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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

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Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Poulenc, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Rihm (2004)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Soloists
conducted by Marcello Viotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Profil | # PH04035 | Time: 01:06:02

This 2004 survey of modern settings of the medieval sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa is part of conductor Marcello Viotti's project to record the little-known but worthy sacred works of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for their concert series Paradisi gloria. The four works by Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wolfgang Rihm are dramatically different in conception and musical content, and may be regarded more as reflections of personal faith than as practical works for ecclesiastical purposes.

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.

Fine Arts Quartet - Four American Quartets: Philip Glass, Bernard Herrmann, George Antheil, Ralph Evans (2008)

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Fine Arts Quartet - Four American Quartets: Philip Glass, Bernard Herrmann, George Antheil, Ralph Evans (2008)

Fine Arts Quartet - Four American Quartets (2008)
Philip Glass - Bernard Herrmann - George Antheil - Ralph Evans

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber | Label: Naxos | # 8.559354 | Time: 01:02:25

This recording gathers four string quartets by American composers who are widely divergent in style and manner, and who have made a distinctive and personal contribution to this endlessly re-inventive format. Ralph Evans is more familiar as a performer than composer. Finally completed in 1995, his First String Quartet is written in a non-derivative style, with tuneful melodies, lively counterpoint and piquant harmonies. Philip Glass has completed five mature quartets, his Second Quartet deriving from a theatrical presentation of Samuel Beckett’s prose poem Company. The self-styled ‘bad boy of American music’, George Antheil wrote three string quartets, the third of which is permeated by a folk-music ambience. Best remembered for his film scores, Bernard Herrmann had not released a concert work for 25 years when he wrote Echoes. Its title applies to the thematic connections unobtrusively linking the ten sections of this one-movement piece.

Gunther Rost, Tine Thing Helseth, Babette Haag - Petr Eben: Okna; Landscapes of Patmos; Organ Concerto No.2 (2012)

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Gunther Rost, Tine Thing Helseth, Babette Haag - Petr Eben: Okna; Landscapes of Patmos; Organ Concerto No.2 (2012)

Petr Eben: Okna; Landscapes of Patmos; Organ Concerto No.2 (2012)
Gunther Rost, organ; Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet; Babette Haag, percussion
Bamberger Symphoniker; Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie; Gabriel Feltz, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 420 | Time: 01:14:16

Petr Eben (1929-2007) is considered to be one of the Czech Republic‘s leading contemporary composers. His organ compositions explore new territory in regard to playing techniques, sound and subject matter. His goal is to convey a message to listeners, e.g. through commentaries or – as in his Second Organ Concerto – by prefixing his scores with a motto. Formal clarity and understandability are a „must“ for him. His music is characterized by free tonality that always includes tonal sections. Gunther Rost was able to win two prominent guest musicians for this CD: Tine Ting Helseth (trumpet) and Babette Haag (percussion).

Michel Legrand - Summer Of '42: Original Motion Picture Score (1971) CD release 2005 [Re-Up]

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Michel Legrand - Summer Of '42: Original Motion Picture Score (1971) CD release 2005 [Re-Up]

Michel Legrand - Summer Of '42: Original Motion Picture Score (1971) CD release 2005
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 265 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: DRG Records | # DRGCD19076 | Time: 00:36:14

First time on CD. Composed & Conduted by the legendary Legrand including his "Picasso Suite". This nostalgic coming-into-manhood fantasy features a gorgeous Oscar-winning score by Michel Legrand ("Yentl", "The Thomas Crown Affair"). Director Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird) evokes the period with double-dip ice cream cones, paddleball, saddle shoes, packages of Fels Naptha and the mist of memory in which the hero's thoughts are enwrapped. Herman Raucher's screenplay is a discerning and appreciative translation of one boy's trip along a trajectory of psychological and sexual change.

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000) [Re-Up]

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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000) [Re-Up]

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque, Contemporary, Tango | Label: Nonesuch | # 79568-2 | 01:03:54

Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer's 2000 release Eight Seasons is a conceptual masterwork. Kremer, long known for his skillful interpretations of Astor Piazzolla's Argentinean tangos, had the brilliant idea of matching four of the Latin master's tone poems of the seasons in his native Buenos Aires with Antonio Vivaldi's conceptually similar masterpiece "The Four Seasons," alternating seasons between the two works. Besides the conceptual perfection of the idea, the performances are exquisite. Kremer and his conservatory orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, do a particularly masterful job with the Vivaldi, avoiding the ornate bloat that affects so many recordings of this work. Their performances are brisk and to-the-point, with bright tempos that add a vitality not often found in this rather shopworn old standard. As always, Kremer's solos in the Piazzolla works are absolutely superb, with the dramatic flourishes of the massed string section providing startling counterpoint, especially on the breathtaking "Verano Porteno". Eight Seasons is a truly remarkable work by an underrated performer.

National PO, Charles Gerhardt - Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann (1974) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

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National PO, Charles Gerhardt - Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann (1974) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann (1974) Reissue 1991
National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Gerhardt
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Joaquin Achucarro, piano

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 241 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb | 00:52:07
Contemporary Classical, Soundtracks | Label: RCA Victor/BMG Classics | # GD80707

Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann is probably the best of the entire series by conductor Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Every track is worthwhile and memorably played, especially Beneath the 12-Mile Reef and the suite from Citizen Kane, the latter highlighted by Kiri Te Kanawa's performance of the Strauss-like aria from Salammbo.

Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

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Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell - Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Mass; Canticum Sacrum (1991)
Westminster Cathedral Choir; City of London Sinfonia; James O'Donnell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66437 | Time: 01:07:58

Here's a Symphony of Psalms that successfully captures the spirit and letter of the work–reverence, jubilation, and celebration, as well as specifics of orchestral color and texture. Boys' voices–supposedly Stravinsky's original choice–contribute their share to the bright choral timbre, an effect that works very well. We also get first-rate performances of the Mass and the rarely recorded Canticum sacrum.

Erkki-Sven Tüür - Oxymoron (2008)

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Erkki-Sven Tüür - Oxymoron (2008)

Erkki-Sven Tüür - Oxymoron (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 294 MB | 58:15
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series

“Oxymoron” – contradictory terms in conjunction – seems to be a perfectly appropriate title for a CD presenting four pieces written between 1990 and 2005 by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür for different vocal and instrumental line-ups: Tüür’s writing is characterized by juxtapositions of seemingly heterogeneous musical idioms always moulded with a rare sense of architecture and musical dramaturgy.

Satoko Inoue - Japan Piano 1996 (1997)

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Satoko Inoue - Japan Piano 1996 (1997)

Satoko Inoue - Japan Piano 1996 (1997)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: hat[now]ART | # hat[now]Art103 | Time: 01:10:01

This debut recording by the auspicious Japanese pianist Satoko Inoue is doubly so because of its program: eight works by Japanese composers. Inoue is well-known for a repertoire of 20th century classical music by composers as diverse as Feldman, Cage, Varese, Debussy, and Ives. To choose for her debut recording the works of Japanese composers as diverse as Toru Takemitsu, Jo Kondo, Mamorou Fujieda, Sesshu Kai, and the father of all Nippon composers from the last century, Yoritsune Matsudaira. Given the difference between pre- and post-World War II Japan, it is of no surprise that the stylistic differences between composers born before and after the war would be great. All of them hold within them, however, one distinct quality: to offer the emotional essence of the object considered. Inoue wisely structures her program to convey the essentialist nature of all the works she performs.

Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea (2016)

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Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea (2016)

Gothic Voices - Mary Star Of The Sea (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Linn | # CKD 541 | Time: 01:15:32

Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut with a recording celebrating the biblical matriarch Mary. Pieces from contemporary composers Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Smith sit alongside settings of Marian texts from the 13th and 14th centuries. Notably, there is a rare setting of English biblical text which precedes the first publication of an English language bible by 150 years. Mary in her various guises - caring mother, virgin lover, guiding light - are explored through settings of ancient ritualistic texts showing her mythical and human aspects, whilst contemporary settings relate the themes to the modern day. The contemporary works are cleverly constructed around a modal core so that they fit perfectly with the structure and sound of the early music compositions. With over thirty years experience Gothic Voices' complete understanding of every aspect of early music performance is exceptional.

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Nonesuch | # 529776-2 | Time: 01:08:47

Vladimir Martynov, born in 1946, is one of the cohort of composers that includes Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, and Valentin Silvestrov, who grew up under the influence of the former Soviet Union and abandoned the modernism of their youth to embrace a tonal language of greater simplicity with an aesthetic informed by an intimate spirituality. In spite of the similarities in their backgrounds and journeys, each has a distinctive sound, and Martynov, who is perhaps the least well-known in the West, brings a new perspective to the tradition of European music shaped by mysticism and minimalism. On the surface Martynov's music doesn't have an immediate resemblance to minimalism (apart from the directness of its tonal language), but like minimalism it uses repetition as a structural element and it is concerned with the perception of the passage of time, which it tends to stretch out with almost unbearable poignancy into what commentator Greg Dubinsky describes as "a prolonged state of grace." His harmonic vocabulary is characterized by the fecund tonal richness of post-Romanticism without the angst or decadence sometimes associated with the music of that era.

Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013) [Re-Up]

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Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013) [Re-Up]

Daniel Hope - Spheres (2013)
Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Johann Paul von Westhoff, Gabriel Fauré, Lera Auerbach
Arvo Pärt, Elena Kats-Chernin, Alex Baranowski, Gabriel Prokofiev, Aleksey Igudesman
Max Richter, Karl Jenkins, Johann Sebastian Bach, Michael Nyman, Karsten Gundermann
Daniel Hope (violin); Jacques Ammon (piano); Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin; Simon Halsey, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb | 01:14:48
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 0571

Award-winning violinist Daniel Hope presents an eclectic and accessible mix of neo-Baroque, minimalist and soundtrack favourites, including works and arrangements by contemporary masters like Ludovico Einaudi, Arvo Pärt, Karl Jenkins, Max Richter, Gabriel Prokofiev, Alex Baranowski and many more. “Spheres” features a curated collection of repertoire celebrating the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music, bringing beauty, harmony and simplicity to our complex solar system. This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries. Featured as main soloist on Max Richter’s acclaimed “Vivaldi Recomposed”, Hope is known for an effortless classical sound and intriguing approach to repertoire. Music of reflection, contemplation and relaxation.

Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Music of John Williams (Remastered) (2015)

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Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Music of John Williams (Remastered) (2015)

Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Music of John Williams (Remastered) (2015)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 306 MB | 01:06:47
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Music

Even when not composing music for film, John Williams tends to tie his music to fairly concrete images, as this collection of cello works attests. The inspiration for Heartwood, for example, came from a book containing photographs of trees. His Three Pieces for Solo Cello were attempts to reflect the African-American experience. In the liner notes of this CD, Williams describes the cello as groaning under the crack of the work-gang whip for Rosewood, dancing exuberantly in Pickin', and singing a lullaby in The Long Road North.

AUKSO Orchestra - Krzysztof Penderecki / Jonny Greenwood (2012)

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AUKSO Orchestra - Krzysztof Penderecki / Jonny Greenwood (2012)

Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima; Polymorphia
Jonny Greenwood: Popcorn Superhet Receiver; 48 Responses To Polymorphia
AUKSO Orchestra; Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor; Marek Moś, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79625-1 | 00:53:05

Inspired early on by the experimental pieces of Krzysztof Penderecki, Radiohead's guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood has pursued the idea of shaping orchestral sounds in enexpected ways to produce startling and innovative works. Just as Penderecki wrote for conventional instruments and turned dense bands of microtonal dissonances and extended techniques into the agonized cries of Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and the pulsating roars and shrieks of Polymorphia, Greenwood achieves comparable effects in his multilayered and highly varied orchestral music. The massed harmonies and swooping glissandi of Popcorn Superhet Receiver owe a considerable debt to Threnody, which Greenwood would gladly admit; because the title 48 Responses to Polymorphia openly acknowledges the connection to that work, it is easy to identify Greenwood's raw materials and how he brilliantly reworks them to his purposes. This 2012 release from Nonesuch consists of recordings made with the Aukso Orchestra in Kraków, Poland, with Penderecki conducting his own works and Marek Mos conducting Greenwood's compositions.