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Paolo Fresu, Daniele di Bonaventura - In maggiore (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Paolo Fresu, Daniele di Bonaventura
Title: In maggiore
Genre: Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:19
Recorded: May 2014, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


Sardinian-born trumpeter Paolo Fresu and bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura from Fermo, Italy, indicated the depth of their musical understanding on 2010’s Mistico Mediterraneo, a collaboration with Corsican singers A Filetta. Left to their own resources they explore a very broad range of material which includes original ballads by both men, improvisations, a Puccini theme from La Boheme, liturgical music, pieces by legendary Chilean songwriter Victor Jara and Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jaime Roos, music of Neapolitan composer Ernesto de Curtis, “O que sera” by Brazil’s Chico Buarque and more. Daniele Di Bonaventura has spent much of his creative life bringing aspects of jazz and music of South American traditions together, and Paolo Fresu is one of the outstanding lyrical voices of contemporary improvising. When Fresu plays muted trumpet, he makes a point of bringing Miles Davis to mind; at such moments, Di Bonaventura’s bandoneon becomes a chamber orchestra behind a soloist. The relationship between the instruments is continually changing throughout this attractive programme, recorded in the warm and spacious acoustics of Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in May 2014, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (The session itself has already achieved a measure of renown: scenes from it appear in the new documentary Wenn aus dem Himmel by Italian filmmaker Fabrizio Ferraro, which is currently making the rounds of the festivals.)
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Orrin Evans - Liberation Blues (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Orrin Evans
Title: Liberation Blues
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Smoke Sessions Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 72:32
Recorded live at Smoke Jazz Club, New York City, January 10 & 11, 2014

ORRIN EVANS—PIANIST, BANDLEADER AND NOTORIOUS MUSICAL CATALYST—is a bona fide, jazz original. Brimming with music and ideas, Orrin’s Liberation Blues debuts one of his most impressive projects yet, a new quintet lineup that includes Sean Jones, JD Allen, Luques Curtis, and Bill Stewart. The recording, made live at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City, occurred immediately following the passing of bassist Dwayne Burno, and the opening selections comprise the “Liberation Blues Suite” dedicated to his memory. Orrin explains, “In my eyes, Burno is now a ‘Free Man’ … but with that freedom, we’ve lost a great man right here on earth. So, there’s still a blues we feel missing our brother and friend.” Simply put, the playing is inspired. Sean Jones and JD Allen are a brilliant pairing and it is hard to miss Bill Stewart’s presence. Orrin says, “Let me do something that people wouldn’t expect, somethin’ that I wouldn’t even expect. Listen … now is the time for Bill Stewart.” After mining the compositions of Paul Motian, Trudy Pitts, Miles Davis, and, of course, Orrin Evans, the night concludes with a memorable encore visit from Philadelphia vocalist Joanna Pascale for a sultry version of “The Night has a Thousand Eyes.” Liberation Blues is available for purchase as an 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.
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Mozart, Clementi - Piano Sonatas & Fantasy - Aldo Ciccolini (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
Artist: Aldo Ciccolini
Title: Mozart, Clementi - Piano Sonatas & Fantasy
Genre: Classical
Label: © La Dolce Volta
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:10:57
Recorded: Paris from 7 to 9 December 2011 (Église Réformée de l’Annonciation)


Clementi is now known mainly for his pedagogical works, but he is a major figure in the history of music for the piano, and was greatly admired by Beethoven for example.
Though Ciccolini has always held his Sonata Op.34 No. 2 close to his heart, he had never recorded it before. He has now - and how sumptuously! – grouping it with works by Mozart.
After a first and highly-praised recording devoted to Mozart (La Dolce Volta LDV 03), he has now tackled his Sonata KV 332 and the celebrated diptych comprising Fantasy in C Minor KV 475 and Sonata in C Minor KV 457. Through their expressive depths and their pre-romantic accents, these Mozart works fit nicely with Clementi’s amazing Sonata Op.34 No.2.
“One shouldn’t be impatient in life, certain things demand a gestation period. I’m not impatient to play something, I need the time to find myself”, says Aldo Ciccolini.
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	Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384 - Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Artist: Diana Damrau, Anna Prohaska, Rolando Villazón, Paul Schweinester, Franz-Josef Selig, Thomas Quasthoff, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Title: Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:18:40
Recorded: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 7/2014


The third of DG’s series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón, in collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden Baden, U-Live, and sponsored by ROLEX.
The release follows up a “completely enthralling” (Opernglas) Così fan tutte and “the most exciting and consistently well-sung Don Giovanni for some years” (Opera) with another Baden-Baden Festival Mozart production,Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this similarly acclaimed 2014 Entführung aus dem Serail: “Well-deserved cheers for all participants” (Online Musik Magazin).
It was recorded live in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden Baden and features a star cast full of critically-acclaimed artists – including Diana Damrau, the reigning Konstanze of our time – with an extraordinary strong showing of Deutsche Grammophon artists.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin, Vol.2 - Gary Cooper, Rachel Podger (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Gary Cooper, Rachel Podger
Title: Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin, Vol.2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Sharp Roll-off -3dB/42kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 01:11:06
Recorded: The Church of Our Lady, St Mary, South Creake, UK, October 2004


Rachel & I feel that, by using a fortepiano throughout, we present a sort of musical 'level playing field' with regard to our choice of Mozart's sonatas included on this disc - spanning as it does such a huge portion of the composer's life & musical development. While K.6 may at first appear to the listener as amiable juvenilia, sitting as it does alongside a sonata of such undoubted breadth & maturity as K.481, we firmly believe that allowing Mozart's early - and outstanding - ventures into this genre to speak for themselves by using using the same instruments throughout, we hope to draw attention to his early work in the best way - in a way that is not only so suggestive of what would in time follow, but also seeks to demonstrate the eight year old's already fecund imagination and uncanny sense of musical line. --Gary Cooper
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin, Vol.2 - Gary Cooper, Rachel Podger (2005) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Gary Cooper, Rachel Podger
Title: Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin, Vol.2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2005
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:11:06
Recorded: The Church of Our Lady, St Mary, South Creake, UK, October 2004


Rachel & I feel that, by using a fortepiano throughout, we present a sort of musical 'level playing field' with regard to our choice of Mozart's sonatas included on this disc - spanning as it does such a huge portion of the composer's life & musical development. While K.6 may at first appear to the listener as amiable juvenilia, sitting as it does alongside a sonata of such undoubted breadth & maturity as K.481, we firmly believe that allowing Mozart's early - and outstanding - ventures into this genre to speak for themselves by using using the same instruments throughout, we hope to draw attention to his early work in the best way - in a way that is not only so suggestive of what would in time follow, but also seeks to demonstrate the eight year old's already fecund imagination and uncanny sense of musical line. --Gary Cooper
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Alla Turca - Aldo Ciccolini (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Artist: Aldo Ciccolini
Title: Mozart - Alla Turca
Genre: Classical
Label: © La Dolce Volta
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:51
Recorded: mai 2011, Paris (Église Réformée de l’Annonciation)


Over the course of his 60-year career Aldo Ciccolini has established an intimate relationship with the great composers. Now aged 85, he takes a fresh look at one of the greatest and says "I understand Mozart now". For this recording Aldo Ciccolini plunged into the past, to his earliest years: he says that with the Bechstein he rediscovers "the sound of my childhood" and that this new energy does justice to the impetuous spirit of an untamed genius. Although he has played and replayed these three sonatas for so many years, they suddenly rise to new heights, borne of a deep relationship between the two masters. It took Mozart 17 years to write these sonatas; it took Ciccolini 85 to transcend them: "I have these three sonatas in me from my soul to my fingertips," he says.
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Miklos Perenyi - Britten, Bach, Ligeti (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), György Ligeti (1923-2006)
Artist: Miklós Perényi
Title: Britten, Bach, Ligeti
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:55
Recorded: November 2009, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano


Miklós Perényi plays Benjamin Britten’s Third Suite op. 87 and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite VI D-Dur BWV 1012, making plain an historical interconnection. Britten wrote his cello suites for Rostropovich, inspired by hearing him playing the Bach suites. Rostropovich hailed all of Britten’s cello suites as masterpieces but singled out the third (written 1971) for special praise: “sheer genius”, in his words. Into the fabric of the thematic material Britten wove fragments of melodies from Russian folk songs, only allowing them to emerge fully in the final movement. On this disc, Bach’s last cello suite follows Britten’s, and Perényi’s Bach dances with elegance and energy. The album concludes with a return to Hungary, and Ligeti’s cello sonata of 1948-1953. Ligeti released the piece for publication only in 1979, so it figures in the chronology (as Paul Griffiths points out in the notes) both before and after the Britten. This disc is Perényi’s first ECM solo recital, and follows his brilliant performance, alongside András Schiff, in the 2001/2 recordings of the Complete Music for Piano and Violoncello by Beethoven.
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Mike LeDonne - AwwlRIGHT! (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Mike LeDonne
Title: AwwlRIGHT!
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Savant Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 55:52


Mike LeDonne has appeared on over 100 CDs as a sideman with so many jazz giants it is hard to keep count: Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Christian McBride and others. LeDonne made his first recording as a leader on the B-3 for Savant in 2003 and has since added seven additional records to his discography on the label. To his regular band, The Groover Quartet (Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein and Joe Farnsworth) Mike has added guests Jeremy Pelt on trumpet and the venerable bassist, Bob Cranshaw. With such an illustrious line-up there are few jazz combos that burn hotter, swing harder or generate more excitement than this all-star aggregation.
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Felix Mendelssohn - The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2 - Howard Shelley (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Howard Shelley
Title: Mendelssohn - The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 73 minutes 40 seconds
Recorded: June 2013 at St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom


Howard Shelley is acclaimed as the living master of early Romantic piano music. So much of this music was ignored throughout the twentieth century that there is still a sense of discovery at each new recording. Shelley here presents the second instalment of a six-volume set of Mendelssohn’s complete solo piano music—perhaps the least well-known part of the composer’s repertoire. The first volume was praised for Shelley’s ‘immaculate, lightly-pedalled brilliance, unfailing stylistic assurance, warmth and flexibility’
This second volume includes the Rondo capriccioso, a favourite virtuoso concert piece of the nineteenth century; the three-movement Fantasia in F sharp minor, which was originally described as a ‘Sonate écossaise’, with its characteristic Scottish folk-song elements in the first movement, and two books of the Songs without Words.
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