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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

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Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)

Dario Tabbia, Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Il Codice di Staffarda (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 352 Mb | Total time: 53:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | OPS 30-162 | Recorded: 1995

The Codice di Staffarda is a musical codex from Staffarda Abbey (Santa Maria di Staffarda), a Cistercian monastery located near Saluzzo in north-west Italy. The codex includes works by composers including the otherwise unknown Engarandus Juvenis and Antoine Brumel.
This recording received a 1998 "Critic's Choice" award from Gramophone magazine.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: The Great Service (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 59:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67937 | Recorded: 2011

The Cardinall’s Musick are acknowledged as the foremost performers of Byrd’s music. Under their director Andrew Carwood they have recorded the complete Latin church music, the final volume of which won the Gramophone Record of the Year. Now they turn to Byrd’s English church music, a genre which shows the composer treading a path between his own innate Catholicism and the requirements of the reformed Church of England. But far from sublimating Byrd’s genius this difficult situation gave rise to one of his most fertile periods.

Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

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Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)
Ensemble Unicorn; Michael Posch, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.553840 | Time: 01:04:53

Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled. But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music. Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. It really is a must-have.

Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

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Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall - Metamorphoses Fidei (2006)

Metamorphoses Fidei (Metamorfosis De La Fe - Métamorphoses De La Foi) (2006)
Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance, Vocal, Choral | Label: Alia Vox | # AV 9849 | 01:12:14

This disc of Iberian and Latin American Renaissance music is a reissue cleverly disguised as a new release. It compiles music from several recordings by Catalonian visionary Jordi Savall, his luminous-voiced collaborator Montserrat Figueras, and his Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya ensembles, dressing them up with a new set of rather philosophical booklet notes on themes of change, of intercultural tolerance, and of the evolving nature of Christianity in the Iberian realm and in New Spain. Some might call this a cynical ploy, but actually Savall has always been moving in a circle, so to speak, spiraling inward toward a deeper musical understanding of the historical themes touched on here: the lingering effects of the legacy of medieval Iberia and its "mestissage" or mixture of cultures, the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles (Carlos) V (did you know that he was both the first monarch to be called "His Majesty" and the first to be honored with the claim that the "sun never set" on his empire?), and the relationships between cultivated and popular styles, both in Iberia and the New World.

Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande (2018)

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Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande (2018)

Richard Egarr - One Byrde in Hande (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 62:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | CKD 518 | Recorded: 2017

In his debut solo recording for Linn, Richard Egarr charts the extraordinary breadth of invention at play in works by William Byrd.
Richard Egarr’s impressive career, both as a solo keyboardist and conductor (notably with the Academy of Ancient Music), has cemented his reputation as one of the UK’s most compelling musicians.

Nordic Voices sing Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017)

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Nordic Voices sing Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017)

Nordic Voices sing Victoria: Works for Six Voices (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 55:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHSA 0402 | Recorded: 2016

The Norwegian six-member a cappella group, Nordic Voices here presents the extraordinary polyphonic music of Tomas Luis de Victoria, a Spanish composer whose music has continued to move people for more than 400 years, crossing geographical, cultural, and even religious barriers. This surround-sound recording comes ten years after a "warm, consistent and moving" (BBC Music) album of Lamentations, which featured pieces by sixteenth-century composers, including Four Lessons by Victoria. Examples of the composer's exceptional output, characterized by a careful setting of the text and an ability to control texture by a constant grouping and regrouping of different voices, here meet the artistic resourcefulness, versatility, technical precision, and freshness of the young ensemble.

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

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Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible (2019)

Robert Hollingworth, I Fagiolini - Leonardo: Shaping the Invisible: Josquin, Victoria, Tallis, Monteverdi, Bach, Daniel-Lesur, Williams (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 71:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CORO | COR16171 | Recorded: 2018

Painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, pioneer of flight, anatomist, scientist - yet according to Vasari, Leonardo’s first job outside Florence was as a musician. “Music cannot be regarded other than as the sister of painting', said Leonardo, so for the 500th anniversary of his death in 2019, I Fagiolini and Martin Kemp offer reflections of his images in vocal music: aural Fantasia dei Vinci - art through the prism of music.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin: Missa Mater Patris; Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem (2019)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin: Missa Mater Patris; Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem (2019)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin: Missa Mater Patris; Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | CDGIM 052 | Recorded: 2018

The graphics for this Tallis Scholars release mention scholarly disagreement over the Missa Mater Patris, long attributed to Josquin but "recently shown to be by the little-known Noel Bauldeweyn," writes director Peter Phillips. "Or is it?" he adds. He sketches out the controversy, pointing out that the mass does not resemble any of Josquin's other compositions in the genre; he doesn't answer his question. However, you might take the album as a rejoinder to those questioning the authenticity of the mass. Its possible removal from the Josquin canon rests entirely on this musical evidence, so Phillips is entitled to adduce musical evidence of his own: the genuine Bauldeweyn mass included here sounds nothing like Josquin but is basically a work in 15th century style with a bit of imitative counterpoint thrown in.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick - William Byrd: O Sacrum Convivium (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 74:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus | # GAU 332 | Recorded: 2002

English composer William Byrd must have figured he'd lived long enough by 1605, as the seventy-something composer decided to throw caution to the winds and published his largest work, the two-volume set Gradualia, that year. This was a collection of Latin service music, consisting of mass propers for the entire church years in addition to a few secular pieces in the second volume; it contains 109 works in all. Although James I had acceded to the English throne in 1603 with the intention of at least attempting to restore some measure of religious freedom to English Catholics, in quick succession the Bye Plot, the Main Plot, and the Gunpowder Plot put to bed any hopes that this would come to pass during his reign.

Philip Cave, Magnificat - Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy (2016)

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Philip Cave, Magnificat -  Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy (2016)

Philip Cave, Magnificat - Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 394 Mb | Total time: 84:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn | # CKD517 | Recorded: 2015

This sumptuous two-disc Renaissance choral release by the group Magnificat finds a nifty way of tying together repertory by diverse composers without reference to liturgy or purely musical considerations. Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was a Dominican friar of Renaissance Florence who railed against papal corruption and was tortured and killed for his trouble; the scattered ashes of the title refer to the disposition of his corpse, which was cremated so that it could not serve as a rallying point for his admirers. During his imprisonment, Savonarola composed meditations on biblical texts, and it is these, more or less distant from psalms and other biblical sources, that are set here.

Red Priest - Priest on the Run (2008)

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Red Priest - Priest on the Run (2008)

Red Priest - Priest on the Run: Castello, Ortiz, Narváez, Schmelzer, Uccellini, Telemann, Vivaldi (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 63:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Red Priest Recordings | # RP 001 | Recorded: 1998

Red Priest is a group that has it all: incredible virtuosity, a fearless, fiery, improvisatory approach and a rare lyrical sensitivity. The enormous liberties taken in these performances are the freedoms one takes when one is completely at home with the style of music. They never go too far. In fact, going too far is beside the point in a style of music that so encourages passion and extravagance. That is the very lifeblood of this music. What matters is whether the extravagant musical gestures ring true. Red Priest always amplifies the spirit that already exists in the music, and gives me a whole new interest in this music. I say goodbye to boring, polite performances of Vivaldi and his contemporaries.

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)

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Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)

Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall’s Musick - Palestrina: Stabat Mater (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 416 Mb | Total time: 76:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gaudeamus ‎| # CDGAU333 | Recorded: 2001

A disc which traces the emotion and joy of Holy Week and Easter by the most famous of all sixteenth-century composers, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina. His stunningly moving setting of the Stabat mater is set alongside dramatic descriptions of the resurrection and shows Palestrina to be more emotional and daring a composer than is usually thought. Here also you can see Palestrina using a wariety of styles, from conservative sounding polyphony for men’ voices to vibrant new pieces for double choir where rhythm and dialogue are all important.

Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)

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Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)

Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch - Robert White: Hymns, Psalms & Lamentations (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Artwork included
Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD134 | Time: 01:13:17
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Renaissance

White’s Lamentations are not as famous as Tallis’s, but their plangent harmonies and clashing lines have an equal intensity. This impressive debut disc by Gallicantus (an all-male group from the Tenebrae choir) includes White’s motets and hymns, emphasising his response to the texts and his eloquent way with the single Hebrew letters that begin each Lamentation. The vocal balance is slightly bass-heavy, but the sound is beautifully recorded.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli, de Rore (2001)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli, de Rore (2001)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Christmas: Music by G. Gabrieli, de Rore (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 80:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 471 333-2 | Recorded: 1998

Here's another of Paul McCreesh's "as it might have been" reconstructions, this time of the First Mass of Christmas in Venice's St. Mark's church "around 1600". McCreesh's customary focus on bringing to life the pomp and ceremony of a huge celebratory occasion offers huge rewards for the listener as musicology, the finest performing forces, and first-rate sound engineering combine to deliver a bold and beautiful "you are there" experience. The whole thing centers around Cipriano de Rore's seven-part mass Praeter rerum seriem, a parody on a six-part motet by Josquin. It's a gorgeous setting, and McCreesh's vocal ensemble really digs into the emotional and spiritual heart of this music.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Lo Sposalizio: The wedding of Venice to the sea (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Lo Sposalizio: The wedding of Venice to the sea (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Lo Sposalizio: The wedding of Venice to the sea: Giovanni & Andrea Gabrieli, Gussago, Guami, Viadana, Massaino, Kapsberger, Monteverdi (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 88:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67048 | Recorded: 1998

From the eleventh century, Venetian mariners gathered together once each year to offer prayers to San Nicolò, the patron saint of sailors, asking for his continued protection. Initially the service was a simple benediction in which the Adriatic Sea was blessed with holy water. By the late-sixteenth century the ceremony had evolved into one of the most lavish and important dates in the Venetian calendar. Ascension Day now launched a large spring festival which was headed by the symbolic wedding of Venice to the Adriatic—the Sposalizio.