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The Crossing, Donald Nally, Prism Quartet - Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2016)

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The Crossing, Donald Nally, Prism Quartet - Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2016)

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2016)
The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally; Prism Quartet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 172 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2405, 481 4495 | Time: 00:50:12

A deep yet unsentimental emotional resonance and a patient, contemplative view of time whether relating to harmonic rhythm or human experience are complementary characteristics that run through his instrumental, vocal and theatrical catalog like a red thread, the composer inspired by disparate spirits from Wagner and Satie to Cage and Silvestrov. The ECM New Series released multiple recordings of Bryars music in the 1980s and early 90s, including the classic albums After the Requiem and Vita Nova. The first full ECM album from Bryars in decades is The Fifth Century, which includes the seven-part title work: a slowly evolving yet immediately involving setting of words by 17th-century English mystic Thomas Traherne, performed by the mixed choir of The Crossing with saxophone quartet PRISM. The album also features Two Love Songs, luminous a cappella settings of Petrarch for the women of The Crossing. The music within words, the humanity in breath, the sense of eternity within a moment or of a moment in eternity all are at play in Bryars latest music on ECM.

The Hilliard Ensemble, Alexei Lubimov, Stuttgart RSO, Andrey Boreyko - Arvo Part: Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)

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The Hilliard Ensemble, Alexei Lubimov, Stuttgart RSO, Andrey Boreyko - Arvo Part: Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)

Arvo Pärt - Lamentate; Da pacem Domine (2005)
Alexei Lubimov, piano; The Hilliard Ensemble
SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrey Boreyko

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 145 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1930, 476 3048 | 00:42:44

The brief opening piece for chorus on this new release, "Da Pacem Domine," is based on a 9th century Gregorian work and has the usual, familiar–and very beautiful–Pärt-ian characteristics: a soft, endless stream of easy tritones and harmonies that make this plea for peace immensely moving. The major work, Lamentate, is scored for large orchestra and solo piano–a very unusual combination for Pärt. Even his fans will be surprised. In ten brief sections, it begins with a quiet drum roll, immediately followed by horn calls. There are forte explosions for full orchestra and piano, with heavy percussion. At times the only thing we hear is a hushed piano part with strings supporting very quietly. The effect is dark yet alluring. It ends peacefully. This is another stunning CD of Pärt's music for his fans–old and new.

VA - Jazz & Asia (2004) [Musica Jazz Magazine 02/2004]

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VA - Jazz & Asia (2004) [Musica Jazz Magazine 02/2004]

VA - Jazz & Asia (2004) [Musica Jazz Magazine 02/2004]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:11:08
Contemporary Jazz, Folk, World | Label: Musica Jazz/ECM | # ECM/IN

Taken from the rich catalog of the ECM label and exclusively intended for the readers of Jazz Music, this anthology contains some of the most important examples of the fruitful marriage between two important musical traditions: that of the African American and Asiatic stock. The origin of the extraordinary meeting dates back to the beginning of the Sixties, continuing to this day in a very singular but far from forced development, and certainly with very suggestive results. The twelve songs offer the occasion, not always frequent, to know musicians linked to technique and spirituality for centuries rooted in the great continent (in this album, especially in India) and together to appreciate the naturalness with which jazz musicians of absolute value have been able to support them: we listen to European and European talents such as Don Cherry, Leroy Jenkins, John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Charlie Mariano, Collin Walcott, John Abercrombie, John Surman, Mat Maneri, singers Karin Krog and Susanne Abbuehl.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Anja Lechner, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson - Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando (2014)

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Anja Lechner, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson - Tigran Mansurian: Quasi parlando (2014)

Tigran Mansurian - Quasi parlando (2014)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Anja Lechner, violoncello
Amsterdam Sinfonietta; Candida Thompson, conductor and lead violin

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2323, 481 0667 | Time: 01:02:35

Quasi Parlando is an important addition to ECM's documentation of the work of Tigran Mansurian, an often breathtaking account of highly original contemporary chamber orchestra music. Issued in the wake of his 75th birthday, the album presents four works for soloists and strings, and marks the ECM debut of the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, winner of the 2013 Gramophone Awards 'Record of the Year'. It opens with the Armenian composer's fiercely-concentrated Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and String Orchestra, and proceeds to new music performed by its dedicatees: the lyrical Romance, dedicated to Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the intensely expressive Quasi Parlando, dedicated to German cellist Anja Lechner. Both are world premiere recordings, as is the Violin Concerto No 2, subtitled Four Serious Songs, which concludes the programme. Throughout, the soloists deliver committed performances, as does the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Candida Thompson.

Helena Tulve - Arboles lloran por lluvia (2014)

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Helena Tulve - Arboles lloran por lluvia (2014)

Helena Tulve - Arboles lloran por lluvia (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2243, 476 4500 | Time: 01:01:13
Classical, Contemporary

Recorded by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and various soloists and ensembles in churches in Tallinn as well as the Estonian Concert Hall, the five compositions heard on Arboles lloran por lluvia (Trees cry for rain) give deeper insight into the unique sound-world of Estonian composer Helena Tulve, into music that is nourished by both contemporary and ancient currents. Tulve draws upon a wide-range of inspirational sources. She explores the raw fabric of sound and the nature of timbre in both analytical and instinctive ways, in compositions that are unmistakably her own, yet her work is inclusive - here incorporating aspects of Gregorian chant, melody from Yemenite Jewish tradition, and texts from Sufi, Sephardic and Christian mystic poetry. Reyah hadas 'ala (The Perfume of the Myrtle Rises) unites the ensemble of the Gregorian chant and the early music instruments. This is the only work in which Tulve has used a pre-existing melody, a song of the Yemenite Jews. Extinction des choses vues (The Extinction of the Things Seen) is an orchestral piece in which the musical ideas are derived from a text by the Jesuit thinker Michel de Certeau called Extase blanche (White Ecstasy).

Chick Corea - Selected Recordings (2002) {ECM 8003}

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Chick Corea - Selected Recordings (2002) {ECM 8003}

Chick Corea - Selected Recordings (2002) {ECM 8003}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 485MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 182MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

Chick Corea's long, varied career resists a definitive summary on any one disc, so inevitably this Rarum volume is going to be limited by definition. Indeed, Corea compresses his choices further to only three of his many ensembles: the first Brazilian-charged edition of Return to Forever, his duets with vibraphonist Gary Burton, and the superb reunited 1980s trio with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes (in any case, ECM promises a second Rarum volume of Corea chamber music in 2003). The present volume starts with a truncated version of the Return to Forever band's "Sometime Ago/La Fiesta" medley, the moody seven-minute intro lopped off perhaps to accommodate the limits of a CD that was pushing 80 minutes.

Marc Johnson - Bass Desires (1985)

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Marc Johnson - Bass Desires (1985)

Marc Johnson - Bass Desires (1985)
feat. Bill Frisell, John Scofield and Peter Erskine

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included | 00:53:54
Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1299, 827 743-2

The pairing of electric guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield had to be one of the most auspicious since John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana. Acoustic bassist Marc Johnson's stroke of genius in bringing the two together on Bass Desires resulted in a sound that demonstrated both compatibility between the guitarists and the distinctiveness of the two when heard in combination. Add drummer Peter Erskine and you had a bona fide supergroup, albeit in retrospect a short-lived one, before Frisell and Scofield would establish their own substantial careers as leaders. The guitarists revealed symmetry, spaciousness, and a soaring stance, buoyed by the simplicity of their rhythm mates. This is immediately achieved on the introductory track, "Samurai Hee-Haw," as hummable, head-swimming, and memorable a melody as there ever has been, and a definite signature sound.

Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

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Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

Thomas Larcher - IXXU (2006)
Rosamunde Quartett; Thomas Demenga, violoncello;
Christoph Poppen, violin; Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1967, 476 3156 | Time: 00:53:57
Classical, Contemporary, Modern Composition

The four chamber works by Austrian Thomas Larcher recorded here show that's he's a composer to watch out for. His compositional voice is strikingly unencumbered by adherence to any orthodoxy, and his work is direct in its emotional and intellectual communication. My Illness Is the Medicine I Need, for soprano, violin, cello, and piano, is particularly effective; its aphoristic texts come from a Benetton "Colors" magazine that included photographs of psychiatric hospitals and quotations from their patients. Larcher's understated text setting allows the voices of the patients to be heard with unaffected bleakness and it is strongly moving. Even though it uses a contemporary harmonic language, the string quartet Ixxu (1998-2004) is old-fashioned in its emotional clarity. Its last movement, "ruhig," is genuinely peaceful and brings to mind the serenity of Arvo Pärt's Fratres. His 1990 quartet Cold Farmer is similarly direct and generous in inviting the listener in, and here again the slow movement is especially deeply felt and engaging.

Tonu Korvits - Mirror (2016)

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Tonu Korvits - Mirror (2016)

Tõnu Kõrvits - Mirror (2016)
Anja Lechner, violoncello; Kadri Voorand, voice; Tõnu Kõrvits, kannel
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Estonian Philarmonic Chamber Choir; Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # New Series 2327, 481 2303 | Time: 01:03:07

Mirror is the first ECM New Series album from Estonian composer Tonu Korvitz (born 1969), who emphasizes his links to his homelands music at several levels. The album begins with a fantasy on a song by Veljo Tormis. Like the older composer, Korvitz has been influenced by folk song and archaic musical tradition, which find their echo in the refined and texturally-rich spectrum of his own, labyrinthine pieces. His music is well served here by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tonu Kaljustes assured direction and by soloist Anja Lechner. Lechners cello is foregrounded in Peegeldused Tasaset Maast (2013), Laul (2012, rev. 2013) and the albums largest piece Seitsme Linnu Seitse Und (2009, rev. 2012), a collaboration with the poet Maarja Kangro, which is both choral suite and cello concerto. In these seven dreams of seven birds the choir sings in Estonian and English and the cello conjures both birdsong and swooping flight.

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

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Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Filia Sion (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2244, 476 4499 | Time: 01:11:08
Classical, Choral, Medieval, Gregorian Chant

Filia Sion is the first ECM New Series disc devoted entirely to the Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis. From the beginning of its history, Vox Clamantis has focussed on Gregorian chant as the foundation of European music, but has also maintained strong connections to contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür (members of the ensemble previously appeared on Tüür s Oxymoron album, singing his composition Salve Regina ). Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical. While always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the approach to the work and the selection of pieces is contemporary, with sound and texture and the blending of voices as a focus. As leader Jaan-Eik Tulve explains, Gregorian chant is monophonic music which remarkably emphasizes the blend of voices.

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

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Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD) [Re-Up]

Stephan Micus - Albums Collection 1977-2010 (15CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.8 Gb | Scans included
ECM, World Fusion, Ethnic, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age, Ambient, Folk Jazz | Time: 12:04:42

A one-man universe of sound who has learned to play hundreds of instruments from across the globe, which he utilizes in captivating and exotic ways. Collection includes: Implosions (1977); Til The End Of Time (1978); Wings Over Water (1982); Listen To The Rain (1983); East Of The Night (1985); Ocean (1986); The Music Of Stones (1989); Darkness And Light (1990); To The Evening Child (1992); Athos: A Journey To The Holy Mountain (1994); The Garden Of Mirrors (1997); Desert Poems (2001); Life (2004); On The Wing (2006); Bold As Light (2010).

Rosamunde Quartett, The Hilliard Ensemble - Boris Yoffe: Song Of Songs (2011)

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Rosamunde Quartett, The Hilliard Ensemble - Boris Yoffe: Song Of Songs (2011)

Rosamunde Quartett, The Hilliard Ensemble - Boris Yoffe: Song Of Songs (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber, Vocal | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2174, 476 4426 | Time: 00:52:34

Boris Yoffee was born in Russia in 1968. There, he studied violin and composition and before the breakup of the Soviet Union he immigrated to Israel, where he studied at Tel Aviv University. In 1997, he moved to Germany to study composition with Wolfgang Rihm. By 2009, he had amassed an enormous number of short works. Thus, the performers who had been asked to record his Song of Songs looked through approximately 800 of them in order to select the pieces they wanted to perform. The Rosamunde Quartet is a German string quartet that was formed in 1992; since the group disbanded in 2010, this is its last recording. The Hilliard Ensemble is a British male vocal quartet that is well known for its performance of Renaissance, medieval, and contemporary music. It has often performed the works of Arvo Pärt, whose music is somewhat similar to that of Yoffe.

Andras Schiff - Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen; Piano Sonata No. 32; Sechs Bagatellen (2013) 2CDs

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Andras Schiff - Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen; Piano Sonata No. 32; Sechs Bagatellen (2013) 2CDs

András Schiff - Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen Op. 120;
Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111; Sechs Bagatellen Op. 126 (2013) 2CDs

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 342 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2294-95, 481 0446 | Time: 02:29:32

ECM New Series is better known for its documentation of contemporary works, but the music of the past sometimes receives coverage when artists bring a new perspective to it. The Diabelli Variations, Op. 120; the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, are among the most original and intellectually stimulating works Ludwig van Beethoven composed for the piano, and the sophisticated interpretations of András Schiff are especially worthwhile for their insights into authentic performance practice and reception. Here, Schiff gives the listener options between a relatively modern sounding version of the Diabelli Variations and a period interpretation, without favoring one or the other. On the first CD he plays the Sonata and the Diabelli Variations on a Bechstein piano from 1921, though with minimal pedaling and a restrained execution that allows every inner voice and subtle dynamic to be appreciated. While this piano is not as hard or bright sounding as a modern Steinway, it is familiar to modern ears and most listeners will readily accept it. On the second CD, Schiff plays the Diabelli Variations, along with the Six Bagatelles, on a smaller sounding Franz Brodmann fortepiano, an original instrument from around 1820, Beethoven's time period.

Kim Kashkashian, Dennis Russell Davies - Kancheli: Vom Winde Beweint; Schnittke: Konzert Fur Viola Und Orchester (1992)

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Kim Kashkashian, Dennis Russell Davies - Kancheli: Vom Winde Beweint; Schnittke: Konzert Fur Viola Und Orchester (1992)

Giya Kancheli: Vom Winde Beweint; Alfred Schnittke: Konzert Für Viola Und Orchester (1992)
Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1471, 437 199-2 | 01:07:28

This powerful record brings together two of the most seminal works for viola and orchestra of the twentieth century. Although these pieces are as different as they are similar, together they form a distinct balance of sentiment and execution.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Carolin Widmann - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann: Violin Concertos (2016)
Carolin Widmann, violin & direction; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 2427, 481 2635 | Time: 00:59:29

Recordings of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, are abundant, and even the pairing with the rarer Robert Schumann Violin Concerto, WoO 23, of 1853 are not as infrequent as they used to be. The thorny Schumann concerto has undergone a reevaluation upward, and plenty of players now concur with the judgment of Yehudi Menuhin: "This concerto is the historically missing link of the violin literature; it is the bridge between the Beethoven and the Brahms concertos, though leaning more towards Brahms." Violinist Carolin Widmann who (like the ECM label on which the album appears) has focused mostly on contemporary music, takes up the challenge of providing something new here, and she meets it. The central fact of the recording is that Widmann conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from the violin. Others have done this before, but few have pursued the implications of the technique as far as Widmann has: the performances are unusually light and transparent, and they are perhaps thus in accord with the sounds an orchestra of the middle 19th century might have produced. Sample the unusually lively, sprightly reading of the Mendelssohn concerto's finale.