Advent Cantus Firmus

East Coast Jazz, Vol.5 - Milt Hinton (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

East Coast Jazz, Vol.5 - Milt Hinton (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:06 minutes | 531 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Volume five in Creed Taylor's East Coast Jazz series showcases double bassist Milt Hinton and his quartet: A.J. Sciacca on clarinet, Dick Katz on piano and Osie Johnson on drums. About half the tunes on this 1955 release are original compositions by either Hinton or Katz. Generally a swingin' jam release.
Stephen Rice & The Brabant Ensemble - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Stephen Rice & The Brabant Ensemble - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:50 minutes | 1.01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Brabant Ensemble continues its exploration of hidden gems of the Renaissance with an album of music by Antoine Brumel, famous for his ‘Earthquake’ Mass but otherwise barely known today. Conductor Stephen Rice has assembled an intriguing collection of works including the Missa de beata virgine, a work suffused with plainsong but in which the voices are used almost percussively, making rhythm the driving force of the piece. The Christmas motet Nato canunt omnia is one of the most remarkable musical works of the period.

The Sound and the Fury - Paradise Regained: Ockeghem (2006)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 22, 2017
The Sound and the Fury - Paradise Regained: Ockeghem (2006)

The Sound and the Fury - Paradise Regained: Ockeghem (2006)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 61:30 | 157 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Orf

If Ockeghem's Missa L'Homme Armé was the earliest such to be composed, then perhaps it is not easy to understand why Dufay, Busnois, Caron and others may have been inspired to create their own mass using the tune as the cantus firmus. Ockeghem's work seems under-ambitious by comparison, almost simplistic - the cantus firmus remains easily recognisable, retaining the original rhythm, not stretched out to unfathomable lengths, nor excessively ornamented and buried under immense counterpoint - it's as though he wanted the tune to come to the fore. In the light of this, it seems odd in a way that the ensemble The Sound and the Fury have chosen to retain the L'Homme Armé lyrics in the tenor part at certain points of this performance, a practice not to my purist taste.
Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)

Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:31 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 907333

England's Orlando Consort, a quartet of male singers augmented as needed by other performers, offers performances of Renaissance vocal music that lie midway between the traditional and the highly individualized modern. Sometimes they veer toward one of those two extremes, but often, as on the present disc, they find a happy medium. Their sound, especially in sacred music, owes much to the English cathedral tradition, but there's a well-honed edge to their one-voice-to-a-part interpretations that brings out the crowds who've recently been drawn to early music. This disc is intended as an introduction to a composer who doesn't always offer easy listening to the modern ear. Netherlander Antoine Busnois, active at the end of the fifteenth century and considered the greatest figure between Dufay and Josquin, wrote music that broke free from elaborate medieval numerology but came in advance of Josquin's perfect marriage of music and text.

Martin Baker - Giovanni Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus (2010)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at July 5, 2014
Martin Baker - Giovanni Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus (2010)

Martin Baker - Giovanni Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus (2010)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 316 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67785

The celebrated Choir of Westminster Cathedral goes back to its roots with this recording of some of the towering masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony—a genre which the choir has made its own through the ritual of daily liturgical performance. Recent reviews have declared the choir to be at the peak of its powers, and this disc is an important celebration of a great musical tradition.
Antoine BRUMEL. Missa Et ecce terrae motus / Huelgas Ensemble - REPOST

Antoine BRUMEL. Missa Et ecce terrae motus - Sequentia Dies irae / Huelgas Ensemble
EAC FLAC (300 MB) | NO LOG | Embedded CUE | booklet (30 MB) | OGG·160 (70 MB)
Sony Vivarte 46348 (1990) | Renaissance
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Antoine BRUMEL. Missa Et ecce terrae motus / Huelgas Ensemble - REPOST

Who was this Antoine Brumel? He was a difficult person in every respect and a selfwilled and eccentric composer. A difficult personality is not unusual for a musician, yet his idiosyncrasy was recognized even in his own lifetime.
According to the standards of his time, Brumel's music knows no boundaries, is daring and never strictly academic. Whether this concerns imaginative musical structures, the working-out of counterpoint or the writing of repetitive forms - it is always more or less "outrageous".
The most fascinating of Brumel's works is without a doubt his twelve-part mass ET ECCE TERRAE MOTUS.
Shaun Turnbull - Natus: Music for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany (2017)

Shaun Turnbull - Natus: Music for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:13:04 | 169 MB
Label: Priory Records | Release Year: 2017

This programme is a tour of some of the music heard in our cathedrals in the glorious period of Advent to Epiphany. The Choirs of Blackburn Cathedral make their first recording with Priory for over 20 years under the direction of their director, Sam Hudson. Martin Bussey, Glenn Rudolph, Sally Beamish, Mack Willberg and former organist at Blackburn, John Bertalot complete a programme of lesser known and first recordings.
Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Repost]

Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Épéi; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990)
Irvine Arditti, violin; Claude Helffer, piano; Penelope Walmsley-Clark, soprano
Spectrum; Guy Protheroe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:57
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Wergo | # WER 6178-2, 286 178-2

Violinist Irvine Arditti, pianist Claude Helffer, and the Spectrum ensemble conducted by Guy Protheroe produce consummate performances of the Greek avant-gardist's unwieldy chamber music. If you're familiar with Xenakis's career you'll know he was trained in mathematics and enjoyed a successful career as an architect. Such background might prepare you for the music's preoccupation with line, volume, and form in an unusually abstract way, but it won't prepare you for its visceral, almost primitive power. On Akanthos, the singer Penelope Walmsley-Clark must cope with what is surely one of the most ridiculous soprano parts ever written.

Cantus - Northern Lights (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at May 17, 2017
Cantus - Northern Lights (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Cantus - Northern Lights (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 50:58 minutes | 976 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

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.
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel - Costanzo Festa: La Spagna - 32 Contrapunti (2003)

Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel - Costanzo Festa: La Spagna - 32 Contrapunti (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:08 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC 801799

The cycle of 125 variations that Costanzo Festa composed on the famous melody called La Spagna is conceived on a scale unique during the Renaissance, and may justly be described as a compositional tour-de-force. It has been comparisons to works such as Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. This budget priced reissue, released for the first time in 2003, features a selection of these variations performed by the Huelgas-Ensemble.