BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kriss Russman – Butterworth: Orchestral Works (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kriss Russman
Title: Butterworth: Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:15:23
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: BIS Record
Source: http://www.eclassical.com/labels/bis/bis2195.html

When George Butterworth joined the army in 1914, his most recent works included the song cycle Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' as well as the Rhapsody 'A Shropshire Lad', which he called 'an orchestral epilogue' to his settings of A. E. Housman's poems. The Rhapsody has since been described as 'one of the greatest of all English orchestral works' and when Butterworth left England to fight in the First World War, he was seen as one of the bright hopes of British music -- a hope that in August 1916 was extinguished in the trenches at the Somme. When Butterworth joined up he stopped composing and also destroyed several manuscripts that he felt were inferior. An exception was an Orchestral Fantasia which he had started just before the war broke out: a 92-bar full score manuscript lasting some three-and-a-half minutes has been preserved. On the first page Butterworth wrote 'see short score' which implies that the work may have been completed -- but if so, the score in question has been lost. The composer and conductor Kriss Russman has therefore taken up where the manuscript breaks off, adding some 5 minutes of music through a process which he describes in his liner notes as 'developing Butterworth's original ideas and combining them with additional material derived from an analysis of his other music.' Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Russman himself, the world premire recording of the Fantasia closes the present disc which also includes some of Butterworth's best loved pieces, such as The Banks of Green Willow. Russman has also made orchestral arrangements of the five-movement Suite for String Quartette and the Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad', both of which are recorded here for the first time. The soloist in the song cycle, and in the three songs that make up Love Blows as the Wind Blows, is James Rutherford, who has previously recorded the Shropshire Lad songs for BIS in the original version with piano accompaniment.

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Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins – Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & other works (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
Title: Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 & other works
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:12:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Hyperion Records
Source: https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68060

Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 is the daddy---the most popular ever written. Much recorded, Jack Liebeck turns in a dazzling performance of youthful vigour, prefacing the Concerto with the gorgeous Serenade and a Romance.

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Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos – Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Title: Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:58:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/bruch-violin-concerto-no-2-scottish-fantasy-itzhak-perlman/0825646079223

These two works for violin by Max Bruch owe a great deal to Jascha Heifetz, who was really the first to champion them and, most importantly, the first to record them: the Scottish Fantasy in 1947 and the Second Concerto in 1954. Itzhak Perlman, who has often acknowledged Heifetz's influence on his taste in and choice of repertoire, recorded both works early in his career (1976) before returning to them a decade later (see volume 40). The Concerto in D minor, Op.44 was written for the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, who gave its premiere in London in November 1878. Overshadowed, as was No.3, by Bruch's First Violin Concerto, Op.26, it soon fell into neglect. It is, however, a work full of innovative touches, such as the choice of an Adagio to open the concerto, in place of the conventional Allegro, or the instrumental recitative that follows and both harks back to the first movement and anticipates the finale. Despite its dramatic gestures and the beauty of the solo part, however, this second work failed to match its predecessor's success. Heifetz's recording, as well as that made a few years later by Mischa Elman (1956), played an essential role in establishing its place in the repertoire.

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Breakbot – Still Waters (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Breakbot
Title: Still Waters
Genre: Electronic
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:51:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Because Music
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/breakbot-still-waters

Still Waters is the second album by French DJ/Producer Breakbot (Thibaut Berland), including the singles "Back For More", "Get Lost" and "2Good4Me". It was released on Ed Banger Records on February 5, 2016.

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Barry Douglas – Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 5 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 5
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:06:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Chandos Records
Source: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010878

This album is the penultimate in what BBC Music has described as a 'triumph of Brahmsian thought', namely the survey by Barry Douglas of the composer's complete works for solo piano.

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Barry Douglas – Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:22:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Chandos Records
Source: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010857

This is Volume 4 in Barry Douglas's monumental project to record the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms. Each volume has been released to critical acclaim, the first one, in 2012, being seen by BBC Music as 'a triumph of Brahmsian thought, with playing that gets right to the heart of the composer'.

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Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini – Brahms: Violin Concerto (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini
Title: Brahms: Violin Concerto
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:43:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/brahms-violin-concerto-itzhak-perlman-carlo-maria-giulini-chicago-symphony-orchestra/0825646073818

Brahms's Opus 77 exemplifies the violin concerto of the Romantic era, just as Beethoven's Opus 61 does that of the Classical age. As imposing as it is virtuosic, more than almost any other work in the genre, it leaves the soloist with nowhere to hide. For generations, it has been a work that any violinist aspiring to join the very select club of great masters of the instrument has had to conquer.

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Lewis, Paul – Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Lewis, Paul
Title: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:12:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: harmonia mundi
Source: http://www.eclassical.com/harmonia-mundi/brahms-piano-concerto-no1-op-15.html

A renewal of forms, Too innovative for its time, Brahms's Piano Concerto no.1, premiered in Hanover in 1859, needed a few years to become established in the repertory. It is a work that redefines the norms of the genre. The traditional confrontation between virtuoso soloist and orchestra is bypassed in favour of a balanced treatment and a more 'symphonic' approach. The Ballades op.10 too derive from the impetus towards a renewal of forms characteristic of the young Brahms's output.

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Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson – The Freedom Book (1964/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson
Title: The Freedom Book
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1964
Duration: 00:42:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Prestige Records
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/the-freedom-book-rudy-van-gelder-remaster

Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety. But it was his series of Song Books for Prestige Records that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. Ervin's tenor saxophone sound was haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. The Southwest moan was an integral part of his playing. But his style went beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition to incorporate the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of the free jazz that was initiating one of the periods of self-renewal that keeps jazz fresh and interesting. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, was one of Ervin's masterpieces. He is abetted by the power and drive of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson.

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Bob Dylan – Tempest (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: Tempest
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 01:08:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Columbia Records
Source: Pono

Tempest is the thirty-fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on September 10, 2012 by Columbia Records.The album was recorded at Jackson Browne's Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, California. Dylan wrote all of the songs himself with the exception of the track "Duquesne Whistle", which he co-wrote with Robert Hunter. Tempest received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its traditional music influences and Dylan's dark lyrics.The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200.

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