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Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra - Watusi Trumpets (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra
Title: Watusi Trumpets
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Crossover Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:15
Recorded: 1965, Webster Hall, Manhattan, New York City by Mickey Crofford


Of Ogerman's four mod albums for Victor, Watusi Trumpets is the best, probably because it stays truest to the mod style. The other key factor is Dick Hyman's prominent (but uncredited) work on Lowrey organ. "The Joker" begins with exotic percussion, builds with a haunting flute, and then becomes a showcase for Hyman's Lowrey. Featuring the old standard "Poinciana," the rock classic "Land of a Thousand Dances," not to mention three tunes with "watusi" in the title, this mod album is as essential as any. --AllMusic Review by Tony Wilds
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Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra - Soul Searchin' (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Claus Ogerman and His Orchestra
Title: Soul Searchin'
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Crossover Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:00
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City by Mickey Crofford


Of Claus Ogerman's four mod albums for Victor, Soul Searchin' is a favorite for many because the theme, and certainly the tunes, are hip. As Ogerman's liner notes explain, he ranks soul third in significance after pop and jazz. In any case, Ogerman does a competent job covering all these songs; the title track (an Ogerman original) can be called funky, even. A large factor is Dick Hyman's Lowrey organ; his facility with both jazz and soul is in full evidence here. "The End of the Line" was a hit for Vinnie Bell, but the greater significance is that it was written by Pat Williams and Phil Ramone. The Ogerman albums on Victor share a great deal with the mod albums on Verve by Williams, Kai Winding, and others. Veering away from pop and toward soul-jazz, Soul Searchin' has a peppy jazz-boogaloo beat that feels neither constrained nor ponderous. The surprise is that it works. --AllMusic Review by Tony Wilds
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Claudio Roditi - Brazilliance X4 (2009/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Claudio Roditi
Title: Brazilliance X4
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Contemporary Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2009/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 57:57
Recorded in studio and live (#8,10) at Rising Jazz Stars, California, March 24 & 25, 2007


The repertoire is as classy as the players: a jazz standard ("Tune Up"), five pieces by Brazilian luminaries (Johnny Alf, the late Victor Assis Brasil, Joao Donato, the late Durval Ferreira, and Raul de Souza), and four Roditi compositions. All of these tunes are treated in the best bossa nova tradition, which as this is written is a half-century old and as fresh and vital as ever.
The Brasilian standards at the start of the record are wonderfully recast and in doing so Roditi is also giving notice that he is not merely a Brasilian with a penchant for jazz, but also a soulful Carioca at heart. “A Vontade Mesmo,” “E Nada Mais” and “Quem Diz Que Sabe” provide ample evidence of this. The live track at the back end of the record and the superb sound throughout make this record one of the finest in 2008/09 so far.
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Circle - Paris Concert (1972/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Circle
Title: Paris Concert
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 1972/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:35:00
Recorded: February 21, 1971 at The Maison De L'O.R.T.F., Paris


Paris Concert is a live album by the short-lived jazz group Circle, which consisted of saxophonist Anthony Braxton, pianist Chick Corea, bassist David Holland and drummer Barry Altschul, recorded in 1971 and released on the ECM label.
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Chick Corea - Return To Forever (1972/2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Chick Corea
Title: Return To Forever
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Latin Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 1972/2017
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:46:57
Recorded: 2, 3 February 1972, IBC Studios, 35 Portland Place, London, W1


Return to Forever is a jazz fusion album by Chick Corea, simultaneously functioning as the debut album by the band of the same name. Unlike later albums by the group, it was released by the ECM label and produced by Manfred Eicher. The album was not released in the USA until 1975. The record is often considered one of the classic albums in electric jazz.
At this stage, Corea's approach to jazz fusion was very different compared to other early fusion artists. Adventurous electric piano solos are backed with South American oriented rhythms of drummer Airto Moreira and the vocals and percussion of his wife Flora Purim. Stanley Clarke is the bassist of the group (playing electric bass on A-side and double bass on B-side) and Joe Farrell plays flute and saxophone. This first line-up of Return to Forever consists of musicians (excluding Joe Farrell and Flora Purim) that were also playing on Stan Getz's album Captain Marvel that was released in the same year.
The first track can be divided into five parts. There are three short parts in which Corea plays simple, haunting melodies with Purim doubling them with her voice. Between these three parts, there are two longer parts in which the whole band plays. These main parts are both based on their own riffs. Farrell plays a flute solo over the first main part and Corea plays a solo over the second. Moreira's drum pattern gives the composition an airy feeling of its own. Purim sings along with riffs, screaming a bit towards the end.
The second track, "Crystal Silence", is Corea's song. The track is played just by Corea and Farrell with some soft percussion in the background. Farrell performs a long saxophone solo. Third track, "What Game Shall We Play Today?", is another of Corea's songs. It has a very affectionate melody and Purim singing vocals. Farrell is now playing the flute. Corea and Farrell give short solos between the second and the third verse. The band would return to this song during the Light as a Feather sessions later in 1972 when they made four attempts with it; though the song did not make it to the album, all the takes appeared on the expanded edition of Light as a Feather.
The B-side of the album has only one track which consists of three different pieces of music. Probably they have been recorded without breaks and this is the main reason why they are not separated on three individual tracks; the bass lines skilfully link them together as well. The first seven minutes of the track consist of an improvised introduction featuring Corea, Farrell and Clarke, slow-paced and feeling akin to a Chinese landscape painting. As this section closes the piece moves into "Sometime Ago". It is a Latin-flavored song with Purim's vocals and Farrell soloing on flute. After that song, Farrell switches to soprano saxophone and the band plays "La Fiesta", one of Corea's jazz standards. Corea has written that most Spanish songs deal with matters such as misery or torture[citation needed] but "La Fiesta", however, is about celebration. The song is an instrumental piece that relies on flamenco modes.
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Antonio Vivaldi - The four Seasons - Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor (2016) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC 5.1 Surround 24bit/ 352,8kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), František Jiránek (1698-1778)
Artist: Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor
Title: Vivaldi: The four Seasons; Jiránek: Violin Concerto in D minor
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2016
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC 5.1 Surround 352,8kHz/24bit
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 00:59:34
Recorded: Sommerrefektorium St. Florian, Austria, 21st - 24th April 2016

Gunar Letzbor: “It is almost impossible nowadays to perform Vivaldi’s music without any preconceptions, even if one engages with it only rarely. Vivaldi’s sound is ubiquitous. Or is that perhaps the sound of only a few works from his rich oeuvre? When I played through “La Cetra” for the first time on the violin, I found some typical Vivaldi-isms which I really cannot stand. At the same time, however, I was surprised to find a remarkable body of new features waiting to be discovered. One just must not succumb to the temptation of immediately putting the familiar Vivaldi stamp onto everything. I have, in the meantime, formed an even greater friendship with Vivaldi. There is so much to discover amongst his works, away from mainstream sounds. This recording and its preparation: practising in peace and quiet; trying out sounds; receiving and discarding ideas; taking in the texts; rediscovering melodies and, if possible, never listening to any Vivaldi recordings.”
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Antonio Vivaldi - The four Seasons - Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor (2016) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/ 352,8kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), František Jiránek (1698-1778)
Artist: Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor
Title: Vivaldi: The four Seasons; Jiránek: Violin Concerto in D minor
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2016
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 00:59:34
Recorded: Sommerrefektorium St. Florian, Austria, 21st - 24th April 2016


Gunar Letzbor: “It is almost impossible nowadays to perform Vivaldi’s music without any preconceptions, even if one engages with it only rarely. Vivaldi’s sound is ubiquitous. Or is that perhaps the sound of only a few works from his rich oeuvre? When I played through “La Cetra” for the first time on the violin, I found some typical Vivaldi-isms which I really cannot stand. At the same time, however, I was surprised to find a remarkable body of new features waiting to be discovered. One just must not succumb to the temptation of immediately putting the familiar Vivaldi stamp onto everything. I have, in the meantime, formed an even greater friendship with Vivaldi. There is so much to discover amongst his works, away from mainstream sounds. This recording and its preparation: practising in peace and quiet; trying out sounds; receiving and discarding ideas; taking in the texts; rediscovering melodies and, if possible, never listening to any Vivaldi recordings.”
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Franz Schubert - Winterreise - Christoph Pregardien, Michael Gees (2013) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/ 352,8kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
Title: Schubert: Winterreise Op. 89, D. 911
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2013
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 01:10:41
Recorded: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium, 2-5 September 2012


Schubert’s “Winterreise” is one of the most famous song cycles that exist in classical music and musicians take it up again and again because of its beauty, sorrow and depth. It is about life itself and which performer does not want to give his or her opinion on life? Both tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Michael Gees have their own vision on the cycle. Playing together, a third view develops, combining their two visions into an exciting interpretation of Winterreise.
In this production the music lover has more ways than one to enjoy this Lieder cycle to the fullest. This luxurious Hybrid Super Audio edition (book SACD) contains song texts with English translations.
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Evensong - Eric Vloeimans, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jurjen Hempel (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Сomposer: Eric Vloeimans (b.1963), Martin Fondse (b.1967)
Artist: Eric Vloeimans, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jurjen Hempel
Title: Evensong
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Modern Composition, Crossover Jazz, Classical Crossover
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 01:01:46
Recorded: 11-14 September 2012, Northstar Recording Services BV


This album is a unique collaboration between Eric Vloeimans and a full scale classical orchestra. Together with the orchestra and conductor Jurjen Hempel, Vloeimans strikes a bridge between many different styles, from classical to jazz, from western to eastern.
The principle work on this album is in fact Vloeimans’ very own trumpet concerto, Evensong in four movements which he wrote in collaboration with composer and arranger Martin Fondse. The piece Lex was written as the film score to the film Auditie/Audition (2011) an animation film about Lex van Weeren (1920-1996), a Jewish trumpet player and orchestra conductor who survived Auschwitz because he became the camp orchestra conductor and trumpet player in the camp orchestra. Waterfront was written for an open air concert at the Kralingse Plas lake and was in fact inspired by the music Leonard Bernstein wrote for the Oscar award winning film On the Waterfront. It has all the elements we expect from a film score: a long opening shot, introduction of the main character, suspense and high-energy action scene, to wind up with the finale: the title song. About the piece Requiem, Vloeimans states: I had no firm plans to write a classical requiem. Nothing serious had happened in my life that would call for an elegy. But magic went its own way, and things happened as they did: the composition ultimately wrote itself and became this Requiem. Your Majesty is a piece originally written for the film Majesteit, a film about the Dutch queen Beatrix, that wound up not being used in the film. I later recorded this piece in a rock version with Kytecrash and played it with the band of the Dutch Royal Marines in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Complete Symphonies - Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend (2012) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/ 352,8kHz


Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend
Title: Beethoven - Complete Symphonies
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 2010-2012
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 05:40:43
Recorded: Muziekcentrum Enschede (NL)
Recording dates: 29-30 June 2009 (Symph. no. 1); 7-8 September 2010 (Symph. no. 2); 18-20 Mai 2009 (Symph. no. 3); 30 June - 3 July 2009 (Symph. no. 4); 8-10 February 2010 (Symph. no. 5); 23 - 26 June 2008 (Symph. no. 6); 29-30 June 2010 (Symph. no.7); 25-26 June 2008 (Symph. no. 8); 12-14 & 18 July 2011 (Symph. no. 9)



Over the past few years, Jan Willem de Vriend and The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra have made CD recordings of all the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. This box contains them all.
At an international level, Jan Willem de Vriend is more and more regarded as an outstanding conductor with a new, fresh point of view. As is his vision of Beethoven. Important classical magazines like Gramophone are enthusiastic about the series: "These are strong, thrustful performances which make sense in terms of the music in hand and the orchestra;s own character and competence.
Jan Willem de Vriend has an intense passion for music. He will never stop investigating. Curiosity and eagerness are simply part of him and the way he works. And this means that, in his hands, music from the past comes to life, time and time again. (from the linernotes of Valentine Laout)
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