sabato 11 aprile 2015

Carrefour De La Méditerranée

11 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 105 Mb

Throughout its history, the Mediterranean on all its shores has been a region where ideas, inspiration, and beliefs were exchanged. From the 16th century, each kingdom and area acquired a more distinct cultural identity; music took the same route, yet always keeping something of a common heritage. The works performed on this disc reflect both this common heritage and the various forms of its lineage. They come from the Ottoman, Byzantine, Castilian, and Persian musical traditions. With the Greek ensemble En Chordais, Constantinople is back in this their fifth ATMA Classique release, both to rouse and to captivate.

“There is no better company to introduce one to these unique musical sensations and bouquets.” – Le Devoir

“Without hesitation, artists that deserve five stars.” – La Presse

“Their mission seems to be to make us dream. They take us on a voyage to another world.” – L’Actualité


1     Bouselik Pishref
2     Tí Aidonia Tis Anatolis
3     Housseyni Agir Semai

    Cantigas De Santa Maria
4     Sabor A Santa Maria
5     Pero Que Seja A Gente / Virgen Madre

    Codex Byzantine
6     Chant Byzantine
7     Cercles Migrants
8     Se Kainourgia Varka
9     Ariadni
10     Lamma Bada
11     Soultani Yegah Longa

Ensemble En Chordais

mercoledì 8 aprile 2015

Magdalena Kozená - Lamento

17 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 95 Mb

This is a collection of works by the Bach family--J.S., C.P.E., and J.C.--and includes a transcription by Johann Sebastian of a cantata by the Italian composer Francesco Conti (1682-1732). As the title suggests, these works all deal with grief; indeed, the first work, by J.C. Bach (1642-1703), "Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte," a plea by the singer to shed enough tears to have her sins forgiven, begins with the word "Ach" repeated four times. Kozena fills it with such understated sadness that it's unforgettable. In this work and throughout she sings with a legato that is flawless, tone that always finds the right dynamic for each word, and an ease of emission which makes her presentation of these works seem as natural as speech. The Conti cantata ends with a 90-second "Alleluja" that is ablaze with coloratura, and not a note is out of place; it is a nice contrast with the shadowy, lachrymose nature of the rest of the selections. Kozena's depth of feeling is matched by her ability to express it simply. Along with her colorful sound palette, she and conductor Reinhard Goebel and his Musica Antiqua Köln turn this disc in to a "must-have" for lovers of rare Baroque music and beautiful singing. --Robert Levine

"Magdalena Kozená has the looks to turn heads and a voice that has already melted some notably stony hearts . . . she will be one of the class vocal acts of the early 21st century."The Times (London), 2004


J. Christoph Bach: Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte
Conti: Languet anima mea
J.S. Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170
J.S. Bach: Cantata "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" BWV 200 - 1. Aria
C.P.E. Bach: Selma, Wq. 236
J.C.F. Bach: Die Amerikanerin

Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)

Musica Antiqua Koln
dir. Reinhard Goebel