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Neil Diamond - The Bang Years 1966-1968 (2011/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: The Bang Years 1966-1968
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 2011/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:41
Recorded: 1966 (#1,2,6,8,9,11-15,17,19-21), 1967 (#3-5,7,10,16,18,22,23); A&R Studios except #6,8-10; #13,15 recorded at Century Sound Studios; #1 recorded at Atlantic Records Studios; #2 recorded at Dick Charles Studio/A&R Studios


Neil Diamond transitioned from professional songwriter to performer when he signed with Bang Records in 1966. There, he cut two albums -- his 1966 debut The Feel of Neil Diamond and its 1967 sequel Just for You -- that contained his greatest songs: “Solitary Man,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Thank the Lord for the Night Time,” “I’m a Believer,” “Red, Red Wine,” “The Boat That I Row,” “You Got to Me,” and “Shilo.” All these, along with the rest of the two Bang albums all presented out of LP order, are on Columbia/Legacy’s 2011 The Bang Years: 1966-1968, by far the best overview ever assembled of this crucial era for Diamond. It’s not just that these are Diamond’s best songs but these are his best records: crisp, lively, colorful pop tunes balanced by luxurious moody brooding ballads. Once he turned into a superstar Diamond tended to rely on his innate showmanship, but here at the beginning of his career he sounded hungry and knew how to have fun, giving these records a snap that still stings decades later. And Diamond knows just how good these recordings are, as indicated by the terrific autobiographical liner notes he’s penned for this collection, notes that give this music context, but they’re not necessary to appreciate The Bang Years: this is pop music that’s so pure it needs no explanation. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Neil Diamond - I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:39:17
Recorded: 1977, Scorpio Sound, Indigo Ranch Studios, The Sound Factory, Producers Workshop, Cherokee Studios, United Western Studios


I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight is the eleventh studio album by Neil Diamond, released on Columbia Records in 1977. It includes a solo version of the song "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". Diamond would score a #1 hit with a new version recorded as a duet with Barbra Streisand the following year.
I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight was the second Neil Diamond album in a row to also garner a television special, which was broadcast on November 17, 1977. The television special received a Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical/Variety for Director Art Fisher, Associate Director David Grossman and Stage Manager Bob Graner. It was also nominated for three Emmy Awards. The special was a thematic and "behind the scenes" based program with interspersed live performances. It also features a pioneering segment with one of the earliest broadcasts of what would come to be known as a music video with its treatment of Diamond's song "Morningside".
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Nando Citarella & Tamburi del Vesuvio - Carosonando (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Nando Citarella & Tamburi del Vesuvio
Title: Carosonando
Genre: Jazz, Folk
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:06:05
Recorded at AlfaMusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Alessandro Guardia

Nando Citarella dialoga sin dal titolo del lavoro con Renato Carosone: la scomposizione proposta sulla copertina mette in evidenza l'aspetto dell'omaggio reso dal cantante e percussionista al pianista. Un dialogo fatto di scrittura e interpretazione, di ironia, jazz, melodia e spirito mediterraneo: gli ingredienti delle composizioni e dei cavalli di battaglia di Carosone, antichi e moderni, ancestrali e radicati nella vitalità napoletana e allo stesso tempo mobili e innovativi, sono i medesimi utilizzati da Citarella nel disporre la scaletta e nello sceglie un ensemble che privilegia fiati, fisarmoniche e percussioni per creare il tessuto sonoro per accompagnare le voci.
Napoli al centro del Mediterraneo e delle sue rotte musicali. Nella rivisitazione convergono suoni ed espressioni dall'Africa e dai Balcani, dalla Spagna e dal Medio Oriente, dalle diaspore ebraiche e, naturalmente, dal folklore dell'Italia meridionale. E se Carosone aveva usato i ritmi arrivati con i soldati americani dopo il secondo conflitto mondiale per sostenere la propria musica e per trovare lo spazio per il virtuosismo e la verve della sua band, Citarella utilizza jazz, influenze etniche e, in qualche caso, riflessi classicheggianti per riprendere senza snaturare lo spirito di quegli stessi brani: è un ragionamento sull'attualità di Carosone e sulla forza delle sue canzoni, sulla possibilità di poter intervenire sul loro tessuto per inserire nuovi elementi legati alla nostra attualità e, al contempo, la possibilità di rispettare senza costrizioni o pressioni quanto già presente in quel disegno.
La scelta di inserire brevi introduzioni alle tracce, l'esecuzione di alcuni originali, il gusto per le citazioni, l'alternanza della voce maschile e femminile, la costruzione del gruppo offre anche una dimensione teatrale al progetto: lungo le quattordici tacce del disco si sviluppa un potenziale musical sulla vicenda e sulla figura artistica di Carosone condotto con mano matura ed equilibrio.
La musica di Carosone ha costituito un punto di partenza fertile per molte esperienze. Citarella, insieme a Pietro Cernuto che ha curato gli arrangiamenti, ne coglie gli spunti con attenzione: nel corso di Carosonando si avverte la consapevolezza di quanto sia ricco e generoso il materiale, di come sia in grado di accogliere interventi di varia natura purché operati con la giusta mira, e di come infine siano portatori di una sostanza ancora in grado di rappresentare o, meglio, di offrirsi come veicolo espressivo ancora oggi, diversi decenni dopo le prime apparizioni. E, in questo senso, torniamo al concetto di dialogo di cui si diceva in apertura: arrangiamenti, orchestrazioni, nuove composizioni, sonorità originali e sonorità "aggiunte" inserite dalla formazione servono per giocare di sponda con il mondo di Carosone, per guardare costantemente alla matrice di partenza per non dimenticarne il valore e per accostare, con audace garbo se si passa l'ossimoro il proprio punto di vista, come dimostra la presentazione finale del gruppo in Cantanapoli, dove viene usata con affetto e ironia la formula coniata da Gegé Di Giacomo per introdurre i brani.
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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
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
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
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
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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