mercoledì 28 novembre 2012

G.F.Handel - The Organ Concertos Op.7

12 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 124Mb



 Concertos Op.7

Concerto no. 1 in B flat major (HWV 306)
Concerto no. 2 in A major (HWV 307)
Concerto no. 3 in B flat major (HWV 308)
Concerto no. 4 in D minor (HWV 309)
Concerto no. 5 in g-moll (HWV 310)
Concerto no. 6 in B-dur (HWV 311)

3 concertos

Concerto in F-dur (HWV 295) [The Cuckoo and the Nightingale]
Concerto in A-dur (HWV 296)
Concerto in d-moll (HWV 304)

Simon Preston, organ
Ursula Holliger, harp

The English Concert
dir. Trevor Pinnock

martedì 27 novembre 2012

De Fragilitate - Piae Cantiones

22 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 130Mb


The Piae Cantiones (1582) is Finland’s one and only collection of early music and reflection of Europe’s medieval musical heritage. Zefiro Torna performs these beautiful carols, devote and student songs with 15th-16th century instruments and includes a children’s choir. The discrete but charming use of a kantele introduces a Finnish-ing touch to the sound.

The majority of the compositions belongs to the Germanic-Bohemian cantio tradition. There are also links to French, Spanish and Italian sources and to Flemish masters such as Jacob Obrecht. The religious songs — the majority being Christmas songs — are grouped together according to the liturgical year. The remaining songs deal with the transitory character of earthly life, the human condition, the life of schoolchildren, Biblical subjects and the rebirth of Nature in the spring.

Very few collections of music from the 16th century are so strongly anchored in contemporary musical life as the Piae Cantiones are in Finland today, becoming a fixed part of Finnish choral and religious music with the flowering of Finnish nationalism and romanticism in the early 20th century. Variants of these cantiones can be found in Finland’s religious folk music, whilst many composers have also made arrangements of the songs, including Jean Sibelius in his ‘Carminalia’.

“These 24 of the 74 songs from Piae Cantiones form not only a wonderful programme, permitting a variety of styles ranging from pure medieval to rustic and folksy but are also delightful performances….There are delicious and always aptly chosen instrumental contributions, including local colour from the Finnish kantele, and the children sing disarmingly with an ardent, earthly grace, like angelic urchins….”


De Nativitate [18:49]:
Angelus emittitur [1:23], Salve flos et décor [4:16], Verbum caro factum est [2:06], Congaudeat turba fidelium [1:52], Parvulus nobis nascitur [2:59], Personent hodie [1:30], Nobis est natus hodie [2:26], Paranymphus adiens [2:17]

De Passione [7:39]:
Iucundare iugiter [2:05], Aetas carmen melodiae [3:38], Aetas carmen melodiae [1:56]

De Fragilitate et Miseriis [9:29]:
Kurja, paha syntinen [4:44], Mars praecurrit in planetis [1:43]; Cum sit omnis caro foenum [3:02]

De Vita Scholastica [12:11]:
Scholares convenite [3:35], Zachaeus arboris [1:35], O Scholares discite [4:37], Sum in aliena provincia [2:24]

De Tempore Vernali [9:52]:
Ad perennis vitae fontem [2:15]; In vernali tempore [2:42]; Tempus adest floridum [1:40]; Kaikki maailma riemuitkohon [3:15]

Antwerp Cathedral Choir
Zefiro Torna

A review

lunedì 26 novembre 2012

Hespèrion XX - Musicque de Ioye

26 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - 1 RAR file 83Mb


Jacques Moderne, ed., ca 1550


1. Anon. - Bassedance 7
2. Anon. - Tordion 8
3. Roquelay - Ta bonne grace
4. Anon. - Bassedanse 1 « Ta bonne grace »
5. Anon. - Tordion 2
6. Julius de Modena - Ricercare XIII
7. Julius de Modena - Ricercare XXII
8. Julius de Modena - Ricercare XVI
9. Julius de Modena - Ricercare V
10. Clément Janequin - Il estoit une fillette
11. Anon. - Pavane 13 « La Gaiette »
12. Anon. - Pavane 14
13. Anon. - Gailarde 15
14. Gabriel Costa - Ricercare XXIV
15. Julius de Modena or Cabezon - Ricercare XVII
16. Adrian Willaert - Ricercare IV
17. Pierre Sandrin - Helas amy
18. Anon. - Bassedanse 5 « Hellas amy »
19. Anon. - Tordion 6
20. Anon. - Pavane 11 « La Bataille »
21. Julius de Modena - Ricercare VIII
22. Julius de Modena - Ricercare X
23. Hieronimus Parabosco - Ricercare XIV « Da pacem domine »
24. Anon. - Branle simple 22
25. Anon. - Branle de Bourgoigne 23
26. Claude Gervaise - Branle de bourgoigne 17

Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall

domenica 25 novembre 2012

The Martyred Virgins

23 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 124 Mb

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread throughout the globe. […] On this International Day, I urge governments and partners around the world to harness the energy, ideas and leadership of young people to help us to end this pandemic of violence.  Only then will we have a more just, peaceful and equitable world.Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General)  (link to the whole message)

 By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Since the early days, Christianity has shown a reverence and respect towards virgins, usually young girls who rejected the advances of the occupying Roman forces, arguing that they were instead married to Christ. Often, these girls were raped, tortured and crucified by the authorities, and such atrocities extended through the Dark and Middle Ages and beyond, in cultures all over the world.

This stirring new CD sets Gregorian, Ambrosian chant and two episodes from the life of St Agnes, creating a musical memorial to female victims of violence and abuse, raising a plea for freedom, respect and peace to be established in today's world. Poems and texts by Tehlia Lieberman and Marthe Link, read in English, punctuate the chants, and there are moving accounts by women raped in Central Africa and girls forced to enter homes for single mothers and give up their children.

The Gregorian Schola Karolus Magnus from Nijmegen (the Netherlands)  & Brilliant just released their latest CD “The Martyred Virgins: A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence”.  It features Gregorian music interspersed with spoken words (in English) describing violence against women, historically.   The CD is accompanied by a booklet of 48 pages with text in English, Latin and Dutch.  On it, one can also hear parts of the testimonials of three Rwandan women who were profiled in “The Men Who Killed Me” (Adela, Marie Jeanne and Clementine).  The music is intended to be a tribute to all women all over the world who faced or are still facing violence.

According to the producers: “[It] Started as a project honouring Saint Agnes and all other female martyrs venerated in the Catholic church, it grew into a sung monument in which violence against all women is commemorated.  Typical here is that ‘Martyred Virgins’ does not only honour the women who died for their faith, nor only the women who were physically violated because they believed.  The ‘Martyred Virgins’ is also a monument for the woman and her role in today’s society.  And thus the Schola veers off into a different direction: the old Gregorian chant serves today’s needs.

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the Schola began a tour through the Netherlands to raise awareness of violence against women.  For more information about the Gregorian choir and the CD, see THIS LINK.

The CD (8 euros) can be ordered by sending an e-mail to mr. J. Bernards ( or through Amazon ($6,99) via THIS LINK.

 Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali
A Gregorian Memorial to Female Victims of Violence



1.Litany, Part 1
2.Tertio decimo, AMEM 434
3.De virginibus (1), LHo 1072
4.Agnes beatae virginis, LH 341
5.From 2 Samuel 13: Amnon and Tamar
6.Psalm 43 (42): Iudica me Deus
7.From Jours de famine et de détresse
8.Ingressa Agnes, Psalm 147: 16 AM2 6
9.From The men who killed me
10.Improperium, GT 148
11.From The Magdalen
12.Vox in rama, Psalm 79 (78)
13.Agnes famula, LV 567
14.De virginibus (2), LHo 1072
15.Igne divini, LH 340
16.Christus factus est, GN 108
17.From Tehila Lieberman: The Holy text of Naeeda Aurangzeb 1
18.Ave verum, CS 10
19.From Tehila Lieberman: The Holy text of Naeeda Aurangzeb 2
20.Beati mundo corde, Psalm 37 (36)
21.From Marthe Link: Forgive us our trspasses
22.Stans beata Agnes, Magnificat
23.Litany, Part 2

 Schola Cantorum Karolus Magnus
dir. Stan Hollaardt