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Johannes Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski (2008) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski
Title: Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2008
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:19:13
Recorded: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, November 2007

With the greatest of approval, critics and audience alike had greeted the première of the symphony, which was given a brilliant performance on December 30, 1877 by the Vienna Philharmonic under Hans Richter. All the worries and problems which had dogged and tormented Brahms for almost 15 years during the composition of his Symphony No. 1 were now forgotten. Finally, the breakthrough had come about, after years of battling with the symphonic form and his own selfdoubt, and this second symphony provided a magnificent confirmation of the fact. The shadow of the “giant” Beethoven had definitely been cast off.
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Johannes Brahms - Piano Concertos - Rudolf Buchbinder, Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Rudolf Buchbinder, Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta
Title: Brahms - Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:30:32
Recorded: Musikverein,Vienna, March 2015

“It is not every day that Brahms sounds so perfect as this,” enthuses the Kurier newspaper, describing Buchbinder’s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic. The “phenomenal piano virtuoso” (Kurier) plays the First and Second Piano Concertos of Johannes Brahms in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with Maestro Zubin Mehta, who has long been intensively associated both with the orchestra and with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.
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Boogaloo Joe Jones - Right On Brother (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Boogaloo Joe Jones
Title: Right On Brother
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:44
Recorded: February 16, 1970 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Guitarist Ivan Joseph Jones, better known as Boogaloo Joe Jones, was a soul-jazz artist whose brand of cool, funky music can be heard on Prestige releases from the late 1960s and early `70s.
The HighRes-reissued „Right On Brother“ (1970) will give contemporary listeners a healthy dose of Jones's groovy brew. And fans of Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and Wes Montgomery will know what to expect from Jones's blend of hard bop and R&B. Support from saxophonist Rusty Bryant and drummer Bernard keeps the groove solid, while Jones demonstrates his feel-good bluesy skills on the fretboard.
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Joseph Bodin de Boismortier - Six Sonates - Elysium Ensemble (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755)
Artist: Elysium Ensemble, Greg Dikmans, Lucinda Moon
Title: Boismortier: Six Sonates, Op. 51 (Paris, 1734)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Resonus Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:11
Recorded: was made in the warm acoustic of Studio 520 at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Adelaide on 2–6 February and 20–24 April 2015.
The original recording was made in ultra-high resolution DXD (352.8kHz) using Sonodore

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier did not come from a celebrated family of musicians, as did such notable contemporaries as Jacques Hotteterre (1674–1763) and François Couperin (1668–1733). The son of a merchant confectioner, he held no long-term official post at the French court or other noble or ecclesiastical musical establishment. Acknowledged as being pleasant and good company, clever, original and inventive, he was simply a talented and prolific composer of profitable and popular works that enabled him to live a life of fame and luxury.
Boismortier did not feel the need for what in French is known as succès d’estime, praise from the critics (but with poor sales). Rather, he had real popularity, a popularity that should not prejudice us against the quality of his compositions or his skill as a composer. He was writing for a cultured, knowledgeable and sophisticated audience.
Following on from their critically acclaimed Resonus debut of duets by Johann Joachim Quantz, the second in a series of releases based on research into historical performance practice sees the Elysium Ensemble record an album of the Six Sonates, Op. 51, by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755).
The second in a series of releases based on research into historical performance practice sees Elysium principles Greg Dikmans (flute) and Lucinda Moon (violin) continue their exploration of neglected and lesser-known works continuing the theme of ‘The Art of Elegant Conversation’.
Prolific in his lifetime, publishing over 100 collections of Suites, Sonatas and other instrumental music, Boismortier’s great depth and imagination comes through in these duos for flute and violin brought to life with panache by the Elysium Ensemble.
The sonatas in this collection are among Boismortier’s finest chamber music and are unlike those found in any other collection of duets. First, they are written specifically for the flute and violin and, second, the violin part employs many chords, hence the violon par accords (violin with chords) in the title. The violin plays a dual role: joining in a dialogue with the flute while also providing an harmonic accompaniment. This last characteristic, which could be seen as a design constraint because of the limitation of which chords the violin can or cannot play, means the music evolves in new and interesting ways.
These sonatas demonstrate Boismortier’s harmonic inventiveness and skill at writing agreeable, charming melodies. The close voicing of the chords created by the interplay of flute and violin creates a rich palette of sonorities and textures.
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Black Sabbath - The Ultimate Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: The Ultimate Collection
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:30:10
Remastered by Andy Pearce, 2009

Black Sabbath are arguably the most influential heavy metal band of all time. The band helped to create the genre with ground breaking releases such as Paranoid, an album that Rolling Stone magazine said “changed music forever”, and called the band “the Beatles of heavy metal”. Time Magazine called Paranoid “the birthplace of heavy metal”. The Ultimate Collection is curated in conjunction with the band, the 31-track collection features the band’s classic songs including Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, N.I.B. and The Wizard as well as choice cuts from their classic albums and is the definitive accompaniment for all Sabbath fans as well as those with a love of hard rock. Remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce (Motörhead, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges).
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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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