sabato 9 agosto 2014

The Father, the Son and the Godfather

21 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 111Mb

The title The Father, the Son, and the Godfather refers literally to J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Georg Philipp Telemann, respectively; Telemann was the elder Bach's professional rival, but there seems to have been no personal enmity, and Telemann served as Bach's son's godfather. That's about all there is to the concept of this BIS release, but the appeal of the sheer variety of the music is enhanced by the knowledge that it was all written between the 1720s and the 1750s, and all came out of roughly the same milieu. This is a kinetic, exciting group of pieces that bounce off each other in interesting ways. Sweden's Paradiso Musicale, named for harpsichordist Anna Paradiso, is a crack historical-instrument group that individualizes these pieces to the maximum, which is just what's desired. The images of them on the packaging and graphics are purely fanciful; the group includes only a recorder player, cellist, violist, and harpsichordist. Highlights include the folkish "Polish" finales of the two Telemann sonatas included, the subtle interplay between the unusual bass recorder and the viola in the C.P.E. Bach Trio sonata in F major, Wq 163, and the recorder playing of Dan Laurin in general. The chilly sound from Sweden's Länna Church represents a misstep for BIS; this quintessentially domestic music requires a gentler sound environment. That aside, this is a near-ideal Baroque chamber music recital that gives the music the weight and distinctiveness it deserves.

This is the first recording of Paradiso Musicale, an ensemble featuring the acclaimed recorder player Dan Laurin and made up of an unusual combination of instruments.


Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata for recorder, viola da gamba & continuo in D minor, TWV 42:d7

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for flute & keyboard in B minor, BWV 1030

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Trio sonata for viola, bass recorder & harpsichord in F major, H. 588, Wq. 163

Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata for cello & continuo in D major (GMM No. 16), TWV 41:D6

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sonata for viola da gamba & continuo in G minor, H. 510, Wq. 88

Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata for recorder, viola da gamba & continuo in G minor, TWV 42:g9

Paradiso Musicale

Dan Laurin, recorder
Henrik Frendin, viola
Mats Olofsson, cello
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord

venerdì 8 agosto 2014

Emilio de' Cavalieri - Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo

2 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 161Mb

1600: Emilio de’ Cavalieri composes a work in the new style he has dubbed ‘recitar cantando’. For the first time an attempt is made to represent man’s feelings through allegory and vocal writing that is attentive to the meaning of words.

Marco Beasley: Corpo, Tempo
Johannette Zomer: Anima
Dominique Visse: Piacere
Jan van Elsacker: Intelletto
Stephan MacLeod: Mondo, Consiglio
Nuria Rial: Angelo Custode
Beatrice Mayo-Felip: Vita Mondana

Celine Vieslet, Elisabeth Dobbin, Laureen Armishaw: Anime Beate
Matthew Baker, Nicolas Achten: Anime Dannate
Harm Huson, Jürgen Banholzer, Stephan van Dyck, Vincent Lesage: Quatro del coro


Christina Pluhar, théorbe & direction

giovedì 7 agosto 2014

Dame de Deuil

15 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 119 Mb

Daughter of Hapsburg Emperor Maximilian I and Mary of Burgundy, Marguerite of Austria (1480-1530) experienced a series of personal tragedies during the first three decades of her life - including deaths of her only brother and both husbands.
Despite her misfortunes, Marguerite has skillfully ruled The Netherlands for her nephew, Charles V. She is also remembered for her patronage over the arts. Herself a creative personality with literary and musical talents, she has made her court in Mechelen (now Belgium) a mansion of flamboyant Burgundian culture, shortly before its expiration. There she collected books and works or art, among which were such gems as 'Trés riches heures de duc de Berry' by Limbourg brothers or Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Portrait'.
Some musical manuscripts now in the Bibliothèque Royale in Brussels were probably part of Marguerite's library. These include two songbooks and a handsome collection of courtly bassedanse tenors (foundations for improvised polyphonic dance compositions). All were most likely prepared for Marguerite herself - song collections contain settings of her plaintive texts, and the book of bassedanse tenors reflects her nostalgy for expiring Burgundian glories.


Anonymous - Triste suis de vostre langheur
Pierre De La Rue - A vous non autre servir, habandoné
Francisco de la Torre - Alta
Anonymous - Se je souspire, ecce iterum novus dolor
Pierre De La Rue - Pour ung jamais ung regret me demeure
Pierre De La Rue - Mijn, hert altijt heeft verlanghen
Alexander Agricola - Si dedero
Jacob Obrecht - Si sumpsero
Antoine Brumel - Tous les regretz quelques furent au monde
Anonymous - Fama malumAnonymous - Soubz ce tumbelAnonymous - Me fauldra-il tousjours ainsi languir?
Bassedanse - La verdelette
Bassedanse - La danse de cleves
Josquin Des Prez - Plus nulz regretz grans, moyens ne menuz

La Morra
Michael Gondko & Corina Marti

Marin Marais - Pièces à 2 & à 3 violes

tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR Mb


Marin MARAIS: Suite I en Ré (L.IV: à 3 violes)
Marin MARAIS: Tombeau de Monsieur Meliton, sol (L.I)
Jean-Baptiste FORQUERAY "LE FILS": Pièces à 3 violes
Marin MARAIS: Suite VI en Mi (ou Sol) (L.I)

Jérôme HANTAI, Basse de viole
Kaori UEMURA, Basse de viole
Alix VERZIER, Basse de viole
Pierre HANTAI, Clavecin, Direction

mercoledì 6 agosto 2014

Dresden 1652

27 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 107 Mb

Dresden 1652: music by Christoph Bernhard and Christian Herwich (NCA 60147-210, rec 2004, 64') draw on an important recently discovered score-book at Wolfenbüttel. It is dated 1662, includes instrumental ensemble music ranging from solo gamba and violin pieces to seven- and eight-part sonatas, and was copied by Jakob Ludwig (1623–98), a court musician at Wolfenbüttel and Gotha. 
The disc from Hamburger Ratsmusik and Simone Eckert, concentrates on music by two composers who met in Dresden for a court wedding in 1652: the Weimar gamba player Christian Herwich (1609 - 1663) and the Dresden singer Christoph Bernhard (1627 - 1692), a pupil of Schütz.


01 - Bernhard: Da du wolltest von mir ziehn
02 - Bernhard: Gleich wie ein junger Hirsch
03 - Herwich: Sonata "La Chilana"
04 - Bernhard: Die sterbenden Lilien
05 - Bernhard: Die Lieb ist wie der Tod
06 - Bernhard: Suite in D minor / Allemande + Variatio
07 - Bernhard: Suite in D minor / Courante + Variatio
08 - Bernhard: Suite in D Minor / Sarabande + Double
09 - Bernhard: Süsser Christ
10 - Bernhard: Rex Jesu admirabilis
11 - Herwich: Ruggiero
12 - Bernhart: Leb ich oder leb ich nicht
13 - Bernhard: Gute Nacht! Du eitles Leben
14 - Herwich: Prelude
15 - Herwich: Allemande
16 - Herwich: Courante
17 - Bernhart: Ich bin gewiss
18 - Herwich: Allemande
19 - Herwich: Courante
20 - Bernhart:Herr, der du die Sternenbogen
21 - Bernhard: Ach, wie entgeistert sich mein Geist
22 - Herwich: Derde
23 - Bernhard: Gott ist mein Schild
24 - Bernhard: Mein Jesus! Mein Lust!
25 - Bernhard: Allein nach dir
26 - Herwich: Aria in G
27 - Bernhard: Der Tag ist hin

Klaus Mertens, bass-baritone

Hamburger Ratsmusik
dir. Simone Eckert

martedì 5 agosto 2014

Aux marches du palais

14 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 219 Mb

 "... a program designed to show off the skills of a specific performing group, in a genre that remains impossible to define, yet too attractive to resist..." (continue reading review)


1 - J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Danser
2 - Le Roi Renaud
3 - La Pernette
4 - L'Amour De Moy
5 - En Passant Par La Lorraine
6 - Une Jeune Fillette
7 - La Fille Au Roi Louis
8 - Le 31 Du Mois D'Août
9 - Aux Marches Du Palais
10 - Réveillez-Vous, Belle Endormie
11 - Le Roi A Fait Battre Tambour
12 - La Molièra Qu'A Nau Escus
13 - La Complainte De Mandrin
14 - Sarremilhòque 

Le Poème Harmonique
dir. Vincent Dumestre

Happy Birthday D!!!

Maria Bayo - Handel

14 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR Mb

These performances have got nothing if not style--and charisma to burn. And burn is what the first aria does, its fire flaming directly from the mouth of Spanish soprano María Bayo. Is this image too much for you? Well, just listen and you'll be hard-pressed not to come up with a picture of some kind of pyrotechnic activity. Bayo displays some habits I'm not fond of--a sort of "swallowed" quality on some notes, a tendency to push interpretive gestures to the border of the "too-cute" and, in the case of "Lascia ch'io pianga", the overwrought--but forget all of that: this is really magnificent singing accompanied by interpretive instincts that invariably show the true theatrical essence of these wonderful Handel creations. Bayo's orchestral partners are more than able accomplices: these are first rate players who really relish their music and consequently make it live--robustly, vivaciously, and passionately. Bayo sings as if no wild runs or leaping lines are too difficult, and her brief duet passages with various instruments in the cantata Tra le fiamme HWV 170 are impressive bits of virtuosity. The aria "Se pieta" from Giulio Cesare shows how far Bayo will go to inject personality into a piece that otherwise depends only on its considerable melodic loveliness for impact. It's not offensive or tasteless, just, well, characterful, and in this instance it works. Besides the more familiar works, Bayo also treats us to one of Handel's more curious and rarely heard pieces, composed in 1707 during his sojourn in Italy: it's a cantata in Spanish with guitar accompaniment, No se emendará jamás. This is not only a nice programmatic touch, it's a delightful work that, along with the rest of the disc, is well worth hearing. The sound is bright, detailed, and suitably lively for complementing repertoire and singer.
--David Vernier,


Giulio Cesare: Da Tempeste (Cleopatra)
Giulio Cesare: V'Adoro, Pupille - Sinfonia & Aria (Cleopatra)
Rinaldo: Lascia Ch'Io Pianga (Almirena)
Cantata, HWV 170. Aria & Recitativo: Tra Le Fiamme...
Cantata, HWV 170. Aria & Recitativo: Pien Di Nuovo...
Cantata, HWV 170. Aria & Recitativo: Voli Per L'Aria...
Giulio Cesare: Che Sento? Oh Dio! (Cleopatra)
Giulio Cesare: Se Pietа (Cleopatra)
Cantata, HWV 140. Aria & Recitativo: No Se Emendarejame
Cantata, HWV 140. Aria: Dicente Mis Ojos...
Alcina: Torna Mi A Vagheggiar (Morgana)
Alcina: Si, Son Quella! (Alcina)
Alcina: Mi Restano Le Lagrime (Alcina)

Maria Bayo, soprano

Capriccio Stravagante
dir. Skip Sempé

lunedì 4 agosto 2014

Johann Pachelbel - Easter Cantatas

6 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 126 Mb

While the ubiquitous Canon and Gigue in D refuses to suffer in obscurity--or even to stop reproducing and multiplying like a rampant tumor--recordings devoted to Johann Pachelbel's vocal music are extremely rare. It's a shame because Pachelbel's vocal works are often remarkably heartfelt and stirring. J.S. Bach was certainly impressed. Listen for instance to Pachelbel's richly textured, contrapuntal chorale cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in the bonds of death) and compare it to Bach's famous later treatment (BWV 4). Bach's harmonic structure and thematic development throughout are remarkably similar to Pachelbel's earlier model. In fact, Pachelbel's subtler, seamless gradations between vocal and instrumental parts arguably heighten the solemn nature of Luther's familiar hymn more effectively than the master. For those who missed Rolf Schweizer's stunning, reverential, and long-deleted performance on Da Camera Magna (with Bachorchester Pforzheim), this leaner, more focused rendering by Roland Wilson with La Capella Ducale and Musica Fiata serves Pachelbel equally well. Like his nearly exact contemporary Heinrich Biber, Pachelbel was regarded in his day as quite the progressive, often extravagantly augmenting his vocal scores with antiphonal choirs and plenty of rousing brass and percussion. Though every work on this program incorporates these elements to some extent, the cantata Halleluja! Lobet den Herrn (Praise the Lord) offers the grandest, most celebratory display. The splendor of this unusually large setting for five trumpets, trombone, timpani, bells, strings, two oboes, harp, dulcian, full concertante and ripieno voices, and basso continuo is further complemented by Pachelbel's frequent use of permutation fugues (two or three contrasting themes played simultaneously in revolving cycles) that Wilson and his forces effortlessly negotiate. The disc's concluding Magnificat in C major, though longer and with slightly less instrumentation, equally impresses.


Deus in adjutorium
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Halleluja! Lobet den Herrn
Christ ist erstanden
Jauchzet dem Herrn
Magnificat in C major

La Capella Ducale
Musica Fiata
dir. Roland Wilson

The Art of Qin Music

3 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 325 Mb

The qin (pronounced “chin”; also called guqin, or “ancient qin”) has a unique place in Chinese culture; according to our most accurate information, it has been played in China regularly since the time of Confucius. This would mean its performance tradition goes back at least 2500 years. During that period, the instrument has enjoyed almost unrivalled status. Allusions to its poetic beauty, pristine character, connection with heaven, and even magical properties are found throughout Chinese poetry and literature.


CD 1

Tong Kin-Woon: Memories of an Old Friend
Tong Kin-Woon: Dialogue between the Fisherman and the Woodcutter
Ding Cheng-Yun: Meditation in Autumn by the Dongting River
Ding Cheng-Yun: Harmony between Man and God
Xie Dao-Xiu: Fantasy Tune
Xie Dao-Xiu: Innocent Seagulls
Dai Xiao-Lian: Water and Cloud of the Rivers Xiao and Xiang
Liu Zheng-Chun: Wild Geese Descending on the Sandbank
Liu Zheng-Chun: Night Mooring at the Qiu River
Zeng Cheng-Wei: Prologue of Peach and Plum Garden
Tse Chun-Yan: Piece in Shang Mode
Ding Ji-Yuan: The Autumn Moon over the Han Palace

CD 2

Xie Xiao-Ping: Song of the Peaceful Evening
Chen Chang-Lin: Zhuang Zhou Dreams to be a Butterfly
Xu Xiao-Ying: Mourning for Yan Hui
Zhao Jia-Zhen: Crows Caw at Night
Zhao Jia-Zhen: Dialogue between the Fisherman and the Woodcutter
Li Yu-Xian: Lament at Changmen Palace
Li Feng-Yun: Five Modes of Xia Wai Shen Pin
Li Feng-Yun: Three Variations of the Plum Blossom
Sou Si-Tai: Water Spirit
Sou Si-Tai: Observing Calmly
Mei Ri-Qiang: Memories of an Old Friend
Mei Ri-Qiang: Liquormania

CD 3

Li Xiang-Ting: Mountain Tai
Li Xiang-Ting: Autumnal Lamentations
Sun Yu-Han: Innocent Seagulls
Chen Chang-Lin: Moonlit River in Spring
Li Yu-Xian: The River All Red
Tse Chun-Yan: Falling Plum Blossoms (w/ Sou Si-Tai, xiao)
Wei Jia-Li: The Eighth of the Fourth Lunar Month
Xu Xiao-Ying: Three Variations of the Yang Pass (w/ voice)
Zhang Tong-Xia: Soliciting the Hermits (w/ voice)
Zhang Tong-Xia: Lamenting the Ancients (w/ voice)
Huang Yung-Ming: Incantation of Pureness (w/ voice; Cheng Jung-Lung, xiao; Lee Kung-Yuan, zhonghu; Sun Yu-Han, yinqing; Lin Fa, qing & muyu)
Gao Zhong-Jun: Dialogue between the Fisherman and the Woodcutter (w/ voice)

domenica 3 agosto 2014

J.M.Molter - Concerti & Concertini

18 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 83Mb

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Concerto A-Dur fur Diskant, Streicher & BC
Concertino A 4 D-Dur fur Traverso, Diskant, Streicher & BC
Concerto F-Dur fur Diskant, Streicher & BC
Concertino A 4 E-Moll fur Traverso, Diskant, Streicher & BC
Sonata G-Dur fur Diskant, Violin, Viola & BC
Concero G-Dur fur Diskant, Streicher & BC

Simone Eckert, diskant-viola da gamba
Hamburger RatsMusik