Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin

Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Alessandro Scarlatti: Il primo omicidio [1998]

Alessandro Scarlatti - Il primo omicidio (René Jacobs) [1998]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 901649.50 | TT: 65.58+72.26 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 678 Mb

The slaying of Abel by his brother Cain was one of the favourite subjects of the 18th century Italians, at the time when the oratorio was having a phenomenal success in Rome and Venice. It was most probably in one of the palaces of the “Serenissima”, and not a church, that Scarlatti first performed this astonishing “sacred entertainment”, worthy of a “verismo” opera, in 1707… God and Lucifer confront each other in the very soul of Cain, his brother’s voice is heard from heaven, and the “spatial” treatment of the tonal levels all contribute to the effectiveness of what is almost expressionistic music – there is nothing left out of this incredible Baroque Biblical “thriller”!
Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin - Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti (2017)

Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin - Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti
Classical, Chamber Music | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 72:05 min | 169 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 26 | Rls.date: 2017

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform a selection of Telemann's Concerti per molti stromenti - works that feature many unusual and wonderful instrumental combination, and an amazing variety of styles. If you ever wondered where Bach got the idea for the Brandenburg Concertos, look no further than the concertos of Telemann.
RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann - Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)

RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann - Mendelssohn: Elias (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks, digital booklet - 554 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 294 MB | 02:06:02
Classical, Opera | Label: Accentus (Harmonia Mundi) | Release Year: 2016

Never was there a more complete triumph – never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art.” This was the response of the critic in the London Times to the wildly successful premiere of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elias in 1846. Hans-Christoph Rademann began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir with this groundbreaking oratorio. After eight productive and successful years, his final concert in July 2015 also featured the work. It was a “Farewell Performance with Furor” (Der Tagesspiegel), not least because of the impressive performers involved: the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the soloists Marlis Petersen, Lioba Braun, Maximilian Schmitt, and Thomas Oliemans.
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - George Frideric Handel: Water Music (2016)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - George Frideric Handel: Water Music (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 260 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 00:48:34
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902216

You might think that Handel's Water Music, HWV 348-350, arguably the most familiar piece of Baroque music (the Four Seasons of Vivaldi can give it a run for its money, but its popularity is more recent), has received every possible interpretation. And you would be wrong, as the musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have shown in this Harmonia Mundi release, precisely recorded in Berlin's Teldex studio. You get a steady parade of innovations here, marked overall by, but not in the least restricted to, blisteringly fast tempos that turn the horn-dominated movements into tests of virtuosity. Unexpected dynamic contrasts and the unusual rhythmic treatment of the "Overture" to the Suite No. 1 (sample track one) are other novelties, but this veteran group is not out for shock value. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin operate without a conductor, and their coordination in these crisp prestos is worth the price of admission in itself. Their ability to act as one in really unusual shapings of each individual movement is remarkable, and the treacherous horn parts are near perfection in the hands of Erwin Wieringa and Miroslav Rovenský.
Rebel - Les éléments / Vivaldi - Le quattro stagioni (Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Midori Seiler)

Rebel - Les éléments / Vivaldi - Le quattro stagioni (Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Midori Seiler)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | MPEG-2 | PCM Stereo; DTS, 6 ch | 78 min | 6.42 GB, DVD9
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola
Released: 2009 | Label: Harmonia Mundi
Vivica Genaux, Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Arias for Farinelli [2002]

Vivica Genaux, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Arias for Farinelli [2002]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi HMC 901778 | TT: 77.35 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 342 Mb

Recording an album of arias written expressly for Farinelli, one of the most legendary castratos of the eighteenth century, is brave; his name invokes a world of superhuman vocal feats, remarkable pathos, and a uniquely strong and brilliant tone that, for obvious anatomical reasons, will not be replicated by modern singers. But that clearly does not scare Vivica Genaux who, along with René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, dives into Farinelli's repertory as if it were her very own. She reveals a voice capable of dizzying speed and agility, and a refreshing ability to find in the highly ornamented, expression-through-excess style that typified opera seria of the time a sincerity and musical integrity that makes a case for its wider exploration.
Andreas Scholl, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Ombra mai fu [1999]

Handel: Ombra mai fù (Andreas Scholl, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin) [1999]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi HMC 901685 | TT: 76.21 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 355 Mb

No more making allowances for countertenors–now the best of the breed have voices as rich and as varied as those of any other range. Exhibit A: Gramophone cover boy Andreas Scholl. Unlike David Daniels and Brian Asawa, who made their splash on the opera stage, Scholl became famous as a concert and oratorio singer. He doesn't sing with Daniels's temperament and fire; along with a certain equanimity, he has a round, pleasing sound and a vibrato that's attractive but never intrusive. For his first operatic recording, Scholl chose his music wisely: rather than tempest arias or bursts of martial fury, he gives us long, beautifully shaped melody in the title aria and the famous "Verdi prati." He's at his delightful best in the "birdsong" and "hunting" arias from Giulio Cesare: the clean coloratura, detailed phrasing, and imaginative embellishment are reminiscent of Emma Kirkby in her prime. The instrumental soloists in those arias (violin and horn, respectively) are equally fine, as is the entire period-instrument orchestra. However, nearly half of the playing time on this disc is instrumental music–that seems rather much for a recording marketed as a showcase for a hot young singer. (The much-recorded concerto grosso "Alexander's Feast" in particular seems superfluous.) With that caveat in mind, this impressive disc won't disappoint. –Matthew Westphal
Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin - Adagios and Fugues: W.A. Mozart after J.S. Bach (2014) [24bit/96kHz]

Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin - Adagios and Fugues: W.A. Mozart after J.S. Bach (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 51:16 minutes | 1022 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Early in the 1780s, Mozart began attending soirees at the home of music patron Baron van Swieten, who owned an extensive collection of Bach and Handel manuscripts. Mozart began copying Bach’s fugues for his own studies and made arrangements of Handel oratorios for performance — both would provide much of the stimulus for the counterpoint in several of his latest works. This CD gives a glimpse, though only a narrow one, into Mozart’s Bach studies.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Water Music (2016)  Music

Posted by tomashass at May 24, 2016
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Water Music (2016)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Water Music (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 00:48:22 | 111 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Handel's Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often published as three suites. It was premiered on July 17, 1717 after King George I requested a concert on the river Thames. This timeless collection is brought to life by Baroque specialists the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, whose critical achievements include a GRAMMY Award, a Diapason d'Or, the Cannes Classical Award, a Gramophone Award, an Edison Award and a German Record Critics' Award.
Bach - Akademie für alte Musik Berlin - Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (2011, Harmonia Mundi # HMC 902064)

Johann Sebastian Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 394 MB | Full Artwork; 125 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Harmonia Mundi # HMC 902064 | Country/Year: France 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

"Bach's unfinished Art of Fugue, published for still-debated reasons in open score, has been performed and recorded in dozens of different instrumental versions. But this one, by the veteran Akademie für alte Musik, founded in the former East Berlin, is unique; few others have differentiated the fugues by instrumental forces deployed, and perhaps in none has the overall effect been quite so kaleidoscopic as this one. (…) The sound engineering, a product of Berlin's Teldex Studio, is a major strong point." ~allmusic