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Jeroen van Veen - Arvo Part: Fur Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music (2014) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Jeroen van Veen - Arvo Part: Fur Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music (2014) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Jeroen van Veen - Arvo Pärt: Für Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music (2014) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 387 Mb | Mp3 (CBR 320) ~ 300 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95053| 02:00:24

A much-admired contemporary, living composer whose popularity among a wide cross-section of music devotees and casual listeners transcends genre barriers. This new double-disc set of the complete piano music encompasses works composed over a 50 year span. Jeroen Van Veen is a preeminent and critically-favored Minimalist advocate and multi-dimensional artist with a noteworthy backlist of Brilliant Classic releases to his credit with more to come. Booklet notes written by Jeroen Van Veen.

Christian Poltera, Joonas Ahonen, BIT20 Ensemble, Baldur Bronnimann - Gyorgy Ligeti: Concertos (2016)

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Christian Poltera, Joonas Ahonen, BIT20 Ensemble, Baldur Bronnimann - Gyorgy Ligeti: Concertos (2016)

György Ligeti: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Chamber Concerto; Melodien (2016)
Christian Poltéra, cello; Joonas Ahonen, piano; BIT20 Ensemble; Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2209 | Time: 01:11:31

The unifying idea of the concerto provides a way to get a handle on György Ligeti's experimental spirit, for a concerto here represents several fundamentally different things. The Cello Concerto of 1966, right at the height of Ligeti's exuberantly fearless adventures in 1960s Germany, might almost be called an anti-concerto, with the cello doing its best to hang on the edge of silence. Sample the very first movement, both for the precision of cellist Christian Poltéra's work at the low end of the dynamic spectrum and for the ideally clean engineering work by the BIS label, operating in a variety of Norwegian venues and mastering them, well, masterfully. The Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments and the Melodien are essentially concertos for orchestra, with distinctive roles for each of the instruments, while the five-movement Piano Concerto, completed in 1988, is a fine and technically demanding example of Ligeti's later pulse-based, polyrhythmic style.

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989) [Re-Up]

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Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989) [Re-Up]

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb
Label: Venture | # DBEBN 55(4) | Time: 00:40:24 | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Avant-Garde, Minimalism

For this, his seventh soundtrack for director Peter Greenaway, Nyman deftly orchestrates a mix of strings, horns, and voices to produce another of his fetching and romantic minimalist backdrops. The opening "Memorial" is the highlight of the lot and drives along with stuttering saxophones, an insistent string arrangement, elegiac brass solos, and the soaring vocals of soprano Sarah Leonard (Leonard would be featured on a large part of the Prospero's Books soundtrack). The piece was originally inspired by a 1985 Belgian soccer match tragedy, in which 39 Italian fans were killed. Nyman utilized a death march in his earlier Greenaway collaboration, Drowning by Numbers, and revives the scheme to great effect here for what would become the main theme of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Nyman contrasts the piece's climatic quality with two relatively sedate yet brooding numbers.

Matthew Barley, Sinfonietta Rīga - Sir John Tavener: The Protecting Veil (2019)

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Matthew Barley, Sinfonietta Rīga - Sir John Tavener: The Protecting Veil (2019)

Matthew Barley, Sinfonietta Rīga - Sir John Tavener: The Protecting Veil (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 67:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | SIGCD585 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

Transcendent With Awesome Majesty. John Tavener wrote these words above the opening cello notes of The Protecting Veil, immediately communicating the scale of this universal, timeless, structurally perfect and emotionally powerful work. In the composers words The cello represents The Mother of God and never stops singing. Indeed, the cello sings without stopping for the entire 46 minutes of the piece, requiring huge mental and physical stamina. Matthew Barley leads Sinfonietta Riga in this exploration of Taveners musical works and inspirations, interspersing performances with readings of WB Yeats and Frithjof Schuon by renowned actors Julie Christie and Olwyn Fouéré.

Alison Balsom, Tom Poster - Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano (2016)

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Alison Balsom, Tom Poster - Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano (2016)

Alison Balsom, Tom Poster - Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 196 Mb | Total time: 61:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | 0190295987725 | Recorded: 2015, 2016

This is Alison Balsom's first CD recital with piano – here played by her long-standing recital partner, Tom Poster. Balsom describes the programme as embracing “the most important repertoire for trumpet and piano” – taking a fascinating journey through 20th century works by such composers as Enescu, Hindemith, Martinů, Françaix, Bernstein and Maxwell Davies. That being said, the final piece on the official programme – preceding ‘American Songbook’ encores by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern – dates from the 21st century and was composed by the team of Balsom and Poster themselves. Called The Thoughts of Dr. May, it is inspired by another British musician: Brian May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen – and also, as it happens, an astrophysicist.

The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)

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The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)

The Nash Ensemble - American Chamber Music: Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68094 | Time: 01:15:36

This programme features concert music by composers who also wrote film scores for Hollywood. While this was just one string to the considerable bows of Gershwin and Copland, Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman are best known for their music for Hitchcock films (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Marnie and Psycho for Herrmann; and Rebecca and The Paradine Case for Waxman). Centre stage is Gershwin’s Song-book, arranged by the composer for solo piano in order to present the songs ‘as George Gershwin plays them himself’.

Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: Prophecies (2016)

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Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: Prophecies (2016)

Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: Prophecies (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0110 | Time: 01:06:47

Pianist and composer Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian musicians of our time. As a performer Batagov introduced the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. On this his debut recording with Glass s record label Orange Mountain Music, Batagov offers a recital of Glass s music which is personally important to him, music which has never been heard on solo piano. Three of the four tracks offered on Batagov s program are from Glass s epic opera Einstein on the Beach - Trial, Night Train, and Knee Play 5. These pieces capture the sound of a particularly expansive moment in Glass s career as he transitioned from hard core Minimalism to a more expressive medium. That artistic pivot is captures in Batagov s mystical reading of Prophecies from Koyaanisqatsi. In 2009, after a hiatus of 12 years from live performance Batagov returned to the stage presenting a series of unique solo programs including this program which was recorded in Moscow in November 2015.

Calidore String Quartet - Babel (2020)

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Calidore String Quartet - Babel (2020)

Calidore String Quartet - Babel (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | 01:11:42
Classical | Label: Signum Classics

A compilation of quartets by Schumann, Shostakovich and Caroline Shaw from the acclaimed American string quartet, Calidore String Quartet, exploring the visceral forms of expression that exist at the intersection of music and language. For this recording the Calidore String Quartet gathered music which transmits ideas by imitating language; its rhythms, cadences and intentions. But it also explores what happens when music substitutes for language. When it fills the void of forbidden speech or even how it carries on when language has been exhausted.

Katia & Marielle Labèque - Les enfants terribles (2020)

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Katia & Marielle Labèque - Les enfants terribles (2020)

Katia & Marielle Labèque - Les enfants terribles (2020)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:03:08 | 145 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

The new recording captures the pianists’ special artistic relationship with Philip Glass – a follow-up to the Double Piano Concerto the composer dedicated to the sisters in 2015 Presenting the opera Les Enfants terribles arranged for piano duet, dedicated to Katia & Marielle Labèque, and Etudes No. 17 & 20.

Ann Hobson Pilot, English CO, Isaiah Jackson - William Mathias & Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concertos (1994)

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Ann Hobson Pilot, English CO, Isaiah Jackson - William Mathias & Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concertos (1994)

William Mathias & Alberto Ginastera - Harp Concertos (1994)
Ann Hobson Pilot, harp; English Chamber Orchestra; Isaiah Jackson, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 178 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: KOCH | # 3-7261-2 | Time: 00:49:28

The connection between Wales and the harp is a long-standing one, and Mathias's part in it began 12 years before his Harp Concerto was written, with Improvisations for harp solo; even a Welshman has to learn how to cope with such an idiosyncratic instrument. He learned his lessons well—even using semitone pedal glissandos in the second movement, and he keeps the harp audible by alternating its solo passages with orchestral ones or, when the two are working together treating the orchestra with a light touch (the celesta is used as a particularly effective companion to the harp), at other times resorting to the more familiar across-the-strings sweep. Two movements have declared Welsh associations: the first juxtaposes but does not develop three themes the second is a 'bardic' elegy; the last is simply ''joyful and rhythmic''. The whole makes pleasing listening appealing to the emotions and imagination rather than the intellect.

Bernard Herrmann - At 20th Century Fox (2011) 14 CD Box Set

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Bernard Herrmann - At 20th Century Fox (2011) 14 CD Box Set

Bernard Herrmann - At 20th Century Fox (2011) 14 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 3.6 Gb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 1.99 Gb | 14:44:35
Soundtracks, Film Score, Classical | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VCL 1211 1128

Limited-edition boxed set from Varese Sarabande (only 1000 copies and now out-of-print) of 14 CDs featuring music from 18 scores: "Jane Eyre", "Anna and the King of Siam", "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "5 Fingers", "Hangover Square", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "A Hatful of Rain", "White Witch Doctor", "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef", "The Egyptian", "Garden of Evil", "King of the Khyber Rifles", "Blue Denim", "Prince of Players", "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit", "Journey to the Center of the Earth", and "Tender Is the Night." The set includes many previously unreleased tracks, improved sound on previously released scores, and four previously unreleased scores ("The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "White Witch Doctor", "5 Fingers", and "Hangover Square").

Roger Smalley - Transformation: Music for Percussion, Piano & Electronics (2017)

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Roger Smalley - Transformation: Music for Percussion, Piano & Electronics (2017)

Roger Smalley - Transformation: Music for Percussion, Piano & Electronics (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 220 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 132 Mb | 00:55:27
Avant-Garde Classical | Label: Tall Poppies Records

Transformation: Music by Roger Smalley is a full-length album, released on CD, by Tall Poppies Records in late 2017, of previously unrecorded works for percussion, piano and electronics by composer and senior honorary research fellow at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, Roger Smalley (1943-2015).

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.

Christina Kubisch - Italienische Stücke/Italian Pieces (2019)

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Christina Kubisch - Italienische Stücke/Italian Pieces (2019)

Christina Kubisch - Italienische Stücke/Italian Pieces (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 260 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 132 Mb | 00:57:27
Sound Art, Avant-Garde Electronic, Avant-Garde Classical | Label: Tochnit Aleph

First release of the conceptual and performative pieces by Christina Kubisch, composed and realized between 1974 and 1984 during Christina Kubisch's years in Italy. Edition of 300.

James Willshire - Stevenson: Passacaglia on DSCH (2013/2017)

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James Willshire - Stevenson: Passacaglia on DSCH (2013/2017)

James Willshire - Stevenson: Passacaglia on DSCH (2013/2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 419 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 323 Mb | 02:20:35
Classical | Label: Delphian Records

Music of extraordinary range and power composed at the dawn of the Space Age, Ronald Stevenson’s 'Passacaglia on DSCH' was long claimed as the biggest single stretch of music ever written for piano. It is a veritable world tour of styles as well as a single-minded exploration of its generating motif, and rising star James Willshire, Who received five-star acclaim in 2011 for his Delphian debut disc of music by Rory Boyle, has the technique and vaulting ambition to match both the work's grandeur and its immense wealth of detail.