sabato 13 settembre 2014

Guillame de Machaut - Dreams in the Pleasure Garden

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This program offers 14 chansons of Guillaume de Machaut in nearly ideal performances. We hear the songs as the composer's intentions are now understood, one voice to a part without accompaniment. Most of these songs have been recorded before, though not as well as this group sings them. The rondeau Certes mon oueil and the ballade Une vipère have never been recorded before, and He! dame de valour was recently recorded only on instruments. The ballades De Fortune and Se quanque amours have never been recorded as well as these, and the ballade En amer has never been recorded entirely with voices. The ballade Je puis trop bien has never been recorded satisfactorily or completely.
An important and familiar piece is the rondeau Ma fin est mon commencement in a version quite as good as the Hilliard Ensemble's fine recording. The ballade De toutes flours is another of the few selections that are already available in fine versions. For the most part, this disc gives us beautiful singing in some of Machaut's more difficult songs. As Daniel Leech-Wilkinson says in his notes, the songs we hear today have "memorable tunes, regular phrasing, strong metre and clear harmony." Most of the songs on this disc are not so gratifying to the modern ear. They give us an insight into Machaut's most daring efforts at composition, largely from his middle period around 1350. One of the finest Machaut discs. JEROME WEBER


  1. Tant doucement (4 voices)
  2. Comment puet on (3 voices)
  3. De Fortune (3 voices)
  4. Mors sui (2 voices)
  5. Se quanque amours (4 voices)
  6. Je ne cuit pas (2 voices)
  7. Liement me deport (voice)
  8. Je puis trop bien (3 voices)
  9. Certes mon oueil (3 voices)
  10. En amer a douce vie (4 voices)
  11. He! Dame de valour (voice)
  12. Une vipere (2 voices)
  13. Ma fin est mon commencement (3 voices)
  14. De toutes flours (4 voices)

Orlando Consort
Robert Harre-Jones (alto)
Charles Daniels (tenor)
Angus Smith (tenor)
Donald Greig (baritone)

venerdì 12 settembre 2014

Lorenzo Il Magnifico - Trionfo Di Bacco

Carnival Songs, 1449-1492 (Doulce Mémoire)

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Heinrich Isaac - Palle, Palle, song for 3 voices
Anonymous, Italian - Ben Venga Maggio
Anonymous - Galliarda ''Su l'herba fresca''
Anonymous, Italian - Era di Maggio
Anonymous - Lo Mio Padre

Anonymous, Italian - In questo ballo
Joan Ambrosio Dalza - Calata
Anonymous, Italian - Trionfo di Bacco e Arianna: Quant' è bella giovinezza
Josquin Desprez - La Spagna, song for 5 parts
Johannes Ghiselin - La Spagna a 4
Anonymous - Canto di Lanzi Pellegrini
Anonymous - Vilana Che Sa Tu Far?
Anonymous - Canto di Lanzi Sonatori di Rubechine
Anonymous - Canto di Lanzi Allegri
Anonymous - Pan de Miglio

Josquin Desprez - Scaramella va alla guerra
Anonymous - Carro della Morte
Alexander Demophon Venetus - Volgi gli ochi
Anonymous - Jesu, Jesu, Jesu
Anonymous - Visin, Visin
Anonymous - Canto degli Spazzacamini

Ensemble Doulce Mémoire

Diapason d’Or de l’Année 1998
Sélection du Monde
5 de Classica


''Quant'è bella giovinezza,
che si fugge tuttavia!

chi vuol esser lieto, sia:

di doman non c'è certezza...''

''Comme elle est belle, la jeunesse
qui s'envole si vite hélas,
soyez heureux, n'attendez pas!
demain n'est qu'une vaine promesse...''

''How sweet is youth,

but, alas, so fleeting! 
Be happy, waste no time,
 for tomorrow is but a vain promise...''

Lorenzo de Medici was born on January 1, 1449 in Florence, Italy. "Lorenzo The Magnificent," as he was called by the people of Florence, was a statesman, ruler, and patron of the arts. "The Magnificent" was a common title of respect in Italy at the time, but it was Lorenzo who raised it to special status.

Lorenzo ruled Florence with his younger brother, Giuliano, from 1469 to 1478. After his brother's assassination in 1478, he was sole ruler until his death. Perhaps Lorenzo's greatest contribution to history was his patronage of the arts. He contributed more than anyone to the flowering of Florentine genius in the late 15th century, supporting such giants as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Lorenzo treated the artists under his protection with respect and warm-hearted familiarity.

giovedì 11 settembre 2014

G.P.Telemann - XII Solos a Violon ou Traversiere avec la Basse Chiffrée

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CD 1

Solo I F-dur
Solo II e.moll
Solo III A-dur
Solo IV C-dur
Solo V g-moll
Solo VI D.dur

CD 2

Solo VII d-moll
Solo VIII G-dur
Solo IX h-moll
Solo X E-dur
Solo XI a-moll
Solo XII fis-moll


Munchner Cammer-Music

Michael Schmidt-Casdorff, Baroque flute
Mary Utiger, Baroque violin
Hartwig Groth, Viola da Gamba
Joachim Held, Baroque lute & Theorbo
Christine Schornsheim, Harpsichord

mercoledì 10 settembre 2014

Bassani - Sinfonie Op.5

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Giovanni Battista Bassani was one of the foremost representatives of the Bolognese School. His works were well known during his lifetime, and composers like Handel and Bach knew and esteemed them highly. Ensemble StilModerno from Milano adheres to the Historically Informed Performance Practice and plays these original and skillfully written works with passion and virtuosity.

A good review is HERE


Sonata No. 2 in D Minor
Sonata No. 4 in D Major
Sonata No. 1 in A Minor
Sonata No. 3 in G Major
Sonata No. 6 in F Major
Sonata No. 5 in A Minor
Sonata No. 7 in A Major
Sonata No. 8 in G Minor
Sonata No. 11 in D Major
Sonata No. 10 in C Minor
Sonata No. 9 in C Major
Sonata No. 12 in A Major

Ensemble StilModerno

Giorgio Tosi, Micol Vitali (violins)
Nicola Brovelli (cello)
Carlo Centemeri (organ)
Grasiela Setra Danta (harpsichord)
Flora Papadopoulos (baroque harp)

Recorder Sonatas

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CD One
George Friedrich Händel: Complete Recorder Sonatas (64:19)

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Sonata in C major
Sonata in A minor
Sonata in B flat major
Sonata in D major for Flute (voice-flute)
Sonata in D minor
Sonata in F major
Sonata in G minor

CD Two
Georg Philipp Telemann: Complete sonatas and Sonatinas (71:49)

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Sonata in C major "Essercizii musici"
Sonatina in C minor
Sonata in C major "Der Getreue Musikmeister"
Sonata in D minor "Essercizii musici"
Sonata in F minor "Der Getreue Musikmeister"
Sonatina in A minor

Sonata in A major "Der Getreue Musikmeister"
Sonata in F major "Der Getreue Musikmeister"
Sonata in F minor

CD Three
Francesco Barsanti: Recorder Sonatas (59:28)

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Sonata I in D minor
Sonata II in C major
Sonata III in G minor
Sonata IV in C minor
Sonata V in F major
Sonata VI in B flat major

CD Four Italian Baroque Music for Recorder (61:56)

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Alessandro Scarlatti: Sonata in G major
Alessandro Scarlatti: Sonata in F major
Giuseppe Sammartini: Sonata in B flat major
Francesco Mancini : Sonata No.3 in C minor
Pietro Castrucci: Sonata in D minor, Op.1 No.10
Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata in A minor
Benedetto Marcello: Sonata No.4 in E minor
Arcangelo Corelli 'La Follia' Op.5 No.5

CD Five
English Recorder Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (70:52)

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Matthew Locke Suite in A minor
Anonymus 'Paul's Steeple'
Jacques Paisible: Sonata in G minor
Henry Purcell: 'Ground' in E minor
Andrew Parcham: Sonata in G major
Henry Eccles: 'Ground' in B flat major
Jacques Paisible: Sonata in D major
Anonymus: 'Greensleeves'
Matthew Locke: Suite in D minor/D major
Anonymus: 'Greensleeves'
Godfrey Finger: Sonata in D minor
Godfrey Finger: Sonata in G major
Anonymus: 'Ground'

CD Six
German and Dutch 18th Century Music for Recorder (62:03)

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Johann Christian Schickhardt: Sonata in B minor op.I No. 4
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer: Sonata in seconda
Jean Baptiste Loeillet: Sonata in G major, Op.1 no.3
Joseph Hector Fiocco / Pierre Antoine: Sonata in G minor
Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. 1 in B flat major
Georg Friedrich Handel: Sonata in F major
Georg Philipp Telemann: Partita No. V in E minor

CD SevenFrench Music for Recorder I (73:57)

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Jacques Hotteterre Le Romain: Prelude in D major
Jacques Hotteterre Le Romain: Premiere Suitte in D major
Charles Dieupart: Suite No.5 in F major
Jacques Hotteterre Le Romain: Prelude in D minor - Rondement / Gay
Anne Danican-Philidor: Sonata for Flute in D minor
Charles Dieupart: Suite No.3 in B minor
Francois Couperin le Grand: L'Amazone, Menuet, La Linote
Charles Dieupart: Suite No.1 in A major

CD Eight
French Music for Recorder II (69:18)

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Jacques Hotteterre Le Romain: Prelude in D major
Charles Dieupart: Suite No.2 in D major
Jacques Hotteterre Le Romain: Prelude in G minor
Pierre Danican-Philidor: Cinquieme Suite in G minor
Charles Dieupart: Suite No.4 in E minor
Jacques Hotteterre Le Romain: Prelude in C minor: Tendrement - Gay
Charles Buterne: Sonata No.4 in C minor
Jean Daniel Braun: From Paris 1740
Charles Dieupart: Suiter No. 5 in F minor


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Michael Schneider (Recorder)
Sabine Bauer (Cembalo),
Yasunori Imamura (Laute)
Toshonori Ozaki (Laute)
Rainer Zipperling (Viola da gamba & Violoncello)
Annette Schneider (Violoncello)
Christian Beuse (Fagott)

martedì 9 settembre 2014

W.A.Mozart - Complete Solo Clavier-Concerte

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“Anima Eterna’s stunning playing in the tuttis is perfectly balanced with the fluent playing of Immerseel” Gramophone Magazine

This set of Mozart's concertos for solo piano, recorded in 1990 and 1991, was one of the earlier widely publicized traversals of the Mozart cycle to be performed on historical instruments, in this case a modern copy of a Viennese Walter fortepiano. The chief virtue of the set is that Belgian fortepianist Jos van Immerseel and his Anima Eterna ensemble work together in extremely well-coordinated readings.


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Concerto N°5 D major KV 175
Concerto N°9 E flat major KV 271

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Concerto N°8 C major KV 246
Concerto N°28 D major KV 382
Concerto N°12 A major KV 414

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Concerto N°11 F major KV 413
Concerto N°13 C major KV 415
Concerto N°14 E flat major KV 449

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Concerto N°15 B flat major KV 450
Concerto N°16 D major KV 451

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Concerto N°6 B flat major KV 238
Concerto N°17 G major KV 453

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Concerto N°18 B flat major KV 456
Concerto N°19 F major KV 459

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Concerto N°20 d minor KV 466
Concerto N°21 C major KV 467

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Concerto N°22 E flat major KV 482
Concerto N°23 A major KV 488

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Concerto N°24 c minor KV 491
Concerto N°25 C major KV 503

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Concerto N°26 D major KV 537
Concerto N°27 B flat major KV 595

Jos van Immerseel, fortepiano
Anima Eterna

Jean-Philippe Rameau - Les Boréades - Dardanus (Suites)

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 "Is there a Baroque beyond Bach? ... Now comes the turn of the fascinating figure Jean-Philippe Rameau, the French composer and theorist who died 14 years after Bach... His music [is] unsurpassed in elegance and wit... All too predictably, given the moribund state of the classical record business today, several favorite Rameau recordings are out of print, including one of the best: Frans Bruggen's 1987 disc of suites from 'Les Boreades' and 'Dardanus' with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, on Philips."
James R. Oestreich, The New York Times [4/7/2000]


1. Les Boréades (Suite) - Ouverture
2. Rondeau vif
3. Gavotte vive - Gavotte II
4. Contredanse en rondeau
5. Air andante et gracieux
6. Loure
7. Entrée de Peuples, "fièrement et marqué"
8. Entr'acte, "les Vents"
9. Entrée "d'Abaris, Polimnie, Les Muses, Zéphirs..."
10. Airs, "pour les Saisons et les Zéphirs"
11. Air vif (torture d'Alphise)
12. Air gracieux
13. Menuets I-II
14. Dardanus (Suite) - Ouverture (Lent et majestueux)
15. Entrée "pour les Guerriers" (Majestueusement)
16. Bruit de guerre "pour entr'acte" (vif)
17. 1er Air (Grave)
18. 2eme Air (Vivement)
19. Tambourins I-II (Vif)
20. Les Songes, "gracieusement et un peu gai"
21. Chaconne (Modéré)

Orchestra Of The 18th Century
dir. Frans Brüggen

lunedì 8 settembre 2014

Wagenseil - Quartets for low strings

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As a chief representative of early Viennese classicism, Georg Christoph Wagenseil (1715-1777) united Italian, French and German stylistic elements in his works. The Six Quartets for Low Strings on this double disc occupy a special position in his chamber music, simply by virtue of their unusual scoring and the type of classical four-movement quartet that was just coming into being. Piccolo Concerto Wien under the direction of Roberto Sensi introduces us to a music notable both for its music-historical significance and that typically Viennese quality: charm.

It is fascinating to note how, in the manuscript, the instruments are indicated alongside each of the 4 respective staves: violoncello o viola prima; violoncello o viola seconda; violoncello 3zo; basso. (first cello or viola; second cello or viola; third violoncello; bass). This would mean that not only is it possible to play these quartets with three cellos and double bass, but that there is another possibility – two violas, cello and double bass. In this second version with violas, the effect is that of a classical string quartet sounding an octave lower.
We were unable to resist taking the opportunity to employ this “viola” alternative in three of the six quartets. Not only does it create an interesting change in instrumental colour, but it expresses both of the performance indications given by Wagenseil himself.
Roberto Sensi


Sonatas for 3 cellos & double bass
(or 2 violas, cello & double bass)

No.3 in C major 
No.2 in F major
No.4 in A major
No.6 in G major
No.5 in B major
No.1 in D major

Piccolo Concerto Wien
dir. Roberto Sensi 

Boismortier - Grains of Gold

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Sonata for bassoon in d op.50 n°4
Sonata for harpsichord & flute in g op.91 n°2
Sonata for oboe in C op.26 n°1
Sonata for flute in d op.9 n°4
Suite for harpsichord in c op.59 n°1
Sonata for harpsichord & flute in e op.91 n°4
Sonata for bassoon in g op.26 n°5

domenica 7 settembre 2014

G.F.Handel - Orlando

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This new Orlando, recorded live in 2008, shows Malgoire and his period group to advantage. The orchestra sounds better than it did 30 years ago, undoubtedly the result of continued familiarity with period instruments, which has been evident for many years in recording after recording by period-instrument groups. Malgoire’s leadership retains the virtues of his previous recordings: reasonable tempos, almost never rushed; recitatives that are dramatically and realistically delivered; and a sense that we are listening to warm, living characters, undoubtedly helped by the fact that this is taken from a staged performance.

Christophe Dumaux (Counter Tenor)
Elena De la Merced (Soprano)
Rachel Nicholis (Voice)
Jean-Michel Fumas (Countertenor)
Alain Buet (Bass)

La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
dir. Jean-Claude Malgoire