Ensemble Meridien; Laia Frigole, Juan de la Rubia - A German Soul: Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)
Author: Designol

A German Soul - Devotional Music from 17th-century Hamburg (2014)
Ensemble Méridien; Laia Frigolé, soprano; Juan de la Rubia, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94717 | Time: 01:04:06

This stylishly devised programme juxtaposes cantatas by Rosenmüller, Krieger and Buxtehude with instrumental chorales and sonatas by Scheidemann, Praetorius, Tunder and Weckmann; most of these now known, if at all widely, as forerunners to Bach rather than as fine musicians in their own right as they deserve to be. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hamburg became a leading commercial port where material and cultural goods circulated freely. Ensemble Méridien has chosen this city as the focal point of a fascinating musical journey through northern Germany, a journey that reveals different aspects of this artistic power. The port of Hamburg was also the driving force behind the north German organ school of the time. Churches were overflowing with magnificent organs, and their building and playing techniques reached extremely high standards, as is evident from the organ music included here. Though most of the music in this recital has been recorded before, it has only appeared on relatively obscure labels, and not in this imaginative context where one may more fully appreciate its dramatic as well as musical merits.
Praetorius - Dances From Terpsichore
Author: dino63

Praetorius - Dances From Terpsichore
New London Consort - Philip Pickett
FLAC+Cue+Log | Scans | 1 CD | 236 MB
Rennaissance | L'oiseau-lyre | 1986

"This is pure sizzle and great fun from beginning to end. The massive collection of French court dances that Michael Praetorius collected and arranged for his volume entitled Terpsichore in 1612 was just one in the extraordinary series of publications he issued within only 15 years...Rackets, shawms, Rauschpfeifen, many kinds of stringed instruments and much else are all chronicled here. And the music in Terpsichore is tailor-made for an imaginative and rich display showing the varied sounds of one of music's most colourful eras. In presenting this selection with a daunting array of different instruments and ensembles, Philip Pickett follows a tradition inherited from the German Collegium Terpsicore via David Munrow and many others. But this may be the first such record devoted entirely to the Terpsichore collection...
In all, there is a massive cast of nearly 40 musicians taking part, among them some of the most admired early-instrument names in London. There is any number of absolutely delicious sounds; and the groups are juxtaposed with quick-silver elegance. The performances include some imaginative departures from the sketchy details of Praetorius's harmonizations, though it is odd that so little embellishment was used. Perhaps that is a function of the functional 1980s, which here seems to avoid the kind of individual showing-off that made some of the earlier Terpsichore recordings so exciting. Here the excitement is in the vitality and cleanness of the ensemble sound..."
David Fallows, The Gramaphone
Kei Koito - Splendour - Organ Music & Vocal Works by Buxtehude, Hassler, Praetorius & Scheidemann (2017)
Author: Pisulik

Kei Koito - Splendour - Organ Music & Vocal Works by Buxtehude, Hassler, Praetorius & Scheidemann (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:13:11 | 176 MB
Label: deutsche harmonia mundi

The album by Kei Koito features famous and well known baroque and pre-baroque music by composers such as Buxtehude, Praetorius, Scheidt, Scheidemann, and others The tracklisting is based on alteration: after an organ piece, the corresponding choral work is sung by the renowned Italian ensemble Il Canto Di Orfeo. The program of this album has been recorded in the famous “Stephanskirche” in Tangermünde, Germany. The Baroque organ of 1624 by Hans Scherer the Younger and his brother Fritz Scherer is especially noteworthy. Its design, consisting of a main organ, a Rückpositiv and bass pipes, is a clear example of the Scherers' construction technique known as the "Hamburg Prospekt". In 1994 it was restored. The organ, which had been altered several times in its history, was restored to its original acoustic pattern, which was possible as 50% of the original pipes were still in place. The instrument is tuned in a mid-tone. The instrument is famous among organ player all. Details
Heinrich Isaac Ensemble - Mit Lust Will Ich Mein Zeit Zubringen
Author: dino63

Heinrich Isaac Ensemble - Mit Lust Will Ich Mein Zeit Zubringen
EAC | FLAC+Cue+Log | Scans | 1 CD | 284 MB | 3% Recovery
Renaissance | Antes | 1995
Ensemble Villancico - The Källunge Codex 1622
Author: konfusius

Ensemble Villancico - The Källunge Codex 1622
MP3 | 192 Kbps | 72 Mb

The music source of this CD is a mysterious alto part manuscript, rediscovered on the island of Gotland (Sweden). It contains sacred music from the 16th century with origin in Silesia.
This is some of the most devine baroque choral work you'll ever hear! Details
Huelgas Ensemble / GALLUS. Opus Musicum, M. Sancta Maria + DISCOGRAPHY 1997
Author: sequentiam

Huelgas Ensemble / GALLUS. Opus Musicum, M. Sancta Maria + DISCOGRAPHY 1997
EAC FLAC (300 MB) | NO LOG | Embedded CUE | scans (40 MB) | OGG·160 (80 MB)
Sony Vivarte 64305 (1994) | Renaissance

Though born a Slovene, Jacobus Gallus centered his entire work around Vienna, Prague and the diocesan city of Olomouc (Olmütz). The surprising mobility of Gallus's truly Renaissance career shows him as a model of the sixteenth-century composer. Gallus was active at both abbey and court, though at times for only a brief period before moving on: Melk, Brno (Brünn), Wroclaw (Breslau), Legnica (Liegflitz), Görlitz, Zwettl, and elsewhere. His cosmopolitan spirit is reflected, moreover, in the numerous variations of his name: Handl, Petelin, Haehn, Handelius, Coq, Kohoutek.

The style in which Gallus composed cannot be described in a few words. The fascination of his work derives from the harmonious association of different streams: on the one hand, a tendency which, despite the variety of stylistic means used, is basically conservative (the Northern influence) and, on the other, ideas which - sparse at times, but richly applied at others - range from the liberal to the progressive.
Choir of Clare College - Lux de caelo: Music for Christmas (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]
Author: SERTiL

Choir of Clare College - Lux de caelo: Music for Christmas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:56 minutes | 1.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Under the direction of Graham Ross, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and The Dmitri Ensemble celebrate the legacy of European and English carols in this Christmas program. Listeners will enjoy settings by Praetorius and Bach alongside later examples by Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Britten and Tavener. Details
Würzburger Bachchor / Gerd Wachowski - Jewels from a German Christmas: Alte Deutsche Weihnachtslieder & Orgelmusik (1995)
Author: luckburz

Jewels from a German Christmas: Alte Deutsche Weihnachtslieder & Weihnachtliche Orgelmusik
Würzburger Bachchor / Christian Kabitz / Gerd Wachowski, organ
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 219 MB | Full Artwork: 50 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG # 605 1516-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1995
Genre: Classical, Special Interest | Style: Vocal, Sacred, Christmas

“Jewels From a German Christmas” presents Christmas Songs and Organ Music from Germany. This superb disc features a host of seasonal favourites including “Macht hoch die Tür,” “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” and “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”. Christmas songs and music by Wachowski, Schröder, Praetorius and Bach and many more...
Samuel Scheidt - Sacrae Cantiones (Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier) (2010)
Author: Ebisu

Samuel Scheidt - Sacrae Cantiones (Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier) (2010)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 260 MB
Label: Ricercar | TT: 61:11

The "Sacrae Cantiones" of Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) are not as often performed today as the "Symphoniae Sacrae" of his contemporary Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) or the "Musae Sioniae " of Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), but it's not because Scheidt's vocal/instrumental work is uninteresting or inferior. This electrifying performance of nine of Scheidt's grandest polychoral settings of German hymns proves his stature, if not quite as sublime as Schütz at least as accomplished as Praetorius. Musicologists and musicians have paid far more attention to Scheidt's seminal role as the first internationally significant German composer for the organ than to his vocal works, and most of "us" today would first have encountered Scheidt in the popular transcriptions of his organ music for modern brass ensemble. If you're a brass player or fan, it may come as a surprise to discover how magnificent a composer of vocal/instrumental music Scheidt was...
Le Bal: Social Dances in the Early Baroque - I Ciarlatani
Author: zamorna

Le Bal: Social Dances in the Early Baroque - I Ciarlatani
Michael Praetorius, Jacques Cordier, Étienne Nau, Jacques Mangeant (ed.) & Anon.

Classical, Baroque | 1 CD | EAC | FLAC, CUE, LOG | Scans | 381 MB | RS
Recorded: 23-25/7 2007, St. Anna Kapelle, Sinsheim-Weiler, Germany
Released: 2008 | Label: Christophorus CHR 77295 | TT: 73:11

Regina Kabis - soprano, Benoit Haller - tenor, I Ciarlatani, Klaus Winkler (dir.)

In contrast with the familiar, well-researched ballets and dances of the High Baroque as exemplified at Versailles under Louis XIV, very little is known about social dances in France (and Europe) around 1600. [...]
This wonderful collection of curiosities is the fruit of an extensive collaboration between I Ciarlatani and early dance expert Nicoline Winkler. It offers fascinating insights into the social dances of the Early Baroque and reveals astonishing musical variety – a veritable cornucopia, not only for aficionados of historical dance …
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