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Ingenious Opposites, Vol. 1: Roman Zaslavsky plays works of Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810–1856), Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Artist: Roman Zaslavsky
Title: Ingenious Opposites, Vol. 1: Roman Zaslavsky plays works of Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt
Genre: Classical
Label: © EuroArts Music International GmbH
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:09:20
Recorded: Studio Halle, Halle, October 2011


Russian-Israeli pianist Roman Zaslavsky is a master of piano technique that espouses nuance without resorting to arbitrary mannerisms. He first gained recognition by taking 1st prize—the Primer Gran Premio—at the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition in Valencia, Spain and concert tours brought him around the globe with rave reviews after performances in Israel, Germany, Netherlands, France, Japan, Canada and Latin America. In presenting the historic and artistic connections of Ingenious Opposites, he gives the listener the chance to experience these masterpieces in a whole new light.
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Ingenious Opposites, Vol. 2: Roman Zaslavsky plays works of Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943), Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Artist: Roman Zaslavsky
Title: Ingenious Opposites, Vol. 2: Roman Zaslavsky plays works of Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev
Genre: Classical
Label: © EuroArts Music International GmbH
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:10
Recorded: Studio Halle, Halle, October 2011


Roman Zaslavsky presents the artistic and historic context of two composers who left their indelible mark on the development of music in the 20th Century: Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, who where very different though being contemporaries. Prokofiev was open for the new, wanted to finish with Romanticism and turned towards Modernism, while Rachmaninov was rooted in Romantiscism and continued this tradition in his own way. Ingenious Opposites Vol. 2 is the second HD Audio production which is released by EuroArts. “This second production develops the theme further and picks up the thread where the first left off. Much as Schumann and Liszt left an indelible mark on the evolution of music in Germany, these two composers had a similar impact on composition and piano school in Russia, representing two distinctly different currents.”
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Ron Carter - Spanish Blue (1975/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ron Carter
Title: Spanish Blue
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Fusion, Latin Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1975/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:34:19
Recorded: November 18, 1974 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

One of the massive Ron Carter albums from the mid 70s – and a set of 4 open-ended modal tracks that hit a similar Latin/but not Latin approach as the tracks on Coltrane's great Ole album. The group's a small one – featuring Carter on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Jay Berliner on guitar, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, Roland Hanna on piano, and Hubert Laws on flute. Laws' playing is some of the best on the record – and his solos carry most of the songs nicely, a lot more nicely, in fact, than those on his own albums at the time. Leon Pendarvis makes a guest appearance playing electric piano on the cut "Arkansas", which is a bit funky – and other tunes include "El Noche Sol", "Sabado Sombrero", and "El Noche Sol".
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Randy Weston - Blue Moses (1972/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Randy Weston
Title: Blue Moses
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modal Music, Modern Creative, Big Band, Progressive Jazz, African Jazz, World Fusion
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1972/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:36:55
Recorded: March–April 1972 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Recorded in 1972, Blue Moses, the most commercially successful album in pianist/composer Randy Weston's catalog remains one of his most controversial due to his conflicted feelings about the final product, which he feels is too polished and too far from his original intent for the project. Indeed, appearing on Creed Taylor's CTI imprint was an almost certain guarantee of polished production. Weston plays both acoustic and Rhodes piano here; he was backed by a band of CTI's star-studded stable: trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Grover Washington, flutists Hubert Laws and Romeo Penque, drummer Billy Cobham, alternate bassists Ron Carter and Bill Wood, and percussionists Phil Kraus, Airto Moreira, and Weston's son Azzedin. This group was backed by a punchy Don Sebesky-arranged horn section. Blue Moses, consists of four compositions; it was an attempt by Weston to showcase the influence "Ganawa" music from Morocco had on him as a composer. "Ganawa (Blues Moses)," with its frenetic, minor-key piano lines, knotty, Middle Eastern Eastern-sounding charts, and skittering North African rhythms push the listener into a new space, one that stands outside of CTI's usual frame in, and into, the exotic. The brass is aggressive, and while that might overshadow some recordings of lesser substance, Sebesky knew what he had in Weston's tunes, and reigned his players in just enough to keep the dynamics fresh, open, and full of engaged call-and- response playing between Weston, Hubbard, and Laws. So too, album closer "Marrakesh Blues," with wordless backing vocals by Madame Meddah, twinned trumpet and flute lines, gorgeous electric piano solos, and a deep, strolling bassline. It's an Eastern modal blues with the sound of a horn section to boost its drama."Night in the Media" is a labyrinthine, more abstract piece, but utterly atmospheric and colorful in its arrangement, with exciting interplay between Weston's enormous chords and Washington's swinging, soulful saxophone and percussion instruments that create a lithe, spiritual jazz groove. No matter how Weston ultimately feels about Blue Moses, this date succeeds on all levels. Creating a commercially viable recording from the elements presented must not have been easy, but Taylor rose to the occasion and delivered a grooving beauty of an album without compromising Weston's genius. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Sunleif Rasmussen - Symphony No. 2 - Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgards (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Sunleif Rasmussen (b.1961)
Artist: Cyndia Sieden, Bo Skovhus, Akademiska Sångforeningen, Muntra Musikanter, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds
Title: Rasmussen - Symphony No. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Dacapo Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: dacapo-records.dk
Duration: 00:53:03
Recorded: Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall, 12 and 14 September 2015

In many ways Sunleif Rasmussen is a pan-Nordic composer. Born in the Faroe Islands in 1961, he has lived in Norway for a period, and today he shuttles between Copenhagen and his native islands. He also has a close association with Finland and Finnish musical life, among other ways through a close friendship of many years with the conductor and violinist John Storgårds; a musical friendship of which the present recording and the CDs Strings against Strings (2007) and Motion/Emotion (2013) are shining examples. Rasmussen speaks more than a handful of the related Nordic languages, and is a great believer in the shared Nordic identity nourished by the common linguistic basis.
His youth did not in fact point in the direction of a life as the absolutely most prominent Faroese composer. There was no musical training on the island of Sandoy when Sunleif Rasmussen was growing up. So he learned to read music from his grandmother. At the end of the 1970s he went to Norway to attend a music college outside Oslo, and it was there that he first heard a symphony orchestra play live – an overwhelming experience, among other reasons because the programme consisted of striking masterworks from the twentieth century: Le Sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky and Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev. At the same time he drew great inspiration from the great jazz pianist of the time, Keith Jarrett, and the tenor saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and in fact it was as a jazz pianist – with a single CD on his conscience – that Sunleif Rasmussen developed musically in the 1980s. At that time he was back in the Faroe Islands, before moving to Copenhagen in 1988; the next year he began studying composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in the capital with Professor Ib Nørholm – and later electroacoustic music with Ivar Frounberg.
Shortly after his studies, in 1995-97, Sunleif Rasmussen wrote his best known work, the first symphony, ­Oceanic Days, for which he received the Nordic Council’s Music Prize as the first and so far the only Faroese to do so. Over the years he has also received grants from the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation, and in 2011, as the youngest recipient ever, he won the biggest culture prize of the Faroes, the Mentanarheiðursløn landsins. His music is played in most parts of the world.
In the works in the 1990s as today, Rasmussen found his inspiration in natural phenomena and Faroese melodies. In the 1990s these melodies were only present in the hidden composition work as a basis for serial and spectral principles – where notes and sounds are thoroughly and systematically organized. During the last decade, suggestions or imitations of Faroese folk melodies and rhythms have been far more dominant in his music.
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Ravel, Bartok - Rhapsody - Rosanne Philippens, Yuri van Nieuwkerk (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Jenö Hubay (1858-1937)
Artist: Rosanne Philippens, Yuri van Nieuwkerk
Title: Ravel, Bartók - Rhapsody
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: channelclassics.com
Duration: 01:03:15
Recorded: November 2012, Kleine Zaal Eindhoven


If there's one period to which we feel specially attracted, it's the time when Ravel and Bartók wrote their sonatas and rhapsodies. Music styles from all corners of the world were blowing across the European continent, taking root as folk dances, blues rhythms and exotic melodies in the hearts of classically trained musicians. How very similar to our own situation!
We were formed by Beethoven and Schubert, but with American colleagues, Indonesian forefathers and pop and jazz musicians as close friends our musical world was equally determined by Radiohead, Brad Mehldau and Indonesian gamelan. Bartók and Ravel show us how traditional craftsmanship can be combined with the sounds of other cultures. In their music we can give full rein to our craft, the flame of our ensemble playing and our love for our instruments. At the same time, we recognize in it the groove, the catch in the voice and the raw expression, which captivate us beyond the concert hall. All these elements are brought together in masterly fashion. And so this CD is not only a homage to Ravel and Bartók, but also to the unbounded world of music, in which we both feel free and happy. Enjoy our recording!
Rosanne Philippens & Yuri van Nieuwkerk In 2001 Yuri and Rosanne met at a summer school high up in the mountains of Switzerland. Playing together, it became clear that they had much in common in their musicianship. On returning to Holland they decided to form a duo, and this has been a great success. Today they continue to play together and their musicianship - both as individuals and as a duo - is recognised increasingly. The duo was awarded the Netherlands Programming Foundation Duo Prize at the National Violin Competition, and has broadcast on Dutch classical radio and TV. At the latest Vriendenkrans/het Debuut they won Het Debuut, and with it a grant for further studies and a series of ten concerts at leading chamber music venues in Holland in 2013. The duo has also performed in Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein.
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Ronnie Cuber - Passion Fruit (1985/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ronnie Cuber
Title: Passion Fruit
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Electric Bird | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1985/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:38:30
Recorded: February 28 & March 1, 1985 at Clinton Recording Studio, N.Y.


A powerful baritonist in the tradition of Pepper Adams, Ronnie Cuber has been making excellent records for over 20 years. He was in Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival and was featured with the groups of Slide Hampton (1962), Maynard Ferguson (1963-1965), and George Benson (1966-1967). After stints with Lionel Hampton (1968), Woody Herman's Orchestra (1969), and as a freelancer, he recorded a series of fine albums (both as a leader and as a sideman) for Xanadu and performed with Lee Konitz's nonet (1977-1979). In the mid-'80s, Cuber recorded for Projazz (in both straight-ahead and R&B-ish settings), in the early '90s he headed dates for Fresh Sound and SteepleChase and Cuber performed regularly with the Mingus Big Band. --Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
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Robert & Clara Schumann - Piano Trios Op. 17, 88, 110 - Swiss Piano Trio (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Artist: Swiss Piano Trio
Title: Robert & Clara Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 17, 88, 110
Genre: Classical
Label: © Audite Musikproduktion
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: audite.de
Duration: 01:17:42


Following the highly acclaimed SACD of Robert Schumann's first two Piano Trios, Opp. 63 and 80, with the Swiss Piano Trio audite now releases a new disc, comprising his Phantasiestücke Op. 88, the third Piano Trio Op. 110, alongside Clara Schumann's only Piano Trio Op. 17 in G minor which has been unjustly overshadowed by her husband's works. Juxtaposing these works reveals the differences, but principally the similarities, of the musical idioms of Mr and Mrs Schumann. Clara Schumann's trio, composed in 1846, is an outstanding romantic work able to hold its own in the company of her husband's or Mendelssohn's trios. Whilst her work achieved public success but fell victim to the composer's harsh self-criticism, the reverse was true of Schumann's final trio, written in Düsseldorf in 1851.The unjustified verdict that this work no longer possessed the originality and mental power of Schumann's earlier works but already revealed the composer's looming illness, was responsible for this masterpiece of chamber music literature remaining unrecognised over a long period of time.
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Richard Elliot - Summer Madness (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Richard Elliot
Title: Summer Madness
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Heads Up International/Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:44:09
Recorded: Brauntosoarus Studio, Woodland Hills, CA


Tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot celebrates his funk and R&B roots on Summer Madness, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2014 release Lip Service. Recorded with the members of his touring band, the album's cast includes two other horn players augmenting Elliot’s signature sax work: trumpeter and trombonist Rick Braun, who also produced the sessions and, on several tracks, baritone saxophonist Curt Waylee appears. Most importantly though, the songs were created from scratch as Elliot and his musicians formulated and honed their ideas in the studio, with Braun’s ultra-capable guidance. For Elliot, recruiting the additional players and having the entire band, plus a respected veteran producer help him shape the music, was integral to the project’s success.
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