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Laurence Equilbey - Joseph Haydn: Les sept dernières Paroles du Christ en Croix (2006)

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Laurence Equilbey - Joseph Haydn: Les sept dernières Paroles du Christ en Croix (2006)

Laurence Equilbey - Joseph Haydn: Les sept dernières Paroles du Christ en Croix (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 53:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5045 | Recorded: 2005

Haydn's Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross) is unique in his output. Commissioned in 1785 as an orchestral work for Good Friday by a church in Cádiz, Spain, it posed Haydn considerable problems as he tried to reconcile the general structural principles of the Classical era with a commission that required him, in effect, to write seven slow movements in a row – and, at a deeper level, to write a really somber work in a musical language made for humor and sunny lyricism. The seven movements, plus opening and central introductions and a final "Terremoto" or earthquake, stand in contrast with one another in both texture and tonality, although all are indeed dark in hue. Haydn apparently was pleased with his solution, for he arranged the work for string quartet and gave permission to Hummel to create a piano version.

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)

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The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Poetry in Music (2015)
William Harris, Michael Tippett, Thomas Weelkes, James MacMillan, Ivor Gurney, Robert Ramsey
Benjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra, Michael East, Herbert Howells, Robert Pearsall, Thomas Tomkins

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: CORO | # COR16134 | Time: 01:10:50

Does music add substance to words or is music inspired by them? Songs of departure and farewell are deeply rooted in the great tradition of British choral music, nourished by ancient myths of testing journeys, wayside transformations and homecomings. The transcendent nature of music and the power of poetry to challenge and alter perceptions of reality – harnessed by English composers over many centuries – flow through a programme that invites contemplation of life and death, of love and loss, creation and eternity. In a journey covering six centuries of musical history, The Sixteen performs a cappella anthems with powerful texts by writers as varied as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Fry and W.H. Auden.

Jürgen Jürgens, Concerto Amsterdam, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 158 & 198 (1994)

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Jürgen Jürgens, Concerto Amsterdam, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 158 & 198 (1994)

Jürgen Jürgens, Concerto Amsterdam, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 27, 158 & 198 "Trauer-Ode" (1994)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 66:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 93687 | Recorded: 1967

Everything about this 1967 recording is promising. Highly acclaimed Austrian soprano Rotraud Hansmann, the regal contralto Helen Watts, the effortless legato singing of tenor Kurt Equiluz, the equally wondrous baritone Max van Egmond. Famed for helping pave the way to informed historical performance practice, these excellent singers are joined by Concerto Amsterdam as Early Music performance pioneers often conducted by Frans Brüggen in the 1960s.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 416 Mb | Total time: 76:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus ‎| # CDGAU333 | Recorded: 2001

A disc which traces the emotion and joy of Holy Week and Easter by the most famous of all sixteenth-century composers, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina. His stunningly moving setting of the Stabat mater is set alongside dramatic descriptions of the resurrection and shows Palestrina to be more emotional and daring a composer than is usually thought. Here also you can see Palestrina using a wariety of styles, from conservative sounding polyphony for men’ voices to vibrant new pieces for double choir where rhythm and dialogue are all important.

Joël Suhubiette, Ensemble Jacques Moderne - Vêpres Romaines: P.P. Bencini, A. Scarlatti (2023)

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Joël Suhubiette, Ensemble Jacques Moderne - Vêpres Romaines: P.P. Bencini, A. Scarlatti (2023)

Joël Suhubiette, Ensemble Jacques Moderne - Vêpres Romaines: P.P. Bencini, A. Scarlatti (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 76:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR602 | Recorded: 2021

From the mid-seventeenth century to the first two decades of the eighteenth century, Rome experienced one of the most brilliant musical periods in its history. In this recording, the Ensemble Jacques Moderne works composed for a Vespers service, one of the principal moments of the Liturgy of the Hours, which consisted of a sequence of psalms and antiphons concluding with a Magnificat.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Herbert Howells: Missa Sabrinensis (1995)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Herbert Howells: Missa Sabrinensis (1995)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Herbert Howells: Missa Sabrinensis (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 76:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 9348 | Recorded: 1994

…Music of radiant splendour, full of affirmation… With Janice Watson, Della Jones, Martyn Hill and Donald Maxwell as soloists, the LSO Chorus in marvellous voice and glowing orchestral playing, the Missa takes its rightful place alongside its illustrious.

Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Vivaldi: In furore guistissimae irae; Stabat Mater (1994)

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Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Vivaldi: In furore guistissimae irae; Stabat Mater (1994)

Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Vivaldi: Motet "In furore guistissimae irae"; Stabat Mater (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 433 Mb | Total time: 68:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian | # DOR 90196 | Recorded: 1993

The Stabat Mater is a musical form born during the growth of the Franciscan Order in thirteenth-century Europe. Scholars have attributed the poem to various members of the Franciscan Order. Depicting the sorrow of Mary as she wept before the crucified Christ, the work represents the darkest hour of the Passion story. Though originally composed for the private use of the Franciscans, the Stabat Mater became an official part of the Roman Catholic liturgy in 1727.

Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart & Henning Wiegräbe - Leonard Lechner: Of Death and Resurrection (2024)

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Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart & Henning Wiegräbe - Leonard Lechner: Of Death and Resurrection (2024)

Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart & Henning Wiegräbe - Leonard Lechner: Of Death and Resurrection (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 279 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:19
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Coviello Classics

Leonhard Lechner (ca 1553-1606) was a Catholic South Tyrolean who converted to Protestantism at the age of 18 and is described as an erudite theologian. He is considered the most important mediator of Orlando di Lasso's musical style for Protestant church music. It is not only in his motet passion of 1593 that he shows a special talent for combining the contrapuntal movement of the German tradition with the explicit interpretation of words in the Italian style. Henning Wiegrabe and the Capricornus Ensemble Stuttgart underline this impressively in their colorful performance.

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Francisco António de Almeida: La Giuditta (1992)

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René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Francisco António de Almeida: La Giuditta (1992)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Francisco António de Almeida: La Giuditta (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 580 Mb | Total time: 68:35+52:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901411.12 | Recorded: 1990

Just before returning home at the end of his years of musical apprenticeship in Rome, the Portuguese composer Almeida composed this unusual oratorio based on one of the most bloddy episodes in the Old Testament, the decapitation of the Assyrian general Holofernes by Judith, a crucial episode in the struggle of the Jewis people against Nebuchadnezzar (588 B.C.). When it was revived in 1990 this powerful, at times sensual work was greeted as a 'revelation of Portuguese music'.

Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, John Potter - Conductus, Vol. 1: Music & Poetry from 13th Century France (2012)

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Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, John Potter - Conductus, Vol. 1: Music & Poetry from 13th Century France (2012)

Rogers Covey-Crump, Christopher O'Gorman, John Potter - Conductus, Vol. 1: Music & Poetry from 13th Century France (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 60:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67949 | Recorded: 2011

What is, or are, conductus? The body of anonymous medieval songs, usually sacred but not liturgical and mostly forgotten, flowered in France in the mid-13th century around the time of the Notre Dame school. This new Hyperion disc, the first of three recordings, is part of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Southampton which should reawaken interest in this beguiling repertory. The poems are about life, death, salvation and, naturally, the frail virtues of women. ("He who strives to keep and lock in a roving young woman/Is washing a brick.") Three tenors John Potter, Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump deliver these explorations with unerring skill and conviction.

Wolfgang Brunner, Salzburger Hofmusik - Marianna Martines: Dixit Dominus - Psalms 110 & 115 (2021)

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Wolfgang Brunner, Salzburger Hofmusik - Marianna Martines: Dixit Dominus - Psalms 110 & 115 (2021)

Wolfgang Brunner, Salzburger Hofmusik - Marianna Martines: Dixit Dominus - Psalms 110 & 115 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 60:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 555 985-2 | Recorded: 2015, 2020

During her lifetime Marianna Martines was a highly regarded composer. In 1772, for example, the English music historian Charles Burney praised her 'very well written' compositions, her keyboard artistry asmasterly,' and her own person as a singer who was 'more perfect than any singer I had ever heard.' Pietro Metastasio, her mentor, valued her talent and art just as very much as did Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who frequently participated in her 'musical evening entertainments.' With these evenings, which were held 'at least once a week', she exercised a considerable influence on Vienna’s music life.

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs

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Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 521 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, A Cappella | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC835 | Time: 03:45:29

The Motets of Willaert have a mysterious reputation as they were originally performed only in clandestine circles for a few initiates until Alfonso II d’Este had a collection published in 1559 (Musica Nova, Venice). Singer Pur are a world renowned a capella singing group with a large audience and following. They have won many international competitions, and have appeared on numerous TV shows. The ensemble is stylistically diverse performing music from the medieval right up to the avant-garde.

John Lubbock, OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St. Johns - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2018)

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John Lubbock, OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St. Johns - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2018)

John Lubbock, OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St. Johns - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 451 Mb | Total time: 47:19+70:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: OSJ Alive | # OSJA 03 | Recorded: 2016

This is a beautiful recording of Handel's Messiah, performed by OSJ at St John’s Smith Square in London on 5th March 2016.

Franz Hauk, Concerto de Bassus - Johann Simon Mayr: Mass in E flat major (2020)

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Franz Hauk, Concerto de Bassus - Johann Simon Mayr: Mass in E flat major (2020)

Franz Hauk, Concerto de Bassus - Johann Simon Mayr: Mass in E flat major (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 427 Mb | Total time: 86:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.574057 | Recorded: 2018

Mayr’s great Mass in E flat major is a late work, largely composed in 1843. It conforms to the prevailing Italian messa concertata tradition with its clear divisions into distinct vocal numbers, as opposed to the symphonic Mass which held sway north of the Alps. In this reconstruction and musical revival, Mayr’s imposing, tonally consonant and expressive setting can be heard in all its grandeur and eloquence. With its striking vocal solos and choruses, and characteristically songlike instrumental roles, Mayr contributed a late pinnacle in the long history of this form of the Mass.

Stile Antico - A Spanish Nativity: Lobo, Guerrero, Morales, Victoria (2019)

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Stile Antico - A Spanish Nativity: Lobo, Guerrero, Morales, Victoria (2019)

Stile Antico - A Spanish Nativity: Lobo, Guerrero, Morales, Victoria (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 64:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMM902312 | Recorded: 2019

The Spanish ‘Golden Age’ witnessed an astonishing musical flowering, worthy of Spain’s newfound preeminence on the world stage. Focusing on works for Christmas and Epiphany, Stile Antico explores this glittering musical treasury, drawing together an irresistible mix of sumptuous polyphony and infectiously joyful folk dances. The centrepiece of the disc is the superbly rich and luminous Missa Beata Dei genitrix Maria by Alonso Lobo. Interspersed between its movements are motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero and Cristóbal de Morales, an exuberant ‘ensalada’ by Mateo Flecha and classic villancicos - Spain’s answer to the traditional carol.