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Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)

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Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)

Marko Ylönen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 678 Mb | Total time: 143:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | ABCD444 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

Cellist Marko Ylönen has recorded a beautiful double album containing Bach’s six suites for solo cello. On the album, Ylönen wants to emphasize the way in which the different series work together in a dialogue. That is why he does not play them in their numerical order, but creates an experience that takes the listener from the world of passion in the fifth series to the joyful tones of the last sixth series. The clear musical structure and the affect of the musical characters and gestures combine in Ylönen’s performance. His interpretation of the Bach suites tells the listener something invaluable, touching and timeless.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069 (1989)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069 (1989)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 40:45+38:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | RD 77864 | Recorded: 1988

The version is excellent, very well recorded and Koopman offers an accurate reading without falling into the rigid excesses of some German interpreters or a certain "softness" of some English.

Jakob Lindberg - Jan Antonín Losy: Note d’oro - Lute Music (2020)

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Jakob Lindberg - Jan Antonín Losy: Note d’oro - Lute Music (2020)

Jakob Lindberg - Jan Antonín Losy: Note d’oro - Lute Music (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 347 Mb | Total time: 82:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | BIS-SACD-2462 | Recorded: 2018

Jan Antonín Losy was born around 1650 of a prosperous Bohemian family. After the death of his father, the first Count of Losinthal, he inherited not only his title but also considerable wealth. He was therefore able to devote his life to music, and his skill as a lutenist became famous throughout Europe. Unlike professional players, Losy had no need to sell or publish his music but fortunately it has survived in numerous manuscript copies. Today we have almost 200 pieces by Count Losy, many of which once belonged together in larger suites or partitas.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos; 4 Orchestral Suites (1988)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos; 4 Orchestral Suites (1988)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos; 4 Orchestral Suites (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 949 Mb | Total time: 58:26+56:18+56:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 423 492-2 | Recorded: 1978, 1982

This recording by Trevor Pinnock is one of the finest ever. Played on original baroque instruments, the sound is a little thinner than what we are used to with modern orchestras. This is not a fault - it is actually an advantage. It brings Bach to life - every instrument is heard clearly, the feel is gutsy, real, lively. This is the Brandenburgs as Bach himself would have heard it. Wonderful stuff.

Sergey Malov - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Suites for Violoncello Solo (2020)

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Sergey Malov - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Suites for Violoncello Solo (2020)

Sergey Malov - Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Suites for Violoncello Solo (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Solo Musica | SM 343 | Recorded: 2018

The personal story of the cello played braced against the shoulder (violoncello da spalla) began when Sergey Malov first listened to a vinyl recording of Bach's cello suites played by the legendary Pablo Casals from his father's collection. Later on, when listening to the recordings he could not get rid of the feeling that this light and dancing music does not fit that well with such a heavy big instrument as a cello. Although perhaps he just wanted to play these amazing pieces himself. Malov was dreaming about playing them authentically. He had no idea though what that authentic way was or how he could place such a huge bass instrument on his shoulder.

Duo Coloquintes - Couperin en tête à tête (2020)

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Duo Coloquintes - Couperin en tête à tête (2020)

Duo Coloquintes - Couperin en tête à tête (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 54:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Référence | SEC01 | Recorded: 2018

Après un premier disque consacré à Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667), le Duo Coloquintes s’intéresse à Louis Couperin (1626-1661) et enregistre cinq suites extraites des manuscrits pour clavier, transcrites ici pour violon et viole de gambe. On y trouvera des danses aux côtés de pièces d’orgue ou encore de la Piémontaise, et de quelques Fantaisies. Les œuvres de ce programme sont extraites des manuscrits de Parville, Bauyn, et Guy Oldham.

Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento - Georg Friedrich Händel: Water Music; Georg Philip Telemann: Watermusic (1996)

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Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento - Georg Friedrich Händel: Water Music; Georg Philip Telemann: Watermusic (1996)

Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento - Georg Friedrich Händel: Water Music; Georg Philip Telemann: Watermusic (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 401 Mb | Total time: 72:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics ‎| 99713 | Recorded: 1995, 1996

Recordings of Handel’s Water Music come in floods, those of Telemann’s Wassermusik (more properly titled Hamburger Ebb und Fluth) in a gradually growing stream. Couplings of the two, however, are but a trickle, which is a surprise considering that their combined length is thoroughly convenient for CD. This recording was originally released in 1996, and thus predates its only direct rival, from the King’s Consort. The orchestral playing is of a good quality throughout, the Flemish period instrumentalists of Il Fondamento showing a healthy appetite for their task – who would not in such music?

Anthony Newman - George Frideric Handel: Harpsichord Suites HWV 426-433 (1997)

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Anthony Newman - George Frideric Handel: Harpsichord Suites HWV 426-433 (1997)

Anthony Newman - George Frideric Handel: Harpsichord Suites HWV 426-433 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 465 Mb | Total time: 74:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical ‎| SBK 62 834 | Recorded: 1992

Anthony Newman does a fantastic job with the "great eight". Tempos are wisely chosen; never too quick (as is often the case with these suites played on harpsichord), but definitely never too slow (as is the case on almost all the piano recordings of these suites). The 1st, 3rd, and 8th suites are particularly well done; and as far as the 5th goes, it gets a very well-played, although somewhat straightforward performance.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,10 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

Bohdan Warchal, Capella Istropolitana - Handel: Fireworks Music; Water Music (2001)

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Bohdan Warchal, Capella Istropolitana - Handel: Fireworks Music; Water Music (2001)

Bohdan Warchal, Capella Istropolitana - Handel: Fireworks Music; Water Music (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 64:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos ‎| 8.550109 | Recorded: 1988

The Water Music and the Music for the Royal Fireworks mark two chronological extremes of Handel's career in London. The first was written in his earlier years in England, presumably by 1717, to entertain a royal party sailing up the Thames, while the second was commissioned to celebrate the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749. Both occasions called for outdoor music, a form in which Handel was to demonstrate a particular skill during the years that he provided music for the gardens at Vauxhall.

Alan Cuckston - Handel: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 6-8 (1990)

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Alan Cuckston - Handel: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 6-8 (1990)

Alan Cuckston - Handel: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 6-8 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 433 Mb | Total time: 61:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos ‎| 8.550416 | Recorded: 1990

The energy and reliability of these performances are exemplary. The F sharp Suite is beset with all sorts of problems but they are not revealed here. The F minor Suite has splendid fugue and, as I have said before, couldn't Handel write a good fugue untrammelled by academia which sometimes the fugues of the great J.S. Bach may be.

Alan Cuckston - Handel: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 1-5 (1990)

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Alan Cuckston - Handel: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 1-5 (1990)

Alan Cuckston - Handel: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 1-5 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 446 Mb | Total time: 61:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos ‎| 8.550415 | Recorded: 1990

In the first biography of the composer, published in 1760, John Mainwaring tells us that "Handel had an uncommon brilliancy and command of finger, but what distinguished him from all other players who possessed these same qualities was that amazing fullness, force and energy which he joined with them. And this observation may be applied with as much justness to his compositions, as to his playing."

Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Michel Richard de Lalande: Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy [4CDs] (1990)

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Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Michel Richard de Lalande: Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy [4CDs] (1990)

Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais - Michel Richard de Lalande: Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.28 Gb | Total time: 73:29+75:55+75:44+75:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901337.40 | Recorded: 1990

La Simphonie du Marais under their director Hugo Reyne are terrific. They bring this music alive with such stylish performances that bring fine textures, variety, colour and often some exotic moments, Hugo Reyne knowing just how to lift these suites to reveal every fine moment … These performances remain the benchmark.

Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro - Handel & Telemann: Water Music / Wassermusik (2009)

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Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro - Handel & Telemann: Water Music / Wassermusik (2009)

Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro - Handel & Telemann - Water Music / Wassermusik (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 426 Mb | Total time: 75:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroisie | # AM192 | Recorded: 2003

Zefiro has already proved its strong affinity with Georg Philipp Telemann's music, and the ensemble's recording of his Ouvertures a 8 was awarded a Gramophone Editor's Choice. As Julie Anne Sadie pointed out, ''the much-vaunted lean muscularity of the Ensemble Zefiro performances favors the wind instruments and, when joined with one-to-a-part strings, produces a freshly balanced sonority that alters our experience of these works''. The 250th anniversary of Telemann's death offers now a neat incentive to release this successful recording on which his Wassermusik, generally referred to as Hamburg Ebb and Flow, is coupled with Handel's more familiar aquatic suites.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music (1986)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music (1986)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 63:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Argo ‎| 414 596-2 | Recorded: 1971

Sir Neville Marriner thins out the usual ASMF textures and leads vigorous, stately accounts of both the Water Music Suites and the Music for the Royal Fireworks. The playing is snappy, the feeling of dance-inspired animation just right. This is the ideal compilation, presenting both scores complete; and the sound is open, well balanced, and extremely well defined.