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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)  Music

Posted by Designol at Aug. 29, 2016
Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.
Nicholas Isherwood - Aria: Nicholas Isherwood Performs John Cage (2015)

Nicholas Isherwood - Aria: Nicholas Isherwood Performs John Cage (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 167 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Avant-Garde, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2149 | Time: 00:44:53

Nicholas Isherwood made his début as Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden, at the age of 25, and has since collaborated closely with composers such as George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág and Iannis Xenakis. His relationship with John Cage soon developed into what he in his liner notes to the disc calls ‘a love affair’. The composer Sylvano Bussotti has remarked that ‘since the passing of Cathy Berberian, Nicholas Isherwood is the singer who best understands the spirit of the music of John Cage’. On ARIA, Isherwood presents most of Cage’s music for solo voice that is not included in the composer’s Song Books, and most pieces are here recorded for the first time by a male singer. The programme covers 43 years, from A Chant with Claps from the early 1940s to Ryoanji and Sonnekus2 of the 1980s, and includes the celebrated Aria, here performed with a new multi-channel tape realization of Cage’s Fontana Mix, by the Italian composer Gianluca Verlingieri.

ZOFO - ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey (2014)  Music

Posted by Piterets at Jan. 29, 2016
ZOFO - ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey (2014)

ZOFO - ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey (2014)
Contemporary Classical | Sono Luminus DSL-92178 | 2014 | 73:03 | Pure Audio Blu-ray | Hi-Res 24-bit/96 kHz FLAC tracks (via mShuttle): 980 MB | 320 kbps mp3 tracks (via mShuttle): 172 MB | Full Scans | Various File Hosts
ZOFO Duet

The Crumb (b. 1929) work is given all the cosmic spatiality it deserves. The Lang (b. 1957) has a pleasing contemplative quality. And then the surprise of the set is Sisask's (b. 1960) "The Milky Way" subtitled "Piano Sonata op. 24 for Four Hands". It has ritual rhythmic movement in an exotic minor mode, greatly abetted by the passages where the strings are dampened or strummed. It almost sounds like gamelan music, only more cosmic.