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Following the guide below you will be able to create the ultimate HQ rip and upload for sharing here at the Meeting in Music Internet Community or on your own blog if you have one.
1. Start Exact Audio Copy and load the clean and scratchless CD into you drive.
2. Pressing ALT+G will pull track and album info from the FreeDB database if this feature is set up properly.
3. If no info is found the CD is not registered in the database and you will have to type in the info manually.
4. Adjust the Drive Settings according to the model of your drive and enable the ”Create Log-file” option.
5. Adjust the Compression Settings to rip in Flac format at 768 kBit/s. Alternatively rip in the Ape fomat.
6. Rip the CD by pressing Action -> Test & Copy Image & Create CUE Sheet -> Compressed...
7. Check the log-file to see if any ripping errors or AccurateRip inaccuracies were registered.
1. Scans of the front and back covers should be included if available as should the booklet. 300dpi is standard.
1. Wrap the audio files and images in a folder marked the composer and album name etc.
2. Set Compression method to ”Store” and the volume size to 200000000. Add a 3% recovery record.
3. Compress the folder using a not-too-obvious filename.
Now all you need to do is to upload the rar-files to a filehost of your choice. Mega.nz is the standard and most stable option but there are many others and some services even feature upload to multiple filehosts. Finally the download links are ready to be presented on your blog.
THE MEDIEVAL ERA (600 - 1450)

At around 500 AD, western civilization began to emerge from the period known as “The Dark Ages”, the time when invading hordes of Vandals, Huns and Visigoths overran Europe and brought an end to the Roman Empire. For the next ten centuries, the newly emerging Christian Church would dominate Europe, administering justice, instigating “Holy” Crusades against the East, establishing universities, and generally dictating the destiny of music, art and literature

During this time, Pope Gregory I is generally believed to have collected and codified the music known as Gregorian Chant, which was the approved music of the Church. Much later, the University at Notre Dame in Paris saw the creation of a new kind of music called organum.

Secular music was sung all over Europe by the troubadours and trouvères of France, and it was during the Middle Ages that western culture saw the arrival of the first great name in music, Guilliame de Machaut.

Generally considered to be from c.1420 to 1600, the Renaissance (which literally means “rebirth”) was a time of great cultural awakening and a flowering of the arts, letters, and sciences throughout Europe.

With the rise of humanism, sacred music began for the first time to break free of the confines of the Church, and a school of composers trained in the Netherlands mastered the art of polyphony in their settings of sacred music. One of the early masters of the Flemish style was Josquin des Prez. These polyphonic traditions reached their culmination in the unsurpassed works of Giovanni da Palestrina.

The late Renaissance also saw in England the flourishing of the English madrigal, the best known of which were composed by such masters as John Dowland, William Byrd, Thomas Morley and others.
THE BAROQUE ERA (1600 - 1750)

Named after the popular ornate architectural style of the time, the Baroque period (c.1600 to 1750) saw composers beginning to rebel against the styles that were prevalent during the High Renaissance. Many monarchs employed composers at their courts, where they were little more than servants expected to churn out music for any desired occasions. The greatest composer of the period, Johann Sebastian Bach, was such a servant. Yet the best composers of the time were able to break new musical ground, and in so doing succeeded in creating an entirely new style of music.

The instrumental concerto became a staple of the Baroque era, and found its strongest exponent in the works of the Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi. Harpsichord music achieved new heights, due to the works of such masters as Domenico Scarlatti and others. But vocal and choral music still reigned supreme during this age, and culminated in the operas and oratorios of German-born composer George Frideric Handel.
THE CLASSICAL ERA (1750 - 1820)

From roughly 1750 to 1820, artists, architects, and musicians moved away from the heavily ornamented styles of the Baroque and the Rococo, and instead embraced a clean, uncluttered style they thought reminiscent of Classical Greece.

At this time the Austrian capital of Vienna became the musical centre of Europe, and works of the period are often referred to as being in the Viennese style. Composers came from all over Europe to train in and around Vienna, and gradually they developed and formalized the standard musical forms that were to dominate European musical culture for the next several decades. The Classical period reached its majestic culmination with the masterful symphonies, sonatas, and string quartets by the three great composers of the Viennese school: Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

During the same period, the first voice of the burgeoning Romantic musical ethic can be found in the music of Viennese composer Franz Schubert.
THE ROMANTIC ERA (1820 - 1910)

The earliest Romantic composers were all born within a few years of each other in the early years of the nineteenth century. These include the great German masters Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann; the Polish poet of the piano Frédéric Chopin; the French genius Hector Berlioz; and the greatest pianistic showman in history, the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. The field of Italian opera was dominated by Giuseppe Verdi, while German opera was virtually monopolized by Richard Wagner.

Composers like Antonin Dvorak began looking for ways in which they could express the musical soul of their homelands. Legends were therefore used as plots for operas, and folk melodies and dance rhythms were frequently used as inspiration for symphonies and instrumental music.

With the continued enhancement of instruments, plus the invention of new ones, the late Romantic composers of the second half of the nineteenth-century created richer and ever larger symphonies, ballets, and concertos. Two of the giants of this period are the German-born Johannes Brahms and the great Russian melodist Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY ERA (1910 - 1960)

In the early part of the twentieth century music became either outwardly expressive (as in the early symphonic poems of Richard Strauss, the huge symphonies of Gustav Mahler, or the operas of Giacomo Puccini), or more introverted (as in the so-called “impressionist” music of Claude Debussy). The previous century’s tide of Nationalism found a twentieth century advocate in the Hungarian Béla Bartók.

In a time of deepening psychological awareness, the expressionistic music of Arnold Schoenberg and his disciples germinated and flourished for a time.

Twentieth-century music has seen a great coming and going of various movements, among them post-romanticism, serialism and neo-classicism in the earlier years of the century, all of which were practiced at one time or another by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Many of the greatest and best-known composers of the century, including Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich along with British composers William Walton and Benjamin Britten were those who wrote music directly descended from the approved models of the past, while investing these forms with a style and modernistic tone of their own.
THE LATE 20TH CENTURY ERA (1940 - 2000)

Composers of this era sought to free music from its rigidity, placing the performance above the composition. Similarly, many composers sought to break from traditional performance rituals by incorporating theatre and multimedia into their compositions, going beyond sound itself to achieve their artistic goals. In some cases the line is difficult to draw between genres. Composers were quick to adopt developing electronic technology. As early as the 1940s, composers such as Olivier Messiaen incorporated electronic instruments into live performance. Recording technology was used to produce art music, as well.

The musique concrète of the late 1940s and ’50s was produced by editing together natural and industrial sounds. Steve Reich created music by manipulating tape recordings of people speaking, and later went on to compose process music for traditional instruments based on such recordings. Other notable pioneers of electronic music include Edgard Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, and Krzysztof Penderecki.

As more electronic technology matured, so did the music. In the 1950s aleatoric music was first championed by American composer John Cage. Early minimalist compositions of the 1960s such as those by Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass stemmed from aleatoric and electronic music.

In the broadest sense, contemporary music is any music being written in the present day. In the context of classical music the term has been applied to music written in the last quarter century or so, particularly works post-1975. Minimalism was practiced heavily throughout the latter half of the century and has carried over into the 21st century, with composers like Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki and John Tavener working in the more popular “mystic minimalism” variant.

Recently there has been increasing stylistic variety, with far too many schools of composition to name or label. However, in general, there are three broad trends. The first is the continuation of modern avant-garde traditions, including musical experimentalism. The second are schools which sought to revitalize a tonal style based on previous common practice. The third focuses on non-functional triadic harmony, exemplified by composers working in the minimalist and related traditions.


Luciano Berio: Sequenze

On the 15th anniversary of the death of Luciano Berio.

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
The Complete Sequenzas (with verses by Edoardo Sanguineti) and Alternate Sequenzas
Works for Solo Instruments: Rounds, Gesti, Fa-Si, Les mots sont allés..., Lied, Comma, Psy, Chanson pour Pierre Boulez, Gute Nacht

Various Artists*
mode records 161/3 (2006). Recorded 1995-2006
[flac, cue, log, partial scans (English text)]



SCRIABIN Symphonies Muti

Scriabin  (1872-1915)
Symphonies 1 - 3
Le Poéme de l'extase

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti

EMI CDS 7 54251 2
(3 cd's)


Ida Haendel plays Sibelius

Ida Haendel plays Sibelius

Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op.47
Serenade No.1 In D, Op.69a
Serenade No.2 In G Minor, Op.69b
Humoreske No.5 In E Flat, Op.89 No.3

Ida Haendel, violin
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
dir : Paavo Berglund

ASD 3199 LP (stereo/quadraphonic), [P] 1976
"Lossless" LP rip: 96 kHz, 24 bit (see details below)
Although this performance has been transferred to CD, 
none of the CDs are currently in print   

FLAC files, scans 

Haendel (1928 -    ) is probably the last of a magnificent generation of violinists. Her performance of the Sibelius Concerto elicited a fan letter from its composer: “I congratulate you on the great success, but most of all I congratulate myself, that my concerto has found an interpreter of your rare standard.”  



Bartok By Heart

Bartok - Six String Quartets

Chiara String Quartet

Azica Records 71310 Stereo [P] 2016
HD FLAC files from PrestoClassical.co.uk
96 kHz, 24 bit

FLAC files (sorry, no digital booklet)

The Chiara Quartet is now in their sixteenth season performing together, and for this release are continuing to move forward by taking a cue from the past. The ensemble, for this release, explores the centuries old tradition of performing without printed sheet music. For almost all of the ensembles concerts this season, the musicians will be performing the works from memory. The purpose of this practice is to rely solely on hours of practice, rather than the distraction of the sheet music. Chiaras cellist, Gregory Beaver, says of this practice: The act of performing from memory has been challenging for us. Each member must find a way to know the music inside and out. But the payback for each of us is equally rewarding, bringing us that much closer together in our music making. 



Charles Groves : The Best of British

EMI Laser CDZ 7625262
01. Edward Elgar - Imperial March, op.32 [5'04]
02. Thomas Arne (arr. Sargent) - Rule Britannia# [5'57]
03. William Walton - 'Spitfire' Prelude and Fugue [7'19]
04. Eric Coates - The Dambusters March [3'54]
05. Hubert Parry - I Was Glad. Coronation Anthem, 1902* [6'45]
06. Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance Marches, op.39 - No. 4 in G major [5'19]
07. William Walton - Orb and Sceptre. Coronation March, 1953 [7'13]
08. Edward Elgar - Variations on an Original Theme, op.36 'Enigma' - Variation 9: Nimrod [3'21]
09. Edward Elgar - Land of Hope and Glory* [4'28]
10. Thomas Arne (arr. Robinson) - The British Grenadiers. Patrol March [3'52]
11. Edward Elgar - Coronation March, op.65 [10'45]
12. Henry Walford Davies - RAF March Past [3'02]
13. William Walton - Crown Imperial. Coronation March, 1937 [6'32]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Groves (with Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus and Anne Collins- contralto#)

Cambridge University Musical Society, Choir of King's College Cambridge, New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Philip Ledger (with Felicity Lott-soprano, Alfreda Hodgson- contralto, Richard Morton- tenor, Stephen Roberts- bass)*

EMI Laser CDZ 7625262 (recorded 1971, 1977 and 1969*; this CD compilation 1988)

(CD-rip: flacs, cover, inlay & booklet scans)


Francisco Araiza - Französische, Spanische, Mexikanische Lieder

Französische, Spanische, Mexikanische Lieder
Songs of Fauré, Ravel, de Falla, Galindo, and Ponce

Francisco Araiza, tenor
Jean Lemaire, piano

Atlantis ATL 96 204 Stereo CD [P] 1986
Currently out-of-print

FLAC file, cuesheet, log, scans, booklet




George Philipp Telemann 
Solo Cantatas from the collection Fortsetzung des
Harmonischen Gottes-Dienstes

Eva Lax
Affetti Musicali
Janos Malina

Hungaraton  HCD 31597
recorded 1996



Charpentier Orphée Cantata & Airs

Marc-Antoine Charpentier  (1643-1704)
Orphée descendant aux enfers (Cantata)
Airs & Sonate à huit

Henri Ledroit
Ricercar Ensemble

Ricercar  206722



Recent updates to previously posted music

05/20/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn's 4th & 5th Symphonies by Sergiu Comissiona in Baltimore (1974)
05/20/18 Rare Grooves #2 +1LP Mendelssohn's 3rd Symphony by Sergiu Comissiona in Baltimore (1974) (by Enrico B.)
05/18/18 Poulenc +5CDs The Complete Songs in the Malcolm Martineau cycle for Signum Classics (2010-2012)
05/12/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn's Violin & Strings + Double C.tos by Domenico Nordio in Padova (2004)
05/12/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn's Piano Trios by The Borodin Trio (1985)
05/12/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn & Prokofiev's Violin C.tos by Perlman & Barenboim in Chicago (1993)
05/12/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn & Bruch's Violin Concertos by Perlman & Haitink in Amsterdam (1984)
05/12/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn's & Bruch's Violin Concertos by Mutter & Karajan in Berlin (1981)
05/12/18 Summer Nights #3 +1CD Mendelssohn's Octet & Beethoven's Septet by the Wiener Oktett (1960-1973)
05/11/18 The Odd Couple #2 Chopin's Concertos by Tzimon Barto (A. Fischer) & Stanislav Bunin (F. Welser-Möst) (1993)
05/11/18 The Odd Couple #2 Chopin's Mazurkas by Vladimir Ashkenazy (1982-1985)
05/11/18 The Odd Couple #2 Chopin' Ballades by Maurizio Pollini (1999)
05/11/18 Hagen - Lute Sonatas - Robert Barto New links
05/08/18 Brahms +1CD Ballades Op. 10 & Handel Variations by Nelly Akopian-Tamarina (1996)
05/08/18 Stravinsky #1 +1CD new rip of Apollo (+ Prokofiev's Visions fugitives) by Yuri Bashmet in Moscow (2006)
05/07/18 Rachmaninov #2 +1CD Sonata No. 2 and selected Preludes & Etudes-Tableaux by John Browning (1986)
05/07/18 Debussy #5 +1CD Music for 2 Pianos and Piano Duet by Claude Helffer & Hakon Austbo (1973)
05/07/18 Debussy #2 +1CD Songs Vol. 2 by Anne-Marie Rodde & Noël Lee (1987)



Galuppi The Fall of Adam & Harpsichord Concertos

Baldassare Galuppi  (1706-1785)
La Caduta di Adamo
Concertos for Harpsichord & Strings

Mara Zampieri, Ernesto Palacio
I Solisti Veniti
Claudio Scimone

Erato Ultima 0927 41393-2