: Motets BWV 225-231; Cantatas BWV 50 & 118 (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 467 Mb | Total time: 55:57+45:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45979-2 | Recorded: 1980

Although conductors invariably include the six great motets of Bach (BWV225-230) in recordings of these works, they seldom if ever seem to agree which if any other of Bach's motets to perform with them. John Eliot Gardiner very sensibly goes for the lot, adding Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren (BWV231) and the little-known Der Gerechte kommt um which does not even have the benefit of a Schmieder number. As well as these, Gardiner also includes two short pieces which belong, at least nominally, to the cantata category, BWV50 and BWV118. In the case of the latter there is much justification for doing so for it's a single movement choral piece in motet style written for a funeral in about 1736 and revised for a performance around 1740.

Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of New College Oxford - Eustache du Caurroy: Requiem Mass & Motets (2002)

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Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of New College Oxford - Eustache du Caurroy: Requiem Mass & Motets (2002)

Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of New College Oxford - Eustache du Caurroy: Requiem Mass & Motets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 66:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CRD Records | # CRD 3518 | Recorded: 1996

Eustache du Caurroy is one of the unacknowledged masters of French Renaissaice polyphony whose works are rarely performed, due in part to the general lack of accessible or reliable editions. The majority of his compositions were for liturgical use - probably at the French Royal Court during the reigns of the successive monarchs Charles IX, Henri III and Henri IV. The motets recorded here illustrate two contrasting styles of vocal writing: imitative polyphony and 'musique mesurée', the former equating to the familiar, pan-European idiom of Palestrina and his later Renaissance contemporaries, the latter outlining protracted chord-against chord movement reflecting the natural stress-patterns of the words. The Missa pro Defunctis, the major work on this disc, was first performed at the funeral of Henri IV and remained for many years the official requiem sung at funerals of French monarchs.

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 77:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.306 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation. Their latest recording has “America” as its subject - and presents a tremendously wide range of forms and expressions, from music written under the influence of European masters to works that boldly explore experiments in aesthetic reorientation. The big names of the U.S. composers are of course represented, including Leonard Bernstein with his single a cappella work, the “Missa Brevis”, Steve Reich with his minimalist “Proverb” and John Cage with some of his late “Number Pieces”. Everything is presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics that cannot be beat.

Portland State University Chamber Choir & Ethan Sperry - Ēriks Ešenvalds: Translations (2020)

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Portland State University Chamber Choir & Ethan Sperry - Ēriks Ešenvalds: Translations (2020)

Portland State University Chamber Choir & Ethan Sperry - Ēriks Ešenvalds: Translations (2020)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 230 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:20
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Naxos Records

The multi-award-winning Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ 21st-century choral sound is both exquisite and angular, and in this album he explores ideas of ‘translation’, legend and the divine. With his expanded tonality and employment of shimmering singing handbells in Translation, and the angelic use of the viola and cello in In paradisum he creates music of ravishing refinement. In Legend of the Walled-In Woman Ešenvalds transcribes and employs an authentic Albanian folk song.

RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)

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RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)

RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss - Poulenc: Figure humaine, Motets (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 385 MB | 01:46:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Fifty years after his death, Poulenc is one of the most frequently performed French composers of the twentieth century all over the world. His choral output offers a nuanced portrait of a musician who, at bottom, fell in love with the texts he set, whether they were sacred (CD 1) or secular (CD 2). ʻA singer, as fashioned by Francis, presents us with words raised to the height of severity or charm by Poulenc’s musical intelligence’, wrote Jean Cocteau. An admirable compliment to an oeuvre as capable of expressing faith (Motets pour un temps de pénitence) as resistance.

Katharina Bäuml, Capella de la Torre - Luther's Wedding Day (2013)

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Katharina Bäuml, Capella de la Torre - Luther's Wedding Day (2013)

Katharina Bäuml, Capella de la Torre - Luther's Wedding Day (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 365 MB | 01:06:53
Genre: Classical | Label: Challenge Classics

‘Luther’s Wedding Day’ attempts to reconstruct a programme of music that may have been played at the great German religious reformer’s marriage. It is performed by the highly-regarded early music ensemble Capella de la Torre and its leader/musical director Katharina Bauml. The disc features pieces by some of the greatest composers of the time including Josquin Desprez, Heinrich Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, and Johann Walter.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (2008)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (2008)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Vienna - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, 'Utrecht' Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (highlights) [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Total time: 06:31:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69567-7 | Recorded: 1978, 84, 86, 88, 90

This is the sixth set in this comprehensive and excellent Handel edition from Warner. This volume deals with an important oratorio in the shape of "Saul" as well as the "Utrecht Te Deum" and the famous "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day" and "Alexander's Feast", another splendid cantata. The recordings date from the early 1970's to 1990 and come from the prolific Teldec stable under the indefatigable Nikolaus Harnoncourt who conducts in his exemplary no nonsense fashion. "Saul' is a fine interpretation although I still feel that John Eliot Gardiner comes to the core of the work better. "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day' is also given a pomp and circumstance treatment whilst the Utrecht Te Deum is winningly done. The team of soloists is also very good and the recordings are fine and well balanced in proper Teldec tradition.

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Stanford: Choral Music (2017)

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The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Stanford: Choral Music (2017)

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge & Stephen Layton - Stanford: Choral Music (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 370 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:21:02
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Hyperion Records

A programme spanning the variety and sheer emotional range of Stanford’s Anglican choral music (with a notable contribution from Owain Park in the Fantasia and Toccata for organ). You are unlikely to hear quite so stirring a rendition of ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’ for some time to come…

Ensemble La Flora - Albergati: Corona Dei Pregi di Maria, Op. XIII; Victoria: Motets (2009)

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Ensemble La Flora - Albergati: Corona Dei Pregi di Maria, Op. XIII; Victoria: Motets (2009)

Ensemble La Flora - Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Corona Dei Pregi di Maria, Op. XIII; Tomás Luis de Victoria: Motets (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 370 Mb | Total time: 76:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Tactus | # TC 660103 | Recorded: 2003

Count Pirro Capacelli Albergati (1663-1735) was the descendent of one of the most eminent families of the Bolognese nobility, ambassador, member of the Council of Elders, and gonfalonier of the city of Bologna. Yet his signature on the title page of the collection of monodic cantatas entitled Corona dei pregi di Maria should come as no surprise. Music had for centuries been a well-established and important part of the education of noble youths, alongside rhetoric and dance. Moreover, in this specific case, Pirro Capacelli Albergati possessed exceptional musical talents which were widely acknowledged by his contemporaries and fellow Bolognese citizens.

David Willcocks, Philip Ledger, Soloists - Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Magnificat (1990)

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David Willcocks, Philip Ledger, Soloists - Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Magnificat (1990)

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Magnificat (1990)
Elizabeth Vaughan, soprano; Janet Baker, contralto; Ian Partridge, tenor; Christopher Keyte, bass
Cambridge King's College Choir; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner, leader
conductors: Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Decca | # 425 724-2 | Time: 00:55:41

When these recordings first came out, far in advance of the period instrument revolution, they were revelations. Though modern instruments were used, there was an effort to get performance practices right… And there was the incredibly powerful, absolutely heavenly sound of that chorus of men and boys, as well as the lifelike recordings that perfectly captured the vast space of the Chapel of King's College. Since that time there have been other performances that depict the letter of each work to a greater degree than these, but many listeners will argue that there are none that have better encapsulated the spirit of this music… These are star-studded "great singing" recordings in which the artists will be remembered as much as the music itself.

John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele (2007)

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John Eliot Gardiner - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele (2007)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloisits, Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Water Music; Concerti grossi Op.3; Israel in Egypt; The Ways of Zion Do Mourn; Semele [6CDs] (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.8 Gb | Total time: 06:52:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564 69838-5 | Recorded: 1980-83

John Eliot Gardiner and his period instrument ensemble produce a lovely, smooth sound in these very well played performances, which use Handel's versions for strings and winds. Balances are fine; playing and recording collaborate to produce a treasurable clarity in which every line registers. –Leslie Gerber … Handel's epic oratorio, Israel in Egypt, here in a gripping performance by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, was a failure during Handel's lifetime. This was perhaps because of its immense variety of compositional techniques and forms.

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1011 | Recorded: 1998

Bach's setting of the Magnificat is one of his most often-recorded vocal works; as a rule, it's paired with one of Bach's lavishly scored festal cantatas. (The Easter Oratorio seems to be a current favorite.) Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan had a different idea: they've paired Bach's Magnificat with roughly contemporary settings by Johann Kuhnau, who was Bach's immediate predecessor in Leipzig, and Jan Dismas Zelenka, who was a composer at the court of Saxony in Dresden. Zelenka is an interesting composer, among the most underrated of the Baroque era. His writing is less dense and intricate than Bach's–at times it looks forward to the simpler, more elegant style of Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. Zelenka knew his counterpoint, however, and was fond of slipping the occasional surprising chord change into his music.