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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection' - Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (2010/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd.
Release Date: 2010/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:26:32
Recorded: October 28-30, 2010 at Philharmonie, Berlin

For an unknown composer to write one vast symphony with no immediate prospect of performance might be regarded as a misfortune; to begin a second straight after it, as Oscar Wilde might have said, looks like carelessness. This, however, was precisely what Gustav Mahler did in 1888. He was developing a reputation as a conductor – after studies in Vienna and minor jobs in Prague and Kassel he had landed a plum post at the Leipzig Opera – but as a composer he remained a near-nobody. Ironically, his first composing success was with an opera that was not even his own: a reconstruction of Carl Maria von Weber’s Die drei Pintos premiered in Leipzig in January 1888. Thus emboldened, he embarked on his First Symphony. But he faced the same problem as all Austro-German symphonists of the era: how to cope with the legacy of Beethoven.
The problem was for Mahler even more acute, for he was a devoted Wagnerian to boot with a pilgrimage to Bayreuth already behind him, whose later productions of the music dramas would be hailed for both their spirit of innovation and their fidelity to the text. Wagner had famously declared that Beethoven’s Ninth signified the ‘end’ of the symphony, with music drama the only aesthetically valid genre of the future. As a nod to his friend Franz Liszt, however, Wagner had left open a metaphorical door for the symphonic poem, which is perhaps one of the reasons why this is what Mahler first called his new symphony. Upon its completion, he immediately sketched out a further ‘symphonic poem’, entitled Todtenfeier (‘Funeral rite’), though it was not until 1893 that he returned to it, made it the first movement of a ‘Second Symphony’, and finally called it thus.
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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.1 "Titan" - Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony Orchestra (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Artist: Thierry Fischer, Utah Symphony Orchestra
Title: Mahler: Symphony No.1 "Titan"
Genre: Classical
Label: © Reference Recordings
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:52:55
Recorded Live: September 12 and 13, 2014 at Maurice Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah

Older collectors will remember with affection the cycle of Mahler symphonies recorded by Maurice Abravanel and the Utah Symphony Orchestra that began in the 1960s. Those pioneering recordings (the first complete Mahler cycle to be recorded in the USA) not only introduced Mahler to many listeners but raised the profile of this fine Salt Lake City based orchestra.

Now, from the Reference Recordings Fresh! Label, we have a compelling new account of Mahler's 1st Symphony recorded in state-of-the-art sound from this same orchestra under their current Music Director, the Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer. This was taken from live performances given in the Maurice Abravanel Hall (September 2014)
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Magdalena Kozena - Monteverdi (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643), Marco Uccellini (1603–1680), Tarquinio Merula (1594–1665), Biagio Marini (1594–1663)
Artist: Magdalena Kožená, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Andrea Marcon
Title: Monteverdi
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:17:04
Recorded: Seewen (Switzerland), Kirche St. German von Auxerre, 11/2014

Magdalena Kožená is back with another early music adventure on Archiv Production after her highly acclaimed ‘Vivaldi’ and ‘Lettere Amorose’ albums. In this recording, Kozena explores the early Italian Baroque Music of Claudio Monteverdi. She duets with Anna Prohaska on tracks ‘Pur ti miro’ and ‘Zefiro torna’, plus there are guest performances from David Feldman, Jakob Pilgram, Michael Feyfar and Luca Tittoto. Kozena sings with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel and Andrea Marcon.
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Lord Huron - Strange Trails (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Lord Huron
Title: Strange Trails
Genre: Rok, Folk Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © IAmSound Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:39

On their follow-up, Strange Trails, Lord Huron settle into the Western themes and sense of open prairies that marked the band's debut, Lonesome Dreams. Frontman/songwriter Ben Schneider fully embraces the American West/Troubadour character, illustrated even in song titles like "Dead Man's Hand," "Meet Me in the Woods," and "The Yawning Grave." The album's lyrics tell haunted stories of adventure and survival ("On the night you disappeared/Oh, if I had seen it clear/But a strange light in the sky was shining right into my eyes"), with nature imagery ("In a grave out here where the carrions cry"), and the occasional old-time turn of phrase ("Before I commence my ride/I'm asking Lily to be my bride"). With warm electric guitar sounds, soft and constant reverb, harmonized vocals, and a faint but persistent twang, it's a contemporary, specifically Fleet Foxes-reminiscent, indie folk-influenced rock haunted by allusions to the Old West. Listeners may envision fringe and spurs without any overt country presence (though there's certainly a subtle one) outside of lilting vocals, such as on "Way Out There." The band still focuses more on atmosphere and haunting, harmonic sound and rhythm than on progressions or memorable hooks, but the landscapes that they create are consistent and sound-defining, and there's no shortage of eerie beauty in the melodies. "The Night We Met," in particular, has a lullaby quality to its wistful, singsong melody ("I don't know what I’m supposed to do/Haunted by the ghost of you"). The record takes a few interesting musical routes on its journey: the reverbed rockabilly and surf sounds of "The World Ender," the campfire-gathering feel of "Meet Me in the Woods" with handclaps and female vocal harmonies, and the pulsing, ramblin' road tune "Frozen Pines" all contribute to an impression of timelessness as well as a certain folksiness befitting the album's well-established rural themes. There are no big surprises here; fans of Lonesome Dreams will surely be pleased, and Strange Trails' serene ambience and unconventional narrative may capture the imagination of inclined first-timers. --AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson
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Logan Richardson - Shift (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Logan Richardson
Title: Shift
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Post-Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 59:42
Recorded: December 4 & 5, 2013

Alto sax player, bandleader and composer Logan Richardson recruited the amazing talent of Pat Matheny (guitar), Jason Moran (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass), and Nasheet Waits (drums) for his first album for Blue Note.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Logan Richardson hails from a city with a rich historical lineage of improvised music. By the age of 16 Richardson had begun performing professionally, and at 19 he left for Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, followed by a move to New York City to attend the New School University. In NYC Richardson began performing, recording, and touring internationally with artists including Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Butch Morris, Greg Osby, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran. Richardson has released two prior albums as a leader – 2007’s Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound, New Talent) and 2008’s Ethos (Inner Circle Music) – and was part of NEXT Collective which released the album Cover Art (Concord Jazz) in 2013.
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Kiss - Revenge (1992/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kiss
Title: Revenge
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1992/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:03
Recorded: February 1991-March 1992 at Rumbo Recorders, Track Records, Cornerstone Recorders, Ocean Way Recording, The Enterprise Studios and A&M Studios in CA; and Acme Recording Studios in New York, NY.

Revenge is Kiss' sixteenth studio album and the first record released by the group after the death of drummer Eric Carr. The record was dedicated to the late band member who was replaced by drummer Eric Singer. Revenge is one of their most popular later albums, it peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, 10 in the UK and 5 in Australia. The record produced singles "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II", "Unholy" and "Domino".
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Kazumi Watanabe, Mike Mainieri, Warren Bernhardt - Lotus Night (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe, Mike Mainieri, Warren Bernhardt
Title: Lotus Night
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Fusion, Guitar Jazz, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2011/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:08
Recorded live from Ginza, Tokyo in September 2010

Kazumi Watanabe is the indisputable #1 guitarist in Japan, voted Best Guiatrist in Swing Journal magazine a mere 31 years in a row! Although jazz is his preferred modus operandi Watanabe has also collaborated with Japanese legends like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sadao Watanabe and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, bringing huge success at home and international recognition that led to him playing alongside Steps, the Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorius and Bill Bruford.
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Kazumi Watanabe - Jazz Impression (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe
Title: Jazz Impression
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2009/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:20
Recorded: May 24-31, 2009 at Astro Studio and Sony Music Studios in Tokyo, Japan. DSD recording, mixing and mastering by Koji Suzuki, Sony Music Communications.

Watanabe celebrated his 40th year as a professional musician by recording a straight-ahead jazz album. His trusted trio includes two top jazz musicians -- Yosuke Inoue on bass and Hiroyuki Noritake on drums. The 11 tracks represent Watanabe's eclectic tastes and cover a wide range of the jazz spectrum, from bebop ('Route 65,' 'Four On Six') and standards to funk ('Meteor') to fusion ('El Dorado'). The program even includes a free improvisation with his long-time associate and drummer Hideo Yamaki ('Hot K'). Masahiro Fujioka and Masato Honda guests with their soprano saxophone on a few tunes.
Forty years after his debut, Watanabe shows has truly become one of the top jazz guitarists in the world. This is a wonderful jazz album with a fresh contemporary feel. Highly recommended for fans of jazz guitar!
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Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Joni Mitchell
Title: Ladies Of The Canyon
Genre: Folk, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 44:54
Recorded: 1969 - 1970, A&M Studios, Los Angeles

Ladies Of The Canyon is Joni Mitchell’s 1970 masterpiece. Possessing one of music’s greatest voices, this wonderfully varied work showcases her artistic growth. Her instrumentation flourishes with vibrant arrangements that incorporate piano, strings, electric keyboards and percussions to greater use. The songs here take on many moods, ranging from the easygoing “Morning Morgantown” to the sentimental classic “The Circle Game.” It also features several of Mitchell’s most noted classics including “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock.” One of her finest releases, the album blends folk with elements of pop and jazz.
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John Pizzarelli - Midnight McCartney (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: John Pizzarelli
Title: Midnight McCartney
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © MPL Communications, Inc. & Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:51
Recorded: The Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, Pleasantville, NY
All songs written by Paul McCartney, except #1-3,6,7,10,11 written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney

When Paul McCartney wrote John Pizzarelli a letter suggesting he record an album of the former Beatle’s songs, the jazz guitarist and singer quickly signed on.
"I got an idea got in my head,” McCartney wrote to Pizzarelli in late May 2014. “It might be interesting for you to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others. I realize this may be a little immodest, if not pushy.” “I imagine the songs would include post-Beatles melodies of mine like ‘Love in the Open Air’ (from the soundtrack to 1967 film The Family Way), ‘Junk,’ ‘Warm and Beautiful’ and, possibly, ‘My Valentine.’”
McCartney concluded in his letter, “The attraction for me is lesser-known tunes done in a mellow jazz style and, if it gets some traction, maybe the album could be titled Midnight McCartney. As I said, this may tickle your fancy or you may decide these are the ramblings of a deranged composer with too much time on his hands.”
To say Pizzarelli was tickled is putting it mildly. Pizzarelli, his wife Jessica Molaskey – co-producer of Midnight McCartney - and pianist Larry Goldings immediately went into research mode, digging through McCartney's albums of the last 45-plus years to find songs that could be re-harmonized and adapted for Pizzarelli's trademark style.
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