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Gale Garnett - New Adventures (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Gale Garnett
Title: New Adventures
Genre: Pop, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:48
Recorded: RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
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Friar Alessandro - Voice Of Peace (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Friar Alessandro
Title: Voice Of Peace
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © Universal Music Italia Srl
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 51:36
Recorded: February 15-20, 2015, Teatro Civico, Vercelli; April 20-24, 2015, St. Mary’s Parochial Chilham Church

The "churchman (or churchwoman) with a golden voice" formula has been increasingly often applied by European labels, but for those who enjoy the genre here's a release with a difference. Friar Alessandro is Alessandro Brustenghi, an Italian Franciscan friar and tenor who came to music after a long personal struggle to integrate it into his religious vocation. Voice of Peace marks an advance over his earlier Voice from Assisi album, and it has much to offer besides the charm of hearing Amazing Grace sung in an Italian accent. The inclusion of that song might seem a blatant bid for American sales, but in fact, the appeal of the program here lies in the relative lack of familiarity of most of the material, in America or anywhere else. Friar Alessandro has a few hits, like the Bach tune generally known as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria, but mostly he delves into some odder items from the past. Two of these, and possibly a third, are forgeries of Baroque works from the early years when Baroque music was being discovered: the Ave Maria written by a Soviet guitarist and attributed to Giulio Caccini, and the famed Albinoni Adagio for strings, actually the product of a musicologist named Remo Giazotto. To the second of these Friar Alessandro adds his own text, and the whole thing is nicely arranged to place his distinctively gravelly voice into a texture that evokes the antique without actually being antique. The arrangements for the Camerata Ducale orchestra also work well in this respect, as does the sound. Curiously, the friar's website lists rock producer Mike Hedges (U2, Manic Street Preachers, the Cure) as producer, but the album notes give John Fraser instead. Whoever it was, there's a flat, bright sound that emphasizes the shades in Friar Alessandro's voice. An attractive release of vocal tunes for the holiday season. --AllMusic Review by James Manheim
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Francois Couturier, Tarkovsky Quartet - Nuit blanche (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: François Couturier, Tarkovsky Quartet
Title: Nuit blanche
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Avant-Garde, Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:56
Recorded: April 2016, Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

Ingmar Bergman once said of Andrey Tarkovsky, “He moves with such naturalness in the room of dreams,” and the French-German quartet named after the great Russian filmmaker has developed an associative dream-language of its own. For leader and pianist François Couturier the “silence and slowness of Tarkovsky” are closely related to an “ECM aesthetic” further developed on the group’s third album Nuit blanche, produced by Manfred Eicher in Lugano in April 2016.
Here pieces variously composed by François Couturier, or created in the moment by Couturier, cellist Anja Lecher, saxophonist Jean-Marc Larché and accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier, explore the texture of dreams and memory and continue to make oblique reference to Tarkovsky. Couturier’s Dakus, for instance, acknowledges a debt to Toru Takemitsu’s 1987 composition Nostalghia, written in memory of the director. The quartet also incorporates a crepuscular interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Cum dederit delectis suis somnum” from the Nisi Dominus, alluding to a composer Tarkovsky was listening to at the time of Stalker. Whether playing improvised chamber music, modern composition or baroque music, the creative originality of the Tarkovsky Quartet shines through.
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Father Tom Vaughn - Jazz in Concert at the Village Gate (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Father Tom Vaughn
Title: Jazz in Concert at the Village Gate
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:41:26
Recorded live at the Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York by Bernard Keville
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Falco - Falco 60 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Falco
Title: Falco 60
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Dance-Pop, Punk/New Wave, Neue Deutsche Welle
Label: © Ariola/Sony Music Entertainment Austria GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:38:55

Falco was the most internationally successful pop artist ever to come out of Austria, best known for his 1986 chart-topping hit "Rock Me Amadeus." Born Johann Holzel in Vienna on February 19, 1957, he was a classically trained child prodigy, but after graduating from the Vienna Conservatoire, he relocated to West Berlin and began fronting a jazz-rock band. Rechristening himself Falco in honor of the German skier Falko Weissflog, he returned to Vienna in time to play bass on the punk outfit Drahdiwaberl's 1979 album Psycho Today, penning their best-known song, "Ganz Wein." Falco began his solo career in 1982 with the LP Einzelhaft; his "Der Kommissar," which fused techno-pop with rapped German lyrics, became a major European hit and a club favorite in the U.S., with a cover version by the group After the Fire reaching the Top Five in 1983. The follow-up, "Jeanny," was banned outright by radio as a result of its theme of prostitution, but nevertheless went on to top the German charts. While 1984's Junge Roemer attracted little attention, in 1986 Falco issued Falco 3, highlighted by the single "Rock Me Amadeus," a campy blend of classical music and synth pop which topped both the American and British charts. While the rock ballad "Vienna Calling" was a minor hit, Falco's subsequent efforts, including 1986's Emotional and 1988's Wiener Blut, fared poorly; he had been long out of the spotlight when he died in a car accident on February 6, 1998 at the age of 40. --Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny
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Faces - Long Player (1971/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Faces
Title: Long Player
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Proto Punk, Rock & Roll
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1971/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:45:22
Recorded: September 1970-January 1971 at Morgan Sound Studios, London and with The Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Unit, live tracks recorded at Fillmore East, NYC

On their second album Long Player, the Faces truly gel -- which isn't quite the same thing as having the band straighten up and fly right because in many ways this is album is even more ragged than their debut, with tracks that sound like they were recorded through a shoebox thrown up against a couple of haphazardly placed live cuts. But if the album seems pieced together from a few different sources, the band itself all seems to be coming from the same place, turning into a ferocious rock & roll band who, on their best day, could wrestle the title of greatest rock & roll band away from the Stones. Certainly, the sheer force of the nine-minute jam on Big Bill Broonzy's "I Feel So Good" proves that, but what's more remarkable is how the band are dovetailing as songwriters, complementing and collaborating with very different styles, to the extent that it's hard to tell who wrote what; indeed, the ragged, heartbroken "Tell Everyone" sounds like a Stewart original, but it comes from the pen of Ronnie Lane. The key is that Stewart, Lane and Ron Wood (Ian McLagan only co-write "Bad 'N' Ruin") are all coming from the same place, all celebrating a rock & roll that's ordinary in subject but not in sound. Take "Bad 'N' Ruin," the tale of a ne'er do well returning home with his tail between his legs, after the city didn't treat him well. It has its counterpart in "Had Me a Real Good Time," where a reveler insists that he has to leave, concluding that he was glad to come but also glad to get home. These are songs that celebrate home, from family to the neighborhood, and that big heart beats strong in the ballads, too, from the aching "Sweet Lady Mary" to the extraordinary reworking of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," which soars in ways Macca's exceptional original never did. Then, there's there humor -- the ramshackle "On the Beach," the throwaway lines from Rod on "Had Me a Real Good Time" -- which give this a warm, cheerful heart that helps make Long Player a record as big, messy, and wonderful as life itself. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Etta Cameron and Nikolaj Hess with Friends - Etta (2009) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Etta Cameron and Nikolaj Hess with Friends
Title: Etta
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Stunt Records
Release Date: 2009/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:59:58
Recorded: Sun Studio, Copenhagen, May 2009

Etta Cameron is best known as a gospel vocalist with a conta- gious enthusiasm, which can distill the ardor in any choir and lead them to rock even the smallest country church. When on the panel of one of TV’s many talent contests, lovable Etta always gives top score to anybody exhibiting the smallest ink- ling of talent.
But more than anything else, Etta represents Black music. Through a long career she has infused soul, gospel, blues and jazz tunes with her personal touch and richly dark, beautiful voice. All this experience helps shape her interpretation of this impressive string of jazz pearls.
Etta Cameron and Nikolaj Hess have worked closely together for 20 years. Nikolaj has accompanied Etta at countless venues – small and large – with large orchestras, trios and quartets, or alone behind the piano. Their mainstay is gospel, but when the chance arises, they love playing a few jazz ballads. Often, they have rehearsed on the backseat of the car en route from one gig to the next, and that is also exactly how this album was born.
Nikolaj and Etta have often discussed recording a selection of especially beautiful tunes with the best possible line‐up. And
so it came to be: Bassist Klavs Hovman and saxophonist Jens Søndergaard ‐ both regulars in Etta’s bands for years – were ready. Marilyn Mazur and Palle Mikkelborg were equally ent- husiastic. And so Nikolaj started arranging for this particu- lar line‐up. In May 2009, Etta and the musicians were ready to visit Copenhagen’s Sun Studios and bring out the magic in tunes like “What a Wonderful World”, “Smile”, “Careless Love” and many others. The legendary sound wizard Bjarne Hansen engineered the session.
And the magic is unquestionable on this new CD, when the youthful vocalist with many years of experience behind her puts all her interpretive powers on the line. The production gives us a close‐up on Etta and her wonderful voice, as she invites us under the skin of the tunes and breathes a vibrant proximity into the lyrics. You will be astounded at the almost minimalistic framework, which enables Etta and a handful of Denmark’s leading musicians to strip each song to the bone.
Vocalists may compete for attention, but nothing beats experi- ence, and when combined with breathtaking honesty, a subli- me listening experience is right around the corner ‐ as on this CD featuring a genuine diva.
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Ed Sheeran - divide (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Title: ÷ (pronounced "divide")
Genre: Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Asylum Records UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:34
Recorded: 2016

÷ (pronounced “Divide”) is the third studio album by Ed Sheeran, following in the mathematical footsteps of his + (Plus) and x (Multiply) albums. ÷ will be released on March 3, 2017, with pre-orders beginning on Jan. 13. The album’s first two singles were released in tandem on Jan. 6, 2017. The electropop “Shape Of You.” and the guitar-driven “Castle On The Hill,” which pays homage to his upbringing in the English countryside town of Framlingham, Suffolk, both broke Spotify’s first-day streaming record with “Shape Of You” attracting 6,868,642 streams and “Castle On The Hill” garnering 6,168,395 streams in the first 24 hours after their releases. The previous record holder was One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” with 4,759,698 streams.
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Dvorak & Lalo - Cello Concertos - Johannes Moser, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrusa (2015) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Artist: Johannes Moser, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Jakub Hrůša
Title: Dvořák & Lalo - Cello Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:05:34
Recorded: Forum Karlín in Prague, Czech Republic in January 2015

German-Canadian international soloist Johannes Moser recently signed an exclusive recording contract with PENTATONE. He regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the leading conductors of our time including Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta and Gustavo Dudamel. He has received many accolades for his recordings including two ECHO Klassik awards as well as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
For his debut album with PENTATONE Johannes chose to record the pinnacle of the repertoire for cello and orchestra, the concerto by Antonín Dvořák. In this monumental work Dvořák explores the entire spectrum of human emotion, very much inspired by his own experiences, ranging from exhilarating bursts of life in New York City to the devastating tragedy of his unfulfilled love.
In preparation for the recording, made with the PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Johannes Moser and conductor Jakub Hrůša had Dvořák's own manuscript at hand in order to come closer to the composer's intention rather than relying on unquestioned traditions and acquired habits, while paying tribute to the concerto's nickname, "Dvořák's 10th Symphony”.
Moser completes his debut album with the Cello Concerto by Édouard Lalo. It is a work of great verve which fully embodies Spanish flair combined with romantic spirit.
Besides being staples of the Romantic cello repertoire the two works have a lot in common. Johannes Moser says about the two concerti: “The unifying motif between these two Cello Concertos is a sense of yearning: From America, Dvořák yearned for his homeland and an unfulfilled love, whereas Lalo yearned for the typically Spanish flair and the Mediterranean temperament”.

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Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'; Bedrich Smetana: Die Moldau - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Dvořák- Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'; Smetana- Die Moldau
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:08
Recorded: #1-4 - 1957, #5 - 1958, Grunewaldkirche, Berlin

The Karajan Official Remastered Edition comprises 13 box sets containing official remasterings of the finest recordings the Austrian conductor made for EMI between 1946 and 1984, and which are now a jewel of the Warner Classics catalogue.
For many, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) – hailed early in his career as ‘Das Wunder Karajan’ (The Karajan Miracle) and known in the early 1960s as ‘the music director of Europe’ – remains the ultimate embodiment of the maestro. The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
He was closely associated with EMI for the majority of his recording career (specifically from 1946 to 1960 and then again from 1969 to 1984). EMI’s legendary producer Walter Legge sought him out in Vienna just after World War II and the long relationship that ensued embraced recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (the orchestra founded by Legge), the Berlin Philharmonic (of which Karajan became ‘conductor for life’ in 1955), the forces of La Scala, Milan, and the Orchestre de Paris.
The Karajan Official Remastered Edition will feature primarily symphonic and choral music. The entire edition will comprise recordings remastered from the original sources in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most renowned recording studio.

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