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Tra Nguyen, Roland Kluttig - Joachim Raff: Suite for piano & orchestra, Overtures & preludes (2010)

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Tra Nguyen, Roland Kluttig - Joachim Raff: Suite for piano & orchestra, Overtures & preludes (2010)

Tra Nguyen, Roland Kluttig - Joachim Raff: Suite for piano & orchestra, Overtures & preludes (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:17:46 | 404 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sterling | Catalog: CDS 1085

Fans of Joachim Raff should be interested in this disc, which includes four overtures and his Suite for piano and orchestra, all of which are recorded here for the first time. The orchestral performances with Roland Kluttig leading the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera are easily as fine as those of the complete symphonies by Stadlmair and the Bamberg Symphony, and pianist Tra Nguyen's performance of the suite is impressive both for its virtuosity and sensitivity.

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész - Brahms: Serenades No. 1 & 2 (2007)

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London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész - Brahms: Serenades No. 1 & 2 (2007)

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész - Brahms: Serenades No. 1 & 2 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:42 | 348 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 466 672-22

This recording provides a prime example of why the late Istvan Kertesz has been one of those conductors whose interpretations of works by Brahms and Dvorak have consistently given me great pleasure. At various places in these serenades, he displays an extroverted, outdoorsy quality that allows melodies to soar. In addition, while listening recently to Sir Charles Mackerras' versions of these scores, where that conductor uses a down-sized orchestra, I found myself preferring Kertesz's suppleness and color, the latter enhanced obviously by the use of a somewhat larger orchestra.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Wind Soloists - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Wind Instruments (1988)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Wind Soloists - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Wind Instruments (1988)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Wind Soloists - Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for Piano and Wind Instruments (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 52:19 | 270 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog: 421 151-2

This music was recorded by Ashkenazy and the London Wind Soloists in 1966, quite early in his career outside Russia. It is outstanding in every way, not the least of which is the balance among the instruments, all of which have rewarding music to play. I have heard much more recent recordings of chamber groups that don't achieve this kind of balance. The Mozart Quintet dates from 1784, when he was at the peak of his powers, and this particular mix of instruments had not been tried before. It is a good-natured work, lively in the outer movements, with each player getting a chance to take the lead, so to speak, and the blended textures are arresting and appealing.

Jeanne Moreau - Le tourbillon de ma vie (2017)

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Jeanne Moreau - Le tourbillon de ma vie (2017)

Jeanne Moreau - Le tourbillon de ma vie (2017)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 373 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 189 MB | 01:13:54
Genre: Pop, Chanson | Label: Because Music

Pour rendre hommage à la grande actrice dont le nom est indissociable de la Chanson, ce coffret réunit pour la 1ère fois les 29 chansons que Serge Rezvani alias Bassiak a écrites pour Jeanne Moreau dans la foulée du Tourbillon de la vie. Jacques Canetti les a enregistrées en 1963, puis en 1966, avec comme orchestrateurs deux grands noms du jazz : Ward Swingle et Elek Bacsik.

Judy Collins - Both Sides Now: The Very Best Of (2014)

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Judy Collins - Both Sides Now: The Very Best Of (2014)

Judy Collins - Both Sides Now: The Very Best Of (2014)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 827 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 305 MB | 01:59:22
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Wildflower

Judy Collins offers up a beautiful compilation of songs she's released on her own Wildflower label over the past decade, sampling from the wonderful Wildflower CDs The Essential Judy Collins, Judy Collins Wildflower Festival, Voices, Shameless, Judy Collins Sings Lennon and McCartney, Paradise, Bohemian, Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christmas With Judy Collins, and Live in Ireland. The set includes her lilting defining version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now", only this version more closely resembles the 1968 version.

Marianne Faithfull - Live in Hollywood (2008)

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Marianne Faithfull - Live in Hollywood (2008)

Marianne Faithfull - Live in Hollywood (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 370 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 138 MB | 55:03
Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock | Label: Eagle Rock

Marianne Faithfull, one of the iconic figures of 1960s music, has sustained a successful and highly acclaimed career for 40 years. Her distinctive voice and passionate songwriting have ensured that her fan base has remained intensely loyal and that she has continued to attract new devotees.

Marianne Faithfull - Rich Kid Blues (2002)

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Marianne Faithfull - Rich Kid Blues (2002)

Marianne Faithfull - Rich Kid Blues (2002)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 258 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 108 MB | 40:49
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Demon

In early 1971, Marianne Faithfull – whose personal life was not in the best shape and whose commercial prospects were idle as she had released just one single since early 1967 – recorded an album's worth of material with producer Mike Leander, who had worked with Faithfull in the 1960s. Leander hoped to place the album with Bell Records, but despite some initial positive feedback, Bell rejected the record after it was completed.

Shelby Lynne - Live at Mccabes (2012)

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Shelby Lynne - Live at Mccabes (2012)

Shelby Lynne - Live at Mccabes (2012)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 345 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 170 MB | 01:07:27
Genre: Folk, Country, Acoustic | Label: Stem

I have loved Shelby Lynne since I first heard her, having bought her album, "Temptation" purely on instinct and intuition in 1993. I believe she is perhaps the single most under-appreciated artist in her genre, and perhaps in contemporary popular music as a whole. "Live At McCabe's" is a jewel, a rare find and a superb display of SL's talent. She is a singer/songwriter and plays acoustic guitar very well indeed.

Yeon-Hee Kwak, Chia Chou, Ursula Eisert - Pasculli: Ricordo Di Napoli (Character Pieces And Fantasias On Opera Themes) (2000)

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Yeon-Hee Kwak, Chia Chou, Ursula Eisert - Pasculli: Ricordo Di Napoli (Character Pieces And Fantasias On Opera Themes) (2000)

Yeon-Hee Kwak, Chia Chou, Ursula Eisert - Pasculli: Ricordo Di Napoli (Character Pieces And Fantasias On Opera Themes) (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 67:02 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG | Catalog: MDG 603 0942-2

Antonio Pasculli (1842-1924) was part of an obscure generation of 19th century Italian wind virtuosos whose music, though popular in his own time, faded as the 20th century approached. Audiences then (as now) preferred the piano or the violin or cello as the instrument of choice in the field of the solo concerto. Composing works (sonatas, concertos, etc.) for wind instruments became mostly an Italian mode, the province of composers who drew from the rich thematic material provided by the opera. The wind repertoire thus became filled with fantasias on themes from the operas of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, and were often preferred by the Italian public over solo vocal adaptations.

Marian Migdal, Arve Tellefsen, Ulf Björlin - Berwald: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Orchestral works (2007)

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Marian Migdal, Arve Tellefsen, Ulf Björlin - Berwald: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Orchestral works (2007)

Marian Migdal, Arve Tellefsen, Ulf Björlin - Berwald: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Orchestral works (2007)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:07 | 355 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 65073

Berwald's is one of those names that lie on the fringes of our musical universe rather than in the centre: apart from the four symphonies, little of his music is much heard. I can't remember seeing either of the concertos in a public concert and his best-known orchestral piece, the Overture to Estrella de Soria, not included here, has also fallen from view in recent years. He is an unfailingly intelligent and original figure and his neglect is our loss.

Marielle Nordmann & Nemanja Radulovic - Apres un reve (2012)

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Marielle Nordmann & Nemanja Radulovic - Apres un reve (2012)

Marielle Nordmann & Nemanja Radulovic - Apres un reve (2012)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:31 | 316 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Transart | Catalog: TR174

Le duo violon et harpe est plutôt rare. On a davantage l'habitude d'associer la flûte à la harpe, alors que les sonorités du violon et de la harpe se marient à merveille. La harpiste Marielle Nordmann et le violoniste Nemanja Radulovic qui sont amis de longue date et se produisent souvent ensemble, nous offrent (enfin !) un enregistrement de leur belle collaboration. Dans cet album les transcriptions sont majoritaires, car le répertoire original pour cette formation est assez restreint. On trouve même la célèbre Méditation de Thaïs de Jules Massenet (au départ pour violon et orchestre) dont on ne compte plus les adaptations..

Vasily Petrenko - Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty (2007)

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Vasily Petrenko - Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty (2007)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko - Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 243 MB | 57:56
Genre: Classical | Label: Avie

Like much of Tchaikovsky's musical output, his ballet scores were often subject to criticism. This is certainly true of his first attempt at ballet, Swan Lake. Although still firmly rooted in the traditions of the day, Tchaikovsky certainly tried to move out on his own by making the score much more orchestra-based than most of his predecessors. This, of course, drew the ire of dancers and theater directors alike as the attention was taken away from the dancers and placed on the musicians. History shines more favorably on Tchaikovsky's independent streak, making him the first Russian composer whose ballet scores are played as stand-alone orchestral works, not to mention the fact that Tchaikovsky was unknowingly paving the way for a string of subsequent Russian ballet composers like Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

Patrick Cohen - Erik Satie: Piano Pieces (2003)

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Patrick Cohen - Erik Satie: Piano Pieces (2003)

Patrick Cohen - Erik Satie: Piano Pieces (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 173 MB | 01:03:40
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa

A cult record if there ever was one, Patrick Cohen’s Satie goes far beyond any one of the many versions of this music on the market. It is simply something else. Possibly the best CD Glossa has ever produced, it has provoked controversies of all sorts since its release in 1998, not only due to the interpretation and the instrument used, an 1855 Érard piano, but also because of the polemical essay which accompanies the recording.

Marianne Faithfull - Live At The BBC (2008)

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Marianne Faithfull - Live At The BBC (2008)

Marianne Faithfull - Live At The BBC (2008)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 157 MB | 41:37
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock | Label: Decca

This compilation which boasts fine sound features 15 tracks Marianne Faithfull recorded for the BBC in 1965 and 1966 (including two versions of one of the songs, "Go Away from My World"); also included are five brief between-song interviews that give listeners a chance to hear her poshly accented, articulate speech. This was the era, of course, in which Faithfull was still a fairly high-voiced pop-folk singer, and not the far earthier one she'd become when she emerged with a much deeper and more gravelly voice upon her late-'70s comeback.

Regina Belle - Love Songs (2006)

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Regina Belle - Love Songs (2006)

Regina Belle - Love Songs (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 555 MB | 01:14:49
Genre: Pop, Soul, R&B | Label: Columbia

Love Songs unsurprisingly overlaps a great deal with the other Regina Belle compilations that came before it, which shouldn't be a surprise – most of Belle's songs are, after all, romantic in nature. Part of Columbia/Legacy's extensive Love Songs series, which sprouts a new batch of volumes before each Valentine's Day, this disc condenses 1987's All by Myself, 1989's Stay with Me, 1993's Passion, and 1995's Reachin' Back.