Kelly Sweet - We Are One (Limited Edition) (2007)

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Kelly Sweet - We Are One (Limited Edition) (2007)

Kelly Sweet - We Are One (Limited Edition) (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 42:55 | 307 MB
Genre: Pop, Adult Contemporary, Classical Crossover | Label: Victor | Catalog: VICP-63910

A modern adult contemporary singer, Kelly Sweet's debut album, We Are One, made moves on various AC radio charts after its release, based on the power of a few important singles. "Raincoat" and "We Are One" show a soft-voiced approach to ballads that's just a bit upbeat. This is normally the territory of singers like Dido and Norah Jones, but Sweet adds a deeper touch of production to the mix, making a slightly more man-made sound and using it for dramatic effect.

Carl Vine - Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (2000)

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Carl Vine - Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (2000)

Carl Vine - Chamber Music, Vol. 2 (2000)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:35 | 279 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tall Poppies | Catalog: TP120

This second volume of Carl Vine’s chamber music concentrates on a period of five years between 1992 and 1997. Although time has moved on from the music featured in volume one, which dealt with works from the mid to late eighties, the Vine hallmarks outlined in my review of the first volume are still evident here, principally a fascination with rhythm and rhythmic structures that manifests itself in all of the pieces featured in some shape or form.

Michael Kieran Harvey - Carl Vine: The Piano Music 1990-2006 (2006)

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Michael Kieran Harvey - Carl Vine: The Piano Music 1990-2006 (2006)

Michael Kieran Harvey - Carl Vine: The Piano Music 1990-2006 (2006)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:14:03 | 301 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tall Poppies | Catalog: TP190

Carl Vine is an Australian composer who has been active in a range of genres, from film music to public spectacle (he composed part of the music for the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics) to music informed by modernist concepts. The piano works here owe a debt, recognized in the notes by pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, to American composer Elliott Carter, and manipulations of rhythm and tempo play central structural roles in both the pair of piano sonatas and the profusion of miniatures recorded here.

London Baroque, Charles Medlam - Marin Marais: La Gamme, Sonate à la Marésienne (1997)

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London Baroque, Charles Medlam - Marin Marais: La Gamme, Sonate à la Marésienne (1997)

London Baroque, Charles Medlam - Marin Marais: La Gamme, Sonate à la Marésienne (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:09 | 321 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: HMA 1901105

London Baroque, one of our best pre-classical ensembles, has chosen an all-Marais programme for its debut on gramophone records. Both works come from a collection published in 1723 containing unusually extended pieces in a style often removed from that of Marais's Pièces de violes. The most elaborate of them is La gamme which, as its name suggests, relies both on the ascending and descending levels of the scale for its invention.

Benjamin Boren - Benjamin Boren plays Carl Vine (2011)

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Benjamin Boren - Benjamin Boren plays Carl Vine (2011)

Benjamin Boren - Benjamin Boren plays Carl Vine (2011)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:06 | 263 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Enharmonic Records | Catalog: ENCD11-021

In his informative review of Michael Kieran Harvey’s excellent CD covering most of this repertoire (Tall Poppies 190), Phillip Scott aptly summarized Carl Vine’s music as “large-gesture Lisztian Romanticism, tempered by the influence of Messiaen, Carter, and other modernists” ( Fanfare 30:5). You might also want to throw Read more Lento middle section of the First Sonata’s second movement).

David Lang ‎- Elevated (2005)

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David Lang ‎- Elevated (2005)

David Lang ‎- Elevated (2005)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:39 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Cantaloupe Music | Catalog: CA21029

Dark, emotional, and exquisitely beautiful, David Lang's new CD, Elevated, has premiere recordings of 3 recent works. Taken together, these pieces create a world in which consonance fights dissonance, hope struggles against hopelessness, and simple melodies are constantly beset by gravity, weight, and decay.

Maria Callas - La Divina 2 (1993)

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Maria Callas - La Divina 2 (1993)

Maria Callas - La Divina 2 (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:57 | 352 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 55016 2 2

For those who can only judge Callas' voice, any recording can be very disapointing. To enjoy listening to her voice, one must be aware of her work as a dramatic performance rather than a technically perfect and beautiful voice. She sang with her soul, her heart and all the deep feelings a human being can experience and this led her to the top of the opera world, although her voice never achieved beauty and evenness as it would be expected of an opera Diva.

Maria Callas - La Divina (1993)

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Maria Callas - La Divina (1993)

Maria Callas - La Divina (1993)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:26 | 310 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: CDC 7 54702 2

If you want to know the reason behind all the fuss about Maria Callas, buy this CD. Callas's great gift was not purity of tone or emission, reliability, or sheer loveliness; it was, rather, her ability to change her vocal color and style to suit not only particular periods of opera but to get under the skin of the individual characters she portrayed.

Charivari Agréable - Marais: Musique pour la Viole (1996)

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Charivari Agréable - Marais: Musique pour la Viole (1996)

Charivari Agréable - Marais: Musique pour la Viole (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:16:19 | 463 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ASV Digital | Catalog: ASVCDGAU152

Marais (1656-1728) was once among the least-known French baroque composers, a specialist in the viole (or viola da gamba), an instrument that was already obsolescent in his lifetime but one that he raised to unprecedented heights of technical finesse and expressive power. Now, since the film "Tous les Matins du Monde," in which his role was taken by Gerard Depardieu, his discography has risen to a full, well-deserved column in the Schwann-Opus catalogue. This beautifully styled recording of three suites and a caprice by the Charivari Agreable trio is a fine addition to his discography.

Carl Vine ‎– Chamber Music, Volume 1 (1992)

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Carl Vine ‎– Chamber Music, Volume 1 (1992)

Carl Vine ‎– Chamber Music, Volume 1 (1992)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:40 | 236 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Tall Poppies | Catalog: TP013

Carl Vine has been firmly established as one of Australia’s leading composers for some years now although in the U.K. his name may be most familiar to many for his orchestral work, Descent, which figured as a finalist in the very first Masterprize competition several years ago.

Juliette - Assassins sans couteaux (1998 Reissue) (2006)

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Juliette - Assassins sans couteaux (1998 Reissue) (2006)

Juliette - Assassins sans couteaux (1998 Reissue) (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 48:06 | 273 MB
Genre: Pop, Chanson | Label: Universal | Catalog: 5498652

Juliette Nourredine, known to her fans simply as Juliette, is an acclaimed singer/songwriter from France whose albums regularly chart within the national Top Ten. Born on September 25, 1962, in Paris, France, the chanteuse began her performance career in Toulouse, where as a teenager she performed the songs of Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf on piano. In time she began writing songs of her own and singing. One of her early performances, a theater show from 1986, was released independently on cassette as Juliette (1987).

Jane Birkin - Rendez-Vous (2004)

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Jane Birkin - Rendez-Vous (2004)

Jane Birkin - Rendez-Vous (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:27 | 327 MB
Genre: Pop, Chanson | Label: Capitol Records | Catalog: 73569

Following on from the world music stylings of 2002's remarkable Arabesque album, but dispensing with that album's reliance on Serge Gainsbourg compositions, 2004's Rendez-Vous is Jane Birkin's most wide-open album in years, a joyous romp whose only downfall is, contrarily, the very factor that brought it so much attention. A collection of duets, Rendez-Vous pairs Birkin with singers as far-flung as Etienne Daho and Bryan Ferry, Françoise Hardy and Beth Gibbons, and the success rate is thrown as far across the spectrum as the guests.

Keith Lockhart, Utah Symphony - Symphonic Dances (2006)

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Keith Lockhart, Utah Symphony - Symphonic Dances (2006)

Keith Lockhart, Utah Symphony - Symphonic Dances (2006)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:17 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Reference Recordings | Catalog: RR-105

Called Symphonic Dances, this disc serves a four-fold purpose. First, it serves the purpose of returning Keith Lockhart to the catalog. After landing a contract with RCA leading the Boston Pops Orchestra, Lockhart returns here leading the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Lockhart has clearly grown since his time with the Boston Pops: his conducting here is well-judged, well-balanced, and well-executed. Second, it serves the purpose of returning the Utah Symphony to the catalog.

Laurence Perkins, The New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp - The Playful Pachyderm (2004)

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Laurence Perkins, The New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp - The Playful Pachyderm (2004)

Laurence Perkins, The New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp - The Playful Pachyderm: Classic miniatures for bassoon and orchestra (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:43 | 252 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67453

This disc, well-recorded in 2003 by Hyperion, brings together a totally delightful collection of well-known and not so well-known classic miniatures for bassoon and orchestra. Most of these 18 pieces last between 3.5 and 6.5 minutes and it is a tribute to both them and the players that the listener's attention is maintained throughout.

Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Erin Helyard - Pinchgut Opera - Handel: Theodora (2018)

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Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Erin Helyard - Pinchgut Opera - Handel: Theodora (2018)

Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Erin Helyard - Pinchgut Opera - Handel: Theodora (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:44:01 | 887 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Pinchgut Live | Catalog: PG009

Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and as a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance. Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in fortepiano performance and a PhD in musicology with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. He was named the Westfield Concert Scholar (Cornell University) on fortepiano for 2009–10 and from 2003 to 2012 was a central member of Montreal’s award-winning Ensemble Caprice.