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Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017) [Re-Up]

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Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017) [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)
Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Arcangelo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68111 | Time: 01:04:51

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - January 2017. Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos (2001) 5CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos (2001) 5CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - J.S. Bach: Concertos (2001) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.64 Gb | Scans ~ 61 Mb | Time: 04:56:00
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion | # 4637252

This is a really great five-CD set. You get all of Bach's concertos except the Brandenburgs - which is a shame because Pinnock's Brandenburgs are terrific. Nonetheless, this remains an absolutely cracking collection of some of Bach's most enjoyable music in excellent performances. In the Harpsichord Concertos Pinnock is himself the soloist and shows why he is such a very well-liked and highly regarded musician. The music springs to life under his fingers (and under his direction) and many of these performances set new and enduring standards when first released in the early 1980s. They have informed much subsequent Bach playing and have worn extremely well themselves, sounding as fresh and involving as they did nearly 30 years ago. He is joined by other fine harpsichordists in the concerti for two, three and four harpsichords, (Kenneth Gilbert, Nicholas Kraemer and Lars Ulrich Mortensen) and the Concerto for Four Harpsichords in particular is an absolute joy.

Ivo Pogorelich - Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suites 2 & 3; Domenico Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (1996)

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Ivo Pogorelich - Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suites 2 & 3; Domenico Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (1996)

Ivo Pogorelich - J.S. Bach: Englische Suiten 2 & 3; D. Scarlatti: 4 Sonaten (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 573-2 | Time: 01:15:31

While Ivo Pogorelich established his reputation performing mainly Romantic repertoire, his few forays into the Baroque reveal him to be an equally engaging- if not eccentric musician here as well. In quicker movements, such as the opening Preludes of the English Suites for instance Pogorelich's rhythmic control and contrapuntal clarity are simply amazing. Slower movements likewise are handled with remarkable intensity and delicacy. Pogorelich's performances of four Scarlatti sonatas concluding the program as well are wonderfully animated and knowing.

Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs

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Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 508 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320)~ 243 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Soli Deo Gloria | # SDG722 | Time: 01:45:44

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists are renowned of their spectacular performances of Bach’s epic masterpiece, which they have toured extensively. During their last tour (in Munich, Frankfurt, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Paris) there was a stampede for tickets and they performed every night in full houses, to spellbound audiences. This album is the culmination of the tour: it was recorded in an open session in London, and captures the special atmosphere of the concerts. It is presented in a 2-CD casebook and contains a booklet featuring original notes by John Eliot Gardiner translated in English, German and French.

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)

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Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 333 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68045 | Time: 00:59:48

Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr here assemble all the viola da gamba sonatas written by three composers born in the propitious year of 1685: one each by Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, and three by JS Bach. Isserlis plays them on the gamba’s modern cousin, the cello, and the microphone loves his playing, picking up all the nuances and scampering asides from his soft-spoken instrument which can sometimes get lost in big concert halls. Egarr on harpsichord matches Isserlis’s eloquence and rambunctious energy all the way. The dreamy, airy slow movement of Bach’s Sonata in G minor brings telling use of vibrato as Isserlis circles around Egarr, his playing at once idiomatic and soulful. An extra cellist reinforces the bass line in the Handel and Scarlatti, in which the composers give the harpsichordist only a framework; Egarr’s imaginative realisations ensure that even when Scarlatti is at his most repetitive, he is never dull.

Andras Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830 (1984) 2CD, Reissue 2007

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Andras Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830 (1984) 2CD, Reissue 2007

András Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830 (1984) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 412 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb | Time: 02:17:18
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 8234

When it came time for Johann Sebastian Bach to publish his Opus 1, what work do you think he picked? One of the sacred cantatas? One of the Brandenburg Concertos? One of the cello suites? No, none of the above. In 1726, Bach chose his B flat major Partita to start his publishing career – and once a year for the next five years, he published five more partitas, then collected them under the title Clavier-Übung in 1731. When it came time for Hungarian pianist András Schiff to make his major-label debut, what work do you think he picked? Yes, that's right. In 1985, Schiff released his recording of the complete partitas – and followed it with many more Bach recordings over the next few years until he'd released nearly the complete canonical works by 1996. And yes, Schiff's partitas are wonderful.

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (2015) [Re-Up]

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Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (2015) [Re-Up]

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: BIS | # BIS-2081 | Time: 01:05:30

The Reformations fundamental alterations to traditional forms of church service, had, by Bach's time, resulted in German churches Latin yielding to the country's own language. To a limited extent, however, the Latin mass text did remain in use in the Protestant church in particular the Kyrie and Gloria sections. Termed Missa to differentiate them from complete settings, these pieces are often referred to now as 'Lutheran Masses'. Bach's famous Mass in B minor began its existence as a work of this type, and four other examples from Bach's pen have survived. Newly performed and recorded by Bach Collegium Japan under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, the Missae BWV 235 and 236 are here combined with four separate settings of the Sanctus. Two of these are original works, whereas BWV 241, and possibly also 240, is an arrangement of another composers setting. The 'KyrieChriste' BWV Anh 26 is an example of how Bach used music by other composers, in this case by his Neapolitan contemporary Francesco Durante.

Christine Busch - Sei Solo: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Violin (2012) 2CDs

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Christine Busch - Sei Solo: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Violin (2012) 2CDs

Christine Busch - Sei Solo: J.S. Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Violin (2012) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 774 Mbb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Phi | # LPH008 | Time: 02:25:44

Over the past 40 years Philippe Herreweghe has been working with some extraordinary soloists with whom he has had very fertile and stimulating dialogues, both musically and personally. Philippe Herreweghe: "It seems important to give these musicians the opportunity to express themselves on the label PHI in works they are particularly fond of." This is the case of the present recording. Christine Busch, leader of the orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent, recorded the Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin by J. S. Bach - a work she admires, and she has been playing since her childhood. Philippe Herreweghe: "Christine Busch inspires by her technical perfection, her strength, her humility, her sense for poetry, as well as by her qualities needed to serve the greatest of all composer."

Heinrich Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (2005) 2CDs

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Heinrich Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (2005) 2CDs

Heinrich Schiff - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 571 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 333 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 7243 5 86534 2 7 | Time: 02:04:56

In the '80s there were those listeners who thought that Heinrich Schiff might redeem cello performance practice from fatal beauty and lethal elegance. Aside from the burly and brawny Rostropovich, more and more cellists were advocating a performance style whose ideals were perfect intonation and graceful phrasing. In some repertoire, say, Fauré, these are perfectly legitimate goals. In other repertoire, Beethoven and Brahms, say, it is a terrible mistake. In Bach's Cello Suites, as the fay and fragile Yo-Yo Ma recordings make clear, it was a terminal mistake. Not so in Schiff's magnificently muscular 1984 recordings of the suites: Schiff's rhythms, his tempos, his tone, his intonation, and especially his interpretations were anything but fay or fragile. In Schiff's performance, Bach's Cello Suites are not the neurasthenic music of a composer supine with dread and despair in the dark midnight of the soul, but the forceful music of a mature composer in full control of himself and his music.

Till Fellner - Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch 1 (2004) 2CDs

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Till Fellner - Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch 1 (2004) 2CDs

Till Fellner - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2004) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 305 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1853/54, 476 0482 | Time: 01:54:54

Youthful Viennese pianist Till Fellner has performed J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier to critical acclaim across Europe, and has made it the backbone of his recital repertoire. For this recording of Book I, Fellner performs the 24 preludes and fugues with a rich and full sound, yet with the refinement and fastidious control required in these comprehensive studies of Baroque keyboard technique. Articulation and balanced phrasing are of paramount importance, and Fellner's energies are directed to the clean execution of lines and the careful shading of contrapuntal voicings. What emotion he communicates is subtle and somewhat constrained to the contrasting characters of each pairing – the preludes and fugues often play off each other – yet his interpretations are quite colorful and varied over the course of the set. Neither cerebral nor effusive, Fellner renders the music in an appealing middle area between schools of interpretation, and achieves imaginative results that should please both traditionalists and fans of period practice.

Julian Bream - J.S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998; Suite BWV 996; Chaconne from Parita No.2; Partita No.3 (1994)

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Julian Bream - J.S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998; Suite BWV 996; Chaconne from Parita No.2; Partita No.3 (1994)

Julian Bream - Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998;
Suite BWV 996; Chaconne from Parita No.2; Partita No.3

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Guitar | Label: EMI Classics | # 7243 5 55123 2 1 | Time: 01:09:56

Julian Bream is, without a doubt, one of the premiere classical guitarists of the modern recording era. Comparisons between great guitarists is often unfair and misleading as they each have their own styles - and each musician and his/her style tends to be particularly well suited to certain types of music. For example, Andres Segovia's style, cultivated by self-teaching throughout his now ended life, concentrated on flowing legatto smoothness and flowing melodies. Bream's, on the other hand, while equally masterful, is better characterized as emphasizing the precision and crispness of each and every individual note. What better composer to focus on to show this particular proclivity that J. S. Bach, whose work, having been written largely for the keyboards (harpsichord) but also for the lute and triple harp, tends to emphasize the kinds of music Bream excels at. Stacatto phrasings, each written to be played with crystalline exactness, are the types of pieces wherein Bream's magnificence is conspicuous and best showcased. Thus, the special relevance of this particular compilation of some of his best Bach work on this CD.

Vladimir Feltsman, Orchestra Of St. Luke's - Johann Sebastian Bach: 7 Keyboard Concertos (2009) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Vladimir Feltsman, Orchestra Of St. Luke's - Johann Sebastian Bach: 7 Keyboard Concertos (2009) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach: 7 Keyboard Concertos (2009) 2CDs
Vladimir Feltsman, piano & conductor, Orchestra Of St. Luke's

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 439 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:48:11
Genre: Classical | Label: Nimbus | # NI 2541/2

Originally recorded for the small Music Masters label in the early '90s, this set of Bach's keyboard concertos was among a series of choice Music Masters items reissued by Nimbus late in the first decade of the 21st century. The Russians have never been known for Bach, but this is a solid traversal that can be recommended to anyone wanting to hear these concertos on a piano accompanied by modern instruments. Despite these forces, there is a good deal of influence from the British historical-instrument movement apparent here; the crisp string playing avoids any hint of Romantic sheen, and Feltsman is very subtle in his introduction of purely pianistic elements. The long notes in the slow movements tend to be just a bit more extended than would be possible on a harpsichord, and Feltsman thus creates a smooth, pearly texture that's quite lyrical. In several of the finales he pushes the tempo to high speeds, creating an entirely different effect on a piano that the music would have on a harpsichord.

Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012) [Re-Up]

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Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012) [Re-Up]

Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697989432 | Time: 01:15:47

"The trees are coming into leaf/Like something almost being said." Taking a cue from these lines of Philip Larkin, pianist Simone Dinnerstein casts her album of the music of J.S. Bach and Franz Schubert in poetic terms. Her understanding of the composers is summed up in her own words: "The music of Bach and Schubert share a distinctive quality, as if wordless voices were singing textless melodies." Of course, Bach and Schubert were masters of setting texts to profoundly expressive music, so it is fruitful to look for the lyrical impulse in their keyboard works and appropriate to find songful interpretations. Yet Dinnerstein doesn't merely serve up rhapsodic renditions or treat the music as some kind of tuneful vehicle for idiosyncratic or personal reveries. Her playing is quite in character for both composers, and her treatment of the material is far from self-indulgent.

Sergio & Maddalena Vartolo - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (2009) 2CDs

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Sergio & Maddalena Vartolo - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (2009) 2CDs

Sergio & Maddalena Vartolo - J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (2009) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 645 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:42:09
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570577-78

Though unfinished at his death, Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue is both his musical last testament and a cornerstone of Western composition. At once a miracle of intellectual achievement, musical invention, technical challenges and emotional power, The Art of Fugue draws on all of Bach’s resources as a master of counterpoint. It is here performed, as the composer apparently intended, on harpsichord, by Sergio Vartolo who uses his own recently-published facsimile edition of the autograph score, and of the engraved first edition (1751/1752).

Ophelie Gaillard - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012 (2011) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Ophelie Gaillard - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012 (2011) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Ophélie Gaillard - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (2011) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 596 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 319 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP017 | Time: 02:16:57

Over the years, the Bach Suites have become a monument of the cello repertoire, to which all cellists return regularly. Some of the greatest did not record these works until they reached their years of maturity (Casals was over 60, Rostropovich was 63), while others have not hesitated to present several versions (Yo-Yo Ma, 1990, 1998; Janos Starker, 1957, 1963, 1983). Ophélie Gaillard’s first recording of the Suites, released on Ambrosie in 2000, was highly acclaimed internationally by the critics and her performance earned her a French Classical Music Award (Victoire) as a "Revelation" in the Solo Instrumentalist category. Ten years later, at the request of Nicolas Bartholomée, artistic director of Aparte and indeed Ambroisie, she agreed to record a new version on a cello made in 1737 by Matteo Goffriller, a contemporary of J. S. Bach. Ophélie Gaillard had already given us a reference performance of these pieces. Now we discover a prodigiously renewed vision of this masterpiece.