Steve Rothery – electric guitars, acoustic guitars
Mark Kelly – keyboards, samples and effects, backing vocals, programming
Pete Trewavas – bass guitars, backing vocals, additional guitars, samples and effects
Ian Mosley – drums, percussion
Steve ‘h’ Hogarth – lead vocals, lyrics, keyboards, guitars, percussion
A live concert film featuring all of the tracks from Marillion’s widely acclaimed and most recent studio album ‘Sounds That Can’t Be Made’. Performed live on the Sunday night’s of the Marillion Weekend in Holland & Montréal in 2013.
Disc 1 features the entire Holland concert while disc 2 contains the Montréal gig. Disc 3 gives you the ‘Sounds That Can’t Be Made’ studio album in high res at 96kHz 24bit with stereo and 5.1 audio options. This bonus disc also contains demos recorded during the making of STCBM.
01. Elle a dit 02. A l’ombre 03. Monkey me 04. Tu ne le dis pas 05. Love dance 06. Quand 07. J’ai essaye de vivre 08. Ici-bas 09. A-t-on jamais 10. Nuit d’hiver 11. A force de¿ 12. Je te dis tout (more…)
Janine Jansen follows her first Decca recording of violin favorites with this highly-energetic set of Vivaldi’s four violin concertos, known as “The Four Seasons.” The violinist leads an acclaimed group of soloists through a refreshing reading of this beloved masterpiece. This recording is riveting with Janine’s usage of one player per part. Absolutely essential.
“This is a delight with a seriousness of purpose that rather belies the star-centred packaging. Jansen and friends offer this ever-popular work in a cut-down, chamber version that grows on you with each listening. The playing is full of vigour and imagination, and the sound merely adds to the appeal… you’re unlikely to resist Jansen’s charms for long.” –Gramophone
With well over 100 recordings to choose from, such are the musical possibilities thrown up by Vivaldi’s vibrant pictograms that no two versions sound remotely alike. Of the old-school versions, Henryk Szeryng directing the English Chamber Orchestra on Philips (now sadly deleted) still holds sway, although finest of recent accounts on modern instruments is Anne-Sophie Mutter’s second DG outing with the Trondheim Soloists, an exhilarating musical rollercoaster ride that surprises at every dive and swerve, without resorting to the grating eccentricity and puerile shock tactics of several period-instrument versions.
If Mutter turns Romantic semantic sensibilities on their head, Janine Jensen might be said to marry traditional expressive values with the textural vitality and bracing inventiveness of authenticity. Jansen possesses the ideal combination of intonational purity and tonal allure, and is beguilingly responsive to the music’s shifting moods, creating the uncanny impression of a series of vividly drawn characters passing before our eyes as we listen. The all-star ensemble responds to her every whim and caprice with a ravishing sequence of captivating sonorities that grow naturally out of the music rather than merely being superimposed on it. The recording possesses a seductive autumnal glow that bathes the listener in a stream of golden sound. Forget the meagre playing time: with this exemplary release, the benchmark has been raised just that bit higher. 5 out of 5 stars for performance, 5 out of 5 stars for sound. –Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Schumann: The Symphonies (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.04 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz
For these revelatory performances – captured live at acclaimed concerts in Paris – he conducts the superb Chamber Orchestra of Europe, one of the world’s preeminent chamber orchestras. Taking a fresh perspective on familiar music, Yannick Nézet-Séguin challenges the conventional view on the composer’s symphonies.
“Of all the major symphonies, I’d say that Schumann’s are best performed by a slightly smaller ensemble… With a lean string section – not only in size, but also in its quality of playing – the music just works.”
The Canadian Maestro sees Schumann’s music as rooted in the bipolar nature of the composer’s troubled psyche, emphasising dramatic shifts of temperament – not only between movements but even within a single phrase
“He’s one of those composers whose personality is completely expressed in their music…those fluctuations between the melancholy and something very inward-looking are combined with a very manic kind of energy that wants to conquer the world. That’s what is so special about Schumann.”
This new cycle includes the second, revised version of Schumann’s second symphony, published as his Symphony No.4. “I try to respect whenever a composer makes a revision because he feels the need to, rather than because of any outside pressure. I’m personally convinced that the symphony’s message, and this feeling of one big movement, is better conveyed by the later version.”
This set is Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s first recording of a complete symphony cycle.
Composer: Robert Schumann
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Wolfgang Muthspiel / Larry Grenadier / Brian Blade – Driftwood (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 43:01 minutes | 874 MB Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Covers & Digital booklet
Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel makes his ECM leader debut with Driftwood, a trio album of subtlety and depth featuring renowned US jazz players Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade.
Wolfgang Muthspiel – who recently made his first ECM appearance on Travel Guide as a member of a cooperative trio with fellow guitarists Ralph Towner and Slava Grigoryan – has enjoyed long, productive musical friendships live and on record with both Grenadier and Blade, leading to a sense of telepathic interplay on Driftwood. The trio creates a ravishing sound, captured with fidelity at Rainbow Studio in Oslo. Muthspiel has been praised by The Times of London for his “restless musical imagination”. Lyrical, grooving and atmospheric by turns, the guitarist’s compositions on Driftwood include tributes to his heroes Joe Zawinul and Michael Brecker. (more…)
Wendy Warner, Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago – Haydn, Myslivecek: Cello Concertos (2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.27 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Cedille
On Haydn & Mysliveček Cello Concertos, American cellist Wendy Warner, a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, and Camerata Chicago, conducted by its British-born founder, Drostan Hall, present Franz Josef Haydn’s essential C Major and D Major Cello Concertos, harmoniously paired with a genuine rarity: the C Major Cello Concerto of Czech composer Josef Mysliveček (1737–1781), a Haydn contemporary.
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn, Josef Myslivecek Performer: Wendy Warner Conductor: Drostan Hall Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Chicago
Karen Geoghegan, Juanjo Mena – Weber: Symphonies No 1 & 2, Bassoon Concerto (2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.23 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz
This is the fourth release by the BBC Philharmonic under its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, and the discography is going from strength to strength – their recording of orchestral works by Falla was ‘Recording on the Month’ in BBC Music. They are joined on this recording by the bassoonist Karen Geoghegan.
Weber wrote the waltz Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance) in 1819, around the time when he was also working on the opera Der Freischütz. The two works crossed paths once more, in 1841, when the latter was performed at the Opéra de Paris. Berlioz had been commissioned to orchestrate Aufforderung zum Tanze so that it could be incorporated into the opera, and he did so by melding Weber’s polished and elegant original with his own sound world, with customary panache. It is the version included on this disc.
Also featured are Weber’s Symphonies Nos 1 and 2. That these works should be so neglected is partly down to historical accident; they were composed just four years after Beethoven’s monumental ‘Eroica’ Symphony, the work which ditched the rulebook once and for all, and which turned the genre from classical perfection into a personal musical manifesto. So when Weber’s symphonies saw the light of day, overshadowed by the great master, no one took much notice.
Weber wrote the first symphony between 14 December 1806 and 2 January 1807, while the second took just over a week, from 22 and 28 January. Yet, there is no evidence of undue haste in the finished works, quite the opposite in fact. They strongly display what Debussy aptly described as Weber’s ability to ‘scrutinise the soul of each instrument’.
Also on this disc is the composer’s Bassoon Concerto. Much of the work’s appeal derives from Weber’s ear for sonority, and in particular the dark-hued palette natural to the bassoon. The finale has the bassoon playing a jester of great agility, yet with enough elegant touches to dispel any clichéd ideas of the instrument as a figure of fun. The movement builds to an assured and almost reckless virtuoso ending. Karen Geoghegan is the soloist in this work. Gramophone said of this young artist that ‘lyrical, mellifluous playing seems to come as naturally as wit and charm’.
Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Karen Geoghegan
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Kristian Bezuidenhout – Mozart: Keyboard Music Vol. 4 (2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.25 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz
On volume four of his widely acclaimed traversal of Mozart’s music for solo keyboard, fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout performs on an instrument by Paul McNulty, modeled on a Viennese original by Anton Walter & Sohn (c.1805). The program includes Piano Sonatas in D major K.311 and G major K.283 and the lovely Variations on ‘Je suis Lindor’ in E flat Major, K.354. As with the other volumes in this exceptional series, Bezuidenhout brings out colors and shadings in these works that are only possible when performed on a fortepiano.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout
Trio Wanderer- Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 4.01 GB Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz
Already established within Viennese culture by Haydn and Mozart, the trio genre was taken to new limits by the inexhaustible imagination of Beethoven’s genius: “a serene joy come from an unknown world”, was E. T. A. Hoffmann’s reaction on hearing the Trio in D major Op.70 no.1. The Wanderers have ventured into the Beethoven piano trios and mastered every inch of its topography. What better guide could there be for us to follow with total confidence, in their 25th anniversary year?
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra/Ensemble: Wanderer Trio
東京ザヴィヌルバッハ (Tokyo Zawinul Bach) – Afrodita (2012) DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 49:20 minutes | 3,37 GB Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo.com | Front cover
Electro-jazz outfit Tokyo Zawinul Bach return with its first album since 2008, though this time it’s an entirely solo effort with keyboard wizard Masayasu Tzboguchi playing all of the instruments as well as handling mixing and production duties. Imagine a collision between Kraftwerk, YMO and Weather Report viewed through a twenty-first century filter and you have something of an idea of the TZB sound. (more…)