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Philip Cave, Magnificat - Orlandus Lassus: The Alchemist, Volume 1 (2024)

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Philip Cave, Magnificat - Orlandus Lassus: The Alchemist, Volume 1 (2024)

Philip Cave, Magnificat - Orlandus Lassus: The Alchemist, Volume 1 (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 657 Mb | Total time: 02:37:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 660 | Recorded: 2023

Under the direction of Philip Cave, Magnificat embarks on a three-volume journey exploring the ingenuity of Orlandus Lassus. In this rich collection of Magnificats based on polyphonic models, Lassus – ‘The Alchemist’ – demonstrates an unsurpassed ability to reimagine existing material in the creation of his own works. This first volume of the series presents Lassus’s Magnificats based on madrigals, featuring models by Philippe Verdelot, Cipriano de Rore, and Alessandro Striggio among others. The second album will comprise Lassus’s canticles based on motets, and the third will conclude with those inspired by chansons. In celebrating Lassus as ‘The Alchemist’, Magnificat reveals the creative process and skill he employed in re-working the original music and illuminates a significant repertory that is underrepresented in contemporary liturgical or concert settings.

Erato Choir & Dario Ribechi - Pizzetti, Margutti & Donati: Sacred Works (2024)

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Erato Choir & Dario Ribechi - Pizzetti, Margutti & Donati: Sacred Works (2024)

Erato Choir & Dario Ribechi - Pizzetti, Margutti & Donati: Sacred Works (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 225 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 119 Mb | 00:51:49
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Dynamic

The three Italian choral works on this album cast new light on pre-existing musical material. Corrado Margutti’s Missa Lorca fuses the words of Federico Garcia Lorca with an evocation of Monteverdi’s polyphonic textures to create fascinating sounds, as the two movements from the Mass reveal. Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem, the first of his great choral compositions, offers a wealth of expressive detail notably the use of Gregorian chant in music of huge range and richness. Lorenzo Donati’s Sicut Cervus fittingly concludes this selection as it threads music from Palestrina into his piece illuminating the past with vivid new colours.

Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimitti (2017)

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Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimitti (2017)

Kaspars Putniņš, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimitti (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 59:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-2292 SACD | Recorded: 2017

Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Schnittke’s adoption of Christianity was triggered by the death of his mother in 1972, and culminated in his later conversion to Catholicism. Pärt was from a nominally Lutheran background in Estonia, but embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, following intensive study of liturgical music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their early careers.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 4 (2000)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Sacred Music Vol. 4 (2000)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Motets, Litanies à la Vierge (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 319 Mb | Total time: 67:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | 8.554453 | Recorded: 1998

Charpentier here offers elegant and intimate music that ranges from the delicate to the exuberant, the lyrical, and the dramatic. Most if not all of these pieces were probably written for the musical establishment of the Duchess of Guise, who was Charpentiers patron from 1670 until her death in 1688. The performing forces on this recording consist of five singes, two obligato violins and a continuo ensemble with theorbos the most prominent harmony instruments. While some of he music could conceivably be performed with larger forces, the chamber-like scale of these readings suites the character of the music admirably. Both texts and music suggest private household devotion rather than public liturgy. Texts range from the traditional seasonal Marian Antiphons to anonymous Latin devotional poetry of the Counter-Reformation.

Owen Rees, The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford - Caeli Porta: 17th-Century sacred music from Lisbon & Granada (2008)

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Owen Rees, The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford - Caeli Porta: 17th-Century sacred music from Lisbon & Granada (2008)

Owen Rees, The Choir of the Queen’s College Oxford - Caeli Porta: 17th-Century sacred music from Lisbon & Granada (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 60:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Guild | GMCD7323 | Recorded: 2007, 2008

Portuguese music enjoyed its most spectacular flowering in the early seventeenth century. Many of the greatest composers were gathered in the capital Lisbon, and this was a period when many Portuguese musicians also made their careers in Spain, which was then linked to Portugal politically. This recording presents masterpieces of Portuguese polyphony from Lisbon and Granada brought to light by the choir’s director, Owen Rees. The Lisbon composers represented are Duarte Lobo (chapelmaster at the Cathedral), Pedro de Cristo (chapelmaster at the Monastery of São Vicente), and Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (organist at the Royal Chapel).

Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater (1983)

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Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater (1983)

Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus - Gioacchino Rossini: Stabat Mater (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 64:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 410 034-2 | Recorded: 1982

There's no doubting Gioachino Rossini's sincerity in his Stabat Mater – he himself was so moved by the piece that he couldn't bear to attend the work's dress rehearsal or any of its first performances – but still, his setting of the Latin text is, strictly speaking, only a sacred work. With its heightened drama, its passionate lyricism and its histrionic virtuosity, it is actually an emotional work, a work in which the composer takes the Latin text as an opportunity to demonstrate its feelings on the subjects of grief and death.

Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra, Corydon Singers - Anton Bruckner: Requiem in D minor (1987)

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Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra, Corydon Singers - Anton Bruckner: Requiem in D minor (1987)

Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra, Corydon Singers - Anton Bruckner: Requiem in D minor (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 55:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66245 | Recorded: 1987

Bruckner’s early Requiem of 1849 and the setting of Psalm 114 (really 116) were composed well before his long period of gruelling technical study with Simon Sechter, during which period he was permitted to compose almost nothing. That was followed by another stretch with Otto Kitzler, less prohibitive so far as creative work was concerned, but still severe; at this time he wrote the Overture in G minor, the ‘study’ symphony in F minor, and a number of choral pieces, including the substantial Psalm 112 (with orchestra) on this record. This period of deliberate creative abstinence has led to the belief that Bruckner was a late starter, that he wrote no music of worth before he was about forty.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1985)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater (1985)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists - Domenico Scarlatti: Stabat Mater; Cavalli: Salve Regina; Gesualdo: Ave, Dulcissima Maria; Jacques Clément: O Maria, Vernans rosa (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 190 Mb | Total time: 46:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45219-2 | Recorded: 1984

These works by Scarlatti, Cavali, Gesualdo and Clément form a posy in honour of the Virgin, a reflection and echo of the abundant wealth of Western polyphony. The pieces recorded here share an undoubted Roman Catholic identity. They are, as it were, witnesses, each in its own way, of the ever-renewed adventure of discovery of choral singing, and they illustrate the idea of a Marian liturgy that is both a source of beauty and emotion and a spiritual guide to the faithful.

Peter Schreier, Kammerorchester C.Ph.E. Bach, RIAS Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; Masses BWV 233-236 (1994)

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Peter Schreier, Kammerorchester C.Ph.E. Bach, RIAS Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; Masses BWV 233-236 (1994)

Peter Schreier, Kammerorchester C.Ph.E. Bach, RIAS Kammerchor - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; Masses BWV 233-236 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 563 Mb | Total time: 139:01 | Covers included
Classical | Label: Philips | 438 873-2 | Recorded: 1993

It was a real treat to revisit this recording—to be reminded how exuberant the celebratory sections, how crisply articulated both the choral and orchestral performances, how perfectly calibrated and lively the tempos, how buoyant the spirit of the playing and singing. And the solo singing is pretty fine too. Made in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche in 1993, the production offers superb sound that conveys a natural presence of singers and instruments while capturing proper balances among the various performance components—there’s a surprising vibrancy to the sound that I don’t recall from the original recording.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor; Lupi: Te Deum & motets (2020)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor; Lupi: Te Deum & motets (2020)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor; Lupi: Te Deum & motets (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 70:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68304 | Recorded: 2019

Mining the rich musical seam of the Low Countries, Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble have once again unearthed sixteenth-century treasure in the works of Lupus Hellinck and Johannes Lupi.

The Sarum Consort, Andrew Mackay - Peter Philips: Cantiones Sacrae Quinis et Octonibus Vocibus (2011)

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The Sarum Consort, Andrew Mackay - Peter Philips: Cantiones Sacrae Quinis et Octonibus Vocibus (2011)

The Sarum Consort, Andrew Mackay - Peter Philips: Cantiones Sacrae Quinis et Octonibus Vocibus (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 65:08 | 307 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.572832

Peter Philips was the most famous English composer of his time, and only Byrd, a generation older, had more compositions published. Much of Philips’s life was spent on the Continent, where he wrote music of intricate, text-conscious colour, both deeply expressive and architecturally powerful. His motets and anthems, whether celebratory, meditative or dramatic, embrace the widest range of feeling and texture. The much-admired Sarum Consort’s disc All the Queen’s Men (8572582) was praised for its ‘energy and aplomb’.

Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2012)

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Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2012)

Frank Markowitsch, Vokalakademie Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Vespro della Beata Vergine (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 261 Mb | Total time: 59:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rondeau | ROP6062 | Recorded: 2012

Those surprised by the existence of a Vespro della beata vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin) by Alessandro Scarlatti can take comfort in the fact that there is actually no such thing; what's on offer here is a collection of psalm settings along with a hymn and Magnificat that could have been used for the Vespers service during Scarlatti's time. But, noted Susanne Fontaine, the same is true of Claudio Monteverdi's famous set of Vespers of 1610, which was a compilation rather than a unified work. Whatever the origins of Scarlatti's pieces, they do seem to fit together nicely as a set, evincing a mixture of Baroque Catholic traditionalism and operatic thinking. Several of the psalms work chant material into contrapuntal choral sections, contrasting it with more florid solo passages.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 505 Mb | Total time: 119:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips ‎| 442 142-2 | Recorded: 1992

This religious masterpiece, composed in memory of the great Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873), has themes even more cosmic than any in Verdi's other operas: life and death, heaven and hell, the Christian vision of humanity's redemption, the end of the world, and the last judgment. Verdi's music rises to the tremendous demands of this subject matter; it is music of grandeur, guilt, terror, and consolation, with a breadth of vision and an intensity of feeling unique in the composer's work and in religious music. John Eliot Gardiner's is the first recording made with period instruments, a kind of performance that some musiclovers still dismiss as dilettantism, more concerned with musicological correctness than feeling and communication.

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Almisonis Melos: Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex (2000)

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Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Almisonis Melos: Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex (2000)

Giuseppe Maletto, Cantica Symphonia - Almisonis Melos: Latin Motets and Mass Fragments in the Ivrea Codex (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 454 Mb | Total time: 64:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OP30-309 | Recorded: 2000

A French manuscript from the 14th-Century said to be compiled in Avignon, the seat of the papacy during the time, the Ivrea Codex contains several styles of music from the time making it one of the most important surviving documents from the Medieval era. This recording features harmonious vocals backed by light instrumentation. The first-rate performance of Cantica Symphonia brings an element of the sublime and divine making this one of the best releases from the Early Music genre.

Pietro Busca, Accademia del Ricercare - Franchino Gaffurio: Missa de Carnaval, Motetti Missales (2019)

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Pietro Busca, Accademia del Ricercare  - Franchino Gaffurio: Missa de Carnaval, Motetti Missales (2019)

Pietro Busca, Accademia del Ricercare - Franchino Gaffurio: Missa de Carnaval, Motetti Missales (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 60:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Elegia Classics | # ELECLA19069 | Recorded: 2019

Per celebrare il quinto centenario della morte di Leonardo da Vinci, il genio italiano che nel suo Trattato della pittura scrisse «La musica non è da essere chiamata altro che sorella della pittura», la Elegia Classics è orgogliosa di presentare un disco interamente dedicato a Franchinus Gaffurius, compositore lodigiano oggi quasi dimenticato, ma che ebbe lo straordinario onore di venire ritratto da Leonardo. Il programma è imperniato intorno alla Missa De Carnaval, una delle sue opere più significative, composta per l’ultima domenica prima della quaresima del rito ambrosiano, alla quale fanno corona alcuni mottetti di suggestiva bellezza, che tratteggiano un affascinante spaccato del panorama musicale negli ultimi anni del XV secolo.