Allan Pettersson – Symphony No.9 – Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:11 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download |  Source: eClassical | Artwork: Digital Booklet | @ BIS Records AB
Recorded: January 2013 at the Louis de Geer Concert Hall, Norrköping, Sweden

Allan Pettersson composed his Ninth Symphony in 1970, two years after the Seventh had been given a triumphant première conducted by Antal Dorati. This had brought him greater recognition than ever before, but at the same time his health was deteriorating even further, and shortly after completing the Ninth Pettersson was hospitalized for a period of nine months. It is striking that he at such a time should have chosen to compose what is the longest of all his works – in the score Pettersson himself estimated the duration to ‘65–70 minutes’, and the first recording of the work actually lasted for more than 80 minutes. As so many of the symphonies, the work is in one single movement which may be described as an extended struggle in which harmony is the ultimate winner. As Pettersson himself had said about an earlier work: ‘If one fights one’s way through a symphony one needs to achieve consonance and harmony even if it takes twenty hours to do so.’ In the case of the Ninth, this harmony is summed up more concisely than ever before or after, in the final two chords which form a plagal or ‘Amen’ cadence in F major. Completing a cycle for BIS of Pettersson’s symphonies, Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra have been receiving great critical acclaim for previous instalments – most recently a Sixth described in International Record Review as ‘a release that could well be the ideal introduction to Pettersson’s singular musical vision’. About the same disc, the reviewer in Gramophone wrote: ‘Lindberg’s empathy for Pettersson’s music is once again shown in the Sixth, where he catches its dark atmosphere to perfection, pacing its progress through the succession of climaxes superbly well.’

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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Stabat Mater, Salve Regina, Flute Concerto – Florilegium (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:19 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download |  Source: ChannelClassics | Artwork: Digital Booklet | @ Channel Classics Records B.V.
Recorded: 23-25 September 2009, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London

As a composer Pergolesi’s productive career began at the age of twenty, and by twenty-six (March 1736) he had died of tuberculosis. During his lifetime Pergolesi’s fame was restricted, in the main, to Rome and Naples, yet after his death, his reputation eclipsed most other composers in the second half of the eighteenth century. The whole of Europe developed an increasing curiosity for his compositions. His posthumous celebrity status was such a magnet in the music world that, hoping to reap large financial profits, publishers and opera directors alike attributed his name to hundreds of vocal and instrumental works by lesser-known composers. Following Pergolesi’s death the Stabat Mater became one of the most celebrated and frequently printed works of the 18th century. (more…)

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Cantiones profanae) – Anima Eterna Brugge, Collegium Vocale Gent, Jos van Immerseel (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:26 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Concertgebouw Brugge, 19-20 February 2014

Often described as ‘music for amateurs’, sometimes used (or misused) towards purely commercial ends, Orff’s Carmina Burana was clearly ready for a new approach, a sort of revivifying, thorough rethinking. This has now been done, thanks to Jos van Immerseel and the absolutely exceptional musical team that he assembled.
Faithful to what accounts for the force of his musical approach, Jos van Immerseel profoundly revolutionizes the sound image and interpretation of this score, thanks both to the very high quality of the chosen performers and to the singularity of the instruments and timbres of his orchestra.
So it is a very new way of approaching this work that Jos van Immerseel proposes, open-minded, without concession but with the great pleasure and joy of simply making music.

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There may be a blizzard blanketing the Northeast at the moment, but in a mere 30 days, CBS vows to heat things up when the first Victoria’s Secret Swim Special premieres on Feb. 26!
The special was shot on location in Puerto Rico and will feature Victoria’s Secret Angels Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel. Other models featured include Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Jac Jagaciak, Stella Maxwell, Joan Smalls and Jasmine Tookes.
Yeah, that’s a whole lot of world-famous beauties in bikinis!

Maroon 5
and Juanes will perform.
(We imagine Prinsloo helped book one of the acts—being married to Adam Levine has its perks, after all! Prinsloo also happens to cover the Swim 2015 catalog.)
The one-hour TV event will show the sexy models shooting their swimwear campaign “as they tackle jungle treks, underwater shoots and overcome personal fears,” CBS told E! News in a press release. “The special gives unique insight into their character and life stories.”

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