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The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch – In Nature’s Realm (1999) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch – In Nature’s Realm (1999)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:13 minutes | Artwork | 2,63 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Artwork | 932 MB
Genre: Classical

This splendid disc was taped in early 1999 utilizing a simple pair of microphones, a custom built reel-to-reel tape deck, & a tube console. While the recording technology may be atavistic, the engineering is state-of-the-art. No noise reduction was employed, yet my less-than-golden ears fail to detect residual tape hiss enveloping the opulent analogue sonics. The music, though, is what really matters. Sawallisch leads his well-groomed Philadelphia musicians through a well paced, sensitively balanced Liszt Les Preludes. The Dvorak overtures, undervalued showpieces all, benefit from zippy tempos, sensitive section playing, & intelligent dynamic scaling that points up the music’s symphonic implications. Whether you’re a hard-core audiophile or a music lover with low-end components, this winning release does the Sawallisch/Philadelphia team proud all around. Enthusiastically recommended!

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Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales-Room 29-CD-FLAC-2017-HOUND

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Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales-Room 29-CD-FLAC-2017-HOUND

Release Name: Jarvis_Cocker_and_Chilly_Gonzales-Room_29-CD-FLAC-2017-HOUND
Artist: Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales
Album: Room 29
Genre: Classical
Year: 2017
Tracks: 16
Duration: 00:50:32
Size: 208.68 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Room 29 – 3:35 (574 kbps , 14.74 MB)
  2. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Marmont Overture – 2:42 (528 kbps , 10.19 MB)
  3. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Tearjerker – 3:04 (557 kbps , 12.22 MB)
  4. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Interlude 1 – "Hotel Stationery" – 1:22 (484 kbps , 4.71 MB)
  5. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Clara – 2:59 (613 kbps , 13.1 MB)
  6. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Bombshell – 4:36 (550 kbps , 18.09 MB)
  7. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Belle Boy – 3:03 (682 kbps , 14.92 MB)
  8. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Howard Hughes Under The Microscope – 3:20 (503 kbps , 11.98 MB)
  9. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Salome – 2:55 (732 kbps , 15.23 MB)
  10. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Interlude 2 – "5 Hours A Day" – 1:14 (520 kbps , 4.6 MB)
  11. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Daddy, You’re Not Watching Me – 2:10 (520 kbps , 8.07 MB)
  12. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – The Other Side – 3:44 (578 kbps , 15.46 MB)
  13. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – The Tearjerker Return – 3:33 (473 kbps , 12.01 MB)
  14. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – A Trick Of The Light – 7:22 (607 kbps , 31.96 MB)
  15. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Room 29 (Reprise) – 2:11 (527 kbps , 8.23 MB)
  16. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Ice Cream As Main Course – 2:51 (647 kbps , 13.16 MB)

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Benjamin Britten – Serenade for tenor horn & strings – Aldeburgh Strings (2016) [LINN 24-96]

Benjamin Britten – Serenade for tenor horn & strings – Aldeburgh Strings (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:43 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: LINN | Digital Booklet | © LINN Records

This recording is the conclusion of projects celebrating Britten’s centenary in 2013, at which Aldeburgh Strings performed the closing concert in Britten’s musical home of Snape Maltings.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – Glenn Gould (1968/2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – Glenn Gould (1968/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:15 minutes | 368 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Joke, satire, irony, deeper significance: the back cover of Gould’s gripping recording contained four imaginary reviews by an English critic (Sir Humphrey Price-Davies), a Munich musicologist (Dr. Karlheinz Heinkel), an American psychiatrist (Prof. S. F. Lemming), and the American corres pondent to the Journal of the All-Union Musical Workers of Budapest. All were written by Gould himself …

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Bela Bartok – Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (2014) [24-44.1]

Bela Bartok – Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:06:38 minutes | 567 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records.co.uk | Digital Booklet | © Signum Classics
Recorded: November 2011, Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

Sir John Tomlinson’s world-weary enactment of the tortured Bluebeard is variously available under the batons of James Levine (Munich Philharmonic), Jukka-Pekka Saraste (BBC SO), Richard Fames (Orchestra of Opera North, in English) and Bernard Haitink with the Berlin Philharmonic (1996), Some little while ago I recommended the Haitink version as vocally superior, Levine as the most compelling interpretation and the BBC SO Prom as a valuable memento of an occasion that many will doubtless want to revisit. Salonen’s memorable reading was recorded live at tile Vienna Konzerthaus on November 8, 2011, and for those who care about broken spells, I’m happy to report that there is no spell-breaking applause at the end of the performance. I wasn’t sure about Juliet Stevenson’s Listen with Mother-style delivery of the spoken Prologue – too polite by half – but as soon as Salonen cues the score’s reptilian first bars, just after the one-minute mark, you can sense both a tightening of tension and Salonen’s natural grasp of Bartok’s richly suggestive tone-poetry. Tomlinson himself tends to favour a dry, ‘lowing’ delivery, at times suspending vibrato. Try 3’11” into track 1, where he invites Judith to answer his request to join him; and when he repeats his invitation, he seems almost desperate – needlessly, as it happens, because Michelle DeYoung sounds more than willing. Thereafter, Salonen pushes for some fierce accents while keeping the undulating Prologue restlessly on the move. Tomlinson suggests real menace when he asks Judith why she made the visit (track 1, 8’54”); and when she hammers on the first door three minutes later, the Philharmonia Voices do their bit with a ghostly sigh. As the subsequent doors open, Salonen and his players take centre stage, the instruments of torture sounding almost graphic in their impact, before the pace dips and the sunrise temporarily breaks through. DeYoung is at her best as she glides effortlessly among the flora and fauna of Bluebeard’s garden, while her lacerating C as the fifth door flies open to reveal Bluebeard’s vast and beautiful kingdom is breathtaking. There’s a very audible organ, too. The final climax is overwhelming because Salonen understands so well how the music must simultaneously rise to greet her and express Judith’s tragedy. Sound-wise, the score’s vast dynamic curve is truthfully reproduced and while I would unhesitatingly recommend this recording for the sake of Michelle DeYoung, Salonen and the Philharmonia, Sir John’s post-prime Bluebeard, although rich in drama and theatrical presence, can’t compare with the best of his former selves, most notably under Bernard Haitink, with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Berlin Philharmonic on EMI. For opera-in-English fans, the Farnes recording is pretty impressive, too. ~~ Gramophone, Rob Cowan, July 2014

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Johann Sebastian Bach – The Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2009) [eClassical 24-44.1]

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 03:21:02 minutes | 2,66 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © BIS Records
Recorded: June 2008 at the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Japan (Brandenburg Concertos) and October 2003 at Kobe Shoin Women’s University, Japan (Orchestral Suites)

Bach Collegium Japan was first noticed internationally for undertaking the huge project of recording the complete church cantatas of J. S. Bach. Although the ensemble’s discography consists of predominately vocal works, the participating instrumentalists have attracted acclaim ever since the outset. On the present offering, it is Bach’s two great sets of orchestral works that form the programme and the choir of the BCJ is silent. Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki first recorded the Brandenburg Concertos in 2000, but now return to these great works. The new recording took place in the recently completed MUZA Kawasaki Hall, a venue that is highly suitable to an approach focussing on the chamber music qualities of this music. In four of the concertos Masaaki Suzuki has chosen to replace the traditional cello with the violoncello da spalla – a smaller instrument played horizontally on the shoulder or held against the breast. The instrument has already featured in the BCJ Cantata series, and opens for new possibilities in timbre, for instance in Concerto No. 6, where the violoncello da spalla blends particularly well with the two solo violas and the viola da gambas.

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Ophelie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra – C.P.E Bach Project (2014) [Qobuz 24-96]

C.P.E Bach Project – Ophelie Gaillard, Pulcinella Orchestra (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | 1 CD | Digital Booklet | 1.29 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

A portrait, on the tercentenary of the composer’s birth, of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), probably the most gifted of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach. Highly admired in his own century by Haydn, Gluck and Mozart, he stands out today as a brilliant and highly original composer. For CPE Bach, music had to be an expression of personal feelings and to achieve his aim, he revolutionised the established principles of form, harmony and rhythm. The Trio Sonata ‘Sanguineus und Melancholicus’ is a rarity in the composer’s output in that it is a quasi-programmatic work. It presents a conversation between one sanguine (first violin) and the other melancholic (second violin). The same duality is found throughout the recordings presented here, from the well-known Sinfonia No. 5 to the two brilliant cello concertos. Under the bow of cellist Ophélie Gaillard, at the head of the Pulcinella Orchestra, these pieces come as a revelation!

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Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Rachel Barton Pine – Bach – Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:05:43 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk  | Digital Booklet | © Avie Records
Recorded: 16–18 April, 28–30 May, 29 & 31 August 2015, St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Chicago

‘Testament’ is Rachel Barton Pine’s very personal homage to the music of J. S. Bach, on which she performs the composer’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in the acoustic of her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, where she first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music.

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Annie Moses Band – The Art of the Love Song (2016) [HDTracks 24-48]

Annie Moses Band – The Art of the Love Song (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:01:55 minutes |  707 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics

The Art of the Love Song is a lush, romantic album that follows their first Warner Classics release, American Rhapsody. It was recorded live in July 2015 at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House. The Art of the Love Song was conceived as a special braodcast for PBS and it will be one of the featured programs during PBS’s March 2016 pledge drive, reaching an audience of several million. The release includes songs made famous by Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, Art Garfunkle, Joe Cocker and Perry Como.

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Annie Moses Band – American Rhapsody (2015) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Annie Moses Band – American Rhapsody (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:00:52  minutes |  658 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics

Warner Classics is proud to present the Annie Moses Band, a wonderfully innovative and exciting American group, which has been defying genre boundaries for some time now. All members of the same family – the group is named after their great-grandmother – they are not only Julliard-trained instrumentalists, but they are skilled arrangers and singer-songwriters to boot. Their sound and aesthetic is both eclectic and appealing, with influences ranging from American country, folk and bluegrass combined with a pop/jazz/rock twist, all rooted in classical training. Family and faith are incredibly important to the group, both of which helping to keep them grounded. Their first Warner Classics release, American Rhapsody, has all the folk and country elements they are known for – with tracks such as Shenandoah and Fare Thee Well – but with a strong classical seam running through it, with familiar melodies from Dvorak’s American String Quartet and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue woven into the album’s tapestry.

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