Britten 2015

The Britten Quartet - Michael Tippett: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (2012) (Repost)

The Britten Quartet - Michael Tippett: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 97:08 | 460 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 9257

The Lindsay Quartet have set a high standard of Tippett interpretation, with that special authority that stems from working on the music with the composer. Whatever else Tippett has done, he has not inhibited these players: their performances are characterized by a distinctive freshness and spontaneity, a well-balanced homogeneity of texture and a fine sense of rhythmic flow, essential if the music is not to coagulate around its multitude of contrapuntal details.
The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)

The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:09:43 | 565 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 9168

Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was one of the most precocious of all composers who have the term child prodigy attached to them. Britten showed a keen interest in music from a very early age – both as a pianist and composer. He would become a formidable pianist, but as remarkable as his early compositions are (he had composed 6 string quartets by the age of 12!), very few people, including Frank Bridge could predict that he would become the 20th centuries greatest opera composers.
Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [24/96]

Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:12 minutes | 1.63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

“DECCA has used the most recent digital and Cedar technology to improve the original sound, under the overall supervision of veteran technician James Lock. This is one of the great performances of recording history.” Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a benchmark, time has left the original analogue master tapes more fragile than ever.

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 24, 2018
Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:35 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.554360

The Third String Quartet is one of Britten's last works before his untimely death and shows that the composer was still at the height of his powers. The music, inspired by the beauty of Venice, begins tentatively with a delicately wistful opening which contrasts with the passionate outburst that follows it. It is tempting to wonder if Britten had intimations of mortality when he wrote this work.

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 23, 2018
Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:34:33 | 412MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 57968

Due to the profundity of Beethoven's late string quartets and the significance composers and critics have placed on them, few modern string quartets have been regarded as masterpieces on the same level. Bartók's, yes, and Shostakovich's, but almost no other set of twentieth century quartets has been similarly elevated. It is almost axiomatic, then, that Benjamin Britten's three string quartets have not received comparable recognition or reverence, because these bright, transparent works deny most expectations of the genre.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Nicolas Bône (viola)
Douglas Boyd, William Conway, Richard Egarr (conductors)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 66070-5 | Time: 01:12:00

This CD is one of two Warner Classics recordings taped live during a series of concerts presented by the world renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe during Easter Week 2003. The title for the concert series, presented in London, was Passions and Diversions as the works relate to different aspects of reflection and inspiration. In this program, Britten and Stokowski interpret works by Purcell in their own idioms; Britten draws on his English musical roots to inspire an original work, Lachrymae and Britten himself is the source of inspiration in Pärt’s Cantus. In the case of the Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Walton works, the inspirations are other composers and literature. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been described in The Financial Times as “the best orchestra in Europe.” The COE was founded in 1981 and has a membership of 50 musicians from 15 countries who perform together mainly in continental Europe and occasionally in the US and Japan. Since its inception, it has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and its recordings have consistently won the highest praise and international prizes, including three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards.
Belcea Quartet - Berg, Webern & Schonberg: Chamber Music (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

Belcea Quartet - Berg, Webern & Schönberg: Chamber Music (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 79:32 minutes | 2,83 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

With a complete recording of the Beethoven quartets that caused a stir and enchanted concert halls everywhere, the Belcea Quartet is henceforth considered one of the finest quartets in the world. With this new recording, the Quartet tackles another summit of chamber music: the Second Viennese School. With their passion and technical abilities, this breathtaking music, which drastically changed the history of music, rings out in all its force and mystery.
Matthew Barley - Around Britten (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Matthew Barley - Around Britten (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:19 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Matthew Barley adds to his reputation as one of the UK's most innovative and creative performers with the new programme and CD Around Britten – celebrating the centenary of Britten's birth with a selection of his works, including the Third Cello Suite and pieces by Sir John Tavener and Gavin Bryars. The release coincides with the start of a tour of 100 events taking Britten's music to a kaleidoscopic variety of venues around the UK, reaching a huge cross section of British society.
Rupert Charlesworth & Edwige Herchenroder - Nocturnes (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Rupert Charlesworth & Edwige Herchenroder - Nocturnes (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 57:11 minutes | 849 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Since the dawn of time, night and its mysteries have inspired poets and musicians. This recital for voice and piano recalls that: it is presented as a nocturnal promenade through diverse aesthetics, troubling atmospheres and profoundly contrasting emotions. The programme features the known (Schubert, Brahms, Fauré) and the lesser known (Bax, Finzi or Berkeley) to form a fascinating ode to the night.

Jaga Jazzist - Starfire (2015) 2CDs [Japanese Edition]  Music

Posted by Designol at March 7, 2018
Jaga Jazzist - Starfire (2015) 2CDs [Japanese Edition]

Jaga Jazzist - Starfire (2015) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 497 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans ~ 23 Mb
Experimental, Nu Jazz, Post-Rock, Electronic | Label: Beat | # BRC-473 | 01:18:45

Jaga Jazzist, the Norwegian multi-instrumental boundary-busters, may occupy a niche, but it feels like an enduringly spacious and fertile one, where sounds that recall everything from Weather Report to big-band jazz, krautrock, Radiohead or even the Pat Metheny Group intertwine. Last year’s 20th anniversary retrospective was fascinatingly diverse, but Starfire – conceived in composer Lars Horntveth’s new Los Angeles home, rather than in Oslo – is a more densely layered and studio-dominated deployment of this band’s awesome resources. The title track is classic Jazzist: a sound like the Shadows driven by a marching-band thump skids through power-chord guitar hooks and Zappaesque melodic zigzags; the atmospheric Big City Music is a masterly balance of quickfire rhythm-section ingenuity and the instrumental diversity of guitars, keys and brass. The tunes remain quirkily dramatic and the thematic scene-shifting spectacular, but a little thinning-out would have let Jaga Jazzist’s uniquely mercurial music breathe more.