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Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 “Jupiter” (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi – Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 “Jupiter” (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:46:18 minutes | 1,88 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

After the widespread acclaim for their previous recordings of C.P.E. Bach and Haydn, the musicians of the Resonanz Ensemble of Hamburg pursue their explorations on instruments with a ‘modern’ set-up.

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Giulia Semenzato, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz – Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – Rossell: Salve Regina (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Giulia Semenzato, Riccardo Minasi, Ensemble Resonanz – Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – Rossell: Salve Regina (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:13 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Here is the work of a genius who died at the age of twenty-six: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is one of the miracles of eighteenth-century sacred music. Nourished by their experience of ‘setting in resonance’ early and contemporary repertories, Riccardo Minasi and the Hamburg musicians shed an astonishingly modern light on these moving pieces, in which the voices of Giulia Semenzato and Lucile Richardot intertwine in the most sublime of communions. The Stabat is echoed by Joan Rossell’s poignant Salve Regina, long attributed to Pergolesi himself.

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Orchestra La Scintilla & Riccardo Minasi – Vivaldi/verdi: The four seasons (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Orchestra La Scintilla & Riccardo Minasi – Vivaldi/verdi: The four seasons (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 01:08:12 minutes | 2,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Philharmonia Records – Opernhaus Zürich

Internationally renowned violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi and the Orchestra La Scintilla, based at Opernhaus Zürich, enjoy a close working relationship. Together with the ensemble’s superb musicians, who specialize in historically-informed performance, Minasi has recorded two very different compositions, both entitled «Vier Jahreszeiten» («Four Seasons»), for Philharmonia Records. In addition to the four famous concerti by Antonio Vivaldi, in which Minasi proves himself to be a brilliant soloist, the recording features ballet music by Giuseppe Verdi, written 125 years later. This pairing gives the ensemble the opportunity to showcase both the breadth of its repertoire and its considerable flexibility. Verdi on period instruments: a completely new aural experience!

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Riccardo Minasi – Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlosers am Kreuze (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Riccardo Minasi – Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:50 minutes | 563 MB | Genre:  Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Following a disc of cello concertos and symphonies by CPE Bach (Diapason d’Or, ffff Télérama), the musicians of the Ensemble Resonanz continue their very personal exploration of Eighteenth Century orchestral music.

For several years now, under the direction of inspired conductor Maestro Riccardo Minasi, the ensemble has taken up the challenge of playing instruments with a ‘modern’ setup (violins, violas and basses with metal strings) with complete mastery of historically informed performance practice.

Forty years after what has been called ‘the Baroque revolution’, it’s a pleasure to rediscover these nine orchestral movements literally inhabited by the divine words of Christ on the cross – and displaying that rhetorical skill of which Joseph Haydn was a peerless exponent.

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Kammerorchester Basel & Riccardo Minasi – Porpora: Il verbo in carne (Christmas Oratorio) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel & Riccardo Minasi – Porpora: Il verbo in carne (Christmas Oratorio) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:45 minutes | 708 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

A new album based on the work of Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, so rarely recorded, is an exceptional event: here is the 1747 Christmas oratorio Il Verbo in carne (“Verb in the flesh”). One of the unique aspects here is how the birth of Christ is presented philosophically and allegorically, far removed from traditional nativity oratorios’ texts that borrow almost exactly from the Bible. Instead, four virtues are introduced in turn: humanity, justice, peace, and truth. The form remains rooted in the genre’s tradition, alternating between recitatives (dry for some, accompanied by an orchestra for others), arias and choruses. As always with Porpora, each number is particularly demanding, both in terms of expressivity and vocal virtuosity, breathtaking at times! The pre-classic orchestra relies on chords, a few wind instruments (flutes, bassoons, horns, the norm at the time, but the absence of the oboe, the trumpets and the timpani for the most striking moments is worth noting; maybe they weren’t available to Porpora at the time) and of course the continuous bass. The Basel Chamber Orchestra, led by Riccardo Minasi, lays a perfect foundation for the excellent panel of singers.

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Dmitry Sinkovsky, Riccardo Minasi – Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti Per Due Violini E Archi I (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dmitry Sinkovsky, Riccardo Minasi – Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti Per Due Violini E Archi I (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.07 GB | Genre: Classical
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This is the 51st title in the Vivaldi Edition and the 6th volume, out of approximately 12, of the series dedicated to the violin concertos whose manuscripts are held in the National Library of Turin. Following two successful volumes of concertos for solo violin and orchestra recorded separately in the Vivaldi Edition, virtuosos Riccardo Minasi and Dmitry Sinkovsky now join forces to record pyrotechnic concertos for two violins and orchestra. This series of 6 concertos is an overview of the complete art of Vivaldi as a composer and violinist: large of musical scale, invention, expression, energy, and of course, virtuosity.

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Dmitry Sinkovsky, Riccardo Minasi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Il Pomo D’oro

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Riccardo Minasi – Haydn: Piano Trios (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Riccardo Minasi – Haydn: Piano Trios (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:00:37 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © deutsche harmonia mundi

Joseph Haydn’s piano trios are among the most harmonically adventurous of his works in any genre, often reaching into remote keys via enharmonic modulation. This album presents a selection both from the composer’s early trios and later efforts, which reflect the composer’s full musical maturity and are greatly admired by critics.

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Riccardo Minasi & Maxim Emelyanychev – Mozart: Violin Sonatas, K. 306, 376 & 454 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Riccardo Minasi & Maxim Emelyanychev – Mozart: Violin Sonatas, K. 306, 376 & 454 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:10:34 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © deutsche harmonia mundi

Bis etwa 1770 war die Sonate für Geige und Klavier – mit wenigen Ausnahmen – vor allem eine Klaviersonate mit Violinbegleitung. Mit Mozart hat sich das geändert. Er hat die Gattung zu einer der kunstvollsten Formen der Kammermusik entwickelt. Der Geiger und Dirigent Riccardo Minasi (Grammy-Award, BBC Music Magazine Award für ‘Stella di Napoli’ mit Joyce DiDonato) hat sich für sein neues Album drei der prägnantesten Werke ausgesucht: die Sonaten D-Dur KV 306, F-Dur-Sonate KV 376 und B-Dur-Sonate KV 454. Das letzt genannte Werk wurde für die berühmte Geigerin Regina Strinasacchi geschrieben, weist konzerthafte Züge auf und und führt den Prozess der Verschmelzung von Violin- und Klavierstimme auf eine neue Stufe der Meisterschaft. Der Geiger Riccardo Minasi gehört zu den besten Geigern auf historischen Instrumenten. Als Leiter des Ensembles ‘Il Pomo d’Oro’ hat er zahlreiche Aufnahmen realisiert, die weltweit erfolgreich waren und hervorragende Rezensionen der Fachpresse erhielten. Am Fortepiano begleitet Maxim Emelyanychev, der u.a. als Gestalter der Rezitative in den Da-Ponte-Opernaufnahmen mit Teodor Currentzis für Erstaunen, Bewunderung und Aufsehen gesorgt hat.

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