Advent Cantus Firmus

James O'Donnell, Westminster Abbey Choir - Taverner: Choral Works (2016) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell - Taverner: Missa Mater Christi sanctissima & Western Wynde Mass (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:37 minutes | 1,08 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Two of the undisputed choral masterpieces from sixteenth-century England, by one of the greatest English composers: John Taverner’s Missa Mater Christi sanctissima and Western Wynde Mass. The five hundred years since the works’ genesis are but as a watch in the night in these sublime performances from Westminster Abbey Choir and James O’Donnell.
Catalina Vicens - Il Cembalo di Partenope: A Renaissance harpsichord tale (2017)

Catalina Vicens - Il Cembalo di Partenope: A Renaissance harpsichord tale (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 485 MB
Label: Carpe Diem Records – CD-16312 | Tracks: 24 | Time: 66:20 min

This new album of harpsichordist Catalina Vicens is a unique, multifaceted musical and poetic project. First, it features the world’s oldest playable harpsichord, a priceless treasure that dwells today in the National Music Museum of Vermillion, SD. She plays music from Naples, Italy from around 1525, the year when the instrument that she plays was actually built in Naples. Secondly, Ms Vicens conceived an imaginary tale of the life and story of that very instrument, partly based on historical facts, partly on poetic inspiration emerging from her encounter with this priceless treasure of a historical harpsichord.
Richafort: Requiem; Josquin, Appenzeller, Gombert, Vinders: Motets - Cinquecento (2012)

Richafort: Requiem; Josquin, Appenzeller, Gombert, Vinders: Motets - Cinquecento (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 319 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67959

This release presents music associated with the Renaissance master Josquin Des Prez, a composer who towers above all others in the first part of the sixteenth century. Numerous works were attributed to him that have now been proven to be by his contemporaries and successors, including the central work on this recording, Jean Richafort’s expansive and beautiful Requiem. It is performed with affecting clarity by the all-male vocal group Cinquecento, whose many previous discs of Renaissance repertoire for Hyperion have garnered the highest critical praise.
Claudio Monteverdi - Vespro Della Beata Vergine (Les Arts Florissants/William Christie)

Claudio Monteverdi - Vespro Della Beata Vergine
Genre: Renaissance | 2CD | FLAC (CUE+LOG) | 80'05 | Covers & Booklet (.pdf) | 250 Mb
July 1997 (1998 release) | Publisher: Erato 3984-23139-2
The Consort of Musicke, Trevor Jones - John Jenkins: Consort Music (1983) Reissue 2006

The Consort of Musicke, Trevor Jones - John Jenkins: Consort Music (1983) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Explore Records | # EXP0010 | Time: 01:10:30

John Jenkins: yet another seventeenth century English composer who deserves to be more widely known. This delightful CD from The Consort of Musicke directed by Trevor Jones is no dutiful study of a hidden but rather uninspiring corner of English early Baroque consort music; rather, a mosaic – rich in color and shape, carefully crafted and full of surprises. Listen, for instance, to the unpretentious, jaunty and appropriately figurative progress through the Saraband (52, tr.6) and the restrained melancholy of the Fancy-Air (4, tr.7). Jenkins' counterpoint is well-wrought, his instrumental palette fresh and crisp and his melodies catchy without being fey or superficial in any way. He is in excellent hands with the Consort of Musicke… eight string players of the caliber of Monica Huggett and Alison Crum violins; Alan Wilson organ and Anthony Rooley theorbo. If fresh, beautiful, expertly-played English consort music appeals to you, don't hesitate to get this gem of a CD – actually a reissue of a Decca disc from 1983: it's unreservedly recommended.
Bernhard Klapprott, Capella Thuringia, Cantus Thuringia - Kellner: Sacred Cantatas (2018)

Bernhard Klapprott, Capella Thuringia, Cantus Thuringia - Kellner: Sacred Cantatas (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 418 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 30 | Time: 71:48 min

Although Johann Peter Kellner received only a relatively brief training in music, he attained a quite considerable compositional level, not least because of his contacts with members of Bachs circle of friends. Until 1762 Johann Peter composed a number of cantatas along with his son Johann Christoph that have been brought together in the Schüler-Jahrgang (Pupils Annual Cycle).

Advent Rising (2005)  Games

Posted by Lebedev30 at Feb. 13, 2018
Advent Rising (2005)

Advent Rising (2005)
PC Game | Developer: GlyphX Games / Majesco | 4.1 GB
Languages: English
PEGI Rating: 12+ (with Bad Language, Violence)
Version GOG: 17891
Genre: Action - Adventure - Sci-fi

Cantus - Northern Lights (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 1, 2018
Cantus - Northern Lights (2017)

Cantus - Northern Lights (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, front cover | 269 MB
Label: Decca – 4814814 | Tracks: 12 | Time: 51:00 min
Classical, Vocal

The Norwegian all-female choir Cantus shot to worldwide fame thanks to the song Vuelie featured in the Disney movie Frozen. In fact the ensemble's traditional outfits influenced the entire look of the animated film from the very start, when studio personnel picked up some of Cantus's earlier CDs on a research trip to Norway. Produced by multiple award winner Jon Cohen, Northern Lights includes Vuelie alongside several other pieces by the same composer, Frode Fjellheim.
Monteverdi - Selva Morale E Spirituale - Cantus Colln, Concerto Palatino, Konrad Junghanel (2001) {3CD Set Harmonia Mundi}

Monteverdi - Selva Morale E Spirituale - Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino, Konrad Junghänel (2001) {3CD Set Harmonia Mundi HMC 901718.20}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 981 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 543 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 62 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2001 Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901718.20
Classical / Baroque / Choral / Madrigal / Sacred

From the early 1630s onwards, Monteverdi had little by little become detached from his secular occupations – perhaps preparing to take his leave of earthly existence. But when he was already over 70 he set to work once more, publishing his eighth book of madrigals before offering the public a bulky collection of sacred works in the shape of the Selva morale e spirituale. Infinitely more ambitious than the comparable anthologies of his contemporaries, the work is here presented complete, enabling the listener to discover the whole range of Monteverdi’s output of sacred music, from madrigals and virtuoso solo motets to the most elaborate polyphony. In his preface evoking the multifarious “creatures” sheltered by this vast “moral and spiritual forest”, the father of Baroque music was merely emphasising the wonderful diversity of styles so characteristic of his wide-ranging genius.
Jordi Savall - Cristobal De Morales (ca.1500-1553) - Officium Defunctorum & Missa Pro Defunctis (1992) {Astree-Naive ES 9926}

Jordi Savall - Cristóbal De Morales (ca.1500-1553) - Officium Defunctorum & Missa Pro Defunctis (1992) {Astrée-Naïve ES 9926 rel 1999}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 299 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 171 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 38 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1992, 1999 Auvidis / Astrée / Naïve | ES 9935
Classical / Renaissance / Sacred

Morales's five-part setting of the Requiem is one of the masterpieces of the 16th century and was actually published twice during his lifetime. The 'Missa pro defunctis' follows the customary pattern of the time. Each section begins with a unison Gregorian intonation, which then continues as a cantus firmus in the upper part as the other voices spin a polyphonic texture underneath. The work avoids obvious madrigalisms, but maintains an austere, meditative texture, which is both spiritual and moving.