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Franz Schubert - String Quartets #1: Live in Barcelona - Cuarteto Casals (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Cuarteto Casals
Title: String Quartets #1: Live in Barcelona
Genre: Classical
Label: Neu Records · Neu Música Contemporània, S.L.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:38
Recorded live at L’Auditori Sala Oriol Martorell Barcelona, Spain, 5th of November, 2013


Why, one might ask, would a Spanish string quartet make a live recording in Barcelona of the complete quartets of a long-dead Viennese composer for a label which insists upon working with living composers? What binds Cuarteto Casals, Franz Schubert and Neu Records together?
Outward perception and inward imagination: these hallmarks of Schubert’s style could serve equally well as the distillation of a string quartet’s ideals. We look above all inward: it is our very private and personal conversation that you, the listener, happen upon, a given concert only one more step in our individual and collective evolution. And at the same time the concerts documented here, performed in the hall we inaugurated and know best, depend on outside perception – on the audience in the hall or the listener alone at home. We have lived with these great works for well over a decade; indeed Cuarteto Casals was founded so as to be able to play ‘Death and the Maiden.’ What we present to you here is a snapshot of our experience with these masterpieces, hopefully bringing the unfamiliar listener into our collective imagination.
When we began performing the Schubert cycle (Barcelona was the last stop on a tour that included London, Schwarzenberg, Florence, Lisbon and Madrid, among other cities) a colleague asked why we agreed to this massive undertaking. Are the early Schubert quartets worthwhile in the way that the Opus 18 Beethoven quartets undeniably are? Of course the comparison is inherently unjust: at around the same age that Beethoven was publishing his first quartets, Schubert was writing his late masterpieces.
The unfair comparison notwithstanding, the early Schubert quartets are rich with so many of the characteristics with which we identify his mature style: daring harmonic turns, an elegant yet unpredictable sense of meter and phrasing and his assimilation of myriad styles from Ländler to overture, from fugal intricacies to folksong. That is to say, to discover the young Schubert is to find a treasure trove of materials, waiting to be moulded into their most perfect form.
Schubert remains a ‘modern’ composer even nearly 200 years after his death. The Schubert we experience in this great body of quartets, ‘wandering into far-off lands’ and ‘divided by love and pain’ has as much to say about our condition in the 21st Century as it did to his close circle of friends in Vienna. It was in this spirit that we set about making this live recording, in hopes that a listener beyond the limits of that hall on those nights would join us in discovering these great works anew. --Vera, Abel, Arnau & Jonathan
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Saxon - Battering Ram (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Saxon
Title: Battering Ram
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © UDR GmbH
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:07:00
Recorded: January—March 2015


UK rockers Saxon release their 21st album entitled „Battering Ram“. The release sees the band return to their NWOBHM roots and builds on their previous heavier releases in recent years but with more of a classic sound.
With Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term ‘shredding’ with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter’s bass and Nigel Glockler’s drums, the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten songs collection which will instantly be hailed as a Saxon classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground”, but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love. “This one’s a natural progression from Sacrifice,” says Byford, “There’s a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.”
Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, Saxon were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let Battering Ram's riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center. Saxon have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music.
'Some of it is quite brutal, but there's quite a lot of melodic stuff on there as well. Every SAXON album is different to the one before because we like to entertain people and we don't really like to write the same song all the time.' --Biff Byford
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Sarah McLachlan - Wonderland (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Sarah McLachlan
Title: Wonderland
Genre: Pop, Traditional Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Christmas, Holidays
Label: © The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:36:47
Recorded: 2016

For Wonderland, her 2016 seasonal set, Sarah McLachlan takes the opposite tactic than she did for Wintersong, the idiosyncratic holiday album she delivered ten years earlier. That record found the Canadian singer/songwriter exploring songs that were tangentially related to the holiday season, joining Joni Mitchell's "River," Gordon Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night," and Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts theme "Christmas Time Is Here" with a few standards, plus her original title song. Wonderland, in contrast, is nothing but holiday favorites, split evenly between traditional carols and secular tunes. Material-wise, the only curveball here is "Huron Carol," which is a Canadian hymn, and the arrangements are hazily familiar: soft and airy, carrying a bit of Baroque atmosphere but also a fireside coziness. That sense of warmth also differentiates it from Wintersong, an album that could favor the austere, and that also makes it an ideal record for snowy December nights. It's classy and comforting, music that sets a mood and drifts into the background, the kind of Christmas album that's designed to be a holiday perennial. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Comin' (1966/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sam & Dave
Title: Hold On, I'm Comin'
Genre: Soul, R&B, Deep Soul, Memphis Soul, Southern Soul
Label: © Atlantic Recording Corp.
Release Date: 1966/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 32:18
Recorded: 1965–1966


Hold On, I’m Comin’ is the debut album by Sam and Dave. The dynamic R&B duo are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums and includes the massive single “Hold On! I’m A Comin’.” Hold On, I’m Comin’ features the songwriting team of Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, David Porter and more. This is Memphis soul at its finest.
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Salvatore Accardo - Il Cremonese - Stradivari, 1715 (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Cécil Chaminade (1857-1944), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Artist: Salvatore Accardo, Laura Manzini
Title: Il Cremonese - Stradivari
Genre: Classical
Label: © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:58:20
Recorded: November 6, 7, 8 1993, Palazzo Cavalcabo, Cremona


The most extraordinary nucleus of the Stradivari Museum is represented by the tools which Antonio Stradivari used to realize his unique masterpieces. These include numerous forms, starting basis for the manufacture of an instrument, which were used to model the ribs and subsequently seal them to the top, bottom and corner-blocks. The forms, usually in walnut and maple, are sometimes accompanied by sets of models in wood or paper, such as, for example, the ones used for the manufacture of the alto Medicean viola or the tenor Medicean viola, the ones used for the making of a violino piccolo, or those used to realize the 1727 twelve string viola d’amore.
When designing his instruments Antonio Stradivari proceeded with extreme meticulousness. Once an instrument had been completed in each of its parts, the set of models that had been used for its realization was marked with a letter of the alphabet, collected and stored up in paper sheet.
The forms for violin exhibited are arranged in chronological order. The first two forms, undated, belong to the period in which Stradivari’s violins showed a clear legacy of Niccolò Amati’s typical style. Simone Ferdinando Sacconi allocated them to the period before 1689. The three successive forms, always according to Sacconi, are also allocated to the period prior to 1689 and they recall the phase following the so called Amati production.
The remaining forms used by Stradivari in the course of his long activity of violin making belong to the years of maturity. These are all dated, with the only exception of the one that Stradivari used to make, along with many other famous violins, the 1715 Cremonese ex Joachim, which is now in the collection “The strings of the Palazzo Comunale of Cremona”. Only three forms for viola are exhibited at the Stradivari Museum: the first one was used for the manufacture of the alto viola of 1672; the second one was used for the alto viola of the 4 October 1690; the third one for the tenor viola also dated 4 October 1690. As far as bassetti and cellos are concerned, no original forms have unfortunately reached us together with the other precious material which is now exhibited
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Salvatore Accardo - I Violini di Cremona, Omaggio a Kreisler (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Salvatore Accardo, Laura Manzini
Title: I Violini di Cremona, Omaggio a Kreisler
Genre: Classical
Label: © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: hd-klassik.com
Duration: 01:08:46
Recorded: November 6, 7, 8 1993, Palazzo Cavalcabo, Cremona

The Violin Room at Cremona Town Hall is home to some of the most famous historic violins, with instruments by Guarneri, Stradivarious and Amati on display. To celebrate these fine instruments acclaimed violinist Salvatore Accardo was invited to record an album highlighting the different personalities of each violin. This recording also serves as a tribute to Fritz Kriesler, the prodigy who advanced the art of the violin throughout his extensive playing and composing careers.
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Rumer - This Girl's In Love: A Bacharach & David Songbook (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Artist: Rumer
Title: This Girl's In Love: A Bacharach & David Songbook
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Indie Pop
Label: © East West Records, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:02
Recorded: Capitol Studios


If you haven’t yet fallen in love with British singer-songwriter Rumer, here’s hoping that the fourth time’s the charm: she’s just released her fourth album, THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE: A BACHARACH AND DAVID SONGBOOK, which features her take on a dozen classic compositions by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Recorded at Capitol Studios with arranger/composer/orchestrator Rob Shirakbari, a.k.a. Rumer’s husband, the collection of covers is one which came naturally to Rumer, even if it’s one that she admits she couldn’t have done until recently. "I think I've now got a wide enough emotional palette to draw on for these songs' characters and stories,” Rumer admitted in the original press release for the album. “That kind of insight only comes as you get older." It’s also worth noting that, as collaborators go, Rumer couldn’t have found a better one: Shirakbari worked for 25 years with Bacharach and 30 years with Dionne Warwick.
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Roberto Fonseca - ABUC (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Roberto Fonseca
Title: ABUC
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Montuno Producciones y Eventos, S.L., Under exclusive license of impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:00
Recorded: Marc Damble at Science & Melodie (Paris, France), Count at Sextan Studios (Paris, France) and Studio C (New Orleans, US), Julien Basseres at Studio Meudon (Paris, France), Jules Fradet at Dada Studios (Brussels, Belgium), Adolfo Martinez Rodriguez “Fito” at EGREM San Miguel (Havana, Cuba), Delio Ferrero Morira and Carlos Hevia González at Studios Scorpio (Havana, Cuba).

You thought you knew Roberto Fonseca, the brilliant Cuban pianist who drew attention the first time he appeared at Havana’s International Jazz Festival. He was just fifteen. Maybe you know that he’s an alumnus of Havana’s Superior Institute of Art, and that he released his first solo album in Cuba in 1999 (Tiene que ver). There isn’t a soul who doesn’t know he was Rubén González’ replacement in the famous Buena Vista Social Club™, before accompanying Ibrahim Ferrer on a worldwide tour (to play 400 dates and, in the process, win over pairs of ears in untold numbers.) Later, he ran his fingers over the keyboard for Omara Portuondo. Some people have heard him alongside Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, tracing a link between Cuba and Africa; the outcome of their fertile conversation was an album recorded in 2015 at Jazz in Marciac (At Home, a Montuno/Jazz Village release). And most recently, everybody saw his deserved nomination for a GRAMMY© Award in the category Best Latin Jazz Album. In a word, you thought you knew who he was, more or less.
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Roberta Flack - Feel Like Makin' Love (1975/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Roberta Flack
Title: Feel Like Makin' Love
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Soft Rock, Smooth Soul
Label: © Atlantic Recording Corp.
Release Date: 1975/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 46:37
Recorded: 1973-1974

Feel Like Makin' Love is Roberta Flack's fifth studio album and was originally released in 1975. It was produced by Roberta Flack under the pseudonym of Rubina Flake and featured the singles "Feel Like Makin' Love / When You Smile" and "Feelin' That Glow / Some Gospel According to Matthew".
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Rhiannon Giddens - Factory Girl (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Rhiannon Giddens
Title: Factory Girl
Genre: Folk, Country Blues, Neo-Traditional Folk
Label: © Nonesuch Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 20:47
Recorded at The Village, Los Angeles, CA; House Of Blues, Nashville, TN; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA


On the heels of her highly acclaimed solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens's five-song EP Factory Girl is released on Nonesuch Records.
As with Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens again records traditional songs and rethinks ones written or made famous by her musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp. Giddens co-wrote, with her sister Lalenja Harrington and Burnett, "Moonshiner's Daughter," which draws inspiration from family lore about her great-grandfather, a notorious rum-runner. A traditional Gaelic mouth music tune also is featured, along with the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens, deeply troubled by the 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,100 workers, wrote additional lyrics.
The sessions for the album and EP took place in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players assembled by Burnett. Musicians on Factory Girl include Burnett; fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens's Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.
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