Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos – Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Itzhak Perlman, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos
Title: Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 2
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:58:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/bruch-violin-concerto-no-2-scottish-fantasy-itzhak-perlman/0825646079223

These two works for violin by Max Bruch owe a great deal to Jascha Heifetz, who was really the first to champion them and, most importantly, the first to record them: the Scottish Fantasy in 1947 and the Second Concerto in 1954. Itzhak Perlman, who has often acknowledged Heifetz's influence on his taste in and choice of repertoire, recorded both works early in his career (1976) before returning to them a decade later (see volume 40). The Concerto in D minor, Op.44 was written for the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, who gave its premiere in London in November 1878. Overshadowed, as was No.3, by Bruch's First Violin Concerto, Op.26, it soon fell into neglect. It is, however, a work full of innovative touches, such as the choice of an Adagio to open the concerto, in place of the conventional Allegro, or the instrumental recitative that follows and both harks back to the first movement and anticipates the finale. Despite its dramatic gestures and the beauty of the solo part, however, this second work failed to match its predecessor's success. Heifetz's recording, as well as that made a few years later by Mischa Elman (1956), played an essential role in establishing its place in the repertoire.

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Breakbot – Still Waters (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Breakbot
Title: Still Waters
Genre: Electronic
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:51:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Because Music
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/breakbot-still-waters

Still Waters is the second album by French DJ/Producer Breakbot (Thibaut Berland), including the singles "Back For More", "Get Lost" and "2Good4Me". It was released on Ed Banger Records on February 5, 2016.

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Barry Douglas – Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 5 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 5
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:06:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Chandos Records
Source: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010878

This album is the penultimate in what BBC Music has described as a 'triumph of Brahmsian thought', namely the survey by Barry Douglas of the composer's complete works for solo piano.

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Barry Douglas – Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Barry Douglas
Title: Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:22:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Chandos Records
Source: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010857

This is Volume 4 in Barry Douglas's monumental project to record the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms. Each volume has been released to critical acclaim, the first one, in 2012, being seen by BBC Music as 'a triumph of Brahmsian thought, with playing that gets right to the heart of the composer'.

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Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini – Brahms: Violin Concerto (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Itzhak Perlman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini
Title: Brahms: Violin Concerto
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:43:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/brahms-violin-concerto-itzhak-perlman-carlo-maria-giulini-chicago-symphony-orchestra/0825646073818

Brahms's Opus 77 exemplifies the violin concerto of the Romantic era, just as Beethoven's Opus 61 does that of the Classical age. As imposing as it is virtuosic, more than almost any other work in the genre, it leaves the soloist with nowhere to hide. For generations, it has been a work that any violinist aspiring to join the very select club of great masters of the instrument has had to conquer.

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Lewis, Paul – Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Lewis, Paul
Title: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15; Ballades Op. 10
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:12:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: harmonia mundi
Source: http://www.eclassical.com/harmonia-mundi/brahms-piano-concerto-no1-op-15.html

A renewal of forms, Too innovative for its time, Brahms's Piano Concerto no.1, premiered in Hanover in 1859, needed a few years to become established in the repertory. It is a work that redefines the norms of the genre. The traditional confrontation between virtuoso soloist and orchestra is bypassed in favour of a balanced treatment and a more 'symphonic' approach. The Ballades op.10 too derive from the impetus towards a renewal of forms characteristic of the young Brahms's output.

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Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson – The Freedom Book (1964/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Booker Ervin, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson
Title: The Freedom Book
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1964
Duration: 00:42:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Prestige Records
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/the-freedom-book-rudy-van-gelder-remaster

Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety. But it was his series of Song Books for Prestige Records that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. Ervin's tenor saxophone sound was haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. The Southwest moan was an integral part of his playing. But his style went beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition to incorporate the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of the free jazz that was initiating one of the periods of self-renewal that keeps jazz fresh and interesting. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, was one of Ervin's masterpieces. He is abetted by the power and drive of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson.

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Bob Dylan – Tempest (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: Tempest
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 01:08:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Columbia Records
Source: Pono

Tempest is the thirty-fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on September 10, 2012 by Columbia Records.The album was recorded at Jackson Browne's Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, California. Dylan wrote all of the songs himself with the exception of the track "Duquesne Whistle", which he co-wrote with Robert Hunter. Tempest received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its traditional music influences and Dylan's dark lyrics.The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200.

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Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: Fallen Angels
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:37:50
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Columbia Records
Source: Pono

Fallen Angels is the thirty-seventh studio album by Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records on May 20, 2016. The album features covers of twelve classic American songs chosen by Dylan from a diverse array of writers such as Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn and Carolyn Leigh. Much like the album's predecessor, Shadows in the Night, every song on the album, except for "Skylark", was once recorded by Frank Sinatra. The album has received generally favorable reviews from critics, with particular praise for Dylan's vocal performance, production quality, and the arrangements of his band.

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Blue Mitchell – The Thing To Do (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Blue Mitchell
Title: The Thing To Do
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1965
Duration: 00:40:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Blue Note Records
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/the-thing-to-do-blue-mitchell/0060254778058

Hard bop trumpeter Blue Mitchell recorded The Thing To Do in 1964 for Blue Note, his first for the label as leader, accompanied by a young Chick Corea on piano at the very beginning of his professional career. Corea even contributes the album's closing number, Chick's Tune. Tenor saxophonist Junior Cook joins Mitchell on the front line, backed by bassist Gene Taylor and drummer Al Foster.

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