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Ballet Music from the Operas - Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Modest Petrowitsch Mussorgski (1839-1881), Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (1833–1887), Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886), Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Ballet Music from the Operas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:17
Recorded: 1960 at Kingsway Hall, London

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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Alliage Quintett & Sabine Meyer - Fantasia (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Alliage Quintett & Sabine Meyer
Title: Fantasia
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Classical, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:37
Recorded: 2015

The Alliage Quintet has a gift for surprising its audiences by toying with the illusion of a symphony orchestra. The ensemble is like a storyteller regaling its audience with its own version of a traditional narrative.
For 'Fantasia', the players joined forces with Sabine Meyer to explore the imaginative world of works by Borodin, Stravinsky, Dukas, Bernstein and Shostakovich – works that are all based on famous fairytales, narratives and stories, e.g. Goethe's Sorcerer's Apprentice, Voltaire's much-travelled Candide or the Russian folklore Firebird.
Unique in its line-up, the Alliage Quintet, two-time winner of the 'Echo Klassik' award, creates the illusion of listening to a big orchestra. The ensemble is led on the soprano sax by its founder Daniel Gauthier, and he has several of today's best classical saxophone soloists at his side: Magdalena Lapaj (Poland) plays the alto, Asya Fateyeva (Ukraine) the tenor sax, and Sebastian Pottmeier (Germany) the baritone. Korean pianist Jang Eun Bae completes the ensemble.
The Alliage Quintet has made guest appearances in many of Europe's major concert halls, in Asia and North America, and also at well-known festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival and the Lucerne Festival. In addition to many radio and TV appearances, e.g. on 'ARTE Lounge', the Quintet has released a total of five CD's with works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Mozart, Rossini and Puccini specially arranged for them.
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Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks In Whispers (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Corinne Bailey Rae
Title: The Heart Speaks In Whispers
Genre: R&B, Pop
Label: © Virgin Records
Release Date: 19972016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Pono Music
Duration: 01:15:41
Recorded: 2015–2016

This third album from British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae reflects several changes in her personal and professional life since her last album was released six years earlier. Now remarried (to her producer Steve Brown) and the winner of two Grammy Awards, Bailey Rae expresses her newfound happiness and optimism on these songs, some recorded in Los Angeles and others at her home studio in England. She is joined on various tracks by notable guests including jazz bassist Marcus Miller and drummer James Gadson, as well as Paris and Amber Strother of soul trio KING. This deluxe edition adds four bonus tracks.
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Ernest Ranglin - Ranglypso (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Ernest Ranglin
Title: Ranglypso
Genre: Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Calypso, Jazz Funk, Guitar Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 39:35
Recorded: October 25, 1974, MPS Studio, Villingen

Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin’s work with reggae legends Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and long association with internationally acclaimed Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander (check out Monty’s classic reggae-saturated MPS outing, Rass), ranks Ranglin among the major figures in West Indian music. One of the founding fathers of ska, Ranglin’s jazz credentials were permanently established when in 1964 London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazzclub hired him as their house guitarist. On Ranglypso Alexander takes on the role of sideman alongside renowned German bassist Eberhard Weber and English drummer Kenny Clare. The mento in Ranglin’s Mento-Time in Jamaica refers to the Jamaican folk music that heavily influenced reggae and ska. The Roberta Flack hit Feel Like Makin’ Love maintains its original soulful sound, while the medium-up Escape to Villingen is a bluesy tip of the hat to MPS. Ranglin and band blaze through the classic Brazilian choro standard, Tico Tico, Ranglypso celebrates calypso’s up-beat joy, and the Stylistics hit You Make Me Feel Brand New retains its gorgeous ballad feel. The R&B hit Honky Tonk plays as a straight-ahead shuffle with classy blues solos, and the album’s last piece is a rocking ride down the modal Freeway. Sumptuous jazz and soul marinated in the melodic-rhythmic juices of the Caribbean.
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Eddie Louiss, John Surman, Daniel Humair - Our Kind Of Sabi (1970/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Eddie Louiss, John Surman, Daniel Humair
Title: Our Kind Of Sabi
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1970/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 39:18
Recorded: August 27, 28 and 29, 1970 At Nippon Columbia Studio Akasaka, Tokyo

The brilliant French Hammond organist and pianist Eddy Louiss worked with the likes of Kenny Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Stan Getz; reed player John Surman and drummer Daniel Humair have long been major forces on the European scene. Louiss also recorded the title piece on Stan Getz’s “Dynasty” album – here the trio presents a wilder version with fiery solos from Surman’s baritone and Louiss on Hammond. This trio likes their Sabi hot with a Spanish tinge. On the Martinique folk song Zafe Ko Ida, the great Norwegian bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson joins Louiss on Marimba and Humair on drums, keeping with the tradition of the Caribbean before Eddy switches to piano and the three transform the sound of the islands into swinging jazz. Song For Martine brings Surman back on soprano and Louiss once again sitting behind the Hammond with a plaintive balladic feel before moving into an Afro-Latin groove that underpins passionate solos. On Humair’s Out Of The Sorcellery Louiss pedals the Latinesque two-beat bass line on Hammond as he and Humair conjure their magical interplay. A classy trio album with Louiss’ superb Hammond organ play front and center and a glimmering of the Caribbean dancing in the shadows.
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Bauhaus - Burning From The Inside (1983/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Bauhaus
Title: Burning From The Inside
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Goth Rock, Post Punk
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 1983/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono Music
Duration: 40:38
Recorded: Rockfield Studios, Wales

If The Sky's Gone Out felt like a collection of various recordings, Burning from the Inside really was, due in large part to outside events -- Murphy had fallen victim to a life-threatening illness, so the rest of the band began recording without him, which more than anything else foreshadowed both Bauhaus' breakup and the trio's future work as Love and Rockets. As a result, two songs ended up on the album, the piano-led cinematic moodiness of "Who Killed Mr. Moonlight" and the sweet acoustic drive of "Slice of Life," with David J and Ash on lead vocals respectively. Furthermore, more songs from the earliest days of the band were dug up to provide material, the most notable and successful being the dub-inflected, heavily dramatic "She's in Parties," using filmmaking as a metaphor for romance and life, with Murphy's excellent lead balanced against a near-whispering chorus from the other two singers. The end result of all this was an album that was good in spots but not as strong throughout as it could be, while betraying the other performing and writing strains that would soon cause the band to call it a day. As before, though, when the band members were on, they were on with a vengeance, such as the medieval folk dance "King Volcano" and the starkly beautiful "Kingdom's Coming." The ten-minute title track takes a good idea and stretches it out a little too long, but the concluding track "Hope" follows it with a life-affirming, inspirational vibe that serves as much as a farewell for Bauhaus' audience as anything else. While imperfect, Burning from the Inside has much more to recommend it than many other albums. --AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett
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Grete Skarpeid feat. Aruan Ortiz - My Songs (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Grete Skarpeid feat. Aruán Ortiz
Title: My Songs
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:05
Recorded at Samurai Hotel Recording Studios by David Stoller on 13 to 16 november 2014. Mastered april 2015, at Blackler Mastering by Kevin Blackler.

This album is the result of a chance meeting between jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz an myself. He was playing in my home town of Voss, Norway, together with the Don Byron quartet. During a conversation he asked me if I sang? I replied: «A little bit», and asked if he would like to hear one of my own songs written that same day. He was kind enough to listen, and with inspiring words he encouraged me to follow my ideas and continue to write.
He invited me to join him in New York for a recording session, and I had the wonderful experience of working alongside great musicians who played my music so beautifully. Although this has been my first studio recording, under Aruans professional guidance, together with his arrangements and production, the music has become alive, playful and energetic and at the same time it has broadened the complexity of its harmony and rhythms.
Although these songs and lyrics has a personal background and express own experiences, moods and emotions, my hope is that the listener can relate to the universal expressions of love, loss and life. Enjoy!
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Chris Hinze Combination - Mission Suite (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Chris Hinze Combination
Title: Mission Suite
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock, Jazz Funk
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 43:39
Recorded: Cornett Studio Köln

Endowed with formidable classical and jazz chops, Dutch flutist Chris Hinze has played with Charlie Mariano, Cecil Taylor, and the Brecker Brothers. The lauded Chris Hinze Combination includes two jazz stalwarts, bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown; both credit work with the “who’s who” of the jazz and pop world. Add vocals, electric keyboard, guitar, and percussion, and you have a tasty concoction of jazz and funk, with a pinch of pop and the classics for flavoring. Di-da-du-la-da is a musical tryptic of furious fusion, rhapsodic lyricism, and fast and funky bass-and-drums-led improvisation. Mission Suite is all about modal interplay, including a sizzlingly vocal flute, and a haunting bowed bass-vocal duet. Deliverance highlights Hinze’s passionate, throaty flute solo, the use of space, open tempos, and the emotional gestalt of singer Henny Vonk. The Ballad has an archaic sylvan quality, and Bamboo Funk starts off with a Baroque-tinged melody before it gets down to delivering what the title implies – Chris at his funky best on bamboo flute. An outstanding fusion venture by one of jazz’s premier flutists.
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Black Mountain - IV (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Black Mountain
Title: IV
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Space Rock, Stoner Rock, Neo-Prog, Neo-Psychedelia
Label: © Jagjaguwar
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:11
Recorded: Avast Studios, Seattle, WA (Avast! Recording Co.)

IV is the fourth studio album by Black Mountain, released on April 1, 2016. The five-and-a-half year gap between two studio albums is the longest to date. It is also the band's first album of new work since their 2012 soundtrack album for Year Zero.
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Allen Toussaint - American Tunes (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allen Toussaint
Title: American Tunes
Genre: Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, New Orleans Jazz Revival, Post Bop, Piano jazz
Label: © Nonesuch Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:24
Recorded: Solo Piano Tracks Recorded May 20–21, 2013, at Toussaint Sound Studio, New Orleans, LA; All Other Tracks Recorded October 1–3 & 5, 2015, at United Recording, Hollywood, CA

Nonesuch releases American Tunes, a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, on June 10, 2016. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch—joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks—in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. American Tunes is available to preorder now at iTunes and, where the album track “Big Chief” may be downloaded instantly; pre-orders come with a limited-edition print.
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