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George Antheil - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: George Antheil (1900–1959)
Artist: BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds
Title: Antheil - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICALshop
Duration: 65:45
Recorded: MediaCityUK, Salford; 21 November 2015 (Over the Plains, Symphony No. 5) and 30 April 2016 (Symphony No. 4)


Alongside its ongoing much-lauded Copland series, the BBC Philharmonic embarks on a new American journey, this time with its chief guest conductor, John Storgårds.
Known as the ‘bad boy of music’, George Antheil began his career with a reputation as an enfant terrible, composing shockingly avant-garde works such as his ever-popular Ballet mécanique, inspired by the dynamism and dissonances of Stravinsky’s early ballets. Although he is well-established on the film music scene, too, it is his symphonic output – sampled here – that today survives in the concert hall.
This new series documents the evolution of his musical style, which moved towards a fundamentally tonal and melody-based idiom, Antheil joining the growing ranks of famous US symphonists. The war-inspired Fourth Symphony and ‘joyous’ Fifth clearly represent this compositional shift, breaking with what the composer called the ‘now passé’ modernism.
Also here is the premiere recording of the Texas-inspired Over the Plains, memorable for its allusions to cowboy music and offering some unexpectedly dramatic and atmospheric twists along the way.
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Anita Kerr Quartet - We Dig Mancini (1965/2015 High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Anita Kerr Quartet
Title: We Dig Mancini
Genre: Pop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Gospel, Easy Listening, Stage & Screen
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:33:49
Recorded: 1965, IBC Studios, London, England

We Dig Mancini! has a measure of notoriety unrelated to its musical merits because it won the Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group over the Beatles' Help! in 1965, making it a target of derision for those who see it as a symbol of the industry's eagerness to embrace a square vocal group over an adventurous rock & roll act. The Anita Kerr Singers were not very square, though -- they were ubiquitous session singers on countless hit records, and We Dig Mancini! was an adventurous effort to adapt some of Henry Mancini's instrumental music to a vocal group format. The group includes several of Mancini's compositions, such as "The Sweetheart Tree" and "Dear Heart," that are straightforward songs performed in a conventional pop vocal quartet style with jazz shadings, similar to the Four Freshmen but sweeter. The group's renditions of Mancini's instrumental hits, such as "The Pink Panther Theme" and "Baby Elephant Walk," are more unusual and carry the melodies with wordless vocals similar to the Swingle Singers or Ray Conniff. Kerr is one of the most important female artists of her era, and the vocal arrangements on We Dig Mancini! are performed with such precision that it only underscores her skill and professionalism. --AllMusic Review by Greg Adams
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Anita Kerr Quartet - A Sunday Serenade (1966/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Anita Kerr Quartet
Title: A Sunday Serenade
Genre: Pop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Gospel, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:30:44
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN by Jim Malloy

Anita Kerr was the vocal embodiment of the "Nashville Sound" which dominated country music throughout the mid-'50s and '60s. Along with the Jordanaires, her group, the Anita Kerr Singers, were the seminal backing vocal unit of the era, and it is estimated that at their early-'60s peak, they graced fully one-quarter of all of the records coming out of Nashville's studios.
Kerr was born Anita Jean Grilli on Halloween 1927 in Memphis, TN; her mother hosted a local radio program there, and by the age of four, Anita herself was taking piano lessons. In her early teens, she formed her own girl group, the Grilli Sisters, which soon became a fixture on her mother's radio show. At age 14, she was hired as the station's staff pianist. In 1948, Kerr left Memphis and began playing piano on the club circuit. The following year, she formed the Anita Kerr Singers, which also featured alto Dottie Dillard, tenor Gil Wright, and baritone Louis Nunley. After gaining some fame on regional radio, NBC hired the Singers for the program Sunday Down South, with Kerr brought aboard as chorus director.
In 1951, the group signed to Decca Records and began their career as a studio backing unit. Five years later, the Singers made their first appearance on the New York-based Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts television program and quickly became featured players, splitting their time between the broadcast and their session work. In the mid-'50s, Kerr joined forces with Chet Atkins, then the head of RCA Records' country division and the creator of the pop-centric "Nashville Sound," which employed vocal choruses as a means of smoothing over country music's rougher edges. The Anita Kerr Singers appeared on literally hundreds of the era's most prominent recordings, including releases from Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, Floyd Cramer, Dottie West, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, and Lorne Greene; even pop singers like Perry Como and Brook Benton enlisted Kerr's talents. She also produced Skeeter Davis' End of the World album, making Kerr one of the very first women to oversee a Nashville recording.
After touring Europe in 1964, she moved to California the next year to focus her energies on freelance production and songwriting, even as two of the Singers' LPs, We Dig Mancini and Southland Favorites, were winning Grammy awards (in the Vocal Group and Gospel categories, respectively). In the later years of the decade, Kerr teamed with poet Rod McKuen for a series of mood-music records, titled The Sea, The Earth, and The Sky, for which the Singers were renamed the San Sebastian Strings and Singers. At the same time, the group were featured weekly on the Smothers Brothers' sketch comedy program. By the 1970s, Kerr produced a number of easy listening records before moving to her second husband Alex Grob's native Switzerland to compose music for films. Eventually, she returned to Memphis. --Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny
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Andre Previn Plays Music Of The Young Hollywood Composers (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: André Previn
Title: André Previn Plays Music Of The Young Hollywood Composers
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Crossover Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Easy Listening, Stage & Screen
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:31:19
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor's Music Center of the World, CA by Dick Bogert

Successful as pianist, composer, and especially as conductor, André Previn has frequently bridged the gap between popular and so-called "serious" music, and in doing so broadened the horizons of both.
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Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue (1985/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: Metal Fatigue
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Fusion, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Allan Holdsworth, under exclusive license to Manifesto Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1986/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 37:37
Recorded: Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood; Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles; Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California

This 1985 jazz fusion album from influential guitarist Allan Holdsworth was remastered and reissued as part of a series in 2012. Holdsworth's core band of keyboardist Alan Pasqua, bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Chad Wackerman is augmented by vocalists Paul Korda and Paul Williams and bassist Gary Willis and drummer Gary Husband, who play on the epic 14 minute The Un-Merry-Go-Round.

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Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. (1982/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: I.O.U.
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Fusion, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Allan Holdsworth, under exclusive license to Manifesto Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1982/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 37:37
Recorded: 1979 on The Barge in England

His first authorized solo LP, 1982's I.O.U. from influential jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth has been remastered for this reissue, part of a series of 12 of his solo albums originally released between 1982 and 2003.
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Allan Holdsworth - Atavachron (1986/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: Atavachron
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Fusion, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Allan Holdsworth, under exclusive license to Manifesto Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1986/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 36:46
Recorded: Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California

Originally released in 1986, Atavachron from influential guitarist Allan Holdsworth has been remastered for this reissue, part of a 2012 series. Influenced by an episode of Star Trek, the jazz fusion album marks the debut of Holdsworth's use of the SynthAxe, an electronic controller he embraced on several subsequent recordings.
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Allan Holdsworth - All Night Wrong (2002) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: All Night Wrong
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Future Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Release Date: 2002/2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:55:57
Recorded live on May 5th, 2002 at Roppongi Pit Inn.. Mastered at Sony Music Studios, Tokyo


Guitar hero Allan Holdsworth often performs with his peers. Such is the case with this live setting recorded at a venue in Japan during a 2002 tour. On this release, the guitarist leads a trio featuring longtime musical associates, drummer Chad Wackerman, and bassist Jimmy Johnson. To that end, the respective musicians' talents are well-known entities. Wackerman and Johnson can handle the trickiest time signatures imaginable. Along with the nimble flexibilities and odd-metered excursions witnessed here, they exude a force of power that serves as a meaty foundation for Holdsworth's mighty licks.
A wonderfully recorded album, Holdsworth's climactically driven legato-based riffs are intact, as he also implements jazzy chord voicings and delicately stated fabrics of sound. But the trio raises the ante throughout many of these pieces, awash with moments of nuance and controlled firepower. In sum, Holdsworth's legion of followers should be pleased with a recording that should rank among his finest efforts to date. --AllMusic Review by Glenn Astarita
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Alfred Schnittke - Musica Nostalgica, Cello Sonata No. 1, Suite in the Old Style, Madrigal in Memoriam Oleg Kagan - Leonard Elschenbroich, Petr Limonov (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Leonard Elschenbroich (b. 1985)
Artist: Leonard Elschenbroich, Petr Limonov
Title: Alfred Schnittke - Musica Nostalgica
Genre: Classical
Label: © Onyx Classics
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 59:13
Recorded: Deutschlandfunk, Cologne 23-25 January 2016


Though born in Engels on 24 November 1934, in the Volga-German Republic of the Soviet Union, Alfred Schnittke spent much of his formative childhood in Vienna, where his father had been posted to work for a German-language newspaper published by the Soviet army. ‘Every moment there,’ Schnittke recalled, ‘I felt I was a link in the historical chain: all was multi-dimensional; the past represented a world of ever-present ghosts, and I was not a barbarian without any connections, but the conscious bearer of my task in life.’
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Al Hirt - Live at Carnegie Hall (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Al Hirt
Title: Live at Carnegie Hall
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland, Easy Listening, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:43:41
Recorded: April 22-24 1965, Carnegie Hall, New York City

By 1965, trumpeter Al Hirt was a commercial success, although from the jazz standpoint most of his output for RCA was becoming increasingly forgettable. Although he was joined by the Gerald Wilson Orchestra for nine of the 13 selections on this live LP, all of the selections (other than a six-minute rendition of "Carnival of Venice") are quite brief, with several under two minutes. Hirt shows off his technique on a variety of showy devices, but every note sounds planned in advance, whether it be "Bye Bye Blues," "Down By the Riverside" or a remake of his hit "Java." --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
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