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Eleni Karaindrou - Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (Film by Theo Angelopoulos) (2004) [Re-Up]

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Eleni Karaindrou - Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (Film by Theo Angelopoulos) (2004) [Re-Up]

Eleni Karaindrou - Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (Film by Theo Angelopoulos) (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 194 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1885 | Time: 00:44:03
Soundtrack, Score, Contemporary Classical

Film and orchestral music composer Eleni Karaindrou has made a beautiful and moving statement with THE WEEPING MEADOW. A native of Greece, Karaindrou's influences are decidedly European, and within the music, one can hear the stamp of impressionistic composers like Erik Satie, avant garde innovators like Bartok, as well as Greek and Balkan folk forms. Karaindrou's music also traffics in 20th-century minimalism, creating tense, atmospheric spaces that feel empty and dense at once (one of the composer's frequently used motifs involves "patterns" that recall the tingling, polyphonic gestures of Phillip Glass). Although several themes are reprised throughout the album, the combination of ambient textures, folk phrasing (accordions, guitars, and violins figure prominently into several pieces), and lush orchestral work keep the music consistently interesting. The pieces are often set in a minor key, so a somber, melancholic mood prevails yet never feels forced or melodramatic, and the spacious, tasteful arrangements are in keeping with the ECM aesthetic.

Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger - Sandor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)

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Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger - Sandor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)

Sándor Veress: Passacaglia Concertante; Songs Of The Seasons; Musica Concertante (1995)
Camerata Bern; Heinz Holliger, oboe & conductor; London Voices; Terry Edwards, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Modern | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1555, 447 390-2 | 01:02:41

Hungarian-born Sándor Veress (1907-1992) is a sadly neglected figure in modern music. Despite his pupilage under Bela Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, and even his succession over the latter as professor of composition at the Budapest School of Music in 1943, Veress has never attained the same international recognition as his two most successful compatriots. One might blame his preference for solitude or his idiomatic methodology for keeping him in obscurity. Yet as one who made the most of his outlier status and ideological exile, he seems never to have been one to wallow in self-pity. Exposed to much of the folk music that also captivated his mentors, Veress nurtured that same spirit when sociopolitical upheaval exacerbated his emigration to Switzlerland in 1949. Whereas Kodály in particular saw cultural preservation as central to the musical act, Veress saw it as an incision to be teased open and unraveled.

Mathias Eick - The Door (2008) [Re-Up]

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Mathias Eick - The Door (2008) [Re-Up]

Mathias Eick - The Door (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 206 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 2059, 175 7979 | Time: 00:49:17

Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick makes his ECM debut as a leader with this set, which features keyboardist Jon Balke and a guest appearance from Stian Carstensen - usually an accordionist, but here playing that jazz-band rarity, the pedal-steel guitar. Eick (who also plays vibes and guitar) has played with everybody from the pioneering Trygve Seim collective to Chick Corea, psychedelic group Motorpsycho and contemporary jazz-rock band Jaga Jazzist. His silky, unbrasslike sound is ideally suited to this undulating groove-landscape, and pianist Balke's apposite fills and asides help give the music a collective fluency. But there's more angularity in the rough offbeats and low keyboard grunts under Eick's airy lines on the funky Stavanger, the stately Cologne Blues is like a slowed-down Carla Bley piece (with Carstensen's steel guitar shimmering beneath it, and a probing Balke solo), and there's a folk song lilt to the mid-tempo Williamsburg. A lot of it is slow tone-poetry, but Eick's rather mournful, puffs-of-air sound is pretty captivating.

Helena Tulve - Lijnen (2008) [Re-Up]

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Helena Tulve - Lijnen (2008) [Re-Up]

Helena Tulve - Lijnen (2008)
Arianna Savall (voice) & Emmanuelle Ophèle-Gaubert, Mihkel Peaske (flutes)
Silesian String Quartet, NYYD Ensemble & Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Olari Elts

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1955, 476 6389 | 00:59:55

Estonian composer Helena Tulve (born 1972) is one of the brightest musical lights to emerge around the turn of the millennium. The first collection of her work was a remarkable debut, and its centerpiece, the massive Sula, deserves to be counted among the most monumental and original orchestral works of the first decade of the 21st century. While none of the pieces on this album quite match the impact of that piece, they each reveal a very fine musical intelligence and imagination and an ability to evoke a sense of the unpredictable, primordial processes of nature, particularly in frozen and desolate landscapes. Her works unfold with an organic logic that defies easy analysis but that feels inexorable and true. Each of these pieces lasts about 10 minutes. À travers, for chamber ensemble, and abysses, for flutes and chamber ensemble, do not use large forces, but both conjure up a sense of immense space, and like Sula, sound very, very cold. Much the same is true of Lijnen, which adds voice to the ensemble with aphoristic texts by Belgian poet Roland Jooris that confirm the tone of nature's icy and impersonal power that is evident in the music.

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

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Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.8 Gb | Scans included
ECM, World Fusion, Ethnic, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age, Ambient, Folk Jazz | Time: 12:04:42

A one-man universe of sound who has learned to play hundreds of instruments from across the globe, which he utilizes in captivating and exotic ways. Collection includes: Implosions (1977); Til The End Of Time (1978); Wings Over Water (1982); Listen To The Rain (1983); East Of The Night (1985); Ocean (1986); The Music Of Stones (1989); Darkness And Light (1990); To The Evening Child (1992); Athos: A Journey To The Holy Mountain (1994); The Garden Of Mirrors (1997); Desert Poems (2001); Life (2004); On The Wing (2006); Bold As Light (2010).

Gary Burton - The New Quartet (1973) [Re-Up]

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Gary Burton - The New Quartet (1973) [Re-Up]

Gary Burton - The New Quartet (1973)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1030, 835 002-2 | 00:46:26

Not only does this LP feature a "new quartet," but it marks the beginning of Gary Burton's longtime association with ECM. In general, Burton's ECM dates were more introverted and laid-back than his more diverse Atlantic releases, but they always had their moments of interest. On this set, the vibraphonist, guitarist Mick (then known as Michael) Goodrick, bassist Abraham Laboriel, and drummer Harry Blazer perform numbers by Chick Corea ("Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly"), Keith Jarrett ("Coral"), Gordon Beck, Carla Bley, and Mike Gibbs, in addition to Burton's "Brownout." Intriguing if not essential music.

Bobo Stenson Trio - Serenity (2000) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Bobo Stenson Trio - Serenity (2000) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Bobo Stenson Trio - Serenity (2000) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 399 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 208 Mb | Covers included | 01:30:42
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Free Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1740/41

Serenity is a double album by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson recorded in 1999 and released on the ECM label. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Simply put, there are no records like the Stenson Trio's Serenity. The band has outdone themselves by their slow, careful development over three records and has become one of the premier rhythm trios on the planet. Serenity is not only the group's coup de grace, but also a jazz masterpiece of the highest order". The JazzTimes review by Stuart Nicholson stated "Here, Stenson emerges as an original voice within jazz, which in these renascent times is cause enough for celebration".

Terje Rypdal - Whenever I Seem To Be Away (1974) {ECM 1045}

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Terje Rypdal - Whenever I Seem To Be Away (1974) {ECM 1045}

Terje Rypdal - Whenever I Seem To Be Away (1974) {ECM 1045}
EAC 0.95b4 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 217MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 85MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

This laconic yet lasting statement from Terje Rypdal marked the Norwegian guitarist’s third ECM appearance as composer and leader. Its crucible continues to yield an enticing tincture of prog-rock and classical stylings for the weary musical mind. The reverberant French horn that animates “Silver Bird Is Heading For The Sun” betrays nothing of its cooption by a punchy g/d/b constituent. Floating on a well-aged mellotron, it bows out gracefully as Rypdal rolls in like a fuzzed haze.

Terje Rypdal - Descendre (1980) {ECM 1144}

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Terje Rypdal - Descendre (1980) {ECM 1144}

Terje Rypdal - Descendre (1980) {ECM 1144}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 255MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 124MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Among the pleasures of this group of Rypdal reissues is the presence throughout of drummer Jon Christensen. Terje and Jon, lifelong friends, played on dozens of albums and in many groups together. Christensen always alluded to the trio with Terje and Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg as heard on Descendre - as a particular favourite of his, an ideal instance of an interactive small group that could move in multiple directions. As drummer in the trio he could from moment to moment underline the melodic jazz phrasing of Palle Mikkelborg or rock out with Terje, find ways to combine their different time feelings, or strike out on his own. The three musicians could create highly atmospheric ensemble music, drifting clouds of sound sometimes with both Terje and Palle playing keyboards or develop freely contrapuntal ideas.

Nik Bartsch - Entendre (2021) {ECM 2703}

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Nik Bartsch - Entendre (2021) {ECM 2703}

Nik Bartsch - Entendre (2021) {ECM 2703}
EAC 1.6 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 238MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 122MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

A fascinating solo album from the Swiss pianist, composer and conceptualist best known as leader of the bands Ronin and Mobile, Entendre offers deeper insight into Nik Bärtch's musical thinking.As the album title implies Entendre is about hearing as a creative process, referencing the patient unfolding of Bärtch's modular polymetric pieces, with alertness to the dynamics of touch, finding freedom in aesthetic restriction, serving the flow of each piece's development while also taking the music to new places. Recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, in September 2020, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Patrice Heral, Terje Rypdal - Karta (2000)

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Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Patrice Heral, Terje Rypdal - Karta (2000)

Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Patrice Héral, Terje Rypdal - Kartā (2000)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:21
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, Ambient | Label: ECM | # ECM 1704, 543 035-2

This end-of-the-millennium quartet session probably best defines all the inherent contradictions in who ECM attracts to the label – what kind of musician records for them – and what concerns these artists and ECM's chief producer (and creator) Manfred Eicher hold in common. This set, although clearly fronted by Markus Stockhausen and Arild Andersen on brass and bass, respectively, allows space for the entire quartet to inform its direction. Héral and Rypdal are not musicians who can play with just anybody; their distinctive styles and strengths often go against the grain of contemporary European jazz and improvised music. Of the 11 compositions here, four are collectively written, with two each by Andersen and Stockhausen.

John Surman - Private City (1988)

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John Surman - Private City (1988)

John Surman - Private City (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 186 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Covers included | 00:43:42
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Composition | Label: ECM | # ECM 1366, 835 780-2Y

English multi-instrumentalist John Surman has been known on a worldwide level, but never recognized as he deserved to be in the United States. A collaboration with John McLaughlin, or fellow Brits on the fusion or free jazz scene increased his cache a bit, but being a part of the ECM label had to have increased his visibility to a larger degree. This quite different recording of overdubbed woodwind and electronics has a suitable palate and soundscape profile for the European label, enhanced by the immaculate production values of the Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway, and fortified by Surman's heady and spacy revelations on this project of deep, introspective, and divine music. At his most heartfelt from the outset, a haunting refrain with flutes and recorder above synthesizers underpins a lilting bass clarinet melody on "Portrait of a Romantic," while the reverse sentiment of emptiness in a Terry Riley or Cluster like minimalism identifies "Not Love Perhaps" under Surman's soprano sax. "Roundelay" is stunning and unique to this set, with bass clarinet as an ostinato bass, buoying a full array of overdubbed saxophones sounding like an interactive quartet in a laid-back frame of sheer beauty.

Ralph Towner - Open Letter (1992)

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Ralph Towner - Open Letter (1992)

Ralph Towner - Open Letter (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans ~ 30 Mb | 00:53:44
Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1462, 78118-21462-2

It might be tempting to dismiss this Ralph Towner effort as New Age fluff, but the music is so gorgeous that any such considerations fall to the wayside. Yet the wayside is precisely where Towner sets his sights, which is to say that his interest lies in edges where musical idioms meet. He explores these lines, not unlike the blotted cover, with an ease of diction at the fret board that is recognizable and comforting. Drummer Peter Erskine shares the bill, but Towner adds a few synth touches for broader effect, as in “The Sigh,” which opens the session in a cleft of fluid energy.

Mayumi Miyata, Munchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich - Toshio Hosokawa: Landscapes (2011) [Re-Up]

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Mayumi Miyata, Munchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich - Toshio Hosokawa: Landscapes (2011) [Re-Up]

Toshio Hosokawa - Landscapes (2011)
Mayumi Miyata (shô); Münchener Kammerorchester, conducted by Alexander Liebreich

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2095, 476 3938 | 00:55:52

ECM’s ongoing series of recordings with the Munich Chamber Orchestra continues with an intriguing album of new and recent pieces by Japan’s leading composer Toshio Hosokawa. Amongst the compositions are Sakura für Otto Tomek and Cloud and Light, both written in 2008, and Ceremonial Dance (2000). These 21st century pieces are brought together with Landscape V (originally from 1993 and for string quartet, meanwhile expanded into an orchestral version). Three of these feature the shô, a traditional Japanese instrument played by its leading exponent, Mayumi Miyata. Born in Hiroshima in 1955, Hosokawa was initially inspired by Western art music from Schubert to Schoenberg. He went to Germany in the 1970s to study with Isang Yun and Klaus Huber. As he strengthened his standing in European avant-garde he also put down deeper roots in Japanese traditional music. His work increasingly suggests a dialogue between East and West, between the archaic and modern, between ceremonial music and concert music.

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

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Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011) [Re-Up]

Paolo Fresu, A Filetta Corsican Voices, Daniele Di Bonaventura: Mistico Mediterraneo (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 108 Mb
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 2203, 274 5621 | Time: 00:56:29
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative, World Music

This is a fascinating collaboration between lyrical Italian jazz improvisers Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura and the transfixing voices of A Filetta from Corsica. A Filetta, prize-winning vocal ensemble, internationally renowned as the standard-bearers of Corsican polyphony, make their ECM debut here. The appealing combination of sound-colours and idioms adds up to `Sketches of Corsica'. As the improvisers approach this regional music of universal appeal, Fresu's pensive, romantic trumpet inevitably brings Milesian associations to mind, and the ingenious bandoneon of di Bonaventura implies `chamber music' and `folk music' in every breath of the bellows.