Dufay Secular Music

Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)
Ensemble Unicorn; Michael Posch, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.553840 | Time: 01:04:53

Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled. But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music. Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. It really is a must-have.
Pratum Integrum Orchestra - Maxim Berezovsky: Secular Music (2003) (Repost)

Pratum Integrum Orchestra - Maxim Berezovsky: Secular Music (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:48 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Caro Mitis | Catalog: 22003

Little is known about the life of Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky (ca.1745–1777). Almost no documentary material has survived, and biographies of the composer published in the 19th century were for the most part based on conjecture and supposition. His tragic demise, exceptional talent and short life might seem a compelling plot for romantic fiction. A novella by Nestor Kukolnik appeared in the 1840s and a play by Peter Smirnov was staged at the Alexandrine Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Marta Almajano, Ensemble La Romanesca & José Miguel Moreno - Al alva venid: Secular Music from the Spanish Renaissance (2017)

Marta Almajano, Ensemble La Romanesca & José Miguel Moreno - Al alva venid: Secular Music from the Spanish Renaissance (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:00:07 | 139 MB
Label: Glossa

Here is another crucial Glossa recording of the mid 90's brought back to life. Ensemble La Romanesca's Al Alva Venid covers some essential Spanish Renaissance repertory with an all-stars line-up, in a set of interpretations which have set deep marks and are absolute references: here is Marta Almajano in her best singing moment, here is Paolo Pandolfo confirming his superior artistry, here are Juan Carlos de Mulder and Pedro Estevan in ''de luxe'' supporting roles, and of course here is Jose miguel Moreno, the man who has probably been the finest translator of Renaissance secular Spanish music onto record of the last three decades.
Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Espana Antigua - Spanish Secular Music c.1200-1700 (2001) {8CD Virgin Classics}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Espana Antigua - Spanish Secular Music c.1200-1700 (2001) {8CD Virgin Classics}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.89 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 974 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg+pdf) -> 36 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1976-1986, 2001 Virgin Classics / EMI | 7243 5 61964 2 1
Classical / Early Music / World Music / Renaissance / Baroque / Medieval / Chamber Music

This box set comprises eight discs recorded by the remarkable Jordi Savall with his wife Montserrat Figueras and the wonderful Hespèrion XX. They span a period of ten or so years from 1976 were originally issued on LP by Virgin Classics. Since those days Savall’s performances have matured and grown in confidence but one can still easily recognize the brains behind the outfit and the sound-world he wanted to create. Later he moved to Auvidis Astrée and in more recent times has set up his own label - Alia Vox - where he really has been set loose. He has produced discs with superb documentation which have investigated many forgotten corners of medieval and Renaissance music which quite often we never even knew existed.

Hortus Animae - Secular Music (2014)  Music

Posted by cha77os at March 24, 2014
Hortus Animae - Secular Music (2014)

Hortus Animae - Secular Music (2014)
Italy | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 134 MB
Progressive Black Metal | Label : Flicknife Records

Italian progressive black metal band Hortus Animae has release their new album Secular Music, which is considered to be their comeback album since their 2005 opus The Blow Of Furious Winds. The following statement was also posted on their official Facebook page: "Important news from the Hortus Animae front: the band has inked a deal with the historic British label Flicknife Records for the worldwide release of their comeback album Secular Music that will start hitting the roads on March 24, 2014. "

Anthology of Byzantine Secular Music, by Christodoulos Halaris  Music

Posted by wdilbert at Nov. 1, 2012
Anthology of Byzantine Secular Music, by Christodoulos Halaris

Anthology of Byzantine Secular Music, by Christodoulos Halaris
EAC | FLAC IMG+CUE+LOG | Complete HQ Scans | 1CD + 1CD | 374 MB + 369 MB
Classical, Folk, Traditional | Orata ORAANT 001 & ORAANT 002 | 1993?
Jordi Savall, Hesperion XX - Secular Music from Christian and Jewish Spain 1450-1550 (1999)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - Secular Music from Christian and Jewish Spain 1450-1550 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 500 Mb | Total time: 57:20+51:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 61591 | Recorded: 1975

Prior to the Spanish Inquisition, peace, tolerance, and shared learning existed. This shared knowledge influenced all subjects from the sciences to the arts. The music composed and performed during this time was about being in the moment: Some pieces tell stories–'Cancionera de la Columbina' for example–while others express emotions, as in the 'Romances.' Interestingly enough, the "non-Jewish" selections were written during the Inquisition, while the Sephardic selections were written right before it. Director Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX, an ensemble that specializes in early music from all over the world, are like chameleons. Soprano Montserrat Figueras is able to inhabit each work with great authenticity and individual style. Her singing on the 'Villancicos' displays more of a Renaissance influence, while in the 'Sephardic Romances' we hear authentic Middle Eastern inflections. The contrast in style of the "Christian" versus "Jewish" works is evident, but there are similarities. Both "Si d'amor pena sentis" and "La Reina xerifa mora" are lyrical, sparsely accompanied, and plaintive in tone. The songs on these discs are beautiful and expertly performed.

Guillaume Dufay - Complete Secular Music  Music

Posted by Bibixy at Jan. 3, 2008
Guillaume Dufay - Complete Secular Music

Guillaume Dufay - Complete Secular Music
96 tracks | MP3 192 Kbps | ~450Mb in 5 RAR
Al Alva Venid - Secular Music of the 15th and 16th Centuries  --  Ensemble La Romanesca - José Miguel Moreno (1995)

Al Alva Venid - Música profana de los siglos XV y XVI – Ensemble La Romanesca - José Miguel Moreno
EAC | FLAC IMG+CUE+LOG (239 MB) | Complete HQ Scans (52 MB) | 1CD | MU-RS
Classical: Renaissance | Glossa GCD 920203 | 1995

Maxim Berezovsky - Secular Music  Music

Posted by alekhno at Nov. 4, 2008
Maxim Berezovsky - Secular Music

Maxim Berezovsky (1740s - 1777) - Secular Music
Classical | FLAC | 1 CD | Covers | 240 Mb | rs.com
Pratum Integrum Orchestra