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Norbert Ernst - Lebt kein Gott (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Artist: Norbert Ernst
Title: Lebt kein Gott
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:01
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Title: Skeleton Tree
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Bad Seed Ltd
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:42
Recorded at The Retreat by Kevin Paul and at La Frette by Nick Launay.

Nick Cave is an artist who has never shied away from exploring the darker side of the human experience, often in broadly gothic strokes on his early albums but with a growing degree of nuance and compassion as Cave and his work matured. But a very real and deeply painful tragedy was visited on Cave while he was working on his 16th solo album, Skeleton Tree. His 15-year-old son Arthur Cave died when he fell from a cliff in July 2015, and while the writing and recording was already underway when the youngster suffered his accident, the grief and pain of loss Cave felt is palpable throughout this album. Skeleton Tree is relatively modest in scale -- it runs just 40 minutes, the cover artwork is minimal, and the music lacks the dramatic, grand-scale arrangements of Cave's albums of the 21st century. Nearly all of these songs feature spare, minimal melodies and low-key soundscapes that hover over beds of atonal electronic noise and sculpted static. And while the estimable talents of the Bad Seeds are on display here, on many tracks the final effect feels more like an author reading over ambient backing tracks than the sort of evocative sounds one might expect from Cave and his collaborators. The lyrics appear to reference Cave's personal loss on occasion -- the very first words in the opening track, "Jesus Alone," are "You fell from the sky/Crash landed in a field," which could hardly be a mere coincidence -- yet Skeleton Tree doesn't feel like an album about the late Arthur Cave. Instead, Skeleton Tree plays like an act of mourning, a set of songs in which Cave makes his acquaintance with grief and struggles to make sense of the pain and emotional devastation that come with outliving your child. As always, Cave's songs are both literate and emotionally honest, and though this music is genuinely passionate, he avoids histrionics. Skeleton Tree isn't about exorcizing the agony of being robbed of a loved one. Instead, this music honors the dead by making sense of the pain of the survivors, and the harrowing and beautiful "Distant Sky" (a duet with Else Torp) finds a point where these two sides meet and find peace. Even by Cave's dour standards, Skeleton Tree is a tough listen, but it's also a powerful and revealing one, and a singular work from a one-of-a-kind artist. --AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition - New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (2004) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Artist: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras
Title: Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Genre: Classical
Label: © Vanguard Classics XVAN1504D64
Release Date: 2004
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:37:14
Recorded: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, July 1973


Most audiophiles, when they think of classical records, treasure the true classic labels: RCA, Mercury, Everest, Decca and Vanguard. Thinking in terms of the Mt. Rushmore of classical labels, Vanguard holds a place of preeminence on that peak. These are gorgeous recordings. And now, remastered from the original analog tapes (and when available, from the original 3-track masters!) in the stunning clarity and life-like vividness of DSD, these Vanguard Classics files will be a cornerstone of any classical collection.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Khovanshchina Prelude were recorded on eight tracks, placing the listener at the center of the orchestra, with strings (left), horns, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, trumpets and harps arrayed left to right on the front three channels and the timpani/percussion, strings (right), trombones, tuba, bass drum/percussion arrayed left to right on the rear channels.
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Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus
Title: The Distance
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Modern Composition, Big Band, Contemporary Jazz, Free Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:15
Recorded: December 2014, Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY; Mastering: at MSM Studios, München


The Distance represents a grand creative leap for bassist-composer Michael Formanek, following two widely lauded ECM releases featuring his quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. The new album showcases his texturally rich compositions for the dynamic 18-piece big band he has playfully dubbed Ensemble Kolossus. The project saw some of the most distinctive musicians on the New York scene bonding to realize Formanek’s epic design, as he re-imagined what a big-band can be. Channeling sounds from the classic to the modern, he also composed for individual soloists in the Ellingtonian tradition. Along with the romanticism of the title track, The Distance features the “Exoskeleton” suite – a kaleidoscopic musical experience in which Formanek’s bold, beautiful vision for 21st-century large-ensemble jazz comes vibrantly to life.
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Mathias Eick - Skala (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mathias Eick
Title: Skala
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Crossover Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:39
Recorded: December 2009 and January 2010 at Cabin Recorders, Bugges Room, and Pooka Studio, Oslo


Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick’s new album extends the concept and the panoramic sweep of his ECM debut “The Door” (recorded 2007). “It’s wider and bigger in all directions,” Eick says. “Skala” calls upon the services of more musicians – including, at times, two drummers - and there is more detail in the arrangements. What hasn’t changed is the emphasis on the lyrical soloist at the centre of the production. Eick’s elegant trumpet now has a larger space in which to sing.
“Skala” pools new and older compositions, all written by Mathias, and inspired, he says, by music from classical to pop. The title tune is one that the trumpeter says has been following him “for many years”, its network of inspirations including Sting’s 1993 song “Shape of My Heart”. “Edinburgh” was written in the Scottish city, but draws inspiration from Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and the plaintive cry of Jan Garbarek’s sax. Eick describes “June” as “a light and peaceful song, a reminiscence of summer days”. The piece incorporates the harp of classical player Sidsel Walstad, currently of the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra.
“Oslo”, the album’s most propulsive tune, is a “song of the city. It’s a groove-directed piece.” It also “brings the idea of the two drummers into play. It sets them loose.” The piece also includes significant contributions from keyboardist Morten Qvenild, best known for his work with singer Susanna Wallumrød. “Joni” is, of course, for Joni Mitchell, whose work Eick has long admired. “Biermann” is named after the Oslo house that Eick rents, a place once owned by German merchant J. F. Biermann, back in the 19th century. “The Day After” references the 1970s, and is influenced by sources as diverse as the Jarrett/Garbarek ‘Belonging’ collaboration and the pounding rock piano of Elton John. “Epilogue” develops “from the simple idea of softness meeting raw energy”, as Mathias’s tender trumpet soliloquy gives way to typhoon-strength drumming from Torstein Lofthus.
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Maroon 5 - Hands All Over (2011/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Maroon 5
Title: Hands All Over
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © A&M/Octone Records
Release Date: 2011/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:17
Recorded: 2008–10 on Lake Geneva in Vevey, Switzerland; 2011 Los Angeles, California


Hands All Over is a monumental record chock full of buoyant, unforgettable melodies. Recorded at producer Robert John Lange's Switzerland studio, the members of Maroon 5 locked themselves in the mountains to patiently craft their latest effort. Starting with the hard-rocking title track, the albums 15 tracks take several intoxicating twists and turns including such compositions as "Out of Goodbyes," a stunning country ballad infused with musical and vocal contributions from Nashville chart-toppers Lady Antebellum. Long-time fans will get a thrill out of "Misery", with its funky guitars and high-stepping melody, as well as the propulsive "Stutter", melody rich "Give A Little More" and "Don't Know Much About That", which professes a classic soulful vibe.
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Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber - Alba (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber
Title: Alba
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:44
Recorded: July 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


Alba is the premiere recording of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen’s duo with pianist Florian Weber, a formation in existence for some six years now. Though very different in their connections to the language of jazz, both musicians share a deep interest in the process of creative expression: of looking inwards and outwards with intensity at things, for echoes, resonances, insights.
Initially, the duo experimented with electronic sounds, also to create the “opening sounds” that have attracted Stockhausen since he first played with Rainer Brüninghaus’s trio in the early 1980s. But with Weber, the realization soon came that the duo sounded stronger playing acoustically. “Florian has this incredible touch and possibilities to modulate the sound of the piano. There are so many colours available”. Alba is Markus Stockhausen’s first ECM recording since Karta was released in 2000. Florian Weber, a German Jazz Critics prize winner who has played with Albert Mangelsdorff, Lee Konitz and many others, makes his ECM debut here.
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Marie Mokati - Break Loose (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Marie Mokati
Title: Break Loose
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:03:49

BREAK LOOSE, das erste Album der 2014 gegründeten Band Marie Mokati, setzt sich keine stilistischen Grenzen. Mal erklingt eine sanfte Folk-Melodie, dann wieder ein experimenteller Rocksong und alles ohne Scheu davor Konventionen zu sprengen und neu zu erfinden. Ein roter Faden, der sich kontinuierlich durchzieht ist die Ehrlichkeit der Geschichten, welche die Sängerin, Bandleaderin und Komponistin Marie Daniels aus ihrem Leben und aus Beobachtungen erzählt.
Der durchdringende Gitarrenklang, der warme Sound des Kontrabasses, gemischt mit dem experimentierfreudigen Spiel des Schlagzeugers und der ausdrucksstarken Stimme, ergeben einen ganz eigenen Bandsound, der in einem großen dynamischen Spektrum von sehr leise und zerbrechlich bis laut und reißerisch zum tragen kommt. Die Musiker schaffen es Jazz/Experimental und Pop nahtlos ineinander überfließen zu lassen.
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Maria Radutu - Insomnia (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Maria Radutu
Title: Insomnia
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Records | Universal Music GmbH, Austria
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:05

At first glance Maria Radutu is a successful classical pianist. Look a little closer and you will see the very profile of a unique musician who rather than buying into the commercial music industry has instead developed her brilliant technique and artistic craftmanship through well thought-out programing and unusual concepts for her concerts and CDs. All of which have taken her beyond the realm of mere vistuosity and perfection, without losing either. (Florian Willeitner)
Maria Radutu's solo career has included a debut in the Musikverein (Vienna), performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto; a performance of Mozart's Concerto in A minor (KV414) with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Salle Gaveau (Paris); a debut in Madrid's Auditorio Nationale with the Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia with a performance of Richard Strauss' Burleske and a tour to Asia with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cornelius Meister.
Insomnia is my music of sleepless nights. It includes music by Scriabin, Fauré, Sibeilius and others. Collaborators on the album were Klemens Sander, Margareta Ferek Petric, Laurenz Sartena, Christoph Cech, Clemens Salesny, Georg Burdicek, Alex Gelehrter, and Catalin Orezeanu.
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Macy Gray - Stripped (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Macy Gray
Title: Stripped
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz, R&B
Label: © Chesky Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 51:07
Recorded: April 7,8, 2016 at The Hirsch Center, Brooklyn, New York

One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable voices in music history is back in a way you've never heard before. Macy Gray makes her Chesky Records debut with her new Jazz infused album, Stripped. Paired with an awe inspiring jazz ensemble that includes Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney, Macy's voice is given the space and freedom to truly shine. Featuring new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits like "I Try," there's something for everyone on this timeless recording.
Macy Gray was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to California for college. She began singing in her 20s and released her multi-platinum debut album, On How Life Is, in 1999, winning a Grammy for her single, “I Try.”
Gray also enjoys acting, and has had small roles on several TV shows as well as movies, including Training Day with Denzel Washington, and Shadowboxer with Cuba Gooding Junior. Additionally she made cameo appearances as herself in films like Spider-Man (2002) and television shows like Ally McBeal. In 2012, she appeared in the film The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. The film was released at the Cannes Film Festival. Gray was also a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009.
Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure cool music ever recorded.
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