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Raphael Pichon, Ensemble Pygmalion - J.S. Bach: Kothener Trauermusik BWV 244a (2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Raphaël Pichon Pichon, Ensemble Pygmalion - Bach: Köthener Trauermusik BWV 244a (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:58 minutes | 1,36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

When Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen died in 1728, his former Kapellmeister had not forgotten the five brilliant years he had spent in the prince’s service. He dedicated to his memory a mourning cantata almost entirely based on the music of two major works of the mid-1720s, the Trauer-Ode and the St. Matthew Passion. Although the score is lost, the wordbook and other sources of information have now made it possible to reconstruct the work. In his first recording for harmonia mundi, Raphaël Pichon invites us on an exciting musical treasure hunt.
Antje Weithaas - Antje Weithaas: Bach & Ysaÿe, Vol. III (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Antje Weithaas - Antje Weithaas: Bach & Ysaÿe, Vol. III (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 71:34 minutes | 819 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Eugène Ysaÿe sketched out his six sonatas for solo violin in just 24 hours, after hearing a concert by the violinist Joseph Szigeti in which the latter played the G Minor Sonata BMV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach. The 65-year-old Ysaÿe dedicated each of his op. 27 sonatas to a different violinist – he portrayed their characters in the sonatas, but also showed whom he ideally wanted as interpreter for each work. Except for Manuel Quiroga, whose health was very poor, all of the other five virtuosos played the sonata dedicated to them.
Sviatoslav Richter - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2011) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Sviatoslav Richter - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 502 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 288 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 01848 | Time: 02:01:44

This cycle of preludes and fugues composed by Johann Sebastian Bach ranks tremendously high in the world of music. It is not just one of the immortal masterpieces of the world music literature; it is an encyclopedia of polyphonic art, a handbook for life, and an inexhaustible source of delight. Sviatoslav Richter said, Whenever I set to the Well-Tempered Clavier, I always get consumed with a desire not to exclude any of the sides for the sake of one narrow and dogmatic position. I am confident that Bach can be played in different ways, with different articulation and different dynamics, as long as the whole is preserved and the performance is convincing.

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Blues On Bach (1973) (Atlantic)  Music

Posted by janwal46 at Sept. 1, 2009
The Modern Jazz Quartet – Blues On Bach (1973) (Atlantic)

The Modern Jazz Quartet – Blues On Bach (1973) (Atlantic)
1973 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 245Mb+13Mb

In the MJQ's early years, critics often found something incompatible between John Lewis's European classical leanings, particularly the baroque, and Milt Jackson's unfettered gifts improvising over bop-blues changes. This 1973 date is structured by that dichotomy, alternating between Lewis's compositions (based on some of Bach's best-known melodies) and a series of original blues, the first three by Lewis, the last by Jackson. Lewis emphasizes the contrast by playing harpsichord on the Bach tunes. His treatment of Bach can drift toward the merely pretty, as in his handling of "Sleepers Awake," but there's a genuine beauty in "Don't Stop This Train" and "Tears from the Children," based on Bach keyboard works. Jackson's fluent solos on the blues are a continuing delight, while Lewis demonstrates once again that he, too, is a musician imbued with the same roots, inserting a telling variation on "St. James Infirmary" into "Blues in A Minor."
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Wolfram Christ - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Hamburger Sinfonien Wq. 182 (2014) [Re-Up]

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Hamburger Sinfonien Wq. 182 (2014)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, conducted by Wolfram Christ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: hänssler CLASSIC | # HAEN98637 | Time: 01:05:27

In honor of CPE Bach's 300th birthday, hänssler CLASSIC will be releasing an exciting series of recordings dedicated to the music of this well known but hitherto neglected Bach son during the first 3 months of 2014. At the beginning there are the so-called “Hamburg” symphonies Wq 182, interpreted with great sensitivity and bite, when necessary, by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under the renowned conductor and former violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Wolfram Christ. Maestro Christ sees these works as expressive pieces, open to multiple interpretations that invite the listener to experience them as almost Romantic in their gesture and content. Deciding on a fortepiano continuo instrument is not only a historically informed decision, but contributes to a perfectly balanced overall sound.

The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sébastien Bach (Vol.1-2) (2000)  Music

Posted by Domestos at June 18, 2018
The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sébastien Bach (Vol.1-2) (2000)

The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sébastien Bach (Vol.1-2) (1963-1968/2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 174.01 Mb + 172.99 Mb | 32:04+31:00 | Scans included
Vocal Jazz | Country: France | Label: Philips - 542 552-2, 542 553-2

The Swingle Singers' scat vocal jazz swing arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach classics were among their most popular material, particularly in Europe (where they actually enjoyed some chart success in the U.K.). Accompanied by nothing more than double bass and drums, the octet distributed their vocal parts equally among two sopranos, two altos, two tenors, and two basses, favoring brisk tempos. Occasionally, indeed, they were so brisk they verged on hyperventilation, as on "Prelude No. 1 in C Major" and the version of "Fugue No. 5 in D Major" drawn from "The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1." They do slow things down once in a while on numbers like "Aria" (from the composer's "Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major") and parts of "Sinfonia," which tend to tilt the mood a little more toward the classical. The album's inventive but a little white bread in its relentlessly wholesome, upbeat tone. Pop fans might hear echoes of the Swingle Singers' work, whether direct or coincidental, in the harmonies of artists like the Association and the Beach Boys, and a U.K. rock group, the Belfast Gypsies, a spinoff of Them, actually based its "Aria of the Fallen Angels" on the Swingle Singers' reading of "Aria" on this album.
Isabelle Faust & Kristian Bezuidenhout - J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2018)

Isabelle Faust & Kristian Bezuidenhout - J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 538 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 202 Mb | 01:27:35
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Few violinists can move between a modern instrument and a period one with such ease—not to mention with such an idiomatic approach to so many styles of music—as Isabelle Faust. Following her award-winning set of the Mozart violin concertos, the German is joined by the ever-stylish keyboard player Kristian Bezuidenhout for Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord. Both instruments sound magnificent, and these two great players bring breathtaking invention and imagination to the six sonatas. The humanity and warmth of Bach’s music is extraordinary, especially when played with the passion and flair encountered here.
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 2 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 2h58'46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 5908363 | Recorded: 1988, 2000, 2005

This program also makes a perfect introduction to the world of the cantatas in general for anyone who loves Bach's instrumental music or larger vocal works (like the B minor Mass), but who has been hesitating before taking the plunge into the vast sea of his cantata production. Why? Simple: two of these pieces contain music found elsewhere in Bach's output. For example, the first chorus of BWV 120 became the concluding number (Et expecto) of the B minor Mass "Credo". BWV 29 opens with an almost shockingly brilliant arrangement (as an organ concerto) of the opening movement of the E major violin partita, followed by the chorus that appears in the B minor Mass as both the "Gratias" and the "Dona Nobis Pacem" (the German original means exactly the same thing as the Gratias: "We thank thee," making the adaptation entirely apropos). All three cantatas feature brilliant writing for trumpets (four of them in BWV 119) and drums, and were written for civic ceremonies in Leipzig. And if the words are often less than inspiring to us now, no one can argue that Bach didn't rise to the occasion musically.
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Famous Cantatas Vol. 1 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 851 Mb | Total time: 3h16'12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 5908357 | Recorded: 1990, 2005, 2008

One of Bach's more magnificent extended choruses graces the cantata BWV 12, and another less substantial but no less impressive one dominates BWV 38. These works represent some of Bach's most profoundly affecting and musically sophisticated textual and emotional representations, the former an ideal evocation of "weeping and wailing" with its unmistakably vivid chromatic descending bass-line, lurching rhythm, and agonized melody (which Bach later re-used in his B minor Mass). The pungent, reedy sound of the oboe adds perfect color and character to the whole cantata, and of course, Bach's ingenious writing, especially the obbligato parts, lifts all three of these cantatas beyond the functional to the highest artistic and spiritual level.
Jean-Guihen Queyras - C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi - C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 52:59 minutes | 548 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After two albums which met with unanimous critical acclaim all over the world, the Resonanz Ensemble, based in Hamburg, is offering a recording dedicated to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: the Cello Concertos wq. 170 and Wq. 172, respectively from 1750 and 1753, and the Symphonie Wq. 173 of 1741.