Digital Performances

Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation

Steve Dixon, "Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation"
English | ISBN: 0262042355 | 2007 | PDF | 832 pages | 9 MB
The Tallis Scholars - Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 3 (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

The Tallis Scholars - Sacred Music in the Renaissance Vol. 3 (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 312:23 minutes | 2.77 GB
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The Tallis Scholars finest recordings presented in this the 3rd of three volumes, one for each decade, and each offering over five hours of the award-winning performances that helped establish the sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of western classical music.
Jordi Savall - Henricus Isaac: Nel tempo di Lorenzo de Medici & Maximilian I (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Jordi Savall - Henricus Isaac: Nel tempo di Lorenzo de Medici & Maximilian I (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 75:56 minutes | 1.22 GB
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Discover the music of Heinrich Isaac with these authentic performances from La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI under the inspired direction of early music specialist Jordi Savall. This program paints a portrait of an era during which the Hundred Year's War ended, the Medici family reached its peak, the idea of the Reformation surged and Charles V was crowned at the head of an Empire that redefined the idea of Europe.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5 (2008) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5 (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 103:14 minutes | 3.69 GB
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Though pianist Artur Pizarro's performances of the solo parts in Beethoven's Third, Fourth, and Fifth piano concertos are consistently superlative, it's not too much to say that the real draw here is not the soloist but the accompanists. Because as fine as Pizarro's virtuoso playing is, Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra turn in performances of such force, sensitivity, and balance that they may well be the finest accompaniments for these concertos ever recorded. Pizarro is a strong and supple soloist whose dramatic account on the Third Concerto, lyrical reading of the Fourth Concerto, and imperious elucidation of the Fifth Concerto show his firm grasp of the music's escalating rhetoric.
Zuill Bailey, Paul Jacobs - Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Zuill Bailey, Paul Jacobs - Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:40 minutes | 1.42 GB
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GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty creates colorful musical portraits in this recording, featuring larger-than-life personalities drawn from 20th-century American culture. Tales of Hemingway is a dramatic cello concerto, evoking the turbulent life, adventures and literature of author Ernest Hemingway. American Gothic is a dynamic concerto for orchestra, reflecting on the creative world of Iowa artist Grant Wood. Once Upon a Castle is a virtuosic sinfonia concertante for organ and orchestra, inspired by the rich history of the Hearst Castle, built lhigh upon the California Pacific coast by billionaire Randolph Hearst, the subject of Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane.
Yevgeny Sudbin - Scriabin: Piano Works (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Yevgeny Sudbin - Scriabin: Piano Works (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 57:17 minutes | 454 MB
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Treated to Yevgeny Sudbin's excellent recordings of music by Domenico Scarlatti, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, and Sergey Rachmaninov, fans of the brilliant Russian virtuoso can expect similarly high levels of energy and refinement in his exciting performances of piano pieces by Alexander Scriabin. The three sonatas and nine shorter works on this 2007 BIS release may make this album seem a bit like a synopsis of the composer's output, since all his styles are represented, and his characteristic expressions – from the early, Chopin-esque flavor of the etudes to the late mysticism evinced in the Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass" – are clearly laid out.
Freddy Kempf - Beethoven: Pathetique, Moonlight & Appassionata (2004) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Freddy Kempf - Beethoven: Pathetique, Moonlight & Appassionata (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 62:49 minutes | 906 MB
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The first disc we released with Freddy Kempf playing Beethoven (BIS-CD-1120) was welcomed with great acclaim all over the world. English reviewers called his interpretations "fresh, vibrant readings presented in a fluent eagerly communicative style‚ (Gramophone) and judged that "Kempf's insight into the character of each of these Olympian masterpieces is astonishing and is allied to formidable virtuosity and musicianship" (Sunday Telegraph). Of course the great thing about Beethoven, as with all great music, is that there are no definitive performances.
Mahalia Jackson - Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns (1991/2015) [Official Digital Download]

Mahalia Jackson - Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns (1991/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 130:37 minutes | 1,36 GB
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Although it's missing some of her classic performances, the double-disc set Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns is nonetheless an excellent introduction to Mahalia Jackson, arguably the greatest gospel singer of all time. The box set features 36 performances she recorded for Columbia between 1954 and 1969, offering a comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, introduction to Jackson and her most popular work.
Haydn Philharmonie, Adam Fischer - Haydn: Symphonies No. 88 & 101 (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Haydn Philharmonie, Adam Fischer - Haydn: Symphonies No. 88 & 101 (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 55:13 minutes | 800 MB
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Founded in the late '80s just before the collapse of the Iron Curtain by Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer, the Österreichisch-Ungarische Philharmonie (aka, the Austro-Hungarian Philharmonic) had already recorded the complete symphonies of Franz Josef Haydn for the English Nimbus label in the '90s when it returned to selected symphonies for the German Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm label in the 2000s.
Haydn Philharmonie, Adam Fischer - Haydn: Symphonies No. 97 & 102 (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Haydn Philharmonie, Adam Fischer - Haydn: Symphonies No. 97 & 102 (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 51:29 minutes | 924 MB
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How much Haydn is enough Haydn? Now that all the symphonies have been recorded several times, now that period-instrument and modern-instrument performances are available, and now that original versions, published versions, and variant versions have all been documented, is there really a need for more Haydn recordings? More specifically, is there really a need for a second series of recordings of Haydn's symphonies with Adam Fischer leading the Österreichisch-Ungarische Haydn-Philharmonie (aka the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic)? After all, they had already recorded all of Haydn's symphonies label in the '90s for the English Nimbus in performances that were smart and stylish, and that set well with the composer's unique combination of high art, deep feeling, and good fun. If the performances are all as fine as this coupling of the Symphonies No. 97 and No. 102 with the Overture "L'anima del filosofo," the answer is yes.