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Leonard Slatkin - Bach: Transcriptions (2000)

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Leonard Slatkin - Bach: Transcriptions (2000)

Leonard Slatkin - Bach: Transcriptions (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:03 | 337 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: 9835

Having already extensively explored Leopold Stokowski's famous Bach transcriptions, Chandos now turns to famous arrangements by everyone else. There are some real discoveries here, particularly Raff's warmly Romantic setting of the famous D minor Chaconne, which has some amazingly Brahmsian moments and clearly deserves an occasional airing in concert.

Andras Schiff - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2- Live at the BBC Proms 2018 (2020) [Blu-Ray]

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Andras Schiff - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2- Live at the BBC Proms 2018 (2020) [Blu-Ray]

András Schiff - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2- Live at the BBC Proms 2018 (2020) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-2 Video / 27883 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 142 min | 35,7 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3522 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 142 min | 7,69 Gb
Audio: DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Naxos

Distinguished Bach specialist Sir András Schiff returned to the BBC Proms in 2018 to present Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Extending the variety already evident in Book I (available on 2.110653), Bachs effortless brilliance and new-found sonorities push harmony and counterpoint further than ever with a combination of ancient and modern styles, church austerity and galant lightness. Schiff has said that no-one combines the sacred and the secular as Bach does, and this is comprehensively demonstrated in Bachs fascinating and challenging sequence. This performance in the Royal Albert Hall was described as a musical meditation for our troubled times by the Independent.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (2017)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (2017)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Lully: Armide (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 758 Mb | Total time: 74:12+73:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | AP135 | Recorded: 2017

'Armide' is in the form of a tragédie en musique, a genre invented by Lully and Quinault, and was their last collaboration. It was a new form of opera that combined elements of classical French drama with ballet, French song and a new form of recitative. Critics in the 18th century regarded 'Armide' as Lully's masterpiece and it continues to be well-regarded, featuring some of the best-known music in French baroque opera and being arguably ahead of its time in its psychological interest. The subject, chosen for Lully by King Louis XIV, is the enchantress Armide’s unhappy love for the knight Renaud, drawn from Tasso’s 'Gerusalemme liberata'.

Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)

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Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)

Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 64:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 75605 51293 2 | Recorded: 1997

Alessandro Scarlatti wrote a huge number of chamber cantatas – about 600, in fact – most of which are, like the five delightful examples on this disc, for solo voice. These ones are sung by countertenor Brian Asawa with stylish support from members of the Arcadian Academy, who provide varying types of accompaniment, sometimes with continuo alone, at other times with a larger instrumental colloquium. Only one of the five cantatas here, Clori vezzosa, e bella, is written for voice and basso continuo throughout, the others calling for two violins and, on occasion, viola. The first work in the programme is the most elaborate of the group with its three-movement instrumental introduction and four each of alternating recitatives and arias.

Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (2019)

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Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (2019)

Jean-Marc Andrieu, Les Passions - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 57:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ligia | 327912 | Recorded: 2018

Seux génies du baroque italien à la filiation évidente et dont la musique emplit églises, palais et théâtres du Royaume napolitain au début du XVIIIè siècle sont ici réunis : Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725) et Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736).

Kåre Nordstoga - Bach: Schübler and Leipzig Chorales; Canonic Variations (2014)

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Kåre Nordstoga - Bach: Schübler and Leipzig Chorales; Canonic Variations (2014)

Kåre Nordstoga - Bach: Schübler and Leipzig Chorales; Canonic Variations (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 478 Mb | Total time: 130:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Lawo Classics | LWC 1056 | Recorded: 2012

The second and third discs in the series featuring Bach’s complete organ works were recorded in Arlesheim Cathedral. The organ was originally built by Andreas Silbermann, brother of the more famous organ builder, Gottfried Silbermann. The cathedral’s acoustics are superb, and although the organ has been rebuilt over the years, it still has the unique warmth and clarity of sound that was the hallmark of the baroque masters. On the first of the two CDs we find all of Bach’s transcriptions for organ. Three of them are Bach’s arrangements of violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, and the two others were originally written by Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. He died at age twenty-one and is perhaps best remembered by music historians because Bach, while he was organist at the ducal court in Weimar, transcribed the compositions for organ and cembalo.

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

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Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | ECD 88034 | Recorded: 1982

"Arias for mezzo soprano", it says, and authentically minded readers may already have noted that most of them would be sung by a countertenor these days, being originally for castrati. A little while ago I reviewed a record, "Arias for Farinelli", by Vivica Genaux, which came with a fascinating essay by René Jacobs in which he argued that the nearest we can get these days to the sound of the castrati is not the countertenor, which he rudely says should really be called a "falsettist", but the mezzo soprano, who is able to reproduce the strong, warm chest tones in her lower range which contemporary commentators tell us were at the base of the castrato voice production, the voice becoming sweeter and softer as it goes into the higher range.

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)

Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse - Vivaldi "Pietà": sacred works for alto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646257508 | Recorded: 2014

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, whose honey-sweet voice perhaps remains the best introduction to the countertenor voice for the skeptical, attempts something new with the collection of gorgeous and generally underrated Vivaldi works. It might, therefore, not be perfectly appropriate as an introduction to Jaroussky, but it's a daring and altogether engrossing project. The collection is accurately billed as a group of sacred works for alto, which makes it a surprising attempt for : his voice corresponds most closely to a mezzo-soprano range, and he has in the past taken on full-scale operatic arias where his voice blooms into a colorful and attractive top. Here he deliberately forbids himself that part of his vocal repertoire, even in faster, more athletic pieces that would seem to permit it.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

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James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 59:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66326 | Recorded: 1988

'James Bowman is on impressive form and his admirers need not hesitate here' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs) D'excellentes interprétations' (Ecouter, Voir, France) 'After hearing the first three notes of Cantata 170 my expectations of this recording were high. I was not disappointed' (Hi Fi News)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

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Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 74321 935812 | Recorded: 1998

By the eighteenth century, Palermo-born Alessandro Scarlatti was the most widely performed Italian composer of vocal music having written more than sixty operas and well over a hundred cantatas. The cantata, more concentrated than opera, was considered at that time as the higher artistic form. Scarlatti was extremely prolific and many of his works including cantatas still remain unrecorded.

Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)

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Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)

Christine Brandes, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume I (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 72:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Conifer Classics ‎| 75605 51293 2 | Recorded: 1997

These performances received Gramophone's "Recording of the Month" award for June 1997, as well as a 1998 Gramophone "Critic's Choice" award.
"…The instrumental ensemble is very fine, and Christine Brandes has a lovely, fresh soprano that sails through this music with melting ease….The sound is warm and congenial…"
–American Record Guide

Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)

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Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)

Yolanda Kondonassis - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 222 MB | 56:27
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc Distribution

Yolanda Kondonassis' skill on the harp is legendary. So too are her arrangements for the instrument. Many times you hear arrangements that restate the composer's original themes, but don't make the music fit the instrument. I often feel this way about much of Bach's music on the piano. Other times you find arrangements that stretch beyond the original in ways that get in the way. For me, the best example of this is the Stokowski arrangements of Bach's organ works for orchestra.

Jean Guillou - Vivaldi for Organ (1991)

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Jean Guillou - Vivaldi for Organ (1991)

Jean Guillou - Vivaldi for Organ (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 59:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Recordings | DOR-90118 | Recorded: 1989

The beauty of this CD is that it combines two very important factors: Vivaldi and the pipe organ, and creates a most listenable and relaxing musical mood. Vivaldi concertos are usually in three parts each: Allegro, Adagio, Allegro (or close to that), that is, fast, slow, fast, and were composed for a small chamber ensemble. Vivaldi himself was primarily a violinist, and wrote what you hear on this CD for ensemble, not for pipe organ. They transcribe very well to pipe organ.

Roberto Tigani, Orchestra dell' Accademia Romana 'Arcangelo Corelli' - A. Scarlatti: Messa in sol maggiore (2000)

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Roberto Tigani, Orchestra dell' Accademia Romana 'Arcangelo Corelli' - A. Scarlatti: Messa in sol maggiore (2000)

Roberto Tigani, Orchestra dell' Accademia Romana 'Arcangelo Corelli - A. Scarlatti: Messa in sol maggiore; Amadori: Beatus Vir; Ziretti: Arie (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 58:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bongiovanni | BGV 5072 | Recorded: 1995-1996

Roberto Tigani directs Orchestra dell'Accademia Romana "Arcangelo Corelli" and soprano Claudia Toti in a performance of three rarely recorded Italian sacred works.
The manuscript for the mass by Scarlatti was discovered in the 1950s in the archives of the Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. It brings to eleven his surviving masses. It is the only know copy and lacks both the Benedictus and the Angus Dei.