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Cyprien Katsaris - Mikis Theodorakis: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2010) 2CDs [Cyprien Katsaris Archives Vol. 20]

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Cyprien Katsaris - Mikis Theodorakis: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2010) 2CDs [Cyprien Katsaris Archives Vol. 20]

Mikis Theodorakis: Works for Piano & Orchestra (2010) 2CDs
Cyprien Katsaris, piano; Orchestre Symphonique de RTL; Mikis Theodorakis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 499 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb | Time: 01:54:42
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Piano 21 | # P21-027-A

This double CD presents a good opportunity to discover the symphonic works of the world-famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis (*1925), a living legend in his own country. It contains the Suite no. 1 for Piano and Orchestra and the Piano Concerto, written in the fifties, when Theodorakis was still at the Paris Conservatoire, and the Symphony no. 2, УThe Song of the EarthФ (based on Suite no. 1 and the ballet Antigone), which marks the composerТs return to his symphonic writing, after 20 years of struggle and suffering for his country and his people. Discover the first studio recording on CD of this landmark Symphony no. 2 and the fascinating Suite and Concerto, in unique recordings, made in 1982 on the occasion of performances at the Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg) and in Antwerp. Theodorakis himself conducts the RTL Symphony Orchestra, and Cyprien Katsaris demonstrates in all three works his legendary virtuosity and unsurpassed artistry.

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000)

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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000)

Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica - Eight Seasons: Vivaldi / Piazzolla (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque, Contemporary, Tango | Label: Nonesuch | # 79568-2 | Time: 01:03:54

Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer's 2000 release Eight Seasons is a conceptual masterwork. Kremer, long known for his skillful interpretations of Astor Piazzolla's Argentinean tangos, had the brilliant idea of matching four of the Latin master's tone poems of the seasons in his native Buenos Aires with Antonio Vivaldi's conceptually similar masterpiece "The Four Seasons," alternating seasons between the two works. Besides the conceptual perfection of the idea, the performances are exquisite. Kremer and his conservatory orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, do a particularly masterful job with the Vivaldi, avoiding the ornate bloat that affects so many recordings of this work. Their performances are brisk and to-the-point, with bright tempos that add a vitality not often found in this rather shopworn old standard. As always, Kremer's solos in the Piazzolla works are absolutely superb, with the dramatic flourishes of the massed string section providing startling counterpoint, especially on the breathtaking "Verano Porteno". Eight Seasons is a truly remarkable work by an underrated performer.

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

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

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.

Steve Reich - Tehillim (1982)

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Steve Reich - Tehillim (1982)

Steve Reich - Tehillim (1982)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 171 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 72 Mb
Full Scans ~ 120 Mb | 00:29:58 | RAR 5% Recovery
Classical, Post-Modern, Choral, Contemporary | ECM New Series #ECM 1215 / 827 411-2

Steve Reich is the self-renewer of his one-time minimalist peers, able to revitalise his output just at the point when accusations of resting on laurels start to surface. By 1980, he had seemingly exhausted the possibilities of eight years of harmony-based writing, and aural wallpaper felt worryingly close. Tehilim changed all that: with its grounding in Hebrew cantilation and complex though always dancing rhythmic surround, this was Reich at his absolute best. The four Psalm texts–never so literal as to be settings–form a half-hour vocal "symphony", in impact though emphatically not in conception.

Lavinia Meijer - Passaggio: Ludovico Einaudi By Lavinia (2013)

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Lavinia Meijer - Passaggio: Ludovico Einaudi By Lavinia (2013)

Lavinia Meijer - Passaggio: Ludovico Einaudi By Lavinia (2013)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Label: Sony Classical | # 88883784082 | Time: 00:57:56
Modern Classical, Contemporary, Crossover, New Age

Passaggio, Lavinia Meijer's first release on Sony, is an album of the crossover music of Ludovico Einaudi, an Italian composer and pianist who encouraged the Dutch harpist to record some of his most popular pieces. The playing on this 2013 album is highly polished and appealing, and Meijer demonstrates considerable powers of concentration and precision in performances of her harp transcriptions of Einaudi's keyboard music. Some will find Meijer's renditions emotionally communicative and mood enhancing, and most of the credit for their effectiveness belongs to her, because Einaudi's modal harmonies and conventional patterns tend toward a bland prettiness, or pretty blandness, that's all of a piece. Simple melodies and repeated arpeggiated chords have the instant attraction of minimalist music, and simplicity is often a virtue in the proper context. Sony's recording is clear and close-up, and Meijer has presence in a fairly resonant studio space.

Danny Elfman - The Danny Elfman Batman Collection (2014)

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Danny Elfman - The Danny Elfman Batman Collection (2014)

Danny Elfman - The Danny Elfman Batman Collection (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, scans) - 1.7 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 992 MB
4:46:34 | Contemporary, Score, Soundtrack | Label: La-La Land Records

In honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary, La-La Land Records, Warner Bros. and WEA proudly present THE DANNY ELFMAN BATMAN COLLECTION: BATMAN / BATMAN RETURNS: LIMITED EDITION (4-CD SET). Batman swoops back into La-La Land with this thrilling re-issue of our previously out-of-print deluxe editions of Danny Elfman’s classic, original scores to the Tim Burton-directed BATMAN (1989) and BATMAN RETURNS (1992), presented together for the first time! While the programs presented on these discs are the same as found on our acclaimed initial releases, BATMAN (1989) has been newly remastered by James Nelson from recently unearthed score elements, resulting in better sound quality. (BATMAN RETURNS is the same master as our previous release.) Produced by Neil S. Bulk, Dan Goldwasser and MV Gerhard, this special release of 3000 units features gorgeous, completely re-designed packaging by Jim Titus. The 48-page booklet carries over the liner notes from our previous editions. The populace of Gotham would agree – this is one knockout presentation of two iconic scores from a legendary Dynamic Duo in its own right… Tim Burton and Danny Elfman!

Charlotte Moorman - Cello Anthology (Limited Edition) (2006)

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Charlotte Moorman - Cello Anthology (Limited Edition) (2006)

Charlotte Moorman - Cello Anthology (Limited Edition) (2006)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 961 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 595 MB
4:19:28 | Classical, Contemporary, Experimental | Label: Alga Marghen

New and somewhat cheaper version of this box set first released in 2007, in only slightly less elaborate packaging. It is certainly surprising that until now an exhaustive recognition of the work of Charlotte Moorman has not been undertaken. The cellist can be numbered among the most charismatic and influential protagonists to have appeared on the avant-garde or experimental music scenes since the early '60s. A documentation of her activities as a performer is generally available only in various catalogues which document the crucial intersection with the work of Nam June Paik, or the association with manifestations and events connected with the so exquisitely realistic gestures of the Fluxus movement. To have accepted the transformation of herself into a "living icon" through the works realized in collaboration with Paik, has perhaps contributed to obscure a part of her individuality.

Meredith Monk - Beginnings (2009)

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Meredith Monk - Beginnings (2009)

Meredith Monk - Beginnings (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 287 MB
57:45 | Classical, Contemporary, Avantgarde | Label: Tzadik

An unprecedented collection of recordings charting the earliest years of one of the world's most innovative and exciting renaissance women -composer, singer, performer, film director, visual artist and auteur Meredith Monk. Hand selected by Meredith from her personal archives, this fascinating compilation ranges from her first solo vocal performances in the mid-'60s, to ground-breaking works from the '70s up through 1980. An essential portrait of a vocal pioneer at her virtuosic and exploratory best.

George Winston - December (1982) 20th Anniversary Edition, 2001

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George Winston - December (1982) 20th Anniversary Edition, 2001

George Winston - December (1982) 20th Anniversary Edition, 2001
EAC | FLAC | APE (Cue&Log) ~ 181 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Label: Windham Hill/BMG | # BMGSD-7781, 01934 11611-2 | 00:46:22
Neo-Classical, Contemporary, New Age, Christmas

December is the fourth solo piano album from George Winston. It was recorded during the fall of 1982 and was released at the end of the year. It is a Christmas album, and more generally a tribute to the winter season. The album is a follow up to Autumn. December is Winston's highest-selling album, having been certified triple Platinum by the RIAA, signifying 3 million copies in shipment. The success of the album, along with several of Winston's other albums from the early 1980s, enabled the record label, Windham Hill, to get international distribution and a much higher profile. A 20th Anniversary Edition of the album, with two bonus tracks, was released in 2001.

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)

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Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Nonesuch | # 529776-2 | Time: 01:08:47

Vladimir Martynov, born in 1946, is one of the cohort of composers that includes Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, and Valentin Silvestrov, who grew up under the influence of the former Soviet Union and abandoned the modernism of their youth to embrace a tonal language of greater simplicity with an aesthetic informed by an intimate spirituality. In spite of the similarities in their backgrounds and journeys, each has a distinctive sound, and Martynov, who is perhaps the least well-known in the West, brings a new perspective to the tradition of European music shaped by mysticism and minimalism. On the surface Martynov's music doesn't have an immediate resemblance to minimalism (apart from the directness of its tonal language), but like minimalism it uses repetition as a structural element and it is concerned with the perception of the passage of time, which it tends to stretch out with almost unbearable poignancy into what commentator Greg Dubinsky describes as "a prolonged state of grace." His harmonic vocabulary is characterized by the fecund tonal richness of post-Romanticism without the angst or decadence sometimes associated with the music of that era.

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 1 (2015)

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Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 1 (2015)

Katrin Zenz - John Cage: Ryoanji; Two; Three Pieces for Flute Duet; Music for Two (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Naxos | # 8.559773 | Time: 01:02:50

This first volume of John Cage’s complete works for flute spans a fifty year period, from the Three Pieces for Flute Duet of 1935—deft studies in chromatic writing—to the 1984 Ryoanji, which involves the use of pre-recorded flutes and percussion with resultant diverse and intricate textures. Two is the first of Cage’s important ‘number’ series and is edgily ruminative, while Music for Two, written for any combination of the 17 different instrumental ‘parts without scores’ provided by the composer, is heard in an arrangement described by Katrin Zenz as a ‘new piece for flute and piano’.

Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volumes I-IX (2006) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volumes I-IX (2006) 9CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Jeroen van Veen - Minimal Piano Collection, Volumes I-IX (2006) 9CD Box Set
Philip Glass - Michael Nyman - John Adams - Terry Riley - Arvo Pärt - John Cage
Friedrich Nietzsche - Erik Satie - Tom Johnson - Wim Mertens - Jacob ter Veldhuis
Yann Tiersen - Klaas de Vries - Simeon ten Holt - John Borstlap - Carlos Micháns

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2 Gb | Scans ~ 63 Mb | Time: 10:15:53
Classical, Minimalism, Contemporary | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 8551

There's perhaps a touch of irony in the title of Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen's box set Minimal Piano Collection because at nine discs, it's a pretty massive collection. The program booklet notes that he recorded the entire set, which includes more than ten hours of music, in only six days, an astounding feat. In the program notes, van Veen offers a remarkably clear and concise history of minimalism in music. He defines it broadly enough (following the lead of composer and critic Tom Johnson) to include works by Friedrich Nietzsche and Satie. Philip Glass is the composer most widely represented, with three of the set's nine CDs devoted to his music originally for piano, as well as transcriptions from his film scores and operas. Two discs are given to van Veen's mammoth 24 Préludes, organized according to the framework of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Other composers range from the very well known, such as Michael Nyman, John Adams, Terry Riley, Arvo Pärt, and John Cage, to the familiar-to-specialists, like Tom Johnson, Wim Mertens, and Jacob ter Veldhuis, to those little-known to American audiences, like Klaas de Vries, Simeon ten Holt, John Borstlap, Yann Tiersen, and Carlos Micháns.

Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok - Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (2016)

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Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok - Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (2016)

Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok - Four Four Three: Music of Terry Riley (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS37816 | 00:57:28

The Ragazze Quartet with its classical roots, Slagwerk Den Haag with the sounds of today, and the idiosyncratic jazz trio Kapok… Contrasting contours, but a common denominator: none of our three ensembles belong to a specific category. All three push the boundaries of our genres in our quest for new forms and adventurous joint projects. It is through this inquisitive musicianship that the unusual combination feels so wonderfully natural. The choice for Riley’s repertoire gave another stir to our boundary reconnoitre. For Riley’s music allows considerable space for creativity and improvisation. The tension that arises through freedom within strict frames means that every performance is different. And it brings with it that the music has a strong sense of spontaneity and joie de vivre. In In C, performed by the Ragazze Quartet and Slagwerk Den Haag, the dynamic range is enormous. Long, melodic lines as well as short, rhythmic motifs may be employed, producing an effect of both tranquil contemplation and pulsating explosiveness. Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector was originally written for string quartet. But the Ragazze Quartet invited jazz trio Kapok to make a new arrangement together.The mix of string quartet and horn, electric guitar and percussion, all expanded with electronic effects, offers a rich pallet of timbres.

Iannis Xenakis - Electroacoustic Works (2022)

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Iannis Xenakis - Electroacoustic Works (2022)

Iannis Xenakis - Electroacoustic Works (2022)
FLAC (tracks, booklet) - 1.8 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 638 MB
4:28:22 | Electronic, Classical, Electroacoustic, Contemporary | Label: Karlrecords

ANNIS XENAKIS (1922-2001) is one of the most important composers of the 20th century avantgarde whose influence on music can be traced to the present day – not only in the world of conservatory-trained composers but also in various streams of current non-academic underground aesthetics such as experimental electronic music, noise and industrial.
After he arrived in Paris in 1947, XENAKIS not only studied composition with MESSIAEN and later became a member of the famous GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales), he also worked as assistant to the famous architect LE CORBUSIER and realized a.o. the Philips Pavilion for the World Exhibition in Brussels 1958. His compositions often are based on mathematical principles which give his music an unprecedented aesthetic and “shocking otherness” (The Guardian).

Wellensian Consort - Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)

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Wellensian Consort - Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)

Bob Chilcott: Everyone Sang; A Little Jazz Mass; I Share Creation; Aesop's Fables (2013)
Wellensian Consort, conducted by Christopher Finch; Gemma Beeson, piano; Will Todd Trio

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.573158 | Time: 01:04:00

Described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, Bob Chilcott is one of today’s most widely performed composers of choral music. This programme includes première recordings of favourites such as A Little Jazz Mass, songs and carols on a variety of texts, and the wit, wisdom and drama of Aesop’s Fables in which Chilcott makes musical references to Brahms and Schubert. Winner of the coveted BBC Choir of the Year award in 2010, the Wellensian Consort is one of the United Kingdom’s leading chamber choirs.