Black Sabbath – The Ultimate Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Black Sabbath
Title: The Ultimate Collection
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 02:30:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Sanctuary Records

Black Sabbath are arguably the most influential heavy metal band of all time. The band helped to create the genre with ground breaking releases such as Paranoid, an album that Rolling Stone magazine said “changed music forever”, and called the band “the Beatles of heavy metal”. Time Magazine called Paranoid “the birthplace of heavy metal”. The Ultimate Collection is curated in conjunction with the band, the 31-track collection features the band’s classic songs including Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, N.I.B. and The Wizard as well as choice cuts from their classic albums and is the definitive accompaniment for all Sabbath fans as well as those with a love of hard rock. Remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce (Motrhead, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges).

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Black Art Jazz Collective – Armor of Pride (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Black Art Jazz Collective
Title: Armor of Pride
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:45:19
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: HighNote Records

The Black Art Jazz Collective’s mission statement celebrates African-American cultural and political icons. At the core is a modernism that conjures up the classic bands of Art Blakey and acoustic Miles Davis. But with the contemporary soul-fueled solos and locked-in rhythm the band is more likely to launch into a counterpoint riff or the spacious funk of hip-hop than the svelte lines of a classic walking bass. The Black Art Jazz Collective delivers strong original tunes and purposeful, form-hugging improvisation that keeps things looking forward rather than back. And with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on ebullient form, and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery’s muscularity contrasting with the tenderness of James Burton III’s trombone, the focus never becomes diffuse or wavers.

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Bertrand Chamayou – Bertrand Chamayou plays Schubert (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bertrand Chamayou
Title: Bertrand Chamayou plays Schubert
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 01:14:39
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Erato – Warner Classics

Bertrand Chamayou, described by Gramophone as a “young French pianist of an impeccable pedigree”, is already firmly established as one of the most thoughtful and fascinating pianists of his generation. He has chosen Schubert — with the Wanderer-Fantaisie as the centrepiece — for his first release as an ERATO artist, and, in the course of 2014, the composer’s works will also feature in Chamayou’s recitals in Germany, Belgium, the US (New York), France and Austria.

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Katija Dragojevic, Andrew Staples, Alastair Miles, Swedish Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Robin Ticciati – Hector Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Katija Dragojevic, Andrew Staples, Alastair Miles, Swedish Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Robin Ticciati
Title: Hector Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:33:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: LINN Records

Alongside new versions by Valery Gergiev and Sr Andrew Davis, this might seem in danger of being overwhelmed. Robin Ticciatti, though, has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading: swifter, airy rather than lush, driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz’s vital rhythmic spring. In the pivotal Love Scene and ‘Queen Mab’ scherzo Ticciati seems much more intimate and delicate than the rival alternatives, although he unleashes appropriate power in ‘Tumulte’, for example, and the conclusion.

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle – The Asia Tour (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Title: The Asia Tour
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 03:38:27
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings

Sir Simon Rattle’s last Asia tour as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker was a triumph, and is documented here in selected audio and video recordings. At the heart of this edition are audio recordings of the two final concerts at the legendary Suntory Hall in Tokyo — the musical and emotional highlight of the tour. “The quality of the orchestra delighted audiences,” said one critic. “It was a virtuoso display of ensemble playing that is simply indescribable.”

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Benito Gonzalez, Gerry Gibbs, Essiet Okon Essiet – Passion Reverence Transcendence (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Benito Gonzalez, Gerry Gibbs, Essiet Okon Essiet
Title: Passion Reverence Transcendence
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:17:23
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Whaling City Sound

Pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet assemble to tackle the music of McCoy Tyner. The result is a beautifully played, unequivocal triumph of sound and spirit, on which the trio embraces the the spirit of Tyner without succumbing to cliches.

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Sophie Pacini – Solo Piano: Beethoven & Liszt (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sophie Pacini
Title: Solo Piano: Beethoven & Liszt
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:16:36
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics

“Sophie Pacini is a protge of Martha Argerich and it shows…There’s a similar air of in-the-moment rhapsodising and no fear of giving the performance a boot up the backside.” — Gramophone

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan – Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:48:23
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Das Violinkonzert Op. 61 entstand im Jahre 1806, Beethoven schrieb es fr Franz Clement, der damals als musikalisches Genie erster Geiger und Konzertmeister im Orchester des Theaters an der Wien war. Damit war klar, dass alle spteren Auffhrungen dieses Werkes im Zeichen erstklassiger Violonisten stand. Kein leichtes Unterfangen fr die DG, doch mit Herbert Karajan als Dirigent, den Berliner Philharmonikern und ganz besonders Anne-Sophie Mutter hatte die Plattenfirma erstklassige Voraussetzungen geschaffen. Mutter stellte bei diesem Konzert ihr groartiges Knnen unter Beweis, denn die von Beethoven in den Vordergrund gerckten Soloparts decken schlielich geringste Unsauberkeiten im Vortrag auf. Die Geigerin meistert jede noch so artistisch anmutende Passage mit Eleganz und nahezu spielerischer Leichtigkeit.

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Maurizio Pollini – Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Maurizio Pollini
Title: Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas Nos. 28-32
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 02:05:26
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Maurizio Pollini recorded Beethoven late sonatas in the mid-1970s and received lavish critical praise for his faithful and highly skilled interpretations. The pianist and his performance have since acquired legendary status, particularly for the Hammerklavier, deemed “perfect” by Gramophone.

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti – Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete) (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
Title: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 1973
Duration: 02:56:53
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca

This Grammy-winning release marks Vladimir Ashkenazy’s first of three cycles of the complete Beethoven piano concertos and captures the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sir Georg Solti at the peak of their careers. Ashkenazy recorded these concertos in May 1971 and May 1972: in 1971 the third and fifth concertos were recorded; a year later the cycle was completed with the first, second and fourth concertos.

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