sabato 29 novembre 2014

Vivaldi - The Concertos for Recorder

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The recorder only features in a handful of Vivaldi’s concertos. Well known for being an exceptional violinist, Vivaldi’s innovative style is apparent in his compositions for other instruments too. He used the same technique as when he composed for the violin, using a musical language marked by gigantic tonal ranges whether or not they were models for this in their respective repertoire. The result is a concert repertoire that is madly virtuosic and music of the greatest variety. Some could even say his recorder concertos represent the greatest challenge in the baroque repertoire.
Michael Schneider, regarded as one of today’s best German recorder players, presents his own interpretation of this fascinating group of works.

Concerto C major for Sopranino Recorder RV 444 (PV 79)
Concerto F major for Treble Recorder RV 442
Concerto A minor for Sopranino Recorder RV 445 (PV 83)
Concerto C minor for Treble Recorder RV 441 (PV 440)
Concerto C major for Sopranino Recorder RV 443 (PV 78)

Michael Schneider
Camerata Koln

venerdì 28 novembre 2014

Adriano Banchieri - Barca di Venezia per Padova

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Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634), the «enfant terrible» of Italian polyphonic music, produced a real masterpiece with his «Barca di Venetia per Padova» («Venetian Boat bound for Padua»). This is true both front the point of view of the wit and liveliness of the text and subject, and with regard to the musical devices and technique employed. The composer imagines that persons from diferent parts of Italy, plus a German, are aboard this boat. Each of them speaks in his own dialect, the diferences in character also being fairly well marked. The Chaucer of « The Canterbury Tales » naturally comes to mind. Even if the poetical standard of the present work is not on the same level, the wealth and variety of the musical ideas provide ample compensation and show the composer's endless powers of imagination. Banchieri could not even resist a touch of humour in the title, in the case of a second edition (the one used for the present edition, as no complete copy of the first edition exists as far as we know). He states that his «Boat» has been «newly plugged and coated with pitch». The title page also makes it clear that the Spinet (or Theorbo) part was in fact added in this second edition.

It is around the year 1600 and a boat is travelling between and Venice and Padova. On board are a bookseller from Florence, a German, a conductor, singers from all over Italy, courtiers, two Jews, fishermen, businessmen and a soldier. A real mix of cultures, religions, languages and dialects. They have only one thing in common: they all need to get to Padova.
All those people on a small boat. Eating, drinking, sleeping and passing the time all together. Hopefully there will be no arguments. But arguments do begin. They don’t understand eachother, each one thinks the others are strange; they all have different habits, preferences and opinions. The boat doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast!
Someone tells a story and someone else plays some music to break the ice. Hey %u2013 I know that tune! Can I sing along? Oh no, now two people are arguing about each other’s taste in music. One of them makes fun of the other’s dialect, who then ridicules the first one’s eating habits. If only they don’t start a fight! Things luckily don’t go so far, no, on the contrary, everyone is now laughing, drinking and starting to dance. When they arrive, a miracle seems to have happened: everyone has made friends with everyone else. They are all different, and yet all one!

giovedì 27 novembre 2014

George Friederic Handel - Concerti Grossi op.3

29 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - 2 RAR files (77Mb+71Mb)

‘Exuberant and stylistically aware’ (International Record Review)
'A thoroughly enchanting set of performances' (Classic CD)
'Another thoroughly excellent release which leaves me waiting with delighted impatience for the next instalment' (CDReview)

part 1 - part 2

part 1 - part 2

1. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/1, HWV 312
2. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313
3. Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314
4. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315
5. Concerto Grosso in F, Op.3/4b (spurious)
6. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316
7. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3/6, HWV 317
8. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3/6, HWV 317 2nd movement

Brandenburg Consort
dir. Roy Goodman

mercoledì 26 novembre 2014

J.S. Bach - Oboenwerke - 3 CD

3 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - 3 RAR 520Mb

The Hermitage Chamber Orchestra consists of young music graduates who play on modern instruments. They were founded in 2000 by the indefatigable oboe virtuoso Alexei Utkin, and comprise two first and three second violins, two violas, two cellos, a double bass, bassoon, flute and oboe. In this series of 3 discs, they play all JS Bach's extant non-vocal works with prominent oboe parts, together with some transcriptions for oboe from Bach's other instrumental works by Utkin.


CD 1

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Konzert A-dur fur Oboe d'amore, Streicher und Basso Continuo (BWV 1055)
Konzert d-moll fur Violin, Oboe, Streicher und Basso Continuo (BWV 1060)
Konzert F-dur fur Oboe, Streicher und Basso Continuo (BWV 1053)
Concerto in F major for Oboe, Strings and Basso Continuo
Konzert D-dur fur Oboe, Flote und Violin
(transkription des Konzertes D-dur fur drei Violinen
rekonstruktion des Konzertes C-dur fur drei Cembali BWV 1064 von Alexei Utkin, 2003)

Concerto in D major for Oboe, Flute and Violin
(transcription of the Concerto D-majeur for Three Violins
reconstruction of the Concerto C-dur for Three Harpsichords BWV 1064 by Alexei Utkin, 2003)

Total time [62:18]

Alexei Utkin (oboe, oboe d'amore)
Maria Chepurina (flute)
Pyotr Nikiforov (1st violin)

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Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major BWV 1066
Sonata in G minor for Oboe and Harpsichord BWV 1030b
Concerto in D minor for Oboe and Violin BWV 1043
(transcription. A. Utkin, 2003)
Italian Concerto in F major for Harpsichord BWV 971

Total time [62:47]

Alexei Utkin (oboe)
Pyotr Nikiforov (1st violin)
Anna Karpenko (harpsichord)

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Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major BWV 1069
Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Strings and Basso Continuo BWV 1059
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor BWV 1067
(transcription of Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV 1067 A. Utkin, 2003)

Total time [59:17]

Alexei Utkin (oboe)

Hermitage Orchestra

martedì 25 novembre 2014

G.F.Handel - La Resurrezione

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Angelo: Lisa Saffer, soprano
Maddalena: Judith Nelson, soprano
Cleofe: Patricia Spence, mezzo-soprano
San Giovanni: Jeffrey Thomas, tenore
Lucifero: Michael George, basso-baritono

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
dir. Nicholas McGegan

lunedì 24 novembre 2014

G.F.Handel - Alexander Balus

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'This is a landmark in recording history ... Self-recommending, I think' (The Sunday Times)
'All Handelians will want this set' (Gramophone)
'An outstanding recording … an enthralling experience' (Choir & Organ)
'A winner … one of those experiences where you know almost from the first chord that an enjoyable and rewarding evening lies ahead of you. The cast is on top form' (Early Music)
'A very well sung and very welcome appearance of one of Handel's most rarely performed works … For her [Lynne Dawson] interpretation alone the recording is worth buying' (Classic CD)
'We may be grateful that yet another glory has been restored by Robert King and his accomplished forces' (The Times)
'King and his musicians approach the piece with vitality and affection and, in so doing, carried me along from start to finish' (BBC Music Magazine) 


Catherine Denley, mezzo-soprano (Alexander Balus)
Michael George, bass (Ptolomee)
Charles Daniels, tenor (Jonathan)
Lynne Dawson, soprano (Cleopatra)
Claron McFadden, soprano (Aspasia)

Choir of New College Oxford
Choir of The King's Consort
The King's Consort
dir. Robert King

domenica 23 novembre 2014

G.F.Handel - Acis and Galatea

2 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 178Mb

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“A steady and lovely account, with Ainsley on top form.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009

“An unfailingly delightful work, beautifully performed and recorded” Gramophone Magazine

Acis & Galatea

Claron McFadden, soprano (Galatea)
John Mark Ainsley, tenor (Acis)
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor (Damon)
Michael George, bass (Polyphemus)

Look Down, Harmonious Saint, HWV 124 (*)
Robert Harre-Jones (alto)

The King's Consort
dir. Robert King

(*)The origins of the cantata Look down, harmonious saint are slightly uncertain, for it is thought that the work was originally intended to be part of Handel’s oratorio Alexander’s Feast, whose St Cecilia’s Day Ode in praise of music by Dryden was augmented by Newburgh Hamilton’s The Power of Music. Alexander’s Feast was first performed at Covent Garden in February 1736, but Look down, harmonious saint was not included. Instead it appeared in the cantata Cecilia, volgi un sguardo which was performed at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, in the same month. Whatever Handel’s original intentions and reasons, on its own Look down, harmonious saint happily forms a small cantata, with a da capo aria preceded by an accompanied recitative. In particular, the central section, ‘It charms the soul’, is given a ravishing setting, full of suspensions and rich harmonies, before the virtuoso opening Allegro returns.