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Month: March 2019

Ying-Hsueh Chen – Raw Elegance (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ying-Hsueh Chen – Raw Elegance (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 50:27 minutes | 411 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Orlando Records

Raw Elegance includes 3 primordial contemporary percussion works based on Skin, Wood, and Metal: Rebonds (1989) by Iannis Xenakis, Mani.Matta (2008) by Pierluigi Billone, and Maskine (‘machine’, 2012) by Toke Odin, commissioned by me. These 3 are all “architectural” pieces which, in my opinion, speak very directly to people of all ages and interests because of their primordial qualities.

The name “Raw Elegance” came from my many years of fascination with and exploration of different combinations of polarities. “Raw Elegance” sums up the general polarities in my personal style and taste on the stage: I am a woman percussionist with a slim physique, yet by nature I perform with lots of primitive power, intuition, and speed.

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Yasmin Rowe & Yelian He – Music for Cello & Piano (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Yasmin Rowe & Yelian He – Music for Cello & Piano (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:03:39 minutes | 2,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Willowhayne Records

After her critically acclaimed début album of piano music from Bach to Kapustin, Yasmin Rowe joins Australian cellist Yelian He (collectively known as Y2) in a programme of music by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Henryson, Kapustin and Piazzolla. Y2 has also achieved outstanding success on the world’s competition stages, notably 1st Prize in the 2009

Royal Over-Seas League String Competition in London and the Grand Prize and Audience Prize in the 2014 Australian Cello Awards Competition (now amalgamated as the Young Performers Awards) in Sydney. This release includes the world première recording of Svante Henrysson’s “On A Day Like This” for solo cello.

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WDR Sinfonieorchester Kooln & Marek Janowski – Hindemith (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln & Marek Janowski – Hindemith (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 58:20 minutes | 573 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

No, this is not a re-edit, but really a brand new recording – January 2017 – made by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Marek Janowski. In addition to the vigorous and explosive Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, the theme in question stemming from Schiller’s version of Gozzi’s Turandot, the recording also features the rarer – and much less “fun” – Nobilissima visione suite. In the initial eponymous ballet from which the suite is derived, Hindemith depicted in musical tones a few episodes of the life of Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, better known as Saint Francis of Assisi. The last movement depicts, provided such a text can even be depicted, the Canticle of the Sun; Hindemith turns it into an immense and intense passacaglia that instead of actually “telling” the Canticle, manages to convey its sheer grandeur. The album closes on another splendour, Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra, Op. 50 from 1930, as ordered by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Orchestra. In the great polyphonic tradition, the composer “opposes” groups, in this case the brass – 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, 1 tuba – and the strings (for which the partition requires the largest possible headcount), resulting in a fantastic musical, contrapuntal and architectural richness, not to mention a touch of humour in the race between both ensembles in the second part, as the brass play a rather quirky waltz with jazzy accents and the strings a much more “serious” style is adopted. For anyone barely familiar with Hindemith, these two latest works are a must-have, and more than likely a true revelation!

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Vicent Morello & Daniel Del Pino – Gypsy Inspiration (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Vicent Morelló & Daniel Del Pino – Gypsy Inspiration (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:02:13 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Eudora Records

Vicent Morelló, solo flutist of the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, and Daniel del Pino explore the influence of the gypsy music in the classical repertoire with this exciting programme, ranging from the rhapsodic and sentimental virtuosity of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen to the Hungarian folk-inspired lyricism of Béla Bartók’s masterpiece. Captivating and virtuoso performances for a stunning recording.

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Various Artists – True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:42 minutes | 1,63 GB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Nonesuch

Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In True Stories, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show—all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience.

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Various Artists – This Is the Blues (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – This Is the Blues (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:56:42 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Blues
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BnF Collection

D’après des enregistrements sonores réalisés par le label new-yorkais Decca Records et édités par Brunswick dans les années 1960, BnF collection sonore propose une collection de dix volumes consacrés au blues. Une série de fichiers audio haute résolution obtenus à partir de la version mono restaurée pour parcourir une histoire singulière du blues.

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Various Artists – The Jubilee Concerts (Live) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Various Artists – The Jubilee Concerts (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:09:05 minutes | 777 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

These Jubilee Concerts made it possible to experience at close quarters what ACT exists to achieve: it is a leading label where listeners can discover newly created music “in the Sprit of jazz.”. Mike Flynn, Editor of Jazzwise wrote in his review of the concert that the ACT label has “a smile on its face and a swagger in its step”. And where might the best evidence for that statement be found? It’s all there on this album.

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Various Artists – Magic Moments 10 – In The Spirit Of Jazz (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Various Artists – Magic Moments 10 – In The Spirit Of Jazz (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:27 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

25 years ago in 1992, music manager and producer Siggi Loch founded ACT. The label has discovered and promoted previously unknown talent on a huge scale, “in the spirit of jazz” and is one of the most important and best-loved jazz labels in the world.

What drives ACT forward is the search to bring magic musical moments to listeners with receptive ears. Jazz is at the epicentre, but there is an openness – and in all directions. No fears, then, when it comes to letting different genres rub up against each other. It is in lockstep with the ethos of now, but also looks forward. ACT surprises listeners again and again with the way it connects the unexpected.

Having released more than 500 albums, the label has written part of the continuing story of jazz. The ACT label aims to bring its listeners huge variety, new discoveries and constant surprises.

Magic Moments 10 presents 14 tunes and 67 minutes of best jazz-infotainment through the recent ACT programme, with ACT stars, newcomers and new arrivals.

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Various Artists – Late Night Tales: Franz Ferdinand (2014/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Various Artists – Late Night Tales: Franz Ferdinand (2014/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:55:31 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Electro, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Late Night Tales

Franz Ferdinand are welcomed into the Late Night Tales family with a diverse 20 track selection of musical influences, inspirations, diversions and discoveries. The quartet have released four studio albums including their 2004 self-titled debut album, which went gold just about anywhere with a record store, as well as nabbing the Mercury Music Prize and a pair of Brits for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. They’ve subsequently gone on to release You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

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Various Artists – Dance Maze: Chamber Music by Tom Armstrong (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – Dance Maze: Chamber Music by Tom Armstrong (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:40:01 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Resonus Classics

Resonus Classics is proud to present a programme of all world premiere recordings of chamber music by the contemporary British composer Tom Armstrong. Featuring an impressive and varied line-up of performers, this unique programme explores compositions that have been re-worked or revised for different purposes, with different degrees of adjustments, both minor and major, that can completely transform the way an earlier work sounds.

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