Les Agrémens

Les Agrémens & Guy van Waas - Dauvergne: La Vénitienne (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Les Agrémens & Guy van Waas - Dauvergne: La Vénitienne (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 115:14 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Dauvergne’s final operatic work follows neither of the established genres of the period, neither tragédie lyrique nor opéra-ballet. With La Vénitienne, the composer turned towards comedy.
Jean-Claude Malgoire, Les Agrémens - Grands Motets: Grétry, Gossec, Giroust (2006) (Repost)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, Les Agrémens - Grands Motets: Grétry, Gossec, Giroust (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 75:38 | 367 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: K617 | Catalog: K617181

While we are now well acquainted with the key religious compositions which marked the apogee of sacred music in the age of Louis XIV, those written for Mass celebrations under Louis XVI still await rediscovery. Yet at this time the grand motet genre was still sparkling with invention, served as it was by such gifted composers as Gossec, Gretry, and Francois Giroust, the last 'maitre de musique' at the Chapel Royal.
Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Les Agremens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur - Vivaldi: Vespro a San Marco (2011)

Leonardo García Alarcón, Les Agremens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur - Vivaldi: Vespro a San Marco (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 69:52+47:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambronay | # AMY029 | Recorded: 2010

The title of the two-disc album, Vivaldi: Vespro a San Marco, implies that the composer wrote a set of pieces comparable to Monteverdi's Vespro della beata Vergine, but the title needs to be interpreted somewhat loosely. The program notes describe the collection of psalms, canticles, motets, and prefatory chants recorded here as an evocation of a service of vespers Vivaldi might have assembled rather than a reconstruction of one he actually ever did. These vespers are distinctly Vivaldian in idiom, but they resemble Monteverdi's in the use of some common texts and in the diversity of musical styles, genres, and performing forces assembled; there is not much of a sense of unity in the traditional sense, but a profusion of delightfully varied musical vignettes, including a cappella chants, solos, ensembles, choruses, and instrumental pieces.
Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agremens, Guy van Waas - Rameau: Le temple de la gloire (2015)

Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agremens, Guy van Waas - Rameau: Le temple de la gloire (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:08 + 67:27 | 641 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Ricercar | Catalog: RIC 363

Unlike Rameau's other operatic output, 'Le Temple de la Gloire' has been incomprehensibly neglected on disc and on the stage until very recently. There have been a few recordings of the dances from the opera, arranged into suites, but this is the first recording of the complete work. The libretto by Voltaire involves mainly allegorical, symbolic and mythical characters, but its intention is serious – namely to demonstrate his philosophy advocating tolerance, freedom, the welfare and contentment of the people. Of course these are concepts which few of us would argue with today, but it was a different matter under the absolutism of the 18th century.
Les Dominos; Les Agremens - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Pour un reposoir; Noels sur les instruments; Sonate a huit (2013)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Pour un reposoir; Noëls sur les instruments; Sonate à huit (2013)
Les Dominos; Les Agrémens; Florence Malgoire, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC338 | Time: 01:14:54

The instrumental works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier are familiar to very few people. A large number of them were composed for use in churches, the most famous of these being the Messe pour plusieurs instruments au lieu des orgues that has already been recorded by Jean Tubéry and La Fenice for Ricercar (RIC 245). Charpentier composed the Sonate à huit around 1685, at a time when various private musical societies were exploring the Italian sonata style. Charpentier discovered this style at the same time as François Couperin, who also set about composing sonatas in the Italian style. Charpentier’s Sonate à huit blends the Italian style with the French suite of dances and as such is one of the masterpieces of instrumental music of the French baroque. The symphonies Pour un Reposoir were intended to accompany an outdoor procession, an organ naturally not being available. The greater part of the CD, however, is taken up by the Noëls pour les Instruments which Charpentier set for instrumental ensemble and organ. We have also recorded the original versions of the above-mentioned Christmas carols, complete with their many verses as they appeared in French collections published at the beginning of the 18th century. This recording of Christmas music can be enjoyed throughout the year!
Mark Kroll - Couperin: The Complete Pièces de clavecin, Vol. 5 (2018)

Mark Kroll - Couperin: The Complete Pièces de clavecin, Vol. 5 (2018)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:47 | 140 MB
Label: Centaur Records

This is volume 5 in Centaur's recording of the complete Pieces de Clavecin, performed on harpsichord by Mark Kroll. Mark Kroll has made a specialty of Couperin throughout his long and distinguished career. Mark Kroll has performed on four continents as a harpsichordist and fortepianist, in both solo recital and as a collaborative chamber musician. Highlights include an appearance as the official guest of the city of Barcelona; featured soloist in Germany’s Regensburg Early Music Festival, France’s Festival Ambronay and the Bordeaux Hummel Festival; two concerts for the Czech Republic’s Prague Spring Festival; and recitals at Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Rome’s Conservatorio Santa Caecilia and Associazione Musicale Romana, Poland’s Dni Bachowski, and Slovenija’s Radovljica Festival. This recording was made on a 1978 Franco-Flemish style double manual harpsichord by William Hyman and D. Jacques Way at the Harpsichord Clearing House, Rehobeth, Massachusetts.

Sebastian Di Bin - Russian Music (2018)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Feb. 6, 2018
Sebastian Di Bin - Russian Music (2018)

Sebastian Di Bin - Russian Music (2018)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:07:28 | 159 MB
Label: Centaur Records

This is a great program of Russian piano music from the latter half of the 19th Century, and the first half of the 20th Century. Sebastian Di Bin fully has the measure of this great piano literature.
Jennifer Borghi - Romantic Heroines from the Revolution to the Empire (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Jennifer Borghi - Romantic Heroines from the Revolution to the Empire (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 69:06 minutes | 1.13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

There is no French music between Rameau and Berlioz. This assertion is still made by a number of music lovers and even a few otherwise knowledgeable musicologists, but the would-be truth must now be tempered by the increasingly enthusiastic rediscovery of an entire chapter in the history of French music between 1770 and 1830. Here is a superb illustration of that in the fields of opera and the symphony.
Grands Motets: Grétry, Gossec, Giroust (Jean-Claude Malgoire) (2006)

Grands Motets: Gretry, Gossec, Giroust (Jean-Claude Malgoire) (2006)
Classical | Eac, Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 346.31 MB
Label: K617 | Catalog N.: K617181 | TT - 75:38

While we are now well acquainted with the key religious compositions which marked the apogee of sacred music in the age of Louis XIV, those written for Mass celebrations under Louis XVI still await rediscovery. Yet at this time the grand motet genre was still sparkling with invention, served as it was by such gifted composers as Gossec, Grétry, and François Giroust, the last 'maître de musique' at the Chapel Royal.

Rodolphe Kreutzer – La Mort D’Abel (2012)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at April 13, 2013
Rodolphe Kreutzer – La Mort D’Abel (2012)

Rodolphe Kreutzer – La Mort D’Abel (2012)
Classical/Romantic | FLAC lossless/2cd | cuesheets+logs | covers+book | 1h31m | 456mb
Label: Ediciones Singulares | cat. no. ES 1008