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Hiromi - Spark (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Hiromi (Hiromi Uehara, 上原ひろみ )
Title: Spark
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative, Piano Jazz
Label: © Telarc Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:18
Recorded: October 9-12, 2015

Japanese pianist and composer Hiromi is one of the more unpredictable, captivating talents in modern jazz. Her Trio Project with drummer Simon Phillips and contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson, now into its sixth year, has matured into one of the most fluidly inventive on the scene. Spark, recorded over four days in October of 2015, is the group's fourth offering. Like its predecessors, it has a loosely connected thematic scheme. In this case, it's the spark of inspiration that leads to creation, risk-taking, spiritual connection, and development via an album-length dream sequence. The established hallmarks of the trio are abundant -- tight, twisting, turning, sometimes incendiary dialogue in constantly evolving themes and motifs that embrace everything from post-bop to proggy rockisms to funky soul-jazz. The title track is introduced by an inquisitive, nocturnal piano figure before a wash of electric keyboards enters underneath, and the band is off, playing one theme after another in widening circles. Hiromi's invention in the lower and middle registers resonates with Jackson's roiling bass patterns, Phillips' syncopated breaks, and insistent fills that never lose the pocket. "Take Me Away" has a trance-like repetition in its intro. It expands its textural foundation with Jackson playing guitar-esque fills and Phillips riding the snare and cymbal as agents of hypnosis. A sweeping refrain, followed by a knotty bridge that leads to a crescendo, introduces a souled-out groove that recalls Ahmad Jamal. The trio swings on a vamp played by Jackson. The percussive pulse of "Wonderland" gives way to something approaching a classical fugue before opening wide into expansive post-bop then folds back again before Hiromi takes her solo. It's rife with emotive arpeggios and fluid harmonic investigation. The rhythm section swings hard, adding dimension via extension and extrapolation. Phillips uses octobans -- high-tuned tom-toms -- to create a near theatrical fantasia that the pianist answers with high-wire lyricism and choppy chords. Drama and dynamic are in constant conversation on "Dilemma." Pulse, speed, and force are balanced by moments of near sublime inquiry as the lines between jazz, prog, and classical crossover vanish. The uptown electric jazz funk of "What Will Be, Will Be" feels light in contrast. A careful listen reveals the influences of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock in its finger-popping groove consciousness. Closer "All's Well" is based on a swinging midtempo blues. It pushes boundaries on all sides yet never sacrifices feel. Spark integrates each element in this band's arsenal to create a whole that is provocative and seamless. Hiromi's band challenges modern music norms with authority. Their spirit of restless creativity is expressed with as much warmth and humor as technical acumen. The tunes here, though rigorous musical workouts, all reach the level of song -- not an accomplishment most piano trios can claim. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Herbert von Karajan conducting music by Mozart & Handel (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Artist: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Herbert von Karajan conducting music by Mozart & Handel
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:45:15
Recorded: 1958, 1960, Grunewaldkirche, Berlin and 1955, Musikvereinssaal, Wien

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.
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Joseph Haydn - Piano Concertos - Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen (2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: Ronald Brautigam, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Title: Haydn - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2004
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 75:54
Recorded: 0ctober 2003

Here is a jewel of a record. Fresh from his triumphant reading of Haydn's entire output for the fortepiano Ronald Brautigam now brings us four concertos for piano and orchestra by the great composer. The piano concerto of this period naturally means Mozart. No one would dispute his pre-eminence in the genre. But when we actually listen to Haydn, as opposed to nodding at his technical ability, breadth of application and so on, we are always surprised; his music is not just brilliantly skilful but deeply impassioned and full of delightful surprises. Lars Ulrik Mortensen is also a musician to bring out these elements. Widely recognized as a harpsichord player of unusual insight and personality he directs the period ensemble Concerto Copenhagen from the continuo bench. Surely no one can fail to respond to this heart-warming disc?
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Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba - An Evening With Belafonte-Makeba (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba
Title: An Evening With Belafonte-Makeba
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions, Southern African, African Folk
Label: © RCA Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1960/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:22
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City

Since Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba had appeared together in concert frequently in the early '60s, customers spying an LP called An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba might reasonably have assumed that the record would contain a joint live performance by the two, and that might help explain why this album charted in the Top 100 despite its challenging material. To begin with, it is not a live album, but rather a studio recording. And it isn't so much a duo album, for the most part, as a joint album; Belafonte and Makeba perform together on only two tracks, "Train Song" and "Cannon." Otherwise, they split up the selections, each appearing on five. The real point of this album is to present a group of South African songs in more or less authentic fashion. They are sung mostly in either Xhosa or Zulu, with one song in Sotho and another in Swahili. Despite the English song titles (with the original titles following in parenthesis), there is only one moment on the album when the English language is spoken; that is when Makeba explains the meaning of "Khawuleza" (the Xhosa title of "Hurry, Mama, Hurry!") as referring to situations in which children alert their mothers that the authorities are coming. Both Belafonte and Makeba are frequently accompanied by a choir for some wonderful effects. This is a powerful album of traditional South African music, and anyone buying it realizing that will be well satisfied. Just don't think the disc is what it appears to be from the title. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
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Harry Belafonte - 'Mark Twain' and Other Folk Favorites (1954/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: 'Mark Twain' and Other Folk Favorites
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1954/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:43
Recorded: RCA Victor's Manhattan Center and 24th Street Studios, April 9, 22 & 29 and May 13, 1954


Harry Belafonte's first album features a solid variety of songs from American folk tradition, learned during his studies of folk music at the Library of Congress in the early 1950s. He had signed with RCA Victor in 1952, recording a series of well-received singles. Belafonte's new-found love for music of the West Indies can be found in songs such as "Man Piaba" (which he wrote) along with songs from English and Scottish tradition such as "Lord Randall" and "The Drummer & the Cook." Songs from African-American tradition include the chain gang song "Tol' My Captain" and the ubiquitous "John Henry." Mark Twain was a good initial effort, but Belafonte's repertoire and delivery would get stronger with the next album. --AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell
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Harry Belafonte - Jump Up Calypso (1961/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: Jump Up Calypso
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1961/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:45
Recorded: June 3-6, 1961 at Webster Hall, New York, New York

Belafonte was an established all-around entertainer and actor by the time of this album, so it could be seen in a sense as a return to "roots" styles. In any case, it's all-out calypso, with backing by the Trinidad Steel Band, and qualifies as one of his most energetic albums, even getting rambunctious at times. --AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
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Harry Belafonte - An Evening with Belafonte (1957/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Title: An Evening with Belafonte
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Traditional Pop, Calypso, Caribbean Traditions
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1957/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:36
Recorded: February 15, 1956 – December 4, 1956 at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, California

Riding high on the success of the Calypso album, Harry Belafonte went back to doing what he had started out to do: record a variety of folk songs from different cultures around the world. This album exhibited his widest scope of selections yet, including songs from Haiti ("Merci Bon Dieu"), Israel ("Hava Nageela"), and Mexico ("Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma"), the latter a six minute tour de force. Although Belafonte would never score with a single as big as "Day O" again, An Evening With Belafonte did include the West Indian Christmas song "Mary's Boy Child," which became a huge seller in Great Britain. It was becoming apparent that Harry Belafonte was not interested in having hit singles, but only to present his albums as miniature lessons in global folk music. --AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell
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Hank Snow - Heartbreak Trail (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Hank Snow with The Jordanaires
Title: Heartbreak Trail: A Tribute to the Sons of the Pioneers
Genre: Country, Country Boogie, Cowboy, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:35:16
Recorded: 1965

Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999) was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. His number-one hits include the self-penned songs "I'm Moving On", "The Golden Rocket" and famous versions of "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me Go, Lover!", "I've Been Everywhere", "Hello Love", as well as other top 10 hits.
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Hank Snow - Gloryland March (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Hank Snow with The Jordanaires
Title: Gloryland March
Genre: Country, Gospel, Country Boogie, Cowboy, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:30:35
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999) was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. His number-one hits include the self-penned songs "I'm Moving On", "The Golden Rocket" and famous versions of "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me Go, Lover!", "I've Been Everywhere", "Hello Love", as well as other top 10 hits.
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Handel at Vaux Vol. I - London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham, Daniel Moult (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Daniel Moult (1973), Thomas Arne (1710-1778), John Hebden (c1712-1765)
Artist: London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham, Daniel Moult
Title: Handel at Vauxhall, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 00:48:16
Recorded: St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, 7-9 May 2012

Vauxhall Gardens was a "pleasure garden," a kind of private park where entertainment of various kinds might be presented indoors and outdoors. Part of it still exists today. Handel and others wrote music for the venue, only to see it disparaged by Samuel Johnson; partly for this reason, the selections on this album qualify as genuinely neglected Handel. They are light, but not unsophisticated. Contained on this release is music that roughly reconstructs part of an evening's music at Vauxhall. One of the park's pavilions contained a small organ, and the Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4, No. 2, HWV 290, receives a delightful small-scale performance here from organist Daniel Moult and players from the London Early Opera orchestra under Bridget Cunningham, the creative force behind this album. The outdoor pieces would have included little strophic songs and pastoral scenes by Handel and others; these are small gems that have hardly been touched by performers. Sample the rather comically overwrought The Melancholy Nymph, HWV 228, No. 19 (track 12), or the comic pastoral Colin and Phoebe by Thomas Arne, one of a pair of Handel contemporaries included. The sound disappoints; the church acoustic makes no differentiation among the types of music heard here and isn't really right for any of them. But this release is essential for anyone interested in understanding Handel's musical world, and it holds a good deal of charm for any listener. --AllMusic Review by James Manheim
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