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NYCoS National Girls Choir, Christopher Bell - Richard Rodney Bennett: Letters to Lindbergh (2012)

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NYCoS National Girls Choir, Christopher Bell - Richard Rodney Bennett: Letters to Lindbergh (2012)

Richard Rodney Bennett - Letters to Lindbergh, The Ballad of Sweet William etc (2012)
NYCoS National Girls Choir, conducted by Christopher Bell; Phillip Moore & Andrew West, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Signum | # SIGCD325 | Time: 01:00:54

One of the most versatile musicians of his generation, Richard Rodney Bennett was at the forefront of British musical life for nearly half a century. This new recording from the National Youth Choir of Scotland's National Girls Choir compiles a programme of Bennett's choral works from across his compositional life, as well as a collection of charming folk-tunes and nursery rhymes for piano duet (Over the Hills and Far Away). This is Signum's second release with NYCoS, who in 2011 became the first youth arts organisation to receive a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. It follows their 2010 debut release of Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols' and Elizabeth Poston's 'An English Day-Book' (SIGCD228).

Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)

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Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)

Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.87 Gb | Total time: 07:16:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Classico | # 233316 | Recorded: 1998-2005

This 10-CD box set of British orchestral music brings together a mouth-watering selection from the enterprising series of discs that the English conductor Douglas Bostock has made with various orchestras for the Classico label.
Important British composers are certainly featured - there are CDs devoted to Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Bax and Arnold - but this imaginative collection also includes many surprises, just waiting to be discovered, such as symphonies by Frederic Cowen and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alan Bush and Ruth Gipps, concertos for orchestra by Edward Gregson, Alun Hoddinott and John McCabe, plus a host of smaller works. The recordings here, many world premieres, date from 1998 to 2005.

John Cage - Piano Concerto; Credo in Us; Imaginary Landscape No.1; Rozart Mix; Music for Carillon (2008)

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John Cage - Piano Concerto; Credo in Us; Imaginary Landscape No.1; Rozart Mix; Music for Carillon (2008)

John Cage: Piano Concerto; Credo in Us; Imaginary Landscape No.1; Rozart Mix; Music for Carillon (2008)
Burkhard Wissemann, Michael Dietz; Johann-Nikolaus Matthes; Bell Imhoff, Doris Sandrock
Christoph Keller; Hermann Danuser, Ensemble Musica Negativa, Rainer Riehn

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Avant-Garde, Electronic | Label: EMI | # 50999 2 34454 2 0 | Time: 01:11:15

John Cage (1912-1992) was one of the most controversial composers of the 20th century. He is best known for his 1952 work 4'33" which involves not a single note of music being played. This selection of Cage's music provides a rare opportunity to get to know a range of works that were written between the years 1939-65, which were some of the composer's most productive years.

John Williams, Wiener Philharmoniker & Anne-Sophie Mutter - John Williams in Vienna (2020)

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John Williams, Wiener Philharmoniker & Anne-Sophie Mutter - John Williams in Vienna (2020)

John Williams, Wiener Philharmoniker & Anne-Sophie Mutter - John Williams in Vienna (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 389 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 177 Mb | 01:15:00
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

John Williams In Vienna’ featuring the legendary composer’s debut concert with the Vienna Philharmonic will be released in August 2020.

Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)

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Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)

Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)
Dame Janet Baker, narrator; Alison Hagley, soprano; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor; William Dazeley, bass; Lorraine Hunt, soprano
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 190 Mb | Scans ~ 89 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630 12713-2 | Time: 00:51:10

Soon after his return from America, at the height of the war in 1943, Britten wrote incidental music for a radio play by Edward Sackville-West on the Homeric subject of Odysseus’s return to Penelope. Drawn from the complete score with barely any amendment of the original, and compressed into a 36-minute cantata, with Chris de Souza tailoring the text and Colin Matthews, Britten’s last amanuensis, most tactfully editing the music, the result is extraordinarily powerful. The most important role is that of the narrator, here masterfully taken by Dame Janet Baker who brings the story vividly to life despite the stylized classical language (e.g. “Odysseus, Lord of sea-girt Ithaca” or “His fair wife, white-armed Penelope”). Rather confusingly Athene also appears as a soprano, with the radiant Alison Hagley sounding totally unlike Dame Janet. She is one of a godly quartet of singers who contribute Greek-style commentaries – vocal passages which regularly add to the atmospheric beauty of the piece.

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 10 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1292-2}

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Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 10 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1292-2}

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 10 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1292-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 235 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 150 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 42 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2008 MDG | MDG 316 1292-2
Classical / 20th Century / Organ

We present volume 10 of this excellent series of organ music by Marcel Dupré (1886-1971). Ben van Oosten plays The William Hill organ in Birmingham’s neoclassical city hall built in 1834.

Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Andrey Chistiakov - Alfred Schnittke: Sketches (2011)

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Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Andrey Chistiakov - Alfred Schnittke: Sketches (2011)

Alfred Schnittke - Sketches (2011)
Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, conducted by Andrey Chistiakov

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:52:09
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 9215

In 1978 Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) wrote the incidental music for a production of The Inspectors Tale, an adaptation for stage of Gogols Dead Souls. It was to have been directed by Yuri Lyubimov, but the Soviet government banned the production. A suite was assembled from the score by Gennadi Rozhdenstvensky, and two leading colleagues of Schnittke - Gubaidulina and Denisov contributed a jointly composed march, which opens this CD. In 1985 the music was choreographed, the ballet, called Esquisses was performed at the Bolshoi. Schnittke composed a number of new pieces for this production. The characters in the action are all from Gogol, but in addition to The Dead Souls, we meet Tchitchikov, Major Kovalyovs Nose, and Ferdinand VIII from Notes of a Madman. A passage from the book is recited in his piece, and is read by the conductor on this CD. The music is a poly-stylistic, with a huge orchestra (2 electric guitars, flexatone, prepared piano with coins inserted between the strings), quotations from Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky - all with a sense of devilish mischief which suites ideally the grotesque nature of many of Gogols characters.

Arditti String Quartet - Luciano Berio: The String Quartets (2002) [Re-Up]

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Arditti String Quartet - Luciano Berio: The String Quartets (2002) [Re-Up]

Arditti String Quartet - Luciano Berio: The String Quartets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Naïve-Montaigne | # MO 782155 | Time: 01:01:33

After so many benchmark recordings of the music of our time, the members of the Arditti Quartet were bound to give us one day a complete survey of the string quartets of Luciano Berio, the great Commendatore figure who has dominated Italian music since the 1950s. In point of fact, this programme takes in almost the whole career of the composer of Sequenze, from his Quartet no.1 of 1956, still under the influence of serialism, up to the Glosse of 1997 which are, as their title suggests, 'a collection of brief annotations, and at the same time a short dictionary of idiomatic sonic gestures'. In this fully mature work, Berio resolves in magisterial fashion the problem of the search for new instrumental solutions that is characteristic of the fascinating Sincronie (1963-64), an attempt to make the string quartet sound like 'a single homophonic instrument'. The final work in the programme, the Notturno (1993) presents an atmosphere of extreme expressive concentration, in which sound is born of silence (pppp quasi senza suono) and returns there. A whole series of technical and interpretative challenges that the Arditti meet with their usual sovereign mastery.

Tatiana Nikolaeva - Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87 (2004) 3CD

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Tatiana Nikolaeva - Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87 (2004) 3CD

Tatiana Nikolaeva - Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op. 87 (2004) 3CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 521 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:48:21
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 00073-00075

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues performed by Tatiana Nikolayeva. Shostakovich came up with an idea of a polyphonic cycle in 1950 after he took part in the events dedicated to the 200th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death in Leipzig. As a jury member of the International Piano Competition for the best performance of Bach’s music, Shostakovich was a witness of an unconditional triumph of the young Soviet pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva who won the first prize. Upon finishing the new opus in a surprisingly short period of time (October 1950 to February 1951), Shostakovich dedicated it to Nikolayeva who performed it for the first time in 1952 in Leningrad. Since then the 24 Preludes and Fugues have been played by many pianists, but Tatiana Nikolayeva’s interpretation is still considered a model one. Tatiana Nikolayeva made this recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues in 1987.

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79828-8 | 01:18:50

The Kronos Quartet continues to broaden the repertoire for string quartet beyond the Western European tradition with Floodplain, an album of music all written or arranged for the ensemble. This album moves the ensemble even further afield from the conventional quartet; the players frequently double on folk instruments, and in one of the pieces they don't use their own instruments at all, but newly invented ones, created especially for this album. The selection of music is broadly eclectic and includes arrangements of a popular Arab song from 1940 and an ancient Christian hymn from Lebanon, a collaboration with a Palestinian electronic ensemble, and an original piece by a Serbian-American composer. The album has a number of guest artists, including the Azerbaijani Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Terry Riley playing tambura and Wu Man playing electric sitar.

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}

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Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}

Marcel Dupre - Organ Works, Volume 9 - Ben van Oosten (2008) {MDG 316 1291-2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 233 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 164 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 76 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2008 MDG | MDG 316 1291-2
Classical / 20th Century / Organ

Marcel Dupré was born in Rouen in 1886. His father, Albert Dupré (who in 1911 became holder of the great organs of the Saint-Ouen abbey church in Rouen) began his son's musical training very early on. At the age of four, he developed osteomyelitis and had to have his right collarbone removed and stay in bed for more than six months. He began to work with Alexandre Guilmant in 1897; and the following year, at the age of eleven, he became holder of the great organ of Saint Vivien in Rouen.

hr-Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt RSO, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.1 (2009)

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hr-Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt RSO, Arturo Tamayo - Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.1 (2009)

Bruno Maderna - Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol.1 (2009)
hr-Sinfonieorchester; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Tamayo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: NEOS | # NEOS 10933 | Time: 01:13:00

With this disc, German label Neos takes on an enterprising project, Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol. 1. Outside of Italy, Maderna is recognized as a significant figure within Italian avant-garde associated with Nono and Berio, but his music is not is well known as theirs, apart from his fanciful and hip Serenata per un satellite (1969). Within Italy, Maderna is remembered as one of her greatest conductors, although he is worshipped to such extent in that role that his compositions have been overlooked. Such a series, hopefully, would serve to redress the balance; Maderna's experience as conductor helped inform his compositions, and by having access to his orchestral pieces one might be able to determine to what extent his composing impacted his work as a conductor.

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

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New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)

New Zealand String Quartet - Asian Music for String Quartet (2012)
Zhou Long · Chinary Ung · Gao Ping · Tōru Takemitsu · Tan Dun

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:58:07
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naxos | # 8.572488

This programme brings together aesthetic and musical elements of East and West. Zhou Long captures the essence of the Chinese plucked ch’in, and Cambodian aesthetics are preserved in Chinary Ung’s expressive Spiral III. Tan Dun’s Eight Colors combines the exotic timbres of Peking Opera with Second Viennese School tonalities. Gao Ping’s Bright Light and Cloud Shadows has been admired for its ‘long-breathed brush strokes’ (Washington Post). Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Toru Takemitsu’s beautifully crafted A Way a Lone evokes a shimmering sound world.

Bang On A Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2011) 2CDs

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Bang On A Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2011) 2CDs

Bang On A Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2011) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 519 Mb | Scans included
Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21074 | Time: 01:29:57 | Data (video) ~ 68 Mb
Genre: Classical, Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Chamber Music, Jazz

With Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, the Bang on a Can All-Stars show off their blazing speed, polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility in a return to the core Bang on a Can sound - an uncategorizable supermix of classical and electric instruments that is part classical ensemble, part rock band, and part jazz sextet. The album is the first in a decade that features the All-Stars exclusively, rather than as part of a collaborative project. Each of the pieces on the double-CD calls upon a different kind of virtuosity, demonstrating the range of musical abilities and experiences arguably unique to this ensemble. Recorded in New York City, all of the music on Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (including the arrangements of the works by Conlon Nancarrow) were written for and premiered by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

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Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 59:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records ‎| SIGCD576 | Recorded: 2018

John Taverner's accidentally totemic theme is subjected to more wondrous transformations by the likes of Robert Parsons, Henry Purcell and of course Christopher Tye—and inspires new works from Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.