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Christmas with the Academy

Christmas with the Academy Lowest new price: $5.08
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Bach: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 1-5 & 7 (The Glenn Gould Edition)

Bach: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 1-5 & 7 (The Glenn Gould Edition) Lowest new price: $14.08
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Model: 2011229

Glenn Gould was this century's greatest Bach player, so these legendary recordings are self-recommending. While other fine pianists have made powerful statements in this music, no one sounds anything like Gould. His phenomenal clarity of articulation, digital control, and well, just plain interesting way with the music set him completely apart from the competition. With playing of this individuality and quality, it's pointless to engage in any debate with respect to the appropriateness of the piano versus the harpsichord. Scholars and pedants may continue to argue, but the fact is, it doesn't matter. Great musicianship always serves great music best. --David Hurwitz

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Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Lowest new price: $9.99
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Brand: Bach
Model: 1990461

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 15-FEB-1994

Arthur Grumiaux was among the most elegant and refined violinists who ever recorded. This doesn't preclude his playing the famous Chaconne with lots of power, which he does. But it means hearing Bach with all technical difficulties minimized to give you a clear view of the music. Sometimes, as in Joseph Szigeti's late recordings (Vanguard Classics OVC 8021/2), there is a sense of struggle between the violin and the music that for more dramatic Bach. Grumiaux allows you to hear everything Bach put into the music, and it all sounds beautiful. --Leslie Gerber

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Best of the Canadian Brass

Best of the Canadian Brass Lowest new price: $3.99
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Brand: Sony
Model: 2010895

Canadian Brass ~ Best Of Canadian Brass

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Bach: Violin Concertos

Bach: Violin Concertos Lowest new price: $10.11
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Hilary Hahn is certainly one of the best young violinists before the public. Now 23 years old, she has abundantly fulfilled her early promise as a radiantly talented as well as singularly earnest prodigy, and grown into a brilliant violinist and a communicative, arresting performer. On this recording, which features Bach's Violin Concertos in A minor, BWV 1041 and E major, BWV 1042, as well as the Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043 and the Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060, her flawless technique and strikingly beautiful, intensely focussed tone are on full display. There is a noble, restrained quality in her playing, so that although her tone-production and vibrato are "modern," her sound has a classical, pristine purity. (By contrast, the orchestral sound, though good, is surprisingly lush - a rather odd discrepancy.) Hahn's interplay with her two excellent partners is close and unanimous in tone and style; the less familiar Concerto for violin and oboe is especially compelling. Unfortunately, Hilary Hahn, despite her serious, thoughtful approach to music, seems to have succumbed to the current trend among today's performers--perhaps symptomatic of the jet-age--to play as fast as their fingers will carry them. The fast movements are taken at such speeds that they lose all their elegance, grace and charm, become prone to false accents, and sound aggressive, hectic and breathless. A performer with less musical integrity might be suspected of just wanting to show off her effortless facility. However, Hahn's musicality, expressiveness and affinity for Bach (she has also recorded the unaccompanied solo violin works on Sony) come through in the slow movements, where the playing is calm, expansive enough for carefully shaped phrases, emotionally concentrated, and simply beautiful. --Edith Eisler

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Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6

Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 Lowest new price: $10.60
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Historical Recordings 1929-39. New Restorations by Ward Marston. Naxos Historical Great Cellists Series.

For many of us, Pablo Casals's legendary interpretation of Bach's six cello suites--the 1930s recordings that showcased these works as far more than mere finger exercises for cellists--are still definitive. Casals rediscovered these previously appreciated compositions and did his damnedest to illustrate their importance. Hence, his bold, romantic interpretations, which may lack subtlety but certainly not substance or grace. With Naxos's new remastering from audio producer Ward Marston, this bargain-priced recording makes a vast improvement on EMI's more expensive version of these exact same recordings (and a subtle improvement over Pearl's even pricier remastering). Here, you can finally turn up the stereo and get the full sonic depth of these recordings without fatiguing your ears from a ton of surface noise. Instead, you simply get lost in Casals's flowing, passionate playing and impeccable tone. This has always been a landmark recording and it's never sounded better than this. --Jason Verlinde

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Go For Baroque! - The Canadian Brass

Go For Baroque! - The Canadian Brass Lowest new price: $5.36
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Model: 2570171

Go For Baroque! - The Canadian Brass by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Stanley, Johann Pachelbel, Jeremiah Clarke

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Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach: Magnificat

Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach: Magnificat Lowest new price: $11.24
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Brand: Tibi
Model: 2022926

1989

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Bach: Mass in B minor

Bach: Mass in B minor Lowest new price: $16.00
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Model: 1989766

One of the most frequently mentioned "favorite" works of Bach, the B Minor Mass is not really a functional liturgical work, but an assemblage of movements written over a period of many years. Its grand scale is certainly awesome, but its musical and spiritual unity is more remarkable, considering its origin and the fact that it contains several different compositional styles--not to mention some of Bach's most profound and beautiful music. Performing this work and preserving a sense of its grand design while bringing out the considerable musical details is a challenge that most choirs, orchestras, and conductors are not up to. Almost by consensus, however, John Eliot Gardiner's version is the most successful--and it is indeed a phenomenal recording--at once sumptuous and penetrating, with gorgeous choral and solo singing, and spacious, vibrant sound. --David Vernier

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Bach: Brandenburg Concerti 1-6

Bach: Brandenburg Concerti 1-6 Lowest new price: $9.93
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Model: 1990428

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