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Classical - Released May 21, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

A distinguished and versatile musician, Attilio Ariosti was born in Bologna. He joined the Servite order, but in 1696 he was in the service of the Duke of Mantua, travelling thence to Berlin at the request of the Electress Sophie Charlotte and continuing as a composer of operas and other music. Recalled by his religious superiors, he returned by way of Vienna, where he spent some years intermittently in the service of the court. Good Friday in 1705: Emperor Leopold I chose a macabre story from the Old Testament for devotion for himself and the court. An oratorio that was to underpin the unbreakable faith of virtually the entire Holy Roman Empire. Attilio Ariosti created profound, groundbreaking music for it, which shows it's creator's exceedingly great sensorium for drama. © fra bernardo
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Classical - Released May 7, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

A search for traces of the time around 1500. Everything that musically moved the high society and the common people at that time into emotions that made their hearts beat faster. The Belgian ensemble "Capilla Flamenca" invites you to cheerful, melancholic, lovely songs, instrumental music and to attend a mass with works by Heinrich Isaac, Pierre de La Rue, Johannes Ockeghem and others. © Fra Bernardo
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Classical - Released May 7, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

Epochs and styles merge when Marco Beasley and Guido Morini sing about heart and pain. With his instinctive genius for language, acting talent and stage presence, Marco heightens the emphasis so that even those uninitiated in Italian are literally bathed in the feeling of understanding everything. Those who know only spaghetti, insalata mista or perhaps ti amo will realize that this untranslatable recitar cantando is indelible throughout the centuries - even millennia. The journey through the centuries, live recorded in concerts, breaks down the boundaries between classical and popular music and presents the music as if it had been written for Accordone. © Fra Bernardo
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Classical - Released May 7, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

Hard to believe, but Juditha triumphans is the only oratorio by the extremely productive Antonio Vivaldi. This is all the more astonishing as the « Prete Rosso » was closely connected throughout his life with the famous Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. The reputation of the former concerts in this orphanage for girls still echoes far beyond Venice. Vivaldi has written Juditha triumphans for the young musicians. So it is not surprising that the work is also only performed with female voices - and this also in the choir. In this live recording Roberto Zarpellon brings together young singers whose passion for melancholic and fiery music is audible in every note.© fra bernardo
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 7, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

Nicolas Gombert is indisputably one of the most important composers of the Renaissance. Compared to this, recordings of his works are rare. «The sound and the fury» invites on a representative journey of discovery with sacred music that was once «state of the art» at the court of Charles V. © fra bernardo
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Chamber Music - Released May 7, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a text by impresario and actor Emanuel Schikaneder, was given its first performance on September 30th 1791 in Vienna’s Theater auf der Wieden. It was the beginning of an unparalleled success story. The Mainz court musician Franz Heinrich Ehrenfried (1747–1828) would also have benefited from this vogue with his arrangement of The Magic Flute for flute quartet. Ehrenfried, who clearly had a special preference for instrumental combinations featuring the fashionable flute, manages with this quartet to produce a high-quality, technically demanding composition. © fra bernardo
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Classical - Released February 5, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

Mid-16th century: Catholic Church music is threatened by a pandemic. All too worldly, artificial things had crept into sacred chanting to such an extent that the famous Council of Trent even wanted to reduce singing in the mass to the monophonic Gregorian chant again. As the Fama tells us, Palestrina saved polyphonic church music from this crisis with his Missa Papae Marcelli. In a live recording, beauty farm sings this legendary work, which raises complex questions of interpretation and juxtaposes the mass with well- known hymns in the chorale. frabernardo dedicates the album to Bruno Turner, who once set standards in early music with the ensemble Pro Cantione Antiqua, for his 90th birthday. © fra bernardo
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 5, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of the great Franco-Flemish composer Pierre de la Rue (c. 1460-1518), the talented early music vocal ensemble "The Sound and the Fury", has recorded a selection of the composer's masses for the label fra bernardo. Featuring countertenor Alessandro Carmignani, accompanied by tenors John Potter, Christian Wegmann and basses Christian M. Schmidt and Wilhelm Schwinghammer, this ensemble have cleverly recreated the high standard of music performed at the court of the music-loving and music-savvy Margaret of Austria. © fra bernardo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2021 | Fra Bernardo

Masses by the mysterious Nicolas Gombert are among the rarities in the record catalog. This is very astonishing, since his polyphonic voice fabrics are among the best that the 16th century has to offer. Legendary in his lifetime, Nicolas' music is often undiscovered today. Thus, Beauty Farm is able to present two first recordings (Motet Beati omnes and Missa Philomena praevia) on this album in addition to the well-known Missa Media Vita. Beauty Farm interprets the music, which has been reedited especially for fra bernardo, with the usual fresh sound, which melts together from the free, individual design of the individual voices to an impressive whole. © Fra bernardo
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Chamber Music - Released November 6, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Classical - Released November 6, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

Robert de Visée (c.1650/60-1732) is one of the most important representatives of the French lute school. His music is characterized by a natural beauty that immediately captivates. It is no accident that he had the privilege of playing at the Coucher (the ceremonial reception before the bed rest of Louis XIV). To listen to Johannes Ötzbrugger is indeed a truly royal pleasure. The present release presents a collection of his works for theorbo, performed by Johannes Otzbrugger. The Austrian lutenist Johannes Ötzbrugger began playing the guitar in early childhood. As a teenager he got to know the lute - an encounter that gave him access to an even more intimate sound sphere. After graduating from school, he studied musicology at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck. From 2009 to 2016 he studied historical lute instruments with Rolf Lislevand at the State University of Music in Trossingen. As a soloist and with his Ensemble 392, he regularly releases recordings on the fra bernardo label. He is particularly interested in figured bass on the baroque guitar and the French solo repertoire for theorbo. © Fra Bernardo
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Classical - Released October 2, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Chamber Music - Released September 18, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Classical - Released September 18, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Classical - Released September 4, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Classical - Released August 7, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released August 7, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 3, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Classical - Released June 5, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Chamber Music - Released May 22, 2020 | Fra Bernardo

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Another album of "recreational baroque" which, this time, takes us into the high society of London at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries under the expert guidance of the violinist Amandine Beyer, with Michael Oman on recorder, and the Austrian Baroque Company. The programme consists of a series of pieces composed by virtuoso violinist-composers who were attracted like flies to London’s thriving musical scene ("London Calling") and whose style was inspired by both Biber and Corelli, at a time when the violin was branching away from the viol and consorts, gradually abandoned in favour of the new instrument, more brilliant and better able to express human and sacred passions. These music, alternately cheerful and melancholic, was played and danced in noble houses, thus ensuring a substantial source of income for musicians. Discover pieces in this album by Andrea Falconieri, John Hilton and Nicola Matteis, surrounded by Handel and Purcell. © François Hudry/Qobuz