Quartet 8

Beethoven - Emerson String Quartet - The String Quartets (1997) (7CD Box set) {Deutsche Grammophon}

Beethoven - Emerson String Quartet - The String Quartets (1997) (7CD Box set)
XLD Rip | (tracks+.cue, log) | Front cover only | 2122 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1157 mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 447 075-2

The Beethoven quartets have always been at the cote of the Emerson Quartet's repertoire, and over the years it has honed its playing of these works to a fine degree. Here in this new set we encounter exaltation, immaculate playing and ensemble precision of awesome proportions (typically, first and second violinists often swap their roles). The Emerson is perhaps the best rehearsed quartet of our century. The playing is not only flawless technically, but reflects a careful study of the music, both formally and in the players' intense preoccupation with textual matters. The recording of this set is also spectacular.
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.

Michaël Attias Quartet - Nerve Dance (2017)  Music

Posted by varrock at June 20, 2017
Michaël Attias Quartet - Nerve Dance (2017)

Michaël Attias Quartet - Nerve Dance (2017)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | Tracks: 11 | 67:25 min | 156 Mb
Style: Jazz | Label: Clean Feed

Methodical design, rough-and-tumble play, and thoughtful exchange are often viewed as mutually exclusive concepts in jazz. Saxophonist Michaël Attias' Nerve Dance, however, obliterates that line of thinking and any potential obstacles that could separate those realms. This is a work that's cultured, contumacious, and conversational in nature. It's principled art unbound.
Nicholas Daniel & Britten Oboe Quartet - Mozart, Britten, Knussen & Françaix: A Tribute to Janet (2017) [24/96]

Nicholas Daniel & Britten Oboe Quartet - Mozart, Britten, Knussen & Françaix: A Tribute to Janet (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:52 minutes | 1.12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Britten Oboe Quartet here makes its recording debut with a programme of its core repertory. It naturally includes the great Mozart Quartet K.370 and Britten’s own Phantasy op.2, but also two pieces that have a special resonance for the distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel, because they were commissioned and premiered by Janet Craxton (1929-81), his ‘beloved teacher’ and inspiration, and her London Oboe Quartet. Thus Oliver Knussen’s Cantata (1977) and the delightful Cor Anglais Quartet of Jean Françaix add further variety to a fascinating anthology that also features Nicholas Daniel’s own completion of Mozart’s elegiac fragment K580a.
Sacconi Quartet, Mark Padmore & Charles Owen - Jonathan Dove: In Damascus (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sacconi Quartet, Mark Padmore & Charles Owen - Jonathan Dove: In Damascus (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:07 minutes | 1.30 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Even though Jonathan Dove is best known as a vocal or choral composer, with operas and works for children forming the backbone of his output, his chamber music reveals similar predilections for narrative, drama, atmosphere and a sense of the personal. His new commission from the Sacconi Quartet, In Damascus, was inspired by the violinist Hannah Dawson s suggestion for a work that should reflect aspects of the conflict in Syria; not because music can offer any political solution, but simply as an expression of empathy, sorrow, even outrage at those terrible events.
Mads Vinding Quartet - Standards (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Mads Vinding 4tet - Standards (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit(16)/44,1 kHz | Time - 51:55 minutes | 281 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

A live jazz concert with some of Denmark's brightest jazz musicians. Despite announced 24-bit recording, here's we have a standard 16-bit release "zero padded" to 24-bit. Another "fail" from the most famous "audiophile store"(?). In any case, this album is an interesting event on the Scandinavian Jazz scene.
Sarah Laulan, Maciej Pikulski & Hermès Quartet - Les blasphèmes: Mélodies fin-de-siècle (2017) [24/96]

Sarah Laulan, Maciej Pikulski & Hermès Quartet - Les blasphèmes: Mélodies fin-de-siècle (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:18 minutes | 0.98 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Gathered around Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre, you'll discover an unknown aspect of the French melodie of the Fin-de-siecle. Based on sometimes very intimate text by rimbaud, Baudelaire or Verhaeren, among others, these crepuscular works externalized, one century ago already, the existential malaise of the mankind facing the progress. The rare contralto tone of Sarah Laulan, laureate at prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition and at the Geneva International Competition, and associated artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, serve the ambiguity of these melodies, that deploy by turns onirism, darkness, but also humor, provocation and cynicism.
Mark Nowakowski, Emily Ondracek-Peterson & Voxare String Quartet - Mark Nowakowski: Blood, Forgotten (2017)

Mark Nowakowski, Emily Ondracek-Peterson & Voxare String Quartet - Mark Nowakowski: Blood, Forgotten
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:27 min | 215 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017

The people of Poland have lived through often impossible conditions over the last three centuries, and this album is Polish-American composer Mark Nowakowskis tribute to their spirit of survival. Songs of Forgiveness is both a meditation on anger and grief and a lamentation on the stark realities of a society riven by tragedy. Blood, Forgotten is a multimedia memorial for the victims of Nazi and Soviet aggression during World War II, the electronic soundtrack using sounds from an instrument that survived one of the concentration camps. Partly written as a memorial for Henryk Górecki, Grandfather Songs also includes the surreal element of a recording of Nowakowskis family singing the war song Hej Ulani.