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Wilco – Star Wars (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Wilco – Star Wars (2015)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 33:51 minutes | 386 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ dBPM Records / Anti-/Epitaph

The Chicago band Wilco has digitally released a new album, Star Wars, through its own dBpm Records. The album was made available after Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy revealed news of its existence during a live interview with Pitchfork at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Star Wars is the Grammy-award winning band’s ninth studio album and its first since 2011’s The Whole Love.

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Trio Chemirani – Dawar. The Universal Rhythm (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Trio Chemirani – Dawâr: The Universal Rhythm (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 66:01 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: World
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ harmonia mundi

Nearly 40 years ago, Djamchid Chemirani made his first recording for Harmonia Mundi. Since then, his career has blossomed, and he performs now with his sons Keyvan and Bijan at his side. Both separately and together, each has explored various universes of sound and honed their craft as musicians. But Trio Chemirani has constantly returned to the shared magnum opus: the elaboration of a universal rhythmic language. Dawar fuses the spirituality, diverse cultural experiences and historical sensitivity of these three great artists.

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Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata (1977) [Deutsche Grammophon 1986] {Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz}

Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata (1977) [Deutsche Grammophon 1986]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 110:02 minutes | 2,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ Deutsche Grammophon

Quite possibly the definitive studio recording of Verdi’s opera masterpiece, this stunning performance, brilliantly conducted by Kleiber, features multiple Grammy-winning tenor Plácido Domingo and the legendary soprano Ileana Cotrubaş. Originally recorded in 1977, this new high-definition release lends an unheard clarity to this already essential recording.

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Yeahwon Shin, Aaron Parks, Rob Curto – Lua Ya (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Yeahwon Shin, Aaron Parks, Rob Curto – Lua Ya (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:28 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: qobuz | Digital booklet | @ ECM Records GmbH
Recorded: May 2012 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare). But this new disc is a project beyond the idiomatic borderlines: Korean children’s songs are amongst the inspirational sources, and jazz has influenced the phrasing and imagination of all three participants, yet “Lua ya” seems to emerge from a place of pure music and a common reservoir of feeling. Yeahwon Shin dedicates the set to mothers and children everywhere.

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – The Studio Album Collection 1965-1971 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – The Studio Album Collection 1965-1971 (2015)
6 Albums | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 246:27 minutes | 9,47 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: HDTracks | @ Rhino/Elektra

Paul Butterfield was the first white harmonica player to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true blues greats. It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of the doors Butterfield opened: before he came to prominence, white American musicians treated the blues with cautious respect, afraid of coming off as inauthentic. This collection includes the studio tracks recorded between 1965 and 1971.

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Screeching Weasel – Baby Fat: Act 1 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Screeching Weasel – Baby Fat: Act 1 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz | Time – 55:33 minutes | 958 MB | Genre: Punk
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp |  @ Recess Records

Screeching Weasel have been released Act 1 of an epic, two-part punk rock opera titled Baby Fat. Featuring guest performances by Kat Spazzy, Blag Dahlia, Chris Burrows, Roger Lima, Todd Congelliere, Dave Klein, Line Dahlman, Paul Collins, Andrea & Mass of The Manges, and more. The second Act scheduled to release in 2017.

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Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dmitri Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10 – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:04:50 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com |  @ Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Boston, Symphony Hall, 4/2015

In their inaugural release on Deutsche Grammophon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons are heard in live performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from his opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.”
This album is the first in a series of five live-performance CDs entitled “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow,” to encompass the composer’s symphonies 5-10 and other works written in the period from the mid-1930s, when Shostakovich fell from Stalin’s favor, to 1953, the year of the dictator’s death. The goal of this new BSO/DG partnership is a complete Shostakovich cycle led by Andris Nelsons, one of today’s most exciting young conductors, and among the last of his generation to train under the Soviet musical tradition.
Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, plus Shostakovich’s incidental music to “Hamlet,” will be recorded during the BSO’s 2015-16 season and released in a two-CD set in 2016. In summer 2017, a second two-disc set will include Symphonies 6 and 7 and incidental music from the composer’s Suite from “King Lear.”

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Franz Schubert – Piano Sonata D568; 6 Moments musicaux – Mitsuko Uchida (2001) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Franz Schubert – Piano Sonata D568; 6 Moments musicaux – Mitsuko Uchida (2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:07:32 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz |  @ Decca
Recorded: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, August 2001

This is the penultimate issue in Mitsuko Uchida’s eight-album series, and thanks to her magical recreation of the E flat Sonata I’m already inclined to regard it as one of the best. Let me not make an exaggerated claim for the piece: it comes near the beginning of Schubert’s 12 completed piano sonatas, and the later ones are of course played more often because they’re greater. But this one is an enchantment, and weighing in at 31 minutes, as it does here, it sits proudly as the first of his grand four-movement sonatas, fully achieved and characteristic, purposeful and confident in the space it makes for itself.

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Franz Schubert – Fantasie D-Dur, Rondo h-Moll, Sonate A-Dur – Carolin Widmann, Alexander Lonquich (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Franz Schubert – Fantasie D-Dur, Rondo h-Moll, Sonate A-Dur – Carolin Widmann, Alexander Lonquich (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz | Time – 01:01:56 minutes | 565 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz |  @ ECM Records GmbH
Recorded: October 2010, Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt

Carolin Widmann, who received praise and awards both for her accounts of Schumann’s violin sonatas and for the recital disc “Phantasy of Spring” (with music of Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg and Xenakis) now applies her acute interpretive sensibilities to Franz Schubert. Widmann and Alexander Lonquich (whose own New Series disc with music of Schumann and Holliger was also a critical success) play the C-Major Fantasy of 1827 and the Violin Sonata in A-Major of 1817, as well as the B-minor Rondo of 1826 (the only one of these works published in Schubert’s lifetime). This is duo playing at a very high level, as Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich emphasizes in the liner notes: “Not once does Carolin Widmann and Alexander Lonquich’s intelligent and empathetic reading devolve into the trivial state of music for a domineering violin with piano accompaniment. Instead we are treated to a magically iridescent poem of changing colours, melodies and counterpoints.”

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The Beach Boys – Beach Boys’ Party! (1965/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Beach Boys – Beach Boys’ Party! (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 31:07 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Pop Rock, Surf Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  @ Capitol Records

Newly remastered for vinyl and in hi-res by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, Beach Boys Party! is presented here in stereo.

The album is the tenth by the band, and featured the hit single “Barbara Ann”. The album peaked at #6 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and although it was recorded in a studio, was meant to sound like it was an impromptu live recording of a party.

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