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Stratavarious - Stratavarious (1976) [2021, Japan]

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Stratavarious - Stratavarious (1976) [2021, Japan]

Stratavarious - Stratavarious (1976) [2021, Japan]
R&B, Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 01:17:03 | 568,18 Mb
Label: Roulette/T-Groove/Solid Records (Japan) | Cat.# CDSOL-1948 | Released: 2021-01-27 (1976)

During the disco era, there were numerous albums by one-off studio collectives that have since gone on to become sought-after items amongst collectors. One of those is undoubtedly the sole, self-titled album from Stratavarious, a set produced by sometime Philadelphia International Records arranger John L. Usry. Originally released in Canada in 1976, this is a perfect example of the early pre Saturday Night Fever disco period. Lush orchestral arrangements with lots of strings and horns. Add the heavenly chorus of girl session singers and you have the perfect sound for the time. The album is very typical of the period and is a perfect time capsule. It features two versions of one of the album's highlights: laidback, Latin-tinged, occasionally jazzy number 'Nightfall'. You'll find the extended seven-inch edit on the flip, where celestial female backing vocals and languid trumpet solos rise above a samba-tinged beat and luscious orchestration.

Mark Knopfler - The Studio Albums 1996-2007 [6CD Box Set] (2021)

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Mark Knopfler - The Studio Albums 1996-2007 [6CD Box Set] (2021)

Mark Knopfler - The Studio Albums 1996-2007 [6CD Box Set] (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 2,13 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 826 MB | Covers - 977 MB
Genre: Folk Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: UMC/Vertigo/Mercury (00602435817088)

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mark’s debut solo release Golden Heart in 1996, a new box set, Mark Knopfler - The Studio Albums 1996-2007, will be released on 1st October Worldwide, and 10th December in the US.
Gathering his first five post-Dire Straits solo albums (not counting film scores), and a bonus disc of B-sides titled The Gravy Train, this collection is as sleepy and nonchalant as an old friend’s affable shrug. Knopfler does what he does, blending folk, blues, country and rock into a tension-free take on Americana that’s faintly personal but more about delivering a carpet atmosphere of reflective rumination.
The audio of each album has been newly remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam & Lilli Maijala - Brahms: The String Quartets & String Quintet No. 2 (2021)

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Dudok Quartet Amsterdam & Lilli Maijala - Brahms: The String Quartets & String Quintet No. 2 (2021)

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam & Lilli Maijala - Brahms: The String Quartets & String Quintet No. 2 (2021)
FLAC tracks | 02:09:02 | 550 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: RUBICON

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. The Guardian commented on their "lithe, lively sound and alert sense of structure and detail". This recording, their first for Rubicon, of the Brahms Quartets and the second of the String Quintets for which they are joined by Finnish violist Lilli Maijala, will be eagerly awaited by their growing band of followers and chamber music fans generally. The quartet play with unwound gut strings and a set of bespoke classical bows.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2006)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2006)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 530 Mb | Total time: 99:29 | Scans included
Classical | Naïve | OP 30412 | Recorded: 2005

If you're familiar with Alessandrini and his sparkling period instrument ensemble you expect interpretations featuring rhythmic drive, colorful playing, and original insights. Those characteristics are what help make this version of Bach's perennial and oft-recorded Brandenburg Concertos so compelling. Tempos are generally on the fast side, but never overly swift, while slow movements have just the right touch of soulfulness. Virtually without exception, the solo bits are done with imaginative, fluent expertise, and Gabriele Cassone's rendition of the famous trumpet part of the Second Brandenburg provides musical thrills, as well as virtuoso ones. Alessandrini himself takes us on a wild ride through the Fifth Concerto's brilliant harpsichord cadenza.

Chelsea Carmichael - The River Doesn’t Like Strangers (2021)

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Chelsea Carmichael - The River Doesn’t Like Strangers (2021)

Chelsea Carmichael - The River Doesn’t Like Strangers (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 314 MB | Cover | 01:00:16 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 139 MB
Contemporary Jazz | Label: Virgin Music UK LAS (S&D)

Son premier album ne sort qu’en octobre 2021, pourtant Chelsea Carmichael traine ses guêtres sur la bouillonnante scène jazz londonienne depuis un certain temps. Au sein de SEED Ensemble ou comme sidewoman de Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones, de l’Outlook Orchestra et du Neue Grafik Ensemble, la saxophoniste née à Warrington (entre Liverpool et Manchester) et installée à Londres depuis ses études au Trinity Conservatoire a déjà imposé son souffle surpuissant. Un grondement chaud assez inspiré de celui de son aîné Shabaka Hutchings, ce qui se comprend lorsqu’on apprend que la saxophoniste qui fait figure de parrain de cette scène anglaise produit The River Doesn’t Like Strangers et le publie sur son propre label, Native Rebel !

Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure (2021)

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Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure (2021)

Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 298 MB | Cover | 45:19 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 104 MB
Alternative, Indie | Label: Fiction

Speaking in her first NME cover story earlier this year, Rebecca Lucy Taylor set out the blueprint for Self Esteem’s playful, larger-than-life approach to music: “I want to use the palatable nature of pop to Trojan horse in my agenda.”

Vadim Repin - Sofia Gubaidulina - Dialog Ich und Du; The Wrath of God; The Light of the End (2021)

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Vadim Repin - Sofia Gubaidulina - Dialog Ich und Du; The Wrath of God; The Light of the End (2021)

Vadim Repin - Sofia Gubaidulina - Dialog Ich und Du; The Wrath of God; The Light of the End (2021)
FLAC tracks | 1:02:47 | 250 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Cet album monographique publié par Deutsche Grammophon frappe fort avec cet hommage à la compositrice Sofia Goubaïdoulina à l’occasion de son quatre-vingt-dixième anniversaire. Trois œuvres récentes sont enregistrées ici, en première mondiale, par l’Orchestre du Gewandhaus de Leipzig sous la direction d’Andris Nelsons, grand admirateur de la musique à la fois intellectuelle, spirituelle et sensuelle de la grande compositrice russe. Alors assistante de Chostakovitch, Goubaïdoulina compose en 1959 une Symphonie de chambre très appréciée par le compositeur soviétique qui l’encourage à continuer dans cette voie. Mais il faudra attendre les années 1980 pour que son œuvre commence à être perçue sur un plan international, grâce à des interprètes comme Gidon Kremer, le Quatuor Arditti ou encore Sir Simon Rattle.

Jazz Icons: Louis Armstrong Live in '59 (2006)

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Jazz Icons: Louis Armstrong Live in '59 (2006)

Jazz Icons: Louis Armstrong Live in '59 (2006)
DVDRip | MKV | AVC 720x480, ~ 1.7 Mbps | 0hr 53mn | 732 MB
English: AC3, 2 ch, 256 kbps | Subtitles: None
Genre: Documentary, Music, Jazz

Jazz Icons: Louis Armstrong is one of the only known complete Armstrong concerts from the 1950s to be captured on film. This 55-minute set, filmed in Belgium in 1959, features many of Satchmo's greatest songs including “Mack the Knife”, “When It's Sleepy Time down South” and “Stompin' at the Savoy,” backed by his stellar band the All-Stars, featuring Trummy Young, Peanuts Hucko, Billy Kyle, Danny Barcelona and Mort Herbert.

1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet (2021)

Posted By: cha77os
1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet (2021)

1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet (2021)
Ukraine | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 147 MB
Blackened Death/Doom Metal | Label : Napalm Records

"Ukrainian blackened death/doom metal offensive 1914 continue to reflect the gruesome tales of World War I, its soldiers’ fate, their death, fear and feats to be never forgotten, and unleash their new opus, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, on October 22nd, via Napalm Records. Its eleven tracks of pure historic harshness follow up to the band’s sophomore full-length, The Blind Leading the Blilnd (2018), and debut, Eschatology of War (2015), both highly acclaimed amongst critics, and create a sophisticated variety of massively brutal blackened death metal accented by dramatic and realistic audio soundscapes and disquieting melodies spiced with the approach of sludge and doom!

Xavier de Maistre - Christmas Harp (2021)

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Xavier de Maistre - Christmas Harp (2021)

Xavier de Maistre - Christmas Harp (2021)
FLAC tracks | 45:26 | 164 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Sony Classical

Amoureux de la harpe classique depuis l'enfance, Xavier de Maistre suit le parcours des conservatoires de Toulon à Paris et se décide à consacrer sa vie à l'instrument. Premier musicien français admis dans le prestigieux Orchestre Philharmonique de Vienne, il remporte en 1998 le Premier Prix du Concours Bloomington (États-Unis) et réalise ses premiers enregistrements chez Harmonia Mundi puis Sony. En 2008 sort le récital Nuit d'Étoiles consacré à Debussy. Quatre ans plus tard, Notte Veneziana est un succès des ventes de musique classique.

Cradle of Filth - Existence Is Futile (2021)

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Cradle of Filth - Existence Is Futile (2021)

Cradle of Filth - Existence Is Futile (2021)
United Kingdom | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 164 MB
Extreme Gothic Metal | Label : Nuclear Blast

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will release their 13th studio album, "Existence Is Futile", on October 22. Pieced together in isolation, at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk with studio guru Scott Atkins (DEVILMENT, BENEDICTION, VADER), the band's latest chef-d'oeuvre is a pitch-black, perverse and at times absurdly brutal and extreme masterpiece following a truly nihilistic concept: "The album is about existentialism, existential dread and fear of the unknown," frontman Dani Filth explains. "The concept wasn't created by the pandemic. We'd written it long before that began, but the pandemic is the tip of the cotton-bud as far as the way the world is headed, you know? I guess the title, 'Existence Is Futile', does sound a little morbid. But again, it's more about recognizing that truth and saying that everything is permitted because nothing really matters, which mimics the occultist Aleister Crowley's maxim. We all know we're going to die, so we might as well indulge life while we possess it. The final track on the album — 'Us, Dark, Invincible' — really drives that point home. Also, the artwork for this record was created by the Latvian visionary Arthur Berzinsh, who also dressed the last two albums, and that reeks of the exceedingly beautiful yet apocalyptic too."

Parker Quartet - Kurtág: Six moments musicaux; Officium breve / Dvořák: String Quintet, Op. 97 (2021)

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Parker Quartet - Kurtág: Six moments musicaux; Officium breve / Dvořák: String Quintet, Op. 97 (2021)

Parker Quartet - Kurtág: Six moments musicaux; Officium breve / Dvořák: String Quintet, Op. 97 (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 240 MB | Cover | 01:03:29 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 146 MB
Classical | Label: ECM New Series

At first glance, the pairing of the two composers chosen by the Parker Quartet and violist Kim Kashkashian for their recording on ECM New Series may appear unusual. However, György Kurtág and Antonín Dvořák have more in common than a fleeting glimpse at their oeuvre – an extremely narrow, concentrated catalogue of works in the one case and a multifaceted life's work that lavishly encompasses all musical genres in the other – would suggest.

Glass Hammer - Skallagrim - Into The Breach (2021)

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Glass Hammer - Skallagrim - Into The Breach (2021)

Glass Hammer - Skallagrim - Into The Breach (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 433 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 168 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:03:16
Progressive Rock | Label: Sound Resources

Glass Hammer return with ‘Skallagrim – Into The Breach’, Part Two of last year’s ‘Dreaming City’ which found lyricist, bassist and co-producer, Steve Babb, drawing inspiration from sword & sorcery novels of the seventies. Now the album has inspired an actual four-hundred page novel, “Skallagrim – In The Vales Of Pagarna”, which Babb plans to release in early 2022.

Pierre Hantai - Händel - Scarlatti (2021)

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Pierre Hantai - Händel - Scarlatti (2021)

Pierre Hantai - Händel - Scarlatti (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 450 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 160 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:41
Classical | Label: Mirare

Handel and Scarlatti together? Long ago, in Rome (for a musical joust before the most eminent cardinals), in Venice (at a masked ball where Scarlatti recognised the faceless harpsichordist: “It could be no one but the famous Saxon, or the devil”), in London (where an opera by Scarlatti was staged). Together again under the pen of Charles Burney, who celebrated them as the two supreme masters of the harpsichord, the ‘heavenly twins’. And together once more in the little church in Haarlem to which Pierre Hantaï returns like a pilgrim.

Fanny Azzuro - Rachmaninoff: The Landscapes of the Soul (2021)

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Fanny Azzuro - Rachmaninoff: The Landscapes of the Soul (2021)

Fanny Azzuro - Rachmaninoff: The Landscapes of the Soul (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 202 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 181 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:18:45
Classical | Label: Rubicon Classics

“Recording the complete Preludes is like painting notes with an unlimited palette of sound!” writes pianist Fanny Azzuro in the notes to her debut album for Rubicon. “Playing this music is exhilarating. The danger is that you lose control of your emotions and yield to the temptation to pile on the pathos in music that is so naturally expressive.