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Kiss - Killers (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Killers
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Casablanca Records | The Island Def Jam Music Group
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 56:54
Recorded: 1973–1982


Killers is the second compilation album by American hard rock group Kiss. It was released only outside the US, but quickly became available as an import. Of the album's twelve songs, four were new compositions recorded specifically for it: "I'm a Legend Tonight", "Down on Your Knees", "Nowhere to Run", and "Partners in Crime". These new songs were recorded at the behest of Phonogram Records, in response to the commercial failure of 1981's Music from "The Elder".
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Juan Diego Florez - Italia (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Various
Artist: Juan Diego Flórez
Title: Italia
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Classical Crossover, Easy Listening
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:08
Recorded: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy, 1–10 September 2014 (Tracks 1–3, 5–15 and 17); Angel Studios, London, 13 April 2015 (Tracks 4 and 16)


Juan Diego Florez, Decca’s “dashing tenor, the king of the bel canto repertory” (New York Times) now joins the illustrious list of tenors to record an album of ever-popular Neapolitan and Italian songs, including some in arrangements made for his idol and mentor Luciano Pavarotti.
All the classic favourites are here – from O Sole Mio to Arriverderci Roma, Mattinata and Non ti scordar di me – and to breathe fresh life into this well-known music many of the songs have been newly arranged to evoke the feel of an authentic Neapolitan café band. For these Juan Diego is joined by the star mandolin player Avi Avital and acclaimed accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. Best-selling guitarist Craig Ogden also joins Juan Diego for two songs.
To complete the full Italian flavour these recordings were made in the Italian seaside resort of Fano, just south of Pesaro where Juan Diego makes his summer home – as Pavarotti did before him. For the orchestral tracks the Pesaro-based Filarmonica Giacchino Rossini is conducted by the gifted young Italian Carlo Tenan.
This album perfectly complements Juan Diego’s first disc of popular songs ‘Sentimento Latino’ which sold in excess of 80,000 copies. The Peruvian and Latin American songs on that album have a strong connection with the older repertory of Neapolitan song. Both showcase Florez’s uniquely distinctive sound: ‘His elegant, focused tone rang out clean and clear, with his famous high register – the money-notes for a tenor of his distinction – not just firm but flamboyant.’ (The Guardian)
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Joao Gilberto - Amoroso (1977/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: João Gilberto
Title: Amoroso
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, World Fusion, Brazilian Traditions
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 197/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:22
Recorded: Rosebud Studios, New York, November 17th, 18th & 19th, 1976; Capitol Records, Hollywood, January 3rd, 4th & 7th, 1977

Amoroso is some pretty sweet stuff from Joao Gilberto – featuring a core jazz combo playing along with a larger set of arrangements, in a manner that's similar to some of Jobim's work from the 70s. The album features a nice vocal version of Jobim's "Wave" and "Zingaro", plus the tracks "Estate", "Tin Tin Por Tin Tin", and "Besame Mucho".
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Jimmy Scott - Dream (1994/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: 'Little' Jimmy Scott
Title: Dream
Genre: Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz
Label: © Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1994/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:02


69 year old Jimmy Scott still possesses one of the most original voices of today. A condition called Kallmann's Syndrome has resulted in an eternal Soprano, akin to a Lena Horne alto, but altogether not comparable to anything. His timbre and phrasing style come through in the exception quality of this high-definition release.
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Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jeff Buckley
Title: Grace
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1994/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 57:20
Recorded: Late 1993–94, Bearsville Recording Studio, Woodstock, New York


The level of production, recording and mixing expertise that Andy Wallace contributed to the album Grace, combined with the magical, sheer talent and artistry that is Jeff Buckley, has earned the album a place on many "best album of all time" lists. For me, remastering this incredible album is both an honor and a personal career highlight. Jeff's music has touched so many people and will undoubtedly continue to inspire and move generations to come.

Grace's legacy is well deserved and the goal with this remaster was to uncover the beauty and depth from the original master tapes and capture them in the highest resolution possible. The depth and vivid colors coming straight from the tapes is now captured with this added resolution and allows listeners to experience this material in a more intimate, honest way. The mastering equipment used includes a vintage Ampex ATR 102 machine for playback from the original tapes as well as analog equipment from Pultec, Avalon, Shadow Hills, Manley and Neve. All of the analog to digital conversion was achieved using the Antelope 384 Eclipse Converter and masters were recorded and edited using the Pyramix digital audio workstation. --Emily Lazar, Owner, The Lodge Mastering, New York
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Igor Levit - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Frederic Rzewski (1938)
Artist: Igor Levit
Title: Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:12:55
Recorded: 2015


Following his landmark recordings, "Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas" and "Bach - Partitas", both of which has won him international acclaim, Igor Levit is now tackling another three major works: Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski's Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated".
It is testament to Igor Levit's invention and the command of his repertoire that in one release he is able to combine arguably two of history's greatest sets of variations for the keyboard, complete alongside a classic of late 20th century piano music by contemporary composer Frederic Rzewski.
Levit comes with great pedigree when it comes to recording the works of Bach and Beethoven, with his 2013 Beethoven disc winning him the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2014 Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award 2014 and the ECHO 2014 for Solo Recording of the Year. His second recording, J.S. Bach's Six Partitas in 2014, was Gramophone's Disc of the Month.
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Ibrahim Maalouf - Red & Black Light (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Ibrahim Maalouf
Title: Red & Black Light
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock
Label: © Mi'ster Productions
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:00
Recorded by Florent Bobet at Studio Diasporas (Ivry sur Seine, France). Choirs recorded by Vincent Joinville at Studio Babel (Montreuil, France)


« RED & BLACK LIGHT» est une ode à la femme d’aujourd’hui et à son rôle fondateur et fondamental pour espérer un avenir meilleur. Les femmes de ma famille ont eu, et ont encore aujourd’hui, une influence incommensurable sur tout mon travail musical. Notamment parce qu’elles m’inspirent considérablement dans leur façon de gérer leur quotidien et celui de leur entourage. Malgré des vies en labyrinthes, complexes et souvent dramatiques, elles portent en elles une force et une stabilité similaires à une forme de transe inébranlable. Elles me donnent l’impression de ne jamais perdre de vue ce qui est essentiel.
Axé sur une esthétique plus actuelle, plus électro, voire pop, cet album est constitué de mes compositions ainsi que d’une reprise de la diva d’aujourd’hui Beyonce. Bien qu’étant particulièrement complexes dans leur écriture (avec des polyrythmies en 19, 17 ou 27 temps par exemple), nous avons arrangé ces musiques (avec les 3 musiciens qui m’entourent), de manière à ce que jamais le poids de l’écriture ne se fasse entendre. Nous avons donc contourné le piège de l’élitisme et de l’écriture scientifique pour élaborer un album transparent et limpide, sur lequel le public peut même danser ou chanter, mais qui regorge néanmoins d’une multitude de superpositions insoupçonnées de thèmes, d’harmonies et de rythmes, que seule une lecture mathématique de l’album pourrait trahir.
Enregistré à Ivry sur seine (France) avec Eric Legnini (Claviers), François Delporte (Guitare) et Stephane Galland (Batterie), cet album est avant tout une envie de dessiner l’importance et la nécessaire complexité des choses et des personnes essentielles
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Ibrahim Maalouf - Kalthoum (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ibrahim Maalouf
Title: Kalthoum (Alf Leila Wa Leila)
Genre: Jazz, World, Folk
Label: © Mi'ster Productions
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:27
Recorded by Max Ross and Joe Marciano at Systems Two, New York City, USA


« Kalthoum » et « Red & Black Light » sont deux albums en hommage aux femmes. « Kalthoum » est une célébration des femmes qui ont bouleversé le cours de l’histoire et dont l’influence artistique a eu un impact jusque dans nos vies actuelles. J’ai donc choisi une figure emblématique, véritable monument de l’histoire du peuple arabe, et qui est par ailleurs la voix que j’ai le plus écoutée depuis ma toute petite enfance : Oum Kalthoum.
Avec le pianiste Frank Woeste nous avons « traduit » dans un jazz assez conventionnel, mais nous l’espérons innovant de par son métissage, l’un des plus grands succès de la diva égyptienne : « Alf Leila Wa Leila » ( « Les Mille et une Nuits »). Cette chanson de 1969 composée par Baligh Hamidi est une suite d’environ une heure (comme souvent à cette époque), avec un refrain de 3 minutes et des couplets allant de 5 à 25 minutes. L’improvisation, dans la version originale comme dans cette version-ci, tient une place importante, mais cette suite est surtout une succession de tableaux dont la mise en scène fût passionnante à retranscrire.
Enregistré et mixé à New York avec la même équipe que l’album « Wind » (2011) qui était également un hommage (à Miles Davis), c’est en toute logique que j’ai envisagé « Kalthoum » comme une continuité de cette belle aventure discographique avec Larry Grenadier (Contrebasse), Clarence Penn (Batterie), Mark Turner (Saxophone) et Frank Woeste (piano).
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Joseph Haydn - If Haydn Had Written For Oboe, vol. 2 - Alexei Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Artist: Alexei Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra
Title: If Haydn Had Written For Oboe, vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Caro Mitis
Item Number: CM0012007
Release Date: 2009
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:51:43
Recorded: 12-16.05.07 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR) Moscow, Russia


There’s hardly anyone not familiar with Haydn’s canonical image, omnipresent in his popular biographies: the endlessly jovial old man, ‘Papa Haydn’, pious, amiable, easy-going and industrious, without a hint of a tortured soul, that hallmark of genius in new European culture since Romanticism. This deliberately contrast-free, and yet remarkably truthful image of the great master, created towards the end of his life, corresponds well to his artistic career, also apparently devoid of storms and crises. In the composer’s lifetime, his music was greeted with enthusiasm not in Europe alone, but in overseas colonies as well. He died a venerable old man, having known in full the sweetness of recognition and the love of his contemporaries. A telling example of the attitude towards Haydn in the classical age are the words by Ernst Ludwig Gerber that introduce the master in his Historischbiographisches Lexikon der Tonku?stler from 1790: “Our greatest man, great in every small thing and even greater in big things, the pride of our times.”
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Joseph Haydn - If Haydn Had Written For Oboe, vol. 1 - Alexei Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Artist: Alexei Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra
Title: If Haydn Had Written For Oboe, vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Caro Mitis
Item Number: CM0042006
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:55:14
Recorded: 2006, April: 13, 15, 16, 18–19 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (RTR), Moscow, Russia

Here's another delectable SACD from Caro Mitis—oboist Alexi Utkin playing music of Haydn, one of his favorite composers. The Oboe Concerto actually wasn't written by Haydn although attributed to him, the oboe plays a relatively insignificant part as one of four soloists in the well-known Sinfonia concertante, and the oboe d'amore here replaces the cello in the Divertimento. Exquisite performances, beautifully recorded. The only negative feature is the relatively short playing time of the disk (55:14).
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