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Per Norgard - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8 - Wiener Philharmoniker, Sakari Oramo (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Per Nørgård (b.1932)
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker, Sakari Oramo
Title: Nørgård - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8
Genre: Classical
Label: © Dacapo Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:57:19
Recorded at Konzerthaus Wien, Symphony no. 1 on 16 and 17 May 2013; Symphony no. 8 on 25 and 26 May 2013

With this world premiere recording, the Vienna Philharmonic offers new perspectives on the most visionary voice of Nordic music and one of the greatest symphonists of our time, Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932). Conducted on this occasion by Finnish Sakari Oramo, these performances of Nørgård’s Symphonies 1 and 8 – two milestones composed with almost six decades between them – are the legendary orchestra’s first recording of new Nordic music.
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Nat King Cole - Cole Espanol (1958/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Nat King Cole
Title: Cole Español
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1958/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:10
Recorded: February 17, 18, 20 in Havana, Cuba, June 11, 30, 1958 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Latin language recordings were common among American pop vocalists in the '50's. The singer would have to learn the words phonetically, a feat all the more impressive when one considers that at the time performances were almost always 'live' even in the studio.
In 1958, Nat went to Havana, Cuba and decided to record his first Latin American records. Seeing to the arrangements was no less than Nelson Riddle, but rather than impose his style, Nelson sought a more authentic orchestral flavor. The orchestra was under the able direction of Armando Romeu, Jr. and Mariachi de Alfredo Serna, with the results being unusually authentic for the genre. In this first album, the orchestras were recorded in Havana, Cuba, and Nat recorded his vocal later at the Tower. Nat's efforts at Latin American dialects doubtless sound strangely accented to anyone familiar with the appropriate languages, but there's no question that the sound and musicality of his voice and the efforts of Nelson, Armando and Alfredo come off fine.
Nat King Cole's beautiful sound translates across language barriers. This album was more proof. The most important factor though is probably just having an honest good nature come across, which anyone can appreciate. Nat and Capitol would encore twice, with A Mis Amigos and More Cole Espanol, and Latin and English speaking folks alike bought impressive amounts of all three albums.
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Muse - Absolution (2003/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Muse
Title: Absolution
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Neo-Prog, Prog Rock
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2003/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:18
Recorded: September 2002 – June 2003

Absolution is the third studio album by the English alternative rock band Muse. It was released on 15 September 2003 in Japan, 22 September 2003 in the United Kingdom by East West Records and Taste Media and 23 March 2004 in the United States by Warner Bros. Records. The album followed up on Origin of Symmetry‍‍ '​‍s diverse musical tendencies and elaborate sound, while also having a more focused and consistent theme and aesthetic throughout. Absolution has a noticeably darker and heavier tone musically, with a lyrical focus on the theological and apocalyptic concepts.
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Antonio Maria Montanari - Violin Concertos - Ensemble Diderot, Johannes Pramsohler (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Maria Montanari (1676-1737)
Artist: Ensemble Diderot, Johannes Pramsohler
Title: Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Audax Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:03:09
Recorded: 12-14 January 2015 at Gustav Mahler Saal, Toblach

Johannes Pramsohler and the Ensemble Diderot uncover a forgotten master of the Baroque: Antonio Maria Montanari, the most celebrated violinist in Rome at the time of Corelli and Handel. His collection of violin concertos is one of the most ambitious and elaborate sets of the period and ranks among the most impressive achievments in the Italian repertoire.
The musicians of the Ensemble Diderot deliver the world-premiere recording of these exceptionally well crafted concertos in their usual energetic, precise and intoxicating way. An elaborate media book with liner notes by internationally renowned musicologist Michael Talbot provides the fitting context.
Unique, daring, powerfully youthful and full of inventiveness: yet another proof from Audax Records that music lovers should be courious.
Johannes Pramsohler was born in South Tyrol, studied in London and is now based in Paris. He has established himself internationally as an emminent expert of historical informed performance. He is regularly invited to lead Europe's most important baroque orchestras. The Ensemble Diderot is undoubtedly one of today’s most interesting and original chamber music groups in Europe. It dedicates itself to the exploration and performance of the Baroque trio sonata repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and performs on original instruments. Future projects will see the group perform works from Monteverdi to Hasse as an orchestra.
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Monika Lang Trio - A Tribute to Bill Evans (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Monika Lang Trio
Title: A Tribute to Bill Evans
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Gramola Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:09
Recorded: December 6-8, 2013 at Wavegarden Studio, Mitterretzbach, Lower Austria

Already at the end of the fifties the great Jazz pianist Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) was seen as "one of the most important pianists in today's music scene." It comes as no surprise at all that soon even Miles Davis appreciated his "sense of harmony and his lyricism". It was also quite unusual and controversial that Davis accepted him as the only white musician in his early sextet. After that, Evans, together with his piano trio, generally found his innermost and equally indicatory own form of expression. The result of this musical dialogue were style-forming concerts and recordings, based on the "use of individually coloured chord voicings", an "individual rhythm with a sort of subliminal, barely noticeable Swing", distinct dynamics, a nuanced touch and the subtle use of many stylistic devices from Jazz to classical music. Required qualification for this was, of course, a classical pianist training, but also a sort of linear vocal melody line that frequently orientated itself towards film music and the great composers of the "American Songbook". In that way, Bill Evans came to be one of the most influential pianists of modern Jazz in the studios and especially on concert stages. Evans - insecure and in bad health all his life - was a drug addict and finally died of the many resulting afflictions and diseases. Added to that, furthermore came tragedies in his entourage - the consequences were depression and increased drug use.
Giving musical honour to Evans, as also did John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny, was by no means a rarity but much more of a special challenge. To face this challenge and also live up to it needs a special sort of ability to combine technical mastering, experience and also emotion.
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Meg Myers - Sorry (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Meg Myers
Title: Sorry
Genre: Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:28

Sorry is Atlantic recording artist Meg Myers' debut album and features her hit single "Lemon Eyes". Sorry has already begun to draw advance raves, with ELLE hailing its “battering guitars, shrieking, sinful vocals, and a fiery woman taking names and extinguishing her insecurities.” Cosmopolitan declared her as “the singer-songwriter, alt-rock heir apparent to Alanis Morissette,” praising Sorry as “equal parts haunting and headbanging.”
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Matthew Barley - Around Britten (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Gavin Bryars (b1943), Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
Artist: Matthew Barley
Title: Around Britten
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:29
Recorded: Canterbury Cathedral, 30-31 July 2012

Matthew Barley adds to his reputation as one of the UK's most innovative and creative performers with the new programme and CD Around Britten – celebrating the centenary of Britten's birth with a selection of his works, including the Third Cello Suite and pieces by Sir John Tavener and Gavin Bryars. The release coincides with the start of a tour of 100 events taking Britten's music to a kaleidoscopic variety of venues around the UK, reaching a huge cross section of British society. As well as concerts in conventional concert halls, Matthew will play in galleries, a cafe, a woodland in Devon, a number of cathedrals (including Canterbury), around 12 different National Trust properties and Britten's library at the Red House in Aldeburgh. The events will be featured across the year in BBC Music Magazine, and one concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
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Lucy Rose - Work It Out (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Lucy Rose
Title: Work It Out
Genre: Pop Rock, Indie, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:02:11

Lucy Rose's sophomore album, Work It Out, marks appreciable changes for the singer/songwriter: it was recorded at London's Snap Studios instead of largely in her parents' living room, produced by Rich Cooper (Mark Knopfler, Mystery Jets), and embraces drums, keyboards, and pop production, in general, for a modified palette. The new direction is clearly a conscious one, moving from sparse, strummed acoustic indie folk to a driving, atmospheric, electronic sound, though all remains governed by Rose's foamy vocal delivery. More enlivened arrangements include persistent drums, mixed high on the uptempo, rhythm-focused "Köln," a song unlike anything on her debut. The shift is announced subtly at the start of the delicate opening track, "For You," which begins with soft strummed guitar, quietly humming keyboards, and slide guitar effects, until the song breaks open with full drums, synths, and echoing vocals two-thirds of the way through. (This type of development takes place on the eventually little bit funky "My Life" as well.) "Fly High (Interlude)" and "She'll Move" offer more ambient, reverb-loaded fare, the latter still beat-driven. Rose's wispy, reedy tone both limits the volume of any production and provides the charm that sets her apart from much of the Lilith Fair-variety crowd. Engaging songwriting, with lyrics mostly of the love variety here, also anchor her solidly in worthwhile territory -- Work It Out is far from a sellout-type effort. The move will surely attract some and alienate others, but her fragile, sometimes sultry carriage finds her more radio-ready without sacrificing distinctiveness. [A deluxe edition of Work It Out was issued simultaneously with five bonus tracks, including a live-in-studio version of Like I Used To's "Shiver."] --AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson
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Los Romeros & The Jaleo - World Of Flamenco: Guitars / Song / Dance / Poetry (1966/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Los Romeros & The Jaleo
Title: World Of Flamenco: Guitars / Song / Dance / Poetry
Genre: Flamenco
Label: © Mercury Living Presence/Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:20:26
Recorded: December 27–30, 1966 at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, California

From the beginning of the 19th century at the very latest, the word 'flamenco' has been used to characterise songs and dances from Andalusia, and has become the very epitome of Spanish folkmusic. Although the origins of this regional music with its highly varied rhythms and emotional spirit have been lost in the annals of history, it very probably came under early Christian, Jewish, Moorish and American influences, so that one can speak here of 'world music' in the best sense of the word. Just as any Spanish guitarist worth his salt, the Romeros too put their heart and soul into performing flamenco. Flurrying notes taken at breakneck speed and explosive chords are just as typical for their playing as are gracefully plucked melodies and lyrical cantabile passages. The 'handmade' castanet rhythms in the background provide an authentic Andalusian drive. And of course songs of suffering and love are not to be missed here. This is the sound of Spain!
The present album contains a characteristic collection of alegrías, soleares, bulerías and tanguillos from the region of Cadiz, Cordoba and Seville. In addition there are lively dances such as the zapateado and rumba which are popular throughout the whole country. This top-notch double album is further enhanced by the inclusion of the sung texts and informative liner notes on each piece.
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Lizz Wright - Freedom & Surrender (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Lizz Wright
Title: Freedom & Surrender
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Vocal Jazz, Folk
Label: © Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:18
Recorded: The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Strange Cargo, Los Angeles, CA

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a "vocalist of substance more devoted to song than to image,” Wright possesses a remarkable ability to sing in multiple styles, including soul, jazz and gospel. Produced by Larry Klein, her Concord debut Freedom & Surrender will feature a mix of cover songs along with collaborations with such noted songwriters as Klein, David Batteau, Maia Sharp, J.D. Souther, Toshi Reagon and Jesse Harris.
"Lizz is an extraordinary artist and we are very proud to welcome her to the Concord family,” said Mark Wexler, General Manager/Senior Vice President, Concord-Telarc Group. "We all look forward to working with her in this next chapter of her ever-evolving career."
Known for topping the jazz charts, Wright is far from most people's idea of a traditional jazz singer. She grew up in Georgia and began singing gospel music at a young age, thanks to her father, a pianist and musical director at the local church. She has been the recipient of nonstop critical acclaim and ever-increasing audiences ever since her Verve debut, Salt, in 2003. Dreaming Wide Awake followed in June 2005. Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, Wright returned with Fellowship, featuring guest performances from bassist Meshell Ndegeocello and vocalist Angélique Kidjo.
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