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Colorado SO, Marin Alsop, Joseph Alessi - Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto; Gorgon; Iscariot (1997)

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Colorado SO, Marin Alsop, Joseph Alessi - Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto; Gorgon; Iscariot (1997)

Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto; Gorgon; Iscariot (1997)
Joseph Alessi, trombone; Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 254 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | # 09026-68410-2 | Time: 01:01:44

Among contemporary composers of orchestral music, Christopher Rouse is a prominent figure, noted for his extremely virtuosic scores as well as for his dark subject matter. Such fantastic – some might say nightmarish – pieces as the ultra-violent Gorgon (1984) and the enigmatic Iscariot (1989) are true to form in their evocation of mythology or religion, and even the elegiac Trombone Concerto (1991) has its suggestions of otherworldly things, particularly in its quotation of Leonard Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony and the haunting, dirge-like adaptation of the folk song Tsintskaro at the opening of the third movement. Yet Rouse's music is much more than its allusions, however meaningful, and it's possible to enjoy these works for their raw power and ethereal beauty without knowing anything about their references.

Stephan Micus - Listen To The Rain (1983)

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Stephan Micus - Listen To The Rain (1983)

Stephan Micus - Listen To The Rain (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:24
Ethnic Fusion, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age | Label: Japo/ECM | # JAPO 60040, 815 614-2

If Micus’s saga were an ongoing raga, then 1983’s Listen to the Rain would be one of its most inward-looking prayers. All four meditations that make up the album, while externally distinct, are internally connected through Micus’s use of guitar. The Spanish variety plays a particularly active role throughout, with the sole exception of “Dancing with the Morning,” for which he pairs the ubiquitous steel-stringed with the suling, a bamboo flute often heard in gamelan ensembles of southeast Asia. Knowledgeable listeners will recognize both the rarity of the backpacker’s trusty companion in the Micus canon and its elemental necessity in this setting. The ascetic sheen of its metal strings paints a world of shine to which a human presence adds less manufactured colors. The suling’s unclipped wings, by extension, are exhaled into the sky above, circling and darting through the surrounding melodies until they take shape under cover of their own imagination.

Stephan Micus - Till The End Of Time (1978)

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Stephan Micus - Till The End Of Time (1978)

Stephan Micus - Till The End Of Time (1978)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 178 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included | 00:35:53
Neo-Classical, Minimal, Ethnic Fusion, New Age | Label: Japo/ECM | # JAPO 60026, 513 786-2

Before migrating across the ECM continent, Stephan Micus outfitted some of his most formative expeditions in the territories of the JAPO sub-label. On these albums one hears Micus at his most elemental, turning every gesture into inter-spatial awareness. The album’s duration of 36 minutes only serves to deepen its intimacy as a space in which the listener might catch a cushion of meditation in a world of splinters. Micus’s practice has always been to render the stem before the flower, and in the album’s title track a table harp provides that very illustrative function. Its dulcimer-like heart beats a rhythm at once ancient and fresh, curling as the scriptural page, its edges darkened from constant contact with the hands. Those same hands cradle a method of speech so musical that its melody is discernible only in the freedom of solitude.

Boston SO, Marin Alsop - Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 'Kaddish'; Missa Brevis; The Lark (2015)

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Boston SO, Marin Alsop - Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 'Kaddish'; Missa Brevis; The Lark (2015)

Leonard Bernstein - Symphony No. 3 'Kaddish'; Missa Brevis; The Lark (2015)
Claire Bloom (narrator), Kelley Nassief (soprano);
São Paul Symphony Choir; Maryland State Boychoir; Washington Chorus;
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.559742 | Time: 01:09:38

Three examples of Leonard Bernstein’s vocal art can be heard in this recording. His Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ shuns traditional symphonic ideas in favor of an eclectic theatrical and oratorio-like form with a prominent rôle for speaker. For this recording Marin Alsop has returned to the work’s original narrative text, heard before the 1977 revision. The Lark – heard in a concert version with added narration – derives from Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of L’Alouette on the life of Joan of Arc, and it was this music that Bernstein reworked into his Missa Brevis many years later. Marin Alsop is a Bernstein protégé, and has written fondly and extensively about studying with him. He mentored her when he was conductor of the New York Philharmonic and few conductors today understand his music better. This disc presents Bernstein the vocal composer performed inlargely original editions by one of his best contemporary interpreters. The speaker in Kaddish is the great actress Claire Bloom.

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Rihm: Lichtes Spiel & Dyade, Currier: Time Machines (2011)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter - Rihm: Lichtes Spiel & Dyade, Currier: Time Machines (2011)

Anne-Sophie Mutter - Rihm: Lichtes Spiel & Dyade, Currier: Time Machines (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:04:10 | 335 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 477 9359

Veteran violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is not performing the usual Beethoven or Mozart repertoire here, but branching out to embrace new music commissioned for her. Along for the ride are the excellent New York Philharmonic under the baton of Michael Francis for the first Rihm work, and then under Alan Gilbert for the Currier piece, along with contrabassist Roman Patkoló. Lichtes Spiel (for violin and small orchestra) is indeed a "light game," with layered voices in the strings.

Jeroen van Veen - Max Richter: Solo Piano Music (2016)

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Jeroen van Veen - Max Richter: Solo Piano Music (2016)

Jeroen van Veen - Max Richter: Solo Piano Music (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 150 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95390 | Time: 00:45:40

Having made a gradual switch during the 15 years since his first album was published from electronica to instrumental variations on ambient and minimalism, Max Richter is among the most commercially successful composers of our time. This album of his solo piano music belongs in the genre explored so thoroughly for Brilliant Classics by Jeroen van Veen, whose prolific recording history includes hugely popular albums of Philip Glass (BC9419) and Michael Nyman (BC95112), Ludovico Einaudi (BC94910) and Yann Tiersen (BC95129) and his fellow Dutch musician Jakob ter Veldhuis (BC94873) and himself (BC9454). The appetite for slowly moving, unchallenging, post-Minimalist music is apparently infinite, and so this new album is sure to be a success.

John Tavener, Steven Isserlis ‎- Svyati (1997)

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John Tavener, Steven Isserlis ‎- Svyati (1997)

John Tavener, Steven Isserlis ‎- Svyati (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:05 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: RCA Victor | Catalog: 09026 68761 2

Since the composition of The Protecting Veil in 1987, the cello has played an important role in John Tavener's music. Even when he was writing for instruments during the 1989-1995 period when the music on Svyati originated, Tavener's works carried strong overtones of Russian Orthodox church services, and the cello here, as Tavener himself points out, sometimes seems to stand in for the voice of a priest. These pieces have been recorded before, but cellist Steven Isserlis, who premiered The Protecting Veil and some of the works included here, sheds valuable light on this phase of Tavener's career by bringing them together on one disc.

Versus Ensemble - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires Suite, Verano Porteño, Milonga del Ange (2007)

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Versus Ensemble - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires Suite, Verano Porteño, Milonga del Ange (2007)

Versus Ensemble - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires Suite, Verano Porteño, Milonga del Ange (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:08:56 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.570523

This Naxos disc by the five-member Versus Ensemble contains a potpourri of seven different works by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. It includes many of his best known major works – the Milonga del ángel, Verano Porteño, Libertango, and Oblivion – plus five excerpts from his least known major work: his operetta Maria de Buenos Aires. Of the 11 tracks here, four feature either vocalist Enrique Moratalla or soprano María Rey-Joly, one features reciter Horacio Ferrer, and six are instrumentals.

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.4 (2010)

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Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.4 (2010)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.4 (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 78:08 | 306 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: NEOS Music | Catalog: NEOS10936

Quadrivium was composed in 1969 and marks the beginning of Maderna’s final creative period, during which he wrote impressive and headstrong works for large symphonic forces. Aura was commissioned for the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in 1972. Amanda was written in 1966 and is uninhibited, cheerful and lyrical.

Jerry Goldsmith - Islands in the Stream: Music from the Motion Picture (1977) Reissue 2010

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Jerry Goldsmith - Islands in the Stream: Music from the Motion Picture (1977) Reissue 2010

Jerry Goldsmith - Islands in the Stream: Music from the Motion Picture (1977)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 298 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Film Score Monthly | # Vol. 12, No. 20 | 00:53:17

Whenever he was asked to name his own personal favorite within his long and distinguished oeuvre, Jerry Goldsmith inevitably cited his work on 1977's obscure Ernest Hemingway adaptation Islands in the Stream. A lush, often melancholy score evoking both the serenity and the treachery of the sea, it is undoubtedly Goldsmith's most intimate effort, eschewing the larger-than-life drama and suspense of his best-known soundtracks. Islands in the Stream is above all a showcase for the composer's consummate ability to vividly communicate both the physical and emotional landscape in such simple yet precise strokes – employing little but a lone French horn, Goldsmith's main theme captures the immense loneliness and solitude of George C. Scott's protagonist, while gentle woodwinds suggest the ocean waves lapping the shore of his island home.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Sonetti del Petrarca (2015)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Ivari Ilja (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 196 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1277-2 | Time: 00:58:53

GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - December 2015. Ondine’s fourth release together with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky features a program of sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) and Franz Liszt (1811–1886). Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longstanding duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja.

Arthur Fagen, Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera Chorus - Rands: Vincent (2017)

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Arthur Fagen, Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera Chorus - Rands: Vincent (2017)

Arthur Fagen, Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera Chorus - Rands: Vincent (2017)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 262 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical | Label: Naxos | 2017 | 01:58:45

Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Bernard Rands is well established as a major figure in contemporary music. His music has been described as 'plangent lyricism with dramatic intensity', qualities developed since his studies with Dallapiccola and Berio. Inspired in the 1970's by the then new Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, Rands researched and sketched Vincent for the next 40 years. Described by the Huffington Post as Rands' 'crowning achievement', Vincent represents much of the great painter's life and in particular the dramatic setbacks of his later years, contrasting the affection of his brother Theo with intese inner struggles, his vicious conflict with Gauguin, and his tragic and untimely death.

Lisa Delan, Lester Lynch, Volti Chorus, Dawn Harms - December Celebration (2015)

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Lisa Delan, Lester Lynch, Volti Chorus, Dawn Harms - December Celebration (2015)

Lisa Delan, Lester Lynch, Volti Chorus, Dawn Harms - December Celebration (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:05 | 256 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Choral | Label: Pentatone | Catalog: PTC 5186 537

December holds in its hands many worlds of celebration as the month unfolds with Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas and the eve of the New Year. Over the centuries a great deal of music has marked this time of year, but very little has been added to the canon in recent decades. Gordon Getty inspired us with his composition of delightful new Christmas carols to invite a group of American composers to celebrate the season in music. The result is a rich and tuneful recording of new holiday classics for you to share with your friends and families. We hope that you enjoy this festive and joyous music throughout the season and for many years to come.

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute - 2 (2016)

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Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute - 2 (2016)

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute - 2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 67:15 | 237 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559774

John Cage’s innovative work and unorthodox ideas profoundly affected Western music during the latter half of the 20th century, and this second of two volumes (volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.559773) concludes Katrin Zenz’s survey of his complete works for flute. The earlier chromatic compositions include an astonishing variety of playing techniques and a bewildering rhythmic complexity, while the elements of chance in the later works result in music that is always undergoing kaleidoscopic processes at once arbitrary and intensely focussed in form and expression.

Igor Levit - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski (2015)

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Igor Levit - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski (2015)

Igor Levit - Bach: Goldberg Variations, Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:13:45 | 623 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88875060962

Following his landmark recordings, "Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas" and "Bach - Partitas", both of which has won him international acclaim, Igor Levit is now tackling another three major works: Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski's Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated".
It is testament to Igor Levit's invention and the command of his repertoire that in one release he is able to combine arguably two of history’s greatest sets of variations for the keyboard, complete alongside a classic of late 20th century piano music by contemporary composer Frederic Rzewski.