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La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

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La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)
Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; La Nuova Musica; David Bates, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM907589 | Time: 01:04:14

Two of Bach’s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi’s 'Stabat mater', an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century’s most influential composers. Bach so admired the composition of his Neapolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Nuova Musica, in its 10th anniversary year, and its two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.

Hopkinson Smith - Johann Sebastian Bach: L'Oeuvre De Luth (Works for Lute) (1987) 2CDs

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Hopkinson Smith - Johann Sebastian Bach: L'Oeuvre De Luth (Works for Lute) (1987) 2CDs

Hopkinson Smith - Johann Sebastian Bach: L'Œuvre De Luth (1987) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 526 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 7721 | Time: 01:41:18

The American lutenist, Hopkinson Smith, began as a teenager he began to study the classical guitar and in his early 20's, he became acquainted with the lute which he started to learn by himself. He majored in musicology at Harvard and graduated with honors in 1972. In 1973, Hopkinson Smith came to Europe to devote himself to the lute in earnest. He worked in Catalonia with Emilio Pujol, a profound pedagogue in the 19th century tradition who instilled in him a sense for higher artistic values, and in Switzerland with Eugen Dombois whose sense of happy organic unity between performer, instrument and historic period has had a lasting effect on him. From the mid 1970's, he was involved in various ensemble projects including the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX and a ten-year collaboration with Jordi Savall. This collaboration led to important experiences in chamber music which were a creative complement to his work as a soloist.

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1982)

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Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1982)

Joshua Rifkin, The Bach Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1982)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 462 Mb | Total time: 106:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch | 9 79036-2 | Recorded: 1981, 1982

When Joshua Rifkin began recording Bach vocal works to demonstrate his one-singer-per-part thesis, he started not with the lightly scored early cantatas but rather with the Holy of Holies–the B-Minor Mass. (Don't accuse the man of starting small.) Predictably, outrage ensued: detractors far outnumbered supporters at the time (though this seems to be gradually changing). Musicology or not, Rifkin's approach works. Bach's florid vocal parts are far more negotiable for soloists than for chorus; period instruments never overwhelm the voices. Certainly the standard of baroque- instrument playing, particularly brass, has improved since 1980; but Rifkin's instrumentalists, especially woodwinds, are quite listenable.

Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - The Apocryphal Bach Motets, BWV Anh. 159-165 (1994)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - The Apocryphal Bach Motets, BWV Anh. 159-165 (1994)

Wolfgang Helbich, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - The Apocryphal Bach Motets, BWV Anh. 159-165 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 222 Mb | Total time: 55:72 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 999 235-2 | Recorded: 1993

This release offers four works [by] Johann Ernst Bach (1722-77), Johann Christoph Altnikol (1719-59), Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749), and Georg Gottfried Wagner (1698-1756)…The level of craftsmanship in these works is indicative of Bach's art. Stylistically, they range from the foursquare formality of the baroque to the charm of the emerging rococo…The singing is light-toned and agile, with proper weight of emotion and excellent dynamic range…

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.

Kei Koito - Buxtehude &...: Radeck, Strunck, Scheidemann, Praetorius, Weckmann, Bach (2007)

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Kei Koito - Buxtehude &...: Radeck, Strunck, Scheidemann, Praetorius, Weckmann, Bach (2007)

Kei Koito - Buxtehude &…: Radeck, Strunck, Scheidemann, Praetorius, Weckmann, Bach (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 864 Mb | Total time: 3:36:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves Records | CD 50–2704/06 | Recorded: 2006–2007

Buxtehude’s anthology and some of the most beautiful pages of North German repertory.

Trio Zimmermann - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2019)

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Trio Zimmermann - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2019)

Trio Zimmermann - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 73:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-2347 SACD | Recorded: 2019

For close to 300 years Bach’s Goldberg Variations have awed performers as well as listeners, through an unparalleled combination of a dazzling variety of expression and breath-taking virtuosity with stupendous polyphonic mastery. No wonder then that other musicians than harpsichordists have wanted to make it their own – pianists, first and foremost, but also accordion players and guitarists, flautists and harpists.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 1: Bach, Handel, Gluck (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 1: Bach, Handel, Gluck (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 1: Bach, Handel, Gluck (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.46 Gb | Total time: 06:41:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene. But just what makes up this fascination? And what makes his recordings so special? This edition provides the answers.

Amsterdam Bach Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (1989) [Re-Up]

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Amsterdam Bach Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (1989) [Re-Up]

Amsterdam Bach Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ottavo | # OTR C48503 | Time: 01:12:09

The Amsterdam Bach Soloists comprise an ensemble of ten or so musicians. They play modern instruments but base their musical approach on ''an undogmatic use of authentic interpreting practice, so that the rich potentialities of the modern instruments can be combined with the baroque way of performing, which is in keeping with the accomplishments of Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Concertgebouw Orchestra''. Most of the players are, in fact, drawn from the Concertgebouw, though there are some from Frans Bruggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Nowadays Bach's didactic but very beautiful The Art of Fugue, is widely regarded as a work for solo harpsichord. Bach himself left no precise indication concerning instrumentation but the music was engraved in open score which places each individual voice or strand of the texture on a separate stave. This practice was not uncommon in contrapuntal keyboard works and is one of several features pointing towards the solo harpsichord as being Bach's most likely intention.

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

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

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | APE | 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.

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Koln, Peter Dijkstra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs [Re-Up]

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Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Koln, Peter Dijkstra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - Johannes-Passion (2016) 3CDs
Julian Prégardien (Evangelist), Tareq Nazmi (Jesus), Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Ulrike Malotta (alto), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Krešimir Stražanac (bass)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln, conducted by Peter Dijkstra

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 787 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 409 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: BR Klassik | # 900909 | Time: 02:57:16

The music of Bach's 'St. John Passion', which the composer wrote for Holy Week in 1724 immediately after his appointment as cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig, still retains all its freshness and vitality nearly 300 years later, and is a true Baroque delight. The two main choruses Herr, unser Herrscher and Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine form the beginning and culmination of a large-scale orchestral and vocal structure in which Bach reveals his absolute mastery of polyphony. Inwardly reflective chorales are as much interwoven into the events of the Passion as the haunting arias which comment on the biblical texts of the Gospel of St John. Throughout this solemn Passion oratorio, there is a constant emphasis on Baroque musical magnificence. What makes this live recording of the concert version of March 7, 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz so special? The fresh voices of the young and excellent vocal soloists, the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and, of course, the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.

Reinhard Goebel, Berliner Barock Solisten - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2017)

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Reinhard Goebel, Berliner Barock Solisten - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2017)

Reinhard Goebel, Berliner Barock Solisten - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 536 Mb | Total time: 95:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88985361112 | Recorded: 2016

Under the baton of Reinhard Goebel, the Berlin Barock Solisten releases a spectacular new recording of one of the Baroque era’s most celebrated masterpieces. Thirty years after Goebel’s first reference recording of the Brandenburg Concertos, maestro Goebel and the Berlin Barock Solisten perform the Brandenburgs not only with consummate technique but with thrilling verve, supreme sensitivity and a wealth of dynamic contrasts. Goebel has also incorporated the latest findings of musical scholarship in his recording, for example regarding the choice of instruments.

Kai Wessel, David Blunden - Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra (2010)

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Kai Wessel, David Blunden - Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra (2010)

Kai Wessel, David Blunden - Benedetto Marcello: Cassandra; Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto c-moll after B. Marcello, BWV 981 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 340 Mb | Total time: 66:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aeon | AECD 1087 | Recorded: 2009

The Venetian poet Antonio Conti received from Marcello the commission for a dramatic text that allows a quick succession of events, rather than the usual succession of recitative and arias.
Cassandra plunges us into Homer’s Trojan War, with its namesake prophetess who has the gift of predicting the future, but whom no one believes. The many [25] extant copies of this cantata, here given its world première recording, testify to the impact it had in its own time.

Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)

Wolfgang Helbich, Bremer Domchor, Kammer Sinfonie Bremen - Weihnachten im Bremer Dom (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 59:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 777 238-2 | Recorded: 2006

This year the Bremen Cathedral Choir is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and with its director of many years, Wolfgang Helbich, it also has certainly enjoyed a »musical marriage« of a rare kind. And then there is the splendid Bremen tradition that has been observed for some eighty years now: the Christmas song concert in St. Peter’s Cathedral so very dear to the hearts of the Bremen public. Since cpo, as a label with its home in Northern Germany, has long maintained close ties to the Hansa city (cf. Radio Bremen, Weser-Renaissance Bremen, and not least Helbich himself), it seemed to us to be high time to document this event full of the Christmas spirit for the pleasure of a wider listening audience. Everything that lends the Christmas season its musical magic is represented in traditional arrangements, from Adeste Fideles to Vom Himmel hoch.

John Butt, Dunedin Consort - Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (2013)

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John Butt, Dunedin Consort - Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (2013)

John Butt, Dunedin Consort - Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 532 Mb | Total time: 42:44+50:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 430 | Recorded: 2012

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort are familiar to many listeners for their exquisite recordings of Baroque choral masterworks, such as Handel's Messiah and Bach's Mass in B minor, but this set of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos is the first instrumental outing for the Scottish period ensemble. Playing original instruments or modern copies, and using a lower tuning of A = 392hz, the group recreates Bach's music with a lively combination of extemporaneous ornamentation and propulsive rhythms that is invigorating for its lack of preciosity. The music is by turns brusque and gentle, and at times quite raucous, as it should be in the Concerto No. 1 in F major with its echoing horn calls, chattering oboes, and buzzing bassoon, and vigorous in the Concerto No. 3 in G major, with its energetic string playing.