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 The Three Sounds - Bottoms UP! (1959/2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: The Three Sounds
Title: Bottoms UP!
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1959 (BLP 4014/BST 84014)/2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Duration: 39:55
Recorded: September 16, 1958 (#2, 8), September 28, 1958 (#3), February 11, 1959 (#1, 4-7) at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech.

The Three Sounds were part of the trio explosion. Begun in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds and consisting of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums (the saxophonist was dropped by the time the group moved to Washington, D.C. in 1957), the Sounds eventually migrated to New York City where they were "discovered" by Lou Donaldson. After a single record for Riverside with Nat Adderley, the Three Sounds signed an exclusive contract with Alfred Lion on Blue Note Records. Over the course of five years, the Sounds released nine LPs and appeared on albums by Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine.

The second record by the Three Sounds (which, like too many of their recordings, has yet to be reissued on CD in the U.S.) features the increasingly popular group in prime form. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy are in top form performing their brand of funky jazz, which left plenty of room for inventive solos along with the percolating grooves. On this set, the trio plays seven standards (including "Besame Mucho," "Love Walked In" and "I Could Write a Book"), plus the original "Jinne Lou." Well worth searching for. --Scott Yanow
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 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
Title: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Ballet féerique in Two Acts
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:24:32
Recorded: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway, 9-12 December 2013

This is the concluding recording in Neeme Järvi’s series with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra devoted to Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets. This complete, uncut version of The Nutcracker follows The Sleeping Beauty (CHSA 5113(2)) and Swan Lake (CHSA 5124 (2)), both of which have been much awarded.
The Nutcracker draws its influences from both Hoffmann’s and Dumas’s tales of the same name, and makes delightful use of ‘le joli’, i.e. ‘the pretty’, in music – vivacious themes decked out in ingenious orchestration – already mastered by Léo Delibes in Coppélia.
The Nutcracker relates the dreams of Clara Silberhaus on Christmas Eve, aroused by the nutcracker which her mysterious godfather has given her. Then the guests’ lulling and languishing waltzes take her on a fantastic journey from a mystical snowy forest to the princely kingdom of Confiturembourg. Tchaikovsky illustrates this journey with various musical themes, such as confectionary, flowers, and Mirlitons, as well as Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian dances.
Commissioned by the director of the Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, The Nutcracker was premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1892. It came in a double-bill with the opera Iolanta, also commissioned by Vsevolozhsky. For this recording, Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have re-explored Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece together, in order to offer a completely new experience of one of the most-performed ballets in musical history.
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Supertramp - Crime Of The Century (1974/2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Supertramp
Title: Crime Of The Century
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock
Label: © A&M Records | Universal Music
Release Date: 1974/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Blu-ray Audio
Duration: 00:44:15
Recorded: Ramport Studios (South London), Scorpio Sound Studios (London), and Trident Studios (London) from February to June 1974

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974's Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn't nearly as spooky as Floyd -- they're snarky collegiate elitists, an art rock variation on Steely Dan or perhaps a less difficult 10cc, filled with cutting jokes and allusions, best heard on "Bloody Well Right." This streak would later flourish on Breakfast in America, but it's present enough to give them their own character. Also present is a slight sentimental streak and a heavy fondness for pop, heard on "Dreamer," a soaring piece of art pop that became their first big hit. That and "Bloody Well Right" are the concise pop moments on the record; the rest of Crime of the Century is atmospheric like Dark Side of the Moon, but with a lighter feel and a Beatles bent. At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it's still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 - Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding (2014 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Artist: Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding
Title: R. Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 51:47
Recorded: August 2012 at Kissei Bunka Hall, Matsumoto, Japan

This sonically spectacular recording of Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony was made with the internationally hand-picked players of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and recorded at the Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumoto, at the heart of the Japan Alps. Daniel Harding was specially invited to conduct the orchestra in the absence of Seiji Ozawa who, at that time, was still recuperating from treatment for cancer.
Voted among the World's Greatest Orchestras by Gramophone magazine, the Saito Kinen Orchestra boasts the best Japanese players from the leading orchestras of Europe and North America as well as selected wind and brass principals from Berlin, Vienna, Philadelphia and Boston among others. It is one of the world's elite festival orchestras
Demanding an unprecedented orchestra of 125 players, the Alpine Symphony was the last of Strauss' great series of tone poems. Specially released to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birth and the centenary of the symphony's composition, this is the first Decca recording since 1988 and utilizes the latest 24 bit 96khz technology for a truly spectacular sound.
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Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Kreisleriana / Johannes Brahms: Theme and Variations - Imogen Cooper (2013 ) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Imogen Cooper piano
Title: Schumann- Fantasiestücke, Kreisleriana; Brahms- Theme and Variations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:15:31
Recorded: Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, 23-26 July 2012

This is Imogen Cooper’s first release on Chandos Records. Recognised worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, she has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical and romantic repertoire. She has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform a unique musical understanding and lyrical quality.
‘Duality, intermingling and juxtaposing identities, the dream world, the subconscious, wild humour, the supernatural, disguise, the outsider’. These are all words used by Imogen Cooper to describe the inner world of Robert Schumann. On this recording, she offers her interpretations of two works by this deeply inspired composer: Fantasiestücke and Kreisleriana. Both display in full Schumann’s extraordinary ability to express the gamut of human emotions in a highly imaginative language that draws the best from both piano and performer.
Schumann dedicated his Fantasiestücke to a young Scottish pianist by the name of Roberta Laidlaw, with whom he had a close, if brief, relationship during his eighteen-month-long separation from Clara Wieck, whom he was patiently courting. In one of the most important early studies of Schumann’s music, published in the journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Franz Brendel compared this work to ‘a landscape painting in which the foreground gains prominence in sharply delineated, clear contours while the background becomes blurred and vanishes in a limitless perspective’.
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Renee Fleming - Christmas In New York (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Renée Fleming with Rufus Wainwright, Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsalis, Kelli O'Hara, Chris Botti, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Elling
Title: Christmas In New York
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Holiday, Christmas, Classical Crossover, Vocal
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hdtracks
Duration: 1:03:37
Recorded: MSR Studios & Avatar Studios, NYC

American soprano Renee Fleming’s first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From Rockefeller Center to the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of year is captured on Christmas in New York.
With guests representing such genres as jazz, pop and classical, this album will appeal not only to Fleming’s core classical fan base but also to a broader, music savvy consumer.
Joining Fleming for the Christmas celebration are guest artists ranging from Rufus Wainwright and Gregory Porter to Wynton Marsalis and Kurt Elling.
Fleming’s elegant persona along with the intimate arrangements of holiday classics makes this album perfect for holiday parties, stocking stuffers and as a treasured holiday gift. This sophisticated album is sure to be a perennial favourite.

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Jean-Philippe Rameau - Pieces de clavecin - Mahan Esfahani (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Artist: Mahan Esfahani
Title: Rameau - Pièces de clavecin
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 128 minutes 22 seconds
Recorded: February 2014 at The Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey, United Kingdom

Gramophone-Award-winning harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has recorded Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin in the historic setting of the Music Room at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. This is a masterclass for the instrument, confirming this young artist as a truly great player: in the words of International Record Review ‘his technique is beyond criticism and his inherent musicianship goes far deeper than mere surface understanding … it is difficult not to warm to such a musician’.
This double album comprises the whole of Rameau’s output of keyboard suites, and Esfahani rejoices in its wealth of genius, its excitement and drama. Rameau is a composer whose revival is ongoing, and his unique combination of the witty and the cerebral, the light and the curmudgeonly, abounds throughout his harpsichord music.
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Prayer: Voice & Organ - Magdalena Kozena, Christian Schmitt (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Magdalena Kozená, Christian Schmitt
Title: Prayer: Voice & Organ
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 1:24:24
Recorded: September 2013 at Konzertsaal der Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik, Regensburg, Germany

The new recording from Magdalena Kožená features deeply-felt interpretations of sacred songs from the Baroque to the 20th Century.
In a rare recording collaboration, she is joined by virtuoso Christian Schmitt, in music for voice and organ from the sacred traditions of Germany, Austria, France and England, as well as her native Czechoslovakia.
Of course, the album includes music by J.S. Bach – a composer with whom Magdalena Kožená has long been associated - with sacred aspects of German song represented by Hugo Wolf and Schubert.
The French tradition is heard in the music of Bizet, Ravel and the great Parisian organist Maurice Duruflé.

. . . Magdalena Kozená takes a broad, dramatic approach to devotional music . . . If this is unlikely material for a singer whose bright timbre and temperament seem to predestine her for lyric, mischievous operatic roles, especially Dorabella, that challenge adds zest to the recital. --David J. Baker, Opera News
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Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 'Scottish' / Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto - London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 'Scottish'; Schumann: Piano Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 79 minutes 17 seconds
Recorded: January 2014 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom

Inspired by his travels to the British Isles and full of the influence of the rolling Scottish landscape, both Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’ and his overture The Hebrides (‘Fingal’s Cave’) are amongst the composer’s most popular and admired works. The London Symphony Orchestra present us with inspiring performances of these works, as well as a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, featuring the celebrated pianist, Maria João Pires.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner writes of this coupling; ‘Even if they spoke with different accents these genial Romantics were united in their ambitious fervour for ‘abstract’ music to be acknowledged as having the same expressive force as poetry, drama or the literary novel. The three works on this album exemplify the endeavour and range of invention of two of them, friends and colleagues in Leipzig’.
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Peter Maxwell Davies - Symphony No. 10 'Alla ricerca di Borromini' - LSO, Antonio Pappano (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (b.1934)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
Title: Maxwell Davies - Symphony No. 10 'Alla ricerca di Borromini'
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 41 minutes 56 seconds
Recorded: February 2014 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom

‘Sometimes, the music knows something you don’t.’

These words, spoken by Peter Maxwell Davies before a performance of his Sixth Symphony on 12 March 2013, refer to the coincidence of the completion of that work with the death of his friend and collaborator George Mackay Brown in 1996.
The morning after the performance, Maxwell Davies received a cancer diagnosis that was to prove life-changing if not life-ending and one that in retrospect had seemed to him a long time coming. The crystallising of the new Tenth Symphony around the life and work of the Italian Baroque architect Francesco Borromini (1599–1667) had been in progress since at least the beginning of 2013 and one thing that did not change as a result of Maxwell Davies’ illness was his desire to press ahead with a composition that is essentially a meditation on creativity and mortality in the full knowledge that he might not live to finish it.
The Symphony is conceived in four parts, none of which conforms for long to any formal archetype evoked by Maxwell Davies’ other symphonic works. Instead it is the (subjective) drama of Borromini’s life and the (objective) design of his architecture that underpins a sequence that alternates purely instrumental movements with settings of texts from three sources.
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