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Carly Simon - Hello Big Man (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Carly Simon
Title: Hello Big Man
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:36
Recorded: Power Station Studios, New York City

Originally released in 1983, „Hello Big Man“ was Carly Simon's final album for Warner Brothers Records. Following 1981's well-reviewed but commercially lackluster collection of jazz and pop standards „Torch“, „Hello Big Man“ was another unexpected stylistic detour, featuring Simon recording with the pioneering reggae rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. While the resulting music bears an obvious reggae influence (most particularly on a cover of Bob Marley's 'Is This Love?'), the overall effect has more in common with slightly younger and more stylistically experimental singer-songwriters such as Joan Armatrading and Rickie Lee Jones. Unfortunately, for all their quirky charms, the album and its single, 'You Know What To Do,' were both commercial failures. The budget-line reissue from Rhino Flashback features remastered sound.
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Aaron Copland - Symphony No. 3 - London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland (1958/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland
Title: Copland - Symphony No. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Everest Records | Countdown Media GmbH
Release Date: 1958/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:20
Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, November 1958

Aaron Copland composed his Third Symphony on a commission from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation. He formulated initial plans for it in 1943, but actual work on the symphony was not begun until August, 1944, while he was staying in a little village in Mexico. The symphony was completed on September 29, 1946, barely in time for its premiere by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on October 18 of that year. The score bears a dedication “To the memory of my dear friend Natalie Koussevitzky.”
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Cheap Trick - All Shook Up (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: All Shook Up
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock, Power Pop
Label: © Epic Records
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:15
Recorded: 1980, Air Studios, Montserrat and London

Cheap Trick's first genuinely disappointing album (1979's Dream Police wasn't bad, it just wasn't up to the level of the first four), 1980's All Shook Up is pretty much a complete botch. Much of the blame belongs to producer George Martin, who, for all his brilliance, was simply a wrongheaded choice for these brash power poppers; his production style simply doesn't translate. Unfortunately, primary songwriter Rick Nielsen has to shoulder his portion of the blame as well: the band's sixth album in under four years shows that the guitarist is starting to run out of both hooks and interesting lyrics. Too many songs are based around half-baked braggadocio like "High Priest of Rhythmic Noise" and "World's Greatest Lover," without the snarky wit that elevated their earlier albums, and the tunes themselves are substandard boogie deficient in both head-bobbing riffs and singalong choruses. "Baby Loves to Rock" is a glad-handing rocker with a certain resemblance to T. Rex's classic string of hits, but it's not enough to save the album. --AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason
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Antonio Caldara - Trio Sonatas - Amandine Beyer, Leila Schayegh (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Caldara (c1670-1736)
Artist: Amandine Beyer, Leila Schayegh, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Jonathan Pesek, Matthias Spaeter
Title: Caldara: Trio Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Glossa
Item Number: GCD 922514
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 1:12:48
Recorded: in St. Gerold (Voralberg, Austria) on 5-7 May 2014

Two former students of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, both now captivating audiences each with their individual violinistic artistry, Amandine Beyer and Leila Schayegh, join forces for a new SCB recording devoted to the trio sonata music of Antonio Caldara, and issued with Glossa.

Though he is known now (as for much of his life) primarily as a composer of oratorios and operas, the Venetian Caldara made his name penning early examples of the trio sonata form; his Opp. 1 and 2 sets were published in 1693 and 1699 respectively. Caldara’s Op. 1 Trio Sonatas are characterized by their contrasting use of fast and slow movements, those from the second set by their incorporation of dances. Yet Caldara’s melodic gift – which was to serve him so well in his musical posts in various Italian states, in Barcelona, and as vice-Kapellmeister at the Imperial Court in Vienna – is already evident in Beyer and Schayegh’s selection from his instrumental publications; the composer was also already noted as a virtuoso of the cello – and he also played the violin and keyboard, and the awareness of all these instruments is greatly evident in these trio sonatas.

The continuo team here is made up of Jonathan Pesek, cello, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, harpsichord and organ, and Matthias Spaeter, liuto attiorbato. Beyer and Schayegh both were taught at the SCB by Chiara Banchini and are continuing their connection with the school as teaching successors to Banchini.
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Frederic Chopin - Etudes - Jan Lisiecki (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Artist: Jan Lisiecki
Title: Chopin - Études
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:00:15
Recorded: January 2013, The Royal Conservatory Of Music, Toronto, Canada

The incredible Jan Lisiecki performs both cycles of Chopin’s virtuosic Études. This is the second Deutsche Grammophon release from the young Canadian pianist, and his first-ever studio recital album
Chopin’s Études are among the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in the piano repertoire. Jan Lisiecki has just finished recording the Études in the famous Koerner Hall of the Music Conservatory in Toronto. The Royal Conservatory has been involved in the training of many notable artists such as the pianists Glenn Gould and Oscar Peterson
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Cymin Samawatie, Cyminology - Phoenix (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cymin Samawatie, Cyminology
Title: Phoenix
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:36
Recorded: March 2014, Rainbow Studio, Oslo

German-Iranian singer Cymin Samawatie and her band Cyminology continue on their unique course, allowing the subtle yet dynamic sounds and rhythms of Persian poetry to influence their compositions and improvisation. Phoenix is their third disc for ECM, like its predecessors (As Ney, 2008, and Saburi, 2010) produced by Manfred Eicher at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio. The core unit of Cymin, pianist Benedikt Jahnel, bassist Ralf Schwarz and drummer Ketan Bhatti are joined, for the first time on record, by Martin Stegner, the Berlin Philharmonic violist who has been a frequent collaborator since 2011. The viola, the string instrument closest to the human voice, becomes a kind of second singer here, extending the sense of East/West dialog alive in the music. The album is dedicated to the memory of Forough Farrokhzaad, the courageous and outspoken 20th century Iranian poet. Cymin sets some of Farrokhzaad’s verse here, alongside her own lyrics, classic Sufi poetry by Hafiz, and verse of Nima Yushij, often considered the father of modern Persian poetry. Jahnel, Schwarz and Bahti contribute as co-composers on several pieces.
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Johannes Brahms - The Hungarian Connection - Andreas Ottensamer (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Leó Weiner (1885 - 1960)
Artist: Andreas Ottensamer
Title: Brahms - The Hungarian Connection
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon | Mercury Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:01:49
Recorded: October 2014, Nikodemus-kirche, Berlin, Germany

The album includes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, one of the most seminal works for the instrument – combined with Hungarian dances and waltzes by Brahms, all newly arranged to include additional material from Brahms' original musical sources, with an authentic folk twist.
Brahms is seen as one of the most serious composers of the German school – this bold venture reveals how closely connected his music actually is to the vibrant folk music inspired Hungarian music world. Andreas Ottensamer, himself half-Hungarian, naturally recognizes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet as “genuinely one of the monuments of the entire clarinet repertoire, a piece that every clarinettist dreams of playing”.
The stunning ensemble of musicians includes violinist Leonidas Kavakos, Antoine Tamestit (viola), Christoph and Stephan Koncz (violin, cello), Ödon Rácz (double bass), Predrag Tomic (accordion) and cimbalom virtuoso Oskar Ökrös.
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Johannes Brahms - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; 7 Fantasien op. 116 - Emil Gilels, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum (1972/76/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Artist: Emil Gilels, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum
Title: Brahms - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; 7 Fantasien op. 116
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1972/76/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:05:05
Recorded: #1-7: June 1972, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany; #8-14: September 1975, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland

The concerto sessions took place at a time when we were experimenting with quadraphonic recording, although no Deutsche Grammophon discs were ever issued in that format. Emil Gilels had already made a highly successful recording of the Second Concerto for another company and knew the work backwards, so the sessions were easy, the slow movement in particular requiring very little subsequent editing.
Gilels took the business of recording very seriously and was determined that we should too. For him the sound had to be worked on during the sessions, just like his interpretation. Once we let him try out the piano in eight different positions before he was convinced that the one we had advocated from the beginning was correct!
When Eugen Jochum was asked in an interview a year before his death about the finest recordings of his long and distinguished career, he singled out the Brahms concertos with Gilels for special mention. Considering that Jochum was "only" accompanying a soloist, it is hard to imagine a more eloquent tribute to the discs' success. --Klaus Scheibe
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Georges Bizet - Carmen - Magdalena Kozena, Jonas Kaufmann, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Artist: Magdalena Kožená, Jonas Kaufmann, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Bizet - Carmen
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:29:40
Recorded: 16–21.IV.2012, Philharmonie, Berlin

Carmen was premiered at the (second) Salle Favart, the home of Paris’ Opéra-Comique – then as now in the Place Boieldieu – on 3 March 1875. Georges Bizet, its composer, died of a heart attack exactly three months later, on 3 June, aged 36. In his short life he had written, in whole or in part, more than a dozen works for the lyric stage, ranging from one-act operettas to five-act grand operas: and had contemplated at least a dozen more. He was exceptionally well connected in the tight-knit and faintly incestuous musical world of mid-19th-century Paris, and almost universally well-liked. Over 4,000 mourners attended his funeral in the Église de la Sainte-Trinité – the location of Rossini’s in 1868 and Berlioz’s the year after – including his former mentor Charles Gounod, so emotionally overwrought that he was unable to finish the eulogy at the subsequent interment at Père Lachaise. That night – 5 June – Carmen was given its 33rd performance at the Salle Favart; and this time the press that had greeted the work’s premiere with almost unanimous hostility was suddenly to be found bemoaning the loss of one of French music’s greatest talents.
Opera was never going to be the same again. Single-handedly, Carmen redrew the boundaries both musically and especially dramatically, of what could be represented on an opera stage. When it finally returned to the Comique in 1883 in a bowdlerised version, there was public uproar, and the original had to be restored immediately. And in the selfsame year, the Comique was busy rehearsing Massenet’s Manon, which effectively abandons dialogue in favour of mélodrame (speech over music) and depicts – in the flagrant seduction of a priest, in church, by a trollop – a far more shockingly immoral event than anything in Bizet’s opera. Opera’s doors were now open to a fuller, franker depiction of real-life events and emotions on the operatic stage such as Émile Zola was bringing to the novel. He never lived long enough to see it happen, but Bizet’s objective had been fulfilled. The era of operatic verismo had dawned.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8 - London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips (1960/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips
Title: Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8
Genre: Classical
Label: © Everest Records | Countdown Media GmbH
Release Date: 1960/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 53:09
Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, January 1960

It is not known exactly when Beethoven completed his First Symphony, as the autograph score was lost. It is known, however, when the symphony was first performed and what the critics thought of it. It premiered in Vienna in 1800, also on the program was a Mozart symphony, an aria and duet from Haydn's Creation, an unspecified piano concerto by Beethoven, his Septet, and some improvisations at the piano by the composer. The critics were rather complimentary about all the works but the Beethoven symphony. The Eighth is the shortest of Beethoven's symphonies, also probably the jolliest, with much of that "unbuttoned" humor so frequently ascribed to the composer.
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