Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)

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Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)

Herbert von Karajan - The Christmas Album (2014)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 328 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 20 | Time: 69:31 min

This compilation draws Christmas music from several recordings conducted by the late Herbert von Karajan, but emphasizes two of them, both from the 1960s: a collection of Baroque Christmas pieces in a mostly pastoral vein, and an LP on which he and the Vienna Philharmonic backed the great African American soprano Leontyne Price. Neither of these recordings is easy to obtain these days, and Karajan aficionados may well be pleased to have them in a single package. Beyond that, the Price pieces, from her heyday, are gorgeous.

Gowanus Arts Ensemble & Reuben Blundell - American Romantics II (2017)

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Gowanus Arts Ensemble & Reuben Blundell - American Romantics II (2017)

Gowanus Arts Ensemble & Reuben Blundell - American Romantics II (2017)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 335 MB
Label: New Focus Recordings | Tracks: 18 | Time: 74:12 min

This is the second volume in a collection by conductor Reuben Blundell surveying pieces by American composer from the late 19th century. With each piece receiving its premiere recording, this volume sheds light on the push and pull these composers felt between Americana and the prevailing Central European compositional style of the day. Blundell's interpretations are nuanced and passionate and beautifully realized by the Gowanus Arts Ensemble.

The Poppies - Lullaby of Love (1966/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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The Poppies - Lullaby of Love (1966/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Poppies - Lullaby of Love (1966/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 25:31 minutes | 551 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The Poppies were a 1960s girl group formed and headed by Dorothy Moore and Fern Kinney. In early 1966, 'Lullaby of Love' by the Poppies peaked at #56 pop in the United States, and was a Top 30 single in Canada. An LP of the same title was released on Epic records. Later that year the group had another, but smaller, hit with 'He's Ready' which reached #106 pop. Two more singles were released but they did nothing. The last of their four Epic singles was 'There's A Pain in My Heart' which became a Northern soul classic and is heavily played in UK/Australian clubs.

Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde (1986/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

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Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde (1986/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde (1986/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 37:57 minutes | 1.61 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

This debut remains a stunning representation of the band's musical heart. „Concrete Blonde“ has two very distinct approaches that find a way to coexist. One is a straight-ahead punkish abandon with dry-sounding drums ("Your Haunted Head" and "Still In Hollywood") while the other features more involved production; drums wet with effects and layers of harmony vocals ("True" and "Song For Kim").

Milica Lazovic & Pietro Massa - Serbian Songs (2017)

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Milica Lazovic & Pietro Massa - Serbian Songs (2017)

Milica Lazovic & Pietro Massa - Serbian Songs (2017)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 163 MB
Label: Myricae Classics | Tracks: 14 | Time: 54:55 min

The idea of this CD was born out of conversations two years ago with my friend and colleague, the pianist Pietro Massa. One of his numerous musical and artistic goals is the dissemination of quality lesser-known and seldom-played repertoire. His curiosity and interest in Serbian art song has encouraged me to personally assemble a CD of vocal music drawing from a beautiful and rich repertory, which is unfortunately both underrepresented in the recording catalog as well as on the concert stage.

Quatuor Modigliani - Dvorák, Bartók & Dohnányi: Quatuors à cordes (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Quatuor Modigliani - Dvorák, Bartók & Dohnányi: Quatuors à cordes (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Quatuor Modigliani - Dvorák, Bartók & Dohnányi: Quatuors à cordes (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 79:49 minutes | 1.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After recording the great Romantics and the Classical splendors of Brahms and Haydn, and opening the gates of the twentieth century with Ravel and Debussy, the Modigliani Quartet now traces the connections between the Danube, the Vltava and the Mississippi. From old Europe to explorations of the New World, this program features the luminous string quartets of Dohnányi and Dvo ák alongside Bartók's darker String Quartet No.2.

Claire Désert & Emmanuel Strosser - Schubert: Piano à quatre mains (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Claire Désert & Emmanuel Strosser - Schubert: Piano à quatre mains (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Claire Désert & Emmanuel Strosser - Schubert: Piano à quatre mains (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:16 minutes | 949 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

From his very first surviving work, a fantasy, to the masterpieces composed in the year of his death in 1828, Schubert left more than thirty-five scores for piano four hands. He imposed drama, grandeur and virtuosity on the genre, suspending time to follow the rhythm of his eternal traveller’s footsteps. For more than twenty years now, in intense symbiosis, Claire Désert and Emmanuel Strosser have been exploring together the unique world of Schubert’s piano duets.

Raphaël Sévère, Adam Laloum & Victor Julien Laferrière - Brahms: Sonata No. 1 & 2 for Clarinet and Piano (2014) [24/88]

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Raphaël Sévère, Adam Laloum & Victor Julien Laferrière - Brahms: Sonata No. 1 & 2 for Clarinet and Piano (2014) [24/88]

Raphaël Sévère, Adam Laloum & Victor Julien Laferrière - Brahms: Sonata No. 1 & 2 for Clarinet and Piano - Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 71:30 minutes | 1.10GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Three musician friends meet here for a programme devoted to Brahms’s musical testaments. The 20-year-old clarinetist Raphaël Sévère, blessed with a magnificent sonority, and Adam Laloum, whose first disc was dedicated to Brahmsian twilights, together demonstrate that, in the burnished autumnal colours of these sonatas, the composer chose the clarinet to bid a melancholy farewell to the world. Victor Julien-Laferrière joins them for the elegiac Trio Op.114.

Raphaël Sévère & Prazak Quartet - Brahms & Hindemith: Clarinet Quintets (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Raphaël Sévère & Prazak Quartet - Brahms & Hindemith: Clarinet Quintets (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Raphaël Sévère & Prazak Quartet - Brahms & Hindemith: Clarinet Quintets (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 57:30 minutes | 0.97 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Only 30 years separate the clarinet quintets of Brahms and Hindemith; yet these are not just two artists' temperaments, not two different concepts, not two distinct aesthetics. What separates them is the world of harmony and that of established disorder.

Dre Hocevar - Surface Of Inscription (2017)

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Dre Hocevar - Surface Of Inscription (2017)

Dre Hocevar - Surface Of Inscription (2017)
Jazz | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 255 MB
Label: Clean Feed | Tracks: 15 | Time: 58:55 min

There is a particular, stately calmness about this album as if it’s out-worldly sonics have been chiseled off some strange marble. From the abrasive brass opener onward, up to that final anguished scream, a sense of meticulously sculpted logic envelops it’s razor-sharp, elegantly reserved pieces. Wholly born of spontaneous improvisation, it is equally their subjection to the subtle sets of constraints and restrictions that make up for their final beauty.

Cortex - Avant-Garde Party Music (2017)

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Cortex - Avant-Garde Party Music (2017)

Cortex - Avant-Garde Party Music (2017)
Jazz | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 249 MB
Label: Clean Feed | Tracks: 08 | Time: 37:42 min

Cortex? No, this isn’t jazz of the cerebral kind – even considering that the approach in “Avant-Garde Party Music” is very much the intelectual one coming from the bebop / hard bop era (when the music seated its users, inviting them to listen and not prioritarily to dance) and approaching our times through the free jazz evolutive line.

Ada Rave Trio - The Sea, The Storm And The Full Moon (2017)

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Ada Rave Trio - The Sea, The Storm And The Full Moon (2017)

Ada Rave Trio - The Sea, The Storm And The Full Moon (2017)
Jazz | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 177 MB
Label: Clean Feed | Tracks: 07 | Time: 40:15 min

The Argentinian contribution to the universality of jazz is measured by everything Leandro “Gato” Barbieri gave to the music, and the gauge was put very high by the late saxophonist. Every sax player who emerged, after him, from the Buenos Aires scene had that extra challenge, and that’s the case of Ada Rave, who choose Europe – she’s based in Amsterdam – instead of the United States (Barbieri’s case), to start a succesful international career.

Fred Hersch - Open Book (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Fred Hersch - Open Book (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Fred Hersch - Open Book (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 56:42 minutes | 482 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Veteran pianist Fred Hersch casts a wide net on this engrossing solo album. He harks back to his roots in hard-swinging post-bop with Benny Golson’s classic “Whisper Not.” He pays homage to Thelonious Monk with “Eronel.” He picks a Jobim song, two originals, and the closing Billy Joel ode “And So It Goes.” But the centerpiece, a nearly 20-minute free improvisation titled “Through the Forest,” seems to yoke it all together: it’s Hersch at his most fearless and unfiltered, building dynamic arcs with dazzling technical control.

Alex Freiman - Play It Gentle (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Alex Freiman - Play It Gentle (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Alex Freiman - Play It Gentle (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 46:54 minutes | 535 MB
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Between traditional jazz and trance music The Queens Of Nothing is a collection of rogue jazz musicians that have been improvising together for over a decade. Late night dive bars and all night parties is where they can usually be heard at their best. There is no leader in the band and everyone is free to do whatever they feel in the moment.

Bokanté - Strange Circles (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Bokanté - Strange Circles (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Bokanté - Strange Circles (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 49:47 minutes | 607 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Due to Michael League's prolific body of work with his record label, GroundUp Music, he has his fingers in many pies, the latest of which is a new band, started by the Snarky Puppy guitarist/bassist/producer, called Bokanté. The word means "exchange" in Creole, the language of the band's vocalist Malika Tirolien, and the music is meant to represent this idea of a cultural exchange between the melting pot of musicians involved. For the most part, Strange Circles delivers; a vibrant album that makes clear the individual influences from each band member, but League's somewhat predictable arrangements give the session a somewhat sterile feel.