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Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops - Pops Christmas Party (1959/1994/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Arthur Fiedler, The Boston Pops Orchestra
Title: Pops Christmas Party
Genre: Classical, Orchestral, Easy Listening, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1959/1994/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:40
Recorded: #1,3-6,13,15,19,21 recorded 15 & 16.05.59; #2,7-9,11,12,14,16-18,20 recorded May 25th & 26th 1956; #10 recorded June 9th 1964


This Boston Pops Orchestra holiday compilation, first released in 1959 then reissued in 1994, features some recordings that have become hallmarks of the holiday season, like Leroy Anderson's arrangement of "Sleigh Ride". Arthur Fiedler was the first conductor of Boston Pops and was famous for popularizing orchestral music.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer Of Desafinado, Plays (1963/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Antônio Carlos Jobim
Title: The Composer Of Desafinado, Plays
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Fusion
Label: © Verve Records (V/V6 8547)
Release Date: 1963/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:17
Recorded: A&R Studios, New York, NY, on May 9 and 10, 1963

The Composer of Desafinado, Plays is Antonio Carlos Jobim's debut album originally released in 1963. The Brazilian musician and composer was known as one of the primary influences behind the creation of the bossa nova musical style. The record features all original compositions, including "The Girl from Ipanema" one of the most widely recorded songs of all time.
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Andrea Zani - Divertimenti for Violin & Cello - Lena Neudauer, Martin Rummel (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Andrea Zani (1696-1757)
Artist: Lena Neudauer, Martin Rummel
Title: Zani - Divertimenti for Violin & Cello
Genre: Classical
Label: © Capriccio
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:26:30
Recorded: 9-11 December 2014, 4tune Studio, Vienna, Austria

With great likelihood – at least as far as it can be said almost 300 years later – these twelve duos for violin and cello without accompanying continuo of 1734 are the earliest works with this instrumentation in which the violin and cello parts enjoy equal rights. The fact that Zani is largely forgotten today is probably due to the circumstance that his music has mainly been preserved in handwritten form and has hardly been accessible through recordings. Recently, the cello concertos (Capriccio CD C5145) and a few violin concertos have been re-discovered, but a large number of other treasures are still slumbering in different monastery and palace libraries throughout Europe. In these duos, we can experience the minimal form of chamber music with the maximal entertainment value. Andrea Zani is a composer whose name is worth noting and from whom it is to be hoped that many more treasures can be recovered.
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Johan Joachim Agrell - Orchestral Works - Aapo Hakkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Johan Joachim Agrell (1701-1765)
Artist: Aapo Häkkinen, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Title: Agrell - Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aeolus
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:16:39
Recorded: IX/2008, Sellosali, Espoo


Johan Agrell was in many ways a traveler between the worlds: in Uppsala, the Swede’s great talent was recognized by the Hessian envoy, which resulted in Agrell being summoned to a court near Kassel in Germany. He later went as municipal chapel-master to Nuremberg.
Musically, Agrell was a brilliant Baroque composer in whose works many of the new early Classical trends were anticipated. This CD thus continues the series of AEOLUS releases that feature the orchestral music of this exciting period, a series that has already very successfully presented works by Fasch, Hertel, and Molter.
The Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is a shining star of Finland’s musical life. The young musicians around the harpsichordist Aapo Häkkinen appear year after year throughout Europe. Further releases on AEOLUS are in preparation.
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Ace Frehley  - Ace Frehley (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ace Frehley (Kiss)
Title: Ace Frehley
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:22
Recorded: February–July 1978, Plaza Sound Studios, New York, N.Y., the Mansion, Sharon, Connecticut

Ace Frehley is a 1978 solo album from Ace Frehley, the lead guitarist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.
The album featured Anton Fig on drums. He later performed session work on the Kiss albums Dynasty and Unmasked, and became a member of Ace Frehley's band Frehley's Comet. Fig and Will Lee, who played bass on three of the album's tracks, later gained international prominence as members of the World's Most Dangerous Band and the CBS Orchestra along with Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Show with David Letterman.
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A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas - Stile Antico (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Stile Antico
Title: A Wondrous Mystery: Renaissance Choral Music for Christmas
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:51
Recorded: February, 2015 at All Hallows’ Church, Gospel Oak, London.

With its centuries-old traditions of singing angels, piping shepherds, and the natural necessity for the Christ-child to be sung a lullaby (all, of course, embellishments to the comparatively stark and gritty biblical narratives in which even the angels speak rather than sing!), the celebration of the nativity of Christ has over the centuries come to provide a fertile source of inspiration for composers and musicians. The Christmas music in this present programme is gathered from some of the most highly regarded European composers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, working in both the Roman Catholic and Lutheran church traditions. The latter yielded predominantly German-texted carols, often with a popular flavour and in simpler settings, while the former produced Latin polyphony. Running as a thread through the programme is Clemens’s Christmas mass based on the motet Pastores quidnam vidistis, while Praetorius’s Magnificat draws strongly on both traditions.
Though there are significant gaps in our knowledge about his life, Jacobus Clemens (whose designation ‘non Papa’ seems to have been a joke which stuck rather than a necessary disambiguator) was one of the most prolific composers of the early to mid-16th century, especially considering his comparatively short life. Though we know little about the circumstances surrounding the composition of the mass setting included here, it is without doubt a work of distinction. Clemens’s practice was almost invariably to base his masses on an existing motet or chanson using parody technique; this work is no exception, taking the composer’s own Christmas five-part motet of the same name as its model. In spite of a fair degree of motivic development, there is the sense of a tightly-knit relationship between the mass and its source, strengthened by the distinctive modal writing and the clarity of Clemens’s five-part counterpoint, augmented by one voice only in the Agnus, and decreased to three parts for the Benedictus – both common features of masses from this period. Certain distinctive musical features in the motet receive prominent treatment during the mass – perhaps most notably the descending bass figure towards the end and its accompanying harmonic sequence. This receives particularly striking treatment in the Osanna sections where, presented at double speed in the approach to the final cadence, the effect seems to evoke the sound of pealing bells.
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