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Dvorak & Lalo - Cello Concertos - Johannes Moser, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrusa (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Artist: Johannes Moser, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša
Title: Dvořák & Lalo - Cello Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:05:19
Recorded: Forum Karlín in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2015

German-Canadian international soloist Johannes Moser recently signed an exclusive recording contract with PENTATONE. He regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the leading conductors of our time including Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta and Gustavo Dudamel. He has received many accolades for his recordings including two ECHO Klassik awards as well as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
For his debut album with PENTATONE Johannes chose to record the pinnacle of the repertoire for cello and orchestra, the concerto by Antonín Dvořák. In this monumental work Dvořák explores the entire spectrum of human emotion, very much inspired by his own experiences, ranging from exhilarating bursts of life in New York City to the devastating tragedy of his unfulfilled love.
In preparation for the recording, made with the PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Johannes Moser and conductor Jakub Hrůša had Dvořák's own manuscript at hand in order to come closer to the composer's intention rather than relying on unquestioned traditions and acquired habits, while paying tribute to the concerto's nickname, "Dvořák's 10th Symphony”.
Moser completes his debut album with the Cello Concerto by Édouard Lalo. It is a work of great verve which fully embodies Spanish flair combined with romantic spirit.
Besides being staples of the Romantic cello repertoire the two works have a lot in common. Johannes Moser says about the two concerti: “The unifying motif between these two Cello Concertos is a sense of yearning: From America, Dvořák yearned for his homeland and an unfulfilled love, whereas Lalo yearned for the typically Spanish flair and the Mediterranean temperament”.
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Douglas Knehans - Concertos - Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Lyndon Gee, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel Toms (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Douglas Knehans (b.1957)
Artist: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Lyndon Gee, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel Toms
Title: Douglas Knehans - Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Ablaze Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:02:07

Concertos is a disc that I and all of the artists featured on it have been working on for years. Initial recording took place in 2011 in Zlin, Czech Republic with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. Some years separted these recordings and the more recent ones from Brno with the superb Brno Philharmonic orchestra and Mikel Toms.

The works on this disc span a period of about eight years of my creative life and move between dramatic and assertive music to music marked by fragility, tenderness and emotion. The performances are uniformly excellent and the audio quality is something about which we are proud!
For your consideration—please do think of this terrific disc when nominating season comes around!!
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David Bowie - Five Years 1969-1973 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: David Bowie
Title: Five Years 1969-1973
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Parlophone Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 04:03:21
Recorded: 1969-73

The first in a series of career-spanning comprehensive box sets, Five Years 1969-1973 chronicles the beginning of David Bowie's legend by boxing all of his officially released music during those early years. This amounts to six studio albums -- 1969's David Bowie (aka Space Oddity); 1970's The Man Who Sold the World; 1971's Hunky Dory; 1972's The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars; Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups (both from 1973); a pair of live albums (Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack and Live in Santa Monica '72, both released long after these five years) and a two-CD collection of non-LP tracks called Re:Call, plus Ken Scott's 2003 mix of Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust. That list suggests how "officially released" is a guideline that's easily bent. Live in Santa Monica '72 is a bootleg that became canonical in 1995, and the soundtrack to Ziggy Stardust didn't appear until 1983, but both are welcome because they either showcase the Spiders from Mars at their prime (Santa Monica) or at their end (Ziggy). Considering the number of edits, alternates, and B-sides Bowie released during this period, Re:Call is also a needed supplement, but it has some willful blind spots due to that "officially released" maxim: namely, any outtake released as a bonus on the Rykodisc reissues of the early '90s, including such major items as "Lightning Frightening," "Bombers," and "Sweet Head." Such absences are an irritant but not a major one because the box itself is quite handsome -- whether in its CD or LP incarnation, each record is packaged as a replica of its original release -- and the remastering is excellent, with Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, and Pin Ups given upgrades to match the anniversary remasters of Ziggy and Aladdin Sane from the 2010s. The improved audio alone makes Five Years 1969-1973 a desirable box for serious Bowie fans, but the whole set does justice to one of the great creative runs in rock history. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Collective Soul - See What You Started by Continuing (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Collective Soul
Title: See What You Started by Continuing
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Grunge
Label: © Vanguard Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:09
Recorded: February–October 2014, Sandy Springs, Georgia

See What You Started By Continuing is the multi-platinum selling band Collective Soul's ninth album, and first since their self-titled 2009 record. Formed in the small town of Stockbridge, GA in the early 1990’s, Collective Soul consists of principal songwriter and frontman Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars), Dean Roland (rhythm guitarist), Will Turpin (bassist), Johnny Rabb (drummer) and Jesse Triplett (lead guitarist). See What You Started By Continuing was recorded and mixed at Edible Studios in Atlanta, GA by industry veteran Shawn Grove.
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Carmen Gomes Inc. - Little Blue (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Carmen Gomes Inc.
Title: Little Blue
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Sound Liaison
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 42:37

Little Blue is a collection of songs that I feel strongly about. Songs of my youth that made an lingering impression and original compositions, some written a long time ago; some only recently.
They all deal with topics of everyday life that keeps my mind occupied: the choices we make, how we define ourselves and how we deal with life in general.
I was a reasonably happy but lonely kid. I felt myself an outsider, a bit different, maybe to a certain extend excluded. Making up for this, I locked myself in my room and listened to music, singing along with every song. I developed a taste for artists that were more ''deep''.... Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Neil Young. There was something in their voices that touched me, some emotion that I recognized.
I internalized all of Neil Young's lyrics; they made a huge impact on me and served as a heavy influence on the lyrics that I started writing myself. Billie's voice still tears me apart.
Growing up, I came across songs that stuck with me. Holding Back the years and Brass in Pocket for example. I strongly related to the lyrics. I could almost smell them. Songs about love in all it's splendour and compassion. Songs about addiction, inequality and loneliness. Songs about the eternal search for an answer. I’m a grown woman now, a mother, experienced, but still searching.
To sing a song I need to picture the story of the lyrics in my head; I have to feel them. If I can't feel them, I can't sing them. And how can I expect you to believe what I am singing if I don't feel it myself? So you can say that the songs on this album are very personal, very close.---Carmen Gomes
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