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Son Volt - Trace (1995/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Son Volt
Title: Trace
Genre: Rock, Country Rock, Alternative Rock, Americana, Roots Rock
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1995/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 2:18:30
Recorded: November–December 1994 at Salmagundi, Northfield, MN

Trace is the first album by Son Volt, released in 1995. The band was formed the previous year by Jay Farrar after the breakup of the influential alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. The album reached #166 on the Billboard 200 album chart and received extremely favorable reviews. According to Allmusic, "Throughout Son Volt's debut, Trace, the group reworks classic honky tonk and rock & roll, adding a desperate, determined edge to their performances. Even when they rock out, there is a palpable sense of melancholy to Farrar's voice, which lends a poignancy to the music." The album was in the top 10 of Rolling Stone's 1995 critics' list.
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Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto & Tapiola - Tossy Spivakovsky, London Symphony Orchestra, Tauno Hannikainen (1959/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: Tossy Spivakovsky, London Symphony Orchestra, Tauno Hannikainen
Title: Sibelius - Violin Concerto & Tapiola
Genre: Classical
Label: © Everest Records | Countdown Media GmbH
Release Date: 1959/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 46:21
Recorded: 1959, London

Of few twentieth century composers can it be said with any degree of certainty, “His music will last.” We are still too close to many of these men to judge objectively the quality of their work. But Jean Sibelius seems to be a creative artist whose compositions will survive. His Violin Concerto is one of the most difficult works of its kind ever written, but, it is also one of the most exciting. Performed here by one of the most exciting violinists of our day, assisted by a Finnish conductor who really knows the music of Sibelius, it has been reproduced with equally exciting fidelity for all to enjoy.
This, Sibelius’ only concerto, was written at Lojo, Finland: in 1903, and completely revised during the summer of 1905. Thus it falls between the composer’s Second and Third Symphonies, during a period when he was becoming increasingly aware of the importance of both form and nature in his music. Since the violin was Sibelius’ own instrument, the concerto was written with a full knowledge and understanding of what the soloist could and could not do. Still, there have been few virtuosi who have been able to do full justice to its technical and interpretive intricacies.
“The form is simple and concise throughout, besides being distinctly original,” writes Cecil Gray in his well-known biography of the composer. “The exposition in the first movement, for example, is tripartite instead of dual as usual, and the cadenza precedes the development section, which is at the same time a recapitulation; the slow second movement consists chiefly in the gradual unfolding, like a flower, of a long, sweet, cantabile melody first presented by the solo instrument and then by the orchestra; and the last movement is almost entirely made up of the alternation of two main themes. This variety, combined with simplicity and concision of formal structure, constitutes one of the chief attractions of the work.”
As in the case of so much of Sibelius’ music, there have been those who would attach some sort of a program to the Violin Concerto, linking it to everything from “cosmopolitan Swedish traditionalism” to an ancient rite of “bardic songs heard against a background of torches or pagan fires in some wild Northern night.” The composer himself gave the work no extra-musical connotations, though he once referred to the last movement as a “Danse Macabre.” It would make a rather strange dance of death, though, for it is in the stately rhythm of a polonaise.
The concerto was first played by the violinist Karl Halir at a concert in the Berlin Singakademie, with Richard Strauss conducting, on October 19, 1905. The score, published that same year, calls for an accompanying orchestra of two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, kettledrums and strings.
Tapiola-Tone Poem, Op.112 :: Tapiola, Sibelius’ last tone poem, was composed in the spring of 1926 at the request of Walter Damrosch, to whom it is dedicated. Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra gave the work its initial performance at Mecca Temple on December 26, 1926. On the same program was another Damrosch-inspired composition - Gershwin’s Concerto in F - with the composer as piano soloist; this popular work had received its premiere just a year earlier.

Tapiola takes its name from Tapio, the forest god of Finnish mythology. Prefacing the score are these lines, written by Sibelius himself:
“Widespread they stand, the Northland’s dusky forests,
Ancient, mysterious, brooding savage dreams,
Within them dwells the forest’s mighty god
And wood sprites in the gloom weave magic secrets,”

In his Sibelius biography, Cecil Gray calls Tapiola “in many respects the culminating point of (Sibelius’) entire creative activity, and a consummate masterpiece which could only be the outcome of a long process of spiritual growth and development. It is music of the most extraordinary simplicity and directness, yet there is not one bar in it, from first to last, that could possibly have been written by any other composer. ...” --Original Liner Notes
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Arnold Schoenberg - Complete Songs, Vol. 2 - Glenn Gould (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Schoenberg, A. - Complete Songs, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1972/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:00
Recorded: 1964-71

Another release in Columbia’s grand and courageous attempt to record the complete works of Schoenberg. This release anticipated the onehundredth birthday celebrations of a composer to whom Gould also devoted a book (Arnold Schoenberg—A Perspective) and a ten-part CBC radio series (Music of Today: Arnold Schoenberg).
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Maurice Ravel - Piano Concertos - Yuja Wang, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Lionel Bringuier (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Artist: Yuja Wang, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Lionel Bringuier
Title: Ravel - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 50:13
Recorded: April 2015, Tonhalle Zürich, Switzerland

Yuja Wang has established herself as an international sensation. She plays with the world’s leading orchestras—including those of New York, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin—regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
On her eagerly expected new orchestral album she wows with two perennial hits: Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major. Both are heavily influenced by jazz, which Ravel had encountered on a concert tour of the United States in 1928. He composed both concertos between 1929 and 1930. The latter was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I.
Yuja, young stellar conductor Lionel Bringuier and celebrated Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich are the perfect match to inflame Ravel’s vibrant sound. The melding of Yuja’s legendary technical skills with her interpretative intelligence transforms this album into a profound musical experience with a haunting and jazzy sound.
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Sergei Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2 & Cello Sonata - Hisako Kawamura, Clemens Hagen, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
Artist: Hisako Kawamura, Clemens Hagen, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek
Title: Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2 & Cello Sonata
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Red Seal / Sony Music Japan International
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:22:20
Recorded: 1-3: 2013年10月9日~11日、チェコ、プラハ、ルドルフィヌム、ドヴォルザーク・ホールにおけるチェコ・フィル定期演奏会でのライヴ・レコーディング 4-9: 2014年5月30日~6月1日、ドイツ、エルマウ、エルマウ城コンサートホールでのライヴ・レコーディング


河村尚子・その10年の歩みが結実した、ラフマニノフ・アルバム
河村尚子のRCA Red Sealからの4枚目の、そして初の大曲コンチェルト録音を含むアニヴァーサリー盤の登場です。2004年11月に小林研一郎指揮東京フィルとの共演で日本デビューして以来、この10年は河村がその音楽を開花させ、育ててきた『最初の10年』でした。その密度の濃い10年の演奏経験の集大成にして、ピアニストとしての最も充実した成果が、この新しいラフマニノフ・アルバムに結実しています。
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Ornette Coleman - Something Else!!!! The Music of Ornette Coleman (1958/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Title: Something Else!!!! The Music of Ornette Coleman
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © Contemporary Records | Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1958/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:28
Recorded: Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles; February 10, 22 and March 24, 1958
24-bit Remastering: Joe Tarantino, Joe Tarantino Mastering, Berkeley, CA


The 1959 debut by alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman revolutionized the jazz world and quickly earned a reputation as one of the most important and controversial recordings of the era. Credited as a crucial work of early "free jazz," the album featured a lineup of then up-and-coming jazz stars: trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Walter Norris, bassist Don Payne, and drummer Billy Higgins.
Coleman would go on to become a titan of 20th Century music--the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Pulitzer Prize for music. Something Else!!! is simply an essential document of the jazz era--some of the most forward-leaning, progressive music ever put to tape.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphonies Nos.40 & 41 - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1963/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Title: Mozart - Symphonies Nos.40 & 41
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1963/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 56:52
Recorded: March 1962 at Kingsway Hall, London


On this masterfully engineered audiophile download, Otto Klemperer, a master of Mozart’s works, leads the Philharmonia Orchestra through engaging interpretations of his most cherished symphonies. Arguably one of the greatest conductors in the world, Klemperer brings excitement and technical control to these familiar compositions. Exuding with brilliance, the performances heard on this album are full and balanced.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphonies Nos.38 & 39 - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1956/62/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Title: Mozart - Symphonies Nos.38 & 39
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1956/62/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 54:23
Recorded: No. 38 - March 1962, No. 39 - July 1956 at Kingsway Hall, London


Otto Klemperer, one of the world’s leading conductors, guides the Philharmonia Orchestra through masterworks by Mozart. These definitive readings are refined and thrilling, an absolute vital addition to any music lover’s collection.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphonies Nos.35 & 36 - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1956/60/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Title: Mozart - Symphonies Nos.35 & 36
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1956/60/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 51:12
Recorded: No.35 - 22-23 October 1960 at Studio 1, Abbey Road, London; No.35 - 19 July 1956 at Kingsway Hall, London; K384 - 29 September 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London


...In his Haffner Symphony (No 35), Mozart deleted two movements of a previously written piece, made further minor emendations and produced this little masterpiece. The opening Allegro points the way to Klemperer's approach to each of the three later works here which is as one would expect - serious, weighty and pointing towards Beethoven. The real skill comes from being weighty without being ponderous or losing the lightness inherent in Mozart. The delightful Andante - yet again one blesses the value of splitting the violins - the Minuet and Trio (wonderful balance), and a marvellously shaded Finale complete the opening symphony.
The Linz Symphony (No 36) was one of Mozart's "written against the clock" pieces -there were so many in his short life - but the listener would never know. A slow introduction prefaces a steadily paced opening Allegro. The gently rocking Adagio that follows shows the quality of the original recording with its clarity in the inner parts. The Minuet and Trio point to rustic revelries rather than an elegant drawing room (lovely playing from the wind section) and in the Finale - played with tremendous dash - the trumpet parts add interesting variety. The exquisitely shaded contrasts between sections yet again show what a superb orchestra the Philharmonia was in its prime... Harry Downey, MusicWeb International
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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 'Italian' / Schumann: Symphony No. 4 - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (1960/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Title: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 'Italian' / Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1960/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 55:44
Recorded: Mendelssohn - January 1960, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London; Schumann - May 1960, Kingsway Hall, London

Renowned conductor Otto Klemperer leads the Philharmonia Orchestra through magnificent readings of works by Mendelssohn and Schumann. The rich orchestration is mind-blowing, producing a quintessential recording for any music lover’s collection. This is the definitive reading of these historic pieces.
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