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Tomasz Stanko Quintet - Music For K (1970) {Polskie Nagrania PNCD 922 rel 2004}

Tomasz Stanko Quintet - Music For K (1970) {Polskie Nagrania PNCD 922 rel 2004}
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© 1970, 2004 Polskie Nagrania | PNCD 922
Jazz / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Trumpet

From the title it's fairly obvious that Stanko is dedicating this work to his former boss and compatriot, the late Kryzsztof Komeda, who had passed a few years before. But it's difficult to believe that this was recorded in 1970. Stanko's quintet was so fully versed in the free jazz aesthetic and pursued to fuse it to the European classicism and avant-gardism of his native Poland. There are five tracks here, all part of a larger suite that is opened and closed by a theme. Stanko's writing is for a large harmonic palette realizable by two saxophones and his own trumpet with a rhythm section.
Konstantia Gourzi - Music for Piano and String Quartet (2014) {ECM New Series 2309}

Konstantia Gourzi - Music for Piano and String Quartet (2014) {ECM New Series 2309}
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© ECM Records | ECM New Series 2309
Classical / Contemporary Classical

Athens-born and Munich-based composer Konstantia Gourzi makes her ECM New Series label debut. “What historical voices commingle in the current idiom of a composer whose cultural roots lie in the birthplace of rhetoric, but who emigrated to take a musical apprenticeship in European constructivism?” asks Ingrid Allwardt in the liner notes.
BSO, Marin Alsop - Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra - Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop - Bartok: Concerto For Orchestra - Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 66:57 minutes | 2.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, one of his greatest works, was written in the United States after the composer was forced to flee Hungary during World War II. It is not only a brilliant display vehicle for each instrumental section but a work of considerable structural ingenuity that unites classical forms and sonorities with the pungency of folk rhythms and harmonies. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta explores darker moods through a score of marvelously poised symmetry. This release follows Marin Alsop's 'riveting' (Gramophone) Baltimore Symphony recordings of Dvorak's symphonies.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Händel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Händel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:08 minutes | 1.38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Queen Caroline was an emblematic female figure of the 18th century: the wife of King George II of England, a woman of great beauty, a champion of science and the arts, Caroline d’Ansbach was also the friend and patroness of Handel. The latter was entrusted with the solemn music composed for the grand ceremonies that marked the reign – be it «The King shall rejoice», given for the King’s coronation, the «Queen Caroline» Te Deum written for her own ascension to the throne, or «The Ways of Zion do mourn» performed at her funeral. This recording brings together, for the first time, three works underlining the strong link between the monarch and his favourite composer. This performance by the complete forces of the choir and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants brings to life these scores which are both flamboyant and brimming over with humanity.
Royal String Quartet - Szymański & Mykietyn: Music for string quartet (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Royal String Quartet - Szymański & Mykietyn: Music for string quartet (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:41 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The ofcial titles of the works performed here are not helpful: what they conceal are the most extraordinary sound worlds from two composers at the vanguard of the contemporary Polish music scene, and the magicians of the Royal String Quartet summon from their instruments sounds of collective and individual wonder.

Shoror - Armenian Folk Music for Guitar (Iakovos Kolanian)  Music

Posted by Aregak at April 11, 2017
Shoror - Armenian Folk Music for Guitar (Iakovos Kolanian)

Shoror - Armenian Folk Music for Guitar (Iakovos Kolanian) [2004]
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Folk, Classical | Label: Pomegranate Music | Catalog Number: 634479032042

With this recording, Iakovos Kolanian sets a new standard in the interpretation and performance of Armenian music in the Classical idiom. What he presents here to the listener is not an ordinary transcription of this material for the classical guitar but, rather, a meditation on these choice Armenian folk tunes that is the fruit of many years of study, reflection and refinement. Owing to an almost instinctive feel for this music, he bestows each individual piece with a unique touch that has been shaped by his solid grounding in the traditions of the Spanish guitar, his devotion to the music of J. S. Bach and, of course, his natural affinity for Komitas. Aside from his breathtaking virtuosity, however, it is ultimately the musical refinement and emotional depth that distinguishes Kolanian's playing. The gems that he has created with this recording deserve to be treasured, and are sure to become a reference, for many years to come. -Kevork Imirzian …
Les Vents Francais - Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds (2017)

Les Vents Francais - Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 79:44 min | 323 MB
Label: Erato - Warner Classics | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2017

This extra helping of Beethoven’s music for winds comes on the heels of Les Vents Français’s recent triple-CD release Winds & Piano, praised by The Telegraph for “stylistically sure and interpretatively ear-catching” performances, including one of Beethoven’s Op.16 Quintet, which earned the group added plaudits for “astutely balanced and finely observed” playing. This recording offers much more of a good thing, with Beethoven grouping the winds in a variety of smaller combinations.

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at April 8, 2017
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978) [Re-Up]

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)
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Avant-Garde, Minimalism | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1129, 422 821 417-2 | 00:56:31

If Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians is simply described in terms of its materials and organization – 11 chords followed by 11 pieces built on those chords – then it might seem utterly dry and monotonous. The actual music, though, is far from lackluster. When this recording was released in 1978, the impact on the new music scene was immediate and overwhelming. Anyone who saw potential in minimalism and had hoped for a major breakthrough piece found it here. The beauty of its pulsing added-note harmonies and the sustained power and precision of the performance were the music's salient features; and instead of the sterile, electronic sound usually associated with minimalism, the music's warm resonance was a welcome change. Yet repeated listening brought out a subtle and important shift in Reich's conception: the patterns were no longer static repetitions moving in and out of phase with each other, but were now flexible units that grew organically and changed incrementally over the course of the work.
VA - Music For Four Harpsichords: CPE Bach, JS Bach, G Malcolm (2017)

VA - Music For Four Harpsichords: CPE Bach, JS Bach, G Malcolm
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 56:35 min | 130 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

There were many worlds in George Malcolm's (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord's identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself.
The Saint Cecilia Choir - Miserere: Music for Holy Week from St. John Cantius (2017)

The Saint Cecilia Choir - Miserere: Music for Holy Week from St. John Cantius
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 75:27 min | 174 MB
Label: Masterworks | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

From the heart of Chicago, St. John Cantius presents the St. Cecilia Choir through the emotional depth of Holy Week from Chicago's St. John Cantius Church. The triumphal Ingrediente Domino of "Palm Sunday" marks Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and lifts the heart. The Heavenly "high C" of Allegri's Miserere, sung at "Tenebrae" transports the listener to ethereal contemplations of Holy Week. Recorded at the venerable St. John Cantius and Re-released on AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical in 2017.