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Richard Strauss - Piano Sonata, Op. 5 & Funf Klavierstucke, Op. 3 - Glenn Gould (1984/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Strauss - Piano Sonata, Op. 5 & Fünf Klavierstücke, Op. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1984/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:44
Recorded: 1979, 1982


Two items of juvenilia marking Gould’s swan song. This album, made in RCA’s Studio A in New York on 3 September 1982, is Gould’s final recording on the piano. Three-and-a-half weeks later, on 27 September, he suffered a stroke and was taken to Toronto General Hospital, where he died on 4 October 1982 at 11:30 in the morning.
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Richard Strauss - Enoch Arden, Op. 38 - Glenn Gould, Claude Rains (1962/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Glenn Gould, Claude Rains
Title: Strauss: Enoch Arden, Op. 38: A Melodrama for Piano after Alfred Lord Tennyson
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1962/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:24
Recorded: 1961

The third new recording released on the same day, as if Columbia wanted to demonstrate the full breadth of Gould’s musical spectrum. Strauss’s musical melodrama, written to a blank-verse narrative of 1864 by Alfred Lord Tennyson, was recorded almost by accident for a mere $1,500 and issued in a single limited edition of 2,000 copies. Small wonder that the LPs soon became coveted collector’s items …
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Richard Strauss - Elektra - London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Strauss - Elektra
Genre: Classical
Label: © London Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 00:50:09
Recorded live in DSD, 11,12 & 14 January 2010 at the Barbican, London


The divine retribution element of Greek tragedy is largely absent. Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannstahl concentrate on the characters and their own bloody actions, which perhaps accounts for the outrage voiced by opera critics of the time. An obsession with violence was an uncomfortable experience in the opera house and not something Strauss was known for. Interestingly, Alban Berg would begin composing his equally disturbing opera Wozzeck just a few years later, though the work was not performed until 1925. Greek mythology aside, Strauss was anticipating a similarly dark world – one to which he would not return, though his collaboration with von Hofmannstahl would last some thirty years.
Strauss himself was uncomfortable with the subject matter, believing it too close to that of his earlier opera Salome which had recently been performed. It was von Hofmannstahl who insisted on pursuing the project after Strauss voiced second thoughts. The opera was first performed in Dresden in 1909. It is in one act lasting just under two hours.
The characters exist in their own palace hot house. A vast orchestra provides a menacing emotional surround for the singers, reaching extraordinary dramatic climaxes before reducing down to a murmur, notably when Klytämnestra makes her first appearance in scene six. If the vocal lines are notoriously angular and difficult, the musical score nonetheless blossoms frequently into something more lyrical. And its recurrent motifs give the ear something to hang onto in a score whose melodic fragments and harmony are fluctuating non-stop.
This recording shows the combination of Gergiev and the LSO at its wonderful best, with the orchestra breathing as one huge organism whilst contributing an astonishing level of detail. The excellent cast includes Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet in the title role, with Dame Felicity Palmer as Klytämnestra and Matthias Goerne in the part of Orest. It was made from performances given in London in 2010.
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Stevie Wonder - Up-Tight (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Stevie Wonder
Title: Up-Tight
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:19
Recorded: 1965 - 1966


Released in 1966, this fifth album shows the beginning of Wonder's development into a mature recording artist. Backed by the Funk Brothers, the album futures such memorable tracks as 'Nothing's too Good For My Baby,' 'Teach Me Tonight'and of course… the #1 single title track.
Also included on the album are 'Nothing's Too Good for My Baby', another Wonder co-write, and a cover of folk star Bob Dylan's 'Blowin' in the Wind', which made Wonder popular with crossover audiences, and a cover of the standard, Teach Me Tonight, featuring vocals with Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops.
The album reached No.33 on the Billboard Pop Album charts and No.2 on the R&B Albums charts. On the album, Stevie was backed by the Funk Brothers, the legendary, but uncredited, early period Motown Records studio musicians, creators of the famous, recognisable 60s Motown sound
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Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Love Her (1967/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Stevie Wonder
Title: I Was Made To Love Her
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1967/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 32:27
Recorded: April–July 1967


I Was Made To Love Her was Stevie Wonder's contribution to the musical landscape in the summer of 1967, spawning the title track hit single in the US and the UK, co-written by Wonder. The album contains a handful of other Wonder co-writes along with cover songs by Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding and others.
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Stevie Wonder - For Once In My Life (1968/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Stevie Wonder
Title: For Once In My Life
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop Soul, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label: © Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1968/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:42
Recorded: 1967

For Once in My Life is the ninth (tenth overall) studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder on Motown Records, released in November 1968. Then eighteen years old, Wonder had established himself as one of Motown's consistent hit-makers. This album continued Wonder's growth as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. It featured songs like the title track, "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" and the modest hits "I Don't Know Why" and "You Met Your Match". It also marked the debut of the Hohner Clavinet on a Stevie Wonder album, which would become a mainstay on albums to come.
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Steve Vai - Passion & Warfare (1990/2016) {25th Anniversary Edition} High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Steve Vai
Title: Passion & Warfare - 25th Anniversary
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Instrumental Rock, Guitar Virtuoso
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1990/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:54
Recorded: 1990 at The Mothership, Hollywood, LA

Steve Vai celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1990 album, „Passion & Warfare“, with reissuing a remastered version of it with a companion album, titled „Modern Primitive“. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark 1990 album, Passion & Warfare, Steve Vai has announced an extensive world tour that will celebrate the groundbreaking recording.
The now-classic album, which took several years to record, features 'For the Love of God,' 'Liberty,' 'Erotic Nightmares,' 'The Animal,' 'Blue Powder,' 'The Riddle' and several other legendary Vai tracks.
Newly remastered in 192kHz, 24bit from the original analog tapes, the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition disc includes, as bonus tracks, four previously unreleased recordings from the Passion and Warfare sessions.
The one and only Satriani-taught and Zappa-tested virtuoso, Steve Vai, returns with his self-produced 1990 release, „Passion & Warfare“. The album was inspired by sequential dream patterns Vai experienced earlier in his life, and results in one technically electrifying ride filled with vivid mysticism and groovy instrumental imagery. The album was recorded in his home studio, the Mothership, and released on Relativity/Epic Records. Vai says it best when he characterizes this album as 'Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc.'
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Sonic Youth - The Diamond Sea EP (1995/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonic Youth
Title: The Diamond Sea EP
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Garage Punk
Label: © DGC/Geffen Records
Release Date: 1995/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 33:37
Recorded: 1995

The Diamond Sea from Sonic Youth's 1995 release Washing Machine holds the distinction as the band's longest song, clocking in at almost 20 minutes on the album. This EP takes the song one step further with a 26 minute "extended" version and also includes a drastically-edited single mix of the song along with the quirky outtake My Arena.
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Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse (2004/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonic Youth
Title: Sonic Nurse
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Garage Punk
Label: © DGC/Geffen Records
Release Date: 2004/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 01:00:40
Recorded: July 2003 – February 2004 at Echo Canyon, New York City

Picking up where Murray Street's languid experimentalism left off, Sonic Youth's somewhat awkwardly named Sonic Nurse shows that the band still sounds revitalized, and may have even tapped into a more fruitful creative streak than they did on their previous album. Anyone who has stuck with Sonic Youth this long knows more or less what to expect from them, but the group still has the potential to surprise; one of Sonic Nurse's biggest surprises is the return of Kim Gordon. She had a relatively limited presence on NYC Ghosts & Flowers and Murray Street, but she's back in a big way on this album, contributing four tracks; not coincidentally, Gordon's songs are among the strongest on the album. "Pattern Recognition" gets Sonic Nurse off to a strong start and ranks among her best rock songs, falling somewhere between "Kool Thing" and "Bull in the Heather" in its icy-hot appeal. Her quieter songs have just as much impact: "Dude Ranch Nurse" boasts an oddly timeless guitar lick and lyrics ("Let me ride you till you fall/Let's pretend that there's nothing at all") that blur the line between alluring and nihilistic. "I Love You Golden Blue" is another standout, a beautiful but bleak ballad with ghostly vocals that recall Nico at her most fragile. Of course, the rest of the band finds moments to shine: Thurston Moore's "Dripping Dream" begins as absurdist, angular rock (although he still has the ability to make phrases like "We've been searching for the cream dream wax" sound like the coolest thing ever) and stretches out into a beautiful epic, with the interplay of feedback and guitar lines giving it a comet-tail majesty. "Paper Cup Exit," the requisite Lee Ranaldo track, has a sharper-edged mix of noise and melody than most of Sonic Nurse. Another of the album's surprises is how much of its inspiration seems to come from the band's late-'80s/early-'90s material. It's not just that the band slams George W. Bush on the mellow protest song "Peace Attack," just as Dirty's "Youth Against Fascism" railed against the first President Bush, or that they peer into the void of pop culture on "Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream" as they did on Goo's Karen Carpenter tribute, "Tunic." On songs like "New Hampshire" -- which could pass for a lost track from Daydream Nation -- Sonic Youth actually sound younger and more enthusiastic than they have in a few albums. All told, this album is probably the band's best balance of pop melodies and avant-leaning structures since Washing Machine; even if it doesn't rank among their most ambitious work, Sonic Nurse sounds like the kind of album Sonic Youth should be making at this point in their career. --AllMusic Review by Heather Phares
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Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Snarky Puppy
Title: Culcha Vulcha
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Funk, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Orchestral Jazz, Big Band
Label: © GroundUP Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:35
Recorded: Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, near El Paso and Atlantic Sound Studios in Brooklyn, New York


Fresh off of the heels of its tenth album, Family Dinner - Volume Two, the band is returning to its roots as an instrumental ensemble with a brand new collection of nine original songs. A departure from its signature live-from-the-studio film and audio style, the band spent a week in the middle of a pecan orchard at the remote Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas, just a five minute walk from the Mexican border. With no cameras, no audience, and the opportunity to overdub, they have crafted an album much darker and moodier than any before it. The typical flash and bombastic moments that Snarky Puppy is known for have been replaced by a more patient, restrained, and sonically creative approach to both composition and performance. The melodies are intricate, the counterpoint is fluid, and groove reigns supreme in mixes that are bass and percussion-heavy.
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