a Midsummer's Fantasia

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by IrGens at March 26, 2017
Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand
English | December 6, 2016 | ISBN: 0061732990 | EPUB | 560 pages | 8.4 MB

Wetton, Dawson - Holst: Choral Symphony, Choral Fantasia (1993)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at Feb. 4, 2015
Wetton, Dawson - Holst: Choral Symphony, Choral Fantasia (1993)

Wetton, Dawson - Holst: Choral Symphony, Choral Fantasia (1993)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 264 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 55104

Ever been curious to hear a musical setting of Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn"? Well here's your chance. It's the second movement of Holst's First Choral Symphony (although he called it "First," there was never a second). You know the poem: "Beauty is truth and truth, beauty…." This is a highly enjoyable piece, and in sections of the first and third movement, the composer of The Planets makes some sounds that recall his most popular work. But there's much more to Holst than space music. He was a master at writing for chorus, his word setting always highly colorful and never stiff or "Victorian" sounding. This performance is the best available, so if you're intrigued, go for it.

Bach & Weiss Suite for Lute and Violin in A Major  Music

Posted by rotro at Jan. 3, 2009
Bach & Weiss Suite for Lute and Violin in A Major

Bach & Weiss Suite for Lute and Violin in A Major
Genre: Classical | APE, CUE | 1 CD | Covers | 269 Mb | RS
Date: 19-21 march 2000 | Label: Vivarte
Antonio Meneses, Víctor Pablo Pérez - Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra (1999)
Antonio Meneses, cello; Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia; Víctor Pablo Pérez, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Auvidis-Valois | # V 4843 | Time: 01:04:12

These three magnificent works belong in the repertoire of cellists everywhere. They are full of Villa-Lobos’ signature exotic instrumental textures, folk-like melodies, and abundant invention. They are also harder than hell to play, and difficult to balance. Villa-Lobos was a cellist himself, and loved the instrument’s low, dark register. Penetrating his dense orchestration without making the instrument sound like a dying cow is just one of the many challenges facing cellists attempting to come to grips with this marvelously expressive music, though recordings can solve this problem with sensitive microphone placement. Antonio Meneses understands both the music and its performance problems, and his lower register manages to sound gruff without undue signs of bovine distress. He’s helped by some very sensitive accompaniments; Pérez projects the music’s lush timbres without laying it on too thick.
La Fantasia, Aradia Ensemble, Rien Voskuilen, Kevin Mallon & Christian Lambour - Joyeux Noël: l French Christmas Music (2017)

La Fantasia, Aradia Ensemble, Rien Voskuilen, Kevin Mallon & Christian Lambour - Joyeux Noël: l French Christmas Music
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 184:49 min | 807 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 63 | Rls.date: 2017

In the popular imagination, French Christmas music may now be almost wholly defined by Minuit, chrétiens and favourites such as Petit Papa Noël covered by Charles Aznavour and Johnny Hallyday, but the festive season was marked in the Baroque era with great merriment, principally through the genre of Noëls: sacred collections of secular songs, celebrating often vernacular aspects of the Nativity such as the Shepherds, especially by giving the occasion to compose in the always popular pastoral vein, in simple keys such as F major and in the lilting siciliano rhythm.
Stephen Hough, Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä - Tchaikovsky: Three Piano Concertos, Concert Fantasia (2010)

Stephen Hough, Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä - Tchaikovsky: Three Piano Concertos, Concert Fantasia (2010)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 02:21:07 | 578 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 67711

Listeners who are sick of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, its bombastic opening, its pretentious ending, and all its pointless filigree in between, should hear this recording of that concerto plus the composer's other works for piano and orchestra by English pianist Stephen Hough, because they will be totally, completely, and utterly blown away. It's not just because Hough nails the notes technically or plumbs the depths interpretively, although he does both with a mastery and a dedication that rival Richter.

Il venditore di storie - Jostein Gaarder (Repost)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Maroutan at Aug. 28, 2017
Il venditore di storie - Jostein Gaarder (Repost)

Il venditore di storie - Jostein Gaarder
Italian | 2002 | 248 Pages | ISBN: 8830419958 | EPUB | 426.34 KB

Rifugiatosi in un stanza d'albergo affacciata sul mare di Amalfi, un uomo di nome Petter si accinge a scrivere le proprie memorie per rendere pubblico il segreto su ciò che fa davvero per vivere, affinché chi lo sta braccando per ucciderlo desista dall'intento. Così racconta la sua vita: fin da piccolo, grazie a una fantasia prodigiosa, Petter ha inventato storie, creando un mondo immaginario di una ricchezza e profondità strabilianti. Dopo un'adolescenza in cui la sua solitudine è stata interrotta soltanto dalle visite di uno strano ometto uscito dal sogno per vivere infine con lui, Petter conosce Maria, la sola persona in grado di capire quali tra le storie prodotte dalla sua fervida fantasia sono inventate e quali no.

Astralasia - Fantasia (2010)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Aug. 12, 2017
Astralasia - Fantasia (2010)

Astralasia - Fantasia (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 429 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 151 MB | Covers - 74 MB
Genre: Trance, Downtempo, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Shadowplay (SPR 089)

Astralasia are a magnificent blend of Ambient-Dub and Trance and a few other influences thrown in for good measure. This CD flew completely under the radar, released on the Russian darkwave label Shadowplay. According to the Shadowplay website, this CD contains 90% new material, with the remaining tracks appearing on previous releases. Strangely, some of these tracks have different names here - 'Universal Light' is 'Ashra Rising' and 'After the Rain' is 'Searching', both on Astralasia's previous album Cluster of Waves. As for the new material, it is all over the place, exactly what we've come to expect from this eclectic act…
Fabio Stassi - Il libro dei personaggi letterari. Dal dopoguerra a oggi. Da Lolita a Montalbano, da Gabriella a Harry Potter

Fabio Stassi - Il libro dei personaggi letterari. Dal dopoguerra a oggi. Da Lolita a Montalbano, da Gabriella a Harry Potter (2015)
Italian | 2015 | True PDF | Pages 624 | ASIN: B017RNXR98 | 10.7 MB

Zivago, il principe di Salina, Dona Flor, Zuckerman… Non esistono grandi storie senza grandi personaggi, e i personaggi letterari a loro volta sono gli speciali compagni di viaggio che portiamo con noi per una vita intera. Fabio Stassi ci regala un’imperdibile galleria dei più grandi eroi letterari dal dopoguerra a oggi, dando una nuova voce ai protagonisti dei romanzi più amati, che in queste pagine prendono magicamente la parola per presentarsi al lettore. Un coro di narrazioni, una partitura inedita, una mappa per ritrovare i nostri personaggi preferiti o per incontrarne di nuovi, facendoci conquistare dalla fantasia di uno dei più talentuosi narratori italiani.
Al Di Meola - Morocco Fantasia: World Sinfonia Live with Special Guests (2017) {in-akustik INAK 9132 CD rec 2009}

Al Di Meola - Morocco Fantasia: World Sinfonia Live with Special Guests (2017) {in-akustik INAK 9132 CD rec 2009}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 434 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 158 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 65 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2017 in-akustik | INAK 9132 CD
Jazz / World Music / Latin Jazz / Jazz Rock / Fusion / Guitar

A high point of the Moroccan music festival is without doubt the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco. Al Di Meola’s fantastic appearance in 2009 also represented a summit of different cultures and religions – Al Di Meola (guitar), Peo Alfonsi (2nd guitar), Fausto Beccalossi (accordion), Gumbi Ortiz (percussion), Victor Miranda (bass), Peter Kaszas (drums), and with special guests from Morocco, Said Chraibi (oud), Abdellah Meri (violin) and Tarik Ben Ali (percussion). On his third trip to Morocco, the public gave this exceptional guitarist a rousing reception and showed ist openness towards Western music – and Al Di Meola wowed the audience with a special repertoire.