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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released February 1, 2019 | Toccata Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 25, 2019 | Alpha

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Mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, who has signed up with Alpha for several recordings, is one of the most prominent vocal artists of her generation. She was chosen as ‘Révélation lyrique’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2018, and elected the same year a Laureate of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition. She has participated in the “Jardin des Voix” of les Arts Florissants under William Christie, also regularly collaborates with Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre – but her constant accompanist is the harpsichordist Justin Taylor. Together with two other musician graduates, the violinists Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Sophie de Bardonnèche and the gamba player Louise Pierrard, they have founded Le Consort, to explore both sacred and secular works by composers such as Charpentier, Campra and Clérambault. For this recording they are joined by the flautist Anna Besson and gamba player Lucile Boulanger, both well-known to the Alpha label, and Thibault Roussel (theorbo). This recording is devoted to the Cantatas of Lefebvre, Montéclair, Clérambault and Courbois, more than half of which have never previously been recorded. The cantata inspired non-operatic composers to play out the fashionable narratives of the day on a reduced scale, and in the intimate surroundings of the salons. It is a subtle genre and a vivid depiction of the characters. © Outhere Music

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 18, 2019 | CD Accord

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 4, 2019 | BIS

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 4, 2019 | Footprint Records

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released December 7, 2018 | Rondeau

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released December 7, 2018 | BYU Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 16, 2018 | Carus

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released November 16, 2018 | Fanfare Cincinnati

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released November 2, 2018 | BIS

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 2, 2018 | Ramée

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Here's something fascinating: music from the 14th and early 15th centuries, lost for hundreds of years, has now been rediscovered thanks to some space-age technology. Because, in fact, the original manuscripts were never lost. In reality, the paper had been scrubbed and recycled or covered over with palimpsests because of the prohibitive price of parchment at the time. And so a whole body of Florentine works from the era of Petrarch, Boccacio, Dante and Machiavelli was erased to make room for 16th century poems. A careful examination of the San Lorenzo Palimpsest revealed that multi-spectral photography (anyone who knows what that is, raise your hand…) of the pages can render the underlying layer perfectly legible, and so now 111 pages of music from the 14th century can see the light of day. After six hundred years of multi-spectral silence, these pieces are interpreted here by the La Morra ensemble, which specialises in late medieval and Renaissance music with voice and instruments like the lute, vielle, clavicymbalum and recorder. There is an intensity of emotion in hearing these pieces which until now we never knew existed, written by composers of whom we know almost nothing such as Giovanni Mazzuoli and his son Piero, Paolo da Firenze or Jacopo da Bologna. Here they take centre stage. © SM/Qobuz

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 26, 2018 | SOMM Recordings

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 26, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Two composers who in one way or another sang about the horrors of war, and two who lost their lives in it: Ian Bostridge's takes a successful gamble here, with masterful accompaniment on the piano by Antonio Pappano. The first two are from Kurt Weill with Four Walt Whitman Songs in which the poet laments over the soldiers who died in the War of Succession, and Gustav Mahler, three of whose Lieder(s) taken from Knaben Wunderhorn cruelly and repugnantly evoke the lives of poor young people, peasants and people who are barely through with their school years, sent to be torn apart on every possible and imaginable front. More directly concerned, if one may say so, are George Butterworth - who fell at the Somme in 1916, aged thirty-one, and whose A Shropshire Lad is without a doubt the greatest masterpiece here. Rudi Stephan fell at the Galician front in 1915 aged twenty-eight. His cycle Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied is a climax of unsettling eroticism... Would the fate of German music have been different if this genius had been able to act as a counterbalance, for example, to the emerging dodecaphonic music? Bostridge gives it his all here in this sad centenary of the end of the “war to end all wars”, which we know was tragically not the case. © SM/Qobuz

Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 26, 2018 | K&K Verlagsanstalt

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

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 5, 2018 | Genuin

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Finally, it is here: The continuation of the great musical adventure that the Camerata Musica Limburg is currently undertaking and for which we had to wait a whole year. The elite ensemble sings Franz Schubert's complete works for male choir with Genuin. Three volumes have already been released. Once again, Jan Schumacher and his men will be joined by renowned musicians such as tenor Christoph Prégardien. The tonal palette of the clear and confidently intoned male voices ranges from the most gentle pleading of Gesang der Geister to the vibrant radiance of a Schiller’s Punschlied. © Genuin

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 5, 2018 | PASCHENrecords

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 28, 2018 | Novum

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 21, 2018 | naïve classique

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released September 14, 2018 | Albion

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