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Johannes Brahms - Works for Solo Piano, Vol.3 - Barry Douglas (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms - Works for Solo Piano, Vol.3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 67:26
Recorded: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 31 March and 1 April 2014

Barry Douglas returns for the highly anticipated third volume in his series devoted to Brahms’s solo piano music, the first two volumes having been met with widespread critical acclaim. Of Vol. 2, International Record Review wrote, ‘this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority... this cycle looks set to become a benchmark’.
The selected Intermezzi performed here come from the collections of short piano pieces which Brahms published in 1892 – 93, his last works for piano. A sense of wistful, melancholic reflection pervades these exquisitely crafted masterpieces of Brahms’s late maturity.
Composed at the other end of his life, at the age of twenty, the Piano Sonata in F sharp minor is full of a youthful, strident energy. It was among the pieces that, when he heard them privately, convinced Robert Schumann of Brahms’s genius. It was dedicated to Robert’s wife, Clara, who was to remain a key figure in Brahms’s life. Indeed it was Clara who, having heard the movement, begged Brahms for a piano transcription of the noble Andante from the String Sextet in B flat major, the Theme with Variations in D minor heard here.
Brahms’s set of sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 were originally conceived for piano four hands and were arranged, by popular demand, for solo piano soon after, in 1867. They capture the sense of joyful abandon often associated with the genre but their romanticism and nostalgia are uniquely Brahmsian.
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Johannes Brahms - Serenades - Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly
Title: Johannes Brahms - Serenades
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 1:05:13
Recorded: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, 22–24, 29 & 30 May 2014

Following the ‘Gramophone Record of the Year’ award-winning set of the Brahms Symphonies, Riccardo Chailly turns his “rare talent for transforming music ripe for rediscovery” to Brahms’s Serenades. This exquisite recording renews these unjustly neglected and rarely performed works in performances of “trademark clarity” (Gramophone Record of the Year 2014) and marks the first Decca recording of these works since Kertesz in 1968.

Forming part of the wider Brahms project undertaken by Chailly and his Leipzig orchestra, this release restores an importance to these works which they rarely receive. In Chailly’s hands they emerge not just as precursors of the symphonies but powerful and individual works in their own right.
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Bobby Hutcherson - Components (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Bobby Hutcherson
Title: Components
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Avant-garde Jazz, Modal Music, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1965 (BLP 4213/BST 84213)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:56
Recorded on June 10, 1965 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Perhaps the single album that best sums up Bobby Hutcherson's early musical personality, Components is appropriately split into two very distinct halves. The first features four Hutcherson originals in a melodic but still advanced hard bop style, while the latter half has four free-leaning avant-garde pieces by drummer Joe Chambers. Hutcherson allots himself more solo space than on Dialogue, but that's no knock on the excellent supporting cast, which includes Herbie Hancock on piano, James Spaulding on alto sax and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Ron Carter on bass. It's just more Hutcherson's date, and he helps unite the disparate halves with a cool-toned control that's apparent regardless of whether the material is way outside or more conventionally swinging. In the latter case, Hutcherson's originals are fairly diverse, encompassing rhythmically complex hard bop (the title track), pensive balladry ("Tranquillity," which features a lovely solo by Hancock), down-and-dirty swing ("West 22nd Street Theme"), and the gaily innocent "Little B's Poem," which went on to become one of Hutcherson's signature tunes and contains some lyrical flute work from Spaulding. The Chambers pieces tend to be deliberate explorations that emphasize texture and group interaction in the manner of Dialogue, except that there's even more freedom in terms of both structure and tonal center. (The exception is the brief but beautiful closing number, "Pastoral," an accurate title if ever there was one.) Components illustrated that Hutcherson was not only the most adventurous vibes player on the scene, but that he was also capable of playing more straightforward music with intelligence and feeling. --Steve Huey
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Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: Shadows in the Night
Genre: Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:22
Recorded: Studio Capitol Studios, Los Angeles

Bob Dylan's newest studio album, Shadows In The Night, was released on February 3, 2015 on Columbia Records. Featuring ten tracks, the Jack Frost-produced album is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012’s worldwide hit Tempest.

Upon Columbia’s announcement of the album’s forthcoming release, Bob Dylan commented, “It was a real privilege to make this album. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

As Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer explains, “There are no strings, obvious horns, background vocals or other such devices often found on albums that feature standard ballads. Instead, Bob has managed to find a way to infuse these songs with new life and contemporary relevance. It is a brilliant record and we are extremely excited to be presenting it to the world very soon.”
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Batik - The Old Man And The Sea (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Batik
Title: The Old Man And The Sea
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Sound Liaison
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: soundliaison.com
Duration: 45:00

With the Suite; The Old Man and the Sea, the new ensemble Batik, presents them self, with a piece of music, that vividly brings to life Ernest Hemingway's classic tale of the old fisherman. Batik has composed and improvised a dramatic story telling SoundScape around the key elements of the novel. You can read the novella on line here, it is a unique experience reading the book and hearing the gorgeous Batik compositions at the same time:
Like the famous fabric from the Far East the music of Batik consist of multicolored lines creating fascinating patterns, blending traditional forms with new ideas and letting spontaneous interaction merge the elements into a very original sound. BATIK is the latest brainchild of Wolfert Brederode (ECM recording artist) and Joost Lijbaart (Yuri Honing). With guitarist Ed Verhoeff and bass guitarist Mark Haanstra (two of the most in demand musicians on the European scene) they have formed a quartet capable of visual and inventive music making.
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Bartlomiej Pekiel - Messes, Motets - The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Bartłomiej Pękiel (fl.1633-1670)
Artist: The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan
Title: Bartlomiej Pekiel - Messes, Motets
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © The Sixteen Productions
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:40
Recorded: St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, October 2012

Bartłomiej Pękiel was one of the most eminent Polish composers of choral music of the 17th century. He served at the court in Warsaw from around 1633 and was assistant to Marco Scacchi at the Chapel Royal in Warsaw before becoming Kapellmeister himself from 1645-1655 - the first non-Italian to hold the post. He then moved to Wawel Cathedral in Krakow where he wrote for the Rorantist vocal ensemble.

Just 29 of his compositions survive today and on this new album by The Sixteen under the direction of Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan, we present 11 of his works for choir and orchestra including the Missa Concertata La Lombardesca resplendent with double choir, violins and trombones, and the extraordinary and dramatic Audite mortales.

In this recording dedicated solely to his works, Pękiel shows himself to be a skilled craftsman, mastering the techniques taught by the Italian maestri, but also imbuing his works with his own particular harmonic colour in all the varied styles he writes in.
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Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberg, Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen + Lars Erstrand - Jazz at the Pawn Shop (1977/2014) [2xHD] High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Arne Domnérus, Bengt Hallberg, Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen + Lars Erstrand
Title: Jazz at the Pawn Shop
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing, Mainstream, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © 2xHD Fidelio Technologies | Naxos
Release Date: 1977/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 01:28:06
Recorded: December 6-7, 1976 at The Pawnshop (Stampen) Jazz Club in Stockholm, Sweden
For the 2xHD transfer of this recording, the original 1/4”, 15 ips CCIR master tape was played on a NAGRA IV-S Tape recorder – the same model as used in the original recording – with a pair of Dolby 361, using a hi-end tube preamplifier with OCC silver cables. We did an analog transfer for each HiRez sampling and A & B comparisons were made with both the original LP, using the Kronos turntable, as well as with the best available CD, using the Nagra HDDac and dCS Vivaldi DAC, throughout the process. 192kHz was done using Ayre QA9pro.


Jazz at the Pawnshop is a multi-session recording made by Gert Palmcrantz on December 6-7, 1976, at Jazzpuben Stampen (Pawnshop) in Stockholm, Sweden. A pawnshop had operated on the site prior to the jazz club. Proprius Records founder Jacob Boethius produced the album, and it has been issued at least five times under multiple labels and formats. The album is widely regarded by audiophiles as the best jazz recording of the 20th Century.
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