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Edgard Varese - Kontinent: Ionisation; Offrandes; Hyperprism; Integrales; Ameriques; Ecuatorial (2011)

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Edgard Varese - Kontinent: Ionisation; Offrandes; Hyperprism; Integrales; Ameriques; Ecuatorial (2011)

Edgard Varèse: Kontinent (2011)
Ionisation; Offrandes; Hyperprism; Intégrales; Amériques; Ecuatorial
The Percussive Planet Ensemble; Martin Grubinger, percussion
Julie Moffat, soprano; Otto Katzameier, bass
Ensemble Modern Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth, conductor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien; Bertrand de Billy, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Col Legno | # WWE1CD20295 | Time: 01:11:10

Edgar Varèse is regarded as one of the pioneers of New Music, and with good reason. His piece “Ionisation” was the first-ever composition written exclusively for percussion ensemble to be performed in a traditional concert hall setting; and he explored and searched intensely for sonic experiences. Varèse integrated first the world of sounds, then electronic instruments into traditional orchestras, thereby opening a door to a new awareness of listening. His work substantially influenced those generations of composers that came after him: a link between the beautiful, the exciting and the musically unfamiliar. The 2009 Salzburg Festival dedicated its “Kontinente” series to this brilliant New Music pioneer – and we are delighted to present these excellent recordings to you! (Col Legno)

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)

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Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)

Bruce Brubaker - Inner Cities: Music for Piano by John Adams and Alvin Curran (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Classical, Contemporary, Minimalism | Label: Arabesque | # Z6776 | Time: 01:19:06

Bruce Brubaker artistic skill and understanding of this music is beyond reproach and will thrill any fan of the collected composers work on this CD. The sound quality is outstanding as well. Bruce Brubaker has recorded two CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring modern American piano music. The most recent, Inner Cities, was released in September 2003, and includes Brubaker's transcription of Pat Nixon's aria from Adams's opera, Nixon in China. The previous CD, Glass Cage , with pieces by Glass and Cage, was named one of the ten best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine.

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) - Albums Collection 1978-2011 (20CD)

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Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) - Albums Collection 1978-2011 (20CD)

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) - Albums Collection 1978-2011 (20CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 6.59 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 2.53 Gb | Scans included
Experimental Electronic, Synthpop, New Wave, Art Rock, Avant-Garde, J-Pop | Time: 16:30:46

Pioneering Japanese synth-pop group second only to Kraftwerk in influence. Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass and keyboards and vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards and vocals). The band's former "fourth member" was music programmer Hideki Matsutake. Collection includes all studio albums, three live albums and three compilations.

Finnish RSO, Hannu Lintu, Virpi Raisanen - Luciano Berio: Sinfonia; Calmo; Ritirata Notturna di Madrid (2014)

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Finnish RSO, Hannu Lintu, Virpi Raisanen - Luciano Berio: Sinfonia; Calmo; Ritirata Notturna di Madrid (2014)

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia; Calmo; Ritirata Notturna di Madrid (2014)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu; Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, 20th Century | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1227-5 | Time: 00:53:54

Ondine continues its exciting releases focusing on 20th century masterpieces together with conductor Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. This release is dedicated to the orchestral works by the pioneer of Italian modernism Luciano Berio. Berio’s 5-movement Sinfonia, is undoubtedly his most well-known work, written for the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. It has become one of the key works and principle musical manifestations of the 1960s bringing together collage technique and modernism.

Jose Luis Bieito - Reflections: Steve Reich, George Winston, Nicky Hind (2009)

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Jose Luis Bieito - Reflections: Steve Reich, George Winston, Nicky Hind (2009)

José Luís Bieito - Reflections: Steve Reich, George Winston, Nicky Hind (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Guitar | Label: Ars Harmonica | # AH205 | 00:47:02

This collection of music for guitar, brought together by Jose Luis Bieito as the musical element of his music+image binomis, Reflections, possesses a delightful balance of sounds. These are flowing, pulsing, mostly gentle sounds that tend to soothe and calm the listener's mind. Sounds that - through a variety of compositional techniques - tend to be sustained in time; the effects of which can sometimes capture a listener’s attention, holding it inside an extended musical moment, like a spell. When heard while viewing the accompanying (provocative, sometimes disturbing) images, the sounds can serve an additional function: grounding the listener's reaction, enabling the passage of emotion; like electricity discharging through a lightening rod.

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)

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Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
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.

Biota - Fragment For Balance (2019)

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Biota - Fragment For Balance (2019)

Biota - Fragment For Balance (2019)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 361 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 176 Mb
Full Scans ~ 329 Mb | 01:12:49 | RAR 5% Recovery
Art Rock, Avant-Garde, Experimental | ReR Megacorp #BCD9

After 4 years of work on their 11th release for ReR, this extraordinary, reclusive, and highly individual audio-visual collective continues to evolve through the painstaking accumulation and disposition of a seemingly incompatible range of both exotic and familiar musical languages, instruments, techniques and studio manipulations into one of the few genuinely original bands at work today. It took a long time to refine their unique process of composition to this level of ambiguity and depth and newcomers will wonder how they strayed so far from orthodoxy and yet managed to retain a lucidity and transparency that is quite rare in contemporary music.

Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (2016) 11 CD Box Set

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Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (2016) 11 CD Box Set

Dennis Russell Davies - Philip Glass: Symphonies Nos. 1-10 (2016) 11 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.17 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:47:36
Classical, Minimalism | Label: Orange Mountain Music | # omm0104

Orange Mountain Music presents this new limited edition 11 disc boxed set - The Symphonies by Philip Glass. This collection features conductor Dennis Russell Davies who has arranged the commission of nine of ten Glass symphonies, leading the orchestras over which he has presided during the past 15 years including the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. This collection is the fruit of a 20 year collaboration between Glass and Davies and showcases a wide variety within this surprising body of work by Glass.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Scans included | Time: 07:03:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989)

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Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway (1989)

Michael Nyman - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Soundtrack To The Film By Peter Greenaway

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 218 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 104 Mb
Label: Venture | # DBEBN 55(4) | Time: 00:40:24 | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Avant-Garde, Minimalism

For this, his seventh soundtrack for director Peter Greenaway, Nyman deftly orchestrates a mix of strings, horns, and voices to produce another of his fetching and romantic minimalist backdrops. The opening "Memorial" is the highlight of the lot and drives along with stuttering saxophones, an insistent string arrangement, elegiac brass solos, and the soaring vocals of soprano Sarah Leonard (Leonard would be featured on a large part of the Prospero's Books soundtrack). The piece was originally inspired by a 1985 Belgian soccer match tragedy, in which 39 Italian fans were killed. Nyman utilized a death march in his earlier Greenaway collaboration, Drowning by Numbers, and revives the scheme to great effect here for what would become the main theme of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Nyman contrasts the piece's climatic quality with two relatively sedate yet brooding numbers.

Luciano Berio - Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments (2006) 3 CDs

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Luciano Berio - Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments (2006) 3 CDs

Luciano Berio - Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments (2006) 3 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 634 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 420 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557661-63 | Time: 03:01:53

Admirers of Luciano Berio's Sequenzas have long wished for an affordable, high-quality collection of these masterpieces for solo instruments, considered by some to be the core works in the composer's oeuvre. Deutsche Grammophon released Ensemble InterContemporain's fabulous set in 1994, but its relatively high price and incompleteness make it a second choice when compared with the 2006 set on Naxos, which is both reasonably priced and complete, now that Sequenza XIV for cello appears on CD for the first time. Of course, bargaining over cost and completeness is one thing, but artistic quality is another important consideration: how does the Naxos edition fare in its performances and sound quality? While Ensemble InterContemporain's terrific compilation practically guarantees accuracy and authenticity – many of Berio's original musicians were involved in the project – the performances on this triple-disc set are quite comparable and wholly convincing in virtuosic skills, lustrous timbres, and splendid recording quality; only an adept student of these pieces could note any discrepancies, and those would be minor.

Keeril Makan - In Sound (2008) with Kronos Quartet and Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

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Keeril Makan - In Sound (2008) with Kronos Quartet and Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

Keeril Makan - In Sound (2008)
with Kronos Quartet and Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb
Label: Tzadik | # TZ8053 | Time: 00:48:11 | Scans included
Modern Creative, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Chamber Music

The strength of these pieces by American composer Keeril Makan is that they fall outside the boxes of minimalism, abstract electronic music, and world-influenced styles. The word visceral keeps coming up in his descriptions of his own music, which revels in sheer sound and proceeds in large, physical gestures with, Makan says blithely, "no formal logic other than careful attunement to what the ear and body dictate." Paradoxically, though, it's full of surprises. The three works on the album all fall loosely under the chamber music banner and are all recognizably by the same composer, but each has a different method.

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums 1973-1977) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs

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Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums 1973-1977) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums 1973-1977) (2008)
4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LP sleeve
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 820 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 357 Mb | Scans ~ 170 Mb
Label: Captain Trip Records | # CTCDB-610/613 | Time: 02:35:37
Progressive Rock, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock

With the possible exception of Richard Pinhas' Heldon, Gilbert Artman's Lard Free was probably the premier French progressive group of the '70s. The prolific Heldon might win in terms of amount of material, but the three near-perfect albums by Lard Free (despite the truly wretched band name) probably have them beat in terms of overall quality. Although Artman, a drummer who also dabbles in synthesizers and piano, called Lard Free a group, he was the only constant member; all three albums have different lineups. 1973's Lard Free consists of relatively short pieces with prominent piano and saxophone parts, and as such is the most jazz-oriented of the three. The following year's I'm Around About Midnight consists of three long pieces with much more synthesizer; at times, it sounds almost like early (pre-ambient) Tangerine Dream, or perhaps Clear Light, the French collective Artman and the then-current lineup of Lard Free occasionally worked with around this time. 1977's Lard Free III, also known as Spirale Malax, is Artman's best work, a pair of side-long experiments that combine space music, jazz, and King Crimson-style heavy progressive rock better than many groups (including King Crimson) could ever hope to manage.

Stephen Clarke, The JACK Quartet - Horaţiu Rădulescu: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I (2016)

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Stephen Clarke, The JACK Quartet - Horaţiu Rădulescu: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I (2016)

Stephen Clarke, The JACK Quartet - Horaţiu Rădulescu: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Spectralism | Label: mode records | # mode 290 | Time: 01:01:41

The first volume in a series combining Radulescu’s complete Piano Sonatas and String Quartets, there are six of each, on Mode performed by the superb JACK Quartet and Stephen Clarke (piano). In the 1970s, Horatio Radulescu (1942-2008) began exploring and composing begun composing what he called “plasmatic music,” in which sound was conceived as an “endless ocean of vibrations,” as opposed to the traditional way in which music treats sound as a fabric of discrete scale steps. His music is linked to the “spectral music” school. Radulescu’s Fifth String Quartet is one of the key works in his output. It is in some ways the richest manifestation of the body of string techniques he had developed for his music. The Second Piano Sonata is inspired by the Tao of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (6-5 BC). The first movement, “Immanence,” opens with a powerful sonority built from spectral functions which gives a sense of immensity and strength. The Fifth Piano Sonata makes abundant use — more so than any of the other sonatas — of Romanian folk material, which is absorbed and integrated into Radulescu’s spectral language.

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002)

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Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002)

Alarm Will Sound & Ossia, Alan Pierson - Steve Reich: Tehillim, The Desert Music (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 445 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary, Minimalism, Vocal | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21009 | 01:14:44

Alarm Will Sound's recording of Steve Reich's monumental orchestral/choral works The Desert Music and Tehillim, released on the Cantaloupe label in 2002, greatly benefits from the group's close connections with the composer: the ensemble's conductor, Alan Pierson, and several of the performers studied at the Eastman School with Brad Lubman, a conductor frequently enlisted by Reich. Also, Pierson's arrangements, which reconcile the chamber and orchestral versions that exist for both works, were prepared in close consultation with the composer; thus, this may well be the definitive recording of these pieces. Brilliantly sonorous in their climaxes – the burst of light near the end of Desert Music, the "Alleluias" that close Tehillim – the players also articulate Reich's intricate canonic textures with nimble precision.