sabato 10 novembre 2012

Johann Friedrich Fasch - Quadro und Triosonaten

24 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR file 75Mb


Quartett B-Dur für Blockflöte, Oboe, Violine und B.c.
Trio e-moll für zwei Oboen und Bc.
Quartett G-Dur für Traversflöte, zwei Blockflöten und Bc.
Quartett g-moll für zwei Oboen, Fagott und Bc.
Trio D-Dur für Traversflöte, Violine und Bc.
Quartett d-moll für zwei Oboen, Fagott und Bc.

Camerata Köln

Michael Schneider / Blockflöte
Sabine Bauer / Blockflöte
Karl Kaiser / Traversflöte
Hans-Peter Westermann / Oboe
Piet Dhont / Oboe
Michael McCraw / Fagott
Annette Sichelschmidt / Violine
Rainer Zipperling / Violoncello
Harald Hoeren / Cembalo

venerdì 9 novembre 2012

Werner - Calendarium Musicum I & II

2 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 172Mb


Gregor Josef Werner, Music Director of the Prince of Esterhazy, is one of those musicians not yet well enough known to judge whether he has been justifiably forgotten or not. But to judge from the music recorded here, published in Augsbourg in 1748, he is a composer of solid technique and a fine imagination. On the other hand, history has not forgotten that his successor was Joseph Haydn. His "Musical Instrument Calendar" is situated between the Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Haydn's The Seasons. Werner has set to music the months of the year. His Almanach Musical is an agreeable work comprising around 60 pieces both evocative and entertaining. Each month is represented by a suite of five movements in the same key. In each group, there is always a minuet, which represents the annual rotation of the sun. The composer takes the opportunity to show the power of his imagination and his technical prowess. The listener will note particularly the joy of the month of June, the expressive silences of October and the pathos of November.

cd 1

01 - Im Jenner - Neujahrsanfang
02 - Im Jenner - Gute Hoffnung eines gluckseligen Jahres
03 - Im Jenner - Menuett- Die Tageslange 9, die Nacht 15 Stund
04 - Im Jenner - Der aberwitzige Bauer
05 - Im Hornung - Die Fassnacht
06 - Im Hornung - Menuett- Die Tageslange 10, die Nacht 14 Stund
07 - Im Hornung - Die Hochzeit des Hanswurst
08 - Im Hornung - Menuett- Die Tageslange 11, die Nacht 13 Stund
09 - Im Hornung - Maskerade
10 - In dem Merzen - Die Fasten
11 - In dem Merzen - Die Sonne betritt den Widder
12 - In dem Merzen - Menuett- Tag und Nacht gleich
13 - In dem Merzen - Die Nachsinn und Betrachtung
14 - In dem Merzen - Der verworfene Tag
15 - Im April - Der Fruhling
16 - Im April - Der spielende Schafer
17 - Im April - Menuett- Die Tageslange 13, die Nacht 11 Stund
18 - Im April - Das veranderliche Aprilwetter
19 - Im April - Das Froschgeschrei
20 - Im May - Der Gartner
21 - Im May - Menuett- Die Tageslange 14, die Nacht 10 Stund
22 - Im May - Die Nachtigall
23 - Im May - Menuett- Die Tageslange 15, Die Nacht 9 Stund
24 - Im May - Widerhall oder Echo
25 - Im Brachmonat - Der liebliche Sommer
26 - Im Brachmonat - Die Sonne im Krebs
27 - Im Brachmonat - Ein Erdbeben
28 - Im Brachmonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 16, die nacht 8 Stund
29 - Im Brachmonat - Der Zeitvertreib


01 - Im Heumonat - Der Faulenzende
02 - Im Heumonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 15, die Nacht 9 Stund Olivier
03 - Im Heumonat - Ein Donnerwetter
04 - Im Heumonat - Stilles Wetter
05 - Im Heumonat - Der Keller
06 - Im Augustmonat - Der vergnugte Bauer
07 - Im Augustmonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 14, die Nacht 10 Stund
08 - Im Augustmonat - Das Posthorn
09 - Im Augustmonat - Der hinkende Bote
10 - Im Augustmonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 13, die Nacht 11 Stund
11 - Im Herbstmonat - Die erfreuliche Studentenvakanz
12 - Im Herbstmonat - Ein Hirtenstuck
13 - Im Herbstmonat - Menuett- Tag und Nacht gleich
14 - Im Herbstmonat - Der angenehme Herbst
15 - Im Herbstmonat - Die Sonne in der Waage
16 - Im Weinmonat - Es lebe Seine Majestat Kaiser Franciscus
17 - Im Weinmonat - Der Fassbinder
18 - Im Weinmonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 11, die Nacht 12 Stund
19 - Im Weinmonat - Die Jagd
20 - Im Weinmonat - Es lebe Ihre Majestat die Kaiserin Theresia
21 - Im Wintermonat - Der melancholische Student
22 - Im Wintermonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 10, die Nacht 14 Stund
23 - Im Wintermonat - Ein Sturmwetter auf der See
24 - Im Wintermonat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 9, die Nacht 15 Stund
25 - Im Wintermonat - Die Mahlmuhle
26 - Im Christmontat - Der Winter
27 - Im Christmontat - Die Sonne im Steinbock
28 - Im Christmontat - Menuett- Die Tageslange 8, die Nacht 16 Stund
29 - Im Christmontat - Der Schlaf oder ein Nachtstuck
30 - Im Christmontat - Das Jahresende

A Carte Musical
dir. Rogério Gonçalves

giovedì 8 novembre 2012

G.F.Handel - Un'Opera Immaginaria

23 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 126 Mb



1. Ouverture - Arminio - Il Complesso Barocco
2. Dolce Riposo - Teseo - DiDonato
3. Della vita mortale - Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno - Dessay
4. Un pensiero nemico di pace - Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno - Dessay
5. A deluder le frodi io mi preparo - Fernando, re di Castiglia - Cencic
6. Sincero affetto - Fernando, re di Castiglia - Cencic
7. Destero dall'empia dite - Amadigi - DiDonato
8. Sarabande - Alcina - City of London Sinfonia
9. Così la tortorella - La Resurrezione - Bostridge
10. Bellissima Romilda - Serse - von Otter
11. Di tacere e di schernirmi - Serse - von Otter
12. Scherza, infida - Ariodante - Jaroussky
13. Ah! Stigie larvae- Orlando - Genaux
14. Madre! Mia vita! - Giulio Cesare - Blythe
15. Son nata a lagrimar - Giulio Cesare - Blythe
16. Ah! Ruggiero crudel - Alcina - Augér
17. Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite - Alcina - Augér
18. Ti stringo, o illustre acciaro - Arminio - McGreevy, Custer
19. Quando piu minaccia il cielo - Arminio - McGreevy, Custer
20. Verso il gran fine - Deidamia - Bonitatibus
21. Come all'urto aggressor - Deidamia - Bonitatibus
22. Aria Venti turbini - Rinaldo - Daniels
23. Doppo tante amare pene - Alcina - City of London Sinfonia

Joyce DiDonato, Natalie Dessay, Max Emanuel Cencic, Ian Bostridge, Anne Sofie von Otter, Philippe Jaroussky, Vivica Genaux, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Arleen Augér, Geraldine McGreevy, Manuela Custer & Anna Bonitatibus

Il Complesso Barocco, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d'Astrée, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Arts Florissants, Les Violons du Roy & Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Alan Curtis, Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haïm, Richard Hickox, William Christie, Bernard Labadie, John Nelson, Harry Bicket & Sir Roger Norrington

The greatest opera Handel NEVER wrote ... 'Un opera immaginaria', assembled from Handel’s own music by French musicologist Ivan A. Alexandre, is a new take on the formula perfected by the composer, the Baroque era’s acknowledged master of music theatre.

“It seems that, in the years around 1720, when people went to the opera to hear a castrato idol or an adored soprano, they would play cards, pay court to their neighbours and savour sorbets during the recitatives – even during the so-called arias of action, which they enjoyed less than the ornamented reprises of the showpiece arias. With this intractable and hedonistic audience in mind (so different from people like us, of course), thirteen star singers came together to concoct this festive piece, constructed and presented in three acts like a true dramma per musica, but with no explicit story and no concrete characters: in other words, an imaginary opera formed of passion and music. It is also a salute to the composer, who died on 14th April 1759, a quarter of a millennium ago – and to the opera-loving public, deprived of sorbet, but not of pleasure.”
Ivan A. Alexandre

This ‘imaginary opera’ , starts with an overture, and leads through a varied sequence of recitatives, arias and duets to a final chorus. In three distinct parts, it follows the dramatic scheme of a typical Handel stage-work, moving from optimisim and brilliance to tragically laden crisis before resolving itself with heroic vigour. It features such characteristic devices of Baroque opera as a ‘mad scene’ (‘Ah! Stigie larve’ from Orlando) bravura arias (among them, ‘Venti, turbini’ from Rinaldo), and the illustrative aria (‘Così la tortorella’ from La resurezzione, in which the flute imitates the call of a dove. Other works represented in this ‘imaginary opera’ include Alcina, Giulio Cesare, Serse, Teseo and Amadigi. 

mercoledì 7 novembre 2012

Leopold Mozart - Die Bauernhochzeit

38 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR file 98Mb


Leopold Mozart - Sinfonia D-dur (Die Bauernhochzeit)
Leopold Mozart - Musikalische Schlittenfahrt
Leopold Mozart - Sinfonia burlesca G-dur
Josef Starzer - Tänze: Auswahl

Leopold Mozart (1719 - 1787)Sinfonia in D major "Die Bauernhochzeit" (Peasant Wedding)1 1. Marcia villanesca [2:34]
2 2. Menuett [2:43]
3 3. Andante [1:49]
4 4. Menuett [3:33]
5 5. Finale. Molto allegro [2:14]

Musikalische Schlittenfahrt (Musical Sleigh-Ride)6 1. Intrada [0:20]
7 2. Andante [1:05]
8 3. Presto [2:12]
9 4. Intrada [0:20]
10 5. Schlittenfahrt [2:01]
11 6. Andante, sempre piano: Das schuttelnde Pferd [1:23]
12 7. Aufzug [1:05]
13 8. Allegro [1:29]
14 9. Intrada [0:19]
15 10. Schlittenfahrt [1:26]
16 11. Adagio: Das vor Kalte zitternde und schnatternde Frauenzimmer [2:35]
7 12. Des Balles Anfang: Menuett/Trio [3:00]
18 13. Deutscher Tanz I. Presto [0:44]
9 14. Kehraus. Allegro [0:51]
20 15. Pianissimo [0:55]
21 16. Deutscher Tanz II [0:31]
22 17. Kehraus. Allegro [0:27]
23 18. Intrada [0:19]
24 19. Schlittenfahrt [1:26]

Sinfonia burlesca in G major25 1. Sinfonia [2:16]
26 2. Hanswurst (Menuett) [3:55]
27 3. Il Signor Pantalone (Andante) [2:08]
28 4. Arlecchino [1:54]

Josef Starzer (1726 - 1787)

Dances from "Diane et Endimione"
29 Contredance in B flat major [1:05]
Dances from "Roger et Bradamante"
30 Gavotte in B flat major with Trio in E flat major [2:16]
Dances from "Diane et Endimione"
31 "Pas de deux" in B flat major [2:14]
32 Menuet in E flat major [1:07]
Gli Orazi e gli Curiazi
33 Gavotte in G major with Trio in D minor [1:33]
Dances from "Roger et Bradamante"
34 Moderato in F major [1:16]
Dances from "Diane et Endimione"
35 Gavotte in F major [1:14]
36 Menuet in B flat major with Trio in G minor [3:15]
Dances from "Roger et Bradamante"
37 Gavotte in D major with Trio in D minor [2:43]
38 Passe-pied in D minor with Trio in D major [1:56]

Ensemble Eduard Melkus, Eduard Melkus

martedì 6 novembre 2012

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Mensa Sonora

47 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR file 77Mb


Mensa Sonora (1680) (violin I/II, viola, cello, harpsichord)
- Pars I in D major
- Pars II in F major
- Pars III in a minor
Sonata violino solo representativa in A major (1669)
- Pars IV in B flat major
- Pars V in E major
- Pars VI in g minor

Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel

lunedì 5 novembre 2012

Secular Songs & Dances from the Middle Ages

6 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 560 Mb

CD 1 & 2

CD 3 & 4

CD 5 & 6

 Secular Songs & Dances from the Middle Ages. Carmina Burana; Music for the Crusades; Dances from England, France and Italy. Performed by Modo Antiquo, dir. Bettina Hoffmann and Federico Maria Sardelli. 6 CD box. Brilliant Classics 92888. Total playing time approx 6 hrs 10 mins.

The Italian early music ensemble Modo Antiquo travels, so to speak, on two different rails: Under the directorship of Federico Maria Sardelli the group has produced a number of Vivaldi and Corelli recordings for labels such as Tactus, Opus 111 and cpo - recordings which have been highly praised by the critical press. Under the directorship of Bettina Hoffmann, Modo Antiquo here acquaints us with the fruits of its labours in the medieval repertoire during the 1990's. CD 6 ("Danca Amorosa") was recorded in 1994 and released soon after by the French label Opus 111. This is a superb recording. 16 Italian dances (unfortunately, the Brilliant Classics edition gives no sources) are here played on an endless list of historical instruments (recorder, gemshorn, chalumeau, crumhorn, fiddle, rebec, tromba marina, cittern, lute, portative organ, cornemuse, bagpipes, harp, darbukka, nakers, drums, bells, jew's harp ...); the recording was made in the Santa Maria Casa church, Vecchio, San Casciano, Italy, and produced by Klaus L. Neumann and Yolanta Skura, the whole being a co-production with the WDR, the state radio in Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany. Perhaps this explains the excellent sound quality and the audible professionality of this disc.

CDs 1 and 2 "Carmina Burana" were recorded next, in Florence, in the Oratorio di San Francesco Poverino. With Elena Cecchi Fedi, Lucia Sciannimanico, Paolo Fanciullacci and Marco Scavazza, a vocal quartet was added, assisted by F. M. Sardelli, Ugo Galasso, Gian Luca Lastraioli and Daniele Poli. The Carmina Burana is a collection of religious and secular songs from 13th century Benediktbeuren (Germany), and here a selection of these is sung with uncommon vivacity and energy; the drinking songs really do sound as though they were recorded in a medieval tavern, drunken cries and all. The instrumental accompaniment is extremely colourful; however, I had the feeling that the singing did not quite match up to the achievement of Catherine Bott and Michael George on the 4 CD Carmina Burana set by Philip Pickett and his New London Consort on Decca. The sound, though doubtless good, needed a little getting used to: the solo voices seemed rather too soft in comparison with the loud instrumental passages. The exceedingly energetic use of drums and bells may mean that this recording is not for those who have weak nerves; however, I can imagine that it would appeal to many young people who have recently begun to get interested in the medieval music scene. These two CDs were never available commercially elsewhere; they originally appeared as a free gift with an Italian music magazine.

In September 1999 the fifth CD was recorded, "French and English Instrumental Songs in the Middle Ages". As with "Danca Amorosa" there is here a wide range of medieval instruments to be heard; the dances are from manuscripts kept in London, Oxford and Paris, and despite their well-known names, I have not heard them on other medieval recordings before, which gives this box an additional repertoire value. The sound quality, although still good, does not match up to the brilliant recording on the sixth CD.

The newest recordings to be heard here were made in the year 2000. Again in Florence (Chiesa della Compagnia, Calenzano), Modo Antiquo recorded songs and instrumental pieces which are associated with the crusades. Most of these pieces are, as one would expect, by anonymous composers, but we do also learn of Thibaut de Champagne, Le Chastelain de Couci, Chardon de Croisilles de Reims, Huon d'Oisi, Guiot de Dijon, Riccardo di San Germano and Walter von der Vogelweide in addition to King Richard Lionheart whose "Ja nuns hons pris" opens the second of the two CDs. The soprano part here is sung by Santina Tomasello. Here, too, the arrangements are very colorful and reflect differing moods from sadness and wistfulness through to exaltation and joy. The first CD begins with a version of "Crudifigat omens" from the Carmina burana, but in an unparalleled arrangement: It is sung so loudly, and the drums and cymbals are crashed so aggressively, that I was almost afraid that my loudspeakers would be damaged. Thankfully, the other tracks of these two CDs are played much more sensitively, leaving a very positive impression in the end, even if I still think that some of the effects here are a trifle overdone.

The Brilliant Classics edition is offered at an extremely low price, and this should motivate everyone who is interested in medieval music to purchase immediately. The booklet is only in English and contains two essays but no texts whatsoever, so that anyone who wants to understand something of these admittedly difficult texts will be forced to look elsewhere. - The individual CDs are held in lightweight cardboard sleeves; the box containing the whole is stable and attractively printed.
(Leslie Richford, Amazon)


CD 01 – Carmina Burana

01. Ich was ein chint so wolgetan CB 185
02. Axe Phebus aureo CB 71
03. Bache bene venies CB 200
04. Dulce solum CB 119
05. In taberna quando sumus CB 196
06. Veris dulcis in tempore CB 85 e 159
07. Alte clamat Epicurus CB 211 e 211°
08. Exiit dilucolo rustica puella CB 90
09. Olim sudor Herculis CB 63
10. Virent prata hiemata CB 151
11. Sic mea fata CB 116
12. Walthers ton CB 211
13. Tempus transit gelidum CB 153

CD 02 – Carmina Burana

01. Bonus est confidere CB 27
02. Nomen a sollempnibus CB 52
03. Dic Christi veritas / Bulla fulminante CB 131 / 131
04. O varium fortune lubricum CB 14
05. Fas et nefas CB 19
06. Veritas veritatum CB 21
07. Currit ad vocem CB 47a
08. Crucifigat omnes CB 47
09. Procurans odium CB 12
10. Ave nobilis CB 11
11. Ecce torpet probitas CB 3
12. Planctus ante nescia CB 14
13. Licet ager cum egrotis CB 8
14. Celum non animum CB 15

CD 03 – Music for the Crusades

I Appellatio
01. Crucifigat omnes
02. Seignor, sachiez qui or ne s’en ira (Thibaut de Champagne)
03. La Quinte Estampie Real
04. Parti de mal et a bien atourné
05. Chevalier mult estes guariz
06. De transfretantibus
07. Au tans plain de felonie (Thibaut de Champagne)

II Dure Departie
08. La Seconde Estampie Royal
09. Bien me deusse targier
10. Dame, ensinc est qui’il m’en covient aler (Thibaut de Champagne)
11. A vous, Amors, plus qu’a nule autre gent (Le Chastelain de Couci)
12. Li departirs de la douce contree (Chardon de Croisilles de Reims)
13. Li nouveax temps et maiz et violete (Le Chastelain de Couci)
14. Aler m’estuet la ou je trerai paine (Gilles le Vinier? – Le Chastelain d’Arras?)

CD 04 – Music for the Crusades

III Passagium Laboriosum
01. Ja nuns hons pris 1 (Roy Richart)
02. Ja nuns hons pris 2 (Roy Richart)
03. Desolata mater / Que nutritos / Filios enutrivi (Roman de Fauvel)
04. Maugré tous sainz et maugré dieu ausi (Huon d’Oisi)
05. Congregati sunt (Gregorian Chant)
06. La Quarte Estampie Royal
07. In gotes namen fara wir (Lutheran Choral)
08. Chanterai por mon coraige (Guiot de Dijon)
09. Diro satis percussus vulnere (Riccardo di San Germano) – Tristan’s Lament
10. Nus ne porroit de mauvese reson

IV Hierosolyma Caelestis
11. Ierusalem mirabilis (Hymn)
12. Nû alrêst lebe ich mir werde (Walter von der Vogelweide)
13. Nomen a solemnibus (CB 52)

CD 05

English Dances
01. Ductia manuscript London, British Library, Harley 978, f. 8v-9r
02. Petrone manuscript London, British Library, add. 28550 (Robertsbridge Codex), f.43r
03. Nota manuscript, Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 139
04. Ductia manuscript London, British Library, Harley 978, f. 9r/I
05. Ductia manuscript London, British Library, Harley 978, f. 9r/II
06. Fragment manuscript London, British Library, add. 28550 (Robertsbridge Codex), f.43r
07. Ductia manuscript London, British Library, add. 28550 (Robertsbridge Codex), f.43r

French Dances
Manuscript Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, f. f. 884
08. La Prime Estampie Royal
09. La Seconde Estampie Royal
10. La Tierche Estampie Royal
11. La Quarte Estampie Royal
12. La Quinte Estampie Royal
13. La Seste Estampie Royal
14. La Septime Estampie Royal
15. La Ultime Estampie Royal
16. Dansse Real
17. [Untitled]
18. Danse

CD 06

01. Ghaetta
02. Saltarello
03. La Manfredina, Rotta della Manfredina
04. Chançoneta Tedescha
05. Isabella
06. Saltarello
07. Saltarello
08. Chançoneta Tedescha
09. Chançoneta Tedescha
10. Principio di virtù
11. Danca Amorosa, suo Troto
12. Chominciamento di Gioia
13. Chançoneta Tedescha
14. Trotto
15. Bel fiore dança
16. Lamento di Tristano, sua Rotta

Modo Antiquo
dir. Bettina Hoffman

domenica 4 novembre 2012

Josquin Desprez - Motets et Chansons

13 tracks - 192 Kbps - RAR 73Mb


1. Motet: Ave Maria (a 4)
2. Motet: Absalon, fili mi (a 4)
3. Motet: Veni, sancte Spiritus (a 6)
4. Motet: De profundis clamavi (a 4)
5. Frottola: Scaramella (a 4) (w/ setting by Compere)
6. Chanson: In te Domine speravi (a 4)
7. Frottola: El grillo (a 4)
8. Chanson: Milles regretz (a 4)
9. Chanson: Petite camusette (a 6)
10. Chanson: Je me complains (a 5)
11. Chanson: En l'ombre d'ung buissonet (a 3)
12. Chanson: Je ne me puis tenir d'aimer (a 5)
13. Motet-chanson: La deploration sur la mort de Ockeghem (a 5)

Hilliard Ensemble
David James (counter-tenor), Paul Elliott (tenor), Leigh Nixon (tenor)
Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Paul Hillier (bass), Michael George (bass)