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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln - Bach: Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family [5CDs] (2012)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln - Bach: Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family [5CDs] (2012)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Bach: Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family [5CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,54 Gb | Total time: 05:19:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 00289 479 0377 | Recorded: 1986, 2000, 2002, 2003

Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Koln s recordings of J. S. Bach are classics of the Early Music movement. Equally revelatory is their championing of the music of the Bach family stretching from the mid-17th to the late 18th century: a treasure trove of vocal and instrumental works. Here they are complete in a single box for the first time, with Magdalena Kozená a stunning soloist.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Der Durchzug durchs Rote Meer (2006)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Der Durchzug durchs Rote Meer (2006)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Der Durchzug durchs Rote Meer (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 50:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 220-2 | Recorded: 2004

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) der als Wunderkind von sieben Jahren Meisterschüler Mozarts, 1804 noch unter Haydn Konzertmeister im Schloß Eszterhazy wurde und sein Leben als Kapellmeister in Weimar beendete, ist heute vor allem durch sein berühmtes Trompetenkonzert bekannt. Sein umfangreiches Schaffen ist leider fast völlig vergessen, auch wenn insbesondere seine damals regelrecht avantgardistischen Klavierkonzerte und Teile seiner Kammermusik seit einiger Zeit wieder vermehrt auf das Interesse von Musikern stoßen. Die Opern und Chorwerke harren noch ihrer Wiederbelebung.

Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata [14CDs] (2017)

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Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata [14CDs] (2017)

Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias, Serenata [14CDs] (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,55 Gb | Total time: 12 h 26 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95496 | Recorded: 1988, 1995, 2005-2010, 2014

This set presents an extensive collection of works which George Frideric Handel wrote during his short but astoundingly fruitful stay in Italy. Here he met the great composers of the day, imbuing the rich Italian style, full of drama, cantabile and instrumental brilliance.

Georg Philipp Telemann: Telemann Edition (50CDs) [2015]

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Georg Philipp Telemann: Telemann Edition (50CDs) [2015]

Georg Philipp Telemann: Telemann Edition (50CDs) [2015]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 15,4 Gb | Total time: 50 hours 35 mins | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95150 | Recorded: 1966-2014

Born in 1681, Georg Philip Telemann would inevitably suffer from comparisons with one of the towering figures of western Classical music, born just four years later: Johann Sebastian Bach. Although after his death Telemann may have been constantly cast into the Leipzig composers shadow, during his lifetime he was exalted as Bachs equal and was considered one of the greatest German composers of the early 18th century. Certainly, the size of his output compares very favourably with Bachs; Telemann was also a highly productive composer, writing over 3,000 works during his lifetime (although not all have survived). Despite his popularity falling away in the 19th century, today Telemann is almost as highly regarded as he was in his own lifetime ¬ the large number of new recordings on this edition pays tribute to the flurry of interest that has grown around the composer Telemann over the past 30 years.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Giob (2001)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Giob (2001)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Giob (2001)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 698 Mb | Total time: 151:56 | Scans included
Classical | CPO | 999 790-2 | Recorded: 2000

After listening to this inspired oratorio, it’s clear why Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf was recognized in his day as Franz Joseph Haydn’s primary competitor. It’s a lovely work, loaded with drama, style, and expertly crafted instrumental and vocal writing. From the dramatic dotted rhythms and churning string sequences of the overture to the resounding spirited choral fugue finale, Dittersdorf’s music masterfully propels his grandiose subject matter, commanding attention more profoundly than any recorded vocal/choral work in recent memory (and this one’s more than two and a half hours long!).

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Danziger Kantaten (2000)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Danziger Kantaten (2000)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Telemann: Danziger Kantaten (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 78:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C10853 | Recorded: 1998

M.​ Hengelbrock in KLASSIK heute: "Es ist dieser Facettenreichtum, den Hermann Max in jeder seiner Tele- mann-Einspielungen gut herausarbeitet.​ Seine Inter- pretationen meiden jedwede Plakativität, ohne undeut- lich oder gar indifferent zu sein.​"

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Miserere mei (2017)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Miserere mei (2017)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Miserere mei; Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 57:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | MDG 602 1994-2 | Recorded: 1988, 1994

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was a child of his times, which were characterised by new beginnings and profound changes in the political and cultural arena as well as in the societal and philosophical spheres. The “Miserere” and the motet “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” on this recording beautifully document these transformations. MDG is now presenting an archive production that has achieved historic status. Hermann Max, a pioneer in the field of historically informed performance practice, performs with the Rheinische Kantorei and his “Das Kleine Konzert” ensemble in a production for the Western German Radio (WDR).

Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

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Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max - Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)

Franz Tunder: Concerti (2004)
Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert; Hermann Max, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: CPO | # cpo999943-2 | Time: 01:08:32

Although his name might not rate very highly on the recognition meter even of classical music buffs, Franz Tunder was a consequential entity in the early history of the German Baroque. Tunder served as organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck from 1641 to his death in 1667, and during that time instituted the Abendmusiken, the first series of public concerts to take place in Germany. Seventeen vocal "concertos" exist from Tunder's pen and they were created for these special events; little more than half of them appear on this generous and well-performed CPO disc, Franz Tunder: Concerti. Conductor Hermann Max leads Das Kleine Konzert and the singing group Rheinische Kantorei in 10 concerti, which uses a variety of singers in frontline combinations. Tunder must have had some good basses in his chorus, as they have most of the hardest music in the Concerti, and five of these ten works are sung by bass or basses alone. Both men used here, Ekkehard Abele and Yoshitaka Ogasawara, do an excellent job. The string parts are crisp and do not dawdle, and Max never allows the music to get too grandiose, wisely keeping it within the boundaries of the chamber idiom to which it belongs. The music is never ornately busy and has a relaxed, soothing effect.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Passions-Oratorium TWV5.5; Kantaten TWV4.18 & TWV2.2 (1997)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Passions-Oratorium TWV5.5; Kantaten TWV4.18 & TWV2.2 (1997)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Passions-Oratorium TWV5.5; Kantaten TWV4.18 & TWV2.2 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 58:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 500-2 | Recorded: 1990, 1993

Hermann Max keeps on impressing me with his interpretations (I've heard his Bach Matthew passion and liked it very much). In this case he brings together a reverent but emotionally filled production of just a few of the many, many, many Telemann choral pieces that have been neglected over the years. Special praise goes to the counter-tenor Cordier, the tenor Wilfried Jochens, and the two basses Wimmer and Shreckenberg.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Der Jenaische Wein- & Bierrufer (2001)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Der Jenaische Wein- & Bierrufer (2001)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Der Jenaische Wein- & Bierrufer: Musical Humor with the Bach Family (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 64:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 797-2 | Recorded: 2001

It is mentioned in almost all biographies of Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach was part of a large family of musicians and at festive gatherings the musical gifts were used to increase the revelry. We know, for example, an occasional piece by Bach about the departure of a brother, in which the wailing of the family who stayed behind, the dangers of the journey and the sound of the post horn (as a sign of the departure of the stagecoach) are portrayed in a humorous way.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Telemann: Das befreite Israel (2001)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 65:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO| 999 673-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1998

George Philipp Telemann was a composer whose creative powers continued undiminished through his old age of eighty six years. The last decade of his life witnessed an astonishing creative surge, perhaps comparable only to that of Verdi. It was then that the eighty-year-old, with all the benefits of mature mastery at his command, penned some of his most beautiful vocal works. The oratorio "The Delivered Israel" is a work from this period.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: La Clemenza di Scipione (2002)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: La Clemenza di Scipione (2002)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: La Clemenza di Scipione (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 586 Mb | Total time: 131:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 791-2 | Recorded: 2000

Composed in 1778, J.C. Bach's La Clemenza di Scipione is a nice, direct, fat-free work. The arias tend to be short (not one of them is a da capo), the recitatives are to the point and likewise brief, and the action moves swiftly. Roman Scipio (tenor) has taken Cartagena and Spanish soprano princess Arsinda (and her soprano pal, Idalba) prisoner. Male soprano, fellow non-Roman Lucieo, is betrothed to Arsinda, while the Roman general Marzio (tenor) is in love with Idalba and vice-versa. The whole plot revolves around the heroic Lucieo's attempts to rescue Arsinda, et al., his being taken prisoner, and his being threatened by death if he refuses to pledge allegiance to Rome.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzer - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2011)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzer - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2011)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzer - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 464 Mb | Total time: 53:56+59:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | 94256 | Recorded: 1991

This set is a rerelease of recordings made in 1991, not previously reviewed in Read more . In the order listed in the header, these four cantatas were composed for the following festal days in the liturgical church calendar: the Third Sunday in Advent, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, Pentecost, and Easter Sunday. All stem from the time of the younger Bach’s increasingly fractious and unhappy years as director of music in Halle, which spanned 1747 to 1764. The first of these is definitely known to have been written in 1749; the dates for the others are less certain, but stem from the mid to late 1750s.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: Gioas, Re di Giuda (2002)

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Hermann Max,  Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: Gioas, Re di Giuda (2002)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert - Johann Christian Bach: Gioas, Rè di Giuda (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 652 Mb | Total time: 134:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 895-2 | Recorded: 2001

Written for London audiences in 1770, Johann Christian Bach’s only extant oratorio, Gioas, Re di Guida, is a proverbial curate’s egg. Attempting to please both those weaned on Handel and those hoping to hear the oratorio genre given a rococo makeover, it failed to please either. Such was London’s veneration for the spirit of Handel that Bach was booed when he dared play an organ interlude between acts; and despite George III’s patronage, the work was soon neglected. Audiences of the time simply did not want to hear Italian operatic conventions in their oratorios.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Grosse Passion (2009)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Grosse Passion (2009)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Große Passion (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 122:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 452-2 | Recorded: 2008

Graun was in his mid-twenties when he composed this Grand Passion . It is a surprisingly mature work, full of subtle gems. When first listening to this two-CD album, I wrote: “The music is very pleasant. Although it is quite tuneful, little of it is memorable and at two hours tends to wear out its welcome. There is almost a monotonous similarity of one number to the next. It needs something rousing like the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus.” Repeated hearings of this album have increased my appreciation considerably. Even Handel liked this Passion , and quoted some of its music in his own works.