Natalie Dessay, Piotr Beczala, Ilya Bannik, Vladislav Sulimsky,
Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev – Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:10:51 minutes | 2,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Mariinsky
The Mariinsky label’s opera recordings have garnered acclaim and awards from around the world, most recently for Valery Gergiev’s recording of Parsifal released in 2010. For the label’s fifth opera, Gergiev conducts Donizetti’s masterpiece with a magnificent cast led by Natalie Dessay.
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Deep Purple – In Concert ’72 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:19:32 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Parlophone Records
Recorded live at the Paris Theater on Lower Regent Street in London for the BBC´s “Sound Of The Seventies” radio programme on March 9th 1972, and broadcast on March 18th the same year.
If you’re a Deep Purple fan, then you’ll definitely want to check out In Concert ’72, which arrived on record store shelves earlier this week, but we’ll forgive you if you do a momentary double-take and ask yourself, “Wait, do I already have this?”
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Deep Purple – Deep Purple In Rock (1970/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:48 minutes | 918 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Rhino/Warner Bros.
Deep Purple in Rock, also known as the In Rock, is the fourth studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released on 3 July 1970. It was the first studio album recorded by the classic Mark II line-up. Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass) had been fired in June 1969 and were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, respectively.
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Deftones – Gore (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:08 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Reprise
Multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning rock/alternative metal band Deftones have announced that they will release their eagerly awaited eighth studio album, entitled Gore, via Warner Bros. Records. Says Deftones singer Chino Moreno of the album: “Out of respect for Pac, Big, Stevie, Michael, Hendrix, Gore is ONE of the greatest albums not the greatest, just one of”.
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Debussy, Satie, Faure, Decaux, Ravel – Nocturnes – Natacha Kudritskaya (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:47 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | @ Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded at la ferme de Villefavard from the 9th to the 12th of January and from the 20th to the 23rd of April 2015
Natacha Kudritskaya is inviting us to a nocturnal stroll in this album. She brings us into this feeling of musical closeness that can only happen in the intimacy of the night. Each piece poised with restraint is a poetic moment, as if the artist was con ding into her silent auditors. “The night has always been both inspiring and frightening for humanity. For some it sparks mystery and evokes quietness, while for others it spawns a feeling of angst” explains Natacha, reminding us of this eternal duality between darkness and light. “The night inspires this dreadful sentiment that the sun might never rise again but it’s also a liberating moment, where we can let go of our social obligations and let our mind wander. This is what led me to imagine how we can gradually immerse ourselves into this profound darkness”.
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Dean Martin – The Dean Martin Christmas Album (1966/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:24:22 minutes | 514 MB | Genre: Pop,Holiday, Christmas
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | @ Reprise Records
Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios from the best analog source available. This download version of 1966’s “The Dean Martin Chirstmas Album” is full of great songs. A devoted family man (despite his playboy image), Dino always adored Christmas. He was no doubt feeling nostalgic as he sang these, and you will, too, as you hear the King of Cool deliver “Silver Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas,” “Blue Christmas” and more!
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De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:08 minutes | 716 MB | Genre: Rap
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © A.O.I., LLC
De La Soul are back in business with an absolute banger. After a couple of years in the wilderness, having to resort to Kickstarter to fund this project, it’s hard to know whether they’re aware of what regular albums sound like, or whether they just don’t care. « And the Anonymous Nobody » is an album with the Midas touch, taking the best sounds around and blending them together into a deliciously fresh cocktail. Funky bass riffs collide with gospel chorus and old skool hip hop on “Pain” (ft Snoop Dogg) and “Snoopies”, while other tracks like “Property of spitkicker.com” and “Memory of … (US)” are far more minimalist, mixing jazz infused chords with sparse bass lyrics. “CBGBS” and “Lord Intended” explore the space between rap and rock and deliver a raucous, expansive sound that’s totally engaging and fulfilling: a crossover we never knew we needed. In a style that’s oddly reminiscent of Gorillaz at their apogee, “And the Anonymous Nobody” feels more like a collaborative mashup that your brilliantly talented friends made, rather than something produced for popular consumption, and it’s great! As if the creative force of De La Soul wasn’t enough, the numerous artists who feature is a real who’s who: Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Little Dragon, 2chainz, Usher, Roc Marciano, Estelle, Pete Rock and even the British singer Justin Hawkins, from The Darkness ! These additions only add to the magic at work here, by bringing their own distinctive styles to an already eclectic mix. As a result this album is brimming with personality, as well as a total disregard for standard practice. Long narrative introductions are followed by funky choruses, tiny rock interjections, honest yet well-delivered lyrics… A veritable musical tour de force, and a lesson in creativity for those seeking originality in a world of mass production. It’s one of those albums that keeps on giving, to be savoured time and time again.
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David Linx and Brussels Jazz Orchestra – Brel (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:19:47 minutes | 887 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Jazz Village
While David Linx’s name may not be writ large here in the States, the fifty-one year-old singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a mega-star in his native Belgium, and in 2005 was named Best Jazz Musician in Europe, which covers a whole lot of territory. On Brel, Linx sings music composed by his Belgian forerunner, the late and legendary Jacques Brel, accompanied by the world-class Brussels Jazz Orchestra (whose personnel are not listed on the bare-bones promotional copy save for saxophonist / music director Frank Vaganee).
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Astor Piazzolla – Cierra tus ojos – Daniel Mille (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:55:30 minutes | 990 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ Après la pluie/Sony Music
Avec “Cierra tus ojos”, Daniel Mille présente un projet à la lisière du Jazz, de la world et du classique. Très loin des clichés du tango, Daniel Mille, son génial arrangeur-réalisateur Samuel Strouk, et ses musiciens nous offrent un traitement unique de l’univers de Piazzolla, tout en intimité, pour accordéon, 3 violoncelles et contrebasse. Mille, dans le costume du maestro, est à la fois si Mille, et si Piazzolla. Si magistral et si modeste. Il manie les éléments mêmes légués par Piazzolla : une diversification tentaculaire des chemins des possibles, l’invention d’un territoire. Sculptant silences et voix subliminales. Le mot est galvaudé mais il faut l’oser ici… Un disque sublime!
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Cuong Vu Trio – Meets Pat Metheny (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:53:19 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Nonesuch
There’s a bit of a role reversal going on with this one. Trumpeter Cuong Vu—a Pat Metheny devotee from the time he first heard the guitarist’s Travels (ECM, 1983) as a teenager—eventually came to join the Pat Metheny Group, enhancing the sound of the band on a pair of Grammy-winning albums: Speaking Of Now (Warner Bros. 2002) and The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005). Now Metheny returns the favor, joining Vu’s crew for this expansive outing.
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