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VA - The Best of Shanghai Lounge (2010) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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VA - The Best of Shanghai Lounge (2010) 2CDs [Re-Up]

VA - The Best of Shanghai Lounge (2010) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 910 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 307 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Chillout, Lounge, Downtempo, Jazzy | Label: High Note | # HN720CD | Time: 02:13:51

2010 two CD collection. Since 2003, the Shanghai Lounge series has become the High Note label's identifiable trademark, drawing the city look of Shanghai with modern and traditional touches in Downtempo and Trip-Hop tunes. The Best of Shanghai Lounge collects 15 of the best tracks from the first five volumes on Disc One. On Disc Two, High Note has invited German duo Club des Belugas, JoJo Effect, Cayetano, Tape Five, Amp Fiddler (with Corinne Bailey Rae) and others to participate on this special release. 29 tracks.

Ronnie Aldrich - Webb Country (1977) + The World of Burt Bacharach (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2008

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Ronnie Aldrich - Webb Country (1977) + The World of Burt Bacharach (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2008

Ronnie Aldrich - Webb Country (1977) + The World of Burt Bacharach (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop | Label: Vocalion | # CDLK 4353 | Time: 01:16:18

This two-fer from Dutton Vocalion features a pair of out of print Ronnie Aldrich LPs: The World of Burt Bacharach and Webb Country, originally issued in 1972 and 1977, respectively. These 21 tracks are dominated by Muzak versions of popular songs of the era written by Bacharach and Hal David and include "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," and "This Guy's in Love with You." The remaining tunes are from the songbook of Jimmy Webb and include "MacArthur Park," "Wichita Lineman," and "Up, Up and Away." This is an enjoyably relaxing reissue from Aldrich's deleted catalog on London Records.

Al Jarreau - Tomorrow Today (2000)

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Al Jarreau - Tomorrow Today (2000)

Al Jarreau - Tomorrow Today (2000)
Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, R&B | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 49:33 | 386,22 Mb
Label: GRP Records (USA) | Cat.# 314 547 884-2 | Released: 2000-03-07

"Tomorrow Today" is a studio album by Al Jarreau issued in 2000 by GRP Records. The album rose to #2 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Artists such as Boney James, Vanessa Williams and Stevie Wonder featured on the album. Jarreau covered The Crusaders Puddit (Put It Where You Want It) upon the album.

VA - 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s Oldies (2020)

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VA - 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s Oldies (2020)

VA - 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s Oldies (2020)
FLAC tracks | 4:50:00 | 1,8 Gb
Genre: 70s, 80s, 90s, Oldies, Pop, Rock / Label: Rhino

Enjoy this Compilation with the most successful 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s Oldies singers like The Animals, Gerry Rafferty, Daft Punk, Candi Staton and many more!

Diogenes Quartet - Reger: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 146 & String Sextet in F Major, Op. 118 (2020)

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Diogenes Quartet - Reger: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 146 & String Sextet in F Major, Op. 118 (2020)

Diogenes Quartet - Reger: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 146 & String Sextet in F Major, Op. 118 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:14:24 | 349 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

Max Reger’s oeuvre occupies a unique position between the centuries. His advanced compositional techniques made him one of the most frequently performed composers at the Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen in Vienna and meant that he was held in great esteem by Arnold Schönberg. His affinity for Bach in his settings as well as in his choice of forms, architectonic techniques, and specific instrumentations was just as obvious as his grounding in Romanticism and his veneration for Beethoven and Brahms.

Ronnie Aldrich - Soft & Wicked (1973) + Come to Where The Love Is (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2004 [Re-Up]

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Ronnie Aldrich - Soft & Wicked (1973) + Come to Where The Love Is (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2004 [Re-Up]

Ronnie Aldrich - Soft & Wicked (1973) + Come to Where The Love Is (1972) 2LP in 1CD, 2004
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 448 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop, Piano | Label: Decca | # 475 6147 DM | 01:21:10

"Beautiful Music" used to be a genre in the realm of popular music. It's also been called "easy listening" and then morphed into "adult contemporary". But today's adult contemporary is really just soft rock (albeit today's soft rock is harder than a lot of Top 40 was in the late 70s and early 80s). There used to be stations that played "beautiful music" exclusively: Stanley Black, Ray Conniff, Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield, etc. Most of the playlist would be recent contemporary hits covered by choral groups, pianists, and orchestras. During that time, London Records sold a lot of their patented Phase 4 Stereo LP records and reel-to-reel tapes. The series was renowned for it's technical brilliance, using state of the art recording, mixing and mastering techniques. Ronnie Aldrich was among London's best selling artists and Tony D'Amato produced many albums using Aldrich's twin pianos backed by The London Festival Orchestra. These albums were not only known for their technical brilliance (which is still quite impressive even in the 21st century) but also for their glossy, gatefold covers featuring colorful artwork and graphics and maybe a sexy model or two. The two LPs featured on this CD were originally released in 1973 and 1972, respectively.

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Leo McFall - Mayer: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2020)

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NDR Radiophilharmonie, Leo McFall - Mayer: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2020)

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Leo McFall - Mayer: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 63:54 | 277 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

No woman composer of the time compiled an oeuvre as extensive as that of Emilie Mayer, who was born in Friedland, Mecklenburg, in 1812 and made contributions to a wide range of musical genres. She succeeded in doing what remained a mere wish dream for most women composers of her generation: she reaped great praise from the critics and pursued a successful career as a composer – and our three previously released albums featuring her piano and chamber music have confirmed her mastery. Emilie Mayer wrote her eight symphonies between 1845/46 and (at the latest) 1857. Her first two symphonies date from her Stettin study years with Carl Loewe. This period lasted from 1842 to the beginning of 1847, but she hardly would have ventured to write such works at the beginning of these study years with Loewe. The Symphony No. 1 very much leads one to believe that it may have been something like a final examination piece with which she concluded her instruction from him.

Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Milan Mihajlovic: Orchestral Works (2020)

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Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Milan Mihajlovic: Orchestral Works (2020)

Howard Griffiths, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt - Milan Mihajlovic: Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC tracks | 63:01 | 275 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

Mikolaj Górecki, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, and Finnish composers such as Rautavaara and Sallinen have shown that contemporary music can be immediately appealing and emotionally moving, that tonality has not at all said everything. Milan Mihajlovic definitely has his place on this list of prominent contemporary composers, and it is high time for him to receive due recognition from us in the West. Born in Belgrade, he began teaching in the field of music theory in the music department at the University of Belgrade in 1975, holding positions ranging from assistant to full professor. In 1998 he also began teaching in the field of composition. He was able to bring about a very successful internal musical dialogue between the discourse of the “Polish school” and the classicizing style in 1983 in his Notturni for String Quartet and Wind Quintet, in which richly interrelated nocturnal sound pictures are boldly combined with hidden quotations.

Piero Piccioni - Appassionata (1974) 2CD, Limited Edition 2011

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Piero Piccioni - Appassionata (1974) 2CD, Limited Edition 2011

Piero Piccioni - Appassionata (1974) 2CD, Limited Edition 2011
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 568 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 244 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Soundtrack, Score, Easy Listening, Jazz | Label: Quartet | # QRSCE028 | 01:46:59

Deluxe treatment for one of the most important works by Piero Piccioni, includes the complete film score plus the 1974 album version. Appassionata (1974) was a sexually-charged production starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Valentina Cortese, Ornella Muti and Elenora Giorgi. Chronicling the competition of two nubile girls who attempt to seduce the patriarch of a household, Gianluigi Calderone’s movie didn’t shy away from depicting such forbidden subjects as incest or the early sexual awakening of teenagers. This disturbing story was made more all the sensual by the lush underscore of Piero Piccioni.

Matthew Schellhorn - Howells: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (2020)

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Matthew Schellhorn - Howells: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (2020)

Matthew Schellhorn - Howells: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:05:58 | 180 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

With this album, Matthew Schellhorn sheds new light on Herbert Howells as a truly significant 20th-century composer for the piano. From the charming Summer Idyls, written before the composer began studies at the Royal College of Music, to the mature and subtle movements of the Petrus Suite, we encounter an extraordinary range of pianistic expression. Spanning over 60 years of Howells’ compositional style, every track on this release is a world premiere recording.

Martin Haselböck, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Gottlieb Wallisch - The Six Piano Concertos (2020)

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Martin Haselböck, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Gottlieb Wallisch - The Six Piano Concertos (2020)

Martin Haselböck, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Gottlieb Wallisch - The Six Piano Concertos (2020)
FLAC tracks | 03:29:52 | 741 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

This project featuring the complete recording of Beethoven’s piano concertos on original Beethoven fortepianos has close ties to the performances at original historical sites in Vienna. During past years the concert series “Resound Beethoven” has brought back Beethoven’s works to the places where they are documented to have been performed. It has been possible to perform and in part to record the complete cycle in halls such as the Eroica Hall in the Palais Lobkowitz, the Festsaal of the Akademie der Wissenschaften, and the Niederösterreichischer Landhaussaal. For Gottlieb Wallisch this was a unique experience, a veritable immersion in the sound world of Beethoven’s times: “The combination of the fortepiano sound with the original-sound orchestra results in a fascinating opportunity to shed new tonal light on Beethoven’s music and to understand it in new ways.

VA - She's All Right With Me! Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968 (2020)

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VA - She's All Right With Me! Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968 (2020)

VA - She's All Right With Me! Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968 (2020)
FLAC tracks | 31:28 | 139 Mb
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop / Label: Ace Records

For those who prefer to own their music on vinyl, here is an eclectic and gorgeously packaged selection of American girl group artefacts from the 60s. The album opens with Whirlwind by producer Gary Paxton protégées the Rev-Lons, the trio’s final recording but also their best, and closes with He’s All Right With Me by the Mirettes (the Ikettes incognito). Other highlights include the Supremes-style Cupid’s Got A Hold On Me by the Belles; the Sweethearts’ recording of Beauty Is Just Skin Deep, a song originally intended for the Ikettes; and Summertime Is Surfin’ Time by the Surf Bunnies – three more terrific instances of the West Coast girl group sound. But not all the tracks here emanate from that part of the USA – viz Mr Everything by New York-based Little Eva Harris and little-heard examples from the Pets, Tren-Teens and Lovettes, all from New Jersey. Felice Taylor – here with her unissued-at-the-time Sing Me A Love Song – graces the eye-popping jacket, which houses a colourful inner sleeve featuring a 3,000-word track commentary and an array of illustrations. Compilation and notes by Mick Patrick.

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie, Kolner Akademie Choir - Easter Cantatas (2020)

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Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie, Kolner Akademie Choir - Easter Cantatas (2020)

Michael Alexander Willens, Die Kölner Akademie, Kolner Akademie Choir - Easter Cantatas (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:17:08 | 348 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

On this new production the Kölner Akademie has recorded two oratorios composed by members of the generation after Bach and explicitly focusing on the theme of the Resurrection. Johann Friedrich Agricola composed Die Auferstehung des Erlösers for performance in St. Peter’s Church in Berlin on the First Day of Easter in 1758, and Gottfried August Homilius wrote the Oratorium auf Ostern in 1767, when it was probably performed in the Church of Our Lady in Dresden. Agricola’s Easter cantata Der Gottmensch jauchzt is included with the two oratorios. Regarded during his lifetime as “certainly now absolutely the best church composer,” Homilius wrote an extensive cantata consisting of ten individual movements in the form of his oratorio for Easter.

Duo Genova and Dimitrov Piano Duo - Rachmaninoff: Complete Works for Piano (2020)

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Duo Genova and Dimitrov Piano Duo - Rachmaninoff: Complete Works for Piano (2020)

Duo Genova and Dimitrov Piano Duo - Rachmaninoff: Complete Works for Piano (2020)
FLAC tracks | 02:24:20 | 454 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: CPO

On the occasion of its 25th Birthday Anniversary, the Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov realizes this year a fervent wish with a genuine mammoth project taking the pianists to their emotional limits in a form that has never been witnessed in the music world before: the two exceptional artists have recorded on cpo Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Complete Works for Piano Duo as a double album. The manifold colors in these pieces full of musical ideas are just spectacular… truly a captivating affair of the heart and a hommage to their idol Rachmaninoff. But nobody can describe this music better than the pianists themselves: "Rachmaninoff's Second Suite, Schubert's Fantasy, Mozart's Sonata!, this was the authoritative answer that we, being Postgraduate students at the Hanover University of Music, received at the end of 1995 from our teacher, the piano legend Vladimir Krainev, to our question which works we could prepare for our first piano duo competition. At that time, we would have never imagined that almost 25 years later from these few words the idea for this grand project would develop – a project we are now so particularly proud of." And justifiably so. Their impressive interpretations of the whole wide range of diverse compositions display Rachmaninoff’s multifacetedness in all its emotionally incredible, supercharged glory.

Musica Ficta feat. Bo Holten - Sange fra grænselandet (2020)

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Musica Ficta feat. Bo Holten - Sange fra grænselandet (2020)

Musica Ficta feat. Bo Holten - Sange fra grænselandet (2020)
FLAC tracks | 00:57:14 | 220 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Dacapo

Fondé par le compositeur et chef d’orchestre Bo Holten à Copenhague en 1996, Musica Ficta est un ensemble vocal professionnel de solistes virtuoses embrassant un répertoire très large, allant du Moyen-âge à la Renaissance, en passant par la musique vocale des grands compositeurs du romantisme danois.Sange fra grænselandet (« Chants de la frontière »), leur dernier album, est consacré au Jutland, ce pays frontalier de l’Allemagne du Nord qui est depuis plus de mille ans une terre de transition et de rencontres mais aussi un point de discorde entre Danois et Allemands qui se partagent cette région. C’est cette histoire qui est ici racontée en chansons, entre escarmouches et guerres fratricides.