giovedì 12 maggio 2016

Le Concert Royal de la Nuit

2 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 238 Mb

In late February 1653, just after the Fronde rebellion, the most influential spectacle of the early reign of Louis XIV was presented at the Louvre: the Ballet Royal de la Nuit. Grandiose, and carefully elaborated at the highest levels of the state, the libretto by Benserade called upon the finest artists of the time. Banishing the troubles of night, Louis XIV danced in the Sun King costume that would henceforth be forever associated with him. This unmissable world premiere recording presents a reconstruction of the work created by Sebastien Dauce that includes music by Jean de Cambefort, Antoine Boesset, Louis Constantin, Michel Lambert, Francesco Cavalli and Luigi Rossi.

Sébastien Daucé spent three years reconstructing the music from the huge piece, performed in 1653, with 15-year-old Louis dancing the sun king to wild acclaim. Little record was kept of those who contributed music for the ballet, but Jean de Cambefort was definitely among them and Daucé has intelligently reworked incomplete sketches made 40 years after the work’s performance, interpolating some passages from Francesco Cavalli and others, all sung and played with tremendous verve by the suave singers and players of the Ensemble Correspondances.

Ensemble Correspondances
dir. Sebastien Dauce

martedì 10 maggio 2016

J. M. Leclair - Musique De Chambre

11 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 92 Mb

This is ripped from vinyl, MAK needs no introduction.


Ouvertüre D-dur für zwei Violinen und Continuo • op.13,2
Sonate (Duo) g-moll für zwei Violinen • op.12,5
Trio (Ouvertüre) A-dur für zwei Violinen und Continuo • op.14
Sonate (Duo) B-dur für zwei Violinen • op.12,6

Musica Antiqua Koln

Reinhard Goebel, violin
Hajo Bäß, violin
Charles Medlam, cello
Henk Bouman, harpsichord

lunedì 9 maggio 2016

Carlo Milanuzzi - Arias and Dances

18 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 96 Mb

This CD is entirely devoted to the music of the early Baroque Italian composer, poet and organist, Carlo Milanuzzi. During his lifetime, Milanuzzis fame spread far and wide; today, however, he is shrouded in obscurity. The artists hope that this recording the first dedicated to his music will contribute to the rediscovery of one of the most significant Italian musicians of the 17th century. Indeed, it seems that Milanuzzi enjoyed a veritable pop star status back in his day. In addition to masses, motets and psalms, he also wrote nearly 200 songs (brought together in nine books entitled Le Ariose Vaghezze which were published between 1622 and 1643), works which reveal him to be one of the most progressive monodists of his generation, clearly intent on reaching as wide an audience as possible. The arias to be found in the nine volumes, 13 of which feature on this recording, are mostly short, tuneful pieces in the style that was rapidly gaining popularity in northern Italy in the 1620s. They are complemented by instrumental dances written in guitar alfabeto notation, expanded on this recording by way of a larger ensemble. Performing the arias is Baroque specialist and mezzosoprano Lucia Sciannimanico, who has appeared in festivals across Europe and worked with renowned conductors such as Nicholas Cleobury and Alessandro De Marchi. She is joined on the recording by the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, directed by esteemed lutenist and Brilliant Classics regular Gian Luca Lastraoili.


1 - E pur ancora lusingando vai
2 - Amate mie stelle
3 - Lilla, mio cor
4 - Vado altronde, Lidia, addio
5 - Ballo delle torce
6 - Vanne, và, ti fida o mio core
7 - Bergamasca
8 - Sì dolce è il tormento
9 - Vedilo, vedilo là
10 - Togliti dagli occhi miei
11 - Battaglia
12 - Rapitemi, feritemi
13 - Amor, altri si duol
14 - Padoana
15 - Non si scherzi con Amore
16 - Fuggi, fuggi dolente core
17 - Ciaccona
18 - Alla Donna sol piace

Lucia Sciannimanico, Mezzo-Soprano

Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini
lute & dir. Gian Luca Lastraoili