Alexander Bach

Alexander Grychtolik - Bach: Angenehme Melodei (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 24, 2017
Alexander Grychtolik - Bach: Angenehme Melodei (2017)

Alexander Grychtolik - Bach: Angenehme Melodei
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 52:39 min | 299 MB
Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

It’s amazing to think that world première recordings of Bach are possible today at all. The harpsichordist Alexander Grychtolik has painstakingly reconstructed two homage cantatas from Bach’s Leipzig years. The first, Erwählte Pleissenstadt (BWV 216a), survives only in a draft libretto and a few fragments of notation rediscovered in 2003 among the posthumous papers of a Japanese pianist. The second, O angenehme Melodei (BWV 210a), survives only in a soprano part and a separate print of the libretto for the earliest of its three versions.
Alexander Korneyev, Alexander Bakhchiev - Bach: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord (2014)

Alexander Korneyev, Alexander Bakhchiev - Bach: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord (2014)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 229 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical | Label: Melodiya | 2014 | 01:35:17

Firma Melodiya presents recordings by Alexander Korneyev, an outstanding flutist, People's Artist of the RSFSR and laureate of the State Prize of Russia. The musician's concert repertoire was extraordinary extensive, from early baroque to contemporary composers. He made dozens of recordings released on vinyl and CD. This album features one of the gems performed by Korneyev, a peak of baroque flute – six sonatas for flute and harpsichord, and the partita for solo flute by J.S. Bach.
Reinoud van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Bach: Erbarme Dich (2016)

Reinoud van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Bach: Erbarme Dich (2016)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 331 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans (covers+d.booklet) included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, #: 252 | 2016 | 01:09:57

It is impossible to overstate the profundity with which Bach has probed the secret inner recesses of the human heart – quite the opposite from the ‘divine sewing machine’ that Colette saw in his work. He was really an opera composer, showing great psychological penetration, not only spiritually but in basic human terms, from the tenderness of love to the terror felt when confronting death. Separated from any liturgical or musicological context, this programme aims to stress Bach’s genius for expressing human passions in all their diversity. –GILLES CANTAGREL
Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Dunedin Consort, John Butt - Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 86:31 minutes | 1.74 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata.
Il Convito & Maude Gratton - W.F. Bach: Concertos pour clavecin et cordes (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88.2]

Il Convito & Maude Gratton - W.F. Bach: Concertos pour clavecin et cordes (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 73:27 minutes | 1.35 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The image of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710– 84) most widely prevalent in our time is that of an eldest son as it were haunted by the memory of his father but who, nevertheless, crippled by gambling and drinking debts, was obliged to sell his share of the precious inheritance constituted by Johann Sebastian’s manuscripts. Yet he was also one of the first composers to carve out a ‘freelance’ existence, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart some years after him.
Marc Minkowski - Bach: St John Passion (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Marc Minkowski - Bach: St John Passion (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 110:17 minutes | 1.85 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The foundations of Marc Minkowski’s career lie in Baroque music, and he has enjoyed a long relationship with Warner Classics, but this Johannes-Passion (St John Passion) is his first Bach for the label. The work’s terse drama – here presented through just nine singers – is ideally suited to both his scrupulous musicianship and his keen sense of theatre. The French conductor describes Bach’s great masterpieces as “a journey you have to prepare for meticulously, over a long period of time… You come back from it like an explorer comes back from Everest or the Moon – transformed.”

Kei Koito - Organ Music Before Bach (2015)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 27, 2017
Kei Koito - Organ Music Before Bach (2015)

Kei Koito - Organ Music Before Bach
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 78:36 min | 352 MB
Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2015

Diapason d’or, en juillet dernier, ce splendide enregistrement de l’organiste japonaise Kei Koito bénéficie également d’une prise de son qui fait l’unanimité auprès de tous les audiophiles.

Christoph Spering - Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (2015)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 26, 2017
Christoph Spering - Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (2015)

Christoph Spering - Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 62:08 min | 309 MB
Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2015

This revealing project deals exclusively with Bach's well-known cantata BWV 80, 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott', in its various versions and revisions, both by JSB and by his son Wilhelm Friedemann. Bach originally wrote his earliest version (BWV 80a) of a Reformation celebration cantata, based on Luther's famous chorale, in 1715, and subsequently reworked this around 1724 (BWV 80b); nothing has survived of the first version, and only a couple of fragments of the second, which are recorded here. Then, between 1728 and 1731, Bach rewrote and extended the work to produce the cantata which we know today as BWV 80 and which, of course, is included in this recording.
Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:04 min | 279 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2017

Two of Bach s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi s 'Stabat mater', an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century s most influential composers.
Andreas Staier & Alexander Melnikov - Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor and Other Piano Duets (2017)

Andreas Staier & Alexander Melnikov - Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor and Other Piano Duets
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 72:52 min | 223 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 18 | Rls.date: 2017

'I have composed a big sonata and variations for four hands, and the latter have met with a specially good reception here, but I do not entirely trust Hungarian taste, and I shall leave it to you and to the Viennese to decide their true merit' So wrote Franz Schubert in 1824, evoking the popular 19th-century genre for 4-hands piano that publishers were always pestering him to write for. In his brief life Schubert devoted 32 compositions to this form and the least of these pieces, be it a ländler, polonaise or march, radiates with all of his finesse and sensitivity.