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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Keyboard & Violin - Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper (2004-09) DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Rachel Podger, Gary Cooper
Title: Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Keyboard & Violin
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records
Release Date: 2004-2009/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 09:22:52


We bundled the eight Mozart cd’s that Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper recorded over the last ten years into an atrractive box, with an informative note from producer Jonathan Freeman-Attwoord. The duo partnership Gary Cooper and Rachel Podger has taken them worldwide. These recordings of Mozart’s Complete Sonatas for Keyboard & Violin have received countless awards and accolades, including multiple Diapason d’Or awards and Gramophone Editor’s Choices, and hailed as ‘benchmark’ recordings.

“Finally, one asks why there hasn’t previously been a complete recording on historical instruments. From my ‘privileged’ position as listener-in-chief, I can tell you it is because no pair can make such transparent and difficult music sound so effortless, elegant, witty, emotionally persuasive and enjoyable. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, producer
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Hommage a Boulez - West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)
Artist: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez
Title: Hommage à Boulez
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:22:22
Recorded: Tracks 1–15: London, Royal Albert Hall, 20 July 2012 (Dérive 2), 21 July 2012 (Dialogue de l’ombre double), 23 July 2012 (Mémoriale); Tracks 16–37: Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 4 April 2010


Hommage à Boulez celebrates Daniel Barenboim’s and Pierre Boulez’ association, starting in June 1964, that for length and multifariousness, has few parallels in the history of music.
Pierre Boulez, one of the most distinguished musical personalities of our time, was honored with a very special gift on his 85th birthday. His close friend and artistic collaborator Daniel Barenboim arranged a concert with three key compositions by Boulez. the works were performed by members of Barenboim’s West-eastern Divan Orchestra at the Berlin Staatsoper “Unter den Linden”. at the helm was, next to Barenboim, the vigorous and highly concentrated Boulez himself.
the concert opens with “Messagesquisse” (1976), which is typical of Boulez’ late 1970s period. it leaves behind the strict serialism of the 1950s and opts for a more emotional musical idiom. Written in 1997, “Anthèmes 2” for solo violin and live electronics is a perfect example of the fusion of traditional instrumental colors and new electronic sounds. the closing work is Boulez’ early masterpiece, the work with which he made his international break- through as one of the leading gures of the young avant-garde generation: “le Marteau sans maître”. the nine-movement work pays tribute to the music of Schoenberg and Webern and is regarded as a “keystone of 20th-century music” (G. W. Hopkins in the new Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians).
Composer, conductor, musical thinker, writer, experimenter and administrator, Boulez began his career as a free-thinking revolutionary who demanded that opera houses be burned down. in the course of time, however, he reconciled with the musical establishment and, though unwaveringly pursuing his course as a composer, also became an internationally acclaimed conductor, especially of works from the late-romantic era (Wagner and Mahler) and the 20th century. His musical direction of Wagner’s “Chéreau Ring” from Bayreuth (available from Unitel) is a historical achievement.
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - What Now My Love (1966/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Title: What Now My Love
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 30:54
Recorded: 1966, Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA by Larry Levine


What Now My Love is the sixth album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, released in 1966. It remained at #1 on the Billboard Album chart for nine weeks, the longest of any album released by the group.
By this album, the Brass were playing only a token Mexican-themed song or two per album, the rest of the tracks being pop hits and Broadway tunes. This was the fourth consecutive (and final) of the TJB albums to feature an attractive woman on the cover, a typical 1960s easy-listening hook. The 'model' is Sandra Moss, wife of Herb's A&M Records partner Jerry Moss.
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Herb Alpert's Ninth (1967/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Title: Herb Alpert's Ninth
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 1967/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 28:42
Recorded: 1967, Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA by Larry Levine


Herb Alpert's Ninth is a 1967 album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. It reached number 4 on the Billboard charts and spent 18 weeks on the Top 40.[1] It was the last album by the Tijuana Brass to be released in both mono and stereo versions; all albums afterward would be released in stereo only.
It was, as its title indicated, the ninth album released by the Brass. Its cover, in addition to a number of still photos from Brass concerts, included a pop-culture joke. Ludwig van Beethoven had been a popular topic on T-shirts in the late 1960s. In this case, an illustration of Beethoven was shown apparently wearing a T-shirt with Alpert's face on it. The title was also a play on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. None of Beethoven's Ninth actually appeared in the album tracks, but another classical work did - a medley of the tunes from the opera Carmen, centering on "Habanera", and also including "cameos" from some of the group's earlier hits - "Spanish Flea", "A Taste of Honey", "Whipped Cream", "What Now My Love", "Zorba The Greek" and "Tijuana Taxi" - worked into the track.
The album otherwise featured the usual collection of lively pop hit covers, along with a song called "A Banda" that was in the style of some of their earlier hits. The Brass' leisurely rendition of "The Trolley Song" was in deliberate contrast to the well-known energetic version originally sung by Judy Garland in the film Meet Me in St. Louis. Other old songs include the Cole Porter standard "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" made famous by Mary Martin; and "The Love Nest", best known as the radio and TV theme of the George Burns and Gracie Allen programs. Juxtaposed with those oldies was a rendition of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends", its instrumentation emphasizing the monotonal aspects of Ringo Starr's song hit.
The album also featured an unusual original entry, a mournful, minor-key melody called "Bud", which was written "In memory of our dear friend Ervan (Bud) Coleman" (who had died from surgery complications on May 26, 1967 (age 45), before the album was completed) and was also credited as being authored by Coleman and his wife Eleanor. Coleman was the composer of several Brass tunes (notably "Tijuana Taxi") and also played guitar, mandolin and banjo on several TJB tracks. He was also a key member of Julius Wechter's Baja Marimba Band (their tribute to him, "For Bud", was featured on their 1968 album, Do You Know the Way To San Jose). In addition to the usual brass, the tune featured Spanish guitar.
Collaborating with Alpert in the production was his usual cadre of musicians, the Tijuana Brass, who are also featured on the album cover: Nick Ceroli (drums), Bob Edmondson (trombone), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (piano), John Pisano (guitar) and Pat Senatore (bass).
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Coney Island (1975/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Title: Coney Island
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 1975/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:42
Recorded: Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA by Larry Levine


Encouraged by his comeback album, Herb Alpert assembled a new version of the TJB -- including a hotshot second trumpeter, Bob Findley, and jazz piano whiz Dave Frishberg -- and hit the studio and road in 1975. Yet Coney Island was a brave, nearly complete departure from the old Tijuana Brass, where the jazzers were given carte blanche and the rhythm section encouraged to do more complex things. As a signal of independence, the new Brass tackle Chick Corea's "Senor Mouse" head-on, where Frishberg runs wild and even longtime marimbist Julius Wechter is affected by the adventurous spirit. Alpert's own playing on trumpet (and now flugelhorn and piano) is a bit freer as well, and he goes out on a limb as a composer with the experimental, not-quite-coherent "Carmine." TJB tradition is also served by a loose, swinging version of "I Have Dreamed," and an older legacy pops up in the Alpert/Frishberg duet on Jelly Roll Morton's "The Crave." But this edition of the Brass was short-lived; the public didn't get it and Alpert soon moved on to solo projects, leaving this sole LP as its legacy. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - !!Going Places!! (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Title: !!Going Places!!
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 29:46
Recorded: 1965, Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, CA by Larry Levine


!!Going Places!! is the fifth album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and, along with their prior album, Whipped Cream and Other Delights, is one of their most popular releases. It was released by A&M Records on all formats: LP, 8-track, cassette, open reel and eventually CD, and was reissued in 2005 by the Shout!Factory label as part of the Herb Alpert Signature Series. The song "Spanish Flea", composed by Alpert's friend and fellow mariachi band leader Julius Wechter, was one of several Brass tunes that saw regular use on "The Dating Game".
The single version of "Tijuana Taxi" had more of the bicycle-horn sound effects than the album version did. "Tijuana Taxi" and "Spanish Flea" would both be reprised as part of the "Carmen" medley in Herb Alpert's Ninth. The B-side of the "Taxi" single, "Zorba the Greek", was edited for length and had live-concert sound effects added.
"A Walk in the Black Forest" was a cover of a better-known version of the song that same year, by Horst Jankowski. That same track would briefly serve two years later as the theme of a short-lived game show, Reach for the Stars. The Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain also used it as a theme for its TV commercials. The group's title reverted to its original name for this album, after its second, third and fourth albums had been listed as "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass". While the first four Tijuana Brass albums had been done by Alpert backed by studio musicians, demands for live appearances had dictated that Alpert put together an actual touring band.
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Herb Alpert - Keep Your Eye On Me (1987/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert
Title: Keep Your Eye On Me
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 1987/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:50


The unbelievable sales success of this record is a testament to Herb Alpert's extraordinary ability to keep his ear to the ground -- no doubt aided by his position as vice-chairman and co-owner of A&M Records -- and adapt to the times. At a time when A&M's Janet Jackson was blazing up the charts, Alpert journeyed to Minneapolis and cut some tracks with Jackson's producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producing the others himself in a mostly similar techno-pop vein. Presto!, three Top Ten R&B singles came out of the album, "Keep Your Eye on Me," "Making Love in the Rain," and the number one hit "Diamonds." The flashy, trashy "Diamonds" no doubt was aided on its rush up the charts by Jackson and Lisa Keith's bouncy lead vocals; it's really their record and that of Jam and Lewis, despite Alpert's top billing. Jackson and Keith also take the lead in the simple-minded lyrics of "Making Love in the Rain," which nevertheless has a haunting effect accented by Alpert's muted musings through an electronic gauze. At first, this seems like a gleaming digital machine of a record, loaded with repetitive sampling effects and drum machines churning out that ubiquitous '80s backbeat. But the techno stuff gradually gives way to Alpert's humane trumpet, which in a touching valentine to the '60s on Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," is eventually allowed to soar unimpeded over the electronics. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell
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Herb Alpert - In The Mood (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert
Title: In The Mood
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Shout! Factory/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 2014/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:33

Although trumpeter and pop icon Herb Alpert is largely associated with his jazz, Latin, and lounge instrumentals of the '60s and '70s, he's never fully retired from the music scene. In fact, Alpert's 2013 album with wife and vocalist Lani Hall won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Coming on the heels of that album, Alpert's 2014 effort, In the Mood, finds the stylistically wide-ranging artist once again bringing together a mix of jazz standards, smooth pop instrumentals, and infectious original compositions. Working with his nephew, arranger/producer Randy Badazz Alpert, as well as such longtime collaborators as Bill Conti, Mike Shapiro, and Jeff Lorber, Alpert has crafted an album that perfectly updates his approach for a modern audience. Alpert was an early adopter of electronic sounds and In the Mood is no exception as it features a very club-ready, EMD reworking of the swing-era classic "Chattanooga Choo Choo." It's an iconoclastic move also echoed in his funky, hip-hop-inflected take on "Blue Moon." While Alpert always seems to be in search of new musical ground to explore, he's conversely never afraid to revisit his past, as evidenced by his electronic- and contemporary R&B-infused arrangement of his old Tijuana Brass number "Spanish Harlem." Elsewhere, Alpert teams again with Hall for several gorgeous, laid-back Latin numbers including the funky "Don't Cry," and the romantic "5 A.M." And it’s not just Alpert's knack for crafting listenable, relaxing pop songs that makes In the Mood so enjoyable. Arguably, Alpert's trumpet playing has only deepened over the years and cuts here, like his poignant orchestral reading of "When Sunny Gets Blue," reveal his gift for small group jazz balladry that brings to mind a mix of Chet Baker and Harry Sweets Edison. Ultimately, whether he's digging deep into a jazz standard, or defying expectations with a breezy electronic arrangement, Alpert proves yet again he is a true pop journeyman on In the Mood. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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Herb Alpert - Fandango (1982/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Herb Alpert
Title: Fandango
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © A&M Records/Herb Alpert Presents
Release Date: 1982/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:42
Recorded: 1981 at CBS Recording Studios, Mexico City, A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Additional recording at Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood, CA


Digitally remastered edition of this 1982 album from the Jazz/Pop icon. After a meteoric rise to fame as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, one of the most successful groups of the '60s, Herb Alpert focused on running A&M Records, the indie powerhouse he had founded with partner Jerry Moss. His second artistic journey began with the release of Rise, which climbed to #1 on the Billboard chart. His acclaimed album, Fandango, found Alpert returning to Mexican and Latin American sounds and rhythms, but with a modern sound. The result was one of the most acclaimed albums of his career, remaining on the Billboard Top Albums chart for half a year, and featuring the Top 40 hit 'Route 101.'
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Helmut Eisel & JEM - Don Juan a la Klez (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Helmut Eisel & JEM
Title: Don Juan à la Klez
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 56:13


Helmut Eisel does not stop to surprise his listeners! After his own version of a clarinet concert by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (TIME CHANGE, 2011), he and his trio Helmut Eisel & JEM take a closer look at this classical master again, with their very personal interpretation of the well-known melodies of Mozart's opera “Don Giovanni”.
Faithful to the protagonist, Helmut Eisel tells the story of „Don Juan à la Klez“, enchants and fascinates his listeners by using the unique and colourful sound of the clarinet. Together with Stefan Engelmann (double bass) and Michael Marx (guitar and vocals) the trio presents a joyful and seducing program, which switches between own compositions and arias from Mozart's opera.
Classical music, jazz or klezmer – Helmut Eisel & JEM does not fit into a category and presents his new project in a very charming way.
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