Karine Deshayes, Opera Fuoco, David Stern – Boisselot, Herold, Catel, Cherubini: French Romantic Cantatas (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Karine Deshayes, Opera Fuoco, David Stern
Boisselot, Herold, Catel, Cherubini: French Romantic Cantatas (2014)

Classical | Flac. Tracks, 24/88,2 kHz | Covers | 1.25 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz / Zig-Zag Territoires | TT: 77:15

Produced by the Bru-Zane Foundation, whose mission is to aid in the rediscovery of unjustly neglected French music, 1780 to 1920. An album of Romantic French cantatas by Cherubini, Heand Boisselot in the company of an exceptional guide, mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, Opera Fuoco and its conductor, David Stern. The French Cantata, a Baroque-era presence, was restored to favor in the 19th century as an alternative to the Italian stage, then generally perceived in France as being overly exuberant.

Cast:
Karine Deshayes,
Opera Fuoco,
David Stern

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McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque – Haydn: Symphonies 88, 101 & 104 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque – Haydn: Symphonies 88, 101 & 104 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.32 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season in 2010-11. Led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan since 1985, Philharmonia Baroque is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras, as well as one of the most exciting period instrument ensembles, in the country. This trio of Haydn symphonies displays the remarkably consistent quality and inventiveness of the composer’s output: from the clever and concise symphony No.88 to the humorous ‘Clock’ to the dazzling and sonorous Symphony No.104 (Haydn’s swan song to the genre), this superb collection bears eloquent witness to Haydn’s consummate mastery.

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

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Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr – Handel, Richter, Stamitz, Mozart, Haydn: Birth Of The Symphony Handel to Haydn (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr
Handel, Richter, Stamitz, Mozart, Haydn: Birth Of The Symphony Handel to Haydn – 2014

Classical | Flac. Tracks, 24/96 kHz | Covers | 1.36 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: Linnrecords | TT: 70:46

The 18th century saw an explosion of symphonies (over 18,000 composed in just 60 years, by one estimate). ‘Birth of the Symphony: Handel to Haydn’ surveys some of the diverse works which were central to the genre as we know it today. The recording begins with Handel’s Sinfonia from Saul, an example of the oratorio sinfonia which supplied models for the early symphony’s scoring. Works from the avant-garde Mannheim composers Stamitz and Richter demonstrate the new sonic possibilities of the form, with which Mozart also engages in his very first attempt at the symphony. The recording ends with an example of a mature classical symphony, Haydn’s ‘La passione’.

Cast:
Academy of Ancient Music,
Richard Egarr, conductor

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