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New York Voices – Reminiscing in Tempo (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

New York Voices – Reminiscing in Tempo (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:20 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © in-akustik HD

“Four voices in perfect harmony: The New York Voices are rightly considered one of the world’s best vocal jazz ensembles. The quartet, decorated with two Grammys, exists since thirty years but does not show any sign of fatigue. The vocal group has refined vocal jazz to high art. They are known for inspired arrangements, amazing precision, skilful tempo changes, dynamic sensitivity, razor-sharp timing, unprecedented vocal mixing, incredible stylistic versatility and perfect sound. Reminiscing in Tempo is the anniversary recording of the quartet and one of the most ambitious projects in its entire catalog. The New York Voices dive deep into the jazz canon with standards by Cole Porter and Al Jolson, as well as gems from the catalogs of Chick Corea, Fred Hersch and Duke Ellington. As always, the band also looks beyond the jazz repertoire and presents two idiosyncratic originals, classics by the Beatles and Ivan Lins and even settings for the Cuban classic Ignacio Cervantes. It’s a combination that has long distinguished its thoughtful recordings and concert performances over the years as a refinement element of its ever-evolving history. When Reminiscing in Tempo emphasizes the vocals of the four instead of making it part of a larger ensemble, it shows how important this idiom is to them and how much the big-band community has welcomed them throughout their careers.”

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New York Polyphony – Lamentationes (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

New York Polyphony – Lamentationes (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:36 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

Renaissance music from Spain has come to mean the works of composers such as Tomás Luís de Victoria or Francisco Guerrero rather than their predecessors. But composers such as Francisco de Peñalosa – who died in 1528, the same year that Guerrero was born – were musicians of genuine imagination and skill, whose work often shows a formidable individuality. The most recent edition of Peñalosa’s oeuvre lists 22 works as genuine: masses, lamentations, hymns and motets. From these, New York Polyphony have selected two highly expressive Lamentations, intended for services held during Holy Week and setting biblical texts bemoaning the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Besides two brief motets, Peñalosa is also represented by sections from his Missa L’homme armé, one of the many examples from the 15th to the 17th century of cyclic masses based on secular melodies. These pieces by Peñalosa are brought into relief by shorter works by his near-contemporary Pedro de Escobar – a deeply haunting setting of the beginning of the hymn Stabat Mater – and the aforementioned Francisco Guerrero. Guerrero is represented by Quae est ista, a setting of words from the Song of Songs which have inspired the composer to ecstatic cascades of notes. In contrast his Antes que comáis a Dios, with a text in Spanish, is simple but effective, in a propulsive triple time.

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New York Philharmonic & Jaap van Zweden – Julia Wolfe: Fire in my mouth (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

New York Philharmonic & Jaap van Zweden – Julia Wolfe: Fire in my mouth (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:16 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © UMC – Decca Gold

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s World Premiere performances of Julia Wolfe’s, Fire in my mouth will be released on Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label.

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Nerija – Blume (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Nérija – Blume (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:27 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Domino Recording Co

Rooted in friendship, Nerija is a collective whose breakneck shifts in tempo and style rely on a deep understanding of mood, temperament and expression, a solid show of trust that extends beyond the usual bonds between musicians. Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios and produced by Kwes, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. Blume is a truly breath-taking collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nerija; vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current. For just over an hour, they take us on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work; their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.

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Nenad Vasilic – Bass Room (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nenad Vasilic – Bass Room (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:13 minutes | 752 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Galileo Music Communication

In Wien, dem musikalischen und ethnischen Schmelztiegel europäischer Kulturen, kreiert er immer wieder „musikalische Köstlichkeiten“ die weltweite Anerkennung finden.

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Nelson Goerner – Brahms: Sonata No.3, Op. 5 & Variations on a Theme by Paganini (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Nelson Goerner – Brahms: Sonata No.3, Op. 5 & Variations on a Theme by Paganini (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:16:40 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

This release, issued to mark the 75th birthday of the great pianist Nelson Freire in 2019, is hardly a typical album of encores. A good deal of it is devoted to a single composer, Edvard Grieg. Other composers are represented by multiple works, and there are substantial pieces like the Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10, that would not fill the role of encore well. You might take the word “encore” in another way, though: to mean things reprised. Many of these pieces are ones Freire knows well, has played many times, and has explored at a truly breathtaking level of detail. The Grieg Lyric Pieces are not virtuoso works, and indeed are often played by amateurs, but you haven’t heard them played like Freire plays them, with each one a little study in phrasing and register. You could sample almost anywhere here, but try the first of the Shostakovich Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, which has an entrancing subtlety from the very first notes. Freire, a famed virtuoso, mostly avoids showpieces here, but, as if to say he hasn’t lost the ability, he does drop some in. The album is, then, an encore to Freire’s remarkable career, which isn’t over yet.

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Nelson Freire – Encores (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nelson Freire – Encores (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:40 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

This release, issued to mark the 75th birthday of the great pianist Nelson Freire in 2019, is hardly a typical album of encores. A good deal of it is devoted to a single composer, Edvard Grieg. Other composers are represented by multiple works, and there are substantial pieces like the Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10, that would not fill the role of encore well. You might take the word “encore” in another way, though: to mean things reprised. Many of these pieces are ones Freire knows well, has played many times, and has explored at a truly breathtaking level of detail. The Grieg Lyric Pieces are not virtuoso works, and indeed are often played by amateurs, but you haven’t heard them played like Freire plays them, with each one a little study in phrasing and register. You could sample almost anywhere here, but try the first of the Shostakovich Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, which has an entrancing subtlety from the very first notes. Freire, a famed virtuoso, mostly avoids showpieces here, but, as if to say he hasn’t lost the ability, he does drop some in. The album is, then, an encore to Freire’s remarkable career, which isn’t over yet.

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Neave Trio – Her Voice (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Neave Trio – Her Voice (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:00 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Chandos

For this their third album for Chandos, the Neave Trio chose to celebrate the work of three outstanding female musical pioneers. Louise Farrenc studied piano with Clementi and Hummel, and composition with Reicha. She was the first female Professor at the Paris Conservatoire, teaching piano there from 1842 until 1872, although it took her a decade to achieve equal pay with her male colleagues. Rebecca Clarke was a composer and viola player, and became the first female player in Henry Wood’s Queen’s Hall Orchestra, in 1912. Amy Beach was an American pianist and composer, and her Gaelic Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. These piano trios, so vividly contrasting in style, provide an excellent gateway into the soundworlds of three diverse, pioneering composers.

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NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester & Alan Gilbert – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester & Alan Gilbert – Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:26 minutes | 653 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Austrian symphonist Bruckner was long denied the recognition that he deserved – which was a situation that almost endured until towards the end of his life. However, he owed his significant breakthrough as a composer to the premiere of his Seventh Symphony in Leipzig in 1884. With the famous Adagio, this work was an enormous success during Bruckner’s lifetime and is still considered one of the most famous and beautiful works of romantic symphonic repertoire. Even Johann Strauss, Jr. was amazed by the symphony: “Am deeply moved. It was the musical experience of my life.” For the present album, this deeply moving symphony is recently recorded in one of the most famous concert halls in the world, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, by its Orchestra in Residence NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under their new Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert. With this recording, one will experience Bruckner’s breathtaking Seventh Symphony in the spectacular big concert hall of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

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Nathalia Milstein & Maria Milstein – Ravel Voyageur (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Nathalia Milstein & Maria Milstein – Ravel Voyageur (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:01:55 minutes | 1,0 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mirare

Entranced from adolescence by previously unheard sounds from the Orient, curious about eastern European folklore, cherishing a Spanish culture partly linked to his personal origins, Ravel never ceased to enrich his writing with repeated encounters with musical otherness.

This programme takes us on a journey that revisits the multiple facets of his universe and its colourful influences. But we also discover that to explore the unknown lands of music, Ravel often replaced the pilgrim’s staff with the myriad treasures of his own imagination.

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