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The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, Dennis Russell Davies Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1987) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, Dennis Russell Davies Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1987) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Philip Glass - Akhnaten: An Opera in Three Acts for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists (1987)
The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 316 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: CBS Masterworks | # M2K 42457 | Time: 02:08:37

The third in the Glass’ trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas, “Akhnaten”‘s subject is religion. The Pharaoh Akhnaten was the first monotheist in recorded story, and his substitution of a one-god religion for the multi-god worship in use when he came to power was responsible for his violent overthrow. The opera describes the rise, reign, and fall of Akhnaten in a series of tableaus. Libretto (Egyptian, Arcadian, Hebrew, and language of the audience) by the composer in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell. Vocal text drawn from original sources by Shalom Goldman.

Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (2016) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (2016) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (2016) 11 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.17 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:47:36
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # omm0104

Orange Mountain Music presents this new limited edition 11 disc boxed set - The Symphonies by Philip Glass. This collection features conductor Dennis Russell Davies who has arranged the commission of nine of ten Glass symphonies, leading the orchestras over which he has presided during the past 15 years including the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. This collection is the fruit of a 20 year collaboration between Glass and Davies and showcases a wide variety within this surprising body of work by Glass.

Philip Glass - A Descent into the Maelstrom (2002)

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Philip Glass - A Descent into the Maelstrom (2002)

Philip Glass - A Descent into the Maelström (2002)
The Philip Glass Ensemble; Michael Riesman, musical director

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Minimalism, Modern Ballet | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # OMM 0005 | 01:05:09

In 1986 Mr. Glass was commissioned to create and bring a piece to the Adelaide Festival of Arts in Adelaide, Australia. He chose to write a piece based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story "A Descent into the Maelström" and invited collaborators dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley, set designer Eamon D’Arcy and theatre director Mathew McGuire to participate. They transformed Edgar Allan Poe's vertiginous short story of being swept into a huge and terrible whirlpool by a raging hurricane that "the oldest seaman in Norway never experienced" into a Musical/Dance/Theatre extravganza. This compelling, propulsive piece of music premiered in March, 1986 at the Adelaide Festival of Arts and was only performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble during the week of the festival in Australia. Consequently, it has had very little exposure to Philip Glass' audience. This little known recording of this powerful piece of classic Glass music was made when the Philip Glass Ensemble was at one of its peaks. It was also done in possibly one of the best settings for Philip Glass and his musicians– musical theatre.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia (1986) [Re-Up]

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia (1986) [Re-Up]

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb | Scans included | 00:40:42
Electronic, Fusion, Avantgarde, Synthpop | Label: 10 Records/Virgin | # DIXCD34

Professor Sakamoto gives a lesson on what is practically a different style of music with each track on Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia, beginning with a sure-fire hit: the extroverted, quintessentially Japanese synth workout "Field Work" (with Thomas Dolby). From there, Sakamoto hits riff-ready crossover jazz-fusion ("Etude"), electronic minimalism ("M.A.Y. in the Backyard"), and Oriental dub ("Paradise Lost"). There is a return to sampladelic Eastern synth-pop with "Steppin' Into Asia," but for the most part Sakamoto displays his impressive stylistic range on this solo album.

Eighth Blackbird - Filament: works by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Son Lux, and Philip Glass (2015)

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Eighth Blackbird - Filament: works by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Son Lux, and Philip Glass (2015)

Eighth Blackbird - Filament (2015)
works by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Son Lux, and Philip Glass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Artwork included
Contemporary Classical, Chamber, Minimalism | Label: Cedille | # CDR 90000 157 | 00:49:23

American new-music sextet eighth blackbird, which won Grammy Awards for each of its last three Cedille Records albums, continues to connect with genre-spanning, cutting-edge composers on FILAMENT, a CD of world-premiere recordings of works by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Son Lux, plus a Philip Glass classic. The ensemble’s album, FILAMENT, was produced by Dessner, a Brooklyn-based composer, guitarist, and member of the Grammy-nominated, Billboard-charting indie rock band The National. Premieres include Dessner’s Murder Ballades and Muhly’s Doublespeak, both written for eighth blackbird, and Son Lux’s To Love and This is my Line, a remix created from the album’s other tracks. Dessner, on guitar, and Muhly, on organ, join eighth blackbird for a live-in-concert recording of Glass’s mesmerizing Two Pages at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The album’s title, FILAMENT, is a metaphor for the fiber of friendship, collaboration, and mutual influence connecting the composers and performers on the album.

Morton Feldman - Triadic Memories - Aki Takahashi (1989) {ALM Records Japan ALCD-33 rec 1983}

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Morton Feldman - Triadic Memories - Aki Takahashi (1989) {ALM Records Japan ALCD-33 rec 1983}

Morton Feldman - Triadic Memories - Aki Takahashi (1989) {ALM Records Japan ALCD-33 rec 1983}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 211 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 144 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 48 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1989 ALM Records / Kojima Recordings Japan | ALCD-33
Classical / Modern Classical / Avant-Garde / Minimalism / Solo Piano

Avant-garde music professor Morton Feldman casts the listener into a black web of trigonometry in this Japanese import, recorded in 1981. Heavily influenced by John Cage and abstract-expressionist painter Philip Guston, the composer typically spreads out a blanket of notes in a pointillistic style, giving the performer the additional challenge – or privilege – of putting their self-expression on the line. It's said that Shakespeare sinks or swims depending on the skill of the actor, and pianist Aki Takahashi is just such a performer.

Orchestre National de Lyon, David Robertson - Steve Reich: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (2004) [Re-Up]

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Orchestre National de Lyon, David Robertson - Steve Reich: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (2004) [Re-Up]

Steve Reich: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, The Four Sections (2004)
Orchestre National de Lyon, conducted by David Robertson

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Naïve | # MO 782167 | Time: 01:05:01

There’s something special about this version of Different Trains. It’s the one commissioned by Wolfgang Sawallisch and David Robertson and their respective orchestras (Philadelphia and Lyon) in 2001 for string orchestra, and it impresses immediately by the richness of its vastly expanded sound palette. Though it may be heresy to say so, I never found the original string quartet version entirely convincing. This recording shows why: inside that frenetic chamber work was a much larger piece trying to get out, and here it is, fully realised, as it were, in glorious technicolor.

Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon - David Lang: The National Anthems & The Little Match Girl Passion (2016)

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Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon - David Lang: The National Anthems & The Little Match Girl Passion (2016)

David Lang - The National Anthems & The Little Match Girl Passion (2016)
Los Angeles Master Chorale; Calder Quartet; Grant Gershon, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Minimalism | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21119 | Time: 00:56:25

Of the three Bang on a Can founder composers, David Lang’s music has always been the glassiest, the sparest, and for some listeners the most precious. In recent years, his aesthetic has become leaner still, paring down already simple material to gaunt extremes in something approaching neo-plainchant. The national anthems (note the lower case; nothing vainglorious here ) takes fragments of text from the anthems of all 193 United Nations member states and unfolds at speaking speed, with plenty of room for breaths between phrases and plenty of clarity to the words. It has the feel of sad and eerie intoning. The Los Angeles choir clinches the right sound for Lang – unflinching, spellbound – while the Calder Quartet gives sleek accompaniment. Also on the disc is a new choral version of Lang’s little match girl passion, the piece originally for four voices that won him the Pulitzer prize in 2008 and which, in the mouths of many, becomes a sort of collective prayer in the congregational tradition of Bach’s chorales.

Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007) [Re-Up]

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Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007) [Re-Up]

Bruce Brubaker - Hope Street Tunnel Blues: Music for Piano by Philip Glass & Alvin Curran (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6798 | 01:02:44

The piano may not be the ideal medium for capturing the expressive possibilities of Glass' style of minimalism, but pianist Bruce Brubaker selects pieces that work well on the instrument. Part of the problem with hearing Glass on the piano is forgetting the sound of his ensemble, and the variety of colors (and volume) they have imparted to similar music. Brubaker begins his recital of works by Glass and Alvin Curran with his transcription of "Knee Play 4" from Einstein on the Beach. It is in fact a lovely piece on the piano if one can put the spectacular power and tonal range of the instrumental version out of one's mind. "Opening" from Glassworks, originally scored for piano, works beautifully on the instrument, and flows as naturally as the C major Prelude from Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier. The two pieces by Curran, Hope Street Tunnel Blues III and Inner Cities II, use a syntax similar to Glass, with a more dissonant tonal vocabulary. Hope Street Tunnel Blues III has ample kinetic energy that gives it an exhilarating momentum.

Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set
John Adams, Jurriaan Andriessen, Louis Andriessen, Marcel Bergmann, William Duckworth
Wim Mertens, Julius Eastman, Douwe Eisenga, Morton Feldman, Graham Fitkin, Joep Franssens
Philip Glass, Gabriel Jackson, Tom Johnson, Simeon ten Holt, David Lang, Colin McPhee, Kyle Gann
Arvo Pärt, Chiel Meijering, John Metcalf, Carlos Michans, Alexander Rabinovitch, Jacob ter Veldhuis
Steve Reich, Michael Parsons, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Tim Seddon, Kevin Volans

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.73 Gb | Scans included + CD-ROM Data | Time: 14:15:40
Classical, Minimalism, Contemporary | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 9171

The Minimal Piano Collection for one piano (BC8551) ended with “In C” by Terry Riley. Many of the composers on this new 11 Cd box have stated that this particular piece was a starting point for them to compose in a new way, exploring the ways that were created, the spaces between the notes, the emptiness, the freedom. Elizabeth Bergmann & Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev and Sandra van Veen & Jeroen van Veen recorded 83 compositions. From two pianos up to six pianos, from Steve Reich ‘standard’ Pianophase to Six Pianos. On the included Cd-ROM you can find all the biographies, background information and some sheet music. Van Veen recorded many pieces on his own using multi track technique.

Brooklyn Rider - Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 And 7 (2017)

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Brooklyn Rider - Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 And 7 (2017)

Brooklyn Rider - Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 And 7 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 336 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # OMM0121 | 01:04:08

It’s often said that the distilled essence of composers can be heard in their string quartets. And so it is with Glass, whose quartets here show a craftsman of considerable invention. String Quartet No. 6 begins as a bustling burst of dense energy, its second movement beautifully meandering, rich, and complex. The single-movement String Quartet No. 7 is almost Beethovenian in its restless questioning. Arranged for string quartet (with two violas), the Saxophone Quartet is warmly scored and yet shows Glass at his most forensic, with each bar stunningly sculpted.

Gavin Bryars ‎- A Portrait (2003) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Gavin Bryars ‎- A Portrait (2003) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Gavin Bryars ‎- A Portrait (2003) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 703 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 362 Mb
Label: Philips | # 473 296-2 | Time: 02:30:19 | Scans included
Modern Classical, Experimental, Minimalism

Philips's collection of major works that have propelled Gavin Bryars to New Music stardom is an effective overview of his music. The longest work is his Cello Concerto, handsomely played by Julian Lloyd Webber with a big, colorful tone and sustained intensity throughout its contemplative half-hour. A comparable mood pervades the bright tintinnabulating textures of the whimsically titled One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing. Similar as well, in their attractive serenity and suppressed sadness, are many of the other works here, prime among them the viola concerto in all but name, The North Shore, a tone painting of the rugged cliffs of northeast England. Adnan Songbook, settings of six poems by Lebanese poet Etel Adnan, are beautifully sung by soprano Valerie Anderson and delicately scored for a small ensemble. Bryars's biggest hits, The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, have inspired him to numerous reworkings and capsuled fragments. They're represented by Titanic Lament, depicting a hymn tune dissolving into gray, watery textures, and two very different four-minute versions of Jesus' Blood, both with Tom Waits.

The Hague Philharmonic, Carolyn Kuan - Philip Glass - Life: A Journey Through Time (2017)

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The Hague Philharmonic, Carolyn Kuan - Philip Glass - Life: A Journey Through Time (2017)

Philip Glass - Life: A Journey Through Time (2017)
The Hague Philharmonic, conducted by Carolyn Kuan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Orange Mountain | # OMM0116 | Time: 00:58:11

Orange Mountain is proud to announce the release of the world premiere recording of LIFE - A Journey Through Time with The Hague Philharmonic under the direction of Carolyn Kuan. Commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and conceived of by nature photographer Frans Lanting, LIFE: A Journey Through Time is a multimedia experience with images by Lanting and music by Philip Glass that showcases the wonders of the natural world. The hour-long score is cast in seven movements and was drawn from previously existing music in the Glass catalogue from a variety of sources, orchestrated for the first time by Michael Riesman. Since its premiere in 2006, LIFE has been performed dozens of times including in an abbreviated version, ORIGINS, at the inauguration of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland for an audience of international dignitaries.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw - Philip Glass: Itaipu; The Canyon (1993) [Re-Up]

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw - Philip Glass: Itaipu; The Canyon (1993) [Re-Up]

Philip Glass: Itaipu; The Canyon (1993)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Minimalism, Choral | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 46352 | 00:55:52

Itaipu (1989) is something of a cantata-cum-symphony-cum-oratorio with no clear text. Its topic is the world's largest hydroelectric dam, built on the Rarana River between Paraguay and Brazil, and the piece–in Glass's trademark punctuating minimalism–is filled with distinct South American instrumentation, particularly in the percussion. The music itself is noble, conjuring the human endeavor to build the five-mile-wide dam near the town of Itaipu. The Canyon (1988) is about no canyon in particular but tonally suggests the mystery of canyons in general. Both these compositions are among Glass's better works.

Harold Budd - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)

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Harold Budd - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)

Harold Budd - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Label: Opal/Warner Bros. | # 7599-26649-2 | Time: 00:54:15
Genre: Ambient, Neo-Classical, Minimalism, New Age

Harold Budd's discs tend to end up in the new age section of the record store, because his music is generally pleasant, quiet, and soothing. But where most new age composers go for the obvious (and sometimes saccharine) melody, Budd veers off into ambiguity; he also lacks the mystical bent that often goes along with the new age style. Instead, his compositional voice is more like that of a detached observer – one who creates beauty without getting too involved with it. By the Dawn's Early Light finds Budd writing for various combinations of viola, guitar, harp, and keyboards. All of the music is lovely, but not all of the compositions sound complete. In several cases, they sound like raw ideas rushed into the studio before their time. Guitarist Bill Nelson provides much of the interest throughout the album, and the sighing, slithery viola of Mabel Wong lends an occasional turn-of-the-century salon feel to the proceedings. The only really embarrassing moments occur when Budd – whose voice sounds like an unfortunate cross between Garrison Keillor and Kermit the Frog – reads his own poetry. Skip those tracks and you'll be fine.