Posts tagged baroque
Posts tagged baroque
Merry Christmas everybody, have a happy holiday. Whether you’re a Christian, an Atheist or if you believe in another God, Gods, Spirits, Nature or other concepts of divinity: Don’t miss this truly divine music of the Messiah by George Frideric Handel, performed by the wonderful Peabody Concert Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Hajime Teri Murai.
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Ikos - Christmas Carols And Songs
A beautiful 2002-release by London based band project Ikos (featuring guest appearances byThe Choirs of Peterborough Cathedral, Jane Siberry and others) led by multi-instrumentalist David Clifton, somewhere between traditional christmas music, acoustic folk and electronica. An atmospheric, elegant, very festive, yet surprisingly un-kitschy release. Listen to the arrangement of Handel’s “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” from the Messiah. Wonderful!
You can get a special radio mixes EP too:
And oh: Almost forgot: Merry Christmas everybody …
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion (“Matthäus-Passion”) is without any doubt on of the major choral works of music history. If you’re looking for a free download of this masterpiece you can find several nice historical recordings and some good amateur recordings but until now you had to spend at least some money for a first class recording.
The Dutch Radio 4 station now offers an excellent new recording, featuring some of the finest Dutch singers, the wonderful The Hague based Residentie Orkest and the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Haags Matrozenkoor, conducted by one of the leading Bach experts, Reinhard Goebel from Cologne, Germany.
This freely available radio production is a high class recording, comparable to the best commercial recordings by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Riccardo Chailly, Sigiswald Kuijken, John Eliot Gardiner or Stephen Cleobury.
You don’t have to speak a lot of Dutch to get to the free downloads (three 160 kbps MP3 files, 179 MB). Here is how it works:
Start from → matthaus.radio4.nl and click on the three parts of the download (Deel I, Deel II [a], Deel II [b]). A new page will open, were you can right-click on “Download” and chose »Save under…«. On the same page you can find a PDF-booklet (“CD-Boekje”), back on matthaus.radio4.nl is a download (“Vertaling van de Matthäus Passion“) with the complete lyrics (in German and in Dutch).
Are you looking for a decent free recording of Bach’s wonderful Goldberg Variations, performed on a (modern) piano? (And yes, you should have at least ONE recording of them). If so, then hurry to the wonderful website of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and download their latest podcast that includes a full recording of the Variations by Jeremy Denk → here.
Major download for Bach lovers, found on openculture.com:
A quick fyi for Bach lovers: You can download for free the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach. They were recorded by Dr. James Kibbie (University of Michigan) on original baroque organs in Leipzig, Germany. Start with a collection of Favorite Masterworks, or get the complete works that have been divided into 13 groups for easy download.
What about some excellent classical baroque music, performed by an astonishing guitar duo for today’s Easter? Released only a couple of days ago on the Italian netlabel AlchEmistica, the Bach Guitar Duo (Florindo Baldissera and Vittorino Nalato) presents its CC-music-début »Obstinatum - [Chaconnes & Passacalles]« with arrangements of music from some very fine German baroque composers: Friedrich Christian Witt (1660 c.-1716), Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1665-1746), Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) and Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706).
Now here it is, one of those still very rare releases of ‘real’ (in terms of traditional) classical music, performed by two masters of the acoustic guitar. If you’re only a little into chamber music and/or acoustic guitar, you should do yourself a favour a grab this releases. Classical music that comes with a CC-license is still quite exotic, yet I am pretty sure, there’s a huge community of fans waiting for such high class stuff.
You can find the free download (224 kbps MP3) → here
and don’t forget to spread the word, if you like, what you here.
Jascha Heifetz: J.S. Bach - Partita No. II for solo violin in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (1952)
More Bach for you on his 326th birthday. Here’s a very famous historical recording of the divine Chaconne for solo violin, performed by one of the world’s best violin players of all time, Jascha Heifetz in 1952. The recording is now here in Germany, in Europe and in most of the other countries of the world under Public Domain, which means: it is free to download and share for and with you.
You can find the complete Heifetz-Recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin at public-domain-archive.com.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No. III for solo violin in E major, BWV 1006
Today, 326 years ago, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born in Eisenach, Germany. To celebrate his birthday, I’ve found a real treasure to share with: The English Violinist Tasmin Little has recorded an album which is exclusively downloadable for free on her website. It contains - among other tracks of Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) and Paul Patterson (b.1947) - the wonderful Partita No. III for solo violin. As you may know the solo partitas and sonatas for solo violin are considered the climax of solo violin literature in music. Countless professional (and not professional) violinists have recorded and some great names have avoided them.
You can find, listen and download to »The Naked Violin« (incl. Bach’s Partita No. III) → here. Tasmin Little has provided an interesting audio introduction to the pieces. Listen to them or download to add to your CD. You can find them on the same page.
Please don’t forget is more free recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music in this blog
With all the terrible things going on in the world right now, in Japan, in Libya, in Bahrein, in Yemen and elsewhere, today it really felt like spring. A tender, fragile spring, but spring nevertheless. Just like in the second movement of The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741):
Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons: Spring - II. Largo
I thought, you might enjoy a decent recording of the immortal concerts. Here’s a recording by US-American Violinist John Harrison. He recorded it live back in 2000 with the Wichita State University Chamber Players, conducted by Robert Turizziani. Luckily he published the recordings (you can find them in the Wikipedia) under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 1.0 License, so I just downloaded the individual OGGs from the Wikipedia and packed them into one nice little zip-file.
Download → John Harrison - Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (12 ogg-Files, 43 MB)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations
and I’m a little proud the Cologne based artist Kimiko Ishizaka will be performing this new Public Domain recording :-)