Ecm Classical

Arvo Part - The Deer's Cry - Vox Clamantis (2016) {ECM 2466}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at May 7, 2017
Arvo Part - The Deer's Cry - Vox Clamantis (2016) {ECM 2466}

Arvo Part - The Deer's Cry - Vox Clamantis (2016) {ECM 2466}
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© 2016 ECM Records | ECM New Series | ECM 2466
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Choral

The second ECM New Series album to fully showcase pure-toned Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis and its artistic director/conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve is devoted to compositions by their great countryman, Arvo Pärt – whose music has been the most performed globally of any living composer over the past five years. This album – titled The Deer’s Cry after its first track, an incantatory work for a cappella mixed choir – is also the latest in an illustrious line of ECM New Series releases to feature Pärt’s compositions, the very music that inspired Manfred Eicher to establish the New Series imprint in 1984.
Keith Jarrett - J.S. Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I + Buch II [4CD] {ECM Records} [combined repost]

Keith Jarrett - J.S. Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I + Buch II [4CD] {ECM Records}
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© 1988, 1991 ECM Records | ECM New Series 1362~63 / 1433~34
Classical / Piano / Harpsichord

Book One of the Well-Tempered Clavier is performed on the piano while Book Two is performed on the harpsichord. His tempos are very fast, and he has a certain sense of humor that comes through in all his performances, making what might seem academic, warm and accessible. Highly recommended - and check out Jarrett's other classical recordings for other delights just as great.
Kremerata Baltica - Mieczyslav Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies (2017) [2CDs] {ECM 2538/39}

Kremerata Baltica - Mieczyslav Weinberg: Chamber Symphonies (2017) [2CDs] {ECM 2538/39}
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Genre: Classical

This double album, recorded in Vienna and in Riga in June 2015, includes all four of the chamber symphonies written in the last decade of Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s life, plus a beautiful new arrangement – by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata percussionist Andrey Pushkarev – of the early Piano Quintet of 1944, heard here in a premiere recording. It is a recording which underlines the importance and originality of Weinberg’s music. For Gidon Kremer, “Weinberg has become a source of unlimited inspiration. No other composer has entered my own and Kremerata Baltica’s repertoire and program concepts with such intensity.” Weinberg’s chamber symphonies are Kremer says, “the most personal reflections of a great composer on his own life and his generation, like a diary of the most dramatic period of the 20th century.”

Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach - Arcanum (2016) {ECM 2375}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at May 12, 2017
Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach - Arcanum (2016) {ECM 2375}

Kim Kashkashian & Lera Auerbach - Arcanum (2016) {ECM 2375}
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© 2016 ECM Records | ECM New Series 2375
Classical / Chamber Music / Viola / Piano

Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian, one of the major musical voices of ECM New Series, introduces a new duo with Russian composer-pianist Lera Auerbach. Their first recording together features Auerbach’s viola and piano version of Dmitri Shostakovich’s often playful 24 Preludes op. 34, and Auerbach’s own, darker, sonata for viola and piano, Arcanum. Lera Auerbach says, “Arcanum means ‘mysterious knowledge’, and I was fascinated by the inner voice within each of us, some may call it perhaps intuition, some maybe guided meditation, but there is some knowledge that we have, which we may not necessarily verbalize or rationalize, but that allows us to see the truth, to be guided, to seek answers.” Auerbach wrote her sonata for Kashkashian: “There is a quality of life-or-death-intensity to her performing, which is rare and wonderful.”
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi - Live At Darbar Hall (2007) {Kosmic Music KMD 529 - Indian Classical Vocal}

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi - Live At Darbar Hall (2007) {Kosmic Music KMD 529 - Indian Classical Vocal}
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© 2007 Kosmic Music | KMD 529
Indian Music / World Music / Indian Classical / Hindustani Vocal / Raga

When I was about 14 years old in 1988, I heard Pandit Bhimsen Joshi voice very first time in my life in an Indian National Integration song called 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara'. The moment I heard his voice, I felt like my spine was shaking with an ultimate bliss and I still have the same feeling whenever I listen to his voice. In my opinion and experience, he has Khayal's greatest male voice. Although 'Pandit Bhimsen Joshi' born in Karnataka (South India), he achieved greatest success in North Indian Classical Music.
Konstantia Gourzi - Music for Piano and String Quartet (2014) {ECM New Series 2309}

Konstantia Gourzi - Music for Piano and String Quartet (2014) {ECM New Series 2309}
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© ECM Records | ECM New Series 2309
Classical / Contemporary Classical

Athens-born and Munich-based composer Konstantia Gourzi makes her ECM New Series label debut. “What historical voices commingle in the current idiom of a composer whose cultural roots lie in the birthplace of rhetoric, but who emigrated to take a musical apprenticeship in European constructivism?” asks Ingrid Allwardt in the liner notes.

Jacob Young - Sideways (2007) {ECM 1997}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 11, 2017
Jacob Young - Sideways (2007) {ECM 1997}

Jacob Young - Sideways (2007) {ECM 1997}
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© 2007 ECM Records | ECM 1997
Jazz / Modern Jazz / Modern Creative / Post Bop / Folk Jazz / Guitar

Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young’s sophomore effort follows coolly on the heels of his debut, Evening Falls. The wealth of Scandinavian talent at his side is enviable, to say the least. Trumpeter Mathias Eick, reedman Vidar Johansen, bassist Mats Eilertsen, and drummer Jon Christensen bring their uniquely tessellated feel for rhythm and hues to ten of Young’s originals, of which the title track sets the stage with the bandleader’s unmistakable acoustic. Mallet-caressed cymbals, trumpet, bass clarinet, and upright bass comingle in simpatico resonance, riding a slow and steady frequency from start to finish.

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 3, 2017
Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}

Ralph Towner - Solstice (1975) {ECM 1060}
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© 1975 ECM Records | ECM 1060 / 825 458-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Post Bop / Folk Jazz / Guitar

This is arguably the first recording to fully flesh out the aural expanse for which ECM has come to be known. Although I am well aware of the immense groundswell of musical activity that was the 1970s, certainly an album like this was a refreshing and altogether mind-altering experience for those fortunate enough to be young musical explorers at the time. Featuring a lineup of musicians who would go on to weave ECM’s significance into the fabric of time, Solstice is a tour de force of musicianship, writing, arrangement, and recording.
Francois Couturier / Tarkovsky Quartet - Nuit Blanche (2017) {ECM 2524}

Francois Couturier / Tarkovsky Quartet - Nuit Blanche (2017) {ECM 2524}
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Genre: Jazz, Classical

François Couturier leads his Tarkovsky Quartet on their third album dedicated to the great film director Andrej Tarkovsky. The two previous volumes, released in 2006 and 2011, were greeted with unanimous international praise; the musical and human experience during the recordings and subsequent tours and concerts revealing the huge potential of the highly original formation consisting of piano, cello, saxophone and accordion.

Keith Jarrett - Arbour Zena (1976) {ECM 1070}  Music

Posted by tiburon at March 12, 2017
Keith Jarrett - Arbour Zena (1976) {ECM 1070}

Keith Jarrett - Arbour Zena (1976) {ECM 1070}
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Genre: Jazz

With saxophonist Jan Garbarek and bassist Charlie Haden along for the ride, Keith Jarrett indulges in three slow, rambling, meditative, vaguely neo-classical concertos for piano and string orchestra. While a few of Jarrett's and Garbarek's passages here and there have a syncopated jazz feeling, this is mostly contemporary classical music, perhaps even somewhat ahead of its time (it might fit in with the neo-Romantic and minimalist camps today). However, although this music can be attractive in small doses, the lack of tempo or texture contrasts over long stretches of time – particularly the nearly 28-minute "Mirrors" – can be annoying if you're not in the right blissful mood. Mladen Gutesha and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra perform the string parts with what can only be described as commendable patience.