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Bob van Asperen, Melante Amsterdam - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos (1999)

Bob van Asperen, Melante Amsterdam - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Total time: 59:35+61:45+47:19+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 61716 2 | Recorded: 1991-1994

Bach is often credited with having invented the keyboard concerto, despite the fact that all of his works in the mode were arrangements of existing concertos for other instruments. Furthermore, whatever influence they may have had was indirect. It’s unlikely that either Haydn or Mozart had heard any of this music or even knew of its existence. But Haydn may have encountered the keyboard concertos of Carl Philippe Emanuel, and Mozart knew Johann Christian’s works in the genre. Nevertheless the elder Bach’s concertos, whether played on a harpsichord, or on a piano, retain a revered place in the keyboard literature. Many listeners will remember the veteran Baroque specialist, Bob van Asperen, from his collaboration with Gustav Leonhardt in the Teldec Bach cantata series. Here he plays the solo concertos with expected grace and fluidity, accompanied by Melante Amsterdam, which is basically an expanded period-instruments string quartet. The performances have a chamber-like intimacy, which is especially attractive, for example, in the famous Largo of the F-Minor concerto (BWV 1056). The recording, dating back to 1993, sounds brand new.
(George Chien)

Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge (Gustav Leonhardt) [2012 / 1969]  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Sept. 12, 2016
Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge (Gustav Leonhardt) [2012 / 1969]

Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge (Gustav Leonhardt) [2012 / 1969]
Classical |EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | Label: DHM
Catalog Number: 88691 95307 2 | CD1:65’16; CD2:66’35 | 2cd, 859.97 MB

He was born in 's-Graveland, North Holland and studied organ and harpsichord from 1947 to 1950 with Eduard Müller at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. In 1950, he made his debut as a harpsichordist in Vienna, where he studied musicology. He was professor of harpsichord at the Academy of Music from 1952 to 1955 and at the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1954. He was also a church organist.
Bach C.P.E. - Complete Flute Sonatas (Barthold Kuijken, Bob van Asperen) [1993]

Bach C.P.E. - Complete Flute Sonatas (Barthold Kuijken, Bob van Asperen) [1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 457 MB
Classical | Label: Sony | Catalog Number: S2K 53964 | TT: CD1:74’57; CD2:65’02

The title of this release is thoroughly misleading. The album contains nothing like the ''Complete Flute Sonatas'' of C. P. E. Bach but only those for flute with obbligato harpsichord, of which there are but five. Eleven others for flute and continuo are omitted, along with Bach's single work for unaccompanied flute. Instead, the remaining five sonatas in the programme consist of two (BWV1020 and 1031) whose authorship has long been a matter of dispute; a trio for flute, violin and bass (H578) in which the violin part has been taken over by the right hand of the keyboard; another (H543) in which a similar adjustment has been made to Bach's two differently scored originals; and a duet for violin and harpsichord (H504) in which the violin part is taken by the flute. So, you can see that the title of the album is somewhat economical with the truth, though the accompanying essay by Barthold Kuijken clarifies the position.
– Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [5/1994]
Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord - Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen

Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord - Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen
Baroque | flac - cue - log | EAC rip | Covers & booklet (HQ) | 2 CD | 676 MB | RS + Fsonic
NAXOS 8.554614-8.554783 | DDD | RAR 5% Rec. | 2000

J. S. Bach's second son, C.P.E. Bach, described the six Sonatas for Violin and Cembalo as "among the best compositions of my dear departed father", and went on to say how well they sounded and what pleasure they still gave him, although written some fifty years before. Over 300 years later these pieces still sound fresh and delightful.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations & Toccatas - Bob van Asperen

Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations & Toccatas - Bob van Asperen
Baroque | EAC Rip | log, ape + cue | Full booklet pdf HQ | 2 CD | 941 MB | RS
Virgin Veritas 6931982 | 2009

A very finely-played recording which takes virtually 'all' repeats, one of the best performances of Goldberg Variations. The instrument played by van Asperen is a two-manualed harpsichord by Michael Mietke of Berlin (1719), who crafted a harpsichord for Bach while he lived in Coethen.
Bob van Asperen, Alma Musica Amsterdam - Albinoni, Telemann: Concertos and Sonatos for oboe (2001)

Bob van Asperen, Alma Musica Amsterdam - Albinoni, Telemann: Concertos and Sonatos for oboe (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 502 Mb | Total time: 62:27+40:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 61878 2 | Recorded: 1981-82

Bob van Asperen (born 8 October 1947 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch harpsichordist and early keyboard instrument performer, as well as a conductor. He graduated in 1971 from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he studied the harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt and the pipe organ with Albert de Klerk. Since then he has been performing extensively in Europe and the rest of the world, both as a soloist and as an accompanist/conductor.
In addition to his live performances, he has recorded repeatedly for several labels, including Sony, EMI, Teldec, Virgin, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, specialising in the keyboard repertoire of the 16th - 18th centuries, such as the harpsichord works of Froberger, J. S. Bach and Handel. One of the most important discography projects he has undertaken is the complete keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach and also the complete sonatas of Catalan composer Antonio Soler (Astrée, 1992). Various other projects are under way, while many of his recordings have been awarded with prestigious prizes, such as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d'Or.
Jordi Savall - J.S. Bach - Les Six Concerts Brandebourgeois (1991) {2010 Remaster Alia Vox AVSA 9871 A+B)

Jordi Savall - J.S. Bach - Les Six Concerts Brandebourgeois (1991) {2010 Remaster Alia Vox AVSA 9871 A+B)
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 566 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 232 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 116 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1991, 2010 Alia Vox | AVSA 9871 A+B
Classical / Baroque

This reissue offers music lovers a golden opportunity to hear one of the truly great sets of Brandenburg Concertos. Listeners familiar with the fast, super-bright sound of certain famous British and German authentic instrument groups such as The English Concert or Musica Antiqua Kцln, will find much to savor in these warmly dark-toned versions. Gamba player turned conductor Jordi Savall treats each work with positively epicurean relish.
René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion (Édition 5.1) (2013) [Official Digital Download MCH 24/96]

René Jacobs - J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion (Édition 5.1) (2013)
FLAC 5.1 (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 158:30 minutes | 6,61 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

It has haunted René Jacobs since childhood: first as a boy soprano in Ghent, then as a countertenor, he has constantly frequented the supreme masterpiece that is the 'St Matthew Passion'. Jacobs uses the layout of the Good Friday Vesper service from Bach's time, with choirs front and back, rather than side-by-side. He also gives us extra soloists to complete the bi-choral effect. For Bach, the two halves were 28 metres apart. At that distance, coordination difficulties begin to appear between the speed of light, and the speed of sound, and we cannot determine how Bach dealt with this problem.
Grigory Sokolov - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2 (2014) 2CDs

Grigory Sokolov - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2 (2014) 2CDs
Early Recordings from 1975, 1982 and 1989
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 549 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 301 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02049 | Time: 02:07:54

Firma Melodiya presents concert recordings of J.S. Bach's compositions performed by Grigory Sokolov, arguably the most intellectual of all modern Russian pianists. At the age of 16, he became a winner of the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition and has been an active concert performer for more than forty years. There are just few musicians now who are described as "He lives for the sake of music. Only music". Sokolov's biography is not rich in external events as he is not a public figure. However, those who have heard him in concert or on records will never be able to forget his play. Sokolov prefers deeply considered "music of mind" to virtuosic lustre. He is mostly known as an interpreter of Bach's works, late Beethoven and Brahms. "He is often compared with Gould. But Sokolov has a Bach of his own. He is more of a philosopher", a critic wrote about his performance in the Literaturnaya Gazeta. But unlike the Canadian intellectual genius of pianism, Sokolov has preferred concerts to recordings. "The biggest gap is the one between the microphone and a man", the musician believes. The Goldberg Variations, Bach's most complicated cycle from the performing point of view, was recorded by Grigory Sokolov in concert in 1982. The album also includes Partita in C minor and English Suite in A minor recorded in various years.

Brad Mehldau - After Bach (2018)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 31, 2018
Brad Mehldau - After Bach (2018)

Brad Mehldau - After Bach (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch Records | # 7559-79318-0 | Time: 01:09:22
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, Classical Crossover

No composer looms over modern jazz quite like Johann Sebastian Bach, whose harmonic rigour seems to have provided the basis for bebop and all that followed. Listen to the endlessly mutating semiquavers tumbling from Charlie Parker’s saxophone and it could be the top line of a Bach fantasia; the jolting cycle of chords in John Coltrane’s Giant Steps could come straight from a Bach fugue and Bach’s contrapuntal techniques crop up in countless jazz pianists, from Bill Evans to Nina Simone. Bach certainly casts a long shadow over US pianist Brad Mehldau: even when he’s gently mutilating pieces by Radiohead, Nick Drake or the Beatles, he sounds like Glenn Gould ripping into the Goldberg Variations. Which is why it comes as no surprise to see Mehldau recording an entire album inspired by Bach. However, this is not a jazz album. Instead of riffing on Bach themes, as the likes of Jacques Loussier or the Modern Jazz Quartet have done in the past, After Bach sees Mehldau using Bach’s methodology. Mehldau plays five of Bach’s canonic 48 Preludes and Fugues, each followed by his own modern 21st-century response.