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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) ~ 527 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 287 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
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.

Artemandoline - Domenico Scarlatti: Mandolin Sonatas (2013)

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Artemandoline - Domenico Scarlatti: Mandolin Sonatas (2013)

Artemandoline - Domenico Scarlatti: Mandolin Sonatas (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 251 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94477 | Time: 00:47:08

In Domenico Scarlatti’s vast output of 555 keyboard sonatas, there are a small number of works that are especially interesting to musicologists because of characteristics such as figured bass, three‐ or four‐movement structure, and distinctive melodic lines that are particularly appropriate for a highpitched solo instrument. Some experts believe that these works were written for the violin; on this recording, after meticulous research and the discovery of an important new manuscript at the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal in Paris, the members of Artemandoline propose the fascinating theory that the sonatas may have been composed for the mandolin. Featuring works ranging from the smaller‐scale K77 to the ambitious and technically demanding K88 – which is extremely well suited to the mandolin thanks to its four‐part chords and dynamic nuances – this disc offers a radical reinterpretation of this captivating music.

A deux fleustes esgales - Bach: Sonates en Trio (2004)

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A deux fleustes esgales - Bach: Sonates en Trio (2004)

A deux fleustes esgales - Bach: Sonates en Trio (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 66:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territories | ZZT 40601 | Recorded: 2003

The duo 'À deux fleustes esgales' is here expanded. The two treble voices are joined by a basso continuo made up of harpsichord and cello, for a programme of famous trio sonatas by 'the Bachs'. From the father Johann Sebastian to the sons Carl Phillip and Wilhelm Friedemann, the stylistic evolution from Baroque to Classical can be traced here through the many facets of that crucial period in music, the eighteenth century: · Counterpoint and flowing polyphony raised to their zenith by Johann Sebastian in such a way that instrumentation becomes almost immaterial · Wilhelm Friedemann retains a certain contrapuntal denseness, placed at the service of an instrumental style sometimes reminiscent of Italian concertante writing · Carl Phillip Emanuel concentrates on the melodic line, with the continuo assuming more of a harmonic function, in a style that makes room for fantasy and sensibility or Empfindsamkeit. This CD takes us through this development - a guided tour that is sheer delight.

Isabelle Poulenard, Sophie Boulin - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques (2002)

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Isabelle Poulenard, Sophie Boulin - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques (2002)

Isabelle Poulenard, Sophie Boulin - Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Cantates bibliques (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 75:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arion | # ARN 68555 | Recorded: 1985

This release was originally part of a two-disc album of vocal and instrumental pieces by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre issued in 1986. The music by this gifted contemporary of François Couperin is enjoying a renaissance, and justifiably, for it is inventive and affecting. Sopranos Isabelle Poulenard and Sophie Boulin are fluent in the somewhat rarefied idiom of the 'cantate française' and the result is delicately pleasing. Four of the cantatas on the disc are taken from Jacquet's first collection of Cantates françaises sur des sujets tirés de l'écriture, published in 1708, and dedicated to Louis XIV. The fifth work, Jephté, comes from a second collection issued in 1711 and is distinct from the other cantatas on the disc in being written for two voices rather than one.

Itzhak Perlman - Itzhak Perlman Plays Bach & Vivaldi (2024)

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Itzhak Perlman - Itzhak Perlman Plays Bach & Vivaldi (2024)

Itzhak Perlman - Itzhak Perlman Plays Bach & Vivaldi (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1,3 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 593 Mb | 04:16:55
Classical | Label: Warner Classic

Itzhak Perlman was born in Tel Aviv on 31st August 1945 to a family of Polish origin. He was drawn to the violin from the age of three, but when he was four he contracted polio, losing the use of his legs. Despite his handicap, he began learning the violin a year later, and his first teacher was a café violinist. Very soon, he joined the Tel Aviv Music Academy where he studied for eight years with Rivka Goldgart, a teacher of Russian origin.

Christoph Timpe - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo BWV 1001 - 1006 (2024)

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Christoph Timpe - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo BWV 1001 - 1006 (2024)

Christoph Timpe - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo BWV 1001 - 1006 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 680 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 294 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:06:06
Classical | Label: Coviello Classics

The sonatas and partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. They are sometimes referred to in English as the sonatas and partias for solo violin in accordance with Bach's headings in the autograph manuscript: "Partia" (plural "Partien") was commonly used in German-speaking regions during Bach's time, whereas the Italian "partita" was introduced to this set in the 1879 Bach Gesellschaft edition, having become standard by that time. The set consists of three sonatas da chiesa in four movements and three partitas (or partias) in dance-form movements. The 2nd Partita is widely known for its Chaconne, considered one of the most masterly and expressive works ever written for solo violin.

Blandine Rannou - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2011)

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Blandine Rannou - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2011)

Blandine Rannou - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 596 Mb | Total time: 77:22+52:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territories | # ZZT 111001 | Recorded: 2010

After the English Suites, the French Suites and the Toccatas, which received unanimous critical acclaim, Blandine Rannou returns to Bach with a recording of the Goldberg Variations, played on a French harpsichord by Anthony Sidey. Bach’s original title translates as “Keyboard exercise, consisting of an ARIA with diverse variations for harpsichord with two manuals. Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits… ” This feast of harpsichord music, beautifully played, is indeed just that: a refreshment – and a delight – for the spirits!

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Johann Valentin Meder: Passionsoratorium nach Matthäus (2006)

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Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Johann Valentin Meder: Passionsoratorium nach Matthäus (2006)

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie - Johann Valentin Meder: Passionsoratorium nach Matthäus (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 74:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Raumklang | # RK 2506 | Recorded: 2006

Michael Alexander Willens führt dieses Werk in solistischer Besetzung auf und erzielt dadurch ein Höchstmaß an Klarheit, Homogenität und Stringenz. Ein wichtiger Baustein für die Geschichte der oratorischen Passion.

Drew Minter, Gwendolyn Toth, Artek/458 Strings - Love Letters from Italy (1996)

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Drew Minter, Gwendolyn Toth, Artek/458 Strings - Love Letters from Italy (1996)

Drew Minter, Gwendolyn Toth, Artek/458 Strings - Love Letters from Italy (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 68:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Lyrichord | # LEMS 8026 | Recorded: 1996

Combine the artistry and brilliant virtuosity of countertenor Drew Minter and ARTEK/458 Strings with a program of vocal and instrumental jewels from 17th century Italy, and you have a recipe for a dynamic recording, bursting with musical fireworks, overflowing with emotion, and splashed with a multitude of colors.

Diego Fasolis Ensemble Vanitas - George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus; Dettingen Te Deum (1999)

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Diego Fasolis Ensemble Vanitas - George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus; Dettingen Te Deum (1999)

Diego Fasolis, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana, Ensemble Vanitas - George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus; Dettingen Te Deum (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 72:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Arts Music | # 47560-2 | Recorded: 1995, 1996

Conductor Diego Fasolis and his Coro della Radio Svizzera always can be counted on for a very good show, and this one, featuring two well-known if not necessarily top-drawer Handel works, is no exception. The early Dixit Dominus, with its Vivaldian "De torrente in via" movement and other Italian stylistic elements, is appropriately lively and crisply articulated in the fast sections and fully indulgent of the slow passages, allowing us to hear in gorgeous detail the promising signs of Handel's germinating genius.

Alexandre Tharaud - Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)

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Alexandre Tharaud - Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)

Alexandre Tharaud plays Domenico Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099964201603 | Time: 01:08:05

The biggest surprise on this wonderfully exuberant and exhilarating disc comes with the very first notes: the piano tone is rich and full, worlds away from the slightly distant, musical-box tone that is often thought appropriate for recordings of Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas on a modern concert grand. But as the soundworld suggests, Tharaud is totally unapologetic about playing these pieces – all originally composed for harpsichord even though the earliest fortepianos were in circulation in Scarlatti's time – on a piano. In the sleevenotes, Tharaud says that of the four baroque keyboard composers that he has recorded so far – Bach, Couperin, Rameau and now Scarlatti – it's the last whose music is most suited to this treatment. His selection of sonatas is chosen for maximum variety, with a group in which the Spanish inflections of flamenco and folk music can be heard, others in which he gets a chance to show some dazzling technique, alongside those in which the playfulness is replaced by profound introspection.

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 | Artwork 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.

Salih Can Gevrek - Schumann, Bach & Rachmaninov: Concertos Without Orchestra (2024)

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Salih Can Gevrek - Schumann, Bach & Rachmaninov: Concertos Without Orchestra (2024)

Salih Can Gevrek - Schumann, Bach & Rachmaninov: Concertos Without Orchestra (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 226 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 150 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:51
Classical | Label: Fuga Libera

“Concertos Without Orchestra” is the concept of the young Turkish pianist Sa­lih Can Gevrek, Associate Artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, for his first CD recording. He presents two mirrored works, both of which are imbued with references to the musical style and structure of concertos with orchestra. J. S. Bach’s famous Italian Concerto is subtly linked to Schumann’s lesser known but equally virtuoso Sonata No. 3 in F minor Op. 14, also known as the “Concerto without orchestra”. Rachmaninov’s rarely recorded Moments musicaux com­plete this musical panorama to commemorate the 80th anniversary of his death. This recording offers the listener a real voyage through the Baroque, Romantic and post-Romantic periods; drama and poetry expressed in music supply the connection between these three very different works.

Il Gusto Barocco, Jörg Halubek & Anaïs Chen - Bach: Sonata & Concertos (2024)

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Il Gusto Barocco, Jörg Halubek & Anaïs Chen - Bach: Sonata & Concertos (2024)

Il Gusto Barocco, Jörg Halubek & Anaïs Chen - Bach: Sonata & Concertos (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 322 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 140 Mb | 01:01:03
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics

On this CD Jorg Halubek and his Ensemble "Il Gusto Barocco" attempt a reconstruction of three of Bach's organ concertos that today are primarily treated as harpsichord concertos. How thrilling must it have sounded when Johann Sebastian Bach at the organ engaged in a contest of virtuosity with an entire orchestra. The present recording offers a tangible and imaginative impression of it.

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1994)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1994)

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 651 Mb | Total time: 214:37 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orfeo | # C351943D | Recorded: 1965

It is usually the big nineteenth-century opera sets that are bought for their singers; but with a line-up of principals such as we have here Handel too is swept into the golden net. Lucia Popp, two years into her career after her Vienna debut, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry: that is a quartet which in its time may have seemed no more than standard stuff, but at this date looks starry indeed. […] The Orfeo, for one thing, is sung in German instead of Italian; it has cuts, though many fewer than the Mackerras recording in English with Dame Janet Baker; it has the solo voices recorded very close indeed (those that are supposedly off-stage are just about where many modern recordings would have them except when off-stage); and the orchestra sounds, to our re-trained ears, big and thick, with the heavy bass-line that used to seem as proper to Handel as gravy from the roast was to Yorkshire pudding.