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Roussel, Debussy, Poulenc - Orchestral Works - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Albert Roussel (1869-1937), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Artist: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada
Title: Roussel, Debussy, Poulenc - Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:15:53
Recorded: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland in October 2015


Vibrant, striking colours, sensuous harmonies and coruscating wit abound in this irresistible collection played by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) under the baton of the young rising star Kazuki Yamada. Hailed by Gramophone magazine as a “gifted, budding maestro” with “interpretative nous, strength of personality and scrupulous attention to detail”, this is Yamada’s fourth outing for PENTATONE following his three critically acclaimed releases of dance music.
The three works featured are firmly rooted in the past, whether in the sources for inspiration or the sometimes neo-classical style. But the musical language is unmistakeably from the 20th century and, above all, quintessentially French.
Featuring incisive rhythms, expressive melodies and daring harmonies realised with a sumptuous orchestral palette, Albert Roussel’s exotic suites for the ballet Ariane et Bacchus are popular showpieces with orchestras and audiences alike, especially the famous Bacchanale an uninhibited romp which closes the work. Debussy’s nod to classical Greece in his beguiling Six épigraphes antiques, sometimes described as a conspectus of his compositional technique, is heard here in luxuriant detail in a rarely performed orchestration by Ernest Ansermet, the founder of the OSR. And Poulenc has never been in more high spirits than in Les Biches, a heady, infectious concoction which bristles with sophistication, charm and irrepressible Gallic wit.
“The BBC SO have found a star in the making,” wrote The Telegraph of Kazuki Yamada “let’s hope we hear more of him.” Winner of the prestigious 51st International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in 2009, Yamada’s rise on the international stage has been rapid. With his busy schedule, he is one of today’s most sought after conductors and in September 2016, he takes over as principal conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.
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Ottorino Respighi - Il tramonto - Isabel Bayrakdarian, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Alain Trudel (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Artist: Isabel Bayrakdarian, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Alain Trudel
Title: Respighi: Il tramonto
Genre: Classical
Label: © ATMA Classique
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ATMA Classique
Duration: 01:07:18
Recorded: Église Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, Laval (Québec) Canada Mars / March 2015


Canadian star soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is the featured soloist in this recording by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval—its first with current artistic director and principal conductor Alain Trudel. The album is devoted to orchestral works by Ottorino Respighi. Known for her sparkling stage presence and astonishing musicality, Bayrakdarian joins the orchestra for Respighi’s setting of the lyric poem Il tramonto (The Sunset).
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Raspberries - Raspberries (1972/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Raspberries
Title: Raspberries
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop, Power Pop
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 1972/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:19
Recorded: Record Plant Studios, New York City; Abbey Road Studios, London

Raspberries played their first show on October 16, 1970. Weekly gigs at the Agora in Cleveland created a groundswell of support for this new hot local band whose reputation as a live act was already becoming legendary, and before long they were attracting more than 1,000 people a night. Signed to Capitol Records by noted producer Jimmy Ienner in the winter of 1971, they completed their first album, Raspberries. To create excitement about this new band, Capitol employed a raspberry-scented scratch-and-sniff sticker affixed to the cover of their debut, the aroma of which exists to this day.
Released in early 1972, the album showcased the smash top 5 single, “Go All The Way”, which became a million-seller and Raspberries’ first gold record. Raspberries garnered rave notices from almost every music publication of the day with Rolling Stone providing their most impassioned review: “Raspberries opens with the finest burst of lightweight English rock I'’ve heard all year. The rest of the album is just as good.” Following the album’s release, Raspberries toured with the Grass Roots and the Hollies and appeared in front of over 50,000 fans at a major outdoor rock festival held at the Los Angeles Coliseum with such acts as Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, the Bee Gees, the Eagles and Chuck Berry.
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Ralph Towner - My Foolish Heart (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ralph Towner
Title: My Foolish Heart
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Guitar Jazz, Folk Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:40:26
Recorded: February 2016, Auditorio Stelia Molio RSI, Lugano

After critically-lauded projects with trumpeter Paolo Fresu (Chiaroscuro) and with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan (Travel Guide), Ralph Towner returns to solo guitar for My Foolish Heart. Whether on classical guitar or 12-string guitar Towner’s touch is immediately identifiable. Solo music is an important thread through his rich discography and this new album – recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in February 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher – follows in the great tradition of Diary, Solo Concert, Ana, Anthem, and Time Line. It features finely-honed new compositions as well as a pair of tunes (“Shard” and “Rewind”) from the songbook of Oregon, a dedication to the late Paul Bley (“Blue As In Bley”) and a single standard – Victor Young’s “My Foolish Heart” which Towner first came to love in Bill Evans’s interpretation.
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Porcupine Tree - Staircase Infinities (1993/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Porcupine Tree
Title: Staircase Infinities
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Rock
Label: © Snapper Music/Kscope
Release Date: 1993/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 30:15
Recorded: February, 1992 - May, 1993


Composed of outtakes from the Up the Downstair disc, this album is a bit on the short side. The material here is strictly instrumental and based in a melodic, rather mellow progressive rock format. The overall sound seems to be a blend of such artists as Hawkwind and Pink Floyd combined with fusion. Other elements occasionally show up, like David Bowie, Synergy, and even '80s music. Many times releases of odds and ends like this tend to be of interest strictly to hardcore fans of the given band. Such is not the case with this release, as it is a very entertaining release that stands up by itself. The only complaint, really, is that it is too bad there wasn't more material to put on the disc. What is here is quite good, but like a snack, it leaves you wishing for more. --AllMusic Review by Gary Hill
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Porcupine Tree - Up the Downstair (1993/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Porcupine Tree
Title: Up the Downstair
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Rock
Label: © Snapper Music/Kscope
Release Date: 1993/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 49:11
Recorded: February, 1992 - January, 1993


Up the Downstair feels noticeably different in tone from On the Sunday of Life -- the humor is nearly invisible, if present at all, and the focus is more explicitly up to date in keeping with Steven Wilson's long-stated belief that progressive music means incorporating the now instead of rehashing what progressive was. His singing is now more accomplished in turn -- it sounds like he might have been taking a lesson or two from his No-Man partner Tim Bowness, but he has his own dreamy approach. His already accomplished studio work seems to have turned even more so with time, and the end result is a delicate, complex, and remarkable effort. If there's an absolute standout, "Always Never" takes the cake. Starting with a soft combination of low vocals, acoustic guitar, and background electric feedback, it sweeps into life on the memorable chorus, with the keyboards swelling with a gentle majesty before turning into a full trip thanks to Wilson's ear for arrangements and space. Colin Edwin makes his debut with Porcupine Tree by playing bass here, as good a start as any, while Richard Barbieri also has an initial bow on the lengthy title track. Wilson's own playing here is just astounding, with some huge, driving feedback fills, while the equally long "Burning Sky" lets him exercise some guitar hero chops, and quite well at that. Brief cuts crop up throughout -- notably "What You Are Listening To...," which makes a nod back to the contents of Voyage 34 via the narrative spoken word sample at the start. The recurring use of synth loops and acid house rhythms alone mark Porcupine Tree's approach as being a more modern one, but at the same time a song like "Synesthesia" doesn't sound like a stab at crossover so much as it does one color on the palette. The unfolding guitar solos demonstrate that much, at least. --AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett
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Astor Piazzolla - Escualo - Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Giampaolo Bandini (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Roberto Molinelli (b.1963), Luis Bacalov (b.1933)
Artist: Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Giampaolo Bandini
Title: Escualo
Genre: Classical, Tango
Label: © Universal Music Italia Srl
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:08:01


Zwei italienische Vollblut-Musiker und der bekannte Cellist Erich Oskar Huetter im Tangofieber - bei brennender Sehnsucht des Bandoneons, spannungsgeladener Erwartung der Gitarre und hingebungsvollen Erotik des Cellos bleibt kein Herz auf dem rechten oder unrechten Fleck.
Das Duo Giampaolo Bandini – Cesare Chiacchieretta, Gitarre und Bandoneon, wurde 2002 mit der Absicht gegründet, den Tango durch die Faszination und den Zauber seiner repräsentativsten Instrumente wiederaufzuwerten. Nach kurzer Zeit wurde das Duo ein wichtiger Bezugspunkt im internationalen Konzertleben, spielte in den wichtigsten Sälen der Welt und fand überall außergewöhnlichen Anklang bei Presse und Publikum. 2002 führten sie das Doppelkonzert “Hommage a Liegi” von Astor Piazzolla unter Leo Brouwer in Parma auf. 2004 wurde dem Duo der “Beniamino Joppolo” Preis der Stadt Patti für hohe musikalische Verdienste verliehen. 2005 debütierte das Duo im großen Saal der Philharmonie in St. Petersburg. Tourneen führten sie nach Mexiko, Rumänien, Polen, Österreich, Deutschland, Spanien, in die Schweiz und nach Holland.
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Philip Glass - Piano Works - Vikingur Olafsson, Siggi String Quartet (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Philip Glass (b.1937)
Artist: Víkingur Ólafsson, Siggi String Quartet
Title: Piano Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:27:48
Release Date: 2017
Recording: Reykjavík, Harpa Concert House, 24 & 25 October 2016

This is a tribute to the master of minimal music, legendary Philip Glass, who turns 80 on 31.01.2017. A year ago Philip Glass handpicked some pianists to perform all of his Etudes together at the Barbican in London. Víkingur Ólafsson was one of them and according to the press he was “the highlight of the evening” (Sean and Heard International). The Financial Times claimed: “Best of all was Ólafsson in the supersensitive stillness of Etude 5”. Víkingur Ólafsson is an up-and-coming visionary pianist not only of technical sublimity but also of remarkable entrepreneurial abilities. Besides his growing career as a traditional concert pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has also collaborated with a range of contemporary composers and artists like Olafur Arnalds and Björk.
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Allan Pettersson - Symphony No.14 - Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Allan Pettersson (1911–1980)
Artist: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg
Title: Pettersson - Symphony No.14
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records AB
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical.com
Duration: 52:38
Recorded: January 2016 at the Louis de Geer Concert Hall, Norrköping, Sweden


In their series of Allan Pettersson’s symphonies, Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra have arrived at the Fourteenth Symphony, completed in 1978 and given its first performance in 1981, one year after the death of the composer. As several of its predecessors, No. 14 is in one extended movement and is scored for large forces, including an expanded percussion section. But there are also important traits that set it apart. Pettersson, who had studied twelve-tone composition for
René Leibovitz in the early 1950’s, never adopted the technique fully but in the present work the traces are more evident than in his other symphonies: the opening few bars contain all of the notes of the chromatic scale, and throughout the work Pettersson makes extensive use of compositional techniques associated with twelve-tone music. In several earlier works, Pettersson had alluded to his song cycle ‘Barefoot Songs’, but in the present symphony he quotes himself extensively – the melody of Klokar och knythänder (Wise Men and Clenched Hands) appears no less than five times in its entirety and becomes crucial to the structure of the symphony. The present disc is the sixth instalment in a series that has received distinctions such as Empfehlung (klassik-heute.de), Clef d’or 2011 (ResMusica.com), isco excepcional (Scherzo) and Critics’ Choice (Gramophone). Included with the new recording is a bonus DVD containing a film produced by Swedish Television after the death of the composer. In the course of the film, here provided with English subtitles, we meet the composer himself, members of his family, colleagues from his time as an orchestral player and musicians such as the violinist Ida Haendel.
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Paulien Van Schaik & Hein Van de Geyn - In Summer (2003) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Paulien Van Schaik & Hein Van de Geyn
Title: In Summer
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Swing, Smoot Jazz
Label: © Challenge Records Int.
Release Date: 2003
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:52:20
Recorded: August 30-31, 2003 by Chris Weeda at Studio LeRoy, Amsterdam, Holland

Artist: Paulien van Schaik, Hein Van de Geyn, Bert Joris Immediately, as you listen to the first few bars of Gershwin's Embraceable You, you know that this album is very special. A short, unpretentious yet exquisite, intro by the Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris is followed by the sonorous bass sound of Hein Van de Geyn and the clear voice of Paulien van Schaik. The trio is complete.It is the introduction to an album full of jewels. And those jewels are a repertoire of classic standards such as Moonlight in Vermont, The Man I Love, Imagination and many other beautiful songs. Here we hear chamber music of the highest caliber and in a pure jazz idiom.
Did Hein and Paulien touch on "the naked truth" with their first CD "Tenderly", as Hein said himself; with Bert Joris a perfect harmonious unity emerges, enhanced by the beautiful melodic lines that Paulien sings against the trumpet melodies. The great quality of Paulien is her deep respect for the way the melodies have been written by their composers. Lyrics and music as equals, interpreted by three passionate musicians.
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