Robert Gross - Robert Gross: Chronicles (2021)

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Robert Gross - Robert Gross: Chronicles (2021)

Robert Gross - Robert Gross: Chronicles (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 604 MB | Tracks: 8 | 134:13
Style: Classical | Label: New Focus Recordings

Composer Robert Gross' Chronicles is a collection of music that exists in a lineage of pitch-determinate electronic works written for one synthesizer, heavily influenced by Babbitt and Wuorinen. Including several works for instrument and electronics in the series as well as Gross' extended electronic opera Dissonance, this recording joins in a rich tradition of ambitious collections written for multiple solo instruments with electronics and serves as an ideal prism into the composer's style.

Erik Simmons - Carson Cooman Organ Music, Vol. 14: Antiphonies (2021)

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Erik Simmons - Carson Cooman Organ Music, Vol. 14: Antiphonies (2021)

Erik Simmons - Carson Cooman Organ Music, Vol. 14: Antiphonies (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 229 MB | Tracks: 13 | 72:11
Style: Classical | Label: Divine Art

Carson Cooman is many things musical – organist and Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church, Harvard University; writer, critic and consultant, concert organist, and above all a highly prolific composer of music in a wide variety of genres, from orchestral to song. Recent counts show over 3000 tracks of his music available online with over 300 compositions written for him by more than 100 composers. His organ compositions come in many styles, from liturgical models, to substantial secular pieces such as his organ symphonies, preludes and fugues. On this album a range of works, most composed between 2013 and 2020, wonderfully realized on a fabulous instrument. Erik Simmons is a superb organist, making his 14th Cooman organ album for Divine Art. We hear the gorgeous voices of the organ of Propsteikirche St. Ludgerus in Billerbeck, Germany, recorded through the Hauptwerk system.

Eric Séva - Résonances (2021)

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Eric Séva - Résonances (2021)

Eric Séva - Résonances (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 235 MB | Tracks: 7 | 42:22
Style: Jazz | Label: Laborie Jazz

Encounter is the very essence of music, especially world music and jazz. It is from this that improvisation stems, a delicate art guided by absolute harmony. Eric Séva was aware of this when he created this trio by bringing together Kevin Reveyrand and Jean-Luc Di Fraya. Many points unite the members of this formation: deep artistic roots, a nurturing musical land that has anchored in their body the passion for melodic and rhythmic conversations stemming from popular music, and a common gift for sharing, among themselves as with the public. An ideal meeting around jazz and world music.

Jan Van Duikeren's JVD4 - Short Stories (2021)

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Jan Van Duikeren's JVD4 - Short Stories (2021)

Jan Van Duikeren's JVD4 - Short Stories (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 265 MB | Tracks: 7 | 45:56
Style: Jazz | Label: ZenneZ Records

For years it has been a great wish of Jan van Duikeren to record a ballad album with his quartet JVD4. This took an unexpected turn when the Metropole Orkest indicated that they would like to work with the quartet.

Volker Kriegel - Volker Kriegel: Mainz Studio Recordings (1963-1969) (2021)

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Volker Kriegel - Volker Kriegel: Mainz Studio Recordings (1963-1969) (2021)

Volker Kriegel - Volker Kriegel: Mainz Studio Recordings (1963-1969) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 684 MB | Tracks: 29 | 136:57
Style: Jazz | Label: SWR Jazzhaus

Born in Darmstadt, guitarist Volker Kriegel (1943–2003) was still a teenager when he made his debut in the late 50s, at a time when the guitar was still an outsider in the world of jazz. The instrument had few notable exponents, so it was still an open field when the self-taught musician from Hesse won first prizes for his solo performances at an amateur jazz festival in Düsseldorf. Südwestfunk (SWF) recorded the 19-year-old Kriegel’s debut recordings in 1963, when he performed as part of a trio at the Deutschhaus in Mainz; the studio sessions at the Kammersaal Studio were made in 1969. They stand worlds apart, since the guitar had started to carve out a niche for itself in the meantime, and Kriegel himself had gained in self-confidence. Above all, however, he had found a counterpart in Claudio Szenkar, who opened up perspectives not only in general terms of communication and composition, but also specifically through Kriegel’s own instrument.

Jan Michiels - French Sonatas for Cello & Piano (2021)

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Jan Michiels - French Sonatas for Cello & Piano (2021)

Jan Michiels - French Sonatas for Cello & Piano (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 239 MB | Tracks: 7 | 66:44
Style: Classical | Label: Etcetera

Viviane Spanoghe has long been an established figure in Belgian musical life; her exceptional services to contemporary Belgian music were recognised when she was awarded the Fugatrofee Prize of the Union of Belgian Composers for her life’s work to date in 2020. She has premiered works by Dirk Brossé, Elias Gistelinck, Franklin and Jean Gyselynck, Marc Matthys, Peter Swinnen, Jan Van Landeghem and Annelies Van Parijs that were often composed especially for her or dedicated to her, and many of which she has made part of the concert repertoire.

Gaël Horellou - Organ Power! (2021)

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Gaël Horellou - Organ Power! (2021)

Gaël Horellou - Organ Power! (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 374 MB | Tracks: 9 | 57:45
Style: Jazz | Label: Fresh Sound Records

This will be Gaël Horellou’s fifth CD for Fresh Sound. His involvement with the label goes back twenty years, when he was a young, promising alto saxophonist who came to Barcelona in search of new experiences with his friend, tenor David Sauzay. At the head of a contemporary bop quintet, the two young men demonstrated true mastery of their instrument and an overwhelming, contagious energy on stage. They created such an impact during the short time they spent in town, that I just had to ask them whether they wanted to record an album before going back to France. It was decided, then. Their album “Versus” was recorded in May 1999 with both saxophonists as co-leaders. That was the beginning of my admiration for this talented musician, but also of a long friendship.

Tell-Tale-Heart - Dance in the Haze (2021)

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Tell-Tale-Heart - Dance in the Haze (2021)

Tell-Tale-Heart - Dance in the Haze (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 317 MB | Tracks: 9 | 61:17
Style: Jazz | Label: Timezone Records

Tell-Tale-Heart is a project that was launched by jazz saxophonist Ralf-Peter Fuchs in 2015 to perform his own pieces. Sava Medan, bassist who currently lives in Paris, has been there from the start. For the first CD, two musicians from the Ruhr area, Christian Hammer (guitar) and Michael Knippschild (drums), were part of the party and were empathetic to make musical narratives sound. Ralf-Peter Fuchs, Professor of History at the University of Duisburg-Essen, wrote his songs over a long period of several years, under the impressions he received from dealing with historical topics. Many of the songs were written in Munich, where he was also a professional musician at times. The CD "Dance in the Haze" is about witch dances, Spanish mercenaries in the early modern times, the medieval hustle and bustle in a port on the Ligurian coast, and last but not least, the story of Chunanup, the eloquent oasis man, from ancient Egyptian literature .

Paykuna - Rinakaruy (2021)

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Paykuna - Rinakaruy (2021)

Paykuna - Rinakaruy (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 222 MB | Tracks: 7 | 42:35
Style: Jazz | Label: SONNA Records

Rinakaruy means "to go on a journey" in Quechua, one of Bolivia's many indigenous languages. This album will take you on a journey through seven bolivian landscapes, each of the compositions portraying one of those unique places. From the calm lagoons of the bolivian highland to the busyness of the Barrio 12 de enero in Quillacollo, you will find yourself in locations that seem to be on a different planet, their essence captured in sound by the band.

Toby Hughes - Elegy: Toby Hughes (2021)

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Toby Hughes - Elegy: Toby Hughes (2021)

Toby Hughes - Elegy: Toby Hughes (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 274 MB | Tracks: 12 | 65:10
Style: Classical | Label: Champs Hill Records

For his debut solo recording, double bassist Toby Hughes explores the versatility and musicality of the double bass as a solo instrument. Released on Champs Hill Records, and recorded together with pianist Benjamin Powell, Hughes presents some of the finest original compositions for the double bass, including Adolf Mišek’s Sonata no.2, Glière’s Four Pieces, and Giovanni Bottesini’s beautiful Elegia.

Maria Kvist Trio - Jämtlandssångerna (2021)

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Maria Kvist Trio - Jämtlandssångerna (2021)

Maria Kvist Trio - Jämtlandssångerna (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 211 MB | Tracks: 9 | 33:15
Style: Jazz | Label: Naxos Sweden - Prophone Records

When the first sounds are heard from Maria Kvist's new CD, one wonders if the songs are equal to the character or if the way of attacking them has a local character? That there is a connection to the landscape in this case is made clear by the fact that Maria was born in Jämtland, in the area of ​​Kälarne. Anyway, the music is entirely composed by Maria Kvist. So considering the album's title, the intention is probably to get some folklore into the music. This is reinforced by a tribute, a snooze to Merit Hemmingsson who has a jazzy design, and a polish to mother Karin. Music as such became something of a tradition during the latter part of the twentieth century. Not least through Bengt Hallberg's and Jan Johansson's epoch-making interpretations and adaptations of Swedish folk music. Maria Kvist follows them in the footsteps with moving piano playing and a personal light touch on the keyboard.

Klaus Koenig Seven Things - Kings and Illusions (2021)

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Klaus Koenig Seven Things - Kings and Illusions (2021)

Klaus Koenig Seven Things - Kings and Illusions (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 366 MB | Tracks: 10 | 58:24
Style: Jazz | Label: TCB The Montreux Jazz Label

Klaus Koenig studied at the Acoustic Institute of the University of Music in Detmold, which he left in 1962 with a degree in sound engineering (with a distinction). He worked as a recording manager for the Swiss radio station SFR in Zurich until 1997. Alongside this he developed several hundred shows for the jazz department. In 1964 the radio station made him responsible for accompanying guest soloist in the radio concert series "Jazz Live".

Sara Minelli - New Resonances (2021)

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Sara Minelli - New Resonances (2021)

Sara Minelli - New Resonances (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 277 MB | Tracks: 7 | 78:00
Style: Classical | Label: EMA Vinci Records

This new disc from Italian flautist Sara Minelli on EMA Vinci contemporanea showcases new writing for the solo flute, with seven contemporary works, many of them written for Minelli. On the disc are Alessandro Solbiati's Anthos (2016) for alto flute, written for Minelli, Bryan Ferneyhough's Cassandra's Dream Song (1970) for flute, Jonathan Cole's 50 Florentine Breaths (2016) for flute, written for Minelli, Solbiati's As if to land (1989) for flute, Salvatore Sciarrino's Come vengono prodotti gli incantasimi? (1985) for flute, Alessandro Magini's Nova (2016) for flute and electronics, written for Minelli, and Matteo Giuliani's Oltre (Narcissus) (2016) for alto flute and electronics, written for Minelli. Five of the tracks are world premiere recordings.

Csaba Palotai - Cabane Perchée (2021)

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Csaba Palotai - Cabane Perchée (2021)

Csaba Palotai - Cabane Perchée (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 263 MB | Tracks: 15 | 41:41
Style: Jazz | Label: BMC Records

The Paris-based acoustic jazz duo consists of the Hungarian guitarist, Csaba Palotai, who has long been living and working in France, and his good British friend Steve Argüelles, a drummer and percussionist who also works as a producer and is at home in many genres. Three original compositions excepted, Csaba and Steve have fashioned the supporting pillars of their treehouse (Cabane Perchée) from the pieces of Mikrokosmos by Béla Bartók. Their transcriptions and arrangements are strongly infulenced by desert blues and the music of Moondog, immersed in soft and warm groovy tones. This is the music-making den they invite us into, replete with panorama and all mod cons, yet still with a romantic and handcrafted feel.

Jeffrey Jacob - Contemporary Eclectic Music for the Piano, Vol. 18 (2021)

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Jeffrey Jacob - Contemporary Eclectic Music for the Piano, Vol. 18 (2021)

Jeffrey Jacob - Contemporary Eclectic Music for the Piano, Vol. 18 (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 256 MB | Tracks: 17 | 62:03
Style: Classical | Label: Jeffrey Jacob

Jeffrey Jacob has been described by the Warsaw Music Journal as “unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th century music,” and the New York Times as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction.” Mr. Jacob received his education from the Juilliard School (Master of Music) and the Peabody Conservatory (Doctorate) and counts as his principal teachers Mieczyslaw Munz, Carlo Zecchi, and Leon Fleisher. Since his debut with the London Philharmonic in Royal Festival Hall, he has appeared as piano soloist with over 25 orchestras internationally including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Charleston, Saõ Paulo, and Brazil National Symphonies, the Silesian, Moravian, North Czech, and Royal Queenstown Philharmonics and recently the London Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, The Cuban National Symphony, and the Royal Scottish National Symphony.