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Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)

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Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)

Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:17:49 | 727 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 459 4032 8

Wilhelm Kempff's cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with Ferdinand Leitner and the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the great achievements of the golden age of stereo. Kempff had already recorded a magnificent mono cycle in the mid-1950s with the same orchestra under Paul Van Kempen (recently reissued on the box set "Wilhelm Kempff: The Complete 1950s Concerto Recordings" in DG's Original Masters series – see my review), but these new performances maintained his highest playing standards while offering the added dimension of stereo sound.

Blue Man Group - Three (2016)

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Blue Man Group - Three (2016)

Blue Man Group - Three (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 00:50:06 | 276 Mb
Experimental Rock | Label: Rhino Entertainment

THREE is a modern snapshot, capturing a moment in the constantly expanding world of the Blue Man Group. Building upon their previous studio albums, including the gold-certified, Grammy®-nominated Audio (1999), and sophomore concept album The Complex (2003), THREE draws inspiration from 25 years of creative growth and development. The instrumental music features exciting sonic explorations from a wide array of newly developed instruments including the Snorkelbone, a creation that utilizes a plastic hose to produce a whirring, pulsating tone when swung in the air; a PVC pipe take on the traditionally wooden aboriginal instrument, the Didgeridoo; and the Chimeulum, which is best described as "orchestral chimes on steroids"; and many more.

Dover Quartet & Michael Tree - Mozart: Tribute (2016)

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Dover Quartet & Michael Tree - Mozart: Tribute (2016)

Dover Quartet & Michael Tree - Mozart: Tribute (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 01:13:08 | 356 Mb
Classical | Label: Cedille Records

The Dover Quartet, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker), makes its recording debutwith an all-Mozart album on Cedille Records honoring the soaring young ensemble’s illustrious teachers and coaches,the Guarneri Quartet.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2016)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2016)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 70:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88875136452 | Recorded: 2015

Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his period orchestra, Concentus Musicus Wien, never recorded a complete cycle of the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, and this 2016 Sony release is their only recording of the Symphony No. 4 in B flat major and the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, made almost ten months before the conductor's death. Harnoncourt planned for this to be his last recording before his retirement, so it inevitably has the feeling of a valedictory performance, and one can also hear it as the orchestra's warm tribute to its leader and his sterling musicianship. But beyond the well-deserved accolades, this is a truly fine live recording of one of the most famous symphonies of all time and its somewhat less loved sibling, so the musical value of this singular Beethoven disc is quite high. Because the Symphony No. 4 is often overlooked, it's gratifying that it opens the album, and listeners are well advised to try it first.

Night Verses - Into The Vanishing Light (2016)

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Night Verses - Into The Vanishing Light (2016)

Night Verses - Into The Vanishing Light (2016)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Equal Vision Records, EVR340 | ~ 356 or 128 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 20 Mb
Progressive Metal, Post Metal

Back in September, Night Verses issued a press release for the new album saying , "The new album will put an emphasis on a presenting a fuller, darker ambiance than our previous releases, with more effects, live electronics, experimentation and an overall massive sound" … and boy did they deliver. This was the first indications of the next steps for Night Verses. So with a band like Night Verses that has proven their talents between "Out of the Sky" and "Lift your Existence," you know that their creativity had no room for repetition or directional ambiguity…

Orrin Evans - #knowingishalfthebattle (2016)

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Orrin Evans - #knowingishalfthebattle (2016)

Orrin Evans - #knowingishalfthebattle (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 442.70 Mb | 01:12:45 | Cover
Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Smoke Sessions Records - SSR-1608

Pianist / composer Orrin Evans’ Third Album for Smoke Sessions Records, #knowingishalfthebattle, delivers the kind of edge-walking spontaneity that is familiar to anyone who’s ever seen him perform live. It is a raw, electrifying date that teams him with a pair of renowned guitarists who are also, not coincidentally, native sons of Evans’ own hometown of Philadelphia: Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Invigorated by a thrilling sense of looseness and in-the-moment invention—an “anything could happen” vibe—the recording draws visceral performances from the full ensemble, but especially from the two six-string wizards that join in for the session. Orrin also features the latest in a long line of inspired rhythm sections, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr., along with up-and-coming saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis and a longtime collaborator, vocalist M’Balia.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Classic Album Set (2016) [8CD Box Set]

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Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Classic Album Set (2016) [8CD Box Set]

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Classic Album Set (2016)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320 Kbps
8CD | Caroline International, CAROL.RO36CD | ~ 2276 or 830 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 110 Mb
Hard Rock / Classic Rock

Following his 1970 departure from the Guess Who, guitarist Randy Bachman recorded a solo album (Axe) and planned a project with ex-Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson (later canceled due to illness) before forming Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1972. Originally called "Brave Belt," the metal group was comprised of singer/guitarist Bachman, fellow Guess Who alum Chad Allan, bassist C.F. "Fred" Turner, and Randy's brother, drummer Robbie; after a pair of LPs (Brave Belt I and Brave Belt II), Allan was replaced by another Bachman brother, guitarist Tim, and in homage to the trucker's magazine Overdrive, the unit became BTO…

Metadrive - Over Reality (2016)

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Metadrive - Over Reality (2016)

Metadrive - Over Reality (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 378.49 Mb + 279.15 Mb (Scans) | 52:30
Prog Rock, Synthwave | Country: Italy | Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records - MRC054

This is the first album by Metadrive, an electronic band formed between Mantova and Verona in 2014. It leaves classical patterns behind to bring us into a new dimension, sideral sounds, space-time progressions, charme, visions of infinity and beauty. The band is composed of 3 elements: double keyboards and drums, so rare lineup for a band. They are close to the 80s electronic music but a bit of synth-wave and english and alternative rock. Analogical and digital parts of a unique beating heart. Their innovative sound in “Over Reality” is a journey over lights and shadows where human nature evolves, changes form, hides himself, run away, fights and shines again. A beautiful music tale.

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2016) [Blu-Ray]

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Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2016) [Blu-Ray]

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2016) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18499 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 248 min | 45,7 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3699 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 248 min | 13,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German

inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012. “Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices” wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini. “[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.” The Financial Times

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria, Zsolt Kallo - Schubert: Symphony No. 5 & Works for Violin & Orchestra (2016)

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Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria, Zsolt Kallo - Schubert: Symphony No. 5 & Works for Violin & Orchestra (2016)

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria, Zsolt Kalló - Schubert: Symphony No. 5 & Works for Violin & Orchestra (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 58:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD32794 | Recorded: 2016

O Mozart! Immortal Mozart! What countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls! wrote Schubert in his diary a few months before he started composing his Symphony No. 5. There is a distinctly Mozartian aura to be felt in this piece although the romantic harmonies herald the beginning of a new era: the Concert for Violin and Orchestra, the Rondo and the Polonaise all display the characteristic traits of budding Romanticism. Founded in 1981, Capella Savaria has earned its fame as the first period-instrument chamber orchestra in Hungary. Zsolt Kallo, violinist, acts as the concertmaster, soloist, and artistic director of Capella Savaria.

Masaaki Suzuki, Tapiola Sinfonietta - Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon Musagète; Concerto in D for Strings (2016) [Re-Up]

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Masaaki Suzuki, Tapiola Sinfonietta - Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon Musagète; Concerto in D for Strings (2016) [Re-Up]

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Apollon Musagète; Concerto in D for Strings (2016)
Tapiola Sinfonietta, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2211 | Time: 01:04:55

Masaaki Suzuki is firmly established as a leading authority on the works of Bach, both in his capacity as director of the Bach Collegium Japan and as an organist and harpsichordist. In recent years he has also been appearing in front of eminent orchestras worldwide, however, conducting repertoire as diverse as Britten, Fauré or Mahler. For his first recording of 20th century repertoire, Suzuki has chosen to collaborate with the acclaimed Tapiola Sinfonietta in an all-Stravinsky programme. The disc begins with the music for Pulcinella – here in the concert suite devised by the composer – which Stravinsky later described as ‘the epiphany through which the whole of my later work became possible’. Pulcinella was commissioned in 1919 by the Ballets Russes, for which Stravinsky had already written The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. For this adaptation of an early eighteenth-century commedia dell'arte libretto, he based his score on existing music, initially ascribed to Pergolesi although material by other baroque composers is also included.

François Carrier, Michel Lambert, Alexey Lapin - Freedom Is Space For The Spirit (2016)

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François Carrier, Michel Lambert, Alexey Lapin - Freedom Is Space For The Spirit (2016)

François Carrier, Michel Lambert, Alexey Lapin - Freedom Is Space For The Spirit (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 349.33 Mb | 65:47 | Cover
Free Improvisation, Free Jazz | Country: UK | Label: FMR Records - FMRCD425

Canadlan alto saxophonist François Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert went to Russia four times over the last six years to play their melodic abstract music with St. Petersburg-based pianist Alexey Lapin. They released their first Trilogy in 2012 then in 2014 FMR Records published The Russian Concerts Vol. 1 & Vol. 2) which were widely acclaimed.

Senri Kawaguchi - Cider: Hard & Sweet (2016)

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Senri Kawaguchi - Cider: Hard & Sweet (2016)

Senri Kawaguchi - Cider: Hard & Sweet (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 343 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb | Scans included | 00:51:23
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock | Label: King Record Co. Ltd | # KICJ-758

Senri Kawaguchi was born in Aichi, Japan in 1997. She started playing drums at the age of 5. Senri studied under Kozo Suganuma who is known as ”TE-KA-ZU-OH”, from the age of 8. Her drumming is garnering attention around the world and her videos on Youtube have gathered over 39 billion views. She was featured in Drummerworld.com as one of the world’s Top 500 drummers. In 2013 she released her first album, A LA MODE, when she was just 16 years old and has released four albums since including her major label album, CIDER~Hard & Sweet, recorded in Los Angeles.

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina Featuring Bandolero - De Cerca (2016) {Universal Spain}

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Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina Featuring Bandolero - De Cerca (2016) {Universal Spain}

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina Featuring Bandolero - De Cerca (2016) {Universal Spain}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 235MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 87MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Flamenco, Jazz

La RAE da una sola definición para De Cerca: "a corta distancia". Una definición que podría ser también válida para este trabajo de Josemi Carmona (guitarra flamenca) y Javier Colina (contrabajo) con la colaboración especial y central en su proceso de creación de Bandolero (percusión, palmas) y dos invitados de lujo: Jorge Pardo (flauta) en "El incomprendido" y La Negra (voz) en "Verdad amarga". Sí, la corta distancia (entre ellos, pero también en relación al oyente que recibirá estas melodías) es uno de los lugares posibles en los que se establece el diálogo entre dos de los músicos con más personalidad de la escena internacional de nuestros días.

Erin Helyard, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Gretry: L'Amant Jaloux (2016)

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Erin Helyard, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Gretry: L'Amant Jaloux (2016)

Erin Helyard, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Grétry: L'Amant Jaloux (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 432 Mb | Total time: 59:24+35:13 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Pinchgut Opera | # PG008 | Recorded: 2015

This hugely successful opera, heard and admired by Mozart during his sojourn in France, began a new kind of French musical drama. Glorious orchestral colours and wickedly witty ensemble pieces reveal striking musical and dramatic ideas, embracing the daring new ideals of the Enlightenment, while laying bare the innermost thoughts and feelings of the characters in a way that would inspire Mozart’s partnership with his librettist da Ponte. Mistaken identity, mysterious strangers, true love, duels and a happy ending!