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Susan Gritton, James Gilchrist, Roderick Williams & Andrew West - Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Vol. 1 (2016)

Susan Gritton, James Gilchrist, Roderick Williams & Andrew West - Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Vol. 1
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 70:48 min | 274 MB
Label: SOMM Recordings | Tracks: 31 | Rls.date: 2016

This month's new release from SOMM brings exciting news for all lovers of English Song! At long last, Hubert Parry's complete Twelve Sets of English Lyrics are now available, beginning with Volume I. The twelve sets, which also include other songs by Parry, are spread over three volumes which will be released at six-monthly intervals. This has been a close and enjoyable collaboration between SOMM, the excellent pianist Andrew West and Susan Gritton, James Gilchrist and Roderick Williams, three charismatic singers at the top of their profession, all sharing the same fondness for the expressive lyricism and eloquence inherent in Parry's songs.
Britten: Rape Of Lucretia - Knussen, Kirchschlager, Gritton, Bostridge (2013)

Britten: Rape Of Lucretia - Knussen, Kirchschlager, Gritton, Bostridge (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 2 CDs | Full Scans | 382 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog Number: 26722

Recorded live in 2011 at the Aldeburgh Festival, which Benjamin Britten founded in 1948, this performance of his dark, intense chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia stars Angelika Kirchschlager, Peter Coleman-Wright and Ian Bostridge, with Oliver Knussen conducting. “Everything, without exception, was right on the money,” said The Guardian,” … a dazzling success.”

Handel: Chandos Anthems - Gritton, Davies, Hobbs, Layton (2013)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at Nov. 12, 2013
Handel: Chandos Anthems - Gritton, Davies, Hobbs, Layton (2013)

Handel: Chandos Anthems - Gritton, Davies, Hobbs, Layton (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 353 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67926

Handel’s beautiful, intimate settings of liturgical texts written for the First Duke of Chandos are among his less well-known choral works—and are proved by this second volume from Trinity also to be among his loveliest. They are a perfect example of the composer’s English style heard in Acis & Galatea and oratorios such as Judas Maccabaeus.
Mozart: Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis - Nethsingha, Gritton, Challenger, St. John's College Choir (2012)

Mozart: Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis - Nethsingha, Gritton, Challenger, St. John's College Choir (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 302 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 786

On this disc, the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge performs alongside four soloists and the period instrument ensemble St John’s Sinfonia. The tenor Sam Furness and bass George Humphreys both started their careers as Choral Scholars with this very choir. The mezzo-soprano Frances Bourne is in great demand on the concert platform and has sung with many of Europe’s leading conductors; the soprano Susan Gritton has amassed a vast discography that has earned her two Grammy nominations and includes, for Chandos, recordings of works by Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams.

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)  Music

Posted by delpotro at April 1, 2018
VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years 1944-1956 (2015)

VA - Decca Sound: Mono Years: 1944-1956 (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 63:45:05 | 10,48 Gb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Today we take high fidelity sound quality for granted, but how did it start? When was the moment when compressed and scratchy sound gave way to natural, realistic sound that captured the whole picture of a performance?
Decca Sound ‘Mono Years’ seeks to answer that question and shows how, 70 years ago, amidst war-time privations, a small team at Decca made technological breakthroughs that brought hi-fi to the world. This latest cube explores Decca’s earliest high-fidelity history, and restores some restores critically acclaimed albums from ensembles such as the Trio di Trieste, Quintetto Chigiano and Griller Quartet which have not been available since their original LP release more than sixty years ago. An equally impressive array of soloists includes pianists Clifford Curzon, Julius Katchen, Friedrich Gulda and Moura Lypmany and violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Alfredo Campoli. Several generations of cellists are represented with recordings by Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Zara Nelsova.
VA - Archiv Produktion 1947-2013: A Celebration of Artistic Excellence from the Home of Early Music (2013) (55 CDs Box Set)

VA - Archiv Produktion 1947-2013: A Celebration of Artistic Excellence from the Home of Early Music (2013) (55 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | 55 CDs | 15,5 Gb | Scans -> 82,5 mb
Genre: Classical, Renaissance, Baroque / Label: Archiv Produktion

This 55-CD set chronicles the remarkable Archiv label, begun in 1947. Devoted mainly to early and Baroque music, the recordings presented here, in facsimiles of their original sleeves (a nice touch), cover the period from Gregorian chant to Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies, played on period instruments. There are stops in between for a great deal of Bach, music of the Gothic era, the French Baroque (Mouret, Delalande, Rameau, etc), Gibbons, Handel (Alcina, La Resurrezione, Messiah, Italian cantatas), Telemann, Zelenka, Gabrieli, Desprez, Haydn, LeJeune, and plenty of the usual, as well as unusual, suspects. There’s also a final CD with selections of new releases (more Handel, Cavalli, Gesualdo, Vivaldi).
Andreas Scholl, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh - Handel: Solomon (1999)

Andreas Scholl, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh - Handel: Solomon (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:37:19 | 763 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 0289 459 6882 7

It's been conventional wisdom for several generations that Solomon, great oratorio though it may be, contains a lot of deadwood; conductors have regularly cut some items and changed the order of others. (Even John Eliot Gardiner's excellent recording cuts about 30 minutes of music.) Leave it to Paul McCreesh to give us the complete score–and demonstrate that Handel's original structure makes plenty of sense and that every number is worthwhile.
London Symphony Orchestra And Chorus / Sir Colin Davis - Handel: Messiah (2007) [2SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

London Symphony Orchestra And Chorus / Sir Colin Davis - Handel: Messiah (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans 600dpi | 8.42GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Full Scans 600dpi | 2.67GB + 5% Recovery

With an outstanding solo quartet and a great chorus and orchestra, Davis leads a sterling performance that challenges the supremacy of his 1966 Philips recording of Messiah. Davis leads a dramatic performance; the famous "Hallelujah" chorus appropriately grand, the final "Amen" bristling with brazen energy, both sung with extraordinary tonal coloring and precise articulation by the chorus, which also shines in a lithe "He shall purify" and a vividly virtuoso "For unto us a child is born." Soprano Susan Gritton's solos are a delight, whether in the measured "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" or her exuberant "Rejoice greatly." The vocal purity of her "I know my redeemer liveth" makes this track a highlight. Alto Sara Mingardo's darker tones are especially moving in her arias and dramatic in "He was despised."
Henry Purcell - The complete secular solo songs (King's Consort) [3 CD]

Henry Purcell - The complete secular solo songs (King's Consort) [3 CD]
3 CD | Hyperion | 3 RAR files | 342 Mb | booklets, covers
MP3 192 Kbps | Lame encoded | Tracks, Covers

'Those who need all of Purcell's songs at their fingertips should invest in Hyperion's three-disk survey of secular songs, with outstanding performances by Barbara Bonney, Rogers Covey-Crump and James Bowman' (The New York Times)
'A project that will probably have no real competiton for years to come; I recommend it heartily' (Fanfare, USA)
'Those who need all of Purcell's songs at their fingertips should invest in Hyperion's three-disk survey of secular songs, with outstanding performances by Barbara Bonney, Rogers Covey-Crump and James Bowman' (The New York Times)
Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2004)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 819 Mb | Total time: 69:35+76:45+76:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDs44161/3 | Recorded: 1993-94

King's Consort produces another brilliant interpretation and performance of works by Henry Purcell. This collection of Purcell's solo secular songs (though some, as the previous review mentions, have short duets within them) is superbly sung all around. A note on the vocals, they aren't the most "early music" vocals you'll find. The singers all certainly demand attention, but for me, I think that's perfectly fine. The very subdued singing that some take to Baroque music seems to detract from the emotion of these pieces–emotion that is clearly intended from the text painting. However, they also aren't sung in an unnecessarily grandiose way or with too much drive. Frankly, it's just right.