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Florilegium - J.S. Bach: A Musical Offering - The Complete Instrumental Trio Sonatas (2000)

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Florilegium - J.S. Bach: A Musical Offering - The Complete Instrumental Trio Sonatas (2000)

Florilegium - J.S. Bach: A Musical Offering - The Complete Instrumental Trio Sonatas (2000)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 349 MB | 58:51
Genre: Classical | Label: Channel Classics

Florilegium’s latest release contains the complete instrumental trio sonatas of Bach. But if you discount the six-part Ricercar from the Musical Offering itself, which of course is not a trio, but which nonetheless is included here, only two of the remaining items are indisputably products of Bach’s pen. The Trio in G (BWV 1038) may be by Bach, who certainly provided its bass line; but the likelihood is that it was the work of one or other of his two elder sons or perhaps one of Bach’s Leipzig pupils. The Trio in C (BWV 1037), on the other hand, is certainly not by Bach, but by his gifted pupil, Goldberg.

Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi, Simone Dinnerstein - Bach Re-invented (2013)

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Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi, Simone Dinnerstein - Bach Re-invented (2013)

Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi, Simone Dinnerstein - Bach Re-invented (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 380 MB | 57:08
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Fusions of the music of J.S. Bach with contemporary popular and vernacular-based traditions comes in many flavors; even bluegrass mandolinist Chris Thile is reportedly set to release a Bach album. This one, by Estonian conductor Kristjan Järvi and his Absolute Ensemble, is both more fearless and better than most. The Absolute Ensemble is a young group whose members are encouraged to explore classical music with improvisatory freedom, with classical musicians exploring jazz and vice versa. "To be, this would be a dream come true. It's as if the Palestinians and the Israelis would agree to a lasting peace," Järvi says.

Franz Raml - J.S. Bach: Organ Works (2006)

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Franz Raml - J.S. Bach: Organ Works (2006)

Franz Raml - J.S. Bach: Organ Works (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 425 MB | 01:16:11
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms Classics

Old technology meets modern technology on this release from Germany's Oehms label, a top-notch Bach organ recording equally worth the consideration of the first-timer or those with large Bach collections. Featured is one of the monuments of central German organ-building, the Silbermann Organ at the Catholic Hofkirche in Dresden. The organ was dismantled during World War II but subsequently rebuilt and later thoroughly restored. It's a magnificent beast, with plenty of power and some unusual, highly evocative tone colors in the quieter registrations.

Siegbert Rampe - W.F. Bach: Polonaises (2009)

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Siegbert Rampe - W.F. Bach: Polonaises (2009)

Siegbert Rampe - W.F. Bach: Polonaises (2009)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 436 MB | 01:07:18
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Although finally welcomed into the classical canon – with some trepidation late in the 20th century, mostly among the cognoscenti, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach remains a bit of a cipher to many listeners, among the musical sons of Bach whom they've never heard anything from. The experts who love him attest to his high level of enigmatic eccentricity and his sense of stylistic separation from any other Bach son, and this echoes to some extent what Carl Friedrich Zelter remembered about him long after Bach's death; "As a composer he was driven by a need to be original, to distance himself from his father and brothers." But also, as Zelter continued, "he fell into fussiness, pedantry and futility."

Iveta Apkalna - Triptychon (Vasks - Bach - Liszt) (2021)

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Iveta Apkalna - Triptychon (Vasks - Bach - Liszt) (2021)

Iveta Apkalna - Triptychon (Vasks - Bach - Liszt) (2021)
FLAC tracks | 02:25:48 | 490 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Berlin Classics

Having garnered the ultimate accolades from a host of arts review pages for her premiere recording on the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie’s organ and on the double organ of the Taiwanese Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, concert organist Iveta Apkalna now presents her third release on the Berlin Classics label as a triple album. "Triptychon" spans three centuries and three religious confessions on one single organ: Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt and Pēteris Vasks can be heard on this, the first release of a recording played in Neubrandenburg’s Concert Church on the organ which she helped to develop and inaugurated.Apkalna opens the first altar panel with three works by her compatriot and personal friend: alongside Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks is the best known and most often played Baltic composer. “Latvia is Pēteris Vasks and Pēteris Vasks is Latvia”, explains the organist. “I hear the landscape of Latvia in his music, the far horizons of our flat country, the meadows and forests, birdsong and the sea. Pēteris Vasks is undoubtedly a truly Latvian character, though he also breathes the "global air". Otherwise people all around the world would not love his music”.

Christoph Schoener - J.S. Bach: The Organ Toccatas (2015)

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Christoph Schoener - J.S. Bach: The Organ Toccatas (2015)

Christoph Schoener - J.S. Bach: The Organ Toccatas (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 329 MB | 01:18:01
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Amid the never ending list of available recordings of Bach's organ works, it's nice to see a new SACD being released that brings all of his brilliant Toccatas together on one disc. These works, which capture a snapshot of Bach letting his hair down, showcase the essence of the composer at his best. Highly spirited music, brimming with expressive freedom bordering on the ecstatic. Organist Christoph Schoener certainly perceives these elements within the music and delivers up-tempo, animated and exuberant readings of all the pieces that call for it. The highlight for me on this disc is the account of the Toccata in F, BWV 540. A brilliant work, even by Bach's standards, with outstanding harmonic development throughout, underpinned by solid and long-sustained pedal notes upon which Bach constructed cathedrals of sound.

Christoph Schoener - J.S. Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910 - 916 (Arr. by Max Reger) (2016)

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Christoph Schoener - J.S. Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910 - 916 (Arr. by Max Reger) (2016)

Christoph Schoener - J.S. Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910 - 916 (Arr. by Max Reger) (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 259 MB | 01:14:41
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

First Bach, then Reger, and now Bach/Reger: the present disc is Christoph Schoeners third MDG recording on the four organs in St. Michaels Church in Hamburg. The attractive program featuring Johann Sebastian Bachs seven toccatas, five of them in gripping arrangements by Max Reger, embodies the best and fullest opulence of sound. The MDG sound engineers rely on the very finest three-dimensional SACD technology, the big sound of this musical event, including the echo division and its extra spatial effects, can be enjoyed at home an audiophile highlight of a special kind! The seven toccatas were originally intended for the harpsichord.

Cantorey St. Catharinen, Andreas Fischer - J.S. Bach: St. Mark Passion, BWV 247 (2018)

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Cantorey St. Catharinen, Andreas Fischer - J.S. Bach: St. Mark Passion, BWV 247 (2018)

Cantorey St. Catharinen, Andreas Fischer - J.S. Bach: St. Mark Passion, BWV 247 (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 636 MB | 02:10:46
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

It is one of the tragic losses of music history that not a single note of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Mark Passion is of certain transmission. Attempts to reconstruct it have usually not advanced beyond the halfway point, but Andreas Fischer has now carried this task through to completion. This version of the St. Mark Passion consists exclusively of music by Bach - which is perhaps why it creates an especially authentic impression in this performance with his St. Catharinen - Cantorey of Hamburg.

Andreas Fischer - J.S. Bach: Clavierübung, Teil 3 (2019)

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Andreas Fischer - J.S. Bach: Clavierübung, Teil 3 (2019)

Andreas Fischer - J.S. Bach: Clavierübung, Teil 3 (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 511 MB | 01:53:16
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Johann Sebastian Bachs organ artistry made a powerful impression in St. Catherines Church when he applied for the coveted organists post at the Principal Church of St. James in Hamburg in 1720. Since Bach, unlike his rival, was unwilling to contribute the immense sum of four thousand marks as his dowry, he did not prevail but instead found a new job in Leipzig a few years later. In Leipzig he initially discharged other duties before he again came forward as an instrumental composer with a dazzling cycle of organ chorales in 1739. Andreas Fischer has freshly recorded this Third Part of the Clavierübung on his very own St. Catherines organ certainly in a rendering that would have brought joy to Bach, who could not praise enough this instrument outstanding in every respect.

Gerhard Löffler - Weihnacht mit Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)

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Gerhard Löffler - Weihnacht mit Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)

Gerhard Löffler - Weihnacht mit Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 329 MB | 01:14:16
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

,,Weihnacht mit Bach" - so hat Jacobi-Organist Gerhard Löffler sein MDG-Debüt betitelt. ,,Und mit Arp Schnitger" mag man hinzufügen, denn Schnitgers meisterhaftes Orgelwerk in der Hamburger St. Jacobi-Kirche ist nicht nur das größte Instrument des norddeutschen Orgelbauers, dessen Todestag sich dieses Jahr zum 300. Male jährt; mit dem wohl bedeutendsten original erhaltenen Pfeifenbestand des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts prägt es ganz erheblich Musik und Interpretation. Im prachtvollen dreidimensionalen Klanggewand auf Super Audio CD eingefangen, ist Festtagsstimmung rund ums Jahr garantiert.

Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga - J.S. Bach: A New Angle (2019)

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Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga - J.S. Bach: A New Angle (2019)

Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga - J.S. Bach: A New Angle (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 339 MB | 01:13:45
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Two great organists on two famous organs - and then Bach! Leo van Doeselaar and Erwin Wiersinga approach the Saxon master in an interesting and original way, and the fact that the two titular organists at their Martinikerk in Groningen have at their disposal one of the most important baroque organs from the workshop of the jubilarian Arp Schnitgers makes this new publication a current as well as exciting experience. Elaborately produced for multi-channel playback on Super Audio CD, this new release is a delight with its three-dimensional, high-resolution sound, which allows the spatial distribution of the two instruments to be experienced embedded in the cathedral sound of the Gothic church.

René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St. Matthäus-Passion (2013)

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René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St. Matthäus-Passion (2013)

René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St. Matthäus-Passion (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 802 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 414 MB | 02:38:30
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

The appetite for evolving performance practices in Bach’s St Matthew Passion appears undiminished as we have gradually shifted, over the generations, from larger to smaller ensembles and also towards a greater dramatic understanding of the implications of Bach’s ambitious ‘stereophonic’ double choir and orchestra choreography. René Jacobs has never been shy of a new hunch and taking it as far as (and sometimes beyond) what is either reasonable or defining.

Juliette de Massy, Bogdan Nesterenko - Bach: Comme un air de passions... (2015)

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Juliette de Massy, Bogdan Nesterenko - Bach: Comme un air de passions... (2015)

Juliette de Massy, Bogdan Nesterenko - Bach: Comme un air de passions… (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 330 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 168 MB | 01:06:19
Genre: Classical | Label: Ar Ré-Sé

It is easy to imagine Bach taking advantage of the accordion’s unlimited potential: its malleable and boundless dynamics, in direct contact with the bellows; its registers, comparable to those of an organ; its sophisticated buttonboard, which allows for virtuoso playing; and its great musical agility, like that of a chest organ. Of course, Bach would also have perceived the accordion’s limitations stemming from the dynamic uniformity of the right and left hands, but which a skilful player can offset. He might even have tapped Bogdan Nesterenko on the shoulder, asking him to put down his accordion and let him try out this amazing new instrument. And despite Bach’s incredible gifts, he probably would have handed it back quickly, after realizing how very difficult it is to play!

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon. The Collectors' Edition 2 [Deutsche Grammophon, 000289 477 9142 3] - Part 1 RE-UP

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111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon. The Collectors' Edition 2 [Deutsche Grammophon, 000289 477 9142 3] - Part 1 RE-UP

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon. The Collectors' Edition 2 (2010)
Discs 1 to 10 of 56 | Classical | EAC Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log | MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Covers Included | Deutsche Grammophon, 000289 477 9142 3 | ~2882 + 1671 Mb

Given the depth, range and quality of the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue, it’s hardly been difficult to put together another anthology of great recordings and great artists. The structure is as before – here are 53 original albums (including three double-sets), featuring the great names of Deutsche Grammophon’s recording history, presented, once more, in alphabetical order of artist. Claudio Abbado leads off with a complete Carmen and Krystian Zimerman rounds off with his memorable account of the Chopin Ballades.

Johann Sebastian Bach - Autumnal Bach (2020)

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Autumnal Bach (2020)

Johann Sebastian Bach - Autumnal Bach (2020)
Classical | FLAC (tracks) | Cover | 17:33:35 | 3.83 GB + 5% Recovery
Label: UMG Recordings, Inc. | Tracks: 384 | Rls.date: 2020

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival, he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.