Wolfgang Haffner - Kind of Tango (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Wolfgang Haffner - Kind of Tango (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Wolfgang Haffner - Kind of Tango (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/95 kHz | Time - 49:45 minutes | 969 MB
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“This isn’t about reproducing an original, it’s much more like a translation. When I absorb and adapt influences and when I write, I follow my own path – and that allows me to be myself. It’s a process from which something new and contemporary can emerge.” This is how Wolfgang Haffner describes the artistic approach in his “Kind of…” album trilogy, all of which have the unmistakable Haffner sound running right through them. After a first adventure in cool jazz, and then a search for musical traditions in Spain, his new destination is Buenos Aires: “From the moment Siggi Loch suggested tango as my third point of departure, I didn’t need any more convincing. Rhythm is the essence of tango, plus catchy melodies which can then be developed – and there’s so much emotion in it too.”

Kadri Voorand - In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand (2020) [Official Digital Download]

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Kadri Voorand - In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand (2020) [Official Digital Download]

Kadri Voorand - In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 43:54 minutes | 462 MB
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“A great voice, that hits people’s body and soul“ London Jazz News

Them feat. Van Morrison - Them Again (Remastered) (1966/2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Them feat. Van Morrison - Them Again (Remastered) (1966/2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Them feat. Van Morrison - Them Again (Remastered) (1966/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 44:54 minutes | 813 MB
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Them Again is the second album by the Northern Irish band, Them, whose lead singer and songwriter was Van Morrison. The album was released by Decca Records in the UK on 21 January 1966 but it failed to chart. In the U.S. it was released in April 1966 where it peaked at #138 on the Billboard charts.

Them feat. Van Morrison - The "Angry" Young Them! (Remastered) (1965/2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Them feat. Van Morrison - The "Angry" Young Them! (Remastered) (1965/2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Them feat. Van Morrison - The "Angry" Young Them! (Remastered) (1965/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 44:54 minutes | 727 MB
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Them Again is the second album by the Northern Irish band, Them, whose lead singer and songwriter was Van Morrison. The album was released by Decca Records in the UK on 21 January 1966 but it failed to chart. In the U.S. it was released in April 1966 where it peaked at #138 on the Billboard charts.

Wishbone Ash - Coat of Arms (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

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Wishbone Ash - Coat of Arms (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Wishbone Ash - Coat of Arms (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 58:51 minutes | 746 MB
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Coat Of Arms sounds stylistically diverse and technically accomplished, yet the new album is typical of Wishbone Ash’s traditional strengths – a balancing act that is a challenge to Powell every time: “Following the countless songs that we have written throughout the history of Wishbone Ash, my own expectations are extremely high. On the one hand as a composer you try not to repeat yourself in your creative output but to come up with new ideas all the time, on the other you want to remain faithful to your style.

Warren Wolf - Reincarnation (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Warren Wolf - Reincarnation (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Warren Wolf - Reincarnation (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 53:42 minutes | 1.11 GB
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On 'Reincarnation' Baltimore vibesman Warren Wolf reveals an entirely different side to his multi-faceted talents, allowing him to indulge his love for the R&B and soul hits that served as the soundtrack to his formative years in the 1990s. It's also a celebration of a new lease on life, a happiness and contentment that he's discovered through a new marriage and his five beloved children.

Edward Gardner - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 2 * Nos. 2 & 6 & Italian Overtures (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Edward Gardner - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 2 * Nos. 2 & 6 & Italian Overtures (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner - Schubert: Symphonies, Vol. 2 * Nos. 2 & 6 & Italian Overtures (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:49 minutes | 1.25 GB
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For the second volume in his Birmingham Schubert symphony cycle, Edward Gardner turns to the Second and Sixth Symphonies. Composed between December 1814 and March 1815, the Second Symphony is not only a response by Schubert to the works of Beethoven, and especially the Prometheus Overture, but also strives to push the conventional symphonic boundaries, most notably in the extended exposition of the first movement. Completed in February 1818, the Sixth Symphony was the first to be titled "Große Sinfonie" (grand symphony) by Schubert, a mark of his growing confidence in his work in the symphonic idiom. The two Overtures were composed at the same time as the Sixth Symphony, and are clearly modelled on the overtures of Rossini, whose music was all the rage in Vienna at that time.

Marc Lewon, Paul Kieffer, Grace Newcombe - Two Lutes with Grace (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Marc Lewon, Paul Kieffer, Grace Newcombe - Two Lutes with Grace (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Marc Lewon, Paul Kieffer, Grace Newcombe - Two Lutes with Grace: Plectrum Lute Duos of the Late 15th Century (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:19 minutes | 1.07 GB
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The plectrum lute duo was one of the most popular ensembles for professional instrumentalists in late 15th-century Western Europe. This recording presents for the first time the bulk of a surviving repertoire that can arguably be considered for the lute duo, performed on two equal plectrum lutes or with a combination of lute and gittern - a smaller member of the lute family. The album, inspired by the Ferrarese virtuoso Pietrobono dal Chitarino (c. 1417–1497), acclaimed in his lifetime as ‘the foremost lutenist in the world’, includes the earliest printed lute duos by Francesco Spinacino and Joan Ambrosio Dalza and the two-voice instrumental works by Johannes Tinctoris. The often highly ornamented instrumental duos are mostly reworkings of songs, some of which are given here in a performance with the singer Grace Newcombe to provide the context for the lute arrangements that follow.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Penderecki: Horn and Violin Concertos (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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London Philharmonic Orchestra - Penderecki: Horn and Violin Concertos (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Krzysztof Penderecki, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Radovan Vlatkovic, Barnabás Kelemen & Michał Dworzynski - Penderecki: Horn and Violin Concertos (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 78:29 minutes | 1.26 GB
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Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 27 November 2013 and 14 October 2015.

Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

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Isabelle Faust - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Isabelle Faust, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Harding - Schoenberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 63:05 minutes | 621 MB
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Almost forty years separate Verklärte Nacht from the Violin Concerto – the former still influenced by the idiom of Brahms and Wagner, the latter deriving from the richness of that later period when Schoenberg managed to combine a multiplicity of approaches within his twelve-note system. Between post-Romantic twilight and ‘classical’ rigour, Isabelle Faust and her most faithful partners offer us an extraordinarily lively interpretation of some of the most remarkable pages in twentieth-century musical literature.

Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 "Jupiter" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 "Jupiter" (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ensemble Resonanz & Riccardo Minasi - Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 "Jupiter" (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 106:18 minutes | 1.88 GB
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After the widespread acclaim for their previous recordings of C.P.E. Bach and Haydn, the musicians of the Resonanz Ensemble of Hamburg pursue their explorations on instruments with a ‘modern’ set-up.

William Vann - Parry: Judith (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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William Vann - Parry: Judith (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Sarah Fox, Kathryn Rudge, Toby Spence, Henry Waddington, London Mozart Players & William Vann - Parry: Judith (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 130:53 minutes | 2.24 GB
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Recorded after the first London performance for over 130 years, Parry’s neglected oratorio here appears for the very first time. Having been commissioned by the Birmingham Festival, Parry decided to combine the Old Testament stories of Manasseh and Judith. A good deal of the libretto was provided by Parry himself, who took other texts from the biblical books of Isaiah, Psalms, and Judith. Having originally conceived the work in four acts, Parry condensed it into two. Judith was premiered by Richter in Birmingham in August 1888, and it consolidated Parry’s reputation as a choral composer, numerous performances following in Edinburgh and in London. Although popular in his lifetime, Judith fell into obscurity after Parry’s death.

Timothy Ridout - Vaughan Williams, Martinů, Hindemith & Britten (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Timothy Ridout - Vaughan Williams, Martinů, Hindemith & Britten (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Timothy Ridout, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne & Jamie Phillips - Music for Viola & Chamber Orchestra: Vaughan Williams, Martinů, Hindemith & Britten (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:16 minutes | 1.27 GB
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The wealth of music composed for the viola in the 20th century almost lets one forget the dearth of it in the 19th, which brought forth only two solo works of note: Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, a concerto commissioned by Paganini that sidelines the viola so much he refused to play it; and Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, in which the solo viola is relegated to the part of the Don’s sidekick Sancho Panza. Sidelined and sidekicked – the viola’s fate seemed a fulfilment of the oft-quoted line from Quantz’s sometime flute treatise that “the viola is largely regarded among musicians as being of little significance”.

Aldubáran, Jákup Lützen - Andalag (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Aldubáran, Jákup Lützen - Andalag (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Aldubáran, Jákup Lützen - Andalag (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 53:11 minutes | 858 MB
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Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) is the undisputed pioneer of Faroese classical music, and this album features some of the Faroe Islands most talented performers, the New Music ensemble Aldubáranand violist JákupLützen. Recorded in Tórshavn, the music they present here pivots on Rasmussens deft harbouringof momentum and energy, his gift for transformative textures, and his closeness to the unique musical traditions and landscapes of the Islands themselves one of the most beautiful, distinctive and naturericharchipelagos on earth.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Eduardo Portal - Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canary Islands (2020) [24/96]

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Eduardo Portal - Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canary Islands (2020) [24/96]

Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Eduardo Portal - Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canary Islands (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 137:42 minutes | 2.23 GB
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Gustavo Díaz-Jerez is one of the leading composers and pianists in Spain. Here he deploys his unique brand of naturalistic tonal painting over the course of seven extended symphonic poems to evoke the very being of the Canary Islands: tapestries of 'emergent' harmony—albeit harmony not always immediately apparent—of which Caliban would doubtless have approved.