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Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)

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Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)

Joan Jeanrenaud - Metamorphosis (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Covers included
Classical, Contemporary, Chamber | Label: New Albion | 01:02:33

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud's first solo album since leaving her 20-year gig with the celebrated Kronos Quartet finds her exploring areas that aren't exactly a huge departure from the type of edgy modern music she played with her old group, but it does show what she can do when given her own space to work with. The results are impressive. Most of the compositions are for solo cello with looped cello parts captured digitally or on tape, while one is written for cello and computer-generated sounds and another for cello and "electronics." The composers are a combination of names familiar (Steve Mackey, Philip Glass, Hamza el Din) and new (Mark Grey, Jeanrenaud herself), and while the pieces aren't all equally interesting there are several works of stunning beauty here. One of the most engaging is el Din's "Escalay + 17:10," with its looped Egyptian melodies, and another is Jeanrenaud's own "Altar Piece," which makes extensive use of electronic tone alteration and layering, and on which she exercises masterful control of whispery artificial harmonics. But the album's highlight is a piece by Karen Tanaka entitled "Song of Songs." Inspired by the Old Testament book of the same name, which is essentially an extended love song, Tanaka builds a sweet, simple, and beautifully textured work out of cello and computer-generated sounds. As always, Jeanrenaud's playing is virtuosic but never showy. Highly recommended.

Matthias Pintscher - Figura I-V & Other Works - Teodoro Anzellotti, Arditti Quartet (2004) {Winter & Winter 910 097-2}

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Matthias Pintscher - Figura I-V & Other Works - Teodoro Anzellotti, Arditti Quartet (2004) {Winter & Winter 910 097-2}

Matthias Pintscher - Figura I-V & Other Works - Teodoro Anzellotti, Arditti Quartet (2004) {Winter & Winter 910 097-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 306 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 188 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 189 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2004 Winter & Winter | 910 097-2
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Chamber Music

2004 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Arditti String Quartet, which once again demonstrates its commitment to the advancement of New Music–this time by the young German Matthias Pintscher (b. 1971). For the discerning listener of New Music, this disc offers both substance and style. Winter & Winter's packaging is exquisite and attractive (although I haven't figured out why the booklet offers nine blank pages followed by two pages of track and publisher information, when brief liner notes or at least some biographical information–especially in the case of a young composer–would be helpful not only in giving context to the works performed but also in establishing a base listenership).

Lavinia Meijer - Philip Glass: Metamorphosis & The Hours (2012) [Re-Up]

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Lavinia Meijer - Philip Glass: Metamorphosis & The Hours (2012) [Re-Up]

Lavinia Meijer - Philip Glass: Metamorphosis & The Hours (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Channel Classics | # CCSSA33912 | 01:02:58

Since their first encounter in May 2011, Lavinia Meijer has worked with some frequency with Philip Glass, even though he has never written solo works specifically for the harp. However, many of his piano works and piano transcriptions, after minor adjustments, prove to be well suited to the modern pedal harp. Initially, Lavinia Meijer added Glass's five movement Metamorphosis to her repertoire, on the instigation of the undersigned, the Amsterdam gallery owner Robert Malasch and the American composer himself. After a first and successful performance (in the composer's presence) in the Amsterdam 'pop temple' The Melkweg, a first official recording was made for Channel Classics in June 2011 in the Dutch town of Schiedam. Since this recording was exclusively intended for a brief national marketing campaign, it has now been followed up by this complete Glass CD for international distribution. Lavinia Meijer is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful rising stars. Besides performing the standard harp repertoire Lavinia Meijer is very keen on playing modern music.

Bryn Terfel - Simple Gifts (2007)

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Bryn Terfel  - Simple Gifts (2007)

Bryn Terfel - Simple Gifts (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 356 MB | 01:10:23
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

What is this Bryn Terfel collection, exactly, that contains "Simple Gifts," the beginning of Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater," "Send in the Clowns," and even "The Rose" (not the one e'er blooming, but the Bette Midler or Conway Twitty vehicle)? It is, per the back cover text, Bryn's "personal collection of sacred, spiritual, and meditative songs." The album still might seem like quite a hodgepodge to a browser reading the tracklist, but it is exactly the elusiveness of the thread connecting these songs that makes this a superior example of the crossover vocal species.

Semyon Snitkovsky - Art Of Semyon Snitkovsky. 75th Anniversary Edition (2008) 3CD Set [Re-Up]

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Semyon Snitkovsky - Art Of Semyon Snitkovsky. 75th Anniversary Edition (2008) 3CD Set [Re-Up]

Semyon Snitkovsky - Art Of Semyon Snitkovsky. 75th Anniversary Edition (2008) 3CD Set
J.S. Bach, Schubert, Paganini, Schumann, Kreisler, Bartok, Schedrin, Clérambault, Brahms
Szymanowski, Ysaÿe, Khachaturian, Debussy, de Falla, Glazunov, Liszt, Ravel, Stravinsky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.14 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 499 Mb | Scans ~ 22 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 01169 | Time: 03:37:24

"Brilliant possession of the instrument, virtuosi technique, a versatile and expressive touch, an animated and emotional style of performance - these are the artistic traits possessed by Semyon Snitkovsky, that allow the brilliant musician to make deep, sincere connection with the audience." These words, spoken by David Oistrakh, come to mind every time one listens to any recording Snitkovsky made throughout his career. The violinist only lived to be 48 years old (1933-1981), but he left behind a large number of records. These records allow his listeners to enjoy the unique artistry that once thrilled audiences and critics in the former USSR and abroad. The CDs that are being released now, present Snitkovsky as a versatile interpreter of the solo, chamber, and solo with orchestra violin repertoire.

Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

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Jan Lehtola, Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola - Joonas Kokkonen: Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)

Joonas Kokkonen - Requiem; Complete Works for Organ (2017)
Jan Lehtola (organ); Suvi Väyrynen (soprano); Joose Vähäsöyrinki (baritone)
Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir; Heikki Liimola, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Toccata Classics | # TOCC0434 | Time: 00:55:33

The music of Joonas Kokkonen (1921–96), one of the most important Finnish composers after Sibelius, radiates warmth and light. His limited output is largely introvert in character but also contains moments of grandeur and rhythmic energy. Kokkonen’s Requiem (1980–81), written in memory of his first wife, is both a powerful choral symphony and a tender, moving embodiment of consolation. Originally scored for large orchestra, the Requiem is heard here in a new version for organ intended to bring the work within the reach of smaller forces. This first recording is complemented by the first complete recording of Kokkonen’s four works for solo organ.

Mathias Reumert - 20th Century Percussion Solos (2019)

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Mathias Reumert - 20th Century Percussion Solos (2019)

Mathias Reumert - 20th Century Percussion Solos (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 343 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 248 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:47:54
Classical | Label: Métier, Divine Art

Mathias Reumert is one of Europe’s foremost percussionists, and was awarded the Danish Music Critics’ Prize for 2015. This album is a revised digital version of the lauded ‘Solo’ DVD issued in 2015 to great acclaim for incredible playing and stunning visuals alike. The program includes the most iconic of modern percussion classics, ‘Psappha’ by Iannis Xenakis, together with his much more recent ‘Rebonds’. Works by Henze, Donatoni and Ferneyhough utilise wide ranges of tuned and untuned instruments, and while this program omits two works from the DVD which relied very much on visual content, it includes three new works – the most famous being the 9th Zyklus by Stockhausen – together with works by Fundal and Reynolds. A most exceptional feast of percussion playing on a wide variety of instruments, both tuned and untuned.

Moondog - The Viking Of Sixth Avenue (2005) {Honest Jon's Records HJRCD18}

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Moondog - The Viking Of Sixth Avenue (2005) {Honest Jon's Records HJRCD18}

Moondog - The Viking Of Sixth Avenue (2005) {Honest Jon's Records HJRCD18}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 325 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 171 Mb | Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2005 Honest Jon's Records | HJRCD18
Classical / Jazz / Avant-Garde / Modern Classical / Minimal / Experimental / Third Stream

Moondog, much like Sun Ra, was a notorious musical eccentric whose reputation almost certainly reached more ears than his music (the use of a Mr. Scruff remix in a commercial doesn't count). Also like Sun Ra, Moondog was a serious and idiosyncratic composer/musician who jumped from label to label and even resorted to self-releasing material back before there the D.I.Y. ethic was a movement. Viking of Sixth Avenue is the first compilation that spans more than one label, and therefore serves as probably the best introduction to Moondog's music that's out there. The music covers a lot of territory: from full orchestras to solo performances and from brief rhythmic percussion exercises to vocal rounds to swinging horns or dulcimers.

Dominique Lawalree - Taciturne (1984) {LP Editions Walrus WLS14} (Released on VINYL but not CD)

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Dominique Lawalree - Taciturne (1984) {LP Editions Walrus WLS14} (Released on VINYL but not CD)

Dominique Lawalree - Taciturne (1984) {LP Editions Walrus WLS14} (Released on VINYL but not CD)
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/48kHz - VINYL RIP -> 127 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 90 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 14 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1984 Editions Walrus | WLS 14
Classical / Neo-Classical / Post-Minimalism / Experimental / Abstract

Belgian composer, keyboard player and educator Dominique Lawalrée, born in Brussels in 1954, studied music in Namur and began composing in 1973. With a name inspired by his love of The Beatles (I Am the Walrus, 1967), Lawalrée launched Walrus records in 1976 when he was only 22 years-old. Walrus was the vehicle of choice for the release of his own music, though he also published a great 2xLP compilation with Baudouin Oosterlynck, Eric de Visscher and Robert Fesler in 1984 (W.L.S. 012/13). Lawalrée’s music until the mid-1980s is a delightful mix of synthesizer exploration in the vein of Brian Eno and Roedelius, piano minimalism à la Satie, as well as personal ideas in the form of field recordings, sound collages and spoken word – for instance, his 1983 mini-LP Six jours à Barcelone (6 Days in Barcelona) included bird sounds.

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 214 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6776 | Time: 01:19:06

Bruce Brubaker artistic skill and understanding of this music is beyond reproach and will thrill any fan of the collected composers work on this CD. The sound quality is outstanding as well. Bruce Brubaker has recorded two CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring modern American piano music. The most recent, Inner Cities, was released in September 2003, and includes Brubaker's transcription of Pat Nixon's aria from Adams's opera, Nixon in China. The previous CD, Glass Cage , with pieces by Glass and Cage, was named one of the ten best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Back to the Future (2000)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter - Back to the Future (2000)

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Back to the Future (2000)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 1.2 Gb | 04:25:16
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The 11 20th-century violin works included on Anne-Sophie Mutter's meaty four-CD compilation were recorded between February 1988 and January 1997. Mutter is a dazzling performer. Her performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto throbs with new-dawn optimism. Her intense dialogue with pianist Lambert Orkis is spiked with wit in Bartók's Violin Sonata No.2 , the only chamber piece in the set.

Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok - Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (2016)

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Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok - Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (2016)

Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok - Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS37816 | 00:57:28

The Ragazze Quartet with its classical roots, Slagwerk Den Haag with the sounds of today, and the idiosyncratic jazz trio Kapok… Contrasting contours, but a common denominator: none of our three ensembles belong to a specific category. All three push the boundaries of our genres in our quest for new forms and adventurous joint projects. It is through this inquisitive musicianship that the unusual combination feels so wonderfully natural. The choice for Riley’s repertoire gave another stir to our boundary reconnoitre. For Riley’s music allows considerable space for creativity and improvisation. The tension that arises through freedom within strict frames means that every performance is different. And it brings with it that the music has a strong sense of spontaneity and joie de vivre. In In C, performed by the Ragazze Quartet and Slagwerk Den Haag, the dynamic range is enormous. Long, melodic lines as well as short, rhythmic motifs may be employed, producing an effect of both tranquil contemplation and pulsating explosiveness. Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector was originally written for string quartet. But the Ragazze Quartet invited jazz trio Kapok to make a new arrangement together.The mix of string quartet and horn, electric guitar and percussion, all expanded with electronic effects, offers a rich pallet of timbres.

Daniel Lentz - Missa Umbrarum (1984) {New Albion NA 006CD rel 1991}

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Daniel Lentz - Missa Umbrarum (1984) {New Albion NA 006CD rel 1991}

Daniel Lentz - Missa Umbrarum (1984) {New Albion NA 006CD}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 328 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 129 Mb
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© 1984, 1991 New Albion Records | NA 006CD
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Minimalism

Daniel Lentz is a California-based composer who achieved some degree of notoriety in the '80s for his melding of minimalist formulas with softer, more romantic (some might say new age-y) notions, making special use of struck and rubbed wine glasses. At his best, as on the composition "Wild Turkeys," he achieves a giddy ecstasy, easily pulling the listener along for the ride. Other times, a portentousness sets in, a heavy-handed appropriation of fashionable ethnic themes that causes the work in question to suffer from either hubris or preciousness.

Mats Bergström - SubString Bridge (2002)

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Mats Bergström - SubString Bridge (2002)

Mats Bergström - SubString Bridge (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:54 | 372 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-NL-CD-5019

Having bought this cd as a complete blind purchase [usually not, i have to admit, a successful venture] i was pleasantly surprised. it is a daring, envelope-pushing guitar cd, and mats bergström's executes the difficult repertoire with finesse and panache. The music is all 20th century [none of your romantic spanish guitar here…], including steve reich's 'electric counterpoint' [originally written for pat metheny and reproduced here in all its chattering, cascading glory] and toru takemitsu's characteristically difficult but rewarding 'all in twilight'.

Evgeny Kissin - The Early Recordings (2007) 5 CD Box Set [Historic Russian Archives] Re-Up

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Evgeny Kissin - The Early Recordings (2007) 5 CD Box Set [Historic Russian Archives] Re-Up

Evgeny Kissin - The Early Recordings (2007) 5 CD Box Set [Historic Russian Archives]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 662 Mb | Scans ~ 11 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 8528 | Time: 04:47:31

This is the second of Brilliant's box sets devoted to Russian recordings from Evgeny Kissin. Labeled as early, these live concert performances from 1984 to 1990 carry us from the day after Kissin turned 13 (Mozart Cto. #12 K. 414) to age 18 (Mozart Cto. #20, K. 466), with most readings clustering in the range of 1985-89. Russians were well aware of the marvel in their midst; the pianist's American breakthrough occurred in 1990 when he debuted at Carnegie Hall's centennial season.