Mortensen Bach

Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in B minor (2015) 2 CDs
Maria Keohane, Joanne Lunn, Alex Potter, Jan Kobow, Peter Harvey
Concerto Copenhagen, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 511 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 84 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | # cpo 777 851-2 | Time: 01:43:32

The sound world of Bach’s last great Mass has changed radically in recent decades; one-to-a-part performance practice is, as conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen puts it, “changing our entire notion of Bach’s acoustic universe”. This bold claim is amply proven in an account of dazzling transparency, dance-like rhythms and utter clarity. Sometimes the balance seems not quite right, for example when organ continuo dominates, but some superb ensemble numbers pit voices against virtuosic instruments so each seems to outdo the other in joyous exuberance. The five soloists complement each other well, and the addition of just five extra singers is all that is needed to explode Bach’s universal vision into life.
Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - J.S. Bach: Concertos (2001) 5CD Box Set

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - J.S. Bach: Concertos (2001) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.71 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 711 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv produktion | # 4637252 | Time: 04:56:00

This is a really great five-CD set. You get all of Bach's concertos except the Brandenburgs - which is a shame because Pinnock's Brandenburgs are terrific. Nonetheless, this remains an absolutely cracking collection of some of Bach's most enjoyable music in excellent performances. In the Harpsichord Concertos Pinnock is himself the soloist and shows why he is such a very well-liked and highly regarded musician. The music springs to life under his fingers (and under his direction) and many of these performances set new and enduring standards when first released in the early 1980s. They have informed much subsequent Bach playing and have worn extremely well themselves, sounding as fresh and involving as they did nearly 30 years ago. He is joined by other fine harpsichordists in the concerti for two, three and four harpsichords, (Kenneth Gilbert, Nicholas Kraemer and Lars Ulrich Mortensen) and the Concerto for Four Harpsichords in particular is an absolute joy.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations - Lars Ulrik Mortensen (1989)

J. S. Bach - Goldberg Variations - Lars Ulrik Mortensen (1989)
Baroque | ape + cue | Easy CD-DA | no log | Covers | 1 CD | 459 MB | RS
Kontrapunkt 32023 | 1989

"His interpretation of appoggiaturas in the Aria is likely to raise a few eyebrows, and not everyone will like the adoption of a chirpy and most unmajestic staccato in the French overture. But I do hope he does not lose the pertness he shows in Var. 27 and the crisp humour of his Var. 22; and the extra embellishments he allows himself on repeats are remembering Koopman's distractingly fussy ornaments on Erato/RCA) neat and natural-sounding." Grammophone, October 1989

Pietro De Maria - Bach: Goldberg Variations (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Aug. 19, 2017
Pietro De Maria - Bach: Goldberg Variations (2017)

Pietro De Maria - Bach: Goldberg Variations
Classical, Piano | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 78:34 min | 229 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 32 | 2017

It was with his acclaimed Chopin recordings that Pietro De Maria established his reputation, and the Polish composer makes up the bulk of his discography. Of late, he has turned his attention to Bach, and over the last two years has taken both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier into the studio (review ~ review). I was fortunate enough to review them, and each made a profound impression. He remains with Bach for his latest release, and what better follow-up than the Goldberg Variations.
Pierre Hantai - Johann Sebastian Bach: Variations Goldberg, BWV 988 (2003)

Pierre Hantaï - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2003)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 510 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9945 | Time: 01:18:28

Bach’s Goldberg Variations have played a central role in harpsichordist Pierre Hantai’s musical life since his early youth. At 28 he recorded the work for the Opus 111 label (now available on Naïve), a highly acclaimed release that stands among the work’s choice versions. Over the past 11 years Hantai evidently has rethought and refined his interpretation, as revealed in this 2003 remake. There’s greater rhythmic freedom and variety of articulation, plus a more subjective approach to ornaments and agogics, especially in the repeats (he observes all but those in Variation 15, 25, and the Aria Da Capo; the 1992 recording honors all repeats save for Variation 25). Variations previously characterized through Hantai’s seamless legato technique (Nos. 3, 6, 8, 11, 17, and 18, for example) are further enlivened by detaché finger strokes and more inflected phrasings. The latter infuse Variations 7, 10, and 16 with greater resilience and rhythmic verve than their earlier counterparts.
Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Haydn: Piano Concertos (2004)

Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Haydn: Piano Concertos (2004)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 75:54 | 193 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS

After recording the complete solo fortepiano works of Haydn, it was inevitable that Ronald Brautigam would record the complete fortepiano concertos of Haydn. Of course, it helps that while Haydn's complete solo fortepiano works take up 11 discs, his complete fortepiano concertos take up only a single disc, so Brautigam could record it before moving on to record the inevitable complete fortepiano music of Beethoven. On its own, Brautigam's recording of Haydn's concertos is wonderful: light, bright, ebullient, full of humanity, and suffused with poetry. Brautigam's tone is clear but ringing, his touch is graceful but powerful, his interpretations characterful but self-effacing.

Malene Mortensen - You Belong to Me (2016)  Music

Posted by tomashass at Aug. 11, 2016
Malene Mortensen - You Belong to Me (2016)

Malene Mortensen - You Belong to Me (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 01:00:40 | 144 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Hitman ltd

Malene Mortensen is a Danish jazz singer with eleven albums out. Malene has recorded with some of the biggest names in modern jazz: Chris Potter, Mike Stern, Christian Sands, George Whitty and Niels Henning - Orsted Pedersen. This year she will be on an American tour with musicians like Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Haslip,Mitch Forman and Jeff Richman. Malene is the incarnation of what the spirits of jazz are: pursuing freedom, improvisation, cultivating an exquisite taste with a sensibility that goes deep down into gospel, soul and R&B to find and reveal new treasures. Above all this, naturally, stands her voice: warm, rich in color and expression, a voice guided by a sense of rhythm and technical mastership going from moaning, caressing, soaring, roaring, culminating with an ability to scat that leaves you speechless.
Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)

Karl Richter, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Munchener Bach-Chor - Bach: Messe in h-moll (2006/1969)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.58 Gb (DVD9) | 129 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karl Richter leads a star line-up of soloists including Gundula Janowitz and Hermann Prey in Bach's enduring В minor Mass, a majestic work that showcases Bach's supreme craftsmanship and skill as a choral composer.
Malene Mortensen - Can't Help It (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Malene Mortensen - Can't Help It (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 48:32 minutes | 965 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover + PDF

Singer Malene Mortensen has been around on the Danish scene for a decade-and-a-half gradually getting better known beyond her native land as a singer with a memorable pure-toned voice displaying a good deal of range and one who can combine Great American Songbook material with more recent repertoire in a contemporary modern-jazz style without being remotely cheesy.

Veronica Mortensen - Presents Passed (2015)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Feb. 23, 2015
Veronica Mortensen - Presents Passed (2015)

Veronica Mortensen - Presents Passed (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 56:29 min | 130 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | Label: Stunt Records

Veronica Mortensen is one of Denmarks most versatile singers. She is also a wonderful songwriter. We get to experience both these qualities in Montmartre on this night as she celebrates the release of her new album, “Presents Passed”