Collegium

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 59:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901644 | Recorded: 1999

According to German theological tradition, which Bach knew very well, the alto voice was the very symbol of the Holy Ghost. Bach's three solo cantatas for alto demand enormous vocal virtuosity. Their extraordinary musical variety embraces sublime consolatory lullabies, a faithful echo of an organ concerto and the dramatic qualities of an oratorio. Andreas Scholl is the featured soloist in this reissue, backed by Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent.
Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Sonates Corellisantes, Canonic Duos (1993) (Repost)

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Telemann: Sonates Corellisantes, Canonic Duos (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 70:37 | 386 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 0549

As a specialist in historical violin techniques of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Simon Standage has performed with many of the world's leading period instrument orchestras. After a music degree from Cambridge University in 1963, a Harkness Fellowship to study with Ivan Galamian in New York City, and, after a 1972 Wigmore Hall debut, he became a founding member of Trevor Pinnock's ensemble the English Concert.

Collegium 1704 - Zelenka: 6 Sonatas, ZWV 181 (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 28, 2018
Collegium 1704 - Zelenka: 6 Sonatas, ZWV 181 (2017)

Collegium 1704 - Zelenka: 6 Sonatas, ZWV 181 (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 533 MB
Label: Accent – ACC 24319 | Tracks: 23 | Time: 107:11 min
Classical, Chamber Music, Baroque

The collection of six sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka is composed- with the exception of the third sonata that includes the violin- for a pair of oboes, bassoon, and basso continuo. In the context of Baroque chamber music, this represents a true rarity. Here, Zelenka elevates the sonata da camera to a genre of enormous technical difficulty for the performers, making great demands especially on the wind players, and the composer confronts his listeners with a most intimate personal statement.
Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe - Stravinsky: Threni & Requiem Canticles (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe - Stravinsky: Threni & Requiem Canticles (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 47:12 minutes | 812 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Threni (1957-58) is his longest, most ambitious and complex dodecaphonic score, and probably one of its summits. A work like the Requiem Canticles (1966) goes even further in this direction: the composer’s last masterpiece, it seems to summarise in itself the evolution of an entire lifetime, combining elements from the different stylistic periods that punctuated his career – whilst marking a highpoint in the spiritual quest that became increasingly important in Stravinsky’s life.
Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Motetten (2011) [Official Digital Download]

Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Motetten (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 62:30 minutes | 599 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

In this exemplary recording of six Bach motets Philippe Herreweghe leads Collegium Vocale Ghent (an ensemble that includes both singers and instrumentalists) and ten soloists in performances of exceptional finesse and elegance. That's no easy task given the dense contrapuntal textures that characterizes several of the motets written for double chorus and orchestra. It takes great skill to keep the music, in a movement like the opening to "Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied," from turning into a murky undifferentiated stew of busyness, but Herreweghe keeps the sound open and varied.
Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kolner Kammerchor - Handel: Athalia (2004)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Athalia (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 556 Mb | Total time: 56:49+65:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 1276-2 | Recorded: 2003

This is the third English Oratorio by Handel, composed in 1733 for the graduation ceremony at Oxford. It is in 3 acts to a libretto by Samuel Humphreys after the stage drama Athalie by Jean Racine. Incidentally, this was Racine's last tragedy penned in 1691. This biblical account taken from Kings 2, centres on the theme of the triumph of God through the revenge performed by his followers on those who blaspheme and oppose him.
Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kolner Kammerchor - Handel: Theodora (2000)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Theodora (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 63:35+51:40+40:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 1019-2 | Recorded: 2000

Written in the summer of 1749, Theodora was premiered in London at Covent Garden Theatre on 16 March 1750. This work, which Handel considered his finest oratorio, was a failure at first - Handel said bitterly that the hall was so empty that "there was room enough to dance there." Part of this failure could be explained by the earthquake that hit London in February of the same year and caused the upper classes to flee the city, but another possibility is that the subject matter of the oratorio - the rebellion of a woman against the power of the state - was a bit ahead of its time.
Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kolner Kammerchor - Handel: Susanna (1999)

Peter Neumann, Collegium Cartusianum, Kölner Kammerchor - Handel: Susanna (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 677 Mb | Total time: 60:06+51:39+46:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 332 0945-2 | Recorded: 1999

The story of the innocent Susanna–whose nude bathing in a stream so excited two elders in her community that they charged her with all sorts of dirty things–is from the Apocrypha. Near the story's close, the young Israelite Daniel, clearly a budding lawyer, disproves the elders' claims by having each explain certain details without the other in the room. (In the Carlisle Floyd version, there's a twist, and the ending is horrifyingly different.) The story, as Handel and his unknown librettist tell it, takes more than two and a half hours. What we get in place of nail-biting drama is a marvelous portrait of the chaste Susanna, her trusting husband, Joacim, and the lascivious elders. There's also a great concentration on the plot's rural setting. Arias are filled with nature–Handel offers us a lovely pastoral setting, with a could-be-tragic story at its core; but neither Nature nor Susanna's good nature wind up sullied. This is a beautiful performance of the work, led by Peter Neumann with tenderness and, when required, with great verve. Neumann makes only a few cuts, equaling about 10 minutes and approved by Handel for the work's 1759 revival.
(Robert Levine)
Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works (10CDs) [2010]

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works (10CDs) [2010]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.71 Gb | Total time: 10:48:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697687172 | Recorded: 1969-1985

Helmuth Rilling is an excellent conductor and interpreter of Bach's sacred music. Recorded from 1969 to 1985, over a longer period of time than most other sets, there is a lot of change throughout the series. Rilling's recordings are more dense and lush than others, and his tempi are often slower than HIP recordings - no "original instruments" for Rilling. But he creates such a detailed sound-world that any fan of these works should want to hear Rilling's versions to compare with others. This said, Rilling often uses a technique that I find a bit disturbing. He'll have one instrument or group of instruments sequestered to one track, and others on the other track, giving a sound similar to that of early Beatles' stereo mixes, where vocals were on one track and instruments on the other. This is something you never hear in live performance; while one instrument may be on one side, you still hear it on the other side. This tends to make some of the movements sound as though there's no blend among the singers and musicians.
(Kirk McElhearn)

Collegium Aureum - Edition (10CDs) [2011]  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Oct. 11, 2017
Collegium Aureum - Edition (10CDs) [2011]

Collegium Aureum - Edition (10CDs) [2011]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.74 Gb | Total time: 09:12:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697937072 | Recorded: 1961-1982

Schon bei seiner Gründung 1962 hatten es sich Collegium Aureum als Ziel gesetzt, alte Musik auf historischen Instrumenten aufzuführen. Während der langen Zeit seines Bestehens veröffentlichte das Ensemble zahlreiche erfolgreiche LPs und CDs und konzertierte in den großen Konzertsälen ganz Europas.