Maria Lettberg

Maria Lettberg, Ariane Matiakh - Zara Levina: The Piano Concertos (2017)

Maria Lettberg, Ariane Matiakh - Zara Levina: The Piano Concertos (2017)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 56:16 | 234 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | Catalog: C5269

Zara Alexandrovna Levina, born 1906 in Alexandrovsk (Ukraine), witnessed two world wars, the Revolution as well as the collapse and totalitarian reconstruction of her homeland. She was under the constant ideological pressure of the existentially threatening state censorship, which was particularly exerted by the notorious RAPM (Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians) in the 1920s and 1930s, driving her to the brink of a creative and health disaster. However, Zara Levina was able to retain her own and unmistakable voice in her music.
Maria Lettberg - Alexander Scriabin: The Solo Piano Works. Complete Recording [8 CD Box Set] 2004-2007 (2011)

Maria Lettberg - Alexander Scriabin: The Solo Piano Works. Complete Recording [8 CD Box Set] 2004-2007 (2011)
Classical, Piano | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Booklet | 501 min | 1.12 GB
Label: Capriccio | Rel: 2011

Maria Lettberg performs works by Scriabin on CD. The CD includes fascinating visualizations of Scriabin's music - the composer associated with his music with color progressions. Scriabin is the only true heir of Chopin, in the sense that his piano music not only derives from the piano but also extends and redefines the scope of the very instrument - indeed, more of an acquired taste due to its vast idiosyncrasies but possibly even more addictive.
Alfred Schnittke - Piano Concertos 1-3 - Ewa Kupiec - Maria Lettberg - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin - Frank Strobel

Alfred Schnittke - The Piano Concertos Nos.1-3 - Ewa Kupiec - Maria Lettberg - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin - Frank Strobel
XX Century Classical | Easy CD-DA Rip | APE, IMG+CUE, NO LOG | cover included/No Booklet | 259 MB | Filesonic
Publisher: Phoenix - records

Many, perhaps most, listeners may lose interest in this disc of Schnittke's three piano concertos after the first concerto ends. But some, not a lot, perhaps, but a very enthusiastic minority, will gain interest after that. The Concerto for piano and orchestra from 1960 shows the influence of Bartók, with lots of brass and percussion in the outer movements and plenty of swashbuckling pianism throughout. The Concerto for piano and strings from 1979, however, is a more dissonant, allusive, and often frankly brutal work, and the Concerto for piano four hands and chamber orchestra from 1988 is more fractured and fractious still, driving the soloists and the orchestra to the brink of collapse in the climaxes.

Erkki Melartin: The Solo Piano Works (2012)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at March 12, 2015
Erkki Melartin: The Solo Piano Works (2012)

Erkki Melartin: The Solo Piano Works (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 2 CDs | Full Scans | 449 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Delta Classics | Catalog Number: 90048

The pieces featured here are performed by Maria Letterberg, including the expressionistic Op. 111, which was forgotten for decades until it was rediscovered and recorded for the first time in 1984.

Garrick Ohlsson - Scriabin: Complete Poemes (2015)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at June 1, 2015
Garrick Ohlsson - Scriabin: Complete Poemes (2015)

Garrick Ohlsson - Scriabin: Complete Poemes (2015)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 180 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 185 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67988

Over the course of his tragically short life, Alexander Scriabin wrote monumental works of great import. In between these efforts he produced a steady torrent of miniatures – concentrated gems of this same expansive genius. Fascinatingly, the title Poème is applied both to symphonic works and to the extended series of thirty-four piano pieces recorded here. Their inspirations are as varied as their titles and they offer a key into their composer's inner world. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is an acknowledged master of the genre, and this new Scriabin recording will only enhance his already admirable reputation.
Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues ...Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)

Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues …Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Covers included
Jazz-Blues, Swing | Label: Telarc | # CD-83568 | Time: 00:51:43

The always eclectic Maria Muldaur, whose previous albums have paid tribute to Shirley Temple and blues women of the '20s, takes another musical detour in this collection of songs associated with Peggy Lee. In addition to her cool, sexy, relaxed voice, Lee was arguably more talented than other vocalists from her era. As a songwriter she co-penned some of her own material, including the swinging "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" with Duke Ellington, which features the witty double entendres that spice several other songs. Muldaur possesses a similar ability to purr ("Some Cats Know") or sizzle (an opening tour de force of "Fever" and "Black Coffee") without breaking a sweat. So this collection of 12 tracks, backed by a talented yet restrained eight-piece band, is a natural extension of her vocal strengths. The stylish, retro arrangements include vibes and big-band-styled horn charts that sound as authentic as if they were recorded in the '30s. Even though there are some finger-popping swing numbers (a zippy duet with Dan Hicks on Ted Shapiro's "Winter Weather" is especially peppy), a late-night, languid blues-jazz vibe dominates.
Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999) Reissue 2007

Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur - Still Jumpin' The Blues (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:29
Jump Blues, Piano Blues, Piano Jazz | Label: Irond | # IROND CD 07-K13

At age 83, pianist/vocalist Jay McShann was still at the top of his game and providing many lessons for the younger "swing" cats and kittens. He is the epitome of what can be done when jazz and blues are mixed equally, especially when the fun factor is liberally added in. While some might find this typical, many others should revel in the sound of one of this music's last living legends who is still doing it, and doing it very well at that. The chemistry between McShann and guitarist/session leader Duke Robillard is considerable and undeniable, and makes Still Jumpin' the Blues enjoyable throughout. With such solid support from Robillard and the band, McShann has nothing to worry about. Everything you might want is here: classic versions of "Goin' to Chicago," "Ain't Nobody's Business," and "Trouble In Mind"; a nice rearrangement with tempo shift from mellow to mid-tempo on "Sunny Side of the Street"; Maria Muldaur's sultry singing on "Come on Over to My House," and especially the Bessie Smith evergreen "Backwater Blues"; wonderful instrumentals like "Moten Swing" and "Say Forward, I'll March"; and even a little Hawaiian slide accenting "Hootie's K.C. Christmas Prayer".
Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)

Maria Muldaur, Women's Voices For Peace Choir ‎- Yes We Can! (2008)
feat. Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, Holly Near, Odetta
Amma, Anne Lamott, Marianne Williamson, Jean Shinoda Bolen

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 411 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included | 01:07:10
Blues, Soul, Blues Rock, Folk Blues, Jazz-Blues | Label: Telarc | # CD-83672

There are a number of arguments to be made for and against Maria Muldaur's 2008 antiwar statement Yes We Can! on Telarc (before actually listening to it; remember, we live in a cynical culture). The "perceived" negatives all relate to the intent of the recording and who it's supposed to reach (no doubt an expression of the same set of beliefs rooted in Muldaur's 1960s music), and the fact that it's loaded with guests (in all fairness, these star-studded affairs seldom work). On Yes We Can!, her guests include Muldaur's old friends (Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Jane Fonda, and Holly Near) and influences (Odetta) and new pals (writers/spiritual gurus Anne Lamott and Marianne Williamson, and Indian spiritual teacher Amma). Does it read as if it is yet another exercise in self-referential backslapping? Yep. But don't believe everything you read on the back of a CD jacket. The positives are all musical.
Maria Joao Pires - Frederic Chopin: The Nocturnes, Complete Recording (1996) 2CDs

Maria João Pires - Frédéric Chopin: The Nocturnes, Complete Recording (1996) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 271 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 096-2 | Time: 01:49:11

Passion rather than insouciance is Pires’s keynote. Here is no soft, moonlit option but an intensity and drama that scorn all complacent salon or drawing-room expectations. How she relishes Chopin’s central storms, creating a vivid and spectacular yet unhistrionic contrast with all surrounding serenity or ‘embalmed darkness’. The con fuoco of Op. 15 No. 1 erupts in a fine fury and in the first Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 1, Pires’s sharp observance of Chopin’s appassionato marking comes like a prophecy of the coda’s sudden blaze. Such resolution and psychological awareness make you realize that Chopin, like D. H. Lawrence, may well have thought that “there must be a bit of fear, and a bit of horror in your life”. Chopin, Pires informs us in no uncertain terms, was no sentimentalist.

Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (1973)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 21, 2017
Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (1973)

Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (1973)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 182 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans included
Pop/Rock, Folk Blues | Label: Reprise/Warner Archives | # 2148-2 | Time: 00:36:34

From the sweet to the salacious to the poignant, Maria Muldaur's eponymous, strong debut features savvy studio vets, talented guests, strong tunes, and Muldaur's lissome pipes. The outstanding players include Ry Cooder, David Grisman, Clarence White, and Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John. A tasteful guitar solo by the underrated Amos Garrett elevates the charming surprise hit single "Midnight at the Oasis." Although she later gravitated to jazz and gospel, Muldaur's first outing is heavy on songs derived from country and blues. A rousing "Work Song," borrowed from Kate & Anna McGarrigle, is only one of several highlights.