Beethoven 9 Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (1995)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Op.123 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 77:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901557 | Recorded: 1995

This really was quite a fine recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, one of the best in years and easily the best of the early music recordings. The Choeur de la Chapelle Royale et du Collegium Vocale sing with strength and stamina, but also with grace and beauty of tone. The Champs Elysees Orchestra plays with power and precision, but also with unity of ensemble and beauty of tone, a very rare quality in an early music orchestra. And Herreweghe himself is actually an apt interpreter of the work. Not only does he have a knack for bringing out better than the best in his performers, but he actually seems to believe in the spiritual and sublime essence of the work, a very, very rare quality in any conductor these days. The result is a performance which, while it doesn't rival the 1940 Toscanini, the 1965 Klemperer, or the 1974 Böhm, does express the overwhelming sense that the numinous is imminent. Harmonia Mundi's sound is rich and vibrant.
- James Leonard
Philippe Herreweghe - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (2008) (Repost)

Philippe Herreweghe - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:15 | 288 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 501608

This is a rather brisk reading of Brahms' masterpiece, the most ambitious work in his output and one of the greatest compositions of its type. Though Herreweghe's tempos often pushed the music to its limits here (except for the first section), the performance never actually sounded fast, or at least not offensively fast. In fact, it challenges the Levine/RCA effort.
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.
Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe - Gesualdo: O dolce mio tesoro (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe - Gesualdo: O dolce mio tesoro. Madrigali a cinque voci, Libro sesto (1611) (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:20 minutes | 1.06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

A personality has who provoked considerable controversy over the centuries, Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), aristocrat, musician and murderer of his first wife, is no less a composer whose music is marked by subtlety and refinement. His innovative Sixth Book of Madrigals, written two years before his death, exploits all harmonic, chromatic, and textural possibilities to meet the texts’ expressive requirements and proves to be a veritable masterpiece of the genre.
Philippe Herreweghe - Brahms: Symphony 4, Alt-Rhapsodie, Schicksalslied (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Ann Hallenberg, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées & Philippe Herreweghe - Brahms: Symphony 4, Alt-Rhapsodie, Schicksalslied (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1kHz | Time - 66:23 minutes | 641 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

"The four symphonies of Brahms form the kernel of our musical heritage, along with such works as the Monteverdi Vespers, the Bach Cello Suites and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and the half-century (!) of Collegium Vocale Gent, we conceived the project of recording them in tandem with major choral works by this composer whose instrumental and vocal worlds are in essence inextricable. Johannes Brahms was at heart a singer.
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
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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.
Ludwig van Beethoven - The 9 Symphonies (Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe) (2004-2009)

Ludwig van Beethoven - The 9 Symphonies (Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe) (2004-2009)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 1.45 GB
Label: Pentatone | TT: 5h 36'49

Conductor Philippe Herreweghe returns to the helm of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic for another set of Beethoven symphonies on the PentaTone label, this time the First and Third. Again presented as a multi-channel SACD hybrid disc, PentaTone's sound is clean and detailed without too much digital sterility. Unlike the album that included the Fifth Symphony and was fraught with many rhythmic peculiarities, Herreweghe's reading of the First and Third symphonies seems diligently respectful to every nuance of the score.
Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees - Mozart: Requiem K.626, Kyrie K.341 (1997)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées - Mozart: Requiem K.626, Kyrie K.341 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 53:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901620 | Recorded: 1996

December 1791, the final Requiem. Tired by his many voyages around Europe ever since he had been rejected in Vienna, Mozart could not find the strength to honour his promise to compose a Requiem in record time for the person who had commissioned it… He was in fact to be struck down by illness during its composition and it was his pupil Süssmayr who finished the work according to his instructions. This version remains the most convincing, for the presence and grandeur of Mozart are present everywhere - in the baroque imagination and the classical style, in the universal unrest and the sheer terror of a man alone in the face of Death.
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 777 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

"It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets."
– George Chien
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 72:34+67:15+53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908354.56 | Recorded: 1993, 1994, 2002

Another entry in Harmonia Mundi's ongoing Bach Edition, this recording from 1993 exemplifies both the consistently high standard of performance we've come to expect from Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale and the astonishing musical variety and emotional/spiritual depth of Bach's vocal works. As usual in this series, the program reflects a theme, in this case the feast of Ascension, for which Bach wrote what proved to be his final oratorio (improperly catalogued as a cantata in the original edition of Bach's works) and at least three cantatas. The oratorio contains both original music and, as has recently been shown, several movements taken from cantatas no longer extant. It's a compelling and inexplicably underperformed work, far shorter than Bach's other oratorios, complete with some terrific orchestral music, two wonderful festive choruses, a tenor Evangelist narrator, a charming little duet for tenor and bass, and arias for soprano and alto.