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Eugene Ysaye - Sonatas for solo violin - Alina Ibragimova (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Artist: Alina Ibragimova
Title: Ysaÿe - Sonatas for solo violin
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 67 minutes 43 seconds
Recorded: May 2014, Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom


Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for solo violin were sketched out in a fevered twenty-four hours during the summer of 1923, a response to the question of why—in over two hundred years—no one had attempted to follow the path forged by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each of these six new Sonatas is dedicated to and customized around the playing style of a contemporary violinist, and as such they present formidable challenges. Russian virtuoso Alina Ibragimova, whose earlier recording of the Bach Sonatas was revelatory, turns out performances fully worthy of this distinguished ancestry.
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Whitney Houston - One Wish: The Holiday Album (2003/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Whitney Houston
Title: One Wish - The Holiday Album
Genre: Pop, R&B, Soul, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © Arista Records
Release Date: 2003/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:22
Recorded: 1996, 2002–2003

One Wish: The Holiday Album is the sixth studio album by American singer Whitney Houston, released in November 2003. The album is a Christmas album, and featured the single "One Wish (for Christmas)", which reached the top twenty on Billboard‍ '​s U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The album spent six weeks on the Billboard 200 and as of January 2013 it had sold over 546,000 copies to date. The album also features a duet with Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina on "The Little Drummer Boy." The album also re-uses "Joy to the World" and "Who Would Imagine a King" from 1996's The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album.
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Weather Report - The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Weather Report
Title: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Crossover Jazz, Electric Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 04:07:08
Recorded: 1978-1981, Festival Hall, Osaka; Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka; Hammersmith Odeon; Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York

Recorded 'completely, totally, unapologetically and insanely live' during Weather Report's mythic concert heydays from 1978-1981, The Legendary Live Tapes showcases the group's classic line-up of Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Peter Erskine (drums) and Robert Thomas, Jr. (Hand Drums) at the peak of their collective powers.
This essential Weather Report collection of previously unreleased performances has been meticulously assembled, curated and produced by Peter Erskine and Tony Zawinul (son of the late Joe Zawinul, Tony is a co-founder of The Weather Report Legacy Project and director of 'THIS IS THIS,' a Weather Report documentary film currently in Production).
Weather Report was originally formed in 1970 by Joe Zawinul (3-time GRAMMY Award winner and whose prior credentials included his profoundly influential musical contributions to the Miles Davis albums In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew) and Wayne Shorter (a 10 time Grammy Award winner who'd served as a primary composer for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and an essential player in Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet). An active ensemble for 16 years (1970-1986), Weather Report moved freely across a variety genres, blending free jazz with tightly structured compositions, introducing elements of rock and funk and electronica into a multicultural world music that defied precedent and categorization. 'We don't fuse nothin',' Zawinul said, 'we just play from the heart.' And yet, Weather Report inspired a revolution in jazz fusion music during the 1970s and 1980s.
When electric bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius joined the Weather Report lineup in 1976, the group's sound evolved into even more adventurous and pioneering directions. The ensemble landed a crossover hit, 'Birdland,' in 1977. Drummer Peter Erskine joined in 1978 with Weather Report expanding into a formidable electric quintet with the addition of percussionist Robert 'Bobby' Thomas, Jr. in 1980.
Performance high-points from these quartet and quintet lineups are chronicled in Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981 and have been sourced from never-before-heard (outside the band) soundboard tapes recorded by Weather Report's longtime mixing engineer Brian Risner, and bootleg recordings from the audience. Rather than attempt to recreate the ebb and flow of a Weather Report set list of the era, The Legendary Live Tapes presents a variety of key individual performances, each of them capturing the unique and dazzling musical directions Weather Report was capable of achieving.
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Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold - Symphonieorchester des bayerischen Rundfunks, Simon Rattle (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Artist: Symphonieorchester des bayerischen Rundfunks, Simon Rattle
Title: Wagner - Das Rheingold, WWV 86A
Genre: Classical
Label: © BRmedia Service GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:22:24
Recorded: München, Herkulessaal, 24.-25.4.2015

The general consensus over the past few years among music critics and the public at large is that everything the conductor Sir Simon Rattle touches 'turns to gold'. Everything with the exception of the music dramas of Richard Wagner, that is! The oft-repeated assertion here is that Rattle and Wagner do not go together, even though no good reasons have been furnished to support this. The third collaboration between Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, together with a team of the very best Wagner singers, now conclusively proves the opposite. This concert performance of 'Das Rheingold', the first opera in Wagner's mighty tetralogy 'The Ring of the Nibelung', was performed live in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz on April 24 and 25, 2015, and has now been brought out by BR KLASSIK on two CDs only a few months after the event.
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Vladimir Horowitz - Return To Chicago (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Vladimir Horowitz
Title: Return To Chicago
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:00:45
Recorded: Chicago, Orchestra Hall, 26 October 1986

On November 13th Deutsche Grammophon will release, for the very first time, a recording that Horowitz made for Chicago radio station WFMT in 1986. Vladimir Horowitz was unquestionably one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He elevated the art of piano playing to new levels as Liszt had done some 100 years before him.
Horowitz was popular in Chicago – between 1928 and 1986 he played there thirty seven times, having to repeat most of his performances in order to reach as many of his admirers as possible. By 1986 he’d come up with perhaps a better plan: a concert that would be broadcast as a gift to the city of Chicago. It was broadcast locally over Chicago’s premiere classical radio station WFMT. It was broadcast only once more and has not been heard since that time, lying all but forgotten in WFMT’s vaults until producer Jon M. Samuels discovered its existence in October 2013.
The recording presents late-period Horowitz, starting with two Scarlatti sonatas before revisiting favourites Mozart and Scriabin. The second half brings new repertoire to the Deutsche Grammophon discography, namely, the Schumann Arabesque in C major, op. 18 and a Chopin Mazurka in C sharp minor, op. 63 no. 3.
Also included are two interviews with Horowitz that were used as intermission features during the broadcast. The first, with host Norman Pellegrini, was recorded the day before the concert. The second, conducted by Thomas Willis (Senior Music Critic of the Chicago Tribune), was recorded on October 30, 1974 on the occasion of Horowitz’s return to Chicago after a six-year absence.
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Antonio Vivaldi - Teatro alla moda - Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Artist: Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer
Title: Vivaldi: Teatro alla moda - Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:52
Recorded: novembre 2014, Rome

1720: in his famous pamphlet Il teatro alla moda, the composer Marcello satirised the excesses of new-fangled Venetian opera. Cadenzas, variations, ‘divismo’, virtuosity, popular dances, assorted sound effects: nearly three centuries later, each of the ‘qualities’ he mocked has provided the inspiration for this new release from Gli Incogniti to the glory of Vivaldi. The Prete Rosso who aroused Marcello’s patrician indignation could not have cared less about such formal taboos! His experiments, his spontaneity, his juxtapositions and contrasts served only one rhetorical cause: the theatrical dimension of his instrumental music. Take your seats!
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Thomas Stronen - Time Is A Blind Guide (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Thomas Strønen
Title: Time Is A Blind Guide
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:50
Recorded: June 2015, Rainbow Studio, Oslo


“Time” is a guiding principle in any drummer’s ensemble, not least when it is subtly subdivided or extended as it is in this debut by Thomas Strønen’s acoustic group. The name derives from a literary source, “Time is a blind guide” being the first sentence in Canadian author Anne Michaels’s 1996 novel Fugitive Pieces.
The band ‘Time Is A Blind Guide’ was formed rather spontaneously, following an invitation from UK broadcaster Fiona Talkington, an early supporter of the Strønen/Iain Ballamy group ‘Food’, who commissioned Thomas to write music for a combination of Norwegian and British musicians for Conexions, a concert series she was curating at Oslo’s Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene. Thomas Strønen: “We were talking about different musicians and she put forward some names – one of them was [pianist] Kit Downes, a very good recommendation – and I put forward some names. Then I wrote music for the ensemble and put the band together for the concert.
It went really well, and I realized right away that we couldn’t stop at this point. We needed to develop the music further, we needed to play more. I’d had no intention of starting a new band – at that point I was playing in loads of different groups – but the musical potential was so evident that we needed to pursue it. So I began to cut back on other activities, making ‘Time Is A Blind Guide’ a priority, so we could get the music really strong and solid.”
The group played concerts over a two year period before going to the studio. The album Time Is A Blind Guide was recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in July 2015, with Strønen and Sun Chung producing. The leader’s vision of a strongly melodic and energetic music underpinned by unorthodox time signatures and fluid rhythms is fully borne out. “I like that feeling of melodies so accessible you can sing them, yet it’s challenging to clap your hands or stamp your feet to the music.
It’s melodic music with a twist.” Thomas Strønen’s wide ranging compositions here include a melancholic drum piece, “Everything Disappears II (Ode to JT)”, the dedication being to John Taylor, with whom Thomas worked in the trio Meadow, with Tore Brunborg. “I could as easily have dedicated everything to John,” Strønen says. “He was such an inspiring and positive musician to be around.”
Time Is A Blind Guide is one of two ECM albums issued this season featuring the music of Thomas Strønen. The other is Food’s This Is Not A Miracle, which is released in November.
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (1971/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin
Title: The Inner Mounting Flame
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1971/2012 (2011 remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:43
Recorded: 1971

This is the album that made John McLaughlin a semi-household name, a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock a year after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew breakthrough. It also inadvertently led to the derogatory connotation of the word fusion, for it paved the way for an army of imitators, many of whose excesses and commercial panderings devalued the entire movement. Though much was made of the influence of jazz-influenced improvisation in the Mahavishnu band, it is the rock element that predominates, stemming directly from the electronic innovations of Jimi Hendrix. The improvisations, particularly McLaughlin's post-Hendrix machine-gun assaults on double-necked electric guitar and Jerry Goodman's flights on electric violin, owe more to the freakouts that had been circulating in progressive rock circles than to jazz, based as they often are on ostinatos on one chord. These still sound genuinely thrilling today on CD, as McLaughlin and Goodman battle Jan Hammer's keyboards, Rick Laird's bass, and especially Billy Cobham's hard-charging drums, whose jazz-trained technique pushed the envelope for all rock drummers. What doesn't date so well are the composed medium- and high-velocity unison passages that are played in such tight lockstep that they can't breathe. There is also time out for quieter, reflective numbers that are drenched in studied spirituality ("A Lotus on Irish Streams") or irony ("You Know You Know"); McLaughlin was to do better in that department with less-driven colleagues elsewhere in his career. Aimed with absolute precision at young rock fans, this record was wildly popular in its day, and it may have been the cause of more blown-out home amplifiers than any other record this side of Deep Purple. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine - Remembrance (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine
Title: Remembrance
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 44:35
Recorded: February 3, 4 & 5, 1978 at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart


Elvin Jones is one of a handful of drummers whose innovations have changed the way the instrument is played. His work with the legendary John Coltrane Quartet has earned him a place in the pantheon of jazz greats. In the years proceeding his work with Trane, he established a series of exciting groups under his own name. This 1978 addition features American saxophonist Pat LaBarbera and Jamaican saxophonist Michael Stuart. Noted for his work with Buddy Rich from 1967 to ’73, LaBarbera started working with Jones in 1975 and would be with him for the next decade. Giraffe is a med. swing piece with solos first by Pat, then guitarist Roland Prince, with Stuart having the last say. Elvin takes a back seat, keeping the feeling low key. Section 8 is an up-tempo piece with solos by Pat on Soprano, then Prince, then Stuart on Tenor. Elvin doesn’t solo – he doesn’t need to as he dominates the proceedings. Little Lady has Pat on soprano and Michael on tenor. It has a med. slow ¾ Afro feel – perfect for Jones and co. Familiar Ground features LaBarbera on tenor with flashy 8 bar exchanges between Elvin and the three front men. Kalima has a majestic modal melody in a pulsating ¾, and intense solos by Stuart on soprano and Pat on tenor. Elvin propels the group with shades of Trane. Beatrice is a beautiful ballad featuring Stuart on tenor. Remembrance is Pat’s homage to Coltrane, the melody played with psalm-like elegance. Appropriately, it sets the stage for a quintessential solo by Elvin. A former band member stated “The simple key to how to play good music is that melody and rhythm are the same thing…I learned that from Elvin.”
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The Corrs - White Light (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: The Corrs
Title: White Light
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Folk
Label: © East West Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:54
Recorded: May - October 2015 at Metropolis Studios, Chestnut Studios

Nothing hastens a once-successful band reunion quite like the public’s refusal to support their solo careers.
So after nine years of mostly fruitless individual toil and Jim Corr’s keenness to share his hugely entertaining conspiracy theories, The Corrs are back.
Although they flirt tentatively with a dance beat on I Do What I Like, reassuringly, almost nothing has changed: fairly catchy songs, divine harmonies, a Celtic undertow and an almost pathological rejection of any kind of edge.
They’re at their best on the gentle but perceptive Ellis Island; the percussive Harmony and Gerry’s Reel, a thumping instrumental dedicated to their recently deceased father.
They remain all soft underbelly but their sheer pleasantness and Andrea Corr’s serene vocals make them as impossible to dislike as they are to love.
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