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Harald Weiss - Arche (1986)

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Harald Weiss - Arche (1986)

Harald Weiss - Arche (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Minimalism, Experimental, Contemporary | Label: Wergo | # SM 1060-50 | Time: 00:57:41

Weiss is archaic in his material: he shuns electronic elements and favours natural sound sources (voices, hands, feet) and employs considerable fantasy in the process of deriving sounds from objects which in their original environment have no musical function.

Pauline Oliveros & American Voices - St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney (1994) {Mode} **[RE-UP]**

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Pauline Oliveros & American Voices - St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney (1994) {Mode} **[RE-UP]**

Pauline Oliveros & American Voices - St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney (1994) {Mode}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 257 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 145 mb
Genre: contemporary classical, experimental, minimalism

St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney is a 1994 collaborative album between Pauline Oliveros & American Voices. Released by the Mode label this consists of two compositions.

Pauline Oliveros - The Roots Of The Moment (1988) {hat ART}

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Pauline Oliveros - The Roots Of The Moment (1988) {hat ART}

Pauline Oliveros - The Roots Of The Moment (1988) {hat ART}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 251 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 127 mb
Genre: classical, experimental, electronic, drone

The Roots Of The Moment is the 1988 album by the late Pauline Oliveros. This is the original pressing released by hat ART.

Iraida Yusupova - Thunderbird (2017)

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Iraida Yusupova - Thunderbird (2017)

Iraida Yusupova - Thunderbird (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 313 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 174 Mb | 01:15:53
Avant-Garde Classical, Vocal, Spoken Word | Label: Artservice

The fourth disc by composer Iraida Yusupova presents two large works performed by brilliant soloists and musicians.

Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Re-Up]

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Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Spectrum, Guy Protheroe - Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Epei; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990) [Re-Up]

Iannis Xenakis: Palimpsest; Épéi; Dikhthas; Akanthos (1990)
Irvine Arditti, violin; Claude Helffer, piano; Penelope Walmsley-Clark, soprano
Spectrum; Guy Protheroe, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:57
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Wergo | # WER 6178-2, 286 178-2

Violinist Irvine Arditti, pianist Claude Helffer, and the Spectrum ensemble conducted by Guy Protheroe produce consummate performances of the Greek avant-gardist's unwieldy chamber music. If you're familiar with Xenakis's career you'll know he was trained in mathematics and enjoyed a successful career as an architect. Such background might prepare you for the music's preoccupation with line, volume, and form in an unusually abstract way, but it won't prepare you for its visceral, almost primitive power. On Akanthos, the singer Penelope Walmsley-Clark must cope with what is surely one of the most ridiculous soprano parts ever written.

Bang On A Can - Classics (2002)

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Bang On A Can - Classics (2002)

Bang On A Can - Classics (2002)
David Lang - Julia Wolfe - Annie Gosfield - Michael Gordon
Evan Ziporyn - Lois V Vierk - Nick Didkovsky

XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21010 | Time: 01:11:39
Contemporary Classical, Avant-Garde, Experimental Rock

The Bang on a Can All-Stars emerged from the scruffy environs of downtown New York playing a new kind of music, with a new kind of energy, for a new kind of audience.

Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (2015) [Re-Up]

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Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (2015) [Re-Up]

Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman - Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907608 | 00:59:16

As more ensembles perform and record Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, its status as a minimalist masterpiece is increasingly affirmed. Ensemble Signal's 2015 release on Harmonia Mundi is one of several amazing performances that have matched Reich's original ECM New Series recording in technical brilliance and expressivity, and it has even earned the composer's approval for being, "…fast moving, spot on, and emotionally charged." Under the direction of Brad Lubman, Ensemble Signal maintains a relentlessly steady pulse and articulates the interlocking patterns with absolute precision, though the shifting tone colors are perhaps a little clearer in this performance than in other recordings. The microphone placement is not so close that individual instruments stand out, but there is enough separation of parts to allow some sense of direction and the orientation of the smaller sub-groups of pianos, xylophones, marimbas, strings, clarinets, and voices. This is a mesmerizing performance that will transfix listeners, and the music is so compelling that it will linger on well after the CD stops. Highly recommended.

The London Steve Reich Ensemble - Steve Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet (2011) [Re-Up]

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The London Steve Reich Ensemble - Steve Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet (2011) [Re-Up]

Steve Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet (2011)
The London Steve Reich Ensemble; Kevin Griffiths, conductor; Vincent Corver, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 0 87319 2 0 | 00:54:43

The hook for this terrific recording of three of Steve Reich's most attractive works is the use of alternate versions of the several pieces that differ from the original recordings on Nonesuch. This recording has Reich's imprimatur; he enthusiastically recommends the performances in a program note. The most radical departure from the original version is Piano Counterpoint, Vincent Corver's arrangement of Six Pianos for a single live pianist with the other five parts prerecorded. This allows the piece to fit nicely into Reich's "Counterpoint" series, which includes Vermont Counterpoint for flutes and New York Counterpoint for clarinets. Corver also speeds up the tempo so the piece has an even more propulsive aural energy, although in live performance it's hard to beat the visceral excitement of six pianists on-stage. The London Steve Reich Ensemble version of the Triple Quartet, unlike the Kronos Quartet's premiere recording, uses three live quartets, and is one of three performance options that Reich specified in the score, the third being an orchestral version with 36 players. This is the first commercial recording of this version.

Wayne Horvitz - This New Generation (1987)

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Wayne Horvitz - This New Generation (1987)

Wayne Horvitz - This New Generation (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative | Label: Elektra Musician | # 9 60759-2 | 00:50:54

Mid-'80s release that established Horovitz among the prime composers and players on the contemporary improvising scene. He's not among either the traditionalists or the fusion/light jazz crowd, but is part of the New York "downtown" school that utilizes everything from hard bop to rock to contemporary classical. Guitarist Bill Frisell was also an important contributor to the date.

Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5 [Re-Up]

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Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5 [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - Kepler (2011) 2CDs + DVD5
Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 586 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 261 Mb | 01:54:02 | Scans ~ 62 Mb
DVD5 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) VBR | German-Latin AC3 5.0, 448 kbps or AC3 2.0, 192 kbps
Subs: English, German | 02:00:31 | ~ 4.1 Gb | Label: Orange Mountain | # 0071/OMM5004
Classical, Minimalism, Opera

Philip Glass' opera from 2009 explores the life of scientist Johannes Kepler though a series of dramatic scenes with two hours of Glass' music. Kepler in many ways hearkens back to Glass' portrait operas of the early 1980s and continues the composers interest in scientists after having also written operas on Einstein and Galileo. The opera premiered at the Landestheater Linz in 2009 as part of Linz 09, the European Cultural Capital, and continues the amazing 30 year collaboration between Glass and the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the music director of both the Landestheater Linz and its orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz who has also recorded Glass' music extensively for the Orange Mountain Music label including Glass Symphonies 6, 7, and 8, and Glass' large scale opera The Voyage which was originally written for the Metropolitan Opera. Kepler is a refreshing return to large scale symphonic writing for the opera house. Recent Glass operas including Waiting for the Barbarians and Appomattox carry more dialogue and intimate narrative scenes whereas Kepler is a musical dedication to the life of this great scientists - triumphs and human flaws.

Gentle Fire - Explorations (1970-1973) (2020)

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Gentle Fire - Explorations (1970-1973) (2020)

Gentle Fire - Explorations (1970-1973) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 979 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 484 Mb | 03:30:27
Free Improvisation, Avant-Garde Electronic, Avant-Garde Classical | Label: Paradigm Discs

The first ever survey of the seminal British experimental music collective, Gentle Fire, Explorations (1970 - 1973) offers a remarkable and previously unavailable glimpse of their activities during the early 1970s, spanning their crucial interpretations of scores by Stockhausen, Brown, Cage, Ichiyanagi, and Wolff, as well as an incredible deep dive into their own works and "Group Compositions". Unapparelled and historically important work, stretching across the length of 3 CDs, from Paradigm Discs, meticulously culled from Hugh Davies' archive, it's among the most important missing links within the history of British experimental music to have emerged in living memory, and not to be missed.

Stephen Clarke, The JACK Quartet - Horaţiu Rădulescu: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I (2016)

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Stephen Clarke, The JACK Quartet - Horaţiu Rădulescu: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I (2016)

Stephen Clarke, The JACK Quartet - Horaţiu Rădulescu: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Spectralism | Label: mode records | # mode 290 | Time: 01:01:41

The first volume in a series combining Radulescu’s complete Piano Sonatas and String Quartets, there are six of each, on Mode performed by the superb JACK Quartet and Stephen Clarke (piano). In the 1970s, Horatio Radulescu (1942-2008) began exploring and composing begun composing what he called “plasmatic music,” in which sound was conceived as an “endless ocean of vibrations,” as opposed to the traditional way in which music treats sound as a fabric of discrete scale steps. His music is linked to the “spectral music” school. Radulescu’s Fifth String Quartet is one of the key works in his output. It is in some ways the richest manifestation of the body of string techniques he had developed for his music. The Second Piano Sonata is inspired by the Tao of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (6-5 BC). The first movement, “Immanence,” opens with a powerful sonority built from spectral functions which gives a sense of immensity and strength. The Fifth Piano Sonata makes abundant use — more so than any of the other sonatas — of Romanian folk material, which is absorbed and integrated into Radulescu’s spectral language.

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989) [Re-Up]

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Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989) [Re-Up]

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb
Label: Venture | # DBEBN 55(4) | Time: 00:40:24 | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Avant-Garde, Minimalism

For this, his seventh soundtrack for director Peter Greenaway, Nyman deftly orchestrates a mix of strings, horns, and voices to produce another of his fetching and romantic minimalist backdrops. The opening "Memorial" is the highlight of the lot and drives along with stuttering saxophones, an insistent string arrangement, elegiac brass solos, and the soaring vocals of soprano Sarah Leonard (Leonard would be featured on a large part of the Prospero's Books soundtrack). The piece was originally inspired by a 1985 Belgian soccer match tragedy, in which 39 Italian fans were killed. Nyman utilized a death march in his earlier Greenaway collaboration, Drowning by Numbers, and revives the scheme to great effect here for what would become the main theme of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Nyman contrasts the piece's climatic quality with two relatively sedate yet brooding numbers.

Polwechsel feat Fennesz - Wrapped Islands (2002) [Re-Up]

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Polwechsel feat Fennesz - Wrapped Islands (2002) [Re-Up]

Polwechsel feat Fennesz - Wrapped Islands (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Improvisation | Label: Erstwhile | # erstwhile 023 | 00:53:05

The predominantly Viennese quartet Polwechsel have exhaustively explored the grey areas between composition and improvisation, electronic and acoustic, jazz and classical for much of the past decade. Austrian Christian Fennesz, while initially a guitarist, is primarily known for his abrasive yet melodic laptop explorations on labels such as Mego and Touch. Wrapped Islands documents the much-anticipated first meeting of these two driving forces of contemporary music.

Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: Prophecies (2016)

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Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: Prophecies (2016)

Anton Batagov - Philip Glass: Prophecies (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0110 | Time: 01:06:47

Pianist and composer Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian musicians of our time. As a performer Batagov introduced the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. On this his debut recording with Glass s record label Orange Mountain Music, Batagov offers a recital of Glass s music which is personally important to him, music which has never been heard on solo piano. Three of the four tracks offered on Batagov s program are from Glass s epic opera Einstein on the Beach - Trial, Night Train, and Knee Play 5. These pieces capture the sound of a particularly expansive moment in Glass s career as he transitioned from hard core Minimalism to a more expressive medium. That artistic pivot is captures in Batagov s mystical reading of Prophecies from Koyaanisqatsi. In 2009, after a hiatus of 12 years from live performance Batagov returned to the stage presenting a series of unique solo programs including this program which was recorded in Moscow in November 2015.