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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.
Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir & Mainz Bach Orchestra - Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1749 Version) (2018)

Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir & Mainz Bach Orchestra - Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1749 Version) (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 595 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 45 | Time: 131:33 min

Johann Sebastian Bachs St John Passion is, along with the St Matthew Passion, without doubt one of the most important works he ever composed. It established a new tradition for Good Friday vespers in Leipzig, and with sublime skill Bach managed to retain a spirit of church worship while creating an almost operatic narrative that movingly depicts Christs trial, death, and ultimate apotheosis. Bachs numerous revisions always demand a certain amount of scholarly decision-making, and this recording of the St John Passion uses the final 1749 version that not only draws on and reinforces the best of Bachs original concept, but incorporates the additional movements of the 1725 version.
Zuzana Ruzickova - Bach: The Complete Keyboard works (20CD Box Set) (2016)

Zuzana Ruzickova - Bach: The Complete Keyboard works (20CD Box Set) (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 8.08 Gb | 23:11:09 | Scans included
Classical | Country: Czechoslovakia | Label: Erato

A musician of searching intellect, generous spirit and formidable purpose, Zuzana Růžičková is one of the 20th century’s most influential harpsichordists. Central to her career, the music of Bach also helped her to transcend with grace the extraordinary adversity she faced during World War II and the Communist era. “There is something above us, near to us, which makes absolute sense, but we don’t see it. Bach tells you: ‘Don’t despair, there is a sense in life and in the world.’”
Masato Suzuki, Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - J.S. Bach: Concertos for Two Harpsichords (2014)

Masato Suzuki, Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - J.S. Bach: Concertos for Two Harpsichords (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:11:08 | 471 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 2051

This is an enjoyable, somehow spontaneous recording of several of Bach's works for a pair of harpsichords, with the great Japanese Bach conductor Masaaki Suzuki joined by his son Masato. The high spirits of the elder Suzuki here could be chalked up to any combination of several factors. One might be freedom from the rigors of his complete Bach cantata cycle, just recently completed when this album appeared in 2014.
Bach - Johannes Passion, BWV 245 (Stephen Cleobury) [1996] *Re-Up*

Bach - Johannes Passion, BWV 245 (Ainsley, Richardson, Bott, Chance, Agnew, Varcoe;
King's College Choir Cambridge, The Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury) [1996]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 612 MB
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: A911 | TT: CD1: 72’36, CD2: 64’18

Most of us come to the Saint John Passion knowing the Saint Matthew Passion first. The bigger and more elaborate Saint Matthew, which came along three, or possibly five years later (there is controversy about the date), has tended to cast a shadow in which the earlier work is swallowed up, and this has been so ever since Mendelssohn's Saint Matthew performance in 1829 marked the beginning of the public rediscovery of J.S. Bach. (The professionals had never forgotten.) But if the Saint John is smaller in scale than the Saint Matthew, it is hardly the lesser work in quality, though it would of course be silly to claim that the master of the Saint Matthew Passion had not learned from the experience of setting Saint John. But the most interesting differences between these two towering attestations of faith are differences in intention. Read Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, and John 18-19, and you get four tellings of the last days in the life of Jesus that differ in tone, emphasis, and detail…
Bach J.S. - Cantates pour alto; BWV 170, 54, 35 - Herreweghe (1998)

Bach J.S. - Cantates pour alto; BWV 170, 54, 35 (Herreweghe; Scholl) (1998)
APE, IMG+CUE, LOG, Complete Artwork (jpg) => 269 MB | 59’17
EAC Rip | Classical/Sacred/Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr. | Recorded: 1997

Three of Bach's four cantatas for solo alto were written within the period of a few months in the year, 1726. It is surmised by musicologists that they were written for a specific singer, for they are very difficult, and not easily sung by the moderately skilled personage. There are strenuous technical demands on the vocal and expressive qualities of the singer, who must be an accomplished coloratura capable of expressive cantible singing as well as possessing accurate intonation. A female or a castrato voice were out of the question, but a high falsetto was not.
Miller's Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us

Miller's Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us by James Garbarino
English | February 27th, 2018 | ASIN: B076CYGSXP, ISBN: 0520295676, 0520295684 | 216 pages | EPUB | 1.00 MB

Miller’s Children is a passionate and comprehensive look at the human consequences of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Miller v. Alabama, which outlaws mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murderers. The decision to apply the law retroactively to other cases has provided hope to those convicted of murders as teenagers and had been incarcerated with the expectation that they would never leave prison until their own death as incarcerated adults.
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 . . .

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by IrGens at Feb. 15, 2018
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
English | October 14, 2008 | ISBN: 1400067936, ASIN: B002RI9BH6 | AZW3 | 368 pages | 1.6 MB