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Alice Ader - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2011)

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Alice Ader - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2011)

Alice Ader - Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 74:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera | FUG574 | Recorded: 2010

“It was with Wanda Landowska on the harpsichord, on an old black record, that I first heard the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. My favourites were those that showed some Spanish influence: that rugged pride, those implacable rhythms, that mad vitality, what splendour! I have chosen mostly sonatas that are joyful or humorous in character, though among them I have slipped two little masterpieces of miraculous simplicity (K32, K40) as well as a few compelling meditations (K8, K69, K144). Wandering from nostalgia to sorrow, as though improvised, these last, void of any pathos, are yet bathed in the radiant beauty of the sunny climes of Italy and Spain.” Alice Ader

Murray Perahia - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 & 23 "Appassionata" (1985)

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Murray Perahia - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 & 23 "Appassionata" (1985)

Murray Perahia - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 & 23 "Appassionata" (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 142 Mb | Total time: 47:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CBS Masterworks | MK39344 | Recorded: 1985

I continue to find the whole of Perahia's recording stimulating and fresh. I said in my first review that the freshness of a still quite youthful player is there. With never a hint of gratuitous agitation, the sense of an invigorating energy being released in the act of performance comes across strongly; and I'm sure Beethoven would have loved it. As Perahia with the wind his sails carries you along—in the finale of the Appassionata above all—his virtuosity is special, electrifying in effect, transcendental, brilliantly illuminating.

Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)

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Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)

Mitsuko Uchida - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Piano Sonatas KV 280, 281, 282 & 283 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 157 Mb | Total time: 54:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 420 186-2 | Recorded: 1987

There is no doubt that Mitsuko Uchida is one of the leading Mozart pianists. And that fact alone gives this release credibility. But if we look deeper we find that this release is a magnificent example of her ability. Full marks must go to Phillips for bringing this major project together. The recording concept and organisation by Erik Smith and Rupert Faustle at the Henry Wood Hall London give us magnificent piano sound. The recordings were made during the 1980s. The set is recorded digitally and the sound is excellent in tone and balance.

Davide Amodio, Gli Strali di Cupido - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti: Sonate per violino e basso continuo (2000)

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Davide Amodio, Gli Strali di Cupido - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti: Sonate per violino e basso continuo (2000)

Davide Amodio, Gli Strali di Cupido - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti: Sonate per violino e basso continuo (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 503 Mb | Total time: 48:22+43:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | GB 5604/5-2 | Recorded: 1999

Quando ancora l'attività compositiva solitamente portava con sé precisi caratteri stilistici tipici della cultura cittadina in cui i compositori - quanto meno - operavano, l'eccellente violinista Giuseppe Matteo Alberti (1685-1751) guardò oltre la siepe e oggi gli è riconosciuto il merito di avere per primo adottato alcuni stilemi del linguaggio vivaldiano al di fuori dell'ambiente veneziano. I dati anagrafici di Alberti sono sovrapponibili, come si vede, a quelli di J.S. Bach, ma a lui non arrise la grandezza creativa e la fortuna (tarda) del Cantor: Bologna, S. Petronio, l'Accademia Filarmonica della sua città - di cui per qualche anno fu "Principe" - le sale del conte Orazio Bargellini per il quale curò l'attività musicale, furono lo scenario che egli calcò da protagonista,

Ekkehard Weber, Robert Hill - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas BWV 1027-1029 & 1038 (2009)

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Ekkehard Weber, Robert Hill - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas BWV 1027-1029 & 1038 (2009)

Ekkehard Weber, Robert Hill - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas BWV 1027-1029 & 1038 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 53:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ars Musici | # 232272 | Recorded: 1997

Bach's viola da gamba sonatas with Lautenwerk! While the Sonata for Flute, Violin, and Passing Bass is an arranged version, the three Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord that follow were composed around 1740, using Bach's own Lautenwerk (an instrument similar to a harpsichord, but with gut strings instead of metal strings), which belonged to Bach himself. Robert Hill used a replica of the lautenwerk to make this recording. The recording is a replica of the Lautenwerk, which allows for a greater sense of unity with the sound of Eckhard Weber's viola da gamba, and recreates the sound of the instrument at the time it was composed.

Marcello Gatti, Giovanni Togni - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Fortepiano (2014)

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Marcello Gatti, Giovanni Togni - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Fortepiano (2014)

Marcello Gatti, Giovanni Togni - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Fortepiano (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 63:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCDC80009 | Recorded: 2004

Another reason to take a look into the Glossa Cabinet series comes with the reappearance of Marcello Gatti’s delightful interpretation of transverse flute Sonatas by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (son number 9 of JS), who worked in the courtly surroundings of Bückeburg in central Germany in the last part of the 18th century. These sonatas were composed around the time of JCF’s visit to see his brother Johann Christian in London in 1778 and combine the Italian galante style with the sensitivity of the Empfindsamer Stil. Elegantly performed by Gatti and Giovanni Togni, fortepiano, with cellist Giovanna Barbati joining for a Trio in D major (from the middle of the 1780s), the recording was captured in sound by Sigrid Lee and Roberto Meo.

Duo Dorado - Gottfried Finger: A Bohemian in London - Violin Sonatas (2019)

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Duo Dorado - Gottfried Finger: A Bohemian in London - Violin Sonatas (2019)

Duo Dorado - Gottfried Finger: A Bohemian in London - Violin Sonatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 431 Mb | Total time: 78:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0824 | Recorded: 2016

Gottfried Finger was a Moravian composer and virtuoso viol player. Born in Olomouc, in the modern-day Czech Republic, and arriving in England in 1685, Finger worked for the court of James II before becoming a freelance composer. Hazel Brooks has spent a great deal of time researching the music for this recording, all of which may be found in the British Library manuscript Add. 31466, the single biggest source of violin sonatas by Finger. She writes: 'Finger's sonatas contain a quirky mix of styles. Bohemian features from his homeland, simpler Corellian traits, and the occasional nod to the English Purcellian school are fitted together like crazy paving.

Benjamin-Joseph Steens, Jacques-Antoine Bresch - Bach and Sons: Clavichord and Flute (2011)

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Benjamin-Joseph Steens, Jacques-Antoine Bresch - Bach and Sons: Clavichord and Flute (2011)

Benjamin-Joseph Steens, Jacques-Antoine Bresch - Bach and Sons: Clavichord and Flute (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 63:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Evil Penguin | EPRC011 | Recorded: 2011

The clavichord enjoyed widespread popularity during the 18th century and was particularly appreciated in the Germanic countries. With its soft sound and extremely sensitive ‘dynamic’ keyboard, we are immersed in a particularly intimate relationship with the music. This programme is created around the Bach family and features works for flute and keyboard obligato, which are richer and denser than those with continuo.

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10/2, Op.26, Op.27/2 'Moonlight', Op.90 (2010)

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Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10/2, Op.26, Op.27/2 'Moonlight', Op.90 (2010)

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.10/2, Op.26, Op.27/2 'Moonlight', Op.90 (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:54 | 212 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67797

Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt made her reputation with fine, distinctive recordings of Bach and other Baroque composers, treated pianistically but not anachronistically. Baroque specialists who record Classical and Romantic music, especially that of Beethoven, tend to generate unorthodox results; exhibit A was Hewitt's fellow Canadian Glenn Gould. Hewitt has undertaken her own Beethoven piano sonata cycle, and while her readings are not outrageous like Gould's, they're perhaps part of the same general family.

Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonatae - tam aris quam aulis servientes (1998)

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Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonatae - tam aris quam aulis servientes (1998)

Manfredo Kraemer, The Rare Fruits Council - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonatae - tam aris quam aulis servientes (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 67:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Auvidis E 8630 | Recorded: 1997

Biber’s reputation as an outstanding musician led the prince-archbishop of Salzburg to poach him from the Count Liechtenstein-Castelcorn in 1670. Six years later, the composer published his Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, paying tribute to the sacred and secular activities of his Salzburg patron. Under Manfredo Kraemer’s leadership, the Rare Fruits Council gives a superb account of this music. The ensemble is deftly controlled throughout and trumpets add a brilliant gloss.

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosenkranz-Sonaten (1991)

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Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosenkranz-Sonaten (1991)

Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Rosenkranz-Sonaten (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 589 Mb | Total time: 53:31+60:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | 431 656-2 | Recorded: 1990

Reinhard Goebel and members of the Musica Antiqua Köln give an almost effortless and very listenable performance of Heinrich Ignatz Franz von Biber's Mystery Sonatas here. This is no mean feat, in that each of these sonatas save the first, and the final Passacaglia, is in a different and weird -scordatura- tuning.

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 22, Op. 31 No. 3, Op. 101 (2013)

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Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 22, Op. 31 No. 3, Op. 101 (2013)

Angela Hewitt - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op. 22, Op. 31 No. 3, Op. 101 (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:29 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion| Catalog: CDA67974

Angela Hewitt presents a fourth volume in her acclaimed series of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, which has delighted her fans worldwide. The little-known Sonata in B flat major, Op 22, the last of Beethoven’s ‘early’ sonatas, is recorded alongside Op 31 No 3 (sometimes known as ‘La chasse’, or ‘The Hunt’, because of its tumultuous Presto con fuoco finale).

Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti - Nicola Matteis: False Consonances of Melancholy (2009)

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Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti - Nicola Matteis: False Consonances of Melancholy (2009)

Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti - Nicola Matteis: False Consonances of Melancholy (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 377 Mb | Total time: 72:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territories | ZZT 090802 | Recorded: 2009

The Sablé festival, held annually in Sablé-sur-Sarthe in France, has its own recording concern that it uses primarily to expose young early music artists and to support the most interesting of their projects; the Zig-Zag Territoires label provides an outlet for this endeavor. Here is a wholly worthy enterprise: the group Gli Incogniti – led by the fabulous young violinist Amandine Beyer – in a program drawn from various works of mysterious late seventeenth-century violinist Nicola Matteis, its title, False Consonances of Melancholy, fashioned after one of his publications, but not limited to its contents. As Matteis is not a household name, some summary of his place in the scheme of things is not out of order here: born in Naples, possibly contemporary to Heinrich von Biber, Matteis was an itinerant musician in Germany before making his way to London about 1670.

Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - George Frideric Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)

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Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - George Frideric Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)

Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - George Frideric Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 75:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Raumklang | RK 2101 | Recorded: 2001

The Bouts Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble devoted to the repertoire of the "high" baroque and pre-classical periods - ca. 1725-1775. Through performance of works by both famous and unjustly neglected composers, the group aims to contribute to a greater appreciation and understanding of music from this endlessly fascinating period. The members of this young group use their extensive experience in historical performance practice on period instruments to bring to this repertoire the virtuosity, vitality and intelligence that it demands.

Johanna Martzy - J.S. Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (2011)

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Johanna Martzy - J.S. Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (2011)

Johanna Martzy - J.S. Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006 (2011)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 780 MB | 02:19:51
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament

The superb sound quality perfectly complements and supports Martzy's playing, which is thoroughly in the deep-and-involving end rather than the daring-and-scintillating end. There is not a sprung rhythm to be found. This is not Bach with a light touch. Vibrato is plentiful and beautiful. Movements end with "OK, I'm ending now!" ritardandos, which, however, are so well judged as to feel inevitable. Tone is gorgeous, technique assured to the point of transparency. The rhythms are 100% 1st-half-of-20th-century, and in that context are expressive and live.