Paolo Bonomini – Violoncello italiano (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paolo Bonomini – Violoncello italiano (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:17 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Genuin

Hailing from Frescia, cellits Paolo Bonomini offers a survey of 200 years of musical Italy on his Genuin debut release. The First Prizewinner at the 2016 Leipzig Bach Competition performs works by Joseph Dall’Abaco, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Piatti, and Luigi Dallapiccola. In terms of the program, we could hardly imagine a more rich and varied overview, and the young, internationally-successful soloists’s playing more than fulfills our expectations – from his lean and buoyant sound in the playful and exuberant Baroque works, to his crystal-clear articulation and bold risk-taking in the modern selections. A brilliant and highly promising debut!

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Paolo Arrivabeni – Verdi: Falstaff (Live) (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Paolo Arrivabeni – Verdi: Falstaff (Live) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:00:19 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Dynamic

From the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, staged by Stefano Poda with musical direction by Paolo Arrivabeni. Protagonists on stage Ruggero Raimondi Luca Salsi Virginia Tola Sabina Puértolas Tiberio Simu Cinzia de Mola Liliana Mattei Gregory Bonfatti Pietro Picone Luciano Montanaro.

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Paola Perrucci – Alvars: Works for Harp (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paola Perrucci – Alvars: Works for Harp (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:48 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Dynamic

A native of England, Elias Parish Alvars became established as a fully-fledged European artist. He travelled extensively, working alongside Carl Czerny and gained the esteem of Mendelssohn and Berlioz, who declared that ‘this man is a magician’, with a ‘passionate impulse to express the music of another world’. Composed in a Romantic style, Parish Alvars’ fantasias and refined elaborations on themes by Bellini explore every aspect of the harp’s technical and expressive qualities, from spectacular virtuosity to evocative and transparent effects that were revolutionary in their time. These works are performed here by Paola Perrucci, who currently teaches at the Conservatory of Bologna.

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Page McConnell & Trey Anastasio – December (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Page McConnell & Trey Anastasio – December (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:18 minutes | 501 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © JEMP Records

Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and guitarist Trey Anastasio released December, a collection of six duo performances recorded at The Barn in Vermont earlier this month.

The pair previously joined forces this fall for a series of duets that premiered before three of Trey’s The Beacon Jams livestream concerts. While “Brian And Robert,” “Waste” and “Evening Song” were performed in videos aired ahead of The Beacon Jams, the duo picked six different Phish gems for inclusion on December.

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Page McConnell – Maybe We’re The Visitors (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Page McConnell – Maybe We’re The Visitors (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 42:51 minutes | 414 MB | Genre: Electronic, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Keyed Records

Phish keyboardist Page McConnell announces the release of his new solo album, MAYBE WE’RE THE VISITORS, arriving digitally via Keyed Records this Friday, April 9. MAYBE WE’RE THE VISITORS was written and recorded in Iceland and Burlington, VT. The release is preceded by today’s premiere of the album’s first song, “Radio Silence,” which David Fricke called in his album notes “an overture of slowly dawning arpeggios that dot the void like hopeful transmissions.”

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Paganini Ensemble Vienna – Paganini: Quartets for Strings & Guitar Nos. 1, 2 & 9 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paganini Ensemble Vienna – Paganini: Quartets for Strings & Guitar Nos. 1, 2 & 9 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:38 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Dynamic

Nicolo Paganini’s Quartets for Strings and Guitar are among his finest chamber compositions. The First Guitar Quartet was a wedding gift from Paganini to his younger sister; and both this and the Second Quartet share neo-classical poise with warmly expressive romantic lyricism. The Ninth Quartet features sweet and melancholy moods containing some of Paganini’s most disarmingly simple melodies, and as the composer himself stated, ‘a very fanciful minuet and a moving trio’.

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Paco de Lucia, Pedro Iturralde Quintet – Flamenco-Jazz (1967/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Paco de Lucia, Pedro Iturralde Quintet – Flamenco-Jazz (1967/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 43:03 minutes | 772 MB | Genre: Latin Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MPS

Spanish saxophonist Pedro Iturralde, under the influence of Miles Davis’s classic jazz flamenco fusion album Sketches of Spain, incorporated flamenco melodies in his repertoire as he toured Europe in the 1960s. Iturralde brought along a 19 year old flamenco musician named Paco de Lucía, who would become an international star as one of the greatest flamenco musicians of our time and would remain active in jazz until his death in 2014.

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Pacifica Quartet with Otis Murphy – Contemporary Voices (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pacifica Quartet with Otis Murphy – Contemporary Voices (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:54 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cedille

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet performs works by three Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary composers: Shulamit Ran, Jennifer Higdon, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.Written for the Pacifica and receiving its world-premiere recording, Ran’s Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory — String Quartet No. 3 is a moving tribute to painter Felix Nussbaum, who perished in Auschwitz in 1944. Higdon’s Voices, dedicated to the Pacifica, evokes explosive energy, otherworldly calm, and spiritual serenity. In Zwilich’s Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet, a lusciously singing saxophone shares the spotlight with virtuosic string playing. The Pacifica, quartet in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, partner with their IU colleague, renowned classical saxophonist Otis Murphy.

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Pacifica Quartet – Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries: The Soviet Experience Vol. 1-4 (2011-2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Pacifica Quartet – Dmitri Shostakovich and his Contemporaries: The Soviet Experience Vol. 1-4 (2011-2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 07:57:37 minutes | 7,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cedille

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica also served as quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012) — a position previously held only by the Guarneri String Quartet — and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

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Pacific Quartet Vienna – Sounds of Pannonia (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pacific Quartet Vienna – Sounds of Pannonia (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:16 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gramola Records

The young international Pacific Quartet Vienna has chosen as repertoire focus works of the First and Second Viennese Schools. Its second album (after Becoming Being Passing Away) presents Sounds from Pannonia, with Haydn ‘s String Quartet Op. 54/2, the second from the group of TostQuartets, Bartok s 2nd String Quartet (in which the composer used the impressions of his four-year research on Pannonian songs and dances during the First World War) and Brahmss Quartet Op. 51/2 (as can be observed in many of his works, no composer of musical history was so obsessively under the spell of the Pannonian idiom like Brahms) are representative of the music of the landscape between Vienna, Burgenland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and parts of Slovakia.

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Pacific Quartet Vienna – 1824 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pacific Quartet Vienna – 1824 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:08:48 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gramola Records

The final chords of the revolutionary world premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the K”arntnertortheater in Vienna on May 7, 1824 had hardly faded away (one of the many enthusiastic listeners in the hall was the 27-year-old Franz Schubert!) when the star composer got straight to work on a new string quartet; the work, following his latest string quartet, Op. 95 which was composed 14 years earlier, was commissioned by Prince Nikolaus Galitzin and became the Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127. In the same year, and interestingly written in immediate spatial and temporal proximity to the studio in which Beethoven was just about to open the doors to musical modernism, Schubert, after having spent several weeks in the Vienna general hospital for treatment of his suspected syphilis desease, composed his String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804, the so-called Rosamunde Quartet. It may be said that, precisely due to Schubert’s bleak outlook on the future, the categories of “loss” and “memory” became central parameters of an entire composition for the first time in music history. Both quartets are performed by the internationally acclaimed Pacific Quartet Vienna for their third album release with Gramola Records.

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Pacific Chorale & Robert Istad – All Things Common (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Pacific Chorale & Robert Istad – All Things Common (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 58:57 minutes | 926 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Yarlung Records

The music of composer Tarik O’Regan is determinedly eclectic, with British, North African, and American sources of various kinds. Among its uniquely fascinating aspects is that he draws on the British choral tradition in which he was trained without being fully part of it. This collection of choral pieces gives a good idea of the variety of his style, and the performances by California’s Pacific Chorale under director Robert Istad add a new dimension, with a fine, warm acoustic. The program consists of religious works and pieces, drawn from various kinds of poetry that might be called spiritual. O’Regan has a strong ear for poetry like John Rutter, but his tonal palette is both more diverse and more bracing. Some of the pieces here are short, lyrical works of a transparent vein; try “I Listen to the Stillness of You,” a lovely D.H. Lawrence setting excerpted from a larger work for an ideally stable conclusion. Ecstasies Above, a setting Edgar Allan Poe, has a complex texture, including two vocal quartets and a string quartet that seems to draw on American folk music or bluegrass. The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis is an entirely different kind of piece, although it’s recognizably the music of the same composer. The work includes spoken passages and various kinds of choral treatments, including polyphony, chant, and minimalist passages, as well as a solo cello. The singers, a 24-person group extracted from the larger Pacific Chorale, are challenged with a quiet high C and execute it perfectly. A consistently interesting program and beautiful singing make this one of the strongest American choral releases of 2020.

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Pachyman – The Return of… (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Pachyman – The Return of… (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:21 minutes | 395 MB | Genre: Reggae
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ATO RECORDS

The Return of Pachyman is a supernatural force from a brave new world that’s a little bit San Juan, a little L.A., and a whole lot of Studio One in Kingston, Jamaica. Designed to be a resurrection of sound systems from the past through which we can celebrate a post-Trump future, the record shows that blasting off into reggae’s deep space has never gone out of style.

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Pacho Flores – Fractales (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pacho Flores – Fractales (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:54 minutes | 1,10 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music Spain S.L.

Pacho Flores was awarded First Prize in the “Maurice André” International Contest, the most renowned trumpet Contest in the world, as well as First Prize in the “Philip Jones” International Contest and First Prize in the “Cittá di Porcia” International contest. Trained in the marvelous Orchestra System for Youth and Children in Venezuela, he received top recognition for his performances, recitals, and recordings as a soloist.

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Pablo Ziegler – Solo (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Pablo Ziegler – Solo (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 58:17 minutes | 1,63 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Steinway and Sons

Pablo Ziegler, 2018 Grammy Award winner for Best Latin Jazz Album, writes music imbued with Buenos Aires soul. Following up on 2016’s “Tango Nuevo” with Christopher O’Riley, Pablo Ziegler Solo presents the composer and pianist on his own terms with new arrangements of his nuevo tango works, along with pieces by Juan Carlos Cobián, Alejandro Dolina, and Ziegler’s mentor, Astor Piazzolla.

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