George Guest

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schutz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 74, 78, 80

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.
-Terry Barfoot
Faure – Requiem; Durufle – Requiem; Poulenc - Mass in G major (George Guest) (1994)

Fauré – Requiem; Duruflé – Requiem; Poulenc - Mass in G major (George Guest)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 577 MB
Label: Decca | Catalog N.: 426 486-2 | TT: 149:21

George Guest is generally regarded among the finest British choral conductors of his time. Some musicologists have attributed the endurance, if not the very survival, of the English cathedral choir to him. He made more than 60 recordings with St. John's Choir (Cambridge), covering a broad range of repertory (Palestrina and Mozart to Tippett and Lennox Berkeley) and garnering consistent critical acclaim.
Vivaldi - Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (Stephen Cleobury, George Guest, Philip Ledger) (1994)

Vivaldi - Glorias, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat, Beatus Vir (Stephen Cleobury, George Guest, Philip Ledger) (1994)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 594.77 MB
Label: Decca | Catalog N.: 443 455-2 | TT: 125:53

Vivaldi's sacred music is not so famous as that of his contemporaries Bach and Handel, so this is a bargain opportunity to catch up. You might think Vivaldi's playful, virtuoso Italianate character and Catholic context would produce radically different music, but in George Guest's urgent readings, the mixture of restrainedly exultant choruses and austerely beautiful arias are near-identical to Bach.

Haydn - Masses (David Willcocks, George Guest) (1997)  Music

Posted by Ebisu at Aug. 24, 2013
Haydn - Masses (David Willcocks, George Guest) (1997)

Haydn - Masses (David Willcocks, George Guest) (1997)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 705.7 MB
Label: DECCA | Catalog N.: 455 020-2 | TT: 141:19

The masses of Joseph Haydn have received a great deal of attention over the years, including some intriguing embellishments by students of the composer. This recording aims to get back to some of the Haydn's original vision.
For instance, 'Missa in angustiis,' also known as the "Nelson Mass" because it's debut coincided with the Admiral's great victory over the French, was written for a simple orchestra featuring bassoons (doubling the bass line), trumpets, timpani, solo organ and strings–as appear on this recording. It wasn't until years later that pupils added independent bassoon parts, as well as horns and wind instruments. Strikingly different from many other recordings, adherence to the original orchestration is definitely a point in favor of this collection.
Al Jarreau - My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (2014) {Digital Download 24bit/96kHz}

Al Jarreau - My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (2014)
FLAC tracks | 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet (PDF) | 990MB + 5% Recovery
Digital Download | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Soul, Jazz-Funk

Al Jarreau and George Duke were friends long before they became household names. They began playing together in the mid-1960's in San Francisco as Al Jarreau and the George Duke Trio. The successes of these performances are what helped to launch both their careers. George's tragic passing in August, 2013, inspired Al to record this loving tribute to his longtime friend. With the exception of the fitting title track composed by Jarreau, all the tunes were written by George. Guest artists/collaborators include Gerald Albright, Stanley Clarke, Dr. John, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Marcus Miller, Jeffrey Osborne, Kelly Price, Dianne Reeves and Patrice Rushen. There's even a song with George Duke playing on it!
George Duke - Feel (1974/2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

George Duke - Feel (1974/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 41:31 minutes | 807 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

This album with the strange psychedelic sci-fi cover draws a tighter circle around Duke’s fusion language. The keyboard master ventures deep into his synthesizer laboratory. Duke shows himself to be a singer with a soulful sound. Shortly before this recording he had shelved his trombone so that he could communicate more directly with the audience, as can be heard in the hymnal, dreamlike title piece. The guest list of players make for an especially exciting concoction. No less than Duke’s playing companion Frank Zappa, under the cryptic pseudonym Obdewl’l X, performs some adventuresome guitar passages on “Love” and “Old Slippers”. On the California-sunshine pop samba, “Yana Aminah”, we have a surprise visit by Brazilian Flora Purim, wife of percussionist Airto Moreira, who opens up his bag of tricks on “The Once Over”, and plays on three more tracks.

George Cables - Shared Secrets (2001)  Music

Posted by SuniR at Nov. 28, 2017
George Cables - Shared Secrets (2001)

George Cables - Shared Secrets (2001)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 56:48 min | 136 Mb (5% Rec.)
Jazz | Label: Muse Fx Records

This intriguing set for pianist George Cables is in some ways a throwback to the 1970s. Although he has often played hard bop in recent times, in the '70s he was more eclectic, so he is heard on both acoustic and electric pianos. The music (all his originals except for the spiritual "Go Down Moses") is soulful and sometimes funky, hinting at 1970s fusion and pop in spots while still swinging.
Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge & Capella Agostino Steffani - Allegri: Miserere, Pergolesi & Caldara: Stabat Mater (1998)

George Guest, The Choir of St John’s College, Lajos Rovatkay, Cambridge & Capella Agostino Steffani - Allegri: Miserere; Pergolesi & Caldara: Stabat Mater; Vivaldi - Sonata a quattro «Al santo sepolcro» (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 68:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 73020 2 | Recorded: 1991, 1994

Allegri's early Baroque masterpiece Miserere from around 1630 movingly juxtaposes modal chant with tonality, and was so popular that the Vatican refused to allow it to be performed anywhere else - until the 14 year old Mozart broke the Vatican's monopoly by writing it down from memory after attending a performance. Pergolesi's late Baroque masterpiece Stabat Mater for soprano and alto dates from 1736, the year of his death at the age of 26. It was originally written for male voices but since it's hard to find a castrato these days, it's generally performed by two women or by a female soprano and counter-tenor. This performance uses a female alto but in other respects it's very much a period performance - the sound is intimate and the tempos are lively without any sacrifice of spiritual depth. The soloists, soprano Monika Frimmer and alto Gloria Banditelli, sing beautifully without overdoing the vibrato, and their voices are well matched. The disk also contains a brief "Sonata a quattro" by Vivaldi, and another setting of the Stabat Mater, by the late Baroque composer Antonio Caldara from around 1725.
(Kenneth Dorter)

Elizabeth George - La donna che vestiva di rosso  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Karabas91 at Dec. 7, 2017
Elizabeth George - La donna che vestiva di rosso

Elizabeth George - La donna che vestiva di rosso
Italian | 2017 | 572 pages | ISBN: 8850239580 | EPUB | 1,7 MB
McPartland, Shirley Horn - Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz With Guest Shirley Horn (2006)

McPartland, Shirley Horn - Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz With Guest Shirley Horn (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 223.44 Mb | 50:30 | Cover
Piano Jazz, Interview | Label: The Jazz Alliance

The late pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn appeared on Marian McPartland's NPR-syndicated Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast in 1984, six years after she had begun recording and performing again after a lengthy hiatus. The material played here, as expected, is comprised of standards with the exception of a four-handed blues jam at the end of the program entitled "Shirley's Blues."