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

Posted By: ArlegZ
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 Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

Posted By: Designol
Pierre Boulez conducts Schoenberg, Berio, Carter, Kurtag, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Grisey, Dufourt, Ferneyhough (1995) 5CD Box Set

Pierre Boulez conducts Arnold Schoenberg, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág
Iannis Xenakis, Harrison Birtwistle, Gérard Grisey, Hugues Dufourt, Brian Ferneyhough (1995)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Ensemble InterContemporain
New Swingle Singers, Heinz Holliger, Régis Pasquier, André Trouttet, Sophie Cherrier
Choeur John Alldis, Adrienne Csengery, Marta Fabian, Istvan Matuz

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.03 Gb | Scans ~ 78 Mb | Time: 04:57:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 4509-98496-2

Collecting five CDs for about the price of three, this set of Boulez recordings is without parallel among the conductor's new-music releases. Imagine getting Boulez's celebrated single CD of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia and Eindrücke and his equally impressive single CD of Arnold Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande and Variations for Orchestra, bundled with four pivotal Elliott Carter works, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's electrifying …AGM…, Gérard Grisey's Modulations, Iannis Xenakis's Jalons, Hugues Dufourt's Antiphysis, and Brian Ferneyhough's Funerailles, and you have an idea how far this set stretches.

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.

Alisa Weilerstein, Trondheim Soloists - Transfigured Night: Haydn & Schoenberg (2018)

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Alisa Weilerstein, Trondheim Soloists - Transfigured Night: Haydn & Schoenberg (2018)

Alisa Weilerstein, Trondheim Soloists - Transfigured Night: Haydn & Schoenberg (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 73:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | PTC 5186 717 | Recorded: 2018

Transfigured Night brings together two outstanding composers associated with Vienna: Joseph Haydn and Arnold Schoenberg. The former is often seen as the oldest representative of the First Viennese School, whereas the latter founded the Second Viennese School, using the classicism of his predecessors to explore new, atonal musical paths into the twentieth century. By combining Haydns two cello concertos (in C-major and D-major) and Schoenbergs symphonic poem Verklärte Nacht in the 1943 edition for string orchestra this album sheds a new, fascinating light on both Viennese masters. The connection between the stylistically contrasting pieces on this album is further enhanced by the inspired playing of American cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the Trondheim Soloists.

Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, Markus Stenz, Soloists - Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, Markus Stenz, Soloists - Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (2015) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Arnold Schoenberg - Gurre-Lieder (2015) 2CDs
Barbara Haveman (soprano), Claudia Mahnke (mezzo), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor)
Gerhard Siegel (tenor), Thomas Bauer (baritone), Johannes Martin Kränzle (speaker)
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, conducted by Markus Stenz

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 545 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 251 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68081/2 | Time: 01:48:01

Markus Stenz and the Gürzenich Orchestra Köln have demonstrated a special aptitude for performing large scale post-Romantic works, notably the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, which they recorded for Oehms Classics as a series of hybrid SACDs. They have followed that impressive cycle with what is probably the most Mahlerian work Arnold Schoenberg ever composed, the massive Gurrelieder for solo voices, multiple choruses, and large orchestra. This 2015 Hyperion release is impressive in its crisp details, vibrant tone colors, and startling clarity, all of which are evident in the opening instrumental passages in the Prelude, and which continue through the nearly operatic vocal parts, which have remarkable presence in the face of an orchestra that exceeds Wagnerian proportions. The recording is presented on two CDs that offer extraordinary sound for digital stereo, and the only disappointment is that this wasn't released as a multichannel recording. Listeners who find Schoenberg's modernist music difficult may be more receptive to this cantata, which is his most openly Romantic score and strongly reminiscent of Wagner's music dramas. Highly recommended.