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Stephen Vitiello - Bright and Dusty Things (2001) {New Albion Records NA115CD}

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Stephen Vitiello - Bright and Dusty Things (2001) {New Albion Records NA115CD}

Stephen Vitiello - Bright and Dusty Things (2001) {New Albion Records NA115CD}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 310 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 150 Mb
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© 2001 New Albion Records | NA 115 CD
Avant-Garde / Electronic / Experimental / Classical / Sound Sculpture / Sound Art

If Ligeti or Stockhausen were computer nerds this might be what they'd make… astounding. In 1999, Stephen Vitiello was given a residency on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center (tower one). Gazing at the lights of New York City, he decided he wanted to translate sights into sound. To do so he simply used a photocell to record the luminosity of various points around him and through the windows. A computer assigned sound parameters to the collected data. This interesting process could have generated arid music if applied to the letter. Luckily, Vitiello had something else in mind. He treated the "Light Readings" (the title of three tracks on this CD) as sound sources.

VA - Colin Riley: Shenanigans (2017)

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VA - Colin Riley: Shenanigans (2017)

VA - Colin Riley: Shenanigans (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 218 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | 01:10:59
Avant-Garde Classical | Label: NMC Recordings

This portrait album of composer Colin Riley is a charmer: fun name, fun cover art, opening track a taut and wonky disco called Purl. But it’s more than that, too, and there’s something very endearing (and possibly very British?) about the way Riley deflects the beauty and sincerity at the heart of his pieces by giving them names such as Bob or A Cool Carfuffle, and framing his serious moments with music that fools around. Inspirations include Genesis, John Martyn and ; there’s a delicate set of Lyric Pieces, and a closing piano solo in dreamy soft-grain called . The title work is a collection of six miniatures, whose lopsided rhythms are cut with snippets of gentler stuff. The performances (violist Jessica Beeston, clarinettist Tom Lessels, pianist Kate Halsall and others) get the right balance of wry, fond, understated and slightly bonkers.

Arvo Part - Musica Selecta (2015) {2CD ECM New Series 2454/55}

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Arvo Part - Musica Selecta (2015) {2CD ECM New Series 2454/55}

Arvo Pärt - Musica Selecta (2015) {2CD ECM New Series 2454/55}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 491 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 338 Mb
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© 2015 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2454/55 / 481 1905
Classical / Avant-Garde / Choral / Orchestral / Modern Composition / Miscellaneous (Classical)

As the title and subtitle imply, this is a kind of greatest-hits album, with music selected by ECM label producer Manfred Eicher from the 12 albums on the label devoted to the music of Arvo Pärt. Pärt's music is so malleable that people tend to make their own versions of it rather than collect it, but if you wanted an anthology as a starter box, this would be the one to choose. Eicher has worked closely with Pärt since the 1980s, and he has indeed made a sensible "sequence" out of works that do not have a lot of contrast among them.

Signe Asmussen - The World Is Babel and Ivory (2020)

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Signe Asmussen - The World Is Babel and Ivory (2020)

Signe Asmussen - The World Is Babel and Ivory (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 142 MB | Tracks: 8 | 40:05 min
Style: Classical | Label: Dacapo

This release delivers the thrill of discovery when Jakob Davidsen (b. 1969) and company take the listener away from safe, conventional paths into a striking genre-hopping adventure. It’s a somber tale, based on selected texts of William Shakespeare, Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Ole Sarvig but ones Davidsen imbues with gentle intimacy and vibrant colors. The pianist and composer Jakob Davidsen is known for his pioneer work with music in the border between improvisation and composition. It has resulted in 3 Danish Music Awards, the Honorary Prize of The Danish Composers Association, DJBFA, more than 15 album releases in his name and concerts in Europe and South America. "When the whole world is shouting on the top of each other you can either choose to participate with even louder and more penetrating shouts. Or you can keep silent or speak in a low voice insisting that the silent and the subdued may reveal more depths and nuances than any superficial roar."

Arditti Quartet, Claron McFadden - Brian Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet & Trios (2014) 3CD Set

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Arditti Quartet, Claron McFadden - Brian Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet & Trios (2014) 3CD Set

Brian Ferneyhough: Complete Works for String Quartet & Trios (2014) 3CD Set
Arditti Quartet; Claron McFadden (soprano)

XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 710 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 420 Mb | Scans ~ 30 Mb
Classical, Avant-Garde, Chamber | Label: æon | # AECD1335 | Time: 03:00:31

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary (1974-2014), the Arditti Quartet, one of the most famous groups in contemporary music, has chosen to record, for the second time and this is an occurrence sufficiently rare that it bears emphasizing , the complete string quartets of Brian Ferneyhough. The pieces on these discs immediately weave an auditory spell and well illustrate this composer's brand of complexity, i.e., writing reputed to be unplayable for the instrumentalists but providing a definite pleasure for the listener, caught up in the headiness of a universe without limits or vanishing point. This 3-CD set will not only be one of the indispensable releases of 2014 but also the best way to apprehend the music of a fundamental composer whose intense writing, emancipated heir of Schoenberg, remains radically expressive, chaotic in appearance but sublimated here by the freedom and excellence of the interpretation.

Sylvie Courvoisier/Joëlle Léandre/Susie Ibarra - Passaggio (2002) {Intakt}

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Sylvie Courvoisier/Joëlle Léandre/Susie Ibarra - Passaggio (2002) {Intakt}

Sylvie Courvoisier/Joëlle Léandre/Susie Ibarra - Passaggio (2002) {Intakt}
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 111 mb
Genre: free improvisation, avant-garde classical

Passaggio is a 2002 collaborative album between Sylvie Courvoisier, Joëlle Léandre and Susie Ibarra. This was released on the Intakt.

Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set
John Adams, Jurriaan Andriessen, Louis Andriessen, Marcel Bergmann, William Duckworth
Wim Mertens, Julius Eastman, Douwe Eisenga, Morton Feldman, Graham Fitkin, Joep Franssens
Philip Glass, Gabriel Jackson, Tom Johnson, Simeon ten Holt, David Lang, Colin McPhee, Kyle Gann
Arvo Pärt, Chiel Meijering, John Metcalf, Carlos Michans, Alexander Rabinovitch, Jacob ter Veldhuis
Steve Reich, Michael Parsons, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Tim Seddon, Kevin Volans

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.73 Gb | Scans included + CD-ROM Data | Time: 14:15:40
Classical, Minimalism, Contemporary | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 9171

The Minimal Piano Collection for one piano (BC8551) ended with “In C” by Terry Riley. Many of the composers on this new 11 Cd box have stated that this particular piece was a starting point for them to compose in a new way, exploring the ways that were created, the spaces between the notes, the emptiness, the freedom. Elizabeth Bergmann & Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev and Sandra van Veen & Jeroen van Veen recorded 83 compositions. From two pianos up to six pianos, from Steve Reich ‘standard’ Pianophase to Six Pianos. On the included Cd-ROM you can find all the biographies, background information and some sheet music. Van Veen recorded many pieces on his own using multi track technique.

Daniele Roccato - Hans Werner Henze: Works for Double Bass (2020)

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Daniele Roccato - Hans Werner Henze: Works for Double Bass (2020)

Daniele Roccato - Hans Werner Henze: Works for Double Bass (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 240 MB | Tracks: 14 | 52:06 min
Style: Classical | Label: Wergo

Hans Werner Henze was, during his lifetime, probably the most-performed composer of western modern music, and his advanced yet sensuously traditional music remains an important presence on stages around the world today. Henze was deeply attached to Italy, where he spent a large part of his life. The roots of this album go back to a personal meeting between Henze and the Italian double bass virtuoso Daniele Roccato when Roccato was attempting to obtain Henzes blessing for a theater piece about the composers friendship and correspondence with Ingeborg Bachmann.

Charles Curtis - Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 (2020) {3CD Set, Saltern, Digital Issue}

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Charles Curtis - Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 (2020) {3CD Set, Saltern, Digital Issue}

Charles Curtis - Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 (2020) {3CD Set, Saltern, Digital Issue}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/48kHz - Digital Download -> 662 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 328 Mb | Cover | 5% repair rar
© 2020 Saltern | Digital Issue
Classical / Modern Classical / Medieval / Microtonal / Minimalism / Cello

Saltern presents its fifth release, Charles Curtis: Performances & Recordings 1998-2018, the first comprehensive collection of recordings surveying the career of renowned, American cellist Charles Curtis. Selected by Curtis and Tashi Wada from recordings spanning the past two decades, the collection offers a broad, inclusive view of Curtis’s activities across the diverse worlds of music he inhabits, containing rare, unreleased recordings, and never-before-released music by Terry Jennings, Richard Maxfield, Éliane Radigue, Alison Knowles, and Curtis.

John Adams - Earbox: A Ten-CD Retrospective (1999) 10 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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John Adams - Earbox: A Ten-CD Retrospective (1999) 10 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

John Adams - Earbox: A Ten-CD Retrospective (1999) 10 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.98 Gb | Scans ~ 80 Mb | Time: 10:59:43
Classical, Contemporary, Minimilism | Label: Nonesuch | # 79453-2

On October 19, 1999, Nonesuch Records released The John Adams Earbox, a 10-CD box set retrospective, representing nearly all of John Adams’s recorded output for the label. The set includes all of the composer’s major works with which Adams has redefined contemporary classical music over the previous two decades. All recordings on The John Adams Earbox were supervised by the composer, and many were conducted or performed by Adams as well. All but four works on the Earbox were originally released on Nonesuch as first recordings. The John Adams Earbox includes examples from every phase of Adams’s career, from his earliest orchestral pieces such as Grand Pianola Music (1982), Harmonielehre (1985), and Harmonium (1980), to the widely hailed operas Nixon in China (1985-86) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1990-91), to works of this decade including Chamber Symphony (1992), Violin Concerto (1993), John’s Book of Alleged Dances (written for Kronos Quartet in 1994), Gnarly Buttons (1995) and the 1995 stagework I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky.

Alexei Lubimov - Dedication: Silvestrov, Suslin, Martynov, Karmanov, Ustvolskaya (2004) [Re-Up]

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Alexei Lubimov - Dedication: Silvestrov, Suslin, Martynov, Karmanov, Ustvolskaya (2004) [Re-Up]

Alexei Lubimov - Dedication: Silvestrov, Suslin, Martynov, Karmanov, Ustvolskaya (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: SoLyd Records | # SLR 0361 | Time: 01:12:29

Alexei Liubimov performs piano and harpsichord pieces written specially for and/or dedicated to him by Galina Ustvolskaya, Pavel Karmanov, Victor Suslin, Valentin Silvestrov and Vladimir Martynov.

Arditti String Quartet, Claude Helffer - Iannis Xenakis: Chamber Music 1955-1990 (2003) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Arditti String Quartet, Claude Helffer - Iannis Xenakis: Chamber Music 1955-1990 (2003) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Arditti String Quartet, Claude Helffer - Iannis Xenakis: Chamber Music 1955-1990 (2003) 2CDs
EAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 642 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 353 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Montaigne/Naive | # MO 782137 | Time: 02:32:14

This ambitious and beautifully produced two-CD set includes nearly all of Iannis Xenakis' chamber music for strings, piano, and strings and piano combined. Chamber music constituted a small part of the composer's output, since large ensembles and large forms were vehicles more commensurate with the aesthetic of his monumental, granitic music. There are no small pieces here, though; in each of these works, ranging from solos to a quintet for piano and strings, Xenakis was able to express his uncompromising vision no less ferociously than in his orchestral works. While all of the pieces have an elemental character, many with a visceral punch, the actual sound of the music is surprisingly varied, and the individual works have distinctive and individual characters. In spite of the weightiness and rigor of the music, the tone is not necessarily heavy, and some pieces, like Evryali for piano and Dikhthas for violin and piano, have moments of what could almost be described as whimsicality.

Orchestre National de Lyon, David Robertson - Steve Reich: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (2004) [Re-Up]

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Orchestre National de Lyon, David Robertson - Steve Reich: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (2004) [Re-Up]

Steve Reich: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (2004)
Orchestre National de Lyon, conducted by David Robertson

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Naïve | # MO 782167 | Time: 01:05:01

There’s something special about this version of Different Trains. It’s the one commissioned by Wolfgang Sawallisch and David Robertson and their respective orchestras (Philadelphia and Lyon) in 2001 for string orchestra, and it impresses immediately by the richness of its vastly expanded sound palette. Though it may be heresy to say so, I never found the original string quartet version entirely convincing. This recording shows why: inside that frenetic chamber work was a much larger piece trying to get out, and here it is, fully realised, as it were, in glorious technicolor.

Sigma Project - Alberto Posadas: Poética del laberinto. Cycle for Saxophone Quartet (2020)

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Sigma Project - Alberto Posadas: Poética del laberinto. Cycle for Saxophone Quartet (2020)

Sigma Project - Alberto Posadas: Poética del laberinto. Cycle for Saxophone Quartet (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 222 MB | Tracks: 3 | 55:10 min
Style: Classical | Label: Wergo

The paths of our thoughts, fantasies, and dreams are often convoluted. Since ancient times, the labyrinth has been a symbol of life itself with its paths, crossroads, dead ends, and odysseys. Some such mazes, though full of nooks and crannies, have only one path, one goal, and one exit. Others offer various routes. Written in 2016/17 for saxophone quartet, Poética del Laberinto [Poetics of the Labyrinth] by the Spanish composer Alberto Posadas is a cycle about three particularly iconic labyrinths from ancient times to the present day. In contrast to his usual way of composing, these three pieces are also framed by freely determined paths of reminiscence and a successive evolution of the instrumental sound from uniformity of four soprano saxophones through the diversity of four distinct registers to the dominance of the bass register at the end.

Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 482 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: TCB | # 20052 | Time: 01:13:58

From Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin to Mahler and Bartok, European classical music has been a source of inspiration to numerous jazz musicians. The 19th Century compositions of the Strauss family are the subject of All That Strauss, which documents a New Year's 2000 concert by the Vienna Art Orchestra–one of Europe's most adventurous big bands. It is quite appropriate that this Strauss tribute concert was performed in Vienna and that the orchestra has Vienna in its name; for many classical greats have lived in Austria's largest city, including Johann and Eduard Strauss. While the Vienna Art Orchestra's love of the Strauss legacy is obvious, the band doesn't treat its compositions like museum pieces. Instead, time-honored compositions like "Donauwalzer," "Albion Polka," "Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien" and "Lagunen Walzer" are given serious jazz makeovers, and arranger Mathias Rüegg sees to it that the orchestra takes a lot of chances with the material.