Jul 21

Leopold Stokowski, BPO – Stravinsky‎: Firebird & Petrushka (1958/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:36 minutes | 679 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HighDefTapeTransfers.com | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Tracklist:
01 – Suite From “The Firebird”
02 – Suite From “Petrushka”

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Jul 21

Louise Rogers – Black Coffee (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:21 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

Jazz vocalist Louise Rogers has been gradually winning over converts with her beautiful burnished tone, clear diction, flawless intonation and impeccable musicianship. Her natural, unforced delivery harkens back to such pure singers as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Connor, and Doris Day.

BLACK COFFEE is her 5th recording, and finds Rogers taking a more relaxed and restrained approach over 12 songs, including standards “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Gentle Rain” and a moving take on “Alice In Wonderland” as well pop numbers, such as Peggy Lee’s 1956 hit “Black Coffee”.

Tracklist:
01 – Comes Love
02 – Alice in Wonderland
03 – Easy to Love
04 – Sentimental Journey
05 – Lazy Afternoon
06 – Pennies from Heaven
07 – Alright Okay You Win
08 – Black Coffee
09 – Ain’t Misbehavin’
10 – Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
11 – Skylark
12 – When the Sun Comes Out
13 – Be My Baby
14 – Gentle Rain

Main Artists Louise Rogers
Billy Drummond – drums
Paul Meyers – guitar
Rick Strong – bass

Producer David Chesky
Executive Producer Norman Chesky
Engineer Rick Eckerle, Nicholas Prout
Assistant Engineer Alex Sterling

This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.

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Jul 21

Lang Lang – Liszt: My Piano Hero (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:30 minutes | 0,97 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | @ Sony Classical
Recorded: April 23-28, 2011, Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (#1-10); June 4 & 5, 2011, Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria (#11-12)

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth, virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has selected some of the composer’s most characteristic pieces for his 2011 Sony release, Liszt: My Piano Hero. Prominent on this album is the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which features Lang Lang in a high-energy performance with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic. Without a doubt, most of Lang Lang’s fans will savor this Romantic showpiece, and for technical brilliance and drama, the performance doesn’t disappoint. He is especially lively and vivid in this work, and his interactions with the orchestra seem spontaneous and playful, as one might well imagine Liszt would have been. But Lang Lang seems more introspective and personally involved with the solo keyboard pieces that make up the greater part of the album. Here also is the flashy side of Liszt, but there is a greater emphasis on the poetic and rhapsodic, so Lang Lang indulges in reflective pieces as much as the flashy encores. Highlights include La Campanella, the Grand Galop chromatique, Liebestraum No. 3, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, and the arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria. –AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Tracklist:
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
1 Romance “O pourquoi donc” in E Minor, S. 169 3:05
2 La campanella in G-Sharp Minor from Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141/3 4:47
3 Consolation No. 3 in D-Flat Major, S. 172 4:19
4 Grand Galop chromatique in E-Flat Major, S. 219 3:58
5 Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3 4:53
6 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-Flat Major, S. 244/6 7:19
7 Trois études de concert in D-Flat Major, S. 144/3: Un sospiro 5:26
8 Rakoczy March from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A Minor, S. 244/15 (Horowitz version) 5:43
9 Ave Maria, S. 558 6:31
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S 124
10 I. Allegro maestoso 5:47
11 II. Quasi adagio – Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato 9:33
12 III. Allegro marziale animato 4:09

Personnel:
Lang Lang, piano
Wiener Philharmoniker (#10-12)
Valery Gergiev, conductor (#10-12)

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Jul 21

Franz Liszt – Transcendental Studies, S139 Nos. 1-12 – Dinara Klinton (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:14 minutes | 992 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Digital Booklet | © Genuin Classics
Recorded: Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Germany, June 2–4, 201

What if you did not know anything about this artist, who has devoted her second CD to Franz Liszt’s unbelievable “Études d’exécution transcendante”? Would that make any difference when you hear this new GENUIN CD? Young pianist Dinara Klinton’s playing sweeps over us like a force of nature, amazes her listeners and inspires them with enthusiasm. It seems that jury members from over a dozen international competitions have felt the same way, otherwise Dinara Klinton would not have won them all… Go ahead and hear for yourself – but make sure you hold onto your seat!

Sailing the spring tide of Romanticism, defining modern piano technique, a journey from childhood to manhood, the death of Weber to the 1851 Great Exhibition, “a part of his musical autobiography in public” (Alan Walker), Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, Busoni maintained, should be “put at the head of his pianoforte compositions, [placing him] in the rank of the greatest pianoforte composers since Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Alkan, Brahms.” In their pages are to be encountered “the Mephistophelian and the Religious: he who acknowledges God does not value the Devil less – the sentimental and the inspired” characteristic of Liszt’s art as a whole. Via a circle of falling fifths, enshrining the monumental, the Herculean, they essay mechanicals, musicality, emotion, caprice, symphonism, epithets … the programmatic, the suggestive, the impressionistic … fantasy, rhapsody, poem, dream. There’s nothing like them in the repertory – the Matterhorn of an era.
Dinara Klinton, from Kharkiv in the Ukraine – 2014-15 Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow at the Royal College of Music – was mentored by Vladimir Krainev and studied in Moscow with Valery Pyasetsky (Central Music School) and Eliso Virsaladze (Conservatoire). Dina Parakhina, a Malinin disciple, has been overseeing her postgraduate and competition schedule in London. Grounded in the Blumenfeld / Godowsky / Neuhaus tradition that produced Horowitz, Barere, Yudina, Gilels and Richter, she’s an artist of refined sensibility and high-pressure technique. Her passions surge and swirl, consuming the listener. She can sing a line and hold a paragraph with majesty, her ‘thrown’ melodic projection almost aria-like. Making beautiful sounds, voicing chords with clarity, developing tone, is a priority. Her bass notes tread the elemental. Her climaxes, reaching quickening, explosive release from nowhere, are on an oceanic scale. Knife-edge drama, bold images, matter to her.
“Learning the complete Transcendental Studies”, says Klinton, “had been my child’s dream, performing them – my youth’s aim, recording them – my senior urge. Liszt explores the infinite variety of human life via feelings of joy, sorrow, love, anger, dignity and defeat.” Entering a fiercely competitive arena, her album, classily produced in Leipzig’s Mendelssohn-Saal (an airy acoustic), lets no one down. The pianism is intensely drilled. The emotional voltage is super-charged. The instrument (a well-disposed Steinway) roars and thunders, caresses and yields. Octaves cascade down the heavens like streaked lighting; cadenzas open out gently – kisses on the wind; chandeliers of sound glint icily, fierily; cadences pause, move on, and find old-world rest.
Judge this project on its own terms, forget comparisons. That some numbers are slower than the great gramophone trail-blazers, others quicker, is of no consequence. Klinton has determined ideas, she stands by them, and she creates an organic landscape which she wanders and rules over with easy grace and authentically grand rhetoric.
The slow numbers become magnificent, fabulous tone-poems of infinitely terraced longing: ‘Ricordanza’ (“faded love letters” – Busoni); ‘Harmonies du soir’ (sounds and perfumes in the air, a tormented heart, a sad beautiful sky spread like a vast altar before the drowning sun). For Klinton ‘Feux follets’ – will-o’-the-wisps, malignant impish spirits leading travellers to their doom – proves a brilliant, purling tour-de-force, expressively articulated rather than merely note-spun, its phrasing, breathing and elegance of touch more than once questioning Richter (Bolet and Berezovsky too).
Among the more headstrong canvases ‘Mazeppa’ is tireless and epic, swathes of muscular D-minor strength offset by veils of humming vibrato assai. If its gear changes seem odd, editorially generated even, the score confirms an admirable fidelity to the page. Dinara Klinton is a player to watch. —Reviewed by Ateş Orga, Classical Source

Tracklist:
Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Études d’exécution transcendante, S. 139
1 No. 1 in C Major, “Preludio” 01:02
2 No. 2 in A Minor, “Fusees” 02:25
3 No. 3 in F Major, “Paysage” 05:07
4 No. 4 in D Minor, “Mazeppa” 07:43
5 No. 5 in B-Flat Major, “Feux follets” 03:40
6 No. 6 in G Minor, “Vision” 05:33
7 No. 7 in E-Flat Major, “Eroica” 04:49
8 No. 8 in C Minor, “Wilde Jagd” 05:40
9 No. 9 in A-Flat Major, “Ricordanza” 11:11
10 No. 10 in F Minor, “Appassionata” 04:57
11 No. 11 in D-Flat Major, “Harmonies du soir” 09:25
12 No. 12 in B Minor, “Chasse-neige” 05:42

Personnel:
Dinara Klinton, piano

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Jul 21

LYNX – Flute (2007) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 68:29 minutes | Covers included | 3,44 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Covers included | 1,17 GB

芸大出身の女性4人によるフルート・アンサンブル、LYNXのアルバム。プロデュース&録音をオノ・セイゲンが担当。スメタナ「モルダウ交響詩《わが祖国》より」、ドヴォルザーク「ラルゴ交響曲第9番《新世界より》」、ラヴェル「ボレロ」、ベートーヴェン「交響曲第5番《運命》」他、全9曲を収録。

Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music born of four women flute ensemble by, LYNX album. Ono or restricted in charge of producing and recording. Smetana “Moldau symphonic poem from” My Fatherland “,” Dvorak “Largo Symphony No. 9” From the New World “,” Ravel “Bolero”, Beethoven “Symphony No. 5” destiny “” and others, recorded a total of nine songs. – from amazon

スーパー・フルート・アンサンブル! 誰もが知っているクラシックの名曲を選曲! ピッコロからパスフルートまで5オクターブに渡る音を駆使し、フルート4本とは思えない迫力ある響き、10年かけて作られた緻密で息のあったアンサンブル。まるで指揮者がいるかのような、一体感のある演奏は圧巻!

Super Flute Ensemble! Everyone is making full use of sound over a 5 octave song selection masterpieces of classic! From piccolo to pass flute know, powerful sound that does not think four flute, made over a period of ’10 dense and had ensemble of breath. Almost as if the conductor is present, playing with a sense of unity is the best part! – cdjapan.co.jp

Tracklist:
01. J.S.Bach: Ouverture – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
02. J.S.Bach: Rondeau – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
03. J.S.Bach: Sarabande – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
04. J.S.Bach: Bourree – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
05. J.S.Bach: Polonaise – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
06. J.S.Bach: Menuet – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
07. J.S.Bach: Badinerie – Orchestral Suites No.2 h moll BWV1067
08. Mozart: Symphony No.25 g moll K.183 – I Allegro con brio
09. Smetana: The Moldau from “My Fatherland”
10. Wagner: Tannhäuser – Overture
11. Tchaikovsky : Symphony No.6 – III Allegro molto Vivace
12. Dvorak: Symphony No.9 – II Largo
13. Beethoven: Symphony No.5 – I Allegro con brio
14. Ravel: Bolero
15. J.S.Bach: Toccata and Fugue d-moll BWV565

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Jul 21

Lady Gaga – Joanne (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:23 minutes | 576 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7digital | Digital Booklet | © Interscope Records

On her most personal LP to date, Gaga aims for authenticity. Named after the superstar’s late aunt, Joanne pivots away from the conceptual disco of 2013’s ARTPOP for a set of lived-in folk (the gorgeous title cut), wild-eyed rock (“Diamond Heart”), and windswept country (“Grigio Girls”). A vibrant list of collaborators includes Florence Welch, Mark Ronson, Beck, Josh Homme, and Father John Misty mastermind Josh Tillman.

Tracklist:

01. Diamond Heart (3:30)
02. A-YO (3:28)
03. Joanne (3:17)
04. John Wayne (2:54)
05. Dancin’ In Circles (3:27)
06. Perfect Illusion (3:02)
07. Million Reasons (3:25)
08. Sinner’s Prayer (3:43)
09. Come To Mama (4:15)
10. Hey Girl (Featuring Florence Welch) (4:15)
11. Angel Down (3:49)
12. Grigio Girls (3:00)
13. Just Another Day (2:58)
14. Angel Down (Work Tape) (2:20)

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Jul 21

Dirty Beaches – Stateless (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 41:10 minutes | 390 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover

Alex Zhang Hungtai, known by his stage name Dirty Beaches, is a Taiwanese-born Canadian musician based in Montreal, Quebec.Dirty Beaches began as a one-man band, sometimes employing sampling, inspired by Zhang’s longtime love of hip hop. In addition to his own years moving between countries and on the road touring, films are one of Zhang’s influences, particularly those by Wong Kar-wai.

All seasons are cyclical, like real life shit. We adapt and venture through each phase with intentions of engagement, embracing mistakes and chances that eventually become the foundation of identities and roles we take on in life. All pain is temporary, as in joy, anger, doubt and all human emotions. Nothing is forever. Just a constant cyclical randomization processed in patterns and algorithms. We can’t predict life, but we can try to brace ourselves for the ever changing tides of time. Some dreams, are worth breaking your limbs for.

Tracklist:
01 – Displaced
02 – Stateless
03 – Pacific Ocean
04 – Time Washes Away Everything

All music written by Alex Zhang Hungtai.
Except on track 1 and 4 written with Vittorio Demarin.
Written and recorded in Treviso, Italy and Addac Studio in Lisbon, Portugal. Jan-May 2014.
Mixed by Dean Hurley in Los Angeles. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal.

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Jul 21

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (1968/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 31:36 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © The Verve Music Group

The album, highlighted with his expressive and emotive vocal styling, includes arguably one of the greatest songs ever written, “What A Wonderful World,” a recording that would be inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and continues to transcend countless generations of music lovers.

Helmed by legendary producer Bob Thiele, this 1968 recording ushered Louis Armstrong into his later days as a pop vocalist. Here, the trumpet that drove Armstrong’s early Hot Fives and Sevens is more subdued as his familiar gravelly voice takes center stage. Showcasing the powerful title track as well as several cheery pop favorites, Armstrong’s prowess as an interpreter of song is unmistakable during these recordings, despite his rapidly failing health. Satchmo’s amiable presence carries this recording through a few slow moments and has endeared the album as a pop vocal classic.

Tracklist:
01 – What A Wonderful World (Single Version)
02 – Cabaret (Single Version)
03 – The Home Fire (Album Version)
04 – Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Album Version)
05 – Give Me Your Kisses (Album Version)
06 – The Sunshine Of Love (Single Version)
07 – Hello Brother (Single Version)
08 – There Must Be A Way (Album Version)
09 – Fantastic, That’s You (Album Version)
10 – I Guess I’ll Get The Papers And Go Home (Album Version)
11 – Hellzapoppin’ (Single Version)

About the Mastering:
Mastering was completed by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound NYC, using the original 1/4″ analog masters from the ABC Records vault. The masters were played on a modified Studer A820 with Wolke Butterfly heads and converted to digital at 192khz/24bit resolution using the DCS 904 converter and Sterling’s proprietary mastering systems. As always, the most direct signal path was maintained throughout the mastering process.

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Jul 21

Louis Pimentel – The Interstellar Group (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 00:45:53 minutes | 578 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Front Cover | © Self Released

This is my first recording project that I have decided to take up in the Summer of 2015. I had enough original music to create an album and great musicians that were available to record it, so I asked “Why not?”. A lot of these compositions were written over the course of the two years when I first decided to take up composing. I am so proud on how these tracks have turned out! There are some great moments that have been recorded and I hope that you will enjoy listening as much as we had enjoyed playing it!

Tracklist
1. Level One
2. Searching
3. Always (For You)
4. Stream Of Consciousness
5. Cosmic Undulation
6. Pandemonium

Musicians
Louis Pimentel – saxes, compositions
Shai Golan – alto sax
Zach Ramacier – trumpet
Adam Hersh – piano
Andy McCauley – bass
Kirk Portuguez – drums

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Jul 21

Little Star – Being Close (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:31:04 minutes | 360 MB | Genre: Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Front Cover | © Good Cheer Records

Like it or not, the Little Star story is a classic rock one. Born out of a dissolving relationship, baptized in manic bedroom recording sessions, and confirmed under the winking lights of Portland basement venues, Little Star embodies the rock dream of transfiguring sadness into pop gold.

We first heard of Little Star through the Romantic World of Little Star cassette self-release, a map for Daniel Byers’ inner tumult disguised as scrappy dreampop. Big Star’s exuberant melancholy, the Kinks’ crackerjack guitar work and the Cure’s winking macabre all lit the path through Daniel Byers’ little world. Now we have Being Close, an album that finds Byers enlisting the help of bassist, singer and songwriter Julian Morris and drummer John Value, transposing the coy synthesized instrumentation of Romantic World into a true power trio. “It has very aggressive moments, and it has more tender and sweet moments,” than the debut cassette, proclaims Morris. Byers takes care to note the influence of friends and fellow Portlanders Sioux Falls on the album’s brash sound.

Being Close is the sound of Little Star “bringing the [Romantic World] out of the bedroom and into the live space,” says Value. The ten-song collection finds Byers and Morris, penning songs about transformation and transcendence—Dan’s songs about processing his breakup, Julian’s songs about his process of gender transition. The album might be about dissolution and finding oneself anew, but Byers carefully notes that the songs are really about “moving apart from people.” Is it a breakup album? “Well maybe it is, on accident.”

Songs like “Cheeseman” and “For Goth Easter” demonstrate the emotional breadth of Little Star. All of the songs are “about moving apart from people,” Byers explains. The rollicking “Cheeseman” details the painful drift between two friends, set over Bolan-esque chugging guitar chords. An honest-to-god guitar solo caps off the song, showcasing Byers’ sage-like (and Sage-like) fret heroics. And then there’s “For Goth Easter.” The Morris-Value-Byers trio have turned Romantic World’s emotional centerpiece into a Being Close’s first act showstopper, a breathless three-minute meditation on the power of rock music. Portland Mercury contributor Cameron Crowell has described seeing entire basements teary-eyed, singing along to every word of the song, and I’ve seen it happen, too, I swear to god.

Little Star recorded the bulk of Being Close live in a single eighteen-hour session at Portland’s Type Foundry Studios and mixed the rest of the album in the same house used to make Romantic World. Portland label Good Cheer Records is proud to release the album on CD and Cassette, available online and in stores on January 8.
– Mac Pogue

Tracklist:

01. Being Close
02. Cheeseman
03. For Goth Easter
04. Voice
05. Ollie
06. Banker
07. New TV
08. Ian
09. Attention
10. Hungry Ghost

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