Miles Davis – ‘Round About Midnight (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Miles Davis – ‘Round About Midnight (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:39:22 minutes | 396 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front Cover | © Columbia

‘Round About Midnight is an album by jazz musician Miles Davis. It was his debut on Columbia Records, and was originally released in March 1957 (CL 949). The album took its name from the Thelonious Monk song “‘Round Midnight”. Recording sessions took place at Columbia Studio D on October 26, 1955, and at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio on June 5 and September 10, 1956.

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Lou Reed – Sally Can’t Dance (1974/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Sally Can’t Dance (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:57 minutes | 726 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 18 March – 26 April 1974 at Electric Lady Studios, Greenwich Village

Released in 1974, Sally Can’t Dance is Lou Reed’s fourth studio album and his highest-charting solo album of his career. It reached the Top 10 in the US, and elevated Reed’s status as a star.

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Lou Reed – Lou Reed (1972/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Lou Reed (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:46 minutes | 798 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: December 1971 – January 1972, Morgan Studios, London

Lou Reed’s eponymous debut solo album was released in 1972 and produced by Richard Robinson.

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Lou Reed – Legendary Hearts (1983/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Legendary Hearts (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:16 minutes | 809 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 1982 at RCA Studios in New York City

Released in March 1983, Legendary Hearts was dedicated to Lou Reed’s then wife, Sylvia, who also created the concept for the album’s cover.

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Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1975/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:29 minutes | 810 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: 18–28 October 1975, Mediasound, New York

Coney Island Baby is the sixth solo album by Lou Reed, released in January 1976. It is also the title of a song on that album. The name presumably refers to the Excellents’ 1962 doo wop song of the same name, and/or a 1924 Les Appleton barbershop music song of the same name. The album features the song “She’s My Best Friend”, which was originally recorded by Reed’s band The Velvet Underground in 1969. The Velvet Underground version of the song was included on the 1985 compilation album VU. The 30th anniversary re-issue of Coney Island Baby includes bonus tracks featuring Reed’s Velvet Underground bandmate Doug Yule.

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Antonin Dvorak – Piano & Violin Concertos – Rustem Hayroudinoff, James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Antonin Dvorak – Piano & Violin Concertos – Rustem Hayroudinoff, James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:29 minutes |  808 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: theCLASSICALshop | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © Chandos Records
Recorded: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 2 October (Violin Concerto) and 16 December (Piano Concerto) 2004

When Gianandrea Noseda was appointed Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, great things were expected – the reputation of this young conductor preceded him. What was less expected was the diversity of repertoire that he would conduct, with equal success. His releases for Chandos, from Prokofiev to Dallapiccola, routinely pick up accolades from the critics. This disc features two of Dvorak’s neglected concertos, performed with great élan by soloists James Ehnes and Rustem Hayroudinoff. Both works have been overshadowed by Dvorak’s more popular Cello Concerto in B minor, but, as is apparent from this recording, both are delightful pieces, full of Slavic colour and folk rhythms, and characteristic of Dvorak at his best.

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Claude Debussy – La Mer, Jeux – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Claude Debussy – La Mer, Jeux – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 00:56:07 minutes |  518 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Bowers & Wilkins | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © LSO Live
Recorded: May 2010 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom

One of the twentieth century’s most innovative and influential composers, Debussy was a musical impressionist (a term he disliked). Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune draws inspiration from a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, whilst La mer, a set of symphonic sketches, vividly depicts the relationship between the waves and wind of the open sea. Jeux, one of Debussy’s final orchestral works, was written for Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

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Curtis Harding – Soul Power (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Curtis Harding – Soul Power (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 40:30 minutes |  806 MB | Genre: Soul , R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Anti, Inc.

Soul isn’t a feeling, a sound or a movement. It’s a connection, a current in the air — the spark of recognition, emotions leaping across live wires. It’s the way a sinewy bassline steers your hips and eyes to the stranger across the club. It’s how a handful of humble words can give millions the inspiration to overcome. It’s the genius of a simple chorus that can explain the hard truths you couldn’t last time you saw her.
Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It’s self-evident on the Atlanta artist’s debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb — with something this flourishing, it’s almost reductive to just dig around the roots.
Harding’s style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelizing mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for CeeLo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).
But, as befits a restless traveler, his music calls one place home, but fits in anywhere. The heartbreaking optimism of “Next Time,” a wry breakup tale mapping out a road the protagonists may never meet upon, the bottom-scraping blues of “Castaway,” or the wistful affection of “Keep on Shining” could easily be Harding’s story, or yours. They’re scenes you didn’t perform in, but know all the lines.
There’s a foundation to the stirring soul Harding has created. “Gospel is inspiring,” says Harding. “From hardship and trials, you make something beautiful. It’s the history of black people in America, what happened to us during slavery, it’s the foundation of blues, R&B, soul, country, rock.” But he’s not just preaching to the choir — Harding’s out there on the road, singing alongside everyone else looking for something real.

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Clark Terry – Clark After Dark: The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry (1978/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Clark Terry – Clark After Dark: The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry (1978/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 52:02 minutes |  937 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: ProStudioMasters | Artwork: Front cover | © MPS Records
Recorded at the Olympic Sound Studios, London, Sept. 9,10,11,12 1977.

Clark After Dark was recorded in London in September, 1977 and, as the title suggests, features Terry playing flugelhorn over orchestral arrangements of mostly familiar ballads. The program includes ‘Misty,’ ‘Nature Boy,’ ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ ‘November Song,’ ‘Clark After Dark,’ ‘Willow Weep For Me,’ ‘Yesterdays,’ ‘Emily,’ ‘Angel Eyes’ and ‘Girl Talk.’ Besides Terry, the only other musician identified individually is conductor Nat Peck, who’s also credited with playing piano, despite being best known as a trombonist.

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Gioachino Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia – Maria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gioachino Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia – Maria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:10:09 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Classical , Opera
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: highresaudio.com | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © Warner Classics
Recorded: 7–14.II.1957, Kingsway Hall, London

Although the bel canto roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, which Maria Callas had studied in depth with Elvira de Hidalgo at the Athens Conservatory, would form the heart of her repertoire at the turn of the 1950s, Rossini was to come a distant third compared to Bellini (Norma was the role she played most often on stage) and Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor being fourth in that list). The first Rossini opera in which Callas took part was Il turco in Italia (Rome, 1950), in which she, a singer known for her portrayals of tragic heroines, revealed a comic gift that left its mark. After that came the 1952 revival in Florence of a forgotten opera seria, Armida. There, pitted against four tenors, she gave the most breathtaking demonstration of bravura singing imaginable. 1955 saw a reprise of Il turco, at La Scala, in a new production by Franco Zeffirelli, and that was followed in February 1956 by a much-criticised staging of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
A range of problems beset Il barbiere – to begin with, it was a stock, old-fashioned production. Then, on a programming level, the five performances of Barbiere were in effect smothered by the revival of Luchino Visconti’s celebrated 1955 production of La traviata: just imagine Callas making her debut as Rosina having sung Violetta the night before! Preserved on disc, the premiere of Barbiere reveals an acrobatic and highly charged Callas, at the heart of a cast where everyone seems to be overplaying – Carlo Maria Giulini was apparently in command of his orchestra but not, perhaps, his singers. In a London studio the following year, by contrast, Alceo Galliera conducted Callas in a version exemplary for its discipline. EMI producer Walter Legge considered this recording one of the singer’s best. Brimming with charming impudence (‘Una voce poco fa’) or anger (a heartbreaking ‘Indietro, anima scellerata!’), Callas’s lively Rosina has a lightness of touch and perfect musicality, the singer here truly finding her place within the role and within the cast, while the drama unfolds with irresistible humour and sparkling wit: a miracle of freshness, harmony and balance. –MICHEL ROUBINET

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Renee Fleming – Christmas In New York (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Renee Fleming – Christmas In New York (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:03:37 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical , Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © Decca
Recorded: MSR Studios & Avatar Studios, NYC

American soprano Renee Fleming’s first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From Rockefeller Center to the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of year is captured on Christmas in New York.
With guests representing such genres as jazz, pop and classical, this album will appeal not only to Fleming’s core classical fan base but also to a broader, music savvy consumer.
Joining Fleming for the Christmas celebration are guest artists ranging from Rufus Wainwright and Gregory Porter to Wynton Marsalis and Kurt Elling.
Fleming’s elegant persona along with the intimate arrangements of holiday classics makes this album perfect for holiday parties, stocking stuffers and as a treasured holiday gift. This sophisticated album is sure to be a perennial favourite.

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Jean-Philippe Rameau – Pieces de clavecin – Mahan Esfahani (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jean-Philippe Rameau – Pieces de clavecin – Mahan Esfahani (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:08:22 minutes | 2,67 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source:hyperion-records | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: February 2014 at The Music Room, Hatchlands Park, Surrey, United Kingdom

Gramophone-Award-winning harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has recorded Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin in the historic setting of the Music Room at Hatchlands Park in Surrey. This is a masterclass for the instrument, confirming this young artist as a truly great player: in the words of International Record Review ‘his technique is beyond criticism and his inherent musicianship goes far deeper than mere surface understanding … it is difficult not to warm to such a musician’.
This double album comprises the whole of Rameau’s output of keyboard suites, and Esfahani rejoices in its wealth of genius, its excitement and drama. Rameau is a composer whose revival is ongoing, and his unique combination of the witty and the cerebral, the light and the curmudgeonly, abounds throughout his harpsichord music.

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Jean-Philippe Rameau – Concerts en sextuor – Les Dominos, Florence Malgoire (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Jean-Philippe Rameau – Concerts en sextuor – Les Dominos, Florence Malgoire (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 01:17:44 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © Ricercar , Outhere Music
Recorded: April 2014, church Notre-Dame de Centeilles

Ricercar could not help but participate in celebrating Rameau Year. It is Florence Malgoire’s ensemble LES DOMINOS that pays this tribute with a very rarely played repertoire. This is what Camille Saint-Saëns called Concerts en Sextuor in the edition of Rameau’s works that he undertook at the end of the 19th century. To carry out this monumental project, he started from a manuscript executed, it would seem, by a certain Monsieur Decroix in 1768, i.e., four years after the composer’s death. These Concerts de Monsieur Rameau are, in fact, transcriptions in six parts of the Pièces de Clavecin en Concert that Rameau had conceived at the outset from his harpsichord pieces with accompaniment by violin or flute and bass viol. This adaptation by M. Decroix is quite enigmatic, and Les Dominos give us a colourful reading of it, combining with the strings two emblematic instruments of Rameau’s orchestra: flutes and bassoon.

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Richard Strauss – Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 – Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Richard Strauss – Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 – Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:51:47 minutes | 919 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet  | © Decca
Recorded: August 2012 at Kissei Bunka Hall, Matsumoto, Japan

This sonically spectacular recording of Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony was made with the internationally hand-picked players of the Saito Kinen Orchestra and recorded at the Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumoto, at the heart of the Japan Alps. Daniel Harding was specially invited to conduct the orchestra in the absence of Seiji Ozawa who, at that time, was still recuperating from treatment for cancer.
Voted among the World’s Greatest Orchestras by Gramophone magazine, the Saito Kinen Orchestra boasts the best Japanese players from the leading orchestras of Europe and North America as well as selected wind and brass principals from Berlin, Vienna, Philadelphia and Boston among others. It is one of the world’s elite festival orchestras
Demanding an unprecedented orchestra of 125 players, the Alpine Symphony was the last of Strauss’ great series of tone poems. Specially released to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth and the centenary of the symphony’s composition, this is the first Decca recording since 1988 and utilizes the latest 24 bit 96khz technology for a truly spectacular sound.

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Spark – Wild Territories (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Spark – Wild Territories (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 01:00:02 minutes |  624 MB | Genre:Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: highresaudio.com | Artwork: Front cover , Booklet | © Edel Germany GmbH
Recorded: Kleine Audiowelt, Sandhausen between september 2013 and august 2014

The ECHO-winning group Spark pursues the logical development of its wholly personal sound in the space between Post Classical, Minimal music and Avant-garde. Virtuosic and unfettered, the five young musicians move between the poles of contrasting musical worlds and eras and forge tradition and innovation into a thrilling new sonic experience attuned to the zeitgeist. The album title tells a story. These are five young artists determined to chart virgin musical territory, confound convention and give free rein to their imagination. Together they conjure up a luxuriant rainforest that spreads its fronds from baroque times to the present day.
‘Wild Territories’ is the plunge into cold water, the playing with fire, the lust for adventure. Abounding energy and unbounded delight in music-making characterize the way in which flautists Andrea Ritter and Daniel Koschitzki, violinist Stefan Glaus, cellist Victor Plumettaz and pianist Mischa Cheung attack their pieces, performing without a safety net or a false floor. They are constantly driven to the verge of the technically possible. But that is the very attraction for these five musicians. They want to do what the album title says: go wild, strike sparks, set new frontiers and make intensive contact with themselves and their listeners. Welcome to the wild territories of Spark, the classical band!

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