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
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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 Åstrand – Live At Vatnajökull: Improvisations (1998)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 56:52 minutes | 4,7 GB | Genre: Classical
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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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