Bach Easter

J.S. Bach - Easter & Ascension Oratorios (Masaaki Suzuki) [2005] (PS3 SACD rip)

J.S. Bach - Easter & Ascension Oratorios (Masaaki Suzuki) [2005] (PS3 SACD rip)
SACD ISO image: 3.22 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 28.8 MB | 5% Recovery Record
Classical | Label: BIS Records | Catalog Number: BIS-SACD-1561 | Direction: Masaaki Suzuki, Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan

Eccezionale 5 Stelle Musica April 2006Hard on the heels of Volume 29 in the Bach Cantata series and their recording of the Orchestral Suites comes this new disc from Bach Collegium Japan. Genre-wise the present two works balance between oratorios and cantatas. Though their format is not far removed from that of the longer cantatas, some differences are obvious: for instance, in its earliest version the soloists in the Easter Oratorio were assigned roles (such as Mary Magdalene and Peter), while the Ascension Oratorio features an Evangelist, filling the same function as in the more monumental Passions. Both works - like the Christmas Oratorio - are, at least in part, so-called parodies: reworkings of secular occasional pieces as sacred compositions by adapting their texts.
Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68045 | Time: 00:59:48

Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr here assemble all the viola da gamba sonatas written by three composers born in the propitious year of 1685: one each by Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, and three by JS Bach. Isserlis plays them on the gamba’s modern cousin, the cello, and the microphone loves his playing, picking up all the nuances and scampering asides from his soft-spoken instrument which can sometimes get lost in big concert halls. Egarr on harpsichord matches Isserlis’s eloquence and rambunctious energy all the way. The dreamy, airy slow movement of Bach’s Sonata in G minor brings telling use of vibrato as Isserlis circles around Egarr, his playing at once idiomatic and soulful. An extra cellist reinforces the bass line in the Handel and Scarlatti, in which the composers give the harpsichordist only a framework; Egarr’s imaginative realisations ensure that even when Scarlatti is at his most repetitive, he is never dull.
Graun: Easter Oratorio - Willens, Kobow, Wolf, Saskova, Koufochristou (2013)

Graun: Easter Oratorio - Willens, Kobow, Wolf, Saskova, Koufochristou (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 340 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Cpo | Catalog Number: 777794

The success story of the passion cantata Der Tod Jesu is without its equal in the music history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and gradually obscured the rest of the composer Carl Heinrich Graun’s extensive vocal and instrumental oeuvre. His Easter Oratorio, which cpo is now releasing as a recording premiere in an interpretation on historical instruments by the Kölner Akademie under the conductor Michael Alexander Willens, unfortunately suffered the same fate. The music is extremely imaginative and festive and displays a musical affinity to Bach’s cantata oeuvre.

C.P.E. Bach - Markus-Passion (Beat Raaflaub) (2009)  

Posted by Ebisu at Dec. 14, 2013
C.P.E. Bach - Markus-Passion (Beat Raaflaub) (2009)

C.P.E. Bach - Markus-Passion (Beat Raaflaub) (2009)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 473.01 MB
Label: Ars Musici | TT: 112:36

When it came to writing Passions, C. P. E. Bach was certainly far more prolific than his father, whose St. Matthew is by far and away the model against which all others are currently measured. He wrote 21 of these, or rather, he wrote bits and pieces of each one, the rest of which was cobbled together from works by his contemporaries and even his father. These were apparently required for the Easter season in Hamburg, and even his predecessor, Telemann, was obligated to write copious numbers of Passions as part of his employment in that city. When this recording was made in 1994, the only surviving work seemed to be a St. Mark Passion that existed in a score in Cologne, which was remarkable in that it seemed to be an original independent work that belied the knowledge that Bach had in fact written his Passions as pastiches.
FANFARE: Bertil van Boer
 Bach- Netherlands Bach Society / van Veldhoven - St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC}

Johann Sebastian Bach - St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
The Netherlands Bach Society - Jos van Veldhoven
EAC+LOG+CUE | 3x FLAC: 670 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Channel Classics # CCS SA 32511 | Country/Year: Netherlands 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

…Whatever other recordings you may have in your library, Veldhoven’s inspired reading, with its exceptional blend of committed musicianship and scholarship should definitely be auditioned by all who love this work. This is without doubt a top recommendation and anyone receiving this set, as an Easter gift, will surely be delighted.
Bach- Netherlands Bach Society / van Veldhoven - St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2011) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Johann Sebastian Bach - St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
The Netherlands Bach Society - Jos van Veldhoven
3x SACD ISO: 9,07 GB | 3x FLAC @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 2,85 GB | Full Artwork | 5% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: Channel Classics # CCS SA 32511 | Country/Year: Netherlands 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque | Hoster: Filepost & Uploaded

…Whatever other recordings you may have in your library, Veldhoven’s inspired reading, with its exceptional blend of committed musicianship and scholarship should definitely be auditioned by all who love this work. This is without doubt a top recommendation and anyone receiving this set, as an Easter gift, will surely be delighted.

Bach C.P.E. - Matthäus-Passion (Joshard Daus) [2005]  Music

Posted by Sowulo at Aug. 6, 2012
Bach C.P.E. - Matthäus-Passion (Joshard Daus) [2005]

Bach C.P.E. - Matthäus-Passion (Joshard Daus) [2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 263.14 MB
Classical | Label: Capriccio | Catalog Number: C60113

In 1767 the Music Director of Hamburg, Georg Philipp Telemann, died. As his successor, his godson Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, was appointed. One of his duties was to compose and perform a setting of the Passion every year. In Hamburg the Passions were performed in a four-year cycle, in which the Gospels alternated, starting with St Matthew and closing with St John. Bach asked Telemann's grandson, Georg Michael, who had taken over his grandfather's duties for the time being, what the circumstances of Passion performances in Hamburg were, assuming his first duty was to compose a Passion for 1768. But his departure from Berlin was delayed and he arrived in Hamburg shortly before Easter 1768. Therefore his first Passion was the St Matthew Passion of 1769…
Johan van Veen
Bach - Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Kantaten (Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent) [2010]

Bach - Oster-Oratorium BWV 249, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium BWV 11,
Kantaten BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent) [2010]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 3cd, 834.02 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HML 5908354.56

Once in while a recording comes along in which the performers, producers, and recording team get everything right. This is one of them. First issued in 1995, this production of Bach's Easter "oratorium" easily can claim supremacy among several very good alternatives. Largely cobbled from an earlier secular cantata for a duke's birthday, the music is some of Bach's most poignant while being alternately festive and meditative. There are no "roles" as we find in the Passions, no Evangelist-type recitatives, no chorales, and there's no real dramatic story line. Instead, we visit a particular scene–Peter, John, and the two Marys discover the empty tomb and contemplate its meaning.
David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
J.S. Bach - Matthäus-Passion (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (2001) (DVD-Audio ISO) [2003]

J.S. Bach - Matthäus-Passion (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (2001) (DVD-Audio ISO) [2003]
DVD Audio Image (.ISO) = 7.5 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 26.8 MB | 5% Recovery Record | Watermarked
Classical | MLP 6-channel 96Khz/24-bit | Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround

Composed for the Easter celebration of 1727 (traditionally performed at vesper on Good Friday), the Passion of St. Matthew is a monumental work. It is more than 2½ hrs worth of music that relates the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and his burial… ending in the expectant faith of his resurrection. The passion is divided into two main sections. The first covers the last supper to Jesus’s arrest. The second part covers the trial, his tortuous trip to the cross, and his burial. A spiritual trip for both the performers and the audience alike!

Kuhnau, Zelenka, Bach: Magnificat (Repost)  

Posted by First Amendment at Jan. 23, 2011
Kuhnau, Zelenka, Bach: Magnificat (Repost)

Kuhnau, Zelenka, Bach: Magnificat (Suzuki)
EAC Rip | FLAC+LOG+CUE | Booklet & Covers | RAR 317MB
CD | Classical | 1999 | Bis | Playing Time: 68'56"

In the early 1730s Bach revised his E flat major Magnificat of 1723, transposing it to D major and omitting the interpolations peculiar to Christmas performances in Leipzig. (Recent research suggests such richly scored Latin Magnificats could be performed in Lutheran churches at some 15 annual festivals, not just the three – Xmas, Easter, Ascension – previously supposed.)