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Arditti String Quartet - Luciano Berio: The String Quartets (2002) [Re-Up]

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Arditti String Quartet - Luciano Berio: The String Quartets (2002) [Re-Up]

Arditti String Quartet - Luciano Berio: The String Quartets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Naïve-Montaigne | # MO 782155 | Time: 01:01:33

After so many benchmark recordings of the music of our time, the members of the Arditti Quartet were bound to give us one day a complete survey of the string quartets of Luciano Berio, the great Commendatore figure who has dominated Italian music since the 1950s. In point of fact, this programme takes in almost the whole career of the composer of Sequenze, from his Quartet no.1 of 1956, still under the influence of serialism, up to the Glosse of 1997 which are, as their title suggests, 'a collection of brief annotations, and at the same time a short dictionary of idiomatic sonic gestures'. In this fully mature work, Berio resolves in magisterial fashion the problem of the search for new instrumental solutions that is characteristic of the fascinating Sincronie (1963-64), an attempt to make the string quartet sound like 'a single homophonic instrument'. The final work in the programme, the Notturno (1993) presents an atmosphere of extreme expressive concentration, in which sound is born of silence (pppp quasi senza suono) and returns there. A whole series of technical and interpretative challenges that the Arditti meet with their usual sovereign mastery.

Tatiana Nikolaeva - Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87 (2004) 3CD

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Tatiana Nikolaeva - Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87 (2004) 3CD

Tatiana Nikolaeva - Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87 (2004) 3CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 521 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:48:21
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 00073-00075

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues performed by Tatiana Nikolayeva. Shostakovich came up with an idea of a polyphonic cycle in 1950 after he took part in the events dedicated to the 200th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death in Leipzig. As a jury member of the International Piano Competition for the best performance of Bach’s music, Shostakovich was a witness of an unconditional triumph of the young Soviet pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva who won the first prize. Upon finishing the new opus in a surprisingly short period of time (October 1950 to February 1951), Shostakovich dedicated it to Nikolayeva who performed it for the first time in 1952 in Leningrad. Since then the 24 Preludes and Fugues have been played by many pianists, but Tatiana Nikolayeva’s interpretation is still considered a model one. Tatiana Nikolayeva made this recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues in 1987.

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79828-8 | 01:18:50

The Kronos Quartet continues to broaden the repertoire for string quartet beyond the Western European tradition with Floodplain, an album of music all written or arranged for the ensemble. This album moves the ensemble even further afield from the conventional quartet; the players frequently double on folk instruments, and in one of the pieces they don't use their own instruments at all, but newly invented ones, created especially for this album. The selection of music is broadly eclectic and includes arrangements of a popular Arab song from 1940 and an ancient Christian hymn from Lebanon, a collaboration with a Palestinian electronic ensemble, and an original piece by a Serbian-American composer. The album has a number of guest artists, including the Azerbaijani Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Terry Riley playing tambura and Wu Man playing electric sitar.

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}

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Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 233 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 164 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 76 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2008 MDG | MDG 316 1291-2
Classical / 20th Century / Organ

Marcel Dupré was born in Rouen in 1886. His father, Albert Dupré (who in 1911 became holder of the great organs of the Saint-Ouen abbey church in Rouen) began his son's musical training very early on. At the age of four, he developed osteomyelitis and had to have his right collarbone removed and stay in bed for more than six months. He began to work with Alexandre Guilmant in 1897; and the following year, at the age of eleven, he became holder of the great organ of Saint Vivien in Rouen.

hr-Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt RSO, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.1 (2009)

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hr-Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt RSO, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.1 (2009)

Bruno Maderna - Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.1 (2009)
hr-Sinfonieorchester; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Tamayo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: NEOS | # NEOS 10933 | Time: 01:13:00

With this disc, German label Neos takes on an enterprising project, Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol. 1. Outside of Italy, Maderna is recognized as a significant figure within Italian avant-garde associated with Nono and Berio, but his music is not is well known as theirs, apart from his fanciful and hip Serenata per un satellite (1969). Within Italy, Maderna is remembered as one of her greatest conductors, although he is worshipped to such extent in that role that his compositions have been overlooked. Such a series, hopefully, would serve to redress the balance; Maderna's experience as conductor helped inform his compositions, and by having access to his orchestral pieces one might be able to determine to what extent his composing impacted his work as a conductor.

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

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New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)
Zhou Long · Chinary Ung · Gao Ping · Tōru Takemitsu · Tan Dun

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:58:07
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naxos | # 8.572488

This programme brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch’in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung’s expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its ‘long-breathed brush strokes’ (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu’s beautifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.

Bang On A Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2011) 2CDs

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Bang On A Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2011) 2CDs

Bang On A Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2011) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 519 Mb | Scans included
Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21074 | Time: 01:29:57 | Data (video) ~ 68 Mb
Genre: Classical, Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Chamber Music, Jazz

With Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, the Bang on a Can All-Stars show off their blazing speed, polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility in a return to the core Bang on a Can sound - an uncategorizable supermix of classical and electric instruments that is part classical ensemble, part rock band, and part jazz sextet. The album is the first in a decade that features the All-Stars exclusively, rather than as part of a collaborative project. Each of the pieces on the double-CD calls upon a different kind of virtuosity, demonstrating the range of musical abilities and experiences arguably unique to this ensemble. Recorded in New York City, all of the music on Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (including the arrangements of the works by Conlon Nancarrow) were written for and premiered by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

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Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 59:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records ‎| SIGCD576 | Recorded: 2018

John Taverner's accidentally totemic theme is subjected to more wondrous transformations by the likes of Robert Parsons, Henry Purcell and of course Christopher Tye—and inspires new works from Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.

Gidon Kremer - Philip Glass: Violin Concerto; Ned Rorem: Violin Concerto; Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (1999)

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Gidon Kremer - Philip Glass: Violin Concerto; Ned Rorem: Violin Concerto; Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (1999)

Gidon Kremer - Philip Glass: Violin Concerto;
Ned Rorem: Violin Concerto; Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (1999)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 351 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:18:30
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 185-2 GH

Here are three 20th-century violin concertos written within a 30-year period in three totally different styles, played by a soloist equally at home in all of them. Bernstein's Serenade, the earliest and most accessible work, takes its inspiration from Plato's Symposium; its five movements, musical portraits of the banquet's guests, represent different aspects of love as well as running the gamut of Bernstein's contrasting compositional styles. Rorem's concerto sounds wonderful. Its six movements have titles corresponding to their forms or moods; their character ranges from fast, brilliant, explosive to slow, passionate, melodious. Philip Glass's concerto, despite its conventional three movements and tonal, consonant harmonies, is the most elusive. Written in the "minimalist" style, which for most ordinary listeners is an acquired taste, it is based on repetition of small running figures both for orchestra and soloist, occasionally interrupted by long, high, singing lines in the violin against or above the orchestra's pulsation.

Andrey Gugnin - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes Op. 34; Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 (2019)

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Andrey Gugnin - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes Op. 34; Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 (2019)

Andrey Gugnin - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes Op. 34; Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 188 Mb | Total time: 79:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA68267 | Recorded: 2018

Hyperion is thrilled to welcome to the label Andrey Gugnin, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. With a spectacular all-Shostakovich programme built around the two piano sonatas, this is simply electrifying pianism.

Philip Glass - The Thin Blue Line (1989)

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Philip Glass - The Thin Blue Line (1989)

Philip Glass - The Thin Blue Line (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch | # 7559-79209-2 | Time: 01:08:50
Soundtrack, Score, Contemporary Classical, Minimalism

The soundtrack to Errol Morris' documentary The Thin Blue Line emphasizes story over music; the interviews which make up the majority of the film – a crusading effort which led to the the release of its subject, Randall Adams, from a Texas prison – are presented on record as they were on screen, with Glass' chamber orchestra music hovering in the background. The result is a soundtrack which comes remarkably close to capturing the power of its source film; even without the moving images, this is a chilling document.

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 8 - Ben van Oosten (2007) {MDG 316 1290-2}

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Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 8 - Ben van Oosten (2007) {MDG 316 1290-2}

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 8 - Ben van Oosten (2007) {MDG 316 1290-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 219 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 153 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 41 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2007 MDG | MDG 316 1290-2
Classical / 20th Century / Organ

On Vol. 8 of his recording of Dupre's complete organ works, Ben Van Oosten presents four magnificent works from the composer's middle period, performed on the Beuchet-Debierre organ in Angouleme. I'm sure the neighbors are disappointed in my purchase. I rather enjoy rattling the walls with this one. The instrument is magnificent and the performances more than competent.

Arvo Part - Summa - Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (2002) {Virgin Classics}

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Arvo Part - Summa - Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (2002) {Virgin Classics}

Arvo Part - Summa - Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (2002) {Virgin Classics}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 291 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 173 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 90 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2002 Virgin Classics / EMI Records | 7243 5 45501 2 6
Classical / Avant-Garde / Post-Modern / Modern Composition / Symphonies

At a mere five minutes, Arvo Pärt's Summa is actually the shortest composition on this CD. But, for its sheer, austere beauty, the work makes a fitting introduction to this orchestral disc. Pärt's trademark "tintinnabulation" style is in full effect on this sublime recording. Each of these works sounds simple and minimalist, yet also achingly profound. In Pärt's Symphony No. 3 (the earliest piece here, dating from 1971), the roots of his groundbreaking technique are just beginning to take shape: the ringing of bells, the calculated tension, and the hints of early music all add to the three-movement work's drama.

Xuefei Yang - Sketches of China (2020)

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Xuefei Yang - Sketches of China (2020)

Xuefei Yang - Sketches of China (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 368 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 233 Mb | 01:41:34
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Acclaimed Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang releases a new double-album - Sketches of China - featuring a unique collection of works ranging from the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) to the 21st Century, many of which are world premiere recordings. For this album, Xuefei has sought out and arranged poignantly beautiful traditional melodies, commissioned new works from leading Chinese composers and collaborated with colleagues who are the musical superstars in her native land.

Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

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Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2;
Aram Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)
Mats Lidström, cello; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-719 | Time: 01:05:28

Mats Lidström is that rare thing, an original musician. The sheer mercurial energy which drives his performances can be both engaging and disturbing, but there is always a searching intelligence at work. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lost much when its compelling, if unpredictable, lead cellist departed. These two concertos show him at his persuasive best, bringing lesser known works to life. Kabalevsky’s 1964 Concerto stretches and yawns with slow pizzicato before springing into urgent life. Sub-Shostakovich in its motifs and tonality, it is nevertheless well-constructed and uses the saxophone to great effect. In both Allegro movements Lidström achieves a lightning speed and attack and, though Raphael Wallfisch’s recording on Nimbus has a more solid beauty of tone, the Swede’s nervous anticipation makes up for the thinner sound of his Grancino cello. Khachaturian’s 1946 Concerto would make a wonderful soundtrack to a cinematic faux-Oriental extravaganza, with its twisting major and minor intervals, and almost sleazy chromaticism. Lidström really knows how to swing, and makes the most of the memorable melodies.