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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade No. 10 for winds 'Gran Partita' - LSO Wind Ensemble (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Artist: LSO Wind Ensemble
Title: Mozart - Serenade No. 10 for winds 'Gran Partita'
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 00:53:52
Recorded live in DSD 128fs, 31 October 2015 at LSO St Luke’s, London

This is the second release in the Society of Sound project to highlight the work of individuals and groups within the LSO.
Until recently, all LSO recordings released by the Society of Sound have been from the existing LSO Live catalogue. The Gran Partita is the second release in a series of recordings, sponsored by B&W, which will initially be available exclusively to members of The Society of Sound.
This project is also an important development for the LSO and LSO Live. LSO principal players are all exceptional soloists and we have been looking for a way to celebrate this on record. B&W’s offer to sponsor a series of chamber music recordings has provided the perfect solution and this release highlights the LSO wind group in one of the most challenging pieces in the wind ensemble repertoire.
In the 1984 film ‘Amadeus’ Antonio Salieri’s first encounter with Mozart is at a performance of the ‘Gran Partita’. Mozart’s vulgar reputation had not impressed Salieri before the performance, but as he looks at the music on the page, he is astonished by the beauty of the solo oboe's entry in the famous Adagio, followed by the lucidity of the clarinet's line, leading him to say, “This was no composition by a performing monkey. This was a music I'd never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.” It is at this point that Salieri first questions how God could choose a vulgar man like Mozart as his voice. This question is an important theme of Peter Schaffer’s play on which the film is based.
The godlike quality of Mozart’s greatest music is often discussed and seldom resolved. Einstein found Mozart’s music so pure, and yet so profound, that it seemed to him the stuff that holds together the universe. To Pierre Boulez it was either ‘beyond imagining’ or ‘trivial’, possibly why he didn’t record much Mozart, although he did record the ‘Gran Partita’ coupled – somewhat strangely – with the Berg ‘Chamber Concerto’.
The glue that binds the universe or trivia, the LSO wind ensemble has played this extraordinary piece all over the world and their long familiarity with it shows in this recording, made in LSO St Lukes on October 31st 2015. Thanks to the players for their skill and musicianship and to B&W for the vision to make the recording possible.

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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 'Titan' - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrea Battistoni (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrea Battistoni
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 1 'Titan'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00'50'20
Recorded: January 31, 2014, Suntory Hall, Tokyo

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Gustav Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 9 - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Artist: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons
Title: Gustav Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 9
Genre: Classical
Label: © BRmedia Service GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:20:42
Recorded: München, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 20./21.10.2016

"Mahler's soul sings its farewell!": Mahler's Ninth Symphony represents the culmination of a development process. The progressive chromaticism and maximum utilization of the tonal are here taken to their limits - and, for the first time, beyond them. Indeed, the two movements that frame the work, in particular, depart from the tonal entirely, pointing clearly to the dawn of a new musical epoch. Alban Berg even called this symphony "the first work of New Music".
The Munich concert event of October 2016 is now being released on CD by BR-KLASSIK – it is an outstanding interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the international symphonic repertoire of the early 20th century.
Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is primarily regarded as the composer’s reaction in the summer of 1908 to the diagnosis of a heart ailment, which he received just before writing the first sketches for the work. Mahler was deeply distraught and cannot have known how few years he still had left to live. His processing and exploration of his life experiences, and of valedictions, the meaning of life, death, salvation, life after death and love, always took place in and through his music. The Ninth Symphony was composed between 1909 and 1910 in Toblach, in a kind of creative frenzy, and was first performed in Vienna on June 26, 1912 by the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Bruno Walter. Mahler had already died on May 18, 1911, and was no longer able to experience the premiere of his last completed work. Willem Mengelberg, the first ardent conductor of the composer’s works, wrote in his score: “Mahler’s soul sings its farewell!”
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Gustav Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 3 - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Artist: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink
Title: Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © BRmedia Service GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:41:28
Recorded: München, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 15.–17. Juni 2016

Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony still ranks today as one of the greatest and most powerful creations of the Late Romantic period. The huge symphony, longer and more monumental than the others and containing texts from the collection of poems by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim entitled “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, was composed over a period of four years from 1892 to 1896, and especially during the summers of 1895 and 1896, which Mahler spent at the Attersee in Austria. Following performances of several individual movements of the symphony, the complete work was premiered on June 9, 1902, at the 38th “Tonkünstler Festival” in Krefeld. Mahler conducted the Städtische Kapelle Krefeld and Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra at this exciting event. It was one of his greatest successes, and his contemporaries were deeply impressed. Between 1902 and 1907, the composer conducted his Third Symphony a further 15 times.
Of the six powerful movements, the slow fourth one requires not only a large orchestra but also a mezzo-soprano solo for a setting of the “Midnight Song” (“O Man! Take heed!”) from Friedrich Nietzsche’s poetical-philosophical “Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” while in the cheerful fifth movement the mezzo-soprano soloist is joined by a children’s choir and a female chorus for the song Es sungen drei Engel from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”. The symphony is a huge challenge for all its performers, and this concert recording of June 2016 has a prestigious line-up: guest conductor Bernard Haitink with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Augsburger Domsingknaben and the Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; the solo parts are sung by Gerhild Romberger.
This Munich concert event of summer 2016 is now being released on 2 CDs by BR-KLASSIK – a very recent interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the international symphonic repertoire.
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Monteverdi, Sartorio, Rossi - La storia di Orfeo - Philippe Jaroussky, Diego Fasolis (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643), Luigi Rossi (1597-1653), Antonio Sartorio (1630-1680)
Artist: Philippe Jaroussky, Emőke Baráth, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera, Diego Fasolis
Title: Monteverdi, Sartorio, Rossi - La storia di Orfeo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:09
Recording: Auditorio Stelio Molo della RSI, Lugano, Switzerland, 20-29 September 2016

With Philippe Jaroussky’s new album, Storia di Orfeo, the French countertenor realises a long-held dream: to portray the mythic Orpheus – divine musician who ventures into the underworld to retrieve his beloved wife Eurydice from the clutches of death – in his many guises, an inspiration for the very first opera and beyond.
“This project, which was inspired by three key 17th-century operas, was conceived as a kind of opera in miniature or as a cantata for two solo voices and chorus, and features just two characters: Orpheus and Eurydice,” explains Jaroussky. “The three operas focus on different aspects of the story: Sartorio and Rossi depict the happiness of the young lovers and the scene in which Eurydice is bitten by the snake; Monteverdi, on the other hand, concentrates more on Orpheus’ search for Eurydice in the underworld, and the highpoint of his work is an aria that has remained without parallel in the history of opera: the magical ‘Possente spirto’, which I have the temerity to perform here as a countertenor, for the first time on record.”
He is joined by sublime soprano Emőke Baráth and period-instrument ensemble par excellence I Barocchisti with Diego Fasolis at the helm. A journey to the beginnings of opera, to the Italian Baroque, to the underworld and back.
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Minoru Nojima Plays Franz Liszt (1987/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Artist: Minoru Nojima
Title: Nojima Plays Liszt
Genre: Classical
Label: © Reference Recordings
Release Date: 1987/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:59:45
Recorded: December 17-18, 1986, Oxnard, California Civic Auditorium
Recorded natively in the PCM format at 176.4 kHz/24 bit and converted to DSD using the best equipment available.

Nojima Plays Liszt (RR-25) was named “Best Recording of the Month” by Stereo Review when it was originally released in 1988. It was described as “A stunning demonstration of technique put at the service of profoundly musical ends.” Minoru Nojima, one of Japan’s most internationally respected pianists, also created magic in Nojima Plays Ravel (RR-35) originally released in 1990.
From the LP Liner Notes: “Anticipating the judgment of history is no doubt presumptuous, but to hear Minoru Nojima is to find irresistible the idea that here is a pianist destined to join the pantheon of keyboard immortals. Nojima has a technique that invites comparison with the most dazzling of the great piano virtuosi, past or present. Even more, he has a depth of musical expressiveness that one can relate only to the spiritual, to music as an almost religious experience. His playing, once heard, is literally unforgettable…” —Robert Everist Greene Professor of Mathematics, UCLA Reviewer, The Absolute Sound
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The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet - Miles & Monk At Newport (1964/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet
Title: Miles & Monk At Newport
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Bop, Modal, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:51:20
Recorded: May & July 1958, April 1963

Miles & Monk at Newport was a combined album of a Miles Davis appearance at Newport with an appearance of Thelonious Monk, from the LP era. Despite the title, the two artists do not perform together on the LP, and they are represented on each side by separate live appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival.
On the first side of the LP was a series of high tempo performances of bebop tunes and other staples of the Davis live repertoire from 1958. The performance was contemporaneous with Davis' Milestones album. Aside from the 1973 release Jazz at the Plaza (also a 1958 concert) during the LP era, this was the only legitimate (non-bootleg) recording of a live Davis combo performance earlier than the 1960 Blackhawk recordings. As such, this performance and Jazz at the Plaza were the only legitimate live recordings representing the Kind of Blue sextet. On the second side were a few numbers by Thelonious Monk's combo, from a 1963 Newport appearance. It featured an idiosyncratic appearance by clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. The Miles set was recorded in mono and the Monk set was recorded in stereo, so the mono LP featured a fold-down of the Monk set and the stereo LP featured an electronically re-channeled for stereo remix of the Miles set.
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Meta Meta - MM3 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Metá Metá
Title: MM3
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Rock, World Fusion, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Jazz Village
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:28
Recorded: 21-23 March 2016 at Red Bull Station studio, São Paulo, Brazil

Meta Meta is the center of a new musical scene in Sao Paulo, biggest city in Brazil, in which the artists work in collaboration with each other, amongst them are Rodrigo Campos, Romulo FrÛes and another group called 'Passo Torto'. The creative colective has released over 30 albums in 5 years in collaboration with icons such as Tony Allen, Criolo, Tom Zé and Elza Soares.
In its first album, 'Meta Meta' (2011), the band presented a minimalistic sound with few instruments, combining polyphony and silence.
On the second one, 'Metal Metal' (2012), it radically changed to a significantly more powerful and bulky sound, mixing influences from traditional Brazilian music, african, latin, freejazz, punk and avantegarde. The album got several positive reviews and compliments from Brazilian and international media, on publication from The Guardian, The Independent, Rolling Stone, Les Inrockuptibles and Liberation. The band performed on Roskilde, Transmusicles and Magazine, to name a few major international festivals, and also toured a great deal in its homeland.
The third record, 'MM3', the group presents yet another path, strongly influenced by music from Morroco, Ethiopy, Niger and Mali. MM3 was recorded live in two days and brings a more flexible sound with almost liquid structures, raging dynamics and lots of improvisation, faithful to the ecstatic and catarthic feeling from the group¥s live performances. It sounds darker then the previous one and yet danceable, lots of strange minor scales and rough, sometimes indistinguishable harmonies, and more intrinsic arrangements, difficult to determine wether the song starts or the solo The album also features for the first time three songs composed by the three member of the group, along with collaboration with Siba and Rodrigo Campos. Joying the trio, bassist and producer Marcelo Cabral and drummer Sergio Machado, both very active musicians in Sao Paulo's independent musical scene, also collaborated on arrangements.
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Maria Chiara Argiro - The Fall Dance (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Maria Chiara Argiró
Title: The Fall Dance
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Odradek Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:54:33
Recorded: 11-13 March 2016, Master Chord Studio, London, UK

Italian-born pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argirò is the author of some truly visionary contemporary jazz music, and her new album, The Fall Dance, takes the listener on a journey through her musical world. Maria frequently encounters nocturnal musical dreams, which form a substantial part of her inspiration. The songs on this disc draw us in to her musical world, allowing us to explore her night-time visions, as well as the dream-like interpretations of her real-life experiences.
Each score has a story behind it, with musical boundaries being stretched through Maria’s collaboration with some outstanding musicians, including the Maria Chiara Argirò Group as heard on this disc – a London-based sextet which brings together fresh young talent from the international music scene with an original repertoire of new compositions, characterised by their unique lyrical and rhythmic identity.
Working and touring with these musicians further inspired the compositions heard on this disc, which came to fruition in between tours. Collaborating with so many different types of artist acted as a driving force that compelled Maria to explore her own vision of music on this album. Blending classical music and folk traditions with her own approach to harmony and melody, the compositions call strongly upon the sounds and aesthetics of contemporary jazz.
Performing with UK-based artists such as Coco Mbassi (BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards Nomination) and Barns Courtney (BBC Music Introducing), Maria has recorded at Abbey Road and BBC Studios Maida Vale, and has also toured alongside These New Puritans at festivals in Asia, the USA, Mexico, Europe, and at the Hollywood Bowl supporting Björk in Los Angeles, as well as at the Barbican in London.
Being involved in these avant-garde and contemporary performances has pushed Maria’s musical curiosity and passion further, colouring her jazz with a twist of all that influences her. Maria delves deeper into the exploration of different genres and electronic sounds on this disc, creating a soundworld all her own.
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Love - Black Beauty (2013) (Deluxe Edition) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Love
Title: Black Beauty
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Acid Rock, Psychedelic/Garage
Label: © High Moon Records
Release Date: 2013/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:13:40
Recording: Produced in 1973. Previously unreleased. #1-9 recorded Spring-Winter, 1973 at Valentine's, North Hollywood, CA; Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, CA. #10 recorded live at Boston Tea Party, 1970. #13-15 live, Electric Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland, 5/30/1974.

Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee’s legendary band Love. Chosen as one of Time Magazine’s most anticipated releases, critics are hailing the album as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an un-released, full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical genius. It represents the missing link in a catalog that also includes Forever Changes, the seminal 1967 Love album the New York Times called “one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time.” With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing ’70’s rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting – topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals ever. With unparalleled sound, and a wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee’s career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love. David Fricke wrote about the album in Rolling Stone: “Black Beauty might have been received as a strong comeback for Lee, a turn to steamy R & B, with heavy-guitar punch — if it had come out.” High Moon Records is honored to finally grant Arthur Lee’s wish for Black Beauty to be available to music fans worldwide.
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