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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 793 Mb | Total time: 57:18+52:43+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 037-2 | Recorded: 1990

Belshazzar (HWV 61) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. The libretto was by Charles Jennens, and Handel abridged it considerably. Jennens' libretto was based on the Biblical account of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great and the subsequent freeing of the Jewish nation, as found in the Book of Daniel.
Handel composed Belshazzar in the late Summer of 1744 concurrently with Hercules, during a time that Winton Dean calls "the peak of Handel's creative life".The work premiered the following Lenten season on 27 March 1745 at the King's Theatre, London.The work fell into neglect after Handel's death, with revivals of the work occurring in the United Kingdom in 1847, 1848 and 1873.With the revival of interest in Baroque music and historically informed musical performance since the 1960s, Belsahzzar receives performances in concert form today and is also sometimes fully staged as an opera.
Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)

Augsburger Domsingknaben Chamber Choir, Reinhard Kammler - Hans Leo Hassler: Messen, Deutsche Madrigale (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:19 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Ars Musici | Catalog: 232379

The Augsburger Domsingknaben, or boy singers of Augsburg Cathedral, have a claim to be the perfect group to interpret the music of the south German composer Hans Leo Hassler, a student of Andrea Gabrieli whose music straddles the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The young choristers come from the same area where the music originated, and, like some of the English cathedral choirs, they have a history going back to the middle of the last millennium (although not quite so continuous).
Kiev Chamber Choir, Mykola Hobdych - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs (2012)

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Songs (2012)
Kiev Chamber Choir; Mykola Hobdych, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included | 01:15:07
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2279, 476 4990

The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was sound. But what if it was music? What if God, in contemplating the creation of Creation, sang being into being? If so, it might have sounded something like the Sacred Songs of Valentin Silvestrov. In this seventh ECM album devoted to the Ukrainian composer’s music, we thusly encounter a sense of space unique to the Russian liturgy: the more the voices unify in movement, the more they lift from one another like temporary tattoos, leaving behind mirror images that wash away with baptism into infinite oneness with the Holy Spirit. Sin as sun. Firmament as fundament.
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major
Classical, Choral, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:39 min | 330 MB
Label: SDG | Tracks: 27 | Rls.date: 2017

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrate Christmas with a mixed programme of J.S. Bach’s sacred choral works. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, these works transport listeners to 18th-century Leipzig for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of “Süßer Trost” to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach's Magnificat. The Bach at Christmas project is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and patron of the Monteverdi choir, Sir Ralph Kohn. The concerts from which these recordings were taken took place at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, in December of 2016.
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:13:55 | 169 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Soli Deo Gloria

A new live recording of Bach’s Lutheran Mass in F Major (BWV223), Cantata "Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (BWV 151) and Magnificat in E flat (BWV243a), recorded in London at the end of a European tour in December 2016.
George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 74, 78, 80

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.
-Terry Barfoot
The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir - Les Mystere Des Voix Bulgares (1987) **[RE-UP]**

The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir - Les Mystere Des Voix Bulgares (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 206 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 84 mb
Genre: world music, vocal

Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares is the 1987 album by The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir. Originally released in 1975, the music was repackaged and reissued twelve years later with greater success than its producers ever realized.
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Nowowiejski: Quo Vadis (2017)

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir - Nowowiejski: Quo Vadis
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 95:05 min | 465 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

A hundred years ago it was absolutely the greatest hit everywhere in Europe the oratorio Quo Vadis by Feliks Nowowiejski, based on Henryk Sienkiewiczs novel of the same name and magnificently scored for soloists, mixed chorus, organ, and orchestra. cpo are now releasing this gigantic work in an interpretation by the Pozna Philharmonic under the conductor ukasz Borowicz and with outstanding soloists and the Chorus of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic of Biaystok. Nowowiejski composed his oratorio in 1903, and during the following thirty years it was performed more than two hundred times throughout Europe and in North and South America not least because its literary source, Henryk Sienkiewiczs novel with this title, was very well known.
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir & Paul Spicer - South of the Line: Choral Music by John Joubert (2017)

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir & Paul Spicer - South of the Line: Choral Music by John Joubert
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 79:14 min | 300 MB
Label: SOMM Recordings | Tracks: 19 | Rls.date: 2017

SOMM’s celebration of John Joubert’s 90th birthday this month brings to the catalogue yet more new riches, this time no less than seven première recordings of his choral music. South of the Line (together with Autumn Rain) was recorded last June at the Birmingham Conservatoire and poignant is the fact that it was commissioned from the composer for the opening of the Adrian Boult Hall and the last music heard there for this recording, before its demolition.
Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism: Choir, Congregation, and Three Centuries of Conflict

Joseph Herl, "Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism: Choir, Congregation, and Three Centuries of Conflict"
ISBN: 0195365844 | 2008 | AZW3 | 366 pages | 4.87 MB

How important was music to Martin Luther? Drawing on hundreds of liturgical documents, contemporary accounts of services, books on church music, and other sources, Joseph Herl rewrites the history of music and congregational song in German Lutheran churches. Herl traces the path of music and congregational song in the Lutheran church from the Reformation to 1800, to show how it acquired its reputation as the "singing church."