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Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Dvořák - Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:10:14
Recorded: March and May 1999, Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary


Whereas the first set had featured predominantly Czech dances (with the exception of the second which evoked the Ukranian dumka — not, strictly speaking, a dance), the second set is more broadly Slavonic, incorporating Slovak, Polish, Serbian and Russian elements in addition to Dvorák’s favourite melancholy dumka strains. In these sixteen highly varied and colourful dances, Dvorák had fulfilled his original brief to perfection, creating stylised, even idealised dance fantasias which inter - mingle folk elements with his own inspired melodies so effectively, so disarmingly and so artistically that for the most part they have defied attempts by musicologists to uncover the folk sources. Dvorák justified his approach in 1894:
‘From the rich stores of Slavonic folk music, in its Hungarian [i.e. Slovak], Russian, Bohemian and Polish varieties, the composers of the day have derived, and will continue to derive, much that is charming and novel in their music. Nor is there anything objectionable in this, for if the poet and painter base much of their best art on national legends, songs and traditions, why should not the musicians?’
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Delain - Lunar Prelude (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Delain
Title: Lunar Prelude
Genre: Rock, Symphonic Metal, Gothic Rock
Label: © Napalm Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:35

Lunar Prelude, mastered by Grammy Award winning Ted Jensen, offers two brand new songs in the shape of the beyond catchy ‘Suckerpunch‘ and the melancholic ‘Turn The Lights Out‘. ‘Don`t Let Go‘ (taken from 2014`s The Human Contradiction) comes in a brand new version, while the EP also contains four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of ‘Suckerpunch‘, all of which proving once again how DELAIN are blatantly known for their extremely catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and of course a good solid dose of Metal! DELAIN have concocted a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of emotions, and with the EP title featuring the tell-tale word "Prelude", our hunger is left to grow for a next full-length album...coming in 2016!
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Cosmograf - The Unreasonable Silence (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cosmograf
Title: The Unreasonable Silence
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Cosmograf Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: cosmograf.bandcamp.com
Duration: 00:59:04
Recorded: The Trees, Waterlooville.


Cosmograf’s fifth release is an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.
“It’s essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus’s writings about mankind’s struggle to understand the universe and our role within it”, says the concept’s creator Robin Armstrong. “Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”
Between our quest for knowledge and refusal of the world to give up its secrets, lies the concept of absurdism. In his original essay, Camus describes Sysiphus, a mythological character condemned to a pointless labour, to illustrate the absurdity of human existence. Robin Armstrong twists the story to portray a modern character that has become disillusioned with his own life to the point that he believes his destiny may reside in another world. As with previous Cosmograf albums, the concept is played out with a very cinematic feel and explores the themes of paranoia, social withdrawal and conformity, and ultimately the search for meaning in our own existence.
The Unreasonable Silence features guest appearances by Nick D’Virgilio, Nick Beggs, Dave Meros and Rachael Hawnt as well as a number of voice acting contributions.
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Charlie Mariano - Helen 12 Trees (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Charlie Mariano
Title: Helen 12 Trees
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Cool Jaz, West Coast Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 38:50
Recorded: May 6-8, 1976 at Union Studio Munich-Solln, Germany

For those who don’t know American saxophonist Charlie Mariano’s music, you’re in for a treat. For his legions of fans, this may be an album that has passed beneath your radar. Critic Thom Jurek calls it “one of the great, under-heard records to ever come out of the fusion years… a stone classic and one of the best examples of post-Miles jazz-rock fusion ever recorded”. Although Mariano first made his name in the jazz caldrons of Boston and New York – his solos on Mingus’ The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady are jazz classics –, Mariano is known in Europe for his eclectic play, ranging from jazz, fusion and pop to world music. The astounding lineup for this album includes keyboardist Jan Hammer of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame, Polish violin great Zbigniew Seifert, bassist Jack Bruce from the legendary rock group Cream, Soft Machine drummer John Marshall, and the amazing Asian percussionist Nippy Noya. The sweeping opening title piece features a percussion-drum duel and stratospheric solos by Hammer and Mariano on alto sax. With Charlie on the South Indian reed instrument the Nadaswaram, Parvati’s Dance takes several steps East as it illuminates Mariano’s deep feeling for the sub-continent, with a light thrown on the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. The elegiac violin-flute duo Sleep My Love is followed by Hammer’s Thorn of a White Rose with violin and alto sax musically entwined. Neverglades Pixie has a rocking, swampy Southern feel with Mariano slashing away on soprano, slippery-slick violin and synth solos and Bruce’s rollicking down-home bass. Mariano stays on soprano and Hammer steps over to the acoustic piano for a gripping duet on the emotionally charged Charlotte, while Avoid the Year of the Monkey has consummate fusion soprano, violin, and synth solos. A fusion celebration – big fun.
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Signs, Games & Messages: Works for Solo Violin by Bartok and Kurtag - Simon Smith (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gyorgy Kurtág (b.1926), Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Artist: Simon Smith
Title: Signs, Games & Messages: Works for Solo Violin by Bartók and Kurtág
Genre: Classical
Label: © Resonus Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: resonusclassics.com
Duration: 56:45
Recorded: St John’s Church, Loughton on 27-29 July 2015


Renowned British violinist and pedagogue Simon Smith makes his Resonus debut with an extraordinary disc of intensely virtuosic works for unaccompanied violin by two Hungarian composers – the late Sonata for Solo Violin by Belá Bartók and Signs, Games & Messages by living composer György Kurtág, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday in 2016.
The idiomatic and skilful writing for solo violin by both of these composers shows the immense range possible on this instrument, taking the performer to the edge of what’s possible. Often lyrical and expressive, often dramatic and atmospheric with folk influences, Simon Smith tackles this repertoire with great dedication and panache.
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Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Katatonia
Title: Dethroned & Uncrowned
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Prog Rock, Acoustic
Label: © Kscope Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: kscopemusic.com
Duration: 00:46:09
Recorded: Ghost Ward & The City of Glass


In September 2013 Katatonia returned with Dethroned & Uncrowned released through Pledge Music and in partnership with Kscope, Peaceville’s sister label. Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of 2012’s Dead End Kings, allowed the band to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.
In May 2014 Katatonia will take their ‘Unplugged & Reworked’ set-up on the road for the first time, presenting an intimate evening with the band each night performing tracks from Dethroned & Uncrowned alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked.
Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström comments: "Many people who appreciated how we “dethroned” and “uncrowned” last year’s ‘Dead End Kings’ album have been hoping and even insisting the same would also be done to one or more of our older albums. Admittedly, not likely to happen many a moon ago, at least not with a studio album, we are excited to let you know that by bringing this show on the road the same possibility now opens up that door, with a live version. So expect to hear stripped and reworked songs from our entire career and have them come into equation by thriving on our atmospheric vision, the ambience of some highly unusual venues and last but not least with your presence and choir to set the mood for a soothing experience. We’re already certain this will be the most different and remarkable thing we’ve ever done!"
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Johannes Brahms - Violin & Double Concertos - David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell (1969/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Artist: David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell
Title: Brahms - Violin & Double Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1969/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:14:11
Recorded: 12, 13 & 16 May 1969 Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio

Brahms: Double Concerto - Violin Concerto is the stunning encounter that features prominent violinist David Oistrakh, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor George Szell and the renowned Cleveland Orchestra. The performers craft a compassionate reading that radiates with integrity and commitment. The sonics are well-balanced and warm.
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Bob Malach - Some People (1980/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Bob Malach
Title: Some People
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Post Bop
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1980/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 37:44
Recorded: Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart, Germany


One of the great fusion saxophonists, Bob Malach made the move from his hometown of Philadelphia to NYC in 1976. He soon found work with the likes of Stanley Clarke and Alphonse Mouzon (he’s featured on Mouzon’s MPS release Baby Come Back), and was in the studio with Stevie Wonder, Spyro Gyra and the Brecker Brothers. For the first album under his own name, Malach assembled a group of well-known playmates: John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown were high school buddies, and he and keyboardist Jasper van’t Hof had worked together in Mouzon’s group. Malach and French violin star Didier Lockwood were also well-acquainted – Malach would appear on Lockwood’s MPS album “Live in Montreux” later that year. Dutch guitarist Eef Albers had already toured the states with Lee and Brown. The title piece shows that Some People are romantic, some are more on the funky side, as the band slides back and forth between the two. Guitar great John Scofield’s Who’s Who is a funky fusion fest with van’t Hof and Malach showing why they’re at the top of the list. The alluring ballad Three on a Cloud features atmospheric solos by violinist Lockwood and Malach in trio with guitarist Albers. The rock-march feel of Night Walk works as the perfect vehicle for Albers’ strolling guitar solo. Zbiggytism was written in honor of violin great Zbigniew Siefert, and both Malach and Lockwood catch the spirit of the Polish maestro. Van’t Hof’s lyrical Pineu has a nostalgic air to it, as well as Malach’s appropriately poignant solo. By the Way rocks the album out with a Shaft-like rhythm line and a smoking-hot tenor. Nothing ‘out’ or experimental here – just straight-ahead jazz fusion at its best.
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Blue Oyster Cult - On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (1975/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1975/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:16:23
Recorded: April 27, 1974, October 5–21, 1974, Academy of Music, New York; Paramount Theatre, Portland and Seattle; Show Palace, Phoenix; Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California; P.A.E. Coliseum, Vancouver; Capitol Theatre, New Jersey.


On Your Feet or on Your Knees is the first live album by the American rock band Blue Öyster Cult released on February 27, 1975 by Columbia Records. Each of the band's first three studio albums is represented by three songs each, two other songs are covers ("I Ain't Got You", albeit with modified lyrics, and "Born to Be Wild"), and one ("Buck's Boogie") is an original instrumental that remains a staple of the band's live shows to this day. The 12 songs include performances at the Academy of Music in New York City, the Paramount Theatre in Portland, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Show Palace in Phoenix, the Long Beach Arena, the P.N.E. Coliseum in Vancouver and the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey, though it is not clear which songs came from which venues and on what dates. It hit No. 22 on the Billboard 200, thus making it the band's highest charting album in the U.S.
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Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Tyranny and Mutation
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:38:04
Recorded: Columbia Studios, New York City, 1972

On Tyranny and Mutation, Blue Öyster Cult achieved the seemingly impossible: they brightened their sound and deepened their mystique. The band picked up their tempos considerably on this sophomore effort, and producers Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman added a lightning bolt of high-end sonics to their frequency range. Add to this the starling lyrical contributions of Pearlman, rock critic Richard Meltzer, and poet-cum-rocker Patti Smith (who was keyboardist Allen Lanier's girlfriend at the time), the split imagery of Side One's thematic, "The Red" and Side Two's "The Black," and the flip-to-wig-city, dark conspiracy of Gawlik's cover art, and an entire concept was not only born and executed, it was received. The Black side of Tyranny and Mutation is its reliance on speed, punched-up big guitars, and throbbing riffs such as in "The Red and the Black," "O.D'd on Life Itself," "Hot Rails to Hell," and "7 Screaming Diz-Busters," all of which showcased the biker boogie taken to a dizzyingly extreme boundary; one where everything flies by in a dark blur, and the articulations of that worldview are informed as much by atmosphere as idea. This is screaming, methamphetamine-fueled rock & roll that was all about attitude, mystery, and a sense of nihilistic humor that was deep in the cuff. Here was the crossroads: the middle of rock's Bermuda triangle where BÖC marked the black cross of the intersection between New York's other reigning kings of mystery theater and absurd excess: the Velvet Underground and Kiss -- two years before their first album -- and the " 'it's all F#$&%* so who gives a rat's ass" attitude that embodied the City's punk chic half-a-decade later. On the Red Side, beginning with the syncopated striations of "Baby Ice Dog," in which Allen Lanier's piano was as important as Buck Dharma's guitar throb, elements of ambiguity and bluesy swagger enter into the mix. Eric Bloom was the perfect frontman: he twirled the words around in his mouth before spitting them out with requisite piss-and-vinegar, and a sense of decadent dandy that underscored the music's elegance, as well as its power. He was at ease whether the topic was necromancy, S&M, apocalyptic warfare, or cultural dissolution. By the LP's end, on "Mistress of the Salmon Salt," Bloom was being covered over by a kind of aggressively architected psychedelia that kept the '60s at bay while embracing the more aggressive, tenser nature of the times. While BÖC's Secret Treaties is widely recognized as the Cult's classic album, one would do well to consider Tyranny and Mutation in the same light. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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