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Chandos Baroque Players - Jan Dismas Zelenka: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (2002)

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Chandos Baroque Players - Jan Dismas Zelenka: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (2002)

Chandos Baroque Players - Jan Dismas Zelenka: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 73:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDH55106 | Recorded: 1990

These lamentations are beautifully conceived by Zelenka who has a knack for providing wonderful melodies imbued with mysticism and dignity both for chorus and orchestra. Each lamentation is about twenty four minutes long and is split into two parts that contain some crafty, intelligent writing. The three soloists are quite magnificent in their portrayals of Christ's passion with Michael George particularly impressive in all pieces.
The Chandos Baroque Players are always up to the forefront of proceedings and provide admirably succinct accompaniments. Hyperion has also retained the excellent notes that accompanied the original issue and as I already mentioned, this is now one of the most satisfying releases in the sterling Helios series.
(Gerald Fenech)

Utah Symphony Orchestra, Thierry Fischer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (2017)

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Utah Symphony Orchestra, Thierry Fischer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (2017)

Utah Symphony Orchestra, Thierry Fischer, Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 79:32 min | 373 MB
Label: Reference Recordings | Tracks: 14 | Rls.date: 2017

The Utah Symphony is one of America s major symphony orchestras and a leading cultural organization in the Intermountain West. It is recognized internationally for its distinctive performances, commitment to music education programs, history and recording legacy. Here they join with the internationally-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir to present a thrilling and authoritative interpretation of the immense Mahler Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand.

Domkantorei St. Pölten & Otto Kargl - J.S. Bach: Choral Sacred Works (Live) (2017)

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Domkantorei St. Pölten & Otto Kargl - J.S. Bach: Choral Sacred Works (Live) (2017)

Domkantorei St. Pölten & Otto Kargl - J.S. Bach: Choral Sacred Works (Live)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 67:30 min | 321 MB
Label: Fra Bernardo | Tracks: 16 | Rls.date: 2017

The Domkantorei St. Pölten, under the direction of Otto Kargl, is one of the most profound amateur choirs in Austria. The group was founded in 1992 by Kappelmeister Otto Kargle. It is an exquisite special ensemble with only about 20 members and the group is mainly concerned with music written prior to the year 1800 as well as contemporary choral literature. In addition to the liturgical service at the cathedral church in St. Polten, the ensemble regularly performs at the Carinthian Summer, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Musica Sacra Festival, and the Festspielhaus St. Polten.

Ensemble Turicum - Pergolesi: Messa a 5 voci; Leo: Sinfonia "Il Demetrio"; Gallassi: Te Deum; Perez: Trio (2004)

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Ensemble Turicum - Pergolesi: Messa a 5 voci; Leo: Sinfonia "Il Demetrio"; Gallassi: Te Deum; Perez: Trio (2004)

Ensemble Turicum - Pergolesi: Messa a 5 voci; Leo: Sinfonia "Il Demetrio"; Gallassi: Te Deum; Perez: Trio (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 57:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617159 | Recorded: 2003

The world has not yet fully discovered the riches of the impressive music libraries and archives of Portugal. They testify to the often complex trajectories followed all over Europe by a repertoire of splendid pieces, many of them showing the extent to which the Italian style had taken root in eighteenth-century Portugal. The superb mass by Pergolesi recorded here is a highly characteristic example. But the ensemble Turicum wanted to go even further in their exploration of this repertoire, accompanying the mass with performances of works by composers now totally (and unjustly) unknown, such as Antonio Gallassi and David Perez, not to mention Leonardo leo, acknowledged in his own time as a supreme master of sacred music.

Krzysztof Penderecki & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir - Warsaw Philharmonic: Penderecki Conducts Penderecki Vol. 2 (2017)

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Krzysztof Penderecki & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir - Warsaw Philharmonic: Penderecki Conducts Penderecki Vol. 2 (2017)

Krzysztof Penderecki & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir - Warsaw Philharmonic: Penderecki Conducts Penderecki Vol. 2 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:33:32 | 220 MB
Label: WM Poland

The first album from the series Warsaw Philharmonic: Penderecki conducts Penderecki was widely acclaimed and garnered several awards, including a GRAMMY (Best Choral Music Album) along with major prizes from the Fryderyks, O!Lśnienie (the Onet.pl website) and many others. These accolades affirm that the release of this album is not only a historic event – the composer conducting his own works for the first time recording with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir – but also serves as a reminder that classical music is a great source of pride for Poland and a major attraction on the international scene.

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

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Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 61:04 min | 322 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

After several recordings on Ricercar and a first disc on Alpha, Actus Tragicus, containing early Bach cantatas, ‘of staggering profundity, purity and beauty’ (ffff Télérama), Lionel Meunier and his ensemble Vox Luminis devote this new project to two showpieces by Handel and Bach.

Ensemble LaCappella - Raunächte: The Twelve Nights after Christmas (2017)

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Ensemble LaCappella - Raunächte: The Twelve Nights after Christmas (2017)

Ensemble LaCappella - Raunächte: The Twelve Nights after Christmas (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:49:31 | 113 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Rondeau Records

Raunächte’: these are the twelve cold, dark nights that, across Northern Europe, are steeped in myths and spirituality. The various ensembles of the LaCappella family present compositions that capture their very unique atmosphere, telling stories of stillness, snow, and joyful expectation.

Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis - Codex Sanblasinus: Medieval Mass for the Feast of the Annuntiation (2004)

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Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis - Codex Sanblasinus: Medieval Mass for the Feast of the Annuntiation (2004)

Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis - Codex Sanblasinus: Medieval Mass for the Feast of the Annuntiation (2004)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 55:03 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Hungaroton | Catalog: HCD 32200

Hungaraton's Codex Sanblasianus: Medieval Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation is a rather mysterious entry for a number of reasons. One will look in vain for the title "Codex Sanblasianus" anywhere outside the context of this disc, and that raises a red flag as to exactly what manuscript János Mezei and the Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis is referring. It is British Museum Add. 27630, a South German manuscript from the second half of the fourteenth century.

Christophe Coin, Les Chantres de la Chapelle, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges - Mondonville: Grand Motets (1997)

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Christophe Coin, Les Chantres de la Chapelle, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges - Mondonville: Grand Motets (1997)

Christophe Coin, Les Chantres de la Chapelle, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges - Mondonville: Grand Motets (1997)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:09 | 288 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Auvidis Astree | Catalog: E8614

Perhaps the leading post-Harnoncourt cellist in the early music movement, Christophe Coin has developed a particular interest in music of late eighteenth century Vienna. He began studying the cello as a child in Caen, then enrolled in the Paris Conservatory, where his principal teacher was André Navarra. After taking first prize in a conservatory competition, Coin moved to Vienna where, at the Academy for Music, he became a disciple of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and performed in the latter's Concentus Musicus.

La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

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La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)
Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; La Nuova Musica; David Bates, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM907589 | Time: 01:04:14

Two of Bach’s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi’s 'Stabat mater', an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century’s most influential composers. Bach so admired the composition of his Neapolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Nuova Musica, in its 10th anniversary year, and its two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.

David Lol Perry - Three Wings (2017)

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David Lol Perry - Three Wings (2017)

David Lol Perry - Three Wings
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:26 min | 297 MB
Label: Warner Classics | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

Three Wings is a sublime collection of 14th Century plainsong reimagined for the 21st Century with added electro-acoustic instrumentation by composer/producer David Lol Perry, and featuring the heavenly voices of the Winchester College Quiristers.

Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

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Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

Joonas Kokkonen - Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)
Jan Lehtola (organ); Suvi Väyrynen (soprano); Joose Vähäsöyrinki (baritone)
Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | # TOCC0434 | Time: 00:55:33

The music of Joonas Kokkonen (1921–96), one of the most important Finnish composers after Sibelius, radiates warmth and light. His limited output is largely introvert in character but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. Kokkonen’s Requiem (1980–81), written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces. This first recording is complemented by the first complete recording of Kokkonen’s four works for solo organ.

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)

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Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included | 00:57:07
Modern Classical, Vocal Music, World Fusion, Ambient | Label: 4AD | # CAD 2403 CD

Immortal Memory is a collaboration between vocalist Lisa Gerrard and Irish composer Patrick Cassidy. Billed as a cycle of life and death and rebirth, Immortal Memory is better described as an orphaned film score. Cassidy's warm arrangements allow the former Dead Can Dance singer to step out of the dark medieval world that she's called home for nearly 20 years – though there is much of that world within these castle walls – and focus on the simplicity of love, faith, and loss with a grace that's bereft of the icy perfection of her previous work. Gerrard, whose voice has aged like the finest oak, displays an almost supernatural mastery of the material. Her effortless contralto wraps itself around the ten Gaelic, Latin, and Aramaic spirituals like an evening prayer, making each stunning entrance the equivalent of audio comfort food.

Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga & Sigvards Klava - Vasks: Laudate Dominum (2017)

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga & Sigvards Klava - Vasks: Laudate Dominum (2017)

Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga & Sigvards Klava - Vasks: Laudate Dominum
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 66:53 min | 271 MB
Label: Ondine | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017

This release includes new works written by Pteris Vasks (b. 1946), internationally the most well-known composer from Latvia, performed by his compatriots, the Latvian Radio Choir and Sinfonietta Riga under the direction of Sigvards Kava. During the years both the choir and the orchestra have collaborated extensively with the composer and premiered several works by him, including Da pacem, Domine which was premiered as a part of Pteris Vasks' 70th anniversary concert in 2016. This album is the third album dedicated to works by Pteris Vasks by the Latvian Radio Choir and Sigvards Kava on Ondine.

I Cantori Gregoriani & La Reverdie - The Night of Saint Nicholas (2017)

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I Cantori Gregoriani & La Reverdie - The Night of Saint Nicholas (2017)

I Cantori Gregoriani & La Reverdie - The Night of Saint Nicholas
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:47 min | 298 MB
Label: Arcana | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

Winter feasts like the Latin Saturnalia and the Germanic Yule, airborne gift-giving figures like the Norse Ođinn Jólnir, the Slavic Ded Moroz, the Dutch Sinterklaas: from time immemorial December skies have been rather busy. Pagan patterns were readapted to Christianity – and a canonised bishop from fourth-century Asia Minor, Nikolaos, whose feast occurred near the winter solstice, merged with another bearded benefactor. Wotan’s hood and Nicholas’s mitre were mixed up, and by the nineteenth century Santa Claus was ready to don new red and white robes and to deliver toys on both sides of the Atlantic.