The Not-So-Classical Chamber Ensemble – Classical Expressions (2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5,64MHz]

The Not-So-Classical Chamber Ensemble – Classical Expressions (2013)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 33:25 minutes | 2,76 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HighDefTapeTransfers.com | Digital booklet

The pieces on this recording are performed on a wide variety of instruments. There is a piece for solo harp (Whirlwind), pieces for cello and harp; cello and accordian; two guitars; cello, harp, accordian and piano; through those including the entire ensemble of cello, harp, accordian, two guitars, piano, marimba, string bass, and percussion. Except as noted, the compositions were arranged or transcribed by Richard Amoroso to take advantage of the many instrumental colors available within the group. (more…)

Mattias Wager, Anders Astrand – Live At Vatnajokull: Improvisations (1998) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5,64MHz]

Mattias Wager, Anders Åstrand – Live At Vatnajökull: Improvisations (1998)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 56:52 minutes | 4,7 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: DSDFile.com | Front cover | © Opus 3 Records

If you are wondering what prompted an organist and a percusion/marimba/vibraphone player to journey to Iceland to make a recording with improvised music and a special arrangement of Maurice Ravel´s Bolero, then perhaps the word inspiration could be the most succinct answer. It is this which gives rise to the expression “inspired performance” which can certainly be applied to this recording.

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Lev Vinocour – Oh! Chante Encore!: Piano Music by Peter Tchaikovsky (2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Lev Vinocour – Oh! Chante Encore!: Piano Music by Peter Tchaikovsky (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 77:09 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Artwork included | © MDG Records

As the creator of piano Peter Tchaikovsky in the West have become less well known than as Symphony or opera composer, are what may also remember that he has written besides a great Piano Sonata in practice only small character pieces and “Songs without Words” in the Russian romance style – which offer little incentive for sparkling virtuosity. For Lev Vinocour was an incentive to imagine the composer Tchaikovsky piano with his best series, the “seasons” and a selection of unknown internal and external processing. (more…)

Maria Pia De Vito, Francois Couturier, Anja Lechner, Michele Rabbia – Il Pergolese (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Maria Pia De Vito, Francois Couturier, Anja Lechner, Michele Rabbia – Il Pergolese (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 59:16 minutes | 689 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

Il Pergolese pays tribute to 18th century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736), and considers his relationship to the art music and the popular music of Naples, from a highly contemporary perspective. The text of the Stabat Mater – translated into Neapolitan by Maria Pia De Vito – and the opera arias, are transformed into songs and vivid narrative, open frames providing the key to reinterpreting Pergolesi. François Couturier’s arrangements widen Pergolesi’s structures, offering space for improvisational interaction. But this is a real group project, a discourse among acoustic sounds, with rhythms of drums and metals, and sampled and real-time electronics. Sound textures grow dense with the richness of instrumental counterpoint or are set free in electronic soundscapes and along coloristic, percussive lines, as cello becomes voice or voice becomes an instrument. The project was commissioned by the Festival Pergolesi-Spontini of Jesi in 2011. The present version was recorded in Lugano in December 2012, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (more…)

Michael Lewin – Claude Debussy: Beau Soir – Preludes Book 2 & Other works (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Michael Lewin, Claude Debussy: Beau Soir – Preludes Book 2 & Other works (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.98 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

Even in a catalog crowded with world-class Debussy Préludes Book II cycles, Michael Lewin has a lot to offer. The intricate fingerwork in Nos. 1, 4, 8, 11 and 12 combine muted hues and blueprint clarity, while sustained neutral tones create haunting long lines throughout Nos. 2 and 10. The disc opens with pianist/transcriber Koji Attwood’s beautiful reworking of the song “Beau Soir,” followed by myriad short works. Although Lewin’s cut and dried Valse romantique and La Plus que lente may lack charm and sentiment to certain ears, L’isle joyeux and Etude pour les octaves release their pent-up tension to impressive effect.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Michael Lewin (more…)