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Collegium Marianum - Josef Antonín Sehling: Christmas in Prague Cathedral (2014)

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Collegium Marianum - Josef Antonín Sehling: Christmas in Prague Cathedral (2014)

Josef Antonín Sehling - Christmas in Prague Cathedral (2014)
Hana Blažíková, soprano; Markéta Cukrová, alto; Tomáš Král, baritone
Collegium Marianum; Jana Semerádová, artistic director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral, Vocal | Label: Supraphon | # SU 4174-2 | Time: 01:11:17

Precious few countries can boast of a Christmas repertoire as ample and colourful as that possessed by the Czech Republic. The Baroque era imbued the texts of songs with enchanting, tender poetics with awestruck yet perplexed shepherds enthusing about the beautiful infant Jesus. Later on, a growing number of formally more complex pieces (pastorales) were written, most of them taking the form of arias or duets with instrumental accompaniment. A notable composer in this respect was Josef Antonín Sehling. Although still anchored in the Baroque world, he paved the way for the accession of a new musical style. He studied in Vienna and subsequently worked in Prague as a member of Count Václav Morzins renowned orchestra and as second violin at Saint Vitus Cathedral, although standing in as Kapellmeister over the long term (an interesting parallel can be drawn with Zelenka, the counter-bassist at the court orchestra in Dresden). Sehling was Kapellmeister of several Prague churches, including the Church of Our Lady under the Chain, where the present world premiere recording was made.

Borbála Dobozy - J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (2019)

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Borbála Dobozy - J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (2019)

Borbála Dobozy - J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 775 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 264 Mb | 01:55:09
Classical | Label: BMC Records

“The work of works” (Robert Schumann): “An everlasting treasure of the piano repertoire and piano pedagogy, almost without rival” (Dénes Bartha). Such is the high praise that has been lauded by musicians and music historians on Johann Sebastian Bach’s two-volume work in the nigh 300 years since it was written…

Colin Tilneys - J.S. Bach: The Six English Suites (1993)

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Colin Tilneys - J.S. Bach: The Six English Suites (1993)

Colin Tilneys - J.S. Bach: The Six English Suites (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:30:40 | 1.2 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Music & Arts | Catalog: CD-777

It is something of a mystery why Bach, usually alive to opportunities to make known his mastery of various musical forms, never published the English Suites (nor, come to that, the Well-tempered Clavier or the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue), which represent a peak of his keyboard writing particularly in the Sixth Suite that he never excelled. Colin Tilney certainly takes his assignment au grand serieux, and earns our respect for his thoughtful approach, his firm rhythmic control even in the huge initial fugue of Suite No. 6 while avoiding inflexibility (with subtle phrasing that clarifies structure), his crisp ornaments, his stylishly discreet embellishment of repeats (virtually all of which he makes), and his general air of solid command.

The Swingle Singers - Bach Hits Back, A Capella Amadeus (1998)

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The Swingle Singers - Bach Hits Back, A Capella Amadeus (1998)

The Swingle Singers - Bach Hits Back, A Capella Amadeus (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 497 Mb | Total time: 53:25+52:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 61472 2 | Recorded: 1991

This "two-fer" from the acclaimed French vocal troupe features Bach Hits Back and A Cappella Amadeus. Fans of the group's impeccable a cappella versions of classic Baroque, fugues, madrigals, and orchestral overtures will find much to love here, while those who pass the collective off as talented purveyors of whimsical novelty will only make it through the first two or three tracks.

Konrad Junghänel, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik - Rameau: Les Paladins (2010)

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Konrad Junghänel, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik - Rameau: Les Paladins (2010)

Konrad Junghänel, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik - Rameau: Les Paladins (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 629 Mb | Total time: 45:30+75:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coviello | # COV 21013 | Recorded: 2010

Rameau was a virtuoso and dominated all the current dramatic music genres combining them in a way he wanted. The outcome was Les Paladins, a mixture of tall stories and farce, erotic and moral, serious and funny, real and fantastic with the lavish richness of Rameau’s musical language. Available for the first time on CD, this long-lost treasure will be much sought after.

Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere - Louis de Caix d'Hervelois: Pièces de Viole (2005)

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Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere - Louis de Caix d'Hervelois: Pièces de Viole (2005)

Jay Bernfeld, Fuoco e Cenere - Louis de Caix d'Hervelois: Pièces de Viole (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:04 | 347 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Arion | Catalog: ARN68694

Louis Caix d'Hervelois représente non seulement un des sommets de la viole francaise tardive du XVIIIe siècle en qualité et en quantité (pas moins de 5 livres publiés), mais aussi une heureuse synthèse de l'ange Marin Marais et du diable Antoine Forqueray le tout couronné par l'influence galante de son très proche ami Bodin de Boismortier. Même si l'anthologie de Jordi Savall est maintenant disponible en téléchargement (après avoir été longtemps introuvable), je vous conseille d'acheter cette anthologie de Jay Bernfeld (qui a joué dans Hesperion XX) et de son ensemble.

Katherine Watson, Mathias Vidal, Thomas Dolié, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Purcall Choir - Gervias: Hypermnestre (2019)

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Katherine Watson, Mathias Vidal, Thomas Dolié, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Purcall Choir - Gervias: Hypermnestre (2019)

Katherine Watson, Mathias Vidal, Thomas Dolié, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Purcall Choir, Orfeo Orchestra & György Vashegyi - Gervias: Hypermnestre (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 869 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 337 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:25:56
Classical, Opera | Label: Glossa

The remarkable Hypermnestre by Charles- Hubert Gervais is the latest unremembered early 18th-century French opera to be recorded afresh for Glossa, and conducted by György Vashegyi.

Ivor Bolton, Concerto Koln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)

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Ivor Bolton, Concerto Koln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)

Ivor Bolton, Concerto Köln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 198 min | 6,38 + 7,77 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Nederlands | Recorded: 2009

This hilarious contemporary version of Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera Hercules in Love was commissioned on occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The original production took two years to complete and was at the time the greatest show ever performed in Europe. Directed by David Alden, this surreal production is a triumph of commedia buffa resplendent with decorative and symbolic elements, and complemented by Constance Hoffman's exceptional costumes. Led by Ivor Bolton, a master of baroque music, the chorus of De Nederlandse Opera and Concerto Köln give a sublime performance. With Luca Pisaroni's (Ercole) singing being heroic and melodious in turn, and Veronica Cangemi as a splendid Iole, this is an outstanding production by the DNO.

Barbara Schlick, Derek Lee Ragin - Tomaso Albinoni: Complete Cantatas, Op.4 (1999)

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Barbara Schlick, Derek Lee Ragin - Tomaso Albinoni: Complete Cantatas, Op.4 (1999)

Barbara Schlick, Derek Lee Ragin - Tomaso Albinoni: Complete Cantatas, Op.4 (1999)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 457 Mb | Total time: 53:01+41:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Et'Cetera | # KTC 2027 | Recorded: 1993, 1997

This two-CD reissue contains only the complete set (of 12) that appeared in his lifetime – several dozen more are extant. Published as his Op. 4 in Venice in 1702, these chamber cantatas are typical Baroque ‘languish ’n’ anguish’ love laments, six scored for solo soprano voice, six for solo alto. They are beautifully sung by Barbara Schlick and Derek Lee Ragin.

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Michael Praetorius: Magnificat; Motets (2015)

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Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Michael Praetorius: Magnificat; Motets (2015)

Paul van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Michael Praetorius: Magnificat; Motets (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 278 Mb | Total time: 67:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88875086622 | Recorded: 1991

German composer Michael Praetorius, whose life bridged the 16th and 17th centuries, was one of his era's most prolific writers, both of musical works and of works about music. His "Syntagma Musicum" remains one of the most important treatises on instruments and performance practice; he composed many volumes of Protestant hymn-based works, motets, psalms, works for multiple choir, and Latin music for the Lutheran service. The "Magnificat" performed on this program is one of 14 that Praetorius included in his Megalynodia Sionia, published in 1611. Its polyphonic style and rich instrumental writing–particularly for brass–is occasionally reminiscent of Gabrieli, whose works Praetorius studied; or Schutz, with whom he traveled throughout Germany.

Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Rameau: Les Indes galantes (2018)

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Gyorgy Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Rameau: Les Indes galantes (2018)

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Rameau: Les Indes galantes (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 658 Mb | Total time: 60:45+62:56 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD924005 | Recorded: 2018

With Les Indes galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau, György Vashegyi – along with his Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir – makes a further dazzling addition to their Glossa series of French dramatic masterpieces from the Baroque, and in the company of a luxurious line-up of vocal soloists.

Sviatoslav Richter - The Very Best of Sviatoslav Richter (2012)

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Sviatoslav Richter - The Very Best of Sviatoslav Richter (2012)

Sviatoslav Richter - The Very Best of Sviatoslav Richter (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 709 MB | MP3 320 Kbps – 382 MB | 02:29:11
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics

Sviatoslav Richter is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, renowned for his virtuoso technique and the depth of his interpretations. He was born in Zhitomir, Russia, in 1915 but grew up in Odessa. Unusually, he was largely self-taught, although his organist father provided him with a basic education in music. He started to work at the Odessa Conservatory where he accompanied the opera rehearsals. He gave his first recital in 1934 at the engineer club of Odessa but did not formally study piano until three years later, when he enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory.

Jaques Vandeville, Jean-Michel Louchart - Mancini: Sette Sonate a Napoli (2016)

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Jaques Vandeville, Jean-Michel Louchart - Mancini: Sette Sonate a Napoli (2016)

Jaques Vandeville, Jean-Michel Louchart - Mancini: Sette Sonate a Napoli (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:09 | 322 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Syrius | Catalog: 141470

Francesco Mancini’s output includes 29 operas, oratorios, more than 200 secular cantatas, and instrumental music, often written for flute, cello, and continuo. Here, the sonatas are interpreted by oboe and organ; they are part of a series of 12 sonatas originally dedicated to the English Consul of Naples, John Fleetwood.

Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

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Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

Europäische Chormusik - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set
Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 942 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics | # 825646261505 | Time: 06:49:27

The great recordings of the "Nordic choral marvel": Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson was one of the true legends in his field. When he died in 2013 at the age of 94, he had spent decades working to place his two Stockholm choirs among the international musical elite. His recordings from the 1970's enjoy real cult status – unique interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Gesualdo to Penderecki, released here for the first time in a single box.

Jane Chapman - The Lady's Banquet, Vol. 2: Lessons for the Mistress (1996)

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Jane Chapman - The Lady's Banquet, Vol. 2: Lessons for the Mistress (1996)

Jane Chapman - The Lady's Banquet, Vol. 2: Lessons for the Mistress (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 509 Mb | Total time: 74:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Collins Classics | # 14572 | Recorded: 1995

In the words of the Wall Street Journal: "Jane Chapman is one of Britain's most distinguished classical harpsichordists, with a repertoire that stretches from early music to contemporary avant-garde. Her work is rapidly bringing the harpsichord into the 21st century and establishing her reputation as a rule-breaker."