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Vladyslav Sendecki & Atom String Quartet – Le Jardin Oublie / My Polish Heart (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vladyslav Sendecki & Atom String Quartet – Le Jardin Oublié / My Polish Heart (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:03 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Neuklang

The pianist Vladyslav Sendecki and the Atom String Quartet release a fascinating jazz album: Le Jardin Oublié is a metaphor for the forgotten, that which is believed to be lost, and the longed for – an inner view that gazes both into the past and the future – even touching fragmentarily on the basic existentialist concepts of being and nonexistence.

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Munchner Rundfunkorchester & Ivan Repusic – Suppe: Overtures (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Ivan Repušić – Suppé: Overtures (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 59:24 minutes | 605 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BR-Klassik

Directly after Johann Strauss the Younger, Franz von Suppé is one of the most famous Austrian composers of the 19th century to have paid special tribute to the so-called light muse. His oeuvre includes nearly three dozen operettas and light operas as well as countless farces and comedies, which he loosened up by framing them with musical numbers. This was the typical repertoire of Old Viennese folk theatre, which he imaginatively enriched in his various capacities as Kapellmeister at the Theater in der Josefstadt and as “”chief composer and conductor”” at the Theater an der Wien, as well as on other stages of the Austrian capital later on. His most famous operettas are “”The Beautiful Galatea”” (1865), “”Fatinitza”” (1876) and “”Boccaccio”” (1879). Although most of his stage works have now been forgotten, his sparkling, animated, captivating and thrilling overtures are supremely vivacious, conveying this composers skill, his imagination in inventing catchy melodies, and also his creative abilities where design or instrumentation are concerned. Overtures such as “”Light Cavalry””, “”Poet and Peasant”” or “”Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna”” were indispensable parts of Viennese operettas golden age and have remained a regular feature of the citys musical life (e.g. the Vienna New Year’s Concerts) to this day. As Chief Conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ivan Repuic has selected some of Suppés best-known and most popular overtures for his new studio production. This album is paving the way for next years 200th anniversary of the composers birth.

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Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – The Capitol Studio Sessions (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – The Capitol Studio Sessions (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 57:20 minutes | 641 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Decca (UMO)

We love Jeff Goldblum for his iconic roles in things like Jurassic Park and Thor: Ragnarok, but there’s more to the man than halting line delivery and quirky characters. An accomplished pianist, he’s been performing at jazz clubs around Los Angeles and New York City with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, since the ’90s. Now, he’s finally ready to share his debut album, The Capitol Studios Sessions, on November 9th.

As revealed back in May, Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra signed to Universal’s classic label Decca for the release. Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), The Capitol Studios Sessions sought to capture the playful atmosphere of the group’s weekly variety show at LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage by turning Capitol’s Studio A and B into an intimate dinner club. In front of a live audience, Goldblum and his fellow musicians delivered jazz standards while he riffed on his favorite performers and improvisational comedy.

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Ottmar Liebert – Three-Oh-Five (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Ottmar Liebert – Three-Oh-Five (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 59:19 minutes | 800 MB | Genre: New Age
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover  | © Spiral Subwave Records International

Liebert spent most of last year working on two new, yet very different albums, Bare Wood 2002-2012 is a compilation of favorite songs from the first decade of music he recorded on his label. What makes this album different from other compilations is that he stripped the music down to the bare essentials; Flamenco guitar, bass and percussion. The keyboards, drum machines, electric guitars were removed. What remains is bare wood. Gorgeous rich wooden sound surrounded by a lot of space to breath and dream.

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Dizzie Gillespie – Stuttgart/Frankfurt ’61 (1970/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Dizzie Gillespie – Stuttgart/Frankfurt ’61 (1970/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:49 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

Dizzie was one of the seminal figures of the bebop movement. These historic recordings bear witness to an important phase in the career of this exceptional trumpeter.

“Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up being similar to those of Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis’s emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy’s style was successfully recreated [….] Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time”. (Scott Yanow, AMG)

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Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Radoslaw Szulc & Bizjak Piano Duo – Bizjak Piano Duo (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Radoslaw Szulc & Bizjak Piano Duo – Bizjak Piano Duo (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:03:39 minutes | 509 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Onyx

Since winning two prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in 2005, Serbian sisters Sanja and Lidija Bizjak have achieved worldwide praise for their solo piano and piano duo performances alike: “brilliant sound, precise fingerwork, and excellent listening skills” – The Independent. For their debut recording on Onyx, they have created a superb programme consisting of two concertos for two pianos and orchestra by Poulenc and Martinu to frame compositions for two pianos alone: Stravinsky’s ‘Sonata’ and Shostakovich’s rarely heard ‘Concertino’. The sisters have appeared at the BBC Proms to great acclaim in Saint-Saens’ ‘Carnival of the Animals‘.

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Alfred Kramer, Paolo Birro, Aldo Zunino – Castello Nights (2017) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Alfred Kramer, Paolo Birro, Aldo Zunino – Castello Nights (2017)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 46:57 minutes | 1,85 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 46:57 minutes | 921 MB
Genre: Jazz | Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Booklet, Front Cover | © Fonè Jazz

For this Fonè Records release, pianist Paolo Birro, bassist Aldo Zunino and Alfred Kramer on drums, combines an audiophile program that includes such favorites as “Round About Midnight,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “On A Misty Night” and more. Recorded in stereo DSD on the Pyramix Recorder using dCS A/D and D/A converters.

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Martha Argerich – Argerich & Barenboim: Mozart / Schumann / Beethoven / Ravel (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Martha Argerich – Argerich & Barenboim: Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, Ravel (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:42:09 minutes | 957 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

As the orchestra today inaugurates its summer performances, the digital record label Peral Music has released Live from Teatro Colón, an extraordinary new album that captures the reunion of legendary pianists Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich in their home city of Buenos Aires, in concert with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

La Nación hailed the occasion as “a masterly return – a memorable concert – the audience at the Teatro Colón cheered as rarely before.” The new album comprises Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with Argerich, Mozart’s Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, and Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Bolero, as well as works by Schumann, Mores, and Bizet.

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John Rutter – Visions & Requiem – Aurora Orchestra, John Rutter (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Rutter – Visions & Requiem – Aurora Orchestra, John Rutter (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:12 minutes | 926 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Booklet, Front Cover | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: July 2016, All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom

This new album couples John Rutter’s most recent work with one of his most popular. Visions celebrates the utopian ideal of heavenly peace in in four movements written specially for the solo violin of Kerson Leong, string ensemble and the boy choristers of the Temple Church choir. The Requiem of 1985 receives a vital new recording under the guidance of its composer.

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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (2013) {Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (2013) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:19:19 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | © RCA Records Label

Once Justin Timberlake finished touring in support of FutureSex/LoveSounds, music making slid to the side as acting, endorsing, investing, and talent grooming took precedence. The few appearances from 2007 through 2012 — through collaborations with Madonna, Duran Duran, 50 Cent, Ciara, and new jack ballad mode Lonely Island, often in partnership with Timbaland — confirmed that the cutting edge was not his concern. Aligning with the Neptunes in 2002 and with Timbaland in 2006 were not bold creative risks either, but working with Timbaland once more makes it plain that Timberlake wanted to remain within his comfort zone. Along with co-producer Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and fellow songwriter James Fauntleroy, the Tims have made a refined and distended follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds. Seventy minutes in duration, it’s only four minutes longer but contains two fewer songs and maybe half as many ideas. Opener “Pusher Love Girl” sets the tone for the program; the first three of its eight minutes would make for an elegant sweet-soul introduction, but Timberlake’s extended drug-metaphor testimonial over a flat, faintly shifting beat dulls the mind rather than hypnotizes it. “Strawberry Bubblegum” recalls a time when groups like the S.O.S. Band and 52nd Street released extended mixes of club ballads, though the bottom isn’t as thick, and it comes with three bonus minutes of Sly Stone-style rhythm box puttering that facilitates more metaphorical macking. Around its 5:20 mark, “Mirrors” switches from an ideally shaped heartfelt ballad of devotion into a slog. By the seventh drifting minute, it prompts questions like “Is this where the stage hands will change sets?” and “Is this actually about himself?” Few songs are dynamic enough to justify their length. “Let the Groove Get In,” something like a modernized hybrid of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” is undeniably festive. The relatively raw soul throwback “That Girl” adds a slight Southern touch and does not wander. “Suit & Tie,” a lighthearted and goofily dashing throwback, serves the same flirty dancefloor purpose as “Rock Your Body,” drawing from early- to mid-’70s soul instead of late-’70s disco-funk. Timberlake referred to the song, the lead single, as “just the wink.” It’s far from the only one here — a pleasant and grown but tedious release from a charismatic entertainer and exceptional vocal arranger who is not a great recording artist.

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