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Alicia Keys - Here (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Alicia Keys
Title: Here
Genre: R&B, Soul
Label: © RCA Records, a divsion of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:44
Recorded: 2014–2016

Here is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. It was released on November 4, 2016, by RCA Records. The first single from the standard edition, "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)", was released on October 7, 2016. "In Common" and "Hallelujah" were featured on the deluxe edition of the album.
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Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin - The Centennial Edition (1958/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/176,4kHz

Artist: Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra
Title: Lady in Satin
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Classic Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Smooth Jazz, Swing
Label: © Columbia Records, a divison of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1958/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 176,4kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:39:36
Recorded: 19–21 February 1958, Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Lady Day’s songs are as well known today as they were decades ago. Holiday’s poignant voice is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.
After years on Norman Granz's Clef/Norgran/Verve group of labels, and impressed by arrangements she had heard by Ray Ellis, Holiday cut this album for Columbia in 1958. A highwater mark of her career, Lady In Satin served as Billie's second to last studio effort and final album released during her lifetime. The results are a very smooth, velvety set of tunes that go down like a twelve year old single-malt scotch. Standouts include "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "You've Changed."
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Bill Laurence - Live At Union Chapel (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Bill Laurence
Title: Live At Union Chapel
Genre: Jazz, Electric Jazz, Jam Bands, Jazz Funk
Label: © GroundUP Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:27:55
Recorded: May 2015, Union Chapel, London


Recorded in late May 2015 in front of a live audience at Union Chapel in London, this powerful performance features the very best of this talented keyboardists (and founding member of Snarky Puppy) solo catalogue. Featuring Snarky Puppy band-mates Michael League (electric and upright bass) and Robert Sput Searight (drums), with contributions from percussionist Felix Higgenbottom and a full string section and French horn. This is a truly great contemporary jazz piano concert with nods to modal jazz icon Bill Evans, post-Coltrane piano giants McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, and the fusion of Joe Zawinul & Chick Corea.
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Bertrand Chamayou - Schubert (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Bertrand Chamayou
Title: Schubert
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:36
Recorded: Salle Colonne, Paris. 5-7, 18, 21-22.XI.2013

Bertrand Chamayou, described by Gramophone as a “young French pianist of an impeccable pedigree”, is already firmly established as one of the most thoughtful and fascinating pianists of his generation. He has chosen Schubert – with the Wanderer-Fantaisie as the centrepiece – for his first release as an ERATO artist, and, in the course of 2014, the composer’s works will also feature in Chamayou’s recitals in Germany, Belgium, the US (New York), France and Austria.
Born in Toulouse, and a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, Chamayou had ambitions to be a composer before the piano became his musical priority, and his questing and creative spirit is reflected in a diverse and eclectic repertoire that defies simple categorisation: he has built his reputation with the music of, among others, Liszt, Franck, Messiaen and contemporary composers. It is perhaps not surprising that he drew the attention of Pierre Boulez, a similarly unclassifiable musician, who has conducted Chamayou in concerto performances on a number of occasions.
Gramophone, putting Chamayou’s playing in a class with Alfred Cortot, has praised the way he … “harnesses power and depth alongside his sparkling virtuosity” and noted his “textual clarity, warm and affectionate expression and luminous piano tone”, while International Record Review singled him out for special praise among the younger pianists of today:
“These days, when unprecedented virtuosity is the common coin of an entire of young pianists, it is not easy to describe what precisely puts Chamayou head and shoulders above his peers. His mastery of the piano is flawless; is oneness with the instrument complete. As one listens to his performances, perfection of execution so quickly becomes part of the landscape that you almost forget it. Unblemished by obtrusions of ego or exhibitionism, what we hear seems some pure distillation of musical thought, some unadorned essence of poetic utterance, as though a fleeting ideal were captured and held aloft in all its radiance. When Chamayou plays, you believe every note.”
France’s leading music awards, Les Victoires de la Musique, have traced the trajectory of Chamayou’s career: in 2006 he was named as the year’s ‘Révélation’ (outstanding young talent), while 2011 brought him the prize for Solo Instrumentalist and 2012 for Best Recording.
In the concert hall, conductors with whom he has collaborated include Semyon Bychkov, Andris Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, Neville Marriner, Michel Plasson, Stéphane Denève and Jérémie Rhorer, while among his chamber music partners are fellow ERATO artists Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon and Quatuor Ebène.
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Hector Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti (2016) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti
Title: Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830)
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCO Live
Release Date: 2016
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 00:58:10
Recorded Live at Concer tgebouw Amsterdam on 31 March, 1 and 3 April 2016.


With the release of this live recording of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, RCO Live celebrates the start of its collaboration with Daniele Gatti as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's seventh chief conductor on 9 September 2016. His unconventional take on this spectacular score evokes the astonishment audiences must have experienced at the time of the 1830 premiere. It is exactly this sense of surprise and freshness – founded on a thorough knowledge of the score – and the sheer joy of making music together that prompted the members of the RCO to choose Daniele Gatti as their new chief conductor.
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Bejun Mehta, Julius Drake - Down by the Salley Gardens: 20th Century English Songs (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Bejun Mehta, Julius Drake
Title: Down by the Salley Gardens: 20th Century English Songs
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:21
Recorded: septembre 2010, Teldex Studio, Berlin


Ce panorama de la mélodie anglaise moderne nous transporte de l’esthétique édouardienne de Quilter ou du premier Vaughan Williams à l’expressivité intense d’un Howells ou d’un Finzi. Les réalisations purcelliennes de Britten et de Tippett, pour leur part, nous montrent deux grands compositeurs du XXe siècle en prise directe avec leur patrimoine musical. Après un disque Haendel plébiscité, la maîtrise aussi bien vocale que verbale de Bejun Mehta fait merveille au cœur de cette diversité.
This programme offers a vivid and varied cross-section of English song, ranging from the Edwardian aesthetic of Quilter and early Vaughan Williams to the intensely expressive style of Howells and Finzi. The Purcell realisations by Britten and Tippett, meanwhile, are products of two great 20th-century composers engaging with their musical heritage. In all these different styles, Bejun Mehta shows the same verbal and vocal mastery that won such acclaim for his debut Handel recital on harmonia mundi.
Dieses außergewöhnliche Programm entführt uns in die Welt der englischen Liedkunst – von der edwardianischen Ästhetik eines Quilter oder frühen Vaughan Williams bis zum hochexpressiven Stil von Howells oder Finzi. Und die Purcell-Bearbeitungen von Britten und Tippett präsentieren sich als die fruchtbare Auseinandersetzung zweier großer Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts mit ihrem musikalischen Erbe. Nach seiner begeistert aufgenommenen Händel-CD beweist uns Bejun Mehta auch mit diesem so unterschiedlichen Repertoire erneut seine sprachliche und sängerische Meisterschaft.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Tapiola Sinfonietta, Olli Mustonen (2007/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Tapiola Sinfonietta, Olli Mustonen
Title: Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2007/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:40


This is the first of three volumes featuring Beethoven's five piano concertos performed by Olli Mustonen, acting here as both soloist and conductor of the Tapiola Sinfonietta. The Finnish musician is known for delivering fresh, visionary readings of popular standard repertoire music, such as Beethoven's concertos which he had never recorded before. Mustonen has maintained a close relationship with chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta, accompanying this ambitious recording project with acclaimed tour performances. Also a published composer, Mustonen is playing his own cadenzas in the First Concerto.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Violinkonzert - Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Beethoven - Violinkonzert
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:23
Recording: September 1979, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany


Das Violinkonzert Op. 61 entstand im Jahre 1806, Beethoven schrieb es für Franz Clement, der damals als musikalisches Genie erster Geiger und Konzertmeister im Orchester des Theaters an der Wien war. Damit war klar, dass alle späteren Aufführungen dieses Werkes im Zeichen erstklassiger Violonisten stand. Kein leichtes Unterfangen für die DG, doch mit Herbert Karajan als Dirigent, den Berliner Philharmonikern und ganz besonders Anne-Sophie Mutter hatte die Plattenfirma erstklassige Voraussetzungen geschaffen. Mutter stellte bei diesem Konzert ihr großartiges Können unter Beweis, denn die von Beethoven in den Vordergrund gerückten Soloparts decken schließlich geringste Unsauberkeiten im Vortrag auf. Die Geigerin meistert jede noch so artistisch anmutende Passage mit Eleganz und nahezu spielerischer Leichtigkeit.
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Beethoven & Liszt - Solo Piano - Sophie Pacini (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Artist: Sophie Pacini
Title: Beethoven & Liszt - Solo Piano
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:16:36
Recorded: 21–24 March 2016, Sendesaal Bremen, Germany


"Sophie Pacini is a protégée of Martha Argerich and it shows…There’s a similar air of in-the-moment rhapsodising and no fear of giving the performance a boot up the backside.” - Gramophone
Born in Munich in 1991, Pacini began her studies at the age of ten as a pupil of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where she was accepted two years later by the newly founded Institute for Highly Gifted Students. From 2007 she continued her studies in master classes given by Pavel Gililov, completing her diploma in 2011 with honours. In 2010 she became acquainted with Martha Argerich, who invited her the following year to give a recital as part of the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, and who has since become an important figure in the young pianist’s career.
“Our first project combines works by Beethoven and Liszt, two composers who have influenced me a great deal musically. They embody what has fascinated and captivated me about the piano from the beginning: the ability to transpose an entire orchestra onto the keyboard and trace the complexity of a score in fine detail, as well as the idea of the instrument as a powerhouse of musical evolution." – Sophie Pacini
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Barney Wilen - Auto Jazz: Tragic Destiny of Lorenzo Bandini (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Barney Wilen
Title: Auto Jazz: Tragic Destiny of Lorenzo Bandini
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1968/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:36:35
Recorded: February 13, 1968 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg; Soundtrack Recorded at the Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, May 7, 1967

At 21 French tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen achieved instant fame when he played with Miles Davis’ group on the sound track to the Louis Malle film noir classic Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows). Today the album is considered one of Miles’ masterpieces. Wilen also performed with Art Blakey on the soundtrack to Roger Vadim’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In the following years he sampled music styles ranging from the Avant-garde to fusion on into world music. A devoted Formula One fan, Wilen journeyed to the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix intending to tape-record the race, but when famed Italian driver Lorenzo Bandini suffered a horrific crash during the race and died of his injuries a few days later, Wilen decided to compose a piece honoring Bandini by integrating the audio tape into the composition. Originally conceived as a multimedia event, it was premiered at the Musée d’Arte Moderne in Paris after which Wilen was invited to perform his work at Manhattan’s New York University in front of an audience that included Rauschenberg, Warhol, and Ginsburg. Critic Jason Ankeny calls it “careening, visceral music brilliantly paralleling the exhilaration of its subject matter.” Expectancy contrasts and competes with the pre-race warm-up hullabaloo, while Start plays out against the noise and chaos as the race begins, as the quartet mirrors the autos’ roar and speed. In Tribune Princiere an ominous piano plays over the relative quiet of the racetrack. The bass enters followed by the tenor with its serene, psalm-like line, as the tension builds. On Hair Pin the percussive underpinning of prepared piano and tenor play in tandem with the cars as they tackle the track’s Gazomètres hairpin turn. The Canyon Sounds and Destiny reflects the sense of impending doom as the Hammond organ transmogrifies into some otherworldly harbinger of death and Wilen plays a dirge-like prayer that ascends into passionate cries and screams. Underneath bowed bass and drums create an audio maelstrom. The music settles with the plaintive, anguished cries of Bandini! Bandini!
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