Mose Allison – The Word from Mose (1964/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mose Allison
Title: The Word from Mose
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1964
Duration: 00:30:32
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Atlantic Recording

The Word from Mose is a 1964 jazz album by the jazz pianist and singer Mose Allison. The album, described by Allmusic as “light, swinging jazz with a distinctly rural, Southern influence”, has been listed as one of the “core collection” albums for jazz fans by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.

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Min-Jung Kym – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 & Mendelssohn: Double Concerto (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Min-Jung Kym
Title: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 & Mendelssohn: Double Concerto
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:13:24
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Signum Records

Pianist Min-Jung Kym makes her recording debut on Signum Records, leading the Philharmonia Orchestra under conductor Clemens Schuldt in performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and alongside Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay for Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra in D Minor.Steinway Artist Min-Jung Kym has acquired an internationally recognised reputation performing with some of the world’s leading orchestras and musicians, including collaborations with (amongst others) Barry Wordsworth, Alison Balsom, the Haffner Ensemble, Pierre Amoyal, Leon Bosch, Joy Farrall, Andrew Haveron, Sergey Levitin, Adrian Brendel, Thomas Carroll, Mats Lidstrom and the soprano Susan Bickley. Min-Jung was the ‘pianist of choice’ for the masterclasses of the legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci. “Min-Jung is an exceptionally talented pianist, with a wonderfully controlled and even technique, combined with a highly sensitive approach to the music.” Ruggiero Ricci

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Mike Watt – Ball-Hog Or Tugboat? (1995/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mike Watt
Title: Ball-Hog Or Tugboat?
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1995
Duration: 01:07:58
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Columbia Records

Ball-Hog or Tugboat? is the debut solo album by former Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist, songwriter and vocalist Mike Watt. It was recorded in 1994, and came at a personal and professional career crossroads for Watt. fIREHOSE had broken up after eight years and six releases earlier in 1994, and his marriage to former Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler had ended in divorce (although both their friendship and their dual-bass project Dos continued; Kira also contributed some computer graphics to the album’s artwork).

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Mighty Sam McClain – Blues for the Soul (2000/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mighty Sam McClain
Title: Blues for the Soul
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 2000
Duration: 00:53:45
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Concord Records

New Telarc signing Mighty Sam McClain is considered by many to be our greatest living soul singer. The story of his rise from years of obscurity to his triumphant return to the top tier of soul blues performers is the stuff of legend. Featuring a powerhouse horn section, Blues for the Soul, is a showcase for the Mighty One’s ever-evolving vocal and songwriting talents, and is sure to be considered one of his most masterful recordings.

Produced by McClain’s longtime producer Joe Harley (whose Telarc resume includes discs with Terry Evans and Ronnie Earl), Blues for the Soul spotlights 12 original compositions. Mighty Sam enjoys solid support from his working band (these days its members include three horn players), plus the ever-dependable keyboardist Bruce Katz and trumpeter Joe Casano.

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Michele Lee – A Taste Of The Fantastic Michele Lee (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Michele Lee
Title: A Taste Of The Fantastic Michele Lee
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1966
Duration: 00:30:56
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Columbia Records

Although best remembered for her role as matriarch Karen Fairgate MacKenzie on the long-running prime-time soap opera Knots Landing, Michele Lee also enjoyed a career as a recording artist during the late ’60s, scoring a minor pop hit with 1968’s “L. David Sloane.” Born Michelle Lee Dusick in Los Angeles on June 24, 1942, she was the daughter of Hollywood makeup artist Jack Dusick. By age three she was singing professionally, and made her television debut in a 1959 episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. In 1961 Lee co-starred in the Broadway smash How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, later reprising her role as Rosemary in the 1967 feature film version. By 1963, she was a regular television presence, appearing on The Danny Kaye Show, What’s My Line, and Match Game. Following successful nightclub appearances at venues including New York City’s Persian Room and Las Vegas’ Sands Hotel, Lee signed to Columbia Records to release her 1967 debut LP, A Taste of the Fantastic. L. David Sloane followed a year later, coinciding with her co-starring role in the Disney blockbuster The Love Bug. After 1969’s feature The Comic, Lee returned to television, guesting on series including Love American Style and Marcus Welby M.D. In 1974, she also headlined her own failed sitcom pilot, The Michele Lee Show, and earned Tony Award nomination for her work in the Broadway production Seesaw. After the 1976 death of her mother, Lee withdrew from the spotlight for several years before resurfacing in 1979 on the Dallas spinoff Knots Landing. She remained with the series throughout its 14-season network run, setting the record for the most consecutive appearances by an actress in a prime-time dramatic series with 344. By the 1989 season Lee was occasionally directing episodes of Knots Landing as well, and after playing the title role in the 1995 telefilm Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story, she co-wrote and directed the 1996 Lifetime production Color Me Perfect. Lee returned to Broadway in the 2000 production Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and four years later appeared in the romantic comedy Along Came Polly, her first feature film work in 35 years. –Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny

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Howard Shelley – Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Howard Shelley
Title: Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 4
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:07:02
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Hyperion Records

The Op 35 set of Preludes and Fugues is the most substantial single opus Mendelssohn wrote for solo piano, a mark of his reverence for the mighty Bach. Coupled with the popular fifth book of Songs without Words, we have here a heavyweight fourth volume in Howard Shelley’s compendium.

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London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner – Mendelssohn: Symphnies Nos. 1 & 4 ‘Italian’ (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Title: Mendelssohn: Symphnies Nos. 1 & 4 ‘Italian’
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:02:12
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: LSO Live

Constantly in the vanguard of enlightened interpretation, Sir John Eliot Gardiner stands as a leader in today’s musical life. His award-winning Mendelssohn cycle on LSO Live showcases his period performance expertise, the musicians standing to play, highlighting their individual musicianship. As Gardiner explains: ‘It gives a different type of dynamism and energy… it means that the fiddles are freer in the way that they attack the extremely virtuosic lines and it gives a tremendous sense of occasion to the music making.’
Dramatic and harmonically adventurous, Mendelssohn’s First Symphony is presented here in an exceptionally unique format, with both the original and revised versions of the third movement. As Gardiner said when introducing the work in concert:
‘It’s not every evening that you get to hear a symphony by a fourteen-and-a-half year-old genius and there’s an intriguing complication to this piece. When Mendelssohn came to London in 1829, he performed the symphony and he wrote back to his parents saying: “well, I looked over my symphony and, lord, the minuet bored me to tears! So what I did was to take the scherzo from my Octet and I added a few airy trumpets and it sounded lovely.” Well, actually he did an awful lot more than that; he re-orchestrated absolutely brilliantly. And it’s so good, we thought you should hear that version. But what about the minuet and trio? Why, when he came to publish the symphony did he use that version and leave out the scherzo? I happen to think they’re both really remarkable, as is the whole symphony, and perhaps you’d let us know which you prefer…?’
The Fourth Symphony is inspired by the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Italy and is among the best loved of all the composer’s works. Mendelssohn described it as: ‘the jolliest piece I’ve written so far.’ John Eliot Gardiner says of the work: ‘Mendelssohn threw everything, in terms of virtuosity and risk-taking, at the Italian Symphony and it’s remained incredibly popular…

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Mariss Jansons & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mariss Jansons & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Title: Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:19:51
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: RCO Live

Mariss Jansons’s international reputation as a Mahler conductor is indisputable. During his tenure as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Jansons did not record a full cycle of Mahler symphonies. With this new 2016 recording that project is now nearing completion. Mahler himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Dutch premiere of the Seventh in October 1909. How must the audience in the Main Hall have reacted to this whimsical work with its night-time atmosphere and eerie sounds? Although this vast symphony, featuring a number of unconventional instruments like the mandolin and guitar, did not catch on right away, it would slowly but surely win the hearts of music lovers everywhere.

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London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens – In Memoriam – The Greatness of Goossens (1962/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens
Title: In Memoriam – The Greatness of Goossens
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 1962
Duration: 01:19:01
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Everest

Few works in the entire literature of orchestral music can match Scheherazade for brilliance, appeal or vividness of instrumental coloring. But then, few composers have possessed the wizardry to orchestrate music as did Rimsky-Korsakov. And until now, it has been difficult to reproduce the full spectrum of the composer’s palette on records. Thanks to Everest’s advanced recording techniques on 35 mm magnetic film, every subtle oriental shading, every overtone of this sumptuous symphonic suite can be enjoyed with startling realism in the home. …

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