Glenn Yarbrough – The Bitter and the Sweet (1968/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Glenn Yarbrough
Title: The Bitter and the Sweet
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1968
Duration: 00:28:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: RCA/Legacy

Glenn Robertson Yarbrough was an American folk singer and guitarist. He was the lead singer (tenor) with the Limeliters from 1959 to 1963. He also had a prolific solo career, recording on various labels. There were numerous obscure attempts, most of them commercially and artistically unsuccessful, by folk revival veterans to move into folk-rock-pop in the last half of the 1960s. This 1968 release considers all sides of romance, with songs by David Gates, Hoyt Axton and Glen Campbell among others. Includes Face in the Crowd; Alamo Junction; Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows; I’ll Be There; When Flora Was Mine, and more.

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Gary Peacock, Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko, Jack DeJohnette – Voice From The Past – Paradigm (1982/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Gary Peacock, Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko, Jack DeJohnette
Title: Voice From The Past – Paradigm
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1982
Duration: 00:49:54
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: ECM Records

In the realm of the piano trio the bar is set high, and creative bassist Gary Peacock has helped raise it in the groups of Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. However, the formative 1981 ECM release Voice from the Past: Paradigm finds Peacock working in a unique quartet setting with stellar accompaniment from Jan Garbarek (tenor & soprano saxophone), Tomasz Stanko (trumpet) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). The uncanny interplay between Peacock and DeJohnette on standouts like “Voice From the Past,” “Moor” and “Ode for Tomten” wonderfully foreshadows the top flight work they would go on to do together in just a few years time in Keith Jarrett’s trio.

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Ramin Bahrami, Andrea Oliva, Carlo Parazzoli, Alberto Mina, Gabriele Geminiani, Carlo Onori – Bach, J.S.: Musical Offering, BWV1079 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ramin Bahrami, Andrea Oliva, Carlo Parazzoli, Alberto Mina, Gabriele Geminiani, Carlo Onori
Title: Bach, J.S.: Musical Offering, BWV1079
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:56:17
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Decca

Ramin Bahrami is considered one of the most interesting interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music of our days. In May 2009 he debuted at Leipziger Gewandhaus with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester, performing two of the greatest Bach Piano Concertos. The Leipziger Volkszeitung wrote: “a wizard of sound, a poet of the keyboard… extraordinary artist who has the courage to face Bach in a true personal way”.
Other important appointments work during all the 2009-10 season: performances at the “Piano aux Jacobins” Festival in Toulose, then in Finland and Estonia with Andres Mustonen (including the appearance at the Opening Concert of the Tallin Estonian Baroque Festival) and in solo recital; in February the debut in Paris playing the Goldberg Variations and in March a tour with the Festival Strings Lucerne; in May another great success with Riccardo Chailly in Gewandhaus completing the Bach Concertos presentation; next summer the invitation from other important European piano festivals (including La Roque d’Anthron and Uzs in France) and the Beijing Piano Festival. The Persian pianist is deepening more and more his original mixture of chiselled interpretative reading and European but in same time Oriental vision of the monumental piano works by Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2009 DECCA Universal released the 6-cds box Ramin Bahrami plays Bach, with all Bahrami’s Bach recordings till there and a selection from live performances of the last years, and in 2010 the French Suites recording. Before that, the Goldberg Variations, the 7 Partitas and the Art of Fugue, released respectively in 2004, 2005 and 2007, launched Bahrami as popular artist, and the recording of The Art of Fugue reached the top ten of pop-music best sellers in Italy, keeping this position for seven weeks; then the releasing of Concerto Italiano, with Bach works inspired to Italy (Concerto Italiano, Aria variata nella maniera italiana, Capriccio sulla lontananza del fratello dilettissimo, Quattro Duetti, etc.), and in 2009 the inusual Bach’s Sonatas received again important evaluations from critics and audience. Bahrami already performed in the most prestigious concert halls of the Italian musical panorama. Among his highlights, important tours and the performances in halls like Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Sala Verdi di Milano, Teatro Olimpico di Roma and expecially Accademia di Santa Cecilia, where he appeared in the prestigious “Solo Piano” series with Maurizio Pollini, Grigory Sokolov, Daniel Barenboim, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Evgeny Kissin and where, in March 2008, he performed a Bach-Marathon with the cellist Mario Brunello. In June 2008 his appearance at Wigmore Hall in London, with great plause of the audience. In May 2009, he performed the Art of Fugue at the prestigious “Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli” Brescia and Bergamo International Piano Festival, together with other important names of the piano such as Andrs Schiff, Lang Lang, Angela Hewitt, Grigory Sokolov, Alexander Lonquich. In September, he received the invitation to open the Autumn edition of Bologna Festival “Il nuovo, l’antico” and to close the Festival Pergolesi Spontini with the cellist Umberto Clerici, playing Bach’s Viola Sonatas and other composers that then he toured in Asolo, Napoli, L’Aquila and other Italian cities. Moreover, he recently opened the chamber music season of Santa Cecilia, in Rome and the Beethoven Festival in Varsavia, together with flautist Massimo Mercelli. After a triumphant concert in the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the Tonhalle in Zurich, he had the chance to perform with Yuri Bashmet and Moscow Soloists.

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Anita Bryant – In Remembrance of You (The Story Of A Love Affair) (1968/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Anita Bryant
Title: In Remembrance of You (The Story Of A Love Affair)
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1968
Duration: 00:28:09
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Columbia/Legacy

The cover says: “Here is an album with an exciting difference. For the first time, by the use of carefully selected songs, this recording tells the complete story of a love affair–from the thrill of the first meeting, through the joyous times together and vows forevermore, to the lovers’ parting and thoughts of days gone by.”

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Enrique Mazzola – Milhaud: La bien-Aimee – Stravinsky: l’Oiseau de feu (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Enrique Mazzola
Title: Milhaud: La bien-Aimee – Stravinsky: l’Oiseau de feu
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:11:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: NoMadMusic

After two albums devoted to Italian bel canto and De Falla’s Spain respectively, the Orchestre national d’le-de-France heads to France and invite us to dance with a third collection dedicated to ballet music created at the Paris Opera. Rare and unfairly overlooked, La Bien aime is a gem of collage technique, Milhaud’s work juxtaposing the music of Schubert and Liszt and arranging it for pianola (player piano) and orchestra. Meanwhile, Stravinsky’s Firebird, that incontrovertible masterpiece, transports us to the enchanting world of Russian fairy tales under Enrique Mazzola’s exalted baton.

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Emmanuel Pahud – Solo (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Emmanuel Pahud
Title: Solo
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 02:26:33
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Warner Classics

Interweaving the Baroque era and the 20th and 21st centuries, the newest addition to Emmanuel Pahud’s Warner Classics catalogue is an imaginative 2-CD collection of music for unaccompanied flute. Among the composers are Telemann, Nielsen, Honegger, Varse, Berio, Takemitsu, Prt, Pintscher and Widmann. “Most of the pieces are about exploring new paths,” says Pahud. “The power of this music often lies in the contrast between a simple line and the most refined complexities, between a note so quiet as to be barely perceptible and the loudest, most extreme notes playable on the instrument.”

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Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Emma-Jean Thackray
Title: Ley Lines
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:20:53
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: The Vinyl Factory

The rising mega talent, multi-instrumentalist, striking bandleader and *actually* ambidextrous musician and producer returns to deliver Ley Lines — a true showcase of her talents. From the horns, to the choir, to the drums, to the rest, everything was written, produced, laid down and mixed by Emma-Jean.

“I wanted to step away from my work as a band leader and do something self-contained. I love improvising in the moment with a band, but wanted to take the chance to create at my own pace and be true to my own vision,” she says.

As a producer and musician, Emma-Jean’s work defies genre boundaries yet still holds deep roots in jazz. As well as being tipped “one of the UK’s most exciting new jazz artists” by Red Bull Music Academy, the one-woman-band production style of Ley Lines has been compared to Stones-Throw heavyweight Madlib.

Just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is tearing it down at Total Refreshment Centre, Ley Lines follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.

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Emil Brandqvist Trio – Within a Dream (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Emil Brandqvist Trio
Title: Within a Dream
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:55:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: SKIP Records

For their fourth album on SKIP Records, drummer Emil Brandqvist, Finnish pianist Tuomas A. Turunen, and Max Thornberg on upright bass showcase their unique sound and chemistry, supplemented by additional synthesizer, bass clarinet, and flute performances.

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Elnara Ismailova – Kara Karayev: Piano Works (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Elnara Ismailova
Title: Kara Karayev: Piano Works
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:06:06
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: CAvi-music

The Azerbedjanian composer Kara Karayev would turn 100 in 2018, his pieces are played by the Azerbedjanian pianist Elnara Ismailova.

Kara Karayev (in Azerbaijani: Qara Qaraev) is an outstanding composer of the 20th century whose legacy is acknowledged and acclaimed far beyond the borders of Azerbaijan, his native country. With melodies that sing while telling a story, his music’s moving, unforgettable expression is colored by modern, extremely expressive harmonies. All of this makes Karayev’s art exceptionally complex: he succeeds in creating a universe of sound that captivates the audience.

The national music of Azerbaijan is firmly rooted in the traditional modal genre of mugham, which has its own special musical language. When Karayev was still quite young, he profited from the teaching of composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the founder of classical Azerbaijani music (Hajibeyov used mugham in his 1908 opera Leyli and Majnun and wrote the book The Principles of Azerbaijani Folk Music).

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Dugong – The Big Other (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Dugong
Title: The Big Other
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:48:20
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Honolulu Records

The band has a very individual sound which draws inspiration from many genres of music, from Alternative Rock to Modern Jazz to Contemporary classical music. In their last album Dugong experimented with different kinds of musical structures other than the usual jazz approach of theme, improvisation and final melody. They also worked on the potential of linear counterpoint, drawing inspiration from Classical composers such as J. S. Bach and Frederic Chopin.

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