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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.

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,07 Gb | Total time: 74.22+38.35+60.20+54.16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907130.32 | Recorded: 1994

Giustino is the Baroque version of a ‘ripping yarn’. The eponymous hero rises from ploughboy to emperor via an action-packed curriculum vitae that has him seeing visions, routing traitors, fighting bears and even slaying a sea-monster! Written in the autumn of 1736, shortly after Handel had suffered a period of ill-health, Giustino is not among his greatest operas, but it is thoroughly entertaining and offers much fine music. Particularly felicitous are Giustino’s bucolic aria ‘Può ben nascere tra li boschi’ and Anastasio’s lovely ‘O fiero e rio sospetto’. The headlong pace leaves Handel little time to develop the more sensual, amorous side of his music. One exception – and the opera’s most entrancing interlude – is the ravishing love duet in Act II, superbly sung here by Dorothea Röschmann (Arianna) and Dawn Kotoski (Anastasio).

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - The Handel Collection [12 CDs] (2010)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - The Handel Collection [12 CDs] (2010)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - The Handel Collection [12 CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,32 Gb | Total time: 11 h 43 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: CORO | # COR16080 | Recorded: 2002-2006, 2009

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have long been celebrated for their recordings and performances of Handel. Over the past three decades Harry Christophers and his award-winning ensemble have expanded their Handel repertoire to take in his greatest works. They have also made numerous recordings of Handel’s masterpieces and this twelve CD boxed set features a selection of some of their finest discs along with three remarkable solo albums featuring The Sixteen’s celebrated orchestra and acclaimed sopranos Sarah Connolly, Ann Murray and Elin Manahan Thomas.

Daniel Reuss, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Solomon (2007)

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Daniel Reuss, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Solomon (2007)

Daniel Reuss, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor - Handel: Solomon (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 746 Mb | Total time: 80:11+75:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901949.5 | Recorded: 2006

Conductor Daniel Reuss' splendid new recording of Handel's Solomon expands the extraordinarily broad range of music, including works by Bach, Mozart, Berlioz, Elgar, Ligeti, Stefan Wolpe, and the Bang on a Can composers, in which he has shown his mastery. His 2006 recording of Martin's Le vin herbé was one of the highlights of the year. Handel scored the oratorio for unusually large choral and orchestral forces, and the sound of this performance, with the RIAS-Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, is warmly humanistic, beautifully paced, and tonally sumptuous, and is sung and played with stylistic assurance and lively dramatic passion.

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 2 (2000)

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The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 2 (2000)

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 2 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 64:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0653 | Recorded: 1999

The absurd prejudice that long deprived us of adequate recordings of Bach's four Lutheran Masses (or short Masses, as they're also known because, in accordance with Lutheran usage, they set only the Kyrie and Gloria) seems finally to have died a death. The Masses' crime has been to be made up almost entirely of paraphrases of cantata movements from the 1720s, yet Bach is Bach, whatever the circumstances, and this is wonderful music which, like the B minor Mass, offers sober old-style polyphonic choral movements of impressive cumulative power alongside choruses of almost physical excitement and clamour and some first-rate arias with instrumental obbligato.

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (1999)

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The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (1999)

The Purcell Quartet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 59:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0642 | Recorded: 1998

The Purcell Quartet’s first volume of Masses is very welcome… the clarity of texture is superlative, making this an excellent introduction to these pieces… all the instrumental playing is vivid, intelligent and sensitive.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken! - Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken! - Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Johann Sebastian Bach: Tönet, ihr Pauken!: Cantatas BWV 207 & 214 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 56:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901860 | Recorded: 2004

Long one of the finest living interpreters of Bach's sacred music, Philippe Herreweghe here adds two secular cantatas to an already distinguished discography. In the festive Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten and the celebratory Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten, Herreweghe leads his Collegium Vocale, Ghent in performances of rare beauty and great joy. Taking the symbolic roles of Diligence, Honor and Gratitude in one cantata and the scarcely less symbolic roles of Irene, Bellona, Fama, and Pallas in the other, the vocal quartet of Carolyn Sampson, Ingeborg Danz, Mark Padmore, and Peter Kooy performs with brilliant characterizations and consummate artistry.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24774 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 135 min | 41,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3794 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,970 fps | 135 min | 6,20 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Berliner Philharmoniker | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

As before with the St. Matthew Passion, star director Peter Sellars succeeded in creating a staging which made the spiritual and dramatic content of the Passion story even more intensive. The New York Times also praised the “brilliant and energetic” playing of the orchestra, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the “haunting, almost unsurpassable singing of all those involved.”

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 17997 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 194 min | 42,1 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3855 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,970 fps | 194 min | 8,92 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Berliner Philharmoniker | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Sir Simon Rattle was in no doubt: the performance of the St. Matthew Passion which he realized together with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in 2010 was for him “the single most important thing we ever did here.” Critics around the world agreed. They praised the semi-staged “ritualization” by American star-director Peter Sellars, as well as the outstanding musical performances by the soloists, including Magdalena Kozená, Christian Gerhaher, Thomas Quasthoff, and Mark Padmore as the Evangelist.

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2011)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2011)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 529 Mb | Total time: 114:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Soli Deo Gloria | # SDG 712 | Recorded: 2003

Few ensembles can come to Bach's St John Passion with quite the degree of performance-based insight that Gardiner and his musicians have done. Written for Good Friday in 1724, the passion was the centrepiece of Bach's year-long cycle of liturgical cantatas. Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir spent 2000 performing and recording these surrounding cantatas, before recording this disc in 2003. The result is a little slice of musical heaven. In sound, it's a masterpiece of technical precision and musical beauty. In tone, it perfectly balances the theatrical with the devotional. The English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir expertly build and release tension, their phrases shaped to sound natural, instinctive, and emotionally complete. The work's many dramatic contrasts are also brilliantly done.

Mark Padmore, Kristian Bezuidenhout - Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Liederkreis; Franz Lachner: Five songs (2010)

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Mark Padmore, Kristian Bezuidenhout - Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Liederkreis; Franz Lachner: Five songs (2010)

Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis; Franz Lachner: Five songs from Sängerfahrt (2010)
Mark Padmore, tenor; Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:08:51
Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi USA | # HMU907521

Mark Padmore and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout combine here to perform two of Schumann’s major cycles to words by Heine. They also throw in a selection of five Heine settings by the largely forgotten Franz Lachner (1803-90) from his Sängerfahrt (Singer’s Journey), which include the same text – ‘Im wunderschönen Monat Mai’ – with which Schumann’s Dichterliebe begins.

Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore - Thomas Larcher: What Becomes (2014)

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Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore - Thomas Larcher: What Becomes (2014)

Tamara Stefanovich, Mark Padmore - Thomas Larcher: What Becomes (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included
Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907604 | Time: 01:13:19
Classical, Contemporary, Modern Composition

Thomas Larcher s sound world is both original and captivating in its fusion of contemplative harmonies with innovative performance techniques. Written for and performed by tenor Mark Padmore, 'A Padmore Cycle' features the composer at the keyboard. Works for solo piano performed by Tamara Stefanovich round out this programme of first recordings. Born 1963 in Innsbruck, composer Thomas Larcher studied piano and composition in Vienna. He first gained renown primarily as a pianist, performing with major orchestras and prominent conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Franz Welser Möst. In 1998, he began to define himself more clearly as a composer. Since then he has composed works for the San Francisco Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the Belcea Quartet, and for Leif Ove Andsnes, Matthias Goerne, Mark Padmore and Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley. He has recorded five CDs with ECM, most recently 'Madhares' with Kim Kashkashian, Till Fellner and Dennis Russell Davies.

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Alessandro Scarlatti: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme (2001)

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Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Alessandro Scarlatti: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme (2001)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Alessandro Scarlatti: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 577 Mb | Total time: 46:54+47:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas ‎| 72435454522 | Recorded: 2000

The edition for this premiere recording has been made by Karl Böhmer, who has provided an informative introductory essay, and Oliver Mattern. Gérard Lesne has made something of a speciality of Scarlatti’s music and his lively direction of Sedecia benefits from his fluent handling of dramatic and stylistic aspects of the work… A splendid achievement.