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Max Reger - Violin Concertos - Tanja Becker-Bender, Lothar Zagrosek, Konzerthausorchester Berlin (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Max Reger (1873-1916)
Artist: Tanja Becker-Bender, Lothar Zagrosek, Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Title: Max Reger - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 74 minutes 37 seconds
Recorded: February 2011 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany

Reger is one of those composers more talked about than listened to—caricatured as a prolific writer of organ music with a penchant for dense musical textures. But he certainly wasn’t averse to a good tune: the two Romances abound in lush lyricism, while the magnificent A major Violin Concerto shows him continuing in the tradition of the violin concertos of Beethoven and Brahms. An unashamedly symphonic work, it’s nearly an hour long—around the same length as the nearly-contemporary Elgar Violin Concerto. No less a figure than Adolf Busch championed it—first performing it when he was just sixteen.
The young German violinist Tanja Becker-Bender, who has already made such an impact in Schulhoff and Paganini, is joined by Lothar Zagrosek and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester for this 11th volume in the Romantic Violin Concerto series—a series that is triumphantly demonstrating how much great music there is out there just waiting to be rediscovered.

'Full of craft and a lyricism often of inspired quality … Tanja Becker-Bender is more than equal to the demands of the solo part, and Lothar Zagrosek's masterly articulation of Reger's Klangstrom (stream of sound), in all its transparency and modulated colour and variety of incident is, if anything, an even more distinguished contribution' (Gramophone)
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Lou Donaldson - Lou Takes Off (1958/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Lou Donaldson
Title: Lou Takes Off
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1958 (BLP 1591)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 38:14
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey on December 15, 1957.

This 1958 release marks a period in Lou Donaldson's development prior to a stylistic shift away from bop and toward a stronger rhythm and blues emphasis. Three uptempo tunes here are pure bebop; the remaining number is a medium blues piece, quite characteristic of the hard bop period. The front line on this set includes Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller with the rhythm section of Sonny Clark, George Joyner and Art Taylor.

The influence of Charlie Parker can be heard in virtually every modern jazz musician, particularly players of the alto saxophone. Although considered to be one of "Bird's children," Lou Donaldson absorbed and synthesized other pre-Parker influences, such as Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. This recording marks a period in his development prior to a stylistic shift away from bop and toward a stronger rhythm and blues emphasis. Three up-tempo tunes are pure bebop; the remaining number is a medium blues in B flat, quite characteristic of the hard bop period. The front line on this set includes Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller; the rhythm section is Sonny Clark, George Joyner, and Art Taylor. Overall, Lou Takes Off breaks no new musical ground, but it is a solid, swinging session of high-caliber playing. --Lee Bloom, AllMusic
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Lee Morgan - The Cooker (1957/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Lee Morgan
Title: The Cooker
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957 (BLP 1578)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 38:50
Recorded: September 29, 1957 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

"The trumpeter, then just 19, teams up with baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a particularly strong set that is highlighted by a lengthy and fiery 'Night in Tunisia,' 'Lover Man' and a rapid rendition of 'Just One of Those Things.' Morgan plays remarkably well for his age (already ranking just below Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis), making this an essential acquisition." --Scott Yanow, AllMusic

Although Lee Morgan had already made a handful of albums at the age of 19, The Cooker (1957) represents his throwing down the gauntlet as successor to Clifford Brown's vacated throne. It's close to being a pure bebop session, suggestive of a date like For Musicians Only (Verve, 1956), on which Gillespie, Stitt and Getz set some sort of record for NPS (notes per second). At the same time, the precocious trumpeter, already brimming with confidence, is not about to get reckless: he pulls a punch or two, most notably on the opening "Night in Tunisia."
Bebop was a musical language about comparisons, and Morgan was keenly aware of his predecessors. Charlie Parker's incredible four-bar break at the end of the sixteen-bar tag of Gillespie's signature piece on the 1947 Carnegie Hall concert (Diz 'N Bird at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, 1997) had come to represent the gold standard of jazz improvisation, which Morgan had only begun to approach on his solo performances of the tune with the Gillespie big band (Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, Verve, 1957). And though Clifford Brown's version is equal parts inspired invention and stunning virtuosity (Art Blakey, A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1, Blue Note, 1954), the naked four-bar break is given to Lou Donaldson's alto saxophone, with arguably embarrassing results.
Morgan slyly eludes trouble yet takes the listener by surprise when he omits all but the tag's challenging four bars, which he then "wastes" by simply having bass and drums mark time. The listener's letdown is quickly offset, however, by a blistering trumpet solo starting on the first beat of the main chorus, demonstrating why the rising star chose such a deliberative tempo: almost the entirety of his two-chorus solo is played in double time. As dazzling as his execution is, Morgan has one more deception up his sleeve. On both the earlier Gillespie recording and a later Art Blakey date (A Night in Tunisia, Blue Note, 1960), the trumpeter makes sure he gets his piece said on the A7 altered chord of the tune's cadenza: on this occasion, he takes a complete pass!
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Lee Morgan - Delightfulee (1966/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Lee Morgan
Title: Delightfulee Morgan
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1966 (BLP 4243/BST 84243)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 38:25
Recorded: April 8 (#3, 4) and May 27 (all others), 1966 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Delightfulee Morgan is an album by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan released on the Blue Note label in 1966. It was recorded on April 8 & May 27, 1966 and features performances by Morgan with a quintet featuring Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins and a big band featuring Ernie Royal, Tom McIntosh, Jim Buffington, Don Butterfield, Phil Woods, Wayne Shorter, Danny Bank and Philly Joe Jones with arrangements by Oliver Nelson.

As Lee Morgan's career moved from hard and post-bop to soul-jazz, Delightfulee serves as a further bridge in a half-and-half fashion. Four of the seven cuts feature his potent quintet with a young and emerging tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson, as his front line mate, McCoy Tyner ever brilliant on piano, and Billy Higgins firing up the rhythm as only the drummer could. The remainder of the date consists of tracks orchestrated by Oliver Nelson featuring an 11-piece ensemble. There are two selections that feature versions of compositions with both configurations. "Zambia" is a post-bop classic in Morgan's repertoire, sporting a memorable, concise, no-nonsense melody line punctuated by Tyner's piano chords, but in big-band style, it is full and rich, maybe too much so. The easy, deep waltz "Delightful Deggie," may benefit from the orchestration. Wayne Shorter is the featured tenor on the larger group tracks, while saxophonists Danny Bank and Phil Woods (both doubling on flute, a rarity for Woods),trombonist Tom McIntosh, tuba player Don Butterfield,and French Horn icon James Buffington supply the depth. The drummer for the big-and cuts is Philly Joe Jones, and again, is quite a contrast to the smoother Higgins. Of the small ensemble cuts, the fun calypso boogaloo "Ca-Lee-So" is a postscript for Morgan's big hit "The Sidewinder," recorded three years prior. Tyner strokes out kinetic forms during "Nite Flite," and dips into deep blues for "Deggie." Morgan and Henderson's solos are always spot on. The best big-band track, "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, is extremely hip and features a relaxed Shorter, while the worst, a somber samba take on the Beatles' "Yesterday," seems a throwaway. For some this will always be an oddball release of Morgan's, but it does suggest moving on into what would be a fruitful and successful final five years. --Michael G. Nastos
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Johann Sebastian Bach - St. John Passion BWV245 - Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr
Title: J.S. Bach - Orchestral Suites BWV1066-9
Genre: Classical
Label: © AAM Records (Academy of Ancient Music)
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 01:44:36
Recorded at Saint Jude-on-the-Hill, London, UK, 1–5 April 2013.

JS Bach’s St John Passion is an intensely personal experience, bringing to life the humanity of the passion story. Combining raw viscerality with moments of exquisite intimacy, it was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. Our recording aims to capture the authenticity and vivacity of the very first Good Friday performance at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche.

Over the past 40 years the AAM has made over 300 recordings of baroque and classical music, winning Brit and Grammy Awards along the way. This is our first-ever recording of the St John Passion. With a superlative cast including James Gilchrist, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Kennedy, Elizabeth Watts, Christopher Purves and Matthew Rose, and directed by Richard Egarr, this is a landmark project.
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Joseph Haydn - Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 - Marc-Andre Hamelin (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: Marc-André Hamelin
Title: Haydn - Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 156 minutes 39 seconds
Recorded: August 2011 at Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom

Hyperion’s Record of the Month is the third double-volume release in Marc-André Hamelin’s much-praised series of Haydn’s keyboard sonatas. Haydn wrote around sixty keyboard sonatas and this selection of eleven focuses on those from the 1770s, including the great C minor sonata from the composer’s ‘Sturm und Drang’ period, with its dynamic contrasts and virtuoso demands. These are bookended by three from Haydn’s earliest output from the 1750s, most likely penned for his young female pupils to play, and the D major sonata written during the second of the mature composer’s triumphant London visits in 1794.
In all these fascinating, idiosyncratic works, Marc-André Hamelin wears his renowned virtuosity lightly, while playing with understated wit and the elegant, immaculate musicianship that has come to define one of the greatest pianists of our time.

'The playing is outstanding for its crystalline tone, springy rhythms, lively tempos and integral handling of ornamentation. Hyperion's recording of the modern Steinway is cleanly focused … Hamelin is often at his most brilliant where Haydn is at his most eccentric … a sparkling collection' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The most immediately striking feature of the set is the unfailingly superb, crystalline clarity of Hamelin's sound … the performances are next to flawless' (International Record Review)
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George Harrison - The Apple Years 1968-75 (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: George Harrison
Title: The Apple Years 1968-75
Genre: Rock
Label: © Apple Records | Calderstone Productions Ltd.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 06:14:35
Recorded: 1968-75

Universal Music Group and the Harrison family are proud to announce that George Harrison’s first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on The Beatles’ Apple Records label, have been digitally remastered from the original analogue masters for CD and digital release.
Designed to complement Harrison’s 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, the new box includes an exclusive introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.
This project has been overseen by George’s son, Dhani Harrison: “I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years. Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”
The six albums have been digitally restored and remastered at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles by a GRAMMY® Award-winning team of engineers including Paul Hicks, Gavin Lurssen, and Reuben Cohen. Wonderwall Music, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It) are all newly expanded with previously unreleased or rare additional tracks. All Things Must Pass includes the five extra tracks first released in 2001.
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Dobrinka Tabakova - String Paths (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Dobrinka Tabakova (b.1980)
Artist: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Maxim Rysanov
Title: Dobrinka Tabakova - String Paths
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:12:18
Recorded: March / April 2011 at National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius; Studija Aurea in Vilnius; Such different paths recorded June 2011 at Jesus Christus Kirche Dahlem, Berlin.


ECM New Series presents the first full album devoted to the music of Dobrinka Tabakova, a composer born in Bulgaria in 1980 but raised from a young age in London. In Tabakova’s music – richly melodic, texturally sensuous, often emotionally radiant – there resides the new and the familiar, or rather the familiar within the new, and vice versa; there are the spirits of East and West coursing through the pieces, usually hand in hand; and just as the composer’s technical virtuosity is apparent, she possesses a desire, and a gift, for direct communication that can be heard in virtually every measure. The recording features Tabakova’s Concerto for Cello and Strings and the Rameau-inspired Suite in Old Style for viola and chamber orchestra, as well as three chamber works: the string trio Insight, the string septet Such Different Paths and a trio for violin, accordion and double-bass, Frozen River Flows. The performers include star violinist Janine Jansen and several of Tabakova’s former conservatory colleagues: violinist Roman Mints, violist-conductor Max Rysanov and cellist Kristina Blaumane, principal with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Clifford Brown - New Star On The Horizon (1954/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Clifford Brown
Title: New Star On The Horizon
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1954 (10" BLP 5032)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 23:32
Recorded: August 28, 1953 at Audio Video Studios in NYC.

Documenting the rise of legendary trumpeter Clifford Brown, the appropriately-titled New Star On The Horizon comprises material Brown recorded in New York City in August,1953 and released on 10-inch vinyl. This was one of Brown's first sessions as bandleader, leading a sextet including drummer Art Blakely. In 1954 Brown won the DownBeat critics' poll as New Star of the Year, however he never had the chance to fulfill his star potential. He died in 1956 at the age of 25 in a car accident en route to a gig in Chicago. The material on this album was repackaged following Brown's death and released as Memorial Album.

"Other players came to replace Clifford, but they couldn't do it. He had it all. He was just like a shooting star, he's there, and he's gone." --Sonny Rollins

"Fortunately for jazz fans, Brown's work persists in the form of his recordings, which can be safely recommended as outstanding examples of the very best of jazz." --JazzTrumpetSolos.com

"The early 1950s were an interesting, if largely unsatisfactory, time for jazz. There had been a revolution in the 1940s with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie juggling all the ingredients of jazz into a new order. By the early 1950s there was a new generation of musicians, the disciples of Parker and Gillespie, who were trying to find their own voices. A few years later hard bop would bring a new, tougher aesthetic, but in the early 1950s the move was towards something more restrained, something cooler. Miles Davis was the iconic figure pushing towards the new style, but Clifford Brown was another imaginative force and it is interesting to compare him with Davis. This album was Brown’s first release as solo leader. The overall sound is remeniscent of Davis’s Birth of the Cool sessions: A certain richness in the horn sound, in the layering of harmonies." --Rateyourmusic.com
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Clifford Brown - Memorial Album (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Clifford Brown
Title: Memorial Album
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1956 (12" BLP 1526)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 39:54
Recorded: Tracks 1 to 5 Recorded August 28, 1953 at Audio Video Studios in NYC. Tracks 6 to 10 Recorded June 9, 1953 at WOR studios in NYC.

From the very beginning of his brief career, it was obvious that Clifford Brown was one of the greatest trumpeters of all time. The music on the Clifford Brown Memorial Album features Brownie in 1953 on his first jazz recordings. Even if he had only recorded the music on this release, Brown would have been considered an immortal. Five songs match him with Lou Donaldson and Elmo Hope and these not only include his brilliant solos on "Brownie Speaks" and Hope's catchy "De-Dah" but a mature ballad statement on "You Go To My Head." Brown was building on the legacy of Fats Navarro while challenging Dizzy Gillespie's position as modern jazz's top trumpeter, and Brownie was only 22. The other half of this remarkable release has Brown in a sextet with Art Blakey and John Lewis, ripping into "Cherokee" (Charlie Parker would have been proud) and "Wail Bait" while caressing "Easy Living." His large beautiful tone, mastery of bebop and remarkable technique made Brown a giant from the start. Listen to the Clifford Brown Memorial Album and hear where Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw came from.
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