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Johann Sebastian Bach – Sei Suites for solo cello, BWV 1007-1012 – Rocco Filippini (2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sei Suites for solo cello, BWV 1007-1012 – Rocco Filippini (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 02:09:28 minutes | 5,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDMusic | Digital Booklet |  © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Recorded: Volterra, Italy, Persio Flacco Theatre, August 2012

The most remarkable, unexpected, and surprising of the works that came to light in Kothen, where Bach worked from December 1717 to April 1723, are those for violin and cello that Johann Sebastian conceived without the support of any accompaniment, entrusted to either a figured bass or to a cymbal playing in alternating ‘concertante’ manner.

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Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1kHz  | Time – 41:42 minutes | 490 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Concord Vanguard

Chris Isaak’s new album First Comes The Night, his first recording of all original songs in over six years.
First Comes The Night, produced by Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and longtime Isaak collaborator Mark Needham, will be released on Vanguard Records. Recorded primarily in Nashville and Los Angeles, First Comes The Night with 12 new songs, is Isaak’s 13th studio album. First Comes The Night is the follow up release to Isaak’s critically acclaimed 2011 Beyond The Sun, his breathtaking tribute album to Sun Records, Sam Phillips, and the visionary artists who helped shape the early sounds of rock n’ roll.
“There was no mission for this album other than to follow the songs, and in terms of songwriting, the floodgates really opened this time,” Chris Isaak explains. “My last release was Beyond The Sun — my tribute to Sun Records with a lot of covers — so this time around I had a lot of new material that I was thrilled to record.”

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Frederic Chopin – 24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Berceuse & Variations brillantes – Dong Hyek Lim (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frederic Chopin – 24 Preludes, Barcarolle, Berceuse & Variations brillantes – Dong Hyek Lim (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:53 minutes | 980 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: 27–29 March 2015, Henry Wood Hall, London

Dong Hyek Lim arrived on the scene at just 18 years old ‘in a blaze of pianistic glory’ (Gramophone) with a debut album championed by his mentor Martha Argerich. The South Korean virtuoso went on to take third prize in the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition. Ten years later, following studies with Emmanuel Ax at the Juilliard School in New York, his artistry has matured and deepened for this long-awaited recital of the 24 Preludes and other works by Chopin – a composer who remains especially close to his heart. His new recital of works by Chopin, centred on the set of 24 Preludes, continues a relationship with the label that goes back to 2002. Lim, then just 18 years old, was introduced to the world with a CD in the ‘Martha Argerich Presents’ series. Gramophone noted his arrival “in a blaze of pianistic glory”, while in France, the album was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or. It was followed in 2008 with an album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations coupled with the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. The French magazine Le Monde de la Musique awarded it a ‘Choc’, while Gramophone wrote that: “There’s no question that he’s a very impressive pianist … [who gives] the sense of profound pleasure in the music … And he’s not afraid to experiment with what he can do in this music … An artist to watch.”

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Charlie Puth – Nine Track Mind (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Charlie Puth – Nine Track Mind (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:00 minutes | 514 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital  | © Artist Partners

Nine Track Mind is the debut studio album by American Pop and R&B singer Charlie Puth. The album’s lead single, “Marvin Gaye”, featuring Meghan Trainor, peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK.

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Wurttemberg Sonatas – Mahan Esfahani (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Wurttemberg Sonatas – Mahan Esfahani (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:16:05 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: January 2013, Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom

‘This Iranian-American has carved out a niche as his instrument’s leading champion … his success is founded on remarkable artistry’ (International Piano)

‘Such virtuosity and disarming presentation suggests that Esfahani could inspire a whole new appreciation of the instrument’ (The Guardian)

Hyperion is delighted to present the debut recording of the wonderful young harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. He was the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist or to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

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Ailyn Perez & Stephen Costello – Love Duets (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ailyn Perez & Stephen Costello – Love Duets (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:05:38 minutes | 623 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Richard Tucker Award-winners Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez – dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press) – look forward to releasing their first album together: a recording of romantic love duets by Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, and others, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Patrick Summers’s leadership in London. The album is the couple’s first release as exclusive recording artists for Warner Classics.

Pérez explains: “Given our great love for our art and each other, I’m really looking forward to joining our voices in some of my favourite roles and operatic duets.” Costello adds: “To be on a label for which so many incredible artists have recorded is a huge honour. I am also honoured to share this album with two great artists – my wife, Ailyn Pérez, and Maestro Patrick Summers. I am truly humbled!”

The young American soprano and tenor met at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, where an onstage romance in Puccini’s most beloved opera kindled the flames of a real-life passion. This season, Pérez and Costello appear in performance together across the globe, headlining in La traviata in London, Berlin, Hamburg, and San Francisco, and giving concerts in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

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Various Artists – A Bassoon in Stockholm… Franz Berwald: septet & quartet / Edouard Du Puy: quintet (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – A Bassoon in Stockholm… Franz Berwald: septet & quartet / Edouard Du Puy: quintet (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | 01:08:53 | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters,  Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © BIS Records
Recorded: January 2015 at Doopgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands

In the mid-1980s, Donna Agrell acquired a rare Grenser & Wiesner bassoon, built in Dresden sometime around 1820. She has been using it for more than 1,500 performances since then, many of them with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, of which she has been a member since it was founded. The bassoon came in its original case, with an address label indicating that the instrument had been delivered to Stockholm. Further research into the Stockholm music scene during the early 19th century revealed that instruments from Grenser & Wiesner were popular in Sweden. One who swore by his bassoon from the company was Frans Preumayr, a musician of German origin who played in the orchestra of the Royal Opera, but also made a name for himself abroad as a bassoon virtuoso, garnering praise in London and on the continent. Such a gifted player naturally inspired composers to write for him, and these included his father-in-law, the clarinet virtuoso Berhard Henrik Crusell, the flamboyant music director at the Stockholm opera, Édouard Du Puy, and a young Franz Berwald, employed among the strings of the opera orchestra. For the present recording Donna Agrell has chosen three chamber works which were all premièred with Preumayr on the bassoon. She is joined by colleagues from the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century as well as by Ronald Brautigam – all of them playing period instruments – in Berwald’s celebrated Septet in B flat major and the less well-known Quartet for piano and winds, and in Du Puy’s Quintet for bassoon and strings.

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Poncho Sanchez – Conga Blue (1996) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Poncho Sanchez – Conga Blue (1996)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 60:59 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Funk/Soul, Jazz, Latin
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital Booklet

Conga Blue features Poncho’s lifelong mentor: the great Mongo Santamaria. Mongo has been such an important influence on Poncho, he named his first son after him. The audio sample “Besame Mama,” was written by Mongo Santamaria. This album was recorded on November 13, 14, 1995, at the Group IV studios in Hollywood, California.

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D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (1995/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (1995/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:53:14 minutes | 2,12 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Jazz Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | © Virgin Records
Recorded: 1994–95, Battery Studios and RPM Studios in New York City, and Pookie Lab in Sacramento

Brown Sugar is the debut album of American recording artist D’Angelo, released on July 4, 1995, by EMI Music. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1994 to 1995 at Battery Studios and RPM Studios in New York City and at the Pookie Lab in Sacramento. Production, instrumentation, arrangements, and songwriting were primarily handled by D’Angelo, who employed both vintage recording equipment and modern electronic devices. Brown Sugar contains themes of love and romance, and features a fusion of contemporary R&B and traditional soul music, along with elements of funk, quiet storm, and hip hop music.

Brown Sugar debuted at number six on the US Billboard Top R&B Albums chart, selling 300,000 copies in its first two months. With the help of its four singles, it spent 65 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and attained platinum shipments within a year of its release. Upon its release, Brown Sugar received acclaim from music critics and earned D’Angelo several accolades, including four Grammy Award nominations. Regarded by music writers as a pivotal album in neo soul, the album provided commercial visibility to the musical movement, amid the prominence of producer-driven, digitally approached R&B.

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Bob James & David Sanborn – Quartette Humaine (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Bob James & David Sanborn – Quartette Humaine (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 55:32 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | © Okeh

Quartette Humaine is Bob James and David Sanborn’s first collaboration since their celebrated GRAMMY award-winning album, Double Vision. The set features seven new originals and two James-arranged standards. Steve Gadd and James Genus join the duo. The album is filled with melodic improvisations and beautiful tones. An absolute masterpiece.

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