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The Marian Consort - Josquin, Lusitano & Williams: Inviolata (2022)

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The Marian Consort - Josquin, Lusitano & Williams: Inviolata (2022)

The Marian Consort - Josquin, Lusitano & Williams: Inviolata (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 120 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 74 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:31:02
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Linn Records

This triptych of Inviolata settings marks the beginning of The Marian Consort’s new relationship with Linn, and serves as something of a mission statement: interrogating the music of the past; reviving important, unjustly forgotten works; and using both as inspiration for new compositions.

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge - Choir of King’s College Sings Bach (2022)

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Choir of King’s College, Cambridge - Choir of King’s College Sings Bach (2022)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge - Choir of King’s College Sings Bach (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 2:04:33 | 592 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Warner Classics

The music of Bach has always been a specialty of the Choir of King’s College, who dedicated their first ever recording to him in 1929 for HMV. This collection includes their best renditions of cantatas, the Christmas Oratorio, the Magnificat and St Matthew Passion. Featuring Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Philip Leger, David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury and more.

The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell - Tomas Luis de Victoria: Missa Dum complerentur (1996) Reissue 2011

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The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, James O'Donnell - Tomas Luis de Victoria: Missa Dum complerentur (1996) Reissue 2011

Tomás Luis de Victoria - Missa Dum complerentur; Motets (1996) Reissue 2011
The Choir of Westminster Cathedral; James O'Donnell, Master of Music

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55452 | Time: 01:09:54

Tomás Luis de Victoria was the greatest composer of the Spanish sixteenth-century ‘golden age’ of polyphonic music. This recording is of the six-voice Missa Dum complerentur, the five-part motet on which the Mass is based, and six further hymns and sequences including the great Popule meus, a setting of the Improperia (Reproaches) which form the heart of the liturgy for Good Friday. This is music of compelling beauty, which illustrates well Victoria’s extraordinary capacity to create through simple homophony extremely moving music of great expressiveness.

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

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Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)

Gerd Guglhör, Orpheus Chor München - Franz Lachner: Geistliche Chorwerke - Sacred Choral Works (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 204 Mb | Total time: 55:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC809 | Recorded: 2007

Part of a series of discs devoted to forgotten composers associated with the Bavarian capital of Munich, this release exemplifies the city's still-palpable conservatism. Franz Lachner, who grew up so poor that he and his five siblings had to study music by drumming their fingers on an imaginary keyboard, made his living as composers had for centuries before, but as few did in his own time: as an employee of court and church. The Germans have a word for the style exemplified here, which is not well known outside of a few atypical examples by : they call it the "Palestrina Renaissance." Heard here are a Mass in F major, Op. 130; a Stabat Mater, Op. 154; and a setting of Psalm 15.

Michele Vannelli, Choir and Orchestra of the Cappella Musicale di San Petronio - Giacomo Antonio Perti: Messa a 12 (2011)

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Michele Vannelli, Choir and Orchestra of the Cappella Musicale di San Petronio - Giacomo Antonio Perti: Messa a 12 (2011)

Michele Vannelli, Choir and Orchestra of the Cappella Musicale di San Petronio - Giacomo Antonio Perti: Messa a 12 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 47:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 707 | Recorded: 2006

Perti's music reveals a young and perceptive musical imagination, especially in the constellation of ever-changing solo-voice combinations and the rousing double fugue with which he brings the Mass to such a glorious conclusion. Lovers of Baroque polychorality will enjoy this.

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2244, 476 4499 | Time: 01:11:08
Classical, Choral, Medieval, Gregorian Chant

Filia Sion is the first ECM New Series disc devoted entirely to the Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis. From the beginning of its history, Vox Clamantis has focussed on Gregorian chant as the foundation of European music, but has also maintained strong connections to contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür (members of the ensemble previously appeared on Tüür s Oxymoron album, singing his composition Salve Regina ). Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical. While always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the approach to the work and the selection of pieces is contemporary, with sound and texture and the blending of voices as a focus. As leader Jaan-Eik Tulve explains, Gregorian chant is monophonic music which remarkably emphasizes the blend of voices.

Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

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Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)

Thomas Tallis - Spem in Alium; Missa Salve intemerata (2005)
Oxford Camerata, conducted by Jeremy Summerly

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Naxos | # 8.557770 | Time: 01:17:17

To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Tallis, here are his biggest and best church compositions, performed in its customary high style by the Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly (whose Fauré Requiem remains one of Naxos's all-time bestsellers). Tallis's youthful motet Salve intemerata is among the longest single-movement works of the 16th century, but it is Spem in alium, a work of Tallis's maturity, that overshadows any other English piece of the period, including those of his great contemporary, William Byrd. Scored for 40 independent voices, it is symphonic in proportion and resplendent in this surround-sound version.

Wolfgang Helbich, Steintor Barock Bremen - The Apocryphal Bach Cantatas BWV 217-222 (1992)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Steintor Barock Bremen - The Apocryphal Bach Cantatas BWV 217-222 (1992)

Wolfgang Helbich, Steintor Barock Bremen - The Apocryphal Bach Cantatas BWV 217-222 (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 440 Mb | Total time: 42:28+58:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 139-2 | Recorded: 1991

The cantatas BWV 217-222 are all now regarded as either being of dubious provenance or, in some cases, are definitely identified as being by composers other than J.S. Bach. However, it's worth considering them here because it is still possible that one or two of them may actually be genuine and since there is also a good quality recording available of this set (conducted by Wolfgang Helbich on CPO 999 139-2), so that listeners can come to their own conclusions!

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)

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Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)

Contrapunctus, Owen Rees - In the Midst of Life: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks I (2015)
William Byrd, Robert Parsons, John Taverner, W. Mundy, Thomas Tallis, D. Gerarde, John Sheppard

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD408 | Time: 01:08:16

Following its nomination for a Gramophone Early Music Award in 2014, Contrapunctus releases an album of motets from the Baldwin Tudor partbooks, on the theme of mortality. Conducted by Owen Rees, the album includes Sheppard’s epic Media vita and other Tudor gems by Byrd, Parsons, Mundy, Taverner, Gerarde and Tallis, with Contrapunctus’s own reconstructions of the missing tenor parts.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Richard de Lalande: Petits Motets (1992)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Richard de Lalande: Petits Motets (1992)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Richard de Lalande: Petits Motets (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 67:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901416 | Recorded: 1990, 1992

Petits Motets were generally sung in the Royal Chapel during the Mass between a Grand Motet and the Domine salvum fac Regem. The most extended piece here is a Miserere for solo voice by the King's surintendant de la musique, Lalande. In fact the nine solo verses are sung in alternation with plainchant which would have been intoned by nuns. William Christie, who directs this intimate sequence, divides the solo spoils of this expressive piece between three of his sopranos, Veronique Gens, Sandrine Piau and Arlette Steyer. It would be hard to assemble three more persuasive sopranos than these to execute the music. Their almost faultless intonation, fresh-sounding voices and careful expression are both musically delightful and contextually apposite. Comparisons between the three are, perhaps invidious but Steyer sounds the least assured, technically and stylistically, among them.

Voice - Hildegard Portraits (2022)

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Voice - Hildegard Portraits (2022)

Voice - Hildegard Portraits (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 280 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:07:31
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: SOMM Recordings

SOMM Recordings announces the exciting label debut of Voice with Hildegard Portraits, marking the tenth anniversary of the canonisation of the 12th-century spiritual leader, theologian, mystic, scientist and composer, St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Reger: Mozart-Variationen (1997)

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Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Reger: Mozart-Variationen (1997)

Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Reger: Mozart-Variationen (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 49:06+67:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 449 737-2 | Recorded: 1955, 1956

In 1955 and at the peak of his postwar powers, Karl Böhm recorded Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Berlin Philharmonic with an all-star cast of soloists. It is a great and powerful performance: tightly argued, superbly played, fabulously sung, and very dramatic. Deutsche Grammophon's original mono recording was clear but a little distant, and the digital remastering keeps the clarity and brings the performers a little closer to the listener. In every way that matters, this is a great Missa Solemnis. The thing is, how many recordings of the Missa Solemnis does anyone want or need? There's Böhm's later 1974 with the Vienna Philharmonic, a deeper and more transcendent performance.

Accademia d'Arcadia, UtFaSol Ensemble & Alessandra Rossi Lürig - Grandi: Lætatus sum - Vesper Psalms (2022)

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Accademia d'Arcadia, UtFaSol Ensemble & Alessandra Rossi Lürig - Grandi: Lætatus sum - Vesper Psalms (2022)

Accademia d'Arcadia, UtFaSol Ensemble & Alessandra Rossi Lürig - Grandi: Lætatus sum - Vesper Psalms (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 322 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 170 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:26
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Arcana, Outhere Music

Alessandro Grandi - born in Venice in 1590 - was an extremely precocious talent. Appointed deputy of Monteverdi in 1627 in Saint Mark’s Basilica, he is regarded by scholars as “the greatest motet composer of his time”. After the highly praised Grandi’s motets album “Celesti fiori” (A464), Accademia d’Arcadia now presents Lætatus sum: a selection from the three extant Psalms collections. Grandi ventured in the field of Psalms with large-scale writing only at the end of his life, his collections of Psalms were undoubtedly intended for grand occasions: the relationship between soloists, tutti, and instruments is very modern, as successive portions of the text are set in sharply contrasting textures and styles. Recorded in the sumptuous Palladian church of San Francesco della Vigna in Venice, this recording features magnificent and compelling masterpieces by an author considered by his contemporaries as equal to Monteverdi in the field of sacred music.

Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin - Verdi: Messa da Requiem; Rossini: Stabat Mater (1993)

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Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin - Verdi: Messa da Requiem; Rossini: Stabat Mater (1993)

Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin - Verdi: Messa da Requiem; Rossini: Stabat Mater (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 556 Mb | Total time: 77:40+72:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 684-2 | Recorded: 1954, 1960

This set, issued to mark the 75th anniversary of Fricsay's birth, dates from late 1960 when the conductor was already suffering from the disease that killed him. It was to prove to be his final performance of the piece. I don't think it's fanciful to feel in this intensely dramatic and immediate reading that the conductor fully realized his own mortality. At any rate it's an interpretation of tragic force and lyrical beauty that eclipses most of its rivals. Fricsay was here working with a choir and orchestra entirely devoted to him and, as in the Shaw performance on Telarc/Conifer such familiarity pays huge dividends in terms of unified thought. Then, the circumstances of a live occasion seem to infect everyone concerned with a feeling of urgency.

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Handel: Messiah arr. Mozart (2003)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Handel: Messiah arr. Mozart (2003)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Chœur de Chambre de Namur - Handel: Messiah arr. Mozart (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 531 Mb | Total time: 64:58+61:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5321 | Recorded: 1993

In 1789, a performance of "Messiah" that was to have a radical effect on the course of the oratorio's performance history was given in Vienna. Baron Gottfried Van Swieten, who later translated and edited the text for Haydn's "Creation", had, as a diplomat in London during the late 1760s, become an ardent Handelian. Among other Handel scores, he took back to Austria a copy of the first edition of the full score of "Messiah", published by Randall and Abell in 1767. Beginning with "Judas Maccabaeus" in 1779, he introduced works by Handel into the annual oratorio series given for the benefit of the Tonkunstler Society, a Viennese musical charity. In 1789, he presented "Messiah" and, for this Viennese premiere, commissioned Mozart to fill out the accompaniments, largely dispensing with keyboard continuo and replacing the tromba parts practically unplayable for late 18th century trumpeters.