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Johann Mattheson - 12 Suites for Harpsichord - Gilbert Rowland (2017) {Athene ATH 23301 Official Digital Download}

Johann Mattheson - 12 Suites for Harpsichord - Gilbert Rowland (2017) {Athene ATH 23301 Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (chandos.net) -> 1.16 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 411 Mb
Full Artwork (jpg+pdf) -> 14 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Athene / Gilbert Rowland / Divine Art | ATH 23301
Classical / German Baroque / Harpsichord

Following the fine critical praise for his pioneering recording of the complete Harpsichord Suites of G.F. Handel, Gilbert Rowland moves to the lesser known but equally inspired Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) who composed these suites in 1714. Although generally following the then current Dance Suite format used so much by Bach, Handel and others, Mattheson created variety with different dances (such as the Tocatine) and varying numbers of movements. Certainly very musical and original, these Suites deserve to be considered on a level with those of Handel at the very least. Masterful performances by Gilbert Rowland who plays a 2-manual French-style instruments by Andrew Wooderson (2005) after an original from 1750 by Goemans.
Erich Hobarth, Aapo Hakkinen - Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Erich Hobarth, Aapo Hakkinen - Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 119:18 minutes | 2.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Almost every music lover has probably heard Erich Höbarth play at least once: active as Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s concertmaster, as first violinist of the Quatuor Mosaïques, and in many other positions of musical life, heard in numerous recordings and television broadcasts, he is an almost omnipresent figure. Höbarth unites historical performance practice with the self-assured poise of an individual artistic personality. The Viennese violinist has found here a congenial partner in the young Aapo Häkkinen from Helsinki, who, exactly like Höbarth, can already boast extensive experience as an ensemble director.
Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 57:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901270 | Recorded: 1987

Recorded in 1987, this disc by Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the choral-instrumental ensemble La Chapelle Royale came in advance of most of the historical-performance recordings that have delved deeply into Bach's cantatas and their world. It was, in fact, the first digital recording of the Trauerode, BWV 198. Despite some competition, this remains an exemplary Bach performance, and it was a superb candidate for reissue in Harmonia Mundi's HM Gold greatest-hits series.
Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 59:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901644 | Recorded: 1999

According to German theological tradition, which Bach knew very well, the alto voice was the very symbol of the Holy Ghost. Bach's three solo cantatas for alto demand enormous vocal virtuosity. Their extraordinary musical variety embraces sublime consolatory lullabies, a faithful echo of an organ concerto and the dramatic qualities of an oratorio. Andreas Scholl is the featured soloist in this reissue, backed by Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent.
The King's Singers, The WDR Big Band, Bill Dobbins - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2CD) (2010) (Repost)

The King's Singers, The WDR Big Band, Bill Dobbins - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2CD) (2010)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 325.50 Mb (CD1) + 303.59 Mb (CD2) + 7.58 Mb (Scans) | 01:47:16
Crossover Jazz, Classical, Vocal, Big Band | Country: UK/Germany | Label: Signum Classics - SIGCD215

When Lucas Schmid, producer of the WDR Big Band, first mentioned his interest in a program of music from the Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach, arranged to feature this ensemble in combination with the King’s Singers, I was immediately interested and excited. Having collaborated several times with this group of uniquely gifted vocalists, including the WDR Big Band’s Bach 2000 project, I knew there was an opportunity to create something very special indeed. Bach composed the work between 1734 and 1735. Since each of the six cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio was originally intended for a particular Sunday in the liturgical year, the sheer quantity of music is far too much for a single performance. The first major part of my work, then, would be the musical selection.
Zuzana Ruzickova - Bach: The Complete Keyboard works (20CD Box Set) (2016)

Zuzana Ruzickova - Bach: The Complete Keyboard works (20CD Box Set) (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 8.08 Gb | 23:11:09 | Scans included
Classical | Country: Czechoslovakia | Label: Erato

A musician of searching intellect, generous spirit and formidable purpose, Zuzana Růžičková is one of the 20th century’s most influential harpsichordists. Central to her career, the music of Bach also helped her to transcend with grace the extraordinary adversity she faced during World War II and the Communist era. “There is something above us, near to us, which makes absolute sense, but we don’t see it. Bach tells you: ‘Don’t despair, there is a sense in life and in the world.’”
Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums) (2008)
4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LP sleeve
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 536 Mb | Scans included
Label: Captain Trip Records | # CTCDB-610/613 | Time: 02:35:37
Progressive Rock, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock

With the possible exception of Richard Pinhas' Heldon, Gilbert Artman's Lard Free was probably the premier French progressive group of the '70s. The prolific Heldon might win in terms of amount of material, but the three near-perfect albums by Lard Free (despite the truly wretched band name) probably have them beat in terms of overall quality. Although Artman, a drummer who also dabbles in synthesizers and piano, called Lard Free a group, he was the only constant member; all three albums have different lineups. 1973's Lard Free consists of relatively short pieces with prominent piano and saxophone parts, and as such is the most jazz-oriented of the three. The following year's I'm Around About Midnight consists of three long pieces with much more synthesizer; at times, it sounds almost like early (pre-ambient) Tangerine Dream, or perhaps Clear Light, the French collective Artman and the then-current lineup of Lard Free occasionally worked with around this time. 1977's Lard Free III, also known as Spirale Malax, is Artman's best work, a pair of side-long experiments that combine space music, jazz, and King Crimson-style heavy progressive rock better than many groups (including King Crimson) could ever hope to manage.
Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Two-Part And Three-Part Inventions (Inventionen & Sinfonien) (1985)

Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Two-Part And Three-Part Inventions (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion (DG) | # 415 112-2 | Time: 00:50:54

This is a superb recording of the Two-Part and Sinfonias (Three-Part Inventions) of Johann Sebastian Bach. Kenneth Gilbert is a wonderful interpreter of Bach's keyboard music and in this recording plays an instrument made in 1671 by Jan Couchet that was subsequently enlarged in 1778. The Two-Part Inventions and Sinfonias consist of 15 parts; they were written as technical exercises and as composition demonstration pieces originally for his son Wilhelm Friedemann. The various pieces were probably written separately and were gathered together by Bach in major/minor key sequence and published in 1723. The recording is clear and well balanced. Kenneth Gilbert plays beautifully; the music is lively without being ostentatious.
Kenneth Gilbert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (1989)

Kenneth Gilbert - Johann Sebastian Bach: Art of the Fugue (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 427 673-2 | Time: 00:58:41

The Art of Fugue or 'complete practical fugal work', as C. P. E. Bach described his father's giant contrapuntal achievement, is well represented in the current recording catalogue. The approaches to it vary considerably with performances on solo keyboard—harpsichord and organ—and mixed ensembles with markedly different shades of instrument colour. Varied too, is the sequence in which the performers play the fugal parts which comprise the whole. Some complete the final fugue, some do not; some find a place for all the pieces included in the posthumous original edition of 1751, others have given reasons for omitting those which seem not to play a directly relevant part in Bach's scheme. Kenneth Gilbert leads us down another fascinating path his performance on a solo harpsichord follows not the 1751 printed edition but Bach's own autograph material differing from the other both in content and layout.
Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (2003) 2CD

Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.01 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 352 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 474 546-2 | Time: 02:24:50

In a way, this is the best possible version of the WTC to someone who is looking for a balanced, deep and totally honest version. The harpsichord is a beautiful Flemish-French (recent research shows it is rather more French than Flemish) harpsichord (Gilbert's own) that has a marvelous sound: rich and deep, and yet bright and clear. Professor Gilbert's version is as new now as it was when it was released. It is totally respectful of the music (you won't find eccentricities, here, just the music but superlatively played). He has a very cantabile sense of the music - every voice is respected - and his Bach is phrased almost as a dance, rather than as gesturing. He seems to belie Leonhardt, when the Dutch says that the piano was meant to sing and the harpsichord to speak; in Gilbert's hands, it really sings). Do not expect strong chords, abrupt contrasts or anything like that. Gilbert's version is for the connoisseur rather than the Fireworks enthusiast. If you examine, in detail, the way he plays, you will find that every voice is subtly sung, that the amount of work and serious thought he lavished into Bach's music is prodigious.