A Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde & Orlando Gibbons – Glenn Gould (1971/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

A Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde & Orlando Gibbons – Glenn Gould (1971/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:42:45 minutes | 411 MB | Genre: Classical
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“Orlando Gibbons is my favorite composer—always has been. I can’t think of anybody who represents the end of an era better than Orlando Gibbons does.” This profession of faith in the great English virginalist is more than an act of defiance: it harks back to Gould’s early childhood experiences with Puritanism.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Suites Nos. 2, 3 & 6 – Maxim Rysanov (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Suites Nos. 2, 3 & 6 – Maxim Rysanov (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:49 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: June 2012 (Suite No. 2) and May 2013 (Suites Nos 3 & 6) at Länna kyrka, Sweden

It was with three of Bach’s cello suites, transcribed for the viola, that Maxim Rysanov made his début on BIS in 2010 – a disc which was greeted with critical acclaim: in The Strad it earned the magazine’s prestigious recommendation, and to the reviewer on the German web site Klassik.com it ‘clearly demonstrated that Rysanov knows how to decipher Bach’s musical language with the assurance of a master’. His colleague in Sunday Times agreed, but had one reservation: ‘Rysanov’s recording of Bach’s suites is near perfection; the only flaw being that he did not perform all six.’ With the present disc that flaw is now being rectified, and the set is complete. During the time that passed between the two discs, and also between the two sessions in which Suites Nos 2, 3 and 6 were recorded, Rysanov’s conception of how to perform and record Bach has not remained static – as he commented in connection with the first disc: ‘it shows my approach to Bach playing at this point in time, with its mix of different backgrounds, schools and experiences from working with other musicians’. Four years later, the same can be said about its sequel – a testament to the infinite possibilities that these works hold in terms of interpretation and performance. For the sixth suite, which is usually transposed a fifth down, to G major when performed by violists, Rysanov has opted to remain faithful to the original key: ‘the purity of D major reminds me of being on top of a mountain, that clear air and a silence so powerful that it makes the ears start to buzz…’ The suite was originally written for a five-stringed instrument, but is heard here on Rysanov’s own four-stringed viola built by Giuseppe Guadagnini in 1780.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – The Six Cello Suites – Pablo Casals (1946/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Six Cello Suites – Pablo Casals (1946/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:10:05 minutes | 1,09 GB | Genre: Classical
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At a tender age, renowned cellist Pablo Casals was introduced to Bach’s legendary Cello Suites. The musician studied the pieces for several years before performing it publically. An extraordinary exploration, the remastered album highlights Casals’ spontaneity, detailed execution and meaningful appreciation. A definitive set to these historic works.

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Bach, Schumann, Janacek & Bartok – En plein air – David Kadouch (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bach, Schumann, Janacek & Bartok – En plein air – David Kadouch (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:59 minutes | 932 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: la Salle Gaveau à Paris du 24 au 26 octobre 2014

At 30 years old, David Kadouch is fast becoming one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation. In 2010 he was named Young Talent of the Year by French Victoires de la Musique and in 2011 Young Artist of the year at the International Classical Music Awards. On In plein air he has programmed a selection of pieces by Bach, Schumann, Bartók and Janácek that speak to us of ‘outdoors.’

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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – Concertos pour clavecin et cordes – Maude Gratton, Il Convito (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – Concertos pour clavecin et cordes – Maude Gratton, Il Convito (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:13:27 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: l’Église de Xaintrailles en mai 2012

The image of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710– 84) most widely prevalent in our time is that of an eldest son as it were haunted by the memory of his father but who, nevertheless, crippled by gambling and drinking debts, was obliged to sell his share of the precious inheritance constituted by Johann Sebastian’s manuscripts. Yet he was also one of the first composers to carve out a ‘freelance’ existence, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart some years after him. And there is another characteristic of Wilhelm Friedemann that in its way prefigures the Romantic composers. Carl Friedrich Zelter, later to be one of Felix Mendelssohn’s teachers, wrote to Goethe: ‘As a composer, he had the tic douloureux of being original, of getting away from his father and his brothers, and thereby came to write in a petty, fussy, sterile way.’ Overshadowed by his father and his two more famous brothers, the ‘London Bach’ Johann Christian and the ‘Berlin Bach’ Carl Philipp Emanuel, Wilhelm Friedemann gives the impression of an unstable figure, capricious in character, who left an output that is admittedly interesting, in particular where his works for solo keyboard are concerned, but in the end fairly sparse. …

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Bela Bartok – The Two Violin Concertos – Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bela Bartok – The Two Violin Concertos – Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:01:11 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, June/July, 2009

Whilst unfulfilled passion and unre- quited love have driven many to depression, Béla Bartók was able to sublimate such personal disappointment into exuberant creativity. In February 1908, after his passionate courting attempts had been rejected by the Swiss violinist, Stefi Geyer, Bartók wrote her: “Having read your letter, I sat down at the piano – and had the sad premonition that, in life, music is to be my only consolation.” He illustrated these lines with a musical quotation which included the broken major-seventh chord, c-sharp – e – g-sharp – b-sharp, adding the words: “This is your leitmotiv.” It will have been particularly bitter for the composer that he had completed the score of the violin concerto, which had been written for Stefi, and into which he had poured his profound feelings for her, just a few days before her rejection. It is also to her that he dedicated the concerto, which, as in “a narcotic dream” (Römer), had been inspired a year earlier by his intoxicating love for her, but he did not do so without adding a tragic poem by Béla Balázs to the autograph score. Stefi Geyer kept the score until her death in 1956, with- out every performing the concerto publicly. It was not until 30 May 1958, thirteen years after Bartók’s death, that the concerto finally had its first public performance, in Basel, under the baton of Paul Sacher, with Hansheinz Schneeberger as soloist.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Lieder & Bagatellen – Werner Gura, Christoph Berner (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Lieder & Bagatellen – Werner Gura, Christoph Berner (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:12 minutes | 994 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: septembre 2014, Wien, Casino Baumgartner

Beethoven the song composer.The giant of the symphony and the sonata has somewhat overshadowed Beethoven the creator of songs. Yet his lieder are certainly not lacking in appeal or originality, as is shown by this selection that includes the most famous, from Adelaide to the first song cycle in history, An die ferne Geliebte. Christoph Berner plays a Streicher fortepiano of 1847, perfectly suited to both the songs and the wonderful Bagatelles op.126.

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