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Lisa Goode Crawford - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2008)

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Lisa Goode Crawford - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2008)

Lisa Goode Crawford - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 546 Mb | Total time: 75:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | CRC 2899 | Recorded: 2000

There is certainly no shortage of recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, but this version by a veteran American performer and teacher has something to offer to the interpretation of this work with so many facets and such a complex structure. Lisa Goode Crawford, a longtime professor at Ohio's Oberlin Conservatory and a performer on historical instruments since long before it was fashionable, plays a powerful harpsichord (apparently a copy of a Dutch Ruckers instrument, although this is not specified anywhere). It allows her to differentiate sharply among the variation types that make up Bach's massive edifice. Tempos in general are on the slow side, allowing the listener to luxuriate in the varied textures.

Julia Fischer - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (2005)

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Julia Fischer - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (2005)

Julia Fischer - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 738 Mb | Total time: 73:08+76:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 072 | Recorded: 2004

Bach’s remarkable Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are revered for their boundless inventiveness, technical ingenuity and emotional depth. With their brilliant preludes, stately dances and complex four-part fugues, the demands on the performer are enormous – from rapid scale passages, double stopping and arpeggios, to the skill and concentration required to create the illusion of separately moving and interweaving voices.

Hilary Hahn - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Partita No. 1 (2018)

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Hilary Hahn - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Partita No. 1 (2018)

Hilary Hahn - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Partita No. 1 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 412 Mb | Total time: 75:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 483 3954 | Recorded: 2012, 2017

This is quite simply magnificent violin-playing, the sort that while you’re listening to it convinces you that the music couldn’t possibly be played any other way. You soon realize just how far she’s come since her teenage years, the tempo marginally more mobile and the variety of nuance and tone on offer so much wider than it had been.

Bojan Čičić - Johann Sebastian Bach: Partitas & Sonatas, BWV 1001-1006 (2023)

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Bojan Čičić - Johann Sebastian Bach: Partitas & Sonatas, BWV 1001-1006 (2023)

Bojan Čičić - Johann Sebastian Bach: Partitas & Sonatas, BWV 1001-1006 (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 827 Mb | Total time: 02:26:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Delphian Records | # DCD34300 | Recorded: 2021

Hearing guitarist Sean Shibe’s Bach recital, recorded in Delphian’s fifteenth-century Scottish venue, Baroque violinist Bojan Čičić was inspired during the first lockdown to begin recording Bach’s iconic Partitas and Sonatas. Amid the gloom of the pandemic and restrictions on performances, Čičić travelled north – when allowed – to explore the intense rigours of Bach’s fugues and shining virtuosity of the Partitas’ fast movements.

Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes Passion, Version IV (1749) (2011)

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Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes Passion, Version IV (1749) (2011)

Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes Passion, Version IV (1749) (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 450 Mb | Total time: 109:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | ACC 24251 | Recorded: 2010

This recording is of the rarely performed late fourth version of the St. John Passion. Cantus Cölln performs the entire work as a double vocal quartet, producing vocal brilliance and immaculate solo sections. The ensemble is one of the most renowned vocal groups for Renaissance and Baroque music.

Alban Gerhardt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Cello Suites (2019)

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Alban Gerhardt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Cello Suites (2019)

Alban Gerhardt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Cello Suites (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 517 Mb | Total time: 56:45+72:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA68261/2 | Recorded: 2018

Those elusive qualities of ‘transcendental beauty paired with an enchanting simplicity’, eloquently glossed by Alban Gerhardt in his booklet note, might also be said to characterize his playing in this outstanding new recording.

Max Lilja - Six Shades of Bach (2024)

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Max Lilja - Six Shades of Bach (2024)

Max Lilja - Six Shades of Bach (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 81:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5187 204 | Recorded: 2023

Finnish cellist Max Lilja, one of the founders of Apocalyptica, takes us on an immersive journey across Johann Sebastian Bach’s life; through merging the iconic Cello Suites with an ambient composition, Lilja enlightens the space around the solitary voice.

Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra - Schumann: Adventlied; Ballade vom Pagen und der Königstochter (2018)

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Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra - Schumann: Adventlied; Ballade vom Pagen und der Königstochter (2018)

Aapo Häkkinen, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra - Schumann: Adventlied; Ballade vom Pagen und der Königstochter; Bach: Cantata BWV 105 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 70:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE13122 | Recorded: 2017

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Aapo Hakkinen join their forces together with an impressive vocal cast, Carolyn Sampson, Benno Schachtner, Werner Gura, Jonathan Sells and Cornelius Uhle, in this unique release of rarely heard choral works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). This recording includes the world premiere recording of Schumann's 17-minute Adventlied, Op. 71 for soloists, chorus and orchestra, four choral ballades based on texts by Emanuel Geibel, and Schumann's version of Bach's Cantata BWV 105. Robert Schumann wrote in 1850: "Keep in mind that there are also singers, and that the highest in musical expression is achieved through the chorus and orchestra."

Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, Vol. 2 (2001)

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Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, Vol. 2 (2001)

Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, Vol. 2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 500 Mb | Total time: 71:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian ‎| DOR-93234 | Recorded: 2000

Forkel's life of Bach was finally published in 1802, more than half a century after Bach's death. In it, following a long eulogy of Bach's genius and achievements, Forkel gives a list of the composer's music, first the engraved works and then the unpublished manuscripts, in the second category, at the head of Bach's chamber works and harpsichord concertos, he places the violin sonatas he had received from Emanuel. "Six Sonatas for the clavier with the accompaniment of violin obbligato. They were composed at Cöthen and may be reckoned among Bach's first masterpieces in this field.”

Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, Vol. 1 (2000)

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Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, Vol. 1 (2000)

Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, Vol. 1 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 59:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian ‎| DOR-93233 | Recorded: 1999

In October 1774, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach sent Johann Nikolaus Forkel, who was slowly gathering material for a biography of J. S. Bach, a parcel of his father's music. It contained eleven "Trii," some organ pieces with a pedal part, the variations on "Vom Himmel hoch" and a covering note. "The six Clavier trios—[violin sonatas, but notice Emanuel's choice of words]—are among my departed father's best works. They still sound splendid and give me much pleasure, although they were written more than fifty years ago. Some of their slow movements ("Adagii") could not be set more lyrically even today. I beg you, as the scores are very tattered, to take good care of them.” The other five "trios" were presumably the two for flute in B minor and A major (BWV 1030) The word "trio" was a normal eighteenth century description for a three-voice piece with the second melody line taken by the keyboard right hand—“violin sonata" would imply a solo violin with harpsichord continuo.

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 3 - Weimar Cantatas II (2008)

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The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 3 - Weimar Cantatas II (2008)

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 3 - Weimar Cantatas II (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 87:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN0752 | Recorded: 2007

This 2-CD set with The Purcell Quartet and a distinguished group of soloists is the third in a series devoted to Bach’s early cantatas and the second focussing on the Weimar period. On an earlier release, International Record Review wrote, ‘The Purcell Quartet and guests are most welcome: even the most distinguished of period performers with larger ensembles can’t achieve the intimacy that the forces here have at their disposal’.

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 2 - Weimar Cantatas I (2007)

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The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 2 - Weimar Cantatas I (2007)

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 2 - Weimar Cantatas I (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 77:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN0742 | Recorded: 2005

When recording Bach's 199 sacred cantatas, various strategies have been employed to impose meaningful order on them. There's the "everything from BWV 1 to BWV 199" approach, the "everything in the church year" approach, and the less frequently employed "everything in chronological order" approach, adopted here by the Purcell Quartet. In this the second volume in the series, the four works come from Bach's Weimar period, specifically from 1714 and 1715: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 (Weeping, sighing, sorrowing, crying); Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18 (For as the rain and snow fall down from heaven); Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (Now come, the heathen's Savior); and Komm, du süsse Todesstunde, BWV 161 (Come, sweet hour of my death).

David Watkin - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (2015) 2CDs

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David Watkin - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (2015) 2CDs

David Watkin - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012 (2015) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 620 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 360 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Baroque | Label: Resonus Classics | # RES10147 | Time: 02:24:58

GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2015 - BAROQUE INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR. This recording is the first time that the five-stringed Amati has been used to record the 6th suite and it is the only original five-string cello in existence in the UK and unique in being the only one by this maker. The Cello Suites are performed on two gut-string cellos Suite Nos. 1-5 on a Francesco Ruggieri from 1660 and Suite No. 6 the five-stringed Cremona cello by A. & H. Amati from c.1600, both tuned to Baroque pitch. Bachs cello suites are renowned as the pinnacle of the instruments repertoire and are performed here in period performances by the internationally acclaimed cellist, David Watkin. David Watkin has been performing Bachs Cello Suites in concert for 35 years, and Bachs unaccompanied cello repertoire has taken him all over Europe, from the Palace of Frederick the Great at Potsdam to the Prague Spring Festival, and, as part of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, included performances sitting by the font in which Bach was baptised.

Avi Avital, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Concertos: Vivaldi,Bach, Barbella, Paisiello, Hummel (2023)

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Avi Avital, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Concertos: Vivaldi,Bach, Barbella, Paisiello, Hummel (2023)

Avi Avital, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Concertos: Vivaldi,Bach, Barbella, Paisiello, Hummel (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & no Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 60:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 3459 | Recorded: 2022, 2023

With his album "Concertos" the charismatic mandolinist Avi Avital fulfills a dream and collaborates with the renowned ensemble for historical instruments "Il Giardino Armonico" and its conductor and founder Giovanni Antonini. Together they interpret three concertos for mandolin by Emanuele Barbella, Giovanni Paisiello and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, as well as Avital's own arrangements of concertos by J. S. Bach and Vivaldi. Of the three original works for mandolin, two are from Naples.

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2005)

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The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2005)

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 76:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN0715 | Recorded: 2002, 2004

Lean and austere, yet deeply felt and profoundly spiritual, the first volume in Chandos' series of recordings of Bach's early Cantatas is a complete success. With one player and one singer per part, these are chamber music-scaled performances: it is quite lean and very austere. But that's fine: the musicians are all superb and the music benefits from their individual attention. Indeed, it gains immensely in intensity when a single musician is responsible for each part. Better yet, the music gains enormously in lyricism when those musicians are of the caliber performing here. The Purcell Quartet is arguably the best Baroque chamber ensemble in England and it is augmented here with equally fine additional players.