J. S. Bach Variations

Celine Frisch, Cafe Zimmermann, Dominique Visse - J.S. Bach: Variations Goldberg, 14 Canons, Quodlibet (2001) 2CD

J.S. Bach - Variations Goldberg BWV 988, 14 Canons BWV 1087, Les chansons allemandes de la Variation 30 (Quodlibet) (2001)
Céline Frisch, clavecin Anthony Sidey; Ensemble Instrumental Café Zimmermann; Dominique Visse, contre-tenor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 620 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 293 Mb | Time: 01:42:11
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | # 014

Here is a package that satisfies intellectual curiosity and is musically delightful. This two-disc set begins with a precise, but still musical, harpsichord performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations by Céline Frisch. Her Aria is clean, with both the melody and the bass line countermelody clear and phrased so that everything comes together well. Her ornaments fit naturally into the melodies throughout the variations, without drawing attention away from the tune, and she always has a sense of direction and forward momentum. The second disc contains the 14 canons on the first eight notes of the bass of the Aria from the Goldberg Variations and the two songs that are contained in the quodlibet near the end of the Variations. The canons are rich and warm performed by Café Zimmermann, a string sextet that includes a double bass, with excellent contrasts in the feel of each canon. The song Cabbages and Turnips Have Driven Me Away is the highlight of the two discs. Period instruments accompany Dominique Visse as he sings about a hunter bringing a girl home to meet his mother. Visse switches from a jolly, idiomatic tenor voice for the hunter to a smooth alto for the girl, and a slightly grating alto for the mother, often in mid-verse.
George Malcolm & Karl Munchinger - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos - The Art Of Fugue (2017)

George Malcolm & Karl Munchinger - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos - The Art Of Fugue
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 134:21 min | 310 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 25 | Rls.date: 2017

There were many worlds in George Malcolm’s (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord’s identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself. In celebration of the centenary of his birth (28 February 1917).
Matthew Halls - J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Matthew Halls - J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 129:59 minutes | 1.73 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Matthew Halls is one of the brightest sparks of the UK early music scene, who, as director of Retrospect Ensemble, has rapidly established himself as one of Britain's most exciting young conductors as well as a leading harpsichordist. J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations', features Bach's popular masterpiece for keyboard, plus Sarabanda con Partite and Aria Variata.
Ksenija Sidorova - Classical Accordion: J.S.Bach; D. Scarlatti; Mozart; Berio; Schnittke; Nordheim; Takahashi; Piazzolla (2011)

Ksenija Sidorova - Classical Accordion (2011)
J.S.Bach; D. Scarlatti; Mozart; Berio; Schnittke; Nordheim; Takahashi; Piazzolla

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans ~ 98 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Champs Hill Records | # CHRCD019 | Time: 01:08:28

The winner of numerous international competitions, the brilliant young accordion player Ksenija Sidorova here presents her debut recording; a recital for solo classical accordion. A particularly accomplished artist, Ksenija has collaborated with many leading musicians (including the Belcea Quartet, and Valergy Gergiev with the CBSO), and won numerous awards and accolades. Still an underexploited resource in western classical music, the accordion has had a fast-increasing amount of music written for it since the mid-20th Century. Here, Ksenija Sidrova brings a varied recital featuring some of the best contemporary compositions for the classical accordion, alongside transcriptions of well-known works. No composer has been transcribed more often than Bach; but the accordion - heard here in Bachs Overture in the French Style - brings an advantage that few other instruments can offer; its notes do not die away as soon as they are sounded. This allows an array of colouristic possibilities, denied to other musicians.
J. S. Bach - Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - AKAMUS, Jacobs (2013) (2CD) {Harmonia Mundi}

J. S. Bach - Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - AKAMUS, Jacobs (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork (300dpi, png), booklet | 1444 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1034 mb
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi - HMC802156.58

The appetite for evolving performance practices in Bach’s St Matthew Passion appears undiminished as we have gradually shifted, over the generations, from larger to smaller ensembles and also towards a greater dramatic understanding of the implications of Bach’s ambitious ‘stereophonic’ double choir and orchestra choreography.
Munchner Bach Orchester, Karl Richter - J.S.Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites; Triple Concerto (2002) 3CDs [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte; Orchestersuiten;
Tripelkonzert für Flöte, Violine, Cembalo und Streicher
Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, conductor & harpsichord
Aurèle Nicolet, flute; Gerhart Hetzel, violin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.13 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 498 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 463 657-2 | Time: 3:33:19

Very few conductors have recorded as much Bach as Karl Richter and none can lay a stronger claim to a legacy based on championing the master. Richter's reverence for Bach is evinced by the simplicity, splendor, and grandeur with which he consistently imbued his performances exemplified here by these landmark recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites. In Archiv's original-image bit-processing remastered transfers as well, the sound is better than ever. This is cornerstone Bach that should not be missed.

The Purcell Quartet - J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas (2000) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 5, 2017
The Purcell Quartet - J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas (2000) (Repost)

The Purcell Quartet - J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas (2000)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:12:37 | 389 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chaconne | Catalog: Chan 0654

Rarely do we feel the presence of Bach so vividly on a recording as we do here with this set of Trio Sonata arrangements, performed by violins, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. What a perfect combination, thanks to Richard Boothby's settings and to the wonderfully synergistic interaction among these very experienced early music players–violinists Catherine Mackintosh (in her best recorded performance in a while) and Catherine Weiss, gambist Boothby, and harpsichordist Robert Woolley.
Rosalyn Tureck, Charles Rosen - J.S. Bach: The Keyboard Album (featuring The Italian Concerto and The Art of Fugue) (1997)

Rosalyn Tureck, Charles Rosen - J.S. Bach: The Keyboard Album (featuring The Italian Concerto and The Art of Fugue) (1997)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:20:08 | 568 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 63231

This long-deleted Essential Classics reissue (available again courtesy of Arkivmusic.com’s on-demand reprint program) comprises the first CD remastering of two separate Bach piano releases. One disc features Rosalyn Tureck’s Bach Album, an early-1981 digital production made up mostly of short pieces, plus the Aria and Variations in Italian Style. The close-up yet warm sonics capture the full measure of Tureck’s technical specificity, subtle use of color, and micromanaged dynamics. Notice her absolute linear control in the F minor suite’s Prelude (first sound clip), or how her seemingly over-detached articulations (the seventh Italian variation) always maintain a lilting presence.
Sinikka Langeland, Lars Anders Tomter, Kare Nordstoga - Maria's Song: Folk Songs and music of J.S. Bach (2009)

Sinikka Langeland - Maria's Song: Folk Songs and music of Johann Sebastian Bach (2009)
with Lars Anders Tomter & Kåre Nordstoga

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 218 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Baroque, Nordic Folk | Label: ECM | # ECM 2127, 271 7097 | Time: 01:12:11

Norwegian folk musician Sinikka Langeland, singer and player of the kantele (the Finnish table harp) is a distinctly non-traditional traditionalist, redefining "folk" in successive projects. 'Maria's Song' finds her in the company of two distinguished classical musicians - organist Kare Nordstoga and "giant of the Nordic viola" Lars Anders Tomter - and on a mission to restore Marian texts to sacred music, weaving folk melodies in between the timeless strains of J S Bach. Langeland made a lot of friends with her sparkling ECM debut Starflowers: "There are jewels everywhere on this arresting example of ego-free music-making. One of the albums of this or any other year" raved the Irish Times. Where Starflowers brought Langeland into the orbit of jazz improvisers, Maria's Song is a meeting and cross referencing of folk and 'classical' energies, and also a righting of historical 'injustice': Religious folk songs are amongst the most distinctive elements of the Norwegian folk tradition, yet the Virgin Mary rarely appears in them. Once a much-worshipped figure in the Far North she was, as Sinikka puts it, "reformed" away in 1537, so this album brings Maria back into the music. It was recorded in the beautiful Nidaros Cathedral of Trondheim, famous for its Baroque organ heard here.
Isabelle Faust - J.S. Bach: Reconstructed Violin Concertos (2000)

Isabelle Faust - J.S. Bach: Reconstructed Violin Concertos (2000)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 51:38 | 296 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Haenssler | Catalog: 92138

None of these reconstructions are included in Teldec’s Bach 2000, although the better-known ‘originals’ obviously are. The real newcomer is the Sinfonia, BWV1045 (5'34'') ‘to an unknown cantata’ which – as befits a BWV number that immediately precedes the First Brandenburg Concerto – is rumbustious, festive and thematically likeable. Time and again I could sense allusions to other Bach instrumental pieces, though the soloist’s ceaseless arpeggiating is sometimes a distraction. We’re told it’s authentic (the manuscript source suggests a violin concerto in the making) but something about its harmonic language doesn’t quite ring true, though that reaction might well be due to lack of familiarity.