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Cristiano Porqueddu - Alfredo Franco: Music for solo guitar (2024)

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Cristiano Porqueddu - Alfredo Franco: Music for solo guitar (2024)

Cristiano Porqueddu - Alfredo Franco: Music for solo guitar (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 408 Mb | Total time: 03:22:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 96481 | Recorded: 2022

Born in Torino in 1967, Alfredo Franco was involved in non-classical music in his youth before taking up the classical guitar. He then undertook advanced studies in the historical and critical fields in the Department for Art, Music and Theatre of the University of Turin. He would later abandon concert activity as a performer and focus instead on composition. His now prolific classical guitar output has been well received by important interpreters such as Cristiano Porqueddu and increasingly programmed on the stage and in the studio.

Sixten Ehrling, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, The Rite of Spring (1988)

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Sixten Ehrling, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, The Rite of Spring (1988)

Sixten Ehrling, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, The Rite of Spring (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 230 Mb | Total time: 56:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-CD-400 | Recorded: 1988

BIS is justifiably proud of its audiophile reputation, and this disc offers ample evidence of the label's recording prowess. The same goes for the virtuosity of the Swedish Radio Choir and Orchestra. Although neither performance ranks as the best on disc, together these two great works and these solid, committed interpretations make a tremendously satisfying program–robust, intense, sensuous, and sonically stunning.

Michel Corboz, Orchestre Gulbenkian - Arthur Honegger: Une Cantate de Noël, La Danse des morts (1990)

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Michel Corboz, Orchestre Gulbenkian - Arthur Honegger: Une Cantate de Noël, La Danse des morts (1990)

Michel Corboz, Orchestre Gulbenkian - Arthur Honegger: Une Cantate de Noël, La Danse des morts (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 224 Mb | Total time: 54:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292-45520-2 | Recorded: 1989

It is good that there is a recording of Honegger's charming Christmas cantata with French-speaking soloists that does full justice to the work. It was the last completed work for baritone, choir and organ in 1953. In fact, it certainly deserves greater fame outside France. The recording was made in Lisbon and was later remastered by Cascavelle. We hear very beautiful, and in the case of the Danse des morts from 1938/40 (for speaker, soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra), even very concise renditions.

Bernhard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble - Christian Ludwig Boxberg: Sardanapalus (2014)

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Bernhard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble - Christian Ludwig Boxberg: Sardanapalus (2014)

Bernhard Epstein, United Continuo Ensemble - Christian Ludwig Boxberg: Sardanapalus (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 822 Mb | Total time: 164 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pan Classics | # PC 10315 | Recorded: 2014

Christian Ludwig Boxberg (1670-1729) belongs to the 'lost' generation of composers between Schütz and Bach. For decades, the revival of baroque music has concentrated on these two poles of German Baroque music to such an extent that everything between them can appear imperfect by comparison. Boxberg's 'Sardanapalus', however, is by no means imperfect. On the contrary, we experience here a remarkable synthesis of the various European national styles. Alongside German influences, those of both French and Italian opera are unmistakeable. The very witty libretto was written by Boxberg himself, and retells Diodorus's history of the profligate Assyrian King Sardanapalus who, far from being interested in ruling the land, liked to put on makeup, parade about in women's clothing and give in to acts of salaciousness with both women and men.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti: Madrigali (1991)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti: Madrigali (1991)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Lotti: Madrigali (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 374 Mb | Total time: 51:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 77194-2-RC | Recorded: 1986

In as much as Alessandro Scarlatti's music is known at all, it is the large-scale operas and the chamber cantatas that have justifiably attracted the most attention. That the leading composer for the Neapolitan stage should also have turned his hand to madrigal composition, by then a distinctly outmoded and declining genre, is easily overlooked, yet a handful of such pieces have survived in manuscripts and, as this record persuasively argues, they certainly deserve a hearing. Perhaps even more surprising than their existence and survival is their style; Scarlatti eschews the possibilities of the basso continuo and opts instead for a language which at times echoes the techniques of the great age of madrigal-writing of some 100 years earlier, and above all the music of Monteverdi and Gesualdo.

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 614 Mb | Total time: 127:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 807447.48 | Recorded: 2006-2007

This generously filled two-disc Harmonia Mundi release includes not only Handel's complete set of six organ concertos published after his death as his Opus 7, but also the organ concerto known as "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale," plus three works for solo harpsichord: a fugue in G minor and two chaconnes. The recording has transparent yet immediate super audio digital sound that puts the music in the room with the listener. These performances are as charming and engaging as the finest ever recorded. Organist and harpsichordist Richard Egarr is impressive in both roles. As the organ soloist, Egarr is strong and sensitive in the concertos, with a real talent for improvisation in the cadenzas.

Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3 (2017)

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Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3 (2017)

Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 69:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE12972 | Recorded: 2016

Lars Vogt continues his cycle of Beethovens Piano Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. On this second volume, the recording also includes Beethovens Triple Concerto where Lars Vogt is joined together with his longtime artistic partners Christian Tetzlaff and Tanja Tetzlaff. Vogts recordings of chamber music with the trio have gathered astonishing reviews and recording awards, including a Grammy nomination for the recording of Brahms Piano Trios (ODE 1271-2D). Beethovens Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56 is a work radiant with joy, described by many as a concerto for piano trio and orchestra. The work, completed in 1803, has standed unrivaled in its genre.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Orazio Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus (2023)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Orazio Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus (2023)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Orazio Benevoli: Missa Tu es Petrus; Graziani, Palestrina: Motets (2023)
EAC| FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 260 Mb | Total time: 58:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coro | # COR16201 | Recorded: 2023

I Fagiolini explore the dazzling multi-choir soundworld of Orazio Benevoli - a crucial figure in 17th-century Italian music. As maestro of the papal choir and providing four-choir masses for special occasions, Benevoli invigorated the multi-choir style with vocal lines full of cross-rhythms, and voluptuous tutti sections with unexpected dissonances. Despite its beauty and historical importance, there have been few attempts to record Benevoli's music. His Missa Tu es Petrus - recorded here for the first time - was based on Palestrina's famous motet and perhaps written for the newly finished basilica of St Peter in Rome. It appears here alongside four delightful solo-voice motets by his contemporary Bonifazio Graziani, each of them premiere recordings.

Chouchane Siranossian, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Duello d'Archi a Venezia (2023)

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Chouchane Siranossian, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Duello d'Archi a Venezia (2023)

Chouchane Siranossian, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Duello d'Archi a Venezia (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 425 Mb | Total time: 76:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA935 | Recorded: 2022

“For this recording we have created an imaginary ‘battle of the bows’ between Vivaldi, Veracini, Tartini and Locatelli, the ‘four musketeers’ of the violin in Venice during the first half of the 18th century”, said Chouchane Siranossian and Andrea Marcon. “Corelli died in 1713 and passed the torch on to his heirs… Venice then became the setting for merciless rivalries. The violin became an instrument of confrontation, an ideal weapon for demonstrating virtuosity and technical prowess. The player’s ultimate goal was to astonish the listener and to demonstrate his own bravura, to the point that certain narcissistic tendencies of the player were often exaggerated.”

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)

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David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 61:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45365 2 | Recorded: 1999

After a fine Handel recital CD, not to mention taking part in a dozen other major recordings, countertenor David Daniels has hit the jackpot. This fascinating, handsomely recorded CD offers us arias from Mitridate and Ascanio in Alba, and a concert aria by Mozart (the only one he composed for male alto), as well as some Handel and Gluck arias. With them, Daniels takes us through every quality a classically trained singer should have and comes through with flying colors. The arias are about vengeance, sorrow, love–the usual–but within baroque strictures that means that some require lush, limpid singing, others ferocious coloratura and exclamatory heft, and some all of these.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Chiyan Wong - Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet (2020)

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Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Chiyan Wong - Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet (2020)

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Chiyan Wong - Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 214 Mb | Total time: 61:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD621 | Recorded: 2019

Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet is the latest in Jonathan Freeman-Attwood’s imaginative series of musical reinventions for trumpet and piano. Works by Fux, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Bruckner, Webern and Zemlinsky complement the core work: a newly imagined Strauss trumpet sonata. Building on his highly successful transcriptions of sonatas by Fauré, Grieg, Mendelssohn and Schumann, Freeman-Attwood pushes the boundaries further delivering a fully realised trumpet sonata which Strauss did not write. This innovative approach embraces various levels of transcription, transformation, realignment and composition to create a significant new contribution to the trumpet repertoire, full of the gloriously idiomatic writing for which Strauss is renowned.

Andrew Lumsden, Winchester Cathedral Choir - John Tavener: Angels (2019)

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Andrew Lumsden, Winchester Cathedral Choir - John Tavener: Angels (2019)

Andrew Lumsden, Winchester Cathedral Choir - John Tavener: Angels (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 70:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68255 | Recorded: 2018

There are several fine compositions on this disc, which is mostly Christmas focused, but like all of Tavener’s music, can be enjoyed anytime. The sound on this recording is simply splendid, and it captures the ambiance of Winchester Cathedral. The performances are spot on, with the chorus spread seamlessly between speakers. When the organ appears, it is deep and resonant. All in all, a lovely disc and one that is highly recommended.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Joseph Haydn: Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (1992)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Joseph Haydn: Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (1992)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Joseph Haydn: Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 62:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 2292 46458 2 | Recorded: 1990

This was, at one time, the most popular piece of music that Haydn composed. It was originally written as a series of eight slow movements (an introduction, then the seven "words") and a final "earthquake" designed to be performed in a Spanish church during Holy Week. So famous did the music become that some hack made a vocal version of the work, which Haydn felt he could do much better himself. So he created this oratorio, as well as making (or approving) arrangements for string quartet and solo piano! For the vocal version, he divided the work into two parts and added a stunning introduction to the second part for wind band alone.

Roger Vignoles, Stephan Genz, Bernarda Fink - Hugo Wolf: Eichendorff-Lieder (1998)

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Roger Vignoles, Stephan Genz, Bernarda Fink - Hugo Wolf: Eichendorff-Lieder (1998)

Roger Vignoles, Stephan Genz, Bernarda Fink - Hugo Wolf: Eichendorff-Lieder (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 198 Mb | Total time: 57:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66909 | Recorded: 1997

This important recording presents all of Hugo Wolf’s settings of the poetry of Eichendorff—26 songs in all, several of which seem never to have been recorded before (a fact which is hard to understand because they are very attractive). One of Wolf’s favourite writers, Joseph, Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788–1857) was the German Romantic poet par excellence and his poems are full of the sounds of nature, the beauty of landscape, religious faith, and much musical imagery, with references to minstrels and other musicians. He was the poet of Schumann’s Op 39 Liederkreis, though perhaps the most well-known Eichendorff setting is Im Abendrot from Strauss’s Four Last Songs.

Gothic Voices - Echoes of an Old Hall: Music from the Old Hall Manuscript (2021)

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Gothic Voices - Echoes of an Old Hall: Music from the Old Hall Manuscript (2021)

Gothic Voices - Echoes of an Old Hall: Music from the Old Hall Manuscript (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 76:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD644 | Recorded: 2018

Gothic Voices’ eagerly awaited new album features music from The Old Hall Manuscript: a wonderful collection of classy compositions from late fourteenth- to early fifteenth-century England. It embodies the English ‘flavour’ of music of the time, with its smooth melodies and sweet harmonies, irresistible to Franco-Flemish composers writing a generation or so later, and known by them as the ‘Contenance Angloise’. This highly expressive and quirky music, ranging in atmosphere from gently suave strains to high-octane cascades of sound, benefits from the gorgeous acoustics of Boxgrove Priory.