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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 50:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 419 220-2 | Recorded: 1985

Verses in praise of music for St Cecilia's Day were fashionable in the seventeenth century but in poetic inspiration none equalled Dryden's two poems in which he attempts to imitate the effects of music in language. He wrote this one, his Song for St Cecilia's Day, in 1687; it was set to music during the poet's lifetime but not, of course, by Handel whose setting dates from 1739… The highlight of Handel's score for me is, without question, his hauntingly beautiful setting of Dryden's second stanza, ''What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!''. Here, especially, Handel matches a text which Dr Johnson regarded as exhibiting the highest flights of fancy with a tenderly expressive cello obbligato.

Tone Wik, Barokkanerne - Antonio Vivaldi: Bellezza Crudel (2009)

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Tone Wik, Barokkanerne - Antonio Vivaldi: Bellezza Crudel (2009)

Tone Wik, Barokkanerne - Antonio Vivaldi: Bellezza Crudel (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 64:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Lindberg Lyd AS | 2L56SACD | Recorded: 2008

The title of this CD Bellezza Crudel means ‘beautiful cruelty’ and the music reflects the Venetian tradition of masquerade and intrigue. This is undoubtedly Vivaldi’s world, one of heartfelt, musical intensity ably realised by Tone Wik on this delightful collection of four Cantatas, interspersed with two Concertos.

Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 18 [3CDs] (2005)

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Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 18 [3CDs] (2005)

Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 18 [3CDs] (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 846 Mb | Total time: 03:14:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC 72218 | Recorded: 2001-2003

The 18th set of Bach's cantatas contains exclusively works of the third yearly cycle from Leipzig. Unlike the first two Leipzig yearly cycles, this one extends over a longer period: from June 1725 until 1727. The works in this set belong essentially to the years 1725-26 and are in some cases chronologically contiguous (BWV 187 and 45; BWV 98, 55, 52), with the result that the original sequence can be easily grasped.

Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Arie e cantate per contralto (2019)

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Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Arie e cantate per contralto (2019)

Delphine Galou, Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Antonio Vivaldi: Arie e cantate per contralto (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 57:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP30584 | Recorded: 2018

Vivaldi, the Venetian, master of the whole palette of human emotions. From the church to the opera house, from tragedy to joy, the immediately-recognisable sensibility, the expressiveness, the inimitable colours and an unbeatable talent to say so much in just a few notes.

Isabelle Poulenard, Sophie Boulin - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques (2002)

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Isabelle Poulenard, Sophie Boulin - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques (2002)

Isabelle Poulenard, Sophie Boulin - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 75:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # ARN 68555 | Recorded: 1985

This release was originally part of a two-disc album of vocal and instrumental pieces by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre issued in 1986. The music by this gifted contemporary of François Couperin is enjoying a renaissance, and justifiably, for it is inventive and affecting. Sopranos Isabelle Poulenard and Sophie Boulin are fluent in the somewhat rarefied idiom of the 'cantate française' and the result is delicately pleasing. Four of the cantatas on the disc are taken from Jacquet's first collection of Cantates françaises sur des sujets tirés de l'écriture, published in 1708, and dedicated to Louis XIV. The fifth work, Jephté, comes from a second collection issued in 1711 and is distinct from the other cantatas on the disc in being written for two voices rather than one.

Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Michel Cantatas 130, 19, 149 (2005)

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Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Michel Cantatas 130, 19, 149 (2005)

Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Michel Cantatas 130, 19, 149 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 226 Mb | Total time: 54:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ATMA Classique | # SACD22401 | Recorded: 2005

Even by Bach’s standards, they are exceptional. All three of them were conceived as grateful celebrations of the ancient feastday of the Archangel Michael . St Michael’s day commemorates the apocalyptic combat and eventual victory of Michael and the angels of Heaven against the armies of Satan. All three of these cantatas are set for a festive orchestra with strings plus three trumpets, drums, and other luxuries (an extra third hautboy, a traverso in Cantata 130, and hautboys doubling on hautbois d’amour or playing oboe da caccia in Cantata 19).

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Three Weimar Cantatas BWV 182, 12, 172 (1996)

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Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Three Weimar Cantatas BWV 182, 12, 172 (1996)

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Three Weimar Cantatas BWV 182, 12, 172 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 73:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian | # DOR-93231 | Recorded: 1995, 1996

On 2 March 1714, barely three weeks before his twenty-ninth birthday, the Weimar court organist Johann Sebastian Bach received "the title of Concertmaster." Shortly before he had turned down an important organist's position in Halle; the promotion to concertmaster, granted "at his most humble request," clearly represented a quid pro quo on the part of his employer, Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. As the principal condition of his new post Bach had the obligation "to perform new pieces every month"—in today's parlance, to produce a new cantata on a monthly basis.

Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 17 [3CDs] (2004)

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Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 17 [3CDs] (2004)

Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Cantatas Vol. 17 [3CDs] (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 827 Mb | Total time: 03:09:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC 72217 | Recorded: 2001-2003

Volume 17 in the Bach cantata series contains exclusively works from the third yearly cycle of cantatas from Leipzig, which, unlike the previous two Leipzig cycles, extends over a longer period of time, from June 1725 until 1727. The cantatas in this volume can be divided into three chronologically distinct groups: December-January 1725-26 (BWV 57, 32), September-October 1726 (BWV 35, 17, 19, 169 and 56) and January-February 1727 (BWV 58 and 84).

Klaus Mertens, Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel - Georg Philipp Telemann: Passion Cantatas (2009)

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Klaus Mertens, Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel - Georg Philipp Telemann: Passion Cantatas (2009)

Klaus Mertens, Shalev Ad-El, Accademia Daniel - Georg Philipp Telemann: Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen; Passion Cantatas (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 69:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 299-2 | Recorded: 2006-2007

The five cantatas presented on this disc share several elements. They are all for solo bass and orchestra, and Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus deals with Christ’s agonies in the garden of Gethsemane, with three recitatives setting the scene surrounding two arias for Jesus, ending with an aria by the narrator inviting all to contemplate Christ’s sacrifice. Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen is a meditation on the moment of Christ’s death. Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen expresses the narrator’s desire to follow the way of the cross in Christ’s footsteps. The other two cantatas are more tangentially connected to the events of the passion, although they mention the passion as motivation for the sinner to prepare for eventual union with his Savior.

Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Georg Philipp Telemann: Easter Cantatas (2021)

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Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Georg Philipp Telemann: Easter Cantatas (2021)

Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Georg Philipp Telemann: Easter Cantatas (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 71:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 425-2 | Recorded: 2020

Our CD presents a selection of five works from the extensive, largely unexplored Easter Cantata oeuvre created by Georg Philipp Telemann during the course of his sixty years in Eisenach (1708-12), Frankfurt am Main (1712-21), and Hamburg (1721-67). Four of the works recorded here date from the 1720s and take us back to the years in Telemann’s creative life as a composer when he was the new music director of Hamburg’s five principal churches and was reorganizing the city’s church music and modernizing it in musical respects.

Miriam Feuersinger, Capricornus Consort Basel - Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich bin vergnügt... Kantaten BWV 51, 82, 84 (2022)

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Miriam Feuersinger, Capricornus Consort Basel - Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich bin vergnügt... Kantaten BWV 51, 82, 84 (2022)

Miriam Feuersinger, Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich bin vergnügt… Kantaten BWV 51, 82, 84 (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 368 Mb | Total time: 68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus | # CHR 77459 | Recorded: 2021

"Ich bin vergnugt" (I am content) is the title of the new CD by soprano Miriam Feuersinger. It refers to Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata "Ich bin vergnugt mit meinem Glucke" BWV 84, but it also corresponds entirely to the feelings of the singer, who is fulfilling a long-cherished wish of her heart with this programme.

Bernarda Fink, Petra Müllejans, Freiburger Barockorchester - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Cantatas, BWV 35, 169, 170 (2009)

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Bernarda Fink, Petra Müllejans, Freiburger Barockorchester - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Cantatas, BWV 35, 169, 170 (2009)

Bernarda Fink, Petra Müllejans, Freiburger Barockorchester - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Cantatas, BWV 35, 169, 170 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 373 Mb | Total time: 76:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902016 | Recorded: 2008

Mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink is a remarkably versatile singer, but she has devoted the bulk of her career to the music of the Baroque. Her impeccable technique, fluent coloratura, and warm, pure tone make this an ideal repertoire for her. She tends to convey a sense of dignity that can come across as reserve. When called upon, as in more emotionally charged repertoire, she can generate the necessary passion, but her naturally dignified musical demeanor ideally suits these Bach cantatas.

Monika Mauch, Matthias Maute, Ensemble Caprice - Alla turca: Fux, Badia, Caldara (2007)

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Monika Mauch, Matthias Maute, Ensemble Caprice - Alla turca: Fux, Badia, Caldara (2007)

Monika Mauch, Matthias Maute, Ensemble Caprice - Alla turca: Fux, Badia, Caldara (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 72:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Atma | # ACD22347 | Recorded: 2005

The delightfully unusual disc Alla turca takes its initial inspiration from the failed 1683 siege of Vienna by the Turks and never looks back. The music explored here belongs to the Holy Roman Empire of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, an empire that celebrated both the arms that held back the Islamist hordes, and the more gentle arts of music that several Emperors personally studied. Alla turca brings a seldom-heard Baroque repertory to life in vivid musical color.

Alfredo Bernardini, Kirchheimer BachConsort - Johann Sebastian Bach: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid - Dialog-Kantaten (2016)

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Alfredo Bernardini, Kirchheimer BachConsort - Johann Sebastian Bach: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid - Dialog-Kantaten (2016)

Alfredo Bernardini, Kirchheimer BachConsort - Johann Sebastian Bach: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid - Dialog-Kantaten (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 71:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 068-2 | Recorded: 2016

Dominik Wörner, a prizewinner at the Bach International Competition in Leipzig in 2002, established the Kirchheimer BachConsort in 2008. Its members, leading musicians from the early music scene, perform as an ensemble of soloists in programs focusing on the repertoire of the eighteenth century. On this brand-new CD release Wörner leads his ensemble and the Czech soprano and harpist Hana Blažiková in interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s dialogue cantatas.

Béatrice Mayo-Felip, Le Concert Calotin - Sébastien de Brossard: Cantates spirituelles et sonates d'église (2004)

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Béatrice Mayo-Felip, Le Concert Calotin - Sébastien de Brossard: Cantates spirituelles et sonates d'église (2004)

Béatrice Mayo-Felip, Le Concert Calotin - Sébastien de Brossard: Cantates spirituelles et sonates d'église (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 58:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # ARN 68626 | Recorded: 2003

The verse was written by a young man named André de Mézenge, a nephew on his mother’s side of the aforementioned Sébastien de Brossard. This young man showed great promise, not only in poetry, but also in several other arts, but the Lord took him from us in the year 1708, at the age of twenty-two.’ (Brossard, Catalogue, p. 366)