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Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Stephen Cleobury - Duruflé: Requiem, Four Motets, Messe Cum Jubilo (2016)

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Stephen Cleobury - Duruflé: Requiem, Four Motets, Messe Cum Jubilo (2016)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Choir of King's College, Cambridge & Stephen Cleobury - Duruflé: Requiem, Four Motets, Messe Cum Jubilo (2016)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 215 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:49
Classical, Sacred | Label: King's College Recordings

This 2016 release followed on an immensely successful 2014 performance of the Fauré Requiem, Op. 48, and in many ways it's a partner to the earlier recording. The Fauré had a historical-performance aspect, re-creating the 1889 premiere even down to the specific organ stops used. In this case, historical performance is not involved: the version of the Duruflé Requiem performed is not the original, but a 1961 revision for mezzo-soprano, chorus, organ, and chamber orchestra. But the forces bring the music close to the overall effect of the Fauré, with boy sopranos of the Choir of King's College connecting the two performances. In both recordings, the organ is brought to the foreground and issues almost electronic-like sounds that shoot beams of mystic light through the small Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. It's gorgeous, and it might easily result in a revival for this version of the work. Conductor Stephen Cleobury does wonderfully with his mezzo-soprano soloist: for sampling, you could luxuriate in the "Pie Jesu," with its restrained instrumental backing making the music less operatic and more cantata-like. You also get a pair of little-known Duruflé works, the Quatre Motets sur des thèmes Grégoriens, Op. 10, and the Messe "Cum jubilo," Op. 11, with chorus, organ, and one soloist; each of these could challenge the conception of Duruflé as a one-hit wonder. Yet the biggest news here is the Duruflé Requiem itself, and the way the work retains its slightly otherworldly quality in this intimate version.

Evelyn Glennie, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Mickelthwate - Vincent Ho: The Shaman & Arctic Symphony (Live) (2017)

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Evelyn Glennie, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Mickelthwate - Vincent Ho: The Shaman & Arctic Symphony (Live) (2017)

Evelyn Glennie, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Mickelthwate - Vincent Ho: The Shaman & Arctic Symphony (Live) (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 362 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 164 Mb | 01:10:34
Classical | Label: Centrediscs

Vincent Ho’s music is wild and fanciful, and takes us to the limits of sonic energy, but it is also intimate and tender, for he is not afraid to reveal his truly lyrical soul. THE SHAMAN is a work that sets an atmosphere of magical stillness, with the soloist evoking unearthly sounds - wolf calls, shimmering colours, and the lightest of orchestral textures. It is powerful work that merges the spiritual indigenous world with the modern classical world to create a compelling musical journey. ARCTIC SYMPHONY was inspired by the composer’s first-hand experience of the Arctic Ocean with a scientific research team aboard a Canadian Coast Guard ship. Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists.

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002) [Re-Up]

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Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002) [Re-Up]

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 445 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 225 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary, Minimalism, Vocal | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21009 | 01:14:44

Alarm Will Sound's recording of Steve Reich's monumental orchestral/choral works The Desert Music and Tehillim, released on the Cantaloupe label in 2002, greatly benefits from the group's close connections with the composer: the ensemble's conductor, Alan Pierson, and several of the performers studied at the Eastman School with Brad Lubman, a conductor frequently enlisted by Reich. Also, Pierson's arrangements, which reconcile the chamber and orchestral versions that exist for both works, were prepared in close consultation with the composer; thus, this may well be the definitive recording of these pieces. Brilliantly sonorous in their climaxes – the burst of light near the end of Desert Music, the "Alleluias" that close Tehillim – the players also articulate Reich's intricate canonic textures with nimble precision. Voices and strings are always an Achilles heel within Reich's percussive textures (leading him to eliminate part doublings in favor of giving each line to a lone, amplified performer), but here the singers and strings maintain an impressive rhythmic vitality. This knack for precision carries over to the pristine recording, as well, which, for good or ill, was digitally recorded and heavily edited. Still, it makes up in energy and clarity what it might lack in performative spontaneity.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration (2018)

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration (2018)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Inspiration (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Artwork included | 01:04:19 | 276 Mb
Classical | Label: Decca Classics

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, pays tribute to his mentors and heroes on his thrilling debut album. The cellist shows impressive maturity and confidence, whether he’s harking back to his time in a school klezmer band (“Evening of Roses”) or playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, his performance of which so moved the Young Musician judges. There are touching, personal nods to early 20th-century cello master Pablo Casals and genius performer Jacqueline du Pré, while the album is rounded off with superb arrangements of iconic songs by Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen.

Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012) (Repost)

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Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012) (Repost)

Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès - Lieux retrouvés (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:44 | 253 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67948

The coherence of the program on this release by the increasingly popular British cellist Steven Isserlis may not be evident at first glance, but it's a nifty idea, and one with a weight that not so many contemporary composers can comfortably support. What Franz Liszt, Leos Janácek, Gabriel Fauré, and György Kurtág have in common is that they all influenced the last composer on the program, Thomas Adès. This gives you an idea of Adès' eclecticism, which is brought into relief when you hear the strands of music that he likes.

Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets (2005)

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Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets (2005)

Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:19 | 187 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM New Series | Catalog: 4763052

Although Tigran Mansurian has turned to the string quartet medium many times in his career, he has preserved only those mature works that reflect his deepest feelings and speak in a private language of mourning and loss. The chief influences behind the String Quartet No. 1, "In memory of David Chandschian" (1983-1984) and the String Quartet No. 2, "In memory of Eduard Chagagortzian" (1984) are evidently the quartets of Bartók and Shostakovich, though Mansurian has developed a quasi-religious strain derived from Armenian composer Komitas, which tends to make his works resemble the late twentieth century music of Arvo Pärt in its harmonic simplicity and chaste modality.

Henri Demarquette & Vanessa Benelli Mosell - Echoes: Philip Glass & Sergei Rachmaninov (2018)

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Henri Demarquette & Vanessa Benelli Mosell - Echoes: Philip Glass & Sergei Rachmaninov (2018)

Henri Demarquette & Vanessa Benelli Mosell - Echoes: Philip Glass & Sergei Rachmaninov (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 481 629-9 | Time: 00:59:59

Pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell and cellist Henri Demarquette find common ground between Philip Glass and Rachmoninov in this release that revels in both composers passion for sonic storytelling. Presenting a program of personal, dramatic and spiritual music, Mosell and Demarquette perform these selections with intimate ardor.

Quatuor Hermès - Quatuor Hermès: Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy (2018)

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Quatuor Hermès - Quatuor Hermès: Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy (2018)

Quatuor Hermès - Quatuor Hermès: Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 01:10:33 | 303 Mb
Classical | Label: La Dolce Volta

There is no need by now to introduce the Quatuor Hermès, which has become the most brilliant of the young generation of French quartets thanks to its solid track record of faultless yet never flashy performances.

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: The Original Jacket Collection (10CD) (2008)

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Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: The Original Jacket Collection (10CD) (2008)

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: The Original Jacket Collection (10CD) (2008)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 10:25:07 | xxx MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: 88697 27988 2

How much do you like Leonard Bernstein? Carnegie Hall is betting you like him a lot as it has collaborated with Sony to prepare this 10-CD set, The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein. It contains every album Bernstein made of his own music for CBS Records, beginning with his 1950 recording of the Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" – predating his tenure with the New York Philharmonic by nearly a decade – to the ballet Dybbuk in 1974, recorded with the New York City Ballet Orchestra several years after his departure.

DAFÔ String Quartet - Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67 ".Songs Are Sung" (2018)

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DAFÔ String Quartet - Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67 ".Songs Are Sung" (2018)

DAFÔ String Quartet - Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67 ".Songs Are Sung" (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 179 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 112 Mb | 00:48:37
Classical | Label: Dux Records

The Quartet No. 3 “Songs are Sung,” Op. 67 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki belongs to the late works of the composer, and for a long time it was considered to be his last opused work. It was created in the ‘90s on commission of the Kronos ensemble. The reference to a song in the title is not accidental – the cantabile category, in combination with sometimes dramatic, sometimes doleful and melancholic narration addi-tionally contributes to the Quartet becoming a sui generis chamber echo of the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs No. 3. The perception of the piece is dominated with Górecki’s style, recognisable by almost every music lover, deeply emotional, introvert, frugal and at the same time extremely moving. The Dafô Quartet, the first female string quartet in Poland, have been fascinated with contemporary music performance from the beginning of their activity; they belong to the most outstanding performers of Polish chamber music.

Krzysztof Herdzin & Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Composer's Concert Live: Krzysztof Herdzin (2013/2018)

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Krzysztof Herdzin & Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Composer's Concert Live: Krzysztof Herdzin (2013/2018)

Krzysztof Herdzin & Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Composer's Concert Live: Krzysztof Herdzin (2013/2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 253 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 123 Mb | 00:53:31
Classical | Label: Dux Records

The Phenomenon of Krzysztof Herdzin’s music lies first and foremost in its diversity. It is a natural consequence, as it were, of the versatility of a musician who combines the activities of a pianist, conductor, arranger and producer. This CD contains the ‘live’ recordings of several pieces that are stylistically diverse, yet for some listeners certain inspirations of the composer will surely be easily recognizable such as Poulenc, Bacewicz and Shostakovich.

Miklos Rozsa - Fedora: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1978) Limited Edition 2014

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Miklos Rozsa - Fedora: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1978) Limited Edition 2014

Miklós Rózsa - Fedora: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1978) Limited Edition 2014
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 307 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Varèse Encore | # VCL 1114 1154 | Time: 00:56:39

Here’s a Varèse Encore release of another very early title from our CD Club. Miklós Rózsa’s luminous Fedora was actually just the second title released from the original Varèse CD Club, way back in 1989! It’s been out of print, expensive and hard to get ever since. But now the timing is perfect. We are so excited about making this late-Rózsa classic available once again. As a special bonus, this Encore Edition also retains the Crisis Guitar Suite, performed by Daryl Denning.

Jean Françaix - 100 Anniversary Box (2012)

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Jean Françaix - 100 Anniversary Box (2012)

Jean Françaix - 100 Anniversary Box (2012)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 944 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 526 Mb | 03:47:43
Classical | Label: Wergo

Jean Françaix declared motto of always having aimed to create "musique pour faire plaisir" partially conceals the great variability and frequent inscrutability of the music created by this composer, born in Le Mans in 1912. Françaix succeeded in finding and consolidating his own style at an early stage and became known almost overnight in 1932: According to the critic Heinrich Strobel, this work communicated the impression of "fresh water gushing forth from the source with the elegant originality of all natural elements and at the same time appears as the creation of an artist with a clarity and awareness seldom observed in our time." He retained his mastery of composition which effervesced with ingenious ideas and musical humour and his ability to combine musical grace and irony up to an advanced age. 2012 sees the 100th birthday of Jean Françaix. In an anniversary box, WERGO has compiled selected works from original recordings (CDs and LP from our program), showing the wide range of music by the French composer and pianist.

Sao Paulo SO; John Neschling - Camargo Guarnieri: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Abertura Festiva (2003)

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Sao Paulo SO; John Neschling - Camargo Guarnieri: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Abertura Festiva (2003)

Camargo Guarnieri: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Abertura Festiva (2003)
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; John Neschling, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 228 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1290 | Time: 00:58:04

Continuing its excellent series of Guarnieri Symphonies, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under John Neschling presents another program of marvelous music that deserves the widest possible exposure outside of its native Brazil. Guarnieri's First Symphony was composed in 1944 and dedicated to Serge Koussevitsky. It's as fine an example of American (in the widest sense) neo-classicism as anything by Copland, Harris, or Piston, and it's worth pointing out that this confidently mature work actually precedes much of those composers' symphonic output, as it does, say, Tippett's, whose rhythmic complexity and contrapuntal business it in some ways resembles. The central slow movement, marked "Profundo", is particularly well sustained and supports the composer's claim to be regarded a major 20th century symphonist.

Kremerata Musica; Gidon Kremer - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (1998) Reissue 2018, 2CDs

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Kremerata Musica; Gidon Kremer - Astor Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires (1998) Reissue 2018, 2CDs

Astor Piazzolla: María de Buenos Aires (1998) Reissue 2018, 2CDs
Horacio Ferrer, narrator; Julia Zenko, vocal; Jairo, vocal; Buenos Aires Lyric Chorus
Kremerata Musica; Gidon Kremer, conductor & violin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 436 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 223 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Tango Operita | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295738174 | 01:34:26

A rendition of a tango operita, commissioned by the Argentinian Ministry of Culture (this rendition anyway), was revived by violinist Gidon Kremer, who had such a love for the original LPs from Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer that he wanted to recreate the music. Ferrer was kept on as El Duende (the Goblin) – the role that he created when he wrote the libretto thirty years earlier. Regrettably, Piazzolla had passed on prior to the remake. Nonetheless, the arrangements and orchestrations are remarkable. The suffering and the passion of Maria (the main character in the show) are perfectly portrayed by the tango. The music changes forms as her character progresses, taking on traditional tangos, modern tangos, milongas, waltzes, and other styles to reflect changes in Maria. The music is always well-composed. This is an opera for the display of modern music, and the tango of Piazzolla is modern music at its finest.