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Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)

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Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)

Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 75:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Raumklang | RK 2101 | Recorded: 2001

The Bouts Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble devoted to the repertoire of the "high" baroque and pre-classical periods - ca. 1725-1775. Through performance of works by both famous and unjustly neglected composers, the group aims to contribute to a greater appreciation and understanding of music from this endlessly fascinating period. The members of this young group use their extensive experience in historical performance practice on period instruments to bring to this repertoire the virtuosity, vitality and intelligence that it demands.

Roberta Invernizzi, Retablo Barocco - Handel: Lucrezia: Cantate e Sonate da Camera (2006)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Retablo Barocco - Handel: Lucrezia: Cantate e Sonate da Camera (2006)

Roberta Invernizzi, Retablo Barocco - Handel: Lucrezia: Cantate e Sonate da Camera (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 58:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | STR 35701 | Recorded: 1996

There has been a resurgence of interest in Handel's Italian-language cantatas as recordings have begun to reflect the vast totality of his output rather than a selection of big hits ideologically bound up with British nationhood. The works on this disc date from early in Handel's career, while he was working in Italy; this Italian recording accurately uses the German spelling of the composer's name, Händel, which he would still have been employing at the time. They are youthful works in the best sense of the word: they break formal boundaries, give full voice to passions, and feel gloriously free to push performers to the edge.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9] - Rossini Gala; Colbran, the Muse; The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 9]: Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke's - Rossini Gala; Joyce DiDonato - Colbran, the Muse; Rockwell Blake - The Rossini Tenor; Encore: Rossini; Rossini: Mélodies, Songs (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,42 Gb | Total time: 58:43+59:42+72:05+46:58+65:13+72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1987, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2009

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.
It includes thirteen complete operas, the Rossini Gala - the legendary concert given at the Lincoln Center in 1992, five complete recitals including the recent recording with Joyce DiDonato or the famous Rockwell Blake.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Fire burning in snow: Baroque Music from Latin America - 3 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 75:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67600 | Recorded: 2007

Fire Burning in Snow, the third volume in Ex Cathedra's series of Baroque music from Latin America, is strong testimony to the vitality of the musical scene in South America in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The bulk of this album is devoted to the sacred and secular choral music of Juan de Araujo (1648-1712), who was born in Spain, but whose family moved to South America when he was a child. He lived in Peru and Panama, but spent most of his adult life in La Plata, Bolivia, where he was the organist at the cathedral. The music recorded here is notable for its almost Monteverdian range of styles and expressiveness. This selection of Araujo's strongly rhythmic work includes a rigorously polyphonic motet for triple choir; a simple, lovely lullaby for women's voices; and many stylistically diverse choral villancicos.

Olga Peretyatko, Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)

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Olga Peretyatko, Miguel Gómez-Martínez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)

Olga Peretyatko, Gomez-Martinez, Münchner Rundfunkorchester - La bellezza del canto (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 70:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697785442 | Recorded: 2010

Operatic powerhouse Olga Peretyatko is accompanied by the Munchner Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra) conducted by Miguel Gomez-Martinez on this high-quality album of (coloratura) soprano favorites. With an able, keen orchestra behind her, Peretyatko is free to demonstrate her considerable talents. Two arias are by opera legend Rossini. One, his "Non si dà follia maggiore," begins the album, and Peretyatko interprets it in a way that leaves the listener entranced. Peretyatko's voice is clean, bright, and full of vibrato. Her interpretation is also highly dramatic.

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)

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Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,00 Gb | Total time: 06:50:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 425 893-2 | Recorded: 1974-1983

One of the leading experts in early music, Christopher Hogwood, leads the way as you hear the beautiful 17th-century theatre music of British composer Henry Purcell. The Academy of Ancient Music and the Taverner Choir perform Abdelazer; The Married Beau; Bonduca; Circe; Don Quixote; The Double Dealer; The Rival Sisters , and much more!

Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts - Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)

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Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts - Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)

Thomas Tomkins: Consort Music for Viols and Voices; Keyboard Music (1995)
Rose Consort of Viols, Red Byrd, Timothy Roberts, John Bryan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550602 | Time: 01:05:02

This well-planned Naxos programme is carefully laid out in two parts, each of viol music interspersed with harpsichord and organ pieces and ending with an anthem. It gives collectors an admirable opportunity to sample, very inexpensively, the wider output of Thomas Tomkins, and outstandingly fine Elizabethan musician whose music is still too known. Though he is best known for hid magnificent church music, it is refreshing to discover what he could do with viols, experimenting with different combinations of sizes of instruments, usually writing with the polyphony subservient to expressive harmonic feeling, as in the splendid and touching Fantasia for six viols. Perhaps the most remarkable piece here is the Hexachord fantasia, where the scurrying part-writing ornaments a rising and falling six-note scale (hexachord). The two five-part verse anthems and Above the stars, which is in six parts, are accompanied by five viols, with a fine counter-tenor in Above the stars and a bass in Thou art my King.

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 Babi Yar (Live) (2020)

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Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 Babi Yar (Live) (2020)

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Alexey Tikhomirov - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 113 "Babi Yar" (Live) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 283 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:30
Classical, Vocal | Label: CSO Resound

n 1970, Riccardo Muti conducted the first Western European performance of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, a tape of which the composer kept until his death a few years later. This new live recording poignantly reunites work and conductor, who this time leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, bass soloist Alexey Tikhomirov, and male choir—all in electrifying form. Shostakovich’s settings of five poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko—including the opening lament for the 34,000 Jews murdered in 1941 by the Nazis at Babi Yar—are dark and brutal. The remaining four poems, describing human bravery in the face of unimaginable adversity, encapsulate the fear and dread of living under Soviet oppression, and Muti brings a claustrophobic intensity and defiant dignity to Shostakovich’s alternately sardonic and angry music.

Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware - Morgen (2020)

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Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware - Morgen (2020)

Elsa Dreisig & Jonathan Ware - Morgen (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 193 Mb | 01:24:02
Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

“Phenomenally good … Dreisig’s voice [is] youthful yet assured, agile yet fluid, and powerful through its entire range … We can certainly expect much more to come from this singer,” wrote BBC Music Magazine in its five-star review of Miroir(s), Elsa Dreisig’s debut album of operatic arias and scenes. It was subsequently nominated for two top awards, Gramophone and Opus Klassik.

Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

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Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)
Ensemble Unicorn; Michael Posch, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.553840 | Time: 01:04:53

Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled. But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music. Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. It really is a must-have.

Sara Mingardo, Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Un Viaggio a Roma (2018)

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Sara Mingardo, Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Un Viaggio a Roma (2018)

Sara Mingardo, Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Un Viaggio a Roma: Handel, Stradella, Muffat, Scarlatti, Corelli (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 70:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30565 | Recorded: 2015, 2017

Handel, Scarlatti, Corelli, Stradella, Muffat … From 1650 to the beginning of the eighteenth century, Rome exercised an immense power in attracting composers from all over Europe and experienced an intense moment of musical activity, because of - or in spite of - the papal administration. It was a prosperous period with a melting pot of influences. The programme devised here by the Roman conductor, Rinaldo Alessandrini, offers a complete and personal vision of the time, passionate and secular, lyrical (made sublime by Sandrine Piau) and orchestral, romantic in every way. Rinaldo Alessandrini is one of the leading figures in the international early music scene.

La Boz Galana - D'Amor mormora il vento (2020)

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La Boz Galana - D'Amor mormora il vento (2020)

La Boz Galana - D'Amor mormora il vento (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 257 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:40
Classical, Vocal | Label: Ramée, Outhere Music

In this programme, La Boz Galana takes a journey through the popular idioms of Italian and Spanish composers who worked in Italy, among them Kapsberger, Landi, and other less well-known figures such as Arañés, Stefani and Milanuzzi. As a result of a centuries-old practice – the repertoires of frottole and strambotti, for example – these composers created a ‘lighter’ genre using popular musical forms based on poetic texts related to them, both Italian and Spanish. Meant to transmit the expressivity of exquisite poetry in conjunction with music, these short and seemingly simple songs appear as succinct miniatures embodying the boundless desire of amateur musicians to shape their intimate musical worlds and engrave the poems in their memories. These pieces were the ‘pop songs’ of their time, and are often true gems of their kind.

Luciano Pavarotti - The Pavarotti Story (2007)

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Luciano Pavarotti - The Pavarotti Story (2007)

Luciano Pavarotti - The Pavarotti Story (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1.1 Gb | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 568 MB | 03:55:05
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca

One of the most successful and admired opera singers of all time, Luciano Pavarotti was king among tenors from the late 1960s through the 1990s. His voice was noted for its exciting upper register, and tailor-made for the operas of Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, and Puccini, and as it darkened slightly over the years, for the verismo composers as well. His vocal longevity, which kept him singing youthfully well into his sixties, and still beautifully after that, was a credit to his commanding technique and artistry, and remarkable considering his nearly 40 years of performing.

Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain & Daniel Kawka - Le Marteau sans maître / B-Partita (2020)

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Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain & Daniel Kawka - Le Marteau sans maître / B-Partita (2020)

Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain & Daniel Kawka - Le Marteau sans maître / B-Partita (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 329 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 147 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:48
Classical, Vocal | Label: Col legno

Pierre Boulez’ Le Marteau sans maître is one of the essential compositions of the 20th century. Now, for the first time, this masterpiece appears on the same record as B-Partita, a tribute of French composer Philippe Manoury’s (*1952) to Boulez. Basing his music on texts by René Char, Boulez (1925-2016) vacillated between extremes: Celestial sounds are contrasted with pulsing rhythms. Free-flowing passages meet rigid meters. Sung passages follow purely instrumental writing. The music is ever changing, but the goal of its metamorphosis remains constant and discernable. With the particular instrumentation, which aims at the gradual deconstruction of a singing voice into percussive elements, the young, 30-year old Boulez was coming into his own as a composer. Manoury’s B-Partita, meanwhile, sees itself as a sympathetic homage to precisely that, Boulez’, musical language.

Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Brahms: Lieder (1999)

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Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Brahms: Lieder (1999)

Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Brahms: Lieder (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:09:35 | 289 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 413 311-2GH

Taken from Jessye Norman’s contribution to the Lieder volume of Deutsche Grammophon’s complete Brahms Edition (alongside Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), this CD presents many favourite Brahms songs including the gypsy-influenced Zigeunerlieder. The singer is caught in her absolute vocal prime. Sung texts and translations are included.