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Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1 (2017)

Gillian Keith, Armonico Consort & Christopher Monks - J. S. Bach: The Complete Solo Soprano Cantatas, Vol. 1
Classical, Baroque, Cantata, Sacred | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:10 min | 330 MB
Label: Signum Records | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

Soprano Gillian Keith joins the acclaimed Baroque ensemble Armonico Consort under Christopher Monks for the first release in a three disc series featuring the solo cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach s cantatas hold a special place amongst performers and devotees of his music. Whether sacred or secular, these works provide incredible variety for listeners and players alike.
Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler) (2017)

Ensemble L'Arte della Fuga - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (In der Fassung von H.E. Dentler)
Classical, Baroque, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 94:49 min | 516 MB
Label: Oehms Classics | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Hans-Eberhard Dentler, a graduate medical physician but also an outstanding cellist and pupil of the renowned Pierre Fournier and founder of a Bach Society in Italy, has occupied himself with this opus over the course of many years. Because he finally wanted to realize Bach's score in a manner true to its spirit and sound, he found a concept for his ensemble „L’Arte della Fuga“ that unifies its more profound scholarly background with practical musical and artistic aspects.
Ensemble Alia Mens & Olivier Spilmont - J. S. Bach: Weimar Cantatas (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ensemble Alia Mens & Olivier Spilmont - J. S. Bach: Weimar Cantatas (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 54:51 minutes | 1.00 GB
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The group of Weimar cantatas is exciting on many levels. The purpose Bach expressed in his Mühlhausen resignation letter – which became a master beam of the musical edice he built throughout his life – is expressed with an even more seminal vigour, due to the restrictions it suffered previously. Besides the beauty of the surviving works, which renders the loss of the missing ones all the more bitter, it is moving to see the musician engage, with each new piece, in experiments with form, ideas, and the language for expressing the word of God through the most sensitive possible texts. The choice of developing themes dear to him enabled him to afirm and deepen his faith.
Hilary Hahn - J.S.Bach: Violin Concertos (2003) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Hilary Hahn - J.S.Bach: Violin Concertos (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 54:34 minutes | 1.12 GB
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Hilary Hahn is certainly one of the best young violinists before the public. Now 23 years old, she has abundantly fulfilled her early promise as a radiantly talented as well as singularly earnest prodigy, and grown into a brilliant violinist and a communicative, arresting performer. On this recording, which features Bach's Violin Concertos in A minor, BWV 1041 and E major, BWV 1042, as well as the Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043 and the Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060, her flawless technique and strikingly beautiful, intensely focussed tone are on full display.
George Malcolm & Karl Munchinger - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos - The Art Of Fugue (2017)

George Malcolm & Karl Munchinger - J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos - The Art Of Fugue
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 134:21 min | 310 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 25 | Rls.date: 2017

There were many worlds in George Malcolm’s (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord’s identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself. In celebration of the centenary of his birth (28 February 1917).
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ich elender Mensch & Leipzig Cantatas (2014) [Official Digital Download]

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ich elender Mensch & Leipzig Cantatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:15 minutes | 1.17 GB
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For the second time on the Phi label, Philippe Herreweghe presents four Bach cantatas written during the first year the composer spent in Leipzig. In relation to the repertoire composed in Weimar, the instrumentarium is enlarged to adapt to the size of the churches of Saint Thomas and Saint Nicholas. But, above all, the instrumental virtuosity is much greater, as are the vocal demands confronting the choirs and solo singers, trained at the time by Bach himself.
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ach Susser Trost! Leipzig Cantatas (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe - J.S.Bach: Ach Susser Trost! Leipzig Cantatas (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 67:10 minutes | 1.03 GB
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The four cantatas selected by Philippe Herreweghe for this recording date from the first year of Bach s activity in Leipzig. Written at a tight pace between late July and early September 1723, they underscore the composer s obvious effort to establish original musical proposals. He continually showed musicians and listeners that he was not serving them routine cantor s music, but was writing sacred music as a true Kapellmeister. In this first volume of Bach cantatas for the PHI label, the Collegium Vocale Gent interprets some of the cantatas for the first time.
Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach: Magnificat (2009) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach: Magnificat (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 64:40 minutes | 1.12 GB
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Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort's 2006 recording of Bach's Magnificat brings back the glory days of historically informed performances, those halcyon days in the 1980s when musicians, empowered by scholarship and energized by virtuosity, were recording the Baroque repertoire with the zeal of the newly converted. Though Pierlot and his musicians are of a younger generation, they bring a missionary fervor to the music, a program of Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243, and Missa Brevis, BWV 235, interspersed with two well-chosen organ works, the Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733, and the Präludium und Fuga, BWV 541.
Matthew Halls - J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Matthew Halls - J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 129:59 minutes | 1.73 GB
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Matthew Halls is one of the brightest sparks of the UK early music scene, who, as director of Retrospect Ensemble, has rapidly established himself as one of Britain's most exciting young conductors as well as a leading harpsichordist. J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations', features Bach's popular masterpiece for keyboard, plus Sarabanda con Partite and Aria Variata.
Pavlo Beznosiuk - J.S.Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (2011) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Pavlo Beznosiuk - J.S.Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 157:16 minutes | 2.75 GB
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On this double album, Pavlo Beznosiuk gives a splendid performance of Bach's renowned Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Beznosiuk handles these demanding virtuosic compositions with surprising ease and agility. This seemingly effortless performance can possibly be attributed to how attuned Beznosiuk is with Bach through the music, an enchanting connection that is captured by this recording. The performances are full of passion and vigor. Beznosiuk's interpretation and development of the musical lines of these compositions is extremely compelling and bring out the compositional strength of one of the greatest composers to ever live.