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.
AGP1-108 are now available for direct download in the archive at www.avantgardeproject.org
AGP109-111 and other recent AGP installments are also available at http://thepiratebay.org/user/loudav
AGP112 is the first of three featuring works by the early 20th century Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck. He may be a bit of a strange choice for the AGP, since his works date from earlier in the century than most installments, and since he was something of a throwback in being among the last to continue the romantic lieder tradition. But I've always been a sucker for overripe chromaticism, and he is underrepresented on CD.
This installment includes two late collections of lieder, one accompanied by orchestra and the other by piano. Nachhall is transcribed from a Jecklin LP (Disco 535) that has been released on CD but is now out of print. I thought of asking for a transcription of the CD, but this LP transcription is practically flawless, so I don't think it much matters. Das Stille Leuchten is transcribed from an Accord LP (MU 312) that doesn't appear to have made its way onto CD. It is a delightfully rich and clear recording, and the LP is in great shape. The last three tracks on the LP feature historic recordings from 1949 with the composer on the piano.
The torrent includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes from the LPs included in this and the next two installments. If you like what you hear in these installments, check out commercially available recordings of Elegie (a lieder collection) and Penthesilea (his most celebrated opera).
01 - Nachhall, side A [20:21]
02 - Nachhall, side B [17:29]
03 - Das Stille Leuchten, side A [21:05]
04 - Das Stille Leuchten, side B [12:25]
05 - Post-Scriptum [6:12]
Equipment used for A/D conversion: 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.
NOTE: To the best of my knowledge, this recording is 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.