Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:19 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Portico Quartet sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future.
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Peter Gabriel – Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ (1989/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:07 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W | Front Cover
Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there’s no mistaking the record’s stirring power. Like much of Gabriel’s solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film’s resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel’s best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion – Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.
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Gwyneth Herbert – Ten Lives (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 39:32 minutes | 434 MB | Genre: Jazz
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…In early 2008, Herbert was commissioned by a collaborative project between Peter Gabriel and Bowers & Wilkins to record an acoustic album at Gabriel’s Real World Studios. The result of these sessions – Ten Lives – was released as a digital download in July 2008, available only from the Bowers & Wilkins website as part of their Music Club…
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Evelyn Glennie & Jon Hemmersam – Sound Spirits (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 73:27 minutes | 734 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance. Evelyn is the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers. As a double Grammy award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. With over 86 international awards to date Evelyn continues to feed the next generation through advice and guidance.
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9Bach – Anian (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 50:27 minutes | 880 MB | Genre: Folk
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Anian is the third release from Welsh artists 9Bach, and the most interesting to date from Lisa Jên, Martin Hoyland and company.
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Steve Reich – Sextet, Music for Pieces of Wood, Clapping Music – LSO Percussion Ensemble (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:55 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 30 October 2015 at LSO St Luke’s, London
The Society of Sound and the LSO Percussion Ensemble celebrate the music of Steve Reich. This release marks a new development in the relationship between the LSO Live and Bowers and Wilkins.
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The Anchoress – Confessions Of A Romance Novelist (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:36 minutes | 598 MB | Genre: Pop, Alternative
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Revengepop? The prog Karen Carpenter? Barbra Streisand on acid? Bat For Lashes on a bookbinge? Whatever way you choose to describe “Confessions of A Romance Novelist”, the debut album by The Anchoress, one thing’s for sure: it packs a punch. Catherine Anne Davies (aka The Anchoress) sums up the album’s overall concept as “deconstructing normative ideas of love and romance”, with each song sung by a different character.
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Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 126:02 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
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Two alumni of the St Petersburg Conservatory are brought together on this recording – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Valery Gergiev, both educated in the same historic city a hundred years apart.
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