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Melissa Aldana – Visions (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Melissa Aldana – Visions (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:07:31 minutes | 694 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Motema Music, LLC

On her first jazz quartet “Visions”, award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophone player in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. On her first jazz quartet recording, Aldana adds a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity.

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Mel Tormé – The Velvet Fog (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Mel Tormé – The Velvet Fog (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:26 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

There is only one Mel Tormé, yet there are several brilliant talents. He could have made it as a drummer, pianist, arranger, actor, or author. In fact, he excels in each of these secondary roles while claiming the title of best of the jazz singers.

In this historic recording made December 1958 especially for the World Broadcasting Systems at the famous Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood, California Mel sings every song with great feeling and beauty of vocal tone. The selection of tunes is impeccable and he never sounded better.

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Max Stadtfeld – Stax (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Max Stadtfeld – Stax (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:44 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

Stax`s music is not just some intellectual showing-off, it bobbles along in the rhythm-oriented mainstream, and yet, over and above that, it is imbued with an astonishing sense of both freshness and maturity. This quartet is playing the music of now – and at an amazing level of achievement. These musicians formulate shared narratives that go way beyond the mindless clicks and zappings of their generation.

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Max Petersen Trio – Divine Traces (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Max Petersen Trio – Divine Traces (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:58 minutes | 840 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © QFTF

Divine Traces is Max Petersen’s 2019 trio release and debut on Berlin based label QFTF.

This album comes as a videoclip/single release, meaning that it will be published as video on YouTube; Vimeo and on all streaming platforms throughout the next three month.

It’s the first album with this trio featuring Dominique Girod on bass and Fabian Arends on drums.

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Maurizio Zaccaria – Beethoven: Works for Piano (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Maurizio Zaccaria – Beethoven: Works for Piano (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 50:51 minutes | 732 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © OnClassical

The two albums OC19040B and OC19041B introduce Beethoven’s more intimate works that appropriately trace his evolution: from the four Sonatinas, WoO 50 and 51, Anh. 5/1, 5/2, composed in the late 1780s or early 1790s and published posthumously; exploring the four sonatas of the first-period (the Three Sonatas, Op. 10 and the Sonata, Op. 22); two sonatas from the middle period (Opp. 78, in two relatively brief movements; and Op. 79, the shortest of the three-movement sonatas); and ending with the late-period’s Eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119, revised and published as a set in 1823 but gathering works that span from the 1790s to the early 1820s. While Beethoven’s very early sonatinas may show a rather conservative attitude toward composition and pianistic language (perhaps the reason why they remained unpublished), it is in the Sonatas, Op. 10 that we sense Beethoven’s urge as a young composer to push the boundaries of already old-fashioned archetypes – in the use of the rondo-sonata form, for example, but also in the quintessentially orchestral writing of the third sonata. And it is in the second half of the Bagatelles, Op. 119, written in 1821-22, that we most perceive Beethoven’s iconoclastic force had he not prematurely left the world only several years later.

The present recording was made by Alessandro Simonetto with a pair of 2-stereo Stennheiser microphones.

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Maurizio Zaccaria – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 Nos. 1-3 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Maurizio Zaccaria – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 Nos. 1-3 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:06:30 minutes | 892 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © OnClassical

Beethoven’s Opus 2, published in Wien in March 1796, is the first work in which the composer’s strong personality is declared.

Accordingly to Carli Ballola, Piano Sonatas Op. 2 are the manifesto of the style that the composer achieved in the early XVIII century and that will be characterizing of the following years: this is, according to Lenz, the so-called “Early Beethovenian period”.

Important aspects affect the form: the Sonatas are now – differently from Haydn, Clementi and Mozart’s Sonatas – structured in four movements. For the first time, Beethoven starts an expansion and a development of the forma-sonata, concerning to the structure of dynamics and rhythm, and to the dialectic of transitions; it follows that the treatment of the pianistic matter turns out to be more psychological than reminding to a frivolous style.

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Maurice Steger & La Cetra – Mr Handel’s Dinner (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Maurice Steger & La Cetra – Mr Handel’s Dinner (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:17 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Highly virtuoso dinners: London in the 1730s. Musical life was flourishing around the figure of Handel. The Saxon composer also served as director; at the height of his fame, he surrounded himself with the finest London musicians, and was joined by many foreign composers to occupy the long breaks between the acts of his oratorios. Their musical interludes accompanied lavish dinners, during which Mr Handel escaped from the pit to indulge his gourmet tendencies. Quite a programme!

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Maurice Gendron – Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 – Brahms: Sonata No. 2 (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Maurice Gendron – Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 – Brahms: Sonata No. 2 (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:48 minutes | 1,97 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Maurice Gendron plays Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Fauré. Frenchman Maurice Gendron (1920-1990) was known for his poise and elegant, pristine playing. If Daniil Shafran played with unconventional hand positions, Gendron’s are nearest to the ideal. His hands are cello perfect: rounded, relaxed, symmetrical, and produced a shimmering sound.

Recorded 13 February 1962 in Frankfurt, Raum 1/B, Hessischer Rundfunk (Radio Studio Recording)

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Matthias Goerne & Leif Ove Andsnes – Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24 & Kernerlieder, Op. 35 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matthias Goerne & Leif Ove Andsnes – Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24 & Kernerlieder, Op. 35 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:16 minutes | 883 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Justinus Kerner, a poet and a practicing physician fascinated with occultism, somnambulism and magnetism, inspired young Schumann who, at just seventeen, set to music the singular poet’s verses. He would eventually come back to it in 1840 with a strange cycle, “a masterpiece of dereliction” (according to Brigitte François-Sappey) he wrote as an exorcism for his mental illness: through a suite of twelve poems (Zwölf Gedichte Op. 35, better known as “Kerner Lieder”), Schumann projects his own destiny, questioning himself, trying to understand why sadness overwhelms his soul even though he’s in-love and newlywed.

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Matt Slocum – Sanctuary (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matt Slocum – Sanctuary (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:07 minutes | 772 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sunnyside

On Sanctuary drummer/composer Matt Slocum unleashes lovely, inspiring missives that could compel you to imagine a world in which peace, kindness and solace prevail – his music comes from an unsullied place, where the music is all that matters. And, he has a sound! An inviting, burnished sound as pure and effervescent as water streaming from high peaks that reveals itself as much through his compositional output as it does through his choices behind the drums.

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