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Bruno Cocset & Les Basses Réunies - Cello Stories: The Cello In The 17th & 18th Centuries (2016) {5CD Alpha Digital Download}

Bruno Cocset & Les Basses Réunies - Cello Stories: The Cello In The 17th & 18th Centuries (2016) {5CD Alpha Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 44kHz/16 bit - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 1.79 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 819 Mb
Full Artwork (pdf+jpg) -> 118 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France | Alpha 890
Classical / Baroque / Cello / Chamber Music / Viola da gamba / Double Bass

‘This set of five discs is an invitation to a rather special journey: through what you hear, and what you read too, you will traverse, guided by the cello, not one history but several histories. With these Cello Stories, our intention is to show you how an instrument and its repertoire have taken shape whilst retaining the imprint and memory of diverse origins. I have selected the musical programme from my recordings for Alpha – some of them previously unreleased – to complement the text by Marc Vanscheeuwijck and numerous contemporary illustrations.’ –Bruno Cocset
Roberta Mameli & Luca Pianca - Anime Amanti (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/176]

Roberta Mameli & Luca Pianca - Anime Amanti (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/176.4 kHz | Time - 68:06 minutes | 2.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

A voice, a lute, a sigh. Nothing could be simpler and more immemorial. This expression of sentiments and emotions, of the intermittencies of the heart and the shadows of the soul, is of course as old as the world. Yet it was truly a reconquest of the Renaissance.
Belcea Quartet & Piotr Anderszewski - Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 & Piano Quintet (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Belcea Quartet & Piotr Anderszewski - Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 & Piano Quintet (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 69:07 minutes | 622 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Formed in 1994 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Belcea Quartet has recorded the complete string quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók and Britten. For this new Alpha release it has chosen two works by one of the leading composers of twentieth-century chamber music, Dmitri Shostakovich. The Quartet no.3, of historic importance, was initially censured by the Soviet regime, then revised by Shostakovich for its first performance in 1946; the refined playing of the Belcea Quartet brings out all its contours.
Sandrine Piau & Susan Manoff - Chimère (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sandrine Piau & Susan Manoff - Chimère (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:17 minutes | 914 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After a number of appearances in Alpha productions, Sandrine Piau now joins the label for several recordings. With Chimère, she invites us on a voyage into the intimate and infinite territory of dreams. ‘Chimera: an illusory, unsatisfied quest, the graveyard of our illusions…’ She and her longstanding partner, the pianist Susan Manoff, have thought up a programme combining the German lied, Mélodies by Debussy and Poulenc (his Banalités), and Art Songs by Barber along with discoveries of more rarely heard composers like Ivor Gurney and the Dickinson Songs of André Previn – the celebrated American conductor is less well known for his compositions, which include this magnificent cycle written for Renée Fleming. Equally at home in French, German and English, Sandrine Piau is at the peak of her artistry.
Dialogos & Katarina Livljanić - Dalmatica: Chants of the Adriatic (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Dialogos & Katarina Livljanić - Dalmatica: Chants of the Adriatic (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 88:56 minutes | 1.47 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The Croatian region of Dalmatia has many musical treasures that have long been overlooked. Resting on the boundary of Roman Catholic and Byzantine worlds, the music here features rare pieces recovered from Latin manuscripts, and polyphonic Glagolitic chants. Dialogos performs these works, conducted by Katarina Livljanic.
Los Músicos de su Alteza - Rossi, Mazzocchi, Carissimi: Il tormento e l'estasi (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Los Músicos de su Alteza & Luis Antonio González - Rossi, Mazzocchi, Carissimi: Il tormento e l'estasi (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 64:00 minutes | 1.01 GB
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Los Músicos de Su Alteza has since the release of its first two albums on Alpha (Samaniego – Alpha 153 & Nebra – Alpha 171) established a reputation as the champion of unjustly forgotten Spanish music. In this new recording based on the themes of Torment and Ecstasy dear to the baroque mind, Luis Antonio González provides us with a selection of works that are as unexpected as they are unknown, tying everything together in the end with a masterpiece by Carissimi: Jephte.
Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - Bach: Missa 1733 (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - Bach: Missa 1733 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 62:38 minutes | 698 MB
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The Ensemble Pygmalion continues its interpretative work on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, proposing the Mass in B minor, BWV 232 in its version of 1733.
Paul Meyer & Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne - Spohr: The Forgotten Master (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Paul Meyer & Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne - Spohr: The Forgotten Master (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 91:59 minutes | 849 MB
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We are only just beginning to rediscover the works of Louis Spohr (1784-1859), who was not only a composer, but also a virtuoso violinist, possibly the greatest conductor of his time, and a renowned teacher – a man who played a leading role in musical life in Germany in the nineteenth century. His works – almost three hundred, covering many genres – bear the mark of Viennese Classicism, but his harmonic research announces the advent of the Romantic period.
Le Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Vivaldi: Gloria & Magnificat (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Le Concert Spirituel & Hervé Niquet - Vivaldi: Gloria & Magnificat (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 50:19 minutes | 890 MB
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Since 1987, the year he founded Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet has been a major figure in musical life, but he is also an actor in a class of his own. Major because it is thanks to his love of French music, the grands motets, large forms, and works both known and less known, that we have discovered or rediscovered treasures by Campra, Boismortier, Charpentier, Lully, Handel, Striggio, Offenbach, Grétry… Major because he is respected and loved by a great number of singers and stage directors with whom he has collaborated… And in a class of his own because he has an uncommon (or even unique, in the current musical landscape!) capacity for sharing his music directly with the audience.
Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time with My Piano (2014) [Official Digital Download]

Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time with My Piano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 69:49 minutes | 544 MB
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For his first recording on the Alpha label, Sergei Kasprov, a young Russian artist trained at the Moscow Conservatory, defies the laws of time. He has in fact chosen to create a dialogue between great Baroque geniuses and Russian Romantics: Rameau, Lully, Loeillet, Bach and Scarlatti revised by Tausig, Godowsky and Rachmaninov.