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Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Beatrice Rana (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Beatrice Rana
Title: Bach, J.S. - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:17:44
Recorded: 7–9 November 2016, Teldex Studios, Berlin


For her second Warner Classics release, young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana turns to a pinnacle of the solo keyboard repertoire and a composer she has described as “my first love”: Johann Sebastian Bach. Her interpretation of his epic Goldberg Variations bears out Le Monde’s judgement that “Beatrice Rana certainly has nothing left to prove when it comes to technique, but what makes an impression are her calm maturity and her sense of architecture,” and Gramophone’s that she is “a fully developed artist of a stature that belies her tender years.”
Bach was the composer who most obsessed Beatrice Rana as a child, and in a recent interview with Pianist magazine, she confessed that it would be his music, and above all the Goldberg Variations, that she would choose if she had to devote her life to a single composer. As she said: “I’m very happy to be going back to Bach … It’s best to avoid Bach in competitions … you can’t expose yourself to be totally killed by the jury! But Bach is my first love; now I am allowed to play it in public and I’m really looking forward to that.”
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 - Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr (2009) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr
Title: Bach, J.S. - Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051
Genre: Classical
Label: © harmonia mundi
Release Date: 2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:36:19
Recorded: May 2008 at St. Jude’s-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden, London. Recorded, edited & mastered in DSD


Long neglected on a library shelf in Brandenburg Castle, these six ‘Concertos for several instruments’ have since become some of the best-known works in the classical repertoire for their musical inventiveness and their games of mathematical symmetry. Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music have endeavoured to return to the original ‘chamber’ conception of the works, with one player per part.

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Johann Sebastian Bach - St. John Passion, BWV 245 - Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven (2005) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven
Title: Bach, J.S. - St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1st version, 1724; reconstruction: Pieter Dirksen)
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2005/2009
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:51:35
Recorded: March 2004 Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

As with the work itself, there’s no recording of Bach’s St. John Passion that stands as preeminent and certainly none that can claim to be definitive. But, if you accept Jos van Veldhoven’s decisions regarding certain key aspects of this performance–including the reconstruction of some parts–this one comes very close. Aside from the various versions of the score that Bach himself created, performances are widely varied in terms of instrumentation (numbers and types of instruments and how they are used) and vocal forces (most significantly, how many singers to a part). Here, Veldhoven has chosen to attempt to reconstruct and perform the St. John in a version as close as possible to what was heard at the work’s premiere in 1724. You can read the rationale for and details of this effort in the excellent liner notes, but suffice it to say that some guesses and reconstructive decisions had to be made in several cases, both in vocal and orchestral parts. Most shocking to listeners familiar with this work is the total absence of flutes, which opens up the orchestral sound to a new and very different world of color.
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Bach Family Concertos - Dynastie - Jean Rondeau (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Artist: Jean Rondeau
Title: Bach Family Concertos - Dynastie
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:22:01

Jean Rondeau, the imaginative young French harpsichordist, describes the Bach family as “one of the great dynasties of western music”. Having devoted his first Erato disc, Imagine, to works by the towering Johann Sebastian, he now returns to Bach’s world for his third release, Dynastie, which complements concertos by Johann Sebastian with concertos by his three most famous sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.

Rondeau has described JS Bach, who has been part of his life since his childhood, as “daunting like a mighty mountain”, but at the same time feels that “his music is so full of humility, so generous, that we have the right and the duty to play it, to share it, and to take the hand that he extends to us.”
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Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Hard Drive (1957/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
Title: Hard Drive
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © Bethlehem Records | Verse Music Group
Release Date: 1957 (BCP-6023)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:41:39
Recorded: NYC, October 9, 11, 1957

The Jazz Messengers was a group of young musicians organized by Art Blakey to both inspire and mentor young jazz players, as well as to keep Blakey inspired and full of new ideas. The group went on to serve as a training ground for such luminaries as Hank Mobley and Wynton Marsalis. Hard Drive was recorded in 1957 and was originally released on the Bethlehem label.
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Arne Domnerus, Leif Strands Kammarkor - Sorgen och Gladjen (1971/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Arne Domnérus, Rune Gustafsson, Bengt Hallberg, Egil Johansen, Georg Riedel, Leif Strands Kammarkor
Title: Sorgen och Glädjen
Genre: Classiacal, Jazz, Folk, Vocal Jazz, Choral, Sacred, Secular Music
Label: © 2xHD | Proprius Musik AB
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:38:33
Recorded: 1971?

Is this the line between folk and spiritual song? Between hymn to Christ's bride and the earthly love song? The border is not straight and clear, but on both sides lies a treasure of music and lyrics that we must have to stay alive - in our day and future , as an inheritance . . . Leif Strand and the musicians on this record, offer a kind of continuation of the sorrow and the joy.
Leif Strand Chamber Choir began in 1965; the first concert together with jazz musicians was held at Hönsten 1967 with, among others, Jan Johansson, Arne Domnérus, Rune Gustafsson, Georg Riedel. Since the choir - in connection with Arne Domnérus sextet - made a couple hundred concerts, numerous radio and television appearances and five published LPs.
On this album, the Leif Stand Choir from Sweden join with Jazz greats Georg Riedel, Arne Domnérus, Egil Johansen and Bengt Hallberg - best known for their work on the classic Jazz At The Pawnshop. Joy and Sorrow features the choir and musicians performing traditional, chorale and spiritual music.
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Anne Sofie Von Otter - Handel, Monteverdi, Telemann (1983/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Artist: Anne Sofie Von Otter, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Title: Händel, Monteverdi, Telemann
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD | Naxos Right US, Inc.
Release Date: 1983/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:41:09
Recorded: 28th of february to 2nd of March, 1983 at S:ta Gertrud Church, Stockholm

Listen to this young Swedish voice: a warm and proprius rich mezzosoprano — just about to embark on her grand international career. She will introduce you to the world of the Baroque, full of Myth and Fantasy and populated by the great figures of classical history and drama.
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Andre Previn - Previn With Voices (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: André Previn
Title: Previn With Voices
Genre: Pop, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:35:14
Recorded: RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood
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Alphonse Mouzon - The Man Incognito (1976/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Alphonse Mouzon
Title: The Man Incognito
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock, Disco
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1976 (BN-LA584-G)/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:39:37
Recorded: December 1975 and January 1976 at Sound Labs, Hollywood, CA

„The Man Incognito“ is the fourth album by American jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon recorded in 1975. Drummer Alphonse Mouzon recorded this jazz funk masterpiece in 1976 backed by an almost encyclopaedic cast of musicians. „The Man Incognito“ may refer to the appearance of George Duke under a pseudo name, whose funky keyboards are a highlight throughout. ‘Snake Walk’ is a great punchy jazz funk dancer with great horn stabs and a real standout. ‘New York City’, ‘Without a Reason’, ‘Mouzon Moves on’ and ‘Dance Your Troubles Away’ are jazz funk with a capitol F. The more atmospheric ‘Before You leave’ and the dynamic ‘Behind Your Mind’ add contrast to this lesser known but substantial album.
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Albert Mangelsdorff, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonse Mouzon - Trilogue, Live! (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Albert Mangelsdorff, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonse Mouzon
Title: Trilogue, Live!
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Jazz Rock, Fusion
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:43:03
Recorded live at the Berlin Jazz Days, 6 November 1976 at the Berlin Philharmonic; Engineered by Carlos Albrecht at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff was a major innovator, one of only a few Europeans who has had an influence on jazz instrumentalists worldwide. He refined multiphonics, a technique utilizing vocalizing into the horn to produce chords and overtone effects. Often performing as a soloist, he also played/recorded with Elvin Jones, John Lewis, Wolfgang Dauner, and Lee Konitz. Trilogue, Live in Montreux, and Triple Entente are all played in trio with Albert’s amazing technique and multiphonics in full display.
Trilogue :: Legendary Weather Report electric bassist Jaco Pastorius and quintessential jazz-fusion drummer Alphonse Mouzon join Mangelsdorff at the 1976 Berlin Jazz Days for a combustion of creativity. Trilogue starts off solo with a multiphonic melody line and then opens up with free-wheeling give-and-take between the three. Zores Mores is straight ahead swing with Mangelsdorf’s masterful oblique phrasing and the pyrotechnical playing of Pastorious and Mouzon. There’s a bit of Spain and Flamenco in Foreign Fun with Mouzon laying down a complex carpet of sound and Pastorious setting up drone-like riffs. Accidental Meeting doesn’t seem to be so accidental after all. Albert writes three musical phrases, each composed in a different city, and then three separate musical beings converge as if predestined. Ant Steps On An Elephant’s Toe has a mix of the quick and the ponderous as Albert prances, plunger mute in hand, to a funky fusion rhythm. Multiphonics galore.
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