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Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca, Emanuele Maniscalco - Third Reel (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca, Emanuele Maniscalco
Title: Third Reel
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Modern Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 53:28
Recorded: February 2012, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano


A collaborative group brimming with creative potential, Third Reel packs much musical information into the sixteen vividly expressive tracks of its debut album. Trio members Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca and Emanuele Maniscalco are committed improvisers and gifted writers, each with a distinct compositional signature. The contrasts, and a shared sensitivity for space, shape the group’s sonic identity. Each member of this Swiss-Italian trio is a bandleader is his own right but the cooperative Third Reel is a priority for all of them. Conceived as a trio without bass from the outset – “it means more responsibility for each player, as well as more risk-taking” – Third Reel went through various drummers until Pianca brought along Emanuele Maniscalco in 2010 (drummer and guitarist had previously collaborated in the band Food Chain). Third Reel celebrates the release of its album with concerts in Brescia (March 20), Geneva (March 21), Lugano (March 22) and Biasca (March 23). An extended European tour is in preparation for October and November.
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Glass, Part, Kancheli, Umbayashi - New Seasons - Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Сomposer: Philip Glass (*1937), Arvo Pärt (*1935), Giya Kancheli (*1935), Shigeru Umbayashi (*1952)
Artist: Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
Title: New Seasons
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:17:43
Recorded: Vilnius, Lithuanian National Radio Recording Studio, 2/2013 (Glass, Kancheli, Umebayashi); 9/2014 (Pärt)


Gidon Kremer returns to the Yellow label after more than a decade with the brand new reference recording of Philip Glass’ Second Violin Concerto – “The American Seasons”, hs first solo concerto album in many years.The first Glass Violin Concerto, performed by Kremer and released by DG in 1993, has achieved cult status and shipped close to 90k units (in Germany alone over 25k copies) – and has become a staple of DG’s contemporary music catalogue.
Now, this extraordinary follow-up Concerto is at the heart of the repertoire of the Kremerata Baltica. Performed for the first time in San José, Costa Rica with Gidon Kremer as soloist in August 2013, it will be toured later in the year - info to follow shortly.
The album is completed by works of Arvo Pärt and Giya Kancheli – two composers both closely associated with Gidon Kremer, and who are both set to celebrate milestone 80th birthdays this year. Gidon has also added the short piece by the well-known Japanese film composer Shigeru Umebayashi as a tribute to his Japanese friends.
Four highly regarded visual artists and film maker have created four different films for each of the American Seasons that are projected to screens during concert performances.
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Muse - Drones (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Muse
Title: Drones
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Post Grunge, Britpop, Neo Prog, Prog Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 52:45
Recorded: Studio The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia


The British arena rockers will release 'Drones,' their seventh studio album beginning of June 2015. Co-produced by Muse and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the album, titled Drones, is set to be a departure from their mostly experimental EDM-ish sounding last release, 2012’s The 2nd Law. And by departure, we’re talking back to the guitar sound that first made them global superstars.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Works for Violins and Orchestra - Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Artist: Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolić, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg
Title: Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K. 364 / Rondo in C major, K. 373 / Concertone in C major, K. 190
Genre: Classical
Label: © PentaTone Classics
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: pentatonemusic.com
Duration: 63.35
Recorded: 2006



German violinist Julia Fischer, 24 years old when this recording was released, is surely a bright new star, all charisma as her diminutive self stands between conductor and collaborator Yakov Kreizberg and violist Gordan Nikolic on the cover of this disc. She has a steely technique that she brings to Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K. 364 -- not a steely work, but the musicianship here is superb. Fischer and Nikolic make an attractive pair in the work, her razor-sharp tone set against his gutsier sound production, all the contrasts held together by Kreizberg's brisk tempos and no-nonsense forward drive. There are recordings of the Sinfonia Concertante that play more directly to sentiment, but the work's intricate architecture breathes in this interpretation. An additional bonus is the inclusion of the rarely heard Concertone in C major for two violins and orchestra, K. 190, a work that also has solo oboe and cello parts and seems to hang in the balance between the concerto and sinfonia concerante (multiple-soloist) genres. The performers bring a nice lilting quality to the first two movements, rather sprawling creations of the young Mozart that demand really compelling soloists of the sort on display here. The only complaint is over-resonant sound, the result of PentaTone's decision to record in a Haarlem church -- the wrong place for music intended for a medium-sized, crowded, well-upholstered room. It destroys the intimate scale of the performance and causes the soloists and the harpsichord continuo of the Concertone, especially, to sound a bit like they are swimming in a watery chamber. The clarity of Fischer's playing, however, is not compromised, and it's a real wonder. She has also recorded two of Mozart's solo violin concertos with the same forces, but this disc in a way suggests even greater talents. --James Manheim, AllMusic
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5 - Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Dodds, Festival Strings Lucerne (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Dodds, Festival Strings Lucerne
Title: Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:17:49
Recorded: Kirche Oberstrass in Zurich, Switzerland in September 2013



Violinist Arabella Steinbacher studied her first Mozart Violin Concerto in G major at the age of eight. The legendary pianist Arthur Schnabel mentioned that the piano sonatas of Mozart are too easy for children yet too difficult for adults. In Steinbacher’s words: In Mozart one must always make sure that it's powerful, but at the same time never sounds aggressive and that the sound always remains beautifully pure and almost angelic.
And since then the piece has become the underlying theme throughout her career. She played the piece during many important moments of her life. It was also the piece that got Arabella accepted as the youngest students of Ana Chumachenko when she was nine. Yet it never came to a CD recording while listeners regularly ask for it.
In making the recording Ms Steinbacher said,” I’m glad it can finally be recorded now. Mozart connects me to my childhood and it has opened many doors.”
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 - Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Artist: Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg
Title: Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © PentaTone Classics
Release Date: 2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: pentatonemusic.com
Duration: 60.45
Recorded: Waalse Kerk (Èglise Wallon), Amsterdam, April 2005


It takes a lot of guts to write your own cadenzas. After all, most of the concertos in the standard repertoire already have their standard cadenzas, usually supplied by either the composer or some exceedingly well-known soloist, and the chance of any current soloist touching the same celestial heights is doubtful at best. Nevertheless, on this disc of Mozart's Third and Fourth violin concertos coupled with his Adagio K. 261 and Rondo K. 269 for violin and orchestra, Julia Fischer not only writes most of her own cadenzas, she touches the same celestial heights as the greatest masters of the bow. Fischer has a pure tone, an impeccable intonation, and an immaculate technique, but she also has a warm heart and a radiant soul, and her performances of Mozart's concertos are as clear and luminous as the music. Beyond that, Fischer has the rare talent of writing cadenzas that partake of the substance of the music but transfuse it with the joy of Fischer's soul, and the result not only touches the heart, it touches the infinite. Yakov Kreizberg leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in stylishly polished performances and provides the cadenza for the central Adagio of the Third concerto, but this is Fischer's show and she proves herself a star. PentaTone's 2005 sound is warm, deep, and full. --James Leonard
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 5 - Julia Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Julia Fischer, Pieter-Jan Belder, Yakov Kreizberg, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Title: Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © PentaTone Classics
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: pentatonemusic.com
Duration: 01:09:46
Recorded: Doopsgezinde Kerk (Mennonite Church), Haarlem, The Netherlands, (3/2006)


Julia Fischer is joined by Yakov Kreizberg and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as the musicians explore three Mozart concertos for violin and orchestra. The program includes Mozart’s joyous first two concertos and his complex fifth. This highly anticipated work follows the pair’s successful recording of Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 3 and 4. Fischer delivers a radiant performance filled with lyricism and refined charm, while Kreizberg commands the well-balanced orchestra with vibrant spontaneity.
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Michael Mantler - The Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Michael Mantler
Title: The Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update
Genre: Jazz, Beyond Jazz, Experimental Big Band, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Modern Big Band, Orchestral Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 54:55
Recorded live August 30/31 and September 1, 2013 at Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria. Mixed and mastered October and December 2013
at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines, France


In 1968, composer-trumpeter Michael Mantler recorded The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra. Released on the JCOA label (and subsequently distributed by ECM), this classic, groundbreaking album of composition and improvisation featured Mantler conducting a large jazz orchestra that included some of the era’s iconic free improvisers as soloists: pianist Cecil Taylor, cornetist Don Cherry, trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, guitarist Larry Coryell, saxophonist Gato Barbieri. In the process of digitizing his catalog, Mantler reacquainted himself with early scores, eventually envisioning fresh performances of this vintage material. With The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Update, Mantler has re-imagined his 1960s music for the 21st century, with electric guitar and amplified string quartet added to the instrumentation. The Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band of energized young Europeans, conducted by Christoph Cech and featuring Mantler on trumpet, was recorded in these updated scores live at Vienna’s Porgy & Bess club in 2013. Just as the original did in 1968, the result sounds stirringly contemporary, brimming with dark majesty and a bright sense of sonic possibility.
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Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto - Arabella Steinbacher, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, Charles Dutoit, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Title: Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:08:14
Recorded: Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2014.



This release arguably features the two greatest concertos ever written for the violin: performed by one of the most brilliant violinists of her generation, together with one of the finest orchestras, and under the baton of one of the world’s foremost conductors. This recording of Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn violin concertos bears witness to the eminence of the collaboration between violinist Arabella Steinbacher, conductor Charles Dutoit and PENTATONE’s Orchestra of the Season January June 2015, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the result thereof.
After waiting for a long time to record these concertos with the perfect collaboration, Arabella Steinbacher didn’t waste any chance to shine with heart-felt enthusiasm and bravura in this recording.
Her performance produced such a pure, yet fierce sound that it allowed the music to speak in an immediate, translucent way. Recorded in September 2014 in the magnificent Victoria Hall, Geneva, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande were totally at home with the repertoires and performed with great confidence; they were led by Dutoit, who was vivid, rhythmic and clear in his direction. The vigorous playing results in a vibrant sound that is captured perfectly in this multi channel SACD recording.
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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4 - Escher String Quartet (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–47)
Artist: Escher String Quartet
Title: Mendelssohn - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e|classical.com
Duration: 80:10
Recorded: April 2014 at Potton Hall, Suffolk, England


Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet is still a young ensemble as string quartets go. It has nevertheless become established as one of the most exciting quartets around, both in its home country, the U.S.A., and elsewhere, recently being shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award. With their début disc on BIS, the Eschers launch a three-disc cycle of Mendelssohn’s string quartets, including the unnumbered String Quartet in E flat major and – on coming instalments – the four pieces for string quartet Op. 81. The quartet genre accompanied Mendelssohn throughout his life, from the previously mentioned E flat major quartet – which he composed at the age of 14 – to String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, his last major work, completed only two months before his death in 1847. As a body, the quartets demonstrate many of Mendelssohn’s finest qualities as a composer – his fascination for and understanding of the music of both Bach and Beethoven, his affinity for string instruments, and that gift for melody as well as texture which has made his Lieder ohne Worte and the elfin music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream so eternally popular. Composed in 1829, the Quartet Op. 12 is still an early work – from the time of the Hebrides Overture – while the E minor quartet, Op. 44 No. 2, can be counted as one of the first master-pieces by the mature composer.
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