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Sophie Hutchings – Echoes In The Valley (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sophie Hutchings – Echoes In The Valley (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:40:10 minutes | 730 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury KX

After a whirlwind 2020, with almost every artists’ musical endeavours being put on hold, Sophie Hutchings made the best of a bad situation, and now we are presented with her album Echoes in the Valley. The original plan for Sophie’s latest release was to record in Nils Frahm’s studio in Berlin, however, the pandemic had other plans. Instead, Sophie returned to her home of Australia and spent a week in the Byron Hinterland. The Hinterland is a stretch of rolling hills and untouched bush inland from Byron Bay, Australia’s most eastern point. Sprinkled throughout the Hinterland are hiking trails, waterfalls and quaint towns, those typical of a Banjo Patterson poem. After being presented with an unfamiliar piano in a shack in the middle of nowhere, over three short days Hutching’s got to work creating the masterpiece that is Echoes in the Valley.

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Snazzy Cabaret – Quintet Drafts (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Snazzy Cabaret – Quintet Drafts (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 00:27:49 minutes | 282 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jam Theory Records

Snazzy Cabaret (or “Snaz Cab”) are a group of musicians bonded together in improvisation and groove harmony.

Playing the songs of the individuals within the band; the Snaz Cab manifesto is to maintain fluidity in performance, recording by keen listening, with a strong musical communication between one another.

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Shawn Phillips – Second Contribution (1970/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Shawn Phillips – Second Contribution (1970/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:38:04 minutes | 775 MB | Genre: Pop, Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

I’m a fan of the Lost folk albums that seem to come out a lot but this really did not get me I didn’t like it at all I saw Steven Wilson the famous producer Porcupine Tree recommended Saint what’s in your bag Amoeba Records so I tried it and just like his music I didn’t like it at all I guess I’m not a fan of his musical perspective that’s an aside but damn I don’t know it’s just didn’t get me at all

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Shani Diluka – The Proust Album (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Shani Diluka – The Proust Album (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:26:46 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Shani Diluka releases a great project dedicated to Marcel Proust and composers he loved, to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of his birth in 2021 and the 100-year anniversary of his death in 2022. It features Reynaldo Hahn’s rarely played Piano Concerto and works by Fauré, Gluck, Massenet, R. Strauss, and Debussy. The album is recorded with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Hervé Niquet. The Proust album features Pierre Fouchenneret (violin), Natalie Dessay (soprano), and Guillaume Gallienne (narrator, from the Comédie Francaise)

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Seong-Jin Cho – The Wanderer (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Seong-Jin Cho – The Wanderer (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:05 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The current trend is to give a generic title to classic albums. Here, “Der Wanderer” is obviously the title of Schubert’s Fantasy, but it is above all the very symbol of German Romanticism in its tireless and almost metaphysical quest for inner peace through poetry and nature. One may well wonder whether the Berg and Liszt sonatas really fit such a description.

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Seong-Jin Cho – Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466; Piano Sonatas, K. 281 & 332 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Seong-Jin Cho – Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466; Piano Sonatas, K. 281 & 332 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:25 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

After winning the First Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho (born in 1994) embarked on a bright global career that has already taken him absolutely everywhere! Following his first three albums, with two devoted to Chopin (obviously…), a third to Debussy (slightly more unusual), he now dives into Mozart, in particular the Concerto in D minor that has already earned him a Third Prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. In fact, the pianist explains how Mozart was his favourite as a child, and proves it with great finesse in this recording. In accompanied Yannick Nézet-Séguin – a master at accompaniment for opera and concerts – Cho has found an excellent partner. It is worth noting the pianist has opted for the cadences composed by Beethoven.

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Sergio Monteiro – Vierne: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sergio Monteiro – Vierne: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:59:53 minutes | 896 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

Louis Vierne is renowned as one of the most brilliant of all French organ composers. His piano works are little known despite their colourful, imaginative and inspiring treatment of the instrument. The early Deux Pièces owe their lyrical style to Mendelssohn, while the Suite bourguignonne exudes an atmosphere of joie de vivre and romantic contentment. Impressionism can be heard in the Trois Nocturnes, the third of which is considered one of Vierne’s masterpieces with its evocative use of birdsong, while the shadows of war echo in the solemn Poème des cloches funèbres. This is the first of two albums covering repertoire that deserves a place in the pantheon of French piano music.

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Seong-Jin Cho – Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Ballades (2016/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Seong-Jin Cho – Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Ballades (2016/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:23:05 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Pianist Seong-Jin Cho was the first prize winner at the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw one year ago. On the anniversary of that win, Cho’s first ever studio recording on DG presents Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto with the LSO and Gianandrea Noseda recorded at Abbey Road Studios, as well as the Chopin’s four Ballades. “Everything is poetic, introspective, graceful” – Financial Times

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Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:45:19 minutes | 942 MB | Genre: Pop/Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fiction

Self Esteem’s second album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ is one of those those special records that’s importance and legacy will be felt for years to come, both for its creator Rebecca Lucy Taylor and the growing band of people she has been inspiring with her brand of deeply emotionally and physically resonant progressive pop.

Rebecca’s debut album as Self Esteem, 2019’s ‘Compliments Please’, established her decisively breaking down the constraints and perceptions of her previous music career in Slow Club, becoming an actual pop star in her own right but ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ takes everything to the next level. It’s a staggering step up.

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Secret Garden – Sacred Night – The Christmas Album (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Secret Garden – Sacred Night – The Christmas Album (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 00:51:32 minutes | 571 MB | Genre: Neo-Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music AS

Secret Garden´s „Sacred Night: The Christmas Album“ features a twelve song Christmas themed collaboration with Norwegian vocalist Cathrine Iversen and features guest appearances from Espen Grojotheim, Renate Gjerlow Larsen and Dublin´s Junior Musicals Theatre School Choir.

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