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CD ECM Records Egberto Gismonti, Nana Vasconcelos: Duas Vozes


Egberto Gismonti - chitara, pian, flaute, voce
Nana Vasconcelos - percutie, berimbau, voce

The partnership of Egberto Gismonti and Nana Vasconelos brought new colours to improvised music on ECM. Sounds of the rainforest are conveyed in Nanas percussion, and Egbertos guitar, for all its sophistication, always retained an earthy directness.

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  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: World

CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: Euripides - Medea


This is music created for the Medea production put on by stage director Antonis Antypas, as performed at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Medea enacted there is Giorgos Cheimonas' adaptation from the original Euripides version of the play. Musically it has a timeless, exotic quality. Eleni Karaindrou utilizes a 15-member chorus; Eleni herself effectively contributes a solo part. Plus there is an 8-member chamber group with strong Greek and Eastern Mediterranean associations. The ensemble consists of three clarinets, ney, a player of the Constantinople lute (sounding much like an oud) and lyra, then cello, the santour, and the bendir.With these means Ms. Karaindrou creates a music of great evocative beauty, with its ancient scales and traditional instruments providing sound color and spatial punctuation, the vocals from chorus and soloists extending the sound and all-in-all creating a through-composed modern ambient pomo sort of work that is very identifiably Karaindrou-esque. Even in the purely instrumental passages the reflective, haunting melodiousness of Karaindrou comes through. It sounds less like ‘authentic’ ancient Greek-Eastern Mediterranean music as the idea of that as filtered by an ‘authentic’ Eleni Karaindrou sensibility. And it is one of her very strongest works at that. The performances are excellent, the sound all you'd expect from ECM [ Grego Applegate, Gapplegate Music Review ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Andras Schiff - Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

András Schiff Piano

Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Clavier - Buch I, BWV 846-869
Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Clavier - Buch II, BWV 870-893

As a young pianist, András Schiff earned wide esteem for his 1980s recordings of the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach; in recent years, as part of his long-term relationship with ECM, he has gone back to Bach as a sage veteran, earning more acclaim for his New Series recordings of the Goldberg Variations (2001) and the six Partitas (2007). The New York Times said, “Mr. Schiff is, in Bach, a phenomenon. He doesn’t so much perform it as emit, breathe it.” In August 2011, Schiff turned his focus to the 48 preludes and fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier, making studio recordings of both books in the Auditorium Radiosvizzera Italiana, Lugano.

  • Numar discuri: 4
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

CD Naim Chris Anderson: From the Heart


Chris Anderson - pian

"From The Heart" is aptly titled. Chris plays the piano as though his life depends on it; every note is laced with vulnerability. His improvisation with chords is a startlingly beautiful combination of delicacy and deliberation and his selections, though standards, become mysteriously eclectic and varied. Chris sings on "In Love In Vain"; it is a touching and heartfelt rendition.

Chris Anderson is a highly infuential pianist, having worked with luminaries such as Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington amongst others. He is credited with teaching Herbie Hancock, who to this day remains a huge fan of Chris. He has recorded an album with Charlie Haden, "None But The Lonely Heart" also available on The Naim Label.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

CD ECM Records John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine

Martie 1975

John Abercrombie - chitara electrica
Dave Holland - contrabas
Jack DeJohnette - tobe

"With this record, John Abercrombie both repaved and detoured from his staid path. He could hardly have been in finer company, and the combination seems to have fanned all sorts of flames within him. DeJohnette and Holland string an array of tightropes across which Abercrombie balances his way into previously uncharted territory. [ ecmreviews ]

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  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

CD ECM Records Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Coscia: La Misteriosa Musica Della Regina Loana


Gianluigi Trovesi - clarinet
Gianni Coscia - acordeon

This hugely enjoyable and highly inventive album is dedicated to the late Umberto Eco, a lifelong friend of accordionist Gianni Coscia and an ardent champion of this particular duo. Eco’s The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna, a meditation on the nature of memory, inspires Trovesi and Coscia on their own nostalgic and exploratory journey, referencing music mentioned in the novel and free-associating upon its philosophical themes. As ever, the Italians cast a wide net, playing songs associated with Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller and George Formby, paraphrasing Janáček, dipping into movie music, and improvising most creatively while keeping their dedicatee in view. Repertoire revisits “Interludio”, a piece that Umberto Eco and Gianni Coscia collaborated on 70 years ago, and Gianluigi Trovesi crafts a new composition on the letters of Eco’s name. From multiple perspectives, a brilliant tribute.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

CD ECM Records Sinikka Langeland: Starflowers


Sinikka Langeland - kantele, voce
Arve Henriksen - trompeta
Trygve Seim saxofon sopran si tenor
Anders Jormin - contrabas
Markku Ounaskari - tobe

“Starflowers” is a fascinating ECM debut for Norwegian vocalist and kantele player Sinikka Langeland. A folk singer from the forest lands near the Swedish border, Langeland explores in her work the relationship between man and nature.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: World

CD ECM Records Colin Vallon Trio: Danse


Colin Vallon - pian
Patrice Moret - contrabas
Julian Sartorius - tobe

It's simple: any music fan seeking something quite "different" from contemporary instrumental music -- and specifically from conventional notions of the "jazz piano trio" -- should investigate Switzerland's Colin Vallon Trio.. [ Thom Jurek, All Music ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

CD ECM Records Andras Schiff - Encores After Beethoven

Andras Schiff - pian

Between March 2004 and May 2006 András Schiff performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas at the Tonhalle, Zürich, recorded and released by ECM New Series. This collection presents the encores from these concerts.

What does one play after Beethoven sonatas? András Schiff: “For me it's essential not to seek entertainment but rather to look for pieces that are closely related to the previously heard sonatas.” The pianist explores links to Schubert, Mozart, Haydn and Bach. For all the interconnecting strands of musical history, András Schiff’s selection of encores also adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable ‘recital’ disc in its own right.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

CD ECM Records Arve Henriksen: Cartography


Arve Henriksen Trumpet, Voice, Field Recording
David Sylvian Voice, Samples, Programming
Jan Bang Live Sampling, Samples, Programming, Beats, Bass Line, Dictaphone, Organ Samples, Arrangement
Eivind Aarset Guitars
Lars Danielsson Double-Bass
Anna Maria Friman Voice
+ etc

A shifting cast of characters, with live sampling man and album co-producer Jan Bang at the centre, provides a series of soundscapes, an ambient-experimental map of moods, for the uniquely liquid, singing trumpet lines of Arve Henriksen to scale and explore. Some tracks are recorded live in concert, others are studio creations. Singer David Sylvian reads his own poetry on two cuts.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

CD ECM Records Keller Quartett - Ligeti: String Quartets / Barber: Adagio

2007, 2011

Andras Keller - vioara
Janos Pilz - vioara
Zsofia Kornyei - vioara
Zoltan Gal - viola
Judit Szabo - violoncel

The Budapest-based Keller Quartet divides György Ligeti’s two modernistic String Quartets with the famously retrospective ‘Adagio’ from Samuel Barber’s String Quartet. Ligeti’s quartets are themselves very different: the first has a tearaway frenzy but is traditionally grounded; the second veers into spheres of harmonics that still sound avant-garde 45 years on. Tremendously abrasive, intense performances. [ Richard Morrison, The Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Maxim Rysanov, Kristina Blaumane - Dobrinka Tabakova: String Paths

Kristina Blaumane - violoncel
Maxim Rysanov - viola, dirijor
Roman Mints - vioara
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Tabakova is fortunate in her musical friends, and many of them are gathered here to make her music: Kristina Blaumane and Maxim Rysanov are outstanding soloists in the Cello Concerto and ‘Suite in Old style’ respectively, but the performances are of the highest quality across the CD as a whole. The recordings bring clarity to the solo lines and rich reverberance to the carpet of string-orchestral sound that Tabakova favours. A winner, then, and I urge you to make its acquaintances soon – it will take only the opening bars of ‘Insight’ to persuade you that you made the right decision.
[ Martin Anderson, International Record Review ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica: Hymns And Prayers

Gidon Kremer - vioara
Marija Nemanyte - vioara
Maxim Rysanov - viola
Giedre Dirvanauskaite - violoncel
Khatia Buniatishvili - pian
Andrei Pushkarev - vibrafon
Sofia Altunashvili - voce inregistrata
Kremerata Baltica, dirijor Roman Kofman

Stefan Kovacs Tickmayer - Eight Hymns In Memoriam Andrei Tarkovsky
Cesar Franck - Piano Quintet In F Minor
Giya Kancheli - Silent Prayer

This is a typically unusual ECM disc, and I would especially urge those with an angst for contemporary music to try it. The Franck is a rich but deeply rewarding filling to what might seem a ‘modern’ sandwich, but the outer works are special and memorable – at times jaw-droppingly beautiful, and always performed with infectious conviction by the musicians of Kremerata Baltica.
Dominy Clements, Musicweb International Classical Reviews

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Erkki-Sven Tuur: 7th Symphony / Piano Concerto


Erkki-Sven Tuur:
- Piano Concerto
- Symphony No. 7 "Pietas"

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Choir ( dirijor Paavo Jarvi )
Laura Mikkola - pian

Dense, complex, mysterious, passionate, spellbinding, sometimes strange and always original, Tüür’s Piano Concerto and choral Symphony receive stunning performances enhanced by superb sound quality.
BW, BBC Music Magazine

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Francois Couturier: Un Jour Si Blanc


Francois Couturier - pian

Its lovely performances, whether spontaneously devised or created from existing material, are the reflections of a gifted pianist first shaped by classical music. But the poet in Couturier … answers to diverse inspirations. … His responses give rise to some sensuously expressionist improvisations. [ Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

CD ECM Records Keith Jarrett - Bach: Goldberg Variations


Keith Jarrett - clavecin

Johann Sebastian Bach : Goldberg Variations BWV 988

in one of his earlier recorded voyages into the classical world, Keith Jarrett is up against an imposing legacy as he tackles what has become the most famous set of variations in Western music. First, he chooses to play them on a double-manual harpsichord -- which makes the task somewhat easier, avoiding the finger-tangling cross hand difficulties that can trip up a piano performance. Second, he doesn't seem to treat the Goldbergs as a single cycle, inserting pauses between each variation to create 30 little pieces, bookended by the two renditions of the aria (which is perfectly acceptable). He's not in any hurry, not tempted to showboat or flaunt his considerable technique -- and in no way does this jazz pianist try to make the variations swing a la Jacques Loussier. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - J.S. Bach: Morimur


Christoph Poppen - vioara
The Hilliard Ensemble
Monika Mauch - soprana
David James - contratenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

In music of the baroque era it was popular to use the medium of numbers for conveying secrets and riddles, and Bach studies have illuminated many new 'meanings' in his sacred works. Now 'Morimur' explores the coded references, and hidden messages in his solo violin music, opening a window on Bach's thought at a time when he was deeply affected by the sudden and tragic death of his wife, Maria Barbara, in 1720. Building on the research of Professor Helga Thoene, violinist Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard Ensemble have realised a unique project for ECM New Series: They offer a stunning experience by interweaving the verses of the 'hidden chorales' of the Ciaccona with Bach's harmonically complex violin part.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - Gesualdo: Quinto Libero Di Madrigali


The Hilliard Ensemble
Monika Mauch Soprano
David James Countertenor
David Gould Countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor
Steven Harrold Tenor
Gordon Jones Baritone

An aristocrat who forged an idiosyncratic style of musical expression, Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, was one of those composers in music history who can truly be described as being ahead of his time: the creator of a harmonic language bold almost to the point of anarchy, whose every unpredictable interval was viewed with suspicion by the opponents of musical autonomy and guardians of liturgically based sacred music. ... The Hilliard Ensemble’s expressive singing, here also featuring soprano Monika Mauch and countertenor David Gould, conjures up that sound described by the great music historian Hans Redlich as growing out of “the antithesis between extravagant/debauched eroticism and self-castigating longing for death”.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

CD ECM Records Anna Gourari - Prokofiev, Medtner, Chopin: Visions fugitives


Sergey Prokofiev - Visions Fugitives Op. 22
Nikolay Medtner - Fairy Tale In F Minor Op. 26/3
Frederic Chopin - Sonata No. 3 In B Minor Op. 58

Anna Gourari - pian

Gourari triumphs on this program. She handles difficult technical parts with a speech-like continuity that flows the music wonderfully well. The Prokofiev has all the mystery and movement we could ask for. She understands his at times eccentric evocative moods and gives us a reading that glows with freshness. The Chopin has a weighted depth of feeling that neither under nor overplays the sentiments so nobly and fully, pianistically expressed. In every way Anna Gourari brings us her brilliant interpretive skills. The Prokofiev sings, the Chopin reverberates. A beautiful recital! [ Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Orient Occident

Helena Olsson - soprana
Swedish Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste - dirijor

Some outstanding and thought-provoking works here, then, the quality of which outweigh the rather miserly playing time (especially at full price). The performances could hardly be better; Tönu Kaljuste is a long-time friend and interpreter of Pärt’s music (he was responsible for one of the composer’s best earlier releases on Virgin, Beatus vir). He coaxes playing of great warmth and intensity from his forces, and producer Manfred Eicher and his team serve them well with a recording of demonstration quality. Whether you’re interested in this composer’s particular style or not, this is well worth investigating. [MusicWeb International ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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