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Martin, Honegger, Schoeck – Cello Concertos – Christian Poltera, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Martin, Honegger, Schoeck – Cello Concertos – Christian Poltera, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Tuomas Ollila-Hannikainen (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz  | Time – 01:12:39 minutes | 663 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | © BIS Records
Recorded: January 2006 (Schoeck) and June 2007 (Martin, Honegger) at the Malmö Concert Hall, Sweden

In 2007-08, the Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra made his debut on BIS with a series of discs dedicated to three compatriots of his: the composers Othmar Schoeck, Arthur Honegger and Frank Martin. The unconventional programmes mixed chamber music and orchestral works centred on the cello, and were received with acclaim by the international music press. ‘An ideal introduction to Martin’s music’ enthused the reviewer in Gramophone, where that release was an Editor’s Choice, while the Schoeck anthology was described as ‘a beautifully-played collection that fills an important gap’ in American Record Guide, and the French magazine Diapason gave the Honegger disc its Diapason d’or, calling it ‘une pure merveille’. In reviews of all three discs, the orchestral support from the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Tuomas Hannikainen was especially remarked upon, as were the respective virtues of the three concertos: ‘a nostalgic, dark-hued lyrical quality that makes for absorbing listening’ (Schoeck, International Record Review); ‘a typically suave, sophisticated score, boasting a surprisingly astringent but compellingly rhythmic Finale’ (Martin, BBC Music Magazine); ‘wonderful, jazzy tunes …, plenty of fireworks for the soloist, and it packs a huge amount of contrast into its quarter-hour of playing time’ (Honegger, These three works, composed between 1929 and 1966 and all too rarely heard today, have now been combined; an occasion not to be missed by anyone interested in exploring some highly individual 20 th-century cello scores, or in getting to know one of today’s most impressive young cellists.

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Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection” – Weiner Kammerorchester, Gilbert Kaplan (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection” – Weiner Kammerorchester, Gilbert Kaplan (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 1:27:08 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Avie Records
Recorded: Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, February 17, 2013

Gilbert Kaplan is one of today’s most authoritative and acclaimed interpreters of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, having conducted the work at the invitation of more than 65 orchestras. His 1987 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is the best-selling Mahler recording in history, with sales approaching 200,000 copies. It was named one of The New York Times’ “Records of the Year.” A second recording, with the Vienna Philharmonic, based on the New Critical Edition of the score for which Kaplan served as co-editor, was released in 2003 on DG. With sales of almost 50,000 copies, it is the best-selling recording of Mahler’s Second since the date of its release. Now, with his third recording, based on a live performance at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Kaplan is set to make history once again – not only capturing the imagination of his vast worldwide followers, but also providing an opportunity for chamber, community and regional opera orchestras to perform this work which normally requires more than 100 musicians (there are only 56 musicians performing on this recording). His recording with the Vienna Chamber Symphony sets the benchmark. While reducing the instrumentation, Kaplan and his co-arranger Rob Mathes remain faithful to Mahler’s musical intentions and orchestral colours. They take a page, of sorts, out of Mahler’s book – the composer made numerous arrangements himself, often adding (rather than subtracting) instruments to symphonic staples by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. In another nod to history, the Kaplan/Mathes chamber arrangement recalls Schoenberg’s scaled down versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 4.

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Status Quo – Aquostic: Live at the Roundhouse (2015) 720p+1080p MBLURAY x264-DEV0

This landmark release, recorded in October 2014 in a joint effort by earMUSIC and the BBC, captures the band’s first ever live acoustic performance at the glorious Roundhouse in London. This sensational recording features the new pared-back side of Quo, as revealed on the hit 2014 album ‘Aquostic! (Stripped Bare)’. This album soared to number 5 in the charts, giving the band their highest placing for 18 years, and has now been certified Gold. It was in fact the best-selling independent label album of 2014! BBC Radio 2 broadcast this special ‘Aquostic’ performance live, and the footage was made available on the night on ‘red button’ and was the BBC’s highest-rated programme with over a million views in just five days. Now, with the release of ‘Aquostic! Live At The Roundhouse’, it is available for Quo fans to own. 2015 sees Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave building on the incredible momentum that ‘Aquostic’ has generated. Classic Rock said of this show, “It was triumphant”, adding, “It works. Brilliantly. Quo acoustic? It’s no gimmick”. The DVD and Blu-ray formats will feature bonus behind the scenes material. As well as working towards the release of this superb live album, the band will also undertake a truly special 6 date “Aquostic Live 2015” UK tour in April. After 50 years at the top of their game as one of the world’s premiere hard rock acts, Quo have leapt out of their comfort zone, this re-working of their legendary songbook is fully acoustic and features female backing vocalists, additional musicians and even a string section; a totally new Quo live experience!

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Randy Bachman – Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells A Story (2014) 720p+1080p MBLURAY x264-DEV0

• Randy Bachman returned to where it all started, Winnipeg, and recorded a show at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre where he chronologically played and told the origins of his most famous songs that he created with both the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive.
• What happens next is what they call in show biz ‘the magic.’  In fact, this is the how a story-teller’s evening should be done.  Randy is personable and comes off as a musical historian as he walks the crowd through his song writing history.  We are talking classic tunes that include Guess Who favorites such as “These Eyes,” “No Sugar Tonight,” “No Time” and “American Woman” to the BTO hits like “Let It Ride,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business.”
• Watching and listening to Bachman describe his life in rock and roll and how these songs -some created live on stage- came to be is mesmerizing.  One feels like he is bellied up to the bar listening to a great storyteller.  It is fascinating, yet comfortable… amazing, yet believable.

1. Prairie Town
2. Shakin’ all Over
3. These Eyes
4. Laughing
5. No sugar Tonight
6. No Time
7. American Woman
8. Roll On Down The Highway
9. Let It Ride
10. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
11. Takin’Care Of Business
12. Hey You
Bonus Tracks:
– Undun
– Looking Out For #1

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Katatonia – Sanctitude: Live At Union Chapel (2014) 720p MBluRay x264-LiQUiD

BLU-RAY EDITION OF THE KATATONIA CONCERT FILM TAKEN FROM THE ‘UNPLUGGED & REWORKED’ SHOW AT LONDON’S UNION CHAPEL Formed in Sweden in 1991 by Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse, Katatonia stand at the forefront of the dark progressive rock genre. In September 2013 Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band’s 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope’s sister label Peaceville). Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs. Katatonia took Dethroned & Uncrowned on the road in Europe for the first time in May 2014 as ‘Unplugged & Reworked’. The band presented an intimate acoustic evening performing tracks from the album alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked. Each venue on the tour was carefully chosen for its unique atmosphere. Sanctitude is a concert film recorded at one of these prestigious venues, in the stunning candle-lit setting of London’s Union Chapel, where they were joined on guitar & vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman and songwriter Bruce Soord. The 80 minute set features 17 songs across the albums The Great Cold Distance, Viva Emptiness, Brave Murder Day, Last Fair Deal Gone Down and of course, Dead End Kings / Dethroned & Uncrowned, including fan favourite ‘Teargas’. The show closes with the sublime ‘The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here’ and a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering. This Blu-ray edition features the full 1 hour 20 minute live concert of 17 tracks (Stereo 24/48 LPCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS 24/96 5.1 Surround, 5.1 Surround 24/96 MLP lossless mixes) plus the ‘Beyond The Chapel’ documentary with over 60 minutes of additional footage including brand new interviews.

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Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once Live At The SSE Hydro 2014 720p BluRay FLAC2.0 x264-EbP

RELEASE NAME..: Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once Live At The SSE Hydro 2014 720p BluRay x264 EbP
RELEASE DATE..: Mar 30 2015
RUNTiME…….: 1h:49mn
SiZE……….: 7.67 GiB
ViDEO CODEC…: x264, CRF, L4.1
FRAMERATE…..: 29.970 fps
BiTRATE…….: 8160 Kbps (avg.)
RESOLUTiON….: 1280*720
AUDiO………: FLAC [email protected]
AUDiO 2…….: AC3 5.1 @640Kbps
CHAPTER…….: Yes/Named
SOURCE……..: Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once Live At The SSE Hydro 2014 1080i Blu-ray AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

After the release of her 2014 album Kiss Me Once, the pop whirlwind known as Kylie Minogue set off on an ambitious world tour that took her everywhere from Monte Carlo to Istanbul to Sheffield. Playing before rapturous crowds with a stage show that could only be described as elaborate, Kylie ran through a set that included hits from her impressively long career. From “The Loco-Motion” all the way up to “Les Sex” from the new album, every song is a sparkling nugget of pop greatness brought to life in front of the crowd. This CD/Blu-Ray set captures a November show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena, and if you were unfortunate enough to have missed the tour, this comes about as close as one can get to actually being there. Just close your eyes and imagine lots of pink lights, sequins, and feathers as the music plays.

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Daryl Hall And John Oates Live In Dublin (2014) 720p+1080p MBluRay x264-LiQUiD

Daryl Hall and John Oates are one of the most successful recording duos of all time with a string of hit singles and gold and platinum albums to their name including six US No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, all of which are included in this superb live show. Filmed at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on 15th July 2014, this was the first time Daryl Hall and John Oates had played a live show in the city. They delivered a fantastic performance, packed with hits, to an audience who were clearly in the mood to party as only Dublin can!

Bonus Features
Interviews with Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Track Listing
1) Maneater
2) Out Of Touch
3) Say It Isn t So
4) Family Man
5) It s Uncanny
6) Back Together Again
7) Las Vegas Turnaround
8) She s Gone
9) Sara Smile
10) Do What You Want, Be What You Are
11) I Can t Go For That (No Can Do) 12) Rich Girl
13) You Make My Dreams
14) Kiss On My List
15) Private Eyes

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Antonin Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89 (2014) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Antonín Dvořák: Requiem, Op. 89
Released: 2014
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Artist: Christiane Libor (Soprano), Ewa Wolak (Alto), Daniel Kirch (Tenor), Janusz Monarcha (Bass), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Issued: United States | Naxos
Duration: 1:37:48
Size: 11.44 GB

Antonín Dvořák’s huge popularity in England was built largely on the success of his Stabat Mater, which he had conducted there in 1884 and 1885. It was well suited to the country’s choral traditions and led eventually to a commission for a Requiem, which was premièred in Birmingham in 1891. Written in ten months during tours to Russia, England and Germany, its success was immediate. Sitting closer to the tradition of Cherubini than Verdi, its tone is compassionate and reflective, devoid of unnecessary drama, and movingly crafted with great sophistication.
Recorded: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland, from 29th May to 5th June, 2012.

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Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (2012) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Name: Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Released: 2012
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Artist: Christiane Libor, Soprano (# 5), Thomas E. Bauer, Baritone (# 3, 6), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Issued: United States | Naxos
Duration: 1:15:16
Size: 8.84 GB

The longest work in Brahms’s entire oeuvre, A German Requiem was almost certainly triggered by the death of his mother, although it also seems likely that the tragic loss of his friend Robert Schumann, some years earlier, added to its depth and eloquence. Taking inspiration from Bach’s contrapuntal genius but avoiding overt religious tradition, Brahms chose the texts himself, placing an emphasis on an affirmation of life with the suggestion that he would gladly have substituted ‘human’ for ‘German’ in the title.

Recorded: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland, from 27th to 29th August, 2012.

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Franz Liszt – Piano Works – Nikolai Lugansky (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Franz Liszt – Piano Works – Nikolai Lugansky (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz  | Time – 01:05:34 minutes | 868 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Ambroisie/naïve
Recorded: June 2011 at Potton Hall, UK

The great Russian virtuoso Nikolai Lugansky presents his recording to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – an album of popular piano pieces including La Campanella, Valse oubliée, his version of Isolde’s Liebestod by Wagner, some of the Douze études d’exécution transcendante, and several gems from Années de pèlerinage, among them Vallée d’Obermann, Sposalizio, Les jeux d’eau de la Villa d’Este and Sonnet de Pétrarque 123.

An acclaimed recording artist, Nikolai Lugansky has recently signed an exclusive contract with the Naïve-Ambroisie label. The Moscow-born pianist put together this disc, his first devoted entirely to Liszt’s music, with a seriousness, freedom and concern for overall unity worthy of the composer himself. His last release – an all-Chopin recital for Onyx – was described by The Guardian as “unquestionably thrilling”, and his recording with violinist Repin of Sonatas by Franck, Grieg and Janáček (Deutsche Grammophon, October 2010) was hailed by Gramophone as “a quite magnificent performance”. It also won the Prize for best Chamber Music recording at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011. Nikolai Lugansky won the Diapason d’Or for his recordings of the complete Chopin Études and Preludes, and the Rachmaninov Preludes and Moments musicaux, as well as an Echo Klassik Deutscher Musikpreis for his 2005 recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3. Capable of great refinement and sensitivity in Mozart and Schumann, and breathtaking virtuosity in Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Lugansky is a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility. Recent and upcoming engagements include concerto projects with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Andris Nelsons, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and NHK Symphony Orchestra all with Charles Dutoit; recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Moscow State Conservatory, London’s Wigmore Hall, Prague’s Rudolfinum and the Wiener Konzerthaus; and chamber music collaborations with Vadim Repin and Leonidas Kavakos.

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