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Enrico Rava and The Parco Della Musica Jazz Lab - Rava On The Dance Floor - Live at the Rome Auditorium (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Enrico Rava and The Parco Della Musica Jazz Lab
Title: Rava On The Dance Floor - Live at the Rome Auditorium
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:20
Recorded live 20 May and 30 November 2011 at Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome


It was only after Michael Jackson’s death that Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava gradually became aware that he had for many years been ignoring, in his words, “one of the great protagonists of 20th century music and dance. A total artist. A perfectionist. A genius. I felt the need to delve more deeply into Michael’s world. There was only one way to do that: play his songs.” Thus this live album, recorded at the Rome Auditorium with the Parco della Musica Jazz Lab. Enrico’s trumpet is at its most extroverted here, vaulting above the spirited arrangements by Mauro Ottolini. Michael Jackson’s protean pop songs have never been heard quite like this. Rava is currently playing European festivals with this programme.
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Enrico Pieranunzi Quartet - Alone Together (2001) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Enrico Pieranunzi Quartet
Title: Alone Together
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Straight-ahead/Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz, Guitar jazz
Label: © Challenge Records International
Release Date: 2001
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:59:13
Recorded: March 8, 2000


European jazz musicians don't always get the recognition they deserve worldwide. Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi has already proved himself on several earlier dates for Challenge and as a leader of the Space Jazz Trio, recording with such saxophone greats as Phil Woods and Lee Konitz. But this mostly quartet date with the Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine, the Dutch bassist Hein Van de Geyn, and a token American, drummer Joe LaBarbera, focuses exclusively on a dozen time-tested standards from the Great American Songbook. Pieranunzi is a talented soloist, but seems just as happy sharing the solo space. Catherine is the primary focus of the sizzling opener, "Speak Low," and his mellow guitar is also prominent in the somewhat brisker than normal and slightly Latin-flavored take of "My Foolish Heart." Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans is added on three numbers, including a somewhat spacey "What Is This Thing Called Love?," a tantalizing "Alone Together," which features somewhat sparse accompaniment at times, and a foot-tapping samba version of "You Don't Know What Love Is." This very enjoyable session is easily recommended to fans of post-bop. --AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden
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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Swings Lightly (1958/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Title: Ella Swings Lightly
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop, American Popular Song, Early Jazz Vocals
Label: © The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 1958/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:56
Recorded: #2-4,6,9-11 - November 22; #1,5,7,8,12-16 - November 23, 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

High-Res remastered edition of this 1958 album from the Jazz vocalist including bonus tracks. Ella Swings Lightly was the first of Ella Fitzgerald's very few collaborations with the great conductor and arranger Marty Paich. All of the music recorded during those 1958 sessions has been included here, as well as four rare tunes from 1959 and 1962 that complete Ella and Paich's collaborative recordings prior to 1966. Essential Jazz Classics.
On „Ella Swings Lightly“, Fitzgerald is paired with the Marty Paich Dek-tette, a ten-piece studio ensemble rooted in the cool jazz sounds of the Miles Davis Nonet and the Gerry Mulligan Tentette. Originally assembled as a one-off ensemble for an album with Mel Tormé, the dek-tette was later re-formed due to popular demand from musicians and audiences alike. The dek-tette featured a brass quintet (2 trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba) and a trio of saxophonists (who all doubled on a variety of woodwinds) set over a rhythm section of bass and drums. Paich maintained the cool sound by keeping the trumpets in the middle register, writing melodic lines for the tuba, and excluding piano and guitar from the rhythm section. His settings featured warm mixtures of instrumental sounds and a laid-back approach to rhythm. Balancing the strength of a big band with the flexibility of a small combo, the Dek-tette was a great backing group for both jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Paich’s arrangements were usually created in collaboration with the featured artists, but Paich had only had one or two meetings with Fitzgerald before recording “Ella Swings Lightly”. However, the settings came easily, given Paich’s long-time admiration of the vocalist. Fitzgerald’s only concern was singing without a piano, so Lou Levy was brought in for the sessions. The rest of the Dek-tette included several of Paich’s first-call men, including Bud Shank, Don Fagerquist, Bob Enevoldsen, Bill Holman, Joe Mondragon and Mel Lewis.
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Elina Garanca - Revive (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Elīna Garanča
Title: Revive
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:05
Recorded: Valencia, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Auditorium, 6/2016


Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča explores the emotional storms raging in the lives of opera’s strong women with her new DG album ‘Revive’. She channels her experience and insights into a collection of arias drawn from the great Romantic repertoire, complete with captivating rarities and genuine showstoppers. The recording includes music from Verdi’s Don Carlo, Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, Massenet’s Hérodiade, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Saint-Saëns’s Henri VIII, as well as celebrated set-pieces from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Massenet’s Werther, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. The album was made with Roberto Abbado and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.
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Edward Elgar - Enigma Variations & other orchestral works - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Artist: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
Title: Elgar - Enigma Variations & other orchestral works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 81 minutes 55 seconds
Recorded: September 2015, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland

Two much-loved orchestral favourites representing the summit of Elgar’s maturity are coupled with three of the lesser-known wartime works, here receiving their first recordings with the original French texts. Kate Royal is the soprano soloist in Une voix dans le désert, a hauntingly tender masterpiece which every Elgarian should know.
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Eddy Arnold - The Last Word in Lonesome (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Eddy Arnold
Title: The Last Word in Lonesome
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:20
Recorded: RCA Victor Studios, Nashville


Eddy Arnold drifted steadily toward the pop mainstream throughout the late '50s and '60s until, with The Last Word in Lonesome, he arrived at his destination. "Country-pop" and "Nashville sound" do not describe the music here -- it is pure MOR pop vocal material of the sort in which John Gary and Al Martino dealt. The cover photo of Arnold in an elegant black velvet jacket and white silk scarf tells the story before the needle even touches the vinyl. The songwriters, from Bob Montgomery and Dottie West to Cindy Walker and Hank Cochran, hail from the field of country music, but Arnold's smooth crooning and Bill Walker's easy listening string arrangements are bound for the supper club. "Why" is particularly lovely, and "Misty Blue" became a big hit for Arnold in 1967 (and again for Billy Jo Spears in 1976). Arnold's recording of the title track, one of Roger Miller's most affecting compositions, almost reached number one and crossed over to the pop Top 40. If country music was moving uptown in the '60s, The Last Word in Lonesome saw it comfortably ensconced in a Manhattan penthouse, sipping champagne and bragging about its golf scores. --AllMusic Review by Greg Adams
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Echoes Of Swing - BIX: A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Echoes Of Swing
Title: BIX: A Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke
Genre: Jazz
Label: © ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Co. KG
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:01:03
Recorded by Stefan Gienger at Mastermixstudio Unterföhring, Munich, August 1 - 3, 2016


Our perceptions of major figures in music from previous epochs tend to change over the course of time. There may indeed be something of a paradox here, because the innovators of the past are often only truly recognized and appreciated by later generations. The more energetically and decisively a pioneer has broken with the past, the more he (or she) will have been mistrusted and cast aside in their life-times, and the more is required from the rear-view mirror of posterity before they can start to be treated with respect, let alone with honour.
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E.S.T. Symphony (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström
Artist: Marius Neset, Verneri Pohjola, Johan Lindström, Iiro Rantala, Dan Berglund, Magnus Öström, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Ek
Title: E.S.T. Symphony
Genre: Jazz
Label: © ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Co. KG
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:17:40
Recorded at Konserthuset in Stockholm on June 10, 11 and 12, 2016


With their all-embracing vision of jazz, Esbjörn Svensson Trio (pianist Esbjörn Svensson, bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Oström) was without doubt one of the most widely admired and influential European instrumental ensembles in the first decade of the new millennium. e.s.t., as they came to be known, rode the crest of a wave with their combination of highly singable themes, mesmerizingly chilled grooves and visually stimulating, high energy ‘live’ performances. They filled large rock stadium venues and reached out to non-jazz audiences in a way that has not been equaled previously in the history of homegrown European jazz. e.s.t. regularly topped pop as well as jazz album sales charts and became the first band from Europe to make the front cover of the illustrious US jazz journal Downbeat.
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Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 7 - London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2001) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
Title: Dvořák - Symphony No 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2001
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: bowers-wilkins.com
Duration: 00:40:12
Recorded live 21 March 2001, Barbican, London


With his Seventh Symphony, Dvořák set out to write a piece that would 'stir the world'. Although it was written to a commission from London, the composer's Czech nationalist leanings shine out from the work, which is full of drama and rich, beautiful melody.
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Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Rhapsodies & Symphonic Variations - Jakub Hrusa, Prague Philharmonia (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša
Title: Dvořák - Slavonic Rhapsodies & Symphonic Variations
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: pentatonemusic.com
Duration: 01:00:34
Recorded: Forum Karlín in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2015


For the third of his three-album series for PENTATONE, the young rising star Jakub Hrůša conducts the PKF-Prague Philharmonia in an all Dvořák programme of appealing orchestral works comprising the evergreen favourite Symphonic Variations op. 78 coupled with the lesser known Slavonic Rhapsodies op. 45.
Already established as a tireless promoter of Czech music, Jakub Hrůša was the inaugural winner in 2015 of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for his advocacy of Janáček’s works, going on to receive ecstatic reviews in 2016 for Glyndebourne Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen. One reviewer enthused that Hrůša “clearly has this music in his bones and blood … he asks for (and gets) an urgent, raw and abrasive quality, expressive of nothing less than the life force itself.” (The Telegraph, 13 June 2016).
This new release builds on the critical success of his earlier releases in the series. The first album of Dvořák and Lalo cello concertos was selected by Gramophone for its monthly Editor’s Choice which noted that “the recorded sound is, like the playing, absolutely top-notch” (September 2015). HR Audio also praised the album of Dvořák orchestral music for performances that were “splendidly vital, stylish and beautifully shaped” (February 2016).
In this third album, Dvorak’s unfailing gift for appealing melodies, potent rhythms and colourful orchestration are put on full display, especially in his Symphonic Variations, one of the most popular set of orchestral variations in the repertoire. Starting with a rather simple and seemingly unpromising theme, Dvořák weaves his customary magic in a series of ingenious and often witty variations which culminates in a suitably exuberant and rousing conclusion. No less winning are the three Slavonic Rhapsodies; these loosely structured and evocative character pieces were hugely popular in his day and have lost none of their power to captivate listeners.
“What else could I wish as a Czech conductor with my Czech orchestra?” says Hrůša. “I’m really happy that PENTATONE invited us to do these recordings … wonderful melodies, great rhythms, charming dances but with some depth and real drama.”

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