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Hana Blažíková, Dominik Worner, Kirchheimer BachConsort & Alfredo Bernardini - J.S. Bach: Dialog-Kantaten (2017)

Hana Blažíková, Dominik Worner, Kirchheimer BachConsort & Alfredo Bernardini - J.S. Bach: Dialog-Kantaten
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 70:50 min | 385 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

Dominik Wörner, a prizewinner at the Bach International Competition in Leipzig in 2002, established the Kirchheimer BachConsort in 2008. Its members, leading musicians from the early music scene, perform as an ensemble of soloists in programs focusing on the repertoire of the eighteenth century. On this brand-new CD release Wörner leads his ensemble and the Czech soprano and harpist Hana Blažiková in interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s dialogue cantatas.
Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - Bach: Celebratory Cantatas (2017)

Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - Bach: Celebratory Cantatas
Classical, Cantata, Baroque | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 70:16 min | 346 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

Besides the fact that they both celebrate Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, there is a close connection between the two works included on the eighth volume of Bach’s secular cantatas. On 2nd October 1734, the King and his family made a surprise visit to Leipzig, and in all haste a festive event was planned for three days later, in celebration of the anniversary of Augustus’s ascension to the Polish throne. Bach was asked to provide the musical entertainment, and consequently had to put aside the work he was busy composing… namely BWV 206 Schleicht, spielende Wellen, intended for a celebration of the King’s birthday on 7th October!
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ich elender Mensch & Leipzig Cantatas (2014) [Official Digital Download]

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ich elender Mensch & Leipzig Cantatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:15 minutes | 1.17 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For the second time on the Phi label, Philippe Herreweghe presents four Bach cantatas written during the first year the composer spent in Leipzig. In relation to the repertoire composed in Weimar, the instrumentarium is enlarged to adapt to the size of the churches of Saint Thomas and Saint Nicholas. But, above all, the instrumental virtuosity is much greater, as are the vocal demands confronting the choirs and solo singers, trained at the time by Bach himself.
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.

Bach Edition - Vocal Works Vol. II [2006]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Jan. 2, 2017
Bach Edition - Vocal Works Vol. II [2006]

Bach Edition - Vocal Works Vol. II [2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 8cd, 2.01 GB
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | RAR 5% Rec.

The second section of the cantata is a long vocal section opening with four soloists (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) singing together. Many recordings of this cantata use a choir for this section, but recent recordings have featured a one-voice-per-part strategy here, as does this one. The texture of this is excellent, although the balance between the voices wavers a bit. The tenor, bass and soprano each have ariosos within this section. Tenor Knut Schock enters a bit heavily, but his voice is quite appropriate for the melancholy tone of his section. Bass Bas Ramselarr has a slightly dark, yet clear voice. His section features a delightful accompaniment by the two recorders - in an interesting counterpoint with such a deep voice - and, again, the balance is slightly off, his voice sometimes drowning out the recorders just a bit…

Bach Edition - Passions [2006]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Jan. 1, 2017
Bach Edition - Passions [2006]

Bach Edition - Passions [2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 9cd, 2.42 GB
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Rar 5% recovery

Here, again, Brilliant Classics has licensed recordings of the passions, masses and other works. The St. Matthew and St. John passions are good recordings by the Brandenburg Consort and the King's College Choir; I find these two passions to be a bit weak, and this is a shame.
Academy Of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr - Bach: St. Matthew Passion (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Academy Of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr - Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 (2015)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.73GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, AAM Records

Since 1727, JS Bach's "Great Passion" has gripped the hearts and uplifted the minds of audiences all over the globe. Nearly three centuries after its premiere, the work has lost none of its power to evoke feelings of compassion for all those who suffer. Its mix of urgent story-telling, meditative arias and mighty choruses sets St Matthew's account of Christ's betrayal, trial and execution eloquently and emotionally.
Jos van Veldhoven, The Netherlands Bach Society - Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (2003/2009) [24bit/192kHz]

Jos van Veldhoven, The Netherlands Bach Society - Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (2003/2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 145:07 minutes | 4,71 GB
ChannelClassics' Studio Master, Digital Download | Digital booklet

This is one of those occasions where beauty and artistry are reflected not only on the surface but right through to the core. This is a marvelous performance of Bach's six-cantata cycle that offers ravishing choral singing, sharply detailed orchestral playing, and superior contributions from the four solo vocalists, all presented in state-of-the-art sound.
Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 4 - Academic Cantatas (2014)

Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 4 - Academic Cantatas (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 351 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 2001

The two works on this disc perfectly illustrate a particular type of secular cantata, the so-called ‘dramma per musica’. In such works the libretto is constructed dramatically, and the singers embody various roles, such as gods and other characters from antiquity, and allegorical figures. The parallel with opera is apparent, although the ‘drammi per musica’ do without any scenic element. Bach primarily used the form in works intended for princely tributes or academic festivities: educated audiences could be expected to recognize the characters and literary traditions involved.
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Helmuth Rilling / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart - Elias (1994, hänssler classics # CD 98.928)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Elias
Christine Schäfer / Bach-Collegium Stuttgart / Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart / Helmuth Rilling
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 507 MB | Full Artwork: 316 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: hänssler classic # CD 98.928 | Country/Year: Germany 1994
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Vocal, Sacred, Oratory

"Helmuth Rilling realisiert die stilistische Spannweite der Chöre vom nazarenischen a cappella über impressionistische Koloristik, einem fast Brahms'schen Sentiment, bis zur dramatischen Wucht vollkommen."~FonoForum