Bach Chorale

W. A. Mozart - Great Mass in C minor KV 427/J.S. Bach: Chorale (Nicol Matt) [2004] (PS3 SACD rip)

W. A. Mozart - Great Mass in C minor KV 427/J.S. Bach: Chorale (Nicol Matt) [2004] (PS3 SACD rip)
SACD ISO image = 3.6 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 7.5 MB | 5% Recovery
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: 92211 | Direction: Nicol Matt, Chamber Choir of Europe

The pan-continental Chamber Choir of Europe recorded a number of Mozart works for the Dutch budget label Brilliant as part of a large Mozart edition, and these performances have been reissued several times, singly and in groups. The choir always has an attractively clear sound that comes from the youth of its members, and this is one of the group's most distinctive if not necessarily one that will appeal to every listener. Conductor Nicol Matt generally falls close to the middle of the road, but here he runs counter to type among recordings of Mozart's "Great" Mass in C minor, K. 427. The modest dimensions he gives the work, aided by close-up microphone placement that brings out individual voices in the group, are fresh and cogently thought out.
W. A. Mozart - Great Mass in C minor KV 427/J.S. Bach: Chorale (Nicol Matt) [2004] (Redbook Layer Hybrid SACD rip)

W. A. Mozart - Great Mass in C minor KV 427/J.S. Bach: Chorale (Nicol Matt) [2004] (Redbook Layer Hybrid SACD rip)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | 312 MB | Scans PDF (600 dpi): 7.5 MB
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: 92211 | Direction: Nicol Matt, Chamber Choir of Europe

The pan-continental Chamber Choir of Europe recorded a number of Mozart works for the Dutch budget label Brilliant as part of a large Mozart edition, and these performances have been reissued several times, singly and in groups. The choir always has an attractively clear sound that comes from the youth of its members, and this is one of the group's most distinctive if not necessarily one that will appeal to every listener. Conductor Nicol Matt generally falls close to the middle of the road, but here he runs counter to type among recordings of Mozart's "Great" Mass in C minor, K. 427. The modest dimensions he gives the work, aided by close-up microphone placement that brings out individual voices in the group, are fresh and cogently thought out.
J.S. Bach – Sonatas for Viola and Piano BWV 1027-1029/Chorale preludes [2011] (PS3 SACD rip)

J.S. Bach – Sonatas for Viola and Piano BWV 1027-1029/Chorale preludes [2011] (PS3 SACD rip)
SACD ISO Image = 2.86 GB | Stereo FLAC = 875 MB | MCH FLAC = 2.42 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 15 MB | 5% Recovery
Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog Number: MDG 903 1660-6 | DST 1bit-2822,4kHz 2.0, 5.1

Though the cello and especially the violin were the beneficiaries of numerous solo works by the pen of J.S. Bach, the instrument we know today simply as the viola (but in Bach’s time would have been the viola da braccio) was not fortunate enough to receive original, solo compositions. Instead, violists were bestowed with the lead role in the great Sixth Brandenburg Concerto. This MDG album headlines the Bach sonatas for viola and piano, this is a bit misleading.
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon - David Lang: The National Anthems & The Little Match Girl Passion (2016)

David Lang - The National Anthems & The Little Match Girl Passion (2016)
Los Angeles Master Chorale; Calder Quartet; Grant Gershon, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Minimalism | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21119 | Time: 00:56:25

Of the three Bang on a Can founder composers, David Lang’s music has always been the glassiest, the sparest, and for some listeners the most precious. In recent years, his aesthetic has become leaner still, paring down already simple material to gaunt extremes in something approaching neo-plainchant. The national anthems (note the lower case; nothing vainglorious here ) takes fragments of text from the anthems of all 193 United Nations member states and unfolds at speaking speed, with plenty of room for breaths between phrases and plenty of clarity to the words. It has the feel of sad and eerie intoning. The Los Angeles choir clinches the right sound for Lang – unflinching, spellbound – while the Calder Quartet gives sleek accompaniment. Also on the disc is a new choral version of Lang’s little match girl passion, the piece originally for four voices that won him the Pulitzer prize in 2008 and which, in the mouths of many, becomes a sort of collective prayer in the congregational tradition of Bach’s chorales.
Julia Brown - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Organ Works, Fugues, Chorale Preludes (2011)

Julia Brown - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Organ Works, Fugues, Chorale Preludes (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 106 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570571 | Time: 01:12:26

Thoroughly trained by his father Johann Sebastian, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach became renowned as a virtuoso harpsichordist and organist. His surviving organ music includes the seven choral preludes and ten fugues on this disc, which range from relatively simple settings to elaborate displays of counterpoint. Born in Rio de Janeiro and based in the USA, Julia Brown, who has made several acclaimed recordings of keyboard music by Buxtehude and Scheidemann for Naxos, has been praised as ‘a first-class artist and superb technician … an exceptionally sensitive stylist’.

Manuel Tomadin - Bach: Leipziger Chorale Bwv 621-667 (2013)  

Posted by peotuvave at Sept. 25, 2015
Manuel Tomadin - Bach: Leipziger Chorale Bwv 621-667 (2013)

Manuel Tomadin - Bach: Leipziger Chorale Bwv 621-667 (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 538 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 294 MB | 2 CDs | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: 94456

The C minor Passacaglia and Fugue is one of the great masterpieces for the instrument and one which inspired countless responses from composers great and lesser. So it's all the more astonishing to think that Bach wrote it while still a twenty‐something hireling in Weimar, where his Kapell meistership to the Duke ended badly with the composer being clapped in irons for touting his availability for other jobs, frustrated as his ambition was by the restrictions of the position.
Léon Berben - Johann Sebastian Bach: Clavier-Übung III - Léon Berben, organ (2014)

Léon Berben - Johann Sebastian Bach: Clavier-Übung III - Léon Berben, organ (2014)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Booklet | 01:34:37 | 233 MB
Label: Ramée | Release Year: 2014

Clavier-Übung III is considered Johann Sebastian Bach’s most important and most complete organ work, containing some of his pieces for the instrument that are the most complex musically and the most demanding technically. Formally, it takes its inspiration from the religious music of the masters of the stile antico. But, at the same time, Bach was an innovator and here incorporated modern Baroque musical forms, such as the chorale à la française and the gallant style. Léon Berben gives us his interpretation, a new and fresh view of this milestone in organ music, using the exceptional sound colours of an organ contemporary with Bach and largely preserved in its original state: the Christoph Treutmann organ in Grauhof (Germany).

J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales (repost)  

Posted by interes at April 21, 2013
J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales (repost)

Russell Stinson, "J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales"
English | ISBN: 0195116666 | edition 2001 | PDF | 186 pages | 12,3 mb

On the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, this volume offers an in-depth look at the "Great Eighteen" organ chorales, among the most celebrated works for organ, and a milestone in the history of the chorale. Addressed to organists, scholars, and general listeners alike, this lucid and engaging book examines the music…
J.S. Bach – Cantatas Vol. 34 - Masaaki Suzuki [2007] (PS3 SACD rip)

J.S. Bach – Cantatas Vol. 34 - Masaaki Suzuki [2007] (PS3 SACD rip)
SACD ISO Image = 2.76 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 28 MB | 5% Recovery | Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
Classical | Label: BIS Records | Catalog Number: BIS-SACD-1551 | DST 1bit-2822,4kHz 2.0, 5.0

Disc No. 34 in Suzuki’s series of Bach cantatas brings him well over halfway through the list. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (BWV 1) is one of the more familiar works, first recorded by Karl Ristenpart for Archiv in mono, while the other two first appeared in the early stereo era under Wolfgang Gönnenwein and Karl Richter. All three were part of Bach’s 1725 cycle of chorale cantatas that were based on hymns, a cycle that ended incomplete with BWV 1. The opening and closing chorales in this work are Philipp Nicolai’s hymn (set to a medieval text) and make a splendid effect, a deliberate choice to lead off the published collected works.

Bach - Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644 (René Saorgin) [2000]  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Feb. 18, 2012
Bach - Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644 (René Saorgin) [2000]

Bach - Orgelbuchlein BWV 599-644 (Rene Saorgin) [2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 378.77 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMX 2951215

There are 45 chorale preludes in Bach's Little Organ Book. Composed for use during Protestant worship services, they are mostly short (less than two minutes). Most present a four part texture in which one of the lines is the chorale melody around which the composer weaves the other lines.
When the entire set is performed, organists usually vary and contrast the tone colors to add point and individuality to each item. Rene Saorgin chooses this approach in this digital recording from 1983…
By John Austin (Kangaroo Ground, Australia)