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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2244, 476 4499 | Time: 01:11:08
Classical, Choral, Medieval, Gregorian Chant

Filia Sion is the first ECM New Series disc devoted entirely to the Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis. From the beginning of its history, Vox Clamantis has focussed on Gregorian chant as the foundation of European music, but has also maintained strong connections to contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür (members of the ensemble previously appeared on Tüür s Oxymoron album, singing his composition Salve Regina ). Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical. While always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the approach to the work and the selection of pieces is contemporary, with sound and texture and the blending of voices as a focus. As leader Jaan-Eik Tulve explains, Gregorian chant is monophonic music which remarkably emphasizes the blend of voices.

Tonu Korvits - Mirror (2016) [Re-Up]

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Tonu Korvits - Mirror (2016) [Re-Up]

Tõnu Kõrvits - Mirror (2016)
Anja Lechner, violoncello; Kadri Voorand, voice; Tõnu Kõrvits, kannel
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Estonian Philarmonic Chamber Choir; Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:03:07
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # New Series 2327, 481 2303

Mirror is the first ECM New Series album from Estonian composer Tonu Korvitz (born 1969), who emphasizes his links to his homelands music at several levels. The album begins with a fantasy on a song by Veljo Tormis. Like the older composer, Korvitz has been influenced by folk song and archaic musical tradition, which find their echo in the refined and texturally-rich spectrum of his own, labyrinthine pieces. His music is well served here by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tonu Kaljustes assured direction and by soloist Anja Lechner. Lechners cello is foregrounded in Peegeldused Tasaset Maast (2013), Laul (2012, rev. 2013) and the albums largest piece Seitsme Linnu Seitse Und (2009, rev. 2012), a collaboration with the poet Maarja Kangro, which is both choral suite and cello concerto. In these seven dreams of seven birds the choir sings in Estonian and English and the cello conjures both birdsong and swooping flight.

Till Fellner, Kim Kashkashian, Diotima Quartet, Dennis Russell Davies - Thomas Larcher: Madhares (2010)

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Till Fellner, Kim Kashkashian, Diotima Quartet, Dennis Russell Davies - Thomas Larcher: Madhares (2010)

Thomas Larcher - Madhares (2010)
Till Fellner, piano; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Diotima Quartet
Münchener Kammerorchester, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2111, 476 3651 | Time: 01:06:03
Contemporary Classical, Modern Composition

Third ECM release dedicated to new works by Austrian composer Thomas Larcher (born 1963). This is contemporary music full of infectious rhythmic energy, imbued by grippingsonic ideas. Larcher juxtaposes tonal harmony and avantgardistic compositional technique in most original ways. Larcher's works reenact traditional musical forms such as the solo concerto or the string quartet with great sense for existential drama. His music is performed around the world by leading international musicians, and his reputation is growing also in the United States.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Anja Lechner, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson - Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando (2014)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Anja Lechner, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson - Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando (2014)

Tigran Mansurian - Quasi parlando (2014)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Anja Lechner, violoncello
Amsterdam Sinfonietta; Candida Thompson, conductor and lead violin

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:02:35
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2323, 481 0667

Quasi Parlando is an important addition to ECM's documentation of the work of Tigran Mansurian, an often breathtaking account of highly original contemporary chamber orchestra music. Issued in the wake of his 75th birthday, the album presents four works for soloists and strings, and marks the ECM debut of the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, winner of the 2013 Gramophone Awards 'Record of the Year'. It opens with the Armenian composer's fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and String Orchestra, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi Parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are world premiere recordings, as is the Violin Concerto No 2, subtitled Four Serious Songs, which concludes the programme. Throughout, the soloists deliver committed performances, as does the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Candida Thompson.

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997) [Re-Up]

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Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997) [Re-Up]

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:46:37
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1629, 457 067-2

String quartet fans will relish this excellent release from ECM. Although the Shostakovich 8th is one of the most over-recorded pieces in the string quartet literature, the performance here is worth having, and is combined with a somewhat familiar but not as widely recorded piece by Webern (for those who might be afraid to listen to anything by Webern, let me assure you that this is a most lovely, lyrical, hauntingly beautiful work, not at all daunting) and a quartet by a composer that will be unfamiliar to most, Emil Burian (1904-1959), whose String Quartet No. 4 is a haunting piece that makes for an attractive finish for this fine CD by the Rosamunde Quartet. The sound quality is rich and radiant in the best ECM tradition.

Kim Kashkashian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Robert Levin - Dmitri Shostakovich, Linda Bouchard, Paul Chihara (1991) [Re-Up]

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Kim Kashkashian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Robert Levin - Dmitri Shostakovich, Linda Bouchard, Paul Chihara (1991) [Re-Up]

Dmitri Shostakovich: Viola Sonata Op. 147; Linda Bouchard; Pourtinade; Paul Chihara: Redwood (1991)
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion; Robert Levin, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:00:50
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1425, 847 538-2

The first two works are for viola and a battery of percussion instruments. Pourtinade, in nine sections with highly descriptive titles whose order is decided by the performers, elicits every possible sound and color effect from the viola, and an extraordinary range of blending and contrasting textural timbres from the instrumental combinations. "Redwood," inspired by Japanese woodcuts, uses the percussion as melody instruments; often it seems incredible that a single player can produce such a wealth of sounds. Opening softly and mysteriously, it becomes quite active, and then a beautiful viola solo fades away. The Shostakovich Sonata, written in the shadow of death, is heartbreakingly moving in its lamentatious mournfulness and turbulently desperate outbursts. The piano texture is pared down to skeletal spareness; the viola mourns in the dark low register and soars radiantly up high. The Scherzo is defiantly sardonic; the Finale, full of quotes from Beethoven, ends in resignation. The playing is beautiful and projects the changing moods with a riveting, inwardly experienced expressiveness.

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

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Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.8 Gb | Scans included
ECM, World Fusion, Ethnic, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age, Ambient, Folk Jazz | Time: 12:04:42

A one-man universe of sound who has learned to play hundreds of instruments from across the globe, which he utilizes in captivating and exotic ways. Collection includes: Implosions (1977); Til The End Of Time (1978); Wings Over Water (1982); Listen To The Rain (1983); East Of The Night (1985); Ocean (1986); The Music Of Stones (1989); Darkness And Light (1990); To The Evening Child (1992); Athos: A Journey To The Holy Mountain (1994); The Garden Of Mirrors (1997); Desert Poems (2001); Life (2004); On The Wing (2006); Bold As Light (2010).

Robin Williamson - The Iron Stone (2006) [Re-Up]

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Robin Williamson - The Iron Stone (2006) [Re-Up]

Robin Williamson - The Iron Stone (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:27
Celtic Folk, British Folk | Label: ECM | # ECM 1969

The British folk singer Robin Williamson collaborates with the Swedish folk musician Ale Moller and two U.S. jazz musicians, the violinist Mat Maneri and the bassist Barre Phillips, in this set, which features improvisations on the works of poets as varied as Walt Whitman, Sir Walter Raleigh, and William Blake. Also included are reworkings of folk tunes such as "Sir Patrick Spens" and Williamson's own "The Iron Stone," as well as abstract musical meditations such as "There Is a Music" and "To God in God's Absence."

Yeahwon Shin - Lua Ya (2013) {ECM 2337}

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Yeahwon Shin - Lua Ya (2013) {ECM 2337}

Yeahwon Shin - Lua Ya (2013) {ECM 2337}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 162MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 105MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: New Age, Jazz, World Music, Lullabies

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare).

Tord Gustavsen Trio - The Ground (2004) {ECM 1892}

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Tord Gustavsen Trio - The Ground (2004) {ECM 1892}

Tord Gustavsen Trio - The Ground (2004) {ECM 1892}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 336MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 137MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

"The Ground" reveals a stronger sense of purpose and a greater conceptual rigour than "Changing Places" , the trio's debut album. Without sacrificing the clear-edged melodic sensibility that can already be considered one of the hallmarks of Gustavsen’s writing, the musicians are better able to do improvise within the structure of the pieces. An immediate popular success, "The Ground" topped Norway's pop charts in its second week of release.

Terje Rypdal - Selected Recordings (2002) {ECM Rarum VII}

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Terje Rypdal - Selected Recordings (2002) {ECM Rarum VII}

Terje Rypdal - Selected Recordings (2002) {ECM Rarum VII}
EAC 1.0b2 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 442MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 161MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Avant-Garde

“My time with ECM is a lifetime by now,” Terje Rypdal notes, as he embarks upon his fourth decade with the label that has documented his far-reaching achievements as both improviser and composer. For this anthology, Rypdal chose to focus on his groundbreaking electric guitar artistry, heard in settings ranging from symphony orchestra to the enlightened hard rock of the Chasers. “Music must have colours and freedom”, Rypdal once said, and his selection here lacks neither.

John Abercrombie - Cat 'N' Mouse (2002) {ECM 1770}

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John Abercrombie - Cat 'N' Mouse (2002) {ECM 1770}

John Abercrombie - Cat 'N' Mouse (2002) {ECM 1770}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 5 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 414MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 137MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

First and foremost, Cat 'n' Mouse is a game among equals. The members of this quartet are each powerful musicians in their own right, and somehow they've made a treaty to serve a common cause.

John Abercrombie - Class Trip (2004) {ECM 1846}

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John Abercrombie - Class Trip (2004) {ECM 1846}

John Abercrombie - Class Trip (2004) {ECM 1846}
EAC 1.0b1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 392MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 173MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Although atmosphere and ambience can take priority over compositional focus on some ECM releases, this is far from the case with CLASS TRIP. The product of guitarist John Abercrombie's collaboration with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Joey Baron (their follow-up to 2002's CAT 'N' MOUSE), CLASS TRIP is an exemplar of what ECM does best. This is spare, brilliantly conceived chamber jazz with the artists' superior improvisational skills–which draw equally on jazz, modern classical, avant-garde, and even pop idioms–on abundant display.

Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow - Trios (2013) {ECM 2287}

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Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow - Trios (2013) {ECM 2287}

Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow - Trios (2013) {ECM 2287}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 281MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 128MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow revisit classic Bley compositions on an exceptional album recorded in Lugano last year by Manfred Eicher. Included here are spirited new versions of Utviklingssang and Vashkar, and the suites Les Trois Lagons, Wildlife and The Girl Who Cried Champagne. Carlas robust tunes are vividly conveyed, all members solo compellingly, and the trio has never sounded better.

Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

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Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

Thomas Larcher - IXXU (2006)
Rosamunde Quartett; Thomas Demenga, violoncello;
Christoph Poppen, violin; Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1967, 476 3156 | Time: 00:53:57
Classical, Contemporary, Modern Composition

The four chamber works by Austrian Thomas Larcher recorded here show that's he's a composer to watch out for. His compositional voice is strikingly unencumbered by adherence to any orthodoxy, and his work is direct in its emotional and intellectual communication. My Illness Is the Medicine I Need, for soprano, violin, cello, and piano, is particularly effective; its aphoristic texts come from a Benetton "Colors" magazine that included photographs of psychiatric hospitals and quotations from their patients. Larcher's understated text setting allows the voices of the patients to be heard with unaffected bleakness and it is strongly moving. Even though it uses a contemporary harmonic language, the string quartet Ixxu (1998-2004) is old-fashioned in its emotional clarity. Its last movement, "ruhig," is genuinely peaceful and brings to mind the serenity of Arvo Pärt's Fratres. His 1990 quartet Cold Farmer is similarly direct and generous in inviting the listener in, and here again the slow movement is especially deeply felt and engaging.