Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Beethoven: The Symphonies [5CDs] (2012)

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Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Beethoven: The Symphonies [5CDs] (2012)

Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century - Beethoven: The Symphonies (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.53 Gb | Total time: 05.58.00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa ‎| GCDSA 921116. 5 | Recorded: 2011

It was some years after founding the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in 1981 that Frans Brüggen first turned his attention to the music of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies and endeavoured to perceive that special orchestral landscape, in order to transform it into musical sound, with the use of period instruments rediscovering historical tonal colours. Now, his quest undimmed, Brüggen has submerged himself once more into the glories of Beethoven’s orchestral music for a new cycle being issued in a sumptuous new hybrid SACD box set by Glossa.

Berliner Barock-Compagney - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ouvertures, Sonatas (2004)

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Berliner Barock-Compagney - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ouvertures, Sonatas (2004)

Berliner Barock-Compagney - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ouvertures, Sonatas (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 64:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio ‎| 67 074 | Recorded: 2002

Was sophisticated music-making possible at the court of a minor German prince in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries? Yes, indeed! It happened in the Thuringian city of Rudolstadt where Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, the Kappellmeister to the High Count of Schwarzburg and Hohnstein, incorporated mainstream European music in his works even though he rarely travelled beyond his relatively small area in all those 35 years and never once did he venture beyond the German- speaking world. Come and learn and listen to this little known yet amazing composer who learned his craft from travelling musicians.

Igor Kipnis ‎– The Virtuoso Handel (1990)

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Igor Kipnis ‎– The Virtuoso Handel (1990)

Igor Kipnis ‎– The Virtuoso Handel (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 51:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch Records | 9 79037-2 | Recorded: 1982

This album is likely to make you catch your breath on first hearing. Here is a harpsichord player in full virtuosic flight, just as we imagine Handel to have been (who was after all one of the great performers of his day and prevailed in a contest with Domenico Scarlatti).

William Vann, London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus - Parry: Judith (2020)

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William Vann, London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus - Parry: Judith (2020)

William Vann, London Mozart Players, Crouch End Festival Chorus - Parry: Judith (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 598 Mb | Total time: 131:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5268(2) | Recorded: 2019

Parry’s 1888 oratorio on the Apocryphal tale of an avenging Jewish widow emerges as a worthy successor to Mendelssohn’s Elijah in this gripping world premiere recording with Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge and Toby Spence.

Quatuor Heutling, Heinz-Otto Graf - Mozart: Les Quatuors à cordes, Les Quintettes à cordes [8CDs] (1997)

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Quatuor Heutling, Heinz-Otto Graf - Mozart: Les Quatuors à cordes, Les Quintettes à cordes [8CDs] (1997)

Quatuor Heutling, Heinz-Otto Graf - Mozart: Les Quatuors à cordes, Les Quintettes à cordes (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,79 Gb | Total time: 10:00:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics ‎| 5 72186 2 | Recorded: 1967, 1968

These quartets were recorded in sumptuous sound from December 1967 to the middle of ’68. Remastering can lead to shrillness which undermines intonation – but not here. This sounds fabulous above the stave.

The Sound and the Fury - Jacob Obrecht I (2008)

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The Sound and the Fury - Jacob Obrecht I (2008)

The Sound and the Fury - Jacob Obrecht I (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 437 Mb | Total time: 91:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ORF ‎| CD3048 | Recorded: 2008

An amazing display of expressivity achieved through daring 'prolations' and 'colorations'! There are at least half a dozen parody masses based on the chanson Fortuna Desperata, but Obrecht's is by far the most likely to keep the most secular audiences riveted to the music.

The Sound and the Fury - Matthæus Pipelare I (2014)

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The Sound and the Fury - Matthæus Pipelare I (2014)

The Sound and the Fury - Matthæus Pipelare I (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 786 Mb | Total time: 68:50+67:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: fra bernardo ‎| FB 1309202 | Recorded: 2013

In short, Pipelare’s striking personality becomes apparent through hearing and analysing his masses rather than from the meagre details of his life. It is as if he redefines polyphonic composition with each work, rather than reverting to the tried and tested as say Jakob Obrecht did. There is nothing immediately recognisable, nothing that sounds even vaguely familiar, nothing can be categorised, rather everything sounds new, fresh, lively – wilfully individual!

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 (2000)

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Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 (2000)

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 446 Mb | Total time: 73:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Seraphim Classics ‎| 74007 2 | Recorded: 1977

If you want a representative sample of Igor Kipnis’ Bach, start with the introductory toccata to the E minor Partita (No. 6). You get little of the music’s introspective undertones, but Kipnis’ subtle registration changes, resourceful ornamentation, and rhythmic extroversion proves quite insidious. Some of Kipnis’ textual emendations will surprise you, such as his duple-meter reading of the Fifth Partita’s Allemanda. Only on the repeats does Kipnis reinstate the middle notes of the right hand triplet groupings.

Pavlo Beznosiuk - Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzi; Johann Paul Westhoff: Suites (2000)

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Pavlo Beznosiuk - Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzi; Johann Paul Westhoff: Suites (2000)

Pavlo Beznosiuk - Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzi; Johann Paul Westhoff: Suites (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 69:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera Records | KTC 1224 | Recorded: 1999

In what Et’cetera has described as Volume I, Pavlo Beznosiuk couples three of Westhoff’s suites for solo violin from 1696 with six items from Walther’s scherzos from 1676. His program opens with Walther’s Sonata VIII, offering a startling initial barrage of signature chords and double-stops, giving way to flurries of rapid notes and studded with brilliant staccatos, beside which the demands of Corelli’s solos about a generation later pale, and the Sonata closes with fireworks that make a greater cumulative effect than the works of Locatelli, often identified as the precursor of Paganini’s technical demands.

Ian Bostridge, Bernard Labadie, The English Concert - Three Baroque Tenors (2010)

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Ian Bostridge, Bernard Labadie, The English Concert - Three Baroque Tenors (2010)

Ian Bostridge, Bernard Labadie, The English Concert - Three Baroque Tenors (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 66:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics ‎| 6 26864 2 | Recorded: 2009

John Beard, Francesco Borosini, Annibale Fabri: these three men helped to revolutionized music in the 18th century. Their voices moved the greatest composers of the time to increasingly write for tenors, a move from the Castrati, which had dominated opera since 1600. Now, three centuries since this trio’s brilliance encouraged a surge of new repertoire for the vocal range, world renowned tenor Ian Bostridge celebrates their legacy with his stunning new release, Three Baroque Tenors.

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2000)

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Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2000)

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 418 Mb | Total time: 73:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Seraphim Classics ‎| 73700 2 | Recorded: 1977

Following its release of Bach’s Third, Fifth, and Sixth Keyboard Partitas, Seraphim brings out the remainder of Igor Kipnis’ superb cycle from the 1970s. As it happens, Partitas 1, 2, and 4 are my favorites of the six. Kipnis reveals their distinct structural and emotional profiles with interpretations that often take you by surprise, yet invariably prove convincing. Many keyboard practitioners play the introduction to the D major Partita’s overture with frills and freedom, and impart a steady drive to the main section.

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Italian Variations (2001)

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Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Italian Variations (2001)

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Italian Variations (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 870 Mb | Total time: 73:37+70:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Seraphim Classics ‎| 74501 2 | Recorded: 1973, 1976

Since you can find plenty of excellent single-disc harpsichord Goldbergs with all repeats, why even consider this recording? For the simple reason that Kipnis offers one of the most technically accomplished, individualistic, and deeply musical recordings of the Goldberg Variations ever made–that’s why! You’ll have to search far and wide to find Goldbergs so brilliantly thought out yet seemingly spontaneous, so stylistically sound yet utterly unacademic, so unpredictable in detail yet profoundly true to the composer’s spirit.

Renaud Capuçon, David Fray - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (2019)

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Renaud Capuçon, David Fray - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (2019)

Renaud Capuçon, David Fray - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 64:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029550578 | Recorded: 2017

The violin was one of Bach’s favourite instruments and inspired his most lyrical outpourings. We know he was greatly influenced by the Italian masters whose work he discovered during his Weimar years – by the power of Frescobaldi, the melodic flexibility of Corelli, the sunny grace of Vivaldi – but he developed his own wonderful artistry in writing music of polyphonic density for the violin and “playing” with its sound palette. His deep understanding of the instrument clearly enabled him to exploit its full potential and to write as well as perform music of the utmost virtuosity.

Armonia delle Sfere - Antonia Bembo: Produzioni Armoniche, 1701 (2019)

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Armonia delle Sfere - Antonia Bembo: Produzioni Armoniche, 1701 (2019)

Armonia delle Sfere - Antonia Bembo: Produzioni Armoniche, 1701 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 827 Mb | Total time: 65:26+65:12+73:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Tactus ‎| TC 640280 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

Within this new album the Armonia delle Sfere ensemble is delivering to us the complete Produzioni Armoniche by Antonia Bembo, a collection of fourty one motets dedicated in 1701 to Louis XIV, the Roi Soleil, to whose court she landed after a series of vicissitudes occurred in Venice, her hometown, including the failure of a marriage and important family disputes, for which she was deprived of his paternal inheritance.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein - Haydn: Die Schöpfung (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 558 Mb | Total time: 57:53+51:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 435 077-2 | Recorded: 1966-1969

Herbert von Karajan recorded between 1966 and 1968 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast of stars this reference version of 'The Creation' by Joseph Haydn.
After a legendary concert given in 1965 in Salzburg, Herbert von Karajan entered the studio a few months later to record Haydn's masterpiece with the same lead singers, Fritz Wunderlich and Gundula Janowitz. Almost completed in 1966, the recording was abruptly interrupted by the accidental and tragic death of Fritz Wunderlich at the age of 35, on September 17, 1966. The sessions then resume with a young tenor, Werner Krenn, who replaces Wunderlich on the songs. recitatives in particular.