Glenn Gould – Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 33 & Op. 126 (1975) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould - Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 33 & Op. 126 (1975) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould
Album: Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 33 & Op. 126
Genre: Classical
Year: 1975
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:41:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 355.18 MB
Label: Columbia Records

If the final sonatas in the Beethoven cycle dragged on for ages, the two sets of Bagatelles were turned out in a trice: the recording was completed in a mere four days. Whether there was ever a plan to record the third set, op. 119, is anybody’s guess.

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Glenn Gould, Charles Libove, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15; Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 (1958) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould, Charles Libove, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15; Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 (1958) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould, Charles Libove, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann
Album: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15; Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056
Genre: Classical
Year: 1958
Tracks: 08
Duration: 00:44:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 438.57 MB
Label: Columbia Records

Instead of Leonard Bernstein, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra was fronted this time by Vladimir Golschmann. Born in Paris to Russian migrs in 1893 and head of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1931, Golschmann was one of the few conductors with whom Gould apparently never had problems, and vice versa. In the Beethoven concerto Gould played his own cadenza — with a noticeable nod to Max Reger…

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Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19; Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052 (1957) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19; Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052 (1957) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
Album: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19; Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
Genre: Classical
Year: 1957
Tracks: 06
Duration: 00:52:06
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 366.54 MB
Label: Columbia Records

Gould’s first recording with orchestra, and his first studio collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, fourteen years his senior. “During the first portion of the concerto, Mr. Gould slid out from behind the piano and loped casually about the hall. He shook his head, waved his arms, beat time, and acted generally in a manner that any conductor less accustomed to the ways of genius might have found trying in the extreme. Bernstein took no notice.”

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Becca Stevens Band – Perfect Animal (2015) [24bit FLAC]

Becca Stevens Band - Perfect Animal (2015) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Becca Stevens Band
Album: Perfect Animal
Genre: Folk
Year: 2015
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:48:46
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1015.58 MB
Label: Universal Music Classics

“I wanted to use the word ‘animal’ in the album title, because writing and recording this set of songs was like taming something that had a life of its own,” Becca Stevens says of her revelatory new album Perfect Animal (April 2015). “The title came from the track ‘Imperfect Animals’ which I wrote about the instinct to strive for perfection pulling against the understanding that such a condition is not humanly possible. That’s a big theme for me, and it’s something that I go through in my daily life, in my relationships, and every time I write a song.”

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan – Balakirev: Symphony No. 1 in C major (1898) (2014) [24bit FLAC]

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan - Balakirev: Symphony No. 1 in C major (1898) (2014) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Album: Balakirev: Symphony No. 1 in C major (1898)
Genre: Classical
Year: 2014
Tracks: 04
Duration: 00:43:30
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 353.83 MB
Label: Warner Classics

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.

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Bad Company – Live 1977 & 1979 (2016) [24bit FLAC]

Bad Company - Live 1977 & 1979 (2016) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Bad Company
Album: Live 1977 & 1979
Genre: Rock
Year: 2016
Tracks: 15
Duration: 02:34:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 3.47 GB
Label: Rhino Atlantic

The next disc fast-forwards two years to the band’s March 9, 1979 show in London, which was recorded during the band’s tour for its multi-platinum album, Desolation Angels. Several songs from that album were performed during the show, including “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “She Brings Me Love.” The group also performed several songs from earlier albums that weren’t part of the 1977 concert, like “Run With the Pack,” “Rock Steady” and “Can’t Get Enough.”

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Glenn Gould – Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 9-16, BWV 878-885 (1970) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 9-16, BWV 878-885 (1970) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould
Album: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 9-16, BWV 878-885
Genre: Classical
Year: 1970
Tracks: 16
Duration: 00:34:01
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 326.13 MB
Label: Sony Classical

Gould had already recorded Fugue No. 9 in E major (BWV 878) and No.14 in F-sharp minor (BWV 883) in 1957 to fill up an LP with the Fifth and Sixth Partitas (see No. 4). The earlier readings were much slower: 4’17” as opposed to 1’46” for BWV 878, and 3’14” instead of 2’45” for BWV 883. You never cross the same river twice …

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Glenn Gould – Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-8, BWV 870-877 (1968) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-8, BWV 870-877 (1968) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould
Album: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-8, BWV 870-877
Genre: Classical
Year: 1968
Tracks: 16
Duration: 00:36:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 353.88 MB
Label: Sony Classical

Now, in 2015, we have accomplished a project that took more than three years: the analogue (and digital) remastering of Gould’s entire recorded legacy for Columbia. Remastering and restoration is not, however, a process of creating something new, but the art of bringing clarity and enhancement to the original masterpiece. Just as the restoration of the Sistine Chapel brought new life to Michelangelo’s paintings, so we’ve tried to bring new life to Glenn Gould’s recordings.

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Glenn Gould – Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24, BWV 886-893 (1971) [24bit FLAC]

Glenn Gould - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24, BWV 886-893 (1971) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Glenn Gould
Album: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 17-24, BWV 886-893
Genre: Classical
Year: 1971
Tracks: 16
Duration: 00:33:35
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 327.89 MB
Label: Sony Classical

The first recording from Gould’s private studio in Eaton’s Auditorium, where virtually all his recordings would be made until 1980. This put an end to all the delays and cancelled sessions that had marred his work for Columbia over the previous months and years.

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Hilary Hahn, Allan Vogel, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane – Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos (2003) [24bit FLAC]

Hilary Hahn, Allan Vogel, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane - Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos (2003) [24bit FLAC] Download

Artist: Hilary Hahn, Allan Vogel, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane
Album: Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Year: 2003
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:57:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 1.12 GB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Hilary Hahn is not regarded as an early music star, by any means, but her recordings of J.S. Bach’s violin concertos with Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are somewhat in the spirit of historically informed performances, and listeners who might have expected more mainstream interpretations may be pleasantly surprised. Some of the expected characteristics of Baroque period practice are here, such as fleet tempos, a small ensemble, bright sonorities, light textures, and an active harpsichord and cello continuo, and the versatility of Kahane and his group goes far to create this period quality. Hahn might have indulged in some free ornamentation and even added some improvised cadenzas, but her straightforward playing is at least clean and unaffected, and she deserves credit for her brilliant technique, which carries these pieces. While her approach to Bach isn’t close to Rachel Podger’s playing in authentic Baroque style, neither does it approximate the richer, heavier, “old school” style of Yehudi Menuhin, so Hahn may appeal to some listeners as a compromise between competing schools of thought. Deutsche Grammophon’s recording puts Hahn in a prominent, central position, so it’s easy to stay focused on her solo part in the big sound of this hybrid SACD. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

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