Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2001)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2001)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 486 Mb | Total time: 110:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901748.49 | Recorded: 2001

Philippe Herreweghe uses the second of Bach's four versions of the St. John Passion, the one from 1725, which substitutes some of the arias and the opening chorus, along with lesser changes. The result is somewhat more dramatic than the standard version, which Herreweghe recorded previously. Those familiar with the conductor's work will find his usual warmth, making the most of the lyric moments, but they'll also find greater sensitivity to rhythmic and dramatic thrust and a generally livelier approach. The singers are uniformly fine. Padmore is an unusually effective Evangelist, projecting the drama without undue overacting.

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1999)

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Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1999)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 683 Mb | Total time: 161.22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901676.78 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion was first performed on Good Friday in 1727 at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. It is the largest single composition Bach ever wrote, both in terms of length and in terms of instrumental and vocal forces. It requires two choruses, two orchestras, four vocal soloists for the arias and vocal soloists for each of the various character parts. Philippe Herreweghe's 1999 recording of Bach's masterpiece features a stellar cast and was a perennial catalog bestseller.

Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München - Benedetto Marcello: Joaz (2008)

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Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München - Benedetto Marcello: Joaz (2008)

Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München - Benedetto Marcello: Joaz (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 795 Mb | Total time: 141:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ORF | # SACD3035 | Recorded: 2008

Franz Szabo schrieb über diese Aufführung: »… Was Christoph Hammer und seine ›Neue Hofkapelle München‹ am Abend des Pfingstsonntags […] im Kolomanisaal darbrachten, kann man schlichtwegs nur als sensationell bezeichnen. Benedotto Marcellos Oratorium ›Joaz‹ bescherte zweieinhalb Stunden hochdramatischer, intelligenter, spannender und differenzierter Barockmusik, deren Schönheit alle Anwesenden restlos in ihren Bann schlug. […] Der österreichische Tenor Daniel Johannsen überzeugte als stimmprächtiger und wortdeutlicher böser Berater mit aufflackernd schlechtem Gewissen. […] Kaum zu glauben und ein weiterer Beweis für die höchste Qualität dieses Ensembles, daß die Künstler nur wenige Tage an der Erprobung des Stückes arbeiten konnten. […] Beruhigend zu wissen, dass dieses Oratorium zum oftmaligen Nachhören vom ORF aufgenommen wurde.«

Daniel Chorzempa, Jaap Schröder, Concerto Amsterdam - Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 4 (2004)

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Daniel Chorzempa, Jaap Schröder, Concerto Amsterdam - Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 4 (2004)

Daniel Chorzempa, Jaap Schröder, Concerto Amsterdam - Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 4 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 55:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone Classics | PTC 5186 110 | Recorded: 1975

The performances of these concertos share the same characteristics of Volumes 1-3: bravura playing, clean melodic lines, especially in the solo parts, and discrete, elegant phrasing. In keeping the textures light, Handel created works of great charm and instant appeal. These recordings capture their best qualities.

Daniel Chorzempa, Jaap Schröder, Concerto Amsterdam - Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 3 (2003)

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Daniel Chorzempa, Jaap Schröder, Concerto Amsterdam - Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 3 (2003)

Daniel Chorzempa, Jaap Schröder, Concerto Amsterdam - Handel: Organ Concertos Vol. 3 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 330 Mb | Total time: 66:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone Classics | PTC 5186 109 | Recorded: 1975

This CD is a continuation of the set of Handel organ concertos recorded in the Oud-Katholieke Kerk of The Hague in September 1975. These were originally recorded in quadraphonic sound with the engineers achieving a splendid natural sound with plenty of presence. The masterful performances sound authentic indeed. These are the only multi-channel recordings of this music and highly recommended.

Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique - Charpentier: Te Deum & Motets pour le Roy Louis (2004)

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Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique - Charpentier: Te Deum & Motets pour le Roy Louis (2004)

Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique - Charpentier: Te Deum & Motets pour le Roy Louis (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 61:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opus 111 | # OP 30297 | Recorded: 2000

Charpentier's Te Deum written in the bright key of D major features a four-part choir and eight soloists. It displays the composer's total command of religious music combined with a gift for melodic writing. Brilliant and majestic, yet profound, this Te Deum (Charpentier wrote four Te deums) was probably composed to celebrate the victory at Steinkerque in August 1692 during the wars against the countries of the League of Augsburg. [The struggle would eventually be in vain; and Strasburg, and the Palatine succession lost to France].

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2019)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2019)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 874 Mb | Total time: 75:42+73:10+25:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AAM | AAM 007 | Recorded: 2019

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel's great Brockes-Passion: a long-neglected masterpiece by this most brilliant composer, from a libretto by his friend, Barthold Brockes, one of Germanys leading poets. The culmination of two years of scholarly research by a team of scholars and musicologists from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, King's College London, Open University and more, working alongside Music Director Richard Egarr and editor Leo Duarte. Consulting 15 manuscript sources from 11 collections in 5 countries, this is the most substantial edition of this work yet, including as appendices extra movements and Charles Jennens' partial English translation in their world premiere recordings.

Jaakko Kuusisto - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2018)

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Jaakko Kuusisto - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2018)

Jaakko Kuusisto - Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 684 Mb | Total time: 141:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2197 | Recorded: 2015-2017

Fascinating performers and audiences alike with their architectural perfection as well as their emotional range, these are works that lend themselves to very different interpretations, and on this recording it is the Bach of Finnish violinist Jaakko Kuusisto we hear. Himself a composer – as well as violinist and conductor – Kuusisto remembers beginning to study individual movements from the set at the age of ten. The music has been with him ever since, and to him ‘no other works for the violin provide a higher challenge or greater beauty’.

Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)

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Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)

Donald Runnicles, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera - Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 44:32+64:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 4509-98418-2 | Recorded: 1995

This latest version of Gluck’s masterpiece is something of a double hybrid: its starting point is the Berlioz version, which combines what Berlioz regarded as the best of the Italian original and the French revision (and using a contralto Orpheus), and then it is modified further, with a number of reorderings and some music restored, as well as revised orchestration. It isn’t very ‘authentic’, in terms of Gluck No. 1, Gluck No. 2 or Berlioz, but that of course doesn’t much matter as long as it works.

Paolo Faldi, Camerata Accademica - Benedetto e Alessandro Marcello: Arianna abbandonata & other Cantatas (2019)

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Paolo Faldi, Camerata Accademica - Benedetto e Alessandro Marcello: Arianna abbandonata & other Cantatas (2019)

Paolo Faldi, Camerata Accademica - Benedetto e Alessandro Marcello: Arianna abbandonata & other Cantatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 375 Mb | Total time: 70:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Elegia | # 19075 | Recorded: 2019

The brothers Marcello, Alessandro and the more famous Benedetto, were born into an illustrious patrician family in Venice in 1684 and 1686 respectively. The eldest, with his eclectic talent, proved to be attracted to both the arts and the sciences from an early age; the youngest, better known as the “prince of sacred music”, was about to study the violin very young. According to legend, still children, Alessandro mocked him for his lack of talent in front of the princess of Brunswick, which made him swear to devote himself to musical studies in a zealous manner.

Renaud Capuçon - Le violon ROI [3CDs] (2013)

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Renaud Capuçon - Le violon ROI [3CDs] (2013)

Renaud Capuçon - Le violon ROI [3CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Total time: 76:21+78:55+79:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 2564631360 | Recorded: 2001-2013

A violinist in a class of his own, Renaud Capuçon shows why he is 'Le Violon Roi'; (The Violin King) in this 3-CD collection. As the leading French violinist of his generation, Capucon records exclusively for Virgin Classics and has a rich discography. The set brings together not only some of his best and most popular performances as a soloist but as a collaborator.

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs (1996)

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Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs (1996)

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, Connor Burrowes - Consort Songs: Dowland, Byrd, Tallis, Nicholson, Cobbold, Simpson, Jenkins (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 224 Mb | Total time: 50:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS 9196 | Recorded: 1996

The sound of choirboys singing laments and death songs had enormous appeal to our Elizabethan and Jacobean ancestors – the childish expression of adult emotion apparently sharpening the music’s poignancy. How apt, then, to hear the young Connor Burrowes perform this repertoire, and with such affecting candour and musical maturity. He’s accompanied not by a viol consort – as would have been more common – but recorders, whose inherently vocal quality weaves a light tapestry of sound. They’re particularly effective in the group of pastoral pieces, played here with charming grace and agility.

Homecoming Woodwind Ensemble - Bach: Goldberg Variations arranged by Andrei Eshpai (2006)

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Homecoming Woodwind Ensemble - Bach: Goldberg Variations arranged by Andrei Eshpai (2006)

Homecoming Woodwind Ensemble - Bach: Goldberg Variations arranged by Andrei Eshpai (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 195 Mb | Total time: 49:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Quartz Music | # QTZ2051| Recorded: 2005

Lots of other groups than the ones Bach would have known have decided they wanted a piece of him, from Stokowski's Philadelphia Orchestra to recorder consorts, brass groups, and even teams of electronic musicians. All these settings involve a degree of compromise. A string quartet, for example, brings a grammar of articulation to Bach that may give him a disagreeable accent. This project, originating in Russia, offers something of a middle ground for listeners who may enjoy the sound of Bach played by a contemporary ensemble: it has been carefully done so as to keep the structures of the Goldberg Variations front and center, with no more variety of texture than they would receive on a piano. Arranger Andrei Eshpai, whose career as a composer dates back into the Soviet era, chooses the combination of two oboes, an English horn, and a bassoon for his wind quartet – all double reeds.

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)

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Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)

Harry Christophers, The Sixteen - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 448 Mb | Total time: 111:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN0507 | Recorded: 1989

Harry Christophers's account, with The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra it was recorded live in the rich acoustic of St John's Smith Square, London, in March 1989, with a chorus of eighteen and a period instrument band of twenty-one. Christophers leads a solid, warm, and effective account of the 1724 version. Ian Partridge is a distinctive and compassionate Evangelist; the unusual timbre of his elegant, mature voice often calls to mind that of Aksel Schiøtz. Once again, the singing and the playing are of a particularly high quality. Having opted for the original versions of 'Betrachte meine Seel' and 'Erwäge', Christophers makes extensive use of the lute as a continuo instrument in other portions of the Passion.

Wolfgang Helbich, Barockorchester Bremen, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bach: Apocryphal St. Luke Passion (1997)

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Wolfgang Helbich, Barockorchester Bremen, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bach: Apocryphal St. Luke Passion (1997)

Wolfgang Helbich, Barockorchester Bremen, Alsfelder Vokalensemble - Bach: Apocryphal St. Luke Passion (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 470 Mb | Total time: 106:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 293-2 | Recorded: 1996

…The only source for the `St. Luke Passion' is a score copy begun by Johann Sebastian Bach and completed by his son Carl Phillip Emanuel….Wolfgang Helbich is a persuasive advocate of the score. Good sound, texts and translations.