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Jean Sibelius: Kullervo / Olli Kortekangas: Migrations - Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), Olli Kortekangas (b. 1955)
Artist: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
Title: Sibelius - Kullervo / Kortekangas - Migrations
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 114:05
Recorded: 4th, 5th & 6th February 2016 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Some 150 years ago what is sometimes called ‘The Great Migration’ of Finns to the United States began. Many of the Finns settled in the Mid-West, and especially in the so-called ‘Finn Hook’, consisting of parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. To celebrate this, the Minnesota Orchestra under its Finnish music director Osmo Vänskä commissioned the composer Olli Kortekangas to compose a work on the theme of migration, of a scale and nature suitable for performance alongside Jean Sibelius’s great Kullervo. Discovering the work of the Minnesota-based poet Sheila Packa, herself of Finnish descent, Kortekangas composed Migrations for mezzo-soprano, male voice choir and orchestra, the same forces as in Kullervo, with the exception of the baritone soloist in that work.
An all-star Finnish cast – soloists Lilli Paasikivi and Tommi Hakala and the celebrated YL Male Voice Choir – joined the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä for three concerts in February 2016, and captured by a recording team from BIS the memorable performances can now be enjoyed by a wider audience. Sibelius began working on Kullervo during his student days in Vienna in 1891, finding his inspiration in the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic. In a letter home to Finland he wrote about ‘a new symphony, totally in the Finnish spirit’ and the work is often regarded as the first successful example of a Finnish national musical language.
In spite of what Sibelius wrote in his letter, the five-movement work is usually regarded as a symphonic poem, but with a duration of c. 80 minutes Kullervo certainly has the scale of a large symphony, and as such the present performance forms a worthy appendix to the highly acclaimed Sibelius cycle which the orchestra and Vänskä brought to a close with the recent release of Symphonies No 3, 6 and 7. As a fitting close to this two-disc set, and to the concerts in Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall, the orchestra performs Sibelius’s Finlandia, with the YL Male Voice Choir joining in in the famous hymn section.
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Shirley Horn - Live at the 4 Queens (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Shirley Horn
Title: Live at the 4 Queens
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Standards
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 54:41
Recorded live at the Four Queens Hotel, Las Vegas, May 2, 1988

The first previously unreleased music by Shirley Horn in nearly a decade was recorded live at the 4 Queens Hotel in Las Vegas in May 1988 and feature Horn's longtime trio, bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. The set was recorded by KNPR radio for a syndicated jazz show and captures the angora-voiced jazz singer and pianist at the very beginning of her resurgence on the jazz scene. Renowned for her inimitable ability to negotiate melodies and lyrics at an exquisitely unhurried pace, Horn applies her unique alchemy to classic and contemporary songs: when she sings a song, she changes the way it's heard forever.
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Shinya Kiyozuka - Kiyozuka (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Shinya Kiyozuka 清塚信也
Title: Kiyozuka
Genre: Classical
Label: © Universal Classics & Jazz, a division of Universal Music LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:00:34

最新タイアップ曲〈代償〉、『コウノドリ』メインテーマ~Baby, God Bless You - New Version他収録。
華々しい経歴を持つクラシック・ピアニストであり、ドラマや映画に数々の名曲を提供する作曲家であり、さらには俳優の顔をも併せ持つ、ピアノ界では他に類を見ない独自の世界を創造し続けている“表現者”、清塚信也。ユニバーサル移籍第1弾となる本作では、話題の最新タイアップ曲〈代償〉をはじめ、清塚信也のこれまでの代表作ともいえる〈Baby, God Bless You〉新アレンジ・ヴァージョン、クラシックの名曲、J-POPの名曲カバーまで収録した多彩な内容、アルバム・タイトル “KIYOZUKA”のとおり、清塚信也の集大成とも言えるアルバムとなっています。ラフマニノフのピアノ協奏曲のソロ・ピアノ・ヴァージョンも必聴です。
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Sharon Bezaly, Ronald Brautigam - Masterworks for Flute and Piano (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Henri Dutilleux (b.1916), André Jolivet (1905-1974)
Artist: Sharon Bezaly, Ronald Brautigam
Title: Bezaly, Brautigam - Masterworks for Flute and Piano
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 63:03
Recorded: August 2005 at Nybrokajen 11 (the former Academy of Music), Stockholm, Sweden

Recently released recordings of Mozart’s concertos, of three contemporary works for flute and orchestra and of a programme for solo flute have earned Sharon Bezaly epithets such as ‘God’s gift to the flute’, ‘an amazingly talented performer’ and ‘a First Lady among equals’. Here she has turned to some of the central works for flute and piano, and with Ronald Brautigam, familiar from many BIS releases, gives her interpretations of three master-pieces of the 1940s flanking Schubert’s great Trockne Blumen variations, composed some 120 years earlier. Though written in the span of two years, Prokofiev’s Sonata, Dutilleux’s Sonatine and Jolivet’s Chant de Linos each show the flute in a different light.
Prokofiev was preoccupied with clarity of style and found the instrument a perfect vehicle: ‘The sonata should be played with a bright, transparent, classical tone’, he wrote. (David Oistrakh later convinced the composer to create a violin version, which quickly became very popular.)
A distinctly different approach was taken by Jolivet, who wrote his Chant inspired by the ancient Greek concept of ‘linos’, a ritual lament punctuated by cries and dancing. It is thus based on musical material associated with Greek modes and explores the extremes of expression.
Dutilleux, finally, composed his Sonatine as a set piece for the flute competitions of the Paris Conservatoire. But these academic-sounding origins are belied by the by turns atmospheric and spirited writing, so typical of the multi-faceted Dutilleux.
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Sergio Coppotelli - Eclectic Taste (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sergio Coppotelli
Title: Eclectic Taste - Before and After I Turned 80
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Guitar Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:04:27
Recorded at AlfaMusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Alessandro Guardia

Sergio Coppotelli è nato a Roma nel 1929 ed è il più dotato fra i chitarristi romani della sua generazione dal punto di vista tecnico-strumentale, anche grazie a studi accademici approfonditi. Musicista di valore, contemporaneo di Carlo Pes, Enzo Grillini e Angelo Baroncini, anche lui, come altri in Europa negli anni Quaranta, fu folgorato da una incisione di Django Reinhardt. Scoprì in seguito Charlie Christian, che fu all’inizio il suo maggior ispiratore, e poi Les Paul, non quello delle sovraincisioni e dei duetti con Mary Ford, bensì quello precedente, ancora legato al jazz. La sua attività, prima con il complesso di Bruno Martino, poi nell’Orchestra di Ritmi Moderni della Radio — dove nel 1974, dopo aver vinto un concorso, sostituì Mario Gangi, che a sua volta aveva rilevato Canapino — non gli permise però di emergere subito. Dopo aver preso parte con l’orchestra a una serie di concerti organizzati da Radiotre al Teatro dell’Opera e diretti anche da Gil Evans, George Russell Archie Shepp, con i quali ebbe l’occasione di mettere in luce tutte le sue qualità jazzistiche, Coppotelli racconta che proprio Gil Evans, con il quale si era creata una grande intesa musicale, lo omaggiò di fronte ai colleghi dell’orchestra con il più bel complimento della sua vita: “Sergio I’m glad to hear you”. Rare le sue incisioni in quel tempo, mentre furono più frequenti le sue partecipazioni a concerti. Apparve sulla scena del jazz il 24 maggio 1949 quando l’Hot Club Roma ospitò una jam session dove oltre a musi- cisti già noti — Nunzio Rotondo, Bruno Martino, Carlo Lof- fredo, Umberto Cesàri, Sergio Battistelli — si presentarono per la prima volta tre volti nuovi: due chitarristi, Carlo Pes e Sergio Coppotelli, e un batterista, Ma- rio Fioroni.
Qualche anno più tardi, il 22 aprile 1955, ai Nottambuli, uno dei primi locali dove a Roma era possibile ascoltare del jazz, partecipò ad un concerto, recensito dalla stampa locale un po’ troppo enfaticamente come il Jazz at the Philarmonic italiano. Vi parteciparono musicisti romani e di altre città ingaggiati nei vari locali notturni della zona di via Veneto. Era un’epoca — che sarebbe tramontata di lì a poco — in cui nei night era ancora possibile suonare musica di derivazione jazzistica. I musicisti che salirono sul piccolo palco dei Nottambuli, organizzati in vari gruppi nati spontaneamente, diedero vita a una serie di jam secondo il metodo introdotto da Norman Granz. La prima formazione fu quella con la tromba Nino Culasso, il sassofonista Marcello Boschi, il vibrafonista Bruno Brighetti, il pianista Bruno Martino, Sergio Coppotelli, i contrabbassisti Peppe Carta e Baldo Rossi, dell’orchestra Ferrari, e il batterista Luciano Messina, cui si aggiunsero gli ospiti: la tromba e il batterista brasiliani Solon Gonçalves e Jadir Castro, e il sax to- rinese (ma residente a Venezia) Renato Geremia, che furono «letteralmente sbalorditivi» secondo quanto scritto dal critico Carlo Peroni.
Di Sergio Coppotelli Peroni scriveva: «chitarrista preparatissimo e modernissimo, di gusti raffinati ed estrosa vena, efficace accompagnatore che in Lady Be Good ebbe spunti di classe».
Coppotelli continuò a dividersi fra jazz e musica commerciale fino a quando nel 1985 si dimise dall’Orchestra della RAI e realizzò il suo primo disco con il Quintetto Jazz di Roma, avvalendosi della collaborazione dei pianisti Stefano Sabatini e Antonello Vannucchi, dei contrabbassisti Francesco Puglisi e Massimo Moriconi, del batterista Giampaolo Ascolese e del sassofonista Maurizio Giammarco.
Dopo quel primo lavoro Sergio Coppotelli ne ha realizzati altri cinque, con la collaborazione di Massimo Urbani (Special Guest in “55 Years young... Old That Jazz”), Stefano Di Battista, Giancarlo Maurino, Cinzia Gizzi, John Arnold, Pino Sallusti, Stefano Sabatini e altri. L’ultimo disco di questa serie edito da AlfaMusic intitolato Goin’ Solo è stato realizzato in solitaria e comprende negli ultimi due brani un incontro con Jim Hall, ospite un giorno a casa sua.
Trascorsi 15 anni dal primo disco dell’85, in questo nuovo lavoro Sergio Coppotelli ha chiesto ai suoi vecchi amici Maurizio Giammarco e Giampaolo Ascolese di unirsi nuovamente a lui per realizzare le registrazioni pubblicate da AlfaMusic con il titolo Eclectic Taste (Before and After I turned 80...), in cui – per festeggiare i suoi ottanta anni – si sono aggiunti a lui musicisti fra i più noti del jazz italiano di oggi, come Giovanni Tommaso, Stefano Cantarano, Roberto Gatto, Pino Jodice, Cinzia Gizzi, e le cantanti Joy Garrison e Ada Montellanico. --Adriano Mazzoletti
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Miklos Rozsa: Violin Concerto; Arthur Benjamin: Romantic Fantasy - Jascha Heifetz (1964/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Miklós Rózsa (1907-1997), Arthur Benjamin (1893-1960)
Artist: Jascha Heifetz
Title: Rósza - Violin Concerto; Benjamin - Romantic Fantasy
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Duration: 46:31
Recorded: 1964

Another fine Pfeiffer / Chase / Heiftez collaboration. Throw in Hendl conducting the Detroit Symphony on the Rozsa Violin Concerto and Izler conducting the RCAVVO on Benjamin's Romantic Fantasy and you've got a winner. This is an original 3-track recording and that is what this LP reissue was mastered from. The result? Not to be missed!
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Roberto Alagna - Malena: New Sicilian and Neapolitan Songs (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Roberto Alagna
Title: Malèna: New Sicilian and Neapolitan Songs
Genre: Classical, Traditional Pop, Classical Crossover
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:22

Après le succès de “Sicilien”, un nouveau voyage en terres volcaniques au Royaume des deux-Siciles… “Malèna”, l'album émotion !
Roberto Alagna nous offre l’album d’une “re-naissance”, né de son bonheur de devenir père pour la seconde fois et des sentiments les plus profonds que la venue au monde de sa petite Malèna a ravivés en lui. Le plus célèbre ténor français livre de sa voix pure, naturelle et ensoleillée un album « novateur et authentique, vibrant et coloré, quasi cinématographique ». A une sélection personnelle des plus célèbres airs napolitains s’ajoutent 7 compositions originales en sicilien, napolitain et italien de ses frères Frederico et David Alagna.
Le disque est la cinquième collaboration de Roberto Alagna avec son ami de longue date, le musicien et arrangeur Yvan Cassar. Ils sont rejoints par deux invités de marque, le violoniste Nemanja Radulovic et le mandoliniste Avi Avital. Pétries d’émotions crues et viscérales, sincères, ces chansons populaires résonnent au plus profond de l’âme de chacun et sont d'emblée comprises. Par tous. “Malèna”, c'est aussi une atmosphère, une veine mélodique particulière, une invitation au voyage en terres volcaniques et au-delà... Laissez-vous porter par son souffle de vie !
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Riccardo Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala - Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Riccardo Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala
Title: Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:16:31
Recorded: 23–27 June 2016, Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan

After almost 40 years on Decca and over three million albums sold, in January 2017 Riccardo Chailly became music director of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the world’s most iconic opera house. Milanese by birth, Chailly made his conducting debut at La Scala in 1978 as assistant to Claudio Abbado. Chailly’s father Luciano had also served as artistic director at La Scala, completing a family dynasty. This Filarmonica della Scala album is a sonically spectacular recording celebrating three centuries of music first performed at La Scala: overtures, preludes and intermezzi from Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and many others, all new to Chailly’s discography.
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Randy Newman - The Randy Newman Songbook (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Randy Newman
Title: The Randy Newman Songbook
Genre: Pop Rock, Brill Building Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Nonesuch Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:22:25
Recorded: 2003 & 2010 at Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA

Nonesuch's Randy Newman Songbook series—comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Newman's five-decade career—previously included two volumes, released on CD in 2003 and 2011. Sixteen additional songs from a newly released third volume, along with five bonus tracks ("Feels Like Home," "A Wedding in Cherokee County," "Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman," "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," and "I'm Dreaming"), join those first two volumes to create this new complete Songbook box set. Mitchell Froom produced The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 (which has been remastered for this box set) and was joined on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Newman's lifelong friend and colleague Lenny Waronker.
The New York Times said of the first volume of The Randy Newman Songbook: "The great craftsmanship is more apparent in the stripped-down context," and the Associated Press said, "Few singer-songwriters could inject more new life into solo piano versions of their work than Randy Newman." The UK's Uncut called Vol. 2 "another subtly sublime stroll through the master's back catalogue," noting that Newman is "owner of a peerless canon," and that the album "isolates his full range of qualities: the improbable juxtapositions of caustic topicality and heart-wrenching universality, the concise character studies, and singing and piano playing that seem to emanate from the very fabric of America."
After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman began recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-titled album. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as: 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s. The list of movies he has worked on since then includes The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug's Life, and most recently, Disney/Pixar's Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. (which he also scored).
Randy Newman's many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013—the same year he was given an Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award. Mostly recently, Newman was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in June 2014.
The highly praised 2008 Harps and Angels was Newman's first album of new material since 1999. The Austin Chronicle wrote "the characters are memorable, the satire sharp, the music luxurious, and the arrangements maybe the most gorgeous in all pop music." It was followed in 2011 by Vol. 2 of the Songbook series and a live CD and DVD recorded at London's intimate LSO St. Luke's, where he was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler. Newman is currently working on his next album of new material, which Nonesuch will release in 2017.
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High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2; Vocalise No. 14
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:04:35
Recorded: October 2003, The Italian Institute, Budapest

Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) - Symphony nr. 2 in e op. 27 (1907) .......In 1907 Rachmaninov had withdrawn with his family to Dresden in order to work in complete isolation. This is where the Second Symphony was created. It had its highly successful premiere in the Marinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg in January of 1908. Like his other symphonies, the work begins with a motto-like theme reminiscent of Russian Orthodox liturgical music. Out of this a long-spun, mournful melody develops and serves as a constant motive throughout the first movement. The second movement is a lively scherzo, but there is a hint of menace in the horns introductory Dies Irae motive. Half way through the movement, the dizzying fugato is momentarily silenced for an episode of passionate romanticism. The Adagio is the most famous movement, and the most consistently described with superlatives. It is a miracle of melodic invention. The beautiful clarinet melody seems endless and appears to grope forward in a kind of trance, searching for words to express its love. Is it entirely fortuitous that the atmosphere is that of the love scene in Rachmaninovs opera, "Francesca da Rimini"? The Finales mood is stormy and once again brings forward all the previous themes, but this time arranged in new constellations, leading to an effective conclusion.
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