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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4 - Elizabeth Watts, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Elizabeth Watts, NedPhO, Marc Albrecht
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:57:50
Recorded: NedPhO-Koepel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in June 2014


Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 portrays another side of the composer, different to the one hitherto seen by the general public. No major battles are fought in this symphony; rather, it is a portrayal of a childlike vision of life and a better world in the Hereafter. Mahler’s Dutch friend and colleague, Alphons Diepenbrock, may well have provided the most fitting description of the nature of this symphony and its position within Mahler’s oeuvre: “[...] in his Symphony No. 4, he exclusively praises the sensations of the soul, severed from all earthly ties, from various angles ⎯either as childish yet unearthly merriment, or as the highest ecstasy attained by mystics in bygone years during the contemplation of the divine. However, one should not search for irony here. The work is like a beautiful dream, an indispensable link in the series of Mahler’s nine symphonies that speak sufficiently of harsh reality, and that, according to some, will one day be considered the monumental musical oeuvre of the present day.”
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra lives up to its reputation for its brilliant Mahler performances and surpasses all expectations under the baton of conductor Marc Albrecht. And Elizabeth Watts’ performance in the final movement is surely one not to be missed. The chemistry between Watts and the orchestra is utterly pervasive. With a voice described by International Record Review as “one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation”, Watts sweeps the listener off their feet with this sunny, accessible symphony from Mahler. The perfect combination of immaculate performance with impeccable PENTATONE sound quality can only result in a magical musical experience.
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Lux aeterna: Visions of Bach - Beatrice Berrut (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Thierry Escaich (b.1965)
Artist: Beatrice Berrut
Title: Lux æterna: Visions of Bach
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:25
Recorded: 24 au 26 juillet 2014 à Flagey, Studio 4, Bruxelles

'The meditation, sobriety and modesty of Bach's music are profoundly moving. In this era when so much importance is granted to appearances, his music remains, pushes us to introspection and raises existential questions that, despite the passage of centuries, remain topical. 'I have chosen works transcribed by Busoni, Siloti or Kempff, and not that of works written for harpsichord, for their transcriptions hold out a thread between Bach's era and our modern world.
That is tangible proof of the universality and timelessness of his music: it throws a bridge between men of different centuries. 'Thierry Escaich's music also has its roots in Bach's. So it is that his latest works recall the music of the cantor of Leipzig, whilst strangely tinting it with the colours of the 21st centuries: bouquets of colourful harmonies, wild rhythms, moments of mystical ecstasy… 'Béatrice Berrut Recognized on the international scene and by her peers asa major artist, for her debut on the Aparté lable, the Swiss pianist Béatrice Berrut gives us a highly intimate vision of Johann Sebastian Bach's music.
For this, she is accompanied by a Bösendorfer piano prototype and the microphones of Nicolas Bartholomée, set up in the setting of Flagey, a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Brussels.
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Liane Foly - Crooneuse (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Liane Foly
Title: Crooneuse
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Cabaret, Swing, Chanson française
Label: © SME France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:44:18


Un timbre de voix puissant et reconnaissable entre mille, un don précieux pour écrire et interpréter des chansons profondément tendres, une joie de vivre à l’épreuve des drames ; ajoutez à cela des millions de disques vendus et on pourrait presque ainsi résumer 30 ans de musique de Liane Foly, une des artistes les plus aimées du public français, une des plus audacieuses aussi de par ses choix de carrière.
La carrière de Liane s’est dessinée dans la douceur d’une famille aimante et atypique, qui a toujours encouragé ses rêves. Entre le grand bazar de Perrache que tenait son père – paradis sur terre pour n’importe quel gosse un peu imaginatif - et les virées musicales en famille, Liane trouve sa voie sans heurts. A la maison, on écoute Franck Sinatra, Barry White et Ella Fitzgerald. Elle regarde avec dévotion les émissions des Carpentier, mais son coeur ne balance pas, il est déjà tout entier dévolu au jazz.
Personnalité lumineuse, enthousiaste mais exigeante et bosseuse, la jeune femme combine une détermination infaillible et une générosité authentique. Ses deux qualités ainsi qu’une voix vraiment particulière, chaude et racée, lui ouvrent bientôt toutes les portes. André Manoukian, puis Fabrice Nataf croient eux aussi en sa bonne étoile et surtout en son talent. Elle rencontrera tous ses héros, Jacques Demy, Michel Legrand, Michel Petrucciani, mais aussi Robert Hossein, Claude Lelouch, Barbara, Claude Nougaro dont elle assure les premières parties, et Mister Barry White himself. Liane n’aurait pas su être autre chose que chanteuse. Elle aime trop la musique – et les gens.
“ Crooneuse ”, son 9e album studio, marque son retour à la chanson. Le talent et l’énergie sont intacts et se sont juste teintés d’un léger voile de mélancolie, que Liane qualifie pudiquement de sérénité. Elle a choisi de reprendre onze titres qu’elle aime tout particulièrement, dans un répertoire éclectique qui va du rock à la variété, mais en les interprétant avec une teinte volontairement jazz, tout en swing et élégance, le tout impeccablement servi par un big band. L'album ravira les fans de l’artiste, les amateurs de jazz et de chanson française.
Avec son sens inné de la formule et un peu de malice, Liane s'est autoproclamée crooneuse et vous savez quoi, plus que tout autre, ce titre lui va comme un gant.
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Lavinia Meijer - Fantasies and Impromptus (2011) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Lavinia Meijer
Title: Fantasies and Impromptus
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:12:05
Recorded: November 2010, Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer

What prompts a composer to write fantasies and impromptus? And what do the fantasy, a free form, and the impromptu, originally an improvised poem, have in common? We know that Spohr was inspired by a young harpist who was later to become his wife. But did Fauré, as director of the Paris Conservatory, simply have no option than to write, because a compulsory solo piece was required for the harp class examinations? Was the marine officer Roussel influenced by his travels to distant shores? And were the fantasias by Saint-Saëns inspired by his great love of the Arab world? We can sometimes only guess. What we do know is that the harp has always appealed to the imagination, and that both fantasies and impromptus have inspired many composers to give free rein to their creative powers. (...) --Lavinia Meijer ( from liner notes)
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Kreator - Gods Of Violence (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Kreator
Title: Gods Of Violence
Genre: Rock, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal
Label: © Nuclear Blast GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:02:50
Recorded: Fascination Street Studios, Sweden


There is plenty of thrash metal out there; too much in fact, as it's become the most overpopulated zone of heavy music. That said, there's thrash and then there's Kreator. Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitars, lyrics) and Jürgen "Ventor" Reil (drums) have always sought to reinvent the wheel while remaining true to their roots. Despite lineup changes -- the band currently includes Sami Yli–Sirniö on guitars and bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesler -- they've always managed to inject vitality, personality, and innovation to this beloved yet musically restricted terrain.
Five years was a long time to wait for a new Kreator album. Given the manic energy of 2016's Violence Unleashed EP, which whet fans' appetites for more of the good stuff, it seemed even longer. Produced by Jens Bogren, Gods of Violence is the album the other lineage thrash acts could never make again. It's impossible to conceive of Metallica or Slayer pulling off anything this intense or imaginative. The 11-song set belongs in the line that began with 2001's Violent Revolution and continued through 2005's Enemy of God and 2012's Phantom Antichrist. (The 2009 release Hordes of Chaos, recorded live in a single studio setting, is the only outlier.) The music here is almost a companion to Enemy of God as it balances its deadly assault with melodic death metal.
Appropriately, it commences with an anthem. "Apocalypticon," an intro complete with martial drums, a military choir, and razored guitars, with orchestral work from Fleshgod Apocalypse's Francesco Paoli and Francesco Ferrini, just stops seemingly in the middle and gives way to the brutal "World War Now," with its triple-time chug and churn. Petrozza's riffs are as meaty and physical as ever. His vocals ride just enough above the mix to discern his hostile lyrics. In the refrain, the pace increases. First single "Satan Is Real" is all swinging groove and knotty twin-guitar hell, but "Totalitarian Terror" delivers one of the catchiest and most punishing riffs the band has ever laid down. "Lion with Eagle Wings" nods at both classic Judas Priest and later NWOBHM with power metal asides and soaring choruses, all while waving the thrash flag high. Closer "Death Becomes My Light" is a gallop worthy of the entire price of entry all by itself. The way melody and guitar harmonies and riffs are threaded through these tracks is admirable. No. It's killer. All told, Gods of Violence proves well worth the wait. Kreator proves -- yet again -- that the kids still have a lot to learn when it comes to keeping thrash viable. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Paul von Klenau - Symphony No. 9 - Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schonwandt (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Paul von Klenau (1883-1946)
Artist: Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt
Title: Klenau - Symphony No. 9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Dacapo Records, Copenhagen
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: dacapo-records
Duration: 06:59:45
Recorded live at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, on 20-21 March 2014


Paul von Klenau’s (1883-1946) grandiose Ninth Symphony in eight movements was composed in Copenhagen 1945 as his last major work; an extraordinary fusion of a Requiem with Latin text and a traditional symphony for orchestra, choir and four soloists. The manuscript then lay unknown for more than fifty years until it appeared in the 2001 discovery of a large collection of Klenau manuscripts in Vienna, and not until March 2014 – after a thorough editing by The Royal Library in Copenhagen – did it receive its first performance by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. This world premiere recording presents the full symphony; a magnificent opus of both tonal, atonal and even twelve-tone passages, very far removed from the style that predominated in the post-Nielsen Danish music of the 1940s.
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Kari Bremnes - Over en by (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kari Bremnes
Title: Over en by
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Folk, Nordic
Label: © Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: gubemusic.com
Duration: 00:48:52
Recorded: Rainbow Studio, Oslo


With a new band and 14 new songs Kari Bremnes is releasing her ninth solo album "Over en by" [Over a City]. She has written all the lyrics and most of the music.
On this album Kari Bremnes has shifted into a new gear. The essence of her art as a singer/songwriter is more brilliant and inspiring than ever, letting you sense the sparkling energy bubbling underneath her cool and elegantly understated observations on life, time, love and disguise.
The songs on her new album reveal the artist's uncompromising approach to content and style, and often break away from the traditional form of verse following refrain. Combining this with her new band, she has created a fresh new form that cannot be easily categorised. She gives us poetic, pensive, small musical worlds ¿ the feeling is more than ever of the shimmering beauty of Kari Bremnes' music.
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Kari Bremnes - Og sa kom resten av livet (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kari Bremnes
Title: Og så kom resten av livet
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Folk, Nordic
Label: © Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: gubemusic.com
Duration: 00:44:18
Recorded: Kysten Studio, Tromsø


14 September is the release date for Kari Bremnes' brand new album, “Og så kom resten av livet” (And then the rest of your life). This is her most personal album, and the 11 new songs show the artist at her best; poetic, personal, powerful and enchanting.
"I’m writing about having reached that stage in life where you can look back and still look ahead. And that helps you see so many different things," Kari Bremnes says about her new record.
The album was recorded in Kari's living room with her fantastic band and the producer Bengt E Hanssen.
Kari Bremnes writes poetically about the brutality and pleasures in our lives. She is a storyteller, perhaps one of Norway's best and most personal songwriters. She writes about life with honesty and a penetrating eye, about the good and the bad, with humour, solemnity and melancholy. After the release of her previous album a Norwegian newspaper wrote that “Kari Bremnes is actually almost her own genre”. After almost 20 albums, three "Spellemann" awards (Norwegian Music Awards) and a fantastic career as an artist for 25 years she has won an increasing number of devoted fans in both Norway and Germany.
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Kari Bremnes - 11 ubesvarte Anrop (2002) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Kari Bremnes
Title: 11 ubesvarte Anrop
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Folk, Nordic
Label: © Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Release Date: 2002
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: gubemusic.com
Duration: 00:42:09
Recorded: Lydlab and Studio Nordraak


Many years have passed since Kari Bremnes released her latest solo CD. Now she is back with her second international solo album!
Kari has written all the lyrics and most of the music. Petter Henriksen (who wrote the songs for "Mitt ville hjerte" (My Wild Heart) from 1987 and "Blå krukke" (Blue Urn) from 1989) has written two of the songs. Arrangements and production are by Bengt Egil Hanssen, while Erik Hillestad has produced the vocals. In addition to Bengt Egil Hanssen on keyboards, the band includes Børge Petersen Øverleir on guitars, Arnfinn Bergrabb on drums, Gjermund Silset on bass and Nils Petter Molvær on trumpet.
"You´d have to be here" has exceptionally strong and intricate lyrics with beautiful melodies over a hard-hitting beat; familiar territory for Kari, only this time with a keener edge and a sharper focus. The record has been mixed by Ulf Holand and recorded at Lydlab and Studio Nordraak
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Julienne Taylor - When We Are One (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Julienne Taylor
Title: When We Are One
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Folk
Label: © Evolution Media Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:49:57


With a charming voice filled with message of love and togetherness, Julienne Taylor has managed to win the hearts of many all over the world through her music. She also has managed to give beautiful blends of music, from both modern and Celtic heritage, which is new and fresh to the music industry. Julienne Taylor and Daniele Ferretii's was recorderd back in Italy and mastered 96khz/24bit.
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