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Pablo Zapico & Daniel Zapico – The Filippo Dalla Casa Collection (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pablo Zapico & Daniel Zapico – The Filippo Dalla Casa Collection (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:34 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Winter & Winter

The brothers Daniel and Pablo Zapico show their mastery of the plucked string in the context of ancient music.
Daniel and Pablo Zapico are members of Forma Antiqva as well as being resident artists of this edition of the Granada Festival. They rank in a privileged position with regard to historic interpretation and here they offer us Mediterránea, in which they explore the range of differences between Spanish and Italian music of the Renaissance and the Baroque periods.

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Pablo Held – Ascent (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pablo Held – Ascent (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:46 minutes | 918 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Edition Records

Pablo Held’s new album, Ascent, his second for Edition Records, is a collaboration between his long-running trio (with bassist, Robert Landfermann and drummer, Jonas Burgwinkel) and the great Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras. Regarded as one of the most talented and adventurous pianists and improvisors in Europe, Pablo Held is building a formidable reputation, not only as a pianist of outstanding ability but also for his considerable musicality, energy and risk-taking. Ascent is highly anticipated new album, following their 10th album Investigations, praised internationally for its remarkable quality, deep communication and lyrical elegance, prompting All About Jazz to describe the group as “a world-class trio of exceptional talent”. The new album is a deeply satisfying fusion of the powerful and expressive music associated with Pablo Held’s trio and the fluid invention of Nelson Veras’s guitar stylings.

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Ozzy Osbourne – The Essential Ozzy Osbourne (2003/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ozzy Osbourne – The Essential Ozzy Osbourne (2003/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:27:42 minutes | 3,26 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Epic – Legacy

29 highlights from Ozzy’s solo career, stretching from the albums Blizzard of Ozz to Down to Earth , and featuring Bark at the Moon; No More Tears; Perry Mason; Mama, I’m Coming Home ; the live favorite I Don’t Want to Change the World; Over the Mountain; Flying High; Crazy Train; Paranoid (live); Mr. Crowley, and more.

“Sony Music’s “Essential” series of limited-edition two-disc compilations of major artists has been well-assembled generally, and Ozzy Osbourne’s increased celebrity following the success of the “reality” TV series The Osbournes justifies his inclusion, as does his string of multi-platinum albums dating back to 1980. The 29-track collection presents most of the highlights of his solo career, from Blizzard of Ozz to Down to Earth, including such U.K. and/or U.S. hits as “Bark at the Moon,” “No More Tears,” “Perry Mason,” and “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” as well as the Grammy-winning live version of “I Don’t Want to Change the World.” Missing from the song list are such favorites as “Shot in the Dark,” a Top 20 U.K. hit that made the Top Ten of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, and “Back on Earth,” another major Mainstream Rock hit; both tracks can be found on the 1997 hits collection The Ozzman Cometh. And “Close My Eyes Forever,” Osbourne’s duet with Lita Ford, which was a gold-selling single and made the Top Ten of the Hot 100, is not in the Sony vaults and was not licensed. So, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne is not the perfect two-album sampler of Osbourne’s solo career. But it is a very good one, and new fans attracted by the TV show who wonder what his music is like will get an accurate representation of it here.” 8William Ruhlmann, AMG)

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Oslo Circles & David Hansen – One Charming NIght (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Oslo Circles & David Hansen – One Charming NIght (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:41 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Simax Classics

Henry Purcell is the undisputed king of British baroque opera. His œuvre can be classified at eye level with the French, Italian and German masters of his era. Purcell created unforgettable melodies, some of the most beautiful of which are presented on this album by Countertenor David Hansen and Ensemble Oslo Circles in historically informed performance practice.

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Oscar Peterson – Simply … Peterson! [2019 Remaster] (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Oscar Peterson – Simply … Peterson! [2019 Remaster] (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 59:43 minutes | 968 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jube Legends

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC CQ OOnt was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, but simply “O.P.” by his friends. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.

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Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & Pascal Rophe – Dukas – Roussel (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire & Pascal Rophé – Dukas – Roussel (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:40 minutes | 965 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

Under its music director Pascal Rophé, l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (ONPL) here performs two great orchestral spectaculars of French music – scintillating and imaginative scores composed only 15 years apart. A perennial favorite, Paul Dukas’ symphonic poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897) became a ‘hit’ with the general public after being included in the soundtrack of the Disney animation film Fantasia in 1940. In the work, based on a ballad by Goethe, Dukas displayed an extraordinary command of the large late-Romantic orchestra as he depicted the disastrous consequences when a young apprentice tries to work the magic charms of his master. In 1912, when Albert Roussel composed his ballet score The Spider’s Feast, he was rather influenced by Impressionism, but his use of the orchestra was no less inventive than Dukas. The plot of the ballet is played out in a garden where a spider is trapping various insects in its net looking forward to having a sumptuous meal. Roussel’s sophisticated use of timbres and his characteristic rhythmic pointillism conjures a micro-drama which also features a mayfly, a team of ants and a rather terrifying pair of praying mantises. The album opens with another piece by Dukas: Polyeucte, a concert overture inspired by a 17th century play and a work of a surprising expressive power.

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Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala & Riccardo Chailly – Cherubini Discoveries (2016/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala & Riccardo Chailly – Cherubini Discoveries (2016/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:17 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

The “discoveries” mentioned in the title of this record are mostly pieces of occasional light music, including a few marches, written by Luigi Cherubini when he was director of the French academy of music in Paris. But the lion’s share of the album conducted by Riccardo Chailly, head of the Filamornica della Scala in Milan, is the Italian composer’s sole symphony commissioned in London as a replacement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which could not meet the required deadline.

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Olivier Thiery, Martijn Willers, Olivier Patey – Bass ad libitum (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Olivier Thiery, Martijn Willers, Olivier Patey – Bass ad libitum (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:57 minutes | 841 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gutman Records

The Frenchman Olivier Thiery received his first double bass lessons at home at the age of fifteen by his own father Georges Thiery. In 2008, after Graduating from the ‘Folkwang University of Arts’ in Essen, Germany, Olivier moved to Amsterdam where he was appointed as a permanent member with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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Olivier Fortin, Emmanuel Frankenberg, Ensemble Masques – Bach: Concertos for Two Harpsichords (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Olivier Fortin, Emmanuel Frankenberg, Ensemble Masques – Bach: Concertos for Two Harpsichords (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:36 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

The practice of composing for two keyboard instruments, very common in the illustrious Bach family, naturally achieved its apotheosis with Johann Sebastian, whose three concertos for two harpsichords are performed here by Olivier Fortin and Emmanuel Frankenberg with the Ensemble Masques. These works, particularly the Concerto in C minor, are among the composer’s most admired. They suggest a conception of the concerto specific to Bach: rather than a dialogue between several individual entities, the piece presents a subtle intertwining of melodic lines and blurs the distinction between solo and tutti parts by making them respond to and quote each other, thus illustrating the principle of harmony dear to the composer. Finally, the recording on two harpsichords of the Prelude and Fugue BWV 552, originally composed for organ, is in keeping with the nineteenth-century tradition of transposing Bach’s works with the aim of giving their refined polyphony greater clarity.

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Olivier Charlier & Emmanuel Strosser – Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Olivier Charlier & Emmanuel Strosser – Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:05 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Mirare

Although Beethoven composed sonatas “for piano and violin,” following Mozart’s example, he did not intend to give prominence to one instrument or another.

Both performers should be able to display their full range of skills as true chamber music partners, so a perfect balance could be reached.

This album groups together the ‘Spring Sonata’ and two less-often played sonatas, in which the composer’s love of nature appears as well as his special interest in ancient compositional devices.

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