Jul 08

Ksenija Sidorova – Carmen (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:28 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Blackbird Music Studio, Berlin ( Band ) 8 / 2015; Zorlu Performing Arts Center, Istanbul (Orchestra) 8 / 2015; Floating Earth Studios, London 11 / 2015

Countless artists, authors and other sharp creative minds – from Manet and Peter Brook to Nabokov and Nietzsche – have drawn deep inspiration from Carmen. Ksenija Sidorova is the latest to reimagine the tragic heroine of Bizet’s opera. The Latvian accordionist, a massive musical talent with the blazing energy of a comet, marks her Deutsche Grammophon debut with an album driven by her identification with Bizet’s famously free-spirited femme fatale. Ksenija’s Carmen gives new life to some of the most popular of all classical melodies, presented here in seductively fresh arrangements. She describes the character of Carmen as, above all, “a projection of the heart’s most intimate desires”. In response, her album, influenced by Latin, Asian, European and North American musical styles, offers an intoxicating mix of tone colours and pulsating rhythms.

Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
1. Carmen’s Walk 00:49
2. Seguidillas 02:40
3. La Siesta 02:53
4. Chanson bohème 04:28
5. Love Song 03:53
6. Soir mélancolique 02:14
7. Sunrise Over Seville 05:15
8. In The Cards 05:13
9. La Fiesta 01:57
10. The Other Woman 03:55
11. Spanish Pride 02:22
12. À la bohèmienne 02:41
13. Date With Destiny 03:32
14. Reflections 02:11
15. Daybreak 03:31
16. Toreador (Los Toreros) 04:11
17. Carmen’s Shadow 00:51

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Nuevo Mundo:
Efrain Oscher, Flute · Dario Mariño Varela, Clarinet · Gregoire Peters, Soprano Saxophone
Brayahan Cesin, Trumpet · Joaquín “Ximo” Vicedo, Trombone · Maria Totdenhaupt, Harp
Alejandro Loguercio, Violin · Johannes Dworatzek, Cello · Roberto Koch, Bass
Itamar Doari, percussion · Reentko Dirks, guitar
Michael Abramovich, piano & musical direction
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Sascha Goetzel, conductor

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Jul 08

Jean-Marc Foltz & Stephan Oliva – Gershwin (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2kHz  | Time – 45:05 minutes | 645 MB | Genre: Jazz
OStudio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © VISION FUGITIVE

Non, décidément, enregistrer un hommage à George Gershwin ne se résume pas au choix de quelques standards célèbres relus comme à la parade par de bons musiciens. Il y faut, plus encore qu’avec n’importe quel autre répertoire, une compréhension intime de la richesse harmonique, une conscience de l’histoire — comment faire du neuf avec du jamais vieux — et ce savoir spécial qui consiste à éviter tous les clichés jazzistiques tout en s’inscrivant dans une tradition. Trois qualités distinctives que cultivent, depuis déjà plus d’une décennie, le clarinettiste Jean-Marc Foltz et le pianiste Stéphane Oliva. Ils avaient auparavant fréquenté l’ombre intimidante de Giacinto Scelsi, l’un des plus passionnants créateurs de musique contemporaine (Soffio di Scelsi, 2007), revisité en voyageurs engagés le grand répertoire classique pour clarinette et piano (Visions fugitives, 2011) ou plus récemment relu le mythe de Pandore (Pandore, 2016).

01. Somehow
02. The Man I Love
03. Fascinating Rhythm / Someone to Watch Over Me (to Woody Allen)
04. S’Wonderful (Morning)
05. My Man’s Gone Now
06. A Foggy Date / Rhapsody in Blue Them (Gershwin’s Dream)
07. I Can’t Get Started
08. Rhapsody in Blue Theme
09. Summertime
10. S’wonderful (Evening)
11. Prelude No. 2, Blue Lullaby (The Bridge)
12. I Love(s) You Porgy

Jean-Marc Foltz – clarinets
Stephan Oliva – piano

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Jul 08

Janoska Ensemble – Janoska Style (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:58 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Music GmbH
Recorded: August 2015, Lisztzentrum, Raiding, Austria

With their inimitable ‘Janoska style’ the four members of the Janoska Ensemble have developed a breathtakingly virtuosic and profoundly personal vision of music, which they interpret in a thoroughly modern way.

For their debut album they have chosen to present a picture of Vienna as a cultural melting pot, lacing it with irony and wit and taking it beyond the confines of the Austrian capital.

On “The Janoska Style” virtuoso classics by Franz Waxman, Niccolò Paganini and Pablo de Sarasate are heard alongside a Viennese work by Fritz Kreisler and operetta themes by Johann Strauss combined with the strains of a Csárdás, music from the Balkans, the world of the tango, rumba and of jazz improvisations.

Their inexhaustible inventive arrangements allow the Janoska Ensemble to explore a wide range of works from popular classics to compositions that they have written themselves.

Violinist Julian Rachlin says: “As an ensemble “they are a whiff of fresh air”, combining their outstanding, individual talents with their family ties. They have become successful in performing in a variety of genres in their unique ‘Janoska style’, which is creating a new hybrid genre”.

Boris Fomin (1900 – 1948), Konstantin Podrevskij, Nadir Mamedoff
1. Dorogoi Dlinnoyu (Those Were The Days) 8:41
Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)
2. Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow) 3:47
Frantisek Janoska (1989 – )
3. Musette Pour Fritz 5:53
Franz Waxman (1906 – 1967), Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875), Frantisek Janoska (1989 – )
4. “Carmen” Fantasie – for violin and orchestra based on themes from the Opera of Georges Bizet 11:25
Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
5. Meditation From “Thais” 5:56
Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840), Janoska Ensemble
6. Capriccio No.24 Opus 1 (Caprice) 5:11
Roman Janoska (1986 – )
7. Janoska: Melodie For Melody 4:45
Frantisek Janoska (1989 – ), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
8. Janoska: Rumba for Amadeus 5:16
Pablo Martin De Sarasate (1844 – 1908)
9. Introduction and Tarantella Op. 43 6:00
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
10. Adios Nonino 7:13

Ondrej Janoska, Violin
Janoska Ensemble, Ensemble
Roman Janoska, Violin
Julius Darvas, Double Bass
Frantisek Janoska, Piano

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Jul 08

Georg Friedrich Handel – Suites for Harpsichord Nos. 1-4, HWV 426-429 – Glenn Gould (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:28 minutes | 475 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Gould’s only recording on harpsichord owed its existence to a transportation mishap suffered by his Steinway CD 318. Once again the critics’ reactions ranged from rejection to outrage. Gould himself was so satisfied with the results that he once contemplated recording Part 2 of The Art of the Fugue on this instrument—a Wittmayer harpsichord.


Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426
1  I. Prelude 02:17
2  II. Allemande 03:06
3  III. Courante 02:20
4  IV. Gigue 02:01

Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427
5  I. Adagio 02:29
6  II. Allegro 01:26
7  III. Adagio 01:57
8  IV. Allegro – Fuga 01:55

Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428
9  I. Prelude. Presto 00:59
10  II. Allegro – Fugue 01:55
11  III. Allemande 02:31
12  IV. Courante 01:56
13  V. Air 03:59
14  Variation 1 00:42
15  Variation 2 00:40
16  Variation 3 00:40
17  Variation 4 00:48
18  Variation 5 00:36
19  VI. Presto 02:03

Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429
20  I. Allegro – Fugue 02:49
21  II. Allemande 01:10
22  III. Courante 01:17
23  IV. Sarabande 02:48
24  V. Gigue 01:04

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Jul 08

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:21 minutes | 634 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © Motéma

Echoes of the past meet visions of the future on Work Songs, the follow up to Jaimeo Brown Transcendence’s arresting 2013 self-titled debut. From recordings of prisoners in Mississippi to stonemasons in Japan, the album brings renewed life to historical work songs through a mixture of powerfully evocative samples and new recordings. Comprised of drummer/producer Jaimeo Brown and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar, Jaimeo Brown Transcendence deftly weaves together the acoustic and the digital, compellingly connecting jazz and blues with contemporary rock, hip-hop and electronic music.

The inventiveness to cope with difficulty lies at the heart of Work Songs, the follow-up to drummer Jaimeo Brown’s outstanding 2013 release Transcendence. The syncopation of hammers on nails forging railroad tracks and weary chants of laborers are mixed with progressive blues, rock, jazz, and hip hop influences to create a patchwork that’s soulfully compelling. Brown and co-producer/guitarist Chris Sholar deftly integrate sampled field recordings with scintillating performances from jazz saxophonists JD Allen and Jaleel Shaw, blues singer Lester Chamber and new talents such as keyboardist Big Yuki.
Hardship is not confined to a specific people or location and Brown and Sholar cast the geographic net from American prison settings and cotton fields in “Hidden Angel” and “The Valley” to “Safflower” a Japanese folk song that contains entrancing vocals, keyboards and Jaleel Shaw’s fluent alto. Brown’s playing is explosive or nuanced to fit the need and moments such as JD Allen’s fierce solo in “Lazarus” while quoting the Disney tune “Whistle While You Work” are improvised perfections. Though the music juxtaposes voices from the past and present, electronics and live instruments—Brown and Sholar suggest that they are simply a conduit for expressing the human condition in turning bad situations into something more bearable. Like its predecessor, Work Songs is another captivating and thought-provoking journey.

01 – Hidden Valley
02 – Mississippi
03 – Lazarus
04 – Safflower
05 – Be So Glad
06 – Happy Serving
07 – 2113
08 – Moment of Rest
09 – For Mama Lucy
10 – Stonemason
11 – Paterson
12 – The Valley

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