Victor Jara - Complete (1997) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Victor Jara - Complete (1997) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Víctor Jara - Complete (1997) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 676 Mb
Label: pläne | # 88747 | Time: 04:54:11 | Scans ~ 15 Mb
Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Nueva Canción, South American

Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. He developed Chilean theater by directing a broad array of works, ranging from locally produced plays to world classics, as well as the experimental work of playwrights such as Ann Jellicoe. He also played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric musicians who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement. This led to an uprising of new sounds in popular music during the administration of President Salvador Allende. Jara was arrested shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, which overthrew Allende. He was tortured during interrogations and ultimately shot dead, and his body was thrown out on the street of a shantytown in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, which focused on love, peace, and social justice, and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a "potent symbol of struggle for human rights and justice" for those killed during the regime of Augusto Pinochet.

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs [Re-Up]

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Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums) (2008) 4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LPs [Re-Up]

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free Box Set (Complete Albums) (2008)
4CD Box Set, Japanese Remastered, Mini-LP sleeve
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 536 Mb | Scans included
Label: Captain Trip Records | # CTCDB-610/613 | Time: 02:35:37
Progressive Rock, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock

With the possible exception of Richard Pinhas' Heldon, Gilbert Artman's Lard Free was probably the premier French progressive group of the '70s. The prolific Heldon might win in terms of amount of material, but the three near-perfect albums by Lard Free (despite the truly wretched band name) probably have them beat in terms of overall quality. Although Artman, a drummer who also dabbles in synthesizers and piano, called Lard Free a group, he was the only constant member; all three albums have different lineups. 1973's Lard Free consists of relatively short pieces with prominent piano and saxophone parts, and as such is the most jazz-oriented of the three. The following year's I'm Around About Midnight consists of three long pieces with much more synthesizer; at times, it sounds almost like early (pre-ambient) Tangerine Dream, or perhaps Clear Light, the French collective Artman and the then-current lineup of Lard Free occasionally worked with around this time. 1977's Lard Free III, also known as Spirale Malax, is Artman's best work, a pair of side-long experiments that combine space music, jazz, and King Crimson-style heavy progressive rock better than many groups (including King Crimson) could ever hope to manage.

Antonio Meneses & Maria Joao Pires - The Wigmore Hall Recital (2013) [Re-Up]

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Antonio Meneses & Maria Joao Pires - The Wigmore Hall Recital (2013) [Re-Up]

Antonio Meneses & Maria João Pires - The Wigmore Hall Recital (2013)
works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 318 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # UCCG-1614 | Time: 01:16:34

This album was recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall in January 2012, and it would be interesting to know whether its release was planned ahead of time or motivated by ongoing affection for the performances. Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires have often played as a duo, and the easy conversational quality they have achieved is fully evident here. But the beauty goes beyond the usual chamber music competences. Meneses is rightly renowned for his rich tone, which remains undamaged even in the upper reaches of the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, a work written for a defunct six-stringed instrument somewhere between cello and guitar; it lies a bit high for the cello, but Meneses is untroubled by that. The real star of the show, though, may be Pires, who contributes some deeply mysterious Brahms Intermezzi and calibrates her role with astonishing precision in the duo works, emerging into full duet partnership in the final Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38. Beautiful and more, with a dark, melancholy strain unifying the whole, this is chamber music reminiscent of the golden age. Deutsche Grammophon's engineering team also deserves notice for the startling live presence, undiminished by intrusions of noise.

Thomas Rajna - Enrique Granados: Complete Piano Works (2004) 6CD Box Set

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Thomas Rajna - Enrique Granados: Complete Piano Works (2004) 6CD Box Set

Thomas Rajna - Enrique Granados: Complete Piano Works (2004) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 967 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 92283 | Time: 06:25:10

Thomas Rajna completed his cycle of Granados’s solo piano music within a year – 1976. As if to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their original appearance on CRD LPs Brilliant Classics has returned the cycle to the market-place. It’s in one slim box containing six nicely filled CDs and with extensive notes from Bryce Morrison. Nothing could be finer. Rajna was an expert advocate for Granados’s music and though recordings since have come – and gone – his have maintained an honoured place in the memory; and now, thankfully, in the disc drawer. And this is all the more so as so few are performed in public with any great conviction, beyond the obvious Goyescas and maybe Escenas Poeticas and Escenas Romanticas.

The Hamsters - Pet Sounds: 10 Years of Rodent Rock (1998) 2CDs

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The Hamsters - Pet Sounds: 10 Years of Rodent Rock (1998) 2CDs

The Hamsters - Pet Sounds: 10 Years of Rodent Rock (1998) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 994 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 335 Mb | Scans ~ 95 Mb
Label: Rockin' Rodent Recordings | # HAMSTER CD14 | Time: 02:25:38
Blues-Rock, Southern Rock, Boogie Rock, Hard Rock

Pet Sounds: 10 Years of Rodent Rock is a double CD compilation that contains 34 tracks and is a combination of a 'greatest hits' type collection along with songs from the archives that have never been released on CD before. If like me you have enjoyed Hendrix music, and the solid rock of ZZ Top, you will love this album.

Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - Lovesick (1967) Reissue 1989

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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - Lovesick (1967) Reissue 1989

Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - Lovesick (1967)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Cool, Standarts | Label: Verve | # 839 291-2 | Time: 00:36:05

With Lovesick, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral produced an album that had every bit as much optimism and flower-powered innocence as did any album coming out of San Francisco in the summer of love. But this is decidedly not folk-rock or rock music – it's vocal jazz of the highest degree. It is high-spirited, sexy, life-affirming, sometimes silly, but always wonderful. Jackie Cain proves what a fine singer she is, and Roy Kral shows what a fine pianist he is. Their vocal harmonies are every bit as irresistible as those of Simon & Garfunkel, with the added ingredients of swing and scat thrown in. The duo and their rhythm section truly sound like they are having "A Big Beautiful Ball".

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)

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Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Parnassus Records | # PACD 96023 | Time: 01:08:09

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev both made well-known recordings of their own music. But Parnassus has brought back two rare recordings of Stravinsky’s conducting, and has made Prokofiev’s only recording as a conductor more listenable than it’s ever been before.

Roel Dieltiens - Vivaldi & Geminiani: Sonatas for Violoncello and Basso Continuo (1991) Reissue 2008

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Roel Dieltiens - Vivaldi & Geminiani: Sonatas for Violoncello and Basso Continuo (1991) Reissue 2008

Vivaldi & Geminiani - Sonatas for Violoncello and Basso Continuo (1991) Reissue 2008
Roel Dieltiens (violoncello), Richte van der Meer (violoncello continuo)
Anthony Woodrow (double bass), Robert Kohnen (organ & harpsichord)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 10081 | Time: 01:11:19

It is now generally accepted that Vivaldi wrote ten cello sonatas – one of them now lost. Six (RV 47, 41, 43, 45, 40 and 46) of the surviving nine were published posthumously as a set, in Paris, by Charles-Nicolas Le Clerc around 1740. The other three survive in manuscript collections: RV 42 (along with RV 46) is preserved in the library at Wiesentheid Castle at Unterfranken in Germany; RV 39 and 44 (along with RV 47) are to be found in a manuscript in the Naples Conservatoire.
Geminiani’s opus 5 consists of six cello sonatas, and was first published in Paris in 1746. The twenty years either side of 1740 saw the cello rise to a very fashionable position in French musical society, largely at the expense of the bass-viol – a change of fashion which stirred such strong emotions that in 1740 Hubert Le Blanc published his fierce Defense de la basse de viole contre les entreprises du violon et les pretensions du violencel. Music such as that by Vivaldi and Geminiani which is played here by Roel Dieltiens and his colleagues must have made a powerful counter-case for the cello.

Joe Henry - Reverie (2011)

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Joe Henry - Reverie (2011)

Joe Henry - Reverie (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb
Label: Anti- | # ANTI-7159-2 | Time: 01:01:20 | Scans included
Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Songwriter Joe Henry has recorded five albums in the 21st century; he’s also become a Grammy-winning producer. These more recent records (of 12) offer a mature view of an artist at his most musically ambitious and lyrically cagey. Reverie, as its title implies, contains 14 songs that seemingly center on the concept of time: the random glinting of memory as it perceives love, loss, spirituality, history, and culture refracted through the gaze of the human heart. Musically, it feels like the loosest album Henry’s ever recorded; its production techniques are organic, live sessions were cut in his home studio with the windows open, allowing the sounds of everyday life–barking dogs, mothers calling children, cars and trucks– to pour through, making them part and parcel of the album's fabric. Henry's lyrics and melodies do, however, contrarily reveal an exacting craftsman. He and his guitar are accompanied by longtime associates, drummer Jay Bellerose, pianist Keefus Ciancia, and bassist David Piltch, with cameos by Patrick Warren, Marc Ribot, Jean McLain, and Lisa Hannigan. His lyrics – scattershot, mercurial expressions of memory – are caught in exacting rhymes that reflect on the power, delight, and torment of desire (he admits as much at the end of his liner essay). The musical forms are more rhythmically inventive and slippery; they serve his ephemeral, evocative lyrics by opening them up to time’s uncageable nature.

Elena Riu - Piano Icons for the 21st Century (2000)

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Elena Riu - Piano Icons for the 21st Century (2000)

Elena Riu - Piano Icons for the 21st Century (2000)
works by Arvo Pärt, Peter Sculthorpe, John Tavener, Leoš Janáček, Federico Mompou

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 211 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 111 | 01:14:33

‘Piano Icons For The 21st Century’ is an exceptionally performed collection of contemporary piano works by Pärt, Janáček, Sculthorpe and Mompou, plus the world premiere recording of John Tavener's Ypakoë. Piano Icons For The 21st Century was widely acclaimed upon its release and named a Gramophone ‘Critics' Choice': 'my disc of 2000 is without hesitation Elena Riu's extraordinarily fine CD.' John Tavener was inspired to write his first major solo work for piano in over twenty years after hearing Elena play. She premiered Ypakoë, a series of meditations on the death of Jesus, at the City of London Festival. The programme also includes Janacek's In The Mist, an intensely personal and darkly hued cycle, plus an intriguing collection of miniatures by three composers who, in her view, are on a similar wavelength: Peter Sculthorpe, the late Catalan composer Federico Mompou, and Arvo Pärt.

Lighthouse Family - Studio Albums Collection 1995-2001 (3CD)

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Lighthouse Family - Studio Albums Collection 1995-2001 (3CD)

Lighthouse Family - Studio Albums Collection 1995-2001 (3CD)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 977 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 409 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Pop, Soul, Blue-Eye Soul, Pop/Rock | Time: 02:22:29

A Northern soul duo who recorded the single "Lifted" in 1995 but had to wait two years for it to become a hit, the Lighthouse Family was formed in Newcastle by vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and programmer/keyboard player Paul Tucker. Both had been born in London, though Baiyewu lived in Nigeria for ten years before returning to attend college in the north, where he met Tucker. The duo began recording, and though Baiyewu had trepidations about his vocal abilities, they recorded the singles "Ocean Drive" and "Lifted" during 1994-95 for Wild Card Records. Their debut album, also named Ocean Drive, was released in late 1995. It was almost two years later, however, that "Lifted" hit the top of the British charts, as well as those of several other European countries. The duo's second album, Postcards from Heaven, appeared later that year.

Maria Joao Pires, Orchestra Mozart; Claudio Abbado - W.A. Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 (2012) [Repost]

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Maria Joao Pires, Orchestra Mozart; Claudio Abbado - W.A. Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 (2012) [Repost]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 27 (2012)
Maria João Pires, piano; Orchestra Mozart; Claudio Abbado, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 0075 GH | Time: 01:00:14

It's a recording that just a few years ago would have been mainstream: a "name" pianist (albeit one much less well known in the U.S. than elsehwere), who has been playing Mozart's piano concertos since childhood, joins forces with a name conductor with whom she has frequently collaborated, leading a modern-instrument orchestra of some 70 players, with the results released on a major international-conglomerate label. Now it's distinctly unusual. But lo, there's value in the old ways. Portuguese-Brazilian pianist Maria-João Pires is a lifelong Mozart specialist, but she still has new things to say in two of Mozart's most popular piano concertos. You can chalk it up to her Buddhist outlook if you like: her readings of the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595, and Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, might be described as detached without being lifeless. Her approach is most startling in the Piano Concerto No. 20, where her no-drama shaping of the material runs sharply counter to type. Sample the piano's entrance in the first movement, where it offers a twisting, tense elaboration of the main theme that is far removed from its source material. Generally pianists use this to raise the tension level, but Pires lets the unusually shaped, chromatic line speak for itself with fine effect.

Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles (2014) 5CD Box Set

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Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles (2014) 5CD Box Set

Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles (2014) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.64 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 718 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb | 05:10:41
Rhythm & Blues, Soul-Jazz, Big Band, Soul, Funk, Gospel | Label: Wagram | # 3299892

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis and Billie Holiday. He was also a superb keyboard player, arranger, and bandleader. The brilliance of his 1950s and '60s work, however, can't obscure the fact that he made few classic tracks after the mid-'60s, though he recorded often and performed until the year before his death.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Machina / The Machines Of God (2000)

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The Smashing Pumpkins - Machina / The Machines Of God (2000)

The Smashing Pumpkins - Machina / The Machines Of God (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 522 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans ~ 240 Mb
Alternative Rock | Label: Virgin | # 7243 8 48936 2 0 | Time: 01:13:21

Machina/The Machines of God is the fifth studio album by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on February 29, 2000, by Virgin Records. A concept album, it marked the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and was intended to be the band's final official LP release prior to their first break up in 2000. A sequel album — Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music — was later released independently via the Internet, and limited quantities for the physical version. As with its predecessor, Adore, Machina represented a drastic image and sound change for the band that failed to reconnect the band with chart-topping success. However, after the relatively brief Adore tour, the new line-up with Chamberlin and the former Hole bass guitarist Melissa Auf der Maur mounted longer international tours that returned the live incarnation of the band to a guitar-driven hard rock style.

National Choir of Ukraine, 'Dumka', Yevhen Savchuk - Valentin Silvestrov: Requiem for Larissa (2004) [Re-Up]

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National Choir of Ukraine, 'Dumka', Yevhen Savchuk - Valentin Silvestrov: Requiem for Larissa (2004) [Re-Up]

Valentin Silvestrov: Requiem for Larissa (2004)
National Symphony Orchestra Of Ukraine, conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko
National Choir of Ukraine "Dumka", Yevhen Savchuk, choirmaster

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1778, 472 1122 | Time: 00:52:33

Valentin Silvestrov composed Requiem for Larissa between 1997 and 1999 as a memorial to his wife, musicologist Larissa Bondarenko, who died in 1996. It is a big and unceasingly somber work, scored for chorus and orchestra. Understandably, this Requiem is to a degree reflective, incorporating musical themes drawn from older works that had special meaning to the couple. While Silvestrov's typically glacial tempos are in evidence here, some of the opening half of the piece has an angular spikiness that recalls serial techniques without actively engaging in them. Instrumentally, Requiem for Larissa is dark, atmospheric, and even a little cinematic; the choral parts are sparse and minimally applied. In the fourth-movement Largo, the voices take over and settle down into an ethereal texture that leavens the gloom somewhat, but by this time 25-and-a-half minutes have gone by and some listeners will have already tuned out owing to the toughness of the opening section.Requiem for Larissa is an intensely personal piece performed with respect and care by the Ukrainian National Chorus and Symphony Orchestra under conductor Vladimir Sirenko.