Category Archives: Classical

Ksenija Sidorova – Carmen (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Ksenija Sidorova – Carmen (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:28 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Blackbird Music Studio, Berlin ( Band ) 8 / 2015; Zorlu Performing Arts Center, Istanbul (Orchestra) 8 / 2015; Floating Earth Studios, London 11 / 2015

Countless artists, authors and other sharp creative minds – from Manet and Peter Brook to Nabokov and Nietzsche – have drawn deep inspiration from Carmen. Ksenija Sidorova is the latest to reimagine the tragic heroine of Bizet’s opera. The Latvian accordionist, a massive musical talent with the blazing energy of a comet, marks her Deutsche Grammophon debut with an album driven by her identification with Bizet’s famously free-spirited femme fatale. Ksenija’s Carmen gives new life to some of the most popular of all classical melodies, presented here in seductively fresh arrangements. She describes the character of Carmen as, above all, “a projection of the heart’s most intimate desires”. In response, her album, influenced by Latin, Asian, European and North American musical styles, offers an intoxicating mix of tone colours and pulsating rhythms.

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Kristin Rule – The Knife That Cuts A Tear (2010) [Bandcamp 24-44,1]

Kristin Rule – The Knife That Cuts A Tear (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:57 minutes | 485 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover

Kristin Rule are cellist/composer/looper from Australia. Her release, ‘The Knife that Cuts a Tear’, is reaching deep into the hearts and minds of listeners from all walks of life. A composition graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, Kristin has found her voice in the form of a cello and a loopstation. In performance, her original compositions are created live, layer by layer, mesmerising audiences with exquisite melodies, rich harmonies and beautifully raw sonorities.

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Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow PO – 20th Ann. of the Russian Revolution+(1965) [HDTT 24-192]

Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / RSFSR Russian Chorus / Boys Choir of Moscow Choir School (2011)
Prokofiev: Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution & Shostakovich: The Sun Shines over our Motherland
Transferred from a Angel/Meloydia 4-Track Tape | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:27 minutes | 1,67 GB
Recorded 1965 in Moscow, U.S.S.R. | Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Serge Prokofiev had been deeply engrossed in the writings of Vladimir Lenin when the All-Union Radio Committee approached him with the idea of a patriotic cantata, one that might incorporate “Revolutionary texts.” The germs of the idea began in 1934, but Prokofiev undertook the main body of the ten-movement work in 1936-1937. Prokofiev repressed the score, however, and it did not receive its premier until 5 May 1966 under Kondrashin. The sheer number of forces involved–which can easily involve up to 500 musicians–suggests another reason for the rarity of this colossus. The musical fecundity of Prokofiev’s style–with clear analogies to Alexandre Nevsky and to the G Minor Violin Concerto–mark the piece as an inspired rather than a merely propagandist vehicle. For the prologue or Introduction, Prokofiev utilizes the phrase “A specter is haunting Europe,” the first sentence from Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto. The 1966 recording by Kirill Kondrashin omits two movements–Stalin’s Oath and The Constitution–movements no longer “politically correct” during the period of anti-Stalin reaction, since the Soviet government wished to detach itself from his crimes.

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Katarina & Svante Henryson – High, Low Or In Between (2015) [eClassical 24-96]

Katarina & Svante Henryson – High, Low or In Between (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:10 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eclassical.com | @ BIS Records
Recorded: April 2014 at Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden

vante Henryson, the Swedish cellist, composer, double bass and electric bass guitar player, has been awarded the Nordic Council Music Award of some 50’000 Dollars in a ceremony on Iceland. Starting as a double-bass player in the Oslo Phil, he continued as a rock musician in one of Sweden’s more famous hard rock bands, while at all times exploring the classical cello in his own imaginative way, fusing the classical with impulses from other genres.
I have deeply admired him for many years, but only when hearing him and his singing wife Katarina (of Real Group fame) at a private party, had the chance to really approach them with a recording idea. This materialized and the SACD was recentky released.
We take this opportunity to re-present it at very favourable conditions here and now for a few days. Congratulations, Svante! Way to go!!! And congrats to the Nordic Council for a choice, as excellent as it is daring! –Robert von Bahr

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Karl Jenkins – Cantata Memoria – For the Children (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Karl Jenkins – Cantata Memoria – For The Children (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:55:48 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | © Deutsche Grammophon

Cantata Memoria commemorates through new music the Aberfan tragedy of October 21, 1966, when 116 children and 28 adults tragically lost their lives as a coal tip enveloped Plant Glas school, together with some houses, in Aberfan, South Wales.

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Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish SO, Lukasz Borowicz – Rozycki: Piano Concertos (2016) [Hyperion 24-96]

Ludomir Rozycki – Piano Concertos – Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:08 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records

Ludomir Różycki, a composer who remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland. On this exciting disc, pianist Jonathan Plowright is the soloist in Różycki’s three works for piano and orchestra, accompanied by Łukasz Borowicz leading the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. These pieces showcase a composer with an accomplished ear for instrumental color, whose late-nineteenth-century musical language responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.

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Jonas Kaufmann – Dolce Vita (2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Jonas Kaufmann – Dolce Vita (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – :06:57 minutes | 2,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital booklet | © Sony Classical

Italy! Like nowhere else on earth – the sunshine and sea salt, the smell of citrus and coffee, a flirtatious glance, an incomparable song drawn deep from the heart. Italy and its immortal music have a magical pull on people like no other culture – and Jonas Kaufmann feels this particularly keenly. The new album Dolce vita is his tribute to this culture, this way of life that has conceived one immortal melody after the other for the tenor voice and influenced him so much. Now Sony Classical is proud to present this special collection of timeless Italian songs – sung by “The world’s greatest tenor” (The Daily Telegraph).

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John Cage – Sonatas & Interludes – Cedric Pescia (2012) [Qobuz 24-88.2]

John Cage – Sonatas & Interludes – Cedric Pescia (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:03:48 minutes | 867 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Aeon/Outhere Music France
Recorded: 7-8/10/2011, Saal 3, Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastrasse

With this new disc, æon is doing its part to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage, born on 5 September 1912 in the United States. This recording of the Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano, some of the most emblematic works in his catalogue, proposes discovering one of the great classics of 20th century music performed by the young Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia. The interpretation is luminous, featuring unrivalled sensitivity and perceptiveness.

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Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes – Verdi: Rigoletto (1971/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, LSO, Richard Bonynge – Verdi: Rigoletto (1971/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:57:53 minutes | 2,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Decca

For sheer vocal splendor you can’t go wrong with the 1971 Decca recording featuring the virile baritone Sherrill Milnes as Rigoletto, Luciano Pavarotti in radiant voice as a stylish but slightly scene-stealing Duke, and Joan Sutherland as a Gilda who is a little too vocally resplendent to come across as innocent, but is certainly a treat to hear.

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Max Richter – Collection (2002-2017) [FLAC]

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Artist: Max Richter
Album: Collection
Genre: Classical
Year: 2002-2017
Size: ~ 8.47 gb
Source: CDs, Digital download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Blending classical, electronic, and rock influences into a style he calls “post-classical,” composer/programmer Max Richter ignores boundaries in favor of haunting, strangely familiar sounds. This approach made him an in-demand composer for film and other types of performing arts, as well as an acclaimed artist in his own right. Born in Germany in the mid-’60s, Richter and his family moved to the U.K. when he was still a little boy; by his early teens, he was listening to the canon of classical music, as well as modern composers including Philip Glass, whose sound was a major influence on Richter. The Clash, the Beatles, and Pink Floyd were also important, along with the early electronic music scene; inspired by artists such as Kraftwerk, Richter built his own analog instruments. He studied composition and piano at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music, and in Florence with Luciano Berio. Richter then became a founding member of the Piano Circus, a contemporary classical group that played works by Glass, Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Arvo Prt, and Julia Wolfe, and also incorporated found sounds and video into their performances.

Dead Cities After ten years and five albums, Richter left the group and became more involved in the U.K.’s thriving electronica scene, collaborating with the Future Sound of London on Dead Cities (which features a track named after him) and Isness; he also contributed orchestrations to Roni Size’s In the Mode. Richter’s own work evolved from the Xenakis-inspired music of his early days into something that included his electronic and pop influences: 2002’s Memoryhouse introduced his mix of modern composition, electronica, and field recordings, and the following year’s stunning Blue Notebooks — inspired by Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks — showed off a more streamlined, and more affecting, version of this sound. Released in 2006, Songs from Before paired Richter’s plaintive sound with texts written by Haruki Murakami and delivered by Robert Wyatt. Two years later, 24 Postcards in Full Colour, a collection of elaborate ringtones, was released, and 2008 also saw the release of Richter’s score for the film Waltz with Bashir.
InfraRichter worked on several other film scores, including music for Benedek Fliegauf’s Womb, Alex Gibney’s My Trip to Al Qaeda, and David MacKenzie’s The Last Word. Another scoring project was Infra, which Richter was commissioned to compose in 2008. A ballet inspired by T.S. Eliot’s classic poem “The Wasteland,” Infra premiered that November at London’s Royal Opera House. Richter re-recorded and expanded his music for the 2010 album Infra, his fourth release for Fat Cat Records. Throughout the 2010s, Richter alternated between soundtrack work and other projects, including the award-winning scores to Die Fremde and Lore and Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, an avant-garde reworking of the composer’s timeless set of violin concertos. Disconnect, the score to Henry-Alex Rubin’s film about the impact of technology on relationships, was released in 2013. His score for Wadjda, which revolved around an 11-year-old girl and was the first feature-length film made by a Saudi Arabian woman (director Haifaa Al-Mansour), arrived that July. Richter issued three more film scores that year, including the music to Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox and Ruair Robinson’s sci-fi excursion The Last Days on Mars.
Max Richter: Sleep [8 Hour Version] In 2014, Richter launched an ongoing mentorship program for aspiring young composers. The following year saw the arrival of Sleep, an eight-hour ambient piece scored for piano, strings, electronics, and vocals, which Richter described as a “lullaby for a frenetic world and a manifesto for a slower pace of existence.” The piece premiered at a Berlin performance where the audience was given beds instead of seats. Sleep and From Sleep, a one-hour adaptation, were released in September 2015. Richter returned in 2016 with the music for an episode of Black Mirror. It was soon followed by 2017’s Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works, which drew from his score for Wayne McGregor’s three-act Royal Ballet production inspired by three of Virginia Woolf’s most acclaimed novels.

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