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Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

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Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw - Vienna. Fin de Siècle (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 77:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | ALPHA 393 | Recorded: 2017

Soprano Barbara Hannigan has become something of a cult favorite with her deep dives into specific and unusual repertories. Her self-presentation in concert is unorthodox and marked by full-scale efforts to communicate the essence of the music at hand, in works ranging from Berio to Gershwin. So it is with this set of songs from the decade and a half on either side of 1900 in Vienna. The enjoyment begins with the physically passionate cover, an example of her way of personifying the music's spirit. Hannigan's is an utterly distinctive voice, edgy and coruscating, and she knows how to tone down her considerable virtuosic powers to the dimensions of the music, such as that here, intended for small rooms.

Pierre Boulez conducts Anton Webern - Piano Quintet; Songs & Choruses; 5 Pieces; Quartet; Concerto (1995)

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Pierre Boulez conducts Anton Webern - Piano Quintet; Songs & Choruses; 5 Pieces; Quartet; Concerto (1995)

Anton Webern: Piano Quintet; Songs & Choruses; 5 Pieces; Quartet; Concerto (1995)
Pierre Boulez, conductor; Ensemble Intercontemporain; BBC Singers
Françoise Pollet, soprano; Christiane Oelze, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Scans ~ 78 Mb | Time: 01:09:25
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 437 786-2

It is almost exactly a quarter of a century since Pierre Boulez recorded his complete Webern survey. This new collection, apart from being useful for anyone who doesn't want to buy three whole CDs of Webern, offers an interesting insight into how Boulez's way with a composer probably more central to him than any other has changed. For a start he gives him a little more time: most of the pieces here are slightly but significantly slower than they were in 1970. This allows lines to be more subtly moulded, phrases to acquire a touch more poise. This is not to say that Boulez has softened and now phrases Webern as though he were Chopin, but grace and even wit (the second movement of the Quartet) are now noticeable alongside his customary precision. The Ensemble InterContemporain have been playing these pieces constantly since they were first founded, and it shows in the absolute assurance of their performances.

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997) [Re-Up]

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Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997) [Re-Up]

Rosamunde Quartett - Anton Webern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Frantisek Burian (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:46:37
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1629, 457 067-2

String quartet fans will relish this excellent release from ECM. Although the Shostakovich 8th is one of the most over-recorded pieces in the string quartet literature, the performance here is worth having, and is combined with a somewhat familiar but not as widely recorded piece by Webern (for those who might be afraid to listen to anything by Webern, let me assure you that this is a most lovely, lyrical, hauntingly beautiful work, not at all daunting) and a quartet by a composer that will be unfamiliar to most, Emil Burian (1904-1959), whose String Quartet No. 4 is a haunting piece that makes for an attractive finish for this fine CD by the Rosamunde Quartet. The sound quality is rich and radiant in the best ECM tradition.

Quatuor Diotima, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Schoenberg, Webern, Berg: The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)

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Quatuor Diotima, Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux - Schoenberg, Webern, Berg: The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)

Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg - The String Quartet and the Voice (2010)
Quatuor Diotima, string quartet; Sandrine Piau, soprano; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:19
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | # V 5240

Recordings that include strings quartets by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern are common, but an album that includes music for quartet and voice by each of them is a rarity. Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, with a part for soprano in its third and fourth movements, is standard repertoire, but the version of Berg's Lyric Suite with a vocal part in the final movement is highly unusual, and Webern's bagatelle with voice, an unpublished movement apparently once intended to be part of the Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, receives what is probably its first recording. Novelty aside, the high standards of these performances make this a formidable release. Founded just before the turn of the millennium, Quatuor Diotima plays with the assurance and mutual understanding of a seasoned ensemble. The quartet has a lean, clean sound and the ensemble is immaculate, playing with exquisite expressiveness, an ideal combination for this repertoire.

Quatuor Élysée - Haydn: Les 6 Quatuors, Op. 76; Webern: Les 6 Bagatelles, Op. 9 (2004)

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Quatuor Élysée - Haydn: Les 6 Quatuors, Op. 76; Webern: Les 6 Bagatelles, Op. 9 (2004)

Quatuor Élysée - Haydn: Les 6 Quatuors, Op. 76; Webern: Les 6 Bagatelles, Op. 9 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | ITrack (Cue & Log) ~ 638 Mb | Total time: 71:46+66:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | ZZT0308022 | Recorded: 2002

he players take an appropriately spacious view of the Sunrise Quartet's serene opening bars, and provide a deeply felt account of the wonderful F sharp major slow movement from Op. 76/5. They offer, too, an intensely dramatic performance of the first movement of the D minor Fifths Quartet, and manage to find a striking change of colour for the minor sections of Op. 76/5's opening movement.

Thomas Demenga, Thomas Larcher, Teodoro Anzellotti - Chonguri (2006)

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Thomas Demenga, Thomas Larcher, Teodoro Anzellotti - Chonguri (2006)

Thomas Demenga, Thomas Larcher, Teodoro Anzellotti - Chonguri (2006)
Works by J.S. Bach, Gaspar Cassadó, Frédéric Chopin, Gabriel Fauré
Anton Webern, Franz Liszt, Sulkhan Tsintsadze

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 210 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1914, 476 3022 | Time: 00:56:53

Chonguri is the name of the traditional long neck lute from Georgia which inspired Georgian composer and cellist Sulkhan Tsinzadze to write an atmospheric all-pizzicato piece. Its exotic plucked sound marks the eastern starting point of a journey that alights on many European places before finishing off with an equally evocative scene from New York composed by Demenga himself. The Swiss cellist revitalizes the 19th century practice of arranging diverse music for one's own instrument, thus adopting two Chopin Nocturnes and four Bach Chorales (in Demenga's own transcriptions) for this CD recital. Demenga's panorama of poetic miniatures, with Webern's two sets of Kleine Stücke at its centre, features a mix of popular and more abstract musical idioms, blending humour and nostalgia in an entertaining programme.