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Mauro De Federicis - Inside Time (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mauro De Federicis
Title: Inside Time
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:58:05
Recorded at Wide Sound Studio, Teramo, Italy by Marcello Malatesta

The starting point is the guitar, electric or acoustic and with or without electronic effects, leading a trio or as the backbone of the quartet, in a solo role or supporting the other instruments. As a result the music constantly moves ahead, whether it be modern, mainstream, attentive to stylistic developments or simply at the service of the melodies. Mauro De Federicis scrolls down the timeline of the traditions and the history of jazz with sudden and unexpected jumps in many different directions. But the points of reference of the guitarist’s constantly changing attitudes, dynamics and atmospheres are always closely connected to the inherent needs of the piece. De Federicis concentrates on recreating the original passion of jazz, and he focuses completely on the feeling that has to be invested in the music, for the benefit of the fluidity of the themes and improvisations, the emotional intensity of the ballads and the emphasis of the more rhythmically sustained tracks. The guitarist’s continual dialogue with the legacy of jazz and his desire to follow in the footsteps of those who have made this music immortal can also be detected in the development of some well-known themes, as in the best practice of be-bop, so as to create a very personal vision of the possibilities and suggestions hidden within those harmonic progressions. The acoustic version, dilated and slightly altered, of Samba Pa Ti, one of Santana’s best known tunes, is a good example of the overall approach manifested in Inside Time. In this trio the theme remains recognizable and retains its melodic drive intact, and the guitarist tackles the piece from every possible different direction in order to enhance and manoeuvre it. This operation was conducted during the performances, rehearsals, second listenings and retouchings that gradually added various modifications, both small and substantial, in order to achieve the result that we can hear on the compact disc.
Gabriele Pesaresi’s double-bass has a well-established role in the career of De Federicis, but Max Ionata on sax and Fabio Colella on drums have been less frequent collaborators in the earlier concerts and recordings of De Federicis. Their new contribution and the combination of all these musical ingredients now offers a broad palette that gives the pieces ample space for the open development and adaptation that is the hallmark of this record.
In this way Mauro De Federicis presents us with a panorama of his experiences and his understanding of jazz, expressed through the six strings of his guitar. Inside Time is a record by a mature musician who is able to move freely in many different stylistic territories while always maintaining his own personality and who is, above all, determined to continue this exploration with his unending inventiveness and curiosity. --Fabio Ciminiera
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Haydn - Duo Sonatas - Rachel Podger, Jane Rogers (2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Michael Haydn (1737-1806)
Artist: Rachel Podger, Jane Rogers
Title: Mozart, W.A., Haydn, M. - Duo Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:12:51
Recorded: May 2011, All Saints Church, East Finchley, London

The Duos for Violin and Viola by Mozart have long been favourite pieces of ours – pieces we’d take out and play when there wasn’t a keyboard player or cellist to hand, or busk as teenagers to earn extra pocket money. Back then, the audience’s response clearly indicated how appealing these pieces were as our takings always doubled when we played them!These works never cease to amaze – Mozart uses the two instruments so effectively and with such exquisite craftsmanship that he never leaves one wondering where the rest of the string quartet might have gone….They are also hugely engaging to play and so endlesslyrich and interesting that the appeal to the listener is guaranteed. Mozart’s reference to other genres is always fascinating. In this case the writing is dramatic, operatic even (the violin taking the role as soprano diva (!) and the viola as the heroic tenor?!). One could perhaps go as far to say that these duos are distillations of the art of chamber music as in the Haydn quartets, but more naturally recreational and less self-conscious.For a violist they are about as exposed as you can be; hitherto very few sonatas or concerti had been written for solo viola – and the accompaniment would seldom have been as scant as a single violin. The conversational and imitative nature of the writing allows for freedom andcharacterization, and it was refreshing and rewarding to be as spontaneous as possible in the recording sessions. It was also a diverting and enjoyable experience to record two of the Michael Haydn duos, previously unknown to us both. The character of these pieces is often reminiscentof Austrian folkmusic and it really seems as if you can hear the yodelling vernacular bouncing off the mountains in timely echoes. The challenges in these works are quite different to those of his friend Wolfgang – the demands placed on the violinist are obvious as the writing is busy,yet in need of a casual fluidity, whereas the violist has the task of being constantly inventive with material which is largely accompanimental (melody and bass, in effect). Who knows?Maybe Wolfgang and Michael tried these out during Mozart’s visit to Salzburg when he helped his friend complete a set of six Sonatas in 1783.Rachel & JaneDuos for Violin and Viola
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante; Joseph Haydn - Violin Concerti 1 & 4 - Rachel Podger, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (2009) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: Rachel Podger, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Title: Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante; Haydn: Violin Concerti 1 & 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:08:06
Recorded: Haydn: March 2009, Mozart: July 2009, All Saints’ Vicarage, East Finchley, London

It was a joy and an honour to record Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante – such a beautifully crafted masterpiece with those memorable, elegant and distinctive themes in the first movement and both soloists weaving in and out of symphonic textures, the remarkable poignancy of the second movement with its dramatic dialogue which is then dispersed by sheer delight and comic playfulness in the Presto.Delving into these moods was personally enriching and helped me gain a little bit more insight into Mozart's genius and being. Pavlo and I had the extreme good fortune to play a Strad each! Generously loaned to us by the Royal Academy of Music for this project, we savoured every minute of having these esteemed and valuable instruments in our hands! 'Mine' is a proud instrument which demands careful negotiation and warming before it will expose it's beautiful colours. An amazing experience in itself to play an instrument like this, it was even more of an event when the two Strads met and 'spoke' to each other with a feeling of being acquainted, perhaps not for the first time...
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Mozart & Nielsen - Flute Concertos - Juliette Bausor, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Jaime Martin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Artist: Juliette Bausor, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Jaime Martín
Title: Mozart & Nielsen - Flute Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 55 minutes 35 seconds
Recorded: June 2015, The Sage, Gateshead, United Kingdom

For her debut concerto recording, 2014 ECHO ‘Rising Star’ Juliette Bausor performs works for flute and orchestra by Mozart and Nielsen, with Royal Northern Sinfonia and conductor, Jaime Martin.
Juliette Bausor joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2016 as Principal Flute, having previously held the same position with Royal Northern Sinfonia for 11 years. She also plays Principal Flute with the London Mozart Players and is a member of the celebrated chamber group Ensemble 360. Described by John Allison in The Times as a “rising star in the arts firmament”, Juliette Bausor enjoys a growing reputation as one of the foremost flautists of her generation.
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Franz Xaver Mozart & Muzio Clementi - Piano Concertos - Howard Shelley, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Xaver Mozart (1791-1844), Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
Artist: Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Howard Shelley
Title: Mozart & Clementi: Piano Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 71 minutes 31 seconds
Recorded: February 2015, Tonhalle St Gallen, Switzerland

Franz Xaver Mozart was born just four months before the death of his father, Wolfgang Amadeus. A pianist of similarly precocious talent, he nevertheless wrote just two piano concertos: coupled with Clementi’s only surviving essay in the genre, they make a sparkling addition to our Classical Piano Concerto series.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - String Quartets K. 169, K. 464 & K. 589 - Armida Quartett (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Armida Quartett
Title: Mozart - String Quartets K. 169, K. 464 & K. 589
Genre: Classical
Label: © Avi – Service for music, Cologne, Germany
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:10:23
Recorded: VIII 2014, Sendesaal Bremen, Germany

Every string quartet dreams of having its own Mozart cycle: for its 10th anniversary in 2016, the Armida Quartet plans to perform all 23 works in public. The composer was part of each one of their lives long before the ensemble was formed. Playing in orchestras, in chamber music and in solo recitals, the Armida Quartet’s future members already got to know and love Mozart.
In their complete Mozart series, the quartet will not be presenting the string quartets in chronological order. Instead, in each recital, they will place Mozart, the young Wunderkind, alongside the mature composer; the carefree creator alongside the brooding master. “We want to show how modern his thinking was for his time. Many people have a fixed image of Mozart in their minds, as a musician who painted an ideal world with beautiful melodies. But inside, he was burning, struggling, seeking”, as 2nd violinist Johanna Staemmler contends. Thus the Armida Quartet’s first Mozart CD features a selection of three works from different creative periods.
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Mike Oldfield - Return To Ommadawn (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mike Oldfield
Title: Return To Ommadawn
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, New Age, Electronic, Ambient, World Music
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:08
Recorded: 2015–2016 Nassau, Bahamas

Mike Oldfield will release a new album on 20th January 2017. Return To Ommadawn marks a return to the music that made his name back in the early 70s. Written, played, recorded, mixed and produced by Mike Oldfield in his home studio in Nassau, Return To Ommadawn is a beautiful, mostly acoustic string instrument-based album which consists of two pieces of music, ‘Return To Ommadawn Parts I & II’. Mike describes it as ‘handmade’ – each instrument (22 in total including mandolin, guitars, acoustic bass, bodhran, African drums and tin whistle) is hand played by Mike and he keeps time with a vintage metronome – though he made full use of modern technology to faithfully recreate some of the 70s classic keyboard sounds. Return To Ommadawn also features Celtic chanting and prominently features Mike’s trademark searing electric guitar.
Mike Oldfield’s 1975 album Ommadawn was the third of an enduring trinity of classic albums – Tubular Bells (73), Hergest Ridge (74) and Ommadawn – that overlapped rock and classical and, before the terms were even coined, new age and world music. These albums remain the musical statements Mike feels are truest to him.
Says Mike: “Looking on social media, the first three albums 40 years later are still everybody’s favourite, and Ommadawn more than Tubular Bells even. I think it’s because it’s a genuine piece of music rather than production: hands, fingers, fingernails. It didn’t have a goal; it was not trying to achieve anything nor please anybody. It was spontaneous music making, full of life. Doing Return To Ommadawn is like a return to my true self.”
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Mickey Hart - Planet Drum (1991/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mickey Hart
Title: Planet Drum
Genre: World, New Age, Ethnic Fusion, Tribal, Ambient, Worldbeat
Label: © 360 Productions
Release Date: 1991/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:01:50
Recorded: Studio X, Sonoma, CA

The Grateful Dead's drummer Mickey Hart released this world music album in 1991 in conjunction with a book of the same title, both celebrating percussionists from different musical cultures around the world. Hart earned the first-ever world music Grammy Award for Planet Drum, which also hit number one on Billboard's world music chart. This 25th anniversary reissue includes three bonus tracks.

"This experience was about people wanting to come together: folks weren't culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the right place at the right time for a new gumbo, a new way of coming together, egoless, in the spirit, to have fun and record a classic 20th century gamelan, which has always been the carrot for me. I always wanted to ring that bell." --Mickey Hart
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Michael Chapman - 50 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Michael Chapman
Title: 50
Genre: Folk, Folk Rock, British Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Paradise of Bachelors
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:30

After five decades of recording and touring, veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman has finally made what he calls his “American record,” and the aptly titled 50 now stands as his late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend. Backed by a collaborative group of friends and acolytes—Steve Gunn (who also produced), Nathan Bowles (Pelt), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy), Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Rhyton), and fellow UK songwriting luminary Bridget St John—Chapman tears into both bold renderings of new songs and radical reinterpretations of material from his revered catalog, the crack band adeptly scaling the same rarefied sonic heights of classic Harvest albums like Fully Qualified Survivor, guided by a true survivor’s instinct, wit, and wisdom. The result is a sublime chiaroscuro self-portrait, more shadow than light, as an invigorated Chapman wrestles with weighty themes of travel, memory, mortality, and redemption, his world-weary whispers assuming the incandescent power of prophecy.

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Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto & String Octet - Liza Ferschtman, Het Gelders Orkest, Kees Bakels (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Liza Ferschtman, Het Gelders Orkest, Kees Bakels
Title: Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto, Op. 64 / String Octet, Op. 20
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 11 January 2017
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:58:17

Liza Ferschtman:….slowly, as my musical path kept unfolding, I got to the point where more and more I was able to let go of my preconceived notions about the Violin Concerto and more clearly start to see and hear my own voice in it. Over the years I got to know so much more music by Mendelssohn, from the inside out, and I felt the language become more fully my own. When working with Kees Bakels on it a couple of years ago things started to really fall into place, and last May when performing it with the Arnhem Philharmonic I really was all of a sudden struck by a distinct feeling that I can only describe as falling in love all over again with this magical piece. Certain details in the score seemed to appear completely new to me and the idea of approaching the work with the same collaborative energy as in chamber music made me experience it completely afresh. The combination of passion, grand emotions and at the same time lightness and elegance, such characteristic traits for Mendelssohn, fell completely into place. To feel this way about such a familiar piece was revelatory and I knew I wanted to share these discoveries, if you like, with many more people.
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