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László Borbély - J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (2022)

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László Borbély - J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (2022)

László Borbély - J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 330 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 286 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:32:49
Classical | Label: Hunnia Records

Borbely says “Why am I attracted to such ‘insurmountable peaks’ as Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge? I have always been captivated by researching complex musical structures and the regularities of music as language. Working on such a monumental and searchingly demanding work is challenging for me primarily because it is at this level that I can confront my own limits, my own “finiteness”. It becomes evident here that we, humans, can only aim at Perfection but will never be able to achieve it. This is the reason I never feel that my interpretation is “ready”. I would even abhor the idea. Why? Because one’s approach to a work will never be and can never be final. Bach’s music is also a continually forming, changing, infinite “game”, renewing itself again and again. Bach placed musical variability into divine invariability.

Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Venezia: opera arias of the serenissima (2013)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Venezia: opera arias of the serenissima (2013)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Venezia: opera arias of the serenissima (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 63:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099946454522 | Recorded: 2012

For today s audiences, Vivaldi s name exemplifies Venetian opera in the early 18th century but he was not the only composer to shape the distinctive musical aesthetic of the great trading city known as La Serenissima. In this release of arias by Vivaldi and his contemporaries, countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic further explores Venice s contribution to world s rich store of Baroque opera. Cencic recreates the Venetian ambiance with the support of Italian violinist/conductor Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble Il Pomo d Oro.

Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen de la Chapelle Royale - Hassler: Missa super Dixit Maria, Motets (1992)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen de la Chapelle Royale - Hassler: Missa super Dixit Maria, Motets (1992)

Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Vocal Européen de la Chapelle Royale - Hassler: Missa super Dixit Maria, Motets (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 66:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901401 | Recorded: 1991

Hans Leo Hassler was roughly contemporary with Palestrina and wrote in a similarly transparent style. Though he was Lutheran, he set numerous Latin texts, including the Mass. " Missa super Dixit Maria is a "parody" based on Hassler's famous motet Dixit Maria ad angelum. That motet isn't included here, unfortunately, but you can clearly hear its themes recurring in the various Mass movements. The motets on this disc include several penitential items with a striking chromaticism Palestrina wouldn't have touched. Vater unser, a setting of Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer, seems dull in this company.

Alessandro Quarta, Dino De Palma and Gianna Fratta & Gianna Fratta - Sixteen Seasons (2022)

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Alessandro Quarta, Dino De Palma and Gianna Fratta & Gianna Fratta - Sixteen Seasons (2022)

Alessandro Quarta, Dino De Palma and Gianna Fratta & Gianna Fratta - Sixteen Seasons (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 679 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 347 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:29:13
Classical | Label: Arcana, Outhere Music

After its rediscovery in the second half of the 20th century, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has become so popular that it has become a model of inspiration for similar collections that have the same subject matter, use similar instrumental forces and, often, are commissioned to be played alongside the original. Issued in conjunction with the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Astor Piazzolla (4 July 1992), Sixteen Seasons brings together on disc for the first time the four most famous Four Seasons : hence alongside Vivaldi’s Italian concertos, also the Argentinian Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas of Piazzolla (in the version by Leonid Desyatnikov, a composer of Ukrainian origin), The American Four Seasons of Philip Glass, and the “Vivaldi recompositions” of British Max Richter. To guide us through these seasons – which are spread over different continents, climates and musical styles – is Concerto Mediterraneo, an ensemble made up of musicians from all over Italy and directed by Gianna Fratta, while the eclectic Alessandro Quarta shares the solo violin role with Dino De Palma. The liner notes by historian Alessandro Vanoli and meteorologist Luca Mercalli complete a project that also stands as a reflection on the profound relationship between man and the alternation of the seasons and the role played by climate change from Vivaldi’s day to the present.

Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici, Athestis Chorus - Benedetto Marcello: Requiem in the Venetian Manner (1999)

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Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici, Athestis Chorus - Benedetto Marcello: Requiem in the Venetian Manner (1999)

Filippo Maria Bressan, Academia de li Musici, Athestis Chorus - Benedetto Marcello: Requiem in the Venetian Manner (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 63:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0637 | Recorded: 1998

Modern day recognition of the music of Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739) has been totally eclipsed by the music of Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741). If one looks back at Marcello's popularity in the first half of the 18th century in Venetian Music, you will find that he was considered to be one of the musical glories of Italy on a par with Palestrina and Pergolesi, and was referred to as the 'Noble Venetian'. He was admired for his skillful counterpoint, his masterly attention to the words of the text he set and the noble simplicity of his melodies. All of these attributes are present in this lovely and entertaining Requiem.

Simon Standage, Collegium Musicum 90 - Alessandro Marcello: 'La Cetra' Violin Concertos (1995)

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Simon Standage, Collegium Musicum 90 - Alessandro Marcello: 'La Cetra' Violin Concertos (1995)

Simon Standage, Collegium Musicum 90 - Alessandro Marcello: 'La Cetra' Violin Concertos (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 55:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0563 | Recorded: 1993

There are many other highly recommendable recordings by Collegium Musicum 90 under Simon Standage on the Chandos early music label, Chaconne. If you’ve heard a reasonable cross-section of the music of Vivaldi and would like to experiment with some of his near-contemporaries, their recording of Alessandro Marcello’s six Violin Concertos, Op.6, known as ‘La Cetra’, together with an extra Concerto in B-flat, would be a good place to start.

Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterreanea, Chœur de chambre de Namur - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2021)

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Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterreanea, Chœur de chambre de Namur - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2021)

Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterreanea, Chœur de chambre de Namur - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 544 Mb | Total time: 106:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Records | # ALPHA 720 | Recorded: 2020

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo is naturally an iconic work for Leonardo García Alarcón. The Argentinian conductor has performed and matured his interpretation of Monteverdi’s masterpiece throughout his life. Together with his group of soloists, the Namur Chamber Choir and the Cappella Mediterranea ensemble, he now presents his vision of L’Orfeo: Monteverdi’s opera is as much the apotheosis of the Renaissance as a testimony to the nascent Baroque style. This is what strikes us when we listen to this new recording, which so eloquently emphasises the contrasts between sometimes nostalgic glances towards the past and the most innovative expressions of operatic language.

Philippe Jaroussky, Jean Tubery, Ensemble La Fenice - Un concert pour Mazarin (2004)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Jean Tubery, Ensemble La Fenice - Un concert pour Mazarin (2004)

Philippe Jaroussky, Jean Tubéry, Ensemble La Fenice - Un concert pour Mazarin (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 60:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45656 2 | Recorded: 2003

Giulio Mazzarino, better known as Cardinal Mazarin, played an important part in the dissemination of Italian music in France in the 17th century. From 1643, when he was appointed prime minister, to his death in 1661, he carried out an astute policy in favour of Italian culture, inviting the most famous Italian composers and performers to the French court. This disc presents a number of pieces, mainly by Italian composers, which became well known in France in the 17th century through Mazarin’s support.

Francesco Corti, Andrea Buccarella & Il Pomo d'Oro - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 3 (2022)

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Francesco Corti, Andrea Buccarella & Il Pomo d'Oro - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 3 (2022)

Francesco Corti, Andrea Buccarella & Il Pomo d'Oro - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 3 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 351 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 132 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:54
Classical | Label: Pentatone

Francesco Corti and il pomo d’oro continue their acclaimed series of Bach harpsichord concertos, now moving to the works for two harpsichords, BWV 1060-1062, together with Andrea Buccarella. Compared to the previous two instalments, the accompanying ensemble is small, allowing for maximal transparency and focus on the soloists. The greatest discographic asset of this album is Corti’s arrangement of Bach’s unfinished concerto for harpsichord, oboe and strings in D Minor, BWV 1059. In his extensive contribution to the booklet, Corti explains why and how he used parts of Cantata BWV 35 to complete the score. Emmanuel Laporte performs the solo oboe.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2007)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2007)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 661 Mb | Total time: 133:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30440 | Recorded: 2001

Handel’s Italian oratorio seems to offer a great deal of fascination to continental-based ensembles presumably because the Italian texts make the works easier to perform well with non-Anglophone singers. But there are significant differences, between this work and the later oratorios. The later works use choruses and have quite strong narrative and moral elements. The English Oratorios were written for mainly English-trained singers whose style was expressive rather than virtuoso; in them the older Handel aimed for a new style.

Masato Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan - J.S. Bach: Concertos for Harpsichord & Strings, Vol. 2 (2022)

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Masato Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan - J.S. Bach: Concertos for Harpsichord & Strings, Vol. 2 (2022)

Masato Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan - J.S. Bach: Concertos for Harpsichord & Strings, Vol. 2 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:44
Classical | Label: BIS

The concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo harpsichord and strings are some of the earliest, if not the very first, keyboard concertos. In all likelihood Bach wrote them for his own use (or that of his talented sons) – probably to be performed with Leipzig’s Collegium Musicum. The concertos’ fresh and exuberant character reflects how much Bach enjoyed the opportunity to engage with his fellow musicians, a quality that also came across on Masato Suzuki’s first installment of Bach's harpsichord concertos together with his colleagues in Bach Collegium Japan: ‘sparkling performances…

Lynden Cranham - J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites, Vol. 1 (2022)

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Lynden Cranham - J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites, Vol. 1 (2022)

Lynden Cranham - J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites, Vol. 1 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 304 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:52
Classical | Label: Willowhayne Records

Lynden Cranham's earliest memories of Bach were overwhelming, sitting in the huge and resonant space of Westminster Cathedral listening to an organ recital. She subsequently became fascinated (as a listener and a player) by the Bach Cello Suites. It was especially poignant for Lynden, as part of the orchestra during John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, not only to play near the font where Bach had been baptised, in the Georgenkirche in Eisenach, but also to play in Köthen, where he probably composed the Cello Suites. The idea of recording the Suites had been at the back of her mind for most of her career, and when playing part of one of them in a chamber-music concert a few years ago she realised that she'd found an ideal venue for doing such a recording: the beautiful small church of St Peter and St Mary in Fishbourne, West Sussex, complete with its warm, intimate acoustic. As one concert after another was cancelled it gradually became clear to the recording engineer, the producer and myself that, dire as this situation was, it provided the perfect opportunity to begin recording the Suites. So, braving the cold (and maintaining strict social distancing), Suites 1 and 2 were recorded in the church in December 2020. Soon after that, in April 2021, Suite No. 5 was recorded in its original scordatura version; this needed to be recorded alone, as in that way Lynden was able to keep the cello with the A string tuned down to G. Those three Suites make an interesting contrast – the first two relatively conventional in sonority, the fifth introducing something entirely different.

Le Consort - Specchio Veneziano: Giovanni Battista Reali, Antonio Vivaldi (2021)

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Le Consort - Specchio Veneziano: Giovanni Battista Reali, Antonio Vivaldi (2021)

Le Consort - Specchio Veneziano: Giovanni Battista Reali, Antonio Vivaldi (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 68:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 771 | Recorded: 2021

Specchio veneziano or the Venetian mirror – this programme compares and contrasts two composers from the city of the Doges: on the one hand the celebrated Vivaldi, on the other a virtual unknown, Giovanni Battista Reali, who was born there in 1681, three years after Vivaldi, and died in 1751, ten years after his illustrious colleague. A violinist himself, he composed trio sonatas, including a very spectacular Folia, which Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Sophie de Bardonnèche, Hanna Salzenstein and Justin Taylor juxtapose with Vivaldi’s Folia, alongside other highly virtuosic pieces, many of them complete rediscoveries, since half of this program has never been recorded before.

Schaghajegh Nosrati - J. S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2022)

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Schaghajegh Nosrati - J. S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2022)

Schaghajegh Nosrati - J. S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 343 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 236 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:42:38
Classical | Label: CAvi-music

Hailed by Hans von Bülow as the “Old Testament” of music history, the Well-Tempered Clavier has been the object of a substantial amount of publications and research over the past three centuries. A detailed analysis would surpass the limits of a CD booklet and could not do justice to the work’s complexity: readers will thus excuse me for limiting myself to a few personal remarks.

Ensemble Arava - The Habsburg Garden of Eden: Music by Caldara, Bonporti, Handel, Biber, Ziani, Muffat (2022)

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Ensemble Arava - The Habsburg Garden of Eden: Music by Caldara, Bonporti, Handel, Biber, Ziani, Muffat (2022)

Ensemble Arava - The Habsburg Garden of Eden: Music by Caldara, Bonporti, Handel, Biber, Ziani, Muffat (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 371 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:43
Classical, Vocal | Label: Brilliant Classics

Vienna, Salzburg and Rome were among the principal centres of power for the Holy Roman Empire of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and they accordingly attracted the most talented and ambitious composers of the day. The Venetian-born Caldara aspired to the post of Court Kapellmeister in Vienna, and composed the wedding music for Emperor Charles VI in 1708. He won huge success in Rome, where he followed in the footsteps of the young Handel, and eventually won the favour of the emperor himself, who even conducted some of Caldara’s operas.