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Vocal Recitals - Released September 14, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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A most unusual cabinet of curiosities 'Finding pleasure even in meditating on what causes one's pain': that neatly defines the theme of this album of music from the cusp of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Here Italian and English madrigals rub shoulders with motets and Tenebrae responsories. A melancholic poetry that provided endless nourishment for musical creativity in the late Renaissance, and which Geoffroy Jourdain presents in his first recording for harmonia mundi. © harmonia mundi

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 7, 2018 | BIS

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released August 10, 2018 | Naxos

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Alexander Kastalsky (1856–1926) was one of the main musicians from the Russian religious sphere—at least up until the Russian Revolution, after which he cautiously turned toward the study of Russian folkloric music. A student of Tchaikovsky and of Taneyev, he quickly integrates the Moscow Synodal School, from 1887 up to its dissolution by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Composer, folklorist, skilled choirmaster, he knew how to freely move between genres and styles, even if a great part of his fame relied on his vision of the Ancient Russian sacred music, which he knew how to magically use in his own reinterpretations. For this Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes from 1917, we understand that he embraces both the sacred element and the Revolution cause: it is here a rewriting of his own of a work written two years earlier for choir and organ, being, as the Russian Orthodox Church doesn’t accept musical instruments in its midst, only voices. The proceedings of this work follow more or less the ones from the Byzantine Orthodox ritual, with the use of the cantor’s voice every now and then. Naturally, we cannot not think of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers written two years earlier, especially in the use of the modes and themes of the ancient liturgy, but in an intensely rich polyphonic rewriting. This is truly a beautiful work, magnificently sung by Stephen Fox’s Clarin Choir. © SM/Qobuz

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released March 2, 2018 | Glossa

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With "Siface: l’amor castrato", countertenor Filippo Mineccia, together with Javier Ulises Illán and Nereydas, presents a short imaginary pasticcio opera reflecting the music-making and life of the contralto castrato known by that stage name. Born Giovanni Francesco Grossi in 1653 in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Siface was acclaimed for his exciting musical performances, yet who became famous also for the tragedy of his love life. He was called upon to sing in operas and oratorios by the likes of Stradella, Pasquini, Bassani, Pallavicino and Agostini. For a long time in the service of Francesco II d’Este in Modena, Siface was an active member of the musical “ducal circuit” in the Italian peninsula, even, on one occasion, additionally being sent to England, where he performed before monarchy, and met and impressed Henry Purcell. Filippo Mineccia brilliantly captures the kaleidoscopic rush of emotions coursing through this selection of arias, which reflects the torrid and spectacular musical pace of life in late seventeenth-century Italy (as well as mirroring Siface’s own downfall on the road from Ferrara to Bologna). The Spanish ensemble Nereydas fully enter into the spirit of this, by turns, colourful, heartfelt, poignant and vivid celebration of vocal and instrumental music, which also features works by Alessandro Scarlatti (the emotive lullaby Dormi o fulmine), Francesco Cavalli and Purcell (My song shall be alway). Elena Bernardi puts flesh on still little understood aspects of the early stages of opera in the late Seicento., © Glossa

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 12, 2018 | Albion

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released August 11, 2017 | Naxos

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 31, 2017 | Alpha

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After an album of French songs (Néère) that earned her a "Gramophone Award" in 2016, Véronique Gens presents her new recital, this time with orchestra, which gives her an opportunity to display the maturity of her ‘Falcon’ soprano, the central tessitura typical of French Romantic opera, which takes its name from Cornélie Falcon, who created the works of Meyerbeer and Halévy staged in the 1830s. She pays tribute here to a number of composers whose unknown operas she was the first to reveal in projects mounted by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, including David, Godard, Saint-Saëns and Halévy. The programme selects arias from all the genres in vogue in the Romantic era: opera (Saint-Saëns, Halévy, Godard, Février), opéra-comique (David), oratorio (Franck, Massenet) and the cantata for the Prix de Rome (Bizet, Bruneau). A nod to Wagner and his Tannhäuser – in its French translation of the 1860s – completes this programme conducted by a longstanding colleague of the soprano, one of the leading specialists in French music, Hervé Niquet. © Alpha Classics
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 2, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 24, 2015 | Glossa

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 4, 2014 | Glossa

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released December 3, 2013 | SDG

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 29, 2013 | LPO

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 2013 | Ondine

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 9, 2012 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released March 1, 2011 | SDG

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