Kevin Volans

Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 108 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 82 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism | Label: Electra Nonesuch | # 7559-79253-2 | 00:21:26

During the rehearsals for the string quartet version of "White Man Sleeps," a strong artistic bond developed between the work's performers, the renowned Kronos Quartet, and its composer, Kevin Volans. This led Kronos to commission a second-string quartet from Volans, especially written for the musicians. Like "White Man Sleeps," it is a stunning piece of music, recommended to every world music lover who wants to cross the bridge to contemporary, modern music. The work comes in three movements, each one with a different character. Most remarkably are the Ethiopian influences in the beginning bars of the first movement (compare this motive with the vocal style of the distinguished Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke) and the joyous Southern African dance-like motive featuring after the more contemplative opening of the second movement. The slightly melancholic song-like structure of the short third movement draws the work to a close.

Kronos Quartet: 25 Years (1998) (10 CD Box Set) REPOST  Music

Posted by murena at March 6, 2018
Kronos Quartet: 25 Years (1998) (10 CD Box Set) REPOST

Kronos Quartet: 25 Years (1998) (10 CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks+.cue, log) | 2,42 Gb | Scans -> 14,8 mb
MP3 320 kbps | 10 CDs, 10:32:57 min | 1,43 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Nonesuch

The 20th century has not been kind to most standard classical music forms. The piano sonata, the concerto, the symphony – none of them have disappeared entirely, but none remain in a state that could be called even remotely healthy. The same was true of the string quartet until 1973, when violinist David Harrington got some friends together to play contemporary music and offered his old high-school composition teacher a bag of donuts if he'd write a piece for them…

Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992) (Repost)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Sept. 12, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992) (Repost)

Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 272.28 Mb | 1:07:13 | Cover
Classical | Label: Elektra Nonesuch

When released, Pieces of Africa was subject to some of the same "cultural imperialist" criticism that had been more successfully leveled at performers like David Byrne and Paul Simon. The album consists of commissions from African composers working at varying distances from European conventions. But whereas Byrne and Simon arguably used the music of Brazil or South Africa as backgrounds over which to display their own egos, the Kronos Quartet's members managed to sublimate themselves in service to the compositions, never giving the listener any sense of condescension.
Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Jeroen van Veen & Friends - Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX (2010) 11 CD Box Set
John Adams, Jurriaan Andriessen, Louis Andriessen, Marcel Bergmann, William Duckworth
Wim Mertens, Julius Eastman, Douwe Eisenga, Morton Feldman, Graham Fitkin, Joep Franssens
Philip Glass, Gabriel Jackson, Tom Johnson, Simeon ten Holt, David Lang, Colin McPhee, Kyle Gann
Arvo Pärt, Chiel Meijering, John Metcalf, Carlos Michans, Alexander Rabinovitch, Jacob ter Veldhuis
Steve Reich, Michael Parsons, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, Tim Seddon, Kevin Volans

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 2.73 Gb | Scans included + CD-ROM Data | Time: 14:15:40
Classical, Minimalism, Contemporary | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 9171

The Minimal Piano Collection for one piano (BC8551) ended with “In C” by Terry Riley. Many of the composers on this new 11 Cd box have stated that this particular piece was a starting point for them to compose in a new way, exploring the ways that were created, the spaces between the notes, the emptiness, the freedom. Elizabeth Bergmann & Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev and Sandra van Veen & Jeroen van Veen recorded 83 compositions. From two pianos up to six pianos, from Steve Reich ‘standard’ Pianophase to Six Pianos. On the included Cd-ROM you can find all the biographies, background information and some sheet music. Van Veen recorded many pieces on his own using multi track technique.

Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps (1987)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at July 11, 2017
Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps (1987)

Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:00 | 302 MB
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559791632

This album features the original version of "White Man Sleeps," written in 1982, and "Mbira" from 1980. If you think landmark European 17th/18th century baroque instruments and African musical structures are irreconcilable opposites and you are open enough to change your mind, this is the album for you. These pieces of Kevin Volans belong indeed to the most exciting developments in contemporary music. "White Man Sleeps" features harpsichords and a viola da gamba in African tuning and conventional (non-African) percussion, and "Mbira" is played on percussion and harpsichord.
Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1991) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutosławski: String Quartet (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 122 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79255-2 | Time: 00:23:57

For this Elektra/Nonesuch release, the Kronos Quartet interprets Witold Lutoslawski's 1964 String Quartet, an uncommonly difficult piece since the four musicians are commanded to play their parts ad lib, as if they were alone. Lutoslawski was influenced by the random procedures of John Cage, but he also wished to maintain dramatic structure, so string quartet includes rigidity in time measures. The balance between freedom and structure provides for a surprisingly appealing recording.

Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 20, 2020
Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)

Joan Jeanrenaud - Metamorphosis (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Covers included
Classical, Contemporary, Chamber | Label: New Albion | 01:02:33

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud's first solo album since leaving her 20-year gig with the celebrated Kronos Quartet finds her exploring areas that aren't exactly a huge departure from the type of edgy modern music she played with her old group, but it does show what she can do when given her own space to work with. The results are impressive. Most of the compositions are for solo cello with looped cello parts captured digitally or on tape, while one is written for cello and computer-generated sounds and another for cello and "electronics." The composers are a combination of names familiar (Steve Mackey, Philip Glass, Hamza el Din) and new (Mark Grey, Jeanrenaud herself), and while the pieces aren't all equally interesting there are several works of stunning beauty here. One of the most engaging is el Din's "Escalay + 17:10," with its looped Egyptian melodies, and another is Jeanrenaud's own "Altar Piece," which makes extensive use of electronic tone alteration and layering, and on which she exercises masterful control of whispery artificial harmonics. But the album's highlight is a piece by Karen Tanaka entitled "Song of Songs." Inspired by the Old Testament book of the same name, which is essentially an extended love song, Tanaka builds a sweet, simple, and beautifully textured work out of cello and computer-generated sounds. As always, Jeanrenaud's playing is virtuosic but never showy. Highly recommended.

Quatuor Béla & Moriba Koïta - Impressions d'Afrique (2019)  Music

Posted by delpotro at Jan. 25, 2020
Quatuor Béla & Moriba Koïta - Impressions d'Afrique (2019)

Quatuor Béla & Moriba Koïta - Impressions d'Afrique (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 316 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 169 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:09:36
Classical | Label: Clarthe

This album is the fruit of our fascination for African music. The pieces recorded here are the result of a journey lasting a number of years. For us, musicians of a string quartet, Africa appears as a continent far removed from the artistic traditions of our lands. And yet…
Pumeza Matshikiza - Voice Of Hope (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pumeza Matshikiza - Voice Of Hope (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 44:25 minutes | 916 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is introduced in a unique album which tells her incredible and inspirational story in music: from her childhood in the townships of South Africa to the stage of Europe’s great opera houses with classic South African songs including Miriam Makeba’s greatest hits: Pata Pata and The Click Song, and arias by Puccini and Mozart.
Quatuor Béla & Moriba Koïta - Impressions d'Afrique (2019) [Official Digital Download]

Quatuor Béla & Moriba Koïta - Impressions d'Afrique (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 69:30 minutes | 648 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

This disc is the fruit of our fascination for African music. The pieces recorded here are the result of a journey lasting a number of years. For us, musicians of a string quartet, Africa appears as a continent far removed from the artistic traditions of our lands. And yet…