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Ricercar Consort & Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach: Consolatio (2018)

Ricercar Consort & Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach: Consolatio (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 369 MB
Label: Mirare | Tracks: 24 | Time: 66:03 min

Here are the first cantatas Bach presented in Leipzig: sinfonia, chorus, chorale, recitative, the most diverse of arias, all stamped with the composer’s eloquence, but also brimming with poetry amid their profound spiritual commentaries. An exceptional artistry is displayed here, prefiguring the sublime musical offerings that the congregation were to hear Sunday after Sunday . . .
Ricercar Consort & Philippe Pierlot - J.S. Bach: Consolatio (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot, Hannah Morrison, Carlos Mena, Hans-Jorg Mammel & Mathias Vieweg - J.S. Bach: Consolatio (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:03 minutes | 1.25 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Here are the first cantatas Bach presented in Leipzig: sinfonia, chorus, chorale, recitative, the most diverse of arias, all stamped with the composer’s eloquence, but also brimming with poetry amid their profound spiritual commentaries. An exceptional artistry is displayed here, prefiguring the sublime musical offerings that the congregation were to hear Sunday after Sunday . . .
The King's Singers, The WDR Big Band, Bill Dobbins - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2CD) (2010) (Repost)

The King's Singers, The WDR Big Band, Bill Dobbins - J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (2CD) (2010)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 325.50 Mb (CD1) + 303.59 Mb (CD2) + 7.58 Mb (Scans) | 01:47:16
Crossover Jazz, Classical, Vocal, Big Band | Country: UK/Germany | Label: Signum Classics - SIGCD215

When Lucas Schmid, producer of the WDR Big Band, first mentioned his interest in a program of music from the Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach, arranged to feature this ensemble in combination with the King’s Singers, I was immediately interested and excited. Having collaborated several times with this group of uniquely gifted vocalists, including the WDR Big Band’s Bach 2000 project, I knew there was an opportunity to create something very special indeed. Bach composed the work between 1734 and 1735. Since each of the six cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio was originally intended for a particular Sunday in the liturgical year, the sheer quantity of music is far too much for a single performance. The first major part of my work, then, would be the musical selection.

Rereading Power and Freedom in J.S. Mill  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by step778 at Feb. 14, 2018
Rereading Power and Freedom in J.S. Mill

Bruce Baum, "Rereading Power and Freedom in J.S. Mill"
2000 | pages: 375 | ISBN: 0802047610 | PDF | 19,1 mb

Simone Dinnerstein - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2007)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Feb. 12, 2018
Simone Dinnerstein - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2007)

Simone Dinnerstein - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2007)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 61:18 | 197 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc

2007 has been a banner year for Goldbergs; no less than five recorded versions of the piece had appeared by the end of July, including a digitally reinterpreted incarnation of Glenn Gould's famous 1955 recording and Wilhelm Middelschulte's bizarre, psychedelic 1924 transcription of the work for organ. In the face of such circumstances, no one would blame music critics for throwing up their hands and saying something like "enough already!" Nevertheless, thankfully the Goldberg Variations is not that kind of a piece, its appeal is both immutable and universal.
Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall - J.S. Bach: Musikalisches Opfer (2001) (Repost)

Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall - J.S. Bach: Musikalisches Opfer (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:57 | 480 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alia Vox | Catalog: AV 9817

This interpretation is a perfect match to Savall's equally beautiful Art of the Fugue. Here you find even more variety in the blend of instruments. I am not going to have only one version of this music and my first recommendation is Münchinger's more emotional recording on Decca. When it comes to colourful instrumentation, however, Savall is the winner, and the direction & playing needs no justification, it is simply wonderful, even if I doubt this folk music style reflects the spirit of the baroque era.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990) (Repost)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus,
Robert Shaw - J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (1990)

EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 117:51 | 516 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Telarc | Catalog: CD-80233-B

Robert Shaw's reading of the B Minor Mass is, in one sense at least, just what one would expect: sober and purposeful, beautifully shaped (Shaw is a master architect), it centers on the chorus. Like all of Shaw's choruses, the Atlanta group has that trademark richness of body and blend, and it sings with utter unanimity as though it were one great voice. Shaw opts for marginally broader tempos than those found in most period-instrument performances but is nowhere near as glacial as some interpreters.
Nederlands Kamerkoor, Peter Dijkstra - J.S. Bach: Motets BWV 225-230 (2008) (Repost)

Nederlands Kamerkoor, Peter Dijkstra - J.S. Bach: Motets BWV 225-230 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:04 | 290 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Channel Classics | Catalog: CCS SA 27108

That Bach's motets are not his most popular sacred choral works is easily explainable. When asked to choose between the Passions' spiritual drama, the Mass' magnificent architecture, the cantatas' infinite diversity, or the motets' inward piety, most listeners will more likely choose any of the former before the latter. Still, for concentrated intensity, it is hard to surpass the motets, particularly in performances as superlative as these by the Nederlands Kamerkoor under Peter Dijkstra.

Joseph Kelemen - J.S. Bach: Famous Organ Works (2018)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Feb. 6, 2018
Joseph Kelemen - J.S. Bach: Famous Organ Works (2018)

Joseph Kelemen - J.S. Bach: Famous Organ Works (2018)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 01:10:21 | 164 MB
Label: Oehms Classics

The present recording especially concentrates on works by Johann Sebastian Bach in minor keys; these are contrasted by four works in major keys. The general perception is that minor-key works frequently emanate a certain sadness as their fundamental emotion. Bach, on the other hand, repeatedly develops in his minor-key compositions – particularly in the organ works - an unsurpassed elegance out of the melancholy depths, as Joseph Kelemen impressively proves at the Treutmann Organ of the Grauhof Monastery Church.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Concerto, Suite (2011) (Repost)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon - J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170, Concerto BWV 1060, Suite BWV 1067 (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 68:47 | 371 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Analekta | Catalog: AN 2 9878

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.