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Mannheim String Quartet - Raff: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 8 (2015)

Mannheim String Quartet - Raff: String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 8 (2015)
Classical | MP3 320kbps CBR | 2 CDs | 292 MB
Label: CPO | Catalog Number: 777004 | Rls.date: 30th March 2015

Joachim Raff’s contemporaries valued him as an expert in the history of music and art and as a composer who wove together three-part counterpoint with ease, producing richly coloured instrumentations. Following cpo’s releases of some of Raff’s symphonies and his piano trios, the label now turn to his String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 8. These works chart an extraordinary period of the composer’s artistic growth - after writing his second quartet in 1857, some ten years passed before he continued composing for quartet ensemble. During the intervening years Raff had established himself in Wiesbaden, and his productivity had enabled him to make a name for himself as a composer of symphonies, piano and chamber music, and vocal works.
Emerson String Quartet - Tchaikovsky & Borodin: String Quartet No.1&2 (1986) {Deutsche Grammophon}

Emerson String Quartet - Tchaikovsky & Borodin: String Quartet No.1&2 (1986) {Deutsche Grammophon}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 224MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 123MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical

The String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11, was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's first completed string quartet of three string quartets, published during his lifetime. (An earlier attempt had been abandoned after the first movement had been completed.) Composed in February 1871, it was premiered in Moscow on 16/28 March 1871 by four members of the Russian Musical Society: Ferdinand Laub and Ludvig Minkus, violins; Pryanishnikov, viola; and Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, cello.
Calder Quartet - The Twenty-Fifth Hour: Chamber Music of Thomas Adès (2015)

Calder Quartet - The Twenty-Fifth Hour: Chamber Music of Thomas Adès (2015)
Classical | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Artwork | 00:56:08 | 206 MB
Label: Signum | Catalogue No: SIGCD413

Three classic works by Thomas Adès, performed by the composer with the Calder Quartet – Piano Quintet, The Four Quartets and Arcadiana. These three works are not only in classic genres but themselves becoming classics, with Arcadiana as close as any modern quartet to joining the repertory.
Boris Giltburg - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 & String Quartet No. 8 (2017)

Boris Giltburg - Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 & String Quartet No. 8
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:36 min | 236 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Shostakovich’s two Piano Concertos span a period of almost thirty years. The youthful First Piano Concerto is a masterful example of eclecticism, its inscrutable humour and seriousness allied to virtuoso writing enhanced by the rôle for solo trumpet. Written as a birthday present for his son Maxim, the Second Piano Concerto is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement. With the permission of the composer’s family, Boris Giltburg has arranged the exceptionally dark, deeply personal and powerful String Quartet No. 8, thereby establishing a major Shostakovich solo piano composition.
Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Zemlinsky  - Complete String Quartets (2013) (LaSalle Quartet) (6CD Box set)  {Deutsche Grammophon}

Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Zemlinsky - Complete String Quartets (2013) (LaSalle Quartet) (6CD Box set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 1720 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 902 mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon / B00E5YNBSU

These first complete recordings of the string quartets of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Zemlinsky have won numerous international awards and been hailed as landmarks in the discography of 20th-century music. Impeccable ensemble, superbly blended timbre and pure intonation ….This set [Schoenberg, Berg, Webern] is indeed a wonderful achievement (MusicWeb International). Febrile intensity and faultless proportioning of each formal structure [Zemlinsky] (Guardian).

ISOS Quartet - Max Bruch: String Quartets No. 1 & 2 (1997)  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 12, 2017
ISOS Quartet - Max Bruch: String Quartets No. 1 & 2 (1997)

ISOS Quartet - Max Bruch: String Quartets No. 1 & 2 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: KOCH/Schwann | # 3-6486-2 H1 | Time: 00:52:48

From an early age Max Bruch had enjoyed the ideal conditions for becoming a composer: his family had considerable cultural awareness and gave him all the support he needed. He had already composed not only a (lost) symphony but a significant proportion of his chamber music while still a student. The two youthful String Quartets Op.9 in C minor and Op.10 in E major show a Romantic exuberance poured into classic and classical moulds. The members of the ISOS Quartet — Isabelle van Keulen, Katharine Gowers, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Imke Frank — know each other from several important summer festivals as Lockenhaus and Kuhmo. As their CD debut, they recorded both string quartets by Max Bruch exclusively for Koch International Schwann.
Daniel String Quartet - Ambroise Thomas, Charles-François Gounod, Edouard Lalo: String Quartets (1994)

Daniel String Quartet - Thomas, Gounod, Lalo: String Quartets (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 361 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Discover International | # DICD 920159 DDD | Time: 01:09:37

Never mind the Symphonie espagnole and Le roi d’Ys, Edouard Lalo is the last of the great unknowns in 19th-century French music. His mature instrumental works combine the wisdom drawn from his professional playing experience with the familiar flair for rhythm and colour. They are likely to transform any opinion you may hold: it isn’t often that the inspiration of Beethoven was so well digested in France. The first two trios don’t really count as mature, and although they contain fine things, especially in the scherzos, their characteristic soul, sweep and dash are often clumsily handled. With No. 3, form and feeling are as one, the first movement’s surges integral to its progress to a hushed end, while the slow movement builds a powerful span from a sustained melody. Between them comes the irresistible piece better known in Lalo’s later arrangement as a Scherzo for orchestra. These performances have the necessary robustness without stinting on delicacy.
Sejong Soloists - Behzad Ranjbaran: Awakening, Elegies, Moto Perpetuo, Six Caprices, String Quartet (2010)

Sejong Soloists - Behzad Ranjbaran: Awakening, Elegies, Moto Perpetuo, Six Caprices, String Quartet (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 69:55 | 337 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8570353

Behzad Ranjbaran (b.1955) was born in Tehran, and came to the United States in 1974 to study at Indiana University. After receiving his doctorate from Juilliard in composition (he studied with Diamond, Schwantner, and Persichetti), he became a faculty member there. I confess his name was not familiar to me before this CD arrived in the mail, but perhaps it should have been. Among his recent accomplishments is a piano concerto that was premiered in 2008 by Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. Joshua Bell premiered his Violin Concerto in 2003. Furthermore, this is the second all-Ranjbaran CD to be released.
Paul Smith Quartet - Softly, Baby (1957) {2011 Japan Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series 24bit}

Paul Smith Quartet - Softly, Baby (1957) {2011 Japan Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series 24bit}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 131 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 85 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 65 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1957, 2011 Capitol / EMI Music Japan | TOCJ-50212 | Jazz Masterpiece Best & More 999 Series
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Piano

A great Capitol moment from pianist Paul Smith – an artist who really cut some of his best material ever for the label ! The Smith sound is at the height of its powers here in the late 50s — kind of a blend of jazz and more easy-going pianistic modes — often stretched out with lots of flourishes by Smith on the keys, but never the too-flowery styles used by some of his contemporaries ! Instead, Paul keeps things nice and lean — always enough to be plenty swinging in all the right moments — with quartet help from Barney Kessel on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Stan Levey on drums.

Sonny Troupe Quartet - Voyages et Reves... (2013) {Musicast}  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Jan. 8, 2017
Sonny Troupe Quartet - Voyages et Reves... (2013) {Musicast}

Sonny Troupe Quartet - Voyages et Reves (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 521 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 218 mb
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, French Jazz | Label: Musicast Distribution - TW1

Voyages et Rêves est le premier album d’un jeune batteur/percussionniste guadeloupéen au touché recherché et aux visions captivantes. Elevé dans la tradition du gwo-ka par son père, fondateur du groupe Gwakasonné et passeur de ce genre emblématique de la Guadeloupe, Sonny a accompagné aussi bien les cadors de son île (Tanya St-Val) que les ténors du jazz mondial (David Murray, Reggie Washington…).