Alois Mühlbacher, Franz Farnberger - Urlicht (2022)

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Alois Mühlbacher, Franz Farnberger - Urlicht (2022)

Alois Mühlbacher, Franz Farnberger - Urlicht (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 292 MB | Tracks: 21 | 209:01
Style: Classical | Label: Ars Produktion

Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss were united by their deep relationship to literature and especially to poetry as a source of inspiration for its musical interpretation and transcendence into a sphere of expression that reflected their own feelings about life. Nevertheless, both composers worked on their texts in very different ways. While Mahler adjusted the texts through a multitude of interventions - omissions, rearrangements, and even his own additions - according to need and expressive demand, Strauss stuck strictly to the poems.

Edwin Fischer - Brahms, Schubert & Schumann- Works for Piano (2022)

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Edwin Fischer - Brahms, Schubert & Schumann- Works for Piano (2022)

Edwin Fischer - Brahms, Schubert & Schumann- Works for Piano (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 589 MB | Tracks: 34 | 209:01
Style: Classical | Label: APR

This release features some of Fischer’s best-known recordings and also his rarest. His pre-war Schubert recordings are classics of the gramophone and have been almost continuously available. APR’s original 1997 transfers of the Impromptus had the benefit of being taken from vinyl pressings of the 78rpm masters and this reissue has allowed us to improve them even further, presenting these gems in the best possible sound.

John Kneiling - Luening: Music for Cello (2022)

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John Kneiling - Luening: Music for Cello (2022)

John Kneiling - Luening: Music for Cello (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 205 MB | Tracks: 15 | 54:58
Style: Classical | Label: Centaur Records

On this new release, cellist John Kneiling and pianist Mescal Wilson perform a selection of Music for Cello by Otto Luening. The compositions span several decades, and both performers have spent a number of years specializing in this composer's work. German-American composer Otto Luening was an early pioneer of tape music and electronic music. He was also a passionate teacher with notable students including Joan Tower, Karl Korte, Sol Berkowitz, and others. His conducting premieres included Virgil Thomson's 'The Mother of Us All,' Gian Carlo Menotti's 'The Medium,' and his own 'Evangeline.'

Bartosz Koziak - Meyer: Canti Amadei, Op. 63 & Symphony No. 5 for String Orchestra, Op. 44 (2022)

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Bartosz Koziak - Meyer: Canti Amadei, Op. 63 & Symphony No. 5 for String Orchestra, Op. 44 (2022)

Bartosz Koziak - Meyer: Canti Amadei, Op. 63 & Symphony No. 5 for String Orchestra, Op. 44 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 211 MB | Tracks: 10 | 57:47
Style: Classical | Label: DUX

Solo concertos are often a fruit of musical friendships between composers and performers. This is the case of Canti Amadei, and the inspirer, great Russian cellist Ivan Monighetti, once described the circumstances in which it happened. "I have always been attracted to the idea of receiving music from the composer himself; the opportunity to work with a composer, a wizard who brings entire worlds to life from non-existence, weaves a fairy-tale net of note lines and signs. In the early 1980s, quite by accident [together with Krzysztof Meyer], we listened to and compared several performances of Mozart’s Symphonies. Both for Krzysztof and for me, Mozart is one of the continuous lines of life, an inexhaustible topic to which we constantly want to come back. "What would you say about variations on Mozartean themes for cello and orchestra?" I asked him casually. (…) Krzysztof liked the idea and after some time I received a score called "Canti Amadei". I was happy that, in a way, I had my share in the creation of this piece”.

Baayon Duo - Tansman: Works for Piano Duo (2022)

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Baayon Duo - Tansman: Works for Piano Duo (2022)

Baayon Duo - Tansman: Works for Piano Duo (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 212 MB | Tracks: 13 | 52:10
Style: Classical | Label: DUX

An agnostic Jew, a descendant of rabbis, brought up in a lay environment. A Jewish composer in Poland, a Polish composer in France, in America a refugee mingling with the elite. Among his concert tours, he visited Hawai, Japan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Ceylon, Bali, Greece, Egypt, and Israel. Greeted by Gandhi during his stay in Bombay; in Japan he was a guest of Emperor Hirohito. Grande Ville - a great city- became this composer’s destiny.

Anna Firlus - Adrian Robak: Réflexions (2022)

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Anna Firlus - Adrian Robak: Réflexions (2022)

Anna Firlus - Adrian Robak: Réflexions (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 321 MB | Tracks: 13 | 61:00
Style: Classical | Label: DUX

Adrian Robak was born in Bytom in 1979. He studied composition in the class of prof. Aleksander Lason at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, from which he graduated in 2008 (diploma with honors). There he also studied Music Theory. He was a two-time scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding academic results during his studies. He participated in composition workshops (Per Nørgård, Helmut Lachenmann, and others) and workshops devoted to performing early, contemporary and improvised music (Jacek Sykulski, Ramesh Shotam, and others). In 2011, he received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Music and Dance. He regularly receives Composer Commissions from the National Institute of Music and Dance. In 2015, he completed his doctoral studies in the class of prof. Eugeniusz Knapik (Academy of Music in Katowice) and received the title of doctor of musical arts.

George Freeman - Everybody Say Yeah! (2022)

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George Freeman - Everybody Say Yeah! (2022)

George Freeman - Everybody Say Yeah! (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 449 MB | Tracks: 14 | 78:48
Style: Jazz, Funk, Soul Jazz | Label: Southport Records

In celebration of guitar legend George Freeman’s 95th birthday on April 10, 2022, Southport Records is pleased to announce the release of Everybody Say Yeah!, a new compilation of recordings documenting 26 years of Freeman’s music from our “Real Jazz Made in Chicago" catalog. Eleven of the fourteen songs are Freeman's originals including a new recording of “Perfume.”

Lilianna Zalesińska - Maszyński: Songs (2022)

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Lilianna Zalesińska - Maszyński: Songs (2022)

Lilianna Zalesińska - Maszyński: Songs (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 290 MB | Tracks: 22 | 67:45
Style: Classical | Label: DUX

This new release from Lilianna Zalesinska and Jolanta Pszczolkowska-Pawlik is a showcase of songs by Polish composer Piotr Maszynski. Mezzosoprano Liliana Zalesinska graduated with distinction from Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. As a chamber musician, she participated in a special program of Udo Reinemann’s, dedicated to song interpretation, where she worked with such artists as Peter Schreier, Felicity Lott, Edith Wiens, and Hartmut Holl. She has taken part in the stagings of contemporary works at such stages as the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at the SIMN Festival in Romania, among others.

Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk - InUnity: Contemporary Music from Gdansk, Vol. 3 (202

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Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk - InUnity: Contemporary Music from Gdansk, Vol. 3 (202

Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk - InUnity: Contemporary Music from Gdansk, Vol. 3 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 318 MB | Tracks: 6 | 65:01
Style: Classical | Label: DUX

This album is already the third presenting the achievements of the Gdansk composers’ milieu. The latest pieces, written over the last few years, show the current condition of the creators, the paths they follow, and the directions of their musical development. An attentive listener will also find a harbinger of their future achievements, for the time being perceived only as a labyrinth of possibilities. The material gathered on the album brings to mind the principle of unity in diversity. The unity of the Gdansk milieu, whose strength lies in the diversity of compositional attitudes. The works of composers of different generations, experience, and various creative choices create an array of possibilities enchanting with the richness of musical explorations.

RTE Sinfonietta - Lord Berners: Le carosse du Saint-Sacrement (2022)

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RTE Sinfonietta - Lord Berners: Le carosse du Saint-Sacrement (2022)

RTE Sinfonietta - Lord Berners: Le carosse du Saint-Sacrement (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 352 MB | Tracks: 9 | 78:46
Style: Classical | Label: Naxos

Lord Berners was an eccentric novelist, painter and aesthete, but it is as a composer that he is best remembered. Berners saw Prosper Mérimée’s play Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement in 1917 and "was at once fascinated by the grace, the spirit and the character of this little work". Abandoning operatic tradition, this light and transparently orchestrated version of the narrative unfolds concisely and continuously. The amusing tale is one of domestic bickering and a minor miracle brought about by an act of charity, "held together in the style of a symphonic poem".

Master Oogway - Happy Village (2022)

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Master Oogway - Happy Village (2022)

Master Oogway - Happy Village (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 245 MB | Tracks: 4 | 44:50
Style: Jazz | Label: Rune Grammofon

Back in 2020, Kafé Hærverk, Oslo’s live hotspot for a wide range of jazz and experimental music, invited Master Oogway to do monthly concerts from August to December, bringing along a guest for each occasion. Two had to be moved to 2021 due to Covid restrictions, but the other three were recorded for possible use later. Initially we thought about doing a “best of” from all of the recordings, but after further listening it soon dawned on us that the concert with Henriette was nothing less than magical. To make room for the 45 minute vinyl edition, we had to drop one of the five pieces that were played on the night, and also make two minor edits.

Dick de Graaf - Festive (2022)

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Dick de Graaf - Festive (2022)

Dick de Graaf - Festive (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 301 MB | Tracks: 12 | 48:55
Style: Jazz | Label: ZenneZ Records

Dick de Graaf celebrates a 40 year career in jazz with “Festive”. He had won the Dutch Jazz Competition in 1981. Dick has performed at many national and international jazz stages ever since. He played with a.o. Chet Baker, Misha Mengelberg, Kenny Weeler, Benny Golson, Billy Hart, Toumani Diabaté and Erkan Ogur. He shares his memoirs in the 40 page book (LP size – Dutch language) that accompany 8 compositions (7 new ones by Dick, and a wonderful arrangement of Paul McCartney’s Eleanor Rigby).

PAD Trio - Just Awake (2022)

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PAD Trio - Just Awake (2022)

PAD Trio - Just Awake (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 219 MB | Tracks: 12 | 39:18
Style: Jazz | Label: AMP Music & Records

PAD trio was born out of serendipity. The three members had all been stable parts of the jazz scene of Gothenburg but never played in a band all together - until the recording of what would become their debut album. Through a series of coincidences in July 2020, the trio ended up having their very first musical encounter in a studio without material, without an idea of what would come out of that session and without ever having played a single note together.

Peter Protschka Quintet - Hearts and Minds (2022)

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Peter Protschka Quintet - Hearts and Minds (2022)

Peter Protschka Quintet - Hearts and Minds (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 342 MB | Tracks: 8 | 56:19
Style: Jazz | Label: Double Moon Records

“Hearts and Minds” is not just a random album title, because the quintet of the Cologne trumpeter and flugelhorn player Peter Protschka actually plays with heart and mind. The band's first studio album – they previously released the live album “Twilight Jamboree” – is a collection of eight compositions, half of which come from the band leader and the other half from the American tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza. Behind these sophisticated pieces, there are homages to various jazz greats. and it should be clear to everyone whom is meant with "St. Sonny" or "E Jones". But he also describes his adoptive country in "August in Paris" or the sound of the band with “Warm”.

Caio Afiune - Every Choice Is an Act of Courage (2022)

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Caio Afiune - Every Choice Is an Act of Courage (2022)

Caio Afiune - Every Choice Is an Act of Courage (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 303 MB | Tracks: 6 | 49:45
Style: Jazz | Label: Caio Afiune

“Every Choice is an Act of Courage” is a mantra embedded in Afiune by his father, Jorge. From a young age the lesson applied to the smallest daily actions, but as Afiune approaches the release of his sophomore album, it clearly influences how he reconciles the relationship between creativity and what is normally expected of a jazz guitarist.