Daniel Lozakovich, Vladimir Spivakov, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia - Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely Heart (2019)

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Daniel Lozakovich, Vladimir Spivakov, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia - Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely Heart (2019)

Daniel Lozakovich, Vladimir Spivakov, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia - Tchaikovsky: None but the lonely Heart (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 66:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 4836086 | Recorded: 2019

Violinist Daniel Lozakovich was already a veteran at 18, having made his debut at age nine and signed to Deutsche Grammophon at 15. It may seem that each year brings a prodigal new violinist, but Lozakovich, a charismatic soul who boxes on the side, bow hand be damned, is one of the best. His Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, is muscular and unafraid of a little gravel in the tone. Sample his finale, a broad, arch-Russian thing where he is ideally backed by his mentor, Vladimir Spivakov, leading the new National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Lozakovich grabs your attention from the start but never overplays the transitions.

Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan - Josquin: Adieu Mes Amours (2019)

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Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan - Josquin: Adieu Mes Amours (2019)

Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan - Josquin: Adieu Mes Amours (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 62:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC403 | Recorded: 2018

A composer admired by his contemporaries, Josquin Desprez (ca 1450-1521) was a solitary artist who sublimated in his chansons the melancholy character and the elegance emblematic of the Renaissance. For their first recording, Dulces Exuviae explore the intimacy of these chansons in a fresh light: the sweet melodies are embellished by ornaments and accompanied on the lute, leaving ample room for improvisation, and thus allowing music to come out all the more alive, delicate and filled with emotion. The ensemble Dulces Exuviae is baritone Romain Bockler and lutenist Bor Zuljan.

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)

Cecilia Bartoli, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Opera proibita: A. Scarlatti, Handel, Caldara (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 71:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7029 | Recorded: 2005

Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas–indeed, operas without staging, essentially–for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational–by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful–and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Malena Ernman - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 66 min | 5,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: FRA Musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 2008

A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)

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Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)

Alfred Deller, The Deller Consort, The King's Musick - Henry Purcell: King Arthur, Timon of Athens (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 618 Mb | Total time: 57:54+60:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 90252.53 | Recorded: 1976, 1978

King Arthur (1691), like Purcell’s other great scores for the stage, belongs to a highly unusual genre: it is neither a play nor an opera but a hybrid of the two known as ‘semi-opera’. Alfred Deller’s legendary 1978 recording is one of the benchmark interpretations which introduced music-lovers to Purcell’s masterpiece.

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 5 & 6 (2013)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 5 & 6 (2013)

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol. 5 & 6 (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 520 Mb | Total time: 141:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907529.30 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

Bezuidenhout plays Mozart on the fortepiano like no-one else. Here he performs an assortment of solo works with all the sensitivity, expressivity, flair and stylistic integrity that has marked him out as a supreme master of the early keyboard…and the genius of Mozart is brilliantly and eloquently served.

Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Tobiae matrimonium (2009)

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Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Tobiae matrimonium (2009)

Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Ensemble - Johann Simon Mayr: Tobiae matrimonium (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 95:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570752-53 | Recorded: 2007

One of the most important composers of opera and sacred music between Mozart and Rossini, and Donizetti’s teacher, Johann Simon Mayr also composed several major oratorios, including David and The Marriage of Tobias. Like Haydn’s more famous Il Ritorno di Tobia, Mayr’s work recounts how the archangel Raphael miraculously helps the boy Tobias to cure his aged father’s blindness. Conductor Franz Hauk prepared the performing edition for this exciting new recording.

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1993)

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Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1993)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: La Cenerentola (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 72:54+75:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 436 902-2 | Recorded: 1992

It is probably now or never. With classic older sets vying with a clutch of more recent recordings, there is currently as complete and interesting an array of recordings of Rossini's La Cenerentola as we are likely to get at any one time. Among recent versions, Chailly's new Decca set is self-evidently a powerful contender. Cecilia Bartoli is arguably the most personable and musically accomplished Cenerentola since Teresa Berganza recorded the role with Abbado in 1971; and there is a strong cast of supporting principals, among them Alessandro Corbelli who offers the best characterized Dandini since Bruscantini. (With the added advantage of being far more technically expert in fioriture passages than was his distinguished predecessor.)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104 (1997)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104 (1997)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Joseph Haydn: London Symphonies Nos. 103 & 104 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 245 Mb | Total time: 57:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77362 2 | Recorded: 1995

These two last symphonies by Haydn (beautifully performed here) crown a lifetime of musical experimentation and orchestral mastery. No. 103, as the title implies, begins with a drum solo–a shocking innovation at the time, and one which "excited the deepest attention" in contemporary audiences. The creepy introduction reappears just before the end of the first movement, and it's a strategy that Haydn's pupil Beethoven immediately copied in his famous Pathetique Piano Sonata. The London Symphony had a longer reach still: The finale of Brahms' Second Symphony pays affectionate homage to one famous passage, but all of this music is just as valuable for itself as for its impact on later generations.

Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)

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Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)

Manfred Cordes, Weser-Renaissance - Festive Hanseatic Music (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 74:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 782-2 | Recorded: 2000

The term “Hanseatic” in this program titled Festive Hanseatic Music originates from the word Hansa, which simply means a company of merchants trading overseas. The selections here were mostly composed during the waning years of the so-called Hanseatic league–an alliance of primarily prosperous northern European cities that began in the 13th century and ended in the 17th. While commerce for the Hanseatic league may have been on the decline during this period, the quality of the works offered on this new CPO CD clearly gives the impression that its musical life was thriving.

Volker Ellenberger - Dietrich Buxtehude: Organ Music Vol. 1 (2001)

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Volker Ellenberger - Dietrich Buxtehude: Organ Music Vol. 1 (2001)

Volker Ellenberger - Dietrich Buxtehude: Organ Music Vol. 1 (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 53:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554543 | Recorded: 1999

The music of Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) has been described as 'a lot like J. S. Bach's, only less so.' Indeed, Buxtehude was probably the most important single influence on Bach, who is said to have walked more than 200 kilometres, at the age of 15, to hear Buxtehude play the organ. The similarity in their organ compositions is unmistakable, though Bach's are ultimately more complex and subtler in their counterpoint. Nevertheless, anyone who loves Bach's organ music will find this recording a real pleasure. Volker Ellenberger plays the grand-sounding organ of the Evangelical Lutheran City Church in Buckberg with a sure feel for the composer's language and aesthetic. The chorale preludes are particularly engaging and played with special sensitivity.

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (1998)

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Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (1998)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 581 Mb | Total time: 141:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 458 924-2 | Recorded: 1997

Cecilia Bartoli remains one of the world's finest Rossini singers and she proves it again with Il Turco in Italia, her 1st complete Rossini recording since 1993. The performance was recorded in Milan, with the power of the La Scala Orchestra & Chorus and the best Rossini an cast possible, led - of course - by Cecilia Bartoli's coloratura, more brilliant than ever.

Michael Chance, David Cordier, Tragicomedia - A Musicall Dreame: Music by Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, Giles Farnaby (1990)

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Michael Chance, David Cordier, Tragicomedia - A Musicall Dreame: Music by Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, Giles Farnaby (1990)

Michael Chance, David Cordier, Stephen Stubbs, Tragicomedia - A Musicall Dreame: Music by Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, Giles Farnaby (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 230 Mb | Total time: 64:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66335 | Recorded: 1988

Sublime musical expression does not necessarily proceed from serene spirits whose philosophical loftiness leaves them unmoved by the push and shove of the marketplace. Prefaces to printed editions of music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries seldom reveal much of the personality behind the writer's effusive urge to prostrate himself before the dedicatee and his invocations to the muses to make worthy his humble efforts. Robert Jones, Tobias Hume and John Dowland were exceptions in this regard and often used their printed prefaces as a platform for polemics, self-defence and bile. In so doing they illumine the contemporary pressures of public opinion and changing fashions, as well as highly individual — not to say curmudgeonly — natures.

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol.7 (2015)

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Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol.7 (2015)

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vol.7 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 73:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907531 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout continues his multi-disc survey of Mozart's music for solo keyboard with volume seven of the series. The first six have been met with the universal critical acclaim from around the world. This program of this release explores the elegance and drama that are ever-present in Mozart's music. Most notably, Bezuidenhout performs two works influenced by the composer's 1778 stay in Paris - the grandly proportioned Sonata in A minor, K.310 and the dazzling Variations in C on ''Lison dormait'' K.264.

Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)

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Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)

Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,05 Gb | Total time: 79:03+68:57+75:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564-634354 | Recorded: 2014

Betrayal, sorcery and one dazzling aria after the next…Ovid's Queen Niobe of Thebes, who turns to stone when her children are slain by the gods as punishment for her arrogance and pride, is the subject of this forgotten 1688 masterpiece. The Italian composer-priest Agostino Steffani languished in obscurity until the opera was rediscovered recently; the Boston Early Music Festival give its world-premiere studio recording with Karina Gauvin in the psychologically complex title role, and countertenor Phillipe Jaroussky singing 'powerfully and sweetly' (The New York Times) as Niobe's husband Anfione, driven to suicide in the face of family tragedy.