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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonata for bassoon and fortepiano - Peter Whelan, Kristian Bezuidenhout (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Peter Whelan, Kristian Bezuidenhout
Title: Mozart - Sonata for bassoon and fortepiano K.292
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 12 minutes 29 seconds
Recorded: July 2014, St Monan's Church, East Neuk, Fife, United Kingdom

Bassoonist Peter Whelan has won many fans through his recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas and his own debut recording The Proud Bassoon, whilst his recent recording of Divertimenti with the SCO Wind Soloists was chosen by Gramophone as a 'Top 10 Recent Mozart Recording'. Peter has returned to the music of Mozart with a recording of the Sonata for bassoon and cello (realised here on the fortepiano by Kristian Bezuidenhout).
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 - Alon Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet (2015/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Artist: Alon Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet
Title: Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD | Naxos Right US, Inc.
Release Date: 2015/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:57:50
Recorded: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, 24–26 June 2014


To make Mozart’s Piano Concertos K. 466 and K. 467 more accessible to the public, the 19th-century composer Ignaz Lachner left the piano parts untouched and made splendid transcriptions of the orchestra parts for just string quartet with added bass. These chamber versions of two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular concertos sound almost as natural as if Mozart had transcribed them himself.
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The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet - Miles & Monk At Newport (1964/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

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 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
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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Marilyn Maye - The Second of Maye (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Marilyn Maye
Title: The Second of Maye
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing, Stage & Screen, Ballad
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:35:21
Recorded live at The Living Room, NYC, 1966
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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (1981/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Title: Mahler - Symphony No. 5
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 1981/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:12:13
Recording: February 1980, Orchestra Hall, Chicago


As with just about all the Mahler symphonies, Abbado has made multiple recordings of the Fifth, but this, his first, remains his finest, and an exceptional performance by any standard. It has all of the famed Chicago virtuosity but also a welcome attention to detail and willingness to savor a phrase that you almost never find with Solti’s Chicago Mahler. It’s great to hear a coda to the second movement that for once does not sound anti-climactic. We expect the horn playing in the scherzo to be stunning, and so it is, but the music also has grace, charm, and plenty of atmosphere at an appropriately relaxed basic tempo that, as you can hear, leaves plenty of space for the big moments to expand.
The one controversial element in this performance, at least by today’s standards, is the very, very slow tempo for the Adagietto: a bit more than twelve minutes. It’s gorgeously played and beautifully sustained. I don’t consider it to be too slow. Within the context of the performance it fits, particularly when the finale has so much contrasting energy and freshness. Sonically, too, this was probably the best of Abbado’s Chicago Mahler recordings, a fine analog effort that was eclipsed by the subsequent rise of mostly awful sounding early digital productions. DG seems to have stopped using SPARS codes on its discs, at least for this reissue, hiding the fact that this is not an original digital production, but that’s all to the good. Surely one of the great Mahler Fifths, this performance represents one of the rare times that Abbado lived up to his potential in a Mahler symphony. --ClassicsToday.com
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Lux aeterna: Visions of Bach - Beatrice Berrut (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Thierry Escaich (b.1965)
Artist: Beatrice Berrut
Title: Lux æterna: Visions of Bach
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:25
Recorded: 24 au 26 juillet 2014 à Flagey, Studio 4, Bruxelles

'The meditation, sobriety and modesty of Bach's music are profoundly moving. In this era when so much importance is granted to appearances, his music remains, pushes us to introspection and raises existential questions that, despite the passage of centuries, remain topical. 'I have chosen works transcribed by Busoni, Siloti or Kempff, and not that of works written for harpsichord, for their transcriptions hold out a thread between Bach's era and our modern world.
That is tangible proof of the universality and timelessness of his music: it throws a bridge between men of different centuries. 'Thierry Escaich's music also has its roots in Bach's. So it is that his latest works recall the music of the cantor of Leipzig, whilst strangely tinting it with the colours of the 21st centuries: bouquets of colourful harmonies, wild rhythms, moments of mystical ecstasy… 'Béatrice Berrut Recognized on the international scene and by her peers asa major artist, for her debut on the Aparté lable, the Swiss pianist Béatrice Berrut gives us a highly intimate vision of Johann Sebastian Bach's music.
For this, she is accompanied by a Bösendorfer piano prototype and the microphones of Nicolas Bartholomée, set up in the setting of Flagey, a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Brussels.
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Liane Foly - Crooneuse (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Liane Foly
Title: Crooneuse
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Cabaret, Swing, Chanson française
Label: © SME France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:44:18


Un timbre de voix puissant et reconnaissable entre mille, un don précieux pour écrire et interpréter des chansons profondément tendres, une joie de vivre à l’épreuve des drames ; ajoutez à cela des millions de disques vendus et on pourrait presque ainsi résumer 30 ans de musique de Liane Foly, une des artistes les plus aimées du public français, une des plus audacieuses aussi de par ses choix de carrière.
La carrière de Liane s’est dessinée dans la douceur d’une famille aimante et atypique, qui a toujours encouragé ses rêves. Entre le grand bazar de Perrache que tenait son père – paradis sur terre pour n’importe quel gosse un peu imaginatif - et les virées musicales en famille, Liane trouve sa voie sans heurts. A la maison, on écoute Franck Sinatra, Barry White et Ella Fitzgerald. Elle regarde avec dévotion les émissions des Carpentier, mais son coeur ne balance pas, il est déjà tout entier dévolu au jazz.
Personnalité lumineuse, enthousiaste mais exigeante et bosseuse, la jeune femme combine une détermination infaillible et une générosité authentique. Ses deux qualités ainsi qu’une voix vraiment particulière, chaude et racée, lui ouvrent bientôt toutes les portes. André Manoukian, puis Fabrice Nataf croient eux aussi en sa bonne étoile et surtout en son talent. Elle rencontrera tous ses héros, Jacques Demy, Michel Legrand, Michel Petrucciani, mais aussi Robert Hossein, Claude Lelouch, Barbara, Claude Nougaro dont elle assure les premières parties, et Mister Barry White himself. Liane n’aurait pas su être autre chose que chanteuse. Elle aime trop la musique – et les gens.
“ Crooneuse ”, son 9e album studio, marque son retour à la chanson. Le talent et l’énergie sont intacts et se sont juste teintés d’un léger voile de mélancolie, que Liane qualifie pudiquement de sérénité. Elle a choisi de reprendre onze titres qu’elle aime tout particulièrement, dans un répertoire éclectique qui va du rock à la variété, mais en les interprétant avec une teinte volontairement jazz, tout en swing et élégance, le tout impeccablement servi par un big band. L'album ravira les fans de l’artiste, les amateurs de jazz et de chanson française.
Avec son sens inné de la formule et un peu de malice, Liane s'est autoproclamée crooneuse et vous savez quoi, plus que tout autre, ce titre lui va comme un gant.
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Kreator - Gods Of Violence (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Kreator
Title: Gods Of Violence
Genre: Rock, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal
Label: © Nuclear Blast GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:02:50
Recorded: Fascination Street Studios, Sweden


There is plenty of thrash metal out there; too much in fact, as it's become the most overpopulated zone of heavy music. That said, there's thrash and then there's Kreator. Mille Petrozza (vocals, guitars, lyrics) and Jürgen "Ventor" Reil (drums) have always sought to reinvent the wheel while remaining true to their roots. Despite lineup changes -- the band currently includes Sami Yli–Sirniö on guitars and bassist Christian "Speesy" Giesler -- they've always managed to inject vitality, personality, and innovation to this beloved yet musically restricted terrain.
Five years was a long time to wait for a new Kreator album. Given the manic energy of 2016's Violence Unleashed EP, which whet fans' appetites for more of the good stuff, it seemed even longer. Produced by Jens Bogren, Gods of Violence is the album the other lineage thrash acts could never make again. It's impossible to conceive of Metallica or Slayer pulling off anything this intense or imaginative. The 11-song set belongs in the line that began with 2001's Violent Revolution and continued through 2005's Enemy of God and 2012's Phantom Antichrist. (The 2009 release Hordes of Chaos, recorded live in a single studio setting, is the only outlier.) The music here is almost a companion to Enemy of God as it balances its deadly assault with melodic death metal.
Appropriately, it commences with an anthem. "Apocalypticon," an intro complete with martial drums, a military choir, and razored guitars, with orchestral work from Fleshgod Apocalypse's Francesco Paoli and Francesco Ferrini, just stops seemingly in the middle and gives way to the brutal "World War Now," with its triple-time chug and churn. Petrozza's riffs are as meaty and physical as ever. His vocals ride just enough above the mix to discern his hostile lyrics. In the refrain, the pace increases. First single "Satan Is Real" is all swinging groove and knotty twin-guitar hell, but "Totalitarian Terror" delivers one of the catchiest and most punishing riffs the band has ever laid down. "Lion with Eagle Wings" nods at both classic Judas Priest and later NWOBHM with power metal asides and soaring choruses, all while waving the thrash flag high. Closer "Death Becomes My Light" is a gallop worthy of the entire price of entry all by itself. The way melody and guitar harmonies and riffs are threaded through these tracks is admirable. No. It's killer. All told, Gods of Violence proves well worth the wait. Kreator proves -- yet again -- that the kids still have a lot to learn when it comes to keeping thrash viable. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Paul von Klenau - Symphony No. 9 - Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schonwandt (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Paul von Klenau (1883-1946)
Artist: Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt
Title: Klenau - Symphony No. 9
Genre: Classical
Label: © Dacapo Records, Copenhagen
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: dacapo-records
Duration: 06:59:45
Recorded live at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, on 20-21 March 2014


Paul von Klenau’s (1883-1946) grandiose Ninth Symphony in eight movements was composed in Copenhagen 1945 as his last major work; an extraordinary fusion of a Requiem with Latin text and a traditional symphony for orchestra, choir and four soloists. The manuscript then lay unknown for more than fifty years until it appeared in the 2001 discovery of a large collection of Klenau manuscripts in Vienna, and not until March 2014 – after a thorough editing by The Royal Library in Copenhagen – did it receive its first performance by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. This world premiere recording presents the full symphony; a magnificent opus of both tonal, atonal and even twelve-tone passages, very far removed from the style that predominated in the post-Nielsen Danish music of the 1940s.
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Kari Bremnes - Over en by (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kari Bremnes
Title: Over en by
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Folk, Nordic
Label: © Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: gubemusic.com
Duration: 00:48:52
Recorded: Rainbow Studio, Oslo


With a new band and 14 new songs Kari Bremnes is releasing her ninth solo album "Over en by" [Over a City]. She has written all the lyrics and most of the music.
On this album Kari Bremnes has shifted into a new gear. The essence of her art as a singer/songwriter is more brilliant and inspiring than ever, letting you sense the sparkling energy bubbling underneath her cool and elegantly understated observations on life, time, love and disguise.
The songs on her new album reveal the artist's uncompromising approach to content and style, and often break away from the traditional form of verse following refrain. Combining this with her new band, she has created a fresh new form that cannot be easily categorised. She gives us poetic, pensive, small musical worlds ¿ the feeling is more than ever of the shimmering beauty of Kari Bremnes' music.
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