Berlin Lute

Toyohiko Satoh - Bach & Weiss: Lute Music (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Toyohiko Satoh - Bach & Weiss: Lute Music (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:42 minutes | 1,41 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The solo album of Toyohiko Satoh, the 72 year old Japanese lutenist who is considered my many as one of the most influential lute players of the last century, presents a well-known repertoire of baroque lute music. Mr. Satoh was the first lutenist to record Bach’s lute music on LP in the 70s (Phillips). Now he returns to this music 40 years later, delivering a completely different rendering of these iconic pieces. His playing has been influenced much by his studies of traditional Japanese arts such as tea ceremony, No-theater and Zen meditation. So here we are presented a recording that draws from the deep silence within, from the awareness of everything in the universe being connected, and from the understanding of Bach’s music as a universal, almost superhuman symbol of completeness.
Jadran Duncumb - Weiss & Hasse: Lute Sonatas (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Jadran Duncumb - Weiss & Hasse: Lute Sonatas (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 57:11 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

For his first solo CD Jadran Duncumb combines Weiss' astonishing and rarely-played late D-minor Sonata with two inventive and unheard Sonatas by Hasse, adapted by an unnamed lutenist and survivng now in a manuscript in Leipzig. The disc culminates in Weiss' famous D-major Passacaglia; a piece that perfectly reflects the splendour of the Dresden court and its orchestra at the time.
John Johnson, Anthony Holborne & Yavor Genov - Orpheus Anglorum: Lute Music by John Johnson and Anthony Holborne (2018)

John Johnson, Anthony Holborne & Yavor Genov - Orpheus Anglorum: Lute Music by John Johnson and Anthony Holborne (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 329 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 27 | Time: 72:22 min

John Johnson and Antony Holborne share much in common, in their music and probably career, but this disc, in setting their work side by side, reveals their individual style and approach to the instrument. It is assumed that they both were born in the 1540s, without authoritative record, but their work in the royal court of the 1560s is attested. Johnson made his career as an accomplished performer, while Holborne’s energies were focused on writing for the instrument.

Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Dec. 20, 2017
Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)

Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:17:20 | 1,23 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.504016

Naxos has collected its four volume traversal of the lute music into a handy slipcase. All the volumes are available singly, but you can also buy the four together as a quartet of excellence, presided over by Nigel North, the acknowledged hero of the hour. What follows is a reprise of two volumes already reviewed - volumes 1 and 3 - and a look at volumes 2 and 4.
Jakob Lindberg - A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf: French & German Baroque Music (2017)

Jakob Lindberg - A Lute by Sixtus Rauwolf: French & German Baroque Music (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 332.02 Mb | 81:50 | Cover+booklet.pdf
Classical | Label: BIS - BIS-SACD-2265

The lute by Sixtus Rauwolf heard on this recording was probably built in the last decade of the sixteenth century. Some hundred years later, in 1715, it was converted to suit the musical tastes and demands of the baroque period. For this disc, Jakob Lindberg has chosen works that could have formed part of the repertory of the presumably German owner of the instrument at around the time of its final conversion.
Rene Jacobs, Akademie fr Alte Musik, Berlin - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Septem Verba a Christo (2013)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Septem Verba a Christo (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 80:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902155 | Recorded: 2013

This Septem verba a Christo in cruce moriente proloata (The Seven Words of the Dying Christ on the Cross) was rediscovered nearly a century ago, and scholars down through the years have reached differing conclusions as to whether or not the work was really by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, as one manuscript claimed. More and more copies surfaced, and finally the discovery by musicologist Reinhard Fehling of a new set of parts at an Austrian monastery in 2009 showed that the work was at the very least popular over a good part of Europe, and the forces represented here gave the work its modern-day premiere performance and first recording. You can see why some were skeptical of Pergolesi's authorship, for it doesn't sound much like his more famous Stabat Mater or like anything by anybody else, either. The closest parallel would be Bach's so-called dialogue cantatas, with soloists representing Christ and the soul. The work is Bachian in another way, too, with a set of hidden symmetries and apparent meanings outlined in the album notes. It consists of seven aria pairs, with a few of the arias prefaced by accompanied recitatives. Each of the pairs represents one of the seven last words of Christ on the cross, with Christ (a bass in all cases except for the second "word," where he is a tenor) setting out the basic meaning and the Soul (a soprano, alto, or tenor) providing a kind of emotional reaction that is closely related, both musically and conceptually, to Christ's aria. It's thus a tightly constructed, rather intellectual piece, atypical of Pergolesi. The orchestral writing, featuring horns, trumpet, harp, and lute, is also unlike anything else in Pergolesi's oeuvre. But the work is successful on its own terms, and it receives a fine performance here from conductor René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and an impressive quartet of soloists. This odd piece isn't going to displace the Stabat Mater from the top rank of Pergolesi's work, but it adds substantially to the picture of his genius.
(James Manheim )

Luther Allison - More From Berlin (1990)  Music

Posted by murena at May 23, 2018
Luther Allison - More From Berlin (1990)

Luther Allison - More From Berlin (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | 01:15:31 min | Scans included | 448 mb
Genre: Electric Blues, Chicago Blues / Label: EastWest Records

Distinctive Chicago blues guitar stylist who expatriated to France in the '70s and returned to great acclaim in the '90s. An American-born guitarist, singer, and songwriter who lived in France since 1980, Luther Allison was the man to book at blues festivals in the mid-'90s. Allison's comeback into the mainstream was ushered in by a recording contract with an American record company, Chicago-based Alligator Records. After he signed with Alligator in 1994, Allison's popularity grew exponentially and he worked steadily until his death in 1997.
The Melachrino Strings and Orchestra - The Ballads Of Irving Berlin (1968/2018) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

The Melachrino Strings - Play The Music Of Irving Berlin (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 29:22 minutes | 1,21 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Melachrino Strings are perfect exponents of easy listening music, and this collection of music of Irving Berlin is the epitomy of relaxed music free of tensions. Melachrino's series of albums for RCA Victor epitomize one of the most popular and influential movements in the "moods music".
Leszek Mozdzer and Friends - Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic 3 (2015) [Official Digital Download]

Leszek Możdżer & Friends - Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic III (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 65:38 minutes | 738 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

In May 2014, the innovative and inventive concert series Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic headed east on a musical journey to the jazz stronghold of Poland. Piano virtuoso Leszek Możdżer, revered like a pop star in his homeland, shines on this live recording as he is accompanied by a trio and the Atom String Quartet. Together, Możdżer and his bandmates conjure up a celebrated concert evening that once again shows that a mix of jazz, classical and folk music provides important impulses for the future of European jazz and Poland.
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Jakub Hrusa - Bartók & Kodály: Concertos for Orchestra (2018)

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Jakub Hrusa - Bartók & Kodály: Concertos for Orchestra (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 127 Mb | 00:55:28
Classical | Label: Pentatone

Exuberant, colourful and edgy concertos for orchestra by Bartók and Kodály are brought together in spirited and vivid performances from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the podium sensation Jakub Hrůša on this PENTATONE release.