Apr 23

Alice Sara Ott – Wonderland – Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:15 minutes | 650 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

Edvard Grieg’s hit pieces for piano on one album – performed by one of the most exciting young pianists of our days

On her new album Alice Sara Ott takes us into the world of mountain trolls and elves, hills and fjords through a selection of Grieg’s works – his Lyric Pieces, as well as through selected piano versions of pieces from the Peer Gynt Suites, and one of the most famous works of piano literature: Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor, for which she teams up with oe of the top orchestras, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under star conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen at a live recording

Alice has always been fascinated by the fantasy world Grieg has created and the fairy tale like characters that lend the title to Grieg’s musical miniatures:

“Without our really noticing it, we are taken on a journey into a daydream, a ‘wonderland’ from which we return only reluctantly to our own everyday reality.
This album represents my own very personal journey through Grieg’s ‘wonderland’. I should like to take this opportunity to invite you to leave behind your everyday lives for a moment and enter Edvard Grieg’s magical and imaginary world with me.” – Alice Sara Ott

Tracklist:
01-03. Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.16
04. Lyric Pieces Book X, Op.71: 1. Once Upon A Time
05. Lyric Pieces Book III, Op.43: 1. Butterfly
06. Lyric Pieces Book I, Op.12: 7. Album Leaf
07. Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 4. Solveig’s Song
08. Lyric Pieces Book I, Op.12: 4. Elves’ Dance
09. Lyric Pieces Book III, Op.43: 6. To Spring
10. Lyric Pieces Book V, Op.54: 3. March Of The Trolls
11. Lyric Pieces Book V, Op.54: 4. Notturno
12. Lyric Pieces Book VII, Op.62: 4. Brooklet
13. Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
14. Lyric Pieces Book VIII, Op.65: 5. Ballad
15. Lyric Pieces Book VIII, Op.65: 6. Wedding Day At Troldhaugen

Personnel
Alice Sara Ott (piano)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

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Apr 23

Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted And Black (1972/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:44 minutes | 915 MB | Genre: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Rhino Atlantic

Chart History/Awards
– Reached #2 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
– “Day Dreaming” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Singles.
– “Brand New Me” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Singles.
– GRAMMY®: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
– Included on VH1‘s “Greatest Albums of All Time.”

“…an extremely personal, beautiful record…controlled throughout by one sensibility, Miss Franklin’s…” – Rolling Stone

Young, Gifted and Black is Aretha Franklin’s remarkable 1972 Gold-certified work, finding the singer at the height of her artistic powers. For the release, Franklin worked with legendary producers Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd. Young, Gifted and Black is an eclectic collection of covers coupled with Franklin originals. Standouts include Elton John’s “Border Song” and The Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road.” Franklin’s own compositions “Day Dreaming” and “Rock Steady” reached #1 and #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles. The album is included on VH1’s “Greatest Albums of All Time” and won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Performance.

Tracklist
01. Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)
02. Daydreaming
03. Rock Steady
04. Young, Gifted And Black
05. All The King’s Horses
06. A Brand New Me
07. April Fools
08. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
09. First Snow In Kokomo
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
12. Border Song (Holy Moses)

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Apr 23

Anna Netrebko – Verismo (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:43 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon

With VERISMO Anna Netrebko presents her long-awaited new studio album the first in three years displaying her remarkable vocal maturity and reaffirming her status as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

For Anna Netrebko herself, it was the obvious next step; for her public it promises to be a revelation. The challenging verismo repertoire offers a fascinating portrait of Netrebkos voice in its full maturity. Having reached the latest peak in an already sensational career, the soprano continues her vocal and artistic development in logical fashion, illuminating the stylistic and psychological complexities of verismo with her own special intensity and powers of expression.

Set to be one of the most important and anticipated classical releases of 2016.

VERISMO features Netrebko in the greatest, most irresistible hits of the Grand Italian repertoire of the fading 19th Century, with arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Boito, Giordano and Catalani.

Showcasing brand new interpretations of some of the greatest and most popular opera arias of all time.

A winning classical music team Anna Netrebko and Sir Antonio Pappano now joined on record for the very first time by her husband and tenor Yusif Eyvazov.

Anna Netrebko has reached the heart of the rich, mature dramatic repertoire that allows her to showcase the sheer beauty, endless, wide range of colors and emotion in combination with her distinct and beloved timbre that sets her apart from any other artist, past or present. In many ways this album is a self-discovery for this unique artist, and is destined to reach Annas widest fan-base.

Verismo at the turn of the last century introduced – real life – experience to opera and left behind the romantic approach of Belcanto. Netrebkos recent performances of Verdis Macbeth and Il Trovatore but also her role debut of Manon Lescaut in March 2014 in Rome, have shown that Netrebko is able to combine the most beautiful sound production with the harsh, sometimes brutal and scary reality of those heroines she is awaking to life for us.

Tracklist:

01. Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur – Act 1: ‘Ecco: respiro appena…’
02. Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier – Act 3: ‘La mamma morta’
03. Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Act 2: ‘Un bel dì vedremo’
04. Puccini: Turandot – Act 1: ‘Signore, ascolta!’
05. Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Act 1: ‘Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!’
06. Alfredo Catalani: La Wally – Act 1: ‘Ebben? Ne andrò lontana’
07. Arrigo Boïto: Mefistofele – Act 3: ‘L’altra notte in fondo al mare’
08. Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda – Act 4: ‘Suicidio! In questi fieri momenti’
09. Puccini: Tosca – Act 2: ‘Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore’
10. Puccini: Turandot – Act 2: ‘In questa reggia’
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
11. Act 2: ‘In quelle trine morbide’
12. Act 4: ‘Tutta su me ti posa’
13. Act 4: ‘Manon, senti, amor mio’: ‘Sei tu che piangi?’
14. Act 4: ‘Sei tu che piangi?’
15. Act 4: ‘Sola perduta, abbandonatae’
16. Act 4: ‘Fra le tue braccia amore’

Personnel:
Anna Netrebko (soprano)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano (conductor)

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Apr 23

Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:30 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Nonesuch

Nonesuch presents American Tunes, a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour.

Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch—joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks—in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others.

Allen Toussaint’s work as composer, producer, arranger, and performer, especially in the 1960s and ’70s, helped shape the sound of R&B, soul, and funk as we know it today. He collaborated memorably with artists ranging from Lee Dorsey and Ernie K. Doe to the Pointer Sisters and Labelle, from the Meters and Dr. John to the Band and Paul McCartney. The New York Times recently said, “In Mr. Toussaint’s long career as songwriter, arranger and producer he has honed a piano style that’s supportive and allusive; a little trill or tremolo sums up all the splashy joys of New Orleans patriarchs like Professor Longhair and James Booker, and a syncopated chord under right-hand octaves summons gospel. Mr. Toussaint has the two-fisted, rippling vocabulary of the city’s piano legacy, but he uses it in dapper ways.”

Tracklist
01. Delores’ Boyfriend
02. Viper’s Drag
03. Confessin’ (That I Love You)
04. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
05. Lotus Blossom
06. Waltz For Debby
07. Big Chief
08. Rocks In My Bed
09. Danza, Op. 33
10. Hey Little Girl
11. Rosetta
12. Come Sunday
13. Southern Nights
14. American Tune

Musicians
Allen Toussaint – piano, vocals (14)
Jay Bellerose – drums, percussion
Bill Frisell – electric guitar
Charles Lloyd – tenor saxophone
Greg Leisz – weissenborn
David Piltch – upright bass
Adam Levy – gut-string guitar
Cameron Stone – cello
Amy Shulman – harp
Rhiannon Giddens – vocals 12
Van Dyke Parks – piano

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Apr 23

Adam Baldych & The Baltic Gang – Imaginary Room (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 55:06 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover| © ACT

After a much celebrated appearance by Adam Baldych at the 2011 Berlin Jazzfest, critic Ulrich Olshausen raved in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper: “He has, without doubt, the greatest technique of any jazz violinist alive today. We can expect everything of him”. High praise for a musician of just 26 years of age, and at the same time only fitting for a man who has been considered a prodigy in his native Poland for many years already. He discovered the violin at the age of 11, and jazz at 13; the music gave him the freedom of expression he was looking for, and at 16 he started his international career. After completing his jazz studies at the Katowice Academy with distinction, he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then, New York has served as his home base for his musical journey around the world. Baldych has toured with greats such as Grammy winner Jim Beard, and his schedule has been getting fuller and fuller over the last three years. With his exclusively Polish band “Damage Control” he has been wowing the world’s jazz clubs and has produced some remarkable albums, including a duet with vocalist Mika Urbaniak, a collaboration with the “Groove Razors”, and not least of all “Magical Theatre”, inspired by Hermann Hesse.

Tracklist
01. Village Underground
02. Mirrors
03. The Room of Imagination
04. Cubism
05. K8
06. Time Traveler
07. Rama hai
08. For Zbiggy
09. 11.16
10. Zarathustra
11. Inspiration
12. Million Miles Away

Musicians
Adam Baldych – violin
Jacob Karlzon – piano
Lars Danielsson – bass, cello
Morten Lund – drums
Verneri Pohjola – trumpet
Marius Neset – saxophone
Nils Landgren – trombone on 5, 8

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Apr 23

Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (2008)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | 01:12:00 | 1.4GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet | Linn Records

Director and violinist Amandine Beyer acknowledges in her booklet notes for this disc that the world may not seem to need another recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, but then she tops the bar she has set up by delivering an entirely distinctive reading of the work. Her version, with the Italian historical-instrument group Gli Incogniti (who are not quite as unknown as all that), is as strikingly revisionist as the various turbo-powered, operatic Vivaldi recordings that began coming out of Italy in the 1990s, but it is different in flavor. In her own words, Beyer seeks “lightweight forces and freedom of phrasing.” The group is small, with microphones put down right in the middle, and you hear lots of internal lines and interplay rather than contrast between orchestra and soloist. The overall feel is light and agile; Beyer doesn’t so much push the tempo (although there’s a little of that) as imbue the solo lines with maximum variety, creating a fantasy-like feel. That works quite well with the Four Seasons concertos, which are rendered in a colorful enough way that they evoke many of the images in Vivaldi’s accompanying printed sonnets (which would have been a profitable inclusion in the booklet).

Tracklist
Concerto pour 2 violons et violoncelle RV 578a en sol mineur
1. Allegro e spiccato
2. Allegro
3. Largo e spiccato
4. Allegro
Concerto pour violon RV 372 ‘Per Signora Chiara’ en si b majeur
5. Allegro molto e spiritoso
6. Largo ma non tanto
7. Allegro
(La primavera). Concerto pour violon RV 269 en Mi Majeur
8. Allegro
9. Largo
10. Allegro
(L’estate). Concerto pour violon RV 315 en sol mieur
11. Allegro non molto
12. Adagio
13. Presto
(L’autunno). Concerto pour violon RV 293 en Fa Majeur
14. Allegro
15. Adagio molto
16. Allegro
(L’inverno). Concerto pour violon RV 297 en fa mineur
17. Allegro molto
18. Largo
19. Allegro
Concerto pour violon RV 390 en si mineur
20. Andante molto
21. Allegro non molto
22. Larghetto
23. Allegro

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Apr 23

Anoushka Shankar – Land Of Gold (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:57:49 minutes | 629 MB | Genre: World
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Deutsche Grammophon

Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankars fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.

The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.

Land of Gold originated in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees. It coincided with the time when I had recently given birth to my second child. I was deeply troubled by the intense contrast between my ability to provide for my baby, and others who desperately wanted to provide the same security for their children but were unable to do so. Anoushka Shankar.

The narrative thread carried throughout the album evokes themes of disconnection, vulnerability and the underlying hope that persists in our darkest experiences. My instrument is the terrain in which I explore the gamut of emotional expression evoking shades of aggression, anger and tenderness, while incorporating elements of classical minimalism, jazz, electronica and Indian classical styles. Anoushka Shankar

Produced by Anoushka and her husband Joe Wright, whose film-making sensibilities helped to shape and add depth to the mood and energy of the album.

Produced by Anoushka and her husband Joe Wright, whose film-making sensibilities helped to shape and add depth to the mood and energy of the album.

Notable electronic producer Matt Robertson (who is a long-term collaborator of Bjork) added cinematic soundscapes and textures, enhancing the initial compositions. Anoushka worked with a core-team of gifted musicians: At its base the album is designed as a trio of Anoushka, the famous Hang Drum player Manu Delago who performs on and co-wrote many of the pieces, and Sanjeev Shankar who was a student of her father Ravi Shankar, playing the Shehnai, a beautiful reed instrument from India.

Top notch female guest artists lend their voices to the album: M.I.A. with the Song, Jump In (Cross the Line), the wonderful singer Alev Lenz on Land of Gold and the actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave on Remain the Sea (reading a poem by Pavana Reddy). Not only do they add different musical styles and voices of different generations but all of them represent strong women known for using their voices for equality and against injustice. The last song Reunion features a girls children choir Girls for Equality.

The music is mainly based on western harmonics, features great electronic programming, string arrangements, hip hop elements, beautiful songwriting and virtuoso sitar performances embedded in exciting contemporary arrangements.

Tracklist:

01. Boat To Nowhere ( 5:46)
02. Secret Heart ( 5:17)
03. Jump In (Cross The Line) (Feat. M.I.A.) ( 2:55)
04. Dissolving Boundaries ( 5:16)
05. Land Of Gold (Feat. Alev Lenz) ( 4:39)
06. Last Chance ( 4:42)
07. Remain The Sea (Feat. Vanessa Redgrave) ( 4:11)
08. Crossing The Rubicon (10:58)
09. Say Your Prayers ( 4:48)
10. Reunion ( 4:59)
11. Land Of Gold (Instrumental / Bonus Track) ( 4:19)

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Apr 23

日韓両国で絶大な人気を誇る彼女の初ベスト・アルバム。当時14歳だった2001年のデビューから18歳までの彼女の成長が刻まれている。ダンス・ポップ・シーンの頂点に君臨する彼女らしい、勢いに満ちた楽曲が満載。

BoA’s first Japanese-language best album.

It has been reissued three times: twice on 2005.03.30 in high-definition audio formats SACD (AVGD-17674) and DVD Audio (AVAD-91299) and once on 2009.03.19 in a limited-edition, priced-down CD Only release (AVCD-23854).

収録曲

01. LISTEN TO MY HEART
02. ID;Peace B
03. Amazing Kiss
04. 気持ちはつたわる
05. Every Heart -ミンナノキモチ-
06. VALENTI
07. 奇蹟
08. NO.1
09. JEWEL SONG
10. Shine We Are!
11. DOUBLE
12. Rock With You
13. QUINCY
14. コノヨノシルシ
15. メリクリ
16. LA・LA・LA LOVE SONG / BoA w/z SOUL’d OUT

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Apr 23

レーベル Lantis
配信開始日 2015.02.04
収録曲数 全14曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit

http://mora.jp/package/43000033/LACA-15473_F/

3人のサウンド・プロデューサー(佐藤純一、yuxuki waga、kevin mitsunaga)と、女性ヴォーカリストtowanaによる4人組ユニット、fhánaのファースト・アルバム。
5作連続でアニメタイアップを獲得したシングル曲に加え、書き下ろしの新曲を含む計14曲を収録。

佐藤純一さんコメント(インタビューより抜粋)
ファーストアルバムはボリュームたっぷりの超大作にしたいという想いがありました。1曲目の「Outside of Melancholy ~憂鬱の向こう側~」と最後14曲目の「white light」は歌詞もアレンジも対になっており、その間にこれまで担当してきたアニメ主題歌や、新曲が入り、全体で1つの物語を構成しています。ぜひ、アルバムを通して聴いていただけたら嬉しいです。

収録曲

1 – Outside of Melancholy ~憂鬱の向こう側~ – 04:49
2 – tiny lamp – 05:04
3 – divine intervention – 04:53
4 – lyrical sentence – 03:05
5 – スウィンギングシティ – 03:52
6 – はじまりのサヨウナラ – 04:49
7 – いつかの、いくつかのきみとのせかい – 04:03
8 – Paradise Chronicle – 04:48
9 – ARE YOU SLEEPING? – 05:41
10 – ケセラセラ – 04:56
11 – innocent filed – 05:02
12 – 君という特異点 [singular you] – 05:16
13 – 星屑のインターリュード – 06:27
14 – white light – 07:03

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Apr 23

Allison Miller – Otis Was A Polar Bear (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:32 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © The Royal Potato Family

The most poignant music is often inspired by watershed events in an artist’s life, and few occasions are more transformative than the arrival of one’s first child. For Allison Miller, the extraordinary drummer, composer and leader of her band Boom Tic Boom, that life-affirming experience provided the seed that led to the creation of her latest full-length studio album, Otis Was a Polar Bear. The recording, with violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornet player Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, upright bassist Todd Sickafoose and pianist Myra Melford, is Miller’s latest collection of 10 original compositions following 2013’s critically acclaimed No Morphine, No Lilies, which Downbeat Magazine said “reveals her exemplary chops and stylistic breadth.” The birth of Miller’s (and partner Rachel’s) daughter Josie found the NYC-based drummer reordering her priorities and the very way in which she approached her art, resulting in Boom Tic Boom’s most dynamic and inspired album yet.

Tracklist
01. Fuster
02. High T
03. Slow Jam
04. Staten Island
05. Shimmer
06. The Listener (For Josh Cantor)
07. Hoarding The Pod
08. Otis Was A Polar Bear
09. Pig In A Sidecar
10. Lullaby For Cookie

Musicians
Allison Miller – drums, composer
Myra Melford – piano
Ben Goldberg – clarinet
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Jenny Scheinman – violin
Todd Sickafoose – bass

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