Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Live in Japan (2001)

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Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Live in Japan (2001)

Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Live in Japan (2001)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 366 MB | 01:19:45
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

What a recital this must have been! Individually, both Maisky and Argerich are among the best living players of their instruments: Maisky is a big-toned, full-blooded cellist and Argerich is a recklessly impulsive pianist blessed with a flawless technique. Together, Maisky and Argerich challenge each other to even higher heights, with Maisky singing like an operatic baritone and Argerich taking ever dangerous risks.

Mischa Maisky, Pavel Gililov - Vocalise: Russian Romances (2006) (Repost)

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Mischa Maisky, Pavel Gililov - Vocalise: Russian Romances (2006) (Repost)

Mischa Maisky, Pavel Gililov - Vocalise: Russian Romances (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 320 MB | 01:17:17
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

In this continuation of his successful series of ‘songs without words' – songs for voice and piano transcribed for cello and piano – Mischa Maisky left the Austro-Germanic repertoire he had previously explored behind and turned to the songs of his motherland in this disc of Russian songs called "Vocalise." For fans of Maisky's earlier discs of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms, no more needed to be said: the same sweetly singing tone, the same warm-hearted phrasing, the same vibrato, portamento and glissando that distinguished Maisky's those discs was fully present here.

Melissa Manchester - Platinum & Gold Collection (2004)

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Melissa Manchester - Platinum & Gold Collection (2004)

Melissa Manchester - Platinum & Gold Collection (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 330 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 122 MB | 47:59
Genre: Pop | Label: Arista

During the '70s and well into the '80s, Melissa Manchester was a dominant force in the soft rock/adult contemporary domain, and BMG's Platinum & Gold Collection compiles all of these moments together in a brief, compact fashion on one disc. While it is by no means thorough in its scope in capturing Manchester's career, it focuses on the time period that counts the most in shaping her profile.

Bette Midler - Gypsy (Original Soundtrack Recording) (1993)

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Bette Midler - Gypsy (Original Soundtrack Recording) (1993)

Bette Midler - Gypsy (Original Soundtrack Recording) (1993)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 323 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 141 MB | 54:40
Genre: Soundtrack, Musical | Label: Atlantic

Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's score for Gypsy has had five major recordings: the 1959 original Broadway cast album starring Ethel Merman; the 1962 original motion picture soundtrack starring Rosalind Russell, partially dubbed by Lisa Kirk; the 1973 London cast album starring Angela Lansbury; the 1989 Broadway revival cast album starring Tyne Daly; and here, the 1993 television soundtrack starring Bette Midler.

Beth Nielsen Chapman - You Hold The Key (1993)

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Beth Nielsen Chapman - You Hold The Key (1993)

Beth Nielsen Chapman - You Hold The Key (1993)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 332 MB | 49:23
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk, Country | Label: Reprise Records

While known as a crack Nashville songwriter, Beth Nielson Chapman works inside the pop realm on You Hold the Key, her second effort for Reprise. But pop for Chapman isn't all easy-to-digest nuggets. A talented songwriter, she moves in fluid motion between hearty pop, heart-tugging piano balladry, and burnished adult contemporary groove. S

Christian Tetzlaff, David Zinman & Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Violin Romances (2006)

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Christian Tetzlaff, David Zinman & Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Violin Romances (2006)

Christian Tetzlaff, David Zinman & Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Violin Romances (2006)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 55:46 | 251 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Arte Nova Classics | Catalog: 769940

Christian Tetzlaff is a brilliant violinist, one whose technique is equaled by his intelligence. He recorded a very respectable Beethoven Violin Concerto with Michael Gielen, last available on Point Classics in so-so sound. This newcomer is finer still, an interpretation with real personality and a point of view.

Crystal Gayle - The Hits (2007)

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Crystal Gayle - The Hits (2007)

Crystal Gayle - The Hits (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 535 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 196 MB | 01:14:49
Genre: Country, Pop, Rock | Label: Capitol Records

One of the most popular and widely recognized female country singers of her era, Crystal Gayle supported her trademark, nearly floor-length hair with a supple voice, a flair for ballads, and a crossover-friendly country-pop style that netted her the occasional mainstream hit. Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, KY, in 1951; her older sister was future superstar Loretta Lynn, though Lynn had already left home by the time Brenda was born.

Maurice André - Trumpet Concertos (1986)

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Maurice André - Trumpet Concertos (1986)

Maurice André - Trumpet Concertos (1986)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:06 | 369 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415 980-2

Maurice André rightly earned the reputation of being one of the finest trumpet virtuosos from the 20th and 21st centuries. He made numerous concert appearances and recordings and inspired composers like Blacher, Jolivet, and Tomasi to write major works for his instrument.

Sharon Bezaly, Roland Pöntinen - Café au lait (2001)

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Sharon Bezaly, Roland Pöntinen - Café au lait (2001)

Sharon Bezaly, Roland Pöntinen - Café au lait (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:45 | 230 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS| Catalog: BIS-CD-1239

Sharon Bezaly may be the best flautist since Rampal. She does not have a major label recording contract like Emanuel Pahud, but BIS allows her to record repertoire, such as on this CD, that a major label probably would avoid. Bezaly has a rich, even tone, and phrases with taste and exquisite sensibility. It was a good idea of BIS to pair her on this CD with the virtuoso pianist Roland Pontinen.

Simone Dinnerstein - The Berlin Concert (2019)

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Simone Dinnerstein - The Berlin Concert (2019)

Simone Dinnerstein - The Berlin Concert (2019)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 01:14:36| 194 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc

Exciting young pianist Simone Dinnerstein picks up where her acclaimed recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations left off with The Berlin Concert, which takes her label Telarc out, unusually, on the road. This concert was given in November 2003 at the Berlin Philharmonie and was engineered by ace classical recording veteran Adam Abeshouse; the sound quality is not significantly different from a studio recording, and while it does not capture the crackling electricity of some live dates, it is free of coughs, fidgeting, and other kinds of aural distractions.

Maria Muldaur - Jazzabelle (1995)

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Maria Muldaur - Jazzabelle (1995)

Maria Muldaur - Jazzabelle (1995)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 309 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 136 MB | 52:59
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Blues | Label: Stony Plain Records

Maria Muldaur has emerged as one of the top blues singers and there are a number of wonderful albums that she has out that explore different styles. Jazzabelle is more of a jazz album and I didn't enjoy it as much as her albums that are more oriented toward the blues. I am not a big fan of jazz anyway.

Rita Coolidge - Out of the Blues (1996)

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Rita Coolidge - Out of the Blues (1996)

Rita Coolidge - Out of the Blues (1996)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 284 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 118 MB | 45:38
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Blues | Label: Beacon Records

Even though the duo-tone cover looks new and jazzy, most of this cozy set was recorded over twenty years ago. Primarily working with bass, drum and piano, the smoky-voiced chanteuse delivers these eleven songs with her own inimitably laidback vigor, performing best on moody ballads such as "Am I Blue," "Mean To Me" and "The Man I Love." Some of these tracks have appeared on Rita's albums during her A&M Records tenure in the 1970s, but most of them remained in the vault until now.

Bette Midler - Bathhouse Betty (1998)

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Bette Midler - Bathhouse Betty (1998)

Bette Midler - Bathhouse Betty (1998)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 307 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 115 MB | 44:58
Genre: Pop | Label: Warner Bros. Records

Bathhouse Betty's title harks back to Midler's early days as a favorite of the Manhattan gay community. Its eclectic, surprisingly strong choice of material also recalls the triumphs of her first two albums. Here she discovers a sassy new anthem in "I'm Beautiful," adds Dave Frishberg's wry "I'm Hip" for good measure, and also makes room for R&B classics like Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles' "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" and Big Maybelle's "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show."

Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen - Los Bandidos: The criminal trombone 2½ (2000)

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Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen - Los Bandidos: The criminal trombone 2½ (2000)

Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen - Los Bandidos: The criminal trombone 2½ (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:05 | 279 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-988

Subtitled "The criminal trombone No 2 ½" this is another release by two Swedish musicians, Christian Lindberg and Roland Pöntien. Previously issues by the pair have included "The Criminal Trombone" featuring 'stolen works' with Lindberg as 'defendant' and Pöntinen as 'accomplice'. This CD continues in a similar vein with comic illustrations and a spoof introduction.

Bette Midler - Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook (2005)

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Bette Midler - Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook (2005)

Bette Midler - Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 224 MB | 33:38
Genre: Pop, Vocal Jazz | Label: Columbia

Bette Midler's first songbook album focused on songs popularized by Rosemary Clooney, and it became a surprising hit after being latched onto by vocal fans as well as adult contemporary audiences. Befitting her image, the record wasn't a reverent tribute; Midler and musical partner Barry Manilow modernized the arrangements of Clooney's bigger hits, recasting "Come On-A My House" as a swing-hip-hop number and reimagining "This Ole House" as a bluegrass song.