HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Jochum)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Jochum’s performance of this masterwork is, ihmo, one of the best you can get.
Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a sacred drama on an unprecedented scale. He created it as an integral part of the Good Friday Vespers in the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig where it was first performed, perhaps as early as 1727. At their most fundamental, the disparate elements comprising Bach’s St Matthew Passion can be placed under distinct headings: the narrative element in which the Evangelist (tenor) and Christ (baritone) play the central role; a lyrical and contemplative element provided by the arias; a meditative and communal element provided by the chorales, the traditional hymn-tunes of Bach’s time; and the choruses which comment on events taking place emphasizing their significance with immense, at times almost overwhelming, power. The interdependence of these diverse components is only fully realized in a performance which comprehends Bach’s vast tableau in its entirety.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:
Niederländischer Rundfunkchor, Knabenchor Der St. Willibrords-Kirche Amsterdam, Marga Höffgen, Walter Berry, Franz Crass, Leo Ketelaars, John Van Kesteren, Agnes Giebel, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchester Amsterdam
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Vinyl 1965
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 3.99 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantata BWV 78 & Magnificat BWV 243 (Karl Richter)

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Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Hertha Töpper, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Maria Stader, Ernst Haefliger
OrchestraMünchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl (1961)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 1.15 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Fricsay)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful 1st pressing
There are so many good recordings of the ninth that we will all have our personal favourite. Someone will go for technical mastery, others for emotional control and resonance for self. My preference depends in part on my mood at the time. I keep coming back to the old recordings of the late 50’s. Klemperer with Hans Hotter in London in November 1957 and this recording from the same year with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Ferenc Fricsay. The latter is a DG recording and is technically superior to my ‘Testament’ effort from London. Both are wonderful but in different ways and the history of each production plays its part.

# Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestra:  Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 3.61 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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