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, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Mendelssohn: Paulus op.36 (1996)

Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent - Mendelssohn: Paulus op.36 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 574 Mb | Total time: 71:52+57:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901584.85 | Recorded: 1995

This reading shows the gentleness of the work perfectly…The essence of the score that Herreweghe brings out so well is Mendelssohn's flawless counterpoint, not just the fugal choruses but between orchestra and choir or woodwind and strings. The harmonic richness leaps out from the opening of the overture, with its lush orchestration of the chorale Wachet auf. It makes so much sense on a period orchestra.
–Early Music Review
Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Missa in h-moll, BWV 232 (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Missa in h-moll, BWV 232 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 100:43 minutes | 946 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. Philippe Herreweghe’s longlasting interest in the works of the Cantor of Leipzig has turned him into a man whose views evolve as he delves deeper into his subject matter. The joy that he feels – combined with a very legitimate sense of pride – in having forged musical tools that have today reached maturity, has led him to come back on a Missa that has never ceased to intrigue him: the catholic Missa of the protestant composer Bach.
Philippe Herreweghe, Harmonie de l'Orchestre des Champs-Elysees - Mozart: Serenades K.361, K.388 (2005)

Philippe Herreweghe, Harmonie de l'Orchestre des Champs-Élysées - Mozart: Serenades K.361, K.388 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 77:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 2961570 | Recorded: 1997

The grandest of Mozart's wind serenades in performances that fully measure up to their wit and profundity. Philippe Herreweghe's attributes as a conductor, perviously revealed in an outstanding series of baroque and classsical choral works, are revealed in these warm and wise period performances, with outstanding playing.
– The Guardian
Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 57:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901270 | Recorded: 1987

Recorded in 1987, this disc by Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the choral-instrumental ensemble La Chapelle Royale came in advance of most of the historical-performance recordings that have delved deeply into Bach's cantatas and their world. It was, in fact, the first digital recording of the Trauerode, BWV 198. Despite some competition, this remains an exemplary Bach performance, and it was a superb candidate for reissue in Harmonia Mundi's HM Gold greatest-hits series.
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.
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.