The Avant Garde Project is a series of 20th-century classical-experimental-electroacoustic torrents digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today. This is wild stuff, so check it out if you've never heard this sort of music before. The analog rig used to extract the sound from the grooves is near state-of-the-art, producing almost none of the tracking distortion or surface noise normally associated with LPs.
AGP1-62 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP63-65 and other recent AGP installments are available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
The fourth and last installment in our June festival of Hans Werner Henze compositions focuses primarily on early works. It includes three of four works that originally appeared on an LP on the L'Oiseau Lyre label (DSLO4) and two cantatas that originally appeared on Deutsche Grammophon 139 373. The fourth work from DSLO4 (Apollo et Hyazinthus) was re-released on the CD that made up AGP63 and so does not appear here. The two cantatas are not LP transcriptions but were drawn from an out-of-print CD from the Henze Collection series, courtesy of a dedicated AGP partisan in Germany. The torrent includes a PDF file with liner notes from the two LPs these works originally appeared on (see pp. 1-3).
Equipment used for A/D conversion of tracks 20-22: Lyra Helikon phono cartridge, Linn LP12/Lingo turntable, Linn Ittok tonearm, Audioquest LeoPard tonearm cable, PS Audio PS2 preamplifier, Kimber PBJ interconnect, M-Audio Audiophile USB A/D converter.
20 - Labyrinth, 1951 [8:52]
21 - Wiegenlied der Mutter Gottes, 1948 [9:01]
22 - L'Usignolo dell'Imperatore, 1959 [16:44]
23-27 - Whispers from Heavenly Death, 1948 [8:42]
28 - Being Beauteous, 1963 [15:04]
NOTE: To the best of my knowledge, these recordings are currently out of print. If you know otherwise, please let me know ASAP, as I do not wish any artists to be deprived of the royalties that they so richly deserve.