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Jan Gunnar Hoff - Stille lys (Quiet Light) (2014) High-Fidelity DXD FLAC Stereo 24bit/352kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Jan Gunnar Hoff
Title: Stille lys (Quiet Light)
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd AS
Release date: December 2014
Recording date: October 2014
Location: Sofienberg Church, Norway
Quality: High-Fidelity DXD FLAC Stereo 352kHz/24bit
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:53:20

Norwegian pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff has released several albums in the recent years performing original compositions; solo as on LIVING and with his FLY NORTH Quartet. This time Hoff delivers a concept album performing 15 songs and Christmas carols, both Norwegian standards and international classics. Stille lys (Quiet Light) is Jan Gunnar Hoff's commission for Nordnorsk Lederutvikling, a group of Northern Trainees aiming to add an artistic and musical profile to their concept with an atmosphere of tranquility and proximity. Seeking inspiration in the North and at Ingmar Bergman Estate by the Baltic Sea, Hoff continues his solo journey, once again recorded by multi-Grammy nominated Morten Lindberg and 2L.
Hoff has released 14 recordings as a soloartist and co-leader and composed 200 works for different settings. Collaborations with Alex Acuña, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao a.o. In 2005 he received the prestigious Edvard Grieg-prize for his jazz mass Meditatus and wrote the main commission work for Vossajazz. Highly acclaimed albums are Magma feat Mike Stern, Barxeta with Alex Acuña and Fly North feat Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin. In 2014 Hoff received a Buddy, the highest distinction in Norwegian jazz and became an official Steinway & Sons Artist.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suites BWV1066-9 - Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr
Title: J.S. Bach - Orchestral Suites BWV1066-9
Genre: Classical
Label: © AAM Records (Academy of Ancient Music)
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:33:46
Recorded in the Apex, Bury St Edmunds on 4–7 February 2013.

Announcing AAM Record's newest release, AAM003 JS Bach Orchestral Suites, available worldwide from 4 November 2014. Bach's Orchestral Suites are a series of grand and graceful dances, paying homage to the French baroque style as championed by the ballet-obsessed King Louis XIV. Written during Bach’s years in Leipzig, where he had a wider range of instruments at his disposal than ever before, the Suites revel in new sonorous possibilities and employ varied combinations of wind, brass, stringed instruments and timpani.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - In tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV110,151,63 - Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot
Title: J.S. Bach - In tempore Nativitatis: Christmas Cantatas BWV110,151,63
Genre: Classical
Label: © Mirare | Harmonia Mundi Label Group
Quality: Studio Master FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Release Date: 2013
Recorded: novembre 2012 en l’église de Beaufays (Belgique)
Duration: 1:07:52

As every year, the Lutherans celebrate Christmas with splendor as well as the two days that follow. After the "Magnificat" composed for these same circumstances, the Ricercar Consort presents three festive works by JS Bach. The whole work is an admirable achievement, right from the mosaic of highly contrasted vocal and instrumental episodes that structures the opening chorus, in which three groups are combined or set against each other: the trumpets and drums, the three oboes, and the strings, always with the support of the continuo. The first duetto sounds like a duet from a Passion, while the second, in complementary fashion, brings the comfort that will culminate in the exultation of the final chorus.
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Horace Silver - Horace Silver Quintet (1954/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Horace Silver
Title: Horace Silver Quintet
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1954 (10" BLP 5058)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 23:37
Recorded: December 13, 1954 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ.

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers is a 1955 album by jazz pianist Horace Silver with drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It was an important album in the establishment of the hard bop style, and was the studio first album released under the band name The Jazz Messengers, which Blakey would use for the rest of his career. Scott Yanow on Allmusic describes it as "a true classic". Originally released as an LP, the album has subsequently been reissued on CD several times.
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Claude Debussy - La mer / Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird - Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Artist: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: Claude Debussy - La mer / Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 1:15:52
Recorded: Walt Disney Concert Hall February 28, March 1, March 2, March 3, 2013

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel present this vivid take on two masterpieces of orchestral colour: Debussy's well-known work La Mer and Stravinsky's breakthrough The Firebird. These performances were recorded live in 2013 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Johannes Brahms - Symphony No.4 - Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: Brahms - Symphony No.4
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 44:26
Recorded: Walt Disney Concert Hall June 2, 3, 4, and 5, 2011

Although his catalog lists just four symphonies, Brahms wrote several other works that come close to that genre: his First Piano Concerto was indeed planned as a symphony, and the Second (which is in four movements) has been called a symphony with piano obbligato. Although the Second and Third Symphonies were introduced in Vienna, Brahms decided to give his Fourth Symphony an out-of-town tryout. He himself conducted the premiere (in October 1885) with the Meiningen Court Orchestra, where the audience was enthusiastic. Vienna was not so receptive when the work was introduced there a few months later. As it turned out, a mere ten years after his First Symphony had been given its premiere, Brahms had written his last symphony. Two years later came the Double Concerto, whose two solo parts (violin and cello) remind us of the old sinfonia concertante form, but there were to be no more symphonies.

For his final essay in symphonic form, Brahms produced a monumental work whose first movement grows from the simplest of materials, a simple rising and falling interval, out of which he develops long lines of powerfully emotional, yet unsentimental grandeur. The relentless organic development, which begins even as themes are being stated, leads to a complex interaction of motives and melodic fragments. The composer’s friend Elisabeth von Herzogenberg wrote to him of her fears that he was dwelling too much on creating intricate thematic connections that would obscure his musical communication for the untrained listener: “…one rejoices with all the excitement of an explorer or scientist on discovering the secrets of your creation! But there comes a point where a certain doubt creeps in…that its beauties are not accessible to every normal music-lover.”

". . . an inspired and inspiring performance of Brahms's most powerful symphonic masterpiece.“ --Amanda MacBlane, Time Out, New York
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Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2 (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Art Blakey
Title: A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Mainstream, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1956 (BLP 1522)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:50
Recorded live on February 21, 1954 at Birdland, New York City.

On this follow-up volume of recordings done live at Birdland from the second-edition "Jazz Messengers" (officially the Art Blakey Quintet), there are extraordinary high points, along with low points that either result from tiredness or a lack or preparation. With trumpeter Clifford Brown taking over briefly for Donald Byrd, and alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson in the fray post-Hank Mobley, the band has a very different sound, though pianist Horace Silver, Blakey, and bassist Curly Russell (sitting in for Doug Watkins on these recordings only) are solid as a rock. There's some quintessential bop and hard bop in this set, inspired and hard-charging as one might expect, but the Latin tinge of the original band is gone. Because of Donaldson's predilection for the sound of Charlie Parker, the pure bebop sound is unrelentingly infused into the music. Where "Now's the Time" works well in a relaxed harmonic stance from Brown and Donaldson, you can't help but notice that the amped-up "Confirmation" has sloppily missed notes in the melody, while "The Way You Look Tonight" (included on later reissues) is really loose as the horns come in tentatively and unsure. "Wee-Dot" fares much better in an assertive, bright sound that clearly is more practiced, representing hard bop at its finest. Donaldson is clearly the dominant player here, with Brown surprisingly taking a back seat, as the strong ballad "If I Had You" has the altoist alternately singing, sighing, and brilliantly extrapolating on his horn à la Bird. They play together quite well on the signature version of Silver's jaunty hard bop anthem "Quicksilver," which famously quotes "Oh You Beautiful Doll," and "Lou's Blues" (another bonus track) is a quick unison bop for the appropriate end game. The additional tracks expose the flaws in this very short-lived edition of the Blakey-led combo, but the rest is good enough to carry the estimable reputation of this legendary band. --Michael G. Nastos
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Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Art Blakey
Title: A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Mainstream, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1956 (BLP 1521)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:42
Recorded live on February 21, 1954 at Birdland, New York City.

When Art Blakey founded the Jazz Messengers, his initial goal was to not only make his mark on the hard bop scene, but to always bring younger players into the fold, nurture them, and send them out as leaders in their own right. Pianist Horace Silver, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and saxophonist Lou Donaldson were somewhat established, but skyrocketed into stardom after this band switched personnel. Perhaps the most acclaimed combo of Blakey's next to the latter-period bands with Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, the pre-Messengers quintet heard on this first volume of live club dates at Birdland in New York City provides solid evidence to the assertion that this ensemble was a one of a kind group the likes of which was not heard until the mid-'60s Miles Davis Quintet. Three of Silver's greatest contributions to jazz before he turned to original soul and funkier sounds are here. "Split Kick" (introduced by the erudite Pee Wee Marquette) is a definitive hard bop vehicle, as Brown and Donaldson dig into their melody and solo lines with deep affection and joy for this music. "Quicksilver" is more of the same as the horns play in unison and pull the famous lyrical quote from "Hey, You Beautiful Doll." "Mayreh" is a happy reharmonized version of "All God's Children Got Rhythm," hard bop at its best, with Brown on fire. Of course, Donaldson's forte is soul, as emphasized during the slow "Blues," assimilating Charlie Parker's cooled tones nicely. A near ten-minute "A Night in Tunisia" establishes the loose-tight concept Blakey patented as he dominates the bandstand in loudness. J.J. Johnson's "Wee-Dot" is as definitive a bop flagwaver as there is, with a short head and plenty of solo space. Where Brown was always masterful in a ballad, "Once in a While" showcases his beautifully executed legato sound, but not at the expense of his innate ability to both invent and extrapolate without losing touch of this special melancholy song. This recording, as well as subsequent editions of these performances, launches an initial breakthrough for Blakey and modern jazz in general, and defines the way jazz music could be heard for decades thereafter. Everybody must own copies of all volumes of A Night at Birdland. --Michael G. Nastos
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VA - Woodstock - 3 Days of Piece & Music 1970 (Director’s Cut) BD50+6CD

An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.

Starring: Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, The Who, Crosby, Stills & Nash
Director: Michael Wadleigh

Video codec: VC-1
Video Bitrate: ~ 17238 kbps
Frame size: 1920h1080p
Video quality: Blu-ray
Format: BD50
Size:36,7 GB
1. Dolby Digital 5.1
2. Dolby TrueHD 5.1

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Simply Red - 2010 Farewell: Live in Sydney Opera House (2011) BLU-RAY 1080I AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Title: Simply Red: Farewell • Live in Concert at Sydney Opera House
Genre: new wave, pop rock, blue-eyed soul
Duration: concert – 01:40:30, interview – 00:18:06
Year: 2011
Ingredients: Mick Hucknall (vocals), Ian Kirkham (saxophone / keyboards), Dave Clayton (keyboards), Kenji Suzuki (guitar), Kevin Robinson (trumpet / flugelhorn / percussion), Steve Lewinson (bass guitar) and Pete Lewinson (drums)
Size: 22.28 GB
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG4
Audio Codec: DTS
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19940 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: Audio1: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2956 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles (interview): German, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

In 2010, after 25 years of success, Simply Red announced their decision to disband and took the band on a final tour of the world – a celebration of all that they have achieved, and a final Fare-well to the band’s many fans. To mark the end of Simply Red’s career we have the pleasure of releasing on Bluray one of the band’s final gigs on this tour, filmed against the spectacular backdrop of the iconic Sydney Opera House. This beautifully shot concert features the band performing a host of their hits, spanning the length of their career, and is combined with an exclusive, previously unseen interview with Mick Huck-nall, producing a package that no fan will want to be without.
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