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Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]

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Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001) [Re-Up]

Eleni Karaindrou - Trojan Women (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Score | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1810, 472 139-2 | 00:50:00

Euripides wrote The Trojan Women in 415 B.C., but his tragic play about the aftermath of the fall of Troy continues to resonate many centuries after it was first performed. Eleni Karaindrou, best know for her film scores for Ulysses' Gaze and Eternity and a Day, composed this score for a 2001 production of The Trojan Women after being struck by the parallels between the ancient Greek story and the recent situation in the Balkans. Although she chose to use various folk instruments from around the Mediterranean, such as the lyre, an ancestor of the modern violin; the lauto, a Greek form of the lute; and the ney, an end-blown flute, her stark compositions are not folkloric recreations. Instead, she blends the ancient timbres of the instruments with a vocal chorus to create a sound that is not quite modern but not archaic either. Perhaps the best word to use in describing Karaindrou's austere, beautiful music is timeless.

Eighth Blackbird - Filament (2015)

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Eighth Blackbird - Filament (2015)

Eighth Blackbird - Filament (2015)
works by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Son Lux, and Philip Glass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Chamber, Minimalism | Label: Cedille | # CDR 90000 157 | 00:49:23

American new-music sextet eighth blackbird, which won Grammy Awards for each of its last three Cedille Records albums, continues to connect with genre-spanning, cutting-edge composers on FILAMENT, a CD of world-premiere recordings of works by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Son Lux, plus a Philip Glass classic. The ensemble’s album, FILAMENT, was produced by Dessner, a Brooklyn-based composer, guitarist, and member of the Grammy-nominated, Billboard-charting indie rock band The National. Premieres include Dessner’s Murder Ballades and Muhly’s Doublespeak, both written for eighth blackbird, and Son Lux’s To Love and This is my Line, a remix created from the album’s other tracks. Dessner, on guitar, and Muhly, on organ, join eighth blackbird for a live-in-concert recording of Glass’s mesmerizing Two Pages at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The album’s title, FILAMENT, is a metaphor for the fiber of friendship, collaboration, and mutual influence connecting the composers and performers on the album.

The London Steve Reich Ensemble - Steve Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet (2011) [Re-Up]

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The London Steve Reich Ensemble - Steve Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet (2011) [Re-Up]

Steve Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet (2011)
The London Steve Reich Ensemble; Kevin Griffiths, conductor; Vincent Corver, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 0 87319 2 0 | 00:54:43

The hook for this terrific recording of three of Steve Reich's most attractive works is the use of alternate versions of the several pieces that differ from the original recordings on Nonesuch. This recording has Reich's imprimatur; he enthusiastically recommends the performances in a program note. The most radical departure from the original version is Piano Counterpoint, Vincent Corver's arrangement of Six Pianos for a single live pianist with the other five parts prerecorded. This allows the piece to fit nicely into Reich's "Counterpoint" series, which includes Vermont Counterpoint for flutes and New York Counterpoint for clarinets. Corver also speeds up the tempo so the piece has an even more propulsive aural energy, although in live performance it's hard to beat the visceral excitement of six pianists on-stage. The London Steve Reich Ensemble version of the Triple Quartet, unlike the Kronos Quartet's premiere recording, uses three live quartets, and is one of three performance options that Reich specified in the score, the third being an orchestral version with 36 players. This is the first commercial recording of this version.

Kian Soltani, Aaron Pilsan - Home: Schubert, Schumann, Vali (2018)

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Kian Soltani, Aaron Pilsan - Home: Schubert, Schumann, Vali (2018)

Kian Soltani, Aaron Pilsan - Home: Schubert, Schumann, Vali (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 78:46 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4798100

You can tell a great deal about performance quality from one crucial consideration: timing. In the context of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata as played by Kian Soltani and Aaron Pilsan, it’s in the first movement. Listen to 2'58", an arpeggio piano chord at the close of the exposition, then the pause before the repeated opening – sheer perfection. No one on disc judges it better. The overriding impression is of a watertight musical partnership, one’s attention divided equally between cellist and pianist.

James Dickenson & Nick Stringfellow - Fricker: Serenade No. 5, Op. 81 (EP) (2019)

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James Dickenson & Nick Stringfellow  - Fricker: Serenade No. 5, Op. 81 (EP) (2019)

James Dickenson & Nick Stringfellow - Fricker: Serenade No. 5, Op. 81 (EP) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 74 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 36 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:13:44
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Written during Peter Racine Fricker’s tenure as professor of music at the University of California Santa Barbara campus, the Serenade No. 5, Op. 81 for violin and cello was written in 1980 and juxtaposes disquietingly atmospheric harmonies with an appealingly modern expression. James Dickenson and Nicholas Stringfellow have explored Fricker’s String Quartets on the Naxos album NX 1374.

Robert Dick - Ladder of Escape 5 (1991) {Attacca BABEL 9158-1}

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Robert Dick - Ladder of Escape 5 (1991) {Attacca BABEL 9158-1}

Robert Dick - Ladder of Escape 5 (1991) {Attacca BABEL 9158-1}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 209 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 141 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 15 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1991 Attacca | BABEL 9158-1
Jazz / Classical / Post-Modern / Modern Composition / Avant-Garde / Flutes

Prince of the postmodern flute, Robert Dick has once again taken the listener on a journey where he or she thought they couldn't be taken. With his revolutionary techniques for extending the tonal possibilities of instruments – such as multiphonics and other technical modifications – Dick has presented his chosen instrument in an entirely new light as both a concert instrument and as an instrument to be composed for. While Dick has recorded other composer's works before – his infamous recording of Jimi Hendrix being a case in point – he has taken the works of 20th century composers here and juxtaposed them against his own, which stacks up even.

Trío Pangea - Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (2019)

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Trío Pangea - Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (2019)

Trío Pangea - Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 282 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 143 Mb | 01:02:03
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Chamber music played a substantial role in the renewal of Portuguese music that took place during the 20th century. Freitas Branco’s kaleidoscopic Trio has an experimental feel, brimming with his typical rhythmic fluidity and sweeping melodic style, while Frederico de Freitas’s Preludio, coral e fuga is both colorful and technically impressive. Braga Santos’s infectious lyricism is evident in his Trio, and the origins of Delgado’s Trio Camoniano as a sequence of songs connects the worlds of classical music and fado. Volume 1 of Trio Pangea’s ‘superbly played’ (MusicWeb International) Portuguese Piano Trios can be heard on Naxos as well.

Avi Avital - Between Worlds (2014) [Re-Up]

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Avi Avital - Between Worlds (2014) [Re-Up]

Avi Avital - Between Worlds (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included | 01:06:18
Classical, Chamber, Mandolin, Folk | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 1069

A genre-defying tour of the globe exploring the nexus between classical, popular and traditional music uniquely inhabited by Avi Avital and his magical mandolin. From Bach to Bluegrass to Balkan Beats, the mandolin is the chameleon of the music world - every culture and musical genre features the mandolin or one of its close relatives - and Avi Avital is this beautiful instruments most charismatic, versatile exponent. After the success of the Bach recording, Avi returns to again defy expectations with a selection of beautiful melodies and delightful dances from Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas, each with roots in popular folk traditions, arranged by some of the worlds greatest classical composers. The resulting dialogue between North and South, East and West, New and Old, Classical and Traditional - offers a captivating musical journey Between Worlds. For this journey, Avi is joined by a host of special guests: from music legends such as Richard Galliano and Giora Feidman, to DG stars such as Catrin Finch, accompanied by a hand-picked ensemble of virtuoso friends from around the world.

Stuart Sanders Smith - Wind in the Channel (1997) {OODiscs OO31}

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Stuart Sanders Smith - Wind in the Channel (1997) {OODiscs OO31}

Stuart Sanders Smith - Wind in the Channel (1997) {OODiscs OO31}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 208 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 155 Mb
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© 1997 OODiscs | OO31
Classical / Modern Classical / Avant-Garede / Experimental / Minimal

American composer Stuart Saunders Smith is an enigma among late-20th century composers in that he has forsaken the notion of interiority in his music. This gorgeous sampling of his work, which is finally becoming known throughout the United States and in Europe, reveals the same kind of centrality of the external as that of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Truthfully, there is no similarity to Williams other than the tenderness he imbues his compositions with. For example, in a solo for the oboist called "Hawk," the performer is made keenly aware of the shimmering glissandi, which float through the piece as if they were written as a gift to him.

David Geringas, Ian Fountain - New Goldberg Variations (2018)

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David Geringas, Ian Fountain - New Goldberg Variations (2018)

David Geringas, Ian Fountain - New Goldberg Variations (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:17 | 245 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Dreyer Gaido | Catalog: DGCD21108

David Geringas heard about the existence of the New Goldberg Variations in 1997, shortly after the first performance, and integrated into his project ‘Bach Plus’ excerpts from John Corigliano’s Fancy on a Bach Air as an introduction to Bach’s Cello Suite Nr. 1. In 2014, while planning a CD with works by American composers, he remembered about the New Goldberg Variations, and in 2015 he performed the piece, which is exactly the length a one half of a recital, in Parma, Italy, together with the pianist Ian Fountain, who is also the pianist on this recording. One year later, while being interviewed for his 70th birthday, he concretized the idea for this CD.

Mischa & Lily Maisky - 20th Century Classics (2019)

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Mischa & Lily Maisky - 20th Century Classics (2019)

Mischa & Lily Maisky - 20th Century Classics (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 477 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 274 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:55:45
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

This very personal album, dedicated to Mischa Maisky’s young son Mateo, features all new recordings with his daughter Lily Maisky (piano).

Danish String Quartet - Prism II (2019)

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Danish String Quartet - Prism II (2019)

Danish String Quartet - Prism II (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 336 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 182 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:16:21
Classical | Label: ECM Records

The latest ECM album to feature pianist Ethan Iverson – following last year’s duo recording with saxophonist Mark Turner, Temporary Kings, and two lauded discs with the Billy Hart Quartet – presents the Brooklyn-based artist at the head of his own quartet in a program of standards and blues, recorded live at Manhattan’s famed Village Vanguard. Iverson’s quartet for Common Practice features as its prime melodic voice the veteran Tom Harrell, who was voted Trumpeter of the Year in 2018 by the U.S. Jazz Journalists Association. Iverson extols the quality of poetic “vulnerability” in Harrell’s playing, particularly in such ballads as “The Man I Love” and “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” two of the album’s highlights. Common Practice also courses with an effervescent swing, thanks to the top-flight rhythm team of bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric McPherson, whose subtle invention helps drive Denzil Best’s bebop groover “Wee” and two irresistibly bluesy Iverson originals.

VA - British String Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set

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VA - British String Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set

VA - British String Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set
works by Coleridge-Taylor, Holst, Finzi, Hoddinott, Maconchy,
Busch, Fricker, Moeran, Gerhard, Banks, Rubbra, Morgan

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.28 Gb | Scans ~ 47 Mb | 05:03:05
Genre: Classical | Label: Lyrita | # SRCD.2346

The release of this four-CD set of works for solo string instruments and orchestra pays tribute, as does the recently issued box-set of ‘British Piano Concertos’, to the imagination and vision of the late Richard Itter and his pioneering Lyrita label. For many, Lyrita was the British music label and was loyally supported by various ‘in house’ conductors, among them Adrian Boult, Nicholas Braithwaite, Norman Del Mar and Vernon Handley. Many of the recordings offered here are from the old Lyrita analogue and early digital catalogue but there are a few recordings made during the label’s short revival between 1993 and 1996 which were not issued until more than a decade after they were made. The set makes for fantastic value for money, each CD containing well over 70 minutes of music, and the performances are generally of tremendous vibrancy and quality.

Merel Vercammen & Dina Ivanova - Symbiosis (2019)

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Merel Vercammen & Dina Ivanova - Symbiosis (2019)

Merel Vercammen & Dina Ivanova - Symbiosis (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 252 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | 00:56:59
Classical | Label: Gutman Records

In January 2019 Merel recorded her debut album together with pianist Dina Ivanova, prize winner of the most recent International Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht.

Allar Kaasik - Timeless Light: Estonian Cello Works (2017)

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Allar Kaasik - Timeless Light: Estonian Cello Works (2017)

Allar Kaasik - Timeless Light: Estonian Cello Works (2017)
works by Galina Grigorjeva, Tõnu Kõrvits, Arvo Pärt, Kuldar Sink, Erkki-Sven Tüür

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 314 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1887 | Time: 01:20:55

Allar Kaasik has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, in his native Estonia as well as abroad. Reflecting on it in the liner notes to this very personal disc, he singles out one particular aspect: the ambition to embrace the very latest compositions by Estonian composers. Performing in churches as he often does, Kaasik finds music resounding in a church a part of the Holy Service. This is reflected in many of the works which have been written for him, with composers such as Galina Grigorjeva and Kuldar Sink enriching the tradition of Estonian church music. Among Allar Kaasik’s many partners in performing these works, several appear on the present disc, including two eminent choirs – the State Choir Latvija and Estonian National Male Choir – as well as the Latvian organist Kristīne Adamaite. A focal point of the programme is the cello concerto Pro et contra by the most celebrated of all Estonian composers, Arvo Pärt. Kaasik is supported by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peeter Lilje and the recording has a particular significance – originally released by Melodiya in 1989, it was the first recording of Pärt’s music published on disc in the Soviet Union following the lifting of the unofficial ban on his music. The remaining works on Timeless Light were all recorded between 2014 and 2016.