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Circles Around The Sun - Interludes For The Dead (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Circles Around The Sun
Title: Interludes For The Dead
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Instrumental Rock
Label: © Neal Casal / Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:25:07

Neal Casal Curated Quartet Composed Freewheeling Jams Heard During The Intermissions At The Historic Fare Thee Well Concerts
Those lucky enough to score a "miracle" ticket to the Fare Thee Well concerts this summer were treated to some potent psychedelic jams during the shows' intermissions. The mysterious group behind those freewheeling tunes was Circles Around the Sun, a band convened by guitarist Neal Casal specifically for the project.
The project began when Casal was asked by video director Justin Kreutzmann to compose and record more than five hours of original music to be played along with the visuals Kreutzmann was preparing for the Fare Thee Well intermissions. "The idea was to not only show reverence for the past but to ultimately, move it forward. If there's anything to be learned from the Grateful Dead, it is to dissolve your boundaries, push your limits, and discover your own voice in this world," explains Casal, the lead guitarist and co-lyricist for The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and part-time member of Phil Lesh and Friends.
Casal was joined in the studio by keyboardist Adam MacDougall, a fellow member of Robinson's Brotherhood and Lesh's Friends. The balance of Circles Around The Sun consists of bassist Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks, Jonathan Wilson) and drummer Mark Levy (The Congress). All of the music on INTERLUDES FOR THE DEAD was written collectively - with nothing prepared beforehand or added afterward - and recorded live by engineer J.P. Hesser.
Before attending the first Fare Thee Well concert in Santa Clara, no one in the group knew quite what to expect. "We figured it would be low-volume background music that people would ignore in their eagerness to hear the headliners," Casal recalls. "Fine by us, we were just there to dance and dig the music anyway. It was the surprise of our lives to find out just how wrong we were."
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Charpentier, Poulenc - Messe & Motets - Choir of St John’s College, City of London Sinfonia, George Guest (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier (c. 1645 – 1704), Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Artist: Choir of St John’s College, City of London Sinfonia, George Guest
Title: Charpentier, Poulenc - Messe & Motets
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 59:13
Recorded: St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge; 28 & 29 July 1988

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, one of the greatest of French baroque composers, has some representation on disc but this CD complements a Mass of his with motets by Poulenc. The truly joyous Midnight Mass for Christmas, in which each movement is based on a traditional French carol or noël, has long been a favourite. Joining the Mass are the appealing, unaccompanied Four Christmas Motets and Four Lenten Motets as well as an independent Salve Regina by Poulenc. Poulenc came to religion late but threw himself whole-heartedly into the writing of choral compositions, and these works reaffirm his high ranking as a choral composer.
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Charles K. L. Davis sings Romantic Arias from Favorite Operas (1958/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Charles K. L. Davis, Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York, Wilfred Pelletier
Title: Charles K. L. Davis sings Romantic Arias from Favorite Operas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Everest Records | Countdown Media GmbH
Release Date: 1958/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:15
Recorded: October 1958 in New York

The stirring young voice of Charles K. L. Davis brings you in this album a number of the world’s favorite arias, his voice ranging from lines of lyric beauty to passages of dramatic power. The melodic splendor of Puccini, the vigor and brilliance of Verdi, the exquisite expressiveness of Mozart – all are here, along with others – demonstrating many styles, moods, and feelings. This versatile tenor was winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air in 1958, the award being presented to him by Rudolph Bing, Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Opera Company. Honoluluborn and widely traveled, Davis has sung in concert, opera, television, and other media. He was awarded a scholarship at the Music Academy of the West at Santa Barbara, and continued his vocal studies in New York at the Juilliard School. Currently he is concertizing with the Bel Canto Trio for Columbia Artists Management. He records exclusively for EVEREST (Belock Recording Company).
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.9 - Carl Schuricht, Wiener Philharmoniker (1962/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Carl Schuricht, Wiener Philharmoniker
Title: Bruckner - Symphony No.9 In D Minor
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1962/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 56:22
Recorded: 1962

With immaculate sound quality and sonics, renowned conductor Carl Schuricht leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra through Bruckner’s historic Ninth Symphony. Commanding with gentle assurance and unparalleled artistry, Schuricht delivers an intense reading overflowing with vitality. The orchestra’s performance is powerful and detailed.
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Benjamin Britten - String Quartets Nos 1, 2 & 3 - Takacs Quartet (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Artist: Takács Quartet
Title: Britten - String Quartets Nos 1, 2 & 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 75 minutes 53 seconds
Recorded: February 2013, Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom

‘Arguably the greatest string quartet before the public today’ (The Sunday Times), the Takács Quartet have recorded much of the great Classical and Romantic quartet repertoire during their fruitful career. Now they turn to three masterpieces of the twentieth century.
The three quartets span the composer’s life, the first written in America and the second written at the height of Britten’s fame after the premiere of Peter Grimes. It was written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death—a composer who was a lifetime inspiration to Britten—and the last movement is cast in the form of a huge Chacony. The third Quartet was written at the end of Britten’s life and refers specifically to his last opera, Death in Venice. Peter Pears described this haunting work as being ‘of a profound beauty more touching than anything else, radiant, wise, new, mysterious—overwhelming’.
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Brahms, Bartok - Violin Concertos - Janine Jansen, Antonio Pappano (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Artist: Janine Jansen, Antonio Pappano
Title: Brahms, Bartók - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 59:09
Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, 26 August 2014 (Bartók); Santa Cecilia Hall, Rome, 21, 23 & 24 February 2015 (Brahms; live recording)

With this release, acclaimed violinist Janine Jansen becomes the first major artist to couple these two landmark concertos by Brahms and Bartók on the same album. As Jansen says, to her "they seem a natural pairing." Her visionary and profound interpretations of Brahms’s monumental Violin Concerto and Bartók’s youthful Violin Concerto No. 1 express the magical blend of lyrical beauty and symphonic power of these works, captured in vibrant high-definition sound. Jansen recorded the Brahms live with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia over three concerts in February 2015; the Bartók with the London Symphony Orchestra, both conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.
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Johannes Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem - Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (2007/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem Op.45
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd.
Release Date: 2008/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:07:06
Recorded: 26–29.X.2006, Philharmonie, Berlin

The German Requiem is Brahms’ largest single composition and a pivotal work in his own creative life. It bears little relation to the Messa da Requiem of Catholic liturgy. Less a requiem for the dead, it is more an act of consolation for the bereaved. Brahms told Karl Reinthaler, the choirmaster (and trained theologian) who helped prepare the work’s premiere in Bremen in 1868: ‘I could easily dispense with the word “German” and replace it with “Human”.’ Like Heinrich Schütz in his 1636 burial mass, Musikalische Exequien, Brahms sets German- language texts drawn from the Bible. Many are familiar from Protestant funeral rites used in Germany and elsewhere; the emphasis, however, is very much Brahms’s own.
Some of the music used in the German Requiem can be traced back to 1854, when Brahms launched an ambitious plan to write a four- movement symphony in D minor. This eventually became his First Piano Concerto, though he also set aside certain material, including a slow Scherzo in the form of a sarabande. The basis of the second-movement funeral march in the German Requiem (‘For all flesh is as grass’), the sarabande was first used in 1858 in Brahms’s seven-movement, seven-minute Begräbnisgesang (‘Burial Song’), a graveside anthem of rare concentration and intensity scored for mixed chorus and wind band. Schumann’s death, and the grief of his widow, may have been the inspiration behind the piece.
The achievement of the German Requiem, its musical and dramatic reach, helped point the way forward to Brahms’s most cherished goal: the fashioning of a long-awaited first symphony. He nonetheless continued to write sacred music until the end of his life. Indeed, the late flowering of the ancient German Protestant Motet might be regarded as one of his most singular achievements.
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Johannes Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1961/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Title: Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1961/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:08:54
Recorded: 1961, Kingsway Hall, London

Otto Klemperer was one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century and built a renowned reputation for his monumental performances. Leading the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Klemperer delivers one of the greatest recordings of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. At the height of their powers, the ensemble was able to combine the rugged spirituality and lyrical aspects of this score. Soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were in peak form adding stunning solo contributions. This audiophile download is essential for any music lover’s collection.
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Brad Mehldau - 10 Years Solo Live (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Brad Mehldau
Title: 10 Years Solo Live
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Piano jazz
Label: © Nonesuch Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 04:42:25
Recorded: 2004-2014, Various Location

Nonesuch Records releases Brad Mehldau's 10 Years Solo Live box set. The set is culled from 19 live recordings made over a decade of the pianist's European solo concerts and is divided into four thematic subsets of four sides each: Dark/Light, The Concert, Intermezzo/Rückblick, and E Minor/E Major.
As Mehldau explains in his liner note for the album, "Although it totals around 300 minutes, the order of songs is not arbitrary, and I have tried to tell a story from beginning to end in the way I've sequenced it." He continues, "There is a theme and character given to each four-side set."
Of the Dark/Light theme, he says, "In concerts, I find that I contrast dark and light emotional energies and highlight the way they depend on each other." Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace for 25 years, with his trio, with other collaborators, and as a solo pianist, building a large and loyal audience.
"It is actually strange, this whole business of performance. It is a direct, intense kind of empathy with a group of total strangers that lasts around 90 minutes. And then, it's over, and everyone goes home. I go back to a hotel room and go to bed," the pianist says in his 10 Years Solo Live note. "Something happened, but what was most vital about it can't really be put in words. It is sweet, kind of bittersweet. In any case, it is not enough to say that the different audiences were important for the creation of this music. They were absolutely necessary; they were pivotal. Without those audiences, this music would not exist in the way it does."
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Bob Dylan - The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: Bootleg Series Volume 12 (2015) (Deluxe Edition) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: Bootleg Series Volume 12
Genre: Folk, Rock
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 07:08:24
Recorded: January 13, 1965 – February 16, 1966

The sessions that changed the world - The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (Deluxe) collects outakes, rehearsals and alternate versions of songs that would later be heard on Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. 3 albums that would go on to change the face of rock and roll forever. The Bootleg Series combs the Dylan vaults for unreleased and live recordings, and this may be the very best yet showing Dylan at his "electric" period.
Importantly, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (Deluxe) provides a rare exploration into Dylan's creative process in the studio, allowing fans to experience another side of Bob Dylan through the evolution of his songs and recordings from this truly groundbreaking period.
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (Deluxe) brings together for the first time many of the most sought-after recordings of the entire Dylan canon. Here, across 6 CDs, are previously unheard Dylan songs, studio outtakes, rehearsal tracks, alternate working versions of familiar hits--including the complete "Like A Rolling Stone" session--and more.
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