Missa Lingua

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 64:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 129 | Recorded: 2008

Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort's 2006 recording of Bach's Magnificat brings back the glory days of historically informed performances, those halcyon days in the 1980s when musicians, empowered by scholarship and energized by virtuosity, were recording the Baroque repertoire with the zeal of the newly converted. Though Pierlot and his musicians are of a younger generation, they bring a missionary fervor to the music, a program of Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243, and Missa Brevis, BWV 235, interspersed with two well-chosen organ works, the Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733, and the Präludium und Fuga, BWV 541. Pierlot's textures are clean, his rhythms buoyant, his colors bright, and tempos brisk, but not rushed in the fast movements, and contemplative but not moribund in the slow movements.
Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (1995)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Op.123 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 77:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901557 | Recorded: 1995

This really was quite a fine recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, one of the best in years and easily the best of the early music recordings. The Choeur de la Chapelle Royale et du Collegium Vocale sing with strength and stamina, but also with grace and beauty of tone. The Champs Elysees Orchestra plays with power and precision, but also with unity of ensemble and beauty of tone, a very rare quality in an early music orchestra. And Herreweghe himself is actually an apt interpreter of the work. Not only does he have a knack for bringing out better than the best in his performers, but he actually seems to believe in the spiritual and sublime essence of the work, a very, very rare quality in any conductor these days. The result is a performance which, while it doesn't rival the 1940 Toscanini, the 1965 Klemperer, or the 1974 Böhm, does express the overwhelming sense that the numinous is imminent. Harmonia Mundi's sound is rich and vibrant.
- James Leonard
Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Cristofori & Arthur Schoonderwoerd - Missa da Requiem (2018)

Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Cristofori & Arthur Schoonderwoerd - Missa da Requiem (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 238 MB
Label: Accent | Tracks: 21 | Time: 63:30 min

Much is known about the special and particular circumstances surrounding the composition of Mozart’s Requiem. 1791 was a tumultuous year, and before Mozart’s life was cut short at the start of December he had composed, among other works, Die Zauberflöte, La Clemenza di Tito, the Clarinet Concerto and evidently this Requiem, although it was left in an unfinished state.
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.
Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)

Michel Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne - Alessandro Scarlatti: Missa ad Usum Cappellae Pontificiae, 6 Motets (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 51:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 60522-2 | Recorded: 1965

There are some real injustices in the business of recorded music and this disc brings one of them very much to light. The opening lines of the liner notes say, "Until relatively recently, the reputation of Alessandro Scarlatti – the son, brother, father and uncle of other illustrious musicians – was overshadowed by that of his son Domenico." It is not stated on this disc whether the notes were written to go with this Apex re-issue or whether they date from the same period as the recording, but Alessandro’s reputation, if he has one, is still very much under his wonderful son’s shadow. It is an indication of a massive injustice, that this re-issue goes some small way to correcting.
The Clerks' Group - Ockeghem: Requiem, Missa Fors Seulement (1997)

The Clerks' Group - Ockeghem: Requiem, Missa Fors Seulement (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:11 | 335 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: ASV Digital | Catalog: CD GAU 168

The Clerks' Group is a popular a cappella singing ensemble devoted largely to Medieval and Renaissance-era vocal works. It consists of eight singers, but early on performed with as few as six. The range of most of the compositions the group performs spans from the eleventh century to the end of sixteenth century, though there are a small number of contemporary pieces that were commissioned for concert use. At the heart of the repertory are sacred works by Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez, Obrecht, Machaut, Dufay, Dunstable, and other composers of that era.
The Brabant Ensemble & Stephen Rice - Obrecht: Missa Grecorum & motets (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Brabant Ensemble & Stephen Rice - Obrecht: Missa Grecorum & motets (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 70:08 minutes | 1.25 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble uncover more Renaissance treasures: Jacob Obrecht’s name may now be less familiar than those of some of his Flemish contemporaries, yet in his lifetime he was considered second only to Josquin.
Odhecaton, Paolo da Col & Liuwe Tamminga - Monteverdi: Missa in illo tempore (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Odhecaton, Paolo da Col & Liuwe Tamminga - Monteverdi: Missa in illo tempore (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:30 minutes | 1.08 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Of all Monteverdi’s works, the Missa in illo tempore marks the most important link between the composer and the Franco-Flemish polyphonic tradition. It is here presented alongside motets by Giaches de Wert, maestro di cappella at the Mantuan court at the time when the young Monteverdi was engaged there as a violinist.
St. Florianer Sangerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor - Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus (2017)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Missa Alleluja; Nisi Dominus etc (2017)
St. Florianer Sängerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria; Gunar Letzbor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Accent | # ACC24325 | Time: 00:59:08

Several masses with large orchestration attest to the outstanding compositional skills of the Salzburg master Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) in coping with large ensembles. As usual in Salzburg, Biber expects polychoral performances. The church music at the Salzburg cathedral drew its orientation from the performance practice in Venice. The Missa Alleluia was probably composed after 1690 and certainly before 1698, because a manuscript was made in Kremsmunster that year. The original score and sheets from Salzburg are lost. Excellent copies have been preserved at the Upper Austrian abbey at Kremsmunster: they serve as a basis for the present recording. Biber has fully exploited the possibilities of Baroque Instrumentation in the Missa Alleluia: a chorus with 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 bass voices grants him a large number of combinations of voices and thus constant change of timbre. The strings choir also has six parts, with both violins often conducted virtuosically. A chorus with 3 trumpets and 2 cornetti is even surpassed in tonal mass by the chorus composed of 2 clarini, 4 trumpets, and timpani. This large number of trumpets emphasizes the cheerful character of the work and is very luxurious by Austrian standards.
Ludwig Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Sachsisches Vocalensemble - Johann Adolf Hasse: Missa ultima in g (2006)

Ludwig Güttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Sächsisches Vocalensemble - Johann Adolf Hasse: Missa ultima in g (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 63:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.240 | Recorded: 2005

Following the appearance of the first CD recording of the new organ in the reconstructed Dresden Frauenkirche (with organist Samuel Kummer, Carus 83.188) at last, the first live concert performance has just been released on the Carus label. The G minor Mass is the “Opus ultimum” of the 84-year-old Johann Adolf Hasse, who for almost three decades dominated musical life at the Saxon Court of Dresden and who was regarded as the musical idol of his era. The centerpiece of the work of a type known as a “Missa solemnis” is a seven-movement Gloria, with brilliant, extended trumpet parts. The G minor Mass is an attractive work which shines as a result of ist beautiful sound, depth of expression and the richness of its harmonic ideas. It is conducted by Ludwig Güttler, who devoted his energies towards the reconstruction of the Dresdner Frauenkirche.