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Antonio Vivaldi - L'Amore per Elvira - Mhairi Lawson, La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Artist: Mhairi Lawson, La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler
Title: Vivaldi - L'Amore per Elvira
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 75 minutes 33 seconds
Recorded: March 2006, St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

L'Amore per Elvira is the title La Serenissima have given this disc, referring to the fact that the three chamber cantatas it includes deal with the ups and downs of love for a lady of that name. Put together they tell a neat little story; the lover timidly declares his feelings; the lover must go on a journey and makes a tearful farewell; the lover returns for a joyous reunion. Each consists of a pair of recitatives and arias, and while the latter are full of the kind of striking and demanding vocal writing we have learnt to expect from Vivaldi, it is the opening recitatives which seem most determined to grab the attention. From the trembling trills at the start of Tremori al braccio or the slightly overwrought Elvira anima mia to the excitable Lungi del vago volto, each sets the mood for its ensuing cantata with memorable boldness and imagination.
Mhairi Lawson brings to them her characteristically bright and powerful tone and strong sense of drama. The three instrumental works which interleave with the cantatas on this disc Adrian Chandler presents with an engaging combination of keen-edged incisiveness and silky tone.
Amid the current welter of Vivaldi recordings, however, there is no doubt that with well programmed and performed releases such as this, La Serenissima are winning an important place for themselves. --Gramophone, January 2007
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Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith
Title: A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde, Modern Creative
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:13
Recorded: October 2015, Avatar Studios, New York

a cosmic rhythm with each stroke features pianist Viay Iyer and the musician he has described as his “hero, friend and teacher”, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Vijay has previously played extensively with Wadada in Smith’s Golden Quartet, but the present album is the first documentation of their duo work, produced by Manfred Eicher at New York’s Avatar Studios in October 2015. The centre-piece of the album is the spellbinding title suite, dedicated to Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), the innovative Indian artist whose improvisatory imagery evokes abstracted rhythms. Trumpet and piano interact here with creative sensitivity to tone, texture and space. Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith will be premiering a cosmic rhythm with each stroke at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in March 2016 in the context of a major exhibition dedicated to Nasreen Mohamedi’s art and writings. The “suite for Nasreen” is framed on the album by Iyer’s composition “Passage” and Smith’s concluding piece “Marian Anderson”, inspired by the great US contralto.
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Valentin Silvestrov - To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works - Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937)
Artist: Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava
Title: Valentin Silvestrov - To Thee We Sing
Genre: Classical
Label: © Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:59:59
Recorded: 2015

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music. In this new release Silvestrov's hauntingly beautiful vocal works are performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Kļava.
During his artistic career Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques, such as avant-guard, post-modernism, neo-classicism, dodecaphony, aleatoric writing and pointillism. The fall of the Soviet Union, however, allowed Silvestrov to eventually compose spiritual works, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church music.
Silvestrov imbues with his own unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic moves. Silvestrov's compositions are invested with the composer's own unique personality, musical sensibility and sense of beauty.
Latvian Radio Choir's previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor's Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013.
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VA - Crooners & Divas (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Various
Title: Crooners & Divas
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Vocal jazz, Swing
Label: © Music square
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:34:19
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VA - Autour de Chet (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Various
Title: Autour de Chet
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Decca Records France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:45

A new generation of artists appropriates standards magnified by Chet Baker. They are surrounded themselves of the most influential jazz trumpeters 4 of the French scene (Stephane Belmondo, Erik Truffaz, Cranberries Besson, Luca Aquino). Yael Naim, Hugh Coltman, Charles Pasi, Sandra Nkaké, Ibeyi, Camelia Jordana, Elodie Frégé, Piers Faccini, José James, Rosemary Standley, Benjamin Biolay, Erik Truffaz Directed by Clément Ducol (with musicians Bojan Z (piano), Cyril Atef (drums), Christophe Minck (bass) and Pierre-François Dufour (drums / cello)).
The imprint of Chet Baker far beyond the boundaries of jazz. The musician (trumpet, flugelhorn) and singer of the iconic West Coast style of the fifties, a cool jazz that takes the foot against the bebop disheveled past decades has left an indelible mark in history. A shattered destiny, like this twilight face, eminently photogenic through the ages, beautiful and disenchanted, demonstrating an overwhelming existence.
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Wolfert Brederode Trio - Black Ice (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Wolfert Brederode Trio
Title: Black Ice
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Piano jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:13
Recorded: July 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

After the quartet adventures of Currents and Post Scriptum, Wolfert Brederode returns to a piano trio setting, and Black Ice makes an apt metaphor for his new music, with its gleaming lyricism, transparency, and hint of danger. “I find the combination of danger and beauty intriguing”, he says. There is sleek melodic invention both from the leader and from Icelandic bassist Gulli Gudmundsson, and Jasper van Hulten proves to be a resourceful addition to the team, a tone-sensitive drummer adept at embellishing the sensitive musical language and sense of interplay.
Brederode and Gudmundsson have collaborated often over the years in contexts from free improvisation to theatre music and have a keenly honed intuitive understanding. They met in the 1990s when both were studying at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and, as Wolfert notes, “immediately had a strong musical connection.” Their creative compatibility first found expression in an earlier Brederode trio, which in turn evolved into a quintet co-led by Wolfert and drummer Eric Ineke. In 2006 Brederode joined Gudmundsson’s Binary Orchid trio, completed by trumpeter Arve Henriksen. And pianist and bassist have continued their association also inside the quartet of Dutch tenorist Yuri Honing.
In parallel, Brederode has developed his own music, documented on his critically- acclaimed ECM albums with his quartet with Claudio Puntin, Mats Eilertsen and Samuel Rohrer, and he has continued to make important contributions to the music of singer Susanne Abbuehl.
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Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude (1969/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Wilson Pickett
Title: Hey Jude
Genre: R&B, Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1969/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:09
Recorded: November 1968, FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

With the music scene rapidly evolving, Wilson Pickett delivered a versatile outing with the release of Hey Jude. Produced by the legendary Rick Hall, the work incorporates some of rock’s finest tunes including “Born To Be Wild” and the Lennon & McCartney classic, “Hey Jude.” Displayed with funky arrangements, Pickett is joined by one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Duane Allman. Found here is material penned by greats including Bobby Womack, Raymond Moore, Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Hey Jude remains another accomplishment in an illustrious career.
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Wilson Pickett - Right On (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Wilson Pickett
Title: Right On
Genre: R&B, Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1970/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:23
Recorded: Late 1969, Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida; Hey Joe was recorded at Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Vocal overdubs recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York City

Right On is the tenth studio album release by R&B and soul singer Wilson Pickett released in 1970. The album is considered by many critics to be a valley in between the two peaks of the Hey Jude album in 1969 and the Gamble and Huff produced Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia album that came later in 1970. Hit covers of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#16 R&B, #92 Pop) and The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" (#4 R&B, #25 Pop), as well as the Pickett original "She Said Yes" (#20 R&B, #68 Pop) came from these sessions. The album, however, had dismal sales. It stayed in the bottom parts of the Billboard 200. The backing band was Cold Grits; consisting of Billy Carter, Harold Cowart, Jimmy O'Rourke and Ron Ziegler; and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
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Wilco - What's Your 20?: Essential Tracks 1994–2014 (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Wilco
Title: What's Your 20?: Essential Tracks 1994–2014
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Experimental Rock
Label: © Nonesuch Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:37:08
Recorded: Easley Recording in Memphis, TN; Chicago Recording Company, King Size Sound Laboratories, The Loft, and WarZone Recorders in Chicago, IL; Totally Wired Studio and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Ireland; Fort Apache Studio in Boston, MA; Pedernales Recording Studio in Spicewood, Texas; The White House in Nashville, TN; The Fidelitorium in Kernersville, North Carolina; and Dead Aunt Thelma’s in Portland, Oregon.


In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Wilco releases What's Your 20, a compilation album of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings that span from 1994 to 2014. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind. The collection was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972. What’s Your 20 gathers songs from Wilco’s eight studio albums plus two songs from Mermaid Avenue, the collection of Woody Guthrie-penned tunes set to music by Wilco and Billy Bragg.
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Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Warren Zevon
Title: Excitable Boy
Genre: Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Hard Rock
Label: © Asylum Records/Elektra Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:49
Recorded: 1977, The Sound Factory, Los Angeles

Warren Zevon's self-titled 1976 album announced he was one of the most striking talents to emerge from the Los Angeles soft rock singer/songwriter community, and Linda Ronstadt (a shrewd judge of talent if a sometimes questionable interpreter) recorded three of its songs on two of her biggest-selling albums, which doubtlessly earned Zevon bigger royalty checks than the album itself ever did. But if Warren Zevon was an impressive calling card, the follow-up, Excitable Boy, was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, "Werewolves of London," and a trio of turntable hits ("Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," "Lawyers, Guns and Money," and the title track). But while Excitable Boy won Zevon the larger audience his music certainly deserved, the truth is it was a markedly inferior album; while it had all the bile of Warren Zevon, and significantly raised Zevon's dark-humor factor, it was often obvious where his previous album had been subtle, and while all 11 tracks on Warren Zevon were strong and compelling, two of the nine tunes on Excitable Boy -- "Johnny Strike Up the Band" and "Nighttime in the Switching Yard" -- sound like they're just taking up space. Musically, most of Excitable Boy is stuck in a polished but unexceptional FM pop groove, and only "Veracruz" hints at the artful intelligence of Warren Zevon's finest moments. It's hard to say if Zevon was feeling uninspired or just dumbing himself down when he made Excitable Boy, but while it made him famous, it lacks the smarts and substance of his best work. --AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
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