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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Lucy Crowe, Richard Croft - Handel: A Song for Saint Cecilia's Day (2011)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Lucy Crowe, Richard Croft - Handel: A Song for Saint Cecilia's Day (2011)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Lucy Crowe, Richard Croft - Handel: A Song for Saint Cecilia's Day (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 53:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V5279 | Recorded: 2009

Let's not waste time: get this for soprano Lucy Crowe's voice, for her performance of "What passion cannot Music raise", for her "The soft complaining flute"–and don't forget the glorious "But oh! What art can teach". Okay–just get this for the magnificent Crowe, whose golden, ringing tone and impeccable, uninhibited technique sets Handel's arias ablaze in vibrant, scintillating glory, relegating any recorded competition to second-class status. (Listen to that long-held, stratospheric note in the final chorus, on the words "The trumpet shall be heard on high"–on high, indeed; it seems like Crowe could have sustained it forever!) To sing Handel requires technical ease and comfort, range and unreserved explicatory ability–and in this, and in her complete habitation of the world of Handelian style Lucy Crowe is unsurpassed.

Riccardo Chailly, RSO Berlin und Chor - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1984)

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Riccardo Chailly, RSO Berlin und Chor - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1984)

Riccardo Chailly, RSO Berlin und Chor - Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 59:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 411 702-2 | Recorded: 1983

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century. The name has Latin roots – 'Carmina' means 'songs', while 'Burana' is the Latinised form of Beuren, the name of the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuren in Bavaria. So, Carmina Burana translates as Songs Of Beuren, and refers to a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems that was discovered in Beuren in 1803 – although it has since been established that the collection originated from Seckau Abbey, Austria – and is now housed in the Bavarian State Library.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto & bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto & bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto; Solo Cantatas for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 842 Mb | Total time: 195:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908372.74 | Recorded: 1991, 1997, 1999

"The Scholl/Herreweghe CD is distinguished by its marriage of beautiful sound and expressive intensity. The richly nuanced orchestral playing remains forceful throughout and Scholl imbues his beguiling voice with a fervent conviction…"

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 825 Mb | Total time: 2h58'46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908363.65 | Recorded: 1988, 2000, 2005

This program also makes a perfect introduction to the world of the cantatas in general for anyone who loves Bach's instrumental music or larger vocal works (like the B minor Mass), but who has been hesitating before taking the plunge into the vast sea of his cantata production. Why? Simple: two of these pieces contain music found elsewhere in Bach's output. For example, the first chorus of BWV 120 became the concluding number (Et expecto) of the B minor Mass "Credo". BWV 29 opens with an almost shockingly brilliant arrangement (as an organ concerto) of the opening movement of the E major violin partita, followed by the chorus that appears in the B minor Mass as both the "Gratias" and the "Dona Nobis Pacem" (the German original means exactly the same thing as the Gratias: "We thank thee," making the adaptation entirely apropos). All three cantatas feature brilliant writing for trumpets (four of them in BWV 119) and drums, and were written for civic ceremonies in Leipzig. And if the words are often less than inspiring to us now, no one can argue that Bach didn't rise to the occasion musically.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 855 Mb | Total time: 3h16'12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908357.59 | Recorded: 1990, 2005, 2008

One of Bach's more magnificent extended choruses graces the cantata BWV 12, and another less substantial but no less impressive one dominates BWV 38. These works represent some of Bach's most profoundly affecting and musically sophisticated textual and emotional representations, the former an ideal evocation of "weeping and wailing" with its unmistakably vivid chromatic descending bass-line, lurching rhythm, and agonized melody (which Bach later re-used in his B minor Mass). The pungent, reedy sound of the oboe adds perfect color and character to the whole cantata, and of course, Bach's ingenious writing, especially the obbligato parts, lifts all three of these cantatas beyond the functional to the highest artistic and spiritual level.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 780 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets.

Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Benda, Gessel, Erlebach: Cantatas (1999)

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Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Benda, Gessel, Erlebach: Cantatas (1999)

Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Benda, Gessel, Erlebach: Cantatas (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 74:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 650-2 | Recorded: 1998

This disc brings together four sacred cantatas by composers who only infrequently feature in these pages. Best known of them is Georg Anton Benda, brother of the celebrated violinist Franz, who served Frederick the Great for over half-a-century. Georg Benda made a name for himself with his Singspiels and innovative melodramas, which made a deep impression on Mozart. There is nothing innovative about either of the two cantatas with instruments performed here, though from an expressive standpoint they are far from being run-of-the-mill. Both belong to a cycle prepared in 1761 while Benda was Music Director at the Court of Gotha.

Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - J.S. Bach: Cantatas - 24 Highlights (2009)

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Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - J.S. Bach: Cantatas - 24 Highlights (2009)

Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - J.S. Bach: Cantatas - 24 Highlights (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 502 MB | 01:39:29
Genre: Classical | Label: Challenge Classics

Between 1999 and 2004 conductor, musicologist, organist and harpsichordist, Ton Koopman recorded the complete cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, which he founded in 1979. This 2-CD volume contains a selection of Highlights from the award winning 22-volume series of the Complete Cantatas. The inlay contains an additional listing of all cantatas in order of BWV-numbers, referring to the volumes of the complete series. The soloists featured are sopranos Sandrine Piau, Elisabeth von Magnus, Johannette Zomer, Lisa Larsson, and Anne Grimm; altos Bogna Bartosz and Annette Markert; Tenors Christoph Prégardien and Paul Agnew; and Bass Klauss Mertens.

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln - Bach: Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family [5CDs] (2012)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln - Bach: Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family [5CDs] (2012)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Bach: Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family [5CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,54 Gb | Total time: 05:19:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 00289 479 0377 | Recorded: 1986, 2000, 2002, 2003

Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Koln s recordings of J. S. Bach are classics of the Early Music movement. Equally revelatory is their championing of the music of the Bach family stretching from the mid-17th to the late 18th century: a treasure trove of vocal and instrumental works. Here they are complete in a single box for the first time, with Magdalena Kozená a stunning soloist.

Patrizia Cigna, Franco Piva, Intermusica Ensemble - Giovanni Paisiello: Petit Concert Italien (2003)

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Patrizia Cigna, Franco Piva, Intermusica Ensemble - Giovanni Paisiello: Petit Concert Italien (2003)

Patrizia Cigna, Franco Piva, Intermusica Ensemble - Giovanni Paisiello: Petit Concert Italien (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 69:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | # GB 2538-2 | Recorded: 1999, 2001

Giovanni Paisiello was an Italian composer of the Classical era, and was the most popular opera composer of the late 1700s. His operatic style influenced Mozart and Rossini, and his music was championed by Haydn and Beethoven.

Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata [14CDs] (2017)

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Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata [14CDs] (2017)

Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata [14CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,55 Gb | Total time: 12 h 26 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95496 | Recorded: 1988, 1995, 2005-2010, 2014

This set presents an extensive collection of works which George Frideric Handel wrote during his short but astoundingly fruitful stay in Italy. Here he met the great composers of the day, imbuing the rich Italian style, full of drama, cantabile and instrumental brilliance.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Liturgical Year in 64 Cantatas [19 CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 5,46 Gb | Total time: 20 h 16 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 25319 | Recorded: 2004-2014

Started in 2001 Sigiswald Kuijken cycle on Accent has made a very promising start. As one might expect these performances have a subtle sense of rhythmic hierarchy, with animated dance metres and well shaped continuo lines. The performances are highly convincing: the vocal soloists bring great energy to their lines, adding effective ornamentation in the choruses and projecting a distinctive character for each aria. These performances illuminate Bach’s cantatas with persuasive musicianship and also a critical appraisal of current performing styles. As a result, they are some of the finest examples of what historically informed performers can achieve.

Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 60:34+60:32+61:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C7142 | Recorded: 2003-2005

This series of Italian cantatas by three eminent contemporaries makes for refined and focused listening. Cencic…marries virtuosity with colour. The result is singing of great reach and range, in which verbal sensitivity and bravura execution are usually put at the service of the music.

Stefan Parkman, Drottningholms Barockensemble - Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music for Gustav III (1988)

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Stefan Parkman, Drottningholms Barockensemble - Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music for Gustav III  (1988)

Stefan Parkman, Drottningholms Barockensemble - Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Music for Gustav III (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 64:49 | Scans included
Classical | Musica Sveciae | # MSCD 416 | Recorded: 1987

Kraus' last and greatest works, the Symphonie funebre and Funeral Cantata for Gustav III, are fully able to stand with the best works in the forms of the period, as great as the late symphonies of Haydn and Mozart and, yes, even as great as the Requiem of Mozart. Written under the overwhelming personal and national tragedy of the assassination of the King of Sweden then at the peak of its cultural and national greatness, Kraus' funeral music is numb with shock and wild with grief, but always completely controlled, masterfully balanced, and profoundly moving. If there are only two works you ever listen to by Kraus, let them be these two works.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl, Helene Guilmette - Handel: Il duello amoroso (2007)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl, Helene Guilmette - Handel: Il duello amoroso (2007)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina, Andreas Scholl, Hélène Guilmette - Handel: Il duello amoroso (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 72:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901957 | Recorded: 2005

Harmonia Mundi's release features four secular cantatas and a trio sonata Handel wrote during his sojourn in Italy during his early twenties. The cantatas range from the mini-opera Il duello amoroso or Amarilli vezzosa, which depicts a shepherd's vain courting of a resisting nymph, to solo works in which a narrator describes similar pastoral stories, most of which also end in rejection. In Il duello amoroso, soprano Hélène Guilmette joins countertenor Andreas Scholl, and their charming banter leaves the listener saddened that the shepherd's suit was so dismally unsuccessful.