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Dee Dee, Barry & The Movements - Soul Hour (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Dee Dee, Barry & The Movements
Title: Soul Hour
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Vocal Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1968/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:34:54
Recorded: April 16th and 17th, 1968 at Max Lussi, Basel, Switzerland


This obscure album is a hidden gem. Dee Dee McNeil began her career singing jazz with such greats as Hampton Hawes and Frank Butler, and then veered towards R&B and soul, writing hit songs for Motown. The Afro-American singer/songwriter’s pieces have been recorded by the likes of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Nancy Wilson. Singer Barry Window’s father was South African, and those roots serve him well: he is the perfect counterweight to Dee Dee’s resonant voice. Saxophonist Barney Wilen is something of a jazz legend in France, having played with Miles Davis on the sound track for Louis Malle’s iconic Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. Wilen recorded two highly regarded MPS albums under his own name: Dear Prof. Leary and Auto Jazz. With its funky renditions of such classics as New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussant’s Get Out of My Life Woman, Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Hour, and Ray Charles’ It’s Alright heated by incendiary instrumental solos and fervent vocals, the album sweats soul.
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Curtis Stigers - One More For The Road (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Curtis Stigers
Title: One More For The Road
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Swing, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:33:31
Recorded live in Copenhagen at The DR Koncerthuset, January 2014


Singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers has been bringing those worlds together in his own music for the last three decades (along with touches of nearly every other genre one could call to mind), which makes him an ideal candidate to reinterpret Ol’ Blue Eyes’ cherished repertoire for modern ears. On his twelfth album and ninth release for Concord Records, One More for the Road, Stigers captures the rare alchemy of hipness, elegance, playfulness and feeling that made Sinatra’s renditions of these songs immortal while adding his own unique twist.
On One More for the Road, Stigers finds his own version of that elusive Sinatra-Basie chemistry with the virtuosic and ebulliently swinging musicians of the Danish Radio Big Band. Recorded in the band’s headquarters, the acoustic marvel that is the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, the bristling live recording features the DRBB playing vibrant takes based on the original Nelson Riddle and Billy May arrangements, which can’t help but spark inspired vocal performances from Stigers.
Singing in front of a great band executing flawless reinvigorations of those arrangements "is just extraordinary,” Stigers says. "It’s like sex. I don’t think there’s a more swinging band in the history of music than the Count Basie Orchestra, and then you get these classically trained Danish musicians who have really studied this stuff and played together so much, it makes it easy to fit into that and sing these amazing songs. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had, and I think it shows on the record.”
One More for the Road isn’t meant to be a recreation of Sinatra at the Sands, but uses that classic album as a launching pad for a full-blooded set of Sinatra’s best-loved tunes. Eight of the new album’s ten songs, recorded during Stigers’ now-annual January concerts in Copenhagen, come from that 1966 concert in the Sands’ Copa Room, but the setlist is also supplemented by Stigers’ takes on "Summer Wind” and "They Can't Take That Away From Me.”
Just as the album’s track listing isn’t a carbon copy of its inspiration, Stigers was careful to avoid being a slavish imitation of Sinatra, making each song its own while retaining the essence of the Chairman’s unforgettable interpretations. "Singing these songs live is a lot of fun,” Stigers says, "but going into the recording I had to figure out how to make this not be just the most fun karaoke that you can possibly do with an incredible band. I seldom sing a song the same way twice, so I made the songs my own as much as I could. I try not to sing like Sinatra, but there’s no way that some Sinatra doesn't get in there. There are certain phrasings that he used that work so well with the arrangements that I couldn’t not use them. It’s a fine line to walk, but as a jazz singer and as a recording artist, I’ve always tried to do everything different every time.”
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Colin Vallon Trio - Danse (2017 High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Colin Vallon Trio
Title: Danse
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Avant-Garde Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:00
Recorded: February 2016, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


The Colin Vallon Trio has found its own space in the crowded world of the piano trio by quietly challenging its conventions. On its third ECM album Vallon again leads the group not with virtuosic solo display but by patient outlining of melody and establishing of frameworks in which layered group improvising can take place. With this group, gentle but insistent rhythms can trigger seismic musical events. Although Vallon (recently nominated for the Swiss Music Prize) is the author of nine of the pieces here, the band members share equal responsibilities for the music’s unfolding. The gravitational pull of Patrice Moret’s bass and the intense detail supplied by Julian Sartorius’s drums and cymbals are crucial to the success of Vallon’s artistic concept and the range of emotions the music can convey. Danse is issued in both CD and LP editions.
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Frederic Chopin - Late Works, Opp. 59-64 - Maurizio Pollini (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Artist: Maurizio Pollini
Title: Chopin: Late Works, Opp. 59-64
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:34
Recorded: Munich, Herkulessaal, 5 & 9/2015; 5/2016


After winning the International Chopin Competition over half a century ago, Maurizio Pollini adds an important new chapter to his ongoing interpretation with some of the composer's most famous late works. On this album, the “grand master” (BBC music magazine) interprets some of Chopin’s largescale masterpieces, including six Mazurkas and three Waltzes that he has never recorded before. "I'm in love with Chopin – his music never ceases to amaze me." – Maurizio Pollini
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Chlara - In A Different Light (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Chlara
Title: In A Different Light
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Evolution Media Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:55


The fast rising Anglo-Asian singer-guitarist, Chlara, returns with an album of guitar-centric classy interpretations of her favourite pop classics, including Hotel California, Stuck On You and True Colors, alongside contemporary hits including Hello (Adele), Stay With Me (Sam Smith) and Jealous (Labrinth). Many of the songs have been a part of Chlara’s live shows over the past few years, so working on the tracks on the studio was an easy fit.
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British Tone Poems, Vol. 1 - BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frederic Austin (1872–1952), William Alwyn (1905–1985), Sir Granville Bantock (1868–1946), Ivor Gurney (1890–1937), Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877–1950), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
Artist: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
Title: British Tone Poems, Vol. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICALshop
Duration: 76:45
Recorded: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales; 14 – 16 September 2016


Alongside their British Isles Overtures series, the BBC NOW and the conductor Rumon Gamba launch a project to bring often neglected symphonic poems by British composers to wider attention and fame.
This first volume presents some of the most individual, yet rarely heard, British tone poems written in the early twentieth century, by composers ranging from the long-established Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn to Balfour Gardiner and Granville Bantock, giants in their time. Works include Bantock’s atmospheric The Witch of Atlas, based on a poem by Shelley, Frederic Austin’s symphonic rhapsody Spring, Gardiner’s evocation of summer A Berkshire Idyll, recorded here for the first time, and Gurney’s mysterious A Gloucestershire Rhapsody, never performed before 2010.


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Johannes Brahms - The Piano Trios - Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt (2015/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt
Title: Brahms - The Piano Trios
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2015/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:22:57
Recorded: Sendesaal Bremen, 27 – 29 May 2014


Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt are joined together with Tanja Tetzlaff in this exciting new recording of the Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Trios.
The Brahms Piano Trios belong to the very core of the romantic chamber music repertoire. They span a period from the 1850s (the 1st version of Op. 8) to the 1880s, Op. 101 being completed during the last decade of Brahms' active career as a composer. Piano Trio No. 1 was also revised by the composer as late as in 1889.
Christian Tetzlaff has been considered as one of the world's leading international violinists for many years, and still maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik". Gramophone Magazine chose his recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) as "Disc of the Month" in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the "Artist of the Year".
Chamber music plays a significant part in Tanja Tetzlaff's career. She gives regular recitals in renowned concert series and festivals. In addition to successes in many international competitions, she has collaborated with world-renowed orchestras and conductors.
Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever "Pianist in Residence" by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician.
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Johannes Brahms - The Violin Sonatas - Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt (2016/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt
Title: Brahms - The Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2016/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:12:26
Recorded: Sendesaal Bremen, 24–26 August 2015

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff together with pianist Lars Vogt offer an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the artist duo.
Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888, at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.
Christian Tetzlaff is considered one of the world’s leading international violinists and maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. Gramophone Magazine was choosing the recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) as ‘Disc of the Month’ in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the ‘Artist of the Year’. His most recent recording on Ondine with Brahms’ Trios (ODE 1271-2D) received a GRAMMY nomination.
Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever “Pianist in Residence” by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut solo recording on Ondine with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (ODE 1273-2) was released in August 2015 and has been a major critical success. The album’s tracks have also been streamed online over 5 million times.

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Johannes Brahms - Symphony no. 2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Brahms - Symphony no. 2, Tragic Overture, Academic Festival Overture
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source:nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:07:45
Recorded: Palace of Arts, Budapest, February 2012


A remarkable, transparent purity can be heard in Brahms’s Second symphony. It is a sharp contrast to the huge arsenal of ideas collected in the First Symphony, which Brahms had worked on for many years. Here in his Second he shows us his masterful skill in developing large-scale architecture from the simplest motifs. To give the first of these to the horns is a logical choice; Brahms always used natural horns and resisted the more modern instruments. Horns can ideally explore the purest of all musical ideas: the journey through the overtones.
Similar purity is present in all the themes. When at the start the basses step down a semitone and step back again, nobody could guess what a rich new world would develop from this cell. The last movement is also built on a simple tool: repeated, equal notes follow each other in regimental order (a classical tradition often heard in final movements by Haydn or Mozart). Is this Brahms’s most nature-related symphony? Considering the complicated organisms that develop from the simplest cells, yes, it is. Brahms certainly has the divine, creative talent to show us how this process can work in music. --Iván Fischer
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Johannes Brahms - Mass & Motets - Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra (2014 High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Artist: Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra
Title: Brahms - Mass & Motets
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:57:25
Recorded: September 2013, Engelbrekts Church, Stockholm

This programme features highlights of German Romanticism and one of the most familiar and frequently performed composers: Johannes Brahms. More particularly, Brahms’s choral music ‘in all its pureness’, the genre that made him so well-known and well-loved among the countless choirs of the time in Germany and Austria. Four years before Brahms was born in Hamburg, Felix Mendelssohn dusted off Bach’s St Matthew Passion and had it performed again, a hundred years after the premiere in 1729. Brahms likewise cherished the remembrance of Bach. In Vienna he performed his motets and throughout Brahms’s life, Bach remained his primary source of inspiration.
With its 32 professional singers, the Swedish Radio Choir forms an instrument with a range from the most delicate a cappella tones to oratorios of enormous power and versatility. Every individual is allowed his or her place in the group, resulting in an exclusive expressiveness – the Swedish Radio Choir’s unique sound. The Swedish Radio Choir, which is one of the world’s most respected a cappella ensembles, was founded in 1925, but it was not until 25 years later (1952), under the leadership of their new principal conductor Eric Ericson, that the choir began to develop into the flexible instrument that it has now become. And every principal conductor after him has also contributed to the character of the choir, adding new colour and accomplishments. The present principal conductor, since the autumn of 2007, is Peter Dijkstra.
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