Bach

Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2017)

Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1
Classical, Baroque, Cantata, Sacred | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:10 min | 330 MB
Label: Signum Records | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

Soprano Gillian Keith joins the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Armonico Consort under Christopher Monks for the first release in a three disc series featuring the solo cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach s cantatas hold a special place amongst performers and devotees of his music. Whether sacred or secular, these works provide incredible variety for listeners and players alike.

Jean Rondeau - Dynastie: Bach Family Concertos (2017)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 27, 2017
Jean Rondeau - Dynastie: Bach Family Concertos (2017)

Jean Rondeau - Dynastie: Bach Family Concertos (2017)
Johann Sebastian - Carl Philipp Emanuel - Wilhelm Friedemann - Johann Christian

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:16:18
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295888466

With his 2017 release on Erato, Jean Rondeau illustrates the beginnings of the harpsichord concerto, which can be traced from the Baroque masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach through the early Classical period, represented here by works of his sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and Johann Christian Bach. While this celebrated musical dynasty contributed to many forms in the 18th century, the keyboard concerto was given a special, innovative treatment by the Bachs, who effectively put the genre on the map.
Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler) (2017)

Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler)
Classical, Baroque, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 94:49 min | 516 MB
Label: Oehms Classics | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Hans-Eberhard Dentler, a graduate medical physician but also an outstanding cellist and pupil of the renowned Pierre Fournier and founder of a Bach Society in Italy, has occupied himself with this opus over the course of many years. Because he finally wanted to realize Bach's score in a manner true to its spirit and sound, he found a concept for his ensemble „L’Arte della Fuga“ that unifies its more profound scholarly background with practical musical and artistic aspects.
Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)

Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 429 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 254 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02397 | Time: 01:46:55

Equally adept with both the cello and organ, Alexander Knyazev, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory specializing in cello and Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory specializing in organ has long focused on the organ and cello repertory of J.S. Bach. Lauded for his innate musicality and interpretative skills, Knyazevs first public acclaim came as a cellist. This collection presents the rarely performed chorale preludes composed by Bach during his stay in Leipzig in the last decade of his life and not published until after his death. Recorded in 2012 in the Riga Cathedral in Latvia renowned for its historic pipe organ.
Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 260 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 0289 477 8078 GH2 | Time: 01:50:24

There's nothing at all wrong with Maurizio Pollini's 2009 performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. The Italian pianist's intellectual lucidity, interpretive clarity, and technical virtuosity are apparent in every prelude and fugue, and his probing insights and penetrating analysis inform every note. However, there is almost nothing right with the sound quality of the recording. The piano sounds too distant, making it hard to hear precisely what Pollini is doing, but oddly, the ambient sound is too present, making every extraneous noise too loud. One should not hear the pedals being pressed and lifted, much less the clatter of the hammers and the twanging of the strings above the sound of the music. Worse yet, one can hear what sounds like every breath Pollini takes nearly as loudly as every note he plays. These are all grievous flaws that should have been eliminated, and their presence fatally undermines the brilliance of Pollini's performances. A reengineered version of these performances would be most welcome, but the present recording is so flawed that it virtually destroys Pollini's playing.
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).

Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at May 12, 2017
Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach (2017)

Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach
Classical, Baroque | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 80:29 min | 360 MB
Label: Sony Classical | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

CBS/Sony Classical has been accompanying superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma for decades on his journey through the unsurpassed works written for his instrument by Johann Sebastian Bach. The label is now pleased to announce the release of important landmarks from that journey, Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach, on a single CD. Ma's first recording of Bach's six Solo Suites, which went on to win the Grammy® for "Best Classical Instrumental Performance" and is represented here by the Sarabande from the Sixth Suite, took place in 1982. In the same year, Yo-Yo Ma recorded Bach's complete sonatas for viola da gamba with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper which was hailed by Gramophone as "intelligent and expressive."
Cecilia Bernardini, Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Bach: Violin Concertos (2016)

Cecilia Bernardini, Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Bach: Violin Concertos (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:00 | 335 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | Catalog: CKD 519

There is certainly no shortage of recordings of these popular Bach violin works, but this one by the Dunedin Consort with violinist Cecilia Bernardini has many aspects to recommend it. At the top of the list must be the soloist's flair of Bernardini herself, playing a bright-eyed 1743 Camillus Camilli violin. In her playing you get the virtuoso energy of the contemporary Italian school without the hard edge, and there is a sense of play in her music-making that one senses Bach would have loved.

Richard Lester - Bach: Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 1 (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at May 11, 2017
Richard Lester - Bach: Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 1 (2017)

Richard Lester - Bach: Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 1
Classical, Baroque | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 152:34 min | 352 MB
Label: Wyastone Estate Limited | Tracks: 51 | Rls.date: 2017

The main instrument on this recording, a double manual harpsichord built in 2011 by Colin Booth, is derived from a single manual instrument by the Hamburg builder, Johann Christoph Fleischer and is dated 1710. The original is housed in the Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin. There are two eight-foot registers strung in iron and red brass, a four-foot stop and a harp or buff stop. The temperament is my own modification of Neidhardt and the pitch is 415hz. The instrument used for the Toccata in D major, also by Colin Booth, is a copy of a 17th century single manual Italian harpsichord with two eight foot registers. Pitch A=440hz, tuned to Werkmeister III.

Aleksander Debicz & Marcin Zdunik - Bach Stories (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at May 9, 2017
Aleksander Debicz & Marcin Zdunik - Bach Stories (2017)

Aleksander Debicz & Marcin Zdunik - Bach Stories
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 116:40 min | 269 MB
Label: Warner Classics | Tracks: 30 | Rls.date: 2017

Bach Stories explores a new way of thinking about classical music and improvisation; it presents historical music practice in a contemporary form. This double album from Warner Classics bears the fruits of a friendship and collaboration between two young but already much-awarded musicians. Aleksander Dębicz (piano) and Marcin Zdunik (cello) combine virtuosity and musical drama with the sheer joy and freshness of music-making in a unique programme of chamber works by J.S. Bach and improvisations inspired by those works.