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Alexei Lubimov, Alexander Trostiansky, Kirill Rybakov - Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Part, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)

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Alexei Lubimov, Alexander Trostiansky, Kirill Rybakov - Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Part, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)

Misterioso: Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Pärt, Galina Ustvolskaya (2006)
Alexei Lubimov, piano; Alexander Trostiansky, violin; Kirill Rybakov, clarinet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb | 01:19:54
Contemporary Classical, Chamber | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1959, 476 3108

The title of ECM's release of works by three composers born in the former Soviet Union perfectly captures the mood of the CD – it is truly mysterious. Although more than half a century separates the first of these pieces from the most recent, they share a sense of otherness that defies easy explanation. The pieces are not so much mysterious in the sense of being eerie (although there are several moments that might raise the hairs on the back of your neck if you were listening alone in the dark); they are unsettling because they raise more questions than they answer.

Kremerata Baltica - Mieczyslav Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies (2017) [2CDs] {ECM 2538/39}

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Kremerata Baltica - Mieczyslav Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies (2017) [2CDs] {ECM 2538/39}

Kremerata Baltica - Mieczyslav Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies (2017) [2CDs] {ECM 2538/39}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 607MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 373MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical

This double album, recorded in Vienna and in Riga in June 2015, includes all four of the chamber symphonies written in the last decade of Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s life, plus a beautiful new arrangement – by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata percussionist Andrey Pushkarev – of the early Piano Quintet of 1944, heard here in a premiere recording. It is a recording which underlines the importance and originality of Weinberg’s music. For Gidon Kremer, “Weinberg has become a source of unlimited inspiration. No other composer has entered my own and Kremerata Baltica’s repertoire and program concepts with such intensity.” Weinberg’s chamber symphonies are Kremer says, “the most personal reflections of a great composer on his own life and his generation, like a diary of the most dramatic period of the 20th century.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jason Donovan) (1991)

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Andrew Lloyd Webber - Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jason Donovan) (1991)

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jason Donovan) (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG, Covers | 01:13;37 | 421.6 MB
Musical, Soundtrack | Polydor / 511130-2

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is Andrew Lloyd Webber's first staged musical work and his first staged collaboration with his best lyricist Tim Rice. The very first musical they wrote together, called `The likes of us', didn't reach the stage at that time and was put there for a single special performance in 2005, luckily, captured on CD and also available here at Amazon. By Marijan Bosnar

Philip Glass - Solo Piano (1989)

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Philip Glass - Solo Piano (1989)

Philip Glass - Solo Piano (1989)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:25 | 187 MB
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: CBS Records | Catalog: MK 45576

With SOLO PIANO, Glass presents himself "unplugged" - no electronic keyboards or synthesizers, and no overdubs, either - just solo piano. Here, Glass' connection to the established "classical" tradition is most evident. Though his pieces are "minimal" (subtly altered repeated patterns or melodic motifs), yet they have an unsentimental beauty and heartfelt grace that one would hear in J.S. Bach's English Suites, as well as the piano music of Chopin and Erik Satie.

Lorelei Dowling - I Was Like Wow: Contemporary Music for Bassoon (2017)

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Lorelei Dowling - I Was Like Wow: Contemporary Music for Bassoon (2017)

Lorelei Dowling - I Was Like Wow: Contemporary Music for Bassoon
Classical, Contemporary | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 74:51 min | 286 MB
Label: TYXArt | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

This album 'I was like WOW' came about because I wanted to showcase my life in music through a palette of bassoon colours. The pieces reflect where I have come from, and where I am now. I want to take the listener on a voyage, from lyrical to challenging music. Enjoy the journey! (Lorelei Dowling) Feeling it was time to introduce the world to a cross section of contemporary bassoon works, her album, ''I was like WOW'' has been compiled from studio and live recordings.

Peter Sheppard Skærved - David Matthews: Music for Violin, Vol. 2 (2017)

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Peter Sheppard Skærved - David Matthews: Music for Violin, Vol. 2 (2017)

Peter Sheppard Skærved - David Matthews: Music for Violin, Vol. 2
Classical, Contemporary | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:28 min | 287 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 32 | Rls.date: 2017

David Matthews and Peter Sheppard Skærved have been collaborating on a series of works for violin formany years now, in a partnership that has resulted in over 30 works, from string quartets to many piecesfor violin alone. Matthews sets Sheppard Skærved formidable technical challenges, and Sheppard Skærved surprises Matthews by finding ways of overcoming the difficulties in his path. Behind all the pyrotechnics, this collaboration is generating one of the largest, and most musically rewarding, body of compositions for solo violin by any living composer. The range of reference in this music is wide, from Australian magpies and European songthrushes, via anAlpine ranz des vaches, to Three Chants, where the violinist is required to whistle and sing as he plays.

Alan Smale, RTE National Symphony Orchestra & Colman Pearce - Jerome de Bromhead: Orchestral Music (2017)

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Alan Smale, RTE National Symphony Orchestra & Colman Pearce - Jerome de Bromhead: Orchestral Music (2017)

Alan Smale, RTE National Symphony Orchestra & Colman Pearce - Jerome de Bromhead: Orchestral Music
Classical, Orchestral, Contemporary | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 75:27 min | 337 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

The vitality of these three works by the Irish composer Jerome de Bromhead (b. 1945) points to the sheer pleasure that their creator takes in writing music. The swirling ebullience of the tone-poem A Lay for a Light Year suggests the scale and energy of the cosmos. The edgy, elegiac lyricism of the Violin Concerto inhabits textures that are brittle and clear like Stravinsky’s. And the more chromatic Second Symphony suggests a vast sense of space behind a glittering foreground of kaleidoscopic orchestral colours.

Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico, Elias Arizcuren - Four Winds (2002)

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Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico, Elias Arizcuren - Four Winds (2002)

Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico, Elias Arizcuren - Four Winds (2002)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:41 | 320 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Et'Cetera | Catalog: 1252

Since the repertoire for cello octet is small and consists almost entirely of arrangements and new works, expect Four Winds, Conjunto Ibérico's 2002 release, to be somewhat eccentric and experimental. Leader Elias Arizcuren and his virtuoso cellists seek a happy medium between the intimacy and clarity of a much smaller chamber group, and the richness and power of a full string orchestra; but such a balance is hard to sustain, and their shifting back and forth feels unsteady. In Terry Riley's Requiem for Adam, the ensemble is pulled between extremes of symphonic density and chamber transparency, and this heavy arrangement seems only to distort the dynamics and textures of the original version for string quartet.

Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi: Original Motion Picture Score (1983) Complete Original Soundtrack Version 2009 [Repost]

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Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi: Original Motion Picture Score (1983) Complete Original Soundtrack Version 2009 [Repost]

Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi: Original Motion Picture Score (1983)
Complete Original Soundtrack Version 2009

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 371 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Soundtrack, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # OMM0058 | 01:16:22

Koyaanisqatsi is a contemporary masterpiece. The film has had a significant impact on the media arts, music and popular culture since its release in 1983. This version is the original soundtrack including the sound effects used in the film.

L' Inviti Singers, L' Inviti Sinfonia & Paul Brough - Christopher Wood: Requiem (2017)

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L' Inviti Singers, L' Inviti Sinfonia & Paul Brough - Christopher Wood: Requiem (2017)

L' Inviti Singers, L' Inviti Sinfonia & Paul Brough - Christopher Wood: Requiem
Classical, Contemporary, Sacred | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 60:48 min | 220 MB
Label: Orchid Classics | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

This work by self-proclaimed ""non-composer"" Christopher Wood pays homage to the grief felt around the UK following the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002. A former cancer surgeon who now develops life-saving cancer drugs, Wood is a pharmaceutical entrepreneur who had, until 2002, never composed a note of music. But when the Queen Mother passed away, Wood was moved by the people who queued for hours to pay their respects, and felt a strong connection to their grief and sadness, but also their honour, gratitude and patriotic pride.

Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XXI-XXVIII (2017) 8CD Box Set

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Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XXI-XXVIII (2017) 8CD Box Set

Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XXI-XXVIII (2017) 8CD Box Set
Dennis Johnson - Philip Glass - Tom Johnson - Peter Garland
Terry Riley - Harold Budd - Le Monte Young

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Scans included | Time: 09:46:40
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95543BR

This 8CD set bring the listener back to the roots of Minimalism, all works were written in the seventies of the 20th century, a time when the new aesthetics and perception of music, sound, repetition and time experience were creating a new chapter in music history. The longest piece is the 5 hour “November” by Dennis Johnson, a work in which the player is free to build the intervals and chords according to his own timing and spacing. The other composers in this set are Philip Glass, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland, Terry Riley, Harold Budd and La Monte Young. Recorded in his own studio by the most important protagonist of Minimalism today, Dutch pianist Jeroen van Veen. Van Veen has a myriad of recordings to his name, notably the multi CD boxes Minimal Piano Collection 1 and 2, complete Satie, Einaudi, Tiersen, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simeon ten Holt and many more.

Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier - First Drop (2017)

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Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier - First Drop (2017)

Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier - First Drop
Classical, Contemporary, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:21 min | 282 MB
Label: Cantaloupe Music | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017

Conducted by Paul Hillier since 2003, Denamarks Ars Nova Copenhagen has built an immovable reputation as one of the worlds most versatile and inventive vocal ensembles. First Drop is testament to that spirit; its a wide-ranging and ambitious project that interprets the choral work of some of the giants of contemporary classical music, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang and more. Almost all the works on this [release] are first recordings, Hilliar explains, referring to one source of inspiration behind the title.

Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Repost]

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Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Repost]

Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Épéi; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990)
Irvine Arditti, violin; Claude Helffer, piano; Penelope Walmsley-Clark, soprano
Spectrum; Guy Protheroe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:57
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Wergo | # WER 6178-2, 286 178-2

Violinist Irvine Arditti, pianist Claude Helffer, and the Spectrum ensemble conducted by Guy Protheroe produce consummate performances of the Greek avant-gardist's unwieldy chamber music. If you're familiar with Xenakis's career you'll know he was trained in mathematics and enjoyed a successful career as an architect. Such background might prepare you for the music's preoccupation with line, volume, and form in an unusually abstract way, but it won't prepare you for its visceral, almost primitive power. On Akanthos, the singer Penelope Walmsley-Clark must cope with what is surely one of the most ridiculous soprano parts ever written.

Bruce Levingston - Portraits: Glass, Ravel, Messiaen, Satie (2006)

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Bruce Levingston - Portraits: Glass, Ravel, Messiaen, Satie (2006)

Bruce Levingston - Portraits: Glass, Ravel, Messiaen, Satie (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:18 | 220 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Orange Mountain Music | Catalog: OMM 0025

Pianist Bruce Levingston is artistic director for a New York organization that commissions new music and one of the works commissioned by that group was Philip Glass' A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close, given its world-premiere recording on this album. Levingston suggested the idea to Glass of a musical tribute to the painter after viewing Close's painting of Glass. The piece is in two movements, the first of which is full of alternations – between major and minor, between meters, between a rocking figure and running scales – that give it an overall chiaroscuro effect.

VA - Viola Space Japan, 10th Anniversary (2003) 2CDs

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VA - Viola Space Japan, 10th Anniversary (2003) 2CDs

Viola Space Japan, 10th Anniversary (2003) 2CDs
Toshio Hosokawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, György Kurtág, Per Nørgård, Quincy Porter
Oedoen Partos, György Ligeti, George Benjamin, Hikaru Hayashi, Alfred Schnittke
Nobuko Imai, viola; Toho Gakuen Orchestra; Koichiro Harada, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 571 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 318 Mb | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Classical, Contemporary | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1379/1380 | Time: 02:19:01

Viola Space in Tokyo is one of the world’s most important musical festivals dedicated to the viola and the music composed for it. Founded by Nobuko Imai – well-known to BIS followers as well as to lovers of the viola – it celebrates its 10th anniversary, and BIS was invited to document some of the 150 works that have been performed over the years. The program spans over more than 70 years, and the list of composer includes Schnittke, Per Nørgård, Penderecki and Oedoen Partos. Nobuko Imai herself performs two of the most exciting works on the two discs: György Ligeti’s Sonata for Viola Solo and Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VI for Viola and Strings. This last piece was composed only last year, and is dedicated Nobuko Imai. It forms part of a series of concertos “in which the soloist symbolizes man while the ensemble represents the universe, nature and world that surrounds us within and without”, in the composer’s own description. Among these a modern classic such as György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Sch. – in which violist Junji Suganuma is joined by a clarinet and a piano – may be mentioned, as well as Viola, Viola, a constantly surprising duo by George Benjamin.