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Samuel Blais, David Liebman - Cycling (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Samuel Blais, David Liebman
Title: Cycling
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Effendi Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:09
Recorded: Studio Piccolo, October 14, 2012


There's no accounting for how great music comes together on record. Sometimes everything is meticulously laid out for months or years in advance, as artists use planning and implementation to their advantage in the creative process; other times, sparks just fly at spur of the moment sessions. Cycling falls into the latter category.
In October of 2012, saxophonist Samuel Blais organized a quartet tour that found him working alongside three of his favorite saxophonists—David Binney, Donny McCaslin, and Dave Liebman. On a day off while in Montreal, Liebman suggested that he and Blais take to the studio and record some music. Blais was up for it, he recruited bassist Morgan Moore and drummer Martin Auguste for the session, each saxophonist selected a few tunes, and Cycling was born.
While spontaneity spawned this album, the music rarely betrays that fact. These musicians are highly attuned to one another and there's no shortage of vitality and verve in the music they produce. This foursome visits mysteriously open settings like "Return To Napanoch," slams, swoops, screeches, skronks, and soars through "Interludio Obscurio," brings buoyancy and spry movements to the swinging "Cycling," and delivers catchy riffs along with hip and angular sounds on "Chli-Bli." This group even manages to turn a somewhat stale song like "Taste Of Honey" into a completely fresh vehicle.
At first glance, the pairing of Blais and Liebman sells the music. But, as the album plays on, the selling points change: the virtues of the music, the variety of the material, and the way all four musicians connect manage to become more central to the story than the tale of two saxophonists. Yes, Blais and Liebman remain front and center, completely living up to the billing, but they're not alone in this journey. All four players set up these grooves, willingly embark on outward bound voyages, and work sly angles into these songs. It's amazing what can happen in a studio when the stars align. --Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
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Franz Schubert - The Late Piano Sonatas - Paul Lewis (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Paul Lewis
Title: Schubert - The Late Piano Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:09:02
Recorded: mars-avril 2013 & septembre 2002, Teldex Studio Berlin


Paul Lewis is today regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation, having won the most coveted prizes of the great classical institutions, for both his concert career and his recordings on harmonia mundi, topped by three Gramophone Awards including Record of the Year in 2008. He is also the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to have played the complete Beethoven concertos in a single season (2010). Early in 2011, Paul Lewis embarked on a two-year concert tour devoted to the works written by Schubert in the last six years of his life. Now completed, he has played in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
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Franz Schubert - Works for piano, vol.2 - Paul Lewis (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Paul Lewis
Title: Schubert - Works for piano, vol.2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:02:58
Recorded: décembre 2011 & mars 2012, Teldex Studio Berlin



Award-winning pianist Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. Lewis's vast Beethoven project, recording the complete sonatas and piano concertos, was greeted all over the world as a landmark and completed in 2011. On this 2012 release Lewis turns his attention back to to Franz Schubert, the other key focus of his concert career and the other pillar of his discography. Schubert's Piano Sonata, D.845 was the first of his three sonatas to be published during his lifetime. In July of 1825 Schubert wrote a long letter to his parents, in which he stated: "They particularly enjoyed the variations from my new sonata for piano solo, which I performed quite successfully, and several people assured me that under my fingers the keys began to sing. If this is sincere, it makes me very happy since I cannot stand the wretched hacking which is typical of even excellent pianists, as it pleases neither the ear nor the heart."
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10 - Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev
Title: Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10
Genre: Classical
Label: © Mariinsky
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 80 minutes 20 seconds
Recorded: February 2009 & June 2010 at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg


The Third Symphony was first performed in January 1930, its final movement setting a text by Semyon Isaakovich Kirsanov praising May Day and the revolution. Shostakovich stated that the work "expresses the spirit of peaceful reconstruction" and yet much of the music is dark and sombre in tone.
The Tenth Symphony is one of his most popular and frequently heard works. It was first performed in December 1953 following Stalin's death earlier that year, although Shostakovich had been working on much of the material incorporated in the symphony for many years. The great Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya claimed that the symphony was "a composer's testament of misery, forever damning a tyrant".
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	Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 11 - Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev
Title: Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 11
Genre: Classical
Label: © Mariinsky
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 76 minutes 1 seconds
Recorded: February 2009 and February 2010 at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg


Shostakovich's Second and Eleventh Symphonies are both inspired by Russian revolutions. The Eleventh Symphony, "The Year 1905", marks the bloody revolution of its namesake year. It is an astonishingly atmospheric symphony, of cinematic breadth, especially the second movement which depicts the Bloody Sunday massacre in St Petersburg.
Symphony No 2 was written to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution. Though it is a much shorter work than the Eleventh, clocking in at less than 20 minutes, it is by no means any less dramatic. Although dismissed as an experiment by the composer later in his career, it remains an important step in the development of one of history's greatest symphonists. Here Valery Gergiev, along with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, delivers definitive performances of both works.
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Susan Wong - My Live Stories (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Susan Wong
Title: My Live Stories
Genre: Jazz, Vocal
Label: © Evosound
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: evo88.com
Duration: 64:00
Recorded: Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, US on June 27 & 28, 2012


Recorded live at the world famous Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, USA, Susan describes 'My Live Stories' as her ‘best recording yet'. Her delicate, charming vocals and sensitive covers are delightful throughout.
My Live Stories was recorded live over two days in the world famous Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, USA and is described by Susan as her ‘best recording yet'.

With an ensemble of top notch session musicians and a first class recording environment inside a 100 year old converted church, Susan performed a selection of her favourite songs from her previous albums along with all-new songs. Highlights include the bossa nova influenced Billie Jean, the blues tinged Cry Me A River, an up tempo version of Perfect and a spine tingling performance of Desperado.
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Franz Schubert - Schwanengesang - Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach
Title: Schubert - Schwanengesang
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:50:36
Recorded: février 2010 et janvier 2011, Teldex Studio Berlin


Matthias Goerne continues a Schubert survey that has already established him as one of the most fantastically gifted exponents of the song repertoire; Goerne does not ‘interpret' Schubert, he lives each lied from the inside and invites the listener to share this poetic and musical intimacy without ever falling into the trap of overstatement. This sixth volume in the series also features an unforgettable performance of Schubert's last piano sonata by one of the baritone's favourite partners, Christoph Eschenbach. Offered on a free bonus CD, this ‘second swansong' reveals hitherto unexplored resonances under his expert fingers.
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Steve Tyrell - That Lovin' Feeling (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Steve Tyrell
Title: That Lovin' Feeling
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Standards, Vocal Pop
Label: © Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:20
Recorded by Jon Allen, Darwin Best, and Bill Schnee at Blast Off Studio, New York, NY, Steve’s House, Sherman Oaks, CA, The Compound, Nashville, TN, and Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN


Grammy-winning vocalist and producer Steve Tyrell pays tribute to what he calls the "Great American Songbook 2: the next generation of the Songbook” on this album of seminal rock era classics penned by legendary songwriters, many from New York’s famed Brill Building. That Lovin’ Feeling sets itself apart from most tribute recordings with spirited guest vocal appearances by B.J. Thomas, Neil Sedaka and Bill Medley, as well as Tyrell’s daughter Lauryn. The set also includes key instrumental contributions from keyboardist Chuck Leavell, saxophonist Dave Koz and even playful hand claps by Jeff Barry.
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Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Title: Out Of The Game
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Decca Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 50:27
Recorded: May–December 2011 at Dunham Sound (Brooklyn) and Sear Sound (Manhattan)


Rufus Wainwright's 2012 studio effort, Out of the Game, is a '70s singer/songwriter album with some soft rock and disco and elements that bring to mind a mix of Boz Scaggs, ELO, and Todd Rundgren. Produced by Mark Ronson, the master of making retro new again, Out of the Game has a vintage, organic aesthetic featuring horns, old-school keyboards, strings, and the occasional fuzzed-out guitar. In that sense, it is a return to the more straightforward pop/rock style of Wainwright's early albums, although some of the opera and classical influences of 2007's Release the Stars are still evident. Similarly, the stark personal style Wainwright investigated on 2010's All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is also still here, albeit in a much more pop-friendly and melodically palatable form. Wainwright, who has always been a deeply intimate songwriter (he confronted his crystal meth addiction and recovery from it on 2003's Want One, dealt directly with the death of his mother, Kate McGarrigle, on Lulu, and has never shied away from addressing his homosexuality), here details his life since becoming engaged to his partner in 2010 and fathering a child in 2011 with Lorca Cohen (Leonard Cohen's daughter) on the impressionistic "Montauk." In the song, Wainwright croons to his future adult daughter, "One day you will come to Montauk and see your dad wearing a kimono and see your other dad pruning roses/Hope you won't turn around and go." Later in the song, he summons the ghost of his mother with the line, "One day years ago years ago in Montauk lived a woman now a shadow/There she does wait for us in the ocean." It's a terribly bittersweet moment and a kind of apotheosis of all the events that inform the mood on Out of the Game. As moving as that song is, Wainwright and Ronson balance out the more introspective songs with such immediately engaging cuts as the Rundgren-esque soft rock title track anthem, the soulful baroque pop of "Jericho," and the T. Rex-meets-'60s girl group-sounding ballad "Rashida." Elsewhere, "Barbara," "Bitter Tears," and the languid "Song of You" evince a kind of Giorgio Moroder Europop vibe and also compare favorably to works by such similarly inclined Wainwright contemporaries as Ron Sexsmith and Richard Hawley. Although Wainwright's private life may have taken him out of the pop game for a time, this album is one of his most classicist, not classical, pop records and in that sense, Out of the Game is definitely a winner. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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Sergey Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 - Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Artist: Denis Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Mariinsky
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:10:33
Recorded: Piano Concerto No 3 recorded June & October 2012 in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia. Symphony No 5 recorded April 2012 in the Moscow Conservatoire, during the Moscow Easter Festival.


The Mariinsky label presents Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Symphony No 5, two of the composer's most popular works. Denis Matsuev features as soloist, in this his fourth recording on the label. Since winning the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Matsuev has established a reputation as one of Russia’s leading pianists, renowned for his interpretations of Russian music. His recordings of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 and Paganini Variations, Shostakovich's Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 and Tchaikovsky’s first two piano concertos have all received widespread acclaim.
Written in 1944, at the height of World War II, the fifth symphony was intended as “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” The symphony’s character was inevitably determined by the time and circumstances of its composition. It would be a patriotic work; big, heroic and ultimately optimistic, a symphony of mass appeal. ‘I thought of it as a work glorifying the human spirit,’ wrote the composer.
Prokofiev wrote five piano concertos, but it is his third that has garnered the most popularity and critical acclaim. It remains one of Prokofiev’s most popular pieces and the qualities of clarity and vitality that appealed to the work’s original audiences become apparent almost immediately as the work begins.
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