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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - C minor Mass - Bach Colegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91)
Artist: Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Title: Mozart - C minor Mass
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical.com
Duration: 71:17
Recorded: November 2015 at the Saitama Arts Theater, Concert Hall, Japan


Following on the 2015 release of Mozart’s Requiem, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan has gone on to record the composers Mass in C minor, K427 – the ‘Great Mass’. As the nickname indicates it is a work of unusual proportions for a mass of the Classical period – or would have been so, had Mozart completed it. It is not known for what occasion Mozart intended the work, but a letter to his father Leopold dated 4 January 1783 indicate that he may have committed himself to writing it in connection with his marriage to Constanze and a planned visit to Salzburg.
A performance of parts of the Mass did take place in Salzburg in October 1783, with Constanze performing the prominent soprano part. Two years later Mozart reused the music from the Kyrie and Gloria sections in the sacred cantata Davidde penitente, K 469, but the Mass itself was left incomplete. The present performance includes the sections completed by Mozart himself, as well as those sections for which extensive sketches by Mozart provided a basis for completion (by Franz Beyer in 1989).
Three of Suzuki’s soloists also took part in the recording of the Requiem, while the Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen makes her first appearance on BIS, shining in the aria Laudamus te. The disc closes with the celebrated cantata Exsultate, jubilate in which the soprano Carolyn Sampson glitters in the virtuosic solo part. As an appendix to the programme she and the Bach Collegium Japan orchestra also repeats the initial aria, in a less well-known later version with a slightly different text and with flutes replacing the oboes of the original.
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Michael Giacchino - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Michael Giacchino
Artist: Michael Giacchino
Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Genre: Soundtrack
Label: © Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:09:28


From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.
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Meredith Monk - On Behalf Of Nature (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Composer: Meredith Monk
Artist: Meredith Monk Ensemble
Title: On Behalf Of Nature
Genre: Avant-Garde, Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:00:54
Recorded: June 2015, Avatar Studios, New York


For five decades, vocalist-composer Meredith Monk has explored what she calls “primordial utterance,” or non-verbal vocal sound that lay beneath and beyond language, expressing “that for which we have no words.” This exploration has led her to create music that The New Yorker describes as simultaneously “visceral and ethereal, raw and rapt,” an art that “sings, dances and meditates on timeless forces.” With her latest, multivalent ECM New Series album, Monk aimed to address ecology and climate change, she says: “Believing that music speaks more directly than words, I worked to make a piece with a fluid, perceptual field that could expand awareness of what we are in danger of losing. On Behalf of Nature is a meditation on our intimate connection to nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology and our interdependence.” Voices and instruments have equal weight: sometimes each is heard alone; sometimes they are blended to form a new, mysterious sound; sometimes they are combined to create intricate, layered, yet transparent sonic landscapes.
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Felix Mendelssohn - The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Howard Shelley (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Howard Shelley
Title: Mendelssohn - The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 67 minutes 16 seconds
Recorded: December 2014, All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom


The Op 35 set of Preludes and Fugues is the most substantial single opus Mendelssohn wrote for solo piano, a mark of his reverence for the mighty Bach. Coupled with the popular fifth book of Songs without Words, we have here a heavyweight fourth volume in Howard Shelley’s compendium.
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Felix Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 'Italian' - London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Mendelssohn - Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 'Italian'
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:02:06
Recorded live in DSD128fs at the Barbican Hall, 23rd March 2014 & 16th February 2016


Constantly in the vanguard of enlightened interpretation, Sir John Eliot Gardiner stands as a leader in today’s musical life. His award-winning Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live showcases his period performance expertise, the musicians standing to play, highlighting their individual musicianship. As Gardiner explains: ‘It gives a different type of dynamism and energy... it means that the fiddles are freer in the way that they attack the extremely virtuosic lines and it gives a tremendous sense of occasion to the music making.’
Dramatic and harmonically adventurous, Mendelssohn’s First Symphony is presented here in an exceptionally unique format, with both the original and revised versions of the third movement. As Gardiner said when introducing the work in concert:
‘It’s not every evening that you get to hear a symphony by a fourteen-and-a-half year-old genius and there’s an intriguing complication to this piece. When Mendelssohn came to London in 1829, he performed the symphony and he wrote back to his parents saying: “well, I looked over my symphony and, lord, the minuet bored me to tears! So what I did was to take the scherzo from my Octet and I added a few airy trumpets and it sounded lovely.” Well, actually he did an awful lot more than that; he re-orchestrated absolutely brilliantly. And it’s so good, we thought you should hear that version. But what about the minuet and trio? Why, when he came to publish the symphony did he use that version and leave out the scherzo? I happen to think they’re both really remarkable, as is the whole symphony, and perhaps you’d let us know which you prefer...?’
The Fourth Symphony is inspired by the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Italy and is among the best loved of all the composer’s works. Mendelssohn described it as: ‘the jolliest piece I’ve written so far.’ John Eliot Gardiner says of the work: ‘Mendelssohn threw everything, in terms of virtuosity and risk-taking, at the Italian Symphony and it’s remained incredibly popular...
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Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition - Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:50:40
Release Date: 2016
Recording: Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal, 4/2016


Celebrating ten years as an exclusive recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel's career has evolved from Venezuelan Wunderkind to one of the world's most distinguished and sought-after Maestros.
His upcoming recording, made in company with the Wiener Philharmoniker at Vienna’s Musikverein in April 2016, is an all-Russian album – it couples two works by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel’s magnificent orchestration, and A Night on Bald Mountain, with the famous Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Viennese waltz kings and Dudamel gives this perennial ballet highlight a fresh, vibrant new reading - a perfect introduction to the festive season.
Pictures at an Exhibition is one of music's most transcribed, arranged and covered pieces, a musical touchstone, inspiration to many artists and cited in popular culture on television, in film, and in video games. The brief, episodic structure of these works makes them ideally-suited for streaming and digital campaigns.
While making the album, Dudamel and members of the orchestra participated in workshops alongside young people involved in the El Sistema-inspired Superar programme. Founded in 2009 and named for the Spanish word for “overcome”, it is based in Vienna’s diverse 10th District and offers free music lessons to children. For the “Pictures Project” Mussorgsky’s work prompted a group of young people from Superar to take their instruments onto the streets, share their music-making with the local community and document the results on camera.
Images from their musical “Pictures”, selected by the highly respected Vienna-based photographer Claudia Prieler, were exhibited as part of the press event in Salzburg last week, where Gustavo Dudamel, members of the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and children from Superar met at Salzburg’s historic Hotel Sacher to launch the album.
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Mose Allison - The Word From Mose (1964/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mose Allison
Title: The Word From Mose
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Blues, Piano Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Atlantic Recording Corp.
Release Date: 1964/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:58
Recorded by Phil Iehle, #2,4,6,8,10 - 1964/03/10; #1,3,5,7,11 - 1964/03/12


The Word from Mose is a 1964 jazz album by the jazz pianist and singer Mose Allison. The album, described by Allmusic as "light, swinging jazz with a distinctly rural, Southern influence", has been listed as one of the "core collection" albums for jazz fans by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.
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Monty Alexander - Here Comes The Sun (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Monty Alexander
Title: Here Comes The Sun
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Modal, Latin Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:39:48
Recorded: June 6, 1971 in New York City


This 1971 recording signals the beginning of Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s fruitful relationship with MPS, lasting over a decade and encompassing some dozen albums. Originally touted as heir to Oscar Peterson’s crown, Alexander is famous for his virtuoso melding of jazz, the sounds of the Caribbean and blues. The classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s bassist Eugene Wright, calypso percussionist Montego Joe, and ace drummer Duffy Jackson round out the quartet. Montevideo jumps off with percussive Latin two-beat verve and a witty piano filled with quotes. The ballad Where is Love is a searching romantic serenade, and Monty transforms the Beatle’s Here Comes The Sun into blues-laced Latinesque with a taste of boogie. Monty takes the standard Love Walked In at a brisk pace as he demonstrates his considerable straight-ahead jazz chops, bop quotes and all. Check out the tasty walking bass and drum solos. The luscious calypso Brown Skin Girl is followed by Monty’s tender, wistful solo rendition of his The Dream Is Mine. The group stretches out on Miles Davis’ iconic So What, grounding the tune with a driving Latin-rock beat. They say variety is the spice of life and Monty Alexander and co. have seasoned this album to perfection.
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Mary Halvorson Octet - Away with You (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mary Halvorson Octet
Title: Away with You
Genre: Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Firehouse 12 Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:56
Recorded: December 17th & 18th, 2015 at Firehouse 12

Continuing her streak of outstanding releases, guitarist extraordinaire Mary Halvorson once again shows her determination to build upon her unique style as a composer and bandleader. She's taken her septet from 2013's superb Illusionary Sea and added an eighth member, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and the resulting music is typical Halvorson: harmonically complex, emotionally compelling, and full of interesting moments worth savoring.
The first thing one notices about Alcorn's presence is the sense of atmosphere she provides. On the third track, "The Absolute Almost," she offers spare, crystalline notes that gradually emerge and then drift away, providing a somber opening to the cut. Then Halvorson herself joins in, with carefully placed notes that emerge in a pensive dialogue with Alcorn to continue the subdued conversation, before a break in which the rest of the band jumps in to take the piece in a dramatically different direction, full of bounce and rhythmic drive. (It's little surprises like these that always make listening to a Halvorson record such an adventure.) Alcorn's role seems to liberate Halvorson's playing, freeing up subtle opportunities for her to contribute to the group as an equal rather than as a dominant voice.
It's also immediately evident how well this group works together as a unit. Drummer Ches Smith and bassist John Hébert have worked as Halvorson's partners for several recordings, to the point that they are an intuitive element of the rhythmic fluidity that is one of her trademarks. Even during the record's more raucous moments, there's never a sense that they're in danger of losing control of the pulse. And the horns are as fabulous as you would expect: with Jonathan Finlayson, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Laubrock and Jacob Garchik in the lineup, Halvorson has a superlative brass section for her rich compositions, each member equally adept as a soloist or as an ensemble contributor.
Perhaps the most engaging aspect of the recording is its strong emotional core. Listening to the opening of the record, "Spirit Splitter," and the jubilant horn interplay that propels the track, it is clear that this is music to be enjoyed, not simply admired or respected. Whether we are taken down a path of exultant cacophony or melancholy musings, with Halvorson as our guide it is sure to involve her irresistible melodic sensibility. I'm sure Halvorson's next installment in her impressive catalog will continue to surprise and astonish, but in the meantime she's given us another exceptional record to celebrate. --Troy Dostert, All About Jazz
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Martha Reeves - The Rest of My Life (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Martha Reeves
Title: The Rest of My Life
Genre: R&B, Soul
Label: © Arista Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:43


The Rest Of My Life is the 1976 album by legendary soul diva Martha Reeves. Tony Silvester, General Johnson, Tony Camillo, and Bert DeCoteaux -- working independently resulted in Martha’s best post-Motown release to date. The material and arrangements suit her voice and style and the release is more of what you expect from the Detroit diva. Included is Martha's original version of Gwen Guthrie and Pat Grant's "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," a song later popularized by Angela Bofill. Reeves' version of Gamble & Huff's "Now That We Found Love" is one of the better cuts; Martha sings it with as much conviction as the O'Jays, who first waxed it. "Thank You" is an uptempo romp produced by General Johnson, who has Reeves reaching for notes like her former producers at Motown did which became very reminiscent of her classic Jimmy Mack. Plus, you can count on Martha to pour every ounce of emotion into a ballad, and this album has some excellent slower songs, including the title track. The Rest Of My Life is regarded as one of Martha Reeves' best albums ever, including the releases with The Vandellas.
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