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Lang Lang, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev – Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody (2005/2015) [HighResAudio 24-96]

Sergey Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody – Lang Lang, Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:34 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | @ Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: July 2004, Mikkeli, Martti Talvela Hall, Finland

Lang Lang at the keyboard with Valery Gergiev at the podium might seem like too combustible a combination. The young pianist, after all, has quickly become famous for his high-octane virtuosity, while the conductor’s take-no-prisoners approach has produced some truly incendiary orchestral recordings, especially in the Russian repertoire that he practically owns these days. What’s surprising, then, is how well mannered their collaboration seems in these live recordings of two of Rachmaninoff’s most popular works. The results are exciting, to be sure — technically brilliant and full of personality, with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (a.k.a. Gergiev’s Kirov Orchestra, apparently reverting at long last to its pre-Soviet name) contributing a wonderfully Russian darkness of tone — but also deeply musical, never flashy just for the sake of bravura effect. Having devoted himself to Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto on an earlier CD, Lang Lang applies his mastery of grand Romantic gestures to another audience favorite here, Rachmaninoff’s Second. Gergiev seems happy to follow the pianist in the music’s ebb and flow, lingering along with each of the composer’s expansive tunes like a series of beautifully nostalgic memories. If the performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is even more successful, it’s doubtless because this work gives Lang Lang more opportunity to revel in high-spirited capers at the keyboard; the lyrical 18th variation is as beguiling as it needs to be, but it’s the vigorous wit of the surrounding music that really brings out the pianist’s sheer joy in music making. There’s a crowded field of Rachmaninoff recordings on the market, both classic and recent (including, among the latter, Krystian Zimerman in the First and Second Concertos, and Stephen Hough in the complete works for piano and orchestra), but Lang Lang’s meeting with Gergiev earns a solidly satisfying place among them.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Suites for Violoncello, BWV 1007-1012 – Pierre Fournier (1961/2016) [HighResAudio 24-96]

Johann Sebastian Bach – 6 Suites for Violoncello, BWV 1007-1012 – Pierre Fournier (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:19:18 minutes | 2,75 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion | Recorded: Hanover, Beethovensaal, 12/1960

In Colette’s famous phrase, Pierre Fournier “sings better than anything that sings”. Nowhere is this truer than in his iconic recordings of the six Bach suites. The suites were so much part of him that on the afternoon before a concert he was heard asking which of them he was playing that evening.

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Valentin Silvestrov – To Thee We Sing – Sacred Choral Works – Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava (2015) [HighResAudio 24-96]

Valentin Silvestrov – To Thee We Sing – Sacred Choral Works – Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:59:59 minutes | 968 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © Ondine Oy, Helsinki

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music. In this new release Silvestrov’s hauntingly beautiful vocal works are performed by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Kļava.
During his artistic career Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques, such as avant-guard, post-modernism, neo-classicism, dodecaphony, aleatoric writing and pointillism. The fall of the Soviet Union, however, allowed Silvestrov to eventually compose spiritual works, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church music.
Silvestrov imbues with his own unique sound and bursts of surprising harmonic moves. Silvestrov’s compositions are invested with the composer’s own unique personality, musical sensibility and sense of beauty.
Latvian Radio Choir’s previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013.

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The Oscar Peterson Trio with Herb Ellis – Hello Herbie (1970/2014) [HighResAudio 24-88,2]

The Oscar Peterson Trio with Herb Ellis – Hello Herbie (1970/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 37:59 minutes | 712 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front cover | © MPS
Recorded at MPS-Studio, Villingen in November 5–6, 1969

Guitarist Herb Ellis still considers this to be one of his personal favorite recordings. Ellis was reunited with his old boss Oscar Peterson and, with the assistance of Peterson’s trio of the period (with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Bobby Durham), the two lead voices often romp on the jam session-flavored set. Most of the chord changes are fairly basic (including three blues and “Seven Come Eleven”), and Peterson was clearly inspired by Ellis’ presence (and vice versa). ~~AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

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The Oscar Peterson Trio & The Singers Unlimited – In Tune (1973/2014) [HighResAudio 24-88,2]

The Oscar Peterson Trio & The Singers Unlimited – In Tune (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 32:32 minutes | 607 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front cover | © MPS
Recorded at MPS Studios, Villingen, July 1971

Masterful piano playing meets up with elaborate vocal harmony in this legendary MPS summit meeting from the label’s early period. Oscar Peterson, MPS head Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer’s long-time friend and collaborator, along with Peterson’s colleagues, bassist George Mraz and drummer Louis Hayes, act as the counterweights to the vocal architects from Chicago. Peterson himself instigated the first contact between the Schwarzwald studio and The Singers Unlimited (TSU). That contact developed into a fruitful decade-long relationship; the Villingen studio’s superb technology perfectly suited the sophisticated requirements of vocal artist and leader Gene Puerling. Recorded in 1971, “In Tune” was TSU’s first album on MPS. It feeds off the languages of the two musical poles, whether it’s in the swinging give and take of the opener, “Sesame Street”, or in the switch from the reverential orchestrally-layered choir intro to Peterson’s sparkling play on “It Never Entered My Mind”. It’s the same with the dreamy arrangement of “The Shadow of Your Smile”; in his role as delicate accompanist, Peterson narrows it down to the essentials. Peterson and TSU soprano Bonnie Herman take improvisatory strolls together in the nostalgic Michel Legrand ballad “Once Upon a Summertime”. Two Brazilian excursions are highlighted: In Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “Children’s Game” TSU delivers polysyllabic ornamentation to Peterson’s rollicking waltz whimsy; in Luis Bonfá‘s “The Gentle Rain”, Peterson plays around with the amative choral harmonies.

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Robert Schumann – Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No.1 – Jean-Guihen Queyras, Pablo Heras Casado (2016) [HighResAudio 24-96]

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) [HighResAudio 24-88.2]

Omer Avital – Abutbul Music (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:27:19 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Digital Booklet | © Jazz Village
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) [HighResAudio DSD64 + FLAC 24-88.2]

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) [HighResAudio DSD64 + FLAC 24-88,2]

Freddie Hubbard – The Hub of Hubbard (1970/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz MHz | Time – 35:03 minutes | 1,38 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 35:03 minutes | 704 MB
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 – Now This (2015) [HighResAudio 24-96]

Gary Peacock Trio – Now This (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:57:54 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio | © ECM Records
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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