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Buddy Guy - Born To Play Guitar (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Buddy Guy
Title: Born To Play Guitar
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Soul-Blues
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 59:22
Recorded: Blackbird Studio, Nashville, TN

Buddy Guy, the legendary award winning blues icon, will release his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31st via RCA Records. The follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge.
Born to Play Guitar features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons. Morrison joins Buddy on the heartfelt “Flesh & Bone,” a song dedicated to the late great B.B. King. On “Come Back Muddy” Guy reminisces about the good ole days with his friend Muddy Waters.
The recent recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include 7 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name a few.
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Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Brandon Flowers
Title: The Desired Effect
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, New Wave, Synthpop, Alternative Rock
Label: © Island Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:39:05
Recorded: 2014–2015 at Battle Born Studios, Winchester; Vox Recording Studios, LA; Heavy Studios, LA

One of the handsome guys of the music scene is almost back. The Killers‘ frontman, American musician, singer, songwriter and lyricist Brandon Flowers has started the hype, and we are so ready for this.
Flowers highly-anticipated second solo album “The Desired Effect“, is 80s-inspired and features Bruce Hornsby, Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, and a Bronski Beat sample. It was entirely produced by hitmaker and ‘co-captain’ Ariel Rechtshaid, and is “definitely going to be different” from the sound of his solo debut “Flamingo“, released in 2010. The album will also feature drumming by Kenny Aronoff and horns by Ron Francis Blake.
The release of The Desired Effect will be preceded by a smattering of club shows and select festival dates further into the spring.
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Johannes Brahms - Piano Concertos - Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: Brahms - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:42:06
Recorded: September 2014,Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

This album was recorded live at the Berliner Philharmonie in September 2014 with high critical acclaim of the performances. Not only the common South American roots of both artists but also the precise and energetic playing of Barenboim and the “volcanic” temperament of Dudamel make them a “Dream couple”.
Barenboim himself has a very high opinion of Dudamel which he expressed after one of the concerts: “Whenever I had to play myself, I was able to count on him completely. And when I didn’t have to play, it was a joy to see how well he works with the orchestra. I’m well placed to make this observation as I’ve been playing these concertos since 1958.”
After his successful album together with Yuja Wang, this is Dudamel’s second recording as conductor with a soloist.
The second Piano Concerto with its four movements is one of the longest and most demanding concertos ever written and the final Allegretto grazioso features one of the most carefree movements that Brahms ever wrote and which is also notable – in Alfred Brendel’s words – for its “unsurpassable pianistic perversions”.
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Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonatas 1 & 2 - Jacqueline du Pre, Daniel Barenboim (1968/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim
Title: Brahms - Cello Sonatas 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1968/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 54:22
Recorded: May 20 and August 18, 1968 in No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Acclaimed instrumentalists, Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim, perform earlier masterpieces by Brahms. These sonatas written for cello and piano invoke the romantic style, interpreted superbly by the pair. The performances are expressive, graceful and reveal the pieces’ sheer tonal beauty. A vital addition to any music lover's library.
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Benedikt Jahnel Trio - Equilibrium (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Benedikt Jahnel Trio
Title: Equilibrium
Genre: Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:43
Recorded: July 2011, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano

„Equilibrium“ is the ECM debut of a German/American/Spanish trio, which through frequent touring has grown into a remarkably tight and stylistically unique unit in recent years. Fuelled by the tension created through the contrasting styles of pianist Benedikt Jahnel (whose approach is characterised by an unusual interest in rhythmic subdivisions) and drummer Howard (who, in Jahnels words, “treats and perceives rhythmic phrases as melodical lines without fixed micro units”), and with bass player Antonio Miguel often the musical mediator, the group’s sound draws subtly from classical influences as well as contemporary concepts of groove. Leader Jahnel, also known as a member of Cyminology, has sharpened his profile playing with the Metropol Orchestra, Phil Woods, Johannes Enders, Charlie Mariano, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Dave Liebman and John Abercrombie. Produced by Manfred Eicher at Radio Televisione Svizzera in Lugano the seven tracks on “Equilibrium”, all Jahnel originals/compositions, strike a unique and delicate balance between composed parts and improvisation or group improvisation.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Organ Works - Masaaki Suzuki (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Masaaki Suzuki
Title: J.S. Bach: Organ Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records AB
Item Number: BIS-SACD-2111
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:19:26
Recorded: July 2014 at the Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands

The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – as a reviewer in International Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career – at the age of 12! – playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. Suzuki has remained true to the organ throughout his life, and for BIS he has previously recorded Bach's German Organ Mass, as well as programmes of Buxtehude and Sweelinck. He here appears on a disc which combines some of Bach's best-loved works for the instrument, including the D minor Toccata and Fugue, the Partitas on ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’, BWV 767, the Canonic Variations, BWV 769, and the celebrated Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548. The recording was made in Groningen's Martinikerk, with Suzuki performing on the renowned organ, one of the most important and impressive in the Netherlands.
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Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados - Piano Concertos - Melani Mestre, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Artist: Melani Mestre, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
Title: The Romantic Piano Concerto ~ 65: Albéniz & Granados - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 76 minutes 58 seconds
Recorded: January 2012, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland

Volume 65 (have you got them all?) of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series journeys to Spain and the heart-on-sleeve world there to be found. The Albéniz Concierto fantástico owes much to Schumann and Chopin, albeit with an added drizzle of the Iberian peninsula; the perennially popular Rapsodia española, on the other hand, throws all such classical models to the wind.
Granados never actually got round to writing his piano concerto, so our pianist here—Hyperion debutant Melani Mestre—has done it for him. And it’s a romp. The first movement is pretty much ‘echt’, from Granados’ sketches for a putative piano concerto, but thereafter it’s a hugely enjoyable what-if …
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	John Adams - Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music - San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: John Adams (b.1947)
Artist: San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams
Title: Adams - Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © SFS Media
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:30
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall – a venue of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, City and County of San Francisco. Absolute Jest was recorded in 96 kHz/24-bit audio (May 4, 5, and 9, 2013), Grand Pianola Music was recorded in PCM 192 kHz/24-bit audio (January 16-18, 2015).

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony offer the world-premiere recording of John Adams’ Absolute Jest, commissioned by the orchestra, alongside the composer’s Grand Pianola Music, another SFS commission from 30 years earlier, conducted here by the composer. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America’s most-performed living composer, John Adams, in a colossal album featuring Adams’s Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music. Hear Adams’s inspired and witty take on Beethoven’s spirited scherzos in this first-ever recording of his SFS- commissioned Absolute Jest. Also featured is Grand Pianola Music, with its tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, written for and premiered by the SFS. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time: John Adams, MTT, and the SFS.

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Yeahwon Shin, Aaron Parks, Rob Curto - Lua Ya (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Yeahwon Shin, Aaron Parks, Rob Curto
Title: Lua Ya
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Modern Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:21
Recorded: May 2012 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare). But this new disc is a project beyond the idiomatic borderlines: Korean children’s songs are amongst the inspirational sources, and jazz has influenced the phrasing and imagination of all three participants, yet “Lua ya” seems to emerge from a place of pure music and a common reservoir of feeling. Yeahwon Shin dedicates the set to mothers and children everywhere.
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Trio Chemirani - Dawar: The Universal Rhythm (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Bijan Chemirani, Keyvan Chemirani, Djamchid Chemirani
Artist: Trio Chemirani
Title: Dawâr: The Universal Rhythm
Genre: World Music, Worldbeat, Iranian, Middle Eastern Traditions
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:52
Recorded: July 2014, Studio Vega, Carpentras, France

This release is really interesting, but also rather baffling. It’s the first issue in a new HM Series called Latitudes: Classical Music of the World. It’s very much to HM’s credit that they’re exploring world music in this way, and it’s typical of their exploratory outlook on the world. However, very untypically for HM, the accompanying notes seem to obscure rather than clarify what is going on, and that’s a problem if you’re a newcomer like me.
Supportive as I am of the project, its descriptive prose is rather purple. Comparing the music-making to gathering pollen is one thing, but throwing in ideas of a “universal scansion” is quite another, and other comments, which seem to be directed at insiders to this world, smack of obscurantism, not least in the talk of the universal love that is diffused between the three men; give me a break. Elsewhere the notes claim that "The Chemiranis speak to everyone." Well, yes: they spoke to me, but I wasn't entirely sure what they were saying.
That’s not to demean the playing or the music itself, which is no doubt excellent, but it’s a serious black mark against this disc that it doesn’t seem to offer a way in to a world music novice like me. Nor does it help that the texts which are spoken over some of the tracks, presumably in Persian, are translated only into French. So all I can do is respond to this disc from a position of ignorance but, I hope, honest ignorance.
The Trio Chemirani, a father and two sons, are primarily percussionists who make their music on traditional Persian instruments, most notably the zarb and the daf. Consequently, the disc consists of a lot of drumming, but it isn’t dull: they speak instead of a “universal rhythmic language”, and I could sense that. In fact, it’s as though the different drums are speaking to one another, holding a conversation and responding in kind, and that’s something that’s reinforced by the recording, which captures the positions of the three instrumentalists very well. Dawâr, the opening track, has a rhythmic circularity that drew me in as a listener, and this continues through most of the disc. There is never a sense of drumming for its own sake, but instead the players develop a sense of language to each number. What is striking is the sheer variety of sound the draw from the instruments, be it a thwack on the barrel of the instrument or a gentle stroke instead of a curt beat. I liked Mochaéré, the fourth track very much, and the tuned elements of Sahar, track seven, reminded me a little of folk song. I reveal my ignorance, however, by saying that the pounding variety of Adjab, track 10, recalled Stomp, which takes me back to my central point that a novice like me gets precious little help. Throughout this disc, which I enjoyed listening to, I had a definite sense that something was going on, but I was not at all sure as to what. --MusicWeb International
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