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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 4 & 8 - London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
Title: Beethoven - Symphonies Nos 4 & 8
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 00:57:17
Recorded live in DSD, *19 & 20 April 2006 & **24 & 25 April 2006 at the Barbican, London

Coming between two of Beethoven's most famous symphonies the Fourth Symphony can seem a relatively lightweight and cheerful work. Written for Count Franz von Oppersdorff, who wanted a symphony similar in vein to the Second Symphony it is a brusque and enjoyable work. Beethoven's Eighth Symphony sees him in playful mood. Featuring humorous twists and turns and relatively brief movements, including the shortest movement of any of his symphonies, it is a lighthearted work.
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Johann Sebastian Bach, Eugene Ysaye - Works for violin solo - Liza Ferschtman (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Artist: Liza Ferschtman
Title: Bach, J.S., Ysaÿe, E. - Works for violin solo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDMusic
Duration: 01:05:10
Recorded: July 2009, Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium


There are two ages between the lives and work of Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe. Two ages of difference and of similarities.
Bach emerged as a phenomenal composer, a genius, in the first half of the 18th Century. He left an enormous repertoire. Ysaÿe was to be a famous violinist in the beginning of the 20th Century. He also composed, but produced not as much as his illustrious predecessor.
Ysaÿe, violinist to the backbone, took the Sonatas and Partitas of Bach as an inspiration for his Sonatas for Violinsolo (1924). Just like Bach he put the Sonata nr. 1 in the key of g minor. Also the dividing of the Sonata in four movements – alternating between slow and fast – he derived from Bach. This composer was, as becomes perfectly clear, his big example.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Pierre-Laurent Aimard (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Title: J.S. Bach - The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:23:36
Recorded: September 2007, Wien, Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal, Austria


Once again Pierre-Laurent Aimard demonstrates that he is not only one of the most technically gifted pianists around today, he is also one of the most intelligent. Musical intellect shines through every bar in this account of "The Art of Fugue", as Aimard eschews any sense of wallowing for a speedy, alert traversal of the score. It sounds so natural that it is something of a surprise at the end to realise how affecting it all is . . . This is Bach-playing to listen to every day, fresh, spry and well modulated . . . Perhaps no pianist since Charles Rosen has so persuasively demonstrated that this contrapuntal encyclopedia is to be heard as well as read. --Peter Quantrill, Gramophone
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas for violin & harpsichord - Erich Hobarth, Aapo Hakkinen (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Erich Höbarth, Aapo Häkkinen
Title: Bach, J.S. - Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aeolus
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:59:18

Almost every music lover has probably heard Erich Höbarth play at least once: active as Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s concertmaster, as first violinist of the Quatuor Mosaïques, and in many other positions of musical life, heard in numerous recordings and television broadcasts, he is an almost omnipresent figure. Höbarth unites historical performance practice with the self-assured poise of an individual artistic personality. The Viennese violinist has found here a congenial partner in the young Aapo Häkkinen from Helsinki, who, exactly like Höbarth, can already boast extensive experience as an ensemble director.
Violin and Harpsichord – these are namely the instruments that Bach himself played as ensemble director and as soloist, and that he brings together in the present sonatas as if at a chamber music summit meeting. Already in the eighteenth century, the six-sonata cycle BWV 1014–1019 numbered among his best works. Höbarth and Häkkinen captivate with wonderful ensemble playing. Aapo Häkkinen plays a – today rarely found – 16’ harpsichord, that is to say, with an additional, lower sounding register. It has been reported that Bach likewise had a 16’ instrument at his disposal in Köthen, where he composed the sonatas.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 2 - Aapo Hakkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
Artist: Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Title: Bach, J.S. - Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aeolus
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:02:23
Recorded: IX/2011, Church of the Holy Cross, Rauma. Fk 40: V/2010, St Catherine's Church, Karjaa.


Aapo Häkkinen concludes the cycle of concertos for solo harpsichord and strings. Like in volume 1, he plays a 16’ harpsichord.
That is to say, an instrument with an additional, very low sounding register. Although Bach probably used a similar harpsichord himself, this is the first recording of this cycle of works on an instrument of this kind built in a historical manner! Häkkinen, harpsichordist and director of the ensemble, convinces not only by means of this sonority, but also though his musical powers of imagination and the precision of his articulation.
The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra plays one on a part, and is obliged to the best Baroque traditions. This time the CD contains as a “solo encore,” so to speak, the Fantasia BWV 906 as well as a Concerto for harpsichord solo by Bach’s son Wilhelm Friedemann.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 1 - Aapo Hakkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Title: Bach, J.S. - Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aeolus
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:27
Recorded: V/2010, Sellosali, Espoo. BWV 971: St Catherine's Church, Karjaa

In 2012, too, there are prominent treasures to be found: Aapo Häkkinen plays Bach’s Concertos for solo harpsichord and strings – the crown jewels of the harpsichord and piano literature – on a 16’ harpsichord, that is to say, an instrument with an additional, very low sounding register. Although Bach probably used a similar harpsichord himself, this is the first recording of this cycle of works on an instrument of this kind built in a historical manner!
Vol. 2 will contain: BWV 1054, 1055, and 1057. The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra plays one on a part, and is obliged to the best Baroque traditions. As an “encore,” so to speak, the CD also contains Bach’s famous Italian Concerto for harpsichord solo – on the 16’ instrument, it is an amazing sonic experience!
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B.B. King - Live In Cook County Jail (1971/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: B.B. King
Title: Live In Cook County Jail
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues
Label: © Geffen Records
Release Date: 1971/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:49
Recorded: September 10, 1970, Cook County Jail, Chicago, Illinois


Recorded in September 1970 at a free show for the inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, this album from B.B. King went to number one on the R&B album chart in the US in 1971 and is considered one of King's finest live recordings. Live In Cook County Jail has been included on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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