Robert Schumann – Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No.1 – Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Pablo Heras Casado, Freiburger Barockorchester (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 54:50 minutes | 974 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Digital Booklet | © Harmonia Mundi
Recorded: mai, août, septembre 2014, Teldex Studio, Berlin
This final instalment in our trilogy devoted to the complete concertos and trios of Schumann spotlights the cello of Jean-Guihen Queyras. The Cello Concerto, though energetically championed by Clara Schumann, suffered from delays in publication and was not premiered until after the composer’s death. Interpreted in the same poetic spirit as its two predecessors, this third volume concludes an adventure that has changed for ever the way we listen to Schumann.
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Omer Avital – Abutbul Music (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:27:19 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded: Midilive Studios, Villetaneuse, France, on November 8th and 9th, 2015.
Born in Israel to a Moroccan father and a Yemenite mother, now living in the U.S., the bassist, composer, bandleader, Omer Avital, is a major force in the New York music scene for over twenty years. Avital’s genre-defying ensembles are pushing the boundaries of jazz expression with swing and spiritual sustenance in equal measure. On this new album, recorded in Paris, Avital delivers a strong statement, with a powerful sound, joyful rhythms and oriental melodies that draw on gospel and soul. Avital is continually evolving contemporary jazz, rightly being called one of the most unique musicians of his generation.
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Joe Henderson – Mirror, Mirror (1980/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz MHz | Time – 43:32 minutes | 1,73 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 41:35 minutes | 904 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS
Genre: Jazz | Recorded: January 1980, at Studio-Masters, Los Angeles, CA
“Joe Henderson is the essence of jazz. He embodies all the elements that came together in his generation: the virtuosity of hard bop and the avant-garde. He can be harmonically abstract and yet keep to the roots. He is my inspiration.” So spoke guitar great John Scofield about the tenor saxophonist. Henderson, who died in 2001, was one of the most important jazz musicians of the last third of the twentieth century. He became an overnight sensation as a member of Horace Silver’s band on the release of Silver’s “Song for My Father”. Henderson’s solo on Silver’s hit composition is held up as a prime example of brilliant jazz improvisation. Another highpoint in this rather reserved musician’s life was the Grammy Henderson received in1991 for his album “Lush Life”. Henderson’s playing style was influenced by, among others, John Coltrane. The connection is amply demonstrated by Henderson’s ecstatic, piercing solo on his modally based composition “Joe’s Bolero”. On the standard “What’s New”, the saxophonist shows off his mellow, melodic side, a facet of Henderson’s playing that has always had an appeal beyond the jazz community. With Chick Corea on Piano, Ron Carter on Bass and Drummer Billy Higgins, Henderson has gathered a truly all-star group. This album isn’t about a soloist and his sidemen: all the musicians are on an equal footing, everyone has their space to play.
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Freddie Hubbard – The Hub of Hubbard (1970/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz MHz | Time – 35:03 minutes | 1,38 GB
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Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS
Genre: Jazz | Recorded: December 9, 1969, MPS-Studio, Villingen, Black Forrest, Germany
In 1970 Freddie Hubbard’s career reached a crossroads. Ten years after the trumpeter had released his debut album “Open Sesame” he could already take stock in an impressive array of achievements: around a dozen albums under his own name for Blue Note and Atlantic, participation in ground-breaking free jazz albums by Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, the development of an original sound somewhere between hard bop, soul, and fusion. From there he broke out and into his popular phase with CTI Records. At the same time this MPS album loomed on the horizon as a milestone. Hubbard recorded the album at the MPS studios in Villingen, Germany during a break in his European tour, thus we get to experience a musician and his world-class quintet spontaneously interacting in an open setting. Those who are familiar with the many dreamy versions of the standard “Without a Song” will be thrilled with this 13-minute escapade spotlighting the band’s unbridled play. Hubbard’s dialogue with saxophonist Eddie Daniels and drummer Louis Hayes’ powerful impulse crown the piece. The energy and enthusiasm increases on “Just One of Those Things”, as the players unleash an incredible chain of hard-bopping staccato lines. Hubbard dedicates the playful “Blues For Duane” to his son; bassist Richard Davis grounds the piece in a light-hearted, earthy feel. Hubbard reveals his radiant melodic prowess as he interprets “The Things We Did Last Summer” in broadly swinging arcs, congenially supported by Roland Hanna’s piano harmonies. Davis has another shining moment as he brings the piece to an end with just the right pensive touch.
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Gary Peacock Trio – Now This (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:57:54 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded: July 2014 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
In the realm of the piano trio the bar is set high, and creative bassist Gary Peacock has helped raise it in the groups of Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. ‘Now This’ is an album with the bassist’s current trio, recorded in the summer of 2014 in Oslo and issued in time for Peacock’s 80th birthday (on 12 May, 2015).
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December Celebration – New Carols by Seven American Composers (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:33 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Skywalker Sound, San Rafael, California, US, December 2014
December holds in its hands many worlds of celebration as the month unfolds with Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas and the eve of the New Year. Over the centuries a great deal of music has marked this time of year, but very little has been added to the canon in recent decades. Gordon Getty inspired us with his composition of delightful new Christmas carols to invite a group of American composers to celebrate the season in music.
The result is a rich and tuneful recording of new holiday classics for you to share with your friends and families. We hope that you enjoy this festive and joyous music throughout the season and for many years to come.
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Daniel Hope – My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:40:56 minutes | 1,73 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recording: Müllheim, Martinskirche & Berlin, Teldex Studio, 9/2015
This year marks the 100th anniversary of violin legend Yehudi Menuhin, and Daniel Hope dedicates a complete album to his former mentor and close friend. After fleeing from the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and ending up in England,
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Carrie Underwood – Storyteller (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz | Time – 45:51 minutes | 561 MB | Genre: Country, Pop Rock
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“Something in the Water,” the new single tacked onto Carrie Underwood’s 2014 compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1, was an operatic blowout on par with her 2012 smash “Blown Away” — something grand and melodramatic, suggesting Vegas as much as it suggested inspirational music. Storyteller, her fifth album and first since her career recap, certainly contains cinematic elements — Underwood has been proud to be a diva ever since she prowled the stages of American Idol a decade prior — but the title isn’t a feint; she spends a good chunk of the album reiterating, singing about heartbreak, hair triggers, red wine, dirty laundry, and smoke breaks, the mundane details that turn life so joyous and tragic. Subtlety isn’t Underwood’s strong suit so the songs tend to be a bit on the nose, whether she’s pledging devotion to her newborn son on the sweet closer “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” or streamlining Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe” via the stomping “Choctaw County Affair,” but that directness is key to her appeal: there are no greys in Carrie’s music, only blazing primary colors. Appropriately enough, Storyteller gleams with steely assurance, perhaps the toughest and boldest record yet but one that hardly soft-pedals her softer side. Carrie isn’t an unapologetic spitfire like her “Something Bad” duet partner Miranda Lambert. She is, as she says in her album title, a Storyteller, and there’s an unmistakable distance between her theatrics and the subjects of her tunes; she isn’t living these songs, she’s performing them. Like a skilled actor, Underwood chooses her roles wisely — she’s comfortable swaggering through the leadoff pair of “Renegade Runaway” and “Dirty Laundry,” while she eases into the comforting melancholy of “The Girl You Think I Am” — and she knows how to deliver the essence of each song, modulating her performances not only so they match the grand productions of Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell but so they always are the focal point. That’s no small feat and Storyteller is no small album: it demands attention and it deserves it, too. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Vladimir & Dimitri Ashkenazy – Father & Son (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:53 minutes | 474 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 1–2 Sep 2012, 5 Sep 2013, Franz-Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding
“Father & Son” is the first complete album of Dimitri and Vladimir Ashkenazy as a duo internationally available. Dimitri Ashkenazy selected some of his favorite fantasies and fantasy pieces, and besides all-time hits such as Schumann’s Opus 73, there is music by the Swiss Romantic Johann Carl Eschmann to discover. A must for every music-lover!
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Vaughan Williams & Elgar – The Lark Ascending; Tallis Fantasia; Introduction & Allegro; In Moonlight – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:49 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Cadogan Hall, London, 8 & 9 September 2015
This album, reflecting the love affair Pinchas Zukerman has had with English music since the late 1960s, contains the most beloved violin pieces by Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the towering figures of the English musical renaissance. Salut d’amour was immensely popular from the beginning but made Elgar virtually no money. The Lark Ascending had to wait until after Vaughan Williams’s death to become renowned throughout the English-speaking world.
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