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Tigran Hamasyan - An Ancient Observer (2017)

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Tigran Hamasyan - An Ancient Observer (2017)

Tigran Hamasyan - An Ancient Observer (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:44:59 | 104 Mb
Piano, Jazz, Classical | Label: Nonesuch Records Inc.

Tigran Hamasyan's new album, An Ancient Observer, is due March 31 on Nonesuch Records. Ahead of the release of the album, his second on the label, Hamasyan will begin a world tour, starting with three consecutive nights at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, February 25–27. An Ancient Observer's songs—two of which are based on Armenian melodies—were written over the last four years. Some of the pieces are through-composed and completely written out, while others are composed with ample space for Hamasyan to improvise. Many include vocals layered into the mix. As with most of his compositions, Hamasyan cites a wide range of influences, from Baroque dance to hip-hop, with pedals connected to a synthesizer on a few tracks—while the sounds of his native country also are present, as always.

Vela - Wandering (2017)

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Vela - Wandering (2017)

Vela - Wandering (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 246 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 117 Mb | 00:50:07
Classical, Piano, Cello, Chamber Jazz | Label: Eclipse Music

Vela is the result of a compositional and musical collaboration, between Finnish cellist Aino Juutilainen and Danish pianist Esben Højlund. Vela’s musical expression is situated in an indefinable place between contemporary classical music and jazz.

Kyo - I Musik (2017)

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Kyo - I Musik (2017)

Kyo - I Musik (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:40:49 | 95 Mb
Ambient, Electronic, Modern Classical | Label: Posh Isolation

Another icy Nordic beauty from one of Posh Isolation’s more broad-minded acts. “'I Musik' is the third piece from Kyo, a duet of Hannes Norrvide and Frederik Valentin. With each release the pair make a shift in the project's aesthetic equilibrium, forcing a new constellation of resonances, handing us a new beauty. 'I Musik' presents another wondrous movement in the narrative, like discovering a secret escalator that passes everything you want from a new angle.

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.

Ian Anderson & Carducci String Quartet - Jethro Tull - The String Quartets (2017)

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Ian Anderson & Carducci String Quartet - Jethro Tull - The String Quartets (2017)

Ian Anderson & Carducci String Quartet - Jethro Tull - The String Quartets (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:48:01 | 112 Mb
Classical | Label: BMG Rights Management

A year after honoring the band’s real-life namesake with a rock opera, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is giving a dozen of the group’s songs the string quartet treatment. Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, due out March 24 and available to pre-order now, finds Anderson working alongside the Carducci Quartet and arranger/conductor John O’Hara to recast a dozen Tull tracks in a new light.

Saltland - A Common Truth (2017)

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Saltland - A Common Truth (2017)

Saltland - A Common Truth (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:40:51 | 94 Mb
Ambient, Classical, Cello, Female Vocal | Label: Constellation Records

A Common Truth is the second album by Saltland, the solo project of veteran Montr al cellist and composer Rebecca Foon. Following the acclaimed 2013 debut. Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, Foon performed Saltland live in various successful configurations, but as the concept and compositions for a new album began to materialize, she wished to further expand on an approach with her cello as primary source for all sounds on the record. Combining unadulterated processed and sampled cellos, A Common Truth largely reflects this commitment and results in an album of gorgeous integrity, restraint, and meditative intensity. The one notable exception: longtime friend and prior collaborator Warren Ellis (Nick Cave, Dirty Three) is the album's special guest player contributing violin, pump organ and loops to the album's four instrumental tracks.

Jacaszek - KWIATY (2017)

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Jacaszek - KWIATY (2017)

Jacaszek - KWIATY (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 250 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 118 Mb | 00:51:12
Ambient, Modern Classical, Electronic | Label: Ghostly International

Michał Jacaszek is an absolute master of melancholy: the Polish composer who's spun dramatic shades of darkness and light into gold for more than a decade now, from the trickle-down electronics of Treny and artful gloom of Glimmer to the vapor-trailed verses of their looming spiritual cousin KWIATY. KWIATY - which was inspired by An English anthology of metaphysical poetry from the 17th century - is the most vocal-driven material Jacaszek's ever written, melding his stormy melodies with a breakout performance by Hania Malarowska (of the Warsaw-based rock band Hanimal) and the robust supporting roles of Joasia Sobowiec-Jamioł and Natalia Grzebała, with lyrics adapted from poems from Virgil and Robert Herrick.

Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson - Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings (2015)

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Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson - Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings (2015)

Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson - Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 73:55 | 295 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU807637

The subtitle "The Poet Sings" does not refer specifically to Pablo Neruda or to the Neruda poems set in this collection by the fine small American choir Conspirare. Instead, the designation comes from a series of concerts performed by the group in its home base of Austin, Texas, all of which will be devoted to settings of works by specific poets. As it happens, Neruda, whose poetry Conspirare has touched on before (on Threshold of Night, its Harmonia Mundi debut), makes an ideal subject for this experiment.

2Cellos - Score (2017)

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2Cellos - Score (2017)

2Cellos - Score (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:01:06 | 338 Mb
Classical, Cello, Instrumental | Label: Sony Masterworks | Release Year: 2017

2CELLOS, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new album Score, available on March 17, 2017, bringing 2CELLOS’ game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television.

2CELLOS - Score (2017)

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2CELLOS - Score (2017)

2CELLOS - Score (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:01:08 | 142 Mb
Classical, Cello, Instrumental | Label: Sony Masterworks | Release Year: 2017

2CELLOS, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, go to the movies for their new album Score, available on March 17, 2017, bringing 2CELLOS’ game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television.

VA - Michael G. Cunningham: An Arc of Quartets (2017)

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VA - Michael G. Cunningham: An Arc of Quartets (2017)

VA - Michael G. Cunningham: An Arc of Quartets (2017)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 227 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical | Label: Navona Records | 2017 | 01:32:22

As the title of this album suggests, AN ARC OF QUARTETS gives listeners unique access to a continuum of composer Michael G. Cunningham’s intricate and inviting string music. Five international string ensembles present the album’s seven compositions, including Sirius Quartet from New York; The Moravian Quartet from the Czech Republic; the Millennium Quartet from Florida; and The Pedroia Quartet and New England String Quartet, both from Massachusetts. These groups’ performances of Cunningham’s work present the hallmarks of his style of string writing, which is defined by a focus on rhythm, melody, and texture, as well as his gentle, yet often dissonant, harmonic language. Although these quartets contain a wide range of sounds and styles, Cunningham maintains a reliable attraction to tense, lyrical melodies, and energetic rhythms.

The String Quartet Tribute To Depeche Mode (2003)

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The String Quartet Tribute To Depeche Mode (2003)

The String Quartet Tribute To Depeche Mode (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans included
Classical Crossover, Tribute | Label: Vitamin | # CD-8486 | Time: 00:39:44

Vitamin takes on the brood and sway of Depeche Mode with this string quartet tribute, running through nine of the band's songs with the aid of violin, cello, acoustic bass, viola, and a bit of percussion. Like most string interpretations of pop music, the album can grow tedious over the long haul. However, there's plenty to like incrementally, especially for fans. Highlights include "Personal Jesus," with its hint of mouth percussion during the breakdown, and the violins aping the tradeoff vocals of "Master and Servant." There are a few glaring omissions – "Everything Counts" and "Policy of Truth" among them. Even still, Depeche Mode completists should get a kick out of the novelty and slight decadence of this collection.

Octave Minds - Octave Minds (2014) (Japan Edition) {Beat Records}

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Octave Minds - Octave Minds (2014) (Japan Edition) {Beat Records}

Octave Minds - Octave Minds (2014) (Japan Edition)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 371 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 216 mb
Modern Classical, Hip-Hop, Electronic | Label: Beat Records - BRC-441

In Octave Minds, his collaboration with German producer Boys Noize, Chilly Gonzales sounds more comfortable than ever in the same harmony-arranging role he did on Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’. There’s not a smidgen of his hokey rap-style vocal here: instead, glacial piano familiar to fans of his 2010 album ‘Ivory Tower’ and a double dose of playfulness from Boys Noize and guest Chance The Rapper, the latter on the Pharrell-aping ‘Tap Dance’. ‘Initals KK’ borrows harmonies from New Order’s ‘True Faith’, while ‘In Silence’ goes from James Blake throb to loungy piano. Though not without corniness (see ‘Done Deal”s wanky guitar solo) ‘Octave Minds’ is a chilled, cinematic trip powered by Chilly’s piano chords.

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009) {ECM New Series 2117}

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Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009) {ECM New Series 2117}

Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009) {ECM New Series 2117}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 261 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 175 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 11 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2009 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2117
Classical / Choral

Since 2001, ECM has enthusiastically championed the art of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with recordings of his orchestral, chamber and vocal works – creations that stand as some of the most arresting and moving in contemporary music. This continues in Silvestrov’s 75th birthday year with “Sacred Songs”, the seventh album ECM has devoted wholly to the composer’s music; it collects sets of songs, refrains, psalms and prayers composed from 2006 to 2008 that reflect the composer’s late-blooming interest in writing for a cappella voices, which led previously to the ECM releases “Requiem for Larissa” and “Sacred Works”.

Engegard Quartet - Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Olav Anton Thommessen: String Quartets (2015)

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Engegard Quartet - Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Olav Anton Thommessen: String Quartets (2015)

Engegård Quartet - Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Olav Anton Thommessen (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 327 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2101 | Time: 01:12:23

A string quartet was among the very first works that Edvard Grieg presented after completing his studies in 1861, but the Quartet in G minor, Op. 27, was the only such work to be published in his lifetime. In 1878, while composing it, Grieg wrote that ‘it aims at breadth, to soar, and, above all, at vigorous sound’, and the amplitude of the sound is indeed striking: the generous use of double-stops creates an almost orchestral effect, unusual for the genre. This caused some reviewers to criticize the quartet as being unidiomatic, while others, including Liszt, greeted it with enthusiasm. Some thirty years later, when Jean Sibelius composed his D minor quartet Op. 56, he too had previous experience of writing for the medium, but Op. 56 is the only quartet among his mature works. The often used 'nickname' Voces intimae is often taken to refer to the intimate interchange between the four voices in a quartet, but is probably a more specific allusion to a brief passage in the third movement: Sibelius wrote the remark into a score some time after the work had been published.