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Martha Argerich - The Lugano Recordings [22CDs] (2018)

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Martha Argerich - The Lugano Recordings [22CDs] (2018)

Martha Argerich - The Lugano Recordings [22CDs] (2018)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,21 Gb | Total time: 26:35:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # WA-36576180 | Recorded: 2002-2016

The box comprises all (live) recordings made by Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival, from 2002 to the last edition in 2016, and released by EMI Classics and Warner Classics. An impressive collection of 22CDs without equivalent. It includes a variety of genres: some solo piano music, lots of music for piano duo and among them many arrangements, chamber works and concertos.

Angela Hewitt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas (2019)

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Angela Hewitt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas (2019)

Angela Hewitt - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 488 Mb | Total time: 149:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68271/2 | Recorded: 2018

‘Brilliant, well-sounding, expressive and always new’ was the verdict of Bach’s first biographer on the six Partitas, a description which applies equally to Angela Hewitt’s wonderful new recording of what Bach designated his ‘Opus 1’. Angela describes a lifetime of living with Bach’s music as ‘a great gift and a lifelong adventure’; an adventure in which we are fortunate to have such an authoritative companion and guide.

Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca [34CDs] (2019)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca [34CDs] (2019)

Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca [34CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 7,54 Gb | Total time: 37:53:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 7288 | Recorded: 1929-2054

Deutsche Grammophon has created a landmark new edition that offers a cross-section of the great German conductor’s career in all its remarkable creative phases. Wilhelm Furtwängler – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, which commemorates the 65th anniversary of his death on November 30, 1954, comprises 34 CDs and a DVD of his irresistible 1954 Salzburg Festival Don Giovanni performance, as well as in-depth essays and analysis from critic and blogger Norman Lebrecht and broadcaster Rob Cowan. The release is also backed by contextual information and video interviews contributed by critic and blogger Norman Lebrecht.

Ketil Haugsand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2002)

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Ketil Haugsand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2002)

Ketil Haugsand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 473 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 86 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Simax | # PSC 1192 | Time: 01:10:52

Establishing a telling and plausibly individual post-Gouldian solution to the Goldbergs has unsurprisingly come more from the likes of pianists Angela Hewitt and Murray Perahia than a generation of harpsichordists, a view reinforced when one revisits the studied hauteur of Gustav Leonhardt’s pioneering 1964 recording (Teldec, 3/96 – nla). Amongst others, we have since recognised Pierre Hantaï’s decorous 1992 Gramophone Award-winning account for Opus 111, and yet even such a vital and alluring account as this has barely impacted on the ‘mainstream’ consciousness of the work’s interpretative possibilities. For all the technical differences between the piano and harpsichord which have contributed to such divergent lines of enquiry, this remarkable set of 30 Variations badly needs a harpsichord performance which projects the various layers of meaning and characterisation in a cohesive whole and, crucially, which makes the harpsichord sound warm, generous and palatable over 70 minutes.

Pascal Monteilhet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites BWV 1010 à 1012 (2002)

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Pascal Monteilhet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites BWV 1010 à 1012 (2002)

Pascal Monteilhet - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites BWV 1010 à 1012 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 351 Mb | Total time: 73.13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoire | # ZZT 2020901 | Recorded: 2001

The obvious comparisons are with Nigel North's similar transcriptions for lute, and with all the Hopkinson Smith recordings of Bach (both original and transcribed). I wouldn't want to be without any of those. And there are various transcriptions by John Duarte and others, played on all manner of guitars; I've heard some of those but personally haven't liked them as well as North, Smith, and Monteilhet.

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

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Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 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.

Wu Wei, Holland Baroque - Silk Baroque (2019)

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Wu Wei, Holland Baroque - Silk Baroque (2019)

Wu Wei, Holland Baroque - Silk Baroque (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 68:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5186 800 | Recorded: 2019

Silk Baroque presents a musical encounter between Wu Wei and Holland Baroque, performing a programme that ranges from Baroque greats such as Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Rameau to Chinese traditional tunes, all tied together by the musicians’ openness to improvisation, experimentation and cultural exchange. Wu Wei plays the sheng, an extraordinary ancient Chinese mouth organ, which looks like a bundle of bamboo reeds cased in a metal bowl. It is a miracle of harmony, melody and rhythmic possibilities, and Wu Wei’s abilities fully bring out the sheng’s beauty: whispering, charming, and compelling. Age-old traditions come together in performances that sound fresh and contemporary. Silk Baroque carries listeners into a lively, enticing and fascinating sound world.

Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012)

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Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012)

Simone Dinnerstein - Something Almost Being Said: Music of Bach and Schubert (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb | Time: 01:15:47
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697989432

"The trees are coming into leaf/Like something almost being said." Taking a cue from these lines of Philip Larkin, pianist Simone Dinnerstein casts her album of the music of J.S. Bach and Franz Schubert in poetic terms. Her understanding of the composers is summed up in her own words: "The music of Bach and Schubert share a distinctive quality, as if wordless voices were singing textless melodies." Of course, Bach and Schubert were masters of setting texts to profoundly expressive music, so it is fruitful to look for the lyrical impulse in their keyboard works and appropriate to find songful interpretations. Yet Dinnerstein doesn't merely serve up rhapsodic renditions or treat the music as some kind of tuneful vehicle for idiosyncratic or personal reveries. Her playing is quite in character for both composers, and her treatment of the material is far from self-indulgent.

Simone Lamsma, Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Pärt über Bach (2024)

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Simone Lamsma, Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Pärt über Bach (2024)

Simone Lamsma, Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta - Pärt über Bach (2024)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 58:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS46624 | Recorded: 2020

Violinists Simone Lamsma and Candida Thompson explore connections between J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt on their new release Pärt über Bach with Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Arvo Pärt’s groundbreaking Tabula Rasa is presented alongside Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in the version for 2 violins, and Pärt’s own Collage über B-A-C-H , written in 1964 wherein the Estonian master intertwines his own modernist music with phrases from J.S. Bach’s music.

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Simone Dinnerstein - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2007)

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Simone Dinnerstein - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2007)

Simone Dinnerstein - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telarc | # CD-80692 | Time: 01:18:18

2007 has been a banner year for Goldbergs; no less than five recorded versions of the piece had appeared by the end of July, including a digitally reinterpreted incarnation of Glenn Gould's famous 1955 recording and Wilhelm Middelschulte's bizarre, psychedelic 1924 transcription of the work for organ. In the face of such circumstances, no one would blame music critics for throwing up their hands and saying something like "enough already!" Nevertheless, thankfully the Goldberg Variations is not that kind of a piece, its appeal is both immutable and universal. Ultimately it comes down to the personality of the keyboard player to make something out of the Goldberg Variations that stands apart from the pack, and young pianist Simone Dinnerstein has managed to do that with her glorious rendering of Bach's cycle for Telarc. Her rendering of the Aria is slower than the norm and her approach to tempo throughout is very elastic; there is nothing rigid about her interpretation of the work. Dinnerstein's reading involves a great deal of give and take, seeking to deepen the expressive potential of Bach's music without losing sight of its basic shape.

Anna Pikulska - Johann Sebastian Bach: Choralpartiten, Präludien und Fugen (2017)

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Anna Pikulska - Johann Sebastian Bach: Choralpartiten, Präludien und Fugen (2017)

Anna Pikulska - Johann Sebastian Bach: Choralpartiten, Präludien und Fugen (2017)
XLD| FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 669 Mb | Total time: 02:15:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Organum Musikproduktion | # LC02007 | Recorded: 2022

Mit einer attraktiven, opulent gestalteten und sehr empfehlenswerten Doppel-CD wartet die polnische, derzeit an der Mainzer Musikhochschule (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität) wirkende Organistin auf. Anna Pikulska vereint hier die beiden großartigen Orgeln aus der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts von Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost in Waltershausen und von Gottfried Silbermann im Freiberger Dom. Das ist eine glänzende, bisher noch nicht verwirklichte Idee und zugleich der besondere Aspekt dieser Audio-Dokumentation, denn in der Gegenüberstellung dieser Höhepunkte des thüringischen und sächsischen Orgelbaus mit sehr konträren Konzeptionen eröffnen sich natürlich beste Vergleichsmöglichkeiten.

Igor Levit - Fantasia: J.S. Bach, Liszt, Berg, Busoni (2023)

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Igor Levit - Fantasia:  J.S. Bach, Liszt, Berg, Busoni (2023)

Igor Levit - Fantasia: J.S. Bach, Liszt, Berg, Busoni (2023)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 104:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19658811642 | Recorded: 2023

Igor Levit’s new double album Fantasia features a wide range of works spanning a period of almost two centuries from 1720 to 1910 and showcases key compositions by Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Johann Sebastian Bach and Alban Berg. The starting point of the four paradigmatic works featured on the double album is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Levit has chosen Bach’s exceptional Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor and combined it with Liszt’s B minor Sonata, a highly charged piece that at the time of its composition looked far ahead into the future (which Levit is currently performing to great acclaim all over the world), together with Busoni’s Fantasia contrappuntistica, in which Busoni perpetuated the Bach tradition, and Alban Berg’s only Piano Sonata.

Rachel Podger - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites arranged for violin (2019)

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Rachel Podger - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites arranged for violin (2019)

Rachel Podger - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites arranged for violin (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 57:00+70:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | CCSSA41119 | Recorded: 2018

Violinst Rachel Podger presents the first recording of Bach's Cello Suites on violin. Bach had a habit of recycling his own compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless; concertos appearing as sinfonias in cantatas, or concertos for violins turned into harpsichord concertos. Podger, who has spent a fair bit of time coaching cellists, both modern and baroque alike, found herself playing along to demonstrate various points. ''I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realizing that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch.''

Peter Seymour, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Yorkshire Bach Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2011)

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Peter Seymour, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Yorkshire Bach Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2011)

Peter Seymour, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Yorkshire Bach Choir - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 521 Mb | Total time: 103:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum | SIGCD265 | Recorded: 2010

The Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Yorkshire Bach Choir were formed in 1973 as the basis of the famous York Early Music Festival, and have built a firm reputation as one of the finest ensembles in the world in their performance and interpretation of 17th and 18th century music. Under their director Peter Seymour they return to disc with a fine selection of soloists to perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Their 2009 disc of Bach’s St John Passion, also on Signum, was released to excellent reviews.