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Mikis Theodorakis - Axion esti (Lobgepriesen sei) (1998)

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Mikis Theodorakis - Axion esti (Lobgepriesen sei) (1998)

Mikis Theodorakis - Axion esti (Lobgepriesen sei) (1998)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 354 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Oratorio, Greek Songs | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0093522BC | Time: 01:10:27

Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is probably best known for the soundtrack to the film 'Zorba the Greek,' but he has produced an extensive body of concert music and includes Olivier Messiaen among his teachers. Much of his work has a political subtext and attempts a synthesis of popular, folk and classical symphonic styles, communicating directly with simple rhythms and a pared-down harmonic vocabulary reminiscent of Carl Orff. The oratorio "axion esti" is a setting of a poem by Nobel Prize winner Odysseus Elytis that refers to events of the Second World War and the subsequent German-Italian occupation of Greece. The nationalist flavor of the piece is underscored by the use of Byzantine church music, Greek folk dances and native instruments such as the bouzouki, in addition to a vocalist cast as a "folk singer." This 1983 Dresden performance, conducted by Theodorakis himself, is sung in German.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen - Soli: Bartok, Benjamin, Penderecki, Carter, Kurtag (2015)

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Tamsin Waley-Cohen - Soli: Bartok, Benjamin, Penderecki, Carter, Kurtag (2015)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen - Soli: Bartók, Benjamin, Penderecki, Carter, Kurtág (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD416 | Time: 01:16:31

On Soli, Tamsin Waley-Cohen's 2015 release on Signum Classics, the violinist explores modernist repertoire composed between 1944 and 2005. Because these solo violin pieces by Béla Bartók, George Benjamin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Elliott Carter, and György Kurtág are challenging for both the player and the listener, one should approach this CD with some awareness that they reflect different phases of the avant-garde movement that dominated music in the last half of the 20th century. In quieter selections where the moods are primarily brooding or lyrical, Waley-Cohen produces a vibrant tone and smooth phrasing that make her playing easy to appreciate, even when the music isn't recognizably tonal. However, in louder, dissonant passages, notably in sections of the Bartók Sonata, Benjamin's Canon for Sally, Carter's Remembering Aaron, and Kurtág's Anziksz Kellerannanak, the close microphone placement makes her bowing sound overly resinous and scratchy, which can be hard to enjoy. Even so, few violinists dare approach this bracing material, and Waley-Cohen is to be commended for devoting a whole album to such cutting-edge pieces solely on her terms, without making compromises.

Ennio Morricone - Crime And Dissonance (2005) 2CDs

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Ennio Morricone - Crime And Dissonance (2005) 2CDs

Ennio Morricone - Crime And Dissonance (2005) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 541 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 63 Mb | Time: 01:42:05
Soundtracks, Modern Classical, Avant-Garde, Experimental | Label: Ipecac | # IPC66

This two-disc anthology assembled by Mike Patton is, after the spaghetti Western soundtracks and themes, essential Morricone. Never has his music from the strange films he scored in the 1960s and '70s been showcased in such an original and powerful way. Patton has looked closely into the experimental nature of the maestro and found plenty here to offer as well as to crow about. Many of the scores he chose from would be known only to cineastes of minor and obscure Italian films. Yet, Patton understood that Morricone loved his own process and treated crime and exploitation flicks like L'Anticristo and Forza G with the same delightful sense of adventure that he approached The Godfather and The Mission with. Here, all manner of strangeness is on offer: from psychedelic guitars and tripped-out wordless vocals to sitars, layers and layers of percussion, acid-drenched strings, an Echoplexed celeste, toy pianos, psychotic operatic voices in chorus, and more.

Alexei Lubimov - Fractured Surfaces: Soviet Avant-Garde 1957-1970 (2003)

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Alexei Lubimov - Fractured Surfaces: Soviet Avant-Garde 1957-1970 (2003)

Alexei Lubimov - Fractured Surfaces: Soviet Avant-Garde 1957-1970 (2003)
Arvo Pärt - Andrei Volkonsky - Vitaly Godziatsky - Kuldar Sink
Valentin Silvestrov - Tigran Mansurian - Edison Denisov

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Solyd | # SLR 0333 | Time: 01:08:51

"This compact disc presents all the studio recordings that remain from a time when, as a twenty-five year old champion of the avant-garde, I had to seek for every possible occasion of playing the new works of our composers. In those days, they were hounded and ripped apart by ideological critics; now they are recognized as the masters of new music. Audiences today need to realize with how much excitement and trust people discovered and took over the new currents seeping in from Europe through the Iron Curtain. These works represent and symbolize a marvelous epoch of friendship, a time when we came to know new horizons and discovered ourselves in the Soviet Union's huge, heterogeneous spaces." (Alexei Lubimov. May 2003)

Various Composers - Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999)

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Various Composers - Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999)

Various Composers - Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock (1999)
The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Bateman

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 775 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 318 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 74 Mb
Genre: Soundtracks, Score, Classical | Label: Silva Screen | # FILMXCD 320 | Time: 02:12:47

Silva Screen Records present earlier composers who were masters of music on Hitchcock films, and later films with Bernard Herrmann on the second CD. The "CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA" is Miklos Rozsa's haunting theme which lasts over nine minutes is something from heaven. "STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN" the Dimitri Tiomkin contribution is also an outstanding track which can move the unmoveable with the heart-racing pounding sounds that the two composers generate. Both composers Rozsa and Tiomkin have a list of accomplishments a mile long, but to hear their music on a Hitchcock film is pure geneious in film making and scoring.

Miklos Rozsa - A Centenary Celebration (2007) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Miklos Rozsa - A Centenary Celebration (2007) 3CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Miklós Rózsa - A Centenary Celebration (2007) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.25 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 539 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 115 Mb
Genre: Soundtracks, Score, Classical | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-6810 | Time: 03:44:24

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Academy Award-winning film composer Miklós Rózsa this three-CD box set captures his most memorable compositions. Present here are heraldic passages from the KING OF KINGS and BEN HUR scores the haunting piano concerto (with theramin!) from SPELLBOUND the lush and poignant love theme from THAT HAMILTON WOMAN the pastoral wedding suite from EYE OF THE NEEDLE and many more evocative symphonic works.

Zbigniew Preisner - Dekalog: Original Film Soundtrack (1991)

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Zbigniew Preisner - Dekalog: Original Film Soundtrack (1991)

Zbigniew Preisner - Dekalog: Original Film Soundtrack (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 225 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Classical | Label: Kompania Muzyczna Pomaton | # POM CD 018 | 00:52:39

The ten one-hour Dekalog films are set around the same modern Warsaw apartment building. Each film deals with a theme - love, marriage, infidelity, parenthood, guilt, faith, compassion - exploring the relevance of one of the Ten Commandments, showing how people deal with moral dilemma in their everyday lives. The soundtrack for nine of the ten Dekalog films marks the point where the creative relationship and friendship between Preisner and Kieslowski first flowered and contains the seeds of much of Preisner's later work. (Kieslowski and Preisner decided that Dekalog X would not require an original music score). The music was recorded by Zbigniew Malecki and Aleksander Dowsilas at Radiowy Dom Sztuki Studio, Katowice.

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.5 (2008) (Repost)

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Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.5 (2008) (Repost)

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.5 (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:00:15 | 336 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | Catalog: 1113

On the four previous installments in Timpani's series of the orchestral works of Iannis Xenakis, Arturo Tamayo and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg have presented highly varied and volatile works from different periods of the composer's career and have provided an excellent overview of his output. This fifth volume focuses on the early orchestral works, which brought architect and mathematician Xenakis world renown as a cutting-edge composer and put him in direct opposition to the serial establishment.

James Crabb, Branford Marsalis, Håkan Hardenberger, Martyn Brabbins - Sally Beamish: The Singing (2015)

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James Crabb, Branford Marsalis, Håkan Hardenberger, Martyn Brabbins - Sally Beamish: The Singing (2015)

James Crabb, Branford Marsalis, Håkan Hardenberger, Martyn Brabbins - Sally Beamish: The Singing (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 73:56 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS 2156

These works of Sally Beamish, composed 2003-12, highlight the inspiration she has found in her adopted homeland Scotland and its landscape and history, while also reflecting her interest in jazz and Scottish traditional music. Often collaboration closely with her performers, the present discs the three concertante works are all played by the eminent soloists for whom they were written: James Crabb, Branford Marsalis and Håkan Hardenberger. Conductor Martyn Brabbins and the RSNO, an ensemble that has performed her works on several occasions, join the former two soloists.

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2005) (Repost)

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Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2005) (Repost)

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 53:06 | 329 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | Catalog: 1084

The fourth volume of Timpani's series of orchestral works by Iannis Xenakis presents four works from three distinct periods, though not in chronological order. Erikhthon for piano and orchestra (1974) is one of the "arborescent" or branch-like compositions from Xenakis' middle phase. Expanding and contracting through criss-crossing glissandi and bending clusters, the extremely loud and aggressive orchestra overwhelms the impossibly dense and struggling piano part; in this role reversal, Erikhthon may be regarded as the absolute antithesis of the conventional piano concerto. Ata (1987) is a late work, contrapuntal in nature but with the difference that the polyphonic lines are all tightly bunched in clusters; it also features a sly reference to Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps, which is unexpected and hilarious.

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

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Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.2 (2001) (Repost)

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:03:14 | 385 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | Catalog: 1062

These four compositions are among the best and most forceful works of Xenakis. This recording of Jonchaies easily beats the version on Col Legno. I believe Shaar, Lichens, and Antikhthon are recorded here for the first time, and they are outstanding works, brilliantly performed and recorded. For those unfamiliar with the later large works of Xenakis, the CD is a must have!

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.1 (2000) (Repost)

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Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.1 (2000) (Repost)

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo - Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works, Vol.1 (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 59:02 | 321 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | Catalog: 1057

Arturo Tamayo's recordings of the works of Iannis Xenakis on the Timpani label are among the finest available, for they are finely interpreted, expertly performed, and brilliantly recorded. Xenakis' music is always different from piece to piece, because the composer never wanted to repeat himself, and his works always present unique challenges, depending on the nature of his evolving techniques and changing expressions. Whether it is in the stark text and extreme vocalizations of Aïs (1980), or the densely dissonant aggregations of Tracées (1987), Empreintes (1975), Noomena (1974), and Roáï (1991), Tamayo keeps the energy levels high and shapes the sound to have a sharp edge and forceful impact.

Sejong Soloists - Behzad Ranjbaran: Awakening, Elegies, Moto Perpetuo, Six Caprices, String Quartet (2010)

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Sejong Soloists - Behzad Ranjbaran: Awakening, Elegies, Moto Perpetuo, Six Caprices, String Quartet (2010)

Sejong Soloists - Behzad Ranjbaran: Awakening, Elegies, Moto Perpetuo, Six Caprices, String Quartet (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 69:55 | 337 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8570353

Behzad Ranjbaran (b.1955) was born in Tehran, and came to the United States in 1974 to study at Indiana University. After receiving his doctorate from Juilliard in composition (he studied with Diamond, Schwantner, and Persichetti), he became a faculty member there. I confess his name was not familiar to me before this CD arrived in the mail, but perhaps it should have been. Among his recent accomplishments is a piano concerto that was premiered in 2008 by Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. Joshua Bell premiered his Violin Concerto in 2003. Furthermore, this is the second all-Ranjbaran CD to be released.

Rondo Classico - Memories Of Heidelberg (1998)

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Rondo Classico - Memories Of Heidelberg (1998)

Rondo Classico - Memories Of Heidelberg (1998)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | Tracks: 15 | 43:15 min | 104 Mb
Style: Neoclassical | Label: Ethos Musikproduktion

The RONDO CLASSICO orchestra, as the most famous German classical pop orchestra, combines classical music with contemporary pop music. In particular, works from the baroque and rococo from Vivaldi and Händel to Mozart are presented in the typical RONDO style. In addition there are titles from the entertainment and pop music which are listed with classical instruments. The fantastic rococo costumes of the Veneziano form a magical stage design. For gala, event or concert, RONDO CLASSICO guarantees "the best entertainment on the highest level".

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Rondo Classico - Amadeus (1998)

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Rondo Classico - Amadeus (1998)

Rondo Classico - Amadeus (1998)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | Tracks: 12 | 59:30 min | 126 Mb
Style: Neoclassical | Label: Ethos Musikproduktion

The RONDO CLASSICO orchestra, as the most famous German classical pop orchestra, combines classical music with contemporary pop music. In particular, works from the baroque and rococo from Vivaldi and Händel to Mozart are presented in the typical RONDO style. In addition there are titles from the entertainment and pop music which are listed with classical instruments. The fantastic rococo costumes of the Veneziano form a magical stage design. For gala, event or concert, RONDO CLASSICO guarantees "the best entertainment on the highest level".