Wagner Faust

Imogen Cooper - Franz Liszt & Richard Wagner: Piano Works (2017)

Imogen Cooper - Franz Liszt & Richard Wagner: Piano Works (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10938 | Time: 01:14:37

After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that other giant, Richard Wagner. This is an evocative programme of original compositions and intimate transcriptions, ranging from poetic movements from the Années de Pèlerinage: Italie to darker and deeply elegiac pieces, including Liszt’s La lugubre gondola I and Wagner’s Elegie. It also features a transcription by Zoltán Kocsis of the intensely passionate prelude to Tristan und Isolde. The famous pianist and conductor died prematurely in November 2016. It was his work that inspired this recording to begin with, and Imogen Cooper dedicates the disc to his memory. Breathtaking music in unique interpretations: romanticism without melodrama, virtuosity without fuss.
Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Festspiele, Daniel Barenboim - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2000)

Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Daniel Barenboim - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 1,25 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 658 Mb | Digital booklet | 04:27:09
Classical, Opera | Label: Teldec

Recordings of Die Meistersinger do not grow on trees; more than any other of Wagner’s operas it almost defines “festival opera”. Its four-hour-plus length is just the start: Sachs is an incredibly long role, and the character is complicated (moreso, say, that Gurnemanz in Parsifal–another endurance contest–who is religiously tunnel-visioned); Walther’s biggest moment comes at the opera’s very end and simply cannot be anything but great; Eva is sweet without being cloying and while the role is lyrical, it’s not easy to pin down dramatically; Beckmesser must be foolish but not grotesque; the orchestra is huge, and if the chorus, orchestra, and soloists get through the first act finale with flying colors, they still have the second act’s, which is a true challenge for any conductor to keep both together and clear.
Isabelle Faust & Kristian Bezuidenhout - J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2018)

Isabelle Faust & Kristian Bezuidenhout - J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 538 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 202 Mb | 01:27:35
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

Few violinists can move between a modern instrument and a period one with such ease—not to mention with such an idiomatic approach to so many styles of music—as Isabelle Faust. Following her award-winning set of the Mozart violin concertos, the German is joined by the ever-stylish keyboard player Kristian Bezuidenhout for Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord. Both instruments sound magnificent, and these two great players bring breathtaking invention and imagination to the six sonatas. The humanity and warmth of Bach’s music is extraordinary, especially when played with the passion and flair encountered here.

Isabelle Faust - Schubert: Oktett (2018)  Music

Posted by delpotro at May 17, 2018
Isabelle Faust - Schubert: Oktett (2018)

Isabelle Faust, Teunis Van Der Zwart, Kristin von der Goltz, Lorenzo Coppola, Anne Katharina Schreiber, Javier Zafra, Danusha Waskiewicz & James Munro - Schubert: Oktett (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 277 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | 01:10:09
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

In response to a commission from Count Troyer, who wanted a work closely modelled on Beethoven’s famous Septet op.20, Schubert – despite his fervent admiration for the older composer – resolutely struck out on his own by delivering an . . . Octet. While the enlarged forces opened his path towards symphonic writing, examination of the form and expression reveals a much more accomplished and personal composition than has generally been recognised by commentators. Isabelle Faust and her partners, enthralled by what is an exceptional work in every respect, offer us a new interpretation of it on period instruments.

Faust & NWW (Nurse With Wound) - Disconnected (2007)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 21, 2018
Faust & NWW (Nurse With Wound) - Disconnected (2007)

Faust & NWW (Nurse With Wound) - Disconnected (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 272 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 132 MB | Covers (15 MB) included
Genre: Progressive/Krautrock, Electronic, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Art-errorist (D/DIS1/07)

Here's a promising setup: start with the legendary, inimitable Krautrock outfit Faust and get the equally idiosyncratic Nurse With Wound to produce and mix. Faust was among the most adventurous and creative German bands of the 70s, and after disappearing for a decade and a half, they reunited in the 90s and made several startlingly good albums. Today, drummer Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier and bassist Jean-Hervé Peron are the only original members, joined by Amaury Cambuzat from the band Ulan Bator. Nurse With Wound, formed three decades ago, is the brainchild of Steven Stapleton, now augmented with Colin Potter; NWW recordings are notoriously varied, often sprawling, haunting, and strange, with a love of musique concrète and disquieting sounds…
Isabelle Faust, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concertos (2016) 2CDs

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concertos (2016) 2CDs
Isabelle Faust, violin; Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonini, direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 550 Mb | Artwork included | 02:09:15
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902230.31

For her first collaboration with the period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, violinist Isabelle Faust performs the five Violin Concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, along with three shorter concertante works. This is an extraordinary set, for the historically informed performances, the polished sound of the group, the almost palpable presence of the players, which Harmonia Mundi has captured with superior engineering, and for the unrepressed joy in the music. Faust is the center of attention, naturally, and her refined and expressive playing immediately pulls the listener in. These are far from the most demanding concertos in the repertoire, so Faust is less concerned with technical execution than with conveying the pure feeling of the music, which is delightfully buoyant and uplifting. Under the direction of Giovanni Antonini, the group provides warm and sparkling accompaniment that gives Faust all the support she needs, but there's no doubt that she sets the emotional tone for these exquisite recordings. Highly recommended, especially for devotees of Classical style at its finest.

Faust - jUSt (2014)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 15, 2018
Faust - jUSt (2014)

Faust - jUSt (2014)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 276 MB | Front cover
Genre: Progressive/Krautrock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Bureau B

Legendary experimental group Faust make a hugely welcome return with album 'Just Us'. Starting out in 1971 and releasing a succession of incredibly well loved LP's, 'Just Us' shows us they have lost nothing of what made them so special all those years ago; twelve tracks of percussive-based experimental music with a motorik undercurrent.

Faust - Fresh Air (2017)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 14, 2018
Faust - Fresh Air (2017)

Faust - Fresh Air (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 312 MB | Front cover
Genre: Progressive/Krautrock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Bureau B

Faust's new album Fresh Air differs in several respects from its predecessor, Just Us. The recordings were made at Jean-Hervé Péron's rehearsal studio in Schiphorst in northern Germany, hypnotic pieces with the kind of noisemaking the band is known for. For the new album, Péron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier were looking for communication with musician friends and the audience. The tracks were recorded in changing ensembles at changing locations in the USA (during a tour in 2016). In these community recordings, with friendly support from Péron's database of field recordings, a strongly shaded noise music emerged which extends its feelers to the remotest corners of the here and now. Droning, swinging, lusting for freedom, here and there holding out quite stoically as machine-room blues…

Igor Markevitch - Hector Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust (2002)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 14, 2018
Igor Markevitch - Hector Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust (2002)

Igor Markevitch - Hector Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust (2002)

EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:30:05 | 845 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 463 673-2

Igor Markevitch was a leading conductor, known for brilliant performances, especially of twentieth century music. He was also a composer who attracted some interest in his own day. His parents left Kiev when he was two years old. Markevitch was brought up in Vevey, Switzerland. He took piano lessons from his father and then with Paul Loyonnet and also started to compose.

Faust - Faust (1971) & So Far (1972) [Reissue 2000]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Jan. 12, 2018
Faust - Faust (1971) & So Far (1972) [Reissue 2000]

Faust - Faust (1971) & So Far (1972) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 450 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers - 21 MB
Genre: Progressive/Krautrock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Collector's Choice Music (CCM-179-2)

Happily, Collector's Choice Music has re-released the first two albums by legendary German group Faust, on one CD. There's nothing new here, no previously un-released tracks or anything, but these are perhaps the two finest albums Faust ever recorded (one could also include the classic Faust IV album), and this budget priced compilation is a great way to start exploring what this band has to offer, or simply getting your hands on a couple of albums that have been difficult to find until recently. The first Faust album was so groundbreaking in its innovation that it was impossible to say what its influences were. Three lengthy tracks verged far from the standard rock paradigms of the day, bearing little resemblance to anything the genres of psychedelia, progressive rock, or space rock had yet offered…