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Francis Poulenc: The Complete Songs [4CDs] (2013)

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Francis Poulenc: The Complete Songs [4CDs] (2013)

Francis Poulenc: The Complete Songs [4CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,07 Gb | Total time: 5 hours 14 minutes | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68021/4 | Recorded: 2008-2012

Graham Johnson is simply the greatest living authority on French song; an artist whose innate feeling for the music is combined with prodigious scholarship. He also has the ability to discover and nurture singers who here prove to be matchless performers of this repertoire. Following his many wonderful recordings in Hyperion's French Song Edition, Johnson turns to the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, released also to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death. Each of the four CDs presents a programme of songs in an order that is chronological for that disc alonesignifying four different journeys through the composer's career. Disc 1 features a substantial appearance, recorded in 1977, of Pierre Bernac (Poulenc's long-term collaborator)narrating L'histoire de Babar, a story known to children throughout the world. The singers include Dame Felicity Lott, acclaimed as one of the foremost performers of Poulenc, and many other stars from previous recordings.

Leonard Bernstein - 20th Century Masters: The Best of Leonard Bernstein (2004)

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Leonard Bernstein - 20th Century Masters: The Best of Leonard Bernstein (2004)

Leonard Bernstein - 20th Century Masters: The Best of Leonard Bernstein (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 373 MB | 01:07:40
Genre: Classical | Label: Hip-O

Universal extends its series of discount-priced "best of" compilations with the unwieldy name "20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection" to the quasi-classical realm with this Leonard Bernstein entry, which treads a fine line a bit awkwardly as a crossover release. Bernstein was, indeed, a popular composer, with a brace of hit songs (and one or two perennially popular cast albums) derived from his scores for the musicals West Side Story, On the Town, and Candide, and one towering achievement as a soundtrack composer, for Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, to his credit; and he was also a vastly successful and popular recording artist in the classical field.

Borusan Quartet - Company: Arvo Part, Hasan Ucarsu, Philip Glass, Peteris Vasks (2017)

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Borusan Quartet - Company: Arvo Part, Hasan Ucarsu, Philip Glass, Peteris Vasks (2017)

Borusan Quartet - Company: Arvo Pärt, Hasan Uçarsu, Philip Glass, Pēteris Vasks (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Onyx Classics | # 4171 | Time: 01:03:45

Of four living composers here, one is less well known. Like the Borusan Quartet itself, Hasan Uçarsu (born 1965) is Turkish. His String Quartet No 2 “The Untold” consists of two short, pensive outer movements – called epilogue and prologue – and two questing, energetic central movements full of Anatolian folk inspiration. Arvo Pärt’s Summa is a string version of a meditative vocal piece from 1977. Pēteris Vasks, like Pärt, found his own spiritual voice within or despite the restrictive Soviet aesthetic, as witnessed in his poignant String Quartet No 4. Philip Glass, in contrast, wrote his Quartet No 2, robustly minimalist, as stage music for an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s novel Company. A fascinating, engagingly played quartet of quartets.

Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6798 | 01:02:44

The piano may not be the ideal medium for capturing the expressive possibilities of Glass' style of minimalism, but pianist Bruce Brubaker selects pieces that work well on the instrument. Part of the problem with hearing Glass on the piano is forgetting the sound of his ensemble, and the variety of colors (and volume) they have imparted to similar music. Brubaker begins his recital of works by Glass and Alvin Curran with his transcription of "Knee Play 4" from Einstein on the Beach. It is in fact a lovely piece on the piano if one can put the spectacular power and tonal range of the instrumental version out of one's mind. "Opening" from Glassworks, originally scored for piano, works beautifully on the instrument, and flows as naturally as the C major Prelude from Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier. The two pieces by Curran, Hope Street Tunnel Blues III and Inner Cities II, use a syntax similar to Glass, with a more dissonant tonal vocabulary. Hope Street Tunnel Blues III has ample kinetic energy that gives it an exhilarating momentum.

Juilliard String Quartet, Christopher Oldfather - Elliott Carter: The Four String Quartets, Duo For Violin and Piano (1991) 2CD

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Juilliard String Quartet, Christopher Oldfather - Elliott Carter: The Four String Quartets, Duo For Violin and Piano (1991) 2CD

Elliott Carter: The Four String Quartets, Duo For Violin and Piano (1991) 2CDs
Juilliard String Quartet; Christopher Oldfather, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 603 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 330 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 47229 | 02:16:59

These quartets are Juilliard specialties, and anyone wanting to hear this music played with a near ideal combination of virtuosity and humanity need look no further. Carter's quartets are not for the musically faint of heart: they are uncompromisingly thorny, intricate pieces that require lots of intense, dedicated listening. Very few people doubt their seriousness–or even their claims to musical greatness–but just as few people enjoy listening to them. Perhaps this spectacular set will encourage the adventurous to give them a shot. They're worth the time.

David Fray - Bach: Partita BWV 828, French Suite BWV 812, Boulez: Notations, Incises (2007)

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David Fray - Bach: Partita BWV 828, French Suite BWV 812, Boulez: Notations, Incises (2007)

David Fray - Bach: Partita BWV 828, French Suite BWV 812, Boulez: Notations, Incises (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 223 MB | 01:07:18
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato

Fray manages to bring new life to work by composers old and new. He's much more than a mere virtuoso. His playing always has bags of personality: its warmth and passion and grace and power don't just invest the notes and chords he plays with depth, but perform that most difficult trick for any interpreter to pull off: he makes the listener feel these pieces have never been heard before.

The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993) [Re-Up]

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The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993) [Re-Up]

The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonín Dvořák, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Collins | # 13862 DDD | Time: 01:01:01

An imaginative mixture of the popular and the unusual. Barber’s only quartet has at its heart the famous Adagio for Strings: the latter is an arrangement of the second of the quartet’s two movements. That Adagio – which here benefits not only from the unfamiliarity of the chamber original but also from the Duke’s sensitively understated approach on their first recording for Collins Classics – is here surrounded by some captivating faster music (including a brief return to the opening Molto allegro’s ideas). And Robert Maycock’s excellent booklet notes hint at what those famous seven minutes of slow, sad passion in particular could really be said to be about: young homosexual love in the Austrian woods. Thirty years later, in 1966, another American in Europe, and still in his twenties, wrote his first string quartet, though it’s unlikely to be a direct reflection of love, this time in Paris.

Enrico Dindo, Gianandrea Noseda, Danish National Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2012)

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Enrico Dindo, Gianandrea Noseda, Danish National Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2012)

Enrico Dindo, Gianandrea Noseda, Danish National Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 227 Mb | Total time: 60:11 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5093 | Recorded: 2010

Dmitry Shostakovich's two concertos for cello and orchestra, both written for Mstislav Rostropovich (whose recordings remain standards), come from 1959 and 1966. Although the first one is a more rhythmic, outgoing work, both are cut from the same cloth, with intensely inward passages alternating with material in Shostakovich's light Russian-folk mold. In the more serious stretches the cellist often stands exposed and alone, required to carry quite despairing material over long arcs. Italian cellist Enrico Dindo, not a well-known name but one that you're likely to be hearing again, is exceptionally good here. For the high point of it all, hear the final movement of the Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 126, which is somewhere between Beethovenian and Tchaikovskian in its affect although not in its language.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell, Robert Quinney - A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)

A Christmas Caroll From Westminster Abbey (2008)
The Choir of Westminster Abbey, conducted by James O'Donnell; Robert Quinney, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred, Christmas | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67716 | 01:03:34

This seasonal offering from The Choir of Westminster Abbey presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas. It encompasses many of the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration. An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth-century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release.

György Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2006) {4CD Box Set, DG 00289 477 6443}

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György Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2006) {4CD Box Set, DG 00289 477 6443}

György Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (2006) {4CD Box Set, DG 00289 477 6443}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.13 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 740 Mb | Full Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2006 Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 477 6443
Classical / Contemporary Classical / 20th Century / Avant-Garde / Modern Composition

Deutsche Grammophon's budget-priced, four-CD collection of all the works by György Ligeti in its catalog has many things to commend it, beginning with the title. Clear or Cloudy is a profoundly astute description of the composer's career, encompassing both the great sound clouds of his micropolyphonic work of the 1960s, such as Atmosphères, Volumina, Lux aeterna, and Lontano, and the crystalline clarity of his early years, demonstrated in Six Bagatelles for wind quintet and his first String Quartet, as well as in his Etudes pour piano and Piano Concerto from his final period.

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Combined Re-Up]

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Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Combined Re-Up]

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.8 Gb | Scans included
ECM, World Fusion, Ethnic, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age, Ambient, Folk Jazz | Time: 12:04:42

A one-man universe of sound who has learned to play hundreds of instruments from across the globe, which he utilizes in captivating and exotic ways. Collection includes: Implosions (1977); Til The End Of Time (1978); Wings Over Water (1982); Listen To The Rain (1983); East Of The Night (1985); Ocean (1986); The Music Of Stones (1989); Darkness And Light (1990); To The Evening Child (1992); Athos: A Journey To The Holy Mountain (1994); The Garden Of Mirrors (1997); Desert Poems (2001); Life (2004); On The Wing (2006); Bold As Light (2010).

Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD [Re-Up]

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Steve Reich & Beryl Korot - Three Tales (2003) CD + DVD [Re-Up]

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.

Ludovico Einaudi - The Royal Albert Hall Concert (2010)

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Ludovico Einaudi - The Royal Albert Hall Concert (2010)

Ludovico Einaudi - The Royal Albert Hall Concert (2010)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:59:33 | 650 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ponderosa Music & Art | Catalog: 0602527498737

"The idea of recording this album was born during the tour of Nightbook, which in its breadth has seen eighty dates between Europe and America, all of which are followed by the audience - told the Einaudi Feltrinelli di Milano - Every concert was different from ' other, because playing live, in situations so exciting, there are growing and new arrangements of songs interesting variations. Throughout the tour I have done nothing but dream about the stage at the Royal Albert Hall, it is a legendary place for every musician. And so finally I decided to record their live concert that, in a double album. "

Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia - Britten: Death in Venice (2005)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia - Britten: Death in Venice (2005)

Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia - Britten: Death in Venice (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 565 Gb | Total time: 151:29 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10280(2) | Recorded: 2004

Langridge is an inspired interpreter of the role of Aschenbach; his performance here is matched by Alan Opie’s sinister portrayal of the six characters who convey him to his doom. Michael Chance contributes an ethereally unsettling Voice of Apollo, and Richard Hickox coaxes out every bit of the score's morbid beauty.

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 78-81 (2016)

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Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 78-81 (2016)

Ottavio Dantone, Accademia Bizantina - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 78-81 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Gb | Total time: 104:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 4788837 | Recorded: 2015

Accademia Bizantina under Ottavio Dantone are releasing a new album of Haydn Symphonies, Nos. 78-81. It is the first time Symphonies No.79 and 81 have been recorded on period instruments. This little-known quartet of Haydn symphonies 78-81 date from the years 1782-1784 when Haydn still served as kapellmeister to the Esterhazy family in their spectacular summer and winter palaces in Esterháza (present day Hungary) and Eisenstadt (Austria) where the music was first performed. These four symphonies have been specially recorded for the upcoming 36-CD set of Complete Haydn Symphonies, to be released later this year. It will be the first Haydn symphony cycle on period instruments.