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Johann Sebastian Bach - Magnificat, Christmas Cantata - Dunedin Consort, John Butt (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554/1557-1612)
Artist: Dunedin Consort, John Butt
Title: J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (Digital Deluxe Version)
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 01:26:47
Recorded: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK, 27–31 July 2014


Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale. Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson plus newcomer Julia Doyle.
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Andrea Bocelli - Cinema (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Andrea Bocelli
Title: Cinema
Genre: Pop, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Classical Crossover
Label: © Sugar Srl / Universal Music
Release Date:
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:23
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios & Air Studios, London, UK; Vocal recorded at Andrea Bocelli Studio, Forte dei Marmi, Italy

International superstar Andrea Bocelli returns with his new eagerly awaited album Cinema. Cinema celebrates the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends including David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis who worked together on the trailblazing success of Bocelli’s ‘Amore’. Cinema marks Bocelli’s first new studio recording in two years, released on Verve Music Group in the USA.
Cinema features a collection of movie songs etched in the culture and hearts of several generations including epic theme songs featured in films such as “Doctor Zhivago”, “Love Story”, “The Godfather”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Gladiator”, “The Postman”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and many more, as well as popular songs from stage musicals, immortalised by their film versions, such as “West Side Story” and “Evita.”
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at Birdland (1963/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Title: Ugetsu: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at Birdland
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop
Label: © Riverside Records | Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1963/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:43
Recorded live at Birdland, New York City; June 16, 1963
24-bit Remastering: Joe Tarantino, Joe Tarantino Mastering, Berkeley, CA


The place was a Broadway cellar that, with characteristic and not very exaggerated swagger, proclaimed itself "The Jazz Corner of the World." The date was mid-June 1963, when the New York post-bop era was still very much in progress. The bandleader was Art Blakey, then–as he continued to be for over two decades–celebrated as a developer of major new talent (the young lineup on this occasion included such as Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter). The result, this Jazz Messengers album, remains a swinging pleasure and a reaffirmation of the belief that this kind of on-the-scene adventure can create some of the most effective recorded jazz.
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! (1961/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Title: Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!)
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © Impulse! Records/The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1961/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:00
Recorded: Van Gelder studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, June 13 & 14, 1961.


Highly regarded amongst critics, Art Blakey revolutionized the jazz scene, paving the way for those he mentored. Captured at a pivotal moment in the ensemble’s history, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers is a full display of the group’s undeniable chemistry. Blakey is joined by jazz legends, Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Bobby Timmons (piano) and Jymie Merritt (bass). With Blakey’s prominent drumming, the group performs classics including the hard swinging number “Alamode,” the standard “Invitation” and the lively “Circus.” This is essential listening for any music fan.
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Andrea Beneventano Trio - Trinacria (2003/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Andrea Beneventano Trio
Title: Trinacria
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2003/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:45:15

Andrea Beneventano è un pianista che ha alle spalle collaborazioni di assoluto rilievo: Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Jon Faddis, Red Rodney, Gary Bartz, Donald Harrison, Rick Margitza, Steve Turre, Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu, Flavio Boltro, Eddy Palermo, Franco Cerri, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Ed Thigpen, Arthur Blythe, Nathan Davis, Chico Freeman...e la lista potrebbe continuare.
Una sera ero al Gregory's di Roma noto per le sue jam sessions. Lì il clima è sempre molto coinvolgente dato che richiama quello dei club americani e i musicisti che si alternano rievocano certi momenti suonando spesso tributi a grandi artisti. Quella sera al piano c'era Andrea Beneventano e mi colpì la sua assoluta prontezza nel suonare ininterrottamente su qualsiasi brano fosse avviato, da Bud Powell a Monk, a Parker, a Ellington a qualsiasi altro compositore e il tutto, "ovviamente", senza l'ausilio di alcun supporto "cartaceo"...
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Andrea Beneventano Trio - The Driver (2010/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Andrea Beneventano Trio
Title: The Driver
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2010/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:47:07

Un piano trio che colpisce nel segno sin dal primo brano. Merito di Puglisi e Angelucci, che accompagnano con stile e convinzione, ma soprattutto del leader Andrea Beneventano, che in questo "The Driver" è alla seconda opera a suo nome dopo "Trinacria", edito nel 2003 sempre da Alfa Music. Apprezzato docente, diplomato in pianoforte a Santa Cecilia e in jazz a Latina, il pianista siciliano, come molti musicians' musician, meriterebbe maggiore visibilità alla luce della sua ormai lunga carriera, nella quale ha collaborato con nomi prestigiosi del jazz statunitense e italiano. Forse l'attaccamento al mainstream e la scelta di perpetuare la grande tradizione del piano jazz ne hanno oscurato in qualche misura i meriti, che invece sono ben evidenti in questo suo nuovo lavoro.
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Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Alanis Morissette
Title: Jagged Little Pill
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Grunge
Label: © Maverick Recording Company/Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 1995/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:02
Recorded: 1994–1995 at Westlake Recording Studios and Signet Sound, Hollywood

Singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette became one of the most unlikely stars of the 1990s on the strength of her third album, Jagged Little Pill. A former child actress turned dance-pop diva, Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter in the vein of Liz Phair and Tori Amos. However, she bolstered that formula with enough pop sensibility, slight hip-hop flourishes, and marketing savvy to become a superstar. Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995, spun off six highly successful singles and earned Morissette several Grammy Awards the following year, including Album of the Year.
On the strength of the angst-ridden single "You Oughta Know," Jagged Little Pill gained attention upon its release in the summer of 1995. The song soon received heavy airplay from alternative radio outlets and MTV, sending the album into the Top Ten and helping it achieve multi-platinum status. Jagged Little Pill's subsequent singles -- "Hand in My Pocket," "All I Really Want," "You Learn," and "Ironic" -- kept the album in the Top Ten for an astounding 69 weeks, and Morissette was nominated for six Grammys in early 1996.
The album received give Grammy awards including: Best Rock Album, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song and Album of the Year.
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The Isley Brothers - The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters 1959-1983 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Isley Brothers
Title: The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters 1959-1983
Genre: R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Smooth Soul, Funk
Label: © Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 20:36:45
Recorded: 1959-1983

A Definitive 23-Disc Collection Chronicling the Evolution and Enduring Genius of America's Preeminent R&B/Rock/Pop/Funk Ensemble
Essential Isley Brothers Library Includes 84 Rare & Unreleased Bonus Tracks Plus First-Ever Complete Issue of Live-In-The-Studio Album Recorded in 1980
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Witmer Trio - En Azul (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Witmer Trio
Title: En Azul
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Sound Liaison
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: soundliaison.com
Duration: 44:41
Recorded on March 15th and March 16th, 2015 in Studio 2 of the Muziekgebouw van de Omroep in Hilversum.


Cajan Witmer came up with the idea of recording a collection of songs, with the focus primarily on the melody and have every improvisation and embellishment being inspired by the song itself.
Witmer's almost vocal presentation of the melody and refined melodic improvisations, Slinger's lyrical touch and strong secure rhythmic feel combined with Kruiswijk's inventive drum patterns, which on some songs resembles 3 subtle percussion players instead of one drumset, are fulfilling the task admirably.
Cajan Witmer and his companions, bassist Han Slinger and drummer Maarten Kruiswijk, has worked together for 21 years, and the empathy they feel for each other is evident throughout this recording.
When creating the sound stage, we spent a great deal of time getting the balance of the trio as optimal as possible using the ambient microphone stereo pair placed in the ''sweet spot'' in studio 2, before adding the spot microphones.
We wanted to create a sound field that was intimate but also with enough depth to have a visual representation of the instruments.
In a sense we adopted the same philosophy as Cajan Witmer in his arrangements, we wanted the melodic part of each instrument to stand out but not overshadow the whole, thus the paino and the drums have been given a position in the sound field, not spread out Left to Right as are more common in commercial recordings.
The benefit with this approach is that you can actually see the trio in front of you between the speakers, standing left to right, instead of the more common, commercial radio friendly approach, with the instruments piled on top of each other.
In a sense we are old fashioned, maybe we listened to too many old jazz recordings, but on the other hand...
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Antonio Vivaldi - Les Quatre saisons - Theo Bleckmann, Uri Caine, Aitor Hevia, Forma Antiqva, Aaron Zapico (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Uri Caine
Artist: Theo Bleckmann, Uri Caine, Aitor Hevia, Forma Antiqva, Aarón Zapico
Title: Vivaldi - Les Quatre saisons
Genre: Classical
Label: © Winter & Winter
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:57
Recorded: Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Forma Antiqva), Granada, Spain, July 2011; Sear Sound (Theo Bleckmann and Uri Caine), NYC, USA, September 2011


A wonderful audiofilm (cinema for closed eyes). An outstanding musical radio play. A musical homage to the world and the wonder of life — who besides Stefan Winter would dare to set Antonio Vivaldi's sonnets to music for the very first time, to open with these four new songs the master piece "Le Quattro Stagioni". Since years Stefan Winter works as a sound artist, recording director and producer and he is known for ambitious and bold projects, now he surprises once again his audience with a creative new version of Antonio Vivaldi's »The Four Seasons«.
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