Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields - Svendsen: String Octet, Romance / Nielsen: String Quintet (1994)

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Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields - Svendsen: String Octet, Romance / Nielsen: String Quintet (1994)

Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields - Svendsen: String Octet, Romance / Nielsen: String Quintet (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:06 | 362 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 9258

While their playing is just a little bit on the scrappy side, it is still hard not to enjoy this recording by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble. Part of the reason is the players' innate beauty of tone. Part of the reason is the players' affection for the music. Part of the reason is the players' sheer joy in making music. And part of the reason is that the music is just so darned enjoyable. Johan Svendsen may be no Edvard Grieg, but he still mines the same deep vein of Scandinavian sentimental melody and his String Octet is as charming as any piece of chamber music this side of Schubert's Octet.

Emil Gilels - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 (1983)

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Emil Gilels - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 (1983)

Emil Gilels - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 (1983)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 48:37 | 162 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 410 527-2

After the massive rhythms and monumental sonorities, the first thing that strikes the listener about the performance is that Gilels no longer had the technique necessary to play Beethoven's mighty Hammerklavier when this recording was made. There is no doubt that he did once: Gilels was one of the two great Russian pianists of the second half of the twentieth century and he could once play stupendously difficult repertoire with tremendous facility.

Tony Joe White - The Best Of Tony Joe White (1993)

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Tony Joe White - The Best Of Tony Joe White (1993)

Tony Joe White - The Best Of Tony Joe White (1993)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 435 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 181 MB | 01:09:10
Genre: Blues, Blues Rok | Label: Warner Archives

Twenty tracks from 1969-1973, the period of Tony Joe White's greatest success, including "Polk Salad Annie" and White's own version of his composition "Rainy Night in Georgia." Most of this is quality swamp rock with pop-soul-conscious production; on cuts like "High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish," it sounds very much like he was trying to achieve a groove in the mold of Bobbie Joe Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." Sometimes he gets real down-home in a stomping backwoods blues style that makes him sound a little like a White counterpart to John Lee Hooker, as on "Stockholm Blues."

Calamus Ensemble - Luigi Gatti: Chamber Music (2010)

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Calamus Ensemble - Luigi Gatti: Chamber Music (2010)

Calamus Ensemble - Luigi Gatti: Chamber Music (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:55 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog: 6031589

The circle of musicians surrounding Germany's audiophile MDG label has been responsible for several important discoveries in the music of the late 18th century, and this pair of chamber works for winds and strings, unearthed by bassoonist Rainer Schottstädt of the Calamus Ensemble, must rank among the nicest. Composer Luigi Gatti crossed paths with Mozart several times; in 1783, after Mozart had left Salzburg, he become court music director to the infamous Archbishop Colloredo. The Sextet for English horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, and double bass recorded here may have been composed in 1790, and the uniquely titled Serenata a più stromenti di Concerto seems to be of roughly the same vintage.

Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre - Plaisir d'amour: Chansons et romances de la France d'autrefois (2004)

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Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre - Plaisir d'amour: Chansons et romances de la France d'autrefois (2004)

Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre - Plaisir d'amour: Chansons et romances de la France d'autrefois (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:21 | 404 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha | Catalog: Alpha 513

C'est avec ce CD que j'ai découvert l'ensemble "Le Poème Harmonique" -déjà prometteur par le nom- et son chef, Vincent Demestre. Nul doute que c'est le premier d'une longue série. A l'écoute de ce CD, je ne peux que m'associer aux critiques qui ont fait la louange de ce talent qu'est Vincent Demestre. Merci à lui et à ses musiciens de nous faire redécouvrir notre patrimoine hélàs oublié. Les chansons qui constituent "Plaisir d'Amour" sont splendides et interprétées divinement.

Marianne Faithfull - Marianne Faithfull's Greatest Hits (1987)

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Marianne Faithfull - Marianne Faithfull's Greatest Hits (1987)

Marianne Faithfull - Marianne Faithfull's Greatest Hits (1987)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 316 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 121 MB | 44:35
Genre: Soft Rock, Pop Rock | Label: ABKCO Records

While missing a few fine album tracks, this is an excellent 16-song distillation of her '60s recordings. Includes all of her British and American hits – "As Tears Go By," "This Little Bird," "Summer Nights," and "Come and Stay With Me." Bonuses include "In My Time of Sorrow," an obscure mid-'60s folk-rocker co-written by Jackie DeShannon and Jimmy Page, and her 1969 single "Sister Morphine" (co-written with the Rolling Stones), predating the Sticky Fingers version; it's easily her most powerful performance of the decade.

Claudine Longet - Run Wild, Run Free (1970)

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Claudine Longet - Run Wild, Run Free (1970)

Claudine Longet - Run Wild, Run Free (1970)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 230 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 86 MB | 31:17
Genre: Pop, Rock, Easy Listening | Label: A&M Records

Claudine Longet's final A&M release bridges the gossamer pop of previous efforts and the fuller, more rock-inspired approach of her Barnaby label recordings. Producer/arranger Nick DeCaro proves a wonderfully sympathetic foil, creating a series of sweet, poignant backings perfect for Longet's girlish vocals. Criticizing her failings as a singer means neglecting her talents as a stylist, and DeCaro clearly understands how to get the most from her unique presence.

Benjamin Frith - Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (1997)

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Benjamin Frith - Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (1997)

Benjamin Frith - Mendelssohn: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:24 | 182 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos| Catalog: 8.553186

“Frith plays the Sonata, and the balance of the program, with clarity and strength, and follows the dramatic contours with vaulting confidence.” - Fanfare. Benjamin Frith was encouraged by his teacher, Dame Fanny Waterman, to pursue a musical career after winning the Dudley National Concerto Competition aged fourteen. Since then he has been a first prizewinner in the Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition where he was also awarded the special prize for chamber music, and was awarded top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition.

Mary Bevan, Joseph Middleton - Voyages (2017)

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Mary Bevan, Joseph Middleton - Voyages (2017)

Mary Bevan, Joseph Middleton - Voyages (2017)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:32 | 326 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Signum Classics | Catalog: SIGCD509

Aside from Henri Duparc's Romance de Mignon and the four Mignon Lieder of Franz Schubert, which are based on poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, soprano Mary Bevan's 2017 release on Signum Classics is mostly devoted to settings of poetry by Charles Baudelaire, by French composers who showed a deep affinity for his visionary writings. Duparc, Gabriel Fauré, Emmanuel Chabrier, Déodat de Séverac, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Rollinat contributed musical settings for some of Baudelaire's most beloved verses, including L'Invitation au voyage, Harmonie du soir, Chant d'Automn, Le jet d'eau, and other atmospheric poems that captured their imagination.

Ludovico Einaudi - Seven Days Walking: Day Two (2019)

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Ludovico Einaudi - Seven Days Walking: Day Two (2019)

Ludovico Einaudi - Seven Days Walking: Day Two (2019)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:03 | 212 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 602577468070

Seven Days Walking is a set of studio releases by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. The project consists of seven volumes of music due to be released over the course of seven months, beginning with the first volume, Seven Days Walking: Day One, on 15 March 2019. A complete box set of the project will be released in the fall of 2019. It was announced on 1 March 2019, and a single from Day One, "Cold Wind Var. 1", was released on the same day. Seven Days Walking features Einaudi on piano, Federico Mecozzi on violin and viola, and Redi Hasa on cello.

Mitsuko Uchida, Kurt Sanderling - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Variations in C minor (2000)

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Mitsuko Uchida, Kurt Sanderling - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Variations in C minor (2000)

Mitsuko Uchida, Kurt Sanderling - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5, Variations in C minor (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 51:17 | 236 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 462586

It's one measure of a great performance that it focuses the attention so entirely on the music that you forget everything else. Another is that it banishes all thought of other performances from your mind. That both circumstances should apply with a work as familiar and over-recorded as the 'Emperor' is cause for celebration. This is just such a performance - which by definition presupposes such a perfect a unanimity of approach on the parts of conductor and soloist that one almost forgets (and how ironically!) that this is a concerto at all.

Heinz Holliger, Thomas Füri. Thomas Demenga, Camerata Bern - The Early Viennese School (1983)

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Heinz Holliger, Thomas Füri. Thomas Demenga, Camerata Bern - The Early Viennese School (1983)

Heinz Holliger, Thomas Füri. Thomas Demenga, Camerata Bern - The Early Viennese School (1983)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:34:36 | xxx MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | Catalog: 4105992

By ''Early Viennese School'' is meant the group of composers contemporary, in the capital city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with Haydn and Mozart. Not all of it is particularly early; indeed Albrechtsberger, Vanhal and Salieri lived well into the nineteenth century. And it is arguable whether the Viennese of this period really represent a 'school' in the sense that the Mannheimers, or even the North Germans, clearly do; Vienna was a great musical clearing-house, wide open to influences (French and especially Italian opera were much performed there all through this period), and it is perhaps better to regard Viennese composition of the time as representing a wide spectrum of dialect within the late eighteenth-century lingua franca.

Marc-André Hamelin - Godowsky: The Complete Studies on Chopin's Etudes (2000) (Repost)

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Marc-André Hamelin - Godowsky: The Complete Studies on Chopin's Etudes (2000) (Repost)

Marc-André Hamelin - Godowsky: The Complete Studies on Chopin's Etudes (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:32:27 | 521 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: 67411/2

Any discussion about the most difficult works in the piano repertoire is bound to include Leopold Godowsky's 53 Studies on Chopin's Etudes. To be sure, the pure, unadulterated Chopin Etudes lie within reach of most virtuosos. But one cursory glance at a page from a Godowsky/Chopin concoction might easily intimidate even the most accomplished pianist of the human species. Godowsky operates under the basic premise that whatever elaborate passagework Chopin assigned to the right hand can and should be played by the left. On top of that, he smothers the right hand with lily-gilding countermelodies and serpentine filigree.

Buddy & Julie Miller - Love Snuck Up (2004)

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Buddy & Julie Miller - Love Snuck Up (2004)

Buddy & Julie Miller - Love Snuck Up (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 418 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 137 MB | 51:47
Genre: Country Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Shout! Records

This 14-track collection is a retrospective from Buddy and Julie Miller's recordings solo and together on High Tone. There are six cuts from their self-titled duet album including a scorching unreleased take of "You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast" two from Buddy's Cruel Moon, and one each from Midnight and Lonesome, Poison Love, and Your Love and Other Lies. "Take Me Back" and "Out in the Rain" represent Julie's two albums on the label, Blue Pony and Broken Things. The pair sing together on all cuts.

Amy Speace - The Killer in Me (2008)

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Amy Speace - The Killer in Me (2008)

Amy Speace - The Killer in Me (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 387 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 148 MB | 56:33
Genre: Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Americana | Label: Wildflower Records

New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Amy Speace ’90 started her career in the arts as a Shakespearean actor and is now well on her way to finding her true voice in music. She released her first recording, Songs for Bright Street, in 2006 and this year followed it up with The Killer in Me (Wildflower Records), an accomplished collection of original songs inspired by the breakup of her marriage.