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Friedrich Gulda feat. Klaus Weiss - It's All One (1970/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Friedrich Gulda feat. Klaus Weiss
Title: It's All One
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Cool Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1970/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 39:17
Recorded: MPS Studio, Villingen, February, 1970

Amazing stuff – and one of the hippest records ever cut by pianist Friedrich Gulda! Unlike some of his other more modernist efforts, this one's got a really free swing to it – and it features a spare stripped-down approach that has Gulda's work on piano and 'electra piano' backed only by the drums of Klaus Weiss. If you know Weiss' playing, you'll know that he's a heck of a player – one of the hardest swinging players in Germany during the 70s, with a rich range of styles that included funk, soul jazz, and hard bop playing. The best numbers on the album feature Gulda playing these amazing lines on 'electra piano', with Weiss grooving underneath – either hitting a modal groove, a bossa one, or in some cases a freer beat to match Gulda's solos. The record kicks off with the four-part 'Suite For Piano, Electra Piano, & Drums' – which has two great groovers, the 'bossa nova' and 'finale' section'. Side two features the more avant 'Meditation III', plus the excellent 'Blues Fantasy', which starts out free, then rolls into a great modal funky part with great electric keyboard lines!
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Diana Ross - Surrender (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Diana Ross
Title: Surrender
Genre: R&B, Soul, Smooth Soul, AM Pop, Pop Soul
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:10
Recorded: 1970-1971

Diana Ross’s third solo album is one of the best of her career, and the absolute best of her early 1970s output. Not only that, but it’s one of the best Motown albums of the era, period. This, my friends, is a work of classic soul, featuring the strongest singing Diana Ross would do until the end of the decade and some of the finest songs by writing/producing team Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Ashford & Simpson had, of course, delivered Diana’s first solo LP, and while there’s not a single song here stronger than the first album’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this album as a whole is far superior, more complex piece of work.
Perhaps Surrender isn’t generally placed in the category of great Motown albums because it lacked a massive hit single. Though “Remember Me” was a Top 20 hit and two other songs made the Top 40, none of them are as instantly recognizable as later hits like “Touch Me In The Morning” and “Upside Down.” At the time, it was probably also lost due to the fact that it was one of four Diana Ross albums (three studio and one TV special soundtrack) released in less than two years. It’s a shame that none of the songs caught on the way “Ain’t No Mountain…” had, as a stronger single might have helped push the album up the charts and increase its visibility.
Surrender is also important because it’s the last true soul album Diana Ross would record for several years. This is due to the fact that her entire career was about to vault to the next level thanks to her starring role in 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues. In the wake of her Oscar-nominated movie and #1-selling soundtrack, the singer’s entire vocal style would change; she would lose much of the breathy, raw power of her early recordings and replace it with a smooth, sophisticated style that leaned much more toward pure pop than R&B. Surrender, therefore, is the end of the first phase of Diana’s solo career – a portrait of the singer as young, exciting, vital woman bursting onto the music scene alone in the spotlight – and if it had to end, at least it came with one of the best collections she would ever release.
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Cyrus Chestnut, Buster Williams, Lenny White - Natural Essence (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cyrus Chestnut, Buster Williams, Lenny White
Title: Natural Essence
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Straight-Ahead, Piano Jazz
Label: © HighNote Records, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:13
Recorded: November 17, 2015

From his emergence in the mid-Eighties to the present, pianist Cyrus Chestnut has declared himself a committed stylist completely infatuated with his instrument and the art he's sworn allegiance to, jazz. Chestnut has consistently shown himself an improviser of rare ingenuity and grace, yet what most distinguishes him from other gifted pianists of our era may be the sheer pleasure that radiates from all that he plays. While the characteristic cheer that Chestnut displays on "Natural Essence" can be attributed to his undiminished vigor and attentiveness, the presence of his notable cohorts also contributes to the leader's focus. With the dynamic Lenny White on drums and the redoubtable Buster Williams on bass Cyrus & company breathe new life and vitality into that most venerable of jazz ensemble formats, the piano trio.
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Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonatas - Ophelie Gaillard, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, Fabio Di Casola (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Ophélie Gaillard, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, Fabio Di Càsola
Title: Brahms - Cello Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté/Little Tribeca
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:15:25
Recorded: 17 au 20 août 2012 à Arc en Scènes, Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse (Schweiz, Switzerland)


Brahms's important output of 24 chamber scores dominated the second half of the 19th century, as that of Beethoven had dominated the first half. His corpus was thus a response to that of Beethoven, his model, and to that of Mendelssohn, who was likewise born in Hamburg and also composed two cello sonatas. In 1890, aged only 57, Brahms resolved to give up composing but he had reckoned without the inspiration that his meeting with the Meiningen clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld was to have on his creative imagination. He subsequently added four scores for clarinet to his output, including this Trio Op. 114.
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Ludwig Van Beethoven - Violin Concerto, 2 Romances - Suyoen Kim, Wuttembergish Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ruben Gazarian (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Suyoen Kim, Wüttembergish Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ruben Gazarian
Title: Beethoven - Violin Concerto, 2 Romances
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:52

German-born, Korean pianist Suyoen Kim and the Wüttembergish Kammerorchester Heilbronn present Beethoven's only violin concerto, considered among the three most important such concertos ever composed, on par with the famous violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Brahms. The challenging piece demonstrates once again Kim's award-winning virtuosic technique. The programme is completed with two of Beethoven's Romances for violin and orchestra.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures (1951-1955) - Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 & Overtures (1951-1955)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Mono/Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 07:14:04
Recorded: November 1952 and June 1955 at Kingsway Hall, London (Except 9th in Vienna)


The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Opp. 22, 31/3 & 101 - Angela Hewitt (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Angela Hewitt
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 22, 31/3 & 101
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 72 minutes 28 seconds
Recorded: August 2012, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany


Angela Hewitt presents a fourth volume in her acclaimed series of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, which has delighted her fans worldwide.
The little-known Sonata in B flat major, Op 22, the last of Beethoven’s ‘early’ sonatas, is recorded alongside Op 31 No 3 (sometimes known as ‘La chasse’, or ‘The Hunt’, because of its tumultuous Presto con fuoco finale). The album is concluded with Op 101, of which the journalist for the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in Leipzig wrote: ‘Truly, here in his 101st composition admiration and renewed respect take hold of us, when we wander along strange, never trodden paths with the great painter of the soul’, going on to enthuse about the most beautiful colours and pictures in Beethoven’s new Piano Sonata.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Opp. 2/2, 10/1, 78 & 110 - Angela Hewitt (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Angela Hewitt
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 2/2, 10/1, 78 & 110
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 76 minutes 1 seconds
Recorded: January 2014, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany


Angela Hewitt has been much praised in her earlier recordings of Beethoven’s piano sonatas—displaying ‘exquisite taste’—and now turns her ‘uncluttered clarity of thought and inspired structural pacing’ to four more works spanning the composer’s career. As ever, Angela’s accompanying notes provide fascinating insights into both the music and her performances.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Inventions & Symphonies BWV772-801 - Thomas Ragossnig (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Thomas Ragossnig
Title: Bach, J.S. - Inventions & Symphonies BWV772-801
Genre: Classical
Label: © Solo Musica GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:59
Recorded: February 9-11, 2015 at the church in Marthalen


Why a recording of Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias in altered order? The 1723 fair copy of both the Inventions and the Sinfonias has the keys ordered according to the ascending scale (C major / C minor; D major / D minor etc.). There is however no compelling reason to perform them that way; there are musically more meaningful and attractive sequences. Thomas Ragossnig presents one of them on this CD for the first time. He mixes the Inventions and Sinfonias in the same key and performs them in groups of two or four. The result is a musically exciting sequence of Inventions and Sinfonias that gives the listener the opportunity to linger longer in each key, as in a Baroque suite. Thomas Ragossnig zestfully interprets the various musical affections in these miniatures, so that these complex works function as a musically meaningful and stimulating cycle and not only as "contrapuntal references".
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Ich hatte viel Bekummernis - Heinz Holliger, Erich Hobarth, Camerata Bern (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Heinz Holliger, Erich Höbarth, Camerata Bern
Title: Bach, J.S. - Konzerte und Sinfonien für Oboe - Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:54
Recorded: December 2010, Radiostudio Zürich


A recording to delight all admirers of Bach and the baroque oboe and a wonderful account of Heinz Holliger’s interpretive genius as a player: for many, he is the world’s greatest oboist. Factor in the long-established relationship between the Camerata Bern and Holliger which permits a real group understanding, Erich Hobarth’s exemplary violin, and superb ECM sound and we have here a special event. Holliger has recorded prolifically for the New Series, but this is his first disc for the label since the 1997 “Zelenka” album to address core classical repertoire, and these very popular pieces will find a broad public response.
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