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Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - Into Forever (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
Title: Into Forever
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, Modal, Ambient, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Gondwana Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: matthewhalsall.bandcamp.com
Duration: 00:39:08
Recorded, mixed and mastered by George Atkins at 80 Hertz, 2013-2015


Over the course of five albums, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall has carved out a niche for himself on the UK music scene as one of it's brightest talents. His languid, soulful music has won friends from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM and Mojo as well as an ever-growing international following. His new album Into Forever, puts the spotlight on Halsall the composer, arranger and producer. Halsall draws on a diverse range of influences from Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, Phil Cohran and Leon Thomas to the more contemporary sounds of The Cinematic Orchestra, Max Richter and Nils Frahm to deliver his most complete recording to date. Into Forever features renowned Manchester based soul poet Josephine Oniyama and rising star vocalist Bryony Jarman-Pinto (Werkha) as well as regular collaborators, flautist Lisa Mallett, harpist Rachael Gladwin, koto player Keiko Kitamura, pianist Taz Modi, bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Luke Flowers (The Cinematic Orchestra) and two percussionists Sam Bell and Chris Cruiks. The result is arguably Halsall's finest record, asublime melding of stripped back soulful funk and deep, minimalist, spiritual jazz, that will take you on a journey deep into forever!
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Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Mariah Carey
Title: Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
Genre: Pop, R&B
Label: © Def Jam Recordings
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:57
Recorded: 2011–14


Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse is singer songwriter Mariah Carey's fourteenth studio album. The album title originally called The Art of Letting Go, is based upon a self-portrait Carey drew when she was a child. It is supposed to symbolize how she saw herself, with the purity of a child's heart before it was ever broken. Me. I Am Mariah features artists Nas, Miguel, Wale and Fabulous, as well as Mariah's twins Morroccan and Monroe.
This deluxe version also features appearances by Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly performing songs from Carey's previous album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The album produced three singles, including "Beautiful", "The Art of Letting Go" and "You're Mine (Eternal)".
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Machaut-Transkriptionen - Genevieve Strosser, Jurg Dahler, Muriel Cantoreggi, The Hilliard Ensemble (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300 – 1377), Heinz Holliger (1939-)
Artist: Geneviève Strosser, Jürg Dähler, Muriel Cantoreggi, The Hilliard Ensemble
Title: Machaut-Transkriptionen
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:25
Recorded: November 2010, Radio Studio DRS , Zürich


Swiss composer Heinz Holliger’s Machaut-Transkriptionen is comprised of a spacious cycle of pieces written over a ten year period beginning in 2001. An imaginative re- investigation of the work of the great 14th century French composer-poet Guillaume de Machaut, it is scored for four voices and three violas. Note-for-note transcriptions of Machaut give way to Holliger’s increasingly creative refractions of the music. As Holliger notes, his in-depth study of Machaud opened up new vistas for his compositional activity and his admiration for the source material is mirrored in the outstanding performances of the violists and singers. The Machaut-Transkriptionen proves a perfect vehicle for the Hilliard Ensemble’s set skills as interpreters of both old and new music, and this recording, made in 2010 in Zürich, captures the vocal group at the heights of its powers. (Their own affinity for Machaut is also documented on their album of his Motets, ECM New Series 1823)
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Lou Doillon - Lay Low (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Lou Doillon
Title: Lay Low
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Barclay
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:32:21
Recorded: Studio Hotel2tango, Montréal


Mannequin et comédienne née dans la famille que l’on sait, je suis aussi chanteuse : le pari était osé… Mais, dès son premier album paru en 2012, Lou Doillon a su imposer une voix, un son, une personnalité. Des valeurs qu’elle confirme et muscle avec ce Lay Low enregistré à Montréal avec Taylor Kirk, le cerveau du groupe Timber Timbre. D’où une ambiance générale de folk rock joliment décalée parfois doté de belles enluminures mais également quelquefois totalement nu. Ce chant austère et charismatique grandit chanson après chanson. Et on oublie le CV et les liens de parentés pour ne se concentrer que sur ce rock habité et crépusculaire.


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Franz Liszt - The piano of tomorrow - Roger Muraro (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Artist: Roger Muraro
Title: Liszt - The piano of tomorrow
Genre: Classical
Label: © La Dolce Volta
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:43
Recorded: Octobre 2014, Studio Gepetto (Jugy)


'I waited a long time before listening to interpretations of the Sonata in B minor by my great predecessors, the masters of the art – all so different. For I very quickly made the Sonata my story, so caught up was I in the event I was living through. This sonata can be all things to all people, according to the inspiration, the character, the mood of the performer; it can follow the instant, the fleeting sentiment, or be straight-backed and noble! Every interpretation is different, yet they all remain the Liszt Sonata.'
From the B minor Sonata to the Wagner transcriptions, the Romanticism of Franz Liszt finds an outstanding interpreter in Roger Muraro. Accustomed to conceiving chords as colours, the pianist transports us from shadows to light with highly nuanced playing, dazzling energy and prodigious virtuosity.
A performance deeply moving in its simplicity, transcended by a recording of demonstration quality for his first release on La Dolce Volta.
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L'heure exquise: A French Songbook - Alice Coote, Graham Johnson (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Alice Coote, Graham Johnson
Title: L'heure exquise: A French Songbook
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 74 minutes 28 seconds
Recorded: October 2012, All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom


Alice Coote is the darling of the world’s opera stages and recital halls—to the extent that her solo recordings are rare events. In this much-anticipated French Songbook, Graham Johnson lends his incomparable insight to this most remarkable of talents on an emotional rollercoaster through twenty-three songs of Gallic love in all its guises.
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Les McCann - Another Beginning (1974/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Les McCann
Title: Another Beginning
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1974/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:30
Recorded: The Village Recorder, West Los Angeles, CA, May 20-23, 1974


Packed full of McCann’s raspy vocals and funky riffs, Another Beginning finds jazz pianist/vocalist in top form. The soulful album released in 1974 peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums. Included on the album are the extraordinary “Someday We’ll Meet Again,” “My Soul Lies Deep” and “Maybe You’ll Come Back.” This mind-bending recording has never sounded better.
Packed full of McCann’s raspy vocals and funky riffs, Another Beginning finds the jazz pianist/vocalist in top form. The soulful album released in 1974 peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums. Included are the extraordinary “Someday We’ll Meet Again,” “My Soul Lies Deep” and “Maybe You’ll Come Back.” This mind-bending recording has never sounded better.
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Le Concert royal de la Nuit - Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Text: Isaac de Benserade (1613?-1691)
Сomposer: Jean de Cambefort (c.1605-1661), Antoine Boesset (1587-1643), Louis Constantin (c.1585-1657), Michel Lambert (1610-1696), Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Luigi Rossi (1597-1653) & Anonymous
Artist: Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé
Title: Le Concert royal de la Nuit
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eclassical.com
Duration: 02:33:26
Recorded: janvier-février 2015 à Grenoble, MC2


The King dances. In late February 1653, just after the Fronde rebellion, the most influential spectacle of the early reign of Louis XIV was created at the Louvre: the Ballet Royal de la Nuit. Grandiose, and carefully elaborated at the highest levels of the state, the libretto by Bensérade called upon the finest artists of the time. Banishing the troubles of Night, Louis XIV danced in the Sun King costume that would henceforth be for ever associated with him. An indispensable world premiere recording!
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Lang Lang - The Chopin Album (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Lang Lang
Title: The Chopin Album
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:15:35
Recorded: 2010-2012


The Chopin Album is Lang Lang's first recording for Sony devoted entirely to the solo piano music of the Romantic master, focused on the Études, Op. 25, with three of the most popular Nocturnes and a handful of other pieces included for good measure. While Lang Lang's phenomenal popularity guarantees this CD's success, and his ability to play the technically demanding Études will impress his fans, devotees of Chopin's music may be skeptical of the pianist's interpretations, which at their best are flashy and extroverted. While it's not necessary to play Chopin close to the vest, with the expressive reticence of a wallflower, Lang Lang is no introvert, and it shows in the pieces where sensitivity and poetic refinement are desirable. He plays with his customary bravado in the loudest Études, the Grande Valse Brillante, the Grande Polonaise, and even in the inaccurately nicknamed "Minute" Waltz, but his expression at softer levels seems affectless, uninvolved, and rather uninteresting. While connoisseurs may balk at this fairly showy album, it is sure to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps most especially because of the inclusion of Lang Lang's duet with Danish singer Oh Land, "Tristesse," which is based on Chopin's Étude in E major, Op. 10/3, and taken from the soundtrack for the film The Flying Machine. Sony's sound is generally good, though Lang Lang's dynamic range is wide enough to make setting the volume a little tricky. --AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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Lang Lang - Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Artist: Lang Lang
Title: Liszt: My Piano Hero
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:30
Recorded: April 23-28, 2011, Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (#1-10); June 4 & 5, 2011, Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria (#11-12)

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt's birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer's most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a high-energy performance with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. Without a doubt, most of Lang Lang's fans will savor this Romantic showpiece, and for technical brilliance and drama, the performance doesn't disappoint. He is especially lively and vivid in this work, and his interactions with the orchestra seem spontaneous and playful, as one might well imagine Liszt would have been. But Lang Lang seems more introspective and personally involved with the solo keyboard pieces that make up the greater part of the album. Here also is the flashy side of Liszt, but there is a greater emphasis on the poetic and rhapsodic, so Lang Lang indulges in reflective pieces as much as the flashy encores. Highlights include La Campanella, the Grand Galop chromatique, Liebestraum No. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and the arrangement of Schubert's Ave Maria. --AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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