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Anton Bruckner - Die 3 Messen - Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum
Title: Bruckner - Die 3 Messen
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:28:08
Recording: July 1962, February 1971 & January 1972, Herkules Saal, Munich, Germany

''What seraphic music. It must be Bruckner'', remarked a friend who entered the room as I was playing this recording. I cannot recommend this . . . too highly, both as performances and recordings. Seraphic is the word. Bruckner's three settings of the Mass are enough in themselves to convert the heathen. I cannot possibly decide which of them I like most, though my head tells me that No. 2 in E minor, with its wind-only accompaniment, is the greatest. What is obvious is that they are the work of a master of choral music, who knew infallibly what effects he wished to create and how to create them, who had the acoustics of a cathedral inbuilt into his notes as he put them on paper and who can rightly be compared with Palestrina in the purity and emotional fervour of his art.
The recordings were made between 1963 and 1972 and come now as a wonderful memorial tribute to Eugen Jochum. His conducting of Bruckner's symphonies was always admired but he had rivals there who could provide alternative routes to the towering peaks. I cannot believe he has a peer in this sacred music. The transfers to CD are magnificent and allow us to hear every nuance of the singing of the Bavarian Radio Chorus in the Masses . . . . The 1971 performance of the E minor Mass has not previously been issued in Britain, and it is of the highest quality, with most sensitive and expressive oboe playing.
If you play the beginning of the Mass in F minor you will obtain an immediate impression of how good these performances are and of the intensely moving nature of the music. Here is the symphonic Bruckner in all his heaven-scaling rapture but without some of the repetitious features which deter some listeners (though not those who are fully prepared to enter his world). The soloists are good in all the performances but Maria Stader and Kim Borg excel in this Mass. --Gramophone
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Anton Bruckner - The Complete Symphonies - Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Artist: Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Title: Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies
Genre: Classical
Label: © Peral Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 09:08:16
Recorded: 2010, 2012, Vienna, Berlin

Conductor Daniel Barenboim presents the third set of the complete Bruckner symphonies of his career, this time recorded live in 2010 and only available on this digital download. Barenboim says the Staatskapelle Berlin's Wagnerian opera tradition brings a “certain freedom in the playing, with a certain vocal (as opposed to purely instrumental) quality” that makes this latest cycle “very different from the other two versions.”

'One of the characteristics of the Bruckner symphonies is that the music does not start as being 'here'. It rather becomes. In the later symphonies, you very often feel that this is a kind of delayed action. There’s no music, there are just strings trembling before the music actually starts..." --Daniel Barenboim
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Astrud Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine - Gilberto with Turrentine (1971/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Astrud Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine
Title: Gilberto with Turrentine
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Mood Music, World Fusion, AM Pop
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1971/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:36:52
Recorded: January 13 (#9,10), February 1 (#4), February 4 (#1,3,7), March 19 (#2,5), and April 6 (#6,8), 1971 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Gilberto with Turrentine is an album by Brazilian samba and bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto and American saxophonist Stanley Turrentine featuring performances recorded in 1971 released on the CTI label.
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Anekdoten - Until All The Ghosts Are Gone (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Anekdoten
Title: Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: © Virtalevy/Anekdoten
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: anekdoten.shop.textalk.se
Duration: 00:46:26
Recorded: Atlantis Grammofon, Sisu Sound, Magic City Studios, Pete's Place, Tjep, Mellotron Archives,Travesty Studios

After delivering a steady stream of music between 1993 and 2007, Swedish progressive vets Anekdoten seemingly vanished. A 2-disc anthology surfaced in 2009 and a few live dates occurred, but otherwise, silence. Not until 2013 did the band begin circulating updates about a follow-up to 2007’s A Time of Day. Posts on the band’s webpage clearly conveyed the group’s desire to not only release new material, but to produce something worthwhile. That level of commitment is commendable, but 8 years is still a long time for fans to wait. Imagine the anticipation that came with the band finally re-emerging with Until All the Ghosts are Gone.
Throughout these 6 new songs, Anekdoten’s roots as a King Crimson cover band are still noticeable. “Shooting Star”, which may be the band’s strongest opener since “Monolith”, recalls King Crimson’s Red-era dissonance and drive with its knotty riffs, towering Mellotron and immense bass tones. The dense notes of “Get Out Alive” erupt with atmospheric intensity akin to “The Court of the Crimson King” and guitarist Nicklas Barker’s soaring solo is beholden to Robert Fripp’s more melodic moments. The influences are apparent, but this does not deter the quartet from exploring some original terrain. The latter half of the record’s centerpiece “Writing on the Wall” aptly reflects the band’s modern tendencies. Following an opening section replete with swirling guitar and hovering sheets of vintage-sounding organ, Barker’s lead guitar diverts the proceedings toward airier passages, where the ensemble employs a hitherto unseen mastery of dynamics and space.
The guest appearances here are worth mentioning. Ex-Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg mans the Hammond on “Shooting Star” and virtuoso flautist Theo Travis (Gong, Steven Wilson’s solo outings) adds a pastoral touch to the pining “If It All Comes Down To You”. Travis’ flute work reappears to complement Marty Willson-Piper’s 12-string guitar on the title track before being overtaken by the wild percussion and manic saxophone of the chaotic, closing instrumental “Our Days Are Numbered”.
Many will point out the record’s similarities to Opeth’s recent output, which arguably go beyond Wiberg’s guest spot. Before claiming plagiarism though, consider that both bands do stem from the same culture and perhaps are drawing inspiration from the same or similar source material. Also, it should probably be noted that Anekdoten are part of the earliest waves of the Scandinavian prog revival and played in this style long before Åkerfeldt and company redirected into like-minded territory.
Overall, the missteps are few. It is a pleasure to report that Anekdoten made the right choice by abdicating expedition in pursuit of quality, despite the grueling delay. The fruit of their labor sits comfortably alongside their finest works and deserves to be recognized among the great albums of 2015. --Brandon Nelson, Sputnikmusic.com
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Alphonse Mouzon - Virtue (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Alphonse Mouzon
Title: Virtue
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 44:09
Recorded: November 1976 at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik Stuttgart/Bad Cannstadt, Germany


One of the master drummers of the fusion scene, Alphonze Mouzon has cast the perfect crew for this 1976 venture. Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner alumni saxophonist Gary Bartz adds fire and depth; electric bassist Welton Gite, who played with Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and Sister Sledge, takes care of the funk, and Keyboardist Stu Goldberg shows up with impeccable jazz credentials. Master Funk has the band dancing on the soulful side of the fusion bridge. Mouzon dedicates the next two pieces to his wife Linda. Baker’s Daughter begins with a wisp of serene enchantment before metamorphosing into an up-tempo samba feel on which everyone gets a taste. Come Into My Life reflects a romantic rock ballad with Bartz and Goldberg filling in the emotional blanks. On the frantic Nyctophobia Alphonse’s virtuoso drumming keeps the spirits of the night at bay. Mouzon’s thunderous assault on Virtue propels the soloists, while Poobli is a medium-groove fusion piece with a powerful Bartz solo. Drum Suite is all Mouzon, the four sections, Jazz-Rock Improvisation, Out of the Desert, Colors of Africa, and Total Swing are whirlwinds of rhythmic and instrumental diversity. A righteous album all-around.
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Alphonse Mouzon - In Search of a Dream (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Alphonse Mouzon
Title: In Search of a Dream
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 40:07
Recorded: November 20-24, 1977 Zuckerfabrik Stuttgart, Germany

Before they recorded “Nothing but a Party”, his fellow musicians sang “Happy Birthday to You”; Alphonse Mouzon celebrated his 29th birthday during the November 1977 MPS session in Stuttgart, Germany. The American drummer is one of the originators of jazz-rock, the fusion of jazz and rock music; “Incest is best” was German rocker Udo Lindenberg’s comment on the coupling. No one had a better understanding of this melding of jazz polyrhythms with rock’s pulsating beat than Mouzon; with his furious propulsive style, he was welcome in both camps. Weather Report founders Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Miroslav Vitous brought him into the premier edition of the band. Mouzon and bassist Vitous made up the rhythm section. From Prague, Czech, Miroslav had also played in Miles Davis’ band. As he had already shown with Weather Report, he demonstrates how well he could integrate acoustic bass into a jazz-rock concept. In duo with Mouzon, Vitous bows the deep tones on his composition “The Light”; he grabs the electric bass on the other compositions. Vitous as well as saxophonist Bob Malik and keyboard player Stan Goldberg were all part of the 1977 version of Mouzon’s touring band. Pianist/keyboarder Joachim Kühn and guitarist Philip Catherine joined the troupe for the recording of “In Search of a Dream”. Thus, the session was a sort of summit meeting of the jazz-rock elite of that time.”
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Alexandre Tharaud - Tharaud plays Rachmaninov (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Alexandre Tharaud
Title: Tharaud plays Rachmaninov
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:41
Recorded: Concerto: 5-7.I.2016 . Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Chamber music: 13-16.II.2016. Salle Colonne, Paris


French star pianist Alexandre Tharaud takes on the blockbuster ‘Rach 2’ concerto in a thrilling performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov. It is coupled with more intimate Rachmaninov for piano six-hands (for which Alexandre is flanked by Alexander Melnikov and Aleksandar Madžar) and the icing on the cake: a sublime Vocalise in the original version for voice and piano, with pure-voiced French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.
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Airto - Free (1972/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Airto
Title: Free
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Modal, Free Improvisation, Crossover Jazz, World Fusion, Latin Jazz, Brazilian Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1972/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:38:27
Recorded: March 23 and April 12, 13 & 20, 1972 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Free is an album by Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist Airto Moreira (who was credited simply as "Airto") featuring performances recorded in 1972 and released on the CTI label. The album reached number 30 in the Billboard Jazz albums charts.
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Harri Ahmas - Symphony No. 1 - Sinfonia Lahti, Okko Kamu (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Harri Ahmas (b. 1957)
Artist: Sinfonia Lahti, Okko Kamu
Title: Ahmas - Symphony No. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 39:43
Recorded: May 2013 at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland


Harri Ahmas is a bassoon (Fagott) player in the Lahti SO, and, as such, he has participated in countless recordings for us. He has also aranged a lot of music included in that orchestra's records of Finnish Psalms without singing - an as surprising as overwhelming sales success story). Not content with that, he is also a composer in his own right, and we are proud to be able to present to you his First Symphony, lovingly played by his orchestra under no less than Okko Kamu. This is, for the time being, a digital-only release, so this is the only chance you have to buy it until further notice.
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John Adams - Scheherazade 2 - Leila Josefowicz, St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: John Adams (b.1947)
Artist: Leila Josefowicz, St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson
Title: Adams - Scheherazade.2 (2014–15) Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Label: © Nonesuch Records Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:36
Recorded: February 19 & 20, 2016, at Powell Hall, St. Louis, MO


Nonesuch Records releases John Adams's Scheherazade.2 on September 30, 2016. The 50-minute work, which the composer, borrowing a term from Berlioz, calls a "dramatic symphony," was written for the violinist Leila Josefowicz, who has played it with leading orchestras around the world since its 2015 premiere by the New York Philharmonic. The Nonesuch recording was made during February 2016 performances by the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson; Chester Englander is the cimbalom soloist. It is available to pre-order now on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album available starting on release day. Adams and Josefowicz will perform Scheherazade.2 in Europe with the London Symphony, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic this fall. You can watch the composer discuss the piece in a video below.
The composer was inspired by an exhibition at Paris's Institute du Monde Arabe that included the history and evolution of the "Arabian Nights" folk tales and was particularly struck by the story of Scheherazade. This led him to imagine a modern day Scheherazade, an "empowered, liberated spirit embodied in the multifaceted solo violin role." As he says in his liner note, "The casual brutality toward women that lies at the base of many of these tales prodded me to think about the many images of women oppressed or abused or violated that we see today in the news on a daily basis.
"Thinking about what a Scheherazade in our own time might be brought to mind some famous examples of women under threat for their lives, or women routinely attacked and even executed by religious fanatics in any number of countries," he continues. "The modern images that come to mind certainly aren't exclusive to the Middle East—we see examples, if not quite so graphic nonetheless profoundly disturbing, from everywhere in the world, including in our own country."
With this in mind, Adams created this dramatic symphony, with the solo violin portraying Scheherazade. "While not having an actual story line or plot, the symphony follows a set of provocative images: a beautiful young woman with grit and personal power; a pursuit by 'true believers;' a love scene that is both violent and tender; a scene in which she is tried by a court of religious zealots; and a final 'escape, flight, and sanctuary,'" he says. At the same time, notes the composer, "Scheherazade.2 is also a virtuoso romantic symphony-concerto on the grand scale which acknowledges its predecessors in works by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Bartók, and Berg.
The piece was composed specifically for Josefowicz, with whom Adams collaborated closely during its composition. The violinist, who is a passionate advocate of new music, has given numerous performances of Adams's works—notably his Violin Concerto; his electric violin concerto, The Dharma at Big Sur; and Road Movies, which she recorded for Nonesuch. "I find Leila a perfect embodiment of that kind of empowered strength and energy that a modern Scheherazade would possess," he says of his friend and colleague.
Josefowicz, a 2008 MacArthur fellow, frequently works with leading international composers, orchestras, and conductors. Violin concertos have been written especially for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, and Steven Mackey. Recent highlights from Josefowicz's calendar include performances with the Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Melbourne symphonies; Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Gürzenich-Orchester Köln; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; Filarmonica della Scala, and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester.
California–born David Robertson celebrates his 12th season as Music Director of the St. Louis (STL) Symphony, which was founded in 1880 and is the second-oldest orchestra in the U.S. During his tenure, Robertson has solidified the STL Symphony's standing as one of the nation's most vital and innovative ensembles. He is known as a champion of contemporary composers, as evidenced by the STL Symphony's strong association with John Adams. Robertson and the STL Symphony's last Nonesuch recording, of Adams's City Noir and Saxophone Concerto, won a 2014 Grammy Award. The label previously released their recording of his Doctor Atomic Symphony and Guide to Strange Places in 2009.
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