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Month: April 2018

Gwen Hoebig & Karl Stobbe – Leclair: Six Sonatas for Two Violins, Op. 3 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gwen Hoebig & Karl Stobbe – Leclair: Six Sonatas for Two Violins, Op. 3 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:06:22 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Groupe Analekta, Inc

Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster, and Karl Stobbe, Associate Concertmaster, both distinguished musicians of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, combine their talents to bring us the album Six Sonatas for Two Violins, by the great French composer Jean-Marie Leclair, whose tumultuous life led to his murder in 1764.

This magnificent work, composed of lilting pastorals, graceful sarabandes and fiery jigs, is admirably performed by the two virtuosos. Known for his delicate and clean melodic writing, Jean-Marie Leclair is considered the father of violin in France.

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Great Lake Swimmers – A Forest of Arms (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Great Lake Swimmers – A Forest of Arms (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 44:27 minutes | 917 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Nettwerk Records

Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 20, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the groups refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist). Great Lake Swimmers consists of Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are also several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath). The band has already announced a Canadian tour in support of the release and will follow with European dates later in the year!

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GoGo Penguin – Man Made Object {Deluxe Edition} (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

GoGo Penguin – Man Made Object (2016) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:51 minutes | 674 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records

The new album from Manchester UK based trio GoGo Penguin. Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines & electronica-inspired drums has seen them shortlisted for the Mercury Prize with their last album v2.0 & has fuelled their exhilarating live shows around the world.

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GoGo Penguin – A Humdrum Star (Deluxe) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

GoGo Penguin – A Humdrum Star (Deluxe) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 58:20 minutes | 1.07 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

Gogo Penguin is an experience, almost a challenge. We know the fascination of Chris Illingworth, the pianist of the trio from Manchester, for robotics and the concepts of transhumanism and human upgrading. The music he’s been creating since 2012 with bass player Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner manages to merge machine and human like no one else. A classic formation, a jazz education, an electronic consumption and, in the end, this GoGo Penguin sound, incomparably fluid and superbly recorded by producer and sound engineer Joe Reiser, the true fourth member of the band.

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – The One And Only (1978/2015) {Expanded Edition 2014} [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gladys Knight & The Pips – The One And Only (1978/2015) {Expanded Edition 2014}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:19:33 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

In 1978, Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded one album as a group in addition to doing some recording separately. That year, Knight provided her first solo album, Miss Gladys Knight, for Buddah/Arista, while the Pips recorded Callin’ (their second album without her) for Casablanca. And together, they recorded The One and Only, which didn’t go down in history as one of their all-time classics but is a generally pleasant, if unspectacular, soul-pop outing. This LP finds the quartet working with various producers, including Michael Masser, Richie Wise, Tony Camillo, and the Van McCoy/Charles Kipps team. The album’s best-known offering is the disco-flavored single “It’s a Better Than Good Time,” which Knight also recorded as a solo artist in 1978. Other decent tracks range from the vibrant “Come Back and Finish What You Started” (written by McCoy/Kipps) to the ballad “What If I Should Ever Need You” and the exuberant, gospel-minded “Saved By the Grace of Your Love.” Nothing on The One and Only is in a class with “Midnight Train to Georgia” or “I Feel a Song (In My Heart),” but none of the material is bad either. Although not essential and not recommended to casual listeners, The One and Only is worth hearing if you’re among Gladys Knight & the Pips’ die-hard fans. ~ Alex Henderson

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One Of Us (1973/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One Of Us (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 34:36 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B, Disco
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music

Although they left Motown (actually Soul) shortly after they cut this album, Gladys Knight & the Pips were at their performing peak during the early ’70s. This magnificent title track featured stunning vocals by Knight and equally effective backing vocals from the Pips, and had several other outstanding songs on it. Why Motown never pushed them as much as they could have mystified many at the time, and while Knight and the Pips didn’t surpass their Motown material at other labels, they created enough outstanding songs to justify their decision to leave.

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Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Mullejans & Gottfried von der Goltz – Handel: Concerti a due cori (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans & Gottfried von der Goltz – Handel: Concerti a due cori (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 48:33 minutes | 927 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

It was for the occasion of the Covent Garden premiere of his oratorio Joshua in 1748, that Handel composed – or rather arranged – the first of his three Concerti a due cori (« Cori » does not mean here a vocal group, but two instrumental groups – two oboes, two horns, and one bassoon each, a total of ten soloists – answering to each other on the playing grounds provided by the strings), namely the HWV 332. At that time, it was customary to lighten up performances of the largest compositions, especially oratorios, with a sprinkling of instrumental pieces. But as Handel was a busy man and a businessman, and producing so much music so fast was no easy feat. This accounts for the fact that so many of his instrumental pieces are in fact recyclings – transcriptions, reorchestrations, transcriptions, according to what was available and requested – of earlier works, mostly his own, sometimes that of fellow composers – who would not necessarily be informed of the pillage. In the case of Concerto a due cori No. 1, Handel plundered a handful of his own operas and oratorios.

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Francois Leleux – Prince Esterhazy Concertos (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

François Leleux – Prince Esterházy Concertos (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:06:21 minutes | 598 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Der französische Star-Oboist François Leleux ist berühmt für sein einzigartiges, facettenreiches Spiel. Sein Ton “berührt die Seele” (NDR Kultur), seine Technik ist makellos (Stern) und der Klang ist samtig und weich.

Anlässlich des 300. Geburtstages von Fürst Nikolaus I. Joseph Esterházy de Galantha präsentiert er mit dem Münchener Kammerorchester auf seinem neuen Album unterhaltsame und zugleich geistvolle Konzerte von Joseph Haydn und Johann Nepomuk Hummel, die beide als Kapellmeister das musikalische Leben am Hofe der mächtigen und musikliebenden Familie Esterházy zwischen 1761 und 1811 bestimmten.

Mit dem Solo-Flötisten der Berliner Philharmoniker, Emmanuel Pahud, hat François Leleux zwei reizvolle Konzerte Haydns, die ursprünglich für zwei drehleierartige Instrumente namens “Lira Organizzata” geschrieben worden sind, eingespielt. Darüber hinaus ein Oboenkonzert in C-Dur, welches lange Zeit Joseph Haydn zugeschrieben wurde, aber dessen wahrer Urheber bis heute weiterhin unbekannt ist. Die virtuosen Konzertvariationen op. 102 für Oboe und Orchester aus der Feder von Johann Nepomuk Hummel runden dieses besonders interessante Programm ab.

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Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 37:59 minutes | 764 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © XL Recordings

XL Recordings owner Richard Russell has run one of England’s most feted independent labels for nearly 30 years, so it’s unsurprising that the band he has put together, Everything is Recorded, is a star-studded affair. And tonight, performing in the round on a stage watched over by pixelated artwork of icons from Robert Johnson to the sphinx, an A-list of XL-backed rappers and singers is on hand to realise Russell’s forays into soul, jazz and hip-hop.

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Evangelina Mascardi – Laurent de Saint-Luc: Piees pour luth (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Evangelina Mascardi – Laurent de Saint-Luc: Pièces pour luth (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 01:01:51 minutes | 1071 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Musique en Wallonie

Laurent de Saint-Luc was born in 1669 into a family of musicians. The reputation of his father, Jacques de Saint-Luc, had gone beyond the borders of the Spanish Netherlands: he was known all the way to Paris – where, in 1647, he performed as a theorbist at the Chapelle Royale. While Saint-Luc’s father was attached to the Chapelle Royale in Brussels from 1639 to 1683, Laurent never appeared among the court musicians. Perhaps we can deduce from this that from 1691, the son was no longer in the southern Low Countries. In addition to no position at the court being forthcoming, the political situation could have led him to leave Brussels, as the League of Augsburg had turned the region into a battlefield – in 1695, a bombardment destroyed two thirds of Brussels. Although France was an enemy, Saint-Luc made for Paris and stayed there a while, and several pieces seem to confirm his presence there in this period: L’Arioste moderne refers to a work by Mme Gillot de Beaucour dating from 1685; La Belle au bois dormant to Perrault’s 1696 fairytale. It was in Amsterdam that his Suites pour le luth avec un dessus et une basse ad libitum, appeared, the Livre premier in 1709, and theLivre second in 1710, but we have nothing which allows us to confidently pinpoint the composer’s whereabouts at those dates. The latest historical event to which his compositions refer (they are often very descriptive: The Defeat of the French by the Germans Before Turin, The Taking of Barcelona, etc.) is the taking of Lille, in October 1708. And after that… a mystery. Thereafter, the composer generally sticks to traditional forms, but which he can still renew, not just prefacing his allemandes with unexpected preludes, but even giving them overtures or a march, while substituting for sarabande and gigue with pieces like Pour endormir l’enfant or Pastorelle. A shiny and new ancient composer, then, and the silvery lutist Evangelina Mascardi gives an intense and tender reading.

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