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Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11; Sinfonietta, Op. 5 - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgards (2012/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
Artist: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds
Title: Korngold - Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11; Sinfonietta, Op. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2012/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:27:12
Recorded: Helsinki music Centre, 9–10.8.2011 (#17-19), 26-28.1.2012 (#1-15), 28.1.2012 (#16)
A 24-bit recording in DXD (Digital eXtreme Defnition)


This release of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Much Ado About Nothing and Sinfonietta follows Ondine's release of the Symphony in F sharp and the Tänzchen im alten Stil (ODE 1182-2).
The complete incidental music from Much Ado About Nothing (Viel Lärm um Nichts) is a world première recording. It was premiered in 2012 under the direction of John Storgårds. Originally written for chamber orchestra, it is performed here by symphony orchestra.
The Sinfonietta was first performed by Felix Weingartner and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Richly orchestrated melodies, dreamy music and an imposing finale characterize the work.
John Storgårds, one of Finland's most exceptional artists, has built a worldwide reputation in recent years. Storgårds is Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.
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Khachaturian & Rautavaara - Flute Concertos - Sharon Bezaly (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Aram Khachaturian (1903–78), Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928)
Artist: Sharon Bezaly
Title: Khachaturian & Rautavaara - Flute Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit (#1-3 - 44,1kHz/24bit)
Source: eClassical
Duration: 79:10
Recorded: [1–3] February 2010 at the Sala São Paulo, Brazil; [4–11] November 2014 at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

On close to 40 discs, flutist Sharon Bezaly has impressed and delighted critics and listeners worldwide, earning the description 'God's gift to the flute'. Her wide-ranging discography naturally includes the core repertoire, such as the concertos by Mozart, Nielsen, Rodrigo and Reinecke, but also a large number of works written especially for her. The works on the present disc owe their existence to two other flutists, however: Jean-Pierre Rampal, who transcribed Aram Khachaturian's violin concerto for his own instrument, and Gunilla von Bahr, for whom Einojuhani Rautavaara composed his ‘Dances with the Winds’ in 1974. Khachaturian wrote his concerto in 1940, dedicating it to David Oistrakh, who also gave the first performance. The composer always had a particular liking for the work, and when Rampal in 1968 asked him to compose a concerto for the flute, Khachaturian instead suggested that he should transcribe it. Rampal was given carte blanche when it came to making the necessary changes, and thus reworked the solo part completely. The orchestral score – here performed by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Diemecke – was left unaltered, however. In a manner of speaking, Rautavaara's concerto is not a solo concerto, as it is written for all the four instruments of the flute family. In the first and the last of the four movements the soloist plays the normal 'flauto grande' and the bass flute, while the second movement is written for piccolo and the third for alto flute. After completing the work, the composer made a revised version in which the most unusual of these instruments, the bass flute, was replaced by the alto flute. The present disc provides a unique opportunity to compare the two versions, as Sharon Bezaly includes both of them, supported by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk, the orchestra's new principal conductor.
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Kenny Dorham - Quiet Kenny (1959/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Kenny Dorham
Title: Quiet Kenny
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records, New Jazz Series/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1959/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:16
Recorded: November 13, 1959 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


In the liner notes of Quiet Kenny, former Downbeat magazine publisher Jack Maher states that trumpeter Kenny Dorham's music is not necessarily the demure, balladic, rapturous jazz one might associate as romantic or tranquil. Cool and understated might be better watchwords for what the ultra-melodic Dorham achieves on this undeniably well crafted set of standards and originals that is close to containing his best work overall during a far too brief career. Surrounded by an excellent rhythm team of the equally sensitive pianist Tommy Flanagan, emerging bassist Paul Chambers, and the always-beneficial drummer Art Taylor, Dorham and his mates are not prone to missteps or overt exaggerations. One of Dorham's all-time best tunes "Lotus Blossom" kicks off the set with its bop to Latin hummable melody, fluid dynamics, and Dorham's immaculate, unpretentious tone. "Old Folks," a classic ballad, is done mid-tempo, while the true "quiet" factor comes into play on interesting version of "My Ideal" where Dorham gingerly squeezes out the slippery wet notes, and on the sad ballad "Alone Together." The rest of the material is done in easygoing, unforced fashion, especially the originals "Blue Friday" and the simple swinger "Blue Spring Shuffle" which is not really a shuffle. Never known as a boisterous or brash player, but also not a troubadour of romanticism -- until he started singing -- Dorham's music is also far from complacent, and this recording established him as a Top Five performer in jazz on his instrument. It comes recommended to all. --AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos
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Julio Iglesias - En el Olympia (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: En el Olympia
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop, Ballad
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:12
Recorded live in Olympia theatre of Paris in 1976
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Scott Joplin - The Easy Winners & Other Rags - Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Scott Joplin (1867/8–1917)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, André Previn
Title: Joplin - The Easy Winners & Other Rags
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:10
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, London, 2 & 10 December 1974

This album of ragtimes by Scott Joplin, recorded in 1974, was Itzhak Perlman’s first foray beyond the classical repertory, at least on record. The departure proved a successful one and was to be the first of many other such adventures, which also included jazz with André Previn (volume 24) and Oscar Peterson, recordings of Yiddish folk music (volume 38) and film music. In the tradition of his great predecessors, foremost among them Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, Perlman supplied the arrangement for violin and piano himself, remaining faithful to the composer’s style while exploiting the classical violin’s rich palette of colours. His partnership with André Previn, who accompanied him on the piano, always retained a classical perspective, while still allowing for a measure of stylistic freedom.
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John Field - Complete Nocturnes - Elizabeth Joy Roe (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: John Field (1782-1837)
Artist: Elizabeth Joy Roe
Title: John Field - Complete Nocturnes
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:25:55
Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, 12–15 September 2015


Following her critically acclaimed coupling of the Britten & Barber Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Joy Roe enlightens the extraordinary world of John Field.
John Field has been called the ‘Father of the Nocturne’, creating the form which Chopin perfected, but thus relegated to a footnote in musical history. In fact he was held in high regard by his contemporaries: a student of Clementi, he knew Haydn, Hummel, Czerny and Mendelssohn, was championed by Liszt and an acknowledged influence on Chopin, Brahms and Schumann.
This is the first recording of all 18 of John Field’s Nocturnes on a single CD
Field led an extraordinary life: Dublin-born he travelled throughout Europe in the early 19th century, lived in St Petersburg and Moscow, fathered an illegitimate child and led an extravagant lifestyle, more or less drinking himself to early death in Moscow in 1837.
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John Barry & His Orchestra - From Russia With Love (1963/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: John Barry & His Orchestra
Title: From Russia With Love: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genre: Stage & Screen, Soundtracks, Original Score, Pop, Easy Listening, Classical, Lounge
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1963/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:52
Recorded: March 1963 at CTS Studios, London, England

This 1963 movie and soundtrack started John Barry's long association with James Bond music and also introduced the iconic seven-note secondary Bond theme, known as 007. The title song, with lyrics by Lionel Bart (Oliver!) and sung by popular British singer Matt Monro, has been rated at number eight on Rolling Stone's list of the best Bond theme songs.
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