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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - La Discotheque Ideale: Baroque et Musique Ancienne - La Legende en 25 CDs (2013)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - La Discotheque Ideale: Baroque et Musique Ancienne - La Legende en 25 CDs (2013)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - La Discothèque Idéale: Baroque et Musique Ancienne - La Légende en 25 CDs (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6.86 Gb | Total time: 25 h 25 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony Music | # 88883719232

This is an excellent and varied selection of composers from the very well known like Palestrina, Monteverdi, Bach and Vivaldi, through the less famous but familiar like Frescobaldi, Sainte-Colombe and Zelenka, to the downright obscure. It is all delightful: the musicians are uniformly excellent, and include such great names as Gustav Leonhardt, Cantus Colln, Christopher Hogwood and so on. They give fine performances both of the familiar works and of the less familiar ones. Obviously there will be discs you like more than others and you may already have favourite versions of some works, but these discs are never less than very good and are often outstanding.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella reial de Catalunya - Mozart: Requiem K626, Maurerische Trauermusik K477 (2010)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella reial de Catalunya - Mozart: Requiem K626, Maurerische Trauermusik K477 (2010)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations, La Capella reial de Catalunya - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem K626, Maurerische Trauermusik K477 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 55:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox | # AVSA 9880 | Recorded: 1991

The repertoire choices here seem curiously conservative, considering the course of Jordi Savall's career in recent years. The answer to that conundrum lies in the date of recording – 1991. Back then, Savall was a much more mainstream kind of period performance performer, so a disc of Mozart's Requiem would have seemed like a logical choice for him, especially given that the year marked the bicentenary of the composer's death.

Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

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Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

Metamorphoses Fidei (Metamorfosis De La Fe - Métamorphoses De La Foi) (2006)
Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal, Choral | Label: Alia Vox | # AV 9849 | 01:12:14

This disc of Iberian and Latin American Renaissance music is a reissue cleverly disguised as a new release. It compiles music from several recordings by Catalonian visionary Jordi Savall, his luminous-voiced collaborator Montserrat Figueras, and his Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya ensembles, dressing them up with a new set of rather philosophical booklet notes on themes of change, of intercultural tolerance, and of the evolving nature of Christianity in the Iberian realm and in New Spain. Some might call this a cynical ploy, but actually Savall has always been moving in a circle, so to speak, spiraling inward toward a deeper musical understanding of the historical themes touched on here: the lingering effects of the legacy of medieval Iberia and its "mestissage" or mixture of cultures, the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles (Carlos) V (did you know that he was both the first monarch to be called "His Majesty" and the first to be honored with the claim that the "sun never set" on his empire?), and the relationships between cultivated and popular styles, both in Iberia and the New World.

Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)

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Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)

Montserrat Figueras - Claudio Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8710 | Recorded: 1989

Montserrat Figueras one of the best performers of Claudio Monteverdi’s vocal music. At this time, she developed an innovative style of interpretation, characterised by great fidelity to historical sources, combined with an extraordinary creative and expressive power, that has exerted a decisive influence on the whole historical music movement.
Vocal music before 1800 required a new technical and stylistic approach capable of restoring to the beauty and emotion of the voice, that most human of all forms of expression, the necessary balance between singing and declamation, with an emphasis on the poetic and spiritual dimension of the text.

Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations - Charpentier à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles (2014)

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Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations - Charpentier à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles (2014)

Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations - Charpentier à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 857 Mb | Total time: 74:50+64:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox | # AVSA9905 | Recorded: 2004, 2013

It was 1988, and at that time the vast majority of Charpentier’s works were still accessible only via the original sources, so we had to rely on microfilms of the composer’s complete works collected in the twenty-eight manuscript volumes known as “Meslanges”. Poring over the manuscript pages on the screen of our microfilm reader, I studied and selected the works for the programme on the basis of the original texts.

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

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Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)

Italian Baroque Music Edition [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,40 Gb | Total time: 09:47:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697974502 | Recorded: 1984-2001

The recordings are typical DHM with superb clarity and dynamic range. The mastering to digital is excellent, and the booklet accompanying the series, while brief, is informative. The only unifying these here is baroque Italian composers, but it's extremely easy to fill a collection ten times this size with material from that category. What we end up with in these ten discs is a lovely mix of known and unknown, each pleasant to listen to and discover, and there's no listener fatigue at all working through these discs.