Philippe Cassard - Fauré: Ballade, 3 nocturnes, Pelleas et Melissandre, Penelope & Fantaisie (2017)

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Philippe Cassard - Fauré: Ballade, 3 nocturnes, Pelleas et Melissandre, Penelope & Fantaisie (2017)

Philippe Cassard - Fauré: Ballade, 3 nocturnes, Pelleas et Melissandre, Penelope & Fantaisie
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 68:36 min | 265 MB
Label: La Dolce Volta | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

Gabriel Fauré: Master of overwhelming lyricism Fauré fascinates with his vigor, his inexhaustible energy, his radiance, the crystalline arabesques of his piano music. This aristocrat of phrasing, this lover of poetry blazed a trail free of all dogma, on which French pianist Philippe Cassard now embark with fervor.

Haley Reinhart - What's That Sound? (2017)

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Haley Reinhart - What's That Sound? (2017)

Haley Reinhart - What's That Sound? (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 46:26 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Singer/songwriter Haley Reinhart will release What’s That Sound?, her debut release for Concord Records, where she recently signed as a recording artist. The album finds Reinhart digging into her rich musical heritage and reimagining some of rock-and-roll’s most legendary songs.

Fantasia - Christmas After Midnight (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Fantasia - Christmas After Midnight (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Fantasia - Christmas After Midnight (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 39:14 minutes | 502 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Fantasia returns with the release of her first ever Christmas recording, Christmas At Midnight. Produced by Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole).

Lyambiko - Love Letters (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Lyambiko - Love Letters (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Lyambiko - Love Letters (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 55:52 minutes | 601 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

I have devoured those letters within a few days. It was, as one would read a novel, recalls Lyambiko. I began to compare those times with today. Thus, the two levels came together the Old and the New. This leads to the need of the old pieces, many of which I would have been able to imagine that you might have before singing, if you thought of him grew. I wanted to write new pieces that fit better on me.

Bobby Watson - Made In America (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Bobby Watson - Made In America (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Bobby Watson - Made In America (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:29 minutes | 1.06GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

JAZZ GREAT BOBBY WATSONcelebrates some of the vital but less well-known contributions of African-Americans on Made in America, his first recording on Smoke Sessions Records. Saxophonist and composer Watson does his part to call attention to black pioneers in a variety of fields, from politics to pop culture, science to sports. These compositions are inspired by a few names that should be familiar to jazz fans&emdash;Sammy Davis, Jr., and Grant Green&emdash;but also by more obscure historic figures such as Wendell Pruitt, Butterfly McQueen, Major Taylor, Madam C.J. Walker, Isaac Murphy, Bass Reeves, and Dr. Mark Dean. Watson explains, “This project has been a history lesson for me and I hope it will be a history lesson for the listeners.”

Laurent Voulzy - Belem (2017)

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Laurent Voulzy - Belem (2017)

Laurent Voulzy - Belem
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, artwork | 52:46 min | 312 MB
Label: Sony Music ‎– 88985469232 | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017
Chanson Francaise

Mené par le titre «Spirit of Samba», qui en sera la colonne vertébrale, le nouvel album de Laurent Voulzy est un voyage au Brésil dans son imagination. «Spirit of Samba» dans sa version longue, des inédits, des reprises : il fait déjà chaud et la température ne va faire que monter au son des vagues et des mélodies douces et chaloupées dont seuls Laurent Voulzy – et Alain Souchon en coulisses – connaissent le secret. Attention cet album va prolonger votre été jusqu’à Noël

Joe Nichols - Never Gets Old (2017)

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Joe Nichols - Never Gets Old (2017)

Joe Nichols - Never Gets Old
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, front cover | 40:05 min | 267 MB
Label: Red Bow Records | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2017
Country

For 20 years, Joe Nichols has made a career out of writing sweet and simple country songs that tug at your heartstrings. And he’s right, they just don’t get old. That’s because Nichols never runs out of poignant ways to serenade his lady—on this album, he compares her to a perfect melody, a summer night, and heaven on Earth—in a way that makes him sound like a humble, helpless romantic. Case in point: “If I was a Beatle, I’d sing about yesterday/If I was James Taylor I’d sing about fire and rain/If I was Elvis, I’d sing about by my shoes/But since I’m just me, I’ll sing about you.”

Poppy Ackroyd - Sketches (2017)

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Poppy Ackroyd - Sketches (2017)

Poppy Ackroyd - Sketches
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 47:56 min | 151 MB
Label: One Little Indian | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

2017 release from ground breaking post-classical composer Poppy Ackroyd. Poppy turned heads in the neo-classical world with her previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra. Advocated by giants of the genre, Hauschka and Nils Frahm, the unique musician has returned. The songs serve to reintroduce listeners to Ackroyd's most stunning pieces from her previous albums, all of which have been reworked into 'acoustic' solo piano arrangements alongside four brand new unheard pieces.

Arcis-Vocalisten Munich, L'Arpa Festante & Thomas Gropper - Graun: Weihnachtsoratorium (2017)

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Arcis-Vocalisten Munich, L'Arpa Festante & Thomas Gropper - Graun: Weihnachtsoratorium (2017)

Arcis-Vocalisten Munich, L'Arpa Festante & Thomas Gropper - Graun: Weihnachtsoratorium
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:02 min | 363 MB
Label: Oehms Classics | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

A work caught the attention of musici-ans during the late 1990s a Christmas Oratorio by C. H. Graun. The only known copy of it was being housed in the Library of Con-gress in Washington, D.C. But it has so far been impossible to determine either the name of the manuscript copyist or an exact dating of the work and copy. There are many indications that this is a work from the composers phase prior to his years in Berlin. After The Death of Jesus, Thomas Grop-per and his Arcis Vocalists now proudly present the second oratorio of Graun as a CD production for Oehms Classics.

Gli Scarlattisti, Capella Principale & Jochen M. Arnold - Praetorius: Gloria sei dir gesungen (2017)

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Gli Scarlattisti, Capella Principale & Jochen M. Arnold - Praetorius: Gloria sei dir gesungen (2017)

Gli Scarlattisti, Capella Principale & Jochen M. Arnold - Praetorius: Gloria sei dir gesungen
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:32 min | 320 MB
Label: Carus | Tracks: 14 | Rls.date: 2017

Michael Praetorius is, without doubt, one of the trailblazing composers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His synthesis of simple, folk-like chorales with the lush aesthetics of the new Italian style make him one of the most multifaceted and innovative musicians of his time. For the Reformation Year 2017, the ensemble Gli Scarlattisti under the direction of Jochen M. Arnold presents a series of his chorale concertos for larger ensembles, based mainly on texts by Martin Luther and Philipp Nicolai. With their witty and eloquent musicianship, the performers invite their listeners to explore the impressive oeuvre of one of the fathers of Protestant church music!

Ulf Wallin - Reger Violin Sonatas, Op. 42 (2016)

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Ulf Wallin - Reger Violin Sonatas, Op. 42 (2016)

Ulf Wallin - Reger Violin Sonatas, Op. 42
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 57:12 min | 341 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 14 | Rls.date: 2016

This release completes CPO's complete recordings of Max Reger's violin oeuvre. This extensive oeuvre includes all of Reger's compositional periods, from Op. 1 to his last, unfinished Op. 147. Op. 42 revealed itself as a supreme challenge for violinist Ulf Wallin, both technically and musicially. Wallin quickly realized why Reger, is with no doubt, a master of chromatic polyphony. Reger obviously took cues from J.S. Bach in his compositions as well as lyrical and harmonic design from Brahms and Liszt.

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz & Hermann Baumer - Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 (2016)

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Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz & Hermann Baumer - Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 (2016)

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz & Hermann Baumer - Gernsheim: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 60:43 min | 338 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2016

CPO didn't want listeners to wait any longer! This new release is the second of Gernsheim's symphonies, premiering nos. 3 and 4. One might ask themselves while listening ""Is that Brahms?"" however they would be mistaken. Gernsheim's lyricism and especially the horn sound in his first movement, encourage the listener to appreciate his less well-known symphonies. Of all his symphonies, it is the one that calls for the largest ensemble, with an english horn, bass clarinet, tuba and cymbals in addition to the usual orchestra of the nineteenth century. This work creates the impression of a continuation of the second symphony while mixing relaxed and orchestrally thinned-out passages with energetic tutties.

Reinhold Quartett - Albert: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2016)

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Reinhold Quartett - Albert: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2016)

Reinhold Quartett - Albert: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:17 min | 345 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2016

Scottish-born German composer Eugen Francois Charles dAlbert (1864-1932) began his musical career as a pianist. As years passed, he began focusing more on composing, and produced 21 operas, and a variety of piano, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works. The works chosen for this album are his String Quartet op. 11 in E flat major, and String Quartet op. 7 in A minor. These are the only two string quartets that dAlbert wrote. The Reinhold-Quartett is Dietrich Reinhold and Tobias Haupt, violin, Norbert Tunze, viola, and Christoph Vietz, cello.

Calder Quartet & Audrey Luna - Eötvös: String Quartets (2017)

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Calder Quartet & Audrey Luna - Eötvös: String Quartets (2017)

Calder Quartet & Audrey Luna - Eötvös: String Quartets
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 51:30 min | 232 MB
Label: BMC Records | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

World premiere recording of Eotvos's new piece, The Sirens Cycle, along with Korrespondenz, a mini opera for string quartet

Lang Lang - Romance (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Lang Lang - Romance (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Lang Lang - Romance (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 79:48 minutes | 610 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Sony Classical has brought together the most beautiful and romantic piano works recorded by Lang Lang to create Romance. Carefully selected from his Sony Classical discography, each work exhibits the artist’s mature and nuanced lyricism at its finest.