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Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD

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Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD

Johann Sebastian Bach - St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CDs
Cappella Amsterdam; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; Frans Brüggen, conductor
Markus Schäfer, evangelist; Thomas Oliemans, Jesus; Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Michael Chance, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Peter Kooij, bass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 486 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921113 | Time: 01:51:04

One of the many delights coming from Frans Brüggen’s distinguished career has been the understanding which he brings to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – such as here with the St. John Passion – whether on the concert platform or on record. Brüggen’s cultured feeling for Bach’s musical structures as much as for its style and expressive content permits a textural clarity enjoyed by few of his directing colleagues. A special wealth of experience in the music of Bach has also been gained by the members of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century across the three decades of its existence and as part of its regular concert series (there have now been over a hundred of these tours!) and with a concentrated opportunity to focus on one work, Bach’s masterpiece was performed and recorded in Spring 2010.

John Holloway, Davitt Moroney, Susan Sheppard - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas For Violin And Keyboard (1999) 2CDs

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John Holloway, Davitt Moroney, Susan Sheppard - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas For Violin And Keyboard (1999) 2CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas For Violin And Keyboard (1999) 2CDs
John Holloway, violin; Davitt Moroney, harpsichord, chamber organ; Susan Sheppard, cello

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 689 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:11:03
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin, Veritas x2 | # 7243 5 61650 2 1

John Holloway and Davitt Moroney have set up a musically rewarding partnership in these brilliantly inventive works, furthermore adding to their programme the two lovely sonatas for violin and continuo long attributed to Bach, and justly so. In both of them they are joined by Susan Sheppard (continuo cello). For these sonatas Moroney has preferred a chamber organ to a harpsichord.

The Delmé Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge / The Art of the Fugue (2000)

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The Delmé Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge / The Art of the Fugue (2000)

The Delmé Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge / The Art of the Fugue (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 74:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67138 | Recorded: 1999

Bach was still writing The Art of Fugue at the time of his death. The work was intended to explore the possibilities of counterpoint, but Bach never wrote dry, academic music. It served its didactic purpose, but always there is warm humanity bursting from it. The Art of Fugue has been arranged for many musical groupings, and is always at best a guess at what Bach had in mind. What Robert Simpson has done here is to transpose the work so that it is playable by a string quartet. He does so without apology–Bach himself was a great transposer–and the results are totally convincing. Simpson knows a thing or two about string quartets (his own are well worth checking out), and he has breathed life into a work that is given a terrific performance here by the Delmé Quartet.

Maria Joao Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart (2005) 5CD Box Set

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Maria Joao Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart (2005) 5CD Box Set

Maria João Pires - Verdes Anos 1976-1985 (2005) 5CD Box Set
J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Mozart

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.21 Gbb | Scans ~ 22 Mb | Time: 05:30:10
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564612482

Maria João Pires “shapes and colours every phrase, and with immaculate taste, and she makes sure the phrases end as eloquently as they begin,” wrote Gramophone in 1974. “She conveys not just the details but the relevance of every note to the whole … Best of all, she communicates everything she has discovered about the music, and it is worth having.” This Portuguese pupil of Wilhelm Kempff, Pires was one of the artists who defined the Erato label in the 1970s and 1980s. This 5-CD box gathers together the recordings she made over the period from 1976 to 1985 and it reflects the consistent focus of her repertoire, with its special emphasis on Austro-German composers of the Classical and early-Romantic periods. Embracing solo works, piano duets and concertos, it contains works by Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, but also by Bach and Chopin.

Jakob Lindberg - Bach on the Rauwolf Lute (2021)

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Jakob Lindberg - Bach on the Rauwolf Lute (2021)

Jakob Lindberg - Bach on the Rauwolf Lute (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 87:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2552 | Recorded: 2020

Bach was renowned as a keyboard player as well as being an accomplished violinist, but as far as we know he didn't play the lute. He seems to have been fascinated by the instrument’s special sound qualities, however, and was clearly inspired by the possibilities of the Lautenwerk. This was a gut-strung harpsichord designed to imitate the sound of the lute and at least some of the works usually referred to as ‘the Bach Lute Suites’ were probably composed for this instrument.

Ilya Gringolts - Ciaccona: Bach, Gerhard, Holliger, Pauset (2021)

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Ilya Gringolts - Ciaccona: Bach, Gerhard, Holliger, Pauset (2021)

Ilya Gringolts - Ciaccona: Bach, Gerhard, Holliger, Pauset (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 85:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2525 | Recorded: 2020

Throughout his career, Ilya Gringolts has devoted himself to performing contemporary music as well as the great concert repertoire, while also developing a keen interest in historical performance practice. The focus of his latest recital disc is therefore quite logical: music of our own time and its inspiration: Johann Sebastian Bach. The album title is Ciaccona and besides Bach’s iconic composition, Gringolts plays a further two chaconnes – or three if one counts the Ciacconina which opens Heinz Holliger’s brief cycle, composed for Isabelle Faust in 2014.

Danish String Quartet - Prism III: Beethoven, Bartók, Bach (2021)

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Danish String Quartet - Prism III: Beethoven, Bartók, Bach (2021)

Danish String Quartet - Prism III: Beethoven, Bartók, Bach (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 324 Mb | Total time: 76:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM 2563 | Recorded: 2017

The third volume of the Danish String Quartet’s ongoing Prism series, which shows how the radiance of Bach’s fugues is refracted through Beethoven’s quartets to illuminate the work of later composers. “Beethoven had taken a fundamentally linear development from Bach,” the Danes note, “and exploded everything into myriads of different colours, directions and opportunities – much in the same way as a prism splits a beam of light.” Here the quartet follow the beam from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fugue in c-sharp minor through Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet no.14 to Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No.1.

Slava Grigoryan - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites, Volume II (2017)

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Slava Grigoryan - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites, Volume II (2017)

Slava Grigoryan - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites, Volume II (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 369 Mb | Total time: 81:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | # ABC4816472 | Recorded: 2017

Winner of the Best Classical Award at Australia’s ARIA Awards, Slava Grigoryan’s acclaimed Bach journey continues with the second volume of the Cello Suites. Volume I was released at the end of 2016 has entered recording history through its phenomenal success, receiving global critical acclaim and multiple awards (including the 2017 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album), and smashing the record for the longest spell at the top of the Classical Chart in his native Australia.

Pierre Fournier: The Aristocrat of Cellists [7CDs] (2010)

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Pierre Fournier: The Aristocrat of Cellists [7CDs] (2010)

Pierre Fournier: The Aristocrat of Cellists [7CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,77 Gb | Total time: 8:18:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 6 29539 2 | Recorded: 1937-1971

Pierre Fournier was born in Paris on 24 June in 1906 the son of a French army general. He was known for his lyrical playing and his impeccable artistic sensitivity and this, during his lifetime, earned him the title 'the aristocrat of cellists'.
Fournier was first taught piano by his mother but at the age of nine he suffered a mild case of polio and lost some of the agility in his legs and feet. He was no longer able to master the use of the piano pedals and so turned to the cello.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto & bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto & bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Cantatas for alto; Solo Cantatas for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 842 Mb | Total time: 195:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908372.74 | Recorded: 1991, 1997, 1999

"The Scholl/Herreweghe CD is distinguished by its marriage of beautiful sound and expressive intensity. The richly nuanced orchestral playing remains forceful throughout and Scholl imbues his beguiling voice with a fervent conviction…"

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 825 Mb | Total time: 2h58'46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908363.65 | Recorded: 1988, 2000, 2005

This program also makes a perfect introduction to the world of the cantatas in general for anyone who loves Bach's instrumental music or larger vocal works (like the B minor Mass), but who has been hesitating before taking the plunge into the vast sea of his cantata production. Why? Simple: two of these pieces contain music found elsewhere in Bach's output. For example, the first chorus of BWV 120 became the concluding number (Et expecto) of the B minor Mass "Credo". BWV 29 opens with an almost shockingly brilliant arrangement (as an organ concerto) of the opening movement of the E major violin partita, followed by the chorus that appears in the B minor Mass as both the "Gratias" and the "Dona Nobis Pacem" (the German original means exactly the same thing as the Gratias: "We thank thee," making the adaptation entirely apropos). All three cantatas feature brilliant writing for trumpets (four of them in BWV 119) and drums, and were written for civic ceremonies in Leipzig. And if the words are often less than inspiring to us now, no one can argue that Bach didn't rise to the occasion musically.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 855 Mb | Total time: 3h16'12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908357.59 | Recorded: 1990, 2005, 2008

One of Bach's more magnificent extended choruses graces the cantata BWV 12, and another less substantial but no less impressive one dominates BWV 38. These works represent some of Bach's most profoundly affecting and musically sophisticated textual and emotional representations, the former an ideal evocation of "weeping and wailing" with its unmistakably vivid chromatic descending bass-line, lurching rhythm, and agonized melody (which Bach later re-used in his B minor Mass). The pungent, reedy sound of the oboe adds perfect color and character to the whole cantata, and of course, Bach's ingenious writing, especially the obbligato parts, lifts all three of these cantatas beyond the functional to the highest artistic and spiritual level.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 780 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 824 Mb | Total time: 72:34+67:15+53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908354.56 | Recorded: 1993, 1994, 2002

Another entry in Harmonia Mundi's ongoing Bach Edition, this recording from 1993 exemplifies both the consistently high standard of performance we've come to expect from Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale and the astonishing musical variety and emotional/spiritual depth of Bach's vocal works. As usual in this series, the program reflects a theme, in this case the feast of Ascension, for which Bach wrote what proved to be his final oratorio (improperly catalogued as a cantata in the original edition of Bach's works) and at least three cantatas. The oratorio contains both original music and, as has recently been shown, several movements taken from cantatas no longer extant. It's a compelling and inexplicably underperformed work, far shorter than Bach's other oratorios, complete with some terrific orchestral music, two wonderful festive choruses, a tenor Evangelist narrator, a charming little duet for tenor and bass, and arias for soprano and alto.

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works [10CDs] (2010)

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Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works [10CDs] (2010)

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Johann Sebastian Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works [10CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.71 Gb | Total time: 10:48:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697687172 | Recorded: 1969-1985

Helmuth Rilling is an excellent conductor and interpreter of Bach's sacred music. Recorded from 1969 to 1985, over a longer period of time than most other sets, there is a lot of change throughout the series. Rilling's recordings are more dense and lush than others, and his tempi are often slower than HIP recordings - no "original instruments" for Rilling. But he creates such a detailed sound-world that any fan of these works should want to hear Rilling's versions to compare with others. This said, Rilling often uses a technique that I find a bit disturbing. He'll have one instrument or group of instruments sequestered to one track, and others on the other track, giving a sound similar to that of early Beatles' stereo mixes, where vocals were on one track and instruments on the other.