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Schumann & Mendelssohn - Piano Concertos - Ingrid Fliter, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antonio Mendez (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Ingrid Fliter, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Antonio Méndez
Title: Schumann & Mendelssohn - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 60 minutes 55 seconds
Recorded: December 2015, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland


Ingrid performs repertoire that is very close to her heart: concertos by two nineteenth century heavyweights, Schumann and Mendelssohn.
Ingrid brings the lyrical romanticism of Schumann's iconic Piano Concerto to life whilst perfectly navigating the shifting colours and technical demands of this brilliant showpiece. The sparkling passagework and charming melodies which characterise Mendelssohn's innovative G minor concerto demonstrate Ingrid's innate skill and pianistic instinct. Following Ingrid's live performance of the Mendelssohn concerto one critic wrote: ‘In the beautiful second movement, time stood still.'
With both composers giving equal focus to soloist and orchestra, the musicality of the SCO's award-winning musicians shines through as they partner Fliter perfectly. This also marks the recording debut of Antonio Méndez, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation following engagements with a host of international orchestras.
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Robert Schumann - Das Paradies und die Peri - London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri (Paradise and the Peri), Op 50 (1843)
Genre: Classical, Oratorio
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 87 minutes 50 seconds
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 11 January 2015 at the Barbican, London


In his debut recording on LSO Live, Sir Simon Rattle conducts a stunning performance of Schumann’s rarely recorded Das Paradies und die Peri featuring a superb line-up of soloists. Rattle is well-known for being a champion of this rarely-heard work, and yet this is the first audio recording he has made of it. Here it is brought to life by the LSO under his baton, and the starry line-up makes the best possible case for Schumann's great oratorio. Sir Simon says of the piece, 'It's the great masterpiece you've never heard, and there aren't many of those now.... This is just something else, a complete anomaly if you think about it. In Schumann's life it was the most popular piece he ever wrote, it was performed endlessly. Every composer loved it. Wagner wrote how jealous he was that Schumann had done it and he'd stolen this subject that he wanted to do and how extraordinary it was... It was a playground for composers and the piece was extraordinary.'
Based on an episode from Thomas Moore's epic poem Lalla Rookh, itself inspired by exotic, colourful tales taken from Persian mythology, Das Paradies und die Peri reflects the 19th-century craze for all thing Oriental. Completed in 1843, Schumann's 'secular oratorio' tells how the Peri, a legendary creature, was expelled from paradise and follows her quest to redeem herself by giving the gift that is most dear to heaven. Writing about the work in a letter to a friend, Schumann said, 'at the moment I'm involved in a large project, the largest I've yet undertaken - it's not an opera - I believe it's well-nigh a new genre for the concert hall.' Conceived in three beautifully sequenced parts, it is unlike any oratorio of Schumann's day. Sustained melodic invention is clear throughout, with Peri's high C in the final forming a deftly timed climax. Soprano Sally Matthews gives a soaring performance as the Peri, showcasing Schumann's imaginative and emotive vocal writing, while there are also superb supporting performances from Mark Padmore, Kate Royal, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch.
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Robert Schumann - Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No.1 - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester
Title: Schumann - Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No.1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 54:50
Recorded: mai, août, septembre 2014, Teldex Studio, Berlin

This final instalment in our trilogy devoted to the complete concertos and trios of Schumann spotlights the cello of Jean-Guihen Queyras. The Cello Concerto, though energetically championed by Clara Schumann, suffered from delays in publication and was not premiered until after the composer’s death. Interpreted in the same poetic spirit as its two predecessors, this third volume concludes an adventure that has changed for ever the way we listen to Schumann.
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Franz Schubert - Impromptus, Piano pieces & Variations - Steven Osborne (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Steven Osborne
Title: Schubert - Impromptus, Piano pieces & Variations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 75 minutes 56 seconds
Recorded: December 2014, Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom

Steven Osborne shines in lyrical new performances of seven of Schubert’s greatest late works for piano, plus the extended Hüttenbrenner Variations of 1817.
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Sarah Vaughan - Live At Rosy's (1978/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sarah Vaughan
Title: Live At Rosy's
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:27:05
Recorded: Rosy's Jazz Club, New Orleans on May 31, 1978

"This recording celebrates the genius that was Sarah Vaughan. Recorded live in concert in May 31, 1978 at the celebrated New Orleans jazz club Rosy’s, it represents two sets containing 87 minutes of music, that were never before released. The rhythm section (or as Sassy put it ‘my trio’) was extremely tight, made up of pianist and arranger Carl Schroeder, bassist Walter Booker and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis Kind of Blue). This band played hundreds of performances around the globe with Sarah Vaughan and in the recordings, in this set; these three masters’ empathy with one another and their consummate cohesiveness as a unit are undeniable.
This is truly a rare collector’s recording."
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Santana - Santana IV (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Santana
Title: Santana IV
Genre: Rock, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Guitar Virtuoso, Latin Rock
Label: © Santana IV Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:15:25
Recorded: 2014–2015, Audio Mix House, Las Vegas, NV; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA, The Bubble Studio, Austin, TX; Notify Studios, St. Louis, MI


Two years in the making, Santana IV marks the reunion of nearly all members of the 1971-1972 band, arguably its greatest lineup. Carlos Santana, conguero Michael Carabello, organist/lead vocalist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve, and guitarist Neal Schon cut the landmark Santana III in 1971. It was a short-lived group as Schon and Rolie would depart in early 1973 to form Journey. Filling out the lineup are Carlos' longtime bassist Benny Rietveld and second percussionist Karl Perazza. Unlike the reunions of most classic rockers, this one proves its musical mettle, even when the album gives in to excess. The interplay between the guitarists is fiery, while Rolie and Shrieve have never been less than inspiring. The former is a far better (more expressive) vocalist than he was in his youth.
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Sam Rivers - Contrasts (1980/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sam Rivers
Title: Contrasts
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 1980/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:35
Recorded: December 1979 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg

Dave Holland always described Sam Rivers’ groups as his finishing school. It was Sam who instructed him to play “all the music” – inside, outside, atonal, swing, blues, and all the hues of the jazz and chamber music traditions. By the time of Contrasts, Rivers and Holland had been working together consistently for seven years (with Dave’s Conference of the Birds at the start of the story), a powerhouse combination of multi-reeds and double bass. Of the drummers who passed through the line-up, Thurman Barker was one of the most creative, rippling across drum kit and marimba. Young trombone innovator George Lewis had already worked with Holland and Barker in Anthony Braxton groups. For Contrasts everyone was fired up and ready to play.
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Itzhak Perlman plays Saint-Saens, Chausson & Ravel - Orchestre de Paris, Jean Martinon (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), Ernest Chausson (1855–1899), Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Orchestre de Paris, Jean Martinon
Title: Perlman plays Saint-Saëns, Chausson & Ravel
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:08
Recorded: Salle Wagram, Paris, 4 & 5 July 1974

Over the years, Itzhak Perlman has regularly enriched his recorded catalogue with works by French composers. As early as 1968, he set down his first versions of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Ravel’s Tzigane (for RCA), as well as of Franck’s Sonata (for Decca). He later revisited the Symphonie espagnole, this time coupling it with Berlioz’s Rêverie et Caprice (DG, 1980). Next came Chausson’s Concert (1982, CBS), Saint-Saëns’s Third Concerto (DG, 1983) and, a few years later, Debussy’s Sonata and Ravel’s Trio (1994, Decca). In 1974, under the baton of Jean Martinon, he recorded four concertante works inspired by “exotic” music, but reclothed in westernised garb. Combining the concertante genre with the theme of foreign travel became very fashionable in France back in 1834, the year in which Berlioz’s Harold en Italie received its premiere. It appeared to be a recipe for success and other composers, such as Lalo, D’Indy, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel were to try their hand at it. Certain (non-French) musicologists have noted, slightly tongue-incheek, that French composers showed a particular talent for conjuring the musical atmosphere of places they had never actually visited… The works on this album would appear to back up that claim.
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