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Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore, Mannheimer Hofkapelle - Christoph Graupner: Ein Weihnachtsoratorium (2010)

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Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore, Mannheimer Hofkapelle - Christoph Graupner: Ein Weihnachtsoratorium (2010)

Florian Heyerick, Ex Tempore, Mannheimer Hofkapelle - Christoph Graupner: Ein Weihnachtsoratorium (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 605 Mb | Total time: 136:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC307 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

Director of music to the Darmstadt court, Graupner's output almost equalled that of Telemann and certainly surpassed that of J.S. Bach: he composed a number of operas, many concertos and orchestral suites, chamber music, keyboard works and more than 1400 church cantatas. Almost the entire body of Graupner’s work has survived in autograph but hardly any of his compositions were published during his lifetime or afterwards. Fortunately they were not burnt after his death as he himself wished, but were the subject of a legal dispute between the landgrave and Graupner’s heirs. Thanks to this the complete archive was taken to a place outside the city and thus spared a second burning, as very little of the old city of Darmstadt would be spared during the Second World War.

Isabelle Faust, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Il Virtuoso, Il Poeta (2023)

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Isabelle Faust, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Il Virtuoso, Il Poeta (2023)

Isabelle Faust, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Il Virtuoso, Il Poeta (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 68:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM902398 | Recorded: 2022

Locatelli was one of the most impressive violin virtuosos of the first half of the eighteenth century. Considered today as a sort of Baroque Paganini, he left picturesque, colourful, strikingly modern pieces for his instrument. A few years after a Mozart collaboration that earned them worldwide acclaim, Isabelle Faust and the musicians of Il Giardino Armonico bring out the full narrative intensity of these concertos, worthy of the operatic stage!

Banchetto Musicale - Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello: Concerti et Sinphonie Op. 1 (2000)

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Banchetto Musicale - Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello: Concerti et Sinphonie Op. 1 (2000)

Banchetto Musicale - Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello: Concerti et Sinphonie Op. 1 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 50:29+48:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS291 | Recorded: 1998, 1999

Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (also Bressonelli; ca. 1690, Bologna – 4 October 1758, Stuttgart) was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist. His name is mentioned for the first time in a document from 1715 in which the Maximilian II Emanuel appointed him violinist in his court orchestra in Munich. Soon after, in 1716, after the death of Johann Christoph Pez, he got the job of music director and as a maître des concerts de la chambre at the Württemberg court in Stuttgart. In 1717, he was appointed Hofkapellmeister.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Henry Purcell: King Arthur 1691 (2019)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Henry Purcell: King Arthur 1691 (2019)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Henry Purcell: King Arthur 1691 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 97:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum | # SIGCD589 | Recorded: 2019

The great patriotic opera of the 17th century, recorded here in a lively new performing edition after two decades in the Gabrieli’s touring repertoire. Notoriously difficult to present on disc or in concert, this version presented by Gabrieli was created to allow an obvious musical narrative, despite Purcell’s music often being completely dislocated from much of the original theatre context.

Isabelle Faust, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos; Sinfonias; Overture; Sonatas (2019)

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Isabelle Faust, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos; Sinfonias; Overture; Sonatas (2019)

Isabelle Faust, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos; Sinfonias; Overture; Sonatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 714 Mb | Total time: 143:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM90233536 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

After the double album of the violin and harpsichord sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout, a bestseller in 2018, here is the next instalment in the Bach recording adventure that began nine years ago with a set of the sonatas and partitas now regarded as a benchmark. Isabelle Faust and Bernhard Forck and his partners at the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have explored patiently a multitude of other works by Bach: harpsichord concertos, trio sonatas for organ, instrumental movements from sacred cantatas… All are revealed here as direct or indirect relatives of the three monumental concertos BWV 1041-43.

Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Alessandro Poglietti: "Il Rossignolo" (1998)

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Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Alessandro Poglietti: "Il Rossignolo" (1998)

Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Alessandro Poglietti: "Il Rossignolo" (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 73:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 905242 | Recorded: 1997

The 17th century Austrian composer and organist Alessandro Poglietti could not complain about favoritisms during his lifetime. Thus, the Austrian Emperor raised him to the peerage, while the Pope made him Knight of the Golden Spur. His end, however, was sad. During the siege of Vienna by the Turks in 1683, Poglietti was murdered by the Tartars, while his vast number of children were taken away. Pogletti is especially important for his keyboard music. His 12 ricercares form an important link in the 'development' of the instrumental polyphony between Frescobaldi and Bach.

Fabio Biondi - Johan Helmich Roman: Assaggi per Violino Solo (2024)

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Fabio Biondi - Johan Helmich Roman: Assaggi per Violino Solo (2024)

Fabio Biondi - Johan Helmich Roman: Assaggi per Violino Solo (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 343 Mb | Total time: 69:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naive | # V 8209 | Recorded: 2023

Through this exciting recording, the violinist Fabio Biondi pursues his exploration of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century repertoire for solo violin. Two years after his complete recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas (V 5467), he lands on entirely unknown territory, the Assaggi by the Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758). Rarely lasting more than twelve minutes, the Assaggi is thus a fascinating melting-pot of multiple aesthetics in vogue in Europe at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)

Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 66:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | BIS-2315 SACD | Recorded: 2017

Mozart’s horn concertos are so well-known that for many listeners the sound of the horn and Mozart are virtually synonymous. Mozart was not the first composer to write solo concertos for the horn, however, and works from earlier on in the eighteenth century give a quite different perspective on the instrument. With this disc soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill provides insights into some of these early horn concertos, by composers ranging from Telemann to Haydn, by way of Mozart’s own father, Leopold.

Elaine Comparone, The Queen's Chamber Band - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2007)

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Elaine Comparone, The Queen's Chamber Band - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2007)

Elaine Comparone, The Queen's Chamber Band - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 407 Mb | Total time: 45:00+48:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | TROY904/905 | Recorded: 2006

This biblical story, with its historical references to specific cities, generals and kings, is accepted as canon by Roman Catholic theologians, although it doesn t appear in either Hebrew or Protestant scriptures. The Book of Judith is set in the time of the mighty Assyrian ruler Nebuchadnezzar, King of Nineveh. Seeking to expand his empire, the king sends armies, led by General Holofernes (Oloferne), to subdue neighboring kingdoms, all of whom surrender under his powerful forces. The only ones who refuse to capitulate are the Israelites, who cordon off their mountain passes and gather provisions to resist a siege. Instead of a massacre, Holofernes discovers and commandeers their water sources.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 2 - Vêpres à la Vierge (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 281 Mb | Total time: 61:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553174 | Recorded: 1995

This release offers a liturgical reconstruction of the Vespers office. The five Vesper psalms and Magnificat belong to different periods in Charpentier's life and the six antiphons are by his organist-composer contemporary, Nivers. The reconstruction works well and Le Concert Spirituel, under Hervé Niquet, demonstrates its rapport with Charpentier's music. The vocal sound is fresh and the wide range of musical Affekt shows off a greater diversity of tonal colour.

Robert Rawson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen - Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems (2023)

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Robert Rawson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen - Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems (2023)

Robert Rawson, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, The Girl Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral - Johann Christoph Pepusch: Chandos Anthems (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 63:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 24397 | Recorded: 2022

The name 'Chandos anthems' is most frequently associated with Handel, but he was not the first, nor the last, composer in the extravagant household of James Brydges, the Duke of Chandos from 1719. Working concurrently with Handel at Cannons was the Berlin native, Johann Christoph Pepusch?nearly 20 years Handel's senior?who took over as Director of Music by early 1719 whereupon he adopted a distinctly Venetian approach to sacred music, in the manner of Lotti and Vivaldi.

Aco Bišćević - Carl Heinrich Graun: A Gentle Tenor - Italian Cantatas (2024)

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Aco Bišćević - Carl Heinrich Graun: A Gentle Tenor - Italian Cantatas (2024)

Aco Bišćević, Barockorchester der Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach & Michael Hofstetter - Carl Heinrich Graun: A Gentle Tenor - Italian Cantatas (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 273 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:43:25
Classical, Vocal | Label: Accent Records

Carl Heinrich Graun is known as Frederick the Great's court Kapellmeister, but less well known is the fact that Graun enjoyed an important reputation as a singer and that the king had originally engaged him as such at his court. In his obituary, the king characteristically honoured his court Kapellmeister with the words: "We will not hear such a singer again"!

Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)

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Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)

Sophie Yates - Tombeau: German Harpsichord Music of the Seventeenth Century (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Chandos (Chaconne Series) | # CHAN0596 | Time: 01:14:46

A fascinating collection of German harpsichord music from one of the instruments finest exponents, Sophie Yates. The German composer Johann Jacob Froberger is the central figure in this collection and he was probably the most significant influence in the development of a distinctive, German style of writing for keyboard instruments. He wrote some twenty-five toccatas of which the two on this album are of very different character; the earlier one is very contrapuntal in style and makes use of a chromatic theme, whilst the other is written in a feer, more improvisatory style, and is harmonically very daring. Sophie Yates writes in her sleeve notes that she wished to include some of the darker more sensual suites, of which the C minor Suite is one of the most striking. Froberger is a colourful composer, and these varied suites, consisting of the usual dance numbers of the day, are most enjoyable. Johann Kaspar Kerll was similarly an innovator and is represented on this album by an impressive Passacaglia which places great demands on the player, Johann Pachelbel is probably most famous as a composer of sacred works and, of course, the ubiquitous Canon in D. Of his instrumental music, the Hexachordum Apollinis is his most well-known work, which comprises a set of six arias with variations, of which the last one is recorded here. George Böhm is best remembered for his influence on other composers, particularly J S BAch.

Frans Brüggen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Gustav Leonhardt - Recorder Music on Original Instruments (2024)

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Frans Brüggen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Gustav Leonhardt - Recorder Music on Original Instruments (2024)

Frans Brüggen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Gustav Leonhardt - Recorder Music on Original Instruments: Parcham, van Eyck, Lœillet, Dieupart & Telemann (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 251 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 125 Mb | 00:53:42
Classical | Label: Warner Classics

A musical journey exploring the diversity of the 18th- century solo and chamber music for recorder, performed on period Instruments. Played by the great flautist Frans Brüggen accompanied at the continuo by two other legendary figures of historically informed performances Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt. With works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Jacob Van Eyck, Charles Dieupart, Jean-Baptiste Lœillet and Andrew Parcham.

Adriana Fernandez, Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: L'Olimpia, L'Arianna (2012)

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Adriana Fernandez, Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: L'Olimpia, L'Arianna (2012)

Adriana Fernandez, Marcello Di Lisa, Concerto de' Cavalieri - Alessandro Scarlatti: L'Olimpia, L'Arianna, Su le sponde del Tebro (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 48:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 748-2 | Recorded: 2009

Marcello Di Lisa presents three cantate con stromenti that explore the anguish of abandoned lovers; his erudite booklet-note discusses the literary tradition behind the stories of the shepherd Aminta (a stock Arcadian character with roots in Hellenistic poetry), Ariadne abandoned by Theseus on Naxos, and the forsaken Olimpia (heroine of cantos 9-11 of Ariosto’s Orlando furioso), and also provides a penetrating commentary on the musical content of Scarlatti’s cantatas.