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Martin Fröst - Carl Nielse, Kalevi Aho: Clarinet Concertos (2007) (Repost)

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Martin Fröst - Carl Nielse, Kalevi Aho: Clarinet Concertos (2007) (Repost)

Martin Fröst - Carl Nielse, Kalevi Aho: Clarinet Concertos (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 53:57 | 220 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 1463

Fearsomely talented Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst continues his conquest of the major concerto repertoire for his instrument with this recording of Carl Nielsen's 1928 Clarinet Concerto, paired with a new concerto by Finland's Kalevi Aho. The Nielsen concerto is a dense work in which the clarinet and the orchestra spend a lot of time going their separate ways, with the path of the clarinet being very twisted indeed.

Janos Starker, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 22 "City of Light" , Cello Concerto (2004)

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Janos Starker, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 22 "City of Light" , Cello Concerto (2004)

Janos Starker, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 22 "City of Light" , Cello Concerto (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:46 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559158

Heard here in a composer-conducted disc-mate to the première recording of Hovhaness’s early Cello Concerto (1936), City of Light (1970) has some lovely ideas, like the surprisingly sweet and simple string melody in the middle of the ‘Angel of Light’ movement (beginning at 1'30"), and the third movement, Allegretto grazioso, which sounds like a minuet in oriental garb. The outer movements, however, outstay their welcome.

David Leisner, Lars Ranch, Gerard Schwarz - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 60, Guitar Concerto, Khrimian Hairig (2006)

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David Leisner, Lars Ranch, Gerard Schwarz - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 60, Guitar Concerto, Khrimian Hairig (2006)

David Leisner, Lars Ranch, Gerard Schwarz - Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 60, Guitar Concerto, Khrimian Hairig (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:24 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559294

Listening to a work of Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, you recognize his characteristic style in a few measures. His music is often broadly expansive, painting sonorous landscapes that often use brass instruments to blend with and accentuate the strings. Also, while his peers experimented with serialism or highly intellectually challenging styles, Hovhaness maintained his world music-infused neo-Romantic style throughout his life. The result is an enormous body of work that are all a joy to listen to.

Steven Osborne - Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007) 2CD [Repost]

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Steven Osborne - Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007) 2CD [Repost]

Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Concerto, Fantasia on a theme of Handel, Piano Sonatas (2007)
Steven Osborne, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 324 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67461/2 | Time: 02:20:47

What the world needs more of is intelligently planned, stupendously played, and brilliantly recorded collections like this one. These two discs contain all the piano works of Michael Tippett, works that come from every period of the composer's very long life except his very last. It includes the youthful, tuneful Piano Sonata No. 1 written between 1936 and 1938 and revised in 1941, the massive Fantasia on a Theme of Handel from 1941, the exuberant Piano Concerto from 1955, the experimental Piano Sonata No. 2, the gnomic almost Beethovenian Piano Sonata No. 3 from 1973, and the gnarly post-Beethovenian Piano Sonata No. 4. It features a bravura performance by pianist Steven Osborne that makes the best case for all the music, no matter how outré or recherché its harmonic proclivities or rhythmic audacities. Osborne has the emotional enthusiasm, intellectual clarity, physical strength, and sheer willpower to make listeners believe that Tippett is a major English composer and make them wonder why they ever doubted it. With the superlative accompaniment of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Martyn Brabbins in the Concerto and the Fantasia and the sparkling recording by Andrew Keener for Hyperion, this disc marks a major step forward in the Tippett discography.

Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe & Richard Studt - Arvo Pärt (1994)

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Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe & Richard Studt - Arvo Pärt (1994)

Tasmin Little, Martin Roscoe & Richard Studt - Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Spiegel Im Spiegel, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:41 | 255 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Eminence | Catalog: 7243 5 65031 2 0

This disc of music by Arvo Pärt offers a generous representative sampling of his orchestral and chamber works from early in his holy minimalist (or, as he preferred, tintinnabuli) phase, mostly from the late 1970s but some as late as 1990. The pieces include some of his most popular works, notably Fratres (which exists in nearly a dozen incarnations), Spiegel in Spiegel (of which there are nearly half as many versions), Summa, and Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.

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.

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

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

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.

Mansurian Tigran - Ars Poetica (R.Mlkeyan; Armenian Chamber Choir) (2006)

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Mansurian Tigran - Ars Poetica (R.Mlkeyan; Armenian Chamber Choir) (2006)

Mansurian Tigran - Ars Poetica (R. Mlkeyan) (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Scans | 205.5 MB
Classical/Chorus/Sacred | Label: ECM Records

In ECM's Ars Poetica, Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian pays tribute to poet Yeghishe Charents, a major Armenian versifier of the early twentieth century whose life was extinguished early in the "Great Terror" under Stalin. The ECM disc of Ars Poetica makes an even better case for Charents as poet than one is likely to find in an English-language bookstore; the notes contain texts in English for the 10 poems included in Mansurian's vocal concerto in addition to a concise, but appreciative biographical sketch for the poet – none is provided for the composer…
Recorded On-Location at 12-th -century Armenian Monastery Saghmosavank.
Sung in Armenian a cappella

Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)

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Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)

Emanuel Ax, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano - John Adams: Century Rolls (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:25 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559796072

Of all the so-called minimalists working today, John Adams is the only one with any good ideas left. Witness this delightful release. The key to Adams's creativity is that he isn't bound by theoretical constraints on what "minimalism" should be. Century Rolls (1995) is a commission by Emanuel Ax, and it was inspired by the composer's listening to a CD recording of an ancient player piano.

Kabalevsky - Piano Sonata No.3 & 24 Preludes - Pietro Bonfilio (2017) {Brilliant Classics 95256BR Official Digital Download}

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Kabalevsky - Piano Sonata No.3 & 24 Preludes - Pietro Bonfilio (2017) {Brilliant Classics 95256BR Official Digital Download}

Kabalevsky - Piano Sonata No.3 & 24 Preludes - Pietro Bonfilio (2017) {Brilliant Classics 95256BR Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (prestoclassical.co.uk) -> 234 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 156 Mb | Cover | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Brilliant Classics | 95256BR
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Piano

Once considered in the same breath as Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Kabalevsky’s star has waned somewhat (the same fate has befallen both Myaskovsky and Khachaturian), both in his native Russia and farther West, where he is primarily remembered for his exuberant orchestral potboiler, the overture he wrote to an opera on a Romain Rolland story, Colas Breugnon. The opera won both a Lenin Prize and Rolland’s approval – no small feat – but has been completely forgotten. However, the offbeat rhythms that made the overture an instant hit also lend an upbeat, funky character to the opening movement of the Third Piano Sonata.

Alexis Descharmes - Kaija Saariaho: Complete Cello Works (2006)

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Alexis Descharmes - Kaija Saariaho: Complete Cello Works (2006)

Alexis Descharmes - Kaija Saariaho: Complete Cello Works (2006)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:11 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: æon | Catalog: AECD0637

The music of Finnish avant-garde composer Kaija Saariaho has been steadily gaining repute since 2000, when her opera L'amour de loin was premiered in Salzburg. Placing the label of avant-garde on her music, though, is perhaps a mistake: Saariaho has mingled in a wide circle of artistic talent, including Boulez's IRCAM as well as alongside spectralist composers, giving her music, regardless of nomenclature, an entirely distinct and original voice.

Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo - Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mantra (2010)

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Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo - Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mantra (2010)

Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo - Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mantra (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 67:33 | 215 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.572398

Originating in 1969 with a short melodic fragment that grew into an elaborate piece that runs well over an hour, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mantra for two pianos and electronics is recognized as one of his major keyboard works and an example of his increasingly liberal use of serial methods. The central idea operates on many levels throughout the composition, and the organization of Stockhausen's 13-pitch series a twelve-tone row with the first note repeated at the end takes place on small and large scales, with some permutations of the motive or "mantra" extending over so much time that their relationships become imperceptible.

Gavin Bryars - A Man In A Room, Gambling (1998)

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Gavin Bryars - A Man In A Room, Gambling (1998)

Gavin Bryars - A Man In A Room, Gambling (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:13:42 | 363 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Point Music | Catalog: 289 456 514-2

The five variations of the title piece find Bryars returning somewhat to the more overtly experimental, not to say whimsical, aspects of his earliest work. They take the form of brief instructions in the fine art of cardsharping, with musical accompaniment, to be broadcast over radio during unoccupied stretches of airtime.

Elena Riu - Piano Icons for the 21st Century (2000)

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Elena Riu - Piano Icons for the 21st Century (2000)

Elena Riu - Piano Icons for the 21st Century (2000)
works by Arvo Pärt, Peter Sculthorpe, John Tavener, Leoš Janáček, Federico Mompou

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 111 | 01:14:33

‘Piano Icons For The 21st Century’ is an exceptionally performed collection of contemporary piano works by Pärt, Janáček, Sculthorpe and Mompou, plus the world premiere recording of John Tavener's Ypakoë. Piano Icons For The 21st Century was widely acclaimed upon its release and named a Gramophone ‘Critics' Choice': 'my disc of 2000 is without hesitation Elena Riu's extraordinarily fine CD.' John Tavener was inspired to write his first major solo work for piano in over twenty years after hearing Elena play. She premiered Ypakoë, a series of meditations on the death of Jesus, at the City of London Festival. The programme also includes Janacek's In The Mist, an intensely personal and darkly hued cycle, plus an intriguing collection of miniatures by three composers who, in her view, are on a similar wavelength: Peter Sculthorpe, the late Catalan composer Federico Mompou, and Arvo Pärt.

Górecki, Pärt, Pelēcis, Vasks - Into Silence - Tamara-Anna Cislowska & TSO (2017) {ABC Classics Official Digital Download}

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Górecki, Pärt, Pelēcis, Vasks - Into Silence - Tamara-Anna Cislowska & TSO (2017) {ABC Classics Official Digital Download}

Górecki, Pärt, Pelēcis, Vasks - Into Silence - Tamara-Anna Cislowska & TSO (2017) {ABC Classics Official Digital Download}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (prestoclassical.co.uk) -> 349 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 218 Mb | Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2017 ABC Classics | 481 6295
Classical / Modern Classical / Baltic Composers

This new recording from Australian label ABC Classics presents beautiful piano music by Vasks, Gorecki, Part and Pelecis - some of it with orchestra, some of it solo piano. The Pelecis concerto that opens the album is almost completely unknown, and stunning. Tamara-Anna Cislowska’s recordings have won, amongst others, the 2015 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album and Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice.