Deep Purple – Johnny’s Band EP (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Deep Purple
Title: Johnny’s Band EP
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:24:01
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: earMUSIC

CD pressing of the third single from the album infinite. ‘Johnny’s Band’ follows the singles “Time For Bedlam” and “All I Got Is You”. The song is an affectionate portrait of a fictional band that quickly gain success and enjoy every side that comes with it. As often happens, Johnny’s Band cant help but lose it, and break up, only to find out later that the pleasure still to be performing live is all that matters, even when the hype, the success and the glory have long vanished. As special bonus treats, the single includes four previously unreleased songs. Starting with the rehearsal recording by no other than Roger Glover, the “In & Out Jam” gives fans a glimpse behind the scenes of the album recordings. On top, the EP is peppered with three amazing and previously unreleased live versions. “Strange Kind Of Woman”, “The Mule” and “Hell To Pay” were recorded on the successful NOW What?! world tour in Gaevle, Sweden on August 10th, 2013 and are, just like the rehearsal recording, only available on this EP.

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Dan Jones – On Chesil Beach (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Dan Jones
Title: On Chesil Beach (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:14:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Decca

The film adaptation of On Chesil Beach pays tribute to the 2007 novella (and Booker Prize shortlist entry) by British writer Ian McEwan. Creating sweeping and poignant soundscapes to accompany the film is Dan Jones — a multi award-winning composer and sound designer whose recent credits include Louis Theroux’s documentary feature, My Scientology Movie, the primetime BBC drama series SS-GB and The Replacement, the second series of BBC’s hugely successful The Hollow Crown, Menno Meyjes’ feature, De Renie, Carnival’s The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and Ecosse Films’ The Great Fire. Other notable film credits include Shadow of the Vampire, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, which received two Oscar nominations (Dan himself being long-listed by Variety as an Oscar contender for his score); The Tonto Woman, also nominated for an Oscar in the short films category; and Max, starring John Cusack and Noah Taylor, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. Musician Esther Yoo also features in the soundtrack, taking it to new heights. Esther has performed with the BBC orchestras, Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, Gvle, KBS, RT and Iceland symphony orchestras, and the philharmonic orchestras of Seoul, Warsaw and Kansai. She has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Karina Canellakis, Jaime Martin, Micha? Nesterowicz, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Osmo Vnsk and Christopher Warren-Green. Festival appearances include Seoul International Music Festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Festival de Fntrange, Festival du Chteau de Chambord and Dvo?k Prague Festival. Chamber music highlights also include her Wigmore Hall debut in 2016 and two BBC-recorded performances with the Z.E.N. Trio. Born in the U.S. and raised in Europe since the age of 6, Esther began playing the violin at the age of 4 and made her concerto debut aged 8. In 2012, she was one of the youngest ever prizewinners of the Queen Elizabeth Competition.

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Daniel Raiskin, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Ewa Marciniec, Boys of the Mainzer Domchor, Ladies of the Domkantorei Mainz, Peter Moenkediek, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Daniel Raiskin, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Ewa Marciniec, Boys of the Mainzer Domchor, Ladies of the Domkantorei Mainz, Peter Moenkediek, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
Title: Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:41:21
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: CAvi-music

In making his first recording of a Mahler symphony, Daniel Raiskin has taken a big risk by choosing the Symphony No. 3 in D minor, the longest of the symphonies (indeed, the longest regularly performed symphony in the repertoire), and one of the toughest to hold together. Conducting the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie with a clear sense of the work’s massive length and variable moods, Raiskin doesn’t rush his musicians but takes a measured pace from the start and lets the symphony unfold one glorious section at a time. This requires considerable patience in the first movement, which runs close to 35 minutes, but the steady tempos and predominantly upbeat martial air give this opening section the right combination of cohesion and forward momentum to maintain interest. After this titanic movement, the rest of the symphony goes by with comparative ease, and Raiskin’s unhurried approach conditions listeners to accept the music on its own terms (in a sense, asking them to dally and smell the roses), so as the symphony’s deepening moods take over, feelings of reverence for nature and joy in small things become quite credible and not just the stuff of Mahler’s fantasies. Joined by alto Ewa Marciniec in the third movement, “O Mensch! Gib acht!”, and the women and boys of St. Martin’s Cathedral of Mainz in the jubilant fourth movement, Raiskin and the orchestra achieve a kind of serenity that makes the beatific Finale all the more compelling and moving. While this is not the most riveting performance of the Third on CD — and this may be because it was “based on a live recording,” suggesting careful editing with studio material — it has advantages in Raiskin’s close attention to details and his almost otherworldly sense of timelessness that makes it seem transcendent. Highly recommended.

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Dai Fujikura – Dai Fujikura: Mina (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Dai Fujikura
Title: Dai Fujikura: Mina
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:14:35
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Minabel

Dai Fujikura’s newest Minabel Records release is named after his daughter Mina, who was born just before he began composing the title piece on the recording, written for five soloists from the International Contemporary Ensemble. Fujikura brings his sense of wonder at the birth of his child to his compositional process in several of these pieces, exploring previously unexamined territory while continuing to rely on his interest in natural phenomenon for inspiration.

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Coby Grant – Solid Ground (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Coby Grant
Title: Solid Ground
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:43:12
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Coby Grant

In late 2016, I sang at a couple’s wedding. It was one of the most beautiful weddings, simply because I could feel the love in the room — between the couple, their friends, their families. Sometimes there is just magic. The glowing bride was also pregnant. In December of that year, I received a message from the father of the groom (who is the one who originally found me and asked me to sing at the wedding), to let me know that their child, his grandson, was stillborn. Also to let me know that my own music was providing a comforting soundtrack during this difficult and heartbreaking time.

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Christoph Pregardien – Bach & Telemann: Cantatas for Baritone (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Christoph Pregardien
Title: Bach & Telemann: Cantatas for Baritone
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:07:05
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: deutsche harmonia mundi

Two cantatas by Telemann — logically unknown, as he wrote some 1,700 of them only one by Bach — but one that reached cult status: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen (I will gladly carry the Cross) , here’s what’s on offer by tenor Christoph Prgardien (of German origin despite the “”), and… Wait a second: even though we don’t exactly know for whom Telemann’s cantatas were originally written, Ich will den Kreuzstab was designed for a baritone, not a tenor, and there is no version transposed by Bach himself. But Christoph Prgardien, who’s now over sixty years old, opted to play it humble (or safe) and work with a much deeper range than Tamino or Ottavio, knowing that tenors can very well experience a loss in quality. A commendable decision that allows him to add some beautiful years to an already long and successful career as well as a change in repertoire. His very lyrical interpretation of these three cantatas demonstrates his commitment to the opera, as these cantatas are real dramatic scenes. Telemann, in particular, appears astonishing as ever with his unreal imagination and constant elegance that never gets in the way of profound emotion. For the overture, exit music and intermissions, the Vox Orchester offers some purely orchestral pages from Handel, Hasse and Telemann.

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Christoph Konig, Soloists Europeens Luxembourg – Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 “Great” – Berio: “Rendering” after Schubert Symphony No. 10 in D Major, D. 936a (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Christoph Konig, Soloists Europeens Luxembourg
Title: Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 “Great” – Berio: “Rendering” after Schubert Symphony No. 10 in D Major, D. 936a
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:18:22
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Rubicon Classics

Just before his death in 1828 at the age of just 31, Franz Schubert was at work on his 10th Symphony in D major D936a, and had signed up for counterpoint lessons with Simon Sechter, who later taught the young Anton Bruckner. The 10th was destined to become yet another unfinished Schubert work, and his 6th unfinished symphony, but the extensive sketches are fascinating and show Schubert clearly moving into new sound worlds that anticipate Mahler in the central slow movement. Berio’s ingenious work ‘Renderings’ brings Schubert’s extensive sketches alive by creating a new work around and within the framework of the unfinished symphony.

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Chas & Dave – A Little Bit of Us (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Chas & Dave
Title: A Little Bit of Us
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:33:42
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Cooking Vinyl

2018 release from the veteran British duo. A Little Bit of Us is Chas & Dave’s first album in over 30 years to feature brand-new Chas & Dave songs. Says Chas Hodges: “The bloke who owns the studio where we recorded much of this album is Brian Juniper. He introduced me to Dave back in 1963 — Dave was at Junior School with him. I was at Senior School with him when, as 13 year olds, we started a skiffle group over 60 years ago.” The album features a mix of new Chas & Dave originals and live favorites.

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Catrin Finch / Seckou Keita – SOAR (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Catrin Finch / Seckou Keita
Title: SOAR
Genre: Africa
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:44:47
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: bendigedig

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita release their much-anticipated second album SOAR on 27th April 2018 on the bendigedig label, followed by major UK tours throughout 2018.

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Camille Berthollet, Julie Berthollet, Guillaume Vincent, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Julien Masmondet – Camille & Julie Berthollet (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Camille Berthollet, Julie Berthollet, Guillaume Vincent, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Julien Masmondet
Title: Camille & Julie Berthollet
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:15:12
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Warner Classics

“You can sense in her such a passion, she is really inside the music… She is so young but she already has this internal spark and this energy” — Gautier Capuon
Camille & Julie are the Berthollet sisters, two extraordinarily gifted musical siblings from the idyllic Rhne-Alpes region in France. Camille (17) plays violin and cello and Julie (19) violin and viola. They became celebrities in France when the then 15-year-old Camille won Prodiges, a TV show for classical virtuosos under the age of 16. After captivating more than four million viewers on the France 2 network with her searing rendition of ‘Summer’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Camille was immediately signed to Warner Classics, her debut album (featuring her older sister as duo partner) going on to achieve Gold status with more than 80,000 copies sold in France alone. On their second album together, with the support of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the sibling sensations reveal the poise, maturity and musical prowess they have continued to develop since Prodiges, confirming their talent goes far beyond the TV phenomenon that launched their bright careers.

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