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Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

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Markus Hinterhauser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)

Markus Hinterhäuser - Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 239 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:01
Classical, Modern, Avant-Garde, Contemporary | Label: col legno | # WWE 1CD 20019

They say that Galina Ustvolskaya led a very secluded life, that she was a loner. It is amazing, though, how distinct an image of her emerges from the almost meditative way in which she immersed herself in structures, dynamics and combinations of pitches. And not only that. You can hear the concentration on her work and the contrasts within the scope of an existence, some even say you can hear St. Petersburg. Markus Hinterhäuser plays Ustvolskaya’s sonatas as though it were the music of an intimate friend. The piano is vibrating, the music seems nearly torn apart with the tension. The pieces characterized by extreme dynamics, economy and cluster blocks are interpreted by Hinterhäuser with great intensity.

Bang on a Can - Philip Glass: Music in Fifths & Two Pages (2004)

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Bang on a Can - Philip Glass: Music in Fifths & Two Pages (2004)

Bang on a Can - Philip Glass: Music in Fifths & Two Pages (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included | 00:52:07
Minimalism, Chamber Music, Avant-Garde | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21016

Cantaloupe continues its recording series of the masterworks of the music of our time with this brilliant disc of two early classics by composer Philip Glass, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Glass is arguably minimalism's most well-known and influential composer. Before film soundtracks, operas, and universal acclaim, there were these intense, rugged, and demanding early works for keyboard. In Music in Fifths and Two Pages, Philip Glass's ideas are at their most basic, using only addition and subtraction of notes in simple scales to create epic and hypnotic musical forms. The Bang on a Can All-Stars reconceive these works for their ground-breaking sound of clarinet, cello, bass, piano, marimba, and electric guitar. In the tradition of their award winning recording of Terry Riley's In C (#1 CD of 2001 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post), the musicality, passion, and focus of the All-Stars, plus the sparkling sound quality of the recording, catapult these classic works into the 21st century.

Frank Zappa - 200 Motels - The Suites - Los Angeles Philharmonic (2015) {2CD Zappa Records ZR0019}

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Frank Zappa - 200 Motels - The Suites - Los Angeles Philharmonic (2015) {2CD Zappa Records ZR0019}

Frank Zappa - 200 Motels - The Suites - Los Angeles Philharmonic (2015) {2CD Zappa Records ZR0019}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 523 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 238 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 795 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1971, 2015 Zappa Records / The Zappa Family Trust / Universal | ZR 20019 / 00824302001929
Classical / Rock / Experimental / Suite

Official Release #101. On the evening of October 23, 2013, Walt Disney Concert Hall was the place to be in Los Angeles, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a spectacular, sold-out orchestral performance of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (The Suites). Recorded for posterity, the acclaimed, one-night-only 13-suite performance of Zappa's 1971 masterwork will be released worldwide on November 20 by Zappa Records/UMe. This 2CD release's expertly recorded audio brings the listener back to Walt Disney Concert Hall to experience the exciting 200 Motels (The Suites) spectacle, complemented by photos from the evening and essays by the show and recording's producers, Gail Zappa and Frank Filipetti, the evening's director James Darrah, 'Scoremeister' Kurt Morgan, and performers including Diva Zappa, Michael Des Barres, special guest 'Rock' rhythm section drummer Joe Travers, and former Zappa band member Scott Thunes. Essays by some notable members of the audience, including Steve Vai and Peter Asher, are also included.

David Thor Jonsson - Improvised Piano Works II (2015)

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David Thor Jonsson - Improvised Piano Works II (2015)

David Thor Jonsson - Improvised Piano Works II (2015)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 48:26 min | 116 Mb (5% Rec.)
Piano, Improvisations, Modern Classical | Label: Radio Bongo

In the fall of 2011 David Thor Jonsson recorded a session and a solo concert at Telus Studio in The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada – the heart of the Canadian Rockies. These recordings have come to be Piano Improvisations II. In and around Banff are magical places. They are ancient, huge, quiet; some are sacred. Being surrounded by the enormity of the Rockies makes one feel very small, and prone to wander off for many hours, gazing at the endless beauty and power. Lake Minnewanka's name translates to "Water of the Spirits" from the Dakotan Siouan language of Nakoda. Aboriginal people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, as early as 10,000 years ago. You can still feel the spirits there… Some of this music is a dedication to that invisible power of human energy. This is the second album in the solo piano improv series.

Divertimento Ensemble - Franco Donatoni: 10 anni dopo (2010) (Repost)

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Divertimento Ensemble - Franco Donatoni: 10 anni dopo (2010) (Repost)

Divertimento Ensemble - Franco Donatoni: 10 anni dopo (2010)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:49 | 255 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Stradivarius | Catalog: STR33838

In August 2010, it will be ten years since Franco Donatoni s passing; a period of time which is now long enough to try to relate, also to younger listeners, the history of this musician who lived through the crucial problems of his time with a rare intensity and who remains an indispensable reference point in the contemporary music scene. In this monographic CD by Stradivarius, the Divertimento Ensemble and the Italian Saxophone Quartet are conducted by Sandro Gorli, who founded the Ensemble itself in 1977 and was Donatoni s pupil.

George Winston - December (1982) 20th Anniversary Edition, 2001

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George Winston - December (1982) 20th Anniversary Edition, 2001

George Winston - December (1982) 20th Anniversary Edition, 2001
EAC | FLAC | APE (Cue&Log) ~ 181 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Label: Windham Hill/BMG | # BMGSD-7781, 01934 11611-2 | 00:46:22
Neo-Classical, Contemporary, New Age, Christmas

December is the fourth solo piano album from George Winston. It was recorded during the fall of 1982 and was released at the end of the year. It is a Christmas album, and more generally a tribute to the winter season. The album is a follow up to Autumn. December is Winston's highest-selling album, having been certified triple Platinum by the RIAA, signifying 3 million copies in shipment. The success of the album, along with several of Winston's other albums from the early 1980s, enabled the record label, Windham Hill, to get international distribution and a much higher profile. A 20th Anniversary Edition of the album, with two bonus tracks, was released in 2001.

Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - Encount3rs (2017)

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Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - Encount3rs (2017)

Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - Encount3rs
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 86:58 min | 381 MB
Label: Analekta ‎– AN 2 8871-2 | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Orchestral, Contemporary

Encount3rs is an unprecedented project, event and recording which has resulted in remarkable new one-act ballets and original orchestral scores. This new album consists of the music from this landmark NAC commission which pairs three of Canada's outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country's most exciting composers.

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.

Jose Luis Bieito - Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2001)

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Jose Luis Bieito - Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2001)

José Luis Bieito - Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 155 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber, Tango, Guitar | Label: Ars Harmonica | # AH097 | 00:44:55

Astor Piazzolla belongs to Buenos Aires and to the whole world as well. His music has that secret, that intangible charm and that dose of magic it takes to fascinate musicians and non-musicians alike, whatever their own styles and wherever they come from. His sharply-accented melodies and his lively, persistent rhythms with their ferocious attacks capture you and sweep you along. Then suddenly all that sonic aggression calms down in a slow section and his lyricism, his inexorable melodies, hit you inside. It's the tango, and it goes straight to the soul.

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD

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Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | 00:59:37 | Scans ~ 30 Mb
DVD9 | PAL | 4:3 (720x576) VBR | AC3 5.1 / 2.0 @ 448 kbps; DTS | ~ 5.3 Gb
Subs: English, French, Italian, German | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79835-2
Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Video Opera

Three Tales is a video-opera in three acts (titled Hindenburg, Bikini and Dolly) with music by American composer Steve Reich and visuals by Beryl Korot, his wife. It is scored for two sopranos, three tenors, string quartet, percussion, keyboards, and pre-recorded audio. Its premiere was at the Vienna Festival on May 12, 2002; the BBC had commissioned a version for television broadcast four months later. The 12-minute tale Hindenburg had been written (and recorded) in 1998, while the remaining tales were completed (and recorded) in the year of the premiere.

George Winston - Autumn (1980) [20th Anniversary Edition, 2001]

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George Winston - Autumn (1980) [20th Anniversary Edition, 2001]

George Winston - Autumn (1980) [20th Anniversary Edition, 2001]
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb | Scans included
New Age, Neo-Classical | Label: BMG | # BMGSD-7780, 01934-11610-2 | 00:52:04

George Winston's Autumn has served as an emotional backdrop to the change of season. A beautiful recording for solo piano, Autumn finds Winston developing simple melodic motifs with studied left-hand underpinning, on hypnotic pieces like 'Woods,' which moves from a brisk rhythmic figure to rubato minor-key runs. Leaving pauses and breaths in all the right places, Winston suggests the play of color and light, the comfortable melancholy, and the encroaching slow-down that characterizes the fall season. Full of memorable themes and moods, Autumn is a timeless album, and serves as a good introduction for someone who has not heard George Winston. In the context of a career in which he has sold over fifteen million albums, Autumn is the first album that George himself recommends (and often gives to) new listeners.

Jose Luis Bieito - Reflections: Steve Reich, George Winston, Nicky Hind (2009)

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Jose Luis Bieito - Reflections: Steve Reich, George Winston, Nicky Hind (2009)

José Luís Bieito - Reflections: Steve Reich, George Winston, Nicky Hind (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Guitar | Label: Ars Harmonica | # AH205 | 00:47:02

This collection of music for guitar, brought together by Jose Luis Bieito as the musical element of his music+image binomis, Reflections, possesses a delightful balance of sounds. These are flowing, pulsing, mostly gentle sounds that tend to soothe and calm the listener's mind. Sounds that - through a variety of compositional techniques - tend to be sustained in time; the effects of which can sometimes capture a listener’s attention, holding it inside an extended musical moment, like a spell. When heard while viewing the accompanying (provocative, sometimes disturbing) images, the sounds can serve an additional function: grounding the listener's reaction, enabling the passage of emotion; like electricity discharging through a lightening rod.

Anastasia Khitruk, Andrey Tchekmazov, Dmitry Yablonsky - Miklos Rozsa: Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (2007)

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Anastasia Khitruk, Andrey Tchekmazov, Dmitry Yablonsky - Miklos Rozsa: Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (2007)

Anastasia Khitruk, Andrey Tchekmazov, Dmitry Yablonsky - Miklos Rozsa: Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (2007)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:05:38 | 280 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8570350

Miklos Rózsa arrived in Hollywood in 1940 after study in Leipzig and a stint in Paris where Arthur Honegger encouraged him to compose music for films. In California he found a strong community of expatriate composers including Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Korngold, and some of the finest instrumental soloists then active, including Heifetz, Rubinstein and Piatigorsky.

Nicolas Hodges, Rolf Hind, Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Road Movies (2004) (Repost)

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Nicolas Hodges, Rolf Hind, Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Road Movies (2004) (Repost)

Nicolas Hodges, Rolf Hind, Leila Josefowicz - John Adams: Road Movies (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:03 | 243 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559796992

Composer John Adams' album Road Movies contains five pieces that Adams' considers "travel music, (…) passing through harmonic and textural regions as one would pass through on a car trip." Indeed, during Leila Josefowicz's spirited and appropriately brusque reading of the "40% Swing" movement from the title work, one hears what sounds like a passing auto in the left channel. Is it mere coincidence or the album concept channeling onto the master tape?

Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (2015) [Re-Up]

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Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (2015) [Re-Up]

Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907608 | 00:59:16

As more ensembles perform and record Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, its status as a minimalist masterpiece is increasingly affirmed. Ensemble Signal's 2015 release on Harmonia Mundi is one of several amazing performances that have matched Reich's original ECM New Series recording in technical brilliance and expressivity, and it has even earned the composer's approval for being, "…fast moving, spot on, and emotionally charged." Under the direction of Brad Lubman, Ensemble Signal maintains a relentlessly steady pulse and articulates the interlocking patterns with absolute precision, though the shifting tone colors are perhaps a little clearer in this performance than in other recordings. The microphone placement is not so close that individual instruments stand out, but there is enough separation of parts to allow some sense of direction and the orientation of the smaller sub-groups of pianos, xylophones, marimbas, strings, clarinets, and voices. This is a mesmerizing performance that will transfix listeners, and the music is so compelling that it will linger on well after the CD stops. Highly recommended.