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Frank Sinatra - Come Dance With Me! (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Frank Sinatra
Title: Come Dance With Me!
Genre: Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Big Band, Easy Listening
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1959/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 31:12
Recorded: December 9, 22, 23, 1958 at Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Come Dance with Me! is an album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra, released in 1959. Come Dance with Me! was Sinatra's most successful album, spending two and a half years on the Billboard charts. Stereo Review wrote in 1959 that "Sinatra swaggers his way with effortless verve through an appealing collection of bouncy standards, aptly described in the album notes as "vocals that dance"." At the Grammy Awards of 1960, Come Dance with Me! won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male. Billy May won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. Come Dance With Me stayed on Billboard's Pop album chart for 140 weeks, peaking at #2.
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Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Father John Misty
Title: I Love You, Honeybear
Genre: Pop Rock, Indie Folk, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Folk, Alternative Rock
Label: © Sub Pop Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:54

On 2012's Fear Fun, Josh Tillman introduced audiences to Father John Misty, a jaded and erudite, faux-bohemian retro-pop confectioner with a strong surrealist bent and an aptitude for capturing the American zeitgeist via wry couplets concerning the culturally and morally ambiguous wasteland of southern California. That penchant for gutter-highbrow confessionalism still looms large on his second long player, the lyrically and musically bold, and often quite beautiful, I Love You, Honeybear, but the drug-addled, disaffected Laurel Canyon drifter who served as the cruise director on Fear Fun has been replaced by a man trying to come to terms with the discombobulating effects of love, especially as it applies to his nihilistic alter-ego, which is mercilessly stripped of that ego throughout the 11-song set. The newly married Tillman is not incapable of self-effacing satire (witness the exhaustive "Exercises for Listening" instructional pamphlet, which is worth the price of the album alone), but he peppers those bone-wry moments ("I wanna take you in the kitchen/Lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in," from the dizzying, weepy strings and cavernous percussion-laden title cut) with instances of real soulful brevity ("For love to find us of all people/I'd never thought it'd be so simple," from the exquisite, sparse, heartfelt closer "I Went to the Store One Day") -- the ballsy "Ideal Husband," a frantic laundry list of past digressions, best supports both predilections. Produced with great care once again by Jonathan Wilson, Honeybear has the architecture of its predecessor, but features braver melodic choices, and at a pure pop level, is the far more challenging LP of the two, but it rewards the listener constantly, whether it's delivering the yin and the yang via electro-pop tomfoolery ("True Affection"), '70s soul-pop schmaltz ("When You're Smiling and Astride Me"), or straight-up Randy Newman-inspired socio/political balladry ("Bored in the USA"), the latter of which even manages to incorporate a laugh track. Whether Tillman is maturing into the Father John Misty persona or vice versa is still up for debate, but there's no denying his growth as an artist, and I Love You, Honeybear, despite the occasional double entendre, is as powerful a statement about love in the vacuous, social media-obsessed early 21st century as it is a denouement of the detached hipster charlatan. --James Christopher Monger
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Eric Clapton - Another Ticket (1981/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Eric Clapton
Title: Another Ticket
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Soft Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © RSO Records | Universal International Music B.V.
Release Date: 1981/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:52
Recorded: 1980, Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

Another Ticket is Eric Clapton's seventh studio album, and his last for Polydor Records. It was recorded in 1980 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and was released on February 17, 1981. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981, and the single "I Can't Stand It" hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1981, as well as #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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George Enescu - Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 - Schubert Ensemble (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: George Enescu (1881 – 1955)
Artist: Schubert Ensemble
Title: Enescu - Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 66:24
Recorded: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk; 6 and 7 December 2010 (Piano Quartet No. 1) & 12 and 13 February 2011 (Piano Quartet No. 2)

George Enescu was an extraordinarily gifted and well-rounded musician: a virtuoso violinist, a world-class conductor, an outstanding pianist, cellist, and organist – even a fine baritone. He was hugely admired by many great musicians of his time, including the cellist and conductor Pablo Casals who described him as ‘the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart’.

To a certain extent, the musical genius and extreme versatility of Enescu ended up overshadowing his many great achievements as a composer. His best-known compositions – the Romanian Rhapsodies – are light potpourris of folk tunes which deflected the focus from the depth and originality of his other works, and for this reason he grew to resent them. In his composing career, Enescu wrote five symphonies, an opera, and quite a number of pieces for chamber groups, including the two piano quartets recorded here. To this day, most of these works remain rarities in the concert hall, and they are also seldom recorded.

One of the paradoxes of his writing is that the extremely detailed instructions left in the scores of his chamber works produce the impression of music that it almost improvised. His two piano quartets illustrate the point well. These are late romantic works with a firm grounding in the twentieth century. Richly textured, virtuosic, and highly individual, they display traits characteristic of Mahler, Wagner, Fauré, and Ravel, while also remaining heavily indebted to the distinctive sound of Romanian folk music. Technically, both are highly challenging works, as you would expect from the teacher of such prominent musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Grumiaux, and Ida Haendel.

The members of the Schubert Ensemble know these works well. They performed a series of Enescu’s chamber works at the Wigmore Hall during 2010, including these two piano quartets. Giving more than sixty concerts a year, and having performed in over forty different countries, the Ensemble is known today as one of the world’s leading exponents of chamber music for piano and strings, consistently receiving excellent reviews for their recordings on Chandos.
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Antonin Dvorak - Piano & Violin Concertos - Rustem Hayroudinoff, James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (2005) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Artist: Rustem Hayroudinoff, James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda
Title: Dvořák - Piano & Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2005
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICAL|shop
Duration: 01:10:29
Recorded: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 2 October (Violin Concerto) and 16 December (Piano Concerto) 2004

When Gianandrea Noseda was appointed Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, great things were expected – the reputation of this young conductor preceded him. What was less expected was the diversity of repertoire that he would conduct, with equal success. His releases for Chandos, from Prokofiev to Dallapiccola, routinely pick up accolades from the critics. This disc features two of Dvorak’s neglected concertos, performed with great élan by soloists James Ehnes and Rustem Hayroudinoff. Both works have been overshadowed by Dvorak’s more popular Cello Concerto in B minor, but, as is apparent from this recording, both are delightful pieces, full of Slavic colour and folk rhythms, and characteristic of Dvorak at his best.
James Ehnes made his debut on the Chandos label only last year, and his recordings have gone from strength to strength. Forthcoming appearances include concerts in Edmonton and Montreal in June, Europe in July as well as a number of dates around the USA. Rustem Hayroudinoff has an extensive and highly regarded discography on the Chandos label.
"Dvorák was a string player rather than a pianist, and though his keyboard style in his Piano Concerto is almost invariably effective and well-written, it is sometimes unidiomatic and uncomfortable to play. This is possibly the reason for the work’s neglect. In the twentieth century the work gradually became known through ‘performing versions’ such as that by Wilém Kurz. In recent decades, however, some pianists have tended to go back to Dvorák ’s original score. On this disc Rustem Hayroudinoff plays a mixed text, partly using Dvorák ’s original but, where that is ineffective, employing Kurz’s version. In a few places, where Kurz’s changes seem to push the piano part too far in the direction of a typical romantic concerto, Hayroudinoff has found his own solutions for staying true to Dvorák ’s intentions; but his only real liberty has been to maintain the pulse towards the very end of the slow movement, where Dvorák , in a passage widely held to be ineffective, doubles it.
The violin was an instrument that Dvorák knew very well and for the two decades after its composition, his Violin Concerto was one of his most frequently performed works. Subsequently it was overshadowed by the even greater popularity of his Cello Concerto, and even now is not often heard, despite its wealth of fresh and characteristic invention. Its unusual form – a truncated first movement that flows without a break into the slow movement, the concerto rounded off by a finale that in size balances the other two movements – may well have been suggested by the First Violin Concerto of Bruch. There are, too, a few unmistakable echoes of Brahms’s concerto, but the thematic material is deeply Slavic and wholly characteristic of the composer, nowhere more so than in the sonata rondo Finale, one of his most brilliant and delightful essays in Czech dance rhythms.
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Donald Fagen - Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Donald Fagen
Title: Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Jazz Rock
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit (Disc#1 - 48kHz/24bit; #2, 3 - 96kHz/24bit; #4 - 88.2kHz/24bit; #5 - 44.1kHz/24bit)
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:54:50
Recorded: 1981-2012

Cheap Xmas: Donald Fagen Complete is a career-spanning compilation highlighting the undeniable musicianship of the GRAMMY® Award-winning voice behind Steely Dan. This five-album set features his critically acclaimed works: The Nightfly, Kamakiriad, Morph The Cat, Sunken Condos and a bonus album of rarities. This is the definitive Fagen collection.
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Diana Krall - Wallflower (2015) (Deluxe Edition) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Diana Krall
Title: Wallflower
Genre: Jazz, Pop Rock, American Popular Song, Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 59:16
Recorded: 2014

Five-time GRAMMY® and eight-time JUNO® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer Diana Krall releases her twelfth studio album Wallflower. Produced by 16-time GRAMMY® Award-winning producer David Foster, Wallflower finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time. The album features popular classics from the late ‘60s to present day which have inspired Krall since her early years, as well as an unreleased composition from Paul McCartney (If I Take You Home Tonight).
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Claude Debussy - La Mer, Jeux - London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Debussy - La mer, Jeux & Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 56 minutes 7 seconds
Recorded: May 2010 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom

One of the twentieth century's most innovative and influential composers, Debussy was a musical impressionist (a term he disliked). Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune draws inspiration from a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, whilst La mer, a set of symphonic sketches, vividly depicts the relationship between the waves and wind of the open sea. Jeux, one of Debussy's final orchestral works, was written for Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

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Curtis Harding - Soul Power (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Curtis Harding
Title: Soul Power
Genre: Soul, R&B, Retro-Soul
Label: © Anti, Inc.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 40:30
Recorded: 2014

Soul isn't a feeling, a sound or a movement. It's a connection, a current in the air -- the spark of recognition, emotions leaping across live wires. It's the way a sinewy bassline steers your hips and eyes to the stranger across the club. It's how a handful of humble words can give millions the inspiration to overcome. It's the genius of a simple chorus that can explain the hard truths you couldn't last time you saw her.
Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It's self-evident on the Atlanta artist's debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb -- with something this flourishing, it's almost reductive to just dig around the roots.
Harding's style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelizing mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for CeeLo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).
But, as befits a restless traveler, his music calls one place home, but fits in anywhere. The heartbreaking optimism of "Next Time," a wry breakup tale mapping out a road the protagonists may never meet upon, the bottom-scraping blues of "Castaway," or the wistful affection of "Keep on Shining" could easily be Harding's story, or yours. They're scenes you didn't perform in, but know all the lines.
There's a foundation to the stirring soul Harding has created. "Gospel is inspiring," says Harding. "From hardship and trials, you make something beautiful. It's the history of black people in America, what happened to us during slavery, it's the foundation of blues, R&B, soul, country, rock." But he's not just preaching to the choir -- Harding's out there on the road, singing alongside everyone else looking for something real.
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Clark Terry - Clark After Dark: The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Clark Terry
Title: Clark After Dark: The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Big Band
Label: © MPS Records
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 52:02
Recorded at the Olympic Sound Studios, London, Sept. 9,10,11,12 1977.

Clark After Dark was recorded in London in September, 1977 and, as the title suggests, features Terry playing flugelhorn over orchestral arrangements of mostly familiar ballads. The program includes 'Misty,' 'Nature Boy,' 'Georgia On My Mind,' 'November Song,' 'Clark After Dark,' 'Willow Weep For Me,' 'Yesterdays,' 'Emily,' 'Angel Eyes' and 'Girl Talk.' Besides Terry, the only other musician identified individually is conductor Nat Peck, who's also credited with playing piano, despite being best known as a trombonist.
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