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John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)

John Eliot Gardiner, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists - Franz Joseph Haydn: 6 Great Masses (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Total time: 238:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 475 101-2 | Recorded: 1997, 1998, 2001

Die Kombination hat sich bewährt. Joseph Haydn hat in Sir John Eliot Gardiner einen Interpreten gefunden, der mit dem nötigen Ernst und der fachlichen Kompetenz seinen geistlichen Werken nachzuspüren vermag. “Seine Darbietungen haben eine bewegende Stärke und Energie. Die Solisten sind ausgezeichnet. An keiner Stelle zweifelt man an Haydns wahrer Größe”, urteilte die BBC über Gardiners Messen-Projekt.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe à quatre chœurs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 73:12 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA67435 | Recorded: 2003

A contemporary of Lully and Lalande, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was something of an outsider to the French court of Louis XIV, which helps to explain his comparative obscurity. A period of study in Rome doubtless gave Charpentier exposure to the polychoral style long-established from the time of Gabrieli, and this recording presents the triple-choir Salve Regina alongside the opulent Messe à quatre chœurs – written for four separate choirs, with a large continuo team of four organs, four theorbos, bass viol and great bass viol! The possibilities opened up by such a wealth of musicians engender music which seems as close to the proverbial “choir of the angels of heaven” as could be desired.

Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)

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Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)

Capella De La Torre, Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath - Bodenschätze (Motetten aus dem 17. Jahrhundert) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:32
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Coviello Classics

The great “composer of the millennium” Johann Sebastian Bach stands like a solitary rock in the landscape of music history. There is less talk about where he came from and what influenced him stylistically. Chorwerk Ruhr embarked on a search for clues with highly interesting results: the young Johann Sebastian also listened to and studied works that were already around 100 years old. In any case, during his later years as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, he ensured that the collection of motets Florilegium selectissimarum Cantionum was purchased anew – it was used so frequently in lessons under his aegis that the music material was completely worn out. The collection by the early Baroque master and school cantor Erhard Bodenschatz, first published in 1603, illustrates the then new compositional technique of the Baroque in a clearly comprehensible way in songs mostly by German or Italian masters.

Ensemble Irini & Lila Hajosi - O SIDERA (2021)

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Ensemble Irini & Lila Hajosi - O SIDERA (2021)

Ensemble Irini & Lila Hajosi - O SIDERA (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 218 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 106 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:43:01
Classical, Vocal | Label: Paraty

Twelve Sibyls, ancient psychics, became during the Middle-Ages the counterpoints of the Prophets, announcing since the beginning of time (2nd-7th centuries) the arrival of a child who will become the Savior of the World. The emergence of those characters and of these strange and mysterious texts resulted of the fascination the Renaissance resolutely showed towards Antiquity. The Sibyls were even portrayed by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. And it is perhaps while he was in Rome as Chapel Master of St John in the Lateran that Roland de Lassus met them and drew from their figures -with names already so dreamlike and evocative of marvelous lands such as Sibylla Delphica, Persica, Erythrea, Cumana, Hellespontiaca, Libyca … – the inspiration for this collection. The Prophetiae were composed somewhere between Rome, Antwerp and Munich, within a short period of disappearance (1554-1555) of Lassus, during which no one knows with certainty what became of the composer.

Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)

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Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)

Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane - Samuel Capricornus: Theatrum Musicum & Leçons de Ténèbres (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 74:53 | Scans included
Classical | K617 | K617188 | Recorded: 2005

The figure of Samuel Capricornus has been unfairly neglected by modern historians of music, editors and performers. Not only was Capricornus admired by his contemporaries even beyond the frontiers; the extraordinary standard of his works and the originality and variety of his output make him quite simply one of the greatest composers of religious music of the seventeenth century. Capricornus's most original compositions are the Lieder von dem Leyden und Tode Jesu (Songs on the sufferings and death of Jesus) and Theatrum musicum. The former are a kind of German equivalent fo the leçons de ténèbres of the French Baroque.

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

Johannes Brahms - Choral Works (2012)
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra; Antoni Wit, conductor; Ewa Wolak, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:09:51
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572694

This collection of short choral pieces by Johannes Brahms is an unusual one in present times, partly because many of the choral parts are quite demanding. For a choral club in the 19th century, however, it wouldn't have been so novel, and there are great beauties on offer here. After the fetching Ave Maria, Op. 12, the rest of the program is dense, metaphysical, and, with the partial exception of the Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, concerned with death. There are two funeral songs, and two more about fate, and this is not the warm, humanistic Brahms of the German Requiem, Op. 45. The performances are profound and dignified, and the overall effect uncanny. The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir under choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski has a gorgeous rich tone that is undiminished by the long lines of the music, and the Alto Rhapsody achieves real grandeur in the hands of contralto Ewa Wolak. But the real credit goes to the Warsaw Philharmonic and conductor Antoni Wit, who keep a consistent level of tension and momentum in difficult, dark material like the somber Nänie, Op. 82 (Funeral Song), a rarely performed late Brahms masterwork.

José Duce Chenoll, Amystis - Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music (2014)

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José Duce Chenoll, Amystis - Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music (2014)

José Duce Chenoll, Amystis - Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Mortales que amáis - Complete Vocal Music (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 481 Mb | Total time: 104:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94781 | Recorded: 2012

An important release and valuable discovery from the Spanish Baroque! Joan Baptista Cabanilles (1644-1712) wrote a substantial oeuvre for keyboard (organ and harpsichord), and a fine body of choral works; this new CD presents the first complete recording. Sung by Coro Amystis, who did extensive research into the works of this neglected Spanish composer. Liner notes written by the artists; sung texts available for download online.

Rata Blanca - Rata Blanca: Luna Park 2019 (En Vivo) (2021)

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Rata Blanca - Rata Blanca: Luna Park 2019 (En Vivo) (2021)

Rata Blanca - Rata Blanca: Luna Park 2019 (En Vivo) (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 579 MB | Cover | 01:18:50 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 182 MB
Hard Rock, Latin | Label: Hector Walter Giardino

Después de haber agotado entradas y a pedido del público, anunciamos que la agrupación liderada por Walter Giardino vuelve al estadio Luna Park con un show con orquesta el sábado 30 de Noviembre donde repasará los grandes éxitos de sus 30 años de carrera acompañados con exquisitos arreglos orquestales. Mucho rock, virtuosismo y pasión en una noche para el recuerdo.

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Kantorei Saarlouis - Mozart: Requiem (2005)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Kantorei Saarlouis - Mozart: Requiem (2005)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Kantorei Saarlouis - Mozart: Requiem (1791 Vienna - Rio de Janeiro 1821) (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 51:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617180 | Recorded: 2005

…Süssmayr, of course, was not the only, or even the first, person engaged by Constanza Mozart to work on her late husband’s unfinished masterpiece. Her first choice was Josef Eybler, another of Mozart’s students, and the one that Mozart had considered more capable. Eybler worked on the orchestration of the portions of the score for which Mozart had written vocal parts and a continuo bass line, but balked at providing original music for the missing sections of the Requiem. Süssmayr then took over, enjoying the advantage of having discussed Mozart’s intentions for the completion of the score with him. It’s entirely possible that the young assistant had a second advantage, namely that he was not sufficiently aware of the implications of the monumental task that Eybler had abandoned and that he was undertaking. There’s an unresolved dispute over his decision to bring the score to a close by repeating the music of the first fugue.

Lionheart - Paris 1200: Perotin & Leonin - Chant & Polyphony from 12th Century France (1998) [Re-Up]

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Lionheart - Paris 1200: Perotin & Leonin - Chant & Polyphony from 12th Century France (1998) [Re-Up]

Lionheart - Paris 1200: Perotin & Leonin - Chant & Polyphony from 12th Century France (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Sacred, Chants | Label: Nimbus Records | # NI5547 | Time: 01:13:52

Conductus, organum, and discantus may not be words in your everyday vocabulary, but these terms identify musical forms that defined everyday musical activity during one of music history's most fruitful periods. The 12th century in France, especially in Paris–the artistic, educational, and religious center of Western Europe–saw enormous progress in the arts, architecture, and education. Not surprisingly, technical and theoretical aspects of music advanced as well. On this disc, the six-voice men's ensemble Lionheart demonstrates in vivid, rich vocal tones the sometimes stark but always powerful sound of Medieval chant and its expanded two- and three-part forms. The liner notes give clear explanations of the compositions and provide the listener with meaningful historical context. But listening to these excellent voices is not just an educational experience. The music has an inherent purity, sensuality, and honesty that's refreshing and reassuring.

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Poulenc, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Rihm (2004)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Soloists
conducted by Marcello Viotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Profil | # PH04035 | Time: 01:06:02

This 2004 survey of modern settings of the medieval sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa is part of conductor Marcello Viotti's project to record the little-known but worthy sacred works of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for their concert series Paradisi gloria. The four works by Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wolfgang Rihm are dramatically different in conception and musical content, and may be regarded more as reflections of personal faith than as practical works for ecclesiastical purposes.

Anne Azema, Joel Cohen, Camerata Mediterranea - Troubadour Songs (2010) 3 CD Box Set

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Anne Azema, Joel Cohen, Camerata Mediterranea - Troubadour Songs (2010) 3 CD Box Set

Anne Azéma, Joel Cohen, Camerata Mediterranea - Troubadour Songs (2010) 3 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 825 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 452 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Medieval, Vocal, Folk | Label: Erato | # 2564 67986-4 | Time: 03:14:08

What these sound recordings attempt to do is to bring you face-to-face — or, perhaps more appropriately, sound to-heart — with actual works of the troubadours and, occasionally, of others in their circle of influence. The task is daunting for so many reasons: songs got written down decades, even centuries, after their dates of creation; only about ten percent of the original melodies survive; and most direct knowledge of how performers worked out their interpretations at the time has been lost. We know nothing whatsoever about the singing style, or about the techniques of instrumental accompaniment that may have been employed. These performances, therefore, of necessity, reflect a confluence of musicological and philological knowledge with performers' instincts and intuitions, as all of these tendencies interacted with each other at a specific moment in history, the late twentieth century.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2008/1979)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2008/1979)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (2008/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.11 Gb (DVD9) | 83 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karajan surmounted this pinnacle of the choral-symphonic repertoire - which Beethoven himself called "the greatest work I have composed" - no fewer than four times in the recording studio, but only once live and on film: in this unique document from the 1979 Salzburg Easter Festival. The atmosphere of Salzburg's Festspielhaus and festival audience adds a special frisson to this conductor's classic interpretation of the Missa solemnis.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Antiennes "O" de l'Avent (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Antiennes "O" de l'Avent (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Antiennes "O" de l'Avent (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 41:26 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | 0905124 | Recorded: 1982

Ma rencontre avec la musique de Charpentier remonte à mes années d'études aux Etats-Unis, au cours desquelles mes professeurs avaient l'habitude de parler de cette musique et de la montrer. J'ai ainsi découvert le "Reniement de Saint-Pierre" dans une anthologie de musique religieuse…Je me souviens aussi avoir entendu du Charpentier chanté en traduction anglaise, parfois aussi en latin par certains chœurs de paroisses protestantes. C'est là que j'ai pris connaissance de la "Pastorale sur la naissance de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ".William Christie

Barbara Hendricks, Chœurs de Radio France, ONF, Georges Pretre - Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)

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Barbara Hendricks, Chœurs de Radio France, ONF, Georges Pretre - Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)

Francis Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater (2006)
Barbara Hendricks, soprano; Chœurs de Radio France; Michel Tranchant, chorus master
Orchestre National de France, conducted by Georges Prêtre

EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Vocal | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 55688 2 0 | 00:59:20

Understandably, Poulenc's Gloria and Stabat Mater have almost invariably been coupled together on LPs and CDs. Similarly scored for solo soprano, chorus, and orchestra, the two works are arguably the twin peaks of Poulenc's sacred music, that is, they are irresistibly melodic, energetically rhythmic, directly emotional, conservatively harmonic, and fervently religious. That said, however, the difference in tone between the two works is as striking as their similarities. Where the Gloria is light, bright, and at times even funny, the Stabat Mater, as befits its subject matter, is dark, heavy, and always deeply sorrowful. In this pair of performances with Georges Prêtre leading the Orchestre National de France and the French Radio Choir from the '80s, both works are given the deluxe French treatment. Prêtre is as skilled at balancing his forces as he is at keeping the music moving, and, as importantly, he is as capable of expressing the Gloria's joyous wit as he is of articulating the Stabat Mater's profound suffering. But the real star of these performances is American soprano Barbara Hendricks whose clear, warm voice and excellent diction breath vibrant life into all Poulenc's glorious melodies.