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Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2003) 2CD

Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 790 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 270 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 474 221-2 | Time: 01:51:00

Although not quite at the level of profundity of his teacher Gustav Leonhardt's recording, Kenneth Gilbert's 1983 recording of Book 1 of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier does have a style and polish that Leonhardt's too often lacked. Thus, while Leonhardt goes further into some of the minor-key fugues to find intellectual and spiritual depths that Gilbert does not plumb, Gilbert's playing is so much more elegant and graceful than Leonhardt's that it is difficult to choose between them. For listeners who approach The Well-Tempered Clavier as a volume of virtuoso works whose success depends on the effortless refinement of the player, the Gilbert, with its superbly remastered sound, will be the one to get. For listeners who approach The Well-Tempered Clavier as a volume of prayers written as preludes and fugues, the Leonhardt will be preferable. Both are superb and both belong in any Bach collection.
Mozart - Piano Concertos: Nos. 9, 12, 26 (Uchida, Ashkenazy, Francesch) (2013/1989-90)

Mozart - Piano Concertos: Nos. 9, 12, 26 (Uchida, Ashkenazy, Francesch) (2013/1989-90)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.89 Gb (DVD9) | 95 min
Classical | EuroArts

Mozart, who composed 21 piano concerti, can be regarded as the “inventor” of the popular piano concerto. Although J.S. Bach and his son had written numerous concerti for harpsichord or fortepiano and orchestra before him, Mozart’s enormous input to the genre is mostly due to his concerti being regarded as ‘popular music’ by his contemporaries: to be enjoyed and quickly replaced by newer works. For this series on four DVDs, the most influential, the most artistically challenging and the most popular piano concerti have been selected to be performed by the best Mozart interpreters of our time. Volume I features pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Homero Francesch each performing a concerto representing a different stage in Mozart's life. The performances on this DVD were shot in highly attractive baroque venues – at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, in Hampton Court Palace, London and in the Christian-Zais-Saal, Wiesbaden – capturing the atmosphere of a performance in Mozart’s lifetime.
Wilhelm Backhaus – Piano Masters - Schumann, Schubert, Bach (1999)

Wilhelm Backhaus – Piano Masters - Schumann, Schubert, Bach (1999)
Classical/Various style periods | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 1h15m | 189mb
Label: PEARL | cat. no. GEM 0046
Bach - Variations canoniques; Les Chorales de Leipzig, BWV 769, 651-668 (Hans Vollenweider) [1995]

Bach - Variations canoniques; Les Chorales de Leipzig, BWV 769, 651-668 (Hans Vollenweider) [1995]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 547 MB
Classical | Label: Accord | Catalog Number: 149514 | TT: CD1: 53’07, CD2: 53’55

It’s now time for a release with the famous German organist Helmut Walcha. This is the first of initially 4 releases with Walcha playing J. S. Bach. He recorded the complete works by J. S. Bach twice, from 1947-1950 in mono on the Schnitger organ in Cappel and in St. Jakobi in Lübeck and 1956-1971 on the famous organ in Alkmaar. This release is from the Alkmaar serie and is therefore in stereo. A quite interesting thing is to compare it with the IHORC14 release, where Fernando Germani plays the exact same organ about two years later…
Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)

Sviatoslav Richter - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 (2005)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 00:53:12 | 205 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: URANIA

The appeal of this release hinges more on its sound quality than on the quality of its well-known and excellent performances. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound very good. One can more or less hear Richter – details of articulation occasionally get lost, inner voices are sometimes obscured, and bigger sonorities are often opaque – but he sounds like he's miles away. One can hear Sanderling and the USSR Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra only faintly when they're quiet, somewhat better when they're louder, and all too well when they're really loud. There have been better releases of these recordings in the past – many listeners prefer the 1995 BMG-Melodiya issues – and there will likely be better releases in the future. This one's not worth it except for Richter specialists who have to have every release of every performance Richter ever recorded.

Alison Balsom - Jubilo: Fasch, Corelli, Torelli & Bach (2016)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 19, 2017
Alison Balsom - Jubilo: Fasch, Corelli, Torelli & Bach (2016)

Alison Balsom - Jubilo: Fasch, Corelli, Torelli & Bach (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks - 404 MB | 00:54:04
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | Release Year: 2016

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom OBE has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. With this release Alison records on the natural trumpet for the first time since the hugely successful album Sound the Trumpet. Inspired by seasonal Baroque repertoire, the recording includes Bach’s concertos by Corelli, Torelli, and Fasch performed with the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of violinist Pavlo Besnosiuk.
Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997]

Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 257 MB
Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 452898 | TT: 1:11;06

Barbara Bonney's recital of the Schumanns' songs is prefaced, in the booklet-note, with a little feminist homily from the singer defending the reputation of Clara as woman and artist. Clara hardly needs that kind of defence nowadays, witness recent CDs by Skovhus and Stutzmann, plus several others not reviewed in these pages; her songs are far from patronized, let alone neglected. Yet, for all the advocacy of these singers, her inspiration remains for me intermittent, though thoroughly conventional songs are occasionally leavened by notably individual ones, such as, here, her very last and unpublished song, Loreley, which vividly conjures up that dangerous creature, particu lady in the hectic piano part, evocatively played by Ashkenazy. Indeed it seems that Heine most inspired her, as "Sic liebten sich beide" from her Op. 13 provoked a setting of economically intense meaning, to which Bonney finely responds.
– Gramophone [9/1997].

Dan Laurin - Telemann, Corelli & Bach: Chamber Music (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 17, 2017
Dan Laurin - Telemann, Corelli & Bach: Chamber Music (2017)

Dan Laurin - Telemann, Corelli & Bach: Chamber Music (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:09:07 | 160 MB
Label: BIS | Release Year: 2017

The young period band Höör Barock, based in the south of Sweden, has chosen a colourful programme for its début disc. With recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin at the helm, the twelve musicians steer a course through Telemann’s celebrated Wassermusik (also known as Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth) with its sea gods and goddesses dancing bourrées and gavottes before a rowdy crowd of seamen closes the suite with an energetic Canarie. The centre piece of the programme is Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in F major, the composer’s arrangement of his own Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. Soloist here is Anna Paradiso, who also plays continuo in the other works of the disc.

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid [Repost]  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by tanas.olesya at Jan. 16, 2017
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid  [Repost]

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
English | 15 Jan. 1999 | ISBN: 0465026567 | 824 Pages | PDF | 31 MB

Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it.
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & René Jacobs - Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (Johannes-Passion) (2016) [TR24][OF]

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & René Jacobs - Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (Johannes-Passion)
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 106:12 min | 1.88 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 40 | Rls.date: 2016

Bach revised his 'Johannes-Passion' regularly: he returned to it over a period of 26 years, from 1724 until his death. It is the version hallowed by tradition, established by the Kantor a year before his death, that is presented on these CDs. However, the 1725 version, equally outstanding musically, has also been recorded complete and can be downloaded as a bonus in high-resolution sound. Comparison of the two versions reveals the underlying meaning of this matchless 'Passion'.