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Reinhard Keiser – Brockes-Passion – Vox Luminis, Les Muffatti, Peter Van Heyghen (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Reinhard Keiser – Brockes-Passion – Vox Luminis, Les Muffatti, Peter Van Heyghen (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz  | Time – 01:59:40 minutes | 2,03 GB | Genre: Classical, Baroque, Oratorio
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Ramée / Outhere Music
Recorded: July 2012 at the Augustinius Muziekercentrum (AMUZ), Antwerp, Belgium

The Brockes-Passion can be considered the archetype of the German Passion oratorio. As such, it served as a model and source of inspiration for famous later masterpieces, enjoying uninterrupted popularity throughout the 18th century when no less than 11 composers, including Handel and Telemann, set it to music. The superb version by Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739) is not only the first but also adheres most closely to the great rhetorical power and rich changes of affects of the poet’s text. In German literary history, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747) is known above all for his innovative role during the second quarter of the 18th century. In 1712, the year of the Brockes-Passion’s first performance, Keiser, fellow citizen of Brockes in Hamburg, was already recognized as the most important opera composer in Germany – and, in some opinions, even in Europe. When the genius of these two great artists combined in a single work, the result could only be spectacular. The tricentennial of its first performance justified a belated but nonetheless dithyrambic tribute, here presented by the singers of the Vox Luminis ensemble and the instrumentalists of Les Muffatti.

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Joel Frahm Quartet – Live at Smalls (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Joel Frahm Quartet – Live at Smalls (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz  | Time – 01:03:35 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © SmallsLIVE
Recorded: February 28 & March 1, 2011 at Smalls Jazz Club, Greenwich Village NYC

Joel Frahm has been one of the brightest talents on the New York jazz scene for over two decades. His performances on record and live are always a rich and beautiful experience. Recorded February 28th and March 1st of 2011, Live At Smalls illustrates that beauty with crisp sound and soulful musicianship. A great live date that shows Frahm in fine form with marvelous line up including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Martin and Otis Brown III and featuring five Frahm original compositions.

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Jongen: Violin Concerto; Lazzari: Rapsodie – Philippe Graffin, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jongen: Violin Concerto; Lazzari: Rapsodie – Philippe Graffin, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Martyn Brabbins (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 1:05:45 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | © Hyperion Records
Recorded: July 2013 at Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Netherlands

The Romantic Violin Concerto series reaches Belgium and the music of Joseph Jongen, a composer more celebrated for his organ music now, but who was equally admired in his day for his orchestral and chamber works. Jongen studied at the Liège Conservatoire where he heard the great violinist Eugène Ysaÿe and composer-conductors Vincent d’Indy and Richard Strauss.

In this new album Philippe Graffin (a welcome and familiar presence in this series) collaborates with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Martyn Brabbins in Jongen’s Violin Concerto, one of the composer’s first substantial works. It was described by his contemporary Florent Schmitt as ‘one of the finest violin concertos’; and he admired the ‘outpouring of warm lyricism’ and ‘lush profusion of themes and rhythms’.

Also included are other works for violin and orchestra, and a Rapsodie for the same forces by Italian Romantic Sylvio Lazzari (1857–1944) who was influenced—as was Jongen—by the music of César Franck.

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – Gil Shaham (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – Gil Shaham (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz  | Time – 01:57:20 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Canary Classics
Recorded: Studio 2 at Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany on June 24, 30 and July 1–3 2014

J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are considered by many as the pinnacle of musical achievement, arguably the composer’s most demanding and emotionally penetrating works. After living with, reading about, listening to and playing these seminal works for over 30 years Gil Shaham offers a fresh and vital new perspective on these works, recorded in the summer of 2014, as part of his Artist-in-Residence with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk.

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Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea – An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert (1978/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea – An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert (1978/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 1:31:28 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded live at Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles; Golden Hall, San Diego and Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, February 1978.

An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert is a live album featuring Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea playing only acoustic piano. Recorded over several live performances in February 1978, the album is an interesting departure from the jazz fusion which both keyboardists specialize in playing.

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Herbie Hancock – Sunlight (1978/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Sunlight (1978/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 39:32 minutes | 818 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1977, The Automatt, San Francisco; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles

Sunlight originated as a UK import album in 1978. The album is viewed as more funk than jazz and encounters the beginnings of Herbie’s electro-funk stage heard in some of his later albums. Sunlight features the UK single “I Thought It Was You.”

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Herbie Hancock – Sound System (1984/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Sound System (1984/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 40:40 minutes | 821 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: October–December 1983, Evergreen Studio, New York City. Additional recording at Garage Sale Recording, Los Angeles; Studio Media, Evanston, Illinois; and Eldorado Recording, Los Angeles.

Produced by Bill Laswell, Sound System follows where Herbie Hancock’s Future Shock left off. This experimental masterpiece bursts with even louder techno-pop brilliance. Hancock is joined by acclaimed musicians including Foday Musa Suso, Nicky Skopelitis, Wayne Shorter, Webster Lewis and more. It reached the Top Ten on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums and includes the thrilling hit “Hardrock.” The album also won the GRAMMY® for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

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Herbie Hancock – Sextant (1973/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Sextant (1973/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:39:10 minutes | 792 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1972 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco & Different Fur Studios, San Francisco

Sextant is Herbie Hancock’s 1973 masterpiece. The recording is his final album with his Mwandishi Band. The musicians perform a brilliant set that includes the standouts, “Rain Dance,” “Hidden Shadows” and “Hornets.” The compositions are complex and rhythmically challenging. This electric, fusion-based work reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Jazz albums.

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Herbie Hancock – Monster (1980/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Monster (1980/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:42:12 minutes | 893 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1979-1980, The Village Recorder, Los Angeles; United Western Studios, LA; The Automatt, San Francisco

Despite the PR hype about this being Herbie Hancock’s first “rock” album, Monster is really another disco album, though more varied in texture, somewhat more subtle in execution, and blessedly rid of those vocoder vocals, though not of the real ones. “Saturday Night,” despite the distinctive presence of Carlos Santana, sets the album’s dancefloor tone. The rock element is supposedly supplied by Hancock on the newly-developed Clavitar, where, try as he might to articulate like a guitarist, the sound is still that of a mutated synthesizer. Alphonze Mouzon is wasted on drums, and guitarist Wah Wah Watson has a field day on his eponymous specialty. Most annoying (and defining) track — “Go for It.” –Richard S. Ginell

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Herbie Hancock – Lite Me Up (1982/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Lite Me Up (1982/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 38:04 minutes | 828 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1982, George Massenburg Studios, Eldorado Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Lite Me Up is Herbie Hancock’s 33rd album and was originally released in 1982. A fusion of jazz and pop, the album is full of wonderful tunes.

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