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Christophe Coin, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)

Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Sonatas (1989)
Christophe Coin, cello; Christopher Hogwood, harpsichord

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 060-2 | 01:11:50

Nine cello sonatas by Vivaldi have survived. Six of them were published as a set in Paris in about 1740; that set, mistakenly known as the composer's Op. 14, contains the sonatas recorded in this release. The three remaining sonatas come from manuscript collections. All but one of the six works are cast in the slow-fast-slow-fast pattern of movements of the sonata da chiesa. The odd one out, RV46, in fact, retains the four movement sequence but inclines towards the sonata da camera in the use of dance titles. The music of these sonatas is almost consistently interesting, often reaching high points of expressive eloquence, as we find, for example, in the justifiably popular Sonata in E minor, RV40. Christophe Coin brings to life these details in the music with technical assurance and a spirit evidently responsive to its poetic content. Particularly affecting instances of this occur in the third movements of the A minor and the E minor Sonatas where Coin shapes each phrase, lovingly achieving at the same time a beautifully sustained cantabile.
Christophe Coin, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989)

Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989)
Christophe Coin, cello; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 732-2 | 00:57:32

Following his attractive performance of six of Vivaldi's cello sonatas, Christophe Coin has recorded six of the composer's 24 or so concertos for the instrument. Five of these, Michael Talbot tells us in an interesting accompanying note, probably belong to the 1720s while the sixth, the Concerto in G minor (RV416), is evidently a much earlier work. Coin has chosen, if I may use the expression somewhat out of its usual context, six of the best and plays them with virtuosity and an affecting awareness of their lyrical content. That quality, furthermore, is not confined to slow movements but occurs frequently in solo passages of faster ones, too. It would be difficult to single out any one work among the six for particular praise. My own favourite has long been the happily spirited Concerto in G major (RV413) with which Coin ends his programme. Strongly recommended. (Gramophone Magazine)
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Soloists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K 427 (1990)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K 427 (1990)
Arleen Auger, soprano; Lynne Dawson, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; David Thomas, bass
Winchester Cathedral Choir; Winchester College Quiristers
The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Vocal | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 425 528-2 | 00:51:25

When Richard Maunder's editions get together with Christopher Hogwood and co, you know instantly that the result will be spot on. The sound of the boy treble line (singing alto as well) is earthy yet in tune, and well complemented by the strong lower parts. The orchestra is supportive yet unobtrusive. The dynamics and phrasing are all well chosen and executed. The choice of soloists is inspired, especially Arleen Auger - such a beautiful voice. It is just a pity that there is not more on the disc - some have argued in the 'Dona ut Kyrie' tradition that an Agnus Dei could be tacked on at the end using the music of the Kyrie. An excellent recording.
Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Messiah, Athalia, Esther, La Resurrezione [2005]

Handel - Messiah, Athalia, Esther, La Resurrezione (Christopher Hogwood) [2005]
Classical | DECCA 475 6731 | TT: 136.34+121.39+96.44+109.38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 2,05 Gb

Led by Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music has made many renowned recordings of Handel's music-particularly the oratorios. The beloved Messiah heads up this 8-CD set, followed by Esther; La Resurezzione , and, making its return to the international catalog after an absence of several years, the 1985 recording of Athalia -with none other than Joan Sutherland in the title role! Recorded in London, 1979-85.
Vivaldi L'Estro Armonico Christopher Hogwood ‎- The Academy Of Ancient Music: Box Set 6CDs (2006)

Vivaldi L'Estro Armonico Christopher Hogwood ‎- The Academy Of Ancient Music: Box Set 6CDs (2006)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 988 Mb | Booklet 54 Mb
Label: Decca | Release Year: 2006

The Academy of Ancient Music does a wonderfully and good performance playing the pieces by Vivaldi one seldom hears and they are precious and surprising heart-touching compositions in the inimicable style of the enthusiastic Antonio. Good purchase of 6 CDs!
Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood - Handel, Arne, Lampe, Haydn & Mozart (1998)

Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood - Handel, Arne, Lampe, Haydn & Mozart (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 139:22 | 637 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: B000009DG1

Classical music is one of the greatest joys in life. Opera on the other hand, is often too melodramatic to stomach. But there is nothing more enchanting than an Aria. On this 2 CD set, Emma Kirkby sings in sweet exultation. Her voice expresses power and agility yet a limpid tranquility. Clarity is the greatest achievement of any musician. With the aid of precision accompaniment on period instruments, shameless perfection is delivered. She soothes the soul longing for beauty. Her marvelous Soprano is rendered on 25 tracks in this eclectic ensemble. If you are a champion of Handel or a devotee of Mozart, you should not hesitate to purchase this CD. Emma Kirkby will have you beaming with delight and pining for more. Surely it will be one of the brightest of your collection.

Christopher Hogwood - The Bach Recordings: Box Set 20CDs (2015)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at Nov. 30, 2015
Christopher Hogwood - The Bach Recordings: Box Set 20CDs (2015)

Christopher Hogwood - The Bach Recordings: Box Set 20CDs (2015)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 2,62 Gb
Label: Decca | Release Year: 2015

The box contains all of the Bach recordings made by Christopher Hogwoood and the Academy of Ancient Music for the L'Oiseau Lyre label on Decca. The whole set is compact and takes up little room on a storage shelf. The spine measures just two and a quarter inches thick. The box is a clam shell box. Each album is contained in a card sleeve. And the front of each sleeve has the same picture as the outer box. The back of each sleeve has the information about the album content. The recordings are on period instruments and the sound is excellent.

Christopher Hogwood - The Vivaldi Recordings: Box Set 20CDs (2015)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at Nov. 30, 2015
Christopher Hogwood - The Vivaldi Recordings: Box Set 20CDs (2015)

Christopher Hogwood - The Vivaldi Recordings: Box Set 20CDs (2015)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 2,63 Gb
Label: Decca | Release Year: 2015

This collection represents the full range of Vivaldi recordings Christopher made with the AAM, and includes L'Estro Armonico Op.3, La Stravaganza Op.4, and the violin concertos Opp. 6, 8, 9, 11, and 12; solo concertos for flute (op. 10), oboe, bassoon, and cello; and various concerti grossi. Also featured are the complete cello sonatas, along with the cantatas "Amor, hai vinto" and "Nulla in mundo pax sincera", and sacred vocal works Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus and the enduringly popular Gloria.
Christopher Hogwood, The Acadeny of Ancient Music, Cecilia Bartoli - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice [1997]

Haydn - Orfeo ed Euridice (Christopher Hogwood, Cecilia Bartoli) [1997]
Classical | DECCA 452 668-2 | TT: 124.26 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 527 Mb

A surprising fact from the musicological realm is that Haydn wrote about the same number of operas as Mozart–though it's true that some of them were written for the marionette theater at Esterhaza, rather than the opera house. In other words, old "Gius[eppe] Haydn"–as the title page of this opera refers to him–was a master. Better known to some by its alternate title, L'anima del filosofo, Haydn's Orfeo ed Euridice was written in 1791 for the King's Theater, Haymarket, during the composer's first English sojourn, but went unperformed there or anywhere else until 1950. The libretto, by Carlo Francesco Badini, is based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, with its decidedly unhappy ending to the story (Euridice dies a second time, Orpheus is poisoned, and the Bacchantes perish in a storm). While the score as a whole does not possess the kind of momentum or dramatic sweep one finds in Mozart, it nonetheless is vintage Haydn: highly imaginative in its use of a large orchestra, with numerous fine choruses and beautiful arias. A strong cast has been assembled for this recording, with Cecilia Bartoli a special delight in two roles–Euridice, a lyric role requiring remarkable agility, and the Genio (or Sybill), originally written for a castrato, whose one aria ("Al tuo seno fortunato") is a coloratura tour de force. The score is played with marvelous fluency by the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Christopher Hogwood, contributing to a realization that is, in every respect, elegantly informed. (Ted Libbey)
Handel / Haydn - Emma Kirkby / The Academy of Ancient Music - Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Missa (1978, CD reissue 1989)

George Frideric Handel - Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne; Anthem for the Foundling Hospital / Joseph Haydn - Missa Brevis
Judith Nelson & Emma Kirkby / The Academy of Ancient Music / Simon Preston
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 348 MB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Decca "Editions de L'oiseau-Lyre" # 421 654-2 OH | Country/Year: UK 1989, 1978
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque, Viennese School, Sacred, Vocal

…The Queen Anne Ode is a solemn piece, again, a real pleasure to listen to, but not exactly a memorable showstopper. If you are a fan of Hogwood, as am I, this is a must have CD. Nothing he ever did is a complete wash, and this collection a far cry from it. This is Vintage Hogwood. Call it "Early Original Instrument."