Ashkenazy Bach Wtc

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 82:29 minutes | 1.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Released in celebration of the great Russian pianist’s 80th birthday (06 July) this set of the French Suites continues Ashkenazy’s extraordinary journey through the major keyboard works of JS Bach.
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.
Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 260 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.
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 II (2003) 2CD

Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.01 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 352 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 474 546-2 | Time: 02:24:50

In a way, this is the best possible version of the WTC to someone who is looking for a balanced, deep and totally honest version. The harpsichord is a beautiful Flemish-French (recent research shows it is rather more French than Flemish) harpsichord (Gilbert's own) that has a marvelous sound: rich and deep, and yet bright and clear. Professor Gilbert's version is as new now as it was when it was released. It is totally respectful of the music (you won't find eccentricities, here, just the music but superlatively played). He has a very cantabile sense of the music - every voice is respected - and his Bach is phrased almost as a dance, rather than as gesturing. He seems to belie Leonhardt, when the Dutch says that the piano was meant to sing and the harpsichord to speak; in Gilbert's hands, it really sings). Do not expect strong chords, abrupt contrasts or anything like that. Gilbert's version is for the connoisseur rather than the Fireworks enthusiast. If you examine, in detail, the way he plays, you will find that every voice is subtly sung, that the amount of work and serious thought he lavished into Bach's music is prodigious.
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.
Myra Hess · The American Columbia Recordings · Bach, Scarlatti, Palmgren, etc. [1 CD] [Re-POST]

Myra Hess · The American Columbia Recordings · Bach, Scarlatti, Palmgren, etc. [1 CD]
EAC rip | Flac, IMG+CUE, Logs | 279 MB | Full 300 dpi Scans | WinRar [rec. rec 5%]
Label: Biddulph | Cat. No. LHW 024 | Released 1994

It is no surprise that Bach featured prominently among her first records. The G major French Suite, in particular, was one of her specialties, and she often programmed a number of preludes and fugues from the WTC. Scarlatti was another composer admired by Hess, and her recording of the two sonatas vividly display her clarity of articulation and sensitivity of touch. Of particular interest among the American Columbia recordings are the works by 20th century composers. … the selections she recorded reveal her to be a superb colorist. ,,,, Perhaps most fascinating is the inclusion of De Falla's showy Ritual Fire Dance, although atypical of her preferred repertoire she carries it off with stylish aplomb."
By Wayne Kiley

VA - Great Pianists Of The 20th Century: Box Set 202 CD Part 1 (1999)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at March 26, 2015
VA - Great Pianists Of The 20th Century: Box Set 202 CD Part 1 (1999)

VA - Great Pianists Of The 20th Century: Box Set 202 CD Part 1 (1999)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 8,58 Gb
Label: Polygram Records | Release Year: 1999

Phillips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century issue has gotten a lot of publicity in the ten or so years since it has been released. In a musical niche suffering from falling revenues, it was a decent seller. But it left many connoisseurs disappointed, as the quality was limited to the fancy packaging.
Bach - Wispelwey - Gamba Sonatas, Riddle Preludes, Baroque Perpetua (1998, Channel Classics # CCS 14198) [Repost]

Johann Sebastian Bach - Gamba Sonatas / Riddle Preludes / Baroque Perpetua
Pieter Wispelwey / Richard Egarr / Daniel Yeadon
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC (tracks): 311 MB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Channel Classics # CCS 14198 | Country/Year: Netherlands 1998
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

"…an hour of wonderfull Bachplaying on an assortment of ‘wrong’ instruments (…) This is an unusual Bach disc, but one which both revels in the music of the moment and reveals its timelessness." ~Gramophone