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Thomas Zehetmair, Orchestre de chambre de Paris – Schumann: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 1 & Phantasie (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Robert Schumann – Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 1 & Phantasie – Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Thomas Zehetmair (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:14 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © ECM Records GmbH

Founded in 1978, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris quickly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras. In 2012, Thomas Zehetmair was appointed the orchestra’s principal conductor and artistic advisor and on this recording, made at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in February 2014, does double duty as both soloist and conductor. Zehetmair’s insightful approach to Robert Schumann has already been demonstrated on ECM New Series with the Zehetmair Quartet, whose recording of two Schumann string quartets won prizes including the Gramophone Award as Album of the Year in 2003. The composition of the Symphony no. 1 “Spring” (1841) drew inspiration from Schubert’s 9th Symphony and from the poetry of Adolf Böttger. The Phantasy and the Violin Concerto (both 1853) had quite different fates. The Phantasy was premiered to huge acclaim in October 1853. The Violin Concerto had to wait more than 80 years for its premiere, and too often since then players have made adjustments to the violin part. Thomas Zehetmair reveals how urgent and convincing the impact of Schumann’s original version can be when the performers enter into its spirit.

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Emil Gilels, Amadeus Quartet – Schubert: Piano Quintet & String Quartet (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Franz Schubert – Piano Quintet ‘The Trout’; String Quartet ‘Death And The Maiden’ – Emil Gilels, Amadeus Quartet (1959/1975/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:32 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: (#1-5) September 1975, Concert Hall, Turku, Finland; (#6-9) April 1959, Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany

In the last few years before he died of syphilis at the age of 31, Franz Schubert experienced one of the most prolific periods of creative genius humankind has ever seen. This quartet is one of the fruits of that period. In the first movement, Schubert develops a simple descending-scale motif into an intense outpouring of grief. The quartet takes its name from the theme of the second movement, a song which Schubert wrote when he was twenty. In its quartet incarnation, Schubert takes the simple melody through a whole range of moods, building to an impassioned frenzy and then relaxing.

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Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP (2016) [Qobuz 24-48]

ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:12:26 minutes | 874 MB | Genre: Rap
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Front cover | © Interscope

Fourth album from Grammy-nominated, Los Angeles Hip Hop artist. The album features guest appearances from several prominent artists, such as Kanye West, Jadakiss, Tha Dogg Pound and Miguel, among others. The production was handled by various high-profile record producers, including Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Southside and Cardo, as well as frequent collaborators Nez & Rio, The Alchemist, DJ Dahi and members of TDE in-house production team, Digi+Phonics.

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Sandra Nkake – Nothing For Granted (2012) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Sandra Nkake – Nothing For Granted (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:58:37 minutes | 516 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Jazz Village

“The energy is rock, the feeling pop, the spirit jazz and the groove implacable – this is the magic formula of authentic soul jazz singer Sandra Nkaké. With magnificent support from a rhythm section recalling the heydays of Stax, plus two poetic reedmen, this album, with compositions and lyrics by Sandra and her close partner, flautist-producer Jî Drû, packs a powerful punch. Old instruments, appealing arrangements, a retro-futurist atmosphere studded with echoes of sixties songs and soundtracks of cult films, a spacey production – everything here conspires to make Nothing For Granted an explosive manifesto where Sandra Nkaké’s rough-hewn voice rings out like a cry of freedom. Sandra Nkaké is a singer-songwriter-composer who has grown up between Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris. She was bounced back and forth on a regular basis between two different cultures and climates, and was confronted with mostly opposing social codes. Cinema, literature and music became her primary sources of refuge. Since her first album “Mansaadi” in 2008 Sandra has become known as an artist endowed with an amazing voice of multiple colors: deep and powerful, yet fragile, all at the same time, which more and more listeners come to perceive as a gift. Today Sandra Nkaké presents us with a unique and personal gift, this album “Nothing for Granted” that she has composed and recorded in her own home.”

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Rusty Draper – Plays Guitar (1965/2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Rusty Draper – Plays Guitar (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:26:02 minutes | 582 MB | Genre: Pop Rock, Folk, Country
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The late Rusty Draper was basically a pop singer, with occasional excursions into rock and roll, country and folk. He recorded very prolifically for the Mercury label (51 singles and nine albums over a 10-year period) and had his biggest success between 1953 and 1957.

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Gioachino Rossini – Overtures – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (2014) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Gioachino Rossini – Overtures – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:50 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

Continuing their series of Rossini recordings, Antonio Pappano and the Rome-based Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia follow three substantial works – the monumental Stabat Mater, the grandly scaled Guillaume Tell and the Petite Messe Solennelle (famously not as small as it names suggests) – with an appetising array of musical antipasti: seven operatic overtures and an enchanting chamber-scale ‘Andante e tema con variazioni’. “There is nothing quite like Rossini played by Italian musicians, as Pappano’s Santa Cecilia Stabat Mater demonstrated,“ wrote the Sunday Times, and – in Antonio Pappano’s eyes – composers do not come more typically Italian than the Pesaro-born genius who wrote dozens of comic and serious operas, famed for their vocal, technical and theatrical virtuosity: “There’s something about Rossini,” he told the Telegraph, “that gives you a sense of the ideal Italian character type – his measured elegance, his modishess, his exhibitionism…though of course nowadays most of these qualities are on display in the work of clothes designers, not musicians…I try to get the players [of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia] to flaunt their italianità, which means basically a singing tone and warmth. I do think their sound is quite special, and of course I feel very at home with it. I didn’t grow up in Italy but my parents were very Italian, so there are certain things that just go without saying. We naturally phrase the same way.”

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RighteousGIRLS – Gathering Blue (2015) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

RighteousGIRLS – Gathering Blue (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:55:30 minutes | 513 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | Label: Panoramic Recordings

RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) present their debut recording, “gathering blue” featuring works written for them that draw from the worlds of contemporary classical music, avant garde jazz, and experimental pop. Winners of a New Music USA grant to fund this recording, RighteousGIRLS highlight their innovative collaborations with diverse artists from pianist/composer Vijay Iyer to downtown luminary Randy Wolff to their co-curator and producer, Pascal Le Boeuf.

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Richard Galliano – Mozart (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Richard Galliano – Mozart (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:49 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Studio Sequenza, January 11th-15th 2016

Mozart meets the accordion and bandoneon? A rarity, perhaps! Richard Galliano finds, however, that the music of Mozart, as well as that of Bach, sounds especially beautiful on his favourite instrument…

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Regina Spektor – Remember Us To Life (2016) {Deluxe Edition} [Qobuz 24-48]

Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life (Deluxe) (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:00:23 minutes | 740 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
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Regina Spektor is back with her seventh studio album, Remember Us To Life, which will be released on Sept. 30, and the experimental pop singer released its lead single “Bleeding Heart” on Friday.

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Sergei Rachmaninov – Vespers, Op.37 – St Petersburg Chamber Choir, Nikolai Korniev (2003) [Qobuz 24-96]

Sergei Rachmaninov – Vespers, Op.37 – St Petersburg Chamber Choir, Nikolai Korniev (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:22 minutes | 819 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Elburg, The Netherlands, 12/2002

Although in western Europe it is virtually taken for granted that a composer who is well-versed in all genres also writes church music, thereby enriching the Catholic or Protestant religions with this sacred music composed for all different ensembles, Russian composers did not discover sacred music until relatively recently. The main reason for this lay in the Russian-Orthodox liturgy, as this did not permit any kind of instruments to embellish the religion. Only singing characterized the development of the liturgical events – and that only when preaching the word of God. As an indispensable part of the orthodox religion, its main task consisted of increasing the vividness of church dogmas and imprinting them in the minds of the believers.

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