Hi-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Michael Murray – Encores À La Française • The Organ At Symphony Hall, Boston


Michael Murray is a consummate artist. He’s solid, not flashy. He has deep understanding of the music, he has beautiful technique and his pedal technique is second to none. He has played and recorded widely and is one of the great organists of our time. You can’t go wrong with anything he does. He plays music, not just notes.

Audiophile factor & artistic factor: High!

Composer: César Franck, Marcel Dupré, Louis Couperin, Eugène Gigout, Charles-Marie Widor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Vierne, Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens
Performer: Michael Murray

Vinyl 1982
Number of Discs: 1

Format: FLAC

Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.56 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Johann Sebastian Bach – 3 Sonatas And 3 Partitas For Violin Solo (Kremer)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for the wonderful boxset
That Kremer is one of the greatest violinist of our time is no question. These 1980 recordings demonstrate an understanding of Bach’s aesthetic reaching far beyond that of most of his virtuoso colleagues (Milstein, Shumsky, Perlman, Martzy & Szeryng included). Kremer hits exactly at the intersection between skill, passion, intellect and soul–the essence of Bach. His interpretation of the ubiquitous Ciaccona in particular is a miracle of music-making; I cannot tire of its overwhelming incandescence. T
his music is Bach’s pure genius.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Gidon Kremer

Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 4.99 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Organ Works: Toccatas & Fugues (Koopman)


(An angry review from amazon – not my words (at least, not all this guy says is wrong)
After years of listening to almost plodding unimaginative endlessly legato French and American styles of ruining Bach’s organ music – music barely able to breathe, it’s refreshing to hear someone who can use staccato, marcato and ornamentation and play with panache and passion, and give this grand music the grand sound and life it deserves. So what about odd trills and a dropped pedal…..

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Performer: Ton Koopman

Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.81 GB
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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Johann Sebastian Bach – The Great Organ At Methuen (Michael Murray)


This is one of the early Telarc recordings, and one of the very early consumer digital recordings. It was meant to be a showcase for the technology. More than a few friends have jumped when the big notes of the Fantasia came out of silence on the recording.
Audiophile factor & artistic factor: High!

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Michael Murray
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.29 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (DGG) Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Sonatas and Partitas For Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006 (Henryk Szeryng)


Many many thanks to our Jean-Luc for this gigantic gem
This is just pure Bach, renditions of violin sonatas and partitas done by a master. The recording is exceptionally clear. There is no background sound whatsoever, which adds to the purity. A superior performance of this beautiful music. Learning the whole of Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin is a remarkable feat. Playing them with such perfect sensitivity and expression falls squarely in the realm of the superhuman. Even after repeated listenings, certain movements of this recording bring a lump to my throat and make my heart flutter. Violinists especially, I think, will discover special meaning and beauty in this recording. However, anyone who listens to classical music will find this recording to be one of the jewels of their record collection.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henryk Szeryng
Vinyl 1970
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 5.11 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Intercord) A Bach-Box


A big “thank you” for this gem flights to our friend Dagote  😀
Friends, don’t let distract you by the fact, that you probably don’t know a single name of the artists on this box. To go over these recordings would be a sin. Believe me when I tell you, these efforts are 1st class, from the 1st to the last. And the sound is very good. Enjoy!

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Bachcollegium Stuttgart, Süddeutsche Kammer-Philharmonie
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 5
Format: FLAC
Label: Intercord
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.54 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 147, BWV 60 (Richter)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this stunning promotional copy
Captured in 32 bit/384 kHz

Johann Sebastian Bach composed the church cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and mouth and deed and life), BWV 147, in 1723 during his first year as Thomaskantor, the director of church music in Leipzig.
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (O eternity, you word of thunder), BWV 60 is a church cantata written in Leipzig for the 24th Sunday after Trinity, first performed on 7 November 1723.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Hertha Töpper, Kieth Engen, Ursula Buckel, Ernst Haefliger, John van Kesteren
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester, Solistengemeinschaft der Bachwoche Ansbach

Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1964

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.14 GB
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Mono HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Vladimir Horowitz – Recordings from 1930-1951


All thanks for this historic set go to Trottar
I give 5 stars for this boxset despite the old recording sound. Sound of piano itself is reasonably well for the day once you are used to the background noise, good enough to convey the subtlty and delicacy of his playing. Prokofiev’s Toccata is still fastest and most exciting on records, verging on super-human. Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto is the best performance by Horowitz with more argency and intensity than his later recordings. The incandescent account of Liszt Sonata is one of the most compelling and beautiful along side Richter and Pogorelich’s classic accounts. Haydn and Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven variations, Schumann’s Toccata, Chopin Etudes, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and so much more display Horowitz’ keen sense of tonal colours and mind blowing fluency of playing.

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann
Performer: Vladimir Horowitz
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Albert Coates
Vinyl 1930-1951
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Johann Sebastian Bach – Four Flute Sonatas, Volume II (Shaffer/Malcolm/Gauntlett)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this beautiful rarity

Shaffer was a very musical player who died of cancer before she was fifty and shortly after completing the Bach recording. Shaffer loved Bach and it shows. The lines develop beautifully and nothing is forced. Shaffer’s recording would be one to look for. Shaffer’s musicality and appropriate tone serve to highlight the major difficulties interpreting these works. Sound and style. The modern flute begs for vibrato. Without, it can sound like a tin pipe. But, Bach needs care. Some of the flutists rush through the lines, treating them as virtuoso vehicles. I’m no fan of a Baroque flute style played on a modern flute, but vibrato and intensity do not have to be switched on all the time. Many fine teachers and performers I know despair at the lack of subtlety and sophistication in modern flute playing. Grading the sound, a subtle use of vibrato, and the use of a true dynamic range need a lot more attention.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Elaine Shaffer, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett
Vinyl 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 944 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in H-Minor (Richter)

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Bach’s majestically beautiful, deeply moving Mass in B Minor began life during the early months of 1733 as a 2 movement five-part Missa containing only a Kyrie and Gloria; often called “a Lutheran Mass” because Luther had reduced the Mass Ordinary to just those 2 sections for the Protestant service. The Missa was intended to enhance his authority with the Leipzig town council with whom he had been engaged in a ten-year long cold war regarding his conditions of service and his method of conducting his duties (not least of which was the onerous responsibility for teaching Latin, a task Bach despised and relegated to others). These 2 movements lasted nearly an hour in performance. Thus, they were far too long for performance in Protestant Leipzig but they were perfect for a festival service performance at the Catholic court in Dresden. There is no evidence …

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1961
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 11
Size: 2.53 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Jochum)

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New rip with a better vinyl
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
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (1958) (Richter)

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This is not the 1980 release I posted last Easter. This is a 1st pressing of Richter’s recording from 1958
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1958
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.81 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Eterna) Johann Sebastian Bach – Das Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644 (Köbler)

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The Orgelbüchlein (“Little Organ Book”) BWV 599−644 is a collection of 46 chorale preludes for organ written by Johann Sebastian Bach. All but three of them were composed during the period 1708–1717, while Bach was court organist at the ducal court in Weimar. The remaining three, along with a short two-bar fragment, were added in 1726 or later, after Bach’s appointment as cantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. The collection was originally planned as a set of 164 chorale preludes spanning the whole liturgical year. The chorale preludes form the first of Bach’s masterpieces for organ with a mature compositional style in marked contrast to his previous compositions for the instrument. Although each of them takes a known Lutheran chorale and adds a motivic accompaniment, Bach explored a wide diversity of forms in the Orgelbüchlein. Many of the chorale preludes…
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Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Robert Köbler
Vinyl 1968 (1976)
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Eterna
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 1.74 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 51 & 202 (Richter)

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Karl Richter and Bach are like a close encounter. Very easy to notice the perfect match between the composer and de conductor. Splendorous orcherstra and singer. Maria Stader who is radiant. Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time.
Some of his performances have never been bettered.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Maria Stader
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1959
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 10
Size: 485 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 56 & 82 (Richter)

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Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. The greatest cantata and the greatest performance is BWV 56 with Fischer-Dieskau. Earlier Fi-Di’s recordings of BWV 56 are excellent too, but this 1969 version with Richter excels by the gloomy and solemn final chorale.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1968-69
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 917 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 80 & 140 (Richter)

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Richter was considered to be somewhat of an old-school romantic by the auntentic instrumentation crowd back in the 70s and 80s. I thought similarly at the time, and even felt a little guilty for liking these recordings as much as I did. Now older (and presumably a little wiser), I’ve decided that Richter was, in many respects, ahead of his time. Gardiner’s recordings over time have become more romanticized and are probably the closest to these stylisticly. The main difference is that Gardiner tends to conceive these as choral works with accompaniment, while Richter seems to place less emphasis on the choir, creating more of a balance between the orchestra and choir.
Some of his performances have never been bettered. These have supperb soloists (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, and Peter Schreier), albeit perhaps a little bit operatic for current tastes, but not too much so.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Edith Mathis, Peter Schreier,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Trudeliese Schmidt
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1977-78-79
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.25 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Johann Sebastian Bach – French Suites BWV 812-819 (Hogwood)

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I have this 2 LP set for almost 3 decades and is still as fresh as ever. Two most beautiful instruments, with tuning that really brings out the harmonic colors – particularly the gigue to suite #6, the e-flat minor trio to the suite BWV 819 and an alternate version of the allemande from the same suite. As a bonus, all 8 of the French Suites are recorded here (the two suites BWV 818 and 819 didn’t make the final cut to be in the six). Hogwood’s sense of rhythm and timing is always impeccable and appropriate for each dance movement, as is his lyricism. Over the years I have owned few other recordings of the French Suites, some of which I have enjoyed very much, but this set I return to time and again; these remain my gold standard.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Christopher Hogwood

Vinyl 1984
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.22 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas BWV 1 & 4 (Richter)

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Karl Richter IS the mandatory performer of Bach’s sacred works.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Ernst Haefliger
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1969
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 961 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Matthäus-Passion (Richter)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Matti Salminen, Peter Schreier
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 4
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 4.08 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Archiv) Johann Sebastian Bach – Johannes-Passion (Richter)

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In his day, Karl Richter was considered a Bach “specialist.” We accord that title nowadays, if at all, to purveyors of period performance practice–and rightly so. But there’s something to be gained by appreciating earlier conceptions of how this music should go. If you favor a more “traditional” approach to Bach’s sacred music, featuring a large chorus, modern instruments and “operatic”-style singers, then you can’t do better than Richter’s 1964 account of the St. John Passion.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen,
Ernst Häfliger, Hertha Töpper, Hermann Prey, Evelyn Lear
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Vinyl 1964
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Archiv
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.1 GB
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