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Margaret Leng Tan, American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies - John Cage: The Seasons, etc (2000) [Re-Up]

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Margaret Leng Tan, American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies - John Cage: The Seasons, etc (2000) [Re-Up]

John Cage - The Seasons (2000)
Margaret Leng Tan, prepered piano, toy piano;
American Composers Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans ~ 86 Mb
Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: ECM Records | # 465 140-2 | Time: 01:15:59

This is an enchanting CD, every item a sheer delight. Margaret Leng Tan worked with Cage in the last decade of his life and her earlier recordings (1/92; 7/95) show a special sympathy for the magical world of Cage's keyboard music. The second of her New Albion CDs included the piano solo version of The Seasons, and Cage was honest enough to admit to her that he had help from Virgil Thomson and Lou Harrison in making the orchestral version recorded here. The result is recognisably Cage at his most poetic, evoking each of the four seasons in lovely changing colours. There are two realisations of one of the last of what are called Cage's 'Number Pieces', Seventy-Four, written specially for the American Composers Orchestra a few months before his death in 1992. Several hearings have confirmed for me that this seamless garment of sustained sound in two overlapping parts is an immensely moving document from a unique human being at the very end of his life.

Piero Piccioni - Appassionata (1974) 2CD, Limited Edition 2011

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Piero Piccioni - Appassionata (1974) 2CD, Limited Edition 2011

Piero Piccioni - Appassionata (1974) 2CD, Limited Edition 2011
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 568 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 244 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Easy Listening, Jazz | Label: Quartet | # QRSCE028 | 01:46:59

Deluxe treatment for one of the most important works by Piero Piccioni, includes the complete film score plus the 1974 album version. Appassionata (1974) was a sexually-charged production starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Valentina Cortese, Ornella Muti and Elenora Giorgi. Chronicling the competition of two nubile girls who attempt to seduce the patriarch of a household, Gianluigi Calderone’s movie didn’t shy away from depicting such forbidden subjects as incest or the early sexual awakening of teenagers. This disturbing story was made more all the sensual by the lush underscore of Piero Piccioni.

Martin Helmchen - Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (2019)

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Martin Helmchen - Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (2019)

Martin Helmchen - Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 388 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 298 Mb | 02:10:14
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Composed in 1944 and first performed at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on 26 March 1945 by Yvonne Loriod, this is the second great pianistic cycle by Olivier Messiaen: a major work indeed, not only in the composer’s oeuvre but in the entire repertoire for solo piano. As we know, its origin is in the faith and spirituality of Olivier Messiaen, who described it as: ‘The Contemplation of the Child-God in the cradle, and the gazes fixed upon Him: from the inexpressible Gaze of God the Father to the multiple Gaze of the Church of love, also taking in the unheard Gaze of the Spirit of joy, the tender Gaze of the Virgin, of the Angels, of the Magi, and of those creatures that are immaterial or symbolic (Time, Extreme Height, Silence, the Star, the Cross).’ He continues: ‘It is a complex of sounds destined for perpetual variations, pre-existing in the abstract as a series, but very concrete and easy to recognize by their colours: a steely grey-blue traversed by bright red and orange, a mauve-tinted violet spotted with leather-brown and encircled in deep purple.’ The vision of this work transmitted by Martin Helmchen – a great piano virtuoso who is himself marked by a strong sense of spirituality – is another substantial contribution to the Messiaenic monument.

Edgar Moreau - Offenbach & Gulda: Cello Concertos (2019)

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Edgar Moreau - Offenbach & Gulda: Cello Concertos (2019)

Edgar Moreau - Offenbach & Gulda: Cello Concertos (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 381 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 179 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:13:34
Classical | Label: Parlophone Records, Warner Classics

Edgar Moreau pairs two thrilling cello concertos, and though they were written 130 years apart, each is as riotously entertaining as the other. Moreau’s astounding technique dispatches Offenbach’s flashy, operatic music from 1847 complete with an eccentric final-movement duet for cello and side drum. Friedrich Gulda was famous as a brilliant Mozart pianist and a jazz musician. His Concerto for Cello, Wind Orchestra and Band leaps from the jazz club to the Viennese concert hall via courtly minuets and German oompah bands. It works brilliantly. And the irrepressible Moreau and Les Forces Majeures are the ideal guides to Gulda’s dizzying sonic kaleidoscope.

Jenny Lin - Nostalghia: Piano Works by Valentin Silvestrov (2006) [Re-Up]

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Jenny Lin - Nostalghia: Piano Works by Valentin Silvestrov (2006) [Re-Up]

Jenny Lin - Nostalghia: Piano Works by Valentin Silvestrov (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 204 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 98.229 | Time: 01:15:27

The music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov is a unique and delicate tapestry of dramatic and emotional textures, that freely alludes to the entire history of music. "I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists," Silvestrov has said. Beginning his creative career in the radical Soviet Avant-Garde, Silvestrov demonstrated an almost painful sensitivity to the intimacy that music can create between performer and listener. Silvestrov would later refute his modernist roots, saying “the most important lesson of the Avant-Garde is to be free of all conceived ideas, particularly those of the Avant-Garde” and began composing a series of works entitled “Postludium” that initiated the elegiac, poetic and highly personal relationship with silence which has come to characterize his most recent music. Haenssler Classic is proud to present pianist Jenny Lin in the World Premiere Recording of Silvestrov’s “Three Postludes”, a work composed especially for her.

Steffen Schleiermacher - Philip Glass: Dances & Sonata (2006) [Re-Up]

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Steffen Schleiermacher - Philip Glass: Dances & Sonata (2006) [Re-Up]

Steffen Schleiermacher - Philip Glass: Dances & Sonata (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb
Classical, Minimalism | Label: MDG | # MDG 613 1428-2 | Time: 01:05:03

The fact that Philip Glass' music stands up so well in a variety of arrangements is a testament to its durability. German composer and pianist/organist Steffen Schleiermacher offers a recital of two dances from Dance, Glass' monumental 1979 multimedia collaboration with choreographer Lucinda Childs and visual artist Sol Lewitt, arranged for organ, and Sonata, a transcription for piano of one section from each of Glass' three portrait operas, made by Paul Barnes. The dances, which frame the Sonata on the CD, are especially effective when performed on the organ, due to the grandeur of which the organ is capable, its ability to sustain notes without decay, and the fact that its sound is closely related to the electronic keyboards used in the original. There is more of a sonic leap from the wind and electronic sounds of Einstein on the Beach and the orchestras of Satyagraha and Akhnaten to a solo piano.

Miklos Rozsa - Ben-Hur: Complete Soundtrack Collection (2012) 5CD Box Set

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Miklos Rozsa - Ben-Hur: Complete Soundtrack Collection (2012) 5CD Box Set

Miklós Rózsa - Ben-Hur: Complete Soundtrack Collection (2012) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 1.97 Gb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 842 Mb | Scans ~ 51 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Symphonic | Label: Film Score Montly | # Vol. 15, No. 1 | Time: 06:06:40

Limited-edition five-CD set from Film Score Monthly of the Oscar-winning score for the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Stephen Boyd. Discs 1 and 2 feature every film cue, every outtake, every alternate, and every additional take preserved by the studio, mastered from the original six-track recordings, augmented by rare material from the Miklos Rozsa collection at Syracuse University. In addition the set contains all three LP recordings released by MGM Records in conjunction with the film–including the premiere CD release of the rare (and controversial) Lion label disc. Disc 3 features the Savina album (conducted by Carlo Savina) and Act 1 alternates. Disc 4 features the first Kloss album (conducted by Erich Kloss) and Act 2 alternates. Disc 5 features the second Kloss album and additional alternates and bonus tracks. Also included is a 28-page booklet.

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Asturiana: Songs From Spain And Argentina (2007) [Re-Up]

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Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Asturiana: Songs From Spain And Argentina (2007) [Re-Up]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Asturiana: Songs From Spain And Argentina (2007)
Manuel de Falla - Enrique Granados - Carlos Guastavino - Alberto Ginastera
Xavier Montsalvatge - Carlos Lopez Buchardo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1975, 476 6149 | Time: 01:12:04

These soulful Spanish and Argentinean songs arranged by violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin are well suited to their expressive and expansive playing. Most of the songs, ranging from works by Granados, de Falla, and Montsalvatge to early Ginastera, are written in a late romantic to early modern idiom, and many incorporate a strong folk element. The selections include rowdy, rhythmically charged dance-like songs, tender lullabies, and many flavors of love songs, from the exultant to the despairing. In addition to the better-known composers, Argentineans Carlos Guastavino and Carlos López-Buchardo make extraordinarily fine contributions. The choices of repertoire are excellent; each one of these songs is a jewel, and the ordering of the selections artful, including the surprisingly effective repetition of two songs at different points in the program. The transcriptions are inventive and imaginative, with the vocal lines idiomatically adapted for the viola's expressive capabilities.

Ensemble Céladon, Paulin Bündgen - Michael Nyman: No Time in Eternity (2017)

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Ensemble Céladon, Paulin Bündgen - Michael Nyman: No Time in Eternity (2017)

Ensemble Céladon, Paulin Bündgen - Michael Nyman: No Time in Eternity (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: æon | # AECD 1757 | Time: 01:00:10

Through a repertoire of Consort Songs for five violas and countertenor, the Céladon Ensemble tries to underline the obvious artistic connections between the music of english Renaissance and contemporary music. This parentage, this harmonic, rhythmic and poetic logic, opens a whole field of exploration into sound identity and tradition. How have such seemingly different composers, belonging to remote eras, dealt with timbre fusion in a similar way, with the same desire to deeply affect, to create a full-bodied sound, both powerful and soothing? The two eras are not placed in opposition for this concert, as Michael Nyman’s music arises naturally from that of his predecessors; on the contrary, it is a clever mix of genres that points out to surprising similarities between these works : we could easily believe that Tye’s Sit Fast was composed very recently. From one century to the next, we face a testimony brought to song by the timbre of a countertenor, the intensity of a violas consort that carries a certain magic, the paradoxical expression of a voice which is solitary but also becomes a seventh instrument, one of the violas.

Maki Namekawa - Philip Glass: Mishima (2018)

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Maki Namekawa - Philip Glass: Mishima (2018)

Maki Namekawa - Philip Glass: Mishima (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 138 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 104 Mb | 00:44:19
Classical, Soundtrack | Label: Orange Mountain Music

Philip Glass’ soundtrack to the 1985 film Mishima gained a new following when its opening was used in 1998’s The Truman Show. Pianist Maki Namekawa, an acclaimed interpreter of Glass’ piano works, performs a new arrangement of the atmospheric score, following precisely its original scheme and including as much of the orchestral and chamber textures within the piano version as possible. Namekawa voices Glass’ often heartrending music with a beautiful evenness of touch, a warmth of tone, and a sense of the composer’s compelling narrative arc. In her hands, Mishima emerges renewed, a stand-alone modern masterpiece.

Cyprien Katsaris - Mikis Theodorakis: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2010) 2CDs [Cyprien Katsaris Archives Vol. 20]

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Cyprien Katsaris - Mikis Theodorakis: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2010) 2CDs [Cyprien Katsaris Archives Vol. 20]

Mikis Theodorakis: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2010) 2CDs
Cyprien Katsaris, piano; Orchestre Symphonique de RTL; Mikis Theodorakis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 499 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~263 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Piano 21 | # P21-027-A | Time: 01:54:42

This double CD presents a good opportunity to discover the symphonic works of the world-famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis (*1925), a living legend in his own country. It contains the Suite no. 1 for Piano and Orchestra and the Piano Concerto, written in the fifties, when Theodorakis was still at the Paris Conservatoire, and the Symphony no. 2, УThe Song of the EarthФ (based on Suite no. 1 and the ballet Antigone), which marks the composerТs return to his symphonic writing, after 20 years of struggle and suffering for his country and his people. Discover the first studio recording on CD of this landmark Symphony no. 2 and the fascinating Suite and Concerto, in unique recordings, made in 1982 on the occasion of performances at the Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg) and in Antwerp. Theodorakis himself conducts the RTL Symphony Orchestra, and Cyprien Katsaris demonstrates in all three works his legendary virtuosity and unsurpassed artistry.

Kim Kashkashian, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies - Lachrymae: Hindemith; Britten; Penderecki (1993)

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Kim Kashkashian, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies -  Lachrymae: Hindemith; Britten; Penderecki (1993)

Paul Hindemith: Trauermusik; Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae;
Krzysztof Penderecki: Konzert für Viola und Kammerorchester
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1506, 439 611-2 | Time: 00:50:03

This beautifully programmed CD presents three settings for viola and orchestra and a more eloquent statement about the beauty of the viola as an instrument would be hard to imagine (except for perhaps including Vaughan Williams' 'Flos Campi'). The viola finds that middle voice between violin and cello, a rich tone with a built in quality of mournfulness. That quality has inspired the works on this recording and the result is some of the more wistful music ever written. Dennis Russell Davies conducts the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with the superb violist Kim Kashkashian.

Walter Grimmer - Isang Yun: Chamber Music (2019)

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Walter Grimmer - Isang Yun: Chamber Music (2019)

Walter Grimmer - Isang Yun: Chamber Music (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 284 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 178 Mb | 01:17:37
Classical | Label: CapriccioNR

The east Asian philosophy of Taoism is central to Isang Yuns output. The 100-plus works he composed in Europe combine national traditions with international modernity. Yun discovered his individual sound in Europe by calling on music of the Chinese-Korean court. His works are also characterised by the flexible, lively spirit of his homeland's traditional music and its flowing transition from the spirit of Taoism. Chamber music occupies an important part in Yuns oeuvre. In these works he not only experimented with diverse and unusual combinations of instruments, but also continued to compose in traditional classical genres.

Paul Barnes - The American Virtuoso: Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower (2007) [Re-Up]

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Paul Barnes - The American Virtuoso: Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower (2007) [Re-Up]

Paul Barnes - The American Virtuoso: Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0036 | Time: 01:10:54

The American Virtuoso presents a recital by American pianist Paul Barnes. His third release for Orange Mountain Music, it features piano music by American composers including the world premiere recording of Barnes' transcription of Philip Glass's Piano Concerto No 2 'After Lewis and Clark' - the full version of which he also premiered on OMM in 2006 with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra under Ralf Gothóni. The focus of this first-rate solo recording are Samuel Barber's landmark "Sonata for piano" of 1950, described by Vladimir Horowitz as "the first truly great native work in the form", and his haunting "Ballade" and "Nocturne". And it ends with two colourful contrasting pieces from the mid-1990s by Joan Tower from "No Longer Very Clear", inspired by John Ashberry's eponymous poem.

Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass: The Hours - Metamorphosis - Mad Rush (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass: The Hours - Metamorphosis - Mad Rush (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass: The Hours - Metamorphosis - Mad Rush (2015) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 481 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 346 Mb | Scans ~ 23 Mb
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Decca | # 478 8079 | Time: 02:31:00

Valentina Lisitsa's double-CD of the music of Philip Glass is a generous collection of excerpts drawn from his film music, including The Hours, The Truman Show, and Mishima, as well as from concert works, such as Glassworks, How Now, The Metamorphosis, and Mad Rush, among other selections. While Glass achieved fame through his early ensemble pieces, where he developed a bright-edged sound through the use of electronic keyboards, his minimalism is easily adaptable to the piano, though the characteristic ostinato patterns that gave his earlier scores a fierce energy are somewhat softened in the piano's blander sonorities and more introspective tone. Lisitsa has found a niche in playing minimalist music, as she demonstrated on her successful 2014 album, Chasing Pianos, where she explored the film music of Michael Nyman. This collection is a natural follow-up, and Lisitsa's aptitude for Glass' style is shown in her steady, rocking rhythms and even dynamics, as well as in her poignantly lyrical expressions.