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Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Chorus & Youth Choir, Hans Graf - Józef Kozłowski: Requiem (2024)

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Chorus & Youth Choir, Hans Graf - Józef Kozłowski: Requiem (2024)

Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Chorus & Youth Choir, Hans Graf, Olga Peretyatko, Olesya Petrova, Boris Stepanov, Christoph Seidl - Józef Kozłowski: Requiem (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 117 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:49:15
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Pentatone

The Singapore Symphony and its music director Hans Graf present a recording of Józef Kozłowski’s Requiem, together with the Singapore Symphony Chorus & Youth Choir, as well as a quartet of outstanding soloists: Olga Peretyatko (soprano), Olesya Petrova (mezzo-soprano), Boris Stepanov (tenor) and Christoph Seidl (bass). The Requiem (1798) was commissioned to Kozłowski by the abdicated King Stanisław of Poland, and can be perceived as a requiem not just for the monarch, but for the entire Polish nation, absorbed by the Russian state during the 1780s.

Wellensian Consort - Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)

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Wellensian Consort - Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)

Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)
Wellensian Consort, conducted by Christopher Finch; Gemma Beeson, piano; Will Todd Trio

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.573158 | Time: 01:04:00

Described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, Bob Chilcott is one of today’s most widely performed composers of choral music. This programme includes première recordings of favourites such as A Little Jazz Mass, songs and carols on a variety of texts, and the wit, wisdom and drama of Aesop’s Fables in which Chilcott makes musical references to Brahms and Schubert. Winner of the coveted BBC Choir of the Year award in 2010, the Wellensian Consort is one of the United Kingdom’s leading chamber choirs.

Geraint Jones, Jennifer Vyvyan, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown & Thomas Hemsley - CPE Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215 (2024)

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Geraint Jones, Jennifer Vyvyan, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown & Thomas Hemsley - CPE Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215 (2024)

Geraint Jones, Jennifer Vyvyan, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown & Thomas Hemsley - CPE Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 217 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 106 Mb | 00:44:48
Classical, Sacred, Vocal, Choral | Label: Warner Classics

Jennifer Vyvyan was one of the most revered sopranos of her generation. Her career was particularly associated with Britten operas, for which she premiered many roles. But the scope of her talent was particularly wide, and she also excelled in early music and sacred works. Here she is featured in the rare Magnificat of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach conducted by Geraint Jones.

Sir Thomas Beecham, The Beecham Choral Society & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Mass in C Major, Op. 86 (2024)

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Sir Thomas Beecham, The Beecham Choral Society & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Mass in C Major, Op. 86 (2024)

Sir Thomas Beecham, The Beecham Choral Society, Jennifer Vyvyan & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Mass in C Major, Op. 86 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 199 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 107 Mb | 00:43:10
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Warner Classics

Jennifer Vyvyan was one of the most revered sopranos of her generation. Her career was particularly associated with Britten operas, for which she premiered many roles. But the scope of her talent was particularly wide, and she also excelled in early music and sacred works. In this recording from her prime of Beethoven’s Mass in C she teams up with Richard Lewis, Monica Sinclair and Marian Nowakowski.

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford & Mark Williams - Peace I Leave With You - Music for the Evening Hour (2024)

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The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford & Mark Williams - Peace I Leave With You - Music for the Evening Hour (2024)

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford & Mark Williams - Peace I Leave With You - Music for the Evening Hour (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 298 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 170 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:12:25
Classical, Sacred, Vocal, Choral | Label: CORO

In their first recording for CORO The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, with director Mark Williams, explore the repertoire that has provided the bedrock of the college’s musical life for the last 500 years, all of which was written for the end of the day. Much music associated with evening time is naturally calm and soothing, and would satisfy those seeking transcendental beauty in the form of unchallenging ‘sound baths’, but this collection also seeks to challenge, contrasting contemporary settings with music from the 16th century. We hope, through this range of works, to capture something of that liminal space between day and night that is characterised by Evensong, and to lead the listener into that ‘peace that passes all understanding’. The album showcases works by composers from John Sheppard to Joanna Marsh, and features much-loved pieces such as Hubert Parry’s Lord, let me know mine end and John Tavener’s The Lord’s Prayer as well as new additions to the Evensong repertory such as Grayston Ives’ In pace and Piers Connor Kennedy’s O nata lux.

El León de Oro, Peter Phillips - George de La Hèle: Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem & Works By Manchicourt, Payen & Rogier (2024)

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El León de Oro, Peter Phillips  - George de La Hèle: Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem & Works By Manchicourt, Payen & Rogier (2024)

El León de Oro, Peter Phillips & Marco Antonio García de Paz - George de La Hèle: Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem & Works By Manchicourt, Payen & Rogier (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 316 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 152 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:44
Classical | Label: Hyperion Records

A collection of works representative of a school of Flemish composers living in Madrid towards the end of the Renaissance and all employed by Philip II of Spain, who held composers from the Low Countries in particularly high regard. La Hèle’s Mass, here receiving its first complete recording, is a major discovery.

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Koln, Peter Dijkstra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs

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Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Koln, Peter Dijkstra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach - Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs
Julian Prégardien (Evangelist), Tareq Nazmi (Jesus), Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Ulrike Malotta (alto), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Krešimir Stražanac (bass)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln, conducted by Peter Dijkstra

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 787 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 409 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: BR Klassik | # 900909 | Time: 02:57:16

The music of Bach's 'St. John Passion', which the composer wrote for Holy Week in 1724 immediately after his appointment as cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig, still retains all its freshness and vitality nearly 300 years later, and is a true Baroque delight. The two main choruses Herr, unser Herrscher and Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine form the beginning and culmination of a large-scale orchestral and vocal structure in which Bach reveals his absolute mastery of polyphony. Inwardly reflective chorales are as much interwoven into the events of the Passion as the haunting arias which comment on the biblical texts of the Gospel of St John. Throughout this solemn Passion oratorio, there is a constant emphasis on Baroque musical magnificence. What makes this live recording of the concert version of March 7, 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz so special? The fresh voices of the young and excellent vocal soloists, the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and, of course, the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.

RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Justin Doyle - Handel: Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Nisi Dominus (2024)

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RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Justin Doyle - Handel: Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Nisi Dominus (2024)

RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Justin Doyle - Handel: Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Nisi Dominus (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 288 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 141 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:04
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: harmonia mundi

It was in Rome, where he resided between 1707 and 1710, that the young Handel composed these three dazzling sacred works. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor give us an extremely lively and colourful reading of these pieces in which the composer showcased his talent: allegiance to the forms of the past, total mastery of counterpoint and, already, a unique feeling for storytelling. Everything here announces musical genius.

Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata & Harvard University Choir - Liberty Tree. Early American Music, 1776-1861 (1998/2024)

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Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata & Harvard University Choir - Liberty Tree. Early American Music, 1776-1861 (1998/2024)

Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata & Harvard University Choir - Liberty Tree. Early American Music, 1776-1861 (1998/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 253 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 139 Mb | 00:58:24
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics, Erato Records

"A really nice selection of American patriotic music from the Revolution to the onset of the Civil War. The performances are excellent. It includes some of the best work, including his patriotic anthem Chester, by the outstanding New England choral composer William Billings."

Cantata Collective & Nicholas McGegan - Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (2024)

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Cantata Collective & Nicholas McGegan - Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (2024)

Cantata Collective & Nicholas McGegan - Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Live) (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 476 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 250 Mb | 01:47:11
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Avie Records

San Francisco-based early music ensemble Cantata Collective continues its major series of J S Bach's choral works with the Mass in B Minor, a towering testament of sacred music and the composer's crowning achievement of his final years. With celebrated conductor Nicholas McGegan, four of today's most distinguished early music vocal soloists and a refined chamber choir, this live recording exudes a spontaneity that reveals the depth and passion of Bach's glorious affirmation of faith.

Simon Mayr Choir, Concerto de Bassus & Franz Hauk - Mayr: Messa solenne in D Minor (2024)

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Simon Mayr Choir, Concerto de Bassus & Franz Hauk - Mayr: Messa solenne in D Minor (2024)

Simon Mayr Choir, Concerto de Bassus & Franz Hauk - Mayr: Messa solenne in D Minor (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 453 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 225 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:35:55
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Naxos Records

Johann Simon Mayr’s music stands on the cusp between the Classical and Romantic eras. The expressive lyrical qualities in his religious music reflects a career in which he composed nearly 70 operas. The Messa solenne follows the Italian tradition of messa concertata and contains the full ordinary – a rarity for Mayr’s output in this genre. The work’s polyphonic sections made an especially lasting impression on churchgoers of the time, as witnessed by Mayr’s first biographer, Girolamo Calvi, who wrote enthusiastically about this work’s ‘exquisite vocal writing’ and ‘profoundly thrilling’ virtuosity – qualities that have remained hidden for nearly 200 years.

Le Nuove Musiche & Krijn Koetsveld - Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI (2018)

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Le Nuove Musiche & Krijn Koetsveld - Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI (2018)

Le Nuove Musiche & Krijn Koetsveld - Monteverdi: Madrigali Libri V & VI (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 515 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 263 Mb | 01:52:21
Classical, Choral | Label: Brilliant Classics

With this recording the acclaimed ensemble Le Nuove Musiche, led by director Krijn Koetsveld, have come full circle and at last completed their monumental undertaking of a complete cycle of Claudio Monteverdi’s books of madrigals. In bringing this endeavour to a close the group have returned to their starting point, recording a fresh take of perhaps the most famous set, Monteverdi’s groundbreaking Books V & VI, previously released by Le Nuove Musiche one decade ago at the start of this musical journey.

Ensemble Altera & Christopher Lowrey - The Lamb's Journey. A Choral Narrative from Gibbons to Barber (2024)

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Ensemble Altera & Christopher Lowrey - The Lamb's Journey. A Choral Narrative from Gibbons to Barber (2024)

Ensemble Altera & Christopher Lowrey - The Lamb's Journey. A Choral Narrative from Gibbons to Barber (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 307 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:10:24
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Alpha Classics

The American countertenor Christopher Lowrey founded the vocal ensemble Altera ‘to form the beating heart of professional choral music in the United States’. Now regarded as one of the finest and most enterprising choirs on the North American continent, Altera has devised this musical tour through sacred territories which focuses on epic narratives from various periods, from Renaissance music to the present day. The programme includes timeless works by Gibbons, Lotti, Scheidt and Bruckner, as well as twentieth-century compositions by Poulenc, Messiaen and others. Barber’s celebrated Adagio sits alongside the moving Salvator Mundi , taken from Herbert Howells’s Requiem . Not forgetting three world premiere recordings of works written or arranged for Altera by composers Joanna Marsh, Zuzanna Koziej, and Michael Garrepy, who has arranged Were you there?

Le Palais Royal & Jean-Philippe Sarcos - Paradisi Gloria (Scarlatti, Rubino, Lotti, Vivaldi) (2024)

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Le Palais Royal & Jean-Philippe Sarcos - Paradisi Gloria (Scarlatti, Rubino, Lotti, Vivaldi) (2024)

Le Palais Royal & Jean-Philippe Sarcos - Paradisi Gloria (Scarlatti, Rubino, Lotti, Vivaldi) (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 264 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 109 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:46:22
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Aparté

Baroque Italy still conceals many works that are too rarely performed. Here, ensemble Le Palais royal brings together Lotti's Credo, Rubino's Lauda Jerusalem, Vivaldi's Laetatus sum and Scarlatti's splendid Stabat Mater. Brilliant, virtuosic and richly ornamented, these pieces were composed for festivities and celebrations, and reflect the effervescence and opulence of the Italian cities of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Far from the smooth, cold marble, the ensemble's performance on period instruments reveals all the asperities, reliefs and volumes of a language and music that it sculpts like a colourful and sensual material.

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

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The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68256 | 01:13:06

The Gesualdo Six literally made its name with performances of Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories, but that's not the British vocal consort's only specialty. Each of the singers was trained in the English choral tradition, and sacred works of the 16th and 17th century are close to their hearts. This 2018 Hyperion release is a brief survey of motets by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, John Sheppard, Robert White, John Dunstaple, Thomas Morley, John Taverner, William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, and Robert Parsons, which represent the changing theological and liturgical aspects of English religion in the Renaissance. The ensemble, conducted by Owain Park, sings with evenly blended tones and an extraordinary harmonic richness, notwithstanding the assignment of one voice to a part and the exposed polyphony that sometimes creates an austere effect. Also quite noticeable are the cross-relations that add poignant dissonances to the counterpoint, as in Tallis' Loquebantur variis linguis, Taverner's Quemadmodum, Gibbons' O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not, and Parsons' Deliver me from mine enemies. This album was recorded in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, where The Gesualdo Six gave its first performances, and the sound is enhanced by vibrant acoustics that give the group a radiant aural halo.