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Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato - Stabat Mater: A Tribute to Pergolesi (2011)

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Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato - Stabat Mater: A Tribute to Pergolesi (2011)

Anna Netrebko, Marianna Pizzolato - Stabat Mater: A Tribute to Pergolesi (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:11:48 | 379 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 8857 GH2

Baroque music is not the usual province of soprano Anna Netrebko, or contralto Marianna Pizzolato, or conductor Antonio Pappano, or the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma, so the listener might approach this tribute to the 300th anniversary of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi with some skepticism, but the performers do a terrific job. The orchestra uses modern instruments, so this is never going to be mistaken for a recording by Baroque specialists, but everyone involved approaches the challenge with such sensitivity and such evident excitement that listeners who don't demand absolute adherence to cutting-edge developments in early music practice are likely to be swept up.

Bach - Gloria in excelsis Deo: Kantaten BWV 30,69,191 (Masaaki Suzuki) (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Bach - Gloria in excelsis Deo: Kantaten BWV 30,69,191 (Masaaki Suzuki) (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Bach - Gloria in excelsis Deo: Kantaten BWV 30,69,191 (Masaaki Suzuki) (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21264 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 99 min | 36,0 Gb
Audio1: German, Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 11520 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 99 min | 11,5 Gb
Audio: German, Latin / PCM / 5ch / 96.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | BIS | Sub: English, Japanese

In June 1995, a virtually unknown group of Japanese musicians embarked on the monumental task of recording the complete sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. Almost eighteen years later, on 23rd February 2013, the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki – by then household names in the international music world – reached their goal, as they finished recording the 55th disc in a series which in the meantime had met with overwhelming acclaim worldwide. Made in conjunction with the final cantata recording, this film commemorates the occasion. Besides filmed performances of the three last cantatas – Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV69 and Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV30 – the film includes interviews with Masaaki Suzuki and key members of Bach Collegium Japan as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

Mie Miki - Das wohltemperierte Akkordeon (2017)

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Mie Miki - Das wohltemperierte Akkordeon (2017)

Mie Miki - Das wohltemperierte Akkordeon
Classical, Baroque | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 66:10 min | 307 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

Bachs Das Wohltemperierte Klavier has been called The Old Testament of piano literature and presents, in more ways than one, a pinnacle to be climbed by pianists and harpsichordists alike. As a leading accordion player with an astonishingly wide-ranging repertoire, Mie Miki has now accepted the challenge, selecting twelve of the 48 pairs of preludes and fugues. Mie Miki has previously recorded Bachs Italian Concerto for BIS, and as she did then, she performs the music from the original keyboard score without making any alterations to facilitate the transition to the accordion. The result is ear-opening; the accordions capacity for sustained notes brings out Bachs fugal counterpoint, while the fast and light action of the instrument lends a particular fleetness to the preludes.

Alan Curtis, Maite Beaumont, Il Complesso Barocco, Simone Kermes - Handel: La Maga Abbandonata (2003)

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Alan Curtis, Maite Beaumont, Il Complesso Barocco, Simone Kermes - Handel: La Maga Abbandonata (2003)

Alan Curtis, Maite Beaumont, Il Complesso Barocco, Simone Kermes - Handel: La Maga Abbandonata (2003)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:27 | 327 MB
Genre: Baroque, Opera, Vocal | Label: DHM | Catalog: 74321 95644 2

Equally known for his live performances and musicological work in establishing new performing practices for early opera, Alan Curtis enjoyed a fruitful career. A scholar, as well as a conductor and harpsichordist, Curtis edited several important works with an appreciation for authenticity, effective performance, and – in the case of opera – stage-worthiness. Several of his best recordings were issued in the 1990s and in the new millennium. Curtis studied first at Michigan State University and attained his bachelor's degree there in 1955.

Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2017)

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Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2017)

Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1
Classical, Baroque, Cantata, Sacred | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:10 min | 330 MB
Label: Signum Records | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

Soprano Gillian Keith joins the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Armonico Consort under Christopher Monks for the first release in a three disc series featuring the solo cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach s cantatas hold a special place amongst performers and devotees of his music. Whether sacred or secular, these works provide incredible variety for listeners and players alike.

Christian Voß, Ensemble ContraPunct_us - Handel: 9 German Arias (2017)

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Christian Voß, Ensemble ContraPunct_us - Handel: 9 German Arias (2017)

Christian Voß, Ensemble ContraPunct_us - Handel: 9 German Arias
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:46 min | 345 MB
Label: Klanglogo | Tracks: 19 | Rls.date: 2017

Georg Frederic Handel was a true cosmopolitan: in Italy, he gained a familiarity with opera; in London, he himself stood in the limelight. Texts in Handel's native language, in contrast, feature only very sparsely within his oeuvre. Among these, the Neun Deutsche Arien are his last settings of German texts. Handel did not specify the instrumentation for these pieces, allowing modern-day performers to forge musical partnerships at their leisure: the inspiring cooperation between the young countertenor Fritz Spengler and the Baroque ensemble Contrapunctus has resulted in an album that aims to underline the importance of the German aria in the Baroque age.

Jean Rondeau - Dynastie: Bach Family Concertos (2017)

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Jean Rondeau - Dynastie: Bach Family Concertos (2017)

Jean Rondeau - Dynastie: Bach Family Concertos (2017)
Johann Sebastian - Carl Philipp Emanuel - Wilhelm Friedemann - Johann Christian

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:16:18
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295888466

With his 2017 release on Erato, Jean Rondeau illustrates the beginnings of the harpsichord concerto, which can be traced from the Baroque masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach through the early Classical period, represented here by works of his sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and Johann Christian Bach. While this celebrated musical dynasty contributed to many forms in the 18th century, the keyboard concerto was given a special, innovative treatment by the Bachs, who effectively put the genre on the map.

Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler) (2017)

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Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler) (2017)

Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler)
Classical, Baroque, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 94:49 min | 516 MB
Label: Oehms Classics | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Hans-Eberhard Dentler, a graduate medical physician but also an outstanding cellist and pupil of the renowned Pierre Fournier and founder of a Bach Society in Italy, has occupied himself with this opus over the course of many years. Because he finally wanted to realize Bach's score in a manner true to its spirit and sound, he found a concept for his ensemble „L’Arte della Fuga“ that unifies its more profound scholarly background with practical musical and artistic aspects.

Le Petit Trianon - Boismortier: Sonatas & Trios (2017)

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Le Petit Trianon - Boismortier: Sonatas & Trios (2017)

Le Petit Trianon - Boismortier: Sonatas & Trios
Classical, Baroque, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:07 min | 333 MB
Label: Ricercar | Tracks: 28 | Rls.date: 2017

An agreeable musician, clever, sociable, a shaper of verse, a man of wit whose sallies were greatly appreciated and whose fertile pen was guaranteed to turn out another volume of works every month, Boismortier was the perfect man of his time, courteous, cultured and able to adapt to his surroundings. In this, their first recording, Le Petit Trianon have chosen pieces from his immense body of work that felicitously blend the sonorities of the flute, violin, bassoon, cello and harpsichord.

Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)

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Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)

Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 429 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 254 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02397 | Time: 01:46:55

Equally adept with both the cello and organ, Alexander Knyazev, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory specializing in cello and Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory specializing in organ has long focused on the organ and cello repertory of J.S. Bach. Lauded for his innate musicality and interpretative skills, Knyazevs first public acclaim came as a cellist. This collection presents the rarely performed chorale preludes composed by Bach during his stay in Leipzig in the last decade of his life and not published until after his death. Recorded in 2012 in the Riga Cathedral in Latvia renowned for its historic pipe organ.

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

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Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 260 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 0289 477 8078 GH2 | Time: 01:50:24

There's nothing at all wrong with Maurizio Pollini's 2009 performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. The Italian pianist's intellectual lucidity, interpretive clarity, and technical virtuosity are apparent in every prelude and fugue, and his probing insights and penetrating analysis inform every note. However, there is almost nothing right with the sound quality of the recording. The piano sounds too distant, making it hard to hear precisely what Pollini is doing, but oddly, the ambient sound is too present, making every extraneous noise too loud. One should not hear the pedals being pressed and lifted, much less the clatter of the hammers and the twanging of the strings above the sound of the music. Worse yet, one can hear what sounds like every breath Pollini takes nearly as loudly as every note he plays. These are all grievous flaws that should have been eliminated, and their presence fatally undermines the brilliance of Pollini's performances. A reengineered version of these performances would be most welcome, but the present recording is so flawed that it virtually destroys Pollini's playing.

Adam Viktora, Ensemble Inégal & Prague Baroque Soloists - Jan Dismas Zelenka : Psalmi Vespertini II (2017)

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Adam Viktora, Ensemble Inégal & Prague Baroque Soloists - Jan Dismas Zelenka : Psalmi Vespertini II (2017)

Adam Viktora, Ensemble Inégal & Prague Baroque Soloists - Jan Dismas Zelenka : Psalmi Vespertini II
Classical, Baroque | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 65:20 min | 151 MB
Label: Nibiru | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

« Il faut à l’interprète de Zelenka le sens du show et de l’humour, l’art de la polyphonie, le tact du timing, le goût d’une démesure triomphante mais légère. Ce que l’équipe d’Adam Viktora confirme disque après disque. […] L’or se pose donc sur un volume passionnant, dont les premières mondiales (cinq des huit pièces) comptent des trésors absolus à écouter sans tarder, le Nisi Dominus ZWV 92 et le Lauda Jerusalem ZWV 104. Efficacité thématique, mobilité harmonique, diversité formelle : Zelenka porte la concision discursive, l’attention au texte, à des sommets de prouesse d’écriture.» (Diapason, mai 2017 / Sophie Roughol)

Alexei Lubimov- Der Bote. Elegies for Piano (2002)

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Alexei Lubimov- Der Bote. Elegies for Piano (2002)

Alexei Lubimov- Der Bote. Elegies for Piano (CPE Bach, Cage, Mansurian, Liszt, Glinka, Chopin, Silvestrov, Debussy, Bartok) (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG, Scans (jpg) | 56’20 | 186.2 MB
Classical | ECM / 461 820-2

Comprising three centuries of noted composers' "minor" works, Lubimov's Der Bote (The Messenger) bears out its title with short, introspective pieces that capture thoughts of nostalgia, mourning, and meditation. The first work, C.P.E. Bach's 1787 Fantasy, sounds amazingly avant-garde, full of surprising darts and turns. And the experimental 20th-century composer John Cage's "In a Landscape" is an even bigger surprise. Instead of random keyboard plink-plunks, it's a diaphanous Debussyan tone poem, bound to startle party guests playing Name That Composer… –Dan Davis

I Musici - Sammartini: 6 Concertos in 7 Parts, Op. 2 (2017)

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I Musici - Sammartini: 6 Concertos in 7 Parts, Op. 2 (2017)

I Musici - Sammartini: 6 Concertos in 7 Parts, Op. 2
Classical, Baroque | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 61:18 min | 317 MB
Label: Dynamic | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

Sammartinis first concerti grossi, those of his Op. 2, are considered to be among the composers masterpieces. These intensely inspired pieces, composed with such vigorous spirit, sometimes hardly seem to fit the measured form of the concerto grosso. Sammartinis themes enjoy a pliant lyricism, at times melancholic, at others passionate and vehement. The contrapuntal development is always masterful, both learned and extraordinarily subtle in nature, taking unexpected and thoroughly expressive turns, often through refined chromaticism and an original use of harmony.

Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias (2017)

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Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias (2017)

Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias
Classical, Baroque Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 57:33 min | 246 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

Over a period of some twenty years, from the late 1720s, Handel composed a series of virtuoso arias using only thewords Allelujah and Amen as his texts. They were probably for use in private worship, and take their place in the tradition of Divine Song established by Purcell and other composers. Here they receive their first recordings, set in a context of contemporary sacred song and instrumental music, with theaccompaniment provided by the beguiling sound of two theorbos and chamber organ. They are heard here in the extraordinarily dramatic timbres of a male-soprano voice perhaps as close as modern listeners can come to the vocal acrobatics of the castrati who so amazed their own audiences.