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Kare Nordstoga, Nils Henrik Asheim, Oslo Domkor & Vivianne Sydnes - Nils Henrik Asheim: Salmenes bok (2022)

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Kare Nordstoga, Nils Henrik Asheim, Oslo Domkor & Vivianne Sydnes - Nils Henrik Asheim: Salmenes bok (2022)

Kare Nordstoga, Nils Henrik Asheim, Oslo Domkor & Vivianne Sydnes - Nils Henrik Asheim: Salmenes bok (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 288 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 203 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:17:15
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: LAWO Classics

After aging the past 24 years, Nils Henrik Asheim’s work “Salmenes bok” (“The Book of Psalms”) has now been released. The hour-long work was written for the dedication of Oslo Cathedral’s new Ryde & Berg organ in 1998. It features both organs in the cathedral (with Kåre Nordstoga on the choir organ and Asheim playing the main organ) to create a surround sound around the choir singing 21 texts from the biblical Psalms in a rich tonal language equally rich in contrast. The result is a unique listening experience, a magical fusing of voices and organ.

Jérôme Corréas, Les Paladins - Nicola Porpora: Leçons de Ténèbres (2008)

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Jérôme Corréas, Les Paladins - Nicola Porpora: Leçons de Ténèbres (2008)

Jérôme Corréas, Les Paladins - Nicola Porpora: Leçons de Ténèbres (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 66:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # ARN48690 | Recorded: 2004

A most famous composer in London at the time of Haendel and a great protagonist of the Ospedali musicali in Venice, Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686-1768) is nevertheless forgotten gloomily of our musical culture. To the rare discographic recordings dedicated to his music, we can add this one, conducted magnificently by Jérôme Correas. (…) Correas interpretation is sensitive, vivid and it stands like a mirror of Porpora's vocal vuirtuosity ; this exaggerated virtuosity is here a natural and vital component of the score, fostering an atmosphere of fervent mysticism (…) that arouse emotions.

Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Sergei Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (2021)

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Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Sergei Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (2021)

Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Sergei Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 224 Mb | Total time: 59:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2571 | Recorded: 2021

The music of the Russian Orthodox Church was an essential part of Sergei Rachmaninov’s musical background. As a boy he was deeply moved by the sound of St Petersburg’s cathedral choirs, and phrases reminiscent of liturgical chant permeate his music. His Vespers has long been admired as a summit of Russian liturgical music. It has unfortunately tended to overshadow the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, his earlier large-scale sacred composition. Named after the fourth-century Archbishop of Constantinople and Church Father, the Liturgy consists of a sequence of prayers, psalms and hymns, which are sung or chanted by the different participants in the service.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Antonio Caldara: La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 381 Mb | Total time: 79:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 7243 545325 2 8 | Recorded: 1998

Antonio Caldara was a mainstay at the Hapsburg court of Charles VI, and this large-scale oratorio (almost 80 minutes long) to a text by the renowned Metastasio was premiered at the royal chapel in 1730. It's a series of recitatives, arias, and intermittent choral interjections telling the story of the Passion and meditating on it. The overall mood is devotional, but the attractive music occasionally startles, as in the trombone accompaniment to the soprano aria "Dovunque il guardo." The attractive soloists wrap their voices around sonorous verbal felicities, and Fabio Biondi's fine early-music band plays with verve, making this a welcome exploration of a substantial work by an important contemporary of Vivaldi.

The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery, The Illyria Consort, Bojan Čičić - Adriatic Voyage (2021)

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The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery, The Illyria Consort, Bojan Čičić - Adriatic Voyage (2021)

The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery, The Illyria Consort, Bojan Čičić - Adriatic Voyage: Seventeenth-century music from Venice to Dalmatia (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 58:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian Records | # DCD34260 | Recorded: 2000

In March 1575, a party led by the Venetian diplomat Giacomo Soranzo set out on a mission to Constantinople. They sailed down the Istrian coast, along the length of present-day Croatia, and on to the Bay of Kotor. Much of the land they passed was the territory of the Serenissima – inhabited by both Italians and Slavs, and of strategic importance since it was exposed to constant Turkish threats from the Balkan hinterland.

L'Archibudelli, Roberta Invernizzi - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater & String Quintet Op.42.1 & 42.2 (2003)

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L'Archibudelli, Roberta Invernizzi - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater & String Quintet Op.42.1 & 42.2 (2003)

L'Archibudelli, Roberta Invernizzi - Luigi Boccherini: Stabat Mater & String Quintet Op.42.1 & 42.2 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 73:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # SK 89922 | Recorded: 2002

The ensemble L`Archibudelli and the cellist Anner Bylsma, together with the wonderful soprano Roberta Invernizzi, have once again recorded the exceptionally well-rehearsed Mass by Luigi Boccherini in a fantastic recording. Despite minimal use without choir and winds, the listener is captivated by the drama of each movement. Rberta Invernizzi brings out in a clear and fine voice every single twist of this interesting work and the string ensemble shines with powerful, gripping sound and wonderful slow movements. The Stabat Mater is supplemented by the String Quintet op. 42.

Jean-Marie Benjamin - Sacred Music (2022)

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Jean-Marie Benjamin - Sacred Music (2022)

Jean-Marie Benjamin - Sacred Music (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 207 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 122 Mb | 00:52:34
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Aulicus Classics

French Nationality, born in Salon de Provence resides in Italy since 1974. Composer and director, plays the guitar, the piano and electronic keyboard. Author of numerous classical music, score film and pop music. Since 1966 he recorded 28 records.

The Marian Consort - Vicente Lusitano: Motets (2022)

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The Marian Consort - Vicente Lusitano: Motets (2022)

The Marian Consort - Vicente Lusitano: Motets (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 282 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:18
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Linn Records

Vicente Lusitano’s earliest biographer, writing two centuries after his death around 1561, omitted to mention that the composer’s mother was most likely a Black African enslaved by Portuguese colonialists. Choral ensemble The Marian Consort and its unflappable director, Rory McCleery, dive deep into the sacred motets of Lusitano’s Liber primus epigramatum, the first-ever publication of works by a Black composer. Their choice of 10 pieces reveals the striking breadth of invention, subtle textures and harmonies, and sheer beauty of his music, with each of those qualities present in full measure in the sublime Emendemus in melius (Track 7) and Sancta mater, istud agas (Track 9). There’s room, too, for the meandering melodies of Heu me, Domine (Track 6), with its startling chromatic lines, and Inviolata, integra et casta es (Track 10) for eight voices, a consummate magnum opus of Renaissance polyphony.

Siglo de Oro & Patrick Allies - The Mysterious Motet Book of 1539 (2022)

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Siglo de Oro & Patrick Allies - The Mysterious Motet Book of 1539 (2022)

Siglo de Oro & Patrick Allies - The Mysterious Motet Book of 1539 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:11
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Delphian Records

Premiere recording: In the late 1530s, Milanese composer Hermann Matthias Werrecore assembled a collection of sacred music and sent it across the Alps to the publisher Peter Schoeffer in Strasbourg. In making the journey from staunchly Catholic Milan to newly Protestant Strasbourg, the repertoire in question became cross-confessional. What was the purpose of publishing a motet book in a German imperial city where Latin choral singing no longer took place?

The Hilliard Ensemble - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, Stanze sopra la Vergine (1994)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, Stanze sopra la Vergine (1994)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, Stanze sopra la Vergine (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 390 Mb | Total time: 45:21+60:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 61168 2 | Recorded: 1986

Palestrina's settings from the Song of Songs are among his most rich and passionate work, with the erotic imagery of Solomon's words used as allegories for Christ and the Church, and they form a powerful, intense and very beautiful set of motets.

Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Ernst Wilhelm Wolf: Jeju, deine Passion will ich jetzt bedenken (2018)

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Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Ernst Wilhelm Wolf: Jeju, deine Passion will ich jetzt bedenken (2018)

Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Ernst Wilhelm Wolf: Jeju, deine Passion will ich jetzt bedenken (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 398 Mb | Total time: 81:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 999-2 | Recorded: 2017

Seine Zeitgenossen nannten ihn den Weimarer Wolf. Tatsächlich prägte Ernst Wilhelm Wolf als Lehrer, Konzertmeister, Organist und schließlich auch als Hofkapellmeister der kunstsinnigen Herzogin Anna Amalia das Musikleben in Weimar. Auch wenn er dem Dichterfürsten Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ein Dorn im Auge war, hielt Wolf dem Hof und seiner Herzogin jahrzehntelang die Treue. Selbst ein Angebot des Preußenkönigs Friedrich des Zweiten, in Berlin Nachfolger von Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach zu werden, lehnte Wolf dankend ab. Dass er aber Bachs empfindsamen Stil, und auch den des Berliner Kapellmeisters Carl Heinrich Graun sehr schätzte, ist in seinen Werken unüberhörbar. Wolfs Instrumentalmusik hat schon in den letzten Jahren wieder mehr Aufmerksamkeit erhalten.

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 694577 | Recorded: 2009

2009 release from L'Arpeggiata, the French-based ensemble directed by Austrian-born harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar. L'Arpeggiata has made a speciality of exploring and exploiting the close links between Baroque repertoire and the traditional music of the Latin world and its characteristic forms such as the tarantella, the folia or the canario. On Via Crucis, 'the way of the Cross', the focus is on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. The Passion of Christ evokes the same fervour in composers such as Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679) or Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665) - both active in northern Italy – as it does in the streets of Naples or the villages of Corsica. The two main works in the collection are Sance's extraordinary Stabat Mater and Merula's Hor ch'e tempo di dormire, in which the Virgin Mary lulls her baby to sleep while weeping for his future suffering and both enthrall the listener with a basso ostinato and hypnotic swaying rhythms.

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Antonio Vivaldi: Vespers (1994)

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Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Antonio Vivaldi: Vespers (1994)

Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra - Antonio Vivaldi: Vespers (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 69:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus | # CD GAU 137 | Recorded: 1991

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) remains best known as a composer of virtuosic instrumental music, particularly in the form of concertos like The Four Seasons. This CD, first released in 1991, demonstrates that Vivaldi’s large-scale sacred choral music is equally stunning.

The Benedict XVI Choir, The Benedict XVI Orchestra & Richard Sparks - Frank La Rocca: Mass of the Americas (2022)

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The Benedict XVI Choir, The Benedict XVI Orchestra & Richard Sparks - Frank La Rocca: Mass of the Americas (2022)

The Benedict XVI Choir, The Benedict XVI Orchestra, Richard Sparks - Frank La Rocca: Mass of the Americas (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 212 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 120 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:50:44
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Cappella Romana

Frank La Rocca extends the genre of the festal Missa solemnis in his Mass of the Americas, a sublime setting of the Traditional Latin Mass for choir and orchestra. La Rocca weaves a rich tapestry with serene Gregorian chants, folk melodies from 18th-century regions of México, and florid praises in Nahuatl, the language spoken by Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in 1531. Cultures past and present are joined musically as a witness to faith, hope, and reconciliation in this masterpiece of liturgical art.

Jone Martinez, Forma Antiqva & Aaron Zapico - Sancta Ovetensis (Splendor in the Cathedral of Oviedo) (2022)

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Jone Martinez, Forma Antiqva & Aaron Zapico - Sancta Ovetensis (Splendor in the Cathedral of Oviedo) (2022)

Jone Martinez, Forma Antiqva & Aaron Zapico - Sancta Ovetensis (Splendor in the Cathedral of Oviedo) (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 329 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:42
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Winter & Winter

The Spanish baroque ensemble Forma Antiqva rescues forgotten masterpieces. The conductor and artistic director Aarón Zapico opens the musical treasury in the archives of Oviedo Cathedral and presents Spanish masterpieces of the 17th century to the world. Each individual work is a premiere recording, including six vocal pieces by Joaquín Lázaro (1746-1786) — the soprano Jone Martínez brings these love arias about the highest, divine love to life again — and two anonymous instrumental pieces and a violin concerto. Forma Antiqva, conducted by Aarón Zapico, is one of the most outstanding baroque ensembles in Spain. Zapico places special work on the discovery of Spanish baroque music. The maestro unearths gems and performs them with his ensemble as if the ink were still wet on 17th-century sheet music. Very exciting!