Category: Hi-Res FLAC

Phoenix – Ti Amo (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Phoenix
Title: Ti Amo
Genre: Alternative
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:36:35
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Label: Glassnote Records

French indie pop band Phoenix returns after a four-year absence with Ti Amo, inspired by and intended to conjure up images of summer and Italian discos. The lead single J-Boy built up anticipation for the album, further fuelled by the second single and title track, described as "buoyant" by Rolling Stone.

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Doulce Memoire, Denis Raisin Dadre – Philippe Verdelot: Madrigali diminuiti (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Doulce Memoire, Denis Raisin Dadre
Title: Philippe Verdelot: Madrigali diminuiti
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:07:14
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Label: Ricercar

In 1535 Sylvestro Ganassi published in Venice the first treatise developing the technique of the art of ornamentation at an unprecedented level of rhythmic complexity and virtuosity. Playing the recorder, the instrument to which Ganassi devoted his work, Denis Raisin Dadre applies the rules of the treatise to the repertoire that Ganassi practiced, frottole and, above all, the madrigals of Philippe Verdelot. With the ornaments, the music proves to be a living art that practices a constant rhythmic shift, the exuberant virtuosity of improvisations and a 'swing' that would be typical of jazz in the 20th century.

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Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica, David Bates – Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Bach, J.S.: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica, David Bates
Title: Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Bach, J.S.: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:04:05
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

Handel wrote little for his native tongue, but what he did demonstrates a particular level of contemplative piety while still employing the familiar techniques of Italian opera. Praise for the beauty of nature and eternal life are the subjects of the sacred poems by his contemporary Barthold Heinrich Brockes which Handel set to music in his 'Nine German Arias'. Each aria celebrates an aspect of nature, from the beauty of a flaming rose to the sweetness of silence, with extraordinary tenderness and sincerity. In these nine pieces for soprano and a small group of instruments, to be chosen at will, Handel drew often on music from his own operas, albeit with the voice part in the German arias adapted to be less virtuosic and more deeply expressive. The musical relationships with Handel s opera arias are evident in the ingenuity of his characterisation and the expressive, articulate melodies with which the soprano and the violin obbligato create their vivid images. The young German soprano Marie Friederike Schder is accompanied in her beautiful interpretation of the arias by the specialist ensemble Batzdorfer Hofkapelle.

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Paul Simon – The Essential Paul Simon (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Paul Simon
Title: The Essential Paul Simon
Genre: Folk Rock
Release Date: 2010
Duration: 02:30:55
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Legacy Recordings

Released five years after Warner's last Paul Simon comp, the single-disc The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin', the double-disc The Essential Paul Simon is a full 17 tracks heftier than its predecessor and contains all but one of its 19 songs (MIA is the latter-day "Love," which only hardcore fans will recognize as from You're the One, and they're not quite the market for this set anyway). It's also slimmer than the 1993 box Paul Simon 1964/1993, which spanned three discs but also encompassed his '60s recordings with Art Garfunkel, plus a single the duo recorded as Tom & Jerry, along with selections from his solo debut, The Paul Simon Songbook -- it was ambitious, where this compilation is efficient, picking up after the parting of ways with Garfunkel and running straight through until 2006's Surprise. The sequencing isn't strictly chronological -- some songs are shuffled around for effect, with "Still Crazy After All These Years" closing the first, while "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" is cleverly followed by the zydeco stomp "That Was Your Mother" -- but it roughly divides into having the first disc devoted to the '70s and early '80s, the second devoted to Graceland and beyond. Some might argue that there's too heavy of a Graceland presence here -- a whopping six tracks, over half the album -- but it is his biggest album and functions as a nice transition between his better-known '70s hits and the more esoteric but frequently compelling work that he's done since. And, unlike The Paul Simon Collection, The Essential Paul Simon is designed to introduce fellow travelers to the interesting work he's done since Graceland, as the second disc emphasizes that quite greatly, and it does a good job of it, while also providing a good summary of his best-known (and much of his best) solo work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Paolo Fresu, Uri Caine – Two Minuettos [Live in Milano] (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Paolo Fresu, Uri Caine
Title: Two Minuettos [Live in Milano]
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:04:52
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Tuk Music

Cultivated rereadings and pearls of European musical history make up the jazz album for connoisseurs that is Two Minuettos, the third one made together by Paolo Fresu and Uri Caine, who occasionally take the luxury of a collaboration that goes beyond the simple musical question ; the album is in fact a dissertation on grace, elegance, the beauty of music, in a journey that ranges from Bach to Gershwin, from Mahler to Lauzi and Lennon, passing through the figure of Barbara Strozzi. And to add atmosphere to the superb choice of songs, the fact of live performance; it is in fact a live, recorded on the occasion of the three Milanese concerts that the duo held at the Teatro dell'Elfo from 27 February to 1 March 2015.

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Orchestra Nazionale della Luna – Orchestra Nazionale della Luna (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Orchestra Nazionale della Luna
Title: Orchestra Nazionale della Luna
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:58:52
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Jazz Avatars

The Orchestra Luna album began the musical legacy of Rick Berlin, the composer/singer who goes by his birth name, Richard Kinscherf, on this Epic Records debut in 1974. The seven-piece ensemble was truly groundbreaking in a world that doesn't take kindly to innovation. Where the Who were content to write rock operas, Kinscherf and his band put opera to rock. This adventurous mix of songs, written as if they were Broadway show tunes backed by a rock band with jazz and classical influences, might sound like a bit much, and 11 minutes and 53 seconds of "Doris Dreams" never had a chance of Top 40 success, or an edit that could get it there, but that idiosyncrasy is part of what makes this album so daring, and special. Co-produced by Rupert Holmes, the man who gave us "Escape (The Pina Colada Song," a monster smash in 1979, and the cannibal anthem "Timothy" in 1971, the choice might not seem appropriate on the surface. But Holmes' unheralded work for Barbara Streisand and the Broadway musical Drood actually makes him a perfect choice to oversee this project. "Miss Pamela" has wonderful Randy Roos guitars blending with Rick Kinscherf's pretty keyboards, keyboards that could have inspired Billy Joel, sounding very much like his 1978 hit "Just The Way You Are." It's when Kinscherf's expressive vocal kicks in that all comparisons to traditional pop go out the window. The cover of the Adler/Ross classic (you gotta have) "Heart" is a standout here, as it was in their live show. Seven of the nine tracks are penned by Rick Kinscherf, and themes that resound in "Fay Wray" (the heroine from the epic King Kong) travel throughout the artist's career. This album may be tough for some to take, but the Tom Werman liner notes put things in a nice perspective. They opened for Roxy Music in Boston when this album was released, and were even more avant-garde than the legendary headliner. The band dropped the "Orchestra" from their name and became the original Luna, releasing a 45, "Hollywood," while the rest of their album was held up in litigation. They re-emerged as Berlin Airlift, then Rick Berlin: The Movie. In 2001, the former Rick Kinscherf, known as Rick Berlin, fronted the Shelley Winters Project. That sound has little in common with the early pictures painted by the exquisite "Love Is Not Enough" or musically bizarre "Boy Scouts" off this album ("Back in the boy scout camp/the moon was very full"). These themes, like the references and inspiration from films, continued to flavor Berlin's music through the years, although the Peter Barrett narrations would fall away. Moody and impressive in its gamble, this is also noteworthy in that guitarist extraordinaire Randy Roos can be heard in his formative years. ~ Joe Viglione

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ORA, Suzi Digby – Many are the Wonders (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: ORA, Suzi Digby
Title: Many are the Wonders
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:10:23
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: harmonia mundi

"The opening years of the twenty-first century can justifiably lay claim to being a new golden age for choral music. I wanted to embark on a series of recordings to reflect this and to showcase some of today's best contemporary composers, placing their works in direct relief with masterpieces from previous ages. This recording, the second in our 'Renaissance gems and their reflections' series, looks at the music of Thomas Tallis, and we are delighted to have commissioned a number of talented composers to offer their personal reflections on his works. I hope that these new pieces, like Tallis' originals, will find their way into the repertoire of other vocal groups, delighting audiences both now and in the future."

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Olivier Ker Ourio – French Songs (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Olivier Ker Ourio
Title: French Songs
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:51:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Bonsai Music

Ce n'est pas la premire fois qu'Olivier Ker Ourio taquine la chanson franaise. L'harmoniciste avait notamment repris Le Grisbi dans Central Park Nord. Il fait un pas supplmentaire avec ce French Songs dont le titre donne trs explicitement le programme. Encore ne prcise-t-il pas qu'il s'agit, entre Et maintenant et autres Champs-Elyses , de tubes de la chanson franaise. Le rsultat est ingal. Comment pourrait-il en tre autrement ? Nous connaissons tellement toutes ces chansons que le jugement est ncessairement trs svre. Reste que certaines rinterprtations sont vritablement agrables, dont Le Mtque ou le chaloup bicyclette . La version de Toulouse est trs proche de celle de Nougaro et, derrire la patte d'Olivier Ker Ourio, on voit toujours poindre le trottoir ventr sur les tuyaux du gaz . Le sens de la mlodie chez l'harmoniciste est, comme d'habitude, dlicieux et la participation de Sylvain Luc est indniablement un plus. Ce disque frais et agrable nous invite retrouver au son de l'harmonica des tubes qu'on connat tous et qu'on se surprend siffler. Et, franchement, siffler avec Olivier Ker Ourio, c'est la classe.

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Olga Peretyatko, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Liss – Russian Light (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Olga Peretyatko, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Liss
Title: Russian Light
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:54:45
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Sony Classical

On her new album "Russian Light", Olga Peretyatko presents favourite arias and songs from her homeland Russia -- by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. Many of them are well known (Rachmaninov's Vocalise) but there are also unknown rare jewels on the album like the songs from Rachmaninov or the opera arias by Shostakovich. She teamed with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in Russia, and excellent for this kind of repertoire with conductor Dimitry Liss, specialist for this repertoire. The main focus of "Russian Light" falls on excerpts from operas that have left a deep imprint on Russia's national music. Among these are Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, The Snow Maiden and The Tsar's Bride. The latter piece represents a personal triumph for Ms Peretyatko, for she sang the role of Marfa under Daniel Barenboim to open the 2013 season at the Berlin State Opera. With her silvery timbre and solid mastery of coloratura she thrilled not only the audience but the critic of Der Tagespiegel: "Olga Peretyatko projects Marfa as a being so delicate and other-worldly that it strikes the knowledgeable listener to the core." Other excerpts on "Russian Light" are taken from operas by Stravinsky and Shostakovich that likewise accompanied Ms Peretyatko on her rise to stardom. In 2009 she stepped in at short notice for an indisposed colleague to sing the role of Lidochka in Shostakovich's operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki at the Opra de Lyon. Though she had only two days' time before the premire, she won acclaim for her breathtaking character depiction. In 2010 she sang The Nightingale in Stravinsky's like-named opera (Le Rossignol) at the festival in Aix-en-Provence. When the production was mounted in New York and Canada the North American critics went wild about her effortless presentation and the "fresh sound of her voice".

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North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: North Mississippi Allstars
Title: Prayer for Peace
Genre: Blues Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:42:36
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Legacy Recordings

Prayer for Peace is North Mississippi Allstars 8th studio album and self-produced by the Dickinson Brothers. It was recorded across the country at 6 different studios: including the famous Royal Studios in Memphis with Boo Mitchell & their legendary father Jim Dickinson's Zebra Ranch in Hernando, MS. Special guests on the album include bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin Family Band), vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White), and singer/fife player Shard Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha Turner. North Missisippi Allstars is a 3 time Grammy nominated band for Best Contemporary Blues Album

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