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Vladimir Ashkenazy - Bach: Italian Concerto; French Overture; Aria Variata (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Bach: Italian Concerto; French Overture; Aria Variata (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:18 minutes | 1.19 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Vladimir Ashkenazy adds another title to his enormous catalogue of recordings for Decca which embraces his work as one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation as well as over 25 years as a conductor. Ashkenazy devotes this solo album to Bach, on which he performs works including the French Overture and the Italian Concerto.
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.
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
Cedric Pescia - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Cedric Pescia - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 99:03 minutes | 1.51 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt said that Bach had written his Art of Fugue for himself, without thought of performing it on any instrument in particular. In the presence of a speculative work, every musician is free to chisel the perfect lines of polyphony as he or she chooses. Up to the final canon, which continues to pose the question of its incompletion. It is the Franco-Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia, with his subtle, understated playing, who will make this sublime score sing. But he will do so on an untempered piano, which is hardly banal! After a first æon disc devoted to Cage, which created a tremendous stir, Cédric Pescia deploys a low-key art in Bach, a sense of rhythm combined with a rubato of extreme subtlety and an inventiveness in the phrasings and ornaments, both flowing and sharp, that have no equivalent in the discography. Such relief, such life!
Mischa Maisky, Lars Anders Tomter, Czech PO, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Strauss: Don Quixote (2001/2009) PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Mischa Maisky, Lars Anders Tomter, Czech PO, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Strauss: Don Quixote (2001/2009)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 67:20 minutes | Basic Covers | 1,75 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Basic Covers incl. | 1,27 GB

Mischa Maisky (cello), Lars Anders Tomter (viola) and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy performs Richard Strauss' "Don Quixote (Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character)" & "Symphonic Poem "Death and Transfiguration" on this Japanese SACD. A pure DSD recording.
Amandine Savary - J.S. Bach: Toccatas (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Amandine Savary - J.S. Bach: Toccatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:45 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Composed during Bach s early years as a composer, these Toccatas are written in the Stylus Phantasticus, inherited from the great Buxtehude. Free-flowing, virtuoso, fresh, they form a false album collated after the composer s death, and are unjustly among the least known works of the master of Weimar. For her first solo disc, the pianist Amandine Savary gives a perfect performance of these masterpieces of sensitivity. The French pianist Amandine Savary was awarded a scholarship to enter the Royal Academy of Music in London, obtaining her BMus diploma with honours in 2007.
Pierre Hantaï - Bach: Suites Anglaises No. 2 & 6, Concerto Italien (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Pierre Hantaï - Bach: Suites Anglaises No. 2 & 6, Concerto Italien (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 74:24 minutes | 1.45 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

A new disc from Pierre Hantaï is always an event. This recording based around Johann Sebastian Bach, gives pride of place to the Italian Concerto, and makes us rediscover the masterpieces of the cantor of Leipzig in a unique interpretation from the star French harpsichordist. A must have addition to his discography which includes a number of recordings for Mirare: Bach s Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I), Goldberg Variations, and flute sonatas (with Hugo Reyne); three discs of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; a programme of works by François Couperin; and most recently a recording of music for two harpsichords by Rameau (with Skip Sempé).
Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr - J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr - J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 93:33 minutes | 1.91 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Towards the end of its 40th anniversary year the Academy of Ancient Music, with its musical director Richard Egarr, releases a significant new recording of JS Bach's four Orchestral Suites BWV1066-69.