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Sally Beamish: The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone; The Caledonian Road; The Day Dawn; No, I'm not afraid (2000)

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Sally Beamish: The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone; The Caledonian Road; The Day Dawn; No, I'm not afraid (2000)

Sally Beamish: The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone;
The Caledonian Road; The Day Dawn; No, I'm not afraid (2000)
Sally Beamish, narrator; John Harle, saxophone
Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Ola Rudner, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1161 | Time: 01:07:21

This is the second recording by BIS of Sally Beamish’s music, and the four pieces it contains confirm utterly her high standing. Her work is thoughtfully lyrical, intense, individual, instinctively dramatic, in ways that remind me somewhat of Nicholas Mawmusic. Like him she has a particular gift for expressive harmony and timbre. The earliest piece here is No, I’m not afraid (1989), six poignant poems written from prison by Irina Ratushinskaya spoken – by Beamish herself – against sparse but hugely effective instrumental backgrounds and interspersed with five purely instrumental interludes. The disc opens with The Caledonian Road of 1997. The name of this piece refers not just to the north London thoroughfare remembered by Beamish from childhood but to her own pilgrimage northward to Scotland, where she now lives. The music resonates with a sense of ritual, of something inevitable. By contrast, the work that follows, the unabashedly poetic The Day Dawn (written for a summer school organised by Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs in 1997, and revised in 2000) derives from a Shetland fiddle tune, and is all about new beginnings.

Alfred Schnittke - Symphony No. 0 & Nagasaki (2007) {BIS Schnittke Edition, BIS-1647} (Item #24)

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Alfred Schnittke - Symphony No. 0 & Nagasaki (2007) {BIS Schnittke Edition, BIS-1647} (Item #24)

Alfred Schnittke - Symphony No. 0 & Nagasaki (2007) {BIS Schnittke Edition, BIS-1647} (Item #24)
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© 2007 BIS Records AB | BIS-CD-1647
Classical / Contemporary Classical / 20th Century

The very first recording of a work by Alfred Schnittke on BIS (Cello Sonata No.1, on BIS-CD-336) was done in 1986 and was thus one of the earliest recordings of Schnittke’s music. As the composer’s reputation rapidly grew, so did the Schnittke catalogue on BIS, coming to include the major orchestral works, as well as chamber music. The BIS Schnittke Edition now numbers 24 titles and it is with particular pride that we with this instalment add to it the last – or rather the first – of this iconic composer’s 9 completed symphonies. (Symphony No.9 was left unfinished at Schnittke’s death in 1998.) He composed Symphony No.0 (1956-57) while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, and it was only performed once during his lifetime, by the conservatory orchestra and with Dmitri Shostakovich in the audience.

Nordic String Quartet - Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Complete String Quartets, vol.1 (2019)

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Nordic String Quartet - Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Complete String Quartets, vol.1 (2019)

Nordic String Quartet - Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Complete String Quartets, vol.1 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Mb | Total time: 62:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dacapo | 8.226217 | Recorded: 2017, 2018

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen wrote his first three string quartets in 1959 and his 14th and last in 2013, three years before he died. This first volume in a new cycle comes from an ensemble coached by Tim Frederiksen (he who gave us the Nightingale Quartet) at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The Nordic Quartet gave their graduation performance at the Academy last autumn.

Ewa Guz-Seroka, Jadwiga Rappé, Robert Gierlach & Urszula Kryger - Górecki: Art Songs (2020)

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Ewa Guz-Seroka, Jadwiga Rappé, Robert Gierlach & Urszula Kryger - Górecki: Art Songs (2020)

Ewa Guz-Seroka, Jadwiga Rappé, Robert Gierlach & Urszula Kryger - Górecki: Art Songs (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 296 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 197 Mb | 01:24:15
Classical, Vocal | Label: DUX

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki (1933-2010) thought two sentences in his search for the answer to the question what music is to be closest to capturing the root of the problem the words of Zbigniew Herbert: art is a transmission of important spiritual experiences and the thought of Pope John XXIII: it is a common thing, but the way is uncommon. The impact of both definitions on the composers oeuvre is particularly evident in the songs he had been writing since his first compositional attempts (falling in the mid-1950s) until 1996. Although Goreckis songs do not belong to the composers dominant expressive genres, he would return to them on a regular basis, considering them an important way of articulating the deepest, most personal, intimate experiences. This album, thanks to excellent soloists highly appreciated around the world, not only allows us to commune with the art of the outstanding Polish composer, but is also a great opportunity to hear the most representative Polish vocalists of several generations.

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava, Kaspars Putnins - Peteris Vasks: Mate Saule (2001)

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Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava, Kaspars Putnins - Peteris Vasks: Mate Saule (2001)

Pēteris Vasks: Māte Saule (2001)
Latvian Radio Choir; Sigvards Kļava & Kaspars Putniņš, conductors

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1145 | Time: 01:06:11

Mate saule is Mother Sun – and Peteris Vasks worships her. Any meeting or interview with the Latvian composer is likely to end up with a tramp through the forests or a swim in the Baltic. And much of Vasks’s music is a meditation on the eternal attributes of Nature, in a continuum of life which stretches beyond the fever and the fret of his own fast-changing world. Mate saule is an early choral work, its voices oscillating like the shimmer of a sun slowly rising from the horizon, and lit by flares and fragments of chant. Vasks’s choral music has tended to be instrumental in texture, focusing on the overall mood rather than the specific verbal activity of any text he is setting. The ‘white diatonicism’ of Mate saule gives way to more disturbed, aleatoric harmonies and more disruptive textures as political change and human turmoil take centre stage in the late Eighties in Zemgale, a song about the anguished dilemmas of exile. This is a subject at the very core of the work of the Polish-Lithuanian writer Czeslaw Milosz (now resident in the USA); and the three poems set by Vasks in 1994 receive their world premiere recording. They were originally written for the Hilliard Ensemble: here the excellent Latvian Radio Choir works with concentrated focus on the spare harmonies and elusive metres which recreate the wonder of three transient moments out of time.

Norrkoping SO; Ole Kristian Ruud, Hannu Koivula - Nino Rota: Symphony No. 3; Concerto festivo; Le Molière imaginaire (2001)

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Norrkoping SO; Ole Kristian Ruud, Hannu Koivula - Nino Rota: Symphony No. 3; Concerto festivo; Le Molière imaginaire (2001)

Nino Rota: Symphony No. 3 in C; Concerto festivo; Le Molière imaginaire (2001)
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud & Hannu Koivula

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Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1070 | Time: 01:00:04

Nino Rota’s reputation outside Italy as, at best, a civilised purveyor of minor theatre music is turning out to be hardly even a half-truth. BIS’s series of his symphonic and chamber works, and Chandos’s of the concertos, reveals a composer of incisive gifts and technical brilliance. Civilised the music certainly is, but often far more than that, its pervasive wit enhancing rather than detracting from the elegant suggestions of deep feeling. The wise and wily ‘neo-classicism’ of the Third Symphony sets out like an exercise in updated Mozart, but though Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony is brought to mind it soon becomes evident that a strain of acid melancholy undercuts the dapper phraseology. The model here, if there is one, seems more likely to be late Busoni, with disturbing cross-currents just beneath the surface. The Concerto festivo, more obviously a display piece, takes Italian opera genres (aria, cabaletta, etc) and reinterprets them in fairly irreverent orchestral terms, while the ballet music that Rota produced for the tercentenary of the death of Molière – almost his last work –insouciantly mixes Baroque, modern and popular styles, just as it mixes merriment and melancholy, with constant technical brilliance and utter lack of pomposity. The Swedish performers take to the Italianate gaiety as to the manner born. A delightful disc.

Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

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Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar, Elliott Carter: Cello Concertos; Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim

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Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2735 | Time: 01:02:25

Making her debut on Decca, Alisa Weilerstein presents three major works of the cello repertoire with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star vehicle, naturally, is Edward Elgar's Concerto in E minor, which Weilerstein plays with commanding presence, rich tone, and emotional depth. Most listeners will be drawn primarily to this performance because of the piece's familiarity, and Weilerstein's charisma and passionate playing make it the album's main attraction. Yet listeners should give Weilerstein and Barenboim credit for following the Elgar with an important if not instantly recognizable or approachable modernist work, Elliott Carter's powerful Cello Concerto. Weilerstein is quite bold to play this intensely dramatic and angular composition, and while it's unlikely to appeal to the majority of fans who adore the Elgar, it deserves its place on the program for its seriousness and extraordinary displays of solo and orchestral writing. To close, Weilerstein plays Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, a Romantic work that returns the program to a mellow and melancholy mood and brings the CD to a satisfying close. Decca's reproduction is excellent, putting Weilerstein front and center with full resonance, but not leaving the vibrant accompaniment of the orchestra too far behind her.

Harald Weiss - Arche (1986)

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Harald Weiss - Arche (1986)

Harald Weiss - Arche (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Minimalism, Experimental, Contemporary | Label: Wergo | # SM 1060-50 | Time: 00:57:41

Weiss is archaic in his material: he shuns electronic elements and favours natural sound sources (voices, hands, feet) and employs considerable fantasy in the process of deriving sounds from objects which in their original environment have no musical function.

Pauline Oliveros & American Voices - St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney (1994) {Mode} **[RE-UP]**

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Pauline Oliveros & American Voices - St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney (1994) {Mode} **[RE-UP]**

Pauline Oliveros & American Voices - St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney (1994) {Mode}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 257 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 145 mb
Genre: contemporary classical, experimental, minimalism

St. George And The Dragon/In Memoriam, Mr. Whitney is a 1994 collaborative album between Pauline Oliveros & American Voices. Released by the Mode label this consists of two compositions.

Joe Zawinul - Stories of the Danube (1996) {Philips 454 143-2}

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Joe Zawinul - Stories of the Danube (1996) {Philips 454 143-2}

Joe Zawinul - Stories of the Danube (1996) {Philips 454 143-2}
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© 1996 Philips | 454 143-2
Classical / Jazz/ World Jazz

Billed as Joe Zawinul's First Symphony, this large-scale classical work may seem like a radical departure to the composer/keyboardist's jazz and pop fans, but it is really a logical expression of Zawinul's indestructible European roots. Moreover, it is not as alien to his jazz work as one might suppose; at times, one can hear trademark Zawinul ostinato lines in fleshed-out, orchestrated form, and rhythms and tunes of his jazz-rock days ("Doctor Honoris Causa," "Pharoah's Dance" "Unknown Soldier") turn up like old friends crashing a black-tie ceremony.

Sir Michael Tippett - Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Symphonies, etc (2005) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Sir Michael Tippett - Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto, Triple Concerto, Symphonies, etc (2005) 6CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Sir Michael Tippett: Piano Sonatas 1-3; String Quartets 1-3, Fantasia Concertante
Double Concerto, Concerto for Orchestra; Triple Concerto; 4 Symphonies, Ritual Dances
Paul Crossley, piano; György Pauk, violin; Nobuko Imai, viola; Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
Lindsay String Quartet; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; Barry Tuckwell Horn Quartet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Sir John Pritchard
Academy of St Martin in the Fileds, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

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Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6750 DC6 | Time: 07:36:50

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Anyone who loves twentieth century music, who loves English music, or who just plain loves music will love this collection of the music of Michael Tippett. Culled from previously issued but long out-of-print Philips, London, Argo, and l'Oiseau-Lyre LPs, most of these recordings were world premieres made in close consultation with the composer and in the hands of conductors Colin Davis, Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, pianist Paul Crossley, and the Lindsay String Quartet, they receive what can fairly be described as definitive performances. From the ecstatic lyricism of the Suite for Double String Orchestra of 1939 through the luminous vitality of the First Symphony of 1945, the radiant sensuality of the Ritual Dances of 1955, the blues-based modernism of the Third Symphony of 1972, to the glistening transcendentalism of the Fourth Symphony of 1977, Tippett's unique fusion of line, drive, color, and form is performed throughout with passionate dedication and absolute faith in the music's greatness.

Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)

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Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)

Trio Imàge - Trio Imàge play Dvořák, Fall, & Dyakov (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 329 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 165 Mb | 01:11:23
Classical | Label: Avi-music

The third album from Trio Image follows the success of their releases of the Piano Trio by Mauricio Kagel and Chamber music by Hans Sommer. The new album consists partly of world premiere recordings of unknown repertoire.

Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)
Final of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition (Previously unpublished)
Van Cliburn, piano; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1440 | Time: 01:19:54

Deep in the heart of the Cold War, there was once a miracle in Moscow – Texas-based classical pianist Van Cliburn, of whom no one had heard, conquered at the First Tchaikovsky Competition, an event set aside to showcase Soviet talent. Cliburn was warned by his own government not to go, given the tense political relationship between the United States and Soviet Union at the time, and once he arrived he was greeted as a party crasher, subject to hostile stares and animosity of the kind he had never dreamed of back in Texas. And it was Cliburn, at the end, which brought down the house, and held the award. Back in America, he was greeted with a ticker tape parade and was the subject of a best-selling biography by Abram Chasins, The Van Cliburn Story, copies of which continue to clog the shelves of American thrift stores five decades hence. Ultimately, though, Cliburn's celebrity lost its luster. Nerves, ultra-picky perfectionism, and mishandling by management led to his early retirement from the concert scene; his greatest latter-day achievement being the force behind the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, America's most prestigious such event.

Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)

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Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)

Evgeni Koroliov, Pražák Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets, Opp. 108 & 110; Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 66:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | PRD/DSD 250 270 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

The back cover of this Czech release promises "certainly the most intense chamber programme that might be dedicated to the joint memory of Sviatoslav Richter and Dmitry Shostakovich," and the performances live up to the billing. The first half of the program is given over to a pair of string quartets from the year 1960, around the point where Shostakovich's inward turn following his denunciation by Soviet cultural commissars merged with his reflections on the violence of modern war to create a uniquely modern tragic dialogue.

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)

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Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)

Elīna Garanča, Karel Mark Chichon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria - Sol y vida (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 65:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 4836217 | Recorded: 2018

Sol y vida is Elīna Garanča’sjourney to the South, from Spain to Italy and Latin America, and is her first album focusing entirely on non core-classical repertoire. Be ready to expect a personal album from the mezzo-soprano, whose centre of life has been Spain for many years. A selection of songs, canzone and tango pieces, both mirroring and spreading a flamboyantly emotional array of beaming happiness, passionate longing and exuberant joy. A feast of vocal colours, and a firework of passion, from the well-known Granada to the intimate world of La Llorona.