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La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)
Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; La Nuova Musica; David Bates, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM907589 | Time: 01:04:14

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. Bach so admired the composition of his Neapolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Nuova Musica, in its 10th anniversary year, and its two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.
Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170 (2017) [24/96]

Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:09 minutes | 1.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Handel wrote little for his native tongue, but what he did demonstrates a particular level of contemplative piety while still employing the familiar techniques of Italian opera. Praise for the beauty of nature and eternal life are the subjects of the sacred poems by his contemporary Barthold Heinrich Brockes which Handel set to music in his 'Nine German Arias'. Each aria celebrates an aspect of nature, from the beauty of a flaming rose to the sweetness of silence, with extraordinary tenderness and sincerity.
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.
Bach - Cantatas BWV 54, 170; Concerto BWV 1060; Orchestral Suite BWV 1067 (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra) (2011)

Bach - Cantatas BWV 54, 170; Concerto BWV 1060; Orchestral Suite BWV 1067 (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra) (2011)
Classical | Eac, Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 350.79 MB
Label: Analekta | Cat. N.: AN 2 9878 | TT - 68:47

Here's a collection of Bach pieces where the performances fit together exceptionally well. The basic sound is that of Canada's veteran Baroque ensemble Tafelmusik under violinist and director Jeanne Lamon: smooth, bright, French in its light seductiveness. Sample the almost accentless Rondeau from the Suite in A minor, a violin-and-strings transcription (and according to musicologist Joshua Rifkin a reconstruction of an original version) of the Suite in B minor for orchestra, BWV 1067; you couldn't call it gutsy, but the degree of control and consistency is impressive.
Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 59:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901644 | Recorded: 1999

According to German theological tradition, which Bach knew very well, the alto voice was the very symbol of the Holy Ghost. Bach's three solo cantatas for alto demand enormous vocal virtuosity. Their extraordinary musical variety embraces sublime consolatory lullabies, a faithful echo of an organ concerto and the dramatic qualities of an oratorio. Andreas Scholl is the featured soloist in this reissue, backed by Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent.
Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)
Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Arcangelo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68111 | Time: 01:04:51

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - January 2017. Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.
Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen - JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017) [TR24][OF]

Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen - JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 64:44 min | 1.22 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017

Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 777 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

"It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets."
– George Chien
J.S. Bach - 6 Suites BWV 1007-1012 transcribed from the originals for solo cello (Marion Verbruggen) - 2006

J.S. Bach - 6 Suites BWV 1007-1012 transcribed from the originals for solo cello (Marion Verbruggen) - 2006
WEB FLAC (tracks, cover, logs) | 02:09:13 | 589.40 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi

Much of Bach's music is abstract enough that it can easily be arranged for new instrumental combinations, and often was by the composer himself. The music for unaccompanied violin and for unaccompanied cello forms an exceptional case; the sonatas and partitas for solo violin were part of a long tradition of virtuoso violin music to which Bach was making a conscious contribution, and the six suites for solo cello were written as extensions of the ideas in the violin pieces. Transferring the cello suites to a solo recorder, which is incapable of executing many details of the cello scores, is thus something Bach probably wouldn't have countenanced. ..
Nicolas Dautricourt & Juho Pohjonen - Bach: 6 Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1014-1019 (2018) [24/96]

Nicolas Dautricourt & Juho Pohjonen - Bach: 6 Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1014-1019 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 121:07 minutes | 2.27 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

One of the most original features of the Sonatas for violin and piano BWV 1014-1019 is the imagination shown by Johann Sebastian Bach in harmonic, melodic and contrapuntal terms. The pianist’s right hand and the violin must constantly answer each other, while the basso continuo is entrusted to the pianist’s left hand. The exceptional degree of invention to be found in this musical dialogue – a felicitous harmony between melody and counterpoint – irremediably excludes any form of excessive soliloquising.