Lucky Peterson – Long Nights (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Lucky Peterson
Title: Long Nights
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:43:46
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: JSP Records

It is understood to the listener from the first seconds of the album: Lucky Peterson will never abandon the blues. As impressive on the guitar as with his impressive vocals, he is accompanied here by what is becoming a basic blues setup: piano, bass and drums. This is not as if to say that Long Nights is devoid of a unique personality. Lucky Peterson hits a guitar of his own -- undeniable skill at rhythm and picking. Using his Dobro, the listener is brought to a time that seems all but too distant to understand. From country blues to slow electric blues, Chicago boogie and more... An entire repertoire is reviewed and personalized here. A vintage and authentic parenthesis amidst the digital synthesizer that dominates music today.

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Louis Fremaux – Louis Fremaux – The Complete CBSO Years (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Louis Fremaux
Title: Louis Fremaux - The Complete CBSO Years
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 14:10:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics

This 12-CD set joins Warner Classics' Icon series, which pays homage to some of the greatest recording artists of the recent past. The box is devoted to the French conductor Louis Frmaux, who, from 1969 to 1978, preceded Simon Rattle as Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. For the first time, it assembles all the recordings that Frmaux and the CBSO made for EMI. Over the course of the 1970s their discography played a substantial role in building the orchestra's international reputation before the arrival of Rattle as its Principal Conductor in 1980. Indeed, such was the orchestra's prowess in the French music favoured by Frmaux that, in 1978, Rattle described the CBSO as "the best French orchestra in the world". The vast majority of this Icon set is devoted to French music: Berlioz (notably the Grande Messe des Morts, the first recording project of the CBSO Chorus, which Frmaux established in 1973); Massenet; Bizet (including his rarely-heard symphonic suite Roma); Lalo; Saint-Sans (including the Symphony No 3, a work closely associated with Frmaux); Faur (the Requiem); Chabrier; Debussy; Dukas; Ravel; Ibert (whose music occupies almost an entire CD); Honegger; Poulenc (the Gloria, Piano Concerto and Les Biches) and Satie. The British-born composers featured are: Litolff; Walton (who occupies an entire CD, dominated by the two Faade suites), and John McCabe (1939-2015), whose Notturni was premiered by Frmaux and the CBSO in 1970. Appearing for the first time on CD is a selection of arias by Leoncavallo, Puccini, Bizet, Sullivan, Lehr and Johann Strauss II, sung in English by the tenor by the Birmingham-born tenor David Hughes (1929-1972), who, before turning to opera, had enjoyed success as a popular singer; the arias are complemented by overtures by Offenbach. Other soloists appearing on the set include tenor Robert Tear, cellist Paul Tortelier and pianists John Ogdon and Cristina Ortiz.

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London Grammar – Truth Is a Beautiful Thing (Deluxe) (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: London Grammar
Title: Truth Is a Beautiful Thing (Deluxe)
Genre: Alternative
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:19:13
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Ministry of Sound Recordings

"Truth Is a Beautiful Thing" is the second studio album, written and conducted by British dream pop trio London Grammar. It follow the critically acclaimed, platinum selling debut 'If You Wait'. New album features production from Tim Bran, Paul Epworth, Jon Hopkins, Roy Kerr and Greg Kurstin.

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Steve Davislim, Chorus Sine Nomine, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock – Liszt: Faust Symphony, S. 108 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Steve Davislim, Chorus Sine Nomine, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock
Title: Liszt: Faust Symphony, S. 108
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:08:20
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

The Faust Symphony undoubtedly constitutes one of the principal works of Liszt's Weimar period,if not indeed his orchestral masterpiece. Liszt had become acquainted with Goethe's poem Faust in 1830, in the French translation of Grard de Nerval. He began composing the work in the 1840s, after a visit to the Goethe House in Weimar. Its first performance was arranged for September 1857, to mark the centenary of Grand Duke Carl August and the erection of a statue to Goethe and Schiller. On this occasion Liszt rounded the work off by adding a tenor solo and chorus at the end. The premiere took place on 5 September.This musical transposition of the poem is performed here by Orchester Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselbck, and follows their recording of Liszt's transcriptions of works by Schubert, released in 2015 (Alpha 471).In parallel with this, the Viennese period-instrument orchestra is also continuing its Resound Beethoven project, the recording of the complete symphonies at the venues of their first performances.

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Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie
Title: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
Genre: Pop Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:39:33
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: East West Records

Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (also referred to as simply Buckingham McVie) is a studio album by Fleetwood Mac vocalists Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, released on June 9, 2017. Four of the five members of Fleetwood Mac are featured on the album; vocalist Stevie Nicks is the sole member absent from the album. The album sold over 22,000 units in the US in its first week and debuted within the top 20. It proved to be even more successful in the UK, where it debuted within the top 5. In November 2017, the album was also certified silver with sales exceeding 60,000 units.

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Les Vents Francais with Eric Le Sage – Winds & Piano (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Les Vents Francais with Eric Le Sage
Title: Winds & Piano
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 02:59:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Warner Classics

These are top-notch performances of not always top-notch music. The piano quintets of Mozart and Beethoven need no special pleading, and this international ensemble are at their best in the dreamy opening and the finale's cadenza of the Mozart. The French timbre characterised by Franois Leleux's plangent oboe sounds well suited to Poulenc's racy sextet and the fine one-movement Divertissement by Roussel. More dispensable are Louise Farrenc's amiable sextet, a pioneering work of 1852, and Andr Caplet's oddly irritating quintet of 1899. The third disc has a sextet by Strauss's friend Ludwig Thuille, boldly symphonic in scope, and Rimsky-Korsakov's extremely enjoyable, bubbly quintet. But are eight piano-and-wind works in succession just too much of a good thing?

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Les Vents Francais with Eric Le Sage – Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Les Vents Francais with Eric Le Sage
Title: Beethoven: Chamber Music for Winds
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:19:31
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Erato - Warner Classics

This Warner Classics release is billed as music by Beethoven, but most of it fits only partly under that rubric. Les Vents Franais experienced well-deserved success for their French-heavy programs on recordings and in concert, and it is understandable that they would like to branch out with Beethoven. But in so doing, they get into pretty obscure territory. The Trio in C major, Op. 87, despite its high opus number, is an early work, like all the other genuine pieces on the album, composed in 1795. Originally for two oboes and English horn, it is transcribed here for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon by John P. Newhill, who wrote a book on the basset-horn. The most interesting of the bunch is the Trio in G major for piano, flute, and bassoon, WoO 37, one of the not-abundant works by the teenage Beethoven in Bonn. With its sizable first movement, virtuoso piano part, and vigorous interchange among the instruments, it points toward the mature Beethoven more than the later, but essentially incidental, works on the rest of the album. The Variations on L ci darem la mano, WoO 28, are also a transcription (by Fritz Stein), while the Duo in B flat for clarinet and bassoon, WoO 27, No. 3, is thought to be spurious and is full of infelicitous voice-leading, unlikely from the student of Albrechtsberger and Haydn. The Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17, is genuine Beethoven, tossed off in a day, but intelligently written for the French horn. What keeps the miscellany afloat is the playing of Les Vents Franais, which once again is surpassingly elegant, a model of Classical-style wind playing. They get a strong assist from Bavarian Radio engineers, working in the Bavarian Musikstudios in Munich. Recommended for Beethoven enthusiasts.

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Lee Konitz, Kenny Barron, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington – Frescalalto (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Lee Konitz, Kenny Barron, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington
Title: Frescalalto
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:50:27
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Impulse! Records

Throughout his nearly 70-year career, Konitz himself has been highly influential in the way of playing of several musicians. "Frescalalto" marks his debut on Impulse Records and features the acclaimed pianist Kenny Barron, and a tight bass-drums engine composed of Peter Washington and Kenny Washington (no family ties, but natural musical rapport). For this session, Konitz selected three originals and five standards, which were dressed with inventive new outfits.

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Laurent Coulondre – Gravity Zero (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Laurent Coulondre
Title: Gravity Zero
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:46:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Label: Sound Surveyor Music

Laurent Coulondre doesn't just play keyboards, he merges with them. The young Frenchman says that he immerses himself totally into the "deep world" of his keyboards. This world can sometimes resemble an Escher-like maze: just when you think you've found the way out, you find yourself somewhere else. Coulondre's music is funky and would not be out of place on Miles Davis' On The Corner -- yet it never sounds dated -- if only because of the youthful energy of his playing. Coulondre's whole body swings with the music as he loses himself in thrilling solos. In his homeland he is a popular sideman and he has played on the albums of trumpeter Nicolas Folmer and others. Coulondre's latest album Gravity Zero was released this year. On it you can hear the exuberance that he will undoubtedly bring to the stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

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Anneleen Boehme, Lander Gyselinck, Bram de Looze – Nature City (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Anneleen Boehme, Lander Gyselinck, Bram de Looze
Title: Nature City
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:59:15
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Outnote Records

Nature City is LABtrio's third album, a range of new collectively composed works and older, never-heard compositions combined with two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. The strong personalities of all three members of LABtrio shine through with this release, showcasing their fresh and adventurous approach to music.

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