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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.

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.

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava, Kaspars Putnins - Peteris Vasks: Mate Saule (2001)

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava, Kaspars Putnins - Peteris Vasks: Mate Saule (2001)

Pēteris Vasks: Māte Saule (2001)
Latvian Radio Choir; Sigvards Kļava & Kaspars Putniņš, conductors

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1145 | Time: 01:06:11

Mate saule is Mother Sun – and Peteris Vasks worships her. Any meeting or interview with the Latvian composer is likely to end up with a tramp through the forests or a swim in the Baltic. And much of Vasks’s music is a meditation on the eternal attributes of Nature, in a continuum of life which stretches beyond the fever and the fret of his own fast-changing world. Mate saule is an early choral work, its voices oscillating like the shimmer of a sun slowly rising from the horizon, and lit by flares and fragments of chant. Vasks’s choral music has tended to be instrumental in texture, focusing on the overall mood rather than the specific verbal activity of any text he is setting. The ‘white diatonicism’ of Mate saule gives way to more disturbed, aleatoric harmonies and more disruptive textures as political change and human turmoil take centre stage in the late Eighties in Zemgale, a song about the anguished dilemmas of exile. This is a subject at the very core of the work of the Polish-Lithuanian writer Czeslaw Milosz (now resident in the USA); and the three poems set by Vasks in 1994 receive their world premiere recording. They were originally written for the Hilliard Ensemble: here the excellent Latvian Radio Choir works with concentrated focus on the spare harmonies and elusive metres which recreate the wonder of three transient moments out of time.

Sinikka Langeland, Lars Anders Tomter, Kare Nordstoga - Maria's Song: Folk Songs and music of J.S. Bach (2009)

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Sinikka Langeland, Lars Anders Tomter, Kare Nordstoga - Maria's Song: Folk Songs and music of J.S. Bach (2009)

Sinikka Langeland - Maria's Song: Folk Songs and music of Johann Sebastian Bach (2009)
with Lars Anders Tomter & Kåre Nordstoga

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 218 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque, Nordic Folk | Label: ECM | # ECM 2127, 271 7097 | Time: 01:12:11

Norwegian folk musician Sinikka Langeland, singer and player of the kantele (the Finnish table harp) is a distinctly non-traditional traditionalist, redefining "folk" in successive projects. 'Maria's Song' finds her in the company of two distinguished classical musicians - organist Kare Nordstoga and "giant of the Nordic viola" Lars Anders Tomter - and on a mission to restore Marian texts to sacred music, weaving folk melodies in between the timeless strains of J S Bach. Langeland made a lot of friends with her sparkling ECM debut Starflowers: "There are jewels everywhere on this arresting example of ego-free music-making. One of the albums of this or any other year" raved the Irish Times. Where Starflowers brought Langeland into the orbit of jazz improvisers, Maria's Song is a meeting and cross referencing of folk and 'classical' energies, and also a righting of historical 'injustice': Religious folk songs are amongst the most distinctive elements of the Norwegian folk tradition, yet the Virgin Mary rarely appears in them.

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011)

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Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011)

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 2203, 274 5621 | Time: 00:56:29
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, World Music

This is a fascinating collaboration between lyrical Italian jazz improvisers Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura and the transfixing voices of A Filetta from Corsica. A Filetta, prize-winning vocal ensemble, internationally renowned as the standard-bearers of Corsican polyphony, make their ECM debut here. The appealing combination of sound-colours and idioms adds up to `Sketches of Corsica'. As the improvisers approach this regional music of universal appeal, Fresu's pensive, romantic trumpet inevitably brings Milesian associations to mind, and the ingenious bandoneon of di Bonaventura implies `chamber music' and `folk music' in every breath of the bellows.

Jose Maria - Día 22 (2023)

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Jose Maria - Día 22 (2023)

Jose Maria - Día 22 (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 287 MB | Cover | 43:36 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 102 MB
Pop, Latin | Label: DBM Music

Una de las voces más bonitas y contemporáneas del pop actual es la de José María, quien le otorga al género de la balada una frescura y un sentimiento como pocos, para muestra su sencillo “Se te olvidó” donde le canta al desamor. En entrevista para Rosa Distrito habla sobre la aventura musical que está emprendiendo donde cuenta con la colaboración del productor musical Kiko Cibrián, quien es una leyenda de la música en español.

El Bebeto - Valió La Pena Con Mariachi (2023)

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El Bebeto - Valió La Pena Con Mariachi (2023)

El Bebeto - Valió La Pena Con Mariachi (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 365 MB | Cover | 56:17 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 129 MB
Pop, Latin | Label: UMLE - Disa

Para EL BEBETO, todo lo que le ha tocado vivir a lo largo de su trayectoria, ha valido la pena. El trabajo arduo, las altas y bajas, las alegrías y tristezas, todo ha ayudado a forjar la exitosa carrera que actualmente tiene. Es por eso que, en honor a esto, ha titulado a su más reciente producción “VALIÓ LA PENA”.

João Maldonado - Oito (2023)

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João Maldonado - Oito (2023)

João Maldonado - Oito (2023)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 453 MB | Cover | 01:13:11 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 168 MB
Jazz, Brazilian-Instrumental | Label: João Maldonado [dist. Tratore]

O pianista, compositor e produtor musical João Maldonado celebra os seus 40 anos de carreira com álbum instrumental gravado ao vivo. “João Maldonado – Oito” chega em todas as plataformas de streaming nesta sexta-feira. Além de composições próprias, o álbum traz releituras de sucessos do TNT, banda que Maldonado integrou no final dos anos 1980), Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers e Wayne Shorter. “Ainda estou, e sempre estarei, em eterna construção e desconstrução para que todos os públicos possam sentir a minha música”, diz o pianista

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.

Ensemble Clement Janequin, Dominique Visse - Antoine Brumel: Missa 'Et ecce terrae motus' (2003)

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Ensemble Clement Janequin, Dominique Visse - Antoine Brumel: Missa 'Et ecce terrae motus' (2003)

Antoine Brumel - Missa 'Et ecce terrae motus' (2003)
Ensemble Clément Janequin; Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse; Dominique Visse

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1951738 | Time: 00:58:15

Dominique Visse and his group Ensemble Clément Janequin have been involved in many outstanding projects over the years, but this 2002 Harmonia Mundi recording has to be one of the most spectacular; the Missa "Et ecce terrae motus" (aka, "The Earthquake Mass") of Antoine Brumel. Brumel is one of many mid-renaissance composers whose reputations are so far overshadowed by Josquin Desprez that – like Rodney Dangerfield – they "just don't get no respect." In Brumel's own time, however, he was considered one of Josquin's equals and his death in 1512 was widely observed in a number of "déplorations." Although the mass itself survives in only a single manuscript copy, it bears the signatures of singers who revived the work in Munich in 1570 – probably close to a century after it was first given – and among them is a bass named Orlandus Lassus.

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.