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Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 & No. 2 / Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Valse Triste & The Swan of Tuonela - New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Artist: New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
Title: Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 & No. 2 / Sibelius: Finlandia, Valse Triste & The Swan of Tuonela
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1981/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:42
Recorded: 1970, 1973, 1974

Bernstein – Remastered Edition: Sibelius – The Symphonies collects Bernstein’s complete Sibelius recordings, newly remastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology in a 7CD limited original jackets collection.
Bernstein regarded Sibelius alongside Mahler as one of “the key turning points” in the development of the 20th century symphony, though his reputation as a Mahler exponent has overshadowed a lifelong dedication to the Finnish composer. His advocacy goes back to the time of his association with Koussevitzky, with whom he studied at Tanglewood in 1940, later becoming his assistant. At Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in 1941, he conducted the Second Symphony. And following his sensational New York Philharmonic debut in November 1943, one of Bernstein’s first engagements was a Montreal Symphony Orchestra concert in March 1944 that included his first performance of the First.
The Finnish composer’s centenary year, 1965, brought a flurry of activity. In New York, Bernstein conducted all the symphonies in a single season (only his mentor Serge Koussevitzky had done that in the US, three decades earlier in Boston). For his efforts, Bernstein was made a Commander of the Order of the Lion by the president of Finland. By this time, he was already well into his recorded Sibelius cycle, begun in February 1961 with the Fifth Symphony, completed in May 1967 with the Sixth.
Bernstein’s Sibelius, like his teacher’s, was “warm like the sun” rather than a more orthodox evocation of cold northern soundscapes. He once called Sibelius “a great and strange kind of genius”, but in his New York cycle he favors visceral excitement over strange remoteness.
This set also contains his recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the French virtuoso Zino Francescatti. Also included are Valse triste, The Swan of Tuonela, a rather brash Finlandia, a thrilling performance of Pohjola’s Daughter and Luonnotar – Sibelius’s haunting setting of words from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic (with American soprano Phyllis Curtin) – as well as Bernstein’s only recording of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites. But it’s the Sibelius symphonies that are the chief attraction here, and this often stunningly well-played, first completed stereo cycle has lost none of its freshness and authority in the half century since it was recorded.
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Edvard Grieg - Lyric Pieces - Emil Gilels (1974/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Artist: Emil Gilels
Title: Grieg - Lyric Pieces
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 1974/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:05
Recorded: June 1974, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany


Late Russian pianist Emil Gilels, considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, lovingly recorded these 20 selections from Grieg's oeuvre of 66 short Lyric Pieces in 1974. The programme opens and closes with Grieg's first and very last lyric pieces and includes Butterfly, one of Grieg's best known compositions.
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Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Louis Sclavis, Gerald Cleaver - Ida Lupino (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Louis Sclavis, Gerald Cleaver
Title: Ida Lupino
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Free Improvisation, Free Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:17:44
Recorded: February 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

Ida Lupino is a fresh and creative album, distinguished by deep listening and focused interaction. At its centre is the remarkable improvisational rapport of two Italian musicians – pianist Giovanni Guidi and trombonist Gianluca Petrella. Their musical understanding – already apparent to listeners who heard them in Enrico Rava’s band – has been further refined in a widely-travelled duo which seeks encounters with fellow improvisers. “Our duo work is really defined by our collaboration with other artists,” Guidi says. The present album both builds on established relationships and the stimulus of new encounters as they are joined by – in Petrella’s words – “two masters of contemporary jazz who are really on our wavelength”.
For this recording, Manfred Eicher brought Guidi and Petrella together with US drummer Gerald Cleaver and French clarinettist Louis Sclavis, for a set of music by turns introspective and outgoing. The Italians had played previously with Cleaver, on an early Guidi album called We Don’t Live Here Anymore, but Sclavis had never met the other musicians prior to the session at Lugano’s Stelio Molo RSI auditorium. “It’s very precious this kind of musical relationship,” Louis Sclavis says, “on the one hand, it’s very fragile but at the same time there is a strong connection between the players. We are four people for one music, and we don’t know where we’re going, but we control the journey.”
“In this album we are searching for many different things,” says Giovanni Guidi. “Improvised music has to be very democratic. At the same time, one of its components should be a sense of wonder. And the more you have a strong idea, at the concept level, the more you know you must not impose it…”
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Gianluigi Trovesi all’opera - Profumo Di Violetta (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Gianluigi Trovesi
Title: Gianluigi Trovesi all’opera - Profumo Di Violetta
Genre: Jazz, Classical Crossover, Modern Creative, Saxophone Jazz, Post-Bop
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:15
Recorded: September 2006, Teatro Serassi, Villa d’Almè, Bergamo


Italy’s great musical archaeologist and one of the outstanding improvisers of his country, Gianluigi Trovesi with “Profumo di Violetta” indulges in his love for the emotional drama and musical beauty of Italian opera. (The title simultaneously alludes to the protagonist of Verdi’s famous opera “La traviata” and to the flower’s sweet perfume.) Accompanied by the characteristic North-Italian provincial “banda”, a large wind orchestra with percussion as we find it in the on-stage-music of most Verdi operas, Trovesi takes us on a humorous journey through the history of the genre.
It starts with Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”, includes many highlights from “La traviata” before briefly visiting Mascagni and Puccini.
The popular and the sublime, irony and unrestrained pathos meet with an improvisational spirit that conveys the pure joy of music making. One of the most unorthodox albums in this year’s release schedule, Trovesi’s opera project is likely to win many enthusiastic listeners among opera lovers and open-minded jazz enthusiasts.
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George Benson - Body Talk (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: George Benson
Title: Body Talk
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:36:52
Recorded: July 17-18, 1973 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

With an eye and ear on what was happening on the soul charts -- James Brown in particular -- Benson made a decided swerve toward R&B on this release. Indeed the JB's Pee Wee Ellis turns up as a big band arranger on three tracks, and he no doubt had a direct influence on the distinct JB groove of one of the non-big-band tunes, "Dance." It should come as no surprise by now that this formidable guitarist has no problem handling any kind of groove, although the mixed rhythm section of Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, electric pianist Harold Mabern, and percussionist Mobutu sometimes sends mixed messages. Earl Klugh has a few tasty moments on his own, and there are some reconnaissance flights back to the jazz side of George, which he handles with his usual confident aplomb. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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Gabriel Faure Vol. 2: Piano Quartets, op. 15 & 45 - Eric Le Sage, Daishin Kashimoto, Lise Berthaud, Francois Salque (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Artist: Eric Le Sage, Daishin Kashimoto, Lise Berthaud, François Salque
Title: Gabriel Fauré Vol. 2: Piano Quartets, op. 15 & 45
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:01
Enregistré en mars 2011 à l’auditorium MC2, Maison de la Culture de Grenoble

Between 1875 and his death in 1924, Fauré produced ten or so compositions that are among the jewels of the French chamber repertoire, written at a time when opera and symphonic music were the predominant genres.
The international artist Eric Le Sage, who is a specialist in this repertoire, continues his exploration of the complete chamber music with piano of Gabriel Fauré, accompanied by a fine team of first-rate artists.This second volume, expertly recorded by Jean-Marc Laisné in the wonderful setting of the MC2 Auditorium in Grenoble, shows extraordinary energy and elegance. The first volume was awarded the highest ratings by the music magazine Classica in December 2011.
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Gabriel Faure Vol. 1: Works for cello and piano & trio Op. 120 - Eric Le Sage, Francois Salque, Paul Meyer (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Artist: Eric Le Sage, François Salque, Paul Meyer
Title: Gabriel Fauré Vol. 1: Works for cello and piano & trio Op. 120
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics | Outhere Music
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:13:52
Enregistré en mars 2011 à l’auditorium MC2, Maison de la Culture de Grenoble


Following the successful edition of Schumann’s complete works, Eric Le Sage and Alpha have decided to produce a new series of 5 CD’s dedicated to Gabriel Fauré’s complete works for chamber music with piano. This series in general and its first volume in particular, constitute a milestone in Alpha’s development as they are the first of a line devoted to music from the post-Mozart period. Each volume will be placed in the literary context of the time in which it was created through fragments taken from novels, poems or the correspondence of artists. Eric Le Sage will work on this series together with François Salque with whom he shares a great musical affinity. Sound engineer Jean-Marc Laisné (who recorded the integral works of Schumann) will record the pieces in the auditorium of Grenoble, a hall famous for its acoustics. Through the combination of their talents, these men will breathe new life into these well known pieces.
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