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Felix Mendelssohn - The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3 - Howard Shelley (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Howard Shelley
Title: Mendelssohn - The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 64 minutes 32 seconds
Recorded: April 2014 at St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom


One of the very great pianists of the nineteenth century, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) achieved legendary status for his performances and improvisations alike, though his piano compositions generally have not withstood comparison with the very best keyboard music of the century. The one piano sonata he published was deemed not to have broken new ground after Beethoven’s path-breaking thirty-two; he created no large-scale cyclic works comparable to Robert Schumann’s hybrid literary/musical fantasies for the instrument; his meticulously crafted Lieder ohne Worte exuded for many a refined romanticism not as soul-searching as the miniatures of Chopin or Brahms; and nowhere did his technical demands on the pianist challenge the Promethean exertions of Liszt.
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McCoy Tyner - Time For Tyner (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: McCoy Tyner
Title: Time For Tyner
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Modal, Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz, Progressive Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1968 (BST 84307)/2015 (Remastered 2003/Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:42
Recorded: May 17, 1968 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Time for Tyner is the ninth album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner and his third released on the Blue Note label. It was recorded in May 1968 and features performances by Tyner with Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Lewis and Freddie Waits. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection" calling it "a powerhouse performance from first to last."
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McCoy Tyner - McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster (2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: McCoy Tyner
Title: McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © Telarc
Release Date: 2000 (CD-63488-SA)
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 01'05'36
Recorded: (DSD recording) Clinton Recording Studio "B", New York City, April 27-28, 1999

One of the musical highlights of the new millennium is already here: McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster, the follow-up to the legendary pianist's critically-acclaimed Telarc debut, McCoy Tyner and the Latin All-Stars. On this new release, McCoy Tyner explores the art of the trio, with a dynamic set of 11 tracks that features new tunes from Tyner and Clarke.
McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster is a clear indication that Tyner's interests lie firmly in the future, and in his own compositions. In addition to two takes of "I Want to Tell You 'Bout That" (the first with Clarke on electric bass, the next on acoustic), other Tyner compositions include "Trane-like," "Once Upon A Time," "Goin' 'Way Blues," "Carriba" and "Memories." Tyner's unique and blazing interpretations of standards are apparent in his renditions of "Never Let Me Go" and "Will You Still Be Mine." Another highlight is Clarke's own "In the Tradition Of."
McCoy Tyner is assured of a major position in any jazz history of the 20th century—a versatile composer, arranger and leader whose distinctive sound looms over entire generations. He was born in Philadelphia in 1938 when Bud Powell, Benny Golson (and of course, John Coltrane) and many others were in the neighborhood. And Tyner is the only jazz giant to have honed his craft in, of all places, his mother's beauty parlor in West Philadelphia—jamming among the hair dryers and curling irons.
Stanley Clarke (born in 1951) is also from Philly, and on this project he plays mostly acoustic bass. Well known for his work with Return to Forever and as a trailblazing solo artist, Clarke continues to revolutionize his instrument. A first-generation fusion player who is constantly shifting directions, this project offers a rare opportunity to hear his more straight-ahead playing.
McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster is a brilliant second installment of Tyner's work on Telarc. Both discs make it clear that the undeniable talents of McCoy Tyner continue growing greater with time.
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Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Anna Prohaska, Ludwig Quandt, Lara St. John - Schubert (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Anna Prohaska, Ludwig Quandt, Lara St. John
Title: Schubert
Genre: Classical
Label: © Ancalagon Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:19:18
Recorded: 04/17/2013 at Teldex Studio, Berlin


Ancalagon Records proudly announces its new SACD release, Schubert, featuring Berlin Philharmonic principal harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Deutsche Gramophone recording artist Anna Prohaska, soprano, Berlin Philharmonic principal cellist Ludwig Quandt, and Lara St. John, violin.
This second recording collaboration between Ancalagon Records and Langlamet gives a portrait of Schubert’s life from early to late in his short, prolific career. Langlamet does not arrange the keyboard parts, but performs them exactly as written by Schubert.
“Had Schubert lived into the era of the double-action pedal harp, I am quite certain he would have written his Harfner songs and Arpeggione sonata to be paired with this instrument,” says St. John, “not to mention the extraordinary aural filigree herein possible with his impromptus and the whirling wheel of Gretchen, spun by Marie-Pierre.”
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Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas (1994) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mariah Carey
Title: Merry Christmas
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop, Swing, Gospel, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1994
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:18
Recorded: December 1993 – August 1994, at Sony Studios and The Hit Factory, New York City, NY

Merry Christmas is the first Christmas album and the fourth studio album by American singer Mariah Carey. Released by Columbia Records on November 7, 1994, the album features cover versions of popular Christmas tunes and original material. Carey worked with Walter Afanasieff, with whom she wrote all of the original tracks, as well as producing Carey's interpretations of the covered material. The album contains a contemporary holiday theme, and featured "authentic, gospel flavored background vocals".
The album features instrumentation from keyboards, bass guitars, drums, percussion and heavy backing vocals. After its release, the album received generally positive reviews and became a worldwide success. Critics praised Carey's uplifting and flavored vocals, as well as her skilled songwriting alongside Afanasieff. Singles were released from the album, being sent to different radio stations for promotional purposes.
Merry Christmas was released at the peak of the initial stretch of Carey's career, between Music Box (1993) and Daydream (1995). The album produced the worldwide classic single, "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which became the best-selling holiday ringtone in the US. The album has sold 5,370,000 copies in the United States as of November 2014 according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certified five-times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of five million copies in the United States. In Japan, Merry Christmas has sold 2,500,000 copies and is the third best-selling album of all time by a non-Asian artist, behind Carey's other release #1's (1998) and Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. Merry Christmas has sold 15 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:12
Recorded: September 2012, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary

After the highly acclaimed recordings of Mahler Symphonies no. 1, 2, 4 and 6 Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra now recorded the Fifth Sympony with its famous Adagietto in F major for strings and harp - one of the most intimate pieces that Mahler ever wrote for the orchestra.
According to Fischer the Fifth is “the most Jewish of all Mahler's symphonies. The first movement takes us to the unmistakable mood of Jewish lamentation, the finale to the childlike vision of messianic joy.”
Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

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Luiz Bonfa with Lalo Schifrin & Oscar Castro Neves - Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova (1963/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Luiz Bonfa with Lalo Schifrin & Oscar Castro Neves
Title: Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Traditions, Samba, Fusion
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1963/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:35:15
Recorded: New York City, December 30/31, 1962

Brazilian guitarist and composer Luiz Bonfa became world famous for his contributions to the soundtrack of the 1959 film Black Orpheus. He was one of the originators of the bossa nova sound and one of the greatest masters of Brazilian music popular of the 20th century. Even Elvis Presley recorded one of his songs! Luiz Bonfa Plays And Sings Bossa Nova, a classic of the genre from 1962, is notable for its romantic orchestrations by Lalo Schifrin, but there are also stripped down, acoustic numbers that showcase Bonfa's musical virtuosity and subtlety. Also features fellow bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar and keyboards and vocalist Maria Helena Toledo on several songs.
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Lou Donaldson - Here 'Tis (1961/2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Lou Donaldson
Title: Here 'Tis
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1961 (BLP 4066/BST 84066)/2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 39:15
Recorded: January 23, 1961 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


A dedicated disciple of Charlie Parker, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson focused his energies on the bluesier aspects of his hero's playing and rendered it with a sweeter edge that fashioned him a viable career for decades. His work for Blue Note showed his impressive mastery of the bop style.
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Franz Liszt - Piano Concertos - Arnaldo Cohen, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Composer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Arnaldo Cohen, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling
Title: Liszt: Piano Concertos
Genre: Classicall
Label: © BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: e|classical.com
Duration: 57:08
Recorded: in July 2005 at the Sala São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazill


Review by: David Hurwitz Classcis Today US and Classics Today France 10/10
It’s often thought that critics work in isolation, and that a published opinion is merely the subjective impression of one individual. Maybe some do work that way, but I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in communication with colleagues or partners at CT.com and elsewhere–some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people in the field. We enjoy discussing the merits of various recordings, and particularly before we give a disc a 10/10 rating we often consult to see if we agree. This is reflected, for example, in the “International Consensus” Disc of the Month selections, but that is only the tip of the critical iceberg. When it comes to repertoire very frequently recorded, such as the Liszt piano concertos, we often try to be extra careful, to be particularly clear about our reasons for awarding a new release our highest accolade.
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Le Parler et le Silence: Music for flute consort and lute from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries - The Attaignant Consort (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Сomposer: Various
Artist: The Attaignant Consort
Title: Le Parler et le Silence: Music for flute consort and lute from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries
Genre: Classical
Label: © RAMÉE | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:16
Recorded: May, 2011 at the church of Notre-Dame de l'Ascension, Bra-sur-Lienne, Belgium


This recording is the sequel to The Attaignant Consort’s first disc – Madame d’amours (RAM 0706) – and the third and last ina series of three recordings presenting the art of the Renaissance flute, both as solo instrument (RAM 1201) and as a consort instrument from the late fifteenth century until the middle of the seventeenth. This disc places the accent on the musical transition of the seventeenth century, and shows how the consort of flutes adapted to the new styles of composition, which pushed it to the very limits of its possibilities. This recording illustrates the repertory for flute consort from its beginnings, including examples of the first instrumental fantasias, of airs de cour in four voices, a suite of English songs, bicinia, and finally French airs enriched with Baroque ornaments from the early eighteenth century.
The ATTAIGNANT CONSORT was co-founded in 1998 by Kate Clark, Frédérique Chauvet, Marion Moonen and Marcello Gatti. Mathieu Langlois joined the ensemble in 2008. Drawn together by a fascination with the renaissance flute, they have collaborated over many years with the Italian flute-maker Giovanni Tardino, exploring the sound world of this, until now, little-known instrument. The ensemble's work has been greatly enriched by their long-standing collaboration with distinguished English lutenist Nigel North, begun in 2007. Each of the musicians in the Attaignant Consort has a multi-facetted musical career independent of the Consort: above all performers, their combined portfolios comprise outstanding achievements in the fields of teaching, conducting, ensemble direction, editing, writing and musicology. They come together for performances as the Attaignant Consort, sharing a deep love of the poetry and music of the Renaissance and early baroque. The Attaignant Consort works from facsimile editions of original part-books rather than scores, and performs as often as possible from memory, mindful of the aural tradition of learning in which many sixteenth-century instrumentalists were educated. The ensemble not only performs written diminutions from the period, but also those composed specially for it by Kate Clark. The ensemble's first CD Madame d'amours was released on the Ramee label, to broad critical acclaim, in October 2007.
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