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D.I.V.A - D.I.V.A (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875), Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924), Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Artist: D.I.V.A
Title: D.I.V.A
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Decca Records France
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:03
Recorded: la Maison de l’ONDIF, Alfortville, France

All wonderful dreams begin in the real world: all fairy tales are based on fact. So this is the tale of two brilliant singers, strong personalities, and they were performing on various stages in France and elsewhere. They had excellent training — alumni of the Maîtrise de Radio-France — and could sight read any score, even upside down with their eyes closed, they were wary of discovering the real world, where merciless competition makes human feelings seem optional.
In England, Flore Philis had found good productions to appear in, but the rewards were slim when there was an exorbitant rent to consider. Marie Menand was living in the land of Molière and getting by somehow; and she was wondering what she’d let herself in for.
Dreaming of great prime donne’s arias, the two first met in a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Like a pair on a slimming course with their eyes on the desert trolley, they used their imagination and came up with an original project: part opera, part mash-up. The aim was to get everyday listeners to discover opera and fall in love with it, and at the same time, to give themselves the chance to tackle roles they had only dreamed of: Carmen, Violetta or Flora Tosca. And why not Leporello, or Scarpia, too! A project for women thought up by crazies, something more Pedro Almodovar than Ingmar Bergman.
They talked to stage-director Manon Savary about it, and she translated their chimera into something quite visual: ve dolls leaving a box wearing crazy wigs, and make-up straight out of the Carnival in Venice. Manon even rummaged through the trunks belonging to her father, the famous French director Jérome Savary, and brought out ve of the most extravagant costumes ever worn by the renowned Grand Magic Circus.
The five dolls would be (allegedly) typecast as Timorous, Snooty, Quirky, Furious and the Ultimate Diva, and appear in an action-packed true story. Each character would sing bits of arias and duets taken from the great repertoire (from The Magic Flute to Tosca), all cleverly cut to shape, scored and orchestrated. In ten minutes! The result would be a brilliant example of direction packed with rhythm, videos and special effects, with no expense(s) spared in production.
One rule only: «Have fun, but don’t betray the music.» So the girls recruited a «magician» to arrange, transpose and shorten the repertoire without alterations: composer Olivier Rabet, who painstakingly concocted admirable scores and even pulled off the miracle of threading a symphony orchestra through the eye of a needle to obtain a string quartet. Four élite musicians, four delicious characters, and a result that some might think a crime, but then again, as the French song has it: La victime est si belle et le crime est si beau.
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Dottie West - Suffer Time (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Dottie West
Title: Suffer Time
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:32:01
Recorded: February 8–10, 1966 at RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN

Suffer Time is an album by country music singer, Dottie West, released in 1966. This album was Dottie West's most successful album in her whole 20-year career of releasing albums. The album peaked all the way at #3 on Billboard's "Top Country Albums" list in 1966. The album featured West's biggest hit so far during her career, the #5 hit "Would You Hold It Against Me", as well as the #17 hit "What's Come Over My Baby". It also included the #22 hit "Before the Ring on Your Finger Turns Green", as well as the #24 hit "Mommy Can I Still Call Him Daddy". Both "Would You Hold It Against Me" and "Before the Ring on Your Finger Turns Green" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Some of the songs on this album were written by West herself, including her big hit, "Would You Hold It Against Me". Suffer Time is one of West's best-known albums.
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Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra - A Salute to Sam Cooke (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra
Title: A Salute to Sam Cooke
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Jazz Pop, Crossover Jazz, Orchestral Jazz
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:44
Recorded: 1966

This prolific arranger and orchestrator moved from Europe to the United States in 1959 and began an association with the Verve label, where his arrangements were featured on albums by Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967's Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim -- the first of two collaborative albums by the pair), Astrud Gilberto, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, Cal Tjader, and other leading artists. Having worked with producer Creed Taylor on numerous Verve albums during the '60s, Ogerman continued his partnership with Taylor following the establishment of the A&M-affiliated CTI label, arranging albums including Jobim's classic Wave, released in 1967 as only the second album under the CTI imprint.
Over the following decades and into the 21st century, Ogerman has served as arranger, orchestrator, and/or conductor on albums by the likes of George Benson, Michael Brecker, Danilo Perez, and Diana Krall, winning a Grammy for arranging the title track of Krall's 2009 bossa-themed Quiet Nights. (A repeated Grammy nominee, Ogerman had previous won the award for arranging guitarist Benson's "Soulful Strut" from 1979's Livin' Inside Your Love.) Ogerman is also noted for his arrangements backing pop artists, his original scores for primarily German films of the '50s and '60s, and his work as a classical composer -- or, in the case of 1982's Cityscape co-billed to saxophonist Brecker, as composer, arranger, and conductor of a successful classical-jazz hybrid concerto. --Artist Biography by Dave Lynch
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Frederic Chopin - Waltzes - Ikuyo Nakamichi (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Ikuyo Nakamichi
Title: Chopin - Waltzes
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Red Seal | Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. | SICC19006/07
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:45:57
Recorded: 2015年5月26日~29日、サントミューゼ 上田市交流文化芸術センター小ホール

◎長年のショパンへの取り組みが結実した新録音
現代日本を代表する人気ピアニスト、仲道郁代による2年ぶりの新譜は、ショパンのワルツ集です。ショパンは、仲道にとって、モーツァルト、ベートーヴェン、シューマンと並ぶ自らのレパートリーの中心的作曲家であり、演奏会でその多くを演奏するかたわら、これまでにも2曲の協奏曲(1990年と2010年の2種類 )をはじめ、即興曲4曲(1989年 )、バラード4曲(1990年 )、前奏曲(1991年録音 )、夜想曲全集(1989~92年 )、ピアノ・ソナタ第3番(1993年 )、スケルツォ4曲(1993年 )と、ピアニストとしてのキャリアの初期10年のうちに主要曲を集中的に録音しています。最近では、ショパンの生涯と音楽を、演奏、映像とエピソードを交えながら立体的なコンテクストの中で紹介するシリーズ『ショパン鍵盤のミステリー』を企画し、各地で公演し好評を博しています(2016年7月からは、東京Hakujuホールで開催予定 )。また2007年にはワルシャワ~パリ~ノアンなど、ショパンが残した足跡を辿るNHK制作のドキュメンタリー『ピアノの詩人 ショパンのミステリー』にも出演し、さらに同番組は2010年のショパン・アニヴァーサリーに際して、『仲道郁代 ショパンのミステリー 特別編』として追加制作・再放映されています。また同じ2010年には、『NHK趣味工房シリーズ〔あなたもアーティスト〕 仲道郁代のピアノ初心者にも弾けるショパン』に講師として出演、さらにCD付きのMOOK『CDでわかる ショパン鍵盤のミステリー』(ナツメ社 )も上梓するなど、ショパンの音楽への探求には大きな情熱を持って取り組んできています。
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Frederic Chopin - Mazurkas - Pavel Kolesnikov (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Pavel Kolesnikov
Title: Chopin - Mazurkas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 69 minutes 7 seconds
Recorded: August 2015, Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom

There are in all fifty-eight mazurkas by Chopin. Pavel Kolesnikov, making a welcome second recording for Hyperion, here performs a selection of twenty-four, from the earliest examples dating from his teenage years, through to the rich maturity of Op 59 No 2 from 1845.
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Chicago - Chicago II (1970/2017) {Steven Wilson Remix} High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Chicago
Title: Chicago II {Steven Wilson Remix}
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop, Jazz Rock, Fusion
Label: © Rhino Entertainment, a Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 1970/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:07:05
Recorded: August 1969, Columbia Recording Studios, New York and Columbia Studios, Hollywood

More than 40 years after its debut, Chicago II still sounds like nothing else. Released in 1970, Chicago's second album brims with confidence and inspiration as it draws on everything from orchestral music to heavy rock. Although it never affected the record's popularity - it peaked at #4 on the album chart and spawned a trio of Top Ten hits - many fans have longed for a more-nuanced mix. That wish is about to come true with a new stereo version created by British musician and producer Steven Wilson.
Chicago II has been remixed before, but never like this. For the first time, a stereo remix from the 16-track multi-track tapes made it possible for Steven Wilson to bring out elements that were muffled or submerged in the mix. The result is a new stereo version of Chicago II that boasts clearness, punch and definition that it didn't have before.
Wilson explains: "Working with high-resolution 96K/24 bit digitally transferred files, I had every element from the recording sessions isolated, which meant I was able to rebuild the mix from the drums upwards, recreating as closely as I could the equalization, stereo placement, reverbs, other effects, and volume changes of each individual instrument or vocal - but at the same time looking to gain definition and clarity in the overall sound.
In 1969, Chicago recorded the band's follow-up to their debut album, Chicago Transit Authority (voted 2014 into the Grammy Hall of Fame). When it arrived in January 1970, Chicago II became an instant sensation. Principal composers, James Pankow and Robert Lamm, emerged further as the band's source of Top Ten hits for the group, including "Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World," as well as "25 or 6 to 4," which peaked at #4 and has become one of the band's signature songs. Terry Kath, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, also Danny Seraphine and Peter Cetera ... somehow found time (while touring the world behind the success of "CTA") to prepare another double LP album.
"So rich was their creative seam at the time that, like their debut, and the album that followed this one, it was a two record set," says Wilson. "In fact, with unprecedented boldness the run of double albums was only broken by their fourth which was a quadruple (live) set! I consider all of these albums to be classics, but perhaps Chicago II is the pre-eminent masterpiece. It's got everything: moments of tender beauty to power riffs and scorched-earth jazz-rock, catchy melodies and gorgeous vocal harmonies. When I first heard it as a teenager I was captivated by the mixture of jazz, blues, pop, classical, progressive and heavy rock styles, including both improvisational elements and intricate arrangements, and by songs written and sung by several different members, all with their own unique personality. How could that possibly hang together?! But it does, and brilliantly so."
The album, which was certified platinum by the RIAA, soon after its release, also highlighted some of the band's most ambitious work, such as the 13-minute song cycle "Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon," composed by James Pankow, as well as "Memories Of Love," a Terry Kath song, arranged for orchestra by Peter Matz. Chicago's lasting musical impact was recognized in April of 2016, with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Charly Antolini - Special Delivery (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Charly Antolini
Title: Special Delivery
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Fusion
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:42:30
Recorded: 1980


Swiss drummer Charly Antolini has been a force in European mainstream jazz for over half a century, a super-technician often compared with Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson. Beginning his professional career playing in Paris with such New Orleans legends as Sidney Bechet and Albert Nicholas, he graduated to swing and bop, working with Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Jimmy Guiffre, and Art Farmer, among others. Antolini is best known for his own all-star ensembles
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Charly Antolini - In the Groove (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Charly Antolini
Title: In the Groove
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Swing, Latin Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1972/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:42:58
Recorded: January 24-26 1972, Union Studio, Munich

Swiss drummer Charly Antolini has been a force in European mainstream jazz for over half a century, a super-technician often compared with Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson. Beginning his professional career playing in Paris with such New Orleans legends as Sidney Bechet and Albert Nicholas, he graduated to swing and bop, working with Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Jimmy Guiffre, and Art Farmer, among others. Antolini is best known for his own all-star ensembles.
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Chantal Chamberland - Autobiography (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Chantal Chamberland
Title: Autobiography
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © Evolution Media Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:54:30

The Hamilton Music Award winner Chantal Chamberland releases her ‘Best of’ compilation album, Autobiography. Her trademark smoky, sultry jazz vocal is perfectly expressed in a wonderful diversity of genres, moving from sultry and soulful to bluesy and brassy with graceful ease.

Her previous success with Soirée, hitting #1 on the HMV Hong Kong Jazz Charts cements her role as one of the nest female interpreters of jazz today. The Best of compilation has all of Chantal’s nest tracks in one, featuring tracks La Mer, Besame Mucho, Hit The Road Jack, Fever, You Are My Hero and more. Together with an all-new recording, Chantal’s take on Ed Sheeran’s heart-warming hit, Thinking Out Loud, performed with touch of tender affection and charm.
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Cecil Taylor - Live in the Black Forest (1979/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Cecil Taylor
Title: Live in the Black Forest
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1979/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:51:08
Recorded live on 3 June 1978 in SWF-Radio JazzConcert in Kirchzarten, Black Forest, West Germany


A leader in the revolution that overtook jazz in the late 50’s and early 60’s, pianist Cecil Taylor’s ‘Unit’ groups reflect the move towards total ensemble Play. The concept of soloist and accompanist is abolished; instead, the improvisations consist of a continual interchange of ideas between players. Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons played with Taylor from 1961 until Lyon’s death in 1986. Heavily influenced by Charlie Parker, his lyrical style helped tie Taylor’s style to more traditional jazz roots. Trumpeter Ralphe Malik worked with Taylor throughout the 70’s on into the 80’s. “A superb, incendiary performer”, Malik also recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums of his own. Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and bassist Sirone are the only musicians to have performed and recorded with the three prime shapers of free jazz, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler. The themes are loosely played melodic phrases used as a starting point for improvisation. In The Eel Pot, Taylor’s sparse, foreboding lines lead into the ensemble’s free interpretation of the theme. The piece proceeds to run the gamut of emotions, with extreme use of dynamics and space. Sperichill On Calling begins with an exquisite piano solo, moves to an ensemble march on into Lyon’s slashing solo accompanied by staccato violin. Movements vary from tender reflection to a seething maelstrom. Intense music that has retained its exploratory depth.
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