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Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

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Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Songs (2012)
Kiev Chamber Choir; Mykola Hobdych, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included | 01:15:07
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2279, 476 4990

The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was sound. But what if it was music? What if God, in contemplating the creation of Creation, sang being into being? If so, it might have sounded something like the Sacred Songs of Valentin Silvestrov. In this seventh ECM album devoted to the Ukrainian composer’s music, we thusly encounter a sense of space unique to the Russian liturgy: the more the voices unify in movement, the more they lift from one another like temporary tattoos, leaving behind mirror images that wash away with baptism into infinite oneness with the Holy Spirit. Sin as sun. Firmament as fundament.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Mr de Mauroy; Leçons de Ténèbres & Méditations (2003)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Mr de Mauroy; Leçons de Ténèbres & Méditations (2003)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum; Messe de Mr de Mauroy; Leçons de Ténèbres & Méditations (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 890 Mb | Total time: 180:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GSP 98003 | Recorded: 1999-2001

Niquet’s performances of Charpentier with Le Concert Spirituel are generally characterised by their liveliness. Niquet uses quite small forces, which emphasises the chamber nature of much of Charpentier’s writing, even in his grandest works. Niquet’s version of the Te Deum is one of the bounciest that I have heard. Crisp and lively playing from the instrumentalists emphasises the work’s dance-like qualities in a charming way. The faster sections are taken with remarkable speed and dexterity, but never feel rushed and they contrast admirably with the slower movements.

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Johann Joseph Fux: La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo (1992)

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Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Johann Joseph Fux: La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo (1992)

Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie - Johann Joseph Fux: La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesù Cristo (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 416 Mb | Total time: 46:00+61:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Novalis | # 150 089-2 | Recorded: 1992

Fux was a prolific composer of vocal and instrumental music. His works include 19 operas, of which Costanza e fortezza (1723) is notable; 29 partitas, including the Concentus musico-instrumentalis (1701); 10 oratorios; and about 80 masses, of which the Missa canonica, (1708), written in canon. His book Gradus ad Parnassum" (1725; Steps to Parnassus) attempted to systematize contrapuntal practices. It was long the standard textbook on counterpoint and was studied by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and other 18th-century composers.

Luca Franco Ferrari, Il Concento Ecclesiastico - Carlo Sturla: Passio di Venerdì Santo (2011)

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Luca Franco Ferrari, Il Concento Ecclesiastico - Carlo Sturla: Passio di Venerdì Santo (2011)

Luca Franco Ferrari, Il Concento Ecclesiastico - Carlo Sturla: Passio di Venerdì Santo (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 51:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94184 | Recorded: 2006

We don’t know much about Carlo Sturla, not even the dates of his birth and death, and he is absent from Google – quite an achievement! The sole reference to him is in the register of the Convent of Santa Brigida belonging to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Sturla worked here, but apparently his assiduous attendance upon and training of the young women under his tutelage was viewed with some suspicion.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990)

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus,
Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990)

EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 117:51 | 536 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Telarc | Catalog: CD-80233-B

Robert Shaw's reading of the B Minor Mass is, in one sense at least, just what one would expect: sober and purposeful, beautifully shaped (Shaw is a master architect), it centers on the chorus. Like all of Shaw's choruses, the Atlanta group has that trademark richness of body and blend, and it sings with utter unanimity as though it were one great voice. Shaw opts for marginally broader tempos than those found in most period-instrument performances but is nowhere near as glacial as some interpreters.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthems Complete (1994)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthems Complete  (1994)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthems Complete (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.06 Gb | Total time: 243:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0554 | Recorded: 1987-89

This series of 11 church anthems is a sterling example of doing more with less. Though their format is multiple movements for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, inviting grand treatment, Handel had available only a couple of oboes and a small string band and choir (with no violas or altos for numbers 1 to 6). Yet each one of these anthems is a gem. Handel's music captures well the changing moods of the Psalm texts–from somber penitence to serene bliss to infectious joy to the raging of storms and seas. Though James Bowman's arias lie uncomfortably low for him, he and Michael George do fine work; Lynne Dawson, Patrizia Kwella, and Ian Partridge are delightful. Harry Christophers leads his choir and orchestra in subtly inflected and beautifully paced performances.

Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus (2000)

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Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus (2000)

Raúl Mallavibarrena, Musica Ficta - Tomás Luis de Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 54:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Enchiriadis | # EN 2003 | Recorded: 2000

The works of Tomás Luis de Victoria are today an international paradigm of the Spanish Renaissance heritage. This master, born in Avila, rises like a standard-bearer from the huge spectrum of Spanish composers who carried the art of polyphony to its highest musical and liturgical significance.

Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)

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Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)

Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:22 | 336 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Ligia Digital | Catalog: 0202233-11

Beata es Maria is made up primarily of vocal music in praise of the Virgin that features three men's voices, a counter tenor, tenor, and bass. It's an especially attractive ensemble, and Charpentier, who is known to have sometimes sung the tenor parts, knew how to make the vocal lines terrifically appealing. The Magnificat that opens the album beautifully illustrates his skill in taking a much-used convention the chaconne, with a harmonic progression that (the composer reports) repeats 89 times and keeping it endlessly intriguing with his inventive handling of the voices.

City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)

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City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)

City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:37 | 279 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 10048 X

With four recordings in six months, this seems to be open season for the Poulenc motets. The newcomers are up against stiff competition, and don't emerge unscathed from comparison either with the college next door (under Marlow on Conifer) or with the choir under the musical director of the one further along the road (Rutter on Collegium/Gamut).

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Johann Sebastian Bach: Messe in H-moll / Mass in B minor (1986)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Johann Sebastian Bach: Messe in H-moll / Mass in B minor (1986)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Johann Sebastian Bach: Messe in H-moll / Mass in B minor (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 444 Mb | Total time: 55:29+53:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 2292 42676-2 | Recorded: 1986

Harnoncourt is a strongly individualist conductor, and his individualism is much more strongly pronounced in the 1986 B minor Mass than in the 1968 version. That's why quite a few reviewers prefer the earlier version - finding the later one mannered, even eccentric. I understand their views, though I don't share them.

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Canções, Vilancicos e Motetes Portugueses, séculos XVI-XVII (1994)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Canções, Vilancicos e Motetes Portugueses, séculos XVI-XVII (1994)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Canções, Vilancicos e Motetes Portugueses, séculos XVI-XVII (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 75:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 66288 | Recorded: 1994

Cancoes, vilancicos e motetes portugueses, séculos XVI-XVII, performed by the Huelgas Ensemble under Paul van Nevel, is one of the recordings issued to mark Lisbon's status as European Cultural Capital in 1994. It concentrates on more varied aspects of Portuguese music than does the Ars Nova recording; first, the majority of the works included, whether sacred or secular, have vernacular texts (Spanish and Portuguese); second, the composers mostly represent the diaspora of Portuguese musicians within Spain, other parts of Europe, and the New World.

Ensemble Belcanto, Dietburg Spohr - Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2013)

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Ensemble Belcanto, Dietburg Spohr - Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2013)

Ensemble Belcanto, Dietburg Spohr - Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included | 01:18:52
Classical, Medieval, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2219, 476 4633

This is the second New Series album to feature the Stuttgart-based Ensemble Belcanto. Where its 2001 predecessor focused on contemporary composition by Wolfgang Rihm and others (Come un'ombra di luna), this disc looks at Hildegard of Bingen's Ordo Virtutum, written around 1150 and generally considered the first large-scale musical work beyond the prescribed form of the Mass liturgy. This is sacred music reflecting Medieval thought, as music and morality play are intertwined. In her creative interpretation, Belcanto leader Dietburg Spohr waives claims to 'objective' historical literalness. Instead, she and her fellow singers encounter the work as if it were written specifically for the Ensemble Belcanto: "We sought to free Hildegard from mystical-esoteric associations and to emphasize the work of an emancipated woman and composer." They have been performing the music of Hildegard von Bingen since the early 1990s, and view her compositions as a joyously experimental bridge between the Middle Ages and contemporary music.

Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort - Vicente Lusitano: Motets (2022)

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Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort - Vicente Lusitano: Motets (2022)

Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort - Vicente Lusitano: Motets (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 68:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 694 | Recorded: 2022

Following its digital debut on Linn presenting a triptych of works by Josquin des Prez, Vicente Lusitano and Roderick Williams, The Marian Consort now focuses its attention on the central figure of this trio, the ‘Portuguese’.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (1992)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (1992)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Alessandro Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 75:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2292 45739-2 | Recorded: 1992

Corelli's older Roman contemporary, Alessandro Stradella, was held in high esteem both by his contemporaries and by later generations of composers. Among his patrons in Rome were the exiled Queen Christina of Sweden and the Colonna and Pamphili families. Stradella's amorous adventures, which eventually led to his murder in Genoa at the age of 37 subsequently gave rise to a novel, an opera by Flotow, a poem, a play and a song text. Though an outstanding oratorio composer he was considered in his own lifetime foremost as a composer for the theatre and his great gifts in this direction enabled him to treat the New Testament story of the imprisonment and murder of John the Baptist with considerable dramatic force.

Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)

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Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)

Orlando Consort - The Call of the Phoenix (2002)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:50 | 355 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU 907297

The Orlando Consort once again shows its intelligence and educated approach to Renaissance-era music, while not denying the beauty of the pieces. The album is a demonstration, in varied works, of the contenance angloise, the sound that distinguished English music of the fifteenth century from that of the continent.