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Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano, Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)

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Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano,  Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)

Daniele Boccaccio, Ensemble Seicento Italiano, Lavinia Bertotti - Domenico Scarlatti: Cantate da Camera (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 641 Mb | Total time: 68:56+62:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 93361 | Recorded: 2000

During his lifetime, from his Neapolitan years to his Spanish sojourn, Domenico Scarlatti cultivated the “cantata” genre, composing at least about sixty works – those of uncertain attribution and his Serenades excluded. Other cantatas are likely to emerge once the uncatalogued funds are systematically scanned. Since in those years the cantata was a genre on the wane, this high number is revealing of Scarlatti’s uninterrupted link with the baroque tradition, an age in which the cantata had reached its climax as an extremely refined genre, the place for daring experimentation, and exquisite writing, the appropriate gym for high craftsmanship, as expected by the elitist audience for which it was intended. The manuscripts date from 1699 to 1724.

Iestyn Davies, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Arias for Guadagni (2012)

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Iestyn Davies, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Arias for Guadagni (2012)

Iestyn Davies, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Arias for Guadagni (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 385 Mb | Total time: 78:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67924 | Recorded: 2011

British countertenor Iestyn Davies is one of the fastest rising stars on the concert and opera circuit. Following his highly acclaimed recording of Porpora cantatas, he returns for a second solo album with Hyperion, a selection of arias written for Gaetano Guadagni. Italian-born Guadagni was the first ‘modern’ castrato, famed all over Europe for the lyric purity of his voice and his powerful, naturalistic acting style. Not only did he enjoy a close artistic relationship with Handel, who nurtured Guadagni’s voice to fit the alto roles in his English oratorios, but he effectively created the role of Orpheus in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, an opera he thoroughly made his own. Here, Iestyn Davies is joined again by the renowned period-instrument band Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen.

Vito Paternoster, Leonardo Leo Orchestra - Leonardo Leo: Diana Amante (2001)

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Vito Paternoster, Leonardo Leo Orchestra - Leonardo Leo: Diana Amante (2001)

Vito Paternoster, Leonardo Leo Orchestra - Leonardo Leo: Diana Amante (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 570 Mb | Total time: 56:11+57:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | # GB 10019/20-2 | Recorded: 1988

Leo was born in San Vito degli Schiavoni (current San Vito dei Normanni, province of Brindisi), then part of the Kingdom of Naples.
He became a student at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini at Naples in 1703, and was a pupil first of Francesco Provenzale and later of Nicola Fago. It has been supposed that he was a pupil of Pitoni and Alessandro Scarlatti, but he could not possibly have studied with either of these composers, although he was undoubtedly influenced by their compositions. His earliest known work was a sacred drama, L'infedelta abbattuta, performed by his fellow-students in 1712.

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kolner Kammerchor - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (2013)

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Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kolner Kammerchor - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (2013)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 602 Mb | Total time: 60:06+59:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.395 | Recorded: 2012

Even though it has hardly been performed and rarely recorded “L’Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato” has to be counted as one of Handel’s most beautiful and musically valuable oratorios. Its lack of popularity is solely due to the complexities of performance and the un-dramatic subject matter. In so doing, Handel bestowed some of his best music upon Charles Jennen’s reworking of John Milton’s text. With this recording, Peter Neumann together with the Cologne Chamber Choir and the Collegium Cartusianum have brought this wonderful work to life, guaranteeing that it will sit proudly amongst the other oratorio works of Handel.

Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 3 (2005)

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Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 3 (2005)

Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 3 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 69:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557483 | Recorded: 2004

Composer – Born in the Bohemian village of Nechanicz, Vanhal (1739-1813) became a leading composer in Vienna and one of the most popular throughout Europe during his lifetime. As with most Classical era composers, his stock fell dramatically after his death. However, the Naxos series of Vanhal symphonies reveals an expert composer of elegance and hard-driving rhythms with a wealth of melodic invention.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry: Richard Cœur de Lion (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 395 Mb | Total time: 73:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS028 | Recorded: 2019

André Grétry's Richard Coeur de Lion, or Richard the Lionhearted, lay neglected until 2019 when a production by the Opéra Royal de Versailles was mounted. This album is taken from that performance, and it's very well recorded indeed. The opera was quite well known in its time and was even performed in the young U.S. (in Boston, in 1796), and it's a great find, a real crowd-pleaser as much today as at the end of the 18th century. The story is based on a probably imaginary tale of an episode during Richard's return from the Crusades, when he was imprisoned in Linz, Austria. A trouvère singer named Blondel who serves the king realizes his predicament, sneaks into the prison disguised as a blind fiddler, and touches off an action-packed sequence of events with a romance involving the prison governor, a grand party, and a visiting Flemish countess whose troops rescue Richard in the end.

The Hilliard Ensemble - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, Stanze sopra la Vergine (1994)

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The Hilliard Ensemble - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, Stanze sopra la Vergine (1994)

The Hilliard Ensemble - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum, Stanze sopra la Vergine (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 390 Mb | Total time: 45:21+60:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 61168 2 | Recorded: 1986

Palestrina's settings from the Song of Songs are among his most rich and passionate work, with the erotic imagery of Solomon's words used as allegories for Christ and the Church, and they form a powerful, intense and very beautiful set of motets.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Philémon et Baucis (2006)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Philémon et Baucis (2006)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Philémon et Baucis (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 509 Mb | Total time: 53:07+44:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroise | # AMB9995 | Recorded: 2006

The packaging for this recording, though handsomely produced, gives a perplexing impression of the content of the CDs. The album's title (in French) is Philémon et Baucis, though there is no reference to that title in the extensive program notes, which focus exclusively on a work called Le Feste d'Apollo. In fact, Le Feste d'Apollo, premiered in 1769, consisted of a prologue and three unrelated short acts, each a self-contained opera, with texts by four different Italian poets. This CD set includes two of those operas, Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone, the third opera being an early version of Orfeo ed Eurydice written in 1762, 12 years before the definitive French version of Gluck's masterpiece.

Andrew Watkinson, City of London Sinfonia - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2000)

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Andrew Watkinson, City of London Sinfonia - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2000)

Andrew Watkinson, City of London Sinfonia - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 209 Mb | Total time: 49:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554138 | Recorded: 1997

The Vanhal symphonies are technically exceptional and capable of going toe-to-toe with the middle-period symphonies of Haydn and even several of Mozart's. Vanhal's thematic material is often memorable, and his development sections well worked through…

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

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Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)

Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata, Barbara Furtuna, Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky - Via Crucis (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 694577 | Recorded: 2009

2009 release from L'Arpeggiata, the French-based ensemble directed by Austrian-born harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar. L'Arpeggiata has made a speciality of exploring and exploiting the close links between Baroque repertoire and the traditional music of the Latin world and its characteristic forms such as the tarantella, the folia or the canario. On Via Crucis, 'the way of the Cross', the focus is on the pervasive presence of religious feeling in Southern Europe. The Passion of Christ evokes the same fervour in composers such as Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679) or Tarquinio Merula (1594-1665) - both active in northern Italy – as it does in the streets of Naples or the villages of Corsica. The two main works in the collection are Sance's extraordinary Stabat Mater and Merula's Hor ch'e tempo di dormire, in which the Virgin Mary lulls her baby to sleep while weeping for his future suffering and both enthrall the listener with a basso ostinato and hypnotic swaying rhythms.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Baldassare Galuppi: La Caduta di Adamo; Concertos (2008)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Baldassare Galuppi: La Caduta di Adamo; Concertos (2008)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Baldassare Galuppi: La Caduta di Adamo; Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 736 Mb | Total time: 151:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 69616-5 | Recorded: 1977, 1985

Galuppi was a very accomplished composer and harpsichord player by the age of twenty with a reputation in both Venice and Florence. He was a pupil of Marcello and played for Vivaldi. He composed many serious and comic operas as well as much sacred and keyboard music. During his 79 years he travelled to St Petersburg and was well-known to the Tsar‘s family. He collaborated with the famous Italian playwright Goldoni in many projects. Goldoni‘s epigram on Galuppi: “What music! What style! What masterworks!”

Uwe Grodd, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Selected Symphonies, Vol. 1 (1999)

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Uwe Grodd, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Selected Symphonies, Vol. 1 (1999)

Uwe Grodd, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia - Johann Baptist Vaňhal: Selected Symphonies, Vol. 1 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 56:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554341 | Recorded: 1998

The classical symphony is so dominated by the twin figures of Haydn & Mozart that it is all too easy to overlook the considerable contributions which were made by many lesser figures. The Naxos label is doing a great service by bringing to light many of these works in its '18th Century Symphony' series. It now launches a survey of the symphonies of the Bohemian composer Johann Baptist Vanhal with four highly spirited, engaging pieces dating from 1760-1780 that are the equal of Haydn's contemporary efforts. These are witty, original pieces and it's easy to see why Imperial Vienna took them immediately to its heart. Uwe Grodd and the very fine Hungarian players of the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia make a strong case for them.

Yehudi Menuhin, Paris Symphony Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2, Concerto for 2 Violins (2001)

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Yehudi Menuhin, Paris Symphony Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2, Concerto for 2 Violins (2001)

Yehudi Menuhin, Paris Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu, Pierre Monteux - Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2, Concerto for 2 Violins (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 126 Mb | Total time: 54:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.110965 | Recorded: 1932-1936

Naxos has done music lovers yet another good turn by releasing these recordings (1932-36), vividly remasterd from 78s. Menuhin was in his later teens when he made them. The concertos in A minor and E are conducted by his teacher Enescu, who is the other soloist in the D minor Double concerto, which Monteux conducts. The performances are compelling, and the slow movements of the solo concertos are imprinted with that beauty of tone and phrase that makes the young Menuhin a permanent wonder. But the Double Concerto is the treasure. The soloists are indistinguishably linked yet each a consummate individual. Playing more heart-easing than in the distraught largo could not be imagined.

Bob van Asperen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.7 (2013)

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Bob van Asperen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.7 (2013)

Bob van Asperen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.7 (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 686 Mb | Total time: 76:40+76:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 912 5612 | Recorded: 1996

Bob van Asperen's recording of Handel's Organ Concertos Op.7 is the newest addition to the Veritas x2 series. Veritas x2 is a series from Virgin Classics devoted to landmark recordings of early Baroque music. Handel's Organ Concertos contain six organ concertos for organ and orchestra. They were written for performance during Handel's oratorios and contain almost entirely original material. Bob van Asperen leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in this recording.

Robert Satanowski, Filharmonia Pomorska - Stanisław Moniuszko: Overtures (1992)

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Robert Satanowski, Filharmonia Pomorska - Stanisław Moniuszko: Overtures (1992)

Robert Satanowski, Filharmonia Pomorska - Stanisław Moniuszko: Overtures (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 65:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 113-2 | Recorded: 1991

Moniuszko is always bracketed with Smetana and Erkel, as the originator of a national style for Polish opera as they were for opera in Czech and Hungarian lands (the Glinka comparison, for Russia, has less validity). Halka, his most successful opera, makes a very occasional appearance in Western theatres: though it was written in the 1840s, it did not reach the Polish stage until 1854, and its British premiere came in 1961. Moniuszko's other operas are almost never to be found outside Poland. The overtures here selected do not include that to his other most successful opera, The haunted manor, which only has an Intrada, and, as can be seen above, choice differs only in CPO's inclusion of Jawnuta and Olympia's of two shorter pieces.