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Hedvig Mollestad – Ekhidna (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Hedvig Mollestad – Ekhidna (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:16 minutes | 432 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rune Grammofon

Widely praised from Rolling Stone to Downbeat, Mojo to Wire and Jazzwise; electrifying guitarist Hedvig Mollestad hits us with a multifaceted and dynamic progressive jazzrock monster high on fierce riffs, rich textures, vibrant solos and strong melody lines.

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Harriet Mackenzie – Christopher Gunning – Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Birdflight (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Harriet Mackenzie – Christopher Gunning – Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, Birdflight (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:50 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Signum Records

Christopher Gunning returns with recordings of his Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto and Birdflight.

Not composed until 2011, Gunning’s Violin Concerto was composed after inspiration whilst the composer was out hiking in Wales. The violin is supposed to represent ducking and weaving, rather like the insects and animals found in the Welsh hills and valleys. However, despite this positive venture for the composer, the emotions of sadness and melancholy are never far from this music – feelings which never seem far from Gunning’s music.

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Harri Kuusijarvi – Live in Helsinki (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Harri Kuusijarvi – Live in Helsinki (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:03 minutes | 424 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Eclipse Music

Harri Kuusijärvi Koutus releases its first concert album Live in Helsinki. The album was recorded in March 2020 at Voodoo Music Club and features compositions from both the band’s first two albums and also new pieces from the upcoming Mirage.

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Hania Rani – Home (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Hania Rani – Home (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:34 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

I feel like ‘Home’ is a second part of the same book, that the start was in ‘Esja’, a musical prelude to a real plot. I feel Home is a story with an ending, so the next book can tell a totally different one. I am constantly looking for new ways of expression. I am curious where ‘Home’ will lead me and my music. — Hania Rani

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Halle Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Delius – Orchestral Works (Remastered) (1957/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Hallé Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli – Delius – Orchestral Works (Remastered) (1957/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 47:48 minutes | 1,8 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Sir John Barbirolli was nearly as fine an interpreter of Delius as Beecham. But where Sir Thomas liked to bring out the sun, Sir John was at his best shading in the darker tones of the Delian palette. There is a starkness to the “Nordic” moments in these pieces which serves to remind us that Barbirolli, again like Beecham, was an outstanding interpreter of Sibelius’s music. What is unique to Barbirolli is the searing emotion he finds in the music, especially in Delius’s writing for the strings. His accounts have a high expressive profile, and an intensity of expression bordering on the incandescent. Although there is a slight amount of grain to the sound, the recordings, which date from the mid-’60s, are well balanced and have an appealing “live” ambience to them. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.

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HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:39 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polydor Records

The third album by the Haim sisters (Este, Alana and Danielle) is by far their best and most intimate. They skilfully mix a range of influences: pop, rock, R&B and even a hint of jazz through their use of brass, one example being the sax used on the opening track dedicated to their hometown Los Angeles (where they also criticise New York for its greyness…). This album comes out just at the right time, crowing a successful period that saw the three sisters headline the fourteenth Pitchfork Festival in Chicago in March 2019 alongside Robyn and the Isley Brothers. Danielle also featured on Vampire Weekend’s fourth album (Father of the Bride) and the Haim trio’s latest single appeared on October 30, 2019, announcing the album’s release (Now I’m In It). It was a song that seemed to be made for the mainstream, despite its lyrics that deal with depression, and was accompanied by a music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood. Women in Music Pt. III is a truly endearing record that contains some beautiful moments such as the sunny Hallelujah or the bitter sweet Summer Girl that brings to mind the likes of Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac, both artists that are adored by the Californian trio. – Yan Céh

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Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini – Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (1980/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini (1980/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:59:30 minutes | 1,95 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front cover | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: in Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal in September 1979.

“This is not one of the most famous recordings of Verdi’s warhorse, but in my opinion it is the best. The great Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini stays away from the melodramatic caricature of opera that this can easily turn into, and brings out the dark, brooding colors of the drama and of the music. He combines lyricism with the greatest dramatic power, at speeds which feel exactly right, even though they are slower than most. And not only does he have a superb individual view of the piece, he is a sensitive accompanist, too, giving the excellent Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra its full dominance without drowning out the singers. And what singers! The velvety, golden voice of Piero Cappuccilli, used with unfailing intelligence and musicality; the warm, gorgeous voice of Plácido Domingo; and perhaps most stunning of all, the bewitching lyric soprano of Ileana Cotrubas, the best Gilda I have ever heard. These singers may not hit the stratospheric unwritten high notes on the Bonynge recording with Pavarotti, Milnes and Sutherland, but they do offer consistently refined, thoughtful and beautiful singing. Cotrubas’ radiant singing alone is worth the modest price of this set. The great Bulgarian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov makes a riveting, dark-toned Sparafucile; Elena Obraztsova sings Maddalena perfectly well, though not on the level of her colleagues. Kurt Moll is cast luxuriously as Monterone. At mid-price, with full libretto and translation and with excellent work from the VPO and chorus, this is a Rigoletto that must be in all Verdi collections.”

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Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ (2013) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1 + BDRip 1080p

Title: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin ‘
Released: 2013
Genre: Rock, Documentary
Directed by: Bob Smeaton
Artists: Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood

Released: Sony Music
Duration: 1:56:54
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 19754 kbps / 1920 * 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16: 9 / High Profile 4.1
# 1 Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3773 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Dutch
Size: 33.67 GB

This special presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ presents the definitive documentary about the extraordinary life of the greatest guitarist of all time. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Festival Express), unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him. The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state of the art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.

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Diana Krall – Turn Up The Quiet (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Diana Krall – Turn Up The Quiet (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 48:18 minutes | 1,88 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Verve Records

Turn Up The Quiet is Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall’s latest album released by Verve Records. Diana Krall is first and always a jazz pianist. This time out she is most determinedly the bandleader. She has chosen the repertoire, conceived the ensemble arrangements and gathered three distinct bands for these sessions.

The album is a co-production with Tommy LiPuma, producer of many of Krall’s most acclaimed albums, including, “All For You”, “The Look Of Love” and “Live In Paris”. The record was once again peerlessly engineered and mixed by Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California.

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Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:47 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © RCA – Legacy

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a remarkable new album featuring classic Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment, along with a duet with Michael Bublé on Fever. An exciting revisit of Elvis’ work, ‘If I Can Dream’ focuses on the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice, emphasising the pure power of The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, the 14-track album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. “This would be a dream come true for Elvis,” Priscilla Presley says of the project. “He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done.”

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