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Josquin Capella, Meinolf Brüser & Markus Märkl - Ioannes Cuisean: Missa Solennis (2024)

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Josquin Capella, Meinolf Brüser & Markus Märkl - Ioannes Cuisean: Missa Solennis (2024)

Josquin Capella, Meinolf Brüser & Markus Märkl - Ioannes Cuisean: Missa Solennis (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 223 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:04
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: CPO

When musicological research fails from the outset because it finds the deed but not the slightest clue as to the perpetrator, then we have to surrender completely to the listening experience and forget the unknowns. This is also the case with Missa solennis, which a certain Ioannes Cuisean composed for the people of Cologne as commissioned for the Feast of St. Gereon in 1663. Did the composer have something to do with the Strasbourg Cathedral because the only copy of the work survived there? No one knows. This has motivated the Cologne-based Josquin Capella, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2024, to make a grand event of this piece, which is as enigmatic as it is beautiful. Framed and interspersed with organ pieces by his – anything but unknown – contemporary Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667), a liturgy of magnificent sound is created with no need for further "research".

Erato Choir & Dario Ribechi - Pizzetti, Margutti & Donati: Sacred Works (2024)

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Erato Choir & Dario Ribechi - Pizzetti, Margutti & Donati: Sacred Works (2024)

Erato Choir & Dario Ribechi - Pizzetti, Margutti & Donati: Sacred Works (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 225 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 119 Mb | 00:51:49
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Dynamic

The three Italian choral works on this album cast new light on pre-existing musical material. Corrado Margutti’s Missa Lorca fuses the words of Federico Garcia Lorca with an evocation of Monteverdi’s polyphonic textures to create fascinating sounds, as the two movements from the Mass reveal. Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem, the first of his great choral compositions, offers a wealth of expressive detail notably the use of Gregorian chant in music of huge range and richness. Lorenzo Donati’s Sicut Cervus fittingly concludes this selection as it threads music from Palestrina into his piece illuminating the past with vivid new colours.

Michel Plasson, Choir & Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Révolution française (1988/2024)

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Michel Plasson, Choir & Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Révolution française (1988/2024)

Michel Plasson, Choir & Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Révolution française (1988/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 320 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 166 Mb | 01:10:44
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

Enjoy this grand collection that commeroates the glorious early events of the French Revolution with works conducted by Michel Plasson with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. Complete with the French national anthem La Marseillaise orchestrated by Hector Berlioz and additional works by great composers such as Mehul and Gossec!

Johannes Moesus - Antonio Rosetti: Jesus in Gethsemane; Halleluja; Salve Regina (2008) 2 CDs

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Johannes Moesus - Antonio Rosetti: Jesus in Gethsemane; Halleluja; Salve Regina (2008) 2 CDs

Antonio Rosetti: Jesus in Gethsemane; Halleluja; Salve Regina (2008) 2 CDs
Gabriele Hierdeis, soprano; Ruth Sandhoff, contralto; Jan Kobow, tenor; Thomas E. Bauer, bass
NDR Chor & Mecklenburgisches Barockorchester, conducted by Johannes Moesus

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 446 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: cpo | # CPO 777 254-2 | Time: 01:45:57

Antonio Rosetti, who was almost always mentioned in the same breath as Mozart and Haydn by his contemporaries, composed over 40 symphonies, about six dozen solo concertos and chamber music and a considerable number of sacred vocal works. Ranked amongst his greatest achievements in the latter genre are the large-scale passion oratorio "Jesus in Gethsemane" and the "Hallelujah" cantata. Both show the virtuoso mastery of a whole array of musical techniques. Thanks to their melodic ingenuity, sophisticated harmony, a distinctive sense of proportion and the, as always, accomplished manipulation of orchestral tones, both of these late works are counted among Rosetti's most meaningful creations. There is no better conductor for this disc of Rosseti masterpieces than Johannes Moesus who is president of the International Rosetti Society.

The Crossing & Donald Nally - Ochre (2024)

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The Crossing & Donald Nally - Ochre (2024)

The Crossing & Donald Nally - Ochre (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 210 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 103 Mb | 00:44:35
Classical, Choral | Label: Navona Records

Displaying their characteristic, fearless virtuosity, multiple-GRAMMY®-winning ensemble The Crossing offers a new album born of cultural resonance, with new works by three of the most creative composers working today. The performances on OCHRE are both rigorous and supple, moving from the intriguing, foggy textures of George Lewis to Caroline Shaw’s primarily wordless, quiet contemplation of the Earth, to Ayanna Woods’ inspired determination to live in a better world.

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Herbert & Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat 4 (2024)

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Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Herbert & Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat 4 (2024)

Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, George Herbert & Andrew Nethsingha - Magnificat 4 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 316 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 188 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:30
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Signum Classics

Continuing their Magnificat series, and the last album of Andrew Nethsingha’s tenure as director, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge present Magnificat 4 with works from composers including Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and Charles Villiers Stanford. The album features two items commissioned specially for St John’s by Judith Weir alongside the world premiere of a new piece by Jonathan Dove.

Chanticleer - Mexican Baroque: Music From New Spain (1994)

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Chanticleer - Mexican Baroque: Music From New Spain (1994)

Chanticleer - Mexican Baroque: Music From New Spain (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Teldec Classics | # 4509-96353-2 | Time: 00:57:41

In 17th and 18th century New England, transplanted Englishmen like Daniel Read, Abraham Wood, and especially William Billings were composing beautiful but rough-hewn and distinctly American vocal music for use in what were called "singing schools." Far to the west and south, in what was then called New Spain and would later be called Mexico, natives and transplanted Spaniards were composing liturgical music of a richness and complexity that was worthy of the greatest cathedrals of Europe – and teaching their native converts to do the same. This disc showcases the works of two of 18th century Mexico's finest composers: the Mexican-born Manuel de Zumaya and the transplanted European Ignacio de Jerusalem. The latter is represented by a polychoral Mass in D Minor, a responsory, and a gorgeous Dixit Dominus setting written in six sections; from the former listeners have a setting of Jeremiah's lamentations, a breathtakingly complex solfeggio composition titled Sol-fa de Pedro, and the polychoral Celebren, Publiquen.

BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales & Adrian Partington - Stanford: Te Deum & Elegiac Ode (2024)

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BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales & Adrian Partington - Stanford: Te Deum & Elegiac Ode (2024)

Rhian Lois, Alessandro Fisher, Morgan Pearse, Samantha Price, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales & Adrian Partington - Stanford: Te Deum & Elegiac Ode (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:36
Classical, Sacred, Vocal, Choral | Label: Lyrita

By the time Stanford received a commission from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival to write a choral work for them in 1884, he had, at the age of 32, already begun to assert himself as one of Britain’s leading composers. The Elegiac Ode was, however, his first mature foray into the world of major British choral festivals. Some of the Elegiac Ode had in fact been sketched three years earlier in 1881, but after the Norwich commission was received, Stanford evidently grasped the opportunity to complete the work in its entirety in July 1884.

Joel Cohen & Boston Camerata - The American Vocalist. Spirituals and Folk Hymns, 1850-1870 (1992/2024)

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Joel Cohen & Boston Camerata - The American Vocalist. Spirituals and Folk Hymns, 1850-1870 (1992/2024)

Joel Cohen & Boston Camerata - The American Vocalist. Spirituals and Folk Hymns, 1850-1870 (1992/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 00:59:27
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

Warner Classics presents a programme conceived by the Boston Camerata ensemble which have dedicated themselves to historically performed professional performance of early European and American Music. The American Vocalist is named after a book on canticles published in Boston in mid-19th-century, which reveals the persistence in religious chants of New England of a folk-hymnody tradition as part of a fascination for the Victorian aesthetic. This was generally regarded as a specificity of the Afro-descendant congregational music of the Southern states.

The Gesualdo Six & Owain Park - Queen of Hearts: Laments and Songs of Regret for Queens Terrestrial and Celestial (2024)

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The Gesualdo Six & Owain Park - Queen of Hearts: Laments and Songs of Regret for Queens Terrestrial and Celestial (2024)

The Gesualdo Six & Owain Park - Queen of Hearts: Laments and Songs of Regret for Queens Terrestrial and Celestial (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 269 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 154 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:47
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Hyperion Records

The infallible Gesualdo Six trademarks of consummate musicianship and scholarly integrity are much in evidence here. Queen of Hearts addresses and reflects on queens spiritual (the Virgin Mary) and temporal (Mary Tudor and Anne Boleyn, among others) in a programme of music largely of the sixteenth century, but spiced with two short works from the twenty-first.

London Choral Sinfonia & Michael Waldron - The French Album (2024)

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London Choral Sinfonia & Michael Waldron - The French Album (2024)

London Choral Sinfonia & Michael Waldron - The French Album (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 390 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 188 Mb | 01:21:43
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Orchid Classics

The London Choral Sinfonia presents a captivating blend of French choral music under the direction of Michael Waldron, with soloists Nick Pritchard and Miriam Allan. Their new album includes Jean Langlais' monumental masterpiece "Messe Solennelle," accompanied by staples of the choral repertoire: Gabriel Fauré's "Cantique de Jean Racine" and César Franck's "Psalm 150". The album also features hidden gems such as Marcel Dupré's "Quatre Motets," as well as fresh arrangements of Franck’s "Panis Angelicus" and Gounod's "Ave Verum" by Composer-in-Residence, Owain Park. These reimagined pieces breathe new life into beloved favourites. Under Michael Waldron's direction, the LCS continues its tradition of excellence, blending celebrated works with lesser-known treasures, and winning new audiences with its rich romantic colours and innovative interpretations.

WDR Radio Choir, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen - Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 3 (2024)

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WDR Radio Choir, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen - Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 3 (2024)

Carolina Ullrich, Elvira Bill, Patrick Grahl, Dominik Köninger, WDR Radio Choir, Cologne Chamber Orchestra & Christoph Poppen - Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 3 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 317 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:33
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Naxos Records

The third volume of Mozart’s Masses focuses on works written in Salzburg when the composer was in his late teens and early twenties. The Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis , a bright celebratory work, is the only Mass setting without soloists that Mozart composed. The Missa Brevis in D major is a compact, economic setting conforming to the Archbishop’s dictates for shorter works. Its companion, the Missa Brevis in B flat major , though keenly responsive and beautiful, upset church musicians because it utilised a Parisian gavotte in the ‘Dona nobis pacem’ and ended Mozart’s employment on a provocative note.

Freddie De Tommaso, Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala - Verdi: Inno Delle Nazioni; Quatro Pezzi Sacri (2024)

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Freddie De Tommaso, Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala - Verdi: Inno Delle Nazioni; Quatro Pezzi Sacri (2024)

Freddie De Tommaso, Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Milan & Riccardo Chailly - Verdi: Inno Delle Nazioni; Quatro Pezzi Sacri (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 119 Mb | 00:51:36
Classical, Vocal, Choral | Label: Decca Classics

Chailly and La Scala maintain the gold standard for Verdi in this new release coupling two great but rarely recorded choral works. The Hymn of the Nations (Inno delle nazioni) features Decca’s star tenor Freddie De Tommaso, the first tenor to record this work for Decca since Pavarotti. First performed in London in 1862 the Hymn incorporates ‘God Save the Queen’, ‘La Marseillaise’ and ‘Il Canto degli Italiani’: the national anthems of Great Britain, France and Italy. The Four Scared Pieces were published as a set in 1898, shortly before Verdi died. It portrays themes promising peace and the hope of paradise. This album follows the success of ‘Verdi Choruses’ which BBC Music Magazine awarded a 5* review: “Chorus and orchestra are both on their mettle here: the orchestral playing is clean and brilliant, the choral tone full and healthy.” “Chailly is meticulous and pays attention to the fine details, drawing performances from the chorus that are always sonorous and tasteful.” - Gramophone

Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)

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Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)

Antonio Maria Bononcini: Messa; Stabat Mater (2012)
Concerto Italiano, conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 372 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naive | # OP 30537 | Time: 01:19:56

This disc is a tour de force, a world premiere recording of stunning music splendidly performed. The unjustly obscure Antonio Maria Bononcini was appointed late in life to be maestro di cappella in Modena, a post which allowed him to pour his store of invention into two grand sacred works, a Mass and a Stabat Mater. Conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini engages deeply with the composer’s imagination, opening up his dense counterpoint and delicately binding together his vocal and obbligato lines. The musical rhetoric of the Concerto Italiano is spellbinding, particularly when band and singers heighten gestures to surge powerfully towards a passage’s final cadence. However heated their delivery becomes – and the Stabat Mater does sizzle – the artists never rush. This is particularly crucial for bringing out Bononcini’s modulations and textures, which, because they shift rapidly, need space to breathe.

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

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Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)

Chanticleer - William Byrd: Music For A Hidden Chapel (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HCX 3955182 | 00:51:54

Byrd, the chief musician of Elizabethan England, wrote and published liturgical music for clandestine religious observance. Among his most serene and pure works, these intimate five-voice masses are drawn from his second book of Gradualia published in 1607.