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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Il Diario di Chiara: Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th century (2014)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Il Diario di Chiara: Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th century (2014)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Il Diario di Chiara: Music from La Pietà in Venice in the 18th century (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 419 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 923401 | Recorded: 2013

Abandoned at the age of two months and taken in by the Ospedale della Pietà, Chiara (or Chiaretta) rose – within that enclosed charitable institution in Venice – to become one of the leading European violinists of the middle of the 18th century. No stranger to such acclaim himself from two and a half centuries later, Fabio Biondi, on his first release for Glossa, has devised a programme drawing on the personal diary of this remarkable musician – taught by Antonio Vivaldi, and later a virtuoso soloist on the violin as well as the viola d’amore – of concertos and sinfonias by composers who, like the prete rosso, taught at the Pietà: Porta, Porpora, Martinelli, Latilla, Perotti and Bernasconi are all musicians whose compositions charm and delight as much today as they will have done in the time of Chiara.

Laura Farabollini, Chiara Minali - Benedetto Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord (2018)

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Laura Farabollini, Chiara Minali - Benedetto Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord (2018)

Laura Farabollini, Chiara Minali - Benedetto Marcello: Complete Sonatas for Organ and Harpsichord (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.06 Gb | Total time: 180:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 95277 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

The epitome of a Renaissance man, Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739) won success and acclaim as a poet, writer, musician, lawyer, judge, administrator and philologist. Though his keyboard sonatas have appeared on several recorded collections of the Italian Baroque, they have rarely been presented in a comprehensive manner. In doing so, this album celebrates the personal even idiosyncratic style of a composer whose technical accomplishment facilitates rather than stifling his creative voice. The 12 Sonatas were later published as Op.3. They date from early in Marcellos career, and are mostly cast in three and four brief movements, though the first and last of them, in D minor and C minor respectively, feature more extended forms.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellérophon (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 814 Mb | Total time: 133:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | AP015 | Recorded: 2010

The musical world owes a debt of gratitude to French conductor Christophe Rousset not only for the vital, exquisite performances he delivers with the ensembles Les Talens Lyriques and Choeur de Chambre de Namur, but for his work in bringing to light neglected masterpieces of Baroque opera. Lully's Bellérophon, premiered in 1679, was a huge success in its time, with an initial run of nine months. Part of its popularity was doubtless due to the parallels that could be drawn between its plot and certain recent exploits of Louis XV, but even the earliest critics recognized the score's uniqueness and exceptional quality within Lully's oeuvre, so it's perhaps surprising that it has never been recorded before.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Philharmonia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2020)

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Philharmonia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2020)

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Philharmonia Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 214 Mb | Total time: 43:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records | SIGCD648 | Recorded: 2019

In the 2019/20 season Santtu-Matias Rouvali continued as Chief Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony and as Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he succeeds Esa-Pekka Salonen as Principal Conductor in 2021/22. Alongside these posts he retains his longstanding position as Chief Conductor with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, close to his home in Finland. His international profile continues to flourish.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Henry Desmarest: Vénus & Adonis (2007)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Henry Desmarest: Vénus & Adonis (2007)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Henry Desmarest: Vénus & Adonis (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 132:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroisie | AM 127 | Recorded: 2006

Another French baroque opera composer, Henry Desmarest, resurfaces after centuries of obscurity. Vénus & Adonis, first seen in 1697 in Paris, was composed in the midst of a scandal, when Desmarest eloped with a young singer who was the daughter of a powerful official. In his absence, he was sentenced to death and thus effectively exiled until his pardon in 1720. The opera’s theme of illicit love seems to have fired Desmarest’s imagination, and the stylish cast, headed by Karine Deshayes and Sébastien Droy, responds in kind. One senses, too, rare involvement in the playing of Les Talens Lyriques. More Desmarest operas await.

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

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Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 77:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 393 | Recorded: 2017

Soprano Barbara Hannigan has become something of a cult favorite with her deep dives into specific and unusual repertories. Her self-presentation in concert is unorthodox and marked by full-scale efforts to communicate the essence of the music at hand, in works ranging from Berio to Gershwin. So it is with this set of songs from the decade and a half on either side of 1900 in Vienna. The enjoyment begins with the physically passionate cover, an example of her way of personifying the music's spirit. Hannigan's is an utterly distinctive voice, edgy and coruscating, and she knows how to tone down her considerable virtuosic powers to the dimensions of the music, such as that here, intended for small rooms.

Elizabeth Kenny, Steven Devine, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2009)

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Elizabeth Kenny, Steven Devine, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2009)

Elizabeth Kenny, Steven Devine, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 69:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 0757 | Recorded: 2009

Chandos’ featured release is a new recording of the first English operatic masterpiece, Purcell’s tragedy Dido and Aeneas. Starring Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, with the Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, it is released to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Purcell’s birth.

Alban Gerhardt, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos (2020)

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Alban Gerhardt, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos (2020)

Alban Gerhardt, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, WDR Sinfonieorchester - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 57:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68340 | Recorded: 2018

Alban Gerhardt writes admiringly of Rostropovich and the legacy of marvellous works he inspired, but on the evidence of these extraordinary accounts of two of them, he need fear no comparisons with his great Russian forebear.

Sonnerie, Nigel North - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op.5 (2003)

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Sonnerie, Nigel North - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op.5 (2003)

Sonnerie, Nigel North - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op.5 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 61:41+57:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 62236 2 | Recorded: 1990

If Michel Corrette was a little over-enthusiastic in crediting Corelli with the invention of both sonata and concerto form as it was known and understood in the mid-eighteenth century, Roger North had only to judge by the enormous popularity of the Italian master's works in England in the 1720s to deduce that they would be immortal… Monica Huggett…brings a sweetness of tone and a perfection of technical control that cannot but inspire admiration on their own count, but in combination with such unerring musical insight as is to be found here makes these into quite masterly interpretations… The continuo members of Trio Sonnerie are unerringly tasteful in their playing, while Nigel North on theorbo and other plucked instruments is quite stunningly imaginative.

Pražák Quartet, Hatto Beyerle - Mozart: String Quintets K 593 & K 516 (2005)

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Pražák Quartet, Hatto Beyerle - Mozart: String Quintets K 593 & K 516 (2005)

Pražák Quartet, Hatto Beyerle - Mozart: String Quintets K 593 & K 516 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 60:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD 350 012 | Recorded: 2000

This first "live" recording of the Prazák Quartet was made in February, 2000 to commemorate the ensemble's 2000th concert. The Prazáks are joined by violist Hatto Beyerlé, best known for his dozen years as the violist of the Alban Berg Quartet. Together, they match the finest performances of these masterpieces on disc. Here is playing with intensity and power that does not exclude delicacy and genuine feeling.

Sara Macliver, Sally-Anne Russell, Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Baroque Duets (2005)

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Sara Macliver, Sally-Anne Russell, Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Baroque Duets (2005)

Sara Macliver, Sally-Anne Russell, Antony Walker, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Baroque Duets: Pergolesi - Stabat Mater; Vivaldi; Handel; Monteverdi (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 63:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | 476 7737 | Recorded: 2005

This is the sequel to the best selling “Bach Arias and Duets” featuring two of Australia's leading exponents of Baroque repertoire, Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russell. This recording is a collection of some of the most beautiful and charming works written for a soprano and alto, featuring the haunting Pergolesi Stabat Mater.

Neville Marriner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Op.6 (1995)

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Neville Marriner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Op.6 (1995)

Neville Marriner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Op.6 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 126:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 862-2 | Recorded: 1974

The re-master of a 1974 Decca Record recording is excellent in execution and style. Neveille Marriner and St. Martin-in-the-Fields perform in their typical excellent manner.

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Beethoven: Songs and Folksongs (2020)

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Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Beethoven: Songs and Folksongs (2020)

Ian Bostridge, Antonio Pappano - Beethoven: Songs and Folksongs (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 62:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 9029527643 | Recorded: 2019

At the heart of this programme of Beethoven songs performed by Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano is the song cycle 'An die ferne Geliebte' (to the distant beloved). Bostridge describes it as 'the distillation of Beethoven as a lover'. Among the other items are the rapturously lyrical 'Adelaide', the sombre 'In questa tomba oscura' and a selection of Beethoven's settings of folksongs from the British Isles, which elicit the participation of violinist Vilde Frang and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. 'When we all play together,' says Pappano, 'it's like a family making music at home.'

Franco Fagioli, Zefira Valova, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Veni, Vidi, Vinci (2020)

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Franco Fagioli, Zefira Valova, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Veni, Vidi, Vinci (2020)

Franco Fagioli, Zefira Valova, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Veni, Vidi, Vinci (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 426 Mb | Total time: 71:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 8358 | Recorded: 2019

Franco Fagioli lavishes his "extraordinary agility and richly upholstered voice" (Gramophone) on Leonardo Vinci, the Neapolitan composer who influenced Handel and many later masters of Italian opera. Fagioli is joined again by Il Pomo d'Oro led by Zefira Valova, the superb period-instrument ensemble on his previous album. Veni, Vidi, Vinci features seven world premiere recordings from the Neapolitan composer, unearthed for this great recording.

Bob van Asperen, Melante Amsterdam - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos [4CDs] (1999)

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Bob van Asperen, Melante Amsterdam - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos [4CDs] (1999)

Bob van Asperen, Melante Amsterdam - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos [4CDs] (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Total time: 59:35+61:45+47:19+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 61716 2 | Recorded: 1991-1994

Bach is often credited with having invented the keyboard concerto, despite the fact that all of his works in the mode were arrangements of existing concertos for other instruments. Furthermore, whatever influence they may have had was indirect. It’s unlikely that either Haydn or Mozart had heard any of this music or even knew of its existence. But Haydn may have encountered the keyboard concertos of Carl Philippe Emanuel, and Mozart knew Johann Christian’s works in the genre. Nevertheless the elder Bach’s concertos, whether played on a harpsichord, or on a piano, retain a revered place in the keyboard literature.