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Claudia Chan - Thoughts About the Piano (Royaumont Live) (2021)

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Claudia Chan - Thoughts About the Piano (Royaumont Live) (2021)

Claudia Chan - Thoughts About the Piano (Royaumont Live) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 187 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:23
Classical | Label: B Records

This programme is truly a reflection of my three years as artist-in-residence at Royaumont and my artistic personality of the last years. Working with young composers is a passion for me – to study a completely new score, to discover the intentions of the composer through discussions, experimentation and sometimes just through being in their company, is something that is very important to me as the foundation of my work as a performer. The pieces that Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Matthew Chamberlain wrote for me are great examples of this work, and although very different, they both speak to different parts of being a pianist.

Carmelo Bene & Marcello Panni - Bruno Maderna: Hyperion (2022)

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Carmelo Bene & Marcello Panni - Bruno Maderna: Hyperion (2022)

Carmelo Bene & Marcello Panni - Bruno Maderna: Hyperion (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 322 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 195 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:23:51
Classical | Label: Tactus

Bruno Maderna always attached great importance to insight and imagination, even during the period in which he followed the most rigorous serial procedures. Maderna’s preference for concreteness in sound images, his practical approach to composition problems, and his receptiveness to language diversity explain the extraordinary ascendancy he had over the Italian composers who visited Darmstadt in the Fifties and Sixties, including Nono, Berio, Donatoni, and Clementi.

Vonnegut Collective - Tullis Rennie & Thomas Adès: 48 Hours (2021)

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Vonnegut Collective - Tullis Rennie & Thomas Adès: 48 Hours (2021)

Vonnegut Collective - Tullis Rennie & Thomas Adès: 48 Hours (2021)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 163 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 116 Mb | 00:50:30
Classical | Label: Moving Furniture Records

When a twenty-minute piece takes two weeks to rehearse is an audience robbed of some of the richness of their experience by not witnessing that creative journey? For 48 Hours, Vonnegut Collective worked collaboratively with composer Tullis Rennie. Together they documented the trajectory of the rehearsal process and the motivations of the performers as the group tackled their most challenging work to date - Thomas Adès’s Piano Quintet. Recordings from rehearsals and interviews with players are woven through improvised interpretations of a new graphic score for the quintet, combined with trumpet and electronics. In 48 Hours, Rennie and the Vonnegut Collective play with perspective, observation and interpersonal experience, providing the listener with a unique insight into contemporary music making.

Audun Sandvik, Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Norwegian Chamber Orchestra - Trace of Lament (2022)

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Audun Sandvik, Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Norwegian Chamber Orchestra - Trace of Lament (2022)

Audun Sandvik, Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Norwegian Chamber Orchestra - Trace of Lament (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 240 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:18
Classical | Label: LAWO Classics

Trace of Lament features 5 new compositions for Cello and Orchestra by Gaute Storaas, Henrik Skram and Ginge Anvik. The album from Lawo Classics features cellist Audun Sandvik, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Thomas Klug and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Per Kristian Skalstad.

Ian Partridge & Len Vorster - Lord Berners: Songs & Piano Music (2022)

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Ian Partridge & Len Vorster - Lord Berners: Songs & Piano Music (2022)

Ian Partridge & Len Vorster - Lord Berners: Songs & Piano Music (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 171 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 120 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:51:42
Classical, Vocal | Label: Naxos Records

Lord Berners was essentially self-taught as a composer, profiting from experiences gained while travelling in Europe, and receiving advice and encouragement from Stravinsky. A tone of wit and humour is established in his masterful settings of Heine in the Lieder Album, and his subtle touch with the French language is well represented in the Trois Chansons. The Fragments psychologiques is a piano cycle that is both virtuosic and expressive. From mock parlour-song parodies to a poem about a dejected goldfish, Lord Berners’ keen sense of observation and ironic view on life is here in abundance.

Christian Chamorel, Guillaume Berney & Orchestre Nexus - Mozart & Reichel (2022)

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Christian Chamorel, Guillaume Berney & Orchestre Nexus - Mozart & Reichel (2022)

Christian Chamorel, Guillaume Berney & Orchestre Nexus - Mozart & Reichel (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 252 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 174 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:14:52
Classical | Label: Calliope

Were just one example to be given of the richness and diversity of Mozart's achievements, Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 would undoubtedly make excellent candidates. Completed almost simultaneously in Vienna in early 1786, the two concertos contrast starkly and seem to have been written years apart – or by two distinct yet connected minds of equal genius. Even more astonishing is the fact that they were written in parallel with the first masterpiece of the Da Ponte trilogy, The Marriage of Figaro, while sharing with it very few stylistic similarities.

Jérémie Conus - Frank Martin: Huit Préludes pour Piano (2022)

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Jérémie Conus - Frank Martin: Huit Préludes pour Piano (2022)

Jérémie Conus - Frank Martin: Huit Préludes pour Piano (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 65 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 57 Mb | 00:24:34
Classical | Label: Prospero Classical

He was one of the winners of the Rahn Music Prize for Piano 2020: the young Swiss pianist Jérémie Conus. In spring, his debut album with works by Swiss composers will be released by Prospero Classical. The programme of the exciting album includes works by Arthur Honegger (Toccata and Variations, Seven Short Pieces) and Frank Martin (Fantaisie, Eight Préludes).

Kathrin Schmidlin - Opus 1 feminin (2022)

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Kathrin Schmidlin - Opus 1 feminin (2022)

Kathrin Schmidlin - Opus 1 feminin (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 199 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 134 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:58:21
Classical | Label: Claves Records

Opus 1: Listen to me, here I am! As a Firstling, I want to go public, I want to be printed, played, understood and appreciated. What came before me no longer counts. I lead a life of my own and stand at the beginning of my further development. After its first performance, Opus 1 attracts more than academic interest. Most of the time, it already has considerable artistic value, like the works by eight female composers from six countries that are brought together here.

Arcadia Quartet - Weinberg: String Quartets Nos. 1, 7 & 11 (Vol. 2) (2022)

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Arcadia Quartet - Weinberg: String Quartets Nos. 1, 7 & 11 (Vol. 2) (2022)

Arcadia Quartet - Weinberg: String Quartets Nos. 1, 7 & 11 (Vol. 2) (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 263 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:43
Classical | Label: Chandos Records

For this the second volume in their series of Weinberg’s string quartets, the Arcadia Quartet again presents three quartets from contrasting periods in the stylistic development of the composer. The first quartet of the self-taught teenager, written in 1937, in what Weinberg later described as his ‘neo-impressionist’ style, was heavily revised later in his life, and eventually republished as Op. 141, in 1985. (It is this revised version that has been recorded here, the original version surviving only in manuscript form, in places virtually illegible.) The seventh quartet dates from 1957, after a gap of twenty turbulent years that had witnessed the emigration of Weinberg from Poland to Russia, his introduction to Shostakovich, and his experience of censorship and imprisonment in 1953. In contrast to his earlier quartets, the mood is more intimate and withdrawn, yet defiant. The eleventh quartet was composed between 13 October 1965 and 25 December 1966, at a time when Weinberg was mulling over the composition of his first opera, The Passenger. It is dedicated to his first daughter, Victoria, and was premièred by the Borodin Quartet on 13 April 1967 in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

Philip Mead - Edward Cowie: 24 Preludes for Piano (2022)

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Philip Mead - Edward Cowie: 24 Preludes for Piano (2022)

Philip Mead - Edward Cowie: 24 Preludes for Piano (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 172 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:10:54
Classical | Label: Métier

Edward Cowie is considered by many to be the greatest living composer directly inspired by the Natural World. His post-impressionist works, from the gigantic orchestral Leviathan (his first Proms commission) to his cycles of Bird Portraits and other chamber and instrumental pieces are drawing gasps of admiration from critics and audiences alike. Originally recorded for the University of Hertfordshire’s UHR label, this recording has been restored to the catalogue as part of the quickly-growing Cowie collection on Métier Records.

Navarra String Quartet, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, Alison Teale & Rob Buckland - Gregson: Chamber Music (2022)

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Navarra String Quartet, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, Alison Teale & Rob Buckland - Gregson: Chamber Music (2022)

Navarra String Quartet, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, Alison Teale & Rob Buckland - Gregson: Chamber Music (2022)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 01:07:01 | 161 Mb
Classical | Label: Naxos Records

Edward Gregson is a composer of international standing whose music has been performed, broadcast, and commercially recorded worldwide. Gregson is renowned for his concertos and music for band, but his chamber music reveals a more enquiring voice. In recent years these works have been enriched with greater expressive and emotional depth, ranging here from youthful impressionism to the fearsome virtuosity of Triptych, a competition test piece. Gregson’s First String Quartet was acclaimed by one critic as ‘an extraordinary work, both gritty and serene’, while the evocative colours of the Second are framed by the gentle lilt of a Siciliana.

Jonathan Powell, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Johannes Kalitzke - Winterberg: Orchestral Works (2022)

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Jonathan Powell, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Johannes Kalitzke - Winterberg: Orchestral Works (2022)

Jonathan Powell, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Johannes Kalitzke - Winterberg: Orchestral Works (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 226 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | 01:04:32
Classical | Label: CapriccioNR

Hans Winterberg grew up in Prague where he was one of a whole cadre of composers in the new Czech musical tradition. He is one of the few Jewish composers who survived the terror of World War II. His tale of survival is complicated and involved him, as a Czech Jew, having to seek refuge in post-war Germany, whereas contemporaries and colleagues like Viktor Ullmann, Erwin Schulhoff, and Hans Krása died in the concentration camps. He saw his music as “a bridge” between the Slavic East and the West and admitted at one point that his musical starting point was Schoenberg. Audibly more present than Schoenberg, however, is a central European Impressionism, synthesized with complex rhythms.

Yuki Negishi - Enigma (2022)

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Yuki Negishi - Enigma (2022)

Yuki Negishi - Enigma (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 182 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 148 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:04:15
Classical | Label: Quartz Music

The brilliant Nikolai Kapustin wrote music for himself. The tiring sense of having to explain the exact place where the divide between his obvious deep love and influence of Jazz and Classical lies must have left him feeling resentful of ever agreeing to talk about his unique work. Kapustin simply did not wish to put energy into it - compared to the actual act of composition. And that answer is - there is not a divide - so perhaps listening without a divide can put us closer to the magical place from which he operated. A place that could only come from infinitely curious spirit, a famously rigorous Classical training in Russia, and not only an influence but a love and highly developed Jazz talent - combined - but expressed primarily through a Classical means. Melanie Spanswick, composed in February 2019 especially for Japanese pianist Yuki Negishi, is a miniature programmatic work inhabits an atmospheric, dreamy sound world. It employs the full range of the keyboard and seeks to showcase the enigmatic resonance of the instrument.

Reinis Zariņš - Vasks: Piano Works (2022)

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Reinis Zariņš - Vasks: Piano Works (2022)

Reinis Zariņš - Vasks: Piano Works (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 199 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 187 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:20:17
Classical | Label: Ondine

The love for the Latvian landscape is audible in the piano works of Latvia’s greatest living composer, Peteris Vasks (b. 1946), especially in his Seasons, the composer’s most frequently performed piano work. For this album pianist Reinis Zariņš has brought two other piano works alongside The Seasons as first recordings: Vasks’ early piano work Cycle (Zyklus) from the 1970s, and a new piano work, Cuckoo’s Voice. Spring Elegy, written by the composer for Reinis Zariņš during the pandemic.

Leopold Mozart Quartet - Heinz Winbeck: Aus der Enge in die Weite (2022)

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Leopold Mozart Quartet - Heinz Winbeck: Aus der Enge in die Weite (2022)

Leopold Mozart Quartet - Heinz Winbeck: Aus der Enge in die Weite (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 236 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 144 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:02:03
Classical | Label: Genuin

A new GENUIN album featuring the Leopold Mozart Quartet is dedicated to the string quartet works of composer Heinz Winbeck, who died in 2019. The Augsburg ensemble, made of four musicians who are active throughout Germany, is known for its high artistic quality, demanding programming, and enormous versatility. Winbeck's three string quartets were written in a period of only five years, between 1979 and 1984, and are the expression of a mature composer at the height of his powers. An unconditional will characterizes Winbeck's music to expressivity and is particularly evident in the interpretation by the Leopold Mozart Quartet: Expansive lines, the use of sparse material, and the search for extreme states – gripping, new chamber music!