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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio - Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy (1980/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Title: Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1980/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:16
Recorded: 1980


This brilliant audiophile download brings together the exquisite trio of Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lynn Harrell. The trio displays effortless virtuosity and lyricism, delivering a flawless rendition of a true masterpiece. The album would win the GRAMMY® for Best Chamber Music Performance. This album is absolutely essential.
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Terri Lyne Carrington - The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Terri Lyne Carrington
Title: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Crossover Jazz, Jazz Pop
Label: © Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:29

When powerhouse drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington launched her Mosaic Project back in 2011, her motivation was to celebrate "the artistry of many women I had worked with and felt a sisterly bond with, women that were close friends and musical partners." Her cast included a star-studded host of players and singers such as Anat Cohen, Patrice Rushen, Sheila E., Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Lundy, Cassandra Wilson, and Dianne Reeves. Love And Soul features appearances by many of the original players as well as new ones, including bassists Linda Oh and Meshell Ndegeocello, violinist Regina Carter, and completely different singers. "I'm a Fool to Want You" was co-written by Frank Sinatra and is just as closely associated with Billie Holiday (both had centennial birthdays in 2015). Here it is completely reimagined as a slippery, summery pop-soul song rendered beautifully by Chaka Khan. Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" is given a cosmic soul treatment with a triple-timed funky drum-and-bass attack with sparkling, spacy Rhodes and wah-wah guitars. Natalie Cole emerges from the wash with its melody intact. Ashford & Simpson's classic "Somebody Told a Lie" is fronted by Valerie Simpson herself, in a chart that melds woodwinds, strings, a melodic bassline, and laid-back breakbeats. But classics aside, Carrington's tunes are some of the best on the set. "Imagine This" is framed inside a futurist treatment (think of the Foreign Exchange or Sa-Ra collectives) set apart by a chart that makes deliberate room for Nancy Wilson's iconic, classy style. "This Too Will Pass" weaves together pop, Isley Brothers-styled soul, and rock with Lalah Hathaway guiding the band with a smoky, throaty contralto. The sexy "Get to Know You"'s vocal showcase is Ledisi at her best. Ndegeocello's bassline is an expressive tonal counterpoint to the singer and an elastic companion for Carrington's drums. Rushen's "When I Found You" is the closer. It features the composer on Rhodes, Carter's violin, and a horn section backing Lizz Wright's lead. She digs into the lyric and then improvises with piano, guitar, and trumpet as the drummer pushes the ensemble to the creative edge. Mosaic Project fans will appreciate Love And Soul's exceptionally sophisticated take on R&B. Fans of Robert Glasper and José James should take note, too. Carrington has proven on all of her outings that she knows exactly what she wants and how to get it -- from any group of musicians. This one is no exception. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Igor Stravinsky - Works for Piano and Orchestra - Alexej Gorlatch, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Alondra de la Parra (2015 High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Igor Strawinsky (1882-1971)
Artist: Alexej Gorlatch, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Alondra de la Parra
Title: Stravinsky - Works for Piano and Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:47
Recorded: 2014
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Serge Gainsbourg - Aux Armes Et Caetera (1979) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Serge Gainsbourg
Title: Aux Armes Et Caetera
Genre: Reggae, Roots Reggae, French Pop
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1979
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 33:16
Recorded and mixed at Dynamic Sounds Studio, Kingston, Jamaïca, 12 to 24 January 1979


Gainsbourg’s 1979 release Aux Armes Et Caetera, an album entirely recorded in Kingston with legendary reggae musicians, takes French song where it had never geographically or musically gone before. In retrospect, we might be tempted to dismiss this cover of the French national anthem; after all, Gainsbourg had already borrowed other musical genres like jazz and disco. Yet, while Gainsbourg’s previous work had earned him recognition as a major innovator of French song somewhat because of his playful and provocative eccentricities, this song was met with a scathing, overtly anti-Semitic and nationalist backlash. Gainsbourg’s play with genres (national anthem, French song, and reggae) touched on sour spots of French identity.
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Schumann, Saint-Saens - Cello Concertos - Jacqueline du Pre, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (1969/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Artist: Jacqueline du Pré, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim
Title: Schumann, Saint-Saëns - Cello Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1969/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:33
Recorded: 8 & 9 April and 11 May 1968 (Schumann), 24 September 1968 (Saint Saëns), No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London


Daniel Barenboim, the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Jacqueline du Pre deliver lush interpretations of these cello concertos by Schumann and Saint-Saens. The musicians display finesse and delicacy. These are the definitive performances, absolutely a must-own.
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