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Benedikt Jahnel Trio - The Invariant (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Benedikt Jahnel Trio
Title: The Invariant
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:45:40
Recorded: March 2016, Rainbow Studio, Oslo



The trio with Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and Canadian drummer Owen Howard has been an “invariant” in the life of Berlin-based pianist Benedikt Jahnel, “a constant in a transformational period” as he puts it, and new album The Invariant is issued as the players reach their tenth anniversary as a working unit.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Overtures - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch (1956/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
Title: Beethoven - Overtures
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1956/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:46:57
Recorded: 1956

A genial conductor with a particular gift for French music, Charles Münch extended the Boston Symphony's glory years (begun under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky) into the early '60s. Münch was born in the province of Alsace-Lorraine, which at the time (1891) was controlled by Germany and has long hovered between two cultural worlds. Münch himself benefited from both French and German musical training, and his first important musical posts were in Germany. Yet he came to be regarded as the quintessential French conductor, and his recordings of French repertory with the Boston Symphony remain standards by which others are judged. Münch studied violin at the Strasbourg Conservatory, where his father was a professor, and, from 1912, in Paris with Lucien Capet. As an Alsatian, he was conscripted into the German army at the outbreak of World War I. Gassed and wounded as an artillery sergeant, he nevertheless survived the war through sheer resiliency. In 1919, upon returning to Alsace-Lorraine (now back in French hands), he took French citizenship, and a violin professorship in Strasbourg. Nevertheless, his professional interests soon sent him to Germany; he studied violin with Carl Flesch in Berlin, then moved to Leipzig to take a violin professorship at the conservatory there, and then became concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1926 to 1933, during Furtwängler's tenure.
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Barber, Hillborg, Bjork - Distant Light - Renee Fleming, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Anders Hillborg (b.1954), Sigurjon Birgir Sigurdsson, Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Artist: Renée Fleming, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
Title: Barber, Hillborg, Bjork - Distant Light
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:49
Recorded: February 2016, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden


‘Distant Light’ is Renée Fleming’s first foray into the hypnotic world of Scandinavian music. For her first new studio album in three years she has chosen to inspire and provoke with a daring mix of music.
The title comes from a poem in a new song cycle dedicated to Renée and here receiving its world premiere recording: Anders Hillborg’s ‘The Strand Settings’.
"At once atmospheric, elegiac and unsettling, the work was crafted with Ms. Fleming’s creamy voice in mind”, wrote the New York Times at its first performance in 2013. One of Sweden’s brightest star composers Hillborg has a close relationship with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic where this recording was made in February 2016 with its principal conductor Sakari Oramo.
Renée couples this with three songs by Björk in specially commissioned orchestrations by the brilliant Swedish composer and arranger Hans Ek, recorded here for the first time.
Why Björk? Both she and Renée are recipients of Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. Both dare to be original. In the fascinating booklet interview Renée talks about her admiration for Björk: “Her originality is breathtaking. She just blazes her own path forward”. Renée chooses the songs which mean the most to her personally and musically.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Motets - Capella Cracoviensis, Fabio Bonizzoni (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Capella Cracoviensis, Fabio Bonizzoni
Title: Motets
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88.2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:06:21
Recorded: at The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice, Poland between March 25th – 29th 2014


Capella Cracoviensis, recently discovered on the Alpha release Te Deum, returns here under the direction of Fabio Bonizzoni. Together they present a highly vigorous reading of these monumental works - Their virtuosity brings out to the full the magnificent counterpoint while never neglecting the text, so vital in the motet genre.
Each of the motets on this programme –most of which for double chorus – was intended for highly reduced forces, most likely made up solely of soloists. The writing is indeed complex, woven in an extremely skilful counterpoint that requires great transparency in order for the interlacing to be experienced fully.
The ensemble and soloists of La Capella Cracoviensis give a reading of considerable vitality, both informed and removed from too exclusively a religious approach.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in B minor, BWV 232 - Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven
Title: Bach, J.S. - Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: channelclassics.com
Duration: 01:45:34
Recorded: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, December 2006


From the moment that a decision was made to record Bach's Mass in b minor, it was clear tome that the scoring would have to be small-scale. After our successful and highly-praised recording of the St.John Passion in 2004-in which a small group of singcrs performed both the solo parts and the chorus parts there was really no way back. We had come to know a new kind of collaboration between instrumentalists and singers, which gave us an ideal foundation for the interpretation of Bach's music and led to deeply expressive performances. Together, we discovered a new definition for the word 'choir'. But at the same time, the Mass in b minor is a large-scale score: Bach, in his last completed work, demanded every possible performing force available to him. For example, in this unique and incomparable score, he used nearly every imaginable combination of voices and virtually the entire spectrum of instrumentation of his day. The enormous wealth of genres and structures is dazzling for the listener: timeless polyphony, fugues, canrus-firmus techniques, polychoral work, vocal and instrumental concern, concern for groups of instruments, concern grossi, osninani, solo arias and duets - in scorings from three to seven voices and in remarkably varied combinations-and choruses ranging from four to eight parts. It is certain that Bach never performed his masterpiece in complete form, and it remains unclear for what purpose or occasion he composed it. The beautiful autograph score remains a closed book in many respects: it contains hardly any tempo indications or dynamic signs. The movements are simply called Kyrie, Gloria, or Agnus Dci. All of the parts of the enormous score indicate one-on-a-part settings for instrumentalists or singers. Nowhere does Bach give suggestions for how to score the continuo. Is it written for soloists, or is Bach writing for a 'real' chorus? How large should the string groups be, and is variable scoring another option?
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 - Munchener Bach-Chor, Munchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
Title: Bach, J.S. - Mass In B Minor, BWV 232
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion
Release Date: 1962/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:03:06
Recorded: 13 to 20, 22 to 26 Februari 1961, 5 to 9 April 1961 at at München, Musikhochschule


Die h-Moll-Messe von Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 232, ist eine der bedeutendsten geistlichen Kompositionen. Es handelt sich um Bachs letztes großes Vokalwerk und seine einzige Komposition, der das vollständige Ordinarium des lateinischen Messetextes zugrunde liegt. Gelegentlich wird sie infolge einer Zuschreibung der Romantik auch Hohe Messe in h-Moll genannt. Dem Typus nach handelt es sich um eine Missa solemnis, die aus 18 Chorsätzen und 9 Arien besteht. Bach komponierte 1733 zunächst eine Missa aus Kyrie und Gloria. Gegen Ende seines Lebens stellte er die übrigen Sätze aus Bearbeitungen früher komponierter Sätze, überwiegend aus seinen Kantaten, und neuen Kompositionen zusammen. Das Manuskript von 1748/1749 gehört zum UNESCO-Weltdokumentenerbe.

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 - Florilegium (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Florilegium, Ashley Solomon
Title: Bach, J.S. - Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:33:40
Recorded: St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood, London, 24-27 November 2013


In a strange twist of fate, the Brandenburg Concertos have come to be named after a man who didn’t especially want them, never heard them, and may not have liked them had he done so. Johann Sebastian Bach met Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg in 1719 during his tenure as music director at the court of Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen, who was the young prince responsible for signing up some of the musicians who were previously employed by Frederick William I. Bach worked at Anhalt-Cöthen from 1717 to 1723, and he and Leopold developed an excellent working relationship there. The Prince enjoyed travel, fine art and, above all, music, and he respected and encouraged Bach in his work, even occasionally participating in the court concerts as violinist, viola da gambist or harpsichordist. Provided by Leopold with an excellent set of instruments and a group of fine players (and the second-highest salary of any of his court employees), Bach enjoyed a fruitful period at Cöthen. Many of his greatest works for keyboard, chamber ensembles and orchestra date from those years.
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Association P.C. - Rock Around the Cock (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Association P.C.
Title: Rock Around the Cock
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Free Jazz, Fusion, Free Improvisation
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:41:51
Recorded: March 4th - 7th, 1973 at Windrose Studio, Hamburg


Association P.C.’s 3rd album in 18 months attested to the group’s popularity. This ‘free fusion’ quintet consisted of some of the top names in European jazz, including pianist Joachim Kühn. For Kühn, “it is essential to be open; I don’t want to be tied down by a particular style. This is what I admire so much about Association: it’s openness.” All but one of the pieces are freely improvised. The album begins with Dutch drummer Pierre Courbois with German guitarist Toto Blanke playing the Japanese nogoya harp in an explosive duo on Phenis. Polar Anna rocks wildly with breathtaking tenor and guitar solos whereas Mirrored Dimensions is a short multi-dimensional reflection on the ending of Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork, 2001 – A Space Odyssey. There’s a mid-Eastern flare to Shirocco, which features bassist Siggi Busch and tenor saxophonist Wiberny on a Chinese double-reed instrument, the suono. With its stop-and-start tempos, the musicians labelled Rock Around the Cock ‘busted-up rock’. There’s more than a touch of electric Miles here. Symbolizing the colorful richness of Autumn without its incipient dissolution, Autumn in March features Kühn’s positive romantic intro followed by exquisite guitar and keyboard solos, while Cap Carnival rockets off in a pyrotechnic free-for-all. Joachim Kühn said the album was “the result of our searching” – and what the listener will find is one exciting adventure.
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Anne-Line - Yiddish Love Songs (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Anne-Line
Title: Yiddish Love Songs
Genre: Pop, Folk, Vocal, Ballad
Label: © Monument Records
Release Date: 1965/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:27
Recorded: 1965
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Aida Garifullina - Aida (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893), Léo Delibes (1836 - 1891), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893), Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Artist: Aida Garifullina, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Cornelius Meister
Title: Aida
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:58:51
Recording: May 2016, ORF Große Sendesaal, Wien, Austria


Aida Garifullina’s debut album is one of the most eagerly awaited operatic events of the year! Since her triumphant win at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2013, the young star soprano from Kazan has become the hottest newcomer of the opera world – winning audiences over with stand-out performances at Vienna State Opera and Mariinsky Theatre, recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Vienna Musikverein and a US tour with Andrea Bocelli. Boosting a unique media profile Aida has made her feature film debut in Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. She has appeared on German, Austrian, French and Russian TV multiple times, including televised performances at Vienna and Dresden Opera Balls, Rolando Villazon’s Stars von Morgen on ZDF, and the 2016 Bastille Day Concert in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower, watched by millions. Aida has duetted with some of opera’s greatest stars, including Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Juan Diego Florez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Rolando Villazón.
Her debut album showcases Aida at her very best – treasures of her beloved Russian opera are combined with two of her signature arias: Delibes’ ‘Bell Song’ (as featured in her stand out performance in Florence Foster Jenkins) and Gounod’s ‘Je veux vivre’, which she performed to rave reviews at the Vienna Opera Ball. The selection also includes the hauntingly beautiful folk song ‘Alluki’ sung in Aida’s native Tatar language, recorded here for the first time, and ‘Midnight in Moscow’, adding her vocal to a Balalaika orchestra recording from the early 1960s in this classic Russian tune.
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