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Debussy, Elgar, Respighi, Sibelius - Violin Sonatas - James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong
Title: Debussy, Elgar, Respighi, Sibelius - Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Onyx Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:08:54
Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK, 2–4 June 2015, 5 December 2015 (#10)


After a rapturous critical reception for their Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, [see below] James and Andrew turn their attention to three violin sonatas all composed around the years of World War I. The Sibelius 'Berceuse' also dates from the war years when Finland was isolated from the rest of Europe. Sibelius was short of money and busy writing the 6th and 7th symphonies, and planning his 8th: the six short pieces of Op. 79 were attractive to publishers who were wary of large scale works with little chance of commercial return during the hostilities. Debussy would die in 1918 and had, like Elgar, composed very little during the conflict. 'I want to work,' he wrote to his publisher Durand, 'not so much for myself, as to provide a proof, however small, that thirty million Boches can t destroy French thought'. Elgar told a friend 'I cannot do any real work with the awful shadow hanging over us' he said. Suffering from ill health, Elgar wrote the sonata in Sussex where a copse of gnarled lightning-ravaged trees, near his house on the South Downs, inspired him to embark on three late great chamber works. Respighi s sonata inhabits a heroic late romantic almost Brahmsian world, seemingly unscathed by the devastation of the War to end all wars .
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Debussy, Britten, Garrop, Golijov - Illuminations - Avalon String Quartet (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Stacy Garrop (b. 1969), Osvaldo Golijov (b.1960)
Artist: Avalon String Quartet
Title: Debussy, Britten, Garrop, Golijov - Illuminations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Cedille Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:20
Recorded: December 15–18, 2014, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago


The Avalon String Quartet, “a remarkably fine ensemble” (The Strad), makes its Cedille Records debut with an irresistible and richly varied program of captivating works by Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten, Osvaldo Golijov, and rising American composer Stacy Garrop.
The ensemble presents the world-premiere recording of Garrop’s String Quartet No. 4, Illuminations, a tantalizing, Pictures at an Exhibition-style tour of spectacular illustrations from an ornate medieval manuscript. Garrop’s music has been performed by superstar choir Chanticleer; the Detroit Symphony, Grant Park, and Minnesota Orchestras; and the Biava Quartet, Lincoln Trio, and International Contemporary Ensemble, among other notable groups. Debussy’s lush, exotic String Quartet in G minor unfolds through iridescent quasi-orchestral textures. Golijov’s lyrical, deeply moving Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”), written for the Kronos Quartet, pays tender tribute to the earth, depicted in its remote celestial beauty, haunted by undertones of human discord. Britten’s youthful, energetic Three Divertimenti and Alla Marcia are alluring, rarely recorded studies in inventiveness and perpetual motion.
The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, a position formerly held by the distinguished Vermeer Quartet. The Chicago Tribune calls the Avalon “an ensemble that invites you — ears, mind, and spirit — into its music.” The award-winning quartet captured top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich (2000) as well as first prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York (1999).
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Dean Martin - Welcome to My World (1967/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dean Martin
Title: Welcome to My World
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Country, Vocal Pop
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1967/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 26:46
Recorded: December 22, 1964, December 11, 1966, June 23, 1967

Dean Martin's 16th and 17th Reprise albums, both released originally in 1967 and out of print for decades, make up the contents of this CD reissue. Martin, his producer Jimmy Bowen, and his arranger Ernie Freeman were still working out variants on the country-pop, soft rock arrangements that had given him a series of hits since 1964, and they had several modest successes from these selections, including "Nobody's Baby Again," "(Open Up the Door) Let the Good Times In," "Lay Some Happiness on Me," "In the Chapel in the Moonlight" (actually recorded a couple of years earlier), and "Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me." In addition, Bowen combed the country charts for suitable covers such as "He's Got You" (a recasting of Patsy Cline's "She's Got You") and Jim Reeves' "Welcome to My World" (another track recycled from an earlier Martin LP). Meanwhile, Engelbert Humperdinck ("Release Me") and Tom Jones ("The Green, Green Grass of Home") had found success by borrowing the Martin formula of making pop versions of country hits, and Bowen just snatched those songs back for him. The result, at least on this two-fer, is a good collection of country-pop. The two LPs individually were a bit skimpy; even together, they only run a little over 56 minutes. But they work together well, making one good CD of easygoing Dean Martin country-pop. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Dean Martin - The Dean Martin TV Show (1966/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dean Martin
Title: The Dean Martin TV Show
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Vocal jazz, Swing
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1966/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 24:10
Recorded: 1966

For two and a half years following the spring 1964 release of "Everybody Loves Somebody," Dean Martin cloned numerous successors to his comeback hit, all of them employing the prominent backbeat and vocal chorus, the triplets driving the rhythm, as well as a lengthy series of country-pop efforts that borrowed from the Nashville sound for a kind of Hollywood sound that might have made the country charts if the singer had not been the pride of Steubenville, OH, by way of Beverly Hills. Gold records rained down on Martin's head during this period, but he largely ignored his core constituency, the adult pop audience that expected him to wear a tuxedo and sing staples of the Great American Songbook over a wash of strings as he had on his Capitol recordings of the 1950s. Using as an excuse a tie-in with his successful television series (although this is not a soundtrack album), Martin finally prepared just such a set of recordings on the LP called The Dean Martin TV Show. For the first time since 1964's Dream With Dean, he applied himself to traditional pop standards as the drumkit remained discreetly in a timekeeping mode in the back. The result may not have been his best such LP (especially because, boasting only ten tracks, it was so short), but for his most faithful fans, it must have come as a considerable relief. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Dean Martin - The Door Is Still Open to My Heart (1964/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dean Martin
Title: The Door Is Still Open to My Heart
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1964/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:43
Recorded: 1964

The chart-topping success of Dean Martin's spring 1964 single "Everybody Loves Somebody" rejuvenated his recording career, and it created considerable demand for his records where there hadn't been much before. As a result, Reprise Records had to scramble, quickly issuing an Everybody Loves Somebody LP that consisted of the hit and tracks borrowed from other albums and singles. Martin then followed with a Top Ten hit, "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart," in the same watered-down rock & roll style, and Reprise had the happy dilemma of having to put together another tie-in album only two months later. This time, the label had a handful of newly recorded tracks to use, but the album still had to be padded with three selections that had appeared previously on the 1963 album Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again ("I'm Gonna Change Everything," "The Middle of the Night Is My Cryin' Time," and "My Sugar's Gone"), along with both sides of the single. Since the new songs were minor efforts, the resulting lineup fit for the most part into the "hit plus filler" formula of albums assembled mainly for people who didn't like to buy 45s. The exception was a revival of the 1946 Russ Morgan song "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," again done with those piano triplets that had been employed on "Everybody Loves Somebody" and "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart." Released as a single from the album, it became a Top 40 pop hit and Martin's third consecutive easy listening chart-topper. That was enough to earn the album an average ranking among Martin's long-players. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu (1970) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Title: Déjà Vu
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock, Blues Rock, Soft Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1970
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: ponomusic.com
Duration: 36:20
Recorded: July - December, 1969 at Wally Heider's Studio C, San Francisco and Wally Heider's Studio III, Los Angeles

Déjà Vu is the second album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their first in the quartet configuration of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It was released in March of 1970 by Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-7200. It topped the pop album chart for one week and generated three Top 40 singles: "Woodstock", "Teach Your Children", and "Our House". It was rereleased in 1977 as SD-19188 and the cover was changed from black to brown. In 2003, the album was ranked #147 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Certified 7x platinum by the RIAA, the album's sales currently sit at over 8 million copies. It remains the highest selling album of each member's career to date.
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Frederic Chopin - Nocturnes & Impromptus - Angela Hewitt (2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Angela Hewitt
Title: Chopin - Nocturnes & Impromptus
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2004
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 132 minutes 43 seconds
Recorded: November 2003, Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany

Angela Hewitt takes a well-deserved break from her mammoth Bach and Couperin surveys to present us with this enthralling set of Chopin’s most distinguished piano pieces—the complete Nocturnes and Impromptus.
Between 1830 and 1846 Chopin wrote eighteen Nocturnes that were published more or less in the order in which they were written. By spanning almost his entire creative life, they give us a marvellous opportunity to see not only how his early works were already totally inspired and original, but also how his style and emotional maturity developed through the years.
The four Impromptus date from 1835 to 1842. The title suggests improvisation; they might very well have been conceived as such initially, but we know that Chopin went through agonies when it came to writing a musical idea down. He would often spend six weeks on a page, only to return to what he had written in the first place. You wouldn’t know it listening to these pieces. They are full of vitality and freshness, and carry us along with great fluidity.
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Ches Smith, Craig Taborn, Mat Maneri - The Bell (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ches Smith, Craig Taborn, Mat Maneri
Title: The Bell
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Structured Improvisation
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source:Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:07
Recorded: June 2015, Avatar Studios, New York


The Bell features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers. “The best thing I caught all weekend,” said critic Peter Margasak of the 2014 New York Winter Jazzfest, “was a superb trio led by drummer Ches Smith with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, which expertly infused seductively narcotic writing with a mixture of brooding melody and rich texture.” Since that NY debut, the trio has become a priority project for all participants and in June 2015 Smith, Taborn and Maneri recorded The Bell at Avatar Studios with Manfred Eicher as producer. Ches Smith’s first album as a leader for ECM follows appearances for the label with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and with Robin Williamson. Ches has worked a very wide range of music in the course of his career, playing with musicians from Terry Riley to Wadada Leo Smith to Marc Ribot and his own groups have been informed by his far-reaching experience. His early biography included studies in composition with Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran and his taut writing for the trio on The Bell triggers inspired contributions from Taborn and Maneri, in an album which gradually builds in intensity. “The Bell” is issued on the eve of a major tour with concerts in the US, Canada, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway through January and February. In March the trio heads to South America.
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Charles Lloyd Quartet - Rabo de Nube (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Charles Lloyd Quartet
Title: Rabo de Nube
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:15:04
Recorded live April 24, 2007 at Theater Basel

In time for the great saxophonist’s 70th birthday on March 15, a rousing set from a revamped Lloyd Quartet, recorded live in Basel in 2007. New to the party, and in an ECM debut, is pianist Jason Moran, whose percussive attack, with its echoes of Monk and Bud Powell, lights fires. Moran already has a history with drummer Eric Harland, intensifying the rhythmic interaction that lifts Lloyd skyward on uptempo workouts including a blistering account of old favourite “Sweet Georgia Bright”. There are also tender ballads, including the title track, Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodríguez’s “Rabo de Nube” (“tail of a cloud”), a mountaintop meditation with the tarogato (“Ramanujan”), a tribute to Booker Little, and more. CD booklet includes concert photography as well as verse by prizewinning poet Charles Simic which nicely characterizes both the “rural” and “city” aspects of Charles’s sound.
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Carol Sudhalter - Shades Of Carol (2005/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Carol Sudhalter
Title: Shades Of Carol
Genre: Jazz, Straight-Ahead, Mainstream Jazz, Big Band
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2005/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 01:03:13
Recorded: Guardia at Alfamusic Studio; Bips Studio, Milano; Jazzand Recording, US

This beautifully orchestrated set showcases Carol Sudhalter, who plays saxophones and flute, in a compilation of four sessions with different musical groupings. It gets off to a jumping, upbeat start with Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots, immediately showing off her roots firmly in happy, mainstream swing, Andrea Torozzi's piano providing exhilarating company for the warm tenor sax.
What follows is a rarely heard beauty, Victor Young's "A Weaver of Dreams, on which Vittorio Sicbaldi's drums provide just the right amount of light seasoning, accentuating Sudhalter's own very appealing flight of fancy. On her own "Dry, Sudhalter plays a gentle, samba-like melody on flute which wafts as lightly as an ocean breeze on a warm summer day.
Of a pair of vocals with Martha J, the too-rarely-heard "Lotus Blossom (Strayhorn/Schore), a fine late-night lament, is especially welcome. Three tunes are performed by the Astoria Big Band, which Sudhalter founded in 1986. For this listener they're the highlight of the collection. This trifecta is made up of the old perennial "Lullaby of the Leaves, Monk's "In Walked Bud, and Frank Loesser's "On A Slow Boat to China. Sudhalter's flute is especially expressive on the Monk tune, while the orchestra and the fullbodied warmth of her baritone sax lends a depth to Loesser's pop tune, which is nothing less than transformational.
There's a spirited energy in the work here, which audiences have long enjoyed in this adopted New Yorker's performances. The tones and colors on Shades of Carol prove to be varied and inviting. --Andrew Velez, All About Jazz
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