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The Crossing, Donald Nally, Prism Quartet - Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2016)

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The Crossing, Donald Nally, Prism Quartet - Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2016)

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2016)
The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally; Prism Quartet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 00:50:12
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2405, 481 4495

A deep yet unsentimental emotional resonance and a patient, contemplative view of time whether relating to harmonic rhythm or human experience are complementary characteristics that run through his instrumental, vocal and theatrical catalog like a red thread, the composer inspired by disparate spirits from Wagner and Satie to Cage and Silvestrov. The ECM New Series released multiple recordings of Bryars music in the 1980s and early 90s, including the classic albums After the Requiem and Vita Nova. The first full ECM album from Bryars in decades is The Fifth Century, which includes the seven-part title work: a slowly evolving yet immediately involving setting of words by 17th-century English mystic Thomas Traherne, performed by the mixed choir of The Crossing with saxophone quartet PRISM. The album also features Two Love Songs, luminous a cappella settings of Petrarch for the women of The Crossing. The music within words, the humanity in breath, the sense of eternity within a moment or of a moment in eternity all are at play in Bryars latest music on ECM.

Giacomo Scinardo - Bechara El-Khoury: Works for Piano (2019)

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Giacomo Scinardo - Bechara El-Khoury: Works for Piano (2019)

Giacomo Scinardo - Bechara El-Khoury: Works for Piano (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 168 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:05:51
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Piano music has always been important to Bechara El-Khoury: it brings his compositional voice closer to the listener, allowing him to share his feelings more directly than in some of his orchestral works. These works represent different periods of El-Khoury's life, but share a conception aimed at creating atmosphere with expressive states that continually switch between violence, anger, suffering and rebellion, and inquiring explorations of peaceful or dreamlike meditation. Italian concert pianist and recording artist Giacomo Scinardo has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kiev Symphony Orchestra. He is a professor at the State Conservatory of Music Trapani, Italy.

Nigel Kennedy - The Four Elements (2011)

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Nigel Kennedy - The Four Elements (2011)

Nigel Kennedy - The Four Elements (2011)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | 407 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 150 MB | 59:33
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: G0100026580715

Into the second decade of the 21st century, British violinist continues his commitment to both the classical and jazz worlds, and to frequently mixing them. His 2011 album The Four Elements is an example of his blending of a variety of music styles, including Celtic and Gypsy fiddling, but the jazz and rock elements are the strongest, by far. The piece is scored for violin and electric violin accompanied by members of the Orchestra of Life, a group that includes vocalists, keyboards, guitars, percussion, trumpet, and strings.

Huw Morgan & Patricia Ulrich - The Art of the Modern Trumpet, Vol. 1 (2019)

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Huw Morgan & Patricia Ulrich - The Art of the Modern Trumpet, Vol. 1 (2019)

Huw Morgan & Patricia Ulrich - The Art of the Modern Trumpet, Vol. 1 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 139 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:59:44
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

The first volume in this groundbreaking series explores the 20th and 21st centuries’ most celebrated works for trumpet and piano; pieces which have allowed the modern performer to discover a kaleidoscopic palette of emotions and characters. From George Enescu’s Légende to Christopher Williams’s XX Mountains of Abstract Thought, the result is an exhilarating journey that surprises and enthralls the listener with tender lyricism, powerful sonorities and stunning virtuosity.

Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson - Meet The Composer: Splitting John Adams (2017)

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Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson - Meet The Composer: Splitting John Adams (2017)

Meet The Composer: Splitting Adams (2017)
Alarm Will Sound; Alan Pierson (narrator & conductor)
Nadia Sirota (narrator), John Adams (narrator), Walter Frisch (narrator)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Scans included | 01:16:27
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Cantaloupe | # CA21128

Conceived and realized in partnership with Q2 Music’s Peabody award-winning podcast Meet the Composer, Splitting Adams is Alarm Will Sound’s tribute to American composer John Adams, and in particular to his works Chamber Symphony (1992) and Son of Chamber Symphony (2007). Presented with commentary tracks from MTC’s host Nadia Sirota, Alarm Will Sound’s artistic director Alan Pierson, and the composer himself, the podcast-plus-performance conveys a rare sense of interaction for the listener; not only does the music, rendered in all its lush detail by the 17 musicians in AWS, capture and connect the long trajectory between the two works, but the commentary also shines a revealing light on the story behind the music.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Michael Seal - Anthony Hopkins: Composer (2012)

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Michael Seal - Anthony Hopkins: Composer (2012)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Michael Seal - Anthony Hopkins: Composer (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 231 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 123 MB | 48:30
Genre: Classical | Label: CFM

Not only is Anthony Hopkins a highly respected Hollywood actor, he is also a fine classical composer! From the age of six, Anthony Hopkins has dreamt of being a musician, his love for classical music and the arrangement of music have been a large part of his life since childhood. Anthony spent much of his childhood learning, memorising and identifying the names of musical instruments, he later began to imagine the sounds they made whilst writing notes and directions for such sounds.

Peter Herresthal, Ida Mo, Rolf Gupta - Per Nørgård: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Spaces of Time (2011) (Repost)

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Peter Herresthal, Ida Mo, Rolf Gupta - Per Nørgård: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Spaces of Time (2011) (Repost)

Peter Herresthal, Ida Mo, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Rolf Gupta - Per Nørgård: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Spaces of Time (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:29 | 312 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1872

Now considered one of the most significant and influential Danish composers after Carl Nielsen, Per Nørgård has for a long time been one of the most respected names amongst his peers, as well as establishing a strong reputation in Europe and further afield. Extending a line which includes teachers such as Vagn Holmboe and Herman D. Koppel, Nørgård’s work is a mixture of the challenging and the deliciously gorgeous, aspects which are superbly poised in the works on this BIS recording.

Octavians, Akademischen Orchestervereinigung Jena, Sebastian Krahnert & Andreas Kuch - Karsten Gundermann: Kreuzleich (2019)

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Octavians, Akademischen Orchestervereinigung Jena, Sebastian Krahnert & Andreas Kuch - Karsten Gundermann: Kreuzleich (2019)

Octavians, Akademischen Orchestervereinigung Jena, Sebastian Krahnert & Andreas Kuch - Karsten Gundermann: Kreuzleich (Live) (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 214 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 120 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:50:27
Classical, Vocal | Label: Genuin

The Kreuzleich by Heinrich “Frauenlob” von Meissen is over 700 years old, making it one of the oldest surviving oratorios of the German cultural sphere. Known up to now only as a silent fragment of Meistersinger history, composer Karsten Gundermann, together with the multi-award-winning a cappella ensemble Octavians, brings it to life for our present time: Gundermann has revamped Frauenlob’s notated melodies and fragmentary manuscripts into a fascinating work for soloists, chamber choir, and orchestra, and the result is sensational! With their three countertenors and supported by the Akademische Orchestervereinigung Jena, the Octavians create a lively blend of age-old and new, of archaic sounds and orchestral colors sung and played at the highest level.

Quartet Hayate - Yasuhide Ito, Itaru Sakai & Others: Works for Saxophone Quartet (2019)

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Quartet Hayate - Yasuhide Ito, Itaru Sakai & Others: Works for Saxophone Quartet (2019)

Quartet Hayate - Yasuhide Ito, Itaru Sakai & Others: Works for Saxophone Quartet (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 226 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | 00:56:57
Classical | Label: Vesper Records

Hayate means a wind which blows gently, but fresh. The Hayate Quartet is always looking for the best way to blend traditional, French-style and original Japanese-style arrangements for saxophone. With the idea to create a brighter and future-oriented saxophone musicality.

Australia Piano Quartet - Andrew Anderson: Piano Quartets (2019)

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Australia Piano Quartet - Andrew Anderson: Piano Quartets (2019)

Australia Piano Quartet - Andrew Anderson: Piano Quartets (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 258 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:05:00
Classical | Label: Navona Records

It’s almost hard to believe that Andrew Anderson hails from Australia, given how deeply rooted he seems to be in the European High-Romantic tradition. The first quartet in particular is profoundly reminiscent of the virtuoso chamber works of Dussek and Hummel, with a dash of Dvořák for good measure. And yet, its sound is decidedly modern. Not only is the work stunningly well-proportioned, it effortlessly adheres to the classical sonata form – not in a rigid, miniaturized way of imitation, but completely naturally, as if it could only exist in this way and no other.

Entcho Radoukanov - Emil Tabakov: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 4 (2019)

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Entcho Radoukanov - Emil Tabakov: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 4 (2019)

Entcho Radoukanov, Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio & Emil Tabakov - Emil Tabakov: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 4 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 360 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 172 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:40
Classical | Label: Toccata Classics

The music of the Bulgarian composer-conductor Emil Tabakov (b. 1947) explores the darker side of the human spirit in epic scores as austere as they are powerful. His mighty Fifth Symphony, a work almost an hour in length, is obsessive and violent, with the two outer movements, wild kaleidoscopes of whirling colours and driving energy, framing a tragic slow movement and a sardonic march. The much earlier Double-Bass Concerto, which sits downstream from Shostakovich, shows the same grim sense of humour in the teeth of the dancing indifference of fate.

Tamara Smolyar & Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea - Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea: Music for Piano (2019)

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Tamara Smolyar & Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea - Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea: Music for Piano (2019)

Tamara Smolyar & Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea - Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea: Music for Piano (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 244 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:00
Classical | Label: Toccata Classics

Piano music forms a large part of the output of the Romanian composer Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea (b. 1959), as you would expect of someone who has been playing the instrument since she was four. This first album of her music reveals a latter-day Impressionist, sensitive to half-light and petal-delicate tonal colour – but she can also generate powerful surges of energy, and her musical portrait of Charlie Chaplin testifies to an impish sense of humour.

Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XXI-XXVIII (2017) 8CD Box Set

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Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XXI-XXVIII (2017) 8CD Box Set

Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XXI-XXVIII (2017) 8CD Box Set
Dennis Johnson - Philip Glass - Tom Johnson - Peter Garland
Terry Riley - Harold Budd - Le Monte Young

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Scans included | Time: 09:46:40
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95543BR

This 8CD set bring the listener back to the roots of Minimalism, all works were written in the seventies of the 20th century, a time when the new aesthetics and perception of music, sound, repetition and time experience were creating a new chapter in music history. The longest piece is the 5 hour “November” by Dennis Johnson, a work in which the player is free to build the intervals and chords according to his own timing and spacing. The other composers in this set are Philip Glass, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland, Terry Riley, Harold Budd and La Monte Young. Recorded in his own studio by the most important protagonist of Minimalism today, Dutch pianist Jeroen van Veen. Van Veen has a myriad of recordings to his name, notably the multi CD boxes Minimal Piano Collection 1 and 2, complete Satie, Einaudi, Tiersen, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simeon ten Holt and many more.

Nicolas Horvath - Philip Glass: Glassworlds, Volume 5: Enlightenment (2016)

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Nicolas Horvath - Philip Glass: Glassworlds, Volume 5: Enlightenment (2016)

Nicolas Horvath - Philip Glass: Glassworlds, Volume 5: Enlightenment (2016)
Mad Rush; Metamorphosis Two; 600 Lines, for ensemble; The Sound of Silence

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 206 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: Grand Piano | # GP745 | Time: 01:12:55

The works in this programme demonstrate Philip Glass’s perpetual goal of connecting with his audience. Taking shape as something like a hidden sonata form, Mad Rush contrasts peaceful atmosphere with tempestuousness and mesmerizing beauty. The last of its kind in Glass’s oeuvre, 600 Lines, here receiving its première recording on solo piano, is an obsessive and hypnotically restless toccata that represents the zenith of his experiences while working with Ravi Shankar. These two monumental works are joined by première recordings of the subtly transformed Metamorphosis 2, and Glass’s only transcription in the form of Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence.

University of Kansas Wind Ensemble; Paul W. Popiel - Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy; Mohammed Fairouz: Symphony No.4 (2013)

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University of Kansas Wind Ensemble; Paul W. Popiel - Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy; Mohammed Fairouz: Symphony No.4 (2013)

Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra
Mohammed Fairouz: Symphony No.4 'In the Shadow of No Towers'
Ji Hye Jung & Gwendolyn Burgett (timpani), Jānis Porietis (trumpet)
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble; Paul W. Popiel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Naxos | # 8.573205 | Time: 00:57:45

Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, composed in 2000 and transcribed for wind ensemble by Mark Lortz in 2004, is a significant addition to the repertoire of large-scale works for timpani. The work is rhythmically galvanizing, sonically alluring, and features virtuoso cadenzas for both soloists. Symphony No 4 ‘In the Shadow of No Towers’ is Mohammed Fairouz’s first major work for wind ensemble, and its inspiration is the provocative comic book by Art Spiegelman, written shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Spiegelman himself has commented: “I’m moved by [this] scary, somber, and seriously silly symphony…I’m honored that the composer found an echo in my work that allowed him to strike a responsive chord and express his own complex responses to post 9/11 America. He emerges from the rubble with a very tony piece of high-brow cartoon music.”