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Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Süße Freudschaft, edles Band (2012)

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Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Süße Freudschaft, edles Band (2012)

Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Süße Freudschaft, edles Band (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 364 Mb | Total time: 64:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus ‎| CHR 77366 | Recorded: 2012

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (1657-1714) is one of those composers who was forgotten by history. Originally from East Frisia, he arrived at the court of Rudolstadt in Thuringia at the age of 24 to serve as music director, remaining there for the rest of his life: the lustre of the court faded and the collection of over 2500 works by himself and others, amassed by Erlebach during the course of his life, was destroyed by fire. Thus this once significant composer 'from the Province' faded from memory.

Igor Kipnis ‎– Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto, English Suite No. 2, 12 Little Preludes (1993)

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Igor Kipnis ‎– Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto, English Suite No. 2, 12 Little Preludes (1993)

Igor Kipnis ‎– Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto, English Suite No. 2, 12 Little Preludes (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 64:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | SBK 53 263 | Recorded: 1965

This is the best playing of Bach keyboard music on original instruments in the catalog. The way Igor Kipnis plays the English Suite is easily worth the price of the disc, as he gives every movement a character of its own, thrills us with his virtuosity, and displays his imagination with his embellished repeats. The Italian Concerto doesn't offer the same opportunities for repeats, but Kipnis still gives us imagination and great sensitivity. The remaining pieces are played on the soft-voiced clavichord, an instrument that normally can't be heard across a small room. Don't turn the volume up, just save this music for late nights in the country and let it whisper to you.

Andrea Buccarella - Toccata: From Claudio Merulo to Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)

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Andrea Buccarella - Toccata: From Claudio Merulo to Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)

Andrea Buccarella - Toccata: From Claudio Merulo to Johann Sebastian Bach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 59:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar ‎| RIC 407 | Recorded: 2019

For this first recording, Andrea Buccarella explores the history of the most emblematic form of Baroque music, from its appearance in Italy at the end of the sixteenth century right up to its apotheosis in Johann Sebastian Bach: the toccata. With its inventiveness, its formal freedom, its contrasting effects of virtuosity and emotion, the Italian toccata – whose name probably comes from the verb toccare (to touch/play) – opened the way for the stylus fantasticus that was to dominate Germany in the late seventeenth century.

Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time With My Piano (2013)

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Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time With My Piano (2013)

Sergei Kasprov - Exploring Time With My Piano (2013)
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet
Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 207 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | # 606 | Time: 01:10:00

For his first recording on the Alpha label, Sergey Kasprov, a young Russian artist trained at the Moscow Conservatory, defies the laws of time. He has in fact chosen to create a dialogue between great Baroque geniuses and Russian Romantics: Rameau, Lully, Loeillet, Bach and Scarlatti revised by Tausig, Godowsky and Rachmaninov.In the tradition of Marcelle Meyer, Glenn Gould or, more recently, Alexandre Tharaud, Sergey Kasprov pulls off the tour de force of freeing himself from Baroque interpretative codes and, at the same time, from those of the 19th century, to better get back to the essential.The excellent recording quality attests ideally to the discourse, respectful of the original counterpoint as well as unfailing digital dexterity necessitated by appropriate ornamentation and the amazing sound palette required by late Romanticism, all on a Steinway contemporary with Rachmaninov.

The King's Noyse - Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)

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The King's Noyse - Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)

Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)
The King's Noyse; David Douglas, director & violin; Andrew Lawrence-King, harp

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907159 | Time: 01:18:34

The King's Noyse are a terrific ensemble who have made a lot of very good discs indeed over the years. This is among them. It is billed as a disc from 1995 of dance music and song from Italy between about 1580 and 1650, which though strictly accurate, may be a little misleading. Lively dance rhythms are certainly there, but a good deal of the disc is contemplative and sometimes rather melancholy in feel. There are single works by both Monteverdi and Gesualdo but the other works are largely by much more obscure composers, and although I know a little of some like Rovetta and Castello, most were completely new to me. I always like to be introduced to new composers, and the music is very fine throughout the disc.

Berliner Barock-Compagney - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ouvertures, Sonatas (2004)

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Berliner Barock-Compagney - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ouvertures, Sonatas (2004)

Berliner Barock-Compagney - Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ouvertures, Sonatas (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 336 Mb | Total time: 64:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio ‎| 67 074 | Recorded: 2002

Was sophisticated music-making possible at the court of a minor German prince in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries? Yes, indeed! It happened in the Thuringian city of Rudolstadt where Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, the Kappellmeister to the High Count of Schwarzburg and Hohnstein, incorporated mainstream European music in his works even though he rarely travelled beyond his relatively small area in all those 35 years and never once did he venture beyond the German- speaking world. Come and learn and listen to this little known yet amazing composer who learned his craft from travelling musicians.

Igor Kipnis ‎– The Virtuoso Handel (1990)

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Igor Kipnis ‎– The Virtuoso Handel (1990)

Igor Kipnis ‎– The Virtuoso Handel (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 51:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch Records | 9 79037-2 | Recorded: 1982

This album is likely to make you catch your breath on first hearing. Here is a harpsichord player in full virtuosic flight, just as we imagine Handel to have been (who was after all one of the great performers of his day and prevailed in a contest with Domenico Scarlatti).

Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (2002) [Re-Up]

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Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (2002) [Re-Up]

Glenn Gould - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SMK87759 | Time: 01:09:36

What you will find on this disc is A) contrapunctus I-IX played on two different organs in 1962; B) contrapunctus I II & IV from a1981 TV broadcast; C) contrapunctus IX XI & XIII in mono from a radio broadcast in 1967; D) the unfinished contrapunctus XIV from what may or may not be the same TV broadcast as B); and as a final filler E) a prelude and fugue on the name BACH from a studio recording in 1980. Items B)-E) are given on the piano.

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 (2000)

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Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 (2000)

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 446 Mb | Total time: 73:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Seraphim Classics ‎| 74007 2 | Recorded: 1977

If you want a representative sample of Igor Kipnis’ Bach, start with the introductory toccata to the E minor Partita (No. 6). You get little of the music’s introspective undertones, but Kipnis’ subtle registration changes, resourceful ornamentation, and rhythmic extroversion proves quite insidious. Some of Kipnis’ textual emendations will surprise you, such as his duple-meter reading of the Fifth Partita’s Allemanda. Only on the repeats does Kipnis reinstate the middle notes of the right hand triplet groupings.

Pavlo Beznosiuk - Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzi; Johann Paul Westhoff: Suites (2000)

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Pavlo Beznosiuk - Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzi; Johann Paul Westhoff: Suites (2000)

Pavlo Beznosiuk - Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzi; Johann Paul Westhoff: Suites (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 69:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera Records | KTC 1224 | Recorded: 1999

In what Et’cetera has described as Volume I, Pavlo Beznosiuk couples three of Westhoff’s suites for solo violin from 1696 with six items from Walther’s scherzos from 1676. His program opens with Walther’s Sonata VIII, offering a startling initial barrage of signature chords and double-stops, giving way to flurries of rapid notes and studded with brilliant staccatos, beside which the demands of Corelli’s solos about a generation later pale, and the Sonata closes with fireworks that make a greater cumulative effect than the works of Locatelli, often identified as the precursor of Paganini’s technical demands.

Ian Bostridge, Bernard Labadie, The English Concert - Three Baroque Tenors (2010)

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Ian Bostridge, Bernard Labadie, The English Concert - Three Baroque Tenors (2010)

Ian Bostridge, Bernard Labadie, The English Concert - Three Baroque Tenors (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 66:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics ‎| 6 26864 2 | Recorded: 2009

John Beard, Francesco Borosini, Annibale Fabri: these three men helped to revolutionized music in the 18th century. Their voices moved the greatest composers of the time to increasingly write for tenors, a move from the Castrati, which had dominated opera since 1600. Now, three centuries since this trio’s brilliance encouraged a surge of new repertoire for the vocal range, world renowned tenor Ian Bostridge celebrates their legacy with his stunning new release, Three Baroque Tenors.

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2000)

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Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2000)

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo Partitas Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 418 Mb | Total time: 73:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Seraphim Classics ‎| 73700 2 | Recorded: 1977

Following its release of Bach’s Third, Fifth, and Sixth Keyboard Partitas, Seraphim brings out the remainder of Igor Kipnis’ superb cycle from the 1970s. As it happens, Partitas 1, 2, and 4 are my favorites of the six. Kipnis reveals their distinct structural and emotional profiles with interpretations that often take you by surprise, yet invariably prove convincing. Many keyboard practitioners play the introduction to the D major Partita’s overture with frills and freedom, and impart a steady drive to the main section.

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Italian Variations (2001)

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Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Italian Variations (2001)

Igor Kipnis - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Italian Variations (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 870 Mb | Total time: 73:37+70:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Seraphim Classics ‎| 74501 2 | Recorded: 1973, 1976

Since you can find plenty of excellent single-disc harpsichord Goldbergs with all repeats, why even consider this recording? For the simple reason that Kipnis offers one of the most technically accomplished, individualistic, and deeply musical recordings of the Goldberg Variations ever made–that’s why! You’ll have to search far and wide to find Goldbergs so brilliantly thought out yet seemingly spontaneous, so stylistically sound yet utterly unacademic, so unpredictable in detail yet profoundly true to the composer’s spirit.

Renaud Capuçon, David Fray - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (2019)

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Renaud Capuçon, David Fray - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (2019)

Renaud Capuçon, David Fray - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 64:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 9029550578 | Recorded: 2017

The violin was one of Bach’s favourite instruments and inspired his most lyrical outpourings. We know he was greatly influenced by the Italian masters whose work he discovered during his Weimar years – by the power of Frescobaldi, the melodic flexibility of Corelli, the sunny grace of Vivaldi – but he developed his own wonderful artistry in writing music of polyphonic density for the violin and “playing” with its sound palette. His deep understanding of the instrument clearly enabled him to exploit its full potential and to write as well as perform music of the utmost virtuosity.

Armonia delle Sfere - Antonia Bembo: Produzioni Armoniche, 1701 (2019)

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Armonia delle Sfere - Antonia Bembo: Produzioni Armoniche, 1701 (2019)

Armonia delle Sfere - Antonia Bembo: Produzioni Armoniche, 1701 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 827 Mb | Total time: 65:26+65:12+73:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Tactus ‎| TC 640280 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

Within this new album the Armonia delle Sfere ensemble is delivering to us the complete Produzioni Armoniche by Antonia Bembo, a collection of fourty one motets dedicated in 1701 to Louis XIV, the Roi Soleil, to whose court she landed after a series of vicissitudes occurred in Venice, her hometown, including the failure of a marriage and important family disputes, for which she was deprived of his paternal inheritance.