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Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 - Florilegium (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Florilegium, Ashley Solomon
Title: Bach, J.S. - Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:33:40
Recorded: St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London, 24-27 November 2013

In a strange twist of fate, the Brandenburg Concertos have come to be named after a man who didn’t especially want them, never heard them, and may not have liked them had he done so. Johann Sebastian Bach met Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg in 1719 during his tenure as music director at the court of Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen, who was the young prince responsible for signing up some of the musicians who were previously employed by Frederick William I. Bach worked at Anhalt-Cöthen from 1717 to 1723, and he and Leopold developed an excellent working relationship there. The Prince enjoyed travel, fine art and, above all, music, and he respected and encouraged Bach in his work, even occasionally participating in the court concerts as violinist, viola da gambist or harpsichordist. Provided by Leopold with an excellent set of instruments and a group of fine players (and the second-highest salary of any of his court employees), Bach enjoyed a fruitful period at Cöthen. Many of his greatest works for keyboard, chamber ensembles and orchestra date from those years.
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Association P.C. - Rock Around the Cock (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Association P.C.
Title: Rock Around the Cock
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Free Jazz, Fusion, Free Improvisation
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:41:51
Recorded: March 4th - 7th, 1973 at Windrose Studio, Hamburg

Association P.C.’s 3rd album in 18 months attested to the group’s popularity. This ‘free fusion’ quintet consisted of some of the top names in European jazz, including pianist Joachim Kühn. For Kühn, “it is essential to be open; I don’t want to be tied down by a particular style. This is what I admire so much about Association: it’s openness.” All but one of the pieces are freely improvised. The album begins with Dutch drummer Pierre Courbois with German guitarist Toto Blanke playing the Japanese nogoya harp in an explosive duo on Phenis. Polar Anna rocks wildly with breathtaking tenor and guitar solos whereas Mirrored Dimensions is a short multi-dimensional reflection on the ending of Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork, 2001 – A Space Odyssey. There’s a mid-Eastern flare to Shirocco, which features bassist Siggi Busch and tenor saxophonist Wiberny on a Chinese double-reed instrument, the suono. With its stop-and-start tempos, the musicians labelled Rock Around the Cock ‘busted-up rock’. There’s more than a touch of electric Miles here. Symbolizing the colorful richness of Autumn without its incipient dissolution, Autumn in March features Kühn’s positive romantic intro followed by exquisite guitar and keyboard solos, while Cap Carnival rockets off in a pyrotechnic free-for-all. Joachim Kühn said the album was “the result of our searching” – and what the listener will find is one exciting adventure.
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Anne-Line - Yiddish Love Songs (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Anne-Line
Title: Yiddish Love Songs
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Ballad
Label: © Monument Records
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:27
Recorded: 1965
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Aida Garifullina - Aida (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893), Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893), Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Artist: Aida Garifullina, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Cornelius Meister
Title: Aida
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:58:51
Recording: May 2016, ORF Große Sendesaal, Wien, Austria

Aida Garifullina’s debut album is one of the most eagerly awaited operatic events of the year! Since her triumphant win at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2013, the young star soprano from Kazan has become the hottest newcomer of the opera world – winning audiences over with stand-out performances at Vienna State Opera and Mariinsky Theatre, recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Vienna Musikverein and a US tour with Andrea Bocelli. Boosting a unique media profile Aida has made her feature film debut in Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. She has appeared on German, Austrian, French and Russian TV multiple times, including televised performances at Vienna and Dresden Opera Balls, Rolando Villazon’s Stars von Morgen on ZDF, and the 2016 Bastille Day Concert in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower, watched by millions. Aida has duetted with some of opera’s greatest stars, including Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Juan Diego Florez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Rolando Villazón.
Her debut album showcases Aida at her very best – treasures of her beloved Russian opera are combined with two of her signature arias: Delibes’ ‘Bell Song’ (as featured in her stand out performance in Florence Foster Jenkins) and Gounod’s ‘Je veux vivre’, which she performed to rave reviews at the Vienna Opera Ball. The selection also includes the hauntingly beautiful folk song ‘Alluki’ sung in Aida’s native Tatar language, recorded here for the first time, and ‘Midnight in Moscow’, adding her vocal to a Balalaika orchestra recording from the early 1960s in this classic Russian tune.
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A Madame : Divertissement pour Adelaide - Olivier Baumont, Julien Chauvin (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Simon Simon (c.1735–c.1802), Antoine Dauvergne (1713–1797), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764), Claude Balbastre (1724–1799), Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702–1774), Jean-Baptiste Cardonne (1730–après 1792)
Artist: Olivier Baumont, Julien Chauvin
Title: À Madame : Divertissement pour Adelaïde
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:21
Recorded: 20 au 22 juillet 2015 au château de Versailles, dans les appartements de Mesdames, fi lles de Louis XV, sur les instruments des collections

At the court of Versailles, the daughters of Louis XV (referred to as ‘Mesdames’), and in particular Adélaïde, devoted themselves to a regular practice of music and, apparently, demonstrated talent. Numerous composers (Simon, Rameau, Balbastre, Cardonne, Guignon) played for them, worked with them, and dedicated several works to them. ‘À Madame’, Divertissement pour Adélaïde, is an anthology, subjectively put together, of compositions that resounded in their drawing room.
All the works on this programme are world premieres. These lovely, rare nuggets are mixed with a few unusual sonorities of marvellous carillons of the Marc-Antoine Le Nepveu clock (currently in the Cabinet de la Méridienne, located at the heart of the palace, on the first floor).
The recording, made in the Grand Cabinet de Madame Victoire at Versailles and featuring two precious historical instruments from the palace’s collections, faithfully reproduces the forgotten beauties of the Age of Enlightenment. An original invitation to travel back in time, as testimony to a musical afternoon at Versailles in the company of Mesdames.
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Himmelrand - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte
Title: Himmelrand (holistic mix)
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd
Location: Uranienborg Church, Norway
Release date: August 2016
Recording date: October 2015
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Duration: 01:00:36

The Church of Norway's new Hymnal came into use in 2013. Its goal is twofold: to hold on to traditions from earlier hymnals and to bring in something new, with texts in a modern idiom and with new melodies and new harmonic ideas. The texts of Nordic hymns belong to a shared Scandinavian heritage. They deal with sorrow and joy, faith and doubt, and express in words some of life's most painful events. There is nothing static about the hymn tradition; on the contrary, it is constantly evolving and continues to be interpreted by our contemporary composers, hymnographers and performers. This is precisely where the strength of the hymn tradition lies. An old hymn in a fresh musical setting loses none of its power; it simply undergoes a change – sometimes small, sometimes more substantial – to its character.
In this recording there are also three newly composed arrangements by the Norwegian composers Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ola Gjeilo and Ørjan Matre. The hymns are sung by Uranienborg Vokalensemble, conducted by Elisabeth Holte, with Inger-Lise Ulsrud on the organ.
Immersive Audio is a sonic sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. Dolby Atmos and the Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray deliver a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Recorded in discrete 11.1 at DXD resolution.
Whereas the regular stereo mix is individually optimized for each piece of music – the organ or the choir, or the combination of the two – this holistic mix provides a unified perspective for the complete album experience, placing you as a listener in the middle of the church. Special Edition: Holistic Mix mix all-digital-services PAGE
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String Quartets, Vol. IV - Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn - Engegard Quartet (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (b.1973), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: Engegård Quartet
Title: String Quartets, Vol. IV: Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd
Location: Jar Church, Norway
Release date: December 2014
Recording date: November 2013 and February 2014
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Duration: 01:37:42

Perhaps the greatest single characteristic of Franz Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet (1823) is the elusive, longing and perhaps even tragically unconsummated atmosphere that pervades the entire work. Only in the Andante are we really allowed to relax in its peaceful serenity.
The ambiguity in the title of Maja Ratkje's Tale of Lead and Light (2011) reflects the dread which pervaded Oslo in the summer of 2011, and the life-affirming light of Beethoven's opus 59/1 which inspired Maja's work.
It is a tribute to Benjamin Britten's inherent "joie de vivre" that optimism and love triumph in his Second String Quartet (1945), composed just after the 2nd World War. The quartet reaches its emotional climax in the magnificent Chacony, a passacaglia with no less than 21 variations, inspired by Henry Purcell. Britten's 2nd string quartet received its premiere on the 21st November 1945, 250 years to the day after Henry Purcell's death.
Recording Joseph Haydn's Op. 76 No. 5 on our debut CD in 2008 inspired us to include the complete opus, arguably Haydn's greatest string quartet collection, in our repertoire as soon as possible. The heart of the Emperor Quartet, Opus 76/3 is also the most well known movement, Poco adagio. Haydn composed the psalm that he subsequently used as the theme of this movement after a prolonged stay in England. Something of a celebrity, Haydn mingled with the royals, and his admiration for the British national anthem inspired him to compose a tribute to Emperor Francis II. It was later used first as the Austrian and then as the German national anthem. Haydn used a musical cryptogram of the first line of the Anthem, "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" to create the opening theme of the first movement, using the first letters of each word in the German text. g e f d k/c, are the exact musical notes of the main theme in the Allegro. The simplest ideas are often the best!
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