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Joyce DiDonato - In War & Peace: Harmony through Music (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Leonardo Leo (1694-1744), Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Niccolo Jommelli (1714-1774), Claudio Monteverdi (1567- 1643)
Artist: Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
Title: In War & Peace - Harmony through Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:19:09
Recorded: Gustav Mahler Hall, Kulturzentrum, Grand Hotel Toblach, 13-20 March 2016

“Perhaps my most personal project to date,” is how American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato describes In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Her ambitions for this collection of arias from Baroque operas are substantial. Surrounded as we are by instability, she hopes it will help us find an answer to a vitally important question: “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”
Her aim is to “steer conversation and discourse … to help all of us find peace in our lives in a dynamic way … As I have tried to convey in this selection of music, the power to bravely tip the scales towards peace lies firmly within every single one of us.”
In War and Peace: Harmony through Music was recorded with Il Pomo d’Oro under its principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. The programme comprises 15 arias divided into two sections: ‘War’ and ‘Peace’. Both contain music by Purcell and Handel – including, to close ‘War’, Dido’s dignified, but searing lament from Dido and Aeneas and Almirena’s haunting and heartbreaking ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo. An excerpt from Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse is included in ‘Peace’, which concludes with Cleopatra’s spirited and defiantly optimistic ‘Da tempeste il legno infranto’ from Giulio Cesare. A further aria from Giulio Cesare is the bonus track for the album; it is Sesto’s touching apostrophe to hope, ‘Cara speme’, which Joyce DiDonato sings unforgettably on a floating whisper of breath.
With 20 concerts in 12 countries between November 2016 and June 2017, Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro will bring alive the message of In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. In November they will be in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Austria, Finland and Canada; in December in the USA; in May in France and Germany, and in June in Spain, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
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Josquin des Pres - Missa Di dadi & Missa Une mousse de Biscaye - Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Josquin des Prés (c1450/55-1521)
Artist: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
Title: Missa Di dadi & Missa Une mousse de Biscaye
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Gimell Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 71 minutes 13 seconds
Recorded in the Chapel of Merton College with the kind permission of the Warden and Scholars of the House or College of Scholars of Merton in the University of Oxford

One of the sad things about Josquin research is that works are judged spurious—or even just possibly spurious—and then get forgotten entirely. That is partly because there are so many superb Josquin works that are beyond doubt; but all the same it is a pity. Besides, the case of the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye has been one of the most energetically argued over the years, both for and against. The main issues here are that there are a lot of dissonances that are uncharacteristic of his mature style; and the main counter-argument is that in his early years he was experimenting with many different styles. Either way, there seems not to have been a recording of it since 1959, which is a great pity, because it is a marvellous piece, whoever composed it. Some years ago I went on record as thinking that, on balance, it was probably not by Josquin. Now that I have heard this wonderful recording I am almost ready to rethink the whole thing.
In his booklet-note, Peter Phillips makes no secret of the disputed nature of both Masses on this record; that the cover simply describes both as ‘Josquin Masses’ seems to me no problem, though obviously some purchasers could feel duped. But what is clear is that both works are magnificent achievements, beautifully sung. As concerns the Missa Di dadi, I am still inclined to stay with my earlier view that it is by a younger composer who had absorbed Josquin’s style; but the important matter here is that Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars approach the two works in entirely different ways, treating the Missa Di dadi in a much gentler manner, with extended passages allotted to solo voices, whereas the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye gets a much more robust performance. In both Masses they have only eight voices, with women on only the top line. --David Fallows, Gramophone
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For the Love of Brahms - Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Artist: Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Title: For the Love of Brahms
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:16:20
Recorded: on January 23–24, 2016, Cadogan Hall, London, on May 23–24, 2016, DiMenna Center, New York City

Heartland American violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis have known each other for many years and have often performed together. This release, spearheaded by Bell in his post as music director of the venerable Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, is a bit unwieldy, but has moments that make it worth the time and money of Bell fans especially. The three works, loosely linked by the concept described in the title, have their background abundantly described by Isserlis in the booklet. The Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, Op. 102, is conducted by Bell from the violin. There are moments that show his star quality, contrasting nicely with the detailed, concentrated approach of Isserlis, and the relatively small size of the Academy probably approximates the way Brahms imagined the work. There are smoother versions of this curiously restrained, deliberate work, however. In the slow movement of the Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23, Isserlis takes an orchestral cello line as a solo for no very good reason. The album finishes strongly, however, with the original 1854 version of the Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8, which Brahms reworked in 1889 but did not, as Isserlis points out, discard (and he discarded plenty of other music). It's a passionate, tumultuous work of Brahms' youth, and Isserlis and Bell come together with pianist Jeremy Denk to make the best possible case for it. Sample the "Scherzo" with its daring rhythmic shift to waltz, and hear Bell's way with the expressive violin parts of the outer movements, and you'll come to understand Brahms' ambivalent attitude toward this early work. The 1854 version of the work is less often recorded than the 1889 reworking, and a fine, stirring performance of it is reason enough to pay the admission price here. ~AllMusic Review by James Manheim
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Jonas Kaufmann - Dolce Vita (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Jonas Kaufmann
Title: Dolce Vita
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music, Operatic Pop
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:55

Jonas Kaufmann is the biggest opera star in the world & he returns with a brand new album of (x18) favourite Italian songs - his own personal homage to a culture where the influence and beauty of opera are felt far beyond the walls of the opera houses. Features immortal Italian songs such as "Con Te Partiro", "Parla Piu Piana" from THe Godfather, "Catari Catari", Caruso & many more... Jonas recorded the album in Palermo with conductor Asher Fisch and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, who bring their innate Italian flair to this music. Jonas will present the songs live in concert later this year.
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Johannes Mullers 'Jazz Mile' - Gloomy Smokey Light (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Johannes Müllers 'Jazz Mile'
Title: Gloomy Smokey Light
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Personality Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:06:08

Johannes Mueller JAZZ MILE invites us on a historic musical excursion to one of most impulsive places in jazz. It is 9:48 PM and we saunter through the smoky Frenchmen Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Faraway, you can hear the sound of a saxophone, carrying the melody and being rhythmically supported by the contrabass and the drums. More sides appear, this time a trumpet and a piano. As we arrive in front of Snug Harbour, a very traditional jazz bar, we recognize, through the gloomy light, Johannes Mueller on the saxophone with his band JAZZ MILE on stage in his favourite bar. It could have been occurred this way or in a similar way.
At the first listen of the new album of Johannes Mueller JAZZ MILE - Gloomy Smokey Light, one immediately feels the emotional deepness of his music. A well mixed com-pound of traditional pieces in a modern and fresh guise. Indeed, who closes their eyes will be carried away into the Snug Harbour. The particular energy of the jazz in such a city can literally be felt, as well as the spiritual, Creole passion that nowadays is still deeply buried within the music. Whether it is a never ending night in one of the many bars in the French Quarter or the unique carnival during the weeks of Mardi Gras; join the journey.
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Joe Masters - The Jazz Mass (1967/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Joe Masters
Title: The Jazz Mass
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz, Modal, Fusion, Gospel, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1967/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:34:01
Recorded: Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA, July 26-27, 1966
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Joe Lovano Quartet - Classic! Live At Newport (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Joe Lovano Quartet
Title: Classic! Live At Newport
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 00:57:49
Recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival 2005, RI, US

It's safe to say that many years from now, when the critics and historians have the benefit of distance to help focus their thoughts, many if not most will continue to hail much of saxophonist Joe Lovano's presently-admired body of work on the Blue Note imprint. But what will stand tallest in said discography? Some may continue to laud the bold, rhythmically charged work of his Us Five quintet; others may celebrate his fascinating Trio Fascination outings; and a different faction may extol the virtues of his commanding quartet dates recorded at the hallowed Village Vanguard. There's no shortage of good options in a portfolio that contains more than two dozen offerings and spans more than a quarter century.
For this writer, it will always be the recordings that Lovano created with pianist Hank Jones—amaranthine beauties that never seem to lose their luster. I'm All For You (Blue Note, 2004) and Joyous Encounter (Blue Note, 2005)—incredibly engaging quartet dates with bassist George Mraz and drummer Paul Motian rounding out the lineup—came first, and in quick succession; the pair's lone duo date—Kids: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca- Cola (Blue Note, 2007)—came a little later. Jones passed away a few years after that third record arrived—in 2010, at the ripe young age of ninety-one— and Lovano moved on to other musical realms, seemingly closing that incredibly fruitful chapter of his artistic life. But now the story comes alive again with the release of this set that was captured live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2005.
After recording Joyous Encounter in May of that year, Lovano toured Europe with the quartet from the album, with model-of-class drummer Lewis Nash replacing Motian. That band coalesced into a communicative marvel, a fact that's clear as day here as those four musicians put forth integration and integrity as their collective calling cards. Subtle and artful shifts from flowering ballad territory to solid state swing help to elevate Lovano's "I'm All For You"; bluesy, raucous, cool, and gritty sounds mix perfectly together to make for an easy sell of Oliver Nelson's swinging "Six And Four"; and empathy knows no bounds on the Brazilian-inflected "Don't Ever Leave Me." Oh, to have been in the audience on that summer day.
While the magic exhibited here is of a similar sort to what can be heard on the aforementioned quartet recordings, it's obviously not the same. And it should come as no surprise that the change in the drum chair is what altered the chemistry of the group. Motian was a master of percussive shading, allowing airiness into an instrumental realm that it rarely entered, and Nash typically prefers things on the taut and tidier side. The mind was pulled deep into a dream when Motian joined forces with Lovano, Jones, and Mraz, but hearing Nash with the same three is another experience entirely. He pulls the whole body of the listener into the music. If your foot isn't tapping, your body isn't moving, and your head isn't bobbing along in the affirmative during "Kids Are Pretty People," you may be suffering from some form of paralysis. Nash once released an album called Rhythm Is My Business (Evidence, 1993), and he wasn't kidding.
Bestowing an album with the "classic" designation upon its release may seem a bit presumptuous, but this appears to be one of those if-the-shoe-fits cases that says otherwise. A classic, by its own definition, is something "of the first or highest quality, class, or rank," and this surely fits the bill. --Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
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Jimmy Dean - The Big Ones (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jimmy Dean
Title: The Big Ones
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Nashville Sound, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:32:16
Recorded: 196?

The average man on the street would most likely recognize Jimmy Dean from the line of smoked sausage that bears his name, but prior to entering the pork products business, Dean was a successful television personality and a country hitmaker noted for his half-spoken narrative songs. Dean was born near Plainview, TX in 1928 and grew up poor, often working on farms as a boy to help make ends meet. His mother taught him piano starting at age ten, and he went on to pick up guitar, harmonica, and accordion. He joined the Merchant Marines at age 16, and after two years he enlisted in the Air Force, where he first performed publicly with a band called the Tennessee Haymakers. The Haymakers played venues near the Washington, D.C., base at which Dean was stationed, and when he left the service in 1948, he remained in the area and formed a new group called the Texas Wildcats. He eventually scored a record deal with Four Star, and his first hit, "Bummin' Around," reached the country Top Ten in 1953.
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Jimmie Lee Robinson - Down in Kansas (2000/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Jimmie Lee Robinson
Title: Down in Kansas
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Label: © APO Records
Release Date: 2000/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:58:37
Recorded: January 27, 28 and 29, 2000

Killer, killer blues – Jimmie Lee’s first electric blues recording for APO Records! Features an all-star backing group of Wild Child Butler, Sam Lay, Bob Stroger and Jimmy D. Lane. Long sitting in the APO vaults, this gorgeous, live to 2-track, all-analog recording finally gets its time in the sun.
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Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell And Angels (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Title: People, Hell And Angels
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Acid Rock
Label: © Legacy Recordings/Experience Hendrix/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:53:11

People, Hell and Angels is a posthumous compilation album by the American rock musician Jimi Hendrix. The fourth release under the Experience Hendrix deal with Legacy Recordings, it contains twelve previously unreleased recordings of tracks he was working on for the planned follow-up to Electric Ladyland. It was released on March 5, 2013.
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