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31 October 2012

Serate Musicali


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Date CD: November 13, 2006 | Decca | 136:00

Disc 1

Imagine an invitation to hear Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge performing French and Italian drawing-room songs in their own home, and that is very much the atmosphere behind this generally delightful collection.

tracklist:

1. Il sospiro by Gaetano Donizetti
2. Il poveretto by Giuseppe Verdi
3. Vaga luna che inargenti by Vincenzo Bellini
4. Stornello marinara by Domenico Cimarosa
5. La tua stella by Pietro Mascagni
6. A Mezzanotte by Gaetano Donizetti
7. Au printemps by Charles Gounod
8. Chanson de Florian by Benjamin Godard
9. Pensée d'automne by Jules Massenet
10. Quand la bien-aimée reviendra by Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac
11. Mélodies no 2, L'esclave by Edouard Lalo
12. Sérénades no 1, Sérénade française by Ruggero Leoncavallo
13. I tempi assai lontani by Ottorino Respighi
14. Dolente immagine di Fille mia by Vincenzo Bellini
15. Malinconia, ninfa gentile by Vincenzo Bellini
16. Il trovatore by Amilcare Ponchielli
17. Ultima speme by Ernesto De Curtis
18. Le soir by Ambroise Thomas
19. Aimons-nous by Camille Saint-Saëns
20. Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
21. Pastorale by Georges Bizet
22. Oh! si les fleurs avaient des yeux by Jules Massenet
23. Komm du schönes Fischermädchen by Giacomo Meyerbeer
24. Les hirondelles by Félicien César David
25. Berceuse by Cécile Louise Chaminade
26. Poème d'amour: no 4, Puisqu'elle a pris ma vie by Jules Massenet
27. Les filles de Cadix by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
28. Mariquita by Adolphe Adam
29. Serate musicali by Gioachino Rossini
30. Adieu à la vie by Gioachino Rossini
31. La petite bohémienne" by Gioachino Rossini
32. Arietta all'antica by Gioachino Rossini
33. Aimons-nous! by Reynaldo Hahn
34. Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole" by Léo Delibes

Dame Joan Sutherland
Richard Bonynge: piano


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30 October 2012

Carmina Burana


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Date CD: January 1, 2008 | Harmonia Mundi | 61:00


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Besides songs criticising their epoch with violent emotion, we find in Carmina Burana graceful love songs, songs of Spring, some based on inner emotions, besides others which are definitely immoral.
On this record, first issued in 1975, René Clemencic has produced an interpretation that is fanciful, vividly colourful and reasonably entertaining. To have made it otherwise would have been to deny the music any artistic (by today's standards) or even commercial value. Enjoy his vision of Carmina burana for what it is, then, but do not be tricked into thinking that you are eavesdropping on something authentically medieval, as the words "version originate" on the sleeve might imply, for you are not.

tracklist:


   1. Bacche, bene venies (CB 200)
   2. Virent prata hiemata (CB 151)
   3. Nonem a sollempnibus (CB 52)
   4. Alte clamat Epicurus / Nu lebe ich (CB 211 / 211a)
   5. Vite perdite II (CB 31)
   6. Vacillantis trutine (CB 108)
   7. In taberna quando sumus (CB 196)
   8. Iste mundus (CB 24)
   9. Axe Phebus aureo (CB 71)
  10. Dulce solum natalis patrie (CB 119)
  11. Procurans odium (CB 12)
  12. Vite perdite I (CB 31)
  13. Sic mea fata canendo (CB 116)
  14. Ich was ein chint so wolgeran (CB 185)
  15. Deduc Syon, uberrimas (CB 34)
  16. Ecce torpet probitas (CB 3)
  17. In terra summus rex (CB 11)
  18. Fas et nefas ambulant (CB 19)
  19. Flete flenda (CB 5)
  20. Homo qui vigeas (CB 22)

Clemencic Consort - René Clemencic


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29 October 2012

Alice Mary Smith


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Date CD: March 22, 2005 | Chandos | 66:04


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Because of Mendelssohn's dominance of British music in the Victorian era, it is unsurprising that Alice Mary Smith's Symphony in C minor (1863), her Andante for clarinet and orchestra (1872-1873), and the Symphony in A minor (1876) all bear the influence of the Leipzig master, as she received it from her teachers. One might stop there and dismiss Smith's efforts as competent imitations of Mendelssohn that are pleasant and perhaps engaging, but hardly compelling in expression or startling in originality. Yet Smith, as one of the first women in nineteenth century England to master the intricacies of orchestral composition and to acquit herself twice in the field of the symphony, should be appreciated as a rather successful pioneer in the male-dominated culture, and equal to her contemporaries in taste and ability. Indeed, a comparison with other British symphonies of the time will show that Smith was far from mediocre, but merely bound to the conventions everyone observed until the advent of Elgar. The crisp performances by Howard Shelley and the London Classical Players make Smith's works intelligible in details and formally coherent, as required in such Classically oriented pieces. These premiere recordings are wonderfully reproduced by Chandos, so Smith's music may be judged fairly, without the impediments of inept interpretation or faulty sound.
by Blair Sanderson

tracklist:

Symphony in A minor
Andante for clarinet & orchestra
Symphony in C minor


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26 October 2012

Melodious Melancholye


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Date CD: April 29, 2008 | Raum Klang | 54:22


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"Melodious" is an apt choice of adjective for these musicians, as their voices are very strong, pleasant, and beautiful. The instrumental performances are likewise cogent and skillful, and Ensemble Belladonna's offhand and casual style of playing seems idiomatic in a way that seems to the manner born, nothing in the performances smack of conspicuous realization. 
The program consists of a wide variety of English songs dating from the beginning of the thirteenth century to the early decades of the fifteenth. 
The annotation of Melodious Melancholye is sensible and contains details on sources for each piece within the track listing. 
Raum Klang's recording is a little quiet, but one only turn it up if need be; in every other way this maiden voyage for Ensemble Belladonna is a superb effort, and should win the group both wide admiration and many fans.

tracklist:


1. Worldes Blis Ne Last No Throwe
2. Hevene quene, for ensemble (after the song 'Edi beo thu hevene quene')
3. Miri it is while sumer ilast, estampie
4. Ar ne kut ich sorghe non
5. Bryd one brere (Bird on a Briar), song
6. Dou way, Robin / Sancta mater gracie, motet
7. Wel were hym that wyst, song
8. Abide, I hope it be the best, song
9. Plus penser que dire, faux-bordon chanson in 3 parts
10. Alas, departynge is ground of woo, song
11. Walter Frye - Alas, alas is my chief song, for 3 voices
12. Walter Frye - So ys emprinted, cantus melody
13. Robertus de Anglia - O fallaze e ria Fortuna, three-part song
14. Johannes Bedyngham - Agwillare for 2 voices (attrib.)
15. My wofull hert of all gladnesse
16. Lullay, lullow


Ensemble Belladonna
Miriam Andersen - voice, harp
Rebecca Bain - voice, fiddle
Susanne Ansorg - fiddle, rebec


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25 October 2012

Elina Garanca: Romantique


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Date CD: September 03, 2012 | DG | 60:42


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Romantique is a knockout!


In Romantique, Elīna Garanča makes a smashing return to the studio and puts her imprint upon the big Romantic repertory, brilliantly portraying such different heroines as Tchaikovsky's Joan of Arc (The Maid of Orleans), Gounod's Sapho and Saint-Saëns' Dalila.

Elīna Garanča's mezzo-soprano is velvet; she is a stunning figure on stage; her formidable technique encompasses repertoire from Mozart and bel canto to dramatic roles and contemporary music.

Conductor Yves Abel's penchant for the voice and skill at leading an orchestra draws beautiful sound and potent drama from the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

tracklist:

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)
La Favorite - Act 3 - Oh! Mon Fernand

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Samson et Dalila - Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
The Maid of Orléans - Act 1 - Farewell you native hills and fields

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Sapho - Act 3 - O ma lyre immortelle
Faust - Faites-lui mes aveux

Nicola Vaccai (1790 - 1848)
Giulietta e Romeo - Act 2 - Giulietta! oh! mia Giulietta! - Ah! se tu dormi

Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 - Scène 15. Romance. "D'amour l'ardente flamme"

Edouard Lalo (1823 - 1892)
Le Roi d'Ys - Act 2 - De tous cotés - Lorsque je t'ai vu soudain

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
La Reine de Saba - Act 3 - Plus grand, dans son obscurité


Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor, Yves Abel



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24 October 2012

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto


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Date CD: March 22, 2011 | Decca | 73:35

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With this recording of the Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F, Riccardo Chailly blends the classical elegance and sophistication of the Gewandhaus Orchestra with the jazz/blues sensibility of the mercurial Milan-born jazz legend Stefano Bollani.

The Rhapsody was fittingly performed in the jazz-band version (orchestrated by Paul Whiteman), while the Concerto was in Gershwin's original symphonic orchestration.

Completing the well-filled album (over 73 minutes) are the symphonic suite Catfish Row - derived from Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess - and Gershwin's earliest significant work, the Broadway-inspired rag Rialto Ripples. 


tracklist:


Rhapsody in Blue
Porgy and Bess Suite (Catfish Row)
Concerto in F
Rialto Ripples (Rag)*

The last 1'30" of the Rag is really exhilarating!


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23 October 2012

The Black Madonna


Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Covers | 341 Mb
Date CD: May 26, 1998 | Naxos | 65:22


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This unbelievably wonderful collection is one of those Early Music "concert" discs, presenting a range of pieces which share some common trait, in order to give the listener an impression of the period - musically, philosophically, culturally, even spiritually. There are three main sources for the music here: the famous Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, the even more inspired Cantigas de Santa Maria and troubadour songs - all in praise of the Virgin. 

tracklist:


1. Cuncti simus concanentes
2. Quant voi la flor novele
3. A Madre do que a bestia
4. Amours, ou trop tart me sui pris
5. Quant ay lomon consirat
6. Martiam, matrem Virginem
7. O Virgo splendens
8. Tanto son da groriosa
9. Comencerai a fere un lai
10. Cantiga de Santa Maria No. 77/119
11. O Maria, maris stella
12. Los set gotxs


Ensemble Unicorn 
Michael Posch (conductor)



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22 October 2012

Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit


EAC | APE + CUE | Covers | 348 Mb
Date CD: February 12, 2002 | Virgin | 73:49



Massenet’s ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs and Saint-Saëns Introduction et rondo capriccioso: at first glance this is simply a collection of violin lollipops, albeit with a French flavour. Indeed, it is strangely heartwarming to find that record companies still encourage rising stars such as Renaud Capuçon to make such discs. While remaining firmly populist in flavour, the music on closer acquaintance reveals that it comprises a superior example of the breed. Four of the eight works are by Saint-Saëns, giving the programme an element of exploring repertoire with some kind of logic, rather than being a random collection of bonbons. The fireworks of Ravel’s Tzigane and the more sublime Rêverie et caprice of Berlioz fit seamlessly into this programme and the inclusion of Danse macabre is inspired, although the frenetic pace at the opening leaves nowhere to go at the end. Milhaud’s arrangement for violin and orchestra of Le boeuf sur le toit, complete with fiendish cadenza by Honegger, sits a little awkwardly at the end of the programme, but sounds better here than in rival versions. Throughout, Capuçon exquisitely slips from silken tones to gritty determination and back as the music demands. Most importantly, he and Daniel Harding are patently having immense fun. 


-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine

tracklist:

1. Saint Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

2. Massenet: Meditation from "Thais"
3. Saint Saens: Havanaise
4. Ravel: Tzigane
5. Saint Saens (arranged by Ysaye): Valse-caprice
6. Saint Saens: Danse macabre
7. Berlioz: Reverie et Caprice
8. Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit


Renaud Capucon (violin)
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Daniel Harding (director)






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19 October 2012

Trio Settecento: An Italian Sojourn


Easy CD-DA | APE + CUE | Covers | 400 Mb
Date CD: September 4, 2007 | Cedille Records | 70:00

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What a difference a decade makes! In 1996, John Mark Rozendaal, David Schrader, and I collaborated on a recording of Handel’s Violin Sonatas. We enjoyed working together so much that in 1997, we formed Trio Settecento. This album, An Italian Sojourn, represents the culmination of ten years’ growth for us as individuals and as an ensemble.

In 1996, I recorded Handel using a modernized 1617 Amati and a baroque bow. My interpretations on that album combined a historically-informed approach to phrasing and ornamentation with a contemporary application of vibrato. This continues to be my approach when performing a Baroque sonata alongside Romantic and 20th/21st Century works on my 1742 Guarneri del Gesu.

However, my exploration of the sound world of the 17th and 18th Centuries has evolved significantly. In 2002, I began performing this music on a 1770 Nicola Gagliano in original condition. This beautiful instrument has had a remarkable effect on my capability to be faithful to the early composers’ intents and to bring their music most fully to life. 
Rachel Barton Pine

tracklist:


Castello: Sonata ottava in D minor
Stradella: Sinfonia in D minor
Marini: Sonata a due in D minor
Locatelli: Sonata da camera, Op. 6, No. 2 in F Major
Corelli: Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3
Tartini: Sonata Pastorale in A Major
Handel: Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a
Veracini: Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 12

Trio Settecento

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin
John Mark Rozendaal, Violoncello
Davis Schrader, Harpsichord


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18 October 2012

C.P.E. Bach: Concerti Wg46, Wg23, Wg165


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Date CD: April 16, 1990 | DHM | 66:43

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tracklist:

Double Concerto for 2 harpsichords, 2 horns, 
strings & continuo in F major, Wq. 46
Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in D minor, Wq. 23
Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in E flat major, Wq. 165

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord
Alan Curtis, Harpsichord
Helmut Hucke, Baroque Oboe

Collegium Aureum
Franz Josef Maier, Conductor


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17 October 2012

Romantic Callas


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Date CD: May 11, 2004 | EMI | 146:49

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Disc 1

01. Giordano: La mamma morta (Andrea Chenier)
02. Puccini: Un bel dì vedremo (Madama Butterfly)
03. Puccini: O soave fanciulla (La boheme)
04. Bellini: Come per me sereno (La sonnambula)
05. Verdi: E il sol dell'anima (Rigoletto)
06. Verdi: Caro nome (Rigoletto)
07. Verdi: Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici (La Traviata)
08. Verdi: Parigi, o cara (La Traviata)
09. Verdi: Tacea la notte placida (Il Trovatore)
10. Puccini: Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta (Tosca)
11. Puccini: Vissi d’arte (Tosca)
12. Puccini: Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly)
13. Verdi: O terra, addio (Aida)
14. Verdi: Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor)
15. Donizetti: Verranno a te sull’aure (Lucia di Lammermoor)

Disc 2

01. Saint-Saens: Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta voix (Samson et Dalila)
02. Bizet: Comme autrefois (Les Pecheurs de perles)
03. Bizet: Non, tu ne m’aimes pas (Carmen)
04. Berlioz: D’amour l’ardente flamme (La Damnation de Faust)
05. Massenet: Des cris joyeux (Werther)
06. Mozart: Non mi dir (Don Giovanni)
07. Spontini: Caro oggetto (La vestale)
08. Bellini: Son geloso del zefiro errante (La sonnambula)
09. Verdi: Non sai tu che se l’anima mia (Un ballo in maschera)
10. Mascagni: Voi lo sapete, o mamma (Cavalleria rusticana)
11. Leoncavallo: Nedda! Silvio! A quest’ora (I Pagliacci)
12. Cilea: Poveri fiori (Adriana Lecouvreur)
13. Puccini: Oh, sarò la piu bella! (Manon Lescaut)



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16 October 2012

All in a Garden Green


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Date CD: March 26, 2012 | Brilliant | XX:XX



In the 17th century it was quite common to construct a work “from the bottom to the top,” starting with a simple bass line that repeats many times as the top melody lines are improvised with many variations on a theme. Long notes were divided into shorter and shorter notes, with ever more complex variations. This style of writing was called “Divisions”, as the notes were “divided” on top of the “ground” (the bass line). This is the basis for our program – divisions of time: time in the sense of musical time, but also time in the sense of the four seasons, Nature´s way of dividing the year. Melodies evolve, one flowing to the next.
Spring is introduced with the sweet call of the nightingale as written by John Playford, and love is awakened with “John Come Kiss Me Now,” along with delightful court songs by Nicolas Lanier and William Lawes. Summer´s passionate “Sweeter than Roses” and playful “All in a Garden Green” balance bright dances such as “The Glory of the Sun” and “Stanes Morris,” chosen for their liveliness and energy. Fall leads to frolicking, as Purcell´s “Autumn” and a complementary little “Aria” by Matteis describe the annual harvest. One can almost hear the windy gusts in our interpretation of Byrd´s “The Woods so Wild.” Soon, winter´s cold draws us back inside again with a solemn old Christmas tune “Remember O Thou Man”. And the circle is drawn to a close as we recall the year´s work, and praise the eternity of music with Purcell´s profound “Here the Deities Approve.” This is a program meant for any time of the year, as we remember how we all live together in our “Garden Green.”

tracklist:

01. Playford - Chirping of the Nightingale / Chirping of the Lark
02. Byrd / Mell / Baltzar - John come kiss me now
03. Matteis - Va poco di manera Italiana / Aria Amorosa
04. Lanier - No more shall meads be deckt with flowers
05. Finger - Ciaccona
06. Playford - Glory of the West / The Goddesses
07. Lawes - Can beauty’s spring
08. de Gallot - Chaconne
09. Anonymous Now ye spring is come
10. Matteis - Ground after the Scotch Humour
11. Croft - Ground in C minor
12. Purcell - Sweeter than Roses
13. Walsh Greensleeves
14. Playford / Sweelinck - All in a Garden Green / Onder een linde groen
15. Playford - Stanes Morris / The Glory of the Sun
16. Morley - O Mistress Mine
17. Byrd - The Woods so Wild
18. Anonymous / Purcell - The Chestnut / Autumn
19. Matteis - Aria
20. Playford - Cold and Raw
21. Purcell - When a cruel long winter
22. Ravenscroft - Remember O Thou Man
23. Playford - Virgin Queen / An Italian Rant
24. Eccles - A Division on a Ground
25. Purcell - Here the Deities approve


Le Tendre Amour

Nina Akerblom-Nielsen - soprano
Adriana Alcaide - violin
Sébastien Perrin - traverso
Katy Elkin - oboe
Lixsania Fernández - viola da gamba
Krishnasol Jiménez - theorbo and guitar
Esteban Mazer - harpsichord


"What an enchanting promenade through a musical garden – full of colour – a splendid sound - lively and high-spirited dances – not to mention the tender rendition of gentle love songs. The result: an enchanting excursion to a baroque garden – glorious!"

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15 October 2012

Albertini: Sonates pour violon


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Date CD: July 20, 2002 | Alpha | 77:45

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Helene Schmitt is hot stuff. In this disc of violin sonatas by the nearly unknown Ignazio Albertini, the contemporary of Biber and Schmelzer comes passionately alive under her supple bow and sensitive fingers. In Schmitt's performances, the wildly virtuosic and extravagantly emotional music of Albertini sounds like it could only have been composed by a man stabbed to death in obscure circumstances. There's poise and grace in Schmitt's performances, as well elevated lyricism. But most of all there's passion: a passionate intensity of line, a passionate concentration of tone, a passionate brilliance of color, a passionate love of this fiercely expressive and violently beautiful music. Schmitt's trio of continuo players are sympathetic players and each gets his/her own sweet solo Prelude or Toccatina interspersed with Schmitt's Sonatas. Alpha's sound is tactile in its realism and its tiny but stunning reproduction of Guido Cagnacci's The Death of Cleopatra is a visual treat.

tracklist:


Sonata for violin & continuo No. 1 in D minor
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 2 in F major
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 3 in B minor
Angelo Michele Bartolotti - Prelude
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 4 in C minor
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 5 in A major
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 7 in A minor
Ferdinand Tobias Richter - Toccata
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 8 in D minor
Angelo Michele Bartolotti - Prelude
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 10 in E minor
Johann Kaspar Kerll - Toccata No 5 for keyboard
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 11 in G minor
Sonata for violin & continuo No. 12 in A minor


Hélène Schmitt, violon
Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, clavecin & orgue
Karl-Ernst Schröder, théorbe
David Sinclair, violone




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12 October 2012

Las Idas y las Vueltas


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Date CD: May 25, 2012 | Alqhai Alqhai | 46:01



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But there's a chance you can listen to their astounding work at their site, so pay them a visit. Alqhai & Alqhai

Baroque music of the colonial era in dialogue with the Flamenco

Flamenco and Baroque music seal their encounter. Accademia del Piacere, conducted by Fahmi Alqhai, with the collaboration of Arcángel as a solo cantaor, releases the album 'Las idas y las vueltas'.  The record’s repertoire is structured in three blocks: 'Las tierras y las raíces', 'Las músicas mestizas' and 'Las danzas'. And among them, there are pre-flamenco and flamenco styles such as tonás, romances, jaleos, folías, xácaras and seguiriyas. The disc, released by the independent label Alqhai & Alqhai, in now for sale directly at its own website.


tracklist:

The Lands & The Roots
1. Toná – Traditional
2. La Spagna – Anonymous, Heinrich Isaac
3. Romance Del Rey Moro & Granaína – Luis de Narváez, Traditional
4. Las Morillas De Jaén – Heinrich Isaac
5. Jaleos – Traditional
Mestizo Musics
6. Vidalita – Traditional
7 . Folías – Various Authors*
8. Siguiriya – Traditional
The Dances
9. No Hay Que Decirle El Primor (Xácara & Bulería) – Anonymous, Traditional
10. ¡Ay, Que Me Abraso! (Guaracha & Guajira) – Juan García de Zéspedes, Traditional





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11 October 2012

The Ancient Miracles


Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Covers | 362 Mb

Date CD: October 1, 1999 | Christophorus | XX:XX

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You may find the liner notes confusing. You really have to look for the tiny, skimpy descriptions of the music. But the listening''s great. At first you may think you''re sitting in on a session from a later century; the first track sounds more like something from Riverdance than from a 14th century manuscript. But, hey, everything new had to come from someplace. The excellent performers on this disc convince us that this just may be the most exciting and engaging music anywhere--the solo voices are polished and exude real personality; the instruments are played with a real sense of style. Even if this isn''t how those medieval folks did it, we can easily accept these interpretations as authentic. Most of the selections are from the 14th century and before, and the programming shows that early music can be just as much fun as the modern stuff. You just have to know where to find it and what to do with it. These performers do. --David Vernier

tracklist:


1.Caldy valdy
2.Tempus transit gelidum
3.Rodrigo Martinez
4.Nu rue mit sorgen
5.La septime estampie royal
6.Volet oir la muse Muset
7.Ave mater, o Maria
8.Wer daz elend bauen will
9.Resurgentis Domini
10.O felix anima (Responsorium)
11.Fulget dies celebris
12.O magne Pater
13.Mayenzeit one neidt
14.Il estoit une filette
15.Under der linden an der heiden (Minnelied)
16.Annus novus in Gaudio
17.Frölich, zärtlich
18.L'autrier par la matinee
19.Promat chorus hodie
20.Laetabundus exsultet fidelis chorus
21.Kyrie rondello
22.Ave mater o Maria # 2
23.Ti parti, cor mio caro
24.Bergerette "Sans roche"

Augsburg Early Music Ensemble



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10 October 2012

Stradella: Amanti, olà, olà!


EAC | FLAC + CUE | Covers | 360 Mb
Date CD: October 17, 2006 | Chandos | 73:43


dear dear Stradella, famously murdered in the prime of his life, yet nowadays largely forgotten in comparison to such contemporaries as Corelli and Pachelbel ........... but why? ......... his works are very often masterpieces of mozartean energy as well as expressiveness, which lend a stunning modernity to any halfway competent performance of his music .... and when Estevan Velardi is at the helm, the results are roman candles in the sky! ......... i've followed the ongoing Velardi releases thru the Bongiovanni years and his approach is masterful and memorable, so perhaps he will singlehandedly elevate Stradella to a much deserved recognition comparable to the revival of Charpentier accomplished by William Christie ........... enjoy! 
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tracklist:

Amanti olà, olà
Accademia d'Amore (Love's Academy) A 5 voci
Words by Gian. Pietro Monesio
Edited by Estevan Velardi
Madrigale a cinque voci

Rosita Frisani soprano - Bellezza (Beauty)
Cristiana Presutti soprano - Cortesia (Courtesy)
Anna Chierichetti soprano - Capriccio (Fancy)
Gianluca Belfiori Doro alto - Amore (Love)
Mario Cecchetti tenor - Rigore ( Discipline)
Makato Sakurada tenor - Accademinco I (First Academician)
Riccardo Ristori bass - Accademico II (Second Academician)
& Disinganno (Disenchantment)

Chi resiste al Dio bendato
Serenata a 3 voci

Rosita Frisani soprano I
Anna Chierichetti soprano II
Riccardo Ristori basso
 Alessandro Stradella Consort
Estevan Verlardi


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09 October 2012

Albinoni: Concerti A Cinque Op 9

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Date CD: June 18, 1996 | Arts Music | 57:00

A rare collection of the masterpieces of the venetian composer Tomasco Albinoni in a fresh edition on original instruments (Authentic series). Performance of an excellent artistic level with two of the more accomplished baroque oboists of these years and with a well-known hungarian group. The collection contains concertos for violin, for one and two oboes, according to the original scores of Albinoni's op. 9.

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tracklist:

1. Concerto Op.9  no 1 for Violin in B flat major
2. Concerto Op.9  no 2 for Oboe in D minor
3. Concerto Op.9  no 3 for 2 Oboes in F major
4. Concerto Op.9  no 4 for Violin in A major
5. Concerto Op.9  no 5 for Oboe in C major
6. Concerto Op.9  no 6 for 2 Oboes in G major



Péter Szüts, violin
Alfredo Bernardini, oboe
Paolo Grazzi, oboe

Concerto Armonico


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08 October 2012

Haydn a l'Anglaise


APE + CUE | Covers | 251 Mb | 62:19
Date CD: February 13, 2012 | Nimbus Alliance

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With few exceptions, these pieces are not the actual English-language songs ("canzonettas") composed by Haydn during his London visits in the 1790s; even where those do appear, they are mostly in instrumental versions by an English student of Haydn's, Thomas Haigh. Instead, the songs are generally of two types. 
The "songs as edited by William Shield," are German-language Haydn songs of the 1780s, fitted with new English texts by Shield or others. 
The second type is stranger still, consisting of texts assigned to instrumental Haydn slow movements of suitably vocal shape. For these, executed by composer Samuel Arnold, there was no German text to follow, and texts by well-known English poets were used. 
And the fact is that the composers involved knew what they were doing; the texts are generally more interesting than those of the English Canzonettas, and a few are hilarious, sexy romps. 
The music makes sense, and the performances are delightful. Emma Kirkby may not have the voice she once did, but for these domestic products it is entirely idiomatic, and she is nicely matched by tenor Rogers Covey-Crump. The four period instruments, most of all the bouncy English-style square piano, would be worth the purchase price by themselves. Heartily recommended, and not only to historical-performance devotees.


tracklist:

1. Ballad (Duet): The fleeting Hours
2. Ballad: Morning
3. Song: Love in Return
4. Canzonetta: Sailor's Song
5. Rondo, No. 1
6. Song: Too late, Mother
7. Song: An old Story
8. Song: Contentment
9. Song: The manly Heart
10. Ballad: Youth and Beauty
11. Song: The Comforts of Inconstancy
12. Variations
13. Ballad: Werter's Sonnet
14. Song: The Knotting Song
15. Ballad: Peace and Content
16. Canzonetta: My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair
17. Rondo, No. 3
18. Song: Molly Carr
19. Ballad: Evening
20. Song: Life Is a Dream

Caf€ Mozart
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Emma Kirkby, soprano
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor
Jenny Thomas, flute
Ian Gammie, guitar
Alastair Ross, square piano


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07 October 2012

Nathalie Stutzmann: Vivaldi - Prima Donna


Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Booklet | 399 Mb
Date CD: June, 2011 | Deutsche Grammophon

Considered one of the rare authentic alto voices of our time, singer Nathalie Stutzmann also devotes part of her career to conducting, which she studied with two exceptional masters: Jorma Panula (who trained Sir Simon Rattle in particular) and Seiji Ozawa.
With the founding of the Orfeo 55 ensemble in 2009, a lifelong dream of Nathalie Stutzmann's came true: having her own chamber orchestra.
Devoted to Antonio Vivaldi, Prima Donna is the first disc where Nathalie Stutzmann holds the twin roles of singer and conductor.
In an era when the public acclaimed castrati, Vivaldi the nonconformist preferred the fascinating timbre of female contralti to whom he accorded a place of honour in his operas. With Prima Donna, Nathalie Stutzmann brilliantly illustrates this historic originality by bringing together the most beautiful arias, either famous or unrecorded, that Vivaldi composed for these adored singers.

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Orfeo 55 with the musical rigour, expressive freedom and emotional intensity that are hallmarks of her reputation as a singer.
tracklist:

1. Agitata infido flatu [Juditha Triumphans, R.644]
2. Ritornello (fragment d’un air pour Ruggiero) [Orlando furioso RV 728 / Acte 3, Scène 8]
3. Io sento in questo seno [Arsilda Regina di Ponto R.700 / Acte 1, Scène 2]
4. La gloria del mio sangue [Tieteberga, RV737 / Acte 2, Scène 7]
5. Sento in seno [Il Giustino / Acte 2, Scène 1]
6. Con questo ferro indegno [L'Olimpiade, RV725 / Acte 2, Scène 15]
7. Gemo in un punto e fremo [L'Olimpiade, RV725 / Acte 2, Scène 15]
8. Del goder la bella spene [Arsilda Regina di Ponto R.700 / Acte 1, Scène 2]*
9. Sorte che m’invitasti [Il Giustino / Acte 2, Scène 13]
10. Ho nel petto un cor si forte [Il Giustino / Acte 2, Scène 13]
11. Ritornello (fragment d'un air pour Anastasio) [Il Giustino / Acte 2, Scène 12]
12. Lascia almen che ti consegni [La costanza trionfante , RV706 / Acte 3, Scène 4]*
13. Ritornello (fragment d'un air pour Zidiana) [Il Teuzzone, RV736 / Acte 1, Scène 8]
14. Sovvente il sole [Andromeda liberata (Parte Seconda)]
15. L'Olimpiade : Sinfonia I - Allegro [L'Olimpiade, RV725 / Sinfonia]
16. L'Olimpiade : Sinfonia II - Andante [L'Olimpiade, RV725 / Sinfonia]
17. L'Olimpiade : Sinfonia III - Allegro moderato [L'Olimpiade, RV725 / Sinfonia]
18. Cor mio, che prigion sei [L'Atenaide, RV702 / Acte 3, Scène 7]
19. Con la face di Megera [Semiramide RV 733 / Actr 3, Scene 2]
20. Vincerà l’aspro mio fato [Semiramide RV 733 / Acte 2, Scene 10]*
21. Transit aetas [Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars II]
22. Ritornello (fragment d'un air pour Medoro) [Orlando furioso RV 728 / Acte 1]
23. L’innocenza sfortunata [Tieteberga, RV737 / Acte 3, Scene 11]
24. Cara gioia [Arsilda Regina di Ponto R.700 / Acte 3, Scene 9]*



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06 October 2012

Sara Macliver - Seraphim


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Date CD: May 10, 2011 | ABC Classics | 76:42

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ABC Classics has done a stellar job of bringing Australian performers and composers to the attention of international audiences. This 2011 album features soprano Sara Macliver, a versatile singer who is as comfortable with pieces like Fauré's "Pie Jesu" and Bernstein's "Somewhere" as with the Baroque coloratura repertoire for which she's most widely known. Half of the tracks are devoted to Baroque arias and half to a sampling of pieces ranging from Mozart to Joni Mitchell. About half of the selections were newly recorded and the rest were taken from earlier releases. The title, Seraphim, is appropriate; Macliver's voice is angelic -- pure, chaste, and bright, ideal for the Baroque repertoire -- and she sings with an effortless agility. Generally she uses a relatively straight tone, which at moments, particularly in Handel's "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair," has a gleaming brightness that might be mistaken for a trumpet. Most of the selections are joyful and Macliver brings to them an engaging spirit of ebullience. The arias are mostly familiar and include Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim," Purcell's "Hark! now the echoing air," and Bach's "Mein gläubiges Herze," and "Schafe könne sicher weiden." A little-known gem is Arne's "The glitt'ring Sun," a shimmering, glowing depiction of a sunrise. Macliver shines (literally and figuratively) in the more recent repertoire as well. Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" is especially radiant, and she brings warmth and eloquent expressiveness to the selections from Ravel's Cinq mélodies populaires grecques and Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne. A variety of Australian orchestras, most frequently Orchestra of the Antipodes led by Brett Weymark, provide very fine, idiomatic accompaniment. The only exception is the chamber group accompanying Purcell's "Now that the sun hath veiled his light," a piece that ought to leap out in its sublime strangeness but comes across here as plodding. The recordings were made at a variety of venues over a period of a decade, but the sound is always clean, well balanced, and immediate.

tracklisting:

1 Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson
2 Arne: The glitt’ring Sun from Cantata V: The Morning
3 Giacomelli / Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata from Bajazet
4 JS Bach: Mein gläubiges Herze (My believing heart) from Cantata No. 68
5 Purcell: Hark! The Echoing Air from The Fairy Queen
6 Handel: Angels, Ever Bright and Fair from Theodora
7 Purcell: Evening Hymn
8 JS Bach: Schafe können sicher weiden from Cantata No. 208
9 Giordani: Caro mio ben (My dear one)
10 Mozart: Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord) from Solemn Vespers of a Confessor
11 Mozart: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben from Zaide
12 Haydn: Al tuo sen fortunato from L’anima del filosofo
13 Fauré: Pie Jesu from Requiem
14 Ravel: Song of the Pistachio Harvesters from 5 Popular Greek Melodies
15 Canteloube: Bailèro from Songs of the Auvergne
16 Bernstein: Somewhere from West Side Story
17 Bowman: Crossing the Bar
18 Mitchell: Both Sides Now 

Sara Macliver, soprano

 mostly with
Orchestra of the Antipodes
led by Brett Weymark


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05 October 2012

Le Lacrime di Eros


EAC | FLAC tracks | Covers | 509 Mb

Date CD: February 12, 2012 | Alqhai Alqhai | 56:45


Alqhai & Alqhai wrote me a mail and kindly asked me to remove the links to their works. That I did. 
But there's a chance you can listen to their astounding work at their site, so pay them a visit. Alqhai & Alqhai

(…) It is not surprising that this mixture of pain and pleasure became so highly appreciated by mid 17th century Italy, at the same time exultant and prudish, outshining though fading away. According to the Catholic Counter-Reformation ideas, there was no pleasure without guilt, nor delight without punishment. True Love can only be but the reward to soul torturing. Its sweetness increases with the bitterness of previous suffering. Carnal Love is the forbidden drug, hence mysterious and irresistible, ever-lastingly desirable. We will see it served in all possible tastes: delightful in Landi; woeful in Bovicelli; joyful in Frescobaldi; hopeful beyond hope in Monteverdi; piquantly erotic in the image of Mary Magdalene standing by the Cross. (…)
Juan Ramón Lara

tracklist:


1. Amanti io vi so dire by Benedetto Ferrari, 1597-1681
2. Sonata sopra l'aria di Tordiglione by Salamone Rossi, c.1570-1630
3. Gioite oh selve, oh venti by Girolamo Frescobaldi, 1583-1643
4 Damigella tutta bella by Stefano Landi, 1590-1639
5 Liquide perle Amor by Luca Marenzio, 1553?-1599?
6 Liquide perle Amor by Vicente Parrilla / Luca Marenzio
7 Toccata per B quadro by Francesco Maria Bassani, fl.1620-1622
8. Ancor che co'l partire by Richardo Rogniono / C. de Rore, c.1555-1620
9. Io son ferito ahí lasso by Giovanni Battista Bovicelli / G.P. da Palestrina, fl.1594
10. Sinfonia Grave by Salamone Rossi, c.1570-1630
11. Maddalena alla Croce by Girolamo Frescobaldi, 1583-1643
12. Sonata V by Salamone Rossi, c.1570-1630
13. Novello Cupido by Biagio Marini, 1594-1663
14. Improvisation on the Ciaccona


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04 October 2012

Abondance


Easy CD-DA | FLAC tracks | Covers | 246 Mb

Date CD: 1998 | Opus 111 | 51:28

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Les plus belles musiques a travers les siecles with Alla Francesca, Antonio Florio, Claudio Cavina, Emmanuel Bonnardot, Fabio Biondi, Grindenko Anatoly, Georges Rabol, Jean-Luc Fillon & many others...

tracklist:

1: G. Pugnani - Werther - Le mort Werther, Allegro assai
2: George Gershwin - Manhattan Rhapsody
3: Vigil in Kiew Monastery - Lucernarium Psalms
4: Ephrem Podgaits - Missa veris - Gloria
5: Ephrem Podgaits - Missa veris - Donna nobis pacem
6: Anonyme - Beauté Parfaite - Pour vous servir
7: Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria - Gloria in excelsis deo
8: Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria - Domine Deus, Agnus dei
9: WA Mozart - Sonate D-Major KV 306 - Allegro con spirito
10: Michail Glinka - Melodies - The midnight review
11: Michail Glinka - Melodies - Song for a journey
12: Isabella Leonarda - La Musa Noarese - Magnificat op 19 No 1
13: Francesco Provenciale - La colomba ferita - Aria Rosalia
14: Guillaume Fauges - Messe, La basse danse - Kyrie II
15: Francesco Gasparini - Amori e ombre - Duetto Tu chiudi in dolce sonno




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