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Bach - Herreweghe - Motetten (2011)
Author: luckburz

Johann Sebastian Bach - Motetten
Collegium Vocale Gent / Philippe Herreweghe
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 278 MB | MP3 CBR 320: 146 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Phi # LPH002 | Country/Year: Europe 2011
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque, Vocal, Sacred

...These are terrific performances. The single voices or very small choir produce crystal clear textures, and this transparency combined with fine intonation and excellent ensemble produce a really memorable disc.
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Bach - Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (Philippe Herreweghe) (2010)
Author: Sowulo

Bach - Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (Philippe Herreweghe) (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 3cd, 805 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HML 5908372.74 | 03:15:20

Philippe Herreweghe is widely considered to be one of the foremost Bach interpreters of our time. This four deluxe CD-Book collection is part of the Philippe herreweghe Bach Edition, and features key works from the Bach canon. Each set in the series is available at a very special low price and features packaging and liner-notes on a par with the best that harmonia mundi offers. These sets are a rare bargain and a must-have for collectors...
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Bach - Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Kantaten (Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent) [2010]
Author: Sowulo

Bach - Oster-Oratorium BWV 249, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium BWV 11,
Kantaten BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent) [2010]

EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 3cd, 834.02 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HML 5908354.56

Once in while a recording comes along in which the performers, producers, and recording team get everything right. This is one of them. First issued in 1995, this production of Bach's Easter "oratorium" easily can claim supremacy among several very good alternatives. Largely cobbled from an earlier secular cantata for a duke's birthday, the music is some of Bach's most poignant while being alternately festive and meditative. There are no "roles" as we find in the Passions, no Evangelist-type recitatives, no chorales, and there's no real dramatic story line. Instead, we visit a particular scene--Peter, John, and the two Marys discover the empty tomb and contemplate its meaning.
David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Bach - Matthäus-Passion (Philippe Herreweghe) (1999)
Author: Ebisu

Bach - Matthaus-Passion (Philippe Herreweghe) (1999)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 764 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog N.: HMC 901676.78 | TT: 161:22

Philippe Herreweghe's Bach performances are like no others: spiritual and deeply felt, but also scholarly, and thoroughly thought-through. They sound collaborative, with the vocal soloists given plenty of liberty, but they also give the impression that there is a singular will shaping the performance into a unified and wholly individualistic reading. Even the tone of the period instruments is subtly different: warm yet pungent, colorful yet blended, sometimes sweet, but more often tart. Listeners familiar with the Bach of Gardiner or Harnoncourt may at first be challenged by Herreweghe's approach, but the power of his performances may win them over. In this 1998 Harmonia Mundi recording of the "Matthäus-Passion," tenor Ian Bostridge's account of the central role of the Evangelist is slightly to the left of center, more emotionally expressive, and more rhythmically pliable than most, but Herreweghe's interpretation can easily accommodate him. (James Leonard)
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Bach - Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a, Kantaten BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent) [2010]
Author: Sowulo

Bach - Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a, Kantaten BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent) [2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 3cd, 814.37 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HML 5908360.62

There is no doubt that the forces Herrweghe has employed here are some of the best in the 'Passion' business. Aside from this, however, one cannot eliminate the fact that there are several other notable recordings of this work that stand on their own merit, which for the most part are as 'good' or as 'bad' as this one. The three that I own which includes this one(all reviewed by me on Customer reviews) are: Gardiner's 1988 recording with the outstanding Monteverdi Choir that sparkles and shines as only they can; the 1994 Cleobury King's College Choir recording, whose soloists are superb etc. etc. etc. So it all really amounts to what YOU hear and what turns YOU on!
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Christine Busch - Johann Sebastian Bach: Sei Solo - Sonatas & Partitas for Violin (2012) 2CD
Author: Designol

Christine Busch - Johann Sebastian Bach: 'Sei Solo' - Sonatas & Partitas for Violin (2012) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 812 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 350 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Phi | # LPH008 | Time: 02:25:44

Over the past 40 years Philippe Herreweghe has been working with some extraordinary soloists with whom he has had very fertile and stimulating dialogues, both musically and personally. Philippe Herreweghe: "It seems important to give these musicians the opportunity to express themselves on the label PHI in works they are particularly fond of." This is the case of the present recording. Christine Busch, leader of the orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent, recorded the Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin by J. S. Bach - a work she admires, and she has been playing since her childhood. Philippe Herreweghe: "Christine Busch inspires by her technical perfection, her strength, her humility, her sense for poetry, as well as by her qualities needed to serve the greatest of all composer".
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Bach - Johannes-Passion (Philippe Herreweghe) (2001)
Author: Ebisu

Bach - Johannes-Passion (Philippe Herreweghe) (2001)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 549 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog N.: HMC 901748.49 | TT: 110:51

The first thing to note is that this is the 1725 revision of Bach's St. John Passion, not the original 1724 version that is usually performed. This will become immediately apparent to those familiar with the score, as the opening chorus is entirely different in the later revision. Bach substitutes a few of the arias, too, and commentators seem in agreement that this later edition is in fact more incisively dramatic. Philippe Herreweghe has already made a superb recording of the original version, but here the conductor assembles an even finer group of singers for this newer account. Mark Padmore is a marvelously expressive, sweet-toned Evangelist. Sibylla Rubens's agile soprano voice is a joy to the ear. Sebastian Noack's bass seems light at first, but his bright, lyrical sound contrasts effectively with the deeper, more sonorous tone of Michael Volle's Jesus. Countertenor Andreas Scholl, a favorite collaborator of Herreweghe's, is simply stunning. (Andrew Farach-Colton)
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Bach: Ich Elender Mensch - Leipzig Cantatas (2014)
Author: peotuvave

Bach: Ich Elender Mensch - Leipzig Cantatas (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 293 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Phi | Catalog Number: 12

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.
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J.S.Bach - Complete Cantatas - Ton Koopman [vol.1 - 3 of 22]
Author: pmarkov
J.S.Bach - Complete Cantatas - Ton Koopman (vol.1 - 3 of 22)

J.S.Bach - Complete Cantatas - Ton Koopman [vol.1 - 3 of 22]
9CDs of 67 | APE + CUE + EAC LOG | Cover + Booklet | 2.4Gb | Challenge Classics (2006)
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (Ton Koopman)

In evaluating a Bach cantata recording, there are so many variables to consider--programming choices; quality and type of soloists; tempos and balances among soloists, orchestra, and chorus; quality of choir and orchestra; use of alternate arias (or voices for a particular aria); version of the score (where more than one exists); instrumentation (period or modern instruments; configuration of continuo); and of course, the quality of the recorded sound--that comparisons between different recordings often become more descriptions than critiques. No matter how "good" a performance is, if you don't like period instruments you won't like Herreweghe or Koopman; likewise, if a certain countertenor soloist bugs you, you'll be unlikely to enjoy a cantata in which that singer is prominently featured, no matter how wonderful the work's other movements sound. On the other hand, if you like Koopman - or Herreweghe, both of whom are the most interpretively consistent among period-instrument practitioners (Rilling fits that bill in the modern-instrument category; "periodists" Gardiner and Harnoncourt are notoriously unpredictable) - then you'll likely be pretty satisfied with most of their efforts in this repertoire...

David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Bach J.S. - Messe en si mineur (Philippe Herreweghe, Veronique Gens, Andreas Scholl) [2000]
Author: Sowulo

Bach J.S. - Messe en si mineur (Philippe Herreweghe, Veronique Gens, Andreas Scholl) [2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 542.73 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901614.15

This recording is, quite frankly, a marvel. In the opening bars of the Kyrie, where tradition dictates a powerful, agonized cry for mercy, Philippe Herreweghe offers a gentle, awestruck plea that took this listener's breath away. Extroverted movements like the Gloria, Et resurrexit, and Sanctus lack nothing in excitement; Qui tollis and Dona nobis pacem feel like fervent prayers... -- Matthew Westphal
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