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Dominique Pifarely - Time Before and Time After (Live) (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Dominique Pifarély
Title: Time Before And Time After
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde, Improvisation
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:03:08
Recorded in concerts in September 2012 at Auditorium Saint_Germain, Poitiers, France and in February 2013 at Cave Dîmière, Argenteuil, France

French violinist Dominique Pifarély – last heard on ECM a decade ago on Stefano Battaglia’s Re: Pasolini – returns to the label with an outstanding solo violin recital, drawn from performances at the Auditorium Saint-Germain in Poitiers and Cave Dimière in Argenteuil. The music is totally improvised – apart from a free interpretation of the jazz standard “My Foolish Heart” by Victor Young – and it roves through a range of moods and atmospheres, textures and tone colours, dynamically and unpredictably.
“Playing solo is exciting for me,” says Dominque. “It’s like a very personal workshop. More than in any other configuration it is in the solo playing that I work on and develop my improvisational language – the grammar, the style and the shape of the music.”
Solo performance has been a major part of Pifarély’s work in recent years. “It was important to me to document the music in a live context.
To be able to play with this kind of intensity I find I need the audience, the feeling of having someone to address the music to. There is a certain rapport that develops, based on shared listening.”
Pifarély says that he allows himself to think “only ten or twenty seconds before a performance” of how he will begin an improvised set, to keep the edge of discovery in the music. “So it’s as spontaneous as I can make it. At the same time, of course, the instrumental techniques used are things I have practised. But the form is not prepared – each piece is invented or discovered in real time.”
Amid the abstract playing, and the obvious deep involvement with the play of sounds and extended techniques, messages from the deep musical past emerge, sometimes including hints of the baroque. Does Pifarély feel the weight of solo violin history bearing down on him at such moments?
“Well, I feel it, but it’s not a weight! It’s a musical richness which I try not to forget. And it’s very useful in this music, this improvised music which is more or less related to jazz – in quite what proportion I’m not sure. Maybe the way I play solo violin can be considered ‘orchestral’ in a sense. I’m thinking about the violin as a small orchestra and I have to pay attention to every detail. And of course Bach is in the air because Bach is polyphonic, and the violin is polyphonic.”
Of My Foolish Heart, which concludes the recital, Dominique says, “I usually like to include a standard in my solo performances, also to assert the autonomy of the violin. Conventionally in jazz we violinists are supposed to need a piano or guitar or a double bass, something to support the harmonies. And of course, Bach told us a long time ago that we really don’t.”
Time Before And Time After borrows its generic title from TS Eliot’s poem “Burnt Norton”, and the individual tracks are also named for poets and poetry, with dedications to Mahmoud Darwish, Fernando Pessoa, André du Bouchet, Henri Michaux, Paul Celan, Juan Gelman, and Bernard Noël. The literary references are, however, afterthoughts. “I’m a big reader of poetry and my idea was that the album could resemble a collection of poems. For me the gesture of improvisation and the gesture of poetry are quite close. After the recordings were made, I thought about relating a particular piece to this or that poet, and used a few words from each as titles for the improvisations.”
Dominique Pifarély takes his solo violin music to the concert stages in September and October with a three-week Baltic tour through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Details can be found on Dominique’s website: www.pifarely.net
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CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: CHVRCHES
Title: Every Open Eye
Genre: Pop Rock, Indie Electronic, Synth Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Glassnote Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 55:22

Chvrches' impact on the pop landscape made itself known almost immediately after the release of The Bones of What You Believe -- in the years that followed, artists big and small were borrowing the Scottish trio's flair for heart-on-sleeve lyrics wrapped in soaring, synth-laden choruses. Even if the sensitive synth-pop field was more crowded at the time of Every Open Eye's release than it was in 2013, Chvrches distinguish themselves by continuing to do this sound better than just about anyone. Rather than expanding on their debut's combination of hooks and huge soundscapes, they streamline the formula that made songs like "Recover" and "The Mother We Share" so beloved. "Never Ending Circles," with its staccato verses and sweeping choruses, might be the quintessential Chvrches song. This isn't to say that Every Open Eye is predictable. The band makes some subtle adjustments, opting for a bright, punchy approach inspired by Quincy Jones' work with Michael Jackson on Off the Wall and Thriller, where the producer made a handful of elements sound massive. Sometimes the '80s influence is understated, adding a more urgent bounce to songs like "Keep You on My Side" and "Bury It;" sometimes it's more blatant, with the synth tones on "Make Them Gold" evoking the theme song to St. Elmo's Fire, and the giddy arpeggios on "Clearest Blue" echoing Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough." But even if Every Open Eye is cheerier-sounding than The Bones of What You Believe, its emotions are just as complex. As on their debut, it's Lauren Mayberry who brings Chvrches' skyward sounds back down to earth. On songs such as "Empty Threat" and "Playing Dead," she's vulnerable yet clear-eyed, open to letting people into her heart and strong enough to let them go if and when the time comes. Martin Doherty sings one of the album's most disillusioned songs, the Twin Shadow-esque "High Enough to Carry You Over" and shines on "Down Side of Me," a mournful duet with Mayberry that delivers one of the album's stand-out moments and proves the band's dark side is alive and well. It's another example of how Chvrches give fans what they want without rehashing their debut on Every Open Eye, an almost uncannily well-crafted second album. --AllMusic Review by Heather Phares
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Christian McBride Trio - Live at the Village Vanguard (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Christian McBride Trio
Title: Live at the Village Vanguard
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 1:08:34

This record is the fruit of McBride’s long association with the Vanguard, where his first appearance as a leader for the historic club was in 1995. In 2007, the bassist and charismatic club owner Lorraine Gordon started an annual one-week residency, which featured McBride’s quintet, Inside Straight. “Lorraine enjoyed my trio and my quintet, Inside Straight. We had such large crowds, so after a few years with such supportive audiences, we added an extra week. Instead of doing the same band for two weeks, I just started bringing in a different band. This has been an ongoing relationship that I look forward to maintaining as long as I can.”
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Britney Spears - Femme Fatale (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Britney Spears
Title: Femme Fatale]
Genre: Pop
Label: © Jive Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:36

Femme Fatale is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was released on March 25, 2011, by Jive Records. Spears wanted to make a "fresh-sounding" and "fierce dance album", incorporating dance-pop and electropop styles with elements of dubstep, techno, and trance. She began working on the album during the second leg of The Circus Starring Britney Spears (2009), while also working on her second compilation album The Singles Collection (2009). Contributions to its production came from a variety of producers and songwriters, including long-time collaborator Max Martin in addition to Dr. Luke, William Orbit, Fraser T Smith, Rodney Jerkins, Bloodshy & Avant. will.i.am, and StarGate.

Upon its release, Femme Fatale received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its production and dance-pop style, but noted Spears' supposed lack of involvement and heavily processed vocals. Some stated that Spears was no longer the center of the album and found a trade-off to be real personality. Ryan Tedder however, defended her, saying that Frank Sinatra and Garth Brooks were huge artists who didn't write most of their songs. The album debuted atop of the charts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and the United States, and peaking inside the top ten in twenty-four countries. In the United States, she earned her sixth number one album.

Four singles were released from the album. It became Spears's first album to have three top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, with "Hold It Against Me", "Till the World Ends", and "I Wanna Go" peaking at numbers one, three, and seven, respectively. The fourth and final single "Criminal" peaked at number one in Brazil and in the top twenty in five countries. Spears promoted the album with television performances, the Femme Fatale Tour, and collaborations with Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker, and Rihanna.
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Britney Spears - Circus (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Britney Spears
Title: Circus
Genre: Pop
Label: © Jive Records
Release Date: 2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:04

Circus is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was released on November 28, 2008, by Jive Records. Looking to transition from her "darker and more urban" fifth studio album Blackout (2007), Spears wanted to make her next project "a little bit lighter", incorporating electropop and dance-pop styles. Spears recorded the record during the summer of 2008, after her much-publicized personal struggles saw her placement under a temporary conservatorship earlier that year. As executive producers, Larry Rudolph and Teresa LaBarbera Whites enlisted collaborators including Spears' longtime colleague Max Martin and Nate "Danja" Hills.

Upon its release, Circus received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its production but were ambivalent towards its lyrical content. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of over 505,000 copies, making it her fifth album to reach the top of the chart. The album topped charts in nine additional countries. The record eventually exceeded sales of 4 million copies and 15 million digital tracks, in doing so it became Spears' best-selling album since her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). The project was promoted through a series of television performances and Spears' fifth concert tour The Circus Starring Britney Spears. The latter generated controversy during the Australian leg after accusations of lip-syncing surfaced.

Four singles were released from the album, two of which became international successes. Its lead single "Womanizer" peaked atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and registered as the largest jump to the top of the chart after debuting at number ninety-six. It became Spears's best-selling song in the country since "...Baby One More Time", and gained a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. The second and third singles "Circus" and "If U Seek Amy" peaked at numbers three and nineteen in the country, respectively. Consequentially, Circus became Spears's second album after her debut effort ...Baby One More Time (1999) to have two top ten singles three top-twenty hits, being her first to have two top five hits in the United States along with five charting songs on the Hot 100.
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Britney Spears - Blackout (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Britney Spears
Title: Blackout
Genre: Pop
Label: © Jive Records
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:43

Blackout is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was released on October 25, 2007, by Jive Records and the Zomba Music Group. Opting to re-establish her music career after her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003), she began planning the project in 2006. Work continued into 2007, during which time Spears' much-publicized personal struggles, including several instances of erratic behavior and her divorce from Kevin Federline, overshadowed her professional endeavors.
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Bring Me the Horizon - That's The Spirit (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bring Me the Horizon
Title: That's The Spirit
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Death Metal, Grindcore, Heavy Metal
Label: © RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:45:00
Recorded: Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece

UK-based metal band Bring Me The Horizon bring forth their 5th studio album, That's The Sprit, on September 11th worldwide. That s The Spirit is an 11-track, exhilarating ride bursting with huge riffs, soaring vocals and stadium filling monster tracks. The album, which lead singer Oli Sykes recently told NME is "a celebration of depression," was recorded in the spring of 2015 in Santorini, Greece at Black Rock Studios, which the band discovered by Googling "world's most amazing studios." That's The Spirit was mixed in London, mastered in New York and produced by Sykes and the band's Jordan Fish.
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Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (1983/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Billy Idol
Title: Rebel Yell
Genre: Rock, hard rock, post-punk, new wave
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1983/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:22
Recorded: Electric Lady Studios, Studio "C", N.Y.; Additional recording: RPM Sound Studios, N.Y. and Mediasound Inc., N.Y.; remastered at Capitol Mastering.

Rebel Yell is the second studio album by Billy Idol and was released in 1983. It was much more successful than his previous debut album, peaking at #6 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, and had four successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts ("Rebel Yell", "Eyes Without a Face", "Flesh for Fantasy", and "Catch My Fall"). The album would eventually achieve double Platinum status in the US with sales of over 2,000,000 albums.
Rebel Yell was produced by Keith Forsey, who had also produced Billy Idol, and featured songwriting by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, and Forsey. A carefully-produced and constructed album, it is full of catchy hooks and synth-driven new wave pop.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Last Three Sonatas - Eric Le Sage (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Éric Le Sage
Title: Beethoven - The Last Three Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:04:23
Recorded: 7 au 10 janvier 2012 à La Salle Philharmonique de Liège, Belgique

‘Of Beethoven and his worlds in music, some will remember more the herald of pure music or of programme music, the Dionysian bearer of joy, or the man suffering from suicidal impulses, the builder or the destroyer. In any event, the creator stopped writing piano sonatas in 1822, the year of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s death. All the transgressions that are propounded by Beethoven’s Promethean output would be unable to conceal his faithfulness to the ideals of Aufklärung, his classic desire to lead, beyond the asperities, to a resolution and, beyond darkness, to light.’ --Brigitte François Sappey
Eric Le Sage approaches this cycle with the sensitive vision of a great interpreter, henceforth renowned for his complete Schumann and Fauré recordings.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, Piano Concerto No. 4 - Emanuel Ax, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Emanuel Ax, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas
Title: Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, Piano Concerto No. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © SFS Media
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:04:55
Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, December 9-12, 2009

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony follow their recently completed Mahler cycle with a series of new live recordings, including an all-Beethoven disc featuring the Fourth Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax, and Symphony No. 5.
Following the recent completion of their award-winning and ground-breaking Mahler recording project, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will continue to bolster their discography with recordings from both the core classical repertoire as well as works new to or rarely heard by audiences. The new recordings reflect the broad range of programming that has been a hallmark of the 15-year MTT/SFS partnership. The new releases, recorded live in concert in the orchestra’s home Davies Symphony Hall, will be available as Hybrid SACDs.
The first of these new releases includes an all Beethoven-recording featuring the composer’s Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax.
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