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Blue Oyster Cult - Club Ninja (1985/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Club Ninja
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Space Rock
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1985/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:45:19
Recorded: 1985 Various Studios

Club Ninja is the tenth studio album by the American hard rock group Blue Öyster Cult, released in December 10, 1985 (see 1985 in music). The album was intended as a comeback for the band, whose previous album The Revölution by Night failed to attain Gold status following the success of 1981's Fire of Unknown Origin and 1982's Extraterrestrial Live. Club Ninja sold more than 175,000 copies, falling well short of gold status again, and because of its high cost, Columbia Records executives deemed it a commercial failure. The album was re-issued on compact disc on March 10, 2009, by the Sony-owned reissue label American Beat Records, who had also reissued the band's subsequent 1988 album, Imaginos.
Club Ninja's first single, "Dancin' in the Ruins," was a minor radio and MTV hit. "When the War Comes" features a brief spoken-word introduction by radio personality Howard Stern, whose cousin was married to guitarist and vocalist Eric Bloom. The lyrics to "Spy in the House of the Night" were written by Richard Meltzer, originally based on his poem "Out of Smokes," which was published in his 1999 book "Holes." The album was the band's last studio album with bassist Joe Bouchard.
Club Ninja is the only Blue Öyster Cult studio album not to feature keyboardist Allen Lanier. He was replaced temporarily by Tommy Zvoncheck, who'd previously been keyboardist for Aldo Nova's live band, for a Japanese tour by Public Image Ltd. and had already contributed to the initial recordings of Blue Öyster Cult's 1988 concept album Imaginos. The album also features new drummer Jimmy Wilcox, formerly of Rick Derringer and Scandal, who replaced Rick Downey. Wilcox remained with the band until 1987.
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Blackfield - Blackfield V (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blackfield
Title: Blackfield V
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: © Kscope Music
Release Date: 2016 10 February 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:44:43
Recorded: 2015-2016

Blackfield V is the name of the fifth studio album by art rock band Blackfield. Recorded over a year and a half period across 2015 and 2016, the album, initially intended for release on 18 November 2016, was later delayed to 10 February 2017. The album, the fifth between the musical partnership between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen, is the third to be released as an even collaboration between the two; while Blackfield and Blackfield II were even collaborations, Welcome to My DNA and Blackfield IV saw increased writing and musicianship from Geffen while Wilson focused on his solo albums The Raven that Refused to Sing and Hand. Cannot. Erase.
After the release of Blackfield IV, and a brief tour in its support, co-founder of the group Steven Wilson, who had already played his smallest role in the project yet, announced that he intended to leave the band altogether in 2014 to focus on his solo career. While this originally left the future of the band in question, throughout the 2015 and 2016, the band's social media accounts would release pictures of Wilson, co-founder Aviv Geffen, and music producer Alan Parsons in recording sessions in the studio. In August 2016, it was confirmed that there would be a fifth album, Wilson was still with the project, and he even contributed evenly to the sessions as he had with the band's first two albums, before he had begun to focus more on his solo career while Geffen took over more responsibilities for their second two albums. The album had been recorded on and off over the course of an 18-month period, including sessions in both England and Israel. Wilson and Geffen shared vocals, guitars, and keyboard duties, while long-time drummer Tomer Z returned to play the drum parts. Additionally, the London Sessions Orchestra was recruited for the string arrangements of the album. It was also announced that Parsons had produced three of the key tracks for the album.
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Bill Evans - Montreux II (1970/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Bill Evans
Title: Montreux II
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Modal Music, Piano Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1970/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:39:37
Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Casino De Montreux, Switzerland on June 19 & 20, 1970

Montreux II is a live album by jazz pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gómez and Marty Morell recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1970 and released on the CTI label. The album was the second of Evan's Montreux concert recordings to be released following the Grammy Award-winning Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1968).
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Hector Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette - Swedish Radio Symphony Orch, Robin Ticciati (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, Robin Ticciati
Title: Berlioz - Roméo et Juliette
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 94 minutes 5 seconds
Recorded: live at concerts in the Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 3–8 November 2014

Alongside new versions by Valery Gergiev and Sr Andrew Davis, this might seem in danger of being overwhelmed. Robin Ticciatti, though, has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading: swifter, airy rather than lush, driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz's vital rhythmic spring. In the pivotal Love Scene and 'Queen Mab' scherzo Ticciati seems much more intimate and delicate than the rival alternatives, although he unleashes appropriate power in 'Tumulte', for example, and the conclusion.
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Hector Berlioz - L'Enfance du Christ - London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2007) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Title: Berlioz - L’enfance du Christ Op. 25, H130
Genre: Classical, Oratorio
Label: © London Symphony Orchestra, London UK
Release Date: 2007
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:36:23
Recorded live in DSD, 2 and 3 December 2006 at the Barbican, London

Alone among Berlioz’s major works, L’enfance du Christ came into being not in response to a clear plan but gradually, haphazardly, over a period of several years. One evening in 1850 at a party, while his fellow guests played cards, his friend the architect Joseph-Louis Duc asked him to write something for his album. Berlioz complied: ’I take a scrap of paper and draw a few staves, on which in a little while an Andantino in four parts for organ makes its appearance. I am struck by a certain character of naïve, rustic devoutness in the music and decide to add some words in the same vein. The organ piece disappears and turns into a chorus of Bethlehem shepherds saying goodbye to the child Jesus at the moment when the Holy Family set out on their journey to Egypt.’
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Ludwig van Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32 - Maurizio Pollini (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Maurizio Pollini
Title: Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:05:34
Recording: January, June 1977, Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Wien, Austria; #9-14 - June 1975, Residenz, Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany

Maurizio Pollini recorded Beethoven late sonatas in the mid-1970s and received lavish critical praise for his faithful and highly skilled interpretations. The pianist and his performance have since acquired legendary status, particularly for the Hammerklavier, deemed "perfect" by Gramophone.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies 1-9 - Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC 5.1 Surround 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: Beethoven - Symphonies 1-9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Berlin Phil Media GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 5.1 Surround 192kHz/24bit
Source: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings
Duration: 05:43:32
Recorded in 24-bit/192kHz at the Berlin Philharmonie, 6 & 12 October 2015 (1/3); 7 & 13 October 2015 (2/5); 3, 9 & 15 October 2015 (4/7); 8 & 14 October 2015 (8/6); 10 & 16 October 2015 (9)

Recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies with their chief conductor are always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker. So it was with Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado, and expectations are correspondingly high for this cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Where does the special status of these symphonies come from? Simon Rattle has an explanation: “One of the things Beethoven does is to give you a mirror into yourself – where you are now as a musician.” In fact, this music contains such a wealth of extreme emotions and brilliant compositional ideas that reveal the qualities of the orchestra and its conductor as if under a magnifying glass.
On his personal approach to the performances, Sir Simon said, “You can make Beethoven too sophisticated or too elegant, you can clean him up too much. You can try to make him agree with himself when often he’s fighting with himself. I have the feeling probably that the more plain-spoken this music is, the better it is. And one knows with this orchestra, when you say ʻwill you joyfully motor this machine off the clifftop?ʼ, everybody says ʻof course we willʼ.” The concerts in which the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief presented the symphonies in the Philharmonie in October 2015 were as thrilling as this suggests. The virtuosity of the works was revealed as impressively as their revolutionary energy. Performances in Paris, Vienna and New York followed and were rewarded with standing ovations from audiences.
The recording of the Berlin performances is available in an exclusive hardcover edition. It includes the cycle on five CDs and three Blu-ray discs as HD video, in uncompressed audio resolution and DTS surround sound. Its many extras include a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings with many interviews and glimpses behind-the-scenes.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
Title: Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 02:56:55
Recording: Krannert Centre, University of Illinois, USA, May 1972

This Grammy-winning release marks Vladimir Ashkenazy's first of three cycles of the complete Beethoven piano concertos and captures the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sir Georg Solti at the peak of their careers. Ashkenazy recorded these concertos in May 1971 and May 1972: in 1971 the third and fifth concertos were recorded; a year later the cycle was completed with the first, second and fourth concertos.
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