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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)

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Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart - America: Copland, Reich, Cage, Feldman, Bernstein, Barber (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 77:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.306 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation. Their latest recording has “America” as its subject - and presents a tremendously wide range of forms and expressions, from music written under the influence of European masters to works that boldly explore experiments in aesthetic reorientation. The big names of the U.S. composers are of course represented, including Leonard Bernstein with his single a cappella work, the “Missa Brevis”, Steve Reich with his minimalist “Proverb” and John Cage with some of his late “Number Pieces”. Everything is presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics that cannot be beat.

Gil Shaham, LSO, Andre Previn - Samuel Barber & Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concertos (1994)

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Gil Shaham, LSO, Andre Previn - Samuel Barber & Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concertos (1994)

Samuel Barber & Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concertos (1994)
Gil Shaham, violin; London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 886-2 | Time: 01:01:10

This sparkling suite for violin and piano came into being when the composer had to adapt his incidental score for a production of Shakespeare's play to the impending absence of the chamber orchestral. The result is a brilliant piece for violin and piano, which the composer quickly released in a four-movement version. There are other recordings of the chamber orchestra suite in five-movements that duplicate only three of the movements of this version. Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist André Previn are ideal partners in this brilliant performance. The four movements allow Shaham to show four sides of his violinist's personality: He skips and plays in carefree fashion in the opening movement, indulges in the grotesquery and parody of the second, gets to play the romantic in the garden scene of the third movement, and dazzles with virtuosity in the final hornpipe. Previn's part is more than mere accompaniment; the piano often has a large part of the mood of the music and his contribution is, to use a word already employed here, ideal.

Various Composers - Classic Cinema (2007) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

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Various Composers - Classic Cinema (2007) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

Various Composers - Classic Cinema (2007) 3 CD Set
EAC | WV (Image) + cue.+log ~ 923 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 441 Mb | Scans included | 03:02:24
Soundtracks, Neo-Classical, Classical | Label: Sony BMG/Sony Classical | # 88697161052

2007 three CD collection of soundtracks from classic movies of our time. With a generous playing time of over three hours, this stunning set offers something for everyone: from Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven and Max Steiner's Gone With the Wind to the more recent, represented by Hans Zimmer's Gladiator and Klaus Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean via Dances with Wolves, The Mission, Lord of the Rings and Batman, to name but a few! Enjoy unforgettable movie themes from a wide range of famous composers from John Williams and Danny Elfman to Rachel Portman and Ennio Morricone.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2008 (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2008 (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2008 (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24924 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 81 min | 16,4 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 81 min | 4,86 Gb
Audio: English / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

The 2008 New Year’s Eve gala from Berlin features the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton or Sir Simon Rattle, plus world-class singers Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane in an outstanding all-American program ranging from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and “An American in Paris” to Copland’s “Old American Songs”.

Roberta Alexander, Netherlands PO, Edo De Waart - Samuel Barber: Andromache; Cleopatra; Vanessa; Knoxville; Songs (1993)

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Roberta Alexander, Netherlands PO, Edo De Waart - Samuel Barber: Andromache; Cleopatra; Vanessa; Knoxville; Songs (1993)

Samuel Barber: Andromache; Cleopatra; Vanessa; Knoxville; Songs (1993)
Roberta Alexander, soprano; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Edo De Waart, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Etcetera | # KTC1145 | Time: 01:00:40

Roberta Alexander’s outstanding CD of vocal music by Samuel Barber demonstrates the soprano’s understanding of the composer’s musical language and emotional content … The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic plays very well under the tasteful leadership of Edo de Waart.

The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993) [Re-Up]

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The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonin Dvorak, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993) [Re-Up]

The Duke Quartet - Samuel Barber, Antonín Dvořák, Philip Glass: String Quartets (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Collins | # 13862 DDD | Time: 01:01:01

An imaginative mixture of the popular and the unusual. Barber’s only quartet has at its heart the famous Adagio for Strings: the latter is an arrangement of the second of the quartet’s two movements. That Adagio – which here benefits not only from the unfamiliarity of the chamber original but also from the Duke’s sensitively understated approach on their first recording for Collins Classics – is here surrounded by some captivating faster music (including a brief return to the opening Molto allegro’s ideas). And Robert Maycock’s excellent booklet notes hint at what those famous seven minutes of slow, sad passion in particular could really be said to be about: young homosexual love in the Austrian woods. Thirty years later, in 1966, another American in Europe, and still in his twenties, wrote his first string quartet, though it’s unlikely to be a direct reflection of love, this time in Paris.

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

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Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs

Myrthen Ensemble - Songs to the Moon (2016) 2CDs
Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber, Elizabeth Maconchy
Camille Saint-Saëns, Joseph Szulc, Federico Mompou, Jules Massenet, Henri Duparc
Claude Debussy, Ernest Chausson, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Fauré

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD443 | Time: 01:20:42

Described by The Telegraph as "the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent", and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their "irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton", the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by founder members Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton. Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording: "The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the sun's rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs, and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of 'Clair de lune' by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc".

Paul Barnes - The American Virtuoso: Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower (2007) [Re-Up]

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Paul Barnes - The American Virtuoso: Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower (2007) [Re-Up]

Paul Barnes - The American Virtuoso: Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Joan Tower (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:10:54
Classical | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # 0036

The American Virtuoso presents a recital by American pianist Paul Barnes. His third release for Orange Mountain Music, it features piano music by American composers including the world premiere recording of Barnes' transcription of Philip Glass's Piano Concerto No 2 'After Lewis and Clark' - the full version of which he also premiered on OMM in 2006 with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra under Ralf Gothóni. The focus of this first-rate solo recording are Samuel Barber's landmark "Sonata for piano" of 1950, described by Vladimir Horowitz as "the first truly great native work in the form", and his haunting "Ballade" and "Nocturne". And it ends with two colourful contrasting pieces from the mid-1990s by Joan Tower from "No Longer Very Clear", inspired by John Ashberry's eponymous poem.

Polyphony, Stephen Layton - American Polyphony: Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Thompson (2015)

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Polyphony, Stephen Layton - American Polyphony: Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Thompson (2015)

Polyphony, Stephen Layton - American Polyphony: Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Thompson (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67929 | Time: 01:14:08

An all-too-rare new recording from Polyphony and Stephen Layton presents highlights from the choral repertoire by four twentieth-century American giants: Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson. Framed by Thompson’s understated favourites Alleluia and Fare Well, the programme includes Bernstein’s Missa brevis, Copland’s early set of four motets, and—of course—Barber’s inimitable Agnus Dei.

Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)

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Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)

Quatuor Diotima - American Music: Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, George Crumb (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Naïve | # V 5272 | Time: 01:07:18

For all the agony as to the status of classical music in the modern musical landscape, the three 20th century string quartets on this fine French release can be said to have entered the repertory, with a reach that extends far beyond the U.S. They go quite well together, which is the first point in favor of France's Quatuor Diotima here; both Steve Reich's Different Trains, for string quartet and tape, and George Crumb's Black Angels for electric quartet feature an artificially enhanced string quartet, and even Samuel Barber elected to "enhance" his String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11, by orchestrating its central movement and making it into the famous Adagio for strings. Highly recommended.